Spring 2018 Transfer Fair is March 13!

Over 20 university representatives will be on NMC’s campus on Tuesday, March 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 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.

Please let your students know about this opportunity to discuss transfer requirements and get information on degrees available at a variety of schools without having to travel to each university. Faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage to dialogue with the university representatives as well!

A Printable List of Colleges attending and Questions to Ask at a Transfer Fair is available on the College Visits page: nmc.edu/student-services/advising-center/college-visits.html

See you there!

Advising Staff

Northern Michigan Manufacturing Summit

TRAVERSE CITY — More than 40 regional manufacturers will discuss igniting the manufacturing base and economy at the fourth annual Northern Michigan Manufacturing Summit from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 6 at NMC’s Hagerty Center.

Free to manufacturers, the summit begins with breakfast at 7: 30 a.m. The program begins at 8 a.m. with keynote speakers John, Mark and David Vantongeren, owners of Grand Rapids-based Ferris Nut and Coffee. They will discuss the transformation of their nearly century-old business from a small family operation into a considerable employer in the Grand Rapids area. 

The summit also offers three breakout sessions. Attendees will rotate through all three.

  • Digital Movement – What to know to stay competitive in the advanced manufacturing world 
  • Continuous Improvement – Learn from companies that have fostered a culture of CI, and unlocked next-level business results 
  • Talent Development – How to start an internship program and the benefits of doing so.

The summit is offered by the Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council, a volunteer-led organization founded in 2012 to support the region’s manufacturing industries, foster collaboration and inspire the next generation of manufacturing talent. For more information or to register, contact Matt Schwarze at mschwarze@nmc.edu

Release date: february 26, 2018

For more information:

Matt Schwarze
Northwestern Michigan College
(231) 995-2009


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

FREE Bring a friend week

Tighten and tone up for Spring Break at our New Fitness Center. The first week in March will be a free trial week for anyone interested. Bring your friends along.

Earn Money for Your Student Group at the NMC Foundation Phone-a-thon

Be a Hawk Owl Hero!

Ask our friendly community members to donate money to student scholarships, academic programs, and other initiatives on campus. 

No experience necessary! You will be trained to talk about the work of the NMC Foundation, given an easy phone-calling script, and given time to practice before you make phone calls.

This is a fantastic way to practice marketing skills, as well as a chance to talk with alumni and donors about their careers. 

Dinner provided.

You will earn $10/hour for your student group.

Date, time, and location:
Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. in Founders Hall.

For more information contact Katharine Zurek, Annual Giving Specialist at kzurek@nmc.edu or 231-995-1030.


KUDOS – (praise or respect that you get because of something you have done or achieved) defined by Merriam-Webster.com

Submit a Kudos here.

Kudos to Jason Dake:  Jason has created engaging, thought-provoking lessons each time I have taken my EDU101 course to visit the museum. He has been willing to stay late to facilitate the visit of my evening class and he has created meaningful learning on observation skills and interpretation skills that students can then use during the semester. Jason also models good teaching and lesson plan creation for the future educators in this class. Thank you, sir!

Kudos to Mark DeLonge and Tom Gordon:  Congrats to Mark DeLonge and Tom Gordon for winning the Liberal Arts Network for Development (LAND) Institutional Excellence Award for their Perceptual Learning Method/Modules Project! The award will be presented at the 2018 LAND Conference, on Thursday, February 22, 2018.

Position Vacancies & Supplemental Employment

Are you looking for career opportunities? Find them here! jobs.nmc.edu. Current openings include:

Position Vacancies

  • Great Lakes Culinary Institute Admissions Specialist
  • Computer Information Technology Instructor
  • Senior Training Specialist – Manufacturing
  • Flight Instructor – Adjunct Faculty
  • Clinical Nursing Adjunct Faculty
  • GLMA Adjunct Faculty

Supplemental Employment

  • Banquet Server – Hagerty Center
  • Kitchen Steward
  • Custodian

Premiere “Price of Peace” screening to benefit AWQ team

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC’s International Affairs Forum will host the nationwide premiere of “The Price of Peace” documentary at 6 p.m. March 5 at the State Theatre in Traverse City. Admission is free but donations will benefit the Academic WorldQuest team from Petoskey High School, which will travel to national competition in April.

The one-hour film offers a searing new look at how countries have stumbled into conflict – or averted it – beginning with World War I and ending with a special look at Korea. Questions explored include: What price is society willing to pay for peace? How do we prevent war? Can we use the lessons learned through history to extend peace into tomorrow?

The film will be followed by Q&A with the filmmakers, Los Angeles.-based Kip Perry and Elan Bentov) Leland-based executive producer Tom Skinner, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. (ret.) Brian Bishop who commanded troops in Korea. Bishop, who also teaches in NMC’s Aviation division, also appears in the film. Former diplomat and IAF Co-Chair Jack Segal will moderate the discussion.

Academic WorldQuest is a program of IAF, a nationwide quiz-bowl style competition that challenges high school students to learn about global issues. This year’s winning team is the “Questosterones,” all seniors at Petoskey High School who will now represent northern Michigan at the national competition in Washington DC in April. All donations collected on March 5 will go to the team to defray travel expenses.

Release date: February 21, 2018

For more information:

Karen Segal
International Affairs Forum
(231) 715-6064


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

Success Stories: Where are they now? Hawk Owl updates

February 21, 2018

Three years ago this month, the first issue of NMC Now debuted, sharing success stories of college students, faculty, staff, alumni, volunteers and more. On this anniversary, we update you on the new heights some of the most popular subjects have reached in their respective fields.

Kathy Tahtinen

Kathy Tahtinen“Ten years ago I never would have thought that I would go to college, let alone my kids,” said Tahtinen, featured in scholarships show excellence runs wide and deep a few months before her 2015 NMC graduation. Not only has she gone to college, she’s now poised to earn her third degree: A master’s in public administration from Central Michigan University at NMC’s University Center. In 2016 she completed her bachelor’s in business administration from Ferris State University.

Tahtinen hopes to take her education into the nonprofit world. She especially enjoys volunteer work, including for the NMC Foundation.

“I want to make a difference, I want to give back. I didn’t come through the last 20 years alone,” she said.

Meanwhile her eldest son, who attended NMC with her, has transferred to a school in Ohio. Her youngest graduated from high school last spring and she hopes he’ll also attend NMC.

Study abroad

Study abroad studentsNMC still leads Michigan in short-term study abroad, a rank achieved in 2015. Last year it rose to number 12 in the nation among community colleges, and was also recognized as a Generation Study Abroad leader by the Institute of International Education for more than doubling student participation in study abroad experiences in three years. Studying abroad is a major way that NMC achieves its strategic direction of ensuring that learners are prepared for success in a global society and economy.

This year, more than 60 students will study in five countries: India, Italy, Ireland, Indonesia and Costa Rica. Between 2013 and this May, more than 330 NMC students and 30 faculty members will have participated in or led an academic study abroad experience to 17 different countries.

Leslie Farrer

Leslie FarrerBack in 2015, Leslie Farrer was a pastry sous chef at Trump Hotel in Chicago and had helped Sixteen, one of the hotel’s restaurants, earn a coveted Michelin star.

After two and a half years there Farrer called a career timeout coinciding with daughter Norah’s birth in July 2017. Now the 2008 Great Lakes Culinary Institute graduate has kicked off 2018 with a new venture: operations manager for Aya Pastry, a new wholesale, soon-to-be retail Chicago bakery led by Aya Fukai. She’s Farrer’s former Sixteen colleague and is considered among the nation’s best pastry chefs.

“It has been an exciting change for me that allows for a much healthier work-life balance,” Farrer said.

Her move also exemplifies the rising stature of baking and pastry within the culinary world, which NMC addressed by adding a one-year bakery certificate last year. As part of the certificate, watch for Lobdell’s Teaching Restaurant to open as a morning cafe operation this summer.

Mac Beeker

Mac BeekerThree years into his career on the NMC nursing faculty, Beeker, also a 2010 alumnus, still holds the distinction as its sole male member. He’s joined another illustrious group, too: NMC’s Imogene Wise Faculty Excellence recipients, selected by students as the 2017 recipient for teaching excellence, innovation in the classroom, dedication and rapport with students. Exemplifying that rapport, Beeker keeps in touch with many of the students he’s mentored, including Ryan Biehl, a 2016 graduate who just went on to become the first male nurse at his workplace, Farmington Elementary School in Culpeper County, Virginia.

Know a Hawk Owl with a noteworthy flight path? Share it with us by emailing publicrelations@nmc.edu.


KUDOS – (praise or respect that you get because of something you have done or achieved) defined by Merriam-Webster.com

Submit a Kudos here.

Kudos to Hagerty Center:  The Extended Education Services sends a big “Thank You” shout out to all the staff at the Hagerty Center. Your incredible support and professionalism put the shine and sparkle on another fabulous Festival of Foods event attended by 120 of our Lifelong Learners. In addition, that same outstanding support and professionalism was critical to the success of the International Affairs Forum 5th Annual Academic WorldQuest quizbowl attended by 60 plus regional high school students. The Hagerty Center is such an outstanding physical venue, but it is the people at the Hagerty Center that make it work. Thank you for all you do to make us all look so good!


REVIVE your New Year’s Resolution!

How is your new year’s resolution going? Is it still alive? On Tuesday, February 20 Chris Barr of Blue Cross Blue Shield will provide a collaborative wellness-workshop experience to help make 2018 the year that you achieve your new year’s resolution. Chris has designed this activity to support all resolution topics. Participants will leave with a clear, strategic, and realistic plan for success and an opportunity to make 2018 a great year. Please join us from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. at Founders Hall Room 110 to participate.

NMC Wellness

How about a 15 minute break to get your body moving? Chris Barr, NMC/Blue Cross Wellness Coordinator, is coming to your campus!

TUESDAY- February 20, 2018

10:00-10:15 a.m.- University Center Room 106​

12:45-1:00 p.m.-  Founders Hall Room 110​

1:30- 1:45 p.m.- Great Lakes Campus Room 102

2:15-2:30 p.m.- Parsons Stulen Room 106

He will lead you in a 15 minute exercise session appropriate for the workplace- and leave you with ideas to take back to your office!

Human Trafficking: Awareness to Action

Friday, March 16

10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Milliken Auditorium

Human Trafficking: Awareness to Action is a one-day event that features the Northern Michigan premier of the award-winning film “Break the Chain” by filmmaker Laura Swanson. The purpose of this educational conference is to bring awareness to human trafficking in Michigan. A panel discussion will follow, featuring the filmmaker, founder of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Grand Traverse Prosecuting Attorney. A complimentary lunch will be provided.

Afternoon keynote speaker Elinor Jordan is the lead attorney for the Survivor Law Project and the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. Lunch will be provided to all that attend. There will also be an opportunity to continue the conversation with coffee following the conference.

Register to attend this free event at form.jotform.com/80357887484170.

Food Pantry Food Drive

Donate to win! Donate non-perishable items at the NMC Bookstore between February 19 and March 2, and be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card to the NMC Bookstore! Every item donated enters your name… enter five items, get your name in the drawing five times!

All donated items will be given to the NMC Food Pantry, which directly assists students in need.