Thanks from the Father Fred Foundation

Cheri Garvin of the Admissions office reports staff at the Father Fred Foundation were overwhelmed at the delivery of coats and other winter gear donated at the NMC holiday party Dec. 12. Winter clothing was in such limited supply that client families had been limited to two coats.The 30 bags that Garvin delivered will help many Father Fred clients have a much warmer winter. Thanks to all faculty and staff who donated to the effort.


Board of Trustees meeting recap – Dec. 15, 2014

Here is an informal account of the Northwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees meeting, Monday, December 15, 2014.

Details on the actions items and reports are contained in the Board Packet available online.

At the meeting trustees:

  • Approved three new members to the NMC Foundation Board: Suzanne Allen, Kevin Schuelter and Susan K. Sheldon; and
    From left, Board of Trustees chairman Doug Bishop, outgoing trustees Susan K. Sheldon and Bill Myers and NMC President Tim Nelson at Sheldon and Myers' final meeting.

    From left, Board of Trustees chairman Doug Bishop, outgoing trustees Susan K. Sheldon and Bill Myers and NMC President Tim Nelson at Sheldon and Myers’ final meeting.

    seven reappointments: Michael Ascione, Christopher Branson, Bruce Byl, Diane Emling, Francis Gingras, Harlan Peterson and Timothy Young. All will serve three-year terms. Three individuals were also appointed emeritus members for life: Barbara Smith, Gail Nugent and Terry Lobdell.

  • Approved submission of an application for a 2 percent grant from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
  • Approved resolutions of appreciation for outgoing trustees Susan K. Sheldon and William Myers, whose terms end Dec. 31.
  • Heard reports on alternative energy programs and usage by the college. Wind and solar energy generated at the University Center and Aero Park campuses reduce NMC’s net energy costs.
  • Heard reports on enrollment for spring semester, finances and the status of the compensation/classification implementation. All are progressing consistent with expectations.

The next Board of Trustees meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. January 25, 2015, in the Oleson Center on main campus.

PR, Marketing & Communications office introduces the NMC email signature option

email signatureNMC faculty, staff and students can now use an online template (shown to the right) to quickly create an email signature with contact information, the NMC logo and links to NMC’s main social media channels. Email signatures are automatically added to outgoing email messages and to email message responses. To see and copy the email signature template, and to learn more about customizing it, click here.

Note that not everyone will be able to view your email signature depending on their email program and settings. The Public Relations department is not able to troubleshoot issues with email signatures. (more…)

NMC’s 5K course a great way to stay in shape this holiday season!

5kshirtOur 5K Course is continuing to be well maintained for safe passage, and Zack Light, course manager, would relish the opportunity to take any, and all for a run (or walk) on the course!  Remember, those completing the course will be awarded an AWESOME tee-shirt indicating their achievement!

And with Holiday Parties (and bad eating habits) abounding, take on the course and also contact Zack for any diet/nutrition questions for the Holidays, and (possible) prep for “New Years Resolutions.”

Zack can be contacted at:  or (231) 995-1154/(231) 995-1379 and by cell at (231) 946-4957 for inquiries/details. (more…)

Jinwon Chang’s Art Installation opens at the Dennos Museum Center

Jinwon Chang HWEH - GEEH Dennos Museum Center installationThe Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition HWEH – GEEH Returning Again an installation by Jinwon Chang. The exhibition will be on view through May 17, 2015.

The imagery for the exhibition Hweh – Geeh was inspired by three near death experiences in Jinwon Chang’s life, each as a result of drowning; at age 4 in a river, at age 10 in a swimming pool, and in high school at the sea. These traumatic events were the catalyst that resulted in Jinwon creating imagery based on aquatic creatures and vessels able to survive in water. In their suspended state, as installed in the exhibition, they become for him floating self-portraits. (more…)

NMC Bookstore items make great presents!

stockingsDon’t forget to stuff those stockings with goodies from the NMC Bookstore.  Shop online or in the store.  Lots of great items Employee discounts will apply to all non sale items. Visit us in the lower level of West Hall or online at!

Happy Holidays from all the staff at the bookstore! (more…)

Student Life office available for student support

Recently, there have been many incidents regarding race and privilege that have sparked protests around the country, including here in Traverse City. With so much energy being focused on this topic within communities and by mainstream and social media, many intense feelings are commonly experienced. This email is a reminder that the Student Life office is here to assist students with any feelings or concerns regarding these current events, or to assist with related issues that may be happening on our campus

If you know of a student that is struggling with what has been occurring, counselors in the Student Life office are available to offer support and discuss these important topics.

Again, please don’t hesitate to give our office a call (5-1118) or walk a student over if you are concerned. We are here to help!

For more information please refer to the NMC Non-Discrimination Policy or visit the Personal Counseling homepage. (more…)