NMC, GVSU present health programs showcase

TRAVERSE CITY —  Students interested in health care careers will have opportunity to learn more about about 20 different degree programs at a Health Care Programs Showcase Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m.-noon at NMC’s Health Sciences Building

Offered by NMC and Grand Valley State University, area practitioners, faculty members and advisors will be available to discuss specialized health degree programs offered in Traverse City. NMC’s programs include Nursing, Dental Assisting, Paramedic and Surgical Technology. Program demonstrations/simulations are scheduled as follows: 

10:15-10:25 a.m. – Dental Assisting
10:30-10:40 a.m. – Surgical Technician
10:45-11:10 a.m. -  Nursing

Participants should park in NMC’s Tamarack parking lot off Front Street rather than in lots off College Drive.

Release date: april 17, 2018

For more information:

Shannon Owen
Grand Valley State University
owensha@gvsu.edu
(231) 995-1785
 

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Campus Clean-up Day

Thursday, April 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Presented by Student Green Team

Pick up a glove and a bag from the East Hall, West Hall, Biederman or Library lobbies to celebrate Earth Day 2018!

Take a selfie and post it with #NMCEarthDay to win a prize!

Catering Services Temporarily Paused for Construction

NMC’s catering services by Sodexo will be temporarily paused starting May 19th as construction begins on the new West Hall Innovation Center. We look forward to serving your catering needs again in August when we reopen in our temporary location in the Oleson Center.

We enjoy working with you, appreciate your patience during this transition and look forward to serving you fresh, high quality food again beginning fall semester. To schedule fall catering, please email catering@nmc.edu and we will contact you regarding your request.

If you have any questions please contact (231) 995-1403.

Thank you,
Robert, Roy and the entire Sodexo catering team

Third Annual IT Olympics

TRAVERSE CITY — The Third Annual IT Academy Olympics will be held on Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) James J. Beckett Building in Traverse City, Michigan.

Sponsored by a variety of local businesses, the competition is designed to give teams of area career and technical education (CTE) students an opportunity to apply their information technology (IT) skills.

First offered in 2016 to infrastructure students at the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) Career-Tech Center (CTC), the competition was expanded in 2017 to include developer students. More than 80 students participated in the 2017 competition, which featured a new website design competition and a robot design course.

CTE students from the Charlevoix-Emmet and Wexford-Missaukee school districts have been invited to participate in this year’s competition.

Schedule​:

  • 8:30–9:15 a.m. – Registration
  • 9:15–9:45 a.m. – Assign teams
  • 9:45–10 a.m. – Opening Ceremony
  • 10–11:30 a.m. – Session #1
  • 11:30–12:15 p.m. – Lunch
  • 12:15–1:45 p.m. – Session #2
  • 1:50–2:10 p.m. – Group Photo
  • 2:15–3:00 p.m. – Closing/Awards Ceremony
  • 3 p.m.– Adjourn

COMPETITION FORMAT

The competition is designed to challenge students to apply both their soft and technical skills. Each team of four is comprised of infrastructure and developer students, selected at random from a master roster. During each of the 90-minute morning and afternoon sessions, teams will compete in two of the following four events:

  • Build a website per specifications
  • Assemble, configure and network a PC
  • Prepare a presentation on an IT-related topic
  • Program a virtual robot to complete tasks

Gift cards will be awarded to 1st through 5th place teams.

ORGANIZERS

  • Colin OBrien, TBAISD Career-Tech Center, Instructor – Information Technology
  • Bruce Provencher, TBAISD Career-Tech Center, Instructor – Web and Game Programming
  • Scott Goethals, NMC, Faculty, NMC CIT Infrastructure Program
  • Lisa Balbach, NMC, Faculty, NMC CIT Developer Program
  • David Hosler, NMC, Faculty, NMC CIT Infrastructure Program
  • John Velis, NMC, Faculty, NMC CIT Developer Program

Read more at nmc.edu/it-olympics.

Release date: April 16, 2018

For more information:

John Velis, CIT Instructor
Northwestern Michigan College (NMC)
jvelis@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1152

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NMC Wellness

The April Newsletter can be accessed here

Upcoming Wellness Walks with Chris Barr! Just 15 minutes of your break time!

April 23, 2018:

  • 10 a.m.- University Center– meet at the front entrance door under the green sign (Business Office, Human Resources, Extended Ed)
  • 12 p.m.- Main Front Street Campus– meet on the lawn in front of Founders Hall
  • 1 p.m.- Great Lakes Campus– meet in front of the main entrance to the building
  • 2 p.m.- Parsons Stulen– meet in front of the main entrance to the building

MPSERS Retirement Seminar

The Office of Retirement Services is holding a Traverse City seminar on April 26 at West Middle School. Register here through the office of Retirement Services.

Kudos

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 Fred Laughlin, Patty Cron-Huhta, and GLCI team! The GLCI team, as always, did an amazing job planning and executing the Taste of Success fundraising event.  Their team and students goes all out to plan and prepare food from around the world, to the delight of nearly 400 guests to NMC’s Great Lakes Campus! This event is a phenomenal representation of NMC and the Great Lakes Culinary Institute. Thanks to the GLCI team, the NMC Foundation, and an amazing group of volunteers and donors, this is not only a culinary delight, but also raises significant funds for GLCI scholarships. We estimate that this year will net around $100,000 from the event, setting a new record!

Kudos to Paris Morse, Amanda Gower and Elizabeth Schwind: Paris, Amanda, and Elizabeth worked together to provide leadership and support to a diverse team of volunteers and faculty/staff from the Great Lakes Culinary Institute to plan and execute the annual Taste of Success event. Though it’s always good, this years event was better than ever! The committee’s work was well organized, the team worked together well, and the results showed! More sponsor dollars raised, and more tickets sold than in years past. The evening itself was smooth and enjoyable. Everyone who attended undoubtedly left with a very positive impression of NMC and the Great Lakes Culinary Institute. I am grateful for your teamwork and diligence to lead this signature NMC/GLCI event making effective use of staff time and volunteer time and am proud of the continued improvements made to this event each year.

Kudos to EES staff plus Media Tech and SLM and IT: Kudos to the EES staff plus Media Tech and SLM and IT for all of their hard work over the past few years in getting online registration up and running. Last year, we started with BATA testing and resulting in 45% of registration online. This year online registration above 80%! This speaks to a large amount of work behind the scenes for a successful launch and training. Thank you for all of your hard work.

Kudos to Kristen Salathiel and CIE:  As a new faculty member, Kristen’s positive and can-do attitude has been invaluable. I have very much appreciated the welcoming and helpful nature of Kristen and the entire CIE team. What a fun, intelligent, helpful and positive person and group.

 

 

NEW DATE: Grab your capes and running shoes for a super cause

TRAVERSE CITY — The Big Little Hero Race scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2018 has been POSTPONED in anticipation of inclement weather.

The new date is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018 on Northwestern Michigan College’s Front Street campus. Registration has been extended to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2018.

This event is a semester long experiential learning project organized by NMC’s business communication students to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Michigan. It was voted favorite local race of 2017 by the Traverse City Track Club.

The costume-encouraged festivities begin at 9 a.m. with the free one-mile fun run, followed by the officially-timed 5K and 10K at 9:30 a.m. Endurance Evolution will provide timing services. During the race there will be food, family-friendly events, games, and a silent raffle in and around West Hall. Register by March 21 for early bird pricing and to guarantee a race t-shirt. Race, jog or walk any of the below events.

  • Fun Run – free and untimed. All children receive a free cape
  • 5K – $15 for students, $25 for adults
  • 10K – $15 for students, $25 for adults

Awards, including College for Kids gift certificates, will be given for best times and costumes. All friendly, leashed dogs are welcome and there is a prize for the best dressed pup.

Every year the Big Little Hero Race Team selects a local hero to honor. This year’s race will celebrate the staff and teachers of Blair Elementary School for their commitment to their students and community as everyday heroes. They will be honored by starting the one-mile fun run and recognized at the award ceremony.

In its four years, this race has raised more than $70,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan. Their goal is “to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.”

To register, visit biglittleherorace.com.

Release date: April 13, 2018

For More Information:

Kristy McDonald
Business Instructor
(231) 995-1059
kmcdonald@nmc.edu

Meg Rosenberg
Student Public Relations Coordinator
(231) 883-7178
rosenb23@mail.nmc.edu

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Community Celebration for Julie Doyal’s Retirement

All are welcome to join the Extended Education team and the community to celebrate Julie Doyal’s retirement!

When: Thursday, April 26, 4-6 p.m. come and go as you please

Where: Sculpture Court, Dennos Museum

Questions? Contact Extended Educational Services at 995-1700.

Success Story: Harbor improvements, fuel funds on deck

April 11, 2018

T/S State of MichiganWhen your summer trip requires putting 98,000 gallons in the tank, you pay attention to fuel prices.

NMC’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy recently learned that it can expect full reimbursement of an estimated $196,000 fuel bill for the T/S State of Michigan’s upcoming spring cruise. The reimbursement is part of the 2018 omnibus spending bill approved by Congress last month.

In addition to the fuel reimbursement, GLMA received $1 million, double its 2017 funding, which will enable NMC to improve the ship’s docking area by installing mooring bollards and mooring fenders. Work will take place between May and August, while the ship is out of the harbor on its annual training cruise.

Rear Adm. Jerry Achenbach“The federal funds are crucial to the Academy and key to our being able to ensure the program maintains U.S. Coast Guard approval,” said GLMA superintendent Rear Adm. Jerry Achenbach.

“While these funds will primarily be used to upgrade the moorings at the harbor, over the past several years we have used federal funds to substantially upgrade our deck and engine simulators and upgrade the equipment in the vessel’s galley,” Achenbach said. “The omnibus spending bill also includes funds that ensure Academy cadets who volunteer to serve in the U.S. Navy after graduation will continue to receive an annual stipend of $8,000.”

NMC is grateful to its congressional delegation, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and Congressman Jack Bergman, for their continued support of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in securing these funds.

GLMA is hosting an open house/ship tour from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Maritime cadets will host free tours open to the public. NMC offers a bachelor’s degree in maritime technology, the first community college bachelor’s degree available in the state. Find out more about the Academy at nmc.edu/maritime.

Let’s all do the Barbecue!

TRAVERSE CITY — Tickets for the annual NMC Barbecue, set for May 20 on main campus, are now on sale online and around the community. Volunteers are also being sought to help put on the picnic under the pines, a spring tradition marking its 63rd year.

Advance tickets are $6 and available online now at nmc.edu/bbq and mynorthtickets.com/events/nmc-bbq-2018. There is a $1.25/ticket service fee for online sales. Pre-sale tickets will also be available at all Oleson’s Food Stores, NMC, and many financial institutions. Tickets are $8 on Barbecue Day.

The late Gerald W. Oleson and his wife Frances, founders of Oleson’s Food Stores in Traverse City, started the annual fund raiser picnic in 1956. Oleson’s Food Stores continues to donate all the food. Several thousand people attend every year, raising more than $1.8 million for college programs and equipment over the years.

College employees submit project proposals for program and equipment needs. A subcommittee reviews the proposals and makes recommendations to the Barbecue Board, a group of NMC employees and community volunteers. This year’s projects will share $13,000 in Barbecue funds.

  • NMC Scholarship Open- $5,000
  • Media Center for the Smith Wing of Inuit Art- $3,000
  • Hawk owl mascot costume- $2,000
  • Neutr-Owl (carbon neutral education booth for NMC BBQ)- $1,000
  • NMC food pantry freezer and food for fall semester- $2,400

Volunteers are also needed to put on the event. Volunteer slots are typically two to three hours long. Sign up online or go to nmc.edu/bbq and click “Volunteer at the BBQ.”

In addition to the traditional menu of buffalo steakettes or hot dog, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and beverage and ice cream served from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on May 20 , free live entertainment is provided throughout the day. Classroom displays and program exhibits offer the public a chance to see what’s going on at NMC. Children’s games and activities will also be provided. The Barbecue will once again strive toward zero-waste, with composting and recycling services available.

Release date: April 12, 2018

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing & Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019

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Spring dance, musical performances set

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC’s music and dance ensembles will present the following performances this month:

  • Sunday, April 15 NMC Dance Department Concert 7 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Tickets  $12, $7 students and seniors. MyNorthTickets.com, at the door, or call (800) 836-0717.
  • Sunday, April 22 NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and NMC Chamber Singers share the stage with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Baroque music. 3 p.m., Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Arts Academy. MyNorthTickets.com. Info: TSO, (231) 947-7120.
  • Friday, April 27 NMC Concert Band, 7:30 p.m.,  Milliken Auditorium. Tickets $12 adults, $7 students and seniors. Admission for NMC students with student ID is free. MyNorthTickets.com or at the door. (231) 995-1553.
  • Saturday, April 28 Spring Jazz Ensemble Showcase, 7:30 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Tickets $12 adults, $7 students and seniors. Admission for NMC students with student ID is free. MyNorthTickets.com or at the door. (231) 995-1553.
  • Sunday, April 29  NMC Children’s Choirs 3 p.m., Lars Hockstad Auditorium. Tickets $15 adults, $10 for students and seniors, available through MyNorthTickets.com and at the door. (800) 836-0717. 

Release date: april 11, 2018

For more information:

Jeff Cobb
NMC Director of Music Programs
(231) 995-1338
jecobb@nmc.edu 

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY NOTICE

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

Commencement and Honors Convocation

Save the dates!

Be sure to mark your calendars to attend these two important events recognizing our outstanding students and graduates!

Honors Convocation will take place Friday, May 4 with the reception starting at the Dennos Museum’s Sculpture Court at 4:45 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at the Milliken Auditorium at 5:30 p.m.

Commencement will be held Saturday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the gymnasium at Traverse City Central High School. The public is invited to attend, or can watch the ceremony streamed online here.

Hope to see you there!

Emergency Management: Gas Leak

Natural gas is a colorless, odorless, and combustible gas consisting primarily of methane. For safety and detection, there is an unpleasant odorant called mercaptan (smells like rotten eggs) to the natural gas traveling through most of the pipelines. Propane is a gas compressed into a transportable liquid and stored in tanks. The odorant mercaptan is also added to propane. (more…)

Play Softball!

Men, women, full and part-time staff, faculty, and students are all encouraged to join NMC Softball. We are putting together a co-ed softball team to play on Sundays (afternoons or evenings) this summer (May-Labor Day) at the Civic Center. 

The YMCA league we are playing in is recreational: winning is nice, but having fun is imperative. If you have any interest or know anyone NMC affiliated who might be (full or part-time staff, faculty, student) please let us know.

Contact either Eric Hines (ehines@nmc.edu) or Neil Streeter (nstreeter@nmc.edu). There is a cost for team registration which we will be dividing up among the team members (we anticipate a fee of less than $50 for a full season of play).

Please let us know of any interest as soon as you can!

Wellness Tips

April 4, 2018 was National Walking Day, but you should consider adding walking to your daily routine all month. This is a great chance to get outside and connect with your friends and family. During April, we’ll provide weekly information to show you how walking can help you meet your 2018 health goals.

Try this: Add walking to your routine for weight loss

Physical activity doesn’t need to be complicated. Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life.

For example, regular brisk walking can help you:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your balance and coordination

The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits. Making lifestyle changes can take time. You can find more great information by logging in to your member account on bcbsm.com or through the Blue Cross mobile app and clicking on Health & Wellness. You can also email our Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Michigan wellness coordinator, Chris Barr, at cbarr@bcbsm.com.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is a nonprofit corporation and independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Source: Mayoclinic.org