Great Lakes Maritime Academy open house

The community is invited to tour the NMC Great Lakes Maritime Academy’s 225’ Training Ship T/S State of Michigan on the Great Lakes Campus of Northwestern Michigan College at our spring open house on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Academy is located at 715 East Front Street (next to the Holiday Inn) in Traverse City. (more…)

Please attend Dystance4Dystonia at the Detroit Zoo this summer

dystoniaHello, my name is Madison Williams and I have dystonia. Dystonia is a movement disorder that makes my muscles contract in many painful ways. The reason way I am writing to you today is because on Sunday, June 22 Dystance4Dystonia will take place at the Detroit Zoo supporting the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF). The Foundation provides resources about treatments, specialists and even connections with support groups, to families who have a family member with Dystonia. In an effort to support DMRF’s cause, Dystance4Dystonia spreads awareness, generates donations for DMRF, lets those in attendance show support for their loved ones, and supports their mission to make the freedom to move a reality for everyone by making medical advancements with treatment options and one day finding a cure! (more…)

Attend the Tibetan Buddhist monks concert on Saturday for FREE!

Monks with Sand MandalaNMC students! You can attend the concert of sacred music and dance by the Tibetan Buddhist monks in the Milliken Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Saturday April 19 for FREE! The Mandala Sand Painting, which is being constructed by the monks throughout the week, will be swept up after the concert and the sand distributed to concert attendees.

Your guest can come at half price when attending with a student ID holder. You can order by calling the box office 995-1553 or in person 3-5 p.m. this week or the night of the concert. You must have your student ID to pick up the tickets.

The museum is free to NMC students all week to see the sand painting in progress and it is open this Friday from 10-5 p.m. although the college is closed. (more…)

Homelessness in the Grand Traverse community survey

Students of the English 112 and Social Welfare classes have come together to investigate homelessness in the Grand Traverse community. With the growing number of homeless and rising costs of living the students were interested in finding out what their peers thought about this issue. They created this survey to answer some questions about what we think homelessness is, who is homeless, and if people are aware of programs in the community that can help. (more…)

Career planning and preparation survey

The advising center and the student success center have teamed to provide more comprehensive career services for NMC students. They now have career exploration and planning services through the advising office and career and employment preparation through our new career coach, Dana Laursen, in the student success center. (more…)

Kundun (1996, 134min) – Monday, April 14, 2014 – 7:45pm, Milliken Auditorium – FREE admission

KundunPosterMonks from the Mystical Arts of Tibet will introduce a special screening of the Academy Award-nominated film, Kundun, at the Milliken Auditorium on Monday, April 14, at 7:45 PM, with a live performance of the multi-phonic chanting featured in this fascinating film about the dramatic life of a young boy, discovered in one of the world’s remotest places, and destined to become the world-renowned Dalai Lama.

Directed by Martin Scorcese and written by Melissa Matheson, Kundun tells the true story of a young boy found living with a family of Tibetan farmers in a small hamlet, near that country’s border with China — and what happens when the two year-old child displays a remarkable ability to correctly identify the personal possessions of the recently deceased 13th Dalai Lama. What follows is the amazing story of the 14th Dalai Lama, from his escape from Tibet to his years of exile as a spiritual leader and advocate for peace. Kundun is scored by Philip Glass’s unique electronic compositions, and was nominated for four academy awards.

The monks are at the Dennos Museum Center, April 14 -19, where they will create an intricate sand painting similar to the one in the film. (more…)

Tibetan Buddhist Monks will Construct a Mandala Sand Painting, Perform Special Ceremonies and a Concert of Sacred Music at The Dennos Museum Center

Monks with Sand MandalaTibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Mandala Sand Painting from April 14 -19, 2014 at the Dennos Museum Center of Northwestern Michigan College beginning with an opening ceremony on Monday April 14 at noon in the Zimmerman court.

They will offer a concert of sacred music and dance in Milliken Auditorium at 8 PM on Saturday April 19 after which the Mandala Sand Painting will be swept up and the sand distributed to concert attendees. Tickets are $25 advance, $28 at the door and $22 for museum members plus fees. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Museum Box office at 231-995-1553 or on line at, also at 1-800-836-0717 or (more…)

Don’t miss the annual International Dinner

InternationalGet your tickets today for the annual International Dinner, Wednesday, April 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the NMC Great Lakes Campus.  Meet members of the NMC International Club, enjoy a great dinner of international cuisine and stay for a show that features our International Club members dancing, telling stories, singing and performing music.

Tickets are available online at, or via the NMC Admissions Office.  For more information contact Lindsey Dickinson at or (231) 995-1082.  Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $25 for students and $12 for children 12 and under.


Communications instructor announces publication of his latest book

motorsportsOn April 16, Rowman & Littlefield will release Motorsports and American Culture:  From Demolition Derbies to NASCAR. Co-edited by communications instructor Dr. Mark Howell and Dr. John Miller, a professor of English at Longwood University in Virginia, a motorsports scholar.

The book is a collection of essays covering all facets of motorsports commonly seen in North America. Scholars from across the United States provided articles exploring a diverse assortment of topics — everything from gender and ethnicity in NASCAR to 19th-century train wrecks staged before spectators at the Iowa State Fair. Research into various forms of motorsports have never been collected in one book before until now.

The book will be introduced at the national Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference in Chicago next week; Howell will be at the meeting presenting a lecture on recent policies within NASCAR introduced to address the growing problem of serious brain trauma.


Bob James to perform at the Dennos for S. Korean artist fan, Seungmo Park

Bob James_2013 8x10 colorThe Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College will present the Grammy Award winning Jazz pianist Bob James and the Bob James Quartet on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 8:00 PM in the Milliken Auditorium. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, $30 for Museum Members plus fees. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Museum Box office at 231-995-1553 or on line at Tickets will only be available to Museum Members through April 12. Current non-members can buy tickets before April 12 by joining as a member prior to buying a ticket. Call 231-995-1573 or the Box Office to do so.

Listen to Bob James at  (more…)

Beware of financial aid resources solicitation

It has recently been brought to our attention that a company is soliciting students to submit a student aid profile form (with a fee) to find financial aid resources.  Do not submit any information to this company. Remember that you do not have to pay to complete your FAFSA. is free and there is no paper form to mail in.   Any verification forms needed will only come from NMC or the Department of Education (Student Aid Report).

While these offers may not be scams, it is not necessary for you to pay to get aid information.  If you have any questions please contact Student Financial Services at (231) 995-1035 or visit them in the Tanis Building, room 142, or contact the financial aid office of other schools you may be transferring to. (more…)

Great Lakes Pastel Society exhibition at the Dennos Museum

Contemplative, Debra Van LeenThe Dennos Museum Center will present the Great Lakes Pastel Society’s 2014 National Juried Exhibition April 13 – May 25, 2014.

The exhibition is being presented in Traverse City in association with the Society’s annual convention which will be held at the Park Place Hotel from May 16-18, a 3 day educational event filled with presentations and demonstrations designed especially for amateur and professional pastel artists.

The exhibition features 70 works by artists from across the USA, and one from Spain, that were selected by exhibition juror, Desmond O’Hagan, from 254 works submitted  by 97 artists for consideration by the juror.

The Great Lakes Pastel Society seeks to promote the use of pastels and increase the public awareness of creative pastel painting as a fine art medium. The juror awarded a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and 17 additional awards of merit and sponsored awards which will be presented to the artists at a Pastel Society Members and Guests Reception, Friday, May 16, 2014 from 7-9 PM at the Dennos Museum Center. (more…)