Bob James Live at the Milliken Auditorium CD released

BOB JAMES LIVE - Cover 75The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College and Tappan Zee Records are pleased to announce the USA release of the new CD Bob James Live at the Milliken Auditorium as recorded in concert with the Grammy Award winning Jazz pianist Bob James and the Bob James Quartet on May 3, 2014.

The CD features Bob James – Piano with Perry Hughes – Guitar, Clarence Penn – Drums and Nathaniel Phillips – Bass. It includes 8 extended tracks from the concert including, Blues Down Under 6:56; The Jody Grind 7:25; Skidaway 9:46; Where are You/Downtown 8:49; Night Crawler 7:07; Nautilus 7:03; Westchester Lady 6:20; Angela/Someone to Watch Over Me; 10:45.

Listen to a cut from the CD at


Nagata Shachu to perform at Dennos Museum Center

Nagata Shachu DrummersThe Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College will present Nagata Shachu a taiko (Japanese drum) ensemble, on Friday April 17, 2015 at 8:00 in the Milliken Auditorium of the Dennos Museum Center. Tickets for the concert are $27 in advance ($24 for museum members) and $30 at the door. Call the Milliken Auditorium Box office at 231-995-1553 for tickets or purchase on line at

While firmly rooted in the folk drumming traditions found throughout Japan, Nagata Shachu has worked to rejuvenate and redefine this ancient art form ensuring its relevance for the present. The ensemble produces challenging and dynamic works that seek to create a new voice for the taiko. (more…)

Applicants invited for Board of Trustees vacancy

Applicants invited for Board of Trustees vacancy

TRAVERSE CITY — The Board of Trustees of Northwestern Michigan College invites registered voters of Grand Traverse County who are otherwise legally qualified to apply to fill the vacancy on the Board created by Cheryl Gore Follette’s resignation on March 23.

Michigan law requires the Board to appoint, within 30 days, a replacement trustee for a term until the next regular community college election. The appointment will expire on December 31, 2016.  The next regular election is in November 2016.

Commitments include but are not limited to the following:

  • Regular board meeting, typically the fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m.
  • Board study sessions and committee meetings scheduled as required
  • Annual overnight Board retreat
  • Participation in other college functions including commencement, receptions, ceremonies, events
  • Travel periodically for purposes of professional development and representing the college at various association meetings, with travel for trustee paid by NMC
  • This is a non-compensated position

More information on the position and the college is available here

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and materials explaining their qualifications for the position of Trustee. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. April 10, 2015, and should be sent or delivered to:

Trustee Search
Office of the President
Northwestern Michigan College
1701 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686

Interviews will be conducted in public meetings according to the Michigan Open Meetings Act and application materials are subject to the Michigan Freedom of Information Act. Final appointment will be made by the full NMC Board of Trustees at their regular April 20, 2015, meeting. 

Additional materials are available upon request and questions may be directed to the President’s Office at Northwestern Michigan College at (231) 995-1010.

Release date: March 25, 2015

For more information:

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



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.

On campus during spring break?

Nintendo_Entertainment_System_ModelStop by the library for free snacks, tea and cocoa, board games, and Nintendo! They also have magazines and some great reads you can take with you on your travels! The library is open Monday, March 30 to Thursday, April 2, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (more…)

NMC Technology Help Desk- Tech tips: Printing at NMC

printer1Tech Tips is presented by our Technology Help Desk and will provide you with simple explanations to tech troubles you may come upon in everyday technology use. These posts will occur regularly and will include a wide variety of topics. If you have further questions regarding the Tech Tips, please contact the Technology Help Desk at (231) 995-3020.

While going green is great, sometimes there is just no replacement for the printed page. The following document is your guide to setting up printers using the printing tools and resources available at NMC. (more…)

Fill out a student survey about WNMC and you could win a $60 gas card!

Hey! Do you like FREE money? Does a full tank of gas or two sound like something you want? Then take this short student survey about WNMC Radio’s awareness (it takes 2 minute or less!) and you can be entered in for a chance to win a $60 gas card!

Here are the simple steps:

  • Complete the survey here: WNMC Radio Awareness Survey
  • Submit your entry for the drawing by emailing:
    • Title the email: WNMC Radio Awareness Survey
    • In the body of the email include your preferred method of contact.
  • Stay tuned to find out if you win!

Try and win while it lasts! Thanks and good luck! (more…)

2015 Barbecue projects to share $40,000

BBQ logo in red CUTOUTThe NMC Barbecue Board has approved nine projects that will share $40,300 in funds from this year’s 60th annual picnic under the pines, set for May 17.

College employees submit proposals for Barbecue funds to support program and equipment needs, contingent on funds raised that day. A subcommittee reviews and recommends proposals to the Barbecue Board, a group of NMC employees and community volunteers led by new president Gary Carlson. This year’s recipients are: (more…)

Moodle theme changes coming soon!

During Pine Palooza last fall, we took a survey and found that a large number of students use their phone or tablet to access Moodle.

The current Moodle theme is not responsive and the design is not set to work with mobile devices. Educational Media Technologies has been working hard to change this.

NMC will have a new responsive theme for Moodle coming soon. Starting this summer courses will have the new responsive theme. The new theme will also come with some improvements that benefit students. (more…)

Keeping Kids Safe lecture March 24

According to the State of Michigan, 93 children are abused or neglected every day. What can be done to protect our kids? Learn more about causes of child abuse, the state of the child welfare system and community partners collaborating to fight maltreatment from a panel of experts at this Your Health Lecture on Tuesday, March 24, at 9 am in Milliken Auditorium.

The Your Health Lecture Series is a collaborative community event sponsored by Northwestern Michigan College, Munson Medical Center and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Traverse City Campus.


  • Sacha Mareka Klein, PhD, MSW
    Assistant Professor, Michigan State University School of Social Work
  • Joe Kozakiewicz, JD, LMSW
    Director, Chance at Childhood Clinic
    Michigan State University College of Law
  • Debra Simms, MD
    Assistant Professor, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
    Child Abuse Pediatrician, Center for Child Protection, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

For more information, call (616) 234-2667.

Summer childcare camp!


The NMC Children’s Learning Center, which is located in the Oleson Center, will be offering a summer camp for school aged children through the age of 8. The program will be located in Room C of the Oleson Center. The hours of operation will be 6am-6pm, Monday through Friday. It is a recreational based program, spending a lot of time outdoors! Summer camp will be utilizing all of the great outdoor space on campus, as well as walking to the beach, civic center, and other local places. Staff are currently working on a schedule of field trips and guest speakers, as well as fun activities to do in the classroom. (more…)

NMC Technology Help Desk- Tech tips: What are cookies?

cookiesTech Tips is presented by our Technology Help Desk and will provide you with simple explanations to tech troubles you may come upon in everyday technology use. These posts will occur regularly and will include a wide variety of topics. If you have further questions regarding the Tech Tips, please contact the Technology Help Desk at (231) 995-3020.

A cookie is a small packet of data sent from a website and stored in the browser settings on the clients computer. This packet holds information of where the user went on the site, what their search contained and even login credentials. (more…)