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

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 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

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 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…)

President’s Update for February 23, 2018

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

This summer, the Board of Trustees attended an all-day institute at the MCCA Summer program. A key thread was that all boards have three major roles. These are fiduciary, strategic and generative. At the January Board of Trustees Study Session, we added a discussion question to specifically afford time to generate ideas. The Board also agreed they would like time at each Board meeting to examine various issues. This month’s question and reading is listed in the Board meeting materials packet. As a reminder, the materials packet is on the NMC web site. (more…)

President’s Update for January 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 December 18, 2017

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.

  • NMC’s Computer Information Technology department hosted an Explore Your Major event on Saturday, November 18. By completing activities on an Exploration Passport, such as building and programming games, exploring cloud computing and experiencing virtual reality, participants in sixth grade and above could enter a drawing for an Xbox One. (IE1, IE4)
  • Clark Manufacturing hosted NMC and TBA-CTC students for a CIT Industry Night Out on October 26. Students were provided dinner as well as a tour of their facility and the opportunity to learn about this local modern machine shop employing the latest technologies in tooling. (IE1, IE2, IE4)
  • Students from the CIT Developer and Infrastructure programs hosted a STEM Exploration Day from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, November 18, at the Parsons-Stulen building on NMC’s Aero Park campus. The event benefited the Food for Thought’s Fill the Pantries: Food Drive Challenge. Community members of all ages were invited to explore and play with some of the latest equipment from NMC programs including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, aviation flight simulators, welding, hybrid vehicles, 3D printer and interactive robots. LEGO robotics and the Grand Traverse County Police Technology Department were also there. (IE1, IE2, IE4, IE5)
  • The Advising Center coordinated meetings with partner schools Grand Valley State University and Ferris State University as part of annual efforts to update each institution about changes to NMC’s programs and courses, communicate new transfer information to advisors, and hear about updates from the institutions. Faculty representatives from academic areas also participated in these meetings. The Advising Center maintains positive relationships with all University Center partners and stays in active communication throughout the academic year as a means of continuous improvement of the transfer process for students. (IE2, IE4)
  • The Advising Center offered a series of transfer workshops to international students to help learn about the transfer process, search for best fit transfer institutions, and navigate the application process. During these sessions, students were given tools to effectively evaluate transfer options, research requirements, and organize applications to potential transfer institutions. Feedback from students was positive and several students also scheduled follow-up appointments with advisors in the Advising Center. (IE1, IE4)
  • In partnership with Student Financial Services and Resident Assistant Praju Nivargi, the Advising Center offered a program for East Hall students to learn about the differences between financial aid and academic probation. They covered information on what academic probation is, how this alert can help students make positive changes to their academic habits, and what support is available to students at NMC. Students actively participated in discussions about what leads students to be on academic probation, and how drawing on past successes can improve outcomes in college. (IE1, IE2)
  • Foundation Executive Director Rebecca Teahen and Director of Alumni Relations Betsy Coffia were selected to present on “How to Begin a Community College Alumni Program” at the October 2017 Conference for Community College Advancement Preconference Workshop in Anaheim, CA. Attendees came from community colleges across the nation. Because Rebecca and Betsy received aggregate rankings of 4.5 or higher for the session in participant feedback, they will be categorized “Stellar Speaker” and recognized in a future CURRENTS magazine. (IE5)
  • 250 area high school singers spent the day on our campus for the NMC 6th Annual Choral Invitational. These singers, from nine different high schools, spent the day learning music, working with music faculty Jeffrey Cobb and Dorothy Vogel, touring our campus, and sharing a performance of the day’s work in an evening concert. This successful event has been a great outreach and recruiting tool for the NMC Music Department. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Congratulations to the NMC Concert Band, and their interim director John Campbell on a successful fall concert. The performance included works by Bagley, Respighi, Whitacre and others. The band, which has grown to almost 100, was greeted by an enthusiastic audience of 300+ community members. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • NMC’s Canticum Novum was honored with an invitation to perform at the American Choral Directors Association statewide convention. This is the group’s second invitation to perform at this prestigious conference, and again, Canticum Novum was the only choir from a community college selected to perform. Canticum Novum, after this performance and this summer’s performance at Carnegie Hall, is quickly building a reputation within the music world as one of the premier choral ensembles in the Midwest. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Congratulations to the NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and Chamber Singers on their wonderful Fall Concert: Serenade to Music. The choirs were joined on stage by a string orchestra and professional soloists – performing music by Beethoven, Mozart, Ralph Vaughan Williams and others. It was an amazing evening of music as over 120 musicians performed for an enthusiastic crowd of 350 audience members. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Bravo to the NMC Children’s Choirs on their wonderful Holiday Concert! These talented young singers shared music of the holidays to an enthusiastic sold-out crowd. The concert featured 170 singers from the NMCCC Bel Canto, Lyric, Ragazzo, and Cantus choirs – representing students from over 30 area schools in 3rd-9th grade. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Congratulations to the NMC Big Band, Lab Band, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and their directors, Laurie Sears and Mike Davis, on their fantastic Winter Showcase concert in Milliken Auditorium. These incredible musicians, who have also been featured on the Jazz at the Holiday Inn concert series, put on a wonderful performance of swing, Latin, and big band music. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Congratulations to our NMC music and dance students who performed on our final Music Convocation of the semester. The concert featured ten of our music majors performing works for tuba, clarinet, percussion, piano, and voice. A few of our music department faculty also joined the students on stage for collaborative works for piano, and for jazz quartet. The dance department was also featured performing an original piece around the theme of water. Bravo NMC music and dance students! (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Congratulations to members of the NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and Chamber Singers who were the featured chorus in the 39th Annual Messiah Sing. These wonderful singers, joined by an orchestra and vocal soloists, performed selections of Handel’s Messiah to a standing-room only audience of enthusiastic community members. In total, over 150 musicians performed for an audience of 500+! (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Thank you to the campus community for your support on #GivingTuesday! This year, the NMC Foundation raised $6,500 for NMC—the most ever raised on #GivingTuesday, and the highest number of #GivingTuesday donors, including many NMC employees! Donors supported the Annual Fund and a number of other programs, including Commitment Scholarships, the Student Food Pantry, Giving Tree, the Dennos, WNMC, and more. (IE2, IE3, IE5)
  • Congratulations! The Surgical Technology program at Northwestern Michigan College is now accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Thanks to April Kesler and Linda Racine for their hard work. (IE1, IE3, IE5)
  • The NMC magazine has earned Best Magazine Award, and placed 1st Place, Central Region, Small Colleges, in the national Literary Magazine Competition offered by the Community College Humanities Association. The winning magazine was entitled, ADVENTURE. Congratulations to faculty advisors, Alissia J.R. Lingaur, Caroline Schaefer-Hills, and NMC magazine student staff. (IE1, IE3, IE4)
  • Megan Ward presented at The International Writing Centers Association conference held November 10-13, in Chicago. IWCA is an affiliate of National Council of Teachers of English and provides an international forum for writing center issues. (IE1)
  • Mark Howell presented at the Michael R. Argetsinger Symposium on International Motor Racing History, November 10-11, in New York. Mark’s presentation highlighted his recent research into how traditional rhetorical concepts can provide a critical analysis of a popular professional sport. (IE1)
  • Rufus Snoddy, NMC’s painting instructor, was on Interlochen Public Radio November 30 talking about his invitation to show at the Art Miami Exhibition. This is one of the biggest and most prestigious art exhibits in the world and draws an international group of artists and buyers. (IE1, IE2, IE3)
  • Educational Media Technology staff members presented at six different sessions for Professional Development Day. The topics included themes such as creating connections with students using Zoom, podcasts and the classroom, students and social media and teaching concepts through images within PowerPoint. A special shout out to Ryan Bernstein for presenting in all four timeslots. (IE3, IE5)
  • Educational Media Technology completed a pilot of the new Online Learning and Moodle Orientation with seven faculty members (nine courses) during fall 2017. The goal of the pilot was to measure the effectiveness of requiring students to complete the orientation on student success and withdrawal rates. In addition, qualitative data was gathered from students about the design of the orientation course and if it helped them prepare to be an online learner. The pilot will continue during the spring 2018 semester. (IE1, IE3)
  • On December 14, Marguerite and Hans attended a celebration held at our Hagerty Center for graduates of the BS in Freshwater Science & Sustainability and honor Michael Kandel, a student in the program who died in a tragic accident in Sturgeon Bay last July while saving another member of the work crew having difficulty in high waves. The WMU degree is the result of a partnership with NMC where students are able to complete their NMC associate degree and then seamlessly continue on with their bachelor’s through WMU.

Activities of Note: Tim

  • I presented at the meeting of the Front Street Irregulars on November 28, which NMC hosted at the Hagerty Center. My message on NMC’s mission, the evolution of platforms, and the fact that NMC is somewhat regulated and a business that needs to operate sustainable programs was well accepted and supported. It is a motivated group and good for NMC to be at the table with.
  • Several executive staff members and I met with the new education reporter for the Record Eagle Sean Miller. I think the meeting went well and we provided him with a lot of NMC background information and resources.
  • I met with the NMC Student Government Association on Friday, December 1. Our discussion included the topics of housing, West Hall Innovation Center, transportation services, etc. As always, I enjoyed the interaction with students and will try to visit an SGA meeting again, as my schedule allows.
  • Nancy and I attended the NMC Jazz Ensemble of Saturday, December 2, at the Milliken Auditorium. It’s a pleasure to be able to experience the wonderful talent here at NMC and within our community.
  • I had a good discussion with Kat Paye, Executive Director for the National Cherry Festival, in which we talked about programmatic fundraising and scholarship opportunity; and the need for participants and housing for their internship program, among other things. The meeting was very positive, as she is very interested in having a community partnership relationship with NMC.
  • I was a pleasure to join Jim Bensley on December 13 to sit in on one of his student’s Global Endorsement Capstone presentation. The enthusiasm and the learning experiences she described were inspiring.
  • Nancy and I enjoyed attending NMC’s employee holiday party last Friday, December 15, at the Hagerty Center. It was a wonderful event with great food and opportunities to spend time with both current and past NMC employees. I would like to wish all of the NMC families a safe and happy holiday season.

Legislative Issues

State

With the legislature returning from a Thanksgiving in-district work period, attention this month turned to legislation addressing the funding of retirement benefit systems for local governments. In conjunction with this effort, there were a series of bills that would have made changes to how state revenue sharing is distributed. Unfortunately, the bills as introduced would have redirected all Tier 3 personal property tax reimbursements, including those owed to community colleges, to a new proposed City Village Township (CVT) Revenue Sharing Trust Fund. Thankfully, after working with bill sponsors and the Governor’s office, this harmful legislation was removed from the final retirement benefit reform package passed by both the House and Senate last week.
Between now and the end of the year, it is also expected that the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Senate passed legislation allowing those with concealed pistol licenses with additional training to carry in gun-free zones including schools and houses of religious worship. Under current law, people with concealed pistol licenses cannot carry concealed firearms into schools, religious facilities, sports stadiums, large entertainment venues, day care centers, hospitals, bars and college dormitories. However, an individual can open carry in those venues. It is unclear if the House has the votes to pass this bill in current form, or if the Governor will sign the legislation, but we will continue to monitor this legislation as it moves through the legislative process.

Federal

The focus in Washington right now is on the tax legislation, which passed the House and Senate and is now in a conference committee to work out the differences between the two bills. The top priorities for NMC include the following:

  • A “universal deduction” available to non-itemizers for charitable contributions. The proposed legislation would double the standard education, which would reduce the number of itemizers from 30% to 5% and reduce charitable giving by as much as $13 billion dollars annually, nationwide.
  • Maintain the State and Local Tax Deduction, as eliminating it has the potential to further reduce state investments in higher education.
  • Remedy a flaw in the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) that prevents Pell Grant recipients from fully benefiting from the credit. Currently Pell Grant and other non-taxable scholarships that students receive are deducted from the educational expenses used to calculate a student’s AOTC. In many cases, this results in community college Pell Grant recipients being ineligible for any AOTC.
  • Reinstate Employer Education Assistance, which provides up to $5,250 tax free to cover employees’ educational expenses.
  • Reinstate the student loan interest deduction.
  • Ensure the continuation of qualified tuition reductions for NMC employees and dependents.

We have communicated these priorities with our federal delegation and continue to monitor the movement of this legislation. It is expected that the conference report will be completed as soon as the end of this week with House and Senate votes occurring before the 20th of this month.

Miscellaneous

  • Thursday, January 18—Board Study Session, Hagerty Center
  • Wednesday, January 24—Chamber Distinguished Service Award Luncheon and Annual Meeting, Hagerty Center
  • Friday, January 26—Chamber of Commerce Annual Celebration, Hagerty Center

President’s Update for November 20, 2017

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.

  • The office of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications (PRMC) won a Gold and Silver Medallion Award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) for the two newest promotional and brand videos in the NMC Now series. These videos highlight the nursing and crop management programs. The Medallion Award recognizes outstanding achievement and excellence in communications at community and technical colleges. PRMC also won a Gold Medallion Award from NCMPR for designing NMC’s new view book. This is the second NMC view book design in a row to be honored with a Medallion Award. (IE3, IE5)
  • Congratulations to Grace Kohler, visual communications student and staff member of the NMC Magazine, for winning first place in the Best Artwork Category-Central Region in the 2017 Literary Magazine Competition. This contest is offered annually by the Community College Humanities Association, which highlights student work from all over the nation. Each magazine is an artistic reflection of the perspectives of each unique student body and locale. Grace’s piece was chosen from NMC’s magazine, DREAMS, page 46. (IE1, IE3)
  • The office of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications (PRMC) recently participated in two professional development opportunities to help advance the work of the office and the college. The “Extreme Communications Makeover” hosted by the TC Chamber of Commerce focused on ways to transition your organization’s communications efforts to best meet the needs of stakeholders today and into the future. “Measuring ROI of Digital Marketing” from NCMPR focused on the benefits of digital marketing to community colleges and how to better tie that into enrollment management. Both professional development events offered some good guidance, and also showed how NMC is ahead of the curve in many areas. (IE3, IE5)
  • NMC Facilities managed and completed installation of security door access and video surveillance on all NMC campuses. (IE5)
  • NMC Dining Services was fortunate to serve nearly 30,000 guests during the month of October. Services provided included the following:
    • Catering for a wedding for 135 people off-site on October 7
    • Catering for NMC’s Professional Development Day on October 10
    • Prime Rib Dinner to residents on October 12
    • Catering for the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for 100 people at the Dennos Museum on October 15
    • Catering for GirlTECH at Aero Park for 300 students on October 27
  • NMC Dining Services also offered a variety of local apples in the Hawk Owl Café such as Ginger Golds, Zestars, Granny Smiths and Honey Crisps. In addition, 13 gallons of local apple cider and 17 gallons of Pumpkin Lattes were served during the month of October. (IE3, IE5)
  • Instruction librarian Ann Geht worked with English instructors to teach information literacy skills that help students identify and vet published sources in print and on the web. 100% of ENG 111, 112, and 99/108 classes attended library sessions this fall. (IE1, IE2, IE3)
  • GLMA hosted the ninth Women on the Water Conference at the Hagerty Center October 26-28. This was the second time GLMA hosted the conference; they hosted the initial conference in 2007. Thanks to the outstanding efforts of cadets, faculty, staff, and especially Judy Druskovich, the event was a tremendous success. All seven federally-regulated maritime academies sent representatives. Senator Stabenow and Maritime Administrator Buzby provided video greetings. Guest speakers and panelists included senior officials from each of the maritime unions, Military Sealift Command, each of the Great Lakes shipping companies, Conoco-Phillips, Chevron, and K&L Gates. Coast Guard Admiral Linda Fagan served as the guest speaker. Fund raising efforts ensured that all meals for cadets and midshipmen were provided at no cost. Additionally, all costs for a Saturday, October 28, trip to Mackinac Island were covered by donations from the U.S. maritime industry. (IE2)

Activities of Note: Tim

  • Trustee Rachel Johnson and I toured campus with Senator Peter’s aid Eric Keller on October 26. We were able to show him the Nursing Simulation Lab, North Hall, Technology at Parsons-Stulen, and the Great Lakes Campus. He was enthused with learning more about what NMC has to offer.
  • I provided an NMC update to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy Board of Visitors annual visit on October 26. This group’s objectives include providing a real world perspective from industry and government leaders on required skills sought by the industry and providing feedback on cadets and recent graduates. This relationship has contributed to the success of our GLMA cadets and graduates.
  • As noted above in accomplishments, NMC’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy hosted the 2017 Women on the Water Conference at our Great Lakes Campus. Trustee Rachel Johnson was able to participate in the mock interview exercise with GLMA cadets the afternoon of October 26. Nancy and I, along with trustees Kennard Weaver, Janie McNabb and spouses, attended the conference dinner on Friday, October 27. RADM Linda Fagan provided a keynote address and RADM Mark Buzby, USN, Ret. sent a special video message to the evening’s attendees. It was a great opportunity for our GLMA to host this national event that recognizes female cadets, while benefiting all attending cadets and midshipmen. The agenda focused on industry presentations, mock interviews with industry professionals, and networking opportunities.
  • On October 27, I had the opportunity to visit with Dr. Trevor Kubatzke, President of Lake Michigan College (LMC), continuing a conversation on potential collaboration between our schools in the area of fermentation technology. Marguerite Cotto and Dr. Leslie Kellogg, LMC Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, have been seeking areas of internship collaboration that might provide an exchange of experiences between students in their wine region and ours. Our visit included a discussion and a facilities tour with LMC’s Director of Wine and Viticulture Technology, Mike Moyer. We appreciate their hospitality and look forward to this continuing exploration.
  • I would like to thank trustees and executive staff who spent half a day on October 30 for the Board study session. The afternoon offered an opportunity for in-depth discussions on enrollment management, revenue sources and trends, and principles of planning and budgeting. Another study session is being planned for January 18.
  • A team from NMC traveled to Providence, Rhode Island, for the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) Design Sprint for the early adopter learning approach. The Continuous Quality Improvement Network (CQIN), of which we are members, and BIF are embarking on a partnership to provide CQIN member organizations an opportunity to understand business model innovation based on a Business Model Design Process (BMDP) to establish the importance of changing to the perspective of the student experience. This recent meeting included an overall orientation to the BMDP methodology, and in-depth training on how to make the shift by gaining a deep understanding of the student experience; identifying key actionable insights; and imaging new value propositions and student experiences. The next phase will take place in Chicago in April.

Legislative Issues

State

The Michigan legislature stands adjourned for the deer hunting/Thanksgiving recess and will return to session on Tuesday, November 28. However, before they broke for recess, the Senate passed legislation (SB 584-586) that would allow individuals who obtain a special endorsement with their concealed pistol license to carry a concealed weapon within areas where they are currently prohibited, including community college campuses. The package passed 25-12 with all Northern Michigan senators voting in support. The legislation is now before the House Judiciary Committee. Of this package of bills, SB 586 clarifies that for the purposes of weapons policies, community colleges would qualify as local governments, and therefore could not regulate the use of weapons in their jurisdictions. The MCCA legislative committee opposes SB 586 and is neutral on SB 584 and SB 585.

Also before the legislature left Lansing, the House voted on auto no fault insurance reform legislation (HB 5013) which would have made changes to Michigan’s auto insurance laws. NMC wrote to our Northern Michigan House members in opposition to this legislation because of the negative impact it would have on faculty, staff and students. These impacts included not addressing the use of non-driving factors in the determination of insurance rates, an across the board mandated reduction in personal injury protection coverage and caps on lifetime insurance coverage for auto accident related injuries. The legislation would have also had a significant negative impact on healthcare providers including on Munson Healthcare which would have seen a $9.5 million annual loss. Ultimately the legislation was voted down, with State Representative Larry Inman being the only Northern Michigan representative to oppose the bill. The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance also opposed the legislation and we appreciate Representative Inman’s and the Alliance’s support on this issue.

Federal

Both the House and Senate are working to advance significant tax reform measures in Washington. Of concern for community colleges are several provisions of the House bill. These include the following:

  • 1.4% excise tax on college endowments at private universities valued at $100,000 or more per full-time student
  • Eliminates Lifetime Learning Credit
  • Eliminates Employer Educational Assistance
  • Eliminates Student Loan Interest Deduction
  • Eliminates Qualified Tuition Reductions

We will continue to monitor this legislation as it makes its way through the process in the House and Senate and will be in contact with our federal delegation to express our concerns.

Miscellaneous

  • Tuesday, December 5—Board Holiday Party
  • Friday, December 15—NMC Employee Holiday Party

Three-Volley Salute to Veterans on Monday 11/13

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 the VFW Post 2780 Color Guard will be performing the Three-Volley Salute as part of the NMC Veterans Day Honor Ceremony. It will commence shortly after the flag is raised on Monday, November 13, between 9:30 and 9:45 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!

President’s Office
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 13

Dear colleagues:

On Monday, November 13, 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 sidewalks from West Hall to the flagpoles west of the Tanis Building to support the veterans taking part in the Walk of Honor that begins promptly at 9:20 a.m. Afterwards, there will be a Flag Raising Ceremony conducted by the VFW with Traverse City Central High School Marching Band performing the Star Spangled Banner.

The entire campus community is invited to stop by for coffee and cake that will be served in the West Hall lobby from 10 a.m. to noon in honor of veterans. An invitation to a free public public showing of the documentary Almost Sunrise is also attached to this e-mail. The documentary will be shown on Wednesday, November 8 at 7 p.m., followed by Q&A with local combat veterans.

Serving those who have served us is a year-round priority at NMC, and I’m extremely proud that NMC has been certified for the third consecutive year as a Gold-Level Veteran Friendly School by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency for our commitment to supporting the needs of student veterans and dependents. The program awards Gold-, Silver-, or Bronze-Level status to institutions that offer veteran-centric services and programs.

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

 

Veteran’s Day Agenda 2017

Almost Sunrise Flyer