11th Annual Freshwater Summit

The Freshwater Roundtable is proud to announce the 11th Annual Freshwater Summit to be held on Friday, October 26, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hagerty Conference Center at NMC’s Great Lakes Campus. The Freshwater Summit is a conference of environmental professionals and engaged citizens focusing on current issues facing the Great Lakes region.

 Presentations include understanding drivers of change in Great Lakes water levels, planning to be a resilient Great Lakes community, and measuring the economic impacts of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Cost is $35/person or $15/student and includes lunch. Registration is available online here.

The Freshwater Summit is a product of the Freshwater Roundtable and is organized by The Watershed Center, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, Michigan Sea Grant Extension, Great Lakes Environmental Center, Inland Seas Education Association, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management and the Grand Traverse Conservation District.

BATA bus shelter planned at East Front and Milliken Drive

The Bay Area Transportation Authority has received approval from the Michigan Department of Transportation to install a shelter at BATA’s Bayline stop at  East Front Street and Milliken Drive. This will help keep students and visitors protected from the elements year round.

The shelter should be installed in the next two weeks.

“Phishing” emails: How to identify and avoid them

Please review the following Google document link discussing “phishing.” Here at NMC we have seen an increase in the number of “phishing” emails sent to our accounts in recent days. This document will assist you in identifying “phishing” emails. There are also additional links to give you helpful information on identifying such emails and how to avoid them.
If you are the victim of a “phishing” attack (i.e. after being prompted via email you divulged sensitive information or ran a malicious .exe file on your computer) or if have further questions about “phishing,” please notify the NMC Technology Help Desk at 231.995.3020 or www.nmc.edu/help/

Great Lakes ~ Great Chefs Dinner November 9

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Great Lakes Great Chefs dinner benefiting NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute.

The November 9 evening begins at 6 p.m. with sparkling wine and a raw bar on the Great Lakes Campus catwalk, then moves to Lobdell’s: A Teaching Restaurant for five amazing courses and a spectacular view. Guest chefs working in collaboration with GLCI students include GLCI alumna Brooke Mallory (3030 Ocean), Adam McMarlin (Nine Bean Rows), and Jeff Brandon (Superior Foods).

Tickets are $100 per person can be purchased online here or by calling (231) 995-1021.

Proceeds from this event will be used to bring talented chefs and others from the culinary world to the Great Lakes Culinary Institute to teach and work side by side with students.

NMC students launch food drive to support fellow students in need

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) Business students are partnering with the Northwest Food Coalition (NWFC) for the sixth annual Food for Thought food drive to help reduce food insecurity in the Grand Traverse region.

New this year, the class will aim to fill four pantries, in time for the holiday season, focused on helping students and their families. A 2016 NWFC survey revealed more than 2,000 children in the region are food insecure, which can be a barrier to learning.

The food pantries include:

Community members can donate non-perishable food and personal hygiene items from October 19 to November 19 at red collection bins in the following NMC buildings:

  • Tanis
  • Osterlin Library
  • University Center
  • Hagerty Conference Center
  • Parsons-Stulen

Tom’s Food Markets will accept donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., October 28 at the East Bay, West Bay and Fourteenth Street locations. The public is also invited to bring donations to the S. T. E. M. Exploration Day at NMC’s Parsons-Stulen Building from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. November 10. Participants will be able experience LEGO robotics, drones, virtual reality and more family-friendly activities.

The community can make a financial donation to help support the pantries at any of the events or with the NMC Foundation.

This food drive is supported by generous donations from local businesses. One example of this is Max’s Appliance’s donation of a refrigerator to the NMC Food Pantry so that the students can receive fresh foods. Other local businesses are donating items for raffle prizes as well as hosting their own food drives. If you would like to partner with this project please use the contact information below.

The Food For Thought Food drive is a semester-long experiential learning project for professional communications students. For updates go to the NMC Food for Thought facebook page.

Release date: October 15, 2018

For more information:

Blake Bandrowski
Marketing Director
(231) 633-8813

Kristy McDonald
NMC Instructor
(231) 995-1059


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. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

Scholarship Success Workshop November 13

Scholarship Success Workshop November 13 in the University Center Room 204 at 5:30 p.m.

Grand Valley State University in Traverse City has partnered with the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation to bring you a one-hour workshop on local scholarships available to you. This workshop is appropriate for all students attending or soon to be attending college. Learn Tips and Tricks on how to write a winning essay and what the committees are looking for. Open to the public.

This event is free to attend. Please RSVP at gvsu.edu/traverse/events. Space is limited.

Intramural Volleyball Sign Up

Season starts Monday, October 29  for six weeks.

  • Two matches per week played Monday – Thursday at 2:10, 3:10, 4:10 or 5:10 p.m.
  • All teams must be co-ed
  • All players must be current NMC students

Mandatory Captains’ Meeting and Sign up Deadline:

  • Thursday, October 25 at 5 p.m. in the PE Lobby

For more information call Steve Dixon at 995-1379.

Sponsored by NMC Student Life/Student Activities and NMC Physical Education, Sports and Recreation.




NMC Fall Festival Oct. 10 – New Location!

Wednesday, October 10, 2-6 p.m.,
Health & Science Building Lobby

Free event in the lobby on the north side of the Health & Science Building (updated location!). This event is a great opportunity to see what’s happening with all of our active student groups, along with live music, free cider and donuts, a henna artist, pumpkin decorating, and more.

All students are welcome to attend.

October Flu Vaccine notice


Did we scare you?
Have no fear…
Health Services is here!

FLU SHOTS are available in Health Services.
No appointment is needed.

  • $15 for Students
  • $20 for Faculty and Staff
  • No cost for NMC Insured

Please feel free to stop by our office in Biederman Bldg. Rm 106.

Services open for students on Professional Development Day

While most offices at the college will be closed on Tuesday, October 9 for employee professional development, the Osterlin building will still be open for students from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the Writing & Reading Center will have staff on hand in the Osterlin Library’s reference area from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fall 2018 Transfer Fair is Thursday, October 11!

Over 20 university representatives will be on NMC’s campus on Thursday, October 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to talk with students, staff and faculty about their programs and the transfer process. The university representatives will be Located in:  Health & Science Building Lobby – Main Level

This is your opportunity to discuss transfer requirements and get information on degrees available at a variety of schools without having to travel to each university. Bring your questions and explore your options! 

A Printable List of Colleges attending and Questions to Ask at a Transfer Fair is available on the College Visits page here

See you there!

Advising Staff

University Center College Night Tuesday, October 9

Visit the University Center for College Night Tuesday, October 9 from 7-9 p.m. in rooms 215 & 217.

Make visiting colleges easy this fall. Join us for one night and learn about eight universities that have a home base right here in Traverse City! Learn about the programs available from: Central Michigan University, Davenport University, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, Spring Arbor University, Western Michigan University and Michigan State University.

Learn what your next step is to prepare for college:
● Meet with university representatives that have classrooms right here in T.C.
● Take a self-guided tour of the University Center
● Oh Yea, and get sweet swag!

Sign up and show up:
● First 50 people who sign up receive a free t-shirt 
● To sign up click here or call 231-499-7712 (registration not required)

Passport to Rwanda October 11

The Passport Lecture Series is a chance to explore other cultures though the experience of international speakers.

On October 11, from 12:15-1 p.m., bring your lunch to Founders Hall Room 110 and hear International Peacemaker, Pastor Jerome Bizimana Nkumbuyinka, share his powerful stories of reconciliation in Rwanda following the genocide years.

Global Endorsement students, please bring your GE passport so it can be stamped to earn event points!