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.

The Google Form also asks you to select whether or not you will join the Campus-Wide Picnic Lunch on August 20. All faculty and regular staff are invited to this portion of the day for announcements, introductions of new employees, and lunch. We appreciate your RSVP as it helps to assure accurate food counts and room space.

Date

Time

Event

Location

Monday, August 20

8:15 – 9:45 am

EL Session

Hagerty Center

Monday, August 20

10:00 – 11:30 am

EL Session

Hagerty Center

Monday, August 20

11:30 – 12:00 am

Announcements and Introductions of New Employees

Hagerty Center

Monday, August 20

12:00 –  1:00 pm

Lunch

Hagerty Center

Monday, August 20

1:00 –  4:30 pm

Faculty PD

Hagerty Center

Thursday, September 6

9:00 – 10:30 am

EL Session

Osterlin 205

Wednesday, September 19

10:00 – 11:30 am

EL Session

Parsons-Stulen 101

Wednesday, September 19

8:00  –  9:30 pm

EL Session

James Beckett 136

Thursday, September 20

3:30  –  5:00 pm

EL Session

Osterlin 205

October 9, 2018

All day
(offices closed)

Fall PD Day

Starts at Milliken Auditorium

Lastly, the NMC Food Pantry will be collecting items at the Hagerty Center on August 20. They are specifically in need of: cereal, canned fruit, toothpaste, and toilet paper. They will accept any food/hygiene donations and you can bring items at any time to the main desks in the Osterlin Library.

Please contact the President’s Office at 5-1010 or lmoritz@nmc.edu with any questions or concerns. Thank you!

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

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.

  •  NMC students participated in a 14 day international experience in Bunaken National Park, North Sulawesi Indonesia. The students used drones and underwater ROVs to map the coral reef system surrounding the park. The project was a capstone course for the Marine Technology program and also included students from the unmanned aerial systems and water studies programs. The project was in collaboration with Manado State Politeknik and involved both students and researchers from that institution. (IE1, IE2)
  • NMC instructors completed the second series of course offerings to our partner school, Yellow River Conservancy Technical Institute in China. The courses delivered to a cohort of 40 students from YRCTI were Construction Blueprint Reading and Supervision. (IE2)
  • Congratulations to the following NMC Audio Tech students for their recent accomplishments:
    • Jose Garcia has received a paid internship at Kensington Church, in charge of the Front of House mix, as well as an internship at Lookout Music Studios, where he directed and edited some excellent videos for their new webpage. Jose came to the NMC Audio Tech Program to increase his knowledge of Digital Audio and Studio Recording after serving six years in the Air Force managing audio/visual production. We are lucky to have him around, and hope he will stay in the Traverse City area!
    • Devin Elhert was awarded a paid internship at Faith Reformed Church, where he is in charge of the Audio/Visual department. He is responsible for the Front of House mix, and recording the services. For his final project he worked on producing and album featuring performances by church members. After graduating, Devin will stay on as a full time staff member at the church. Congrats, Devin!
    • Chris Reid has received an internship at New Hope Church, working with Music Director Rick Stewart. Chris has started his own company, Chris Reid Productions, which produces a weekly video series called Music Mondays, interviewing musicians and producers from around the state of Michigan. He is getting thousands of views on YouTube for his videos. Chris enjoyed this project so much that he enrolled at Grand Valley State University in the fall of 2018, where he will study Film Production. Congrats, Chris!
    • Spencer Norrod completed an internship at Midwestern Broadcasting, where he learned audio editing for radio spots, which you can now hear—in his own voice—on New-Talk 580 AM, WCCW, Z93, WATZ, and WZTK. Bravo, Spencer! (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)

Activities of Note: Tim

    •  Thank you to all who were able to help honor Dr. Edward and Sharon Rutkowski as they were inducted as the newest NMC Fellows at the dinner in their honor on June 26 at the Dennos Museum Center. The Rutkowskis are longtime supporters of the Dennos and the Thomas A. Rutkowski Discover Galley is named in memory of their late son.
    • I joined a dozen other NMC faculty and staff at the Experiential Learning Retreat held at Crystal Mountain on June 28 – 29. During this time the group worked on developing a prototype for experiential learning and also planning for next month’s Opening Professional Development Day on August 20.
    • Marguerite Cotto, Alex Bloye and I met with visitors from Tasmania on July 10. Tasmania’s University College is bidding for Qantas Airline’s proposed pilot academy to address the world’s pilot shortage and wanted to visit a college that provides quality pilot training through an associate degree while here in the U.S. NMC was recommended to them by a senior VP at American Airlines who suggested our college as a must-visit for them, not only for our rich history and associate degrees, but also our extensive overseas partnerships.
    • I want to thank Casey and Dana Cowell for hosting two wonderful events at their home this week, which helped us bring current and potential donors closer to NMC. Faculty, staff, and alumni came together to share some inspiring NMC stories!

Legislative Issues

State

Following completion of the State Budget in June, the Michigan Legislature is currently on recess until after Labor Day. This means that legislators are back in their districts, campaigning and meeting with constituents. Of note, the 2018 election will result in significant turn over in the state legislature where there are 11 term limited state representatives and 19 term limited state senators. There are also a number of contested primary elections, so the August 7 election is shaping up to be an interesting one as well. For a full listing of all August 7 Primary candidates- check out this link. Remember to vote on August 7 and November 6.

Federal

After a short Fourth of July federal recess period, Congress is returning to Washington where several education related issues remain in play for the remainder of the legislative session. These include the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (known as the PROSPER Act in the House), the reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, and the passage of FY19 Appropriations funding for the Department of Labor, Education and Transportation (funding for state maritime academies is included in the Transportation Budget).
Of these pieces of legislation, the Perkins Reauthorization and FY19 funding bills are the most likely to see action before the end of the year. Of note, the most recent versions of the FY19 funding bills include some increases in Pell Grant funding, as well as additional funding for the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, which we support. We will continue to watch these bills closely as Congress returns to working on them between now and the end of the year.

Miscellaneous

  • Tuesday, July 24 through Friday, July 27 – MCCA Summer Institute, Traverse City
  • Thursday, August 2 – NMC Scholarship Open
  • Monday, August 20 – NMC College-Wide Picnic and Opening Professional Development Day

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.

  • In keeping with our donors’ wishes, the NMC Foundation has established two new endowed scholarships for NMC students: The Raymond and Julie Dean Scholarship for science or mathematic students; and, the Jerry Brief and Barb Largent Brief Scholarship for alumni of S Francis High School. (IE2)
  • Thanks to the generosity of Foundation Board member Kim Hagerty, and her family, the NMC Foundation is pleased to announce the new Hagerty-Simao Family Scholar In its first year, the scholarship will support second year female students who demonstrate leadership skills or potential, recommended by faculty/staff in any program with a preference for students in aviation and the Commitment Scholarship Program. Additionally, the fund will provide direct support for Commitment Scholarships. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • WNMC received its largest major gift to date and it’s already making a difference. Donor Dr. Bill Weiss is a longtime listener and widower of Shirley Weiss who was an NMC alumnae and dedicated WNMC volunteer. He has given a gift of $35,000 that is already being used in part for a transformational upgrade of the studio equipment as it plans for a temporary move soon and its future new space in West Hall. Bill was very earnest that his gift be used for studio capital expenditures and is pleased to know he has had a part in making this important NMC program even stronger. (IE1, IE2)
  • Scott Goethals has completed training to become an official Palo Alto Networks Academy Trainer. He is now able to deliver curriculum to his students and the wider community based on the Palo Alto Networks firewall platform, which simplifies personal computer security to better equip users to protect their data. Scott also recently presented to the Grand Traverse Newcomers Club on the topic of Security Best Practices for protecting computer systems and personal data from theft. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • Congratulations to NMC Faculty member Diane Clark on her recent literary accomplishments! Diane’s article titled “Retirement: The Grand Finale (Allegro Giocoso)” was recently published in the March 2018 Edition of The Choral Journal. A glowing review of her book So You Want to Sing Barbershop? was recently published in the March/April
  • 2018 edition of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Journal. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • NMC is the leading community college in Michigan for study abroad and currently ranks 17th nationally for participating in short-term study abroad. NMC was also recently awarded a completion certificate from the Institute for International Education Generation Study Abroad Initiative, one of only a few community colleges to have reached the goal of doubling student participation in study abroad by the end of the decade. The Office of International Services and Service Learning recently concluded another successful study abroad travel season, with 60 students and 13 faculty and staff members participating in academic study abroad opportunities in Ireland (Humanities: Peace Studies/Conflict Resolution), Italy (Culinary Arts), Indonesia (Marine Technology, UAS & Water Studies), India (Humanities: World Cultures and Eastern Religions and Costa Rica (Water Studies and Early Childhood Education. Over the past six years, 333 students and 35 faculty and staff leaders have participated in study abroad experiences in 17 different countries through NMC. (IE1, IE2, IE4)

Activities of Note: Tim

  • I traveled to the Denver area to participate in the AFIT (Alliance for Innovation and Transformation) Think Tank at Aims Community College May 29- Part of this meeting was spent planning for the 2018 Summer Institute, which will take place in Kansas City, MO, in the beginning of August. NMC is planning to send two teams comprised of faculty and staff. One team (the NMC Experiential Learning team) will focus on the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) early adopters track, and the other team on the transformers track.
  • June 8-10 was filled with STEM related events and programming including the Space Expo Dinner at Black Star Farms, a panel of space industry experts held Friday at Parsons-Stulen, Mission One STEM Expo held Saturday, and a balloon-based satellite launch held on Sunday. All supporters believe there is a future in space business for the Grand Traverse area. Thanks to partners Atlas Space Operations, CASIS, Newton’s Road, NMC, Michigan Crossroads Council Exploring BSA, Bill and Phyllis Donberg and Family, Black Star Farms, Promethient, Ron and Marty Yocum, RJG, Inc., Bill Marsh Automotive Group, Aluminum Extruders Council and Aluminum Anodizers Council, Magnitude.io, Traverse Area Chamber, Fifth Third Bank and Dennos Museum Center.
  • Saturday, June 16, was the formal grand reopening and dedication of The New De The recent expansion was made possible through generous gifts from lead donors Diana and Richard Milock, Barbara and Dudley Smith, Susie and Bill Janis, Edward and Sharon Rutkowski, Debby and Dan Edson, Chris Dennos, and Doug Bishop and Family. If you have not been in the Dennos since this renovation, you need to go. This has always been a world class facility and the new spaces are fantastic. One of the current exhibits is the National Geographic exhibition – Monster Fish. It is great for children and adults!

Legislative Issues

State

  • The State budget process is in its final stages with House and Senate conferees voting out the FY19 Community College appropriations bill on June The full House and Senate have also acted, sending the legislation to the Governor for his signature. As expected, the bill provides a 1% increase in overall spending, which was distributed amongst community colleges in a two-part way: based on an equivalent of a 2% base increase through the Personal Property Tax distribution and, also, through the traditional community college funding formula. For NMC, as a result of this budget, we are expecting to see a 1.2% increase over FY18 funding levels, which equals an additional $116,500 ($50,800 in non-formula adjustments and $65,700 in formula distribution).
  • In addition to acting on the State Budget, the legislature also responded to the submittal of signatures in support of repealing Michigan’s Prevailing Wage law (a citizen initiated state statute ballot initiative), and passed legislation last week that removes the requirement that union scale wages be paid to workers on public construction projects.
  • Finally, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced legislation aimed at preventing and addressing sexual assault, passing similar legislation to the House passed legislation earlier this yea
  • It is expected that State lawmakers will proceed to a summer recess period following the passage of budget bills this wee

Federal

  • It appears increasingly likely that the S. House will take up immigration reform legislation before departing for their summer recess period.
  • The immigration legislation votes would be the product of a so-called discharge petition, which if signed by enough members of the U.S. House, would compel the Speaker of the House to hold series of votes on four immigration bills focused on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
  • We are also tracking a vote in the House on the Higher Education Act (PROSPER Act). Unfortunately, this legislation is greatly concerning to community colleges, and we are urging our Congressional members to indicate their opposition to leadership. Impacts of the PROSPER Act would include billions of dollars in cuts to student aid and the implementation of institutional risk-sharing penalties. However, even if the act were to pass the House, its future in the Senate is bleak, potentially setting up a conference committee showdown at some point in the future.

Miscellaneous

  • June 26 – Fellows Dinner, Dennos Museum Center
  • July 24-27 – MCCA Summer Institute, Traverse City

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. She attended NMC following high school and graduated with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Office Administration – Administrative Assistant in June 1987. She was hired by NMC in a temporary capacity as Secretary – Marketing Research in January 1987 and as a regular employee in that position in July 1987. Deb became Secretary – Tourism in the Business Development Center in July 1990. Many of us remember Deb associated with EES, as she was in that area of NMC for 21 years, starting out as Division Secretary in July 1991 and moving up to Program Assistant in 1995. In July 2012 Deb made a difficult decision to leave EES to become the Event Scheduler for the college. She was wonderful in that position, as with her previous positions, dealing with both internal and external customers. Deb did continue her education working toward a BS in Community Development at CMU. I think I speak for most all NMC employees when I express a deep sadness that will be felt throughout NMC and the community. Please keep Deb’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult loss.

Visitation will take place Friday, June 8, 2018, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 9, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 at the Kalkaska Funeral home. The funeral service will take place on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at noon, in the Chapel of the Kalkaska Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Kalkaska. (Full obituary)

Tim

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

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.

  • Another CIT Industry Night Out was held on April 8 at Midwestern Broadcasting here in Traverse City. The company hosted a “happy hour” themed event for area youth and young adults enrolled in computer-networking/engineering classes at NMC and Traverse City High School Vocational programs. The event was a success. Students got introduced to and educated about the mechanical intricacies of a radio operation. Midwestern Broadcasting actually hired an NMC student due to this event. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • NMC CIT faculty hosted a Hackathon for the AP Computer Science Principles students regionally. The day provided the students extended time to work on their Performance Task for the AP Exam, along with an opportunity to learn more about NMC’s Engineering Tech programs and experience a Virtual Reality demonstration. Elk Rapids, Grand Traverse Academy, and St. Francis school districts participated on Friday, April 20. Teachers and students expressed their appreciation for the opportunity and the CIT department is looking to expand the event next year to include more districts. (IE1, IE2, IE4, IE5)
  • The 2018 graduating glass of the Michigan State University’s Institute of Agricultural Technology selected Brian Matchett (NMC/MSU Program Coordinator) as the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award. The MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology’s 2018 graduating class consisted of 175 students, 10 of which were enrolled in one of our partnership programs offered at NMC. (IE1)
  • An international team comprised of both NMC employees and industry professionals successfully delivered Marine Technology courses to students at Yellow River Conservancy Technical Institute in Kaifeng, China. This fulfills NMC degree requirements for students in the Surveying and Mapping major at YRCTI and represents the first international delivery of NMC credentials at a foreign institution. (IE1, IE2, IE3)
  • An interdisciplinary team comprised of students from the Marine Technology bachelor’s program, Engineering Technology – Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Freshwater Studies are conducting a comprehensive research investigation of the coral reef system surrounding Bunaken National Park in Manado, Indonesia. This team of 16 persons, led by Ed Bailey, Technical Division Director, will conduct subsurface sonar and ROV investigations, aerial video camera and multispectral imaging, and water quality measurement and monitoring at multiple locations around the island and local community. The area, located in the center of the “Coral Triangle” is home to over 390 different species of coral facing ecosystem challenges from both climate change as well as being a very popular tourist destination. Ed Bailey had previously visited the country and developed the relationship with the Politeknik Negeri in Manado. As part of this experience, students in the BSMT are completing a required capstone course for their NMC bachelor’s degree and the UAS and FWS students are completing a required Water Studies Internship course. (IE1, IE2, IE3)
  • Jack Jameison, NMC Marine Technology bachelor’s student, was awarded two scholarships totaling $3500 from The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA). The first scholarship was one of two awarded from the Midwest Chapter of THSOA which serves as the focal point for hydrographic activities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota & Wisconsin. The second scholarship was awarded from the national office and represented one of four that were awarded nationally. NMC has been a THSOA member organization since 2009 and many of our students have been the recipients of these scholarships. Marine Technology students, interns and graduates are well received by employers in this industry sector.
  • NMC Marine Technology bachelor’s students are 100% employed in the marine field within approximately two months of graduation. Many companies hire directly from internships and employers are requesting more talent. This success is a direct result of all the faculty and staff who prepare these graduates on a day to day basis. The Marine Technology program is the only of its kind in the United States and serves an ever increasing workforce need. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Lisa Blackford took her PSY250 to the Nursing Lab with Prof. Betsy Boris for a cross discipline Experiential Learning class of Hearing Voices Simulation. Following that success, she partnered with Cheryl Bloomquist to bring her PSY101 class to the Child Care Center for some interaction with the kids as they covered their developmental unit. (IE2)
  • NMC IT Academy Olympics, were held Friday, May 4, at the James Beckett Building. The event, now in its third year, gives students from the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) Career-Tech Center the chance to put their skills to practical use. This year, for the first time, NMC also invited students from the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center in Cadillac. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • Educational Media Technologies facilitated an online learning orientation prototype program during the fall and spring semesters. Fifteen courses participated during fall and 23 courses participated in the spring. Courses that made the orientation mandatory had a 99% completion rate. Eight courses will participate during summer 2018. (IE1, IE5)

Activities of Note: Tim

  • At the end of April, I traveled to Dallas, Texas, for the AACC Conference, where I presented on “Effective Legislative Advocacy to Support Student Success” and attended the Phi Theta Kappa President’s Breakfast to celebrate NMC student Alex Briggs, Michigan’s 2018 New Century Scholar.
  • Honors Convocation and Commencement took place the first weekend of May. Over 200 students participated in the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5, at Traverse City Central High School. Ed Reynolds, Dr. Robert Tanis, and Trevor Tkach were honored as Outstanding Alumni this year, while Imogene Wise Faculty Excellence Awards went to math instructor Steve Drake and science adjunct instructor Julia Sherrin. Thank you to trustees who participated in Commencement and other graduation weekend events. All seven of the Trustees were present at Saturday afternoon’s commencement and the GLMA Graduation Dinner later that evening. Congratulations NMC Class of 2018!
  • The Higher Learning Commission’s Dr. Linnea Stinson visited NMC on Monday, May 7, in preparation for our March 2019 peer review visit. There was excellent participation in all sessions held with Dr. Stinson and she was very complimentary of the work NMC had done to complete an impressive Systems Portfolio and in the work NMC has done toward student success. We can now look forward toward our accreditation review site visit in March 2019.
  • I participated in the MCCA President’s Meeting, held May 10-11 in Lansing. As chair of the MCCA Legislative Committee, I provided the legislative update on the following issues affecting community colleges that were then discussed:
    • MPSERS and Part-time Students
    • Sexual Assault and Misconduct
    • Michigan New Jobs Training Program
    • Medicaid Work Requirement
    • FY 2018-19 Appropriations Process
    • Personal Property Tax Reimbursements
  • Thank you Ross Childs for representing the Board with your attendance at the May 19 Commitment Induction Ceremony where 42 deserving 9th grade area high school students were inducted at the Dennos Museum. The program offers full tuition to NMC for students who meet program requirements when they enter college in 2021.
  • We had a beautiful spring day for the 63rd NMC BBQ on May 20. While meals served were slightly lower than last year at 5,432, attendees enjoyed a picnic lunch, live music, kids’ games, program and classroom displays, and much more. Thank you to all of you who volunteered to provide this historical community event on NMC’s campus. Mark your calendars for next year’s BBQ on May 19, 2019.

Legislative Issues

State

  • Both the State House and Senate have passed their respective FY19 budgets, including the budgets for Michigan’s 28 community colleges. Both chambers include a 1% increase for community colleges, but the House and Senate differ as to whether to disburse that increase through the performance funding formula or through a method similar to what was done during the current fiscal year. For NMC, the Senate version would increase our funding by 1.9% ($185,200) while the House version would provide a .9% increase, or $85,300. Following the May Revenue Estimating Conference this week, the House and Senate conference committee negotiations are expected to take place in the next few weeks with a final budget passed in early June.

    We also continue to track the House Law and Justice Committee and their continued hearings on sexual assault legislation, as well as the House Financial Liability Committee and their work on part time student retirement legislation.

Federal

  • At the federal level, we continue to track the Higher Education Act (HEA) and if Congress will move to re-authorize this important piece of legislation for community colleges. Given ongoing differences between the two chambers (House and Senate) it is unlikely that both chambers will pass a HEA reauthorization bill this year. However, House Republicans have passed a reauthorization bill (HR 4508) out of committee that was not supported by community colleges.

Miscellaneous

  • June 26 – Fellows Dinner, Dennos Museum Center

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.

  • Math Instructor Deb Pharo presented at the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics in Washington, D.C. in March. (IE1)
  • The Public Relations, Marketing and Communications team earned the highest national honor from its professional organization for our publication Nexus. The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations awarded Nexus the gold level Paragon for its strength in telling NMC success stories to a broad audience with a compelling visual presentation. (IE3)
  • Facilities worked with Munson Daycare representatives, Cornerstone Architects and State Fire Inspector to formulate a plan to move the NMC Daycare from the Oleson Center to the PE building. (IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • Alexandra Briggs, a liberal arts student at NMC, was named Michigan’s 2018 New Century Scholar, the top community college student in the state. (IE1)
  • In keeping with our donors’ wishes, the NMC Foundation has established two new endowed scholarships for NMC students: The Raymond and Julie Dean Scholarship for science or mathematic students. And, the Jerry Brief and Barb Largent Brief Scholarship for alumni of St. Francis High School. (IE2)
  • Congratulations to NMC Audio Tech Student Chris Reid on his acceptance to Grand Valley State University in their Film and Video Program. Chris has also been awarded several scholarships: the Stehouwer Family Scholarship, the Patricia & Gene Wolff Memorial Scholarship, and the Jane M. & Chester R. Jones Scholarship. Additionally, Chris has created a weekly video series called “Music Monday” in which he interviews bands and talks about music that has been a big influence on him. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Congratulations to NMC Music Student Michael Robens on his acceptance into the music program at Western Michigan University. Michael will continue his music studies as a Jazz Major in WMU’s highly competitive Jazz Program—one of the best in the country. Congrats Michael! (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Congratulations to the NMC Choreography and Performance Dance Class, and their instructor, NMC Faculty member Dorothy Eisenstein, who participated in a collaborative project with guest art therapist, Sylvia Walworth. This mask-making project integrated aspects of mask, movement, and metaphor, and will be presented in an upcoming performance. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Congratulation to the NMC Jazz Lab and Jazz Big Bands, and their director, NMC Music Faculty member Laurie Sears, on two amazing performances in March. Both performance were exceptionally received, and helped promote NMC and the NMC Music Department. Bravo to Laurie and members of our jazz bands! (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Bravo to the NMC Dance students, and their instructor, NMC Faculty member Dorothy Eisenstein, on their concert of dance entitled “Imagine Dance” in April. The concert featured choreography and performances designed by NMC faculty and students. Enthusiastic audience members were treated to: modern dance, improvisation, hip-hop, and partner dance that was presented through solo and ensemble forms. Congrats Dorothy and the NMC Dance Department! (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Bravo to NMC Music Faculty members: Jeanmarie Riccobono, Scott Sorenson, and Dorothy Vogel who performed with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, March 18. This powerful concert featured the music of Daugherty, Shostakovich, and Beethoven. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Congratulations to NMC Faculty member Jerry Young (adjunct instructor of tuba) who has been appointed Interim Director of Development for the International Tuba – Euphonium Association. His review of the new release of a compact disc recording of euphonium and trombone solos by Henry Charles Smith appeared in the winter issue of the ITEA Journal. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Congratulations to NMC Faculty member Dorothy Vogel who performed a cycle of concerts with the members of the Cummings String Quartet. Performances included concerts at Cordia at Grand Traverse Commons Chamber Music Series in Traverse City, Circle of Arts in Charlevoix, and Music from Park Church Mid-Day Series in Grand Rapids. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Congratulations to NMC’s Director of Music Programs, Jeffrey Cobb, on the premier of his latest composition, “The Promise of Peace” at Carnegie Hall in early April. The piece, which was a collaboration between Jeffrey and his poet wife, Laura, was commissioned for a large choral festival of high school students from around the nation. Jeffrey was also the guest conductor and clinician for the event. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • 11 student volunteers participated in the NMC Foundation’s annual Student Phone-a-thon on March 15. Students thanked donors for their past gifts and ask them to renew their support. Student callers earned $10/hour for their student group. During the event, students learned about the NMC Foundation, philanthropy, and fundraising. They also practiced marketing, communication, and letter-writing skills. Students asked donors to renew their support to NMC’s Annual Fund, which supports every student, every day at NMC by supporting the college’s greatest needs. (IE1, IE2, IE3)
  • Thank you to the faculty, staff, students, donors, and NMC representatives who made the 26th annual Scholarship Luncheon so meaningful. We came together to celebrate donors to NMC and everything their support makes possible for our students. Many student scholarship recipients got to meet their scholarship donors! We heard wonderful speeches from two students about the tremendous impact of receiving scholarships. We also heard from Janet Jackson, former faculty member and Director of the Health Occupations Division at NMC. In 2014, Janet and her husband Ron established the Janet and Ronald Jackson Nursing Scholarship Fund. She shared how much NMC means to her family and why she established a scholarship fund. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)

Activities of Note: Tim

  • Chris Bott and I attended the MCCA Spring Board of Directors Meeting at Glen Oaks Community College on March 22-23. A highlight of the meeting was a presentation on the talent ecosystem in Michigan by Lee Adams from the Upjohn Institute where he discussed the three pillars of labor supply—talent attraction, retention, and development.
  • A team from NMC traveled to Chicago for the second Business Innovation Factory (BIF) Design Sprint. The AQIP Experiential Learning Team felt the sessions were very beneficial and are motivated to continue implanting this initiative at NMC. The presentation on this topic to the Board at their April 23 meeting will be available on the Board materials website.
  • While in Chicago I also attended the President’s Program of the HLC Annual Conference. Next month our HLC liaison, Dr. Linnea Stenson, will be visiting our campus in preparation for our March 2019 peer review visit.
  • I was also able to spend an evening with NMC student attending the concurring SGA Leadership Conference, also in Chicago.
  • Thank you to all who were able to attend the Taste of Success on April 6 at the Hagerty Center that benefits the NMC Great Lakes Culinary program. The event was a great success and I believe a good time was had by all!
  • The college celebrated with past and new retirees on April 11, as well as honoring faculty and staff service awards. This is a special event to celebrate the wonderful talent NMC offers through faculty and staff. Congratulations to the Foundation Excellence Award winners Linda Racine, Coordinator of Program Advancement for Lifelong and Professional Learning; and the Food Pantry Founding Team of Lisa Thomas, Paul Kolak, Tarah Elhardan, Alice Sluss, Kristy McDonald, Brandon Everest, Lisa Blackford and Robert Scott.
  • Thank you, also, to those available to attend the annual scholarship luncheon. This is always a heartwarming event that provides the rare opportunity for donors and student recipients to get to know one another and hear the wonderful stories of each.
  • This past Saturday I, along with many NMC employees and students, as well as community members, participated in the Big Little Hero Race organized by students of Kristy McDonald’s as an experiential learning project. Thank you to all who were part of this worthwhile event and learning project

Legislative Issues

State

  • The State legislature has returned from its spring recess and quickly gotten back to work on the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 budget. Just prior to the spring break, the House Appropriations Community Colleges Subcommittee met and approved its version of the bill, which included an overall 1% increase for colleges to be distributed through the performance funding formula. Last week, the Senate Appropriations Community College Subcommittee met and also approved a 1% increase. For NMC this would equate to a .9% increase over last year’s levels and provide a total appropriation of $9,594,200.
  • On Thursday, April 19, NMC participated in the MCCA’s Community College Legislative Day at the capitol in Lansing. During this event we met with our state elected officials to continue our ongoing discussion of the importance of investing in community colleges.

Federal

  • Prior to the federal Easter in-district work period, Congress passed the FY2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which provides funding for the federal government through September 30, 2018. Both U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and U.S. Senator Gary Peters voted in favor of this bill, with Congressman Jack Bergman voting against. The bill includes a $175 dollar increase in the maximum Pell Grant for the upcoming year, which will positively impact our students. In academic year 2016-17, there were 1,510 NMC students receiving Pell Grant support, which represents 29.5% of our unduplicated student population and totals over $5 million dollars. Also of importance in this legislation was a doubling of the federal funding for the Great Lakes Maritime Academy. The bill included $1 million dollars for the Academy, which will enable NMC to improve the ship’s docking area by installing mooring bollards and mooring fenders. The legislation also includes funds to ensure Academy cadets who volunteer to serve in the U.S. Navy after graduation, will continue to receive an annual stipend of $8,000. We appreciate Senator Stabenow and Senator Peters for their support of this bill and these important programs.
  • NMC was honored to host U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow on April 4 as she convened veteran service and resource organizations from the region for a veteran roundtable discussion. Participating from NMC were Todd Neibauer, Vice President for Student Services and Technologies, Scott Herzberg, POC for Military and Veterans Services, and Scott Fairbank, Director of Maritime Admissions. The discussion was wide ranging but included points on the effectiveness of the GI Bill and suggestions on how to better give college credit for military service. We appreciate the Senator holding this roundtable discussion at NMC and hope that the information shared was valuable to all who attended.

Miscellaneous

  • Honors Convocation—May 4 at 4:45 p.m. at Milliken Auditorium, Dennos Museum Center
  • Commencement is May 5, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Traverse City Central High School
  • GLMA Graduation Dinner—May 5, 2018 at the Hagerty Center. Reception at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
  • NMC BBQ is on Sunday, May 20

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.

  • NMC’s first Open Classroom Week took place the week of Feb. 26. Sixteen faculty members volunteered to open their face-to-face and online classrooms to their colleagues as a way to promote contemplation and conversation about teaching and learning at NMC. This event was sponsored by CIE. (IE1, IE4)
  • The Advising Center held a training session and created a training video resource for faculty advisors to refresh their skills using MAP (My Academic Plan) and Plans. As we continue to scale up use of these important advising tools, faculty have been excellent partners in helping students access and learn how to use MAP to track their degree progress, as well as use Plans to create semester-by-semester plans for goal completion. (IE2, IE3)
  • In May, NMC will launch a revised and improved model for New Student Orientation. The Advising Center, working closely with Student Life, met with academic areas to discuss and plan for how advising will be structured with this new model. Responding to student feedback from previous orientation years, academic advising will now take place in each individual academic area to give students a better overall experience. Faculty advisors will introduce students to their program area, show them how to use MAP and create a first-semester Plan. There will be opportunities for students to meet others in their program area and have a more positive first advising experience at NMC. (IE2, IE3, IE5)
  • Instructional Librarian Ann Geht, reports that 100% of this semester’s English Composition students received information literacy instruction from Osterlin librarians. All NMC students learn critical thinking skills and the ability to find and assess reliable sources of information thanks to a long-standing partnership between the library and the Communications Department. (IE1, IE5)
  • Thirty-nine faculty saved students $149,500 this semester by choosing to teach with free or low- cost (<$40) textbooks. This brings the total saved since fall 2015 to $809,600. This accomplishment was acknowledged and celebrated during Open Education Week, March 5-9, in the library. A list of OER faculty and their courses can be found at nmc.libguides.com/freeandopen/textbookheroes (IE1, IE2, IE3)
  • The Hagerty Center hosted the Distinguished Service Award Luncheon and the Annual Celebration Gala for the Traverse City Chamber’s Annual Celebration week. Both events were a huge success and really showcased the capabilities of the Hagerty Center to the community. (IE2, IE5)
  • Training began March 1 for the first of five Industry Lead Collaboratives (ILC) including participation from thirteen companies from manufacturing, food processing and service industries. The ILC’s are funded under a special program within the Michigan Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF). (IE2)
  • The NMC Technology Help Desk (THD) posted 3 new Knowledgebase (KB) sites. There is a student KB, an Employee KB and a Tech KB. These resources are all tip sheets related to typical THD questions and issues for the client group. The supplemental THD staff created all of these materials. The THD will continue to add and modify documents in each KB. An example of a KB is the employee one which can be found at employees.nmc.edu/depts/tech- support/ . (IE3)
  • Music Department accolades:
    • Congratulations to NMC music student Shauna Shattuck. Because of her hard work and diligence, she has been hired as a worship leader (vocalist) in a large local church. Shauna, one of our many talented music majors, is involved in music courses, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Chamber Singers.
    • Congratulations to NMC Music Faculty member Dorothy Vogel on her performance in two chamber music recitals with members of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. She appeared on January 23 with principal violist Renee Skerik and principal clarinetist (and fellow NMC faculty member) Jeanmarie Riccobono, and on February 15 with principal bassist Gary Gatzke. The concerts took place in the Cordia Theater in Traverse City.
    • Congratulations to NMC music faculty member Laurie Sears! Laurie has maintained a busy performance schedule outside of her teaching (including applied music for flute and saxophone, and directing the two NMC Jazz Bands) including performances for the Broadway touring show production of the musical “Chicago” at the Midland Performing Arts Center; regularly performing Thursdays at the West Bay Beach Holiday Inn, Traverse City, with the Jeff Haas group; and performances with the Grand Rapids Symphony on their “Symphony with Soul, a Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.”
    • Congratulations to the NMC Concert Band and Grand Traverse Chorale, and their directors John Campbell and Jeffrey Cobb, on a successful Winter Concert. This performance of works for band and choir included works by John Rutter and John Williams, and featured special guest musicians from the Interlochen Arts Academy and our own Dorothy Vogel on keyboard. The Concert Band and GT Chorale were greeted by an enthusiastic audience of 300+ community members in Milliken Auditorium.
    • Bravo to our NMC Audio Tech students, and NMC Audio Tech Faculty (David Chown, Jack Conners, Brady Corcoran, Jonah Powell, and Patrick Niemisto), for their fantastic work at the Great Indoor Folk Festival at Building 50 on February 25. Our students, with our faculty’s support and supervision, ran sound for three different stage locations for over 100 musical acts. Bravo NMC Audio Tech students!
    • Bravo to members of the NMC Children’s Choir, Chamber Singers and Canticum Novum who shared the stage on February 25 for a wonderful concert of choral music from around the world. Over 300 (!) NMC singers took the stage to share American folk songs and music from India, Haiti, Denmark, Canada, and France. It was an amazing event involving singers from age 8 to 80!
    • Congratulations to the NMC Chamber Singers and Canticum Novum and their director, Jeffrey Cobb, on their wonderful performance as part of the 6th Annual Pure Acappella Concert. These talented singers shared the stage with other groups from the Grand Traverse area in a benefit concert funding music scholarships for young singers.
    • Bravo to our NMC Audio Tech students, and NMC Audio Tech Faculty member Jonah Powell, and their successful run at the Picnic at the Opera concert series. Our students, under Jonah’s supervision, have run sound for this live, televised event. This is a fantastic opportunity for real-world work for our Audio Tech students – they have made us all proud! (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)

Activities of Note: Tim

  • I had a chance to meet Patti Brandt Burgess, reporter covering NMC news and events for the Traverse City Record Eagle. Patti comes to the Record Eagle after several years on the Leelanau Enterprise staff. Prior to that she worked for downstate newspaper.
  • NMC hosted Michigan Department of Talent & Economic Development Director Roger Curtis and Chief Deputy Director Jeremy Hendges at the Parsons-Stulen building on March 1. This visit gave us an ability to showcase the investments made in equipment throughout the Michigan Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program grant, as well as discuss how community colleges might continue to work with the Governor on his Marshall Plan for Talent. It was a productive visit and we enjoyed hosting the Director on campus.
  • A team from NMC recently attended the AFIT (previously CQIN) conference in Kansas City, MO. The focus of this session was planning for the upcoming 2018 Summer Institute with the theme of Reinventing the Higher Education Business Model. One of the learning partners for the summer institute is Saul Kaplan, CEO of the Business Innovation Factory, a real-world laboratory for exploring and testing new business models and social systems. Some of NMC’s Experiential Learning AQIP project team members were among those attending from NMC. It was a true plan, do, check, adjust experience to best prepare for the other upcoming sessions planned for our EL team members, as their work guides us to shrift our lens to that of our learners to best meet their needs and expectations for success. The team will be attending another session in April.

Legislative Issues

  • On March 2, NMC hosted a legislative breakfast in the Osterlin building on central campus where we had a chance to present NMC’s 2018 Advocacy Agenda to state and federal elected officials and their staff. This event was well attended and focused on the need to support investments in community college infrastructure, people, institutions and our future. We also focused on the need for State Capital Outlay funding for renovations to the Osterlin building, as well as provided an update on our 21st Century Innovation Center and new North Residence Hall. We received positive feedback on the event and look forward to continuing this dialogue with our elected officials.
  • We have also been tracking several legislative items in Lansing and Washington that are moving currently. This includes legislation at the State level, which would allow community colleges better access to student data. After months of advocacy in support of these bills, they were finally passed by the House and Senate and now go to the Governor for his signature. There is also legislation that was recently introduced in Lansing that would extend the authority on bonding under the Michigan New Jobs Training Program through December 2023, something that we support. Currently the bonding authority expires after December 31, 2018.
  • Building on the success of the Michigan New Jobs Training Program (NJTP), at the federal level, Senator Stabenow recently introduced legislation that would create a federal New Skills for New Jobs program which would leverage and match state investments. In rolling out this bill, Senator Stabenow held a press conference in Traverse City and featured Marguerite Cotto as a speaker to highlight the success that NMC has had with the NJTP.
  • Finally, we continue to track the State Appropriations process and are advocating for a 2% increase for community colleges over the governor’s proposed amount. We are also hopeful that our Osterlin Building Learning Support Services Renovation Project will be considered to be included in our state legislature’s capital outlay bill this year.

Miscellaneous

  • The NMC Retirement & Recognition Reception is April 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the Hagerty Center.
  • Commencement is May 5, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Traverse City Central High School.

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.

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 Northwestern Michigan College Perceptual Learning Method/Modules Project (PLM) has been selected to receive this year’s Liberal Arts Network for Development (LAND) Institutional Excellence Award. The award was presented at the 2018 LAND Conference, on Thursday, February 22, 2018. The purpose of the Perceptual Learning Method/Module is to introduce and reinforce concepts, ideas, or meaning without detailed explanation. The aim is to SHOW learners a concept, idea, or meaning and allow them to experience, see, and learn what IT is.
  • Ann Hosler, NMC writing student, will be honored at the LAND conference in Muskegon for her poetry piece, “I Still Love You,” which placed in LAND’S student creative writing competition. Her work will be published after the conference in LAND’s online Creative Writing Journal. (IE1, IE3)
  • GLMA license exam result update for January 2018:
    • Engine: Two cadets who had one retake each, both passed on January 15. All 14 engine cadets have now completed the exams required for issuance of their Merchant Marine Officer’s License.
    • Deck (license): Two cadets had one re-take each. One passed his re-take (with a score of 100). The other has opted to take a week study. He will re-test in Toledo. 13 deck cadets sat for license, 12 passed all seven modules. These cadets began taking the exams for First Class Pilot, Great Lakes on January 15 (a cadet must successfully complete the license exams before he or she can begin their pilotage exams).
    • Pilotage: 12 cadets took 24 pilotage exams over the past week (three exam modules for each Great Lakes, and three for the St. Mary’s River, the St. Claire River, and the Detroit River). 11 cadets passed all 24 modules, these cadets passed 31 U.S. Coast Guard exam modules over a two-week period. The other cadet completed the majority of the pilotage exams and will finish the remaining modules later this semester. (IE1)
  • Traverse City Track Club awarded the Big Brother/Big Sister Big Little Hero Race (coordinated by NMC business students) favorite local race for 2017. (IE2, IE4)
  • NMC’s Computer Information Technology program Industry Night Out at Hagerty Insurance on January 25 had more than 100 students in attendance. Industry Night Out is a chance for students to tour local businesses and see first-hand how they utilize technology. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • The CIT Department volunteered as judges for the VEX Robotics competition held on Saturday, December 9, at Grand Traverse Academy. Forty-two teams from across the state converged for this regional qualifying tournament. The CIT Department’s robot, Rosie, was present and provided entertainment to participants between rounds. (IE1, IE2, IE4, IE5)
  • The NMC pantry opened on November 1, 2017. The following shows numbers served over the past 3 months:
    • November 2017 – 94 food pantry orders – submitted by 54 students, serving 222 students/dependents.
    • December 2017 – 67 orders – submitted by 56 students, serving 202 students/dependents.
    • January 2018 – 37 orders – submitted by 23 students, serving 96 students/dependents. (IE3)

Activities of Note: Tim

  • As I shared at the January Board meeting, Gabe Schneider, Michael Estes and I attended the MCCA Legislative Summit in Lansing on January 24. The MCCA program included a welcome from Representative Joseph Bellino, and guests Rick Pluta and Zoe Clark, co-hosts of Michigan Radio’s It’s Just Politics. Part of the summit included guest speakers, and the rest of the day was scheduled for legislative visits. We met with representatives Tristan Cole, Daire Rendon, Curt Vanderwall, Michelle Hoitenga, and senators Wayne Schmidt and Darwin Booher. We also met with the folks from the State Budget Office about our capital outlay project request and were successful in getting our request scored following the meeting.
  • I had a meeting with Marguerite Cotto, Brian Matchett, and Dr. Randy Showerman, Director of the Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology, to talk about the potential development of a new program to include food processing and technology.
  • Several trustees and a number of NMC employees attended events of the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce Annual Celebration week, January 22-26. The new format and NMC Hagerty Center location seemed to be very successful. The festivities included honoring former trustee Elaine Wood with the Distinguished Service Award at a luncheon and an evening celebration with other Chamber Members.
  • Marguerite Cotto and I attended a Michigan Technological University alumni event on at the Park Place hotel designed to network with other businesses and individuals to identify reoccurring themes for all of us to better serve innovative companies in our community.
  • Vicki Cook, Marguerite Cotto, and I met with Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities representatives Hans Voss, Dan Worth, Ric Evans, Tim Pulliam, and Skip Pruss to discuss potential renewable energy systems for NMC.
  • A new Record-Eagle writer Patty Brandt-Burgess has been assigned to NMC and Diana Fairbanks, Marguerite Cotto, Todd Neibauer and I had an initial meeting with her last week.
  • Thank you Kennard and Judy Weaver for representing the Board by attending the GLMA Alumni Association Dinner last Saturday, February 17. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, but know from past years that it is a nice event for GLMA alumni and cadets.

Legislative Issues

State

  • Last week, Governor Snyder revealed his 8th and final Executive Budget Recommendation. While the recommendation stated that community colleges are “integral to attaining the Governor’s goal of ensuring that at least 60 percent of Michigan residents have high-quality skills training, a degree or other credential by 2025,” the proposal unfortunately did not propose any new funding or support for Michigan’s 28 community colleges. Specifically, the proposal would continue FY18 funding levels ($9,508,900 in operations funding) for NMC. It also did not include any capital outlay projects, including NMC’s Osterlin Learning Support Services Renovation project. Therefore, NMC will be advocating with our legislators for an appropriations increase and inclusion of our capital outlay project as the legislative appropriations process moves forward.

Federal

  • Also, last week in Washington, Congress passed a short term funding bill to avert a government shutdown and a two-year budget framework deal, which sets overall spending levels for the federal government for FY18 and FY19. Specific to community colleges, the raising of the budget caps as part of this budget framework is good news. We were also glad to see that the budget framework included $4 billion for “student- centered programs that aid college completion and affordability.” The details of this funding have yet to be announced and we will continue to monitor the development of the FY18 budget, which is most likely to pass prior to the March 23 expiration of the current short-term continuing resolution.
  • In addition to FY18 federal spending levels, we were interested to review the President’s FY19 Budget Recommendation. Unfortunately, much like the President’s FY18 Budget Recommendation, this proposal makes drastic cuts to education and talent programs. This includes proposals to eliminate the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and GEAR UP funding and make significant reductions to the Department of Education and Department of Labor, including to the Pell Grant program. Related to funding for state maritime academies, the President’s Budget also cuts funding for academy support and fuel assistance payments. Fortunately, as with past executive budget proposals, we know that Congress will look to weigh in with their own proposals and, coupled with the raised spending caps, we are hopeful that these important funding sources are protected.
  • To continue our advocacy efforts, we look forward to hosting our Northern Michigan state and federal legislative delegation in early March for a discussion of our 2018 Advocacy Agenda and specifically how state and federal budgets impact NMC.

Miscellaneous

  • Legislative Roundtable and Breakfast—March 2, 2018, Osterlin Library, Room 204
  • Board of Trustees SGA Dinner—March 19, 2018, NMC Hagerty Center
  • Taste of Success—April 6, 2018, NMC Hagerty Center

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.

  • The NMC viewbook designed by the Public Relations Marketing and Communications team, with input from Admissions, received a gold Medal of Excellence in Design from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR). The viewbook is the No. 1 print marketing and recruitment tool for the Admissions team’s intended audiences, including prospective students, parents, and influencers. (IE1, IE2, IE3)
  • In an effort to increase retention and persistence, the Advising Center staff made more than 500 phone calls to students registered for fall semester, but not yet registered for spring. These calls had a goal of reminding students about spring registration and acted as a check-in from Advising on progress during the semester. Students were offered assistance with resources to resolve other registration holds on their account, answers to questions about courses for their program of study, as well as connections to other on-campus success resources. (IE3, IE5)
  • Nursing instructor Carole McKee was appointed to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) board. NAMI is a national grassroots organization that focuses on advocacy and education. Their education programs, which are generally free to the consumer, focus on helping families and individuals affected by mental illness. They have programs to educate the public as well, helping increase awareness and reduce stigma. As a board member, Carole will be participating in fundraising and advocacy efforts. (IE1, IE2)
  • Nursing instructor Mac Beeker presented at the Imaging Professionals and Nuclear Medicine Symposium at the Great Wolf Lodge on November 10. There were about 200 attendees. He presented a practical framework for ethics, focusing on the four key pillars of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice, and reviewed the modern history of hallmark bioethics cases in the US. The presentation focused on the roles and responsibilities of all healthcare team members to ensure ethics drives decision-making and to promote a patient- centered foundation for contemporary healthcare. (IE1, IE2)
  • A group of Young Marines visited dining services on December 14 for a few hours of instruction on the use of herbs and spices from Chef Dave and Great Lakes Culinary Institute graduate Casey SeGraves. They also discussed their prior visit in March when they learned tips on reducing sugar and balanced eating with proper portion control and the importance of drinking plenty of water and exercising regularly. Some of the attendees mentioned that they “can’t wait” to take classes at NMC! (IE2, IE4, IE5)
  • Veteran Services reports the following accomplishments:
    • Partnership between NMC and the Traverse City Vet Center will allow the VA to hold group counseling for veterans on campus.
    • Arranged for a Veteran Service Officer (VSO) to come on campus and help our veterans apply for any/all compensation claims.
    • Solidified on-campus yoga and mindfulness class for veterans, which will begin this semester.
    • Community endeavors on behalf of NMC (events will take place this month):
      • Helping to bring in the movie premier for 12 Strong. This will be a fundraiser for a local veteran non-profit.
      • Bill Marsh is auctioning off their Dodge Demon with proceeds going to the TC Patriot Game. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Enrollment Services developed specific communication with different student “groups” (i.e. Health Occupation, Veterans, etc.) to connect them to NMC at the start of their enrollment process. One example of this is the coordination with the Health Occupations department to offer the simulation lab during campus visits to expand the visitation event for prospective students. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE5)
  • Enrollment Services (Admissions, Financial Aid, and Records and Registration) continue to work together as a cohesive team serving students at our one-stop shop. Staff training and confidence in new knowledge areas has advanced greatly since they merged in July. Staff/departments are able to support each other in processing, and students are greeted by friendly faces who are enabled to serve them holistically. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • GLMA Admissions attended the annual Workboat Show tradeshow in Louisiana. There, they made new connection opportunities for potential applicants as well as partners for sea projects and future employment opportunities for cadets. They also had the opportunity to introduce NMC and share all the unique opportunities we have to offer with representatives from Rickover Naval Academy (Chicago, IL) and gave a presentation at the Marion Military Institute (Marion, AL) that resulted in new applicants. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • On four Saturdays between November and December, the Commitment Scholarship Program began it’s first-annual “Soaring Saturdays” commitment event as a way for the class of 2020, high school sophomores in the program, to visit campus with their parents/guardians and discuss what students can do now to prepare for their academic transition from HS to NMC in a couple of years. On each Saturday, the coordinator gave a presentation about the differences between high school vs. college, better preparing for post-secondary education,present at each event to discuss financial aid, financial literacy, and applying for scholarships.
  • Lastly, a student panel of current commitment scholars also spoke about the program, what life is like as an NMC student, etc. After the presentations, a guided tour of East and North Halls was made available by our housing staff, lunch was served in the Hawk Owl Café, and students/parents could inquire about dual enrollment options for their commitment son/daughter. Out of the 96 active students from this cohort, 81 attended one of these dates, which is 84%! (IE1, IE2, IE3)
  • In the fall of 2017 the NMC Board of Trustees approved GLMA’s purchase of a Konsberg Full Mission Engine Room Simulator. The simulator was installed this past December, and GLMA faculty received training on the use of the simulator on December 18-19. This simulator is a substantial upgrade. It will make it easier to record STCW Code competencies, which are required for program competition, and will ensure GLMA engine cadets continue to have the ability to earn a license valid for service on vessels which employ steam propulsion. (IE1)
  • Student Financial Services reports the following attendance numbers for fall (October- December) financial aid outreach to high schools for 2018-2019 financial aid opportunities:
    • Regional financial aid information sessions (one in each service area county plus Manistee): 141
    • Financial aid sessions @ College Night at Great Lakes Campus: 127
    • FAFSA & scholarship workshops: 317
    • Total fall outreach: 585 (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • Congratulations to the NMC Children’s Choirs on their wonderful performances as part of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra’s “Home for the Holidays” concerts! These talented young singers shared music of the holidays to two enthusiastic sold-out crowds. The concert featured over 150 singers from the NMCCC Lyric, Ragazzo, and Cantus choirs—representing students from over 30 area schools in 4th-9th grade. The highlight was their stunning candlelight processional—bravo! (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Congratulations to the NMC Concert Band, and their interim Director John Campbell, on a successful December 13 Holiday Concert. The performance included works by Chip David, Clifton Williams, Leroy Anderson and others. The Concert Band was greeted by an enthusiastic audience of 300+ community members in Milliken Auditorium. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Bravo to the NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and Chamber Singers, and their director Jeffrey Cobb, who shared the stage with 200 singers from area choirs to present “Amid the Winter’s Snow—A Festival of the Music of Dan Forrest.” The choirs were joined on stage by a full orchestra, performing the works of contemporary composer Dan Forrest. The performers also had the opportunity to work with Mr. Forrest throughout the week leading up to the performance. It was an amazing opportunity for our NMC students and community members to work with one of the nation’s most highly regarded composers! (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Liam Strong, Deanna Luton, and Ann Hosler, staff members from NMC’s magazine, each had a poem chosen to be published in Z Publishing House’s “Best Emerging Poets of Michigan” anthology. The book is slated to be published in February 2018 and should be available for purchase on Amazon after its release. Z Publishing House is a book publishing company devoted to promoting the world’s best independent and up-and-coming writers and poets. (IE1, IE3)
  • On January 9 the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) administered the U.S. Merchant Marine Officer Exams to the GLMA senior cadets. Each exam consisted of seven modules, they were administered over a four-day period. Additionally, for the deck cadets three of the seven modules required a minimum passing score of 90%. A total of 27 cadets sat for their exams (14 engine and 13 deck). This resulted in the USCG administering 189 exams over the four- day period. Of these 27 cadets 23 passed all seven exams on the first attempt. Two deck and two engine cadets passed six of the seven exams. No cadet failed more than one exam. Of the 189 exams administered, 185 were passed (97.9%). (IE1)

Activities of Note:  Tim

  • On December 19, 2017, I met with the Marine Center of Excellence Team at our Aero Park Campus to discuss Business Innovation Training. The Continuous Quality Improvement Network (CQIN), of which we are members, and BIF are embarking on a partnership to provide CQIN member organizations with 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.
  • Sean Miller (Record Eagle reporter) and I spoke about the renovations to West Hall scheduled to begin in 2018, which include transformative learning environments and a new library. We discussed the approval, funding, and construction processes and timeline. The full article appeared in the December 24, 2017, edition of the paper.
  • Thank you to the attendees of the Mid-Year Opening Conference to kick off the Spring 2018 semester. I hope you enjoyed having Mike Hansen, President of the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA), here to speak about the strategic agenda and assumptions of MCCA. I appreciate your engagement in table discussions and the input you provided through the table discussion exercise.  The Leadership Group will be helping to review your input.
  • Marguerite Cotto, Ed Bailey, and I met with Hans Voss, Dan Worth, and other representatives from Groundwork on January 10 to discuss the upcoming second annual Michigan Clean Energy Conference & Fair scheduled for June 21-23, 2018, at NMC’s Hagerty Center and Aero Park Campus.
  • The New Dennos held opening events this past weekend showcasing the completed expansion of the Dennos Museum Center with its 128-foot glassed “promenade” leading to spacious new galleries for recently installed permanent collection pieces, and to see the educational exhibition Tutankhamum: “Wonderful Things” from the Pharaoh’s Tomb, featuring 124 reproductions of artifacts found in Tut’s tomb. The response was wonderful with over 300 attending Saturday night and about 1,550 on Sunday for the public open house. The expansion also includes a classroom-media room near the Milliken Auditorium, more gallery storage with rolling stacks, new storage and office space for the gift shop, and a larger, more efficient loading dock and receiving area with a secure, climate controlled storage area for musical instruments. I encourage the college community to visit our regional gem.  A naming and dedication ceremony for the new wings and galleries will take place this spring.

Legislative Issues

State

The State legislature has returned from their holiday break, which kicks off the final year of the 2017-2018 legislative session. According to reporting by Mlive, the top five items that legislative Health legislation, Prevailing Wage legislation, Education funding (School Aid Fund) and Water Quality Issues.

The Michigan Department of Education has launched its parent transparency dashboard that will now serve as the accountability measure for schools moving forward. While this dashboard is primarily focused on K-12 schools (both public and charter) there is information on postsecondary education including college transfer, college undergraduate enrollment, and postsecondary outcomes by high school and success rates.

Federal

Congress has also returned from its holiday break and resumes work on a host of issues including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and a government funding bill.  As you may recall, in April of last year and then in September of last year, NMC sent letters to our federal delegation expressing our concern over President Trump’s executive action on immigration and DACA. Since that time, we have continued to monitor legislative discussions about immigration, and will closely watch developments in this legislative session around immigration reform.

We also continue to monitor efforts in the House to renew the Higher Education Act, which passed the House Education and Workforce Committee in December.  The big pluses for community colleges include short-term federal financial aid eligibility, improved graduation rate metric and an increased aid officer discretion on loans.  However, the negatives of the legislation include a risk sharing provision that would hold colleges financially accountable for student completion, reduced investments in students and a tilt toward newer providers and away from traditional higher education.  You can find an informative power point presentation from the American Association of Community Colleges here that describes the impact of the legislation and the recently passed tax package.

Miscellaneous

  • MCCA’s Legislative Summit is January 24, 2018, in Lansing.
  • Traverse City Chamber of Commerce Celebration Week will be held at NMC’s Hagerty Center with the Distinguished Service Award luncheon to honor the Chamber’s 2017 honoree Elaine Wood on Wednesday, January 24, and the Annual Celebration on Friday evening, January 26.

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

NMC has lost another friend

Dear College Community:

It is with regret that I share the news of Dr. Lornie Kerr’s passing.  Lornie had a long history of service to NMC beginning as Dean of Students in 1970.  He served as Acting President of NMC in 1986 and retired as Vice President of Student and Administrative Services in 1989.  He was a national leader in international education efforts serving as consultant to or committee chairperson in multiple organizations including the American Association of Community Colleges and the U.S. State Department Bureau of Cultural affairs.

Nancy and I had the privilege of working for and with Lornie during our time here in the 1970s. He was a dedicated professional who cared deeply for students, staff and the college.  He stayed connected to NMC and I was fortunate to have a number of meaningful conversations with him after my appointment as president.  He will be missed.

Visitation is Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Presbyterian Church from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 3 at 11 a.m. the the Presbyterian Church with visitation beginning at 10 a.m.

Tim

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

President’s Update for October 23, 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.

  • Great Lakes Maritime Academy had three cruises aboard the State of Michigan in summer 2017.
    • Phase 1: Started May 8 and completed June 23—70 sea days. Visited Traverse City, Port Huron, Detroit, Cleveland, Sault Ste. Marie and Mackinac Island. Carried 31 GLMA cadets and 10 cadets from Texas A&M. For pilot training accomplished 1 Lake Huron trip, 10 St. Mary’s River trips, 11 Detroit River trips, and 11 St. Clair River trips.
    • Phase 2: Started June 24 and finished August 8—69 sea days. Visited all phase one ports plus Buffalo, NY and Duluth, MN. Carried 28 GLMA cadets, 11 Texas A&M cadets, and 10 Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets. For pilot training, accomplished 3 lake trips, 10 St. Mary’s trips, 11 St. Clair trips, and 11 Detroit River trips.
    • Phase 3: (“Pre-Fall”) Started August 13 and finished August 25—13 in-port sea days. Carried 63 new GLMA cadets. Hosted barbecue with alumni to welcome new cadets and parents on the first evening. (IE1, IE2, IE3)
    • In addition, on the summer cruises GLMA reports that they:
      • prepared 3 able seamen for pilot exams in a continuing cooperative effort with the American Maritime Officers union,
      • consumed ~ $180,000 of food and food service,
      • provided 3 internships for Great Lakes Culinary Institute interns, and
      • consumed 67,000 gallons of diesel. Thanks to MARAD for the funds to refuel after the cruises, we are full again. (IE1, IE2, IE3)
  • GLMA reports that the State of Michigan ran well throughout season, all known problems were either resolved or have long-term fixes in progress. MARAD continues to provide timely help when problems occur to keep the ship moving. Of note are the following:
    • The crew and cadet mess area improvements proved functional and pleasant.
    • The new voyage data recorder kept track of all inputs throughout the cruises.
    • The winter maintenance projects such as new sea chest vents greatly improved operational safety and consistency—thanks MARAD for the contracting and funding to do these.
    • Began using new Safety Management System. (IE1, IE2, IE3)
  • Jim Bensley, Director of International Services and Service Learning, accepted an award on behalf of the college at this year’s Institute of International Education (IIE) Summit Conference in Washington, DC, held October 1 – 3. NMC is one of approximately 20 IHEs out of 800 Generation Study Abroad partners this year who have reached their commitment to double student participation in study abroad before the end of the decade. For more info visit https://www.iie.org/Programs/Generation-Study-Abroad (IE1, IE2, IE5)
  • Jim Bensley’s article, titled “Connecting with Islam,” was published in the recent Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) Quarterly Newsletter. To read the article, visit http://pub.lucidpress.com/402a8e43-75c1-4d85-8c14-c8d678b51471/#E_lu6pv6LJc1. (IE1, IE2)
  • In August, NMC Aviation, in partnership with MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (MSU IAT), offered an unmanned aircraft systems course for MSU Turfgrass Management students. This unique for-credit MSU course was taught by NMC staff during an intensive 2- week module. In week 1, students assembled and programmed an unmanned aircraft and developed their basic pilot skills at Yuba Intergalactic. In week 2, students participated as teams in flight scenarios during live play at Lochenheath Golf Club. They collected data about sprinkler irrigation efficacy, created 3-D “fly-throughs” for marketing, and learned how to use UAS to create course maps. Lochenheath leadership really enjoyed partnering with both schools, and are looking forward to doing it again. The feedback from both students and institutional partners was extremely positive. MSU Turfgrass Management, MSU IAT, and MSU Ag Industries departments would like to offer variations of this course in 2018. This type of course is the vision of the UAS department as an academic service provider to other partner schools. Content was developed and delivered collaboratively between Brian Matchett of MSU IAT and NMC’s UAS staff. (IE2)
  • This fall semester NMC Aviation welcomed their largest class of incoming freshmen in recent decades. 50 students make up the 50th fall class! Demand for collegiate flight programs has grown exponentially with the demand for pilots. However, our success is due largely in-part to our Aviation Recruiters and Advisers, and the “Taking Flight Initiative” through our partner school Crosswinds Aviation. http://crosswindsaviation.com/taking-flight- initiative/ (IE2, IE3, IE5)
  • PRMC’s Steve Kellman set up a new text-to-speech service on the public NMC website in response to a request from Disability Support Services Specialist Leanne Baumeler, who won an innovation grant to cover the cost of the service. Steve also spent time with a blind high school student at Leanne Baumeler’s suggestion, reviewing the site from his perspective and watching him navigate it with screen reader software, making improvements to dozens of pages on the site in response to his feedback. Steve also worked with NMC’s web CMS consultant to make improvements to that system, and updated accessibility guidelines and instructions on the CMS tutorial pages. In addition, he tested the top 100 most visited pages on the site to correct all accessibility errors flagged by the web accessibility evaluation tool at http:// wave.webaim.org, resulting in accessibility improvements to the entire site. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE5)
  • 60 students attended CIT Industry Night Out at Microline Technology Corporation on September 21. Industry Night Out is a chance for current CIT students to visit a local company for a tour and to learn about business opportunities in the field of computer information technology, as well as expose the students to career options that they might not have otherwise considered. Students in CIT classes are invited to Industry Night Out three to four times each semester. (IE1, IE2, IE5)
  • Great Lakes Culinary Institute (GLCI) faculty and students participated in a three-day Culinary Medical Conference September 22-24, 2017, titled “Think like a chef, cook like a dietitian, eat like a local farmer.” The event, hosted by the GLCI in partnership with Munson Medical Center and Groundwork Organization, highlighted healthy cooking techniques and ingredients to area medical professionals. Over 45 health-care providers attended this conference, which was approved for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. The conference was well received by the attendees and the organizers. The overall goals of the conference are listed below:
    • Enhance the provider’s confidence to discuss and guide patients’ food and nutrition selections to improve or prevent disease symptoms or progressions and overall improve health outcomes.
    • Translate current dietary guidelines into clear food and meal planning recommendations using peer review research articles, lecture, and hands-on cooking in a teaching kitchen atmosphere.
    • Apply food and cooking techniques to solve food access and nutrition-related health disparity using demonstration, lecture, and case study evaluation.
    • Experiment with recipe modification to enhance or reduce food or nutrient components as needed to prevent, reduce or eliminate health disparities via cooking demonstration, pre- and post-testing, and case study evaluation. (IE2, IE4, IE5)
  • Laura Schmidt, Director of Nursing & Allied Health, was elected to a two-year term to the Board of Directors for the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN). She is also the co-chairperson for the OADN Academic Progression in Nursing Task Force and the board liaison for the Education & Research Task Force. (IE1)
  • Scott Herzberg, POC Military & Veteran Services/Advisor, participated in the 6th Annual TC Patriot Game, northern Michigan’s biggest football game. It was held Friday, September 8, 2017, to honor Veterans, active duty military, first responders, and those who have died in service to our country. Honorary Captains were the family of Dennis Finch, a Traverse City police officer killed in the line of duty, and the family of Joshua Miller, a Veteran who took his own life last year. Student Senators selected 22 to None, a local organization dedicated to help Veterans transition from military life to civilian life and attack the suicide triggers, to receive the proceeds from the sale of commemorative shirts. It is estimated that on average 22 Veterans a day commit suicide. Veterans, active duty military and first responders were invited to attend the game at no charge. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • NMC faculty and staff were among more than 300 competitors at the DK 5K Tough Run on September 9 in memory of Drew Kostic, a student veteran who died in December 2016. Faculty and staff that contributed to the day included Writing and Reading Center coordinator Megan Ward, librarian Michelle Howard, Military and Veterans Services POC Scott Herzberg, librarian Ann Geht, communications instructor Judy Chu, and math instructor Mary Burget. NMC’s Construction Technology department built the race obstacles and the Visual Communications department designed the event logo. The DK 5K benefited NMC Student Veterans Association and 22 to None. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Enrollment Services/Student Financial Services and Admissions started their regional Financial Aid 101 evening presentations. Staff presented to over 50 people between the three locations in September—Cadillac, Leelanau, and Kalkaska. These events are geared toward high school juniors and seniors and their families to discuss the ins and outs of the financial aid process. Starting this month they will be going directly to the high schools and meeting with the seniors to start the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • Federal regulations for Title IV Federal Student Aid eligibility state that students can only receive aid for courses that apply to their degree at the institution paying their aid (NMC). Last year, the State of Michigan stated this as a requirement for the Tuition Incentive Program (TIP). Student Financial Services, with the assistance of many departments on campus, successfully launched a process to ensure proper payment of federal and state funds to students. Many students needed to adjust their schedules or change their programs to be eligible for student aid. Advisers, Records and Registration, office managers and others throughout the college helped students with necessary changes. If they chose to take additional courses not covered by state or federal aid payment plans are offered and encouragement to apply for scholarships. This requirement will help students make education decisions toward degree completion. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • Kim Schultz, of the Advising Center, and Lisa Wilmeth, of Records & Registration and Enrollment Services, conducted training sessions for faculty on the use of MAP (My Academic Plan) and Plans. MAP is our web-based degree tracking system for students that help them successfully navigate their degree/certificate requirements at NMC. Rolled out in Fall 2016, Plans is a tool that students use with the guidance of an academic advisor to form a semester-by-semester schedule of classes needed for their educational goal at NMC. Used to enhance advising and planning, these tools are part of our overall retention strategy related to the Guided Pathways initiative to help students track their progress toward completion. (IE1, IE3)
  • Advising Center academic and career advisors met with academic areas at the start of the fall semester to give advising updates to faculty. The Advising Center assigns an advisor to each academic department area as a liaison to enhance communication and leverage opportunities for collaboration whenever possible. These positive working relationships contribute to better overall student experiences with consistent information and messaging. (IE2, IE3)
  • NMC Facilities completed tours of North Hall with the Traverse City Police Department and all three squads of the Traverse City Fire Department for orientation/key and card access and roof access on all NMC buildings in the event of an emergency. They also completed training on the new card access and camera systems. (IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • NMC Facilities assisted with North Hall furniture move in, post construction clean up, prep for North Hall open house, and student move in. (IE3, IE4, IE5)

Activities of Note: Tim

  • Last month Nancy and I traveled to the United Kingdom to visit one our international aviation partners, the University of Hertfordshire. We had dinner with the Associate Dean of the School of Engineering Technology Ray Wilkinson and his wife the evening of our arrival. Ray used to oversee all the aerospace degree courses and has been a main contact for our partnership with the University of Hertfordshire. The following day I had an excellent tour of the University with Associate Dean for Academic Quality Assurance David Germany. The visit was a wonderful opportunity to meet many of the great people who work with NMC to create this successful partnership, the first of our global partnerships. Thank you to our Steve Ursell for his coordination of this visit.
  • Trustees Kennard Weaver, Chris Bott, Doug Bishop, Ross Childs, and Janie McNabb, along with myself and other executive staff, attended the ACCT Leadership Congress in Las Vegas the last week of September. Among the conference events, Trustee Bott, Vice President Marguerite Cotto, and myself presented a session on “The College as an Investor in its Mission.” Trustees will report on their sessions during the October 23, 2017, Board meeting.
  • The NMC Aviation Program’s 50th Anniversary was celebrated with multiple events over the past few weeks. A symposium was held at our Aero Park campus on Thursday, September 28, featuring a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and student panel discussion on Recruiting and Advising; keynote speaker Major Benjamin A. Donberg on State of the Industry from the D.C. and Military Perspective; and a guided discussion on Impacting the Pilot Shortage and Supporting Talent Development, facilitated by Linda Lindquist-Bishop. Later that evening, students, alumni, employees, retirees, trustees, and community members celebrated at the Aviation Gala at the Grand Traverse Resort. A generous $1 million gift commitment from Sallie and Kerm Campbell was announced at the event. The gift will support a program fund for innovation and excellence at NMC Aviation.
  • Just this past Friday, October 13, a luncheon and community open house was held the Aero Park campus in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Aviation Program. Tributes to the program were offered by the Board of Trustees and state and federal representatives (see more in Legislative section). Tours of the aviation facility were also offered throughout the afternoon.
  • The Lobdell Culinary Scholarship Dinner was held on September 29. Now in its thirteenth year, the dinner event has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to NMC culinary students.
  • On Saturday, September 30, NMC Student Life and Voices, one of our student groups, hosted the Walk, Run, Empower 5K on campus. The run/walk served to raise awareness and to help end sexual violence. First Lady Sue Snyder was the keynote speaker and both she and Governor Rick Snyder participated in the 5K. I also participated and was able to walk with the Governor and First Lady to have some meaningful conversation.
  • The MCCA Fall Board of Directors meeting was held on Friday, October 6 at Alpena Community College. Vice Chair Chris Bott and I both attended the meeting. There were good sessions including a very informative Michigan’s State Budget and Revenue Forecast by Mary Ann Cleary, Director of the House Fiscal Agency.
  • NMC faculty and staff participated in the Fall Conference on Tuesday, October 10, with a full day of professional development sessions held on main campus. Sessions were well attended and contained a wide range of topics that included technology, financial aid, free speech, experiential learning, and gender inclusion, among many that heard great remarks about. A special thank you to Kristin Salathiel and Lori Hodek for planning such a great day with such a multitude of topics that I was told made it a difficult choice of which sessions to attend.
  • We are in the middle of hosting Small Group Forums across all four campuses to give faculty and staff an opportunity to receive a brief update and discuss any topics of choice. The sessions have been well attended with good feedback and discussion.

Legislative Issues

We recently hosted a commemorative luncheon for the Aviation Program’s 50th Anniversary, which was attended by our state legislative delegation including Senator Wayne Schmidt, Representative Larry Inman, and a staff representative for Representative Curt VanderWall. We also had staff representatives from Senator Stabenow’s office, Senator Peters’ office and Congressman Bergman’s office. Governor Snyder sent a tribute letter and we had incoming Board Chair of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Kevin Schlueter present congratulatory remarks as well. It was a tremendous chance to showcase our aviation program with our elected officials and thank our leaders for their support.

State

There continues to be movement on several pieces of legislation that we are monitoring including data sharing legislation (HB 4545), which would enhance the ability for community colleges to access important wage data. Following passage in the House earlier this year, the legislation now moves to the Senate where a hearing was held by the Senate Commerce Committee, chaired by Sen. Wayne Schmidt. However, there was no vote on the bill at that hearing. To urge movement by the Committee, we sent a letter to Senator Schmidt and Senator Booher asking that they advance this bill in the Senate.

Despite recent national events, concerning legislation was recently introduced in the Senate (SB 584) by the Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, which would allow individuals to apply for an exemption that would allow them to carry a concealed weapon in an area where it is otherwise not allowed, such as on the grounds of a community college. It would also take away local control to regulate the use of weapons on a community college’s campus. We continue to monitor this legislation and expect that there will be a hearing on it in the Government Operations committee at some point in the near future.

Federal

Congressman Bergman visited campus this month for a tour of our unmanned systems programs (both air and water). This included a tour of the Parsons-Stulen building where the Congressman piloted a ROV in our indoor water tank, as well as interacted with robotics students in the Makers Space. Congressman Bergman then visited our Great Lakes Campus and met with Maritime Technology students and had a hands-on experience with an ROV in West Grand Traverse Bay. It was an important chance to highlight the work that we are doing with unmanned systems and the Congressman greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn more about our work.

We continue to monitor FY18 budget deliberations and their potential impact on programs that support community colleges and our learners. Right now, Congress is operating under a short term bill that will expire on December 8. Unfortunately, this short term funding measure included an across the board cut to keep overall spending within the required budget caps for the year. Because of the way Perkins funds are budgeted and dispersed, the cut impacted the Perkins Basic State Grant advance funding that began rolling out to states on October 1. For Michigan, this was a $261,771 dollar cut. However, it is often the case that these funds are retroactively restored in the final full year budget and we are hopeful that Congress will do that again this year.

Miscellaneous

  • Women on the Water Conference—October 26-28
  • Monday, October 30—Board of Trustees Study Session
  • Friday, November 10—MCCA Fall Trustee Institute
  • Friday, November 10—Mariners Memorial with Doug Bishop as the guest speaker
  • Monday, November 13—Veterans Day Activities at NMC

NMC Fall 2017 Update

Timothy J. Nelson, President
October 6, 2017

INTRODUCTION

We are in an exciting academic year here at Northwestern Michigan College. Some of our students are waking up in the new North Hall, one of our newest AQIP teams is finding innovative ways to educate and engage our learners, and the students in our first cohort of 100 commitment scholars are officially Hawk Owls this fall. This is all possible because of the work you do every day and I thank you.

Our world is changing at an ever quickening pace, but together we continue to find new ways to prepare our students to be successful. We must be focused not only on the work we are doing today, but also planning for an uncertain future and creating an environment on campus that is agile enough to adjust to the forces of change. Our multi-year planning process has been an essential element in our effectiveness.

It is critical to keep you informed on many of the initiatives and programs affecting our campus. In this state of the college report, I will provide a detailed overview of where we have been and where we are going. Some of the topics include:

  1. Fall Opening Picnic
  2. Students and Enrollment
  3. Community Engagement
  4. International Relationships
  5. Employee Professional Development
  6. Facilities
  7. Higher Learning Commission Accreditation
  8. Leadership and Governance
  9. Budget
  10. Legislative and Regulatory Issues
  11. Board of Trustees

Community engagement is important for our continued success. I invite you to reach out with questions and thoughts on any of the items discussed in this update. We will continue the small group meetings to provide a more accessible space to discuss questions or concerns related to the state of the college, and appointments for these October meetings have been sent to your calendar.

FALL OPENING PICNIC

Fellowship was an important part of our previous opening conference, and last year we hosted an all employee picnic before the start of the fall semester. This allowed many staff and faculty members who often struggle with serving students during the final registration weeks the opportunity to engage in a campus event. It was a success last year and an even greater success this year. Thank you to the hundreds of you who joined together for a meal with your colleagues and to welcome our new employees.

STUDENTS AND ENROLLMENT

Total enrollment this fall is 3,952 students, which generated 42,298 contact hours. We budgeted for a 4.6% decline and ended with an approximately 3.8% decline in contact hours. The major trend influencing enrollment at the college continues to be the improved state of our local economy where older, potential students choose employment over education. This requires us to continue to seek students from outside the region to take advantage of our specialty programs. This year, we saw growth in the number of out-of-state and international students. The opening of North Hall was an important step to supporting these students from outside the area and all who choose to live on campus.

One reason for the decline in average student age is the combination of dual enrolled and early college enrollment is up from 282 in 2013 to 510 in 2017, bringing the average age of our students to 23.5 years old. Overall, our enrollment of students aged 20 and under has been steady for the last 7 years. However, enrollment declines have been the norm for students 21 and older. As the economy has improved, many of these students have entered or returned to the work force.

As we seek ways to expand enrollment in our region and beyond, it is important to remember that a significant percentage of our students are first generation college students. This means they need additional guidance, mentoring and way-finding assistance. It is critical that we recognize they are not familiar with our systems and processes.

Student success and degree completion continue to be a paramount goal for NMC, with every new level of regulation and monitoring placing more emphasis on this outcome. While we have made progress over recent years, we have much to do. I am continuing to ask our planning groups to establish additional metrics, which will help us to both succeed and manage our performance. Achieving these goals is directly connected to government support. Financial Aid that NMC students received in 2016-17 totaled over $18 million.

NMC Student Financial Aid Sources

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Extended Education Services (EES) has continued to refresh its catalog, pricing models, and preparation for a stronger online registration presence over the past few years. Specialty enrichment programming such as College for Kids is often a family’s first experience with NMC. This summer marked the 40th anniversary of this program, with our largest class on record – over 1,800. Young student participant comments indicate great enjoyment with the challenging and new content, and high marks for a setting in which they can build new and lasting relationships. This fall is also the introduction of the new SOAR (Skills, Opportunities, Achievement, Rewards) programming in the EES catalog. SOAR began last year with an award from the Foundation’s Innovation Grant program which allowed development of a pilot project.

Now in its “incubation stage,” SOAR will provide a variety of opportunities for adults with learning challenges and disabilities. Learners over the age of 50 continue to discover and use Life Academy programming in record numbers. These learners praise the great content from highly experienced instructors, as well as gaining new sharing communities in the process. We will continue to see strong use of EES for personal and professional learning opportunities.

Training Services provides significant contributions to the community. It is a state-wide leader in the use of the Michigan New Jobs Training Program, recognized at the forefront of LEAN programming in the state, and now coordinator of a new stackable credential precision machining program with regional manufacturers. Training Services is net positive in its revenue/expense profile. Below are some specific achievements:

  • New Jobs Training Program results
    • 577 jobs created with a minimum of 175% times minimum wage (today: $15.58/hr)
    • 32 participating employers
    • $4,168,435 million of training
  • MMTC (Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center) Program eligible employers served by NMC during the last 12 months reported the following results
    • 193 increased and retained jobs
    • $5,950,000 of increased sales
    • $44,700,000 million of retained sales
    • Net new investments made $15,734,386 million

Service Learning continues to be another way in which NMC students engage with the community by connecting their career aspirations and global concerns through targeted projects with their instructors.

The International Affairs Forum (IAF) continues to be another example of community engagement. IAF brings the experience of the world to our region through its lecture series, specialty ‘hot topic’ events, providing access to specialists on global policy for credit and noncredit presentations, and facilitating a growing network of professionals who now know Traverse City and NMC. Their membership program provides free admission to lectures for NMC students and their instructors.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

NMC is a leader in creating global learning experiences for students, faculty and staff. Our implementation of global endorsement is referenced as a model for other community colleges in Michigan. Scott Swan and Brian Sweeney delivered our first modularized courses to students at Yellow River Conservancy Technical Institute this past June, on our way toward completing the first generation of course delivery at the associate level to students interested in construction management and marine surveying. Our team will complete program delivery in March 2018.

EMPLOYEE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Regional and national accreditors have made professional development a prime directive, and NMC will continue to make it a priority for the college. The August learning outcomes professional development days continue to be well attended and beneficial to faculty. Two years ago, the Higher Learning Commission passed new regulations requiring certain levels of graduate education for those teaching college. While I believe our faculty and instructional staff are excellent teachers, a number of our regular faculty did not meet these updated standards. As a result, NMC is paying for 80 percent of the tuition and fees to help current faculty secure appropriate credentials. This is in line with the fact that NMC is in the top 6 percent of all reporting community colleges for the investment in professional development. Last year, we worked with the AQIP Learning Outcomes team co-chairs to expand the fall professional development day in October to include sessions to benefit both faculty and staff. With considerable work from the Center for Instructional Excellence, and the Learning Outcomes team, the event was a resounding success. We will continue that event this fall on October 10 and I encourage you all to participate.

FACILITIES

Campus Security installed a number of security upgrades over the summer. New security cameras have been installed on all of our campuses and remote door access for all of the college buildings is currently being installed. These two projects will provide enhanced security for all of our campuses. I thank everyone who has been involved and engaged in building security practice events, and ask everyone to remain observant and diligent in this area.

The North Hall Residence and Fitness Center opened on time and on budget. The new 140-bed residence hall is 90% full. Rental housing in the region continues to be in short supply. Students coming to us from our region, as well as outside the area or the country, expect to have access to housing as they complete their studies. This project is critical as we work to expand enrollment in certain areas and specialty programs. Additionally, the facility is designed to accommodate other uses; for example, internships, workforce and/or married housing, as our college and community demographics change.

The Dennos Museum Center is near completion on a 14,000 sq. ft. addition. This is made possible because of kind contributions from Richard and Diana Milock and Barbara and Dudley Smith. Additional funding is being raised as part of larger efforts from the NMC Foundation. This project doubles the gallery space and adds classroom space to the facility. We look forward to enhancing the connection academic classes have with the museum.

Okerstrom Fine Arts Building updates and improvements are coming. In August, the Board of Trustees approved the contract to replace the siding and windows for this building. The work is targeted to be complete by December 2017. Improvements to both restrooms will also be done during FY 2018.

Funding sources for NMC, in addition to gifts named above, include funds in the plant fund reserves and the housing fund balance. NMC has issued general obligation bonds to fund these projects. The NMC Foundation is actively engaged in securing additional resources for the college that includes these projects. Residence halls are self-liquidating and will generate resources to retire their debt.

Facilities planning activities continue for the West Hall Innovation Center and Library. We were successful in securing State capital outlay funding of approximately $7.5 million. This new facility will include approximately 53,000 sq. ft. of modern learning spaces that will serve both our students and faculty, as well as the community at large. Combined with new housing, we envision this new learning facility to be open 24/7. Faculty, staff, students and community members have been involved in the design process.

HIGHER LEARNING COMMISSION ACCREDITATION

Regional accreditation is required for NMC to provide access to federal and state funding for the college and our students. NMC participates in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), one of three pathways offered by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The AQIP pathway includes an added emphasis on helping institutions achieve continuous quality improvement. The eight year AQIP cycle requires the submission of our Systems Portfolio in November 2017 and the official campus site visit in March 2019. Our last accreditation cycle in 2011 outlined four strategic challenges in need of improvement:

  • Aligning our continuous improvement processes for learning outcomes at the course, program, and general education levels
  • Expanding institutional awareness, accessibility of, and the use of data in terms of metrics, targets, and goals
  • Developing deeper understanding of student needs related to developmental education
  • Developing a more robust peer benchmarking process in order to inform future planning

NMC has initiatives in place to address the concerns identified by the HLC peer reviewers for strategic challenges (1) and (3). For strategic challenge (1), NMC identified a strategic goal in the FY15-FY18 strategic plan to “develop and implement an integrated and aligned learning outcomes system that includes the articulation of and means of documenting learning outcomes, assessments, results, and actions for improvement at the course, program, and institutional levels.” NMC began operationalizing this goal by chartering an AQIP action project, Learning Outcomes, by forming a team for implementation. The most recent Learning Outcomes summary was completed in June 2017. Among the project’s accomplishments were providing professional development in the area of learning outcomes to the faculty and teaching staff and the comprehensive review and revision of all our course outcomes. The project will transition to an Assessment Team in fall 2017 in order to continue the continuous improvement initiative related to learning outcomes. For strategic challenge (3), NMC chartered an AQIP action project in 2012, Enhancing Developmental Education. The team strategically analyzed, innovated, and improved developmental education at NMC which began with assessing and reviewing the college’s data, in the context of state and national data, in order to help identify evidence-based practices. This resulted in the implementation of several successful initiatives in developmental English and math, which ended the formal project in 2015.

NMC continues to work through our continuous improvement cycle for strategic challenges (2) and (4). For strategic challenge (2), the Office of Research, Planning, & Effectiveness (ORPE), initiated several changes in order to expand the College’s awareness, accessibility, and use of data. The 2011 AQIP Project, Enhancing Employee Communication and Collaboration, resulted in significant changes which included providing departments across campus the capability to use the NMC Intranet (employee site) to share information. More recently, ORPE has made significant improvements to the ORPE intranet page. By listening to faculty and staff data needs (i.e., metrics, targets, and goals), ORPE identified and incorporated changes in order to expand institutional awareness and increase accessibility of data. Additionally, in collaboration with the President’s Council (PC), ORPE has identified a reporting process in which to share qualitative information with faculty and staff. Based upon the Cultivating a Connected Community AQIP Project, the reporting process successfully addresses one way in which we communicate. For strategic challenge (4), the College examined and assessed our peer benchmarking process. Historically, peer benchmarks used by the College included national and state-level metrics. The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP), Perkins Core Indicators, and Michigan’s Education Dashboard (Mi Dashboard) provide peer comparisons at varying degrees. However, not all data are comparable. For example, IPEDS is the most used and accessible nationally recognized organization that provides comparable data on graduation rates and related metrics. Although improvements have been made to data collection processes in IPEDS, there is still somewhat limited coverage of community colleges. In 2014, NMC established membership with the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA), a robust peer benchmarking initiative, which is now a part of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). NMC recognizes that existing accountability measures in higher education do not provide an adequate measure of our mission. The VFA provides community colleges with significantly improved ability to assess performance, identify areas for improvement, and reaffirm a commitment to our academic mission.

HLC accreditation is important to each and every one of us. Many of you will be involved in the process and all of us will be affected by the outcome.

LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE

Our goal is to maintain a collaborative community and we believe in the power of engagement. That is why faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in dozens of NMC councils, committees, task forces, and project teams. I believe it is important that we, as a college, review and recommend any modifications to our shared governance and leadership systems.

An unanswered question for staff and administration remains as to what the future of employee groups is within the leadership and governance processes. These groups are currently foundational to representation on governance councils and many committees. The Leadership Group has been key in aligning planning processes at NMC. In the meantime, I have asked employee groups to remain intact as they continue their participation and representation on councils, committees and taskforces.

An AQIP project was established in May 2017 to review and clarify shared governance at NMC. I look forward to their recommendations.

BUDGET

Last year we built the budget on moderately increasing revenue, reducing cost, and shifting priorities. The budget reductions included a $600,000 reduction in salary expenses, COAT budget was reinstated at $250,000 and professional development remains at the 2016 level. The college offered a voluntary separation plan to faculty and staff in order to try to reach the goal of reduction in salary expenses. The college accepted six faculty applications and five staff applications. This strategy was used to reduce personnel costs in an environment of declining enrollment. We will continue to look for ways to reduce overall expenses by shifting priorities. It is important that NMC operates in a responsible way to students and taxpayers, and the budget plays a key role in our commitment to both constituencies.

We have a long history of reviewing all vacant positions, asking whether positions can be combined, eliminated or revised to result in cost savings. We have done this in a number of areas during the summer and early fall. In all of these cases, we have committed to monitor the impact, review the decisions, and welcome your feedback.

We recognize we have approximately 1,200 fewer students today than we had at the peak of the recession. We also continue to see more competition from online and other education delivery methods. Consequently, we must continue to review and revise how we accomplish our work and make adjustments in our budget. Our projections last spring indicated we needed to remove over $1 million from our budget. We set a target of $600,000 of that to come from salary costs. Our hope was to achieve some savings through employee attrition and consolidations; and we continue to work toward our targets. The budget will continue to evolve. I ask you to stay engaged, ask questions, and offer suggestions.

NMC Foundation and Resource Development

Five years ago, we began a comprehensive redesign of the NMC Foundation and Resource Development department. We know that we need significantly more resources to fund scholarships, programs, people, facilities and equipment. We also know that more of this needs to come from NMC Foundation efforts. To that end, we are executing a plan that will provide those resources. You will continue to hear more about this exciting effort on the part of our Foundation, its volunteers and employees and learn how you can be engaged. Funding for this effort is shared by the Foundation and the college’s strategic fund, fund for transformation and reserves.

LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY ISSUES

With changes in Lansing and Washington, as a result of the 2016 elections, we have continued to engage and inform our state and federal elected officials, some of whom are new to office, about the breadth of work that we are involved in here at NMC, as well as some of the challenges that we face.

So far this year, we hosted new and returning legislators on campus to talk about the state budget and our 21st Century Innovation Center, met one-on-one with new legislators to give them a Community College 101, participated in the Michigan Community College Association Legislative Day, hosted a Lunch and Learn in Lansing to discuss the need for upgrades to the Michigan Transfer Network, met with lawmakers in Washington, DC, to talk about federal budget priorities, healthcare and immigration issues, and hosted U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow on campus for a workforce development roundtable discussion.

As a result, we have found success in raising awareness about how NMC is continuously transforming the learning experience and its global relevance to those we serve through innovation, agility and thoughtful risk-taking. We have also found success through specific actions taken by the Michigan legislature through their fiscal year 2018 budget process. With Governor Snyder’s signature, this legislation finalized several important items for NMC.

The budget spends $16.6 billion on school, colleges and universities. It also includes final approval for NMC’s multi-million dollar 21st Century Innovation Center project, a slight 2% increase in our state funding formula allocation and a $1 million dollar investment in the Michigan Transfer Network (MTN) to modernize the MTN website and increase accessibility to information about college and university credit transfers.

The inclusion of these priorities for NMC and community colleges statewide would not have been possible were it not for the leadership of our elected officials, and I would like to personally thank those leaders who represent us in Northern Michigan including Representative Inman, Senator Schmidt and Senator Booher.

However our work is not done, and as legislators return from their summer recess period, we know that important issues for community colleges will once again be on the agenda. This includes issues such as:

  • A debate over immigration reform in the wake of the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • A need to pass a federal budget to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2018
  • A need to reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act which provides approximately $230,000 in annual support to NMC
  • A renewed debate over tax policy and credits in Lansing that could have an adverse impact on Michigan’s budget, which has the potential to harm community colleges
  • The need for workforce data legislation that would give community colleges needed information about learner success, information that we are increasingly being expected to have as a requirement for funding and evaluation

We will also be looking ahead to next year as the state once again begins deliberations on the state budget and we will work hard to make sure our legislators are educated on the importance of support for community colleges.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The NMC Board of Trustees is a volunteer body that continues to do critical work for the future of the college and community. The November 2016 election brought a new trustee, Michael Estes, to the NMC Board. Incumbent trustee Chris Bott, who was previously appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board in April 2015, was also elected to a full six-year term. Shortly after the election, former trustee Steven Rawlings resigned and the Board appointed the next election vote getter, who was Rachel Johnson. In June, former Trustee Marilyn Gordon Dresser resigned and the Board voted to appoint Janie McNabb to fill her seat.

All three new trustees have a strong interest in the college and have brought a renewed energy to the Board. They are each demonstrating a thoughtful and thorough approach to their role as trustee and we look forward to their work for our college.

Rachel and Janie will serve until the next election in November 2018 when voters will determine who will fill the remainder of their predecessors’ terms, which both expire December 31, 2020. They will be eligible to run for those two-year terms or any other open trustee term on the ballot in November 2018.

CLOSING COMMENTS

NMC is a connector, or the Nexus, as you have seen in the sculpture of the same name by the Health Science building and our new magazine that highlights our successes. We connect our learners to the world, our campus to the community and to each other through a networked workforce. It remains my goal to work with others to create and innovate for the benefit of our learners and our communities. I believe innovation occurs when two or more dissimilar people or organizations collide. So let’s collide! Together we are doing incredible work. Our learners, our communities and the world will benefit from what we have achieved and what we will continue to achieve together.

Thank you for all you do to keep learning at the center. Have a great semester!

Invitation to attend NMC Fall Conference on October 10

On Tuesday, October 10, the Center for Instructional Excellence and the Professional Development Institute will host the second annual NMC Fall Conference (formerly Faculty and Staff Professional Development Day.) This college-wide professional development event is open to all regular faculty, adjunct faculty, and regular staff.

An appointment has been sent to your NMC calendar. I ask that we all make appropriate accommodations for supplemental staff and student employees to cover our areas to allow regular employees to attend.

A wide variety of sessions will be available for all NMC faculty and staff to come together to talk about best practices and share ideas, giving everyone an opportunity to collaborate and learn from each other.

This year’s event will focus on innovation, collaboration, and best practices; and will give us the opportunity to enhance the value of our joint investment.

  • 8–8:25 a.m.: Light breakfast
  • 8:30–9:15 a.m.: Opening session & overview of the day
  • 9:15 a.m.–12:05 p.m.: Morning Breakout Sessions
  • 12:10–1:10 p.m.: Lunch provided (for attendees only)
  • 1:25–2:25 p.m.: Afternoon Breakout Sessions & Wrap-up
  • 2:30–3:30 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 through innovation and collaboration.

Tim

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

Aviation 50th Celebration

Dear Campus Community:

Last night we celebrated NMC Aviation’s 50th Anniversary with students, alumni, retirees, and community members. As with all of our outstanding programs at the college, I am continually humbled by the talent of our students and the generosity shown by our community.

I want you to be one of the first to know that at the event I had the honor to announce that Sallie and Kerm Campbell have included NMC in their estate plans, making a $1 million gift commitment to the college. This generous gift is in memory of Kerm’s brother, Ronald Kent Campbell, who was a great aviator and mentor to students. The gift will support a program fund for innovation and excellence at NMC Aviation—making a difference for every student who passes through the hangar’s doors.

Your dedication to all of NMC’s students is an important part of what inspires people in our community to give to NMC so generously. This college was founded because local citizens believed in the power of education to change lives—and every day you make that belief a reality.

Thank you for all that you do for NMC’s students. And cheers to the next 50 years!

Tim

Timothy J. Nelson, President