It’s Our World: Artists Inspired by Children’s Visions of the Future, opening Nov. 1

BigDraw4-JoyceAndGlennAs part of The Big Draw – Grand Traverse, the Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College presents the exhibition, It’s Our World: Artists Inspired by Children’s Visions of the Future, November 1, 2014 – January 4, 2015. The exhibition features five local artists–Dewey Blocksma, Nancy Crisp, Nancy Nash, Joyce Petrakovitz, and Glenn Wolff–inspired by a child’s artwork. Each artist chose one or more drawings created by a young visitor during Big Draw Day on October 4, to incorporate and recreate in the medium of their choice. Children ages 4-12 created drawings in response to questions about keeping the Earth clean as part of this year’s Big Draw theme, It’s Our World. The exhibition will feature the artists’ interpretations, the original drawings from the children, and a digital slideshow of drawings and events that took place as part of The Big Draw–Grand Traverse. (more…)

Rowing Regatta this Sunday will feature four NMC Rowing Club members

rowing_crewLake Leelanau Rowing Club is hosting a rowing regatta 8 a.m.-2 p.m., this Sunday, October 26, with over 400 downstate high school rowers, their parents and masters rowers coming up to race each other as well as four Traverse City High School rowers and four NMC college rowers.

All regatta info and race times are on the national regatta calendar website: Click on Leelanau Chase for participating schools and clubs, and all race times.

Come on out and watch rowing in action!  What a great activity and great fitness opportunity!  NMC Rowing Club is a new student organization and will train in rowing indoors this winter to compete in some spring regatta’s.    If interested in more information contact Noelle Sieloff at  


Coming to NMC – the History of Rock and Roll!

rock n rollThe music department is offering a new course – MUS 129 History of Rock and Roll – this spring semester.

In this course students will study the development of rock music styles from its roots to the present, watch historical footage and listen to musical examples of each musical period.

MUS 129 is a Group 1 Course and will satisfy three credits of your Group 1 Humanities requirement. Come join us! (more…)

Red Ribbon Day takes place Oct. 27

red-ribbon-weekRed Ribbon Day is Monday, October 27, 2014. Get a red ribbon to wear and show your support for saying “no” to illicit drugs!

When you get your ribbon, you’ll also get a cup of coffee (the “legal drug”) on us! Come to the Welcome Center in the Health and Science building from 8-11 a.m.

An Outreach/Enrollment Specialist will also be available to help students sign up for free health insurance. (more…)

Scott Wright Student Essay Contest presented by NISOD

Community College Week and NISOD are proud to announce the annual Scott Wright Student Essay Contest in honor of Scott Wright, past editor of Community College Week (1995–2000), recipient of the 1998 Award for Excellence in Higher Education Journalism, and the reporter who brought national attention to developmental education and the unique mission community colleges possess in providing an accessible education. (more…)

Third annual Choral Invitational

Third annual Choral Invitational

TRAVERSE CITY — More than 250 high school choir students will participate in the third annual Choral Invitational  Wednesday, October 29, on NMC’s main campus. 

Nine choirs from Benzie Central, Elk Rapids, Kingsley, Leland, Lake Leelanau St. Mary’s,Glen Lake, St. Francis, Gaylord and Grayling high schools will spend the day on campus, learning and rehearsing music together, touring the campus, and attending performances of NMC faculty, music majors, and audio tech students.

The invitational culminates in an “Informance” at 6 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium. The public is invited to attend to the informal performance, or come listen to rehearsals during the day. 

Release date: October 22, 2014

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communcations
(231) 995-1019

Joan Belgrave brings Dinah Washington to the Dennos

Joan BelgraveThe Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College will present the Detroit based Jazz vocalist Joan Belgrave in Joan Belgrave sings Dinah Washington: featuring the Lisa McCall Dancers on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM in Milliken Auditorium. Tickets are $27 advance, $30 at the door and $24 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

Calling herself the “Queen of the Blues” and considered “the most popular black female recording artist of the ’50s,” Dinah Washington, was born Ruth Lee Jones (1924 – 1963). She was recognized mainly as a jazz vocalist, though she performed and recorded in a wide variety of styles including blues, R&B, and traditional pop music. Ain’t Misbehavin, Unforgettable, What a Diff’rence a Day Makes, Teach Me Tonight, and Please Send Me Someone to Love were among her many hit songs. (more…)

Sodexo Wasteless Week runs Oct. 20-24

Sodexo’s Wasteless Week runs October 20-24. All week long, while supplies last, Sodexo will be giving a reusable coffee cup for students who can correctly identify Sodexo’s website, as well as following them on Facebook and Instagram or Twitter. (more…)

You could be in the next NMC Foundation video!

Think you’ve got what it takes to be one of the faces of our next video?

We’re holding an open casting call Thursday, October 23 from 1-2 p.m. in the Educational Media recording studio. We’re looking for students who want to get in front of a camera for a few minutes, answer a few easy questions and help represent NMC in our next fundraising drive.

Questions could include, “What are you studying?” “What do you love about NMC?” “Who is your favorite professor?”

Come tell us why NMC rocks or say thank you to a scholarship donor or an awesome teacher! (more…)

Attend documentary screening for free in honor of World Polio Day, Oct. 23

headerJoin our community on the evening of World Polio Day at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, at the State Theater, for a special viewing of the award-winning documentary “The Shot Felt ‘Round the World.”  Admission is FREE thanks to the sponsorship by three Traverse City Rotary Clubs and anyone with an interest in contemporary global health issues, international relations, or health careers is encouraged to attend.  Students will be awarded points toward the NMC Global Endorsement for this event and should follow up with the International Services Office in West Hall. (more…)

NMC Band Concert

NMC Band Concert

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s Concert Band, under the direction of Patricia J. Brumbaugh, will perform its first concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 25 in Milliken Auditorium.

The program includes a wide range of selections, from fun marches, to beautiful melodies to toe-tapping folk songs. General admission tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for seniors (ages 62 and older) and children (ages 12 and younger). Admission for NMC students with student ID is free. Call the Milliken Auditorium Box Office at (231-995-1553) for further information.

The NMC Concert Band was formed in 1973 and now totals more than 50 members. It is comprised of young, energetic high school and college students learning side-by-side with experienced adults. The band is a member of the Association of Concert Bands. Rehearsals are weekly throughout the academic year, with performances held primarily at Milliken Auditorium. 

Release date: October 9, 2014

For more information:

Jeff Cobb
NMC Music Department Director
231) 995-1338

NMC business students hold food drive through Nov. 16

NMC business students hold food drive through Nov. 16

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC’s Professional Communications class is holding its third annual Food For Thought food drive through November 16 to support local food pantries in the five-county area.

Food For Thought partners with the Northwest Food Coalition to combat food insecurity by helping to fill more than 50 local food pantries. In 2013, the Northwest Food Coalition fed more than 450,000 people. By organizing the food drive as a semester-long service learning project, NMC students also practice professional communications skills. 

To donate, community members may drop off non-perishable food and personal hygiene items at:

  • Traverse City Walmart: Oct. 26, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tom’s Food Market, East Bay, Acme, Interlochen, and Fourteenth Street locations: Nov. 1 and 2, 10 a.m. – 5p.m.
  • UAV/Robotics/Automotive Exploration Day at Aero Park Lab building: Nov. 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • NMC main, Aero Park and University Center campus buildings: Through Nov. 16  
  • Pick up service: Contact Kyle Harris at (231) 360-1546

Local business are donating raffle prizes. Anyone who donates five non-perishable food items at the Tom’s or Walmart events will automatically receive a raffle ticket. Monetary donations may be made at Click on the donations link, click “other,” and type in “food drive.”

Release date: October 16, 2014

For more information:

Kristy McDonald
NMC Instructor
(231) 995-1059

Sawyer Harris
Student Media Contact
(989) 390-5681