Intramural Basketball

Season starts Sunday, January 27 for six weeks. Two games per week played Monday – Thursday. At 2:10, 3:10 or 4:10 p.m. or the new time offering Sundays 9:10, 10:10 p.m. 

All players must be current NMC students! All teams must be co-ed! At least one female player must be on the court at all times or you will play short. Female points count double.

Mandatory Captains’ meeting and Sign-up Deadline:

  • Thursday, January 24 at 5 p.m. in the PE Lobby.
  • Registration forms are located throughout campus or pick up one at the Fitness Center in North Hall. Turn in rosters to Steve Dixon at the Fitness Center or bring them to the mandatory captains meeting.

For more information or questions, please call Steve Dixon at 995-1379

Sponsored by N.M.C. Student Life/Student Activities and N.M.C. Physical Education, Sports and Recreation

Good luck on finals!

The Advising Center wishes you great success on your final exams in the coming weeks! Make sure you are registered for Spring semester before this semester is over!

Invasive Species Documentary Showing and Panel Dec. 5

A documentary showing and panel discussion about invasive species, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, will be held on December 5 from 7-9 p.m. in the Milliken Auditorium. Excerpts from the documentary “Making Waves– Battle for the Great Lakes” will be shown, and four local experts on the issue will come together to share their stories and answer questions from community members. The event is free for everyone.

Transfer to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan

Are you interested in studying the natural sciences, humanities, or social sciences at the University of Michigan? The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts os coming to talk with you about transferring. Tuesday, December 3 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Health & Science Building Lobby. If you can’t make it during this time, please email Michael Hartman at to schedule another time to learn more about transferring to LSA.

E-waste & Battery Recycling

The NMC Green Team will be collecting e-waste and any type of battery at the end of each semester. Drop-off sites will be in North Hall, East Hall, and Student Life in the library. Any and all electronic, computer, or digital devices may go in the boxes and thus not in our landfills! Thank you for your help!

Michigan Blood Drive on campus Dec. 11

December 11, between 1- 6 pm, the Michigan Blood Drive bus will be taking blood donations in the parking lot. The bus will be located in between the power house and the library. Everyone who signs in to donate receives a coupon for a FREE pizza! 

Coming Soon! Getting more from Contacts hovercards!

Coming Soon!  Learn more about Google Groups with Contacts hovercards

Contacts hovercards allow you to see more information on a person such as what groups they are a part of, plus you can email, chat, etc. from the contact you hover over in your inbox. Check ’em out!

Contacts hovercards provide lots of useful information about the people within your organization. We’ve heard from you that you’d like better visibility into Google Groups across G Suite, so we’re adding more information to these hovercards when the contact itself is a group.

When you mouse over the name of a group in Gmail, you’ll now be able to see essential information, like group members, as well as take some actions, such as:

  • Schedule an event with the group
  • Email the group
  • See more members

You can also select “More info,” which will take you to the Groups membership details page on The group members will only appear on the hovercard if the user has permission to view them. This functionality will be added to other G Suite apps in the future.

Success Story: Technology brings the world to campus

November 27, 2018

Virtual Reality classroom with Jim BensleyOn Tuesday afternoon, Alex Bernier toured the length and breadth of Africa, from Egypt’s pyramids to the east-central Serengeti renowned for wildlife to South Africa’s Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison. And he did it all within his two-hour World Cultures class, inside NMC’s Beckett Building, simply by putting on a virtual reality headset.

“It’s fantastic,” Bernier said of the technology, marveling at the improvement from elementary school, when his teachers rolled in TVs on carts.

Students download Google Expeditions, a free app, to their phones, and place the phones into the headsets, which offer a three-dimensional perspective — standing on the edge of Zambia’s Victoria Falls, for instance, or in the sightlines of a gorilla in Serengeti National Park. Instructor Jim Bensley serves as the guide, choosing where students will explore. This week’s whirlwind African tour also showed them the Namibian desert and slave monuments in Senegal.

“We’re trying to stay on the cutting edge of content delivery by using technology to enhance the subject matter,” Bensley said. “We use it to enhance that learning, to immerse the students into a landscape where those cultures exist.”

Students were unanimously enthusiastic.

“It’s pretty neat to see the places we’re learning about,” said Kaylee Annis.

“It gives you more of the experience you would get if you went to that place,” said Sam Wilkinson.

At $15 per headset, virtual reality is also a cost-effective way to achieve NMC’s strategic goal of ensuring that NMC learners are prepared for success in a global society and economy. Bensley has also used them to “take” World Cultures students to the Islamic world and Latin America. In his Introduction to Humanities class, he’s showed students the Baroque art and architecture of Europe.

Debuting this semester, it’s too soon to say if the headsets are improving academic performance. But Bensley said student engagement is high.

“It’s a great active learning tool. They enjoy looking around themselves,” Bensley said. While he guides the tours, students have a 360-degree field of vision and can zoom in to particular things that interest them.

“It gives you the freedom to look around,” agreed student Lucy Teubner.

For at least one student, it was also a preview. NMC is offering a study abroad trip to South Africa next spring, which will include World Cultures student Sunny Charpentier. It’s one of seven experiences scheduled for 2019.

Four holiday concerts featuring NMC ensembles

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s performance ensembles will present the following holiday-themed concerts. 

  • Friday, November 30 NMC Chamber Singers and NMC Canticum Novum present  “Sounds of the Season.” 7:30 p.m., Central United Methodist Church. Suggested donations of $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors will be taken at the door. (231) 995-1338.
  • Saturday, December 1 Winter Jazz Ensemble Showcase, 7:30 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Tickets $12 for adults,  $7 for students and seniors, available from and at the door. (800) 836-0717
  • Saturday, December 15, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday December 16, 3 p.m. NMC’s Grand Traverse Chorale and Children’s Choirs join the Traverse Symphony Orchestra for “Home for the Holidays.” Corson Auditorium, Interlochen. (231) 947-7120
  • Tuesday, December 18 Holiday music for band featuring the NMC Concert Band. 7:30 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Tickets $12 for adults,  $7 for students and seniors, available from and at the door. (800) 836-0717

Release date: november 23, 2018

For more information:

Jeff Cobb
NMC Director of Music Programs
(231) 995-1338


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.

Fall Book Buyback

Looking for some extra cash for Christmas? Sell back your textbooks at the bookstore December 10-14.

Changes to the Google sign-in interface coming soon


Starting November 27, we’ll make some small changes to the appearance of the Google sign-in page. These follow changes made earlier this year, which updated the sign-in page to match the Material Design principles used in other Google products.

Specifically, you might notice outlines around some entry fields, and changes to the spacing and styling of other text on both the web and mobile screens. The changes will start to take effect on November 27 and may take up to two weeks to reach all users. 

The image to the right depicts the sign-in page that will start rolling out on November 27.

For further questions, please contact the NMC Technology Help Desk at 231-995-3020 or