Are You Interested in Mindfulness Meditation?

Tuesdays at 12:30 in Health & Science Building Room 101

Did you know a 10 minute mindfulness practice can help to:

  • Improve focus and awareness
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Reduce stress
  • Promote emotional balance
  • Support healthy relationships at school, work and home
  • Promote academic performance
  • Cultivate compassion
  • Prevent burnout
  • Increase creativity

Come unplug for 20 minutes with NMC’s new mindfulness learning community. Students, faculty, staff and the public are welcome to join!

For more information or a private mindfulness session, contact Kristy McDonald at 995-1059 or kmcdonald@nmc.edu

Going Viral: Countering The New Face Of Terror On Social Media

Going Viral: Countering The New Face Of Terror On Social Media

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC’s International Affairs Forum continues its regular lecture series at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 with “Going Viral: Countering The New Face Of Terror On Social Media,” presented by Humaira Wakili, Executive Director of the Gen Next Foundation.

During his first weeks in office, President Donald Trump will face a critical issue that commanded the attention of Barack Obama as he closed out his presidency: how to counter the vicious and violent use of the Internet by extremist groups like ISIS. Social media, so widely used in the free world, has also become a weapon of terrorists to manipulate public opinion, spread propaganda, recruit foreign fighters and plot acts of terror on five continents.

Humaira Wakili, executive director of the Gen Next Foundation, is at the center of developing projects to counter the extremist narrative and brings to the International Affairs Forum an authoritative knowledge of what the new president might do to prevent social media from becoming the norm of extremist groups around the world.

The Gen Next Foundation is a dynamic, high-tech foundation that funds projects aimed at breaking the cycle of radicalization. Wakili’s venture philanthropy draws funds from the private sector and non-profit business partners to seed such projects as:

  • Confronting online radicalization by redirecting potential extremist recruits toward YouTube videos and targeted advertising that debunks ISIS recruiting themes.
  • Bringing together former extremists and survivors of violent extremism to work together in a program called Against Violent Extremism.
  • Supporting the development of an animated YouTube cartoon series called Abdullah-X, which was created by a former extremist. The series seeks to counter online propaganda of groups like ISIS through themes of young Muslim identity in society.

Release date: January 16, 2017

For more information:

Karen Segal
International Affairs Forum co-chair
(231) 715-6064
jsegal_kpuschel@yahoo.com

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Add/Drop Week

Need to make a change to your schedule? Add a class? Please do so as soon as possible! Not all classes can be added after they have begun. Check with an advisor in the Advising Center or visit the Records & Registration Office for assistance with dropping or adding classes this week. The final day to drop regular 15-week classes without academic record and for 100% refund is Monday, January 23! 

NMC Career Fair

NMC Career Fair

TRAVERSE CITY — Employers are invited to register for NMC’s annual Career Fair, set for 4–5:30 p.m. March 2 at the Hagerty Center on NMC’s Great Lakes Campus.

This event affords employers the opportunity to recruit job-seekers for career-track positions, seasonal and entry-level opportunities, as well as internships and service learning. The Career Fair is open to students, NMC alumni and community members.  New this year is an alumni reception following the event.

Wendy Walter, Human Development Manager at Oryana Natural Foods Market, has recruited at the fair for four years in a row.

“I know many employers, including Oryana, who have hired applicants that they first met at the Career Fair,” she said. “It’s a chance to meet others, learn about opportunities and industries, and determine your next steps.”

Employer registration is first-come, first serve and begins January 20.  To register and for the most up to date information, visit nmc.edu/career-fair.

New this year, NMC’s Alumni Relations program will host a  career networking reception directly after the Career Fair exclusively for NMC alumni (former students who have taken for-credit classes.) The  networking reception will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at Lobdell’s Teaching Restaurant, on site at the Great Lakes campus, and will include complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Other career fairs are also scheduled later in the spring:

  • Veterans –  March 21, 2-6 p.m., Hagerty Center
  • Information Technology – April 17, 4-7 p.m. Hagerty Center

RELEASE DATE: January 13, 2017

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Irina Grougan
NMC Advising Center
igrougan@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1040

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Aviation alumnus named Envoy Air’s youngest chief pilot, leads at LaGuardia

Aviation alumnus named Envoy Air’s youngest chief pilot, leads at LaGuardia

TRAVERSE CITY — A 2011 Northwestern Michigan College aviation alumnus has been named the youngest chief pilot in company history by Envoy Air and now leads the airline’s operations at a major air traffic hub.

Ryan FerrisIn late December Ryan Ferris, 26, was named chief pilot of Envoy’s New York base at LaGuardia Airport, the nation’s twentieth busiest airport. He will supervise the 150 Envoy captains and first officers based at LaGuardia as well as coordinate with multiple other departments, including ground handling, passenger service, Transportation Security Administration and air traffic control to ensure a safe and reliable operation for the passengers.

Alex Bloye, director of NMC’s Aviation division, said Ferris’ accomplishment at his age is significant. In addition to becoming Envoy’s youngest chief pilot, he is one of the few to ascend to that role without first being a captain.

“Usually chief pilot positions with airlines are reserved for folks with decades of experience. They are the base leader, and are ultimately responsible for the safety and regulatory compliance of thousands of passenger flights, and hundreds of pilots and crew members,” Bloye said.

Prior to his new role, Ferris spent three years flying as a first officer for Envoy Air, a subsidiary of American Airlines. He was also a flight instructor at NMC for two and a half years.

“Northwestern Michigan College did an outstanding job preparing me for the responsibilities of this position,” said Ferris, originally from Portage, Mich. “The flight school provided me with the knowledge and skills to handle the stresses of being an airline pilot, while NMC’s critical-thinking based curriculum helped me develop into a well-rounded manager.”

Envoy Air Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group and operates nearly 180 aircraft on about 900 daily flights to more than 150 destinations. Headquartered in Texas, Envoy was formerly known as American Eagle.

As American Eagle, NMC in 2014 signed a pipeline agreement with the company that gives aviation students early access to interviews, employment and a signing bonus.

Release date: january 9, 2017

For more information:

Ryan Ferris
Envoy Air
ryan.ferris@aa.com
(269) 598-4615

Alex Bloye
NMC Aviation
abloye@nmc.edu
(231) 995-2929

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Parking enforcement starts Jan. 23

The Traverse City Parking Patrol will begin enforcing parking at NMC on Monday, January 23. All faculty, staff and students must have their 2016-2017 permits displayed by that date.

The Traverse City Police Department has provided the following information on how to avoid parking tickets on campus by properly displaying your parking permit:

  • Place your permit in the bottom left-hand corner of your windshield.
  • Place your permit right side up. An upside-down permit will be considered invalid.
  • Be sure that the expiration date on your permit can be seen from the outside of your vehicle. (Some vehicles have a tint on the edges of their windshield, so be sure your permit is not behind a tint, as it will make it difficult to see from the outside.) When it doubt, get out of your vehicle and be sure you can see the entire permit from the outside.

If you do get a ticket, payment can be made at the red dropoff payment box at the east end of the Cedar lot in front of the Health & Science building. You can also mail the fine in to the city, or pay at the parking services office in the public parking garage at 303 E. State St. Payment information is also on each ticket.

If you have any questions about parking enforcement on campus, please call (231) 995-1111.

On-Campus Jobs

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

Available jobs include:

  • President’s Office Assistant;
  • Science Lab Assistant;
  • Tutor;
  • White Pine Press Writer (Independent Contractor);
  • White Pine Press Advertising Salesperson (Independent Contractor);
  • White Pine Press Staff Photographer (Independent Contractor);
  • Security;
  • Student Life Office Assistant;
  • Switchboard Operator;
  • GLMA Assistant;
  • Grounds

Outstanding Alumni nominations now open

Outstanding Alumni nominations now open

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwestern Michigan College Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2017 Outstanding Alumni award through Feb. 20.

Created in 1988, the Outstanding Alumni award recognizes alumni for significant professional achievements and/or exemplary leadership in the local or global community. The award(s) will be presented at NMC’s annual Commencement ceremony May 6.

The nomination form is available online. Nominations may also be e-mailed to Director of Alumni Relations Betsy Coffia at alumni@nmc.edu or mailed to the NMC Foundation, 1701 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI 49686.

The 2016 Outstanding Alumni recipients were Korvyn  Hansen, Therese Renis, Michelle Witkop and Capt. Dean Hobbs, posthumously. See all recipients here »

Release date: january 5, 2017

For more information:

Betsy Coffia
Director of Alumni Relations
bcoffia@nmc.edu 
(231) 995-2825

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Walk In Advising for continuing students

Classes start January 13 and you still need help with your Spring semester schedule?! We can help!

Stop by the Advising Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. January 10, 12, 13, and 16 through 20th for Walk In Advising. Sessions are on a first-come-first-served basis. Call (231) 995-1040 with questions.

GVSU Advisor on Your Campus!

A representative from Grand Valley State University located at NMC’s University Center will be present in the Health & Science building Monday, January 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn how you can finish your Bachelor’s or Master’s at GVSU’s Traverse City location or get answers to your questions if you are considering transferring to GVSU’s main campus.

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

Longtime NMC instructor Robert Rudd passes away

Robert F. Rudd of Traverse City, MI passed away on December 17, 2016 at the age of 83.

A graduate of Michigan State University and the University of South Dakota, Bob taught chemistry at NMC for 35 years.  He was a constant presence in his volunteer work for the college, including the NMC Barbecue, and many other community organizations, including the Dennos Museum.  During his time at NMC, Bob received the Imogene Wise Award and the NMC Fellows Award. 

Many knew Bob for his creation of handmade Shaker boxes.  Bob also built many of the benches along the North Country Trail and was a longtime trail steward.  He was a regular volunteer on Isle Royale, first visiting the island along with a group of three friends when he was 17.

Bob met his wife of 62 years, Grace Ann Wood, in high school trigonometry class.  Together they had three children, Cheryl Phelps of Holland, MI, Michele Rudd (Roger Putman) of Traverse City, and Rob Rudd of Philadelphia, PA, and four grandchildren, Christine, Patrick, Tyler, and Elliot. 

A memorial service will be held April 1, 2017 at NMC in Traverse City, MI.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Dennos Museum, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, or to the charity of your choice.

Bob lived his life in tune with Loren Eiseley’s philosophy that “we love the earth but cannot stay.”

Six job training agreements approved

Six job training agreements approved

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC’s Board of Trustees on Monday approved training agreements with six regional companies that will create 63 new jobs by 2021. 

  • Adaptive Counseling and Case Management LLC, Traverse City (new agreement)
  • Electro-Optics Technology, Inc. Traverse City (extension)
  • Materne North America Corp., Grawn (extension)
  • Plascon Inc. (extension), Traverse City
  • Norcross Company dba Preston Feather Building Centers, Petoskey (extension)
  • Skilled Manufacturing Inc., Traverse City (extension)

The new and extended agreements add up to 498 new jobs in northwest Michigan since NMC inked its first New Jobs Training agreement with Electro Optics Technology in 2010. All jobs must pay above $12.95 per hour. Jobs starting after Jan. 1, 2017 will be benchmarked to new minimum wage threshold of $15.58 per hour.

 In addition to those agreements approved Monday, the following companies also have New Job Training Agreements in place.

  • Armor Express, Central Lake
  • Century Extrusion and Century Inc, Traverse City
  • Hagerty Insurance – Traverse City based-specialty insurer of classic cars and boats
  • Hayes Manufacturing Inc., Fife Lake, mechanical power transmission equipment manufacturing
  • Precision Edge Surgical Products LLC, Boyne City
  • Shoreline Fruit LLC, Traverse City – cherry growers, processors and marketers
  • TentCraft Inc., Traverse City, textile bag and canvas mills

 Established by the Michigan Legislature in 2008, the New Jobs Training Program provides funding for organizations to pay for staff development in new positions paying above $12.95 per hour. The companies pay for the training, which NMC provides, and are reimbursed over time as payroll tax dollars are diverted.

NMC’s Training Services division offers customized training opportunities including leadership and team building, Lean, advanced manufacturing and more.

Release date: December 20, 2016

For more information:

Lisa Rollin
NMC Training Services
(231) 995-2005
lrollin@nmc.edu

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Health Services Refill Requests and Winter Hours

Health Services will be closed at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 16 until 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. If you need refills, please contact our office as soon as possible at 995-1255, or stop by the office in the Les Biederman building, room 106.

NMC Food 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