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Winner’s Circle 24 Lifetime Achievement Award - Jim and Nancy Krzyzewski

Winner’s Circle 24 Lifetime Achievement AwardJim and Nancy Krzyzewski have had a profound impact on Lake Michigan College, in ways large and small. Whether as volunteers, educators, donors, or fund-raisers their efforts have benefitted the College and the entire district.

Jim, who is president and CEO of Nyloncraft in Mishawaka, began his association with LMC when the College undertook a campaign to create the Bertrand Crossing Campus in Niles. Jim understood the value of having a trained workforce and how the new Bertrand Crossing Campus would help advance that cause. Jim and Nyloncraft not only provided financial support for the construction of the campus, but, knowing the state line should not be a barrier to the potential services the College would provide, introduced Lake Michigan College to many businesses in the greater South Bend area who later became generous donors as well.

In the 15 years since the grand opening of the Bertrand Crossing Campus, Jim has continued active association with the College. He has been a member of the Lake Michigan College Foundation Board of Directors since 1997, and served as the Foundation’s president from 2004 through 2007. Just last year, a contribution from Nyloncraft spurred the creation of the College’s new Hawk’s Nest student activity center. Jim and Nancy have also established a student scholarship with their personal contributions.

Nancy has been a part of LMC. As a professional educator and guidance counselor, she volunteered at Bertrand Crossing tutoring students. Nancy knows many LMC graduates and has witnessed the profound impact the College has had on them. She has also been an enthusiastic supporter of the Winner’s Circle Auction. She and Jim have attended and served as table hosts for fourteen auctions, and they are frequently high bidders on many items – most of which are promptly returned to student and child care services.

Lake Michigan College is just one of Jim and Nancy’s many interests. Recently, they were honored at the Mayor’s Luncheon for Scouting in South Bend, as recipients of the Soaring Eagle Award for his years as a Boy Scout supporter, troop leader and LaSalle Council Board member. Jim’s interests also extend to sports car racing, having held a national competition license with the Sports Car Club of America since 1994. Nancy is an avid gardener, loves the theater and has served on the Board of Directors for The South Bend Civic Theatre. A dedicated adult leader with the Girl Scouts of the USA for over twenty-five years, she remains dedicated to the cause of the Girl Scouts. She and Jim are involved in their church, St. Monica, in Mishawaka, Indiana.

In honor of their significant contributions, the Winner’s Circle 24 is proud to contribute $10,000 to create the Jim and Nancy Krzyzewski Honorary Endowed Scholarship. Earnings from the fund will provide future generations of LMC students with scholarships that will help them achieve their dreams.

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