Attend commencement, May 3

CommencementBe sure to mark your calendars to attend commencement on Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m.

Staff should arrive by 1:15 p.m. and go upstairs at Traverse City Central High School.


Please attend Dystance4Dystonia at the Detroit Zoo this summer

dystoniaHello, my name is Madison Williams and I have dystonia. Dystonia is a movement disorder that makes my muscles contract in many painful ways. The reason way I am writing to you today is because on Sunday, June 22 Dystance4Dystonia will take place at the Detroit Zoo supporting the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF). The Foundation provides resources about treatments, specialists and even connections with support groups, to families who have a family member with Dystonia. In an effort to support DMRF’s cause, Dystance4Dystonia spreads awareness, generates donations for DMRF, lets those in attendance show support for their loved ones, and supports their mission to make the freedom to move a reality for everyone by making medical advancements with treatment options and one day finding a cure! (more…)

Weather awareness

In light of the past week being Weather Awareness Week, our campus security would like to remind you about weather safety by explaining the following watches, warnings, etc. (more…)

International Affairs Forum presents add-on presentation about Ukraine

ukraine map flagJoin us on Monday, April 21, 6 pm for “Ukraine: A New Cold War?” with International Affairs Forum’s own Jack Segal, former diplomat and Director of Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus at the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration.  This is a special add-on presentation to the IAF’s regular season! Money raised this evening will be used to send the Traverse City West High School team which won our local Academic World Quest competition last month to the national competition in Washington DC on April 26. Come out to support our winning students – and to learn something about the troubled relations between Ukraine, Russia and the region. (more…)

Homelessness in the Grand Traverse community survey

Students of the English 112 and Social Welfare classes have come together to investigate homelessness in the Grand Traverse community. With the growing number of homeless and rising costs of living the students were interested in finding out what their peers thought about this issue. They created this survey to answer some questions about what we think homelessness is, who is homeless, and if people are aware of programs in the community that can help. (more…)

Kundun (1996, 134min) – Monday, April 14, 2014 – 7:45pm, Milliken Auditorium – FREE admission

KundunPosterMonks from the Mystical Arts of Tibet will introduce a special screening of the Academy Award-nominated film, Kundun, at the Milliken Auditorium on Monday, April 14, at 7:45 PM, with a live performance of the multi-phonic chanting featured in this fascinating film about the dramatic life of a young boy, discovered in one of the world’s remotest places, and destined to become the world-renowned Dalai Lama.

Directed by Martin Scorcese and written by Melissa Matheson, Kundun tells the true story of a young boy found living with a family of Tibetan farmers in a small hamlet, near that country’s border with China — and what happens when the two year-old child displays a remarkable ability to correctly identify the personal possessions of the recently deceased 13th Dalai Lama. What follows is the amazing story of the 14th Dalai Lama, from his escape from Tibet to his years of exile as a spiritual leader and advocate for peace. Kundun is scored by Philip Glass’s unique electronic compositions, and was nominated for four academy awards.

The monks are at the Dennos Museum Center, April 14 -19, where they will create an intricate sand painting similar to the one in the film. (more…)

Thank you…

Carol Churchill would like to thank everyone for their thoughtful acknowledgement of her retirement. (more…)

Tibetan Buddhist Monks will Construct a Mandala Sand Painting, Perform Special Ceremonies and a Concert of Sacred Music at The Dennos Museum Center

Monks with Sand MandalaTibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Mandala Sand Painting from April 14 -19, 2014 at the Dennos Museum Center of Northwestern Michigan College beginning with an opening ceremony on Monday April 14 at noon in the Zimmerman court.

They will offer a concert of sacred music and dance in Milliken Auditorium at 8 PM on Saturday April 19 after which the Mandala Sand Painting will be swept up and the sand distributed to concert attendees. Tickets are $25 advance, $28 at the door and $22 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 (more…)

Don’t miss the annual International Dinner

InternationalGet your tickets today for the annual International Dinner, Wednesday, April 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the NMC Great Lakes Campus.  Meet members of the NMC International Club, enjoy a great dinner of international cuisine and stay for a show that features our International Club members dancing, telling stories, singing and performing music.

Tickets are available online at, or via the NMC Admissions Office.  For more information contact Lindsey Dickinson at or (231) 995-1082.  Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $25 for students and $12 for children 12 and under.


Tickets for TEDx Traverse City on sale April 15

tedx TCIn its fourth year, TEDx Traverse City will host Game Changers: Designing Tomorrow on Wednesday, May 14. The live event will take place in the Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum on NMC’s Main Campus. Tickets for the live venue are $99 and will include lunch and snacks throughout the day. (more…)

Communications instructor announces publication of his latest book

motorsportsOn April 16, Rowman & Littlefield will release Motorsports and American Culture:  From Demolition Derbies to NASCAR. Co-edited by communications instructor Dr. Mark Howell and Dr. John Miller, a professor of English at Longwood University in Virginia, a motorsports scholar.

The book is a collection of essays covering all facets of motorsports commonly seen in North America. Scholars from across the United States provided articles exploring a diverse assortment of topics — everything from gender and ethnicity in NASCAR to 19th-century train wrecks staged before spectators at the Iowa State Fair. Research into various forms of motorsports have never been collected in one book before until now.

The book will be introduced at the national Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference in Chicago next week; Howell will be at the meeting presenting a lecture on recent policies within NASCAR introduced to address the growing problem of serious brain trauma.


New Total Rewards Coordinator in HR

Human Resources is pleased to announce that Hollie DeWalt has joined our department as Total Rewards Coordinator!  Part of her responsibilities will be the coordination of benefits for NMC.  If you have questions about benefits, feel free to contact Carol Kasper at 995-1362 through 6/27/14, or Hollie DeWalt at 995-1350. (more…)