2016 Foundation Excellence Award Recipient Announced

scott-herzberg-300Scott Herzberg, NMC’s Military & Veteran’s Services POC was awarded the distinctive Foundation Excellence Award at this year’s Retirement & Recognition Reception held April 13. Scott was honored for modeling NMC values in his daily work, work that resulted in NMC being named one of the top five “Best for Vets” community colleges nationwide. (more…)

Tips to help you complete your Compliance Training

Title IX, Alcohol & Drug Awareness

Title IX-Bridges: Building a Supportive Community:

  • Use Chrome or Fire Fox browser – not Internet Explorer.
  • White screen appears – This is likely a video.
    •  Click the play button on the bottom left to play the video; the content should appear.
  • Can’t advance –Under “Other important legal terms.”
    • Click on Stalking – click both tabs at top – cyber stalking & stalking. You should now be able to move forward.
  • To bookmark, click the “Exit button” – top right corner to bookmark and return where you left off.
  • To see your progress, click the menu button. (Top Right): To return to the training, click the page with the blue bookmark.

Alcohol & Drug Awareness Training:

  • Training won’t come off My Training tile/list.
    • Complete the activities and retake all quiz questions and click check answer after each, correcting your answers as needed. This should resolve the issue.

For additional help, contact the Technology Help Desk or call 995-3020.

2016 NMC “Just For Fun” Golf League

NMC Scholarship OpenSpots are still available for the 2016 NMC “Just For Fun” Golf League! The league will run Wednesdays from May 25 to August 3 starting at 5:40 p.m. at Elmbrook. Cost is $180 for the summer, for nine holes a week for 10 weeks, and you get two free 18 holes of golf if you pay the golf course early.

Contact Alan Beer at abeer@nmc.edu or 5-1071 for more information or to sign up.

NMC alumnus wins WMU’s top academic honor

NMC alumnus wins WMU’s top academic honor

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC alumnus John R. Lutchko has been selected as one of only 50 students to receive Western Michigan University’s highest undergraduate academic honor, the Presidential Scholar.

The award puts Lutchko, a 2013 NMC graduate, among the most elite of Western Michigan’s 6,500 seniors. He was selected by WMU faculty as the 2016 John Lutchko picturePresidential Scholar in Environmental and Sustainability Studies.

“John was selected from all the students in environmental studies, which includes over 150 students from two majors,” said Dr. Steven Kohler, director of WMU’s Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program. “He excelled academically, and he has been an outstanding spokesperson and ambassador for the new freshwater major, WMU and our partners at Northwestern Michigan College.” 

Launched two years ago, the Freshwater Science and Sustainability program is a collaboration between WMU and NMC. Students who earn associate degrees in fresh water studies from NMC can transfer into WMU’s freshwater science and sustainability program at the University Center  to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Lutchko expects to graduate from Western in August and is simultaneously working on a second associate degree from NMC, in Engineering Technology-Marine Technology.

Lutchko, who grew up visiting his family’s cottage on Lake Leelanau, has extensive experience using underwater remotely operated vehicles and numerous underwater sonar systems. During summer 2012, he took part in an internship working for the National Park Service and NMC. He currently works at NMC as the marine technology laboratory coordinator and primary ROV pilot, and he also holds the watershed technician position for the Lake Leelanau Lake Association.

In his role at the lake association, Lutchko collects and analyzes water quality data and monitors wetland permits. He plans someday to pursue a graduate degree in a water-related discipline.

“The Freshwater Science and Sustainability program has allowed me to excel in my position at the LLLA because it has not only provided me with a solid science background, but also a background in policy, economics, and sustainable practices,” said Lutchko. “There is no question the well-rounded program has made me extremely desirable in the workplace, and I have found that employers are impressed by my skill set.”

On his path toward degree completion, Lutchko earned the Marine Technology Society Student Scholarship in 2012, the Marine Technology Society ROV Scholarship in 2013 and the Hydrographic Society of America National Scholarship in 2014 and 2015.

Release date: april 26, 2016

For more information:

Hans VanSumeren
Great Lakes Water Studies Institute director
(231) 995-1793

WMU Extended University Programs
Tyler Lecceadone



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

Sign up to volunteer at the BBQ!

BBQ logo in red CUTOUTThe 61st annual NMC Barbecue will be upon us soon! This year’s BBQ will be held Sunday, May 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the NMC Barbecue board invites you to take part in putting on our annual community picnic. Here’s how to sign up in 4 easy steps:

  1. Go to this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/Db5UYS
  2. Review the activities listed and choose the one(s) you like.
  3. Sign up! It’s Easy — you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
  4. Be sure to click the green SAVE button after selecting your shift(s). This can be found at either the top or the bottom of the list of activities on the sign up page.


Training Requirement Reminder

Please log in to SilkRoad Learning through Chrome or FireFox using the link below:

Go to: MyNMC > Human Resources(click to expand) > SilkRoad Learning

  • You should see Title IX training (required for all employees.) You can complete a few sections at a time. This training will take approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete. Log out using the “EXIT” button to bookmark your training progress.
  • Training is due May 8, 201 (Supervisors, please allow time for employees to complete training during work hours.)
  • If you have any problems accessing the training, please contact NMC HelpDesk. You may enter a ticket under Human Resources > SilkRoad > Learning.
  • Note: Alcohol & Drug Awareness training is required of all except those who were hired in 2016.


Benefits Corner- Where are you on the Road to Retirement? Find out May 3

retirement-benefits-corner-illustrationSaving for retirement is challenging. Determining how much you’ll need to save can be even more challenging. Understanding your State of Michigan 401(k) and 457 Plans (Plan) will get you one step closer to your retirement goals and keep you motoring along on the road to retirement.

Voya Financial® will be giving a Plan overview presentation and hosting a question and answer session on Tuesday, May 3.

Who Should Attend?

Employees in the Pension Plus Plan, Personal Healthcare Fund, or Defined Contribution Plan

How Long Will I Be There?

The presentation and Q&A session will last approximately one hour.

What Will I Learn?

  • The difference between the Pension Plus and the Defined Contribution Plan for new employees
  • Details of the Personal Healthcare Fund
  • The differences between the 401(k) and 457 Plans
  • Your investment options
  • Payout options for your 401(k) and 457 accounts
  • Who to call with questions

Where and When Will the Presentation be Held?

  • Northwestern Michigan College Front Street Campus, Scholars Hall Auditorium, Room 109
  • Tuesday, May 3, 2016
  • 5:30 p.m.

You can also speak to a Voya® representative about your account in a 1-on-1 setting by setting up a separate appointment. To schedule your appointment, contact Voya at 517-284-4422.


Kudos- Praise or respect that you get because of something you have done or achieved. (defined by Merriam-Webster.com) Kudos to the following people and departments! If you know of co-workers who are going above and beyond, nominate them for kudos here! (more…)

Position vacancies

Are you looking for career opportunities? Find it here! jobs.nmc.edu. Current openings include:
Hagerty Center – Server, Bartender, Cook and Dishwasher

Success story: Alumnus spreads green infrastructure gospel

Success story: Alumnus spreads green infrastructure gospel

Nate GriswoldGoing green isn’t an Earth Day catchphrase for Nate Griswold — it’s a mission that the 2000 alumnus and boomerang entrepreneur is fervently spreading throughout northern Michigan.

Griswold is the founder and president of Inhabitect, a Traverse City company that designs, builds and grows living architecture, specializing in green roofs. Working at a Chicago firm following his graduation first from NMC and then Michigan State in 2004, Griswold’s early career paralleled the rise of green roof technology. Green roofs he consulted on now grace some of the nation’s premier buildings, including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, the Perot Museum of Science & Nature in Dallas, and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

“I was able to go from zero to 100 miles per hour,” Griswold said of the eight years he spent working on 1,000 projects around the country.

But by 2013, Traverse City was beckoning him back, and the timing seemed right to start a business.

“I saw development happening here, and I was ready to come home,” said Griswold.

In Inhabitect’s three years, Griswold has overseen green roof installation at Cherry Capital Foods, Munson Medical Center’s Cowell Cancer Center and several mixed-use developments in and around downtown. But he’s not just about growing his own business. Griswold wants to change the local building industry so that the technology he says offers “triple bottom line benefits” — economic, environmental and social — becomes as common as shingles and two-by-fours.

Green roof installation

“I’ve been trying to implement green infrastructure into the local codes and building ordinances,” he said. At the proposed Costco store near the airport, he envisions a green roof as a stormwater management tool. At the future addition to the Dennos, it could serve as an outdoor pavilion and sculpture garden, available for private events and maximizing the use of the museum’s footprint.

“I think there’s room for green infrastructure on every single project,” he said.

He’s also giving back to his alma mater. Last fall Griswold worked with NMC construction technology students including Madalyn Popp, right, to install a green roof on the shed built as a demonstration project at the Grand Traverse Conservation District. Students will build a second green roof shed at the Traverse City Community Gardens this fall. And he donated a green roof doghouse to the Sweet Earth Arts & Music silent auction held earlier this month.

“Without NMC, I wouldn’t be where I am, for sure,” said Griswold.

GVSU MSW Information Session April 28

gvsuCome join us and learn about the Social Work Program right here in Traverse City. This program will enhance the depth of practice, refine and shape advance practitioners. Students will be prepared to effectively intervene and acquire advanced skills in leadership. The session meets April 28, 5-6 p.m. in the University Center’s Room 13.

Great Lakes Maritime Academy hosts open ship

Great Lakes Maritime Academy hosts open ship

Training Ship State of MichiganTRAVERSE CITY — The community is invited to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy’s open “ship” showcasing the training ship State of Michigan from 1 to 3 p.m. April 23. The day will include:

  • Guided tours of the T/S State of Michigan 
  • Interaction with current Maritime cadets 
  • An opportunity to learn more about the Maritime Academy and the maritime industry

Tours will begin at the pier security gate entrance on the north side of NMC’s Great Lakes campus, 715 E. Front St. Low-heel, closed-toe, soft-soled shoes are highly recommended. The event will occur rain or shine.

Release date: April 18, 2016

For more information:

Scott Fairbank
Great Lakes Maritime Academy
(231) 995-1200 


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

Emergency management- April: Intimidation or threats

NMC has established a Zero Tolerance Standard with respect to acts of intimidation, threats of violence, or acts of violence relating to the campus or classroom. A safe and secure campus is essential to carrying out the mission of the College; the campus and its community are committed to working together to create and maintain a campus that is as free from forms of harassing and threatening behaviors. (more…)