President’s Update for November 19, 2018

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

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Three-Volley Salute to Veterans on Monday 11/12

Colleagues:

Out of respect for our campus community and in light of shootings that have occurred around the nation, I wanted to inform everyone that a Three-Volley Salute will be performed as part of the NMC Veterans Day Activities. It will commence shortly after the flag is raised on Monday, November 12, between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m.

The Three-Volley Salute, accompanied by the playing of Taps, is performed in honor of veterans/soldiers who are no longer with us. This is a coveted ceremony for our veterans as they honor all those who came before them, served alongside them, and gave their lives in the line of duty. These are blank rounds (gun powder in a copper casing) with no actual bullet being fired. For more information on the origin of the Three-Volley Salute, please see the attached document, provided by Scott Herzberg, NMC Military & Veteran Services/Advisor.

On behalf of all NMC veterans, please accept my sincerest gratitude for your support and continual understanding. We hope you’ll join us on Monday as we observe Veterans Day!

Tim

Timothy J. Nelson, President
1701 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI
Phone: (231) 995-1010

Origin of the Three Volleys

The practice of firing three rifle volleys over the grave of a veteran, and at other honor military-related ceremonies, originated in the old custom of halting the fighting to remove the dead from the battlefield. Once each army had cleared their dead, it would fire three volleys to indicate that the dead had been cared for and that they were ready to fight again. Three volleys fired has become a tradition to mean the dead have been cared for. It has evolved into a military salute for the deceased serving their country. Firing the three volleys is one of the highest honors to give a deceased military veteran.

NMC Veterans Day Activities, November 12

Dear colleagues:

On Monday, November 12, 2018, NMC will observe Veterans Day with morning activities to mark the day with special recognition for student, faculty, and staff veterans. Please encourage and allow any veterans in your classes and offices to attend the breakfast, Walk of Honor, and Flag Raising Ceremony.

I strongly encourage the entire campus to line up along the sidewalk from the Dennos Museum Center to the flagpoles west of the Tanis Building to support the veterans taking part in the Walk of Honor that begins promptly at 9:05 a.m. Afterwards, there will be a Flag Raising Ceremony conducted by the VFW, the Traverse City Central High School Marching Band will perform the Star Spangled Banner, and Congressman Jack Bergman will address the audience.

The campus community is invited to stop by for coffee and cake that will be served in the Tanis Atrium at 10 a.m. in honor of veterans.

  • 8:30–9 a.m. – Breakfast in NMC’s Dennos Museum
  • 9 a.m. – Gather for Walk of Honor, sidewalk from the Dennos Museum to the flagpoles
  • 9:05 a.m. – Walk of Honor
  • 9:10 a.m. – Flag Ceremony, Taps and the 3 Volleys, Congressman Jack Bergman
  • 10 a.m. – Cake and coffee, Tanis Atrium

Serving those who have served us is a year-round priority at NMC, and I’m extremely proud that NMC has been ranked as the second best community college in the country for veterans by Military Times magazine. Every year, Military Times compiles a “Best for Vets” feature on colleges and NMC rose to number 2 on the two-year college list for 2019.

Thank you for giving your time to recognize our military veterans and thank them for their service.

Tim

Timothy J. Nelson, President
1701 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI
Phone: (231) 995-1010

Important Announcement from the President

It is with mixed emotions that I provide you notice that I will retire from my position as President of Northwestern Michigan College fourteen months from now on December 31, 2019.  By providing this notification now, there is sufficient time to execute a thoughtful, inclusive search for my successor. Rest assured, I will continue to give you my all during the ensuing time.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, the college and the region. You’ve given me the opportunity to engage in activities and processes that I could only imagine when I started almost 18 years ago. About 14 months after I became president, we established a longer term vision for NMC that still guides us and our efforts.

I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved during my time at NMC. We have committed ourselves to keeping learning at the center. This provides a basis as we work to achieve our ultimate purpose, which is to provide our learners and communities with the skills, experiences and values that will help them to create social and economic wealth during their lifetimes.

We are a leader in professional development for our people, ranked in the top 6% nationally.  We have redesigned critical programs, such as maritime and aviation, and have developed first in the nation programming including our marine tech and UAS programs.  In each area of the college, people are innovating in order to assure our learners’ success in a global society and economy. We now view our community as the world and are recognized as a leader in study abroad and international delivery of specialty programs.  With your support and direction, we have completely rebuilt and renewed the physical, technical and data infrastructures of all of our campuses. As I look to the future, I am humbled to think that the people, programs and systems we have developed together, position this institution for continued success in meeting our purpose well into the future.

Together, we have accomplished a lot.  And, a lot still remains to do.

I will truly miss not being here to continue to lead current initiatives or start new projects we have on the horizon, but at NMC there will always be great people designing and implementing new and innovative projects and practices. We are blessed with a dedicated college leadership, staff and faculty.  You should have great confidence in their abilities to carry out the strategic agenda of NMC as we achieve our mission.

The Board, with more than 42 years combined experience representing the voters in leading NMC, has begun thinking about the succession process and how best to seek input from the college’s many stakeholder groups. I look forward to the next 14 months as I continue in my current role and will serve actively as an advisor during the transition period with support from the college’s long serving leadership team. Updates to this public process will be made available at nmc.edu.

My family and I intend to remain residents of Traverse City and will actively support NMC in any way we can.  I’m not sure what lies ahead for us except I am sure we will continue to work to improve our communities. Again, I thank you for the opportunity to work with and for you and this amazing college.

Tim

President’s Update for October 22, 2018

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

This section recognizes the good work being done and linkages to the Strategic Directions (SD) and Institutional Effectiveness Criteria (IE) are provided where possible. (more…)

College Closed for NMC’s Fall Conference on October 9

On Tuesday, October 9, the Center for Instructional Excellence and Professional Development Institute will host the third annual NMC Fall Conference. We were so pleased with participation in last year’s conference that we decided to close all college offices and classes so that all regular faculty, adjunct faculty, and regular staff could attend.  If for some reason, your office must remain open, please seek prior approval from your Vice President and notify our office of that outcome.  If you cannot attend for some reason, please report your absences as you would on any other work day.  An appointment has been sent to your Google calendar.

This year, all session developers have agreed to incorporate fundamentals of experiential learning in their delivery.  Each session will conclude with an opportunity for reflection about what we learned and how it might apply to future activities.  

This year’s NMC Fall Conference theme is “Sharing Experiences, Making a Difference.”   A wide variety of sessions will be available for all NMC faculty and staff to come together to share best practices and ideas, giving everyone an opportunity to collaborate and learn from each other.  Thank you in advance to all those who have agreed to present.  I look forward to seeing you and to a great conference!

The agenda for the day is as follows:

8-8:25 a.m.: Light breakfast
8:30-9:15 a.m.: Opening session
9:30-11:35 a.m.: Morning breakout sessions
11:40-12:40 p.m.: Lunch
12:45-2:50 p.m.: Afternoon breakout session & wrap-up
2:55-3:30 p.m.: Networking reception (refreshments provided)

Watch for a more detailed agenda with a list of sessions that will allow you to plan your day.

Thanks for all you do to keep learning at the center and to promote the success of our learners.

Tim

President’s Office
1701 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI
Phone: (231) 995-1010

President’s Update for September 21, 2018

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

This section recognizes the good work being done and linkages to the Strategic Directions (SD) and Institutional Effectiveness Criteria (IE) are provided where possible. (more…)

Call for 2019 Fellows Nominations

The NMC Board of Trustees Fellows Selection Committee is seeking nominations for the 2019 Northwestern Michigan College “Fellow” award. The Fellow is NMC’s highest honor and the following criteria are taken into consideration during the selection process. (more…)

President’s Update for August 27, 2018

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

This section recognizes the good work being done and linkages to the Strategic Directions (SD) and Institutional Effectiveness Criteria (IE) are provided where possible. (more…)

August 20 Events – RSVPs needed!

If you have not already done so, please complete this Google Form to indicate which Experiential Learning Session you plan to attend. There are two sessions being offered on the morning of Monday, August 20, and four additional sessions will be held in September for staff and adjunct faculty who cannot attend August 20 activities. (more…)

President’s Update for July 23, 2018

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

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President’s Update for June 20, 2018

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

This section recognizes the good work being done and linkages to the Strategic Directions (SD) and Institutional Effectiveness Criteria (IE) are provided where possible. (more…)

Sad News

It is with my deepest regret that I share with you that Deb Patterson of NMC’s Central Scheduling passed away unexpectedly last night in her home. Deb has been a member of NMC’s family for more than 30 years. (more…)

President’s Update for May 21, 2018

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

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President’s Update for April 23, 2018

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

This section recognizes the good work being done and linkages to the Strategic Directions (SD) and Institutional Effectiveness Criteria (IE) are provided where possible. (more…)

President’s Update for March 19, 2018

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

This section recognizes the good work being done and linkages to the Strategic Directions (SD) and Institutional Effectiveness Criteria (IE) are provided where possible. (more…)