NMC Foood for Thought Challenge Winner

This year’s NMC Challenge collected 1,952 non-perishable food and hygiene products to contribute to NMC’s Food for Thought drive! Faculty, staff and the student community participated in the week-long challenge, competing against other departments for the highest number of items collected. The Student Veterans Association swept the challenge with a grand total of 1,157 items collected, winning a pizza party for up to 60 people. Congratulations Veterans! Your dedication to the challenge and our community is appreciated.

Kristy McDonald’s Professional Communications class donated over 30,000 items to local food pantries, in time for Thanksgiving, to help battle food insecurity in our area. The 2016 Food for Thought team expresses a huge thank you to the NMC community for a successful campus-wide challenge and all of the work involved in gathering donations. More information on NMC’s Food for Thought can be found on their Facebook page: facebook.com/NMCFoodForThought/

On-Campus Jobs

Student jobs can be found on the Student MyNMC page under “Jobs On Campus.”

Available jobs include:

  • President’s Office Assistant
  • Admissions Office Assistant
  • Science Lab Assistant
  • Tutor
  • Writing and Reading Center Reader
  • Reader Scribe
  • White Pine Press Writer (Independent Contractor)
  • Security

“Great Lakes, Bad Lines” Documentary and Discussion

NMC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is hosting a “Great Lakes, Bad Lines” short documentary film. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, at the Milliken Auditorium in the Dennos Museum. The event is free and open to the public. Prior to the documentary, Song of the Lakes will be performing. Following the film, a discussion panel will take place featuring representatives from FLOW, GT Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Groundwork For Resilient Communities, NMC Water Studies Students, NMEAC, and Sierra Club’s Clearwater Conservation Committee. Bread with Fustini’s oils and water infused with fruit will be served.

Operation Santa

The Traverse City Elks Lodge 323 in a joint effort with the Oleson Foundation will be giving out a holiday food basket to all of the Northwestern Michigan College Veteran Students on Wednesday, December 7 between the hours of 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the atrium of NMC’s Health & Science Building. This is our way of saying thank you for your service and we appreciate you!

 

Holiday concerts

Holiday concerts

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC’s performance ensembles will present the following holiday concerts in December.

Friday, December 2: The NMC Chamber Singers and NMC Canticum Novum present “Sounds of the Season” featuring holiday music for voices and brass. 7:30 p.m., Central United Methodist Church. Suggested donations of $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors will be taken at the door. (231) 995-1338.

Saturday, December 3: The NMC Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz Ensemble present Winter Jazz Ensemble Showcase. 7:30 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Tickets $12 for adults, $7 for students and seniors at MyNorthTickets.com and at the door. (800) 836-0717.

Saturday, December 10: The NMC Choirs join the Traverse Symphony Orchestra for “Home for the Holidays.” 7:30 p.m., Lars Hockstad Auditorium. MyNorthTickets.com. (231) 947-7120.

Sunday, December 11: The NMC Choirs join the Traverse Symphony Orchestra for “Home for the Holidays.” 3 p.m., Lars Hockstad Auditorium. MyNorthTickets.com. (231) 947-7120.

Friday, December 16: The NMC Concert Band presents: “A Salute to Home Grown Heroes” 7:30 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Tickets $12 for adults, $7 for students and seniors at MyNorthTickets.com and at the door. (800) 836-0717

Release date: November 22, 2016

For more information:

Jeff Cobb
Director of Music Programs
(231) 995-1338
jecobb@nmc.edu

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY NOTICE

Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

NMC administration, faculty agree on a 3-year contract

NMC administration, faculty agree on a 3-year contract

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) administrators and faculty members today approved a new three-year collective bargaining agreement. The ratification vote followed a series of negotiating sessions last week in which progress was made on several key issues including salary, faculty evaluations and participation in campus decisions.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement that achieves our goal of securing a contract that supports our faculty and is responsible to the region’s taxpayers,” said NMC President Tim Nelson. “I am proud to say we resolved this contract because members of the faculty and administration sat down together, talked through the remaining issues and found common ground. Representatives of the NMC and union negotiating teams deserve credit for pushing through the complex issues involved with a first contract, leading to today’s vote.”

Social Sciences Instructor Brandon Everest said, “Faculty continue to stand together to do what is best for our students, the college and the community.”

Over the past two weeks, members of the faculty and faculty chairs’ bargaining units met with the administration to resolve outstanding contract terms without attorneys present. After multiple bargaining sessions, the college submitted a new contract proposal for consideration. Key sections of the proposal include the following:

  • A 20-step salary plan that maintains the current 3.71% step increase for faculty moving along the plan. It will also include a 1% annual payment for faculty at step 20. In January 2017, there will be a 0.3% scale adjustment to the salary plan.
  • An enhanced formal evaluation process
  • Reinstating a faculty report to the Board of Trustees agenda.

“We’re pleased to have reached an agreement that is fair and serves the college, faculty, students and the community into the future,” said NMC Board Chair Kennard Weaver. “Our focus throughout the negotiations was to create a contract that ensures a continuing harmonious and constructive relationship between the parties.”

Release date: November 21, 2016

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing & Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY NOTICE

Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

Bookstore Financial Aid

Important dates to know at the Bookstore:

 

  • December 12 to January 27: Financial aid will be available in the bookstore
  • January 9 to 27: gas cards will be available to charge to financial aid; limit two $25 cards per day per student.

Book Buyback

Need a little bit more cash for Christmas this year? Bring your textbooks back to the bookstore December 12-16 for book buyback. Guaranteed $1 minimum for every book, no matter how old the book, during the week of book buyback.

Getting $20 or more for your buyback books? Put your money on a gift card and we’ll give you 15% more for your books!

Take advantage of a great time to clear out and make some extra cash!

NMC trustees appoint Rachel Johnson to board

NMC trustees appoint Rachel Johnson to board

TRAVERSE CITY — At a special board meeting Monday, Nov. 14, Northwestern Michigan College trustees unanimously appointed former college instructor Rachel Johnson to fill a trustee position vacated last week when Steven Rawlings resigned.

Johnson received the next highest number of votes in the recent election behind Michael Estes and Chris Bott, who were elected.

Rawlings announced his resignation Nov. 10, citing increased responsibilities and travel for his job.

Board Chair Kennard Weaver said, “The six people who ran for trustee in the election last week nominated themselves for the positions, showing a strong interest in serving. In the election campaign, we gathered a great deal of information about them and the voters of Grand Traverse County also know them. This is a good panel from which to appoint the trustee to fill the current vacancy, and we also have the votes ranking them.”

In a recent letter to trustees, Johnson reiterated her desire to serve, saying, “I believe deeply in the college and the role it plays in enriching our community, supporting our local economy, and preparing students for future success. I would very much like the opportunity to support that endeavor as a trustee.”

Johnson was an adjunct instructor in the NMC’s communications department in 2012 after serving as an instructor and administrator at Penn State University and Pepperdine University. She is currently the Member Relations Manager at Cherryland Electric Cooperative.

Johnson will serve as trustee through December 31, 2018.

She will be eligible to run for election for the remainder of Rawlings’ term in the November 2018 election.

Release date: November 15, 2016

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing & Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY NOTICE

Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

NMC NHHAW awareness project

A variety of student-led activities will highlight National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (NHHAW) from November 12 until November 19. Events will be hosted by NMC students in Composition and Sociology courses. Join us to support student research, service and engagement.

NMC NHHAW STUDENT RESEARCH CONFERENCE – NOVEMBER 16:

On November 16, from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm in Scholars Hall on NMC Main Campus, NMC students will share their learning with the community, giving presentations and sharing research posters. Students’ research will debunk myths of poverty as well as highlight areas critical to these like housing policy, economic inequality, low-income dynamics, homelessness and food insecurity. Students’ research posters will be left on display through the month of November. Come see what all of this is about!

NMC FOOD FOR THOUGHT & HYGIENE DRIVE – OCTOBER 29 UNTIL NOVEMBER 18:

Students in Composition and Sociology courses are supporting Kristy McDonald’s BUS-231 NMC Food for Thought Drive, putting an emphasis on the importance of hygiene and personal care products. These items are often overlooked by donors to food pantries, and, as such, this need goes unfilled. Access to personal care products can affect employability, self-esteem and children’s school relationships and performance. Students will be setting up stations at Tom’s Grocery Stores, Walmart, and at NMC’s Tech Expo and elsewhere to encourage donations. In addition to the many connections already established by business students, our students are also coordinating with area schools, including TC West, Grand Traverse Academy and TC St. Francis to scale up the project. Contact Brandon Everest at beverest@nmc.edu to learn more or to donate.

WALK FOR HEALTH & HOUSING – NOVEMBER 14:

Join us in a Walk for Health & Housing on November 14 at 5:30 pm to bring awareness to the challenges of unhoused people in our region. Ryan Hannon, Goodwill Street Outreach Coordinator, will take participants on a guided walk and tour of downtown Traverse City bringing attention to the sorts of situations and challenges faced by homeless people. There will be speeches by other participants as well. We will begin and end at the Great Lakes Campus for this one-hour tour to make the invisible problem of homelessness visible to area residents. Students are making signs, banners, info sheets and pamphlets to distribute to passers-by and onlookers in this effort. We will stop by the Government Center to highlight ways area citizens can provide input to City and County Commission Meetings and elsewhere. We need “All Hands on Deck” for this event to be as successful as possible. We hope to see you there!

NMC SNAP CHALLENGE:

Click here for information about the SNAP Challenge. In short, the SNAP Challenge is an awareness raising activity where participants live off of a SNAP/Food Stamp budget for a week ($29) and document their experiences, sharing those with the community in some way. For us, we hope that participants will share video recordings on their social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others with the hashtags: #nmcsnap and #snapchallenge). We have a growing number of participants, and we hope you will consider joining us in that effort and spreading the word. We are asking participants to pick a week in the month of November to take the challenge. Further “rules” information will be distributed to participants upon their agreement to take the challenge.

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED:

  1. Donate non-perishable food, hygiene and personal care items to the drive.
  2. Attend NHHAW activities here on campus to show your support of student engagement.
  3. Accept the SNAP Challenge and share your experiences and insights.
  4. Walk with us for our Walk for Health and Housing during NHHAW on November 14.
  5. Attend the NHHAW Student Research Conference on November 16 to support student engagement and service.

Trustee Steven Rawlings resigns

Trustee Steven Rawlings resigns

TRAVERSE CITY — The Board of Trustees from Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) is beginning the process of replacing Vice-Chair Steven Rawlings after he resigned from his position this week.

Rawlings announced Thursday he is stepping down from the board, citing increased responsibilities and travel for his job, but added he remains dedicated to the college.

In a letter to Board Chair Kennard Weaver, Rawlings said, “I am hopeful that one day I will serve the college community again in some capacity. But in the meantime, I will forever remain in awe of NMC, its inspiring students, devoted faculty, committed staff and administration, fellow board members and donors alike- each of whom, dedicate so much time, treasure and talent to the betterment of our community.”

Trustee Weaver said, “We at NMC are appreciative of the service of Mr. Rawlings. His perspective, insight and willingness to engage in thoughtful discourse have been of great benefit to our communities of learners. We wish him well.”

Trustees will hold a special meeting on Monday, November 14, 2016, at 5 p.m. to decide the next steps to fill the vacancy until the next NMC Board of Trustees election in November 2018, where voters will choose a candidate to serve the remainder of the term held by Rawlings which expires December 31, 2020.

Michigan law gives the college 30 days to fill this position.

Release date: November 11, 2016

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing & Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY NOTICE

Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

Dining services info

Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgivingJoin us Wednesday, November 16, for an All Day, All You Can Eat Thanksgiving Feast

  • 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Original Cost $8.99
    – $1 subsidy sponsored by Student Life
  • Your cost:  $7.99

Good News!

You can now add money to your ID card directly at the registers!

  • Save money- there is no sales tax on Meal Plans
  • Minimum of $20 required to add money to card
  • Remember meal card balances carry over from Fall to Spring semester, but balances expire at the end of Spring Semester

Announcing Bite, a new menu and nutrition app that can link to myfitnesspal.com.
Search for “Bite by Sodexo” on the App Store or Google Play, and use Bite Code G2HP8
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