Welcome to NMC Paul!

Kolak, PaulPaul Kolak joined NMC as a Counselor on April 13, 2015. He can be reached at (231) 995-1042 or pkolak@nmc.edu.

Paul was born and raised in northern Michigan and lived in Northport for most of his school years. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids where he met his wife, Diane, who is a self-employed graphic designer with Page 9 Design. Paul received his Master’s Degree from Western Michigan University in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology in 1997. He has worked for a variety of local human service agencies as well as Munson Healthcare providing social work and counseling services for over 20 years. Paul enjoys the great outdoors, reading, international travel, finding the best indie folk/rock music available, and, his newest pursuit, curling. He serves as the Membership Coordinator for the now one-year-old TC Curling Club. (more…)

MDOT to hold update meetings regarding US-31 construction (Aero Park Campus impacted)

Each Thursday through the duration of the reconstruction of US-31/M-72 between 3 Mile and Holiday roads in East Bay Township, and resurfacing US-31 from Holiday Road to the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme Township project, there will be a coffee meeting at the AmericInn at 8:30 a.m. for anyone interested in an informal, sit-down update.

MDOT engineers and representatives from Elmer’s will be there to answer questions.

Please be aware: This construction may alter some staff and faculty routes to school as well as travel to and from the Aero Park Campus. (more…)

Position vacancies

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

Half-Time Nursing Instructor – Mental Health

Supplemental Nurse for Student Health Services

Supplemental Cook (more…)

Alumnus tapped to fill Trustee vacancy

Alumnus tapped to fill Trustee vacancy

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC’s Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Chris Bott, a 1983 alumnus and practicing CPA, to fill a vacant trustee slot on Monday. He will serve through Dec. 31, 2016.

“I want to give back to what I consider a hidden gem in this community, and one that my nieces, nephews and grandchildren should consider as their first step in their college education,” Bott said in his application materials, noting that six of his siblings and his own three children also attended NMC. He said this personal experience with NMC, over two generations, set him apart from other candidates.

Bott, who has owned an private accountancy practice since 1998, has also served on NMC’s Business Administration/Accountancy advisory committee since 2004.

“This has been an informative experience for me, and refreshing to know that the college wants input from area employers as to the needs of said employers and then acts to implement some of the suggestions,” he said in his application.

Trustees thanked all the applicants and noted the high caliber of the applicant pool. Ten individuals applied to fill the vacancy created by Cheryl Gore Follette’s resignation on March 23. Per Michigan law, Bott will serve the remainder of Follette’s original term, through December 31, 2016. 

He will be eligible to run for election for a full, six-year trustee term in November 2016.

Release date: April 20, 2015

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
(231) 995-1019



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New group study rooms in the library

study room2The library has two new group study areas partitioned off for students to work on group projects and practice presentations.  One is in the back of the reference area by the library offices and the other is at the back of the stacks area.  Both are equipped with a large screen tv to share laptop screens, whiteboards, and whiteboard supplies.

They are free to use anytime the library is open and can be reserved for particular times.  And don’t forget that you can check out a Chromebook to use in the library. Or check out a Dell laptop with Microsoft Office to take home and use for three weeks! (more…)

Welcome to NMC Vicky!

Fagerstrom, VictoriaVicky Fagerstrom joined NMC as a Part Time Nursing Lab Manager on April 6, 2015. She can be reached at (231) 995-2372 or vfagerstrom@nmc.edu.

Vicky was born in AZ but, has lived in Michigan from an early age on. She is married with five children and six grandchildren. Vicky began her nursing career many years ago at NMC, where she earned her LPN degree. After working 15 years, she returned to school to earn her ADN.  She completed her MSN this past December. Vicky has worked at Munson Medical Center for 31 years with her last six years in oncology. Her hobbies include reading, redesign and boating. (more…)

NMC’s Children’s Choir’s Cantus group earns gold medal in NYC

The NMC Children’s Choir’s oldest group, Cantus, returned to TC on Sunday, April 12, following a very successful tour to New York City. Our singers were invited to perform in New York with the St. Joseph’s University Singers as well as compete in the prestigious Big Apple Classic Music Festival. Our singers enjoyed many of New York’s wonderful landmarks including: the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, and Times Square. While in NYC, our singers also saw a performance of “Phantom of the Opera” and were able to do a workshop with some of the performers from the show. The highlight of the trip were our two wonderful performances. Our singers impressed audience members and adjudicators alike, earning a Gold Medal and 1st Place in the Junior Division. (more…)

NMC Technology Help Desk- Tech tips: Google calendar

calendar1Tech Tips is presented by our Technology Help Desk and will provide you with simple explanations to tech troubles you may come upon in everyday technology use. These posts will occur regularly and will include a wide variety of topics. If you have further questions regarding the Tech Tips, please contact the Technology Help Desk at (231) 995-3020.

How great would it be to have access to a coworkers calendar anytime you need it? That’s exactly what you get with Google Calendar and while this has been around for some time at NMC, more and more people are using this invaluable tool. This next article gives a quick tutorial as to how to get the most out of Google Calendar at NMC. (more…)

Emergency management- April: Watch notifications

A severe thunderstorm watch means that the potential exists for the development of thunderstorms which may produce large hail or damaging winds. When a watch is issued, you should go about your normal activities, but keep an eye to the sky and an ear to the National Weather Service’s weather radio or local radio and television stations for further updates and possible warnings. (more…)

Welcome to NMC Janine!

Jung, JanineJanine Jung joined NMC as a Human Resource Assistant (supplemental position) on March 30, 2015. She can be reached at (231) 995-2612 or jjung@nmc.edu.

Janine was born and raised in Michigan, where she met her husband, Mark. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations/Business Management from Madonna University. She retired from her previous position as a District Court Administrator and relocated to Grand Traverse County.  Janine enjoys camping, snowmobiling, and travelling.


Welcome to NMC Marty!

Hughes, MartinMarty Hughes joined NMC as the Chief Engineer at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy on April 6, 2015. He can be reached at (231) 995-3191 or mhughes@nmc.edu.

Marty was born and raised in upstate New York.  After earning his bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Lawrence University he worked in commercial banking.  He left that field to attend Great Lakes Maritime Academy.  Marty is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Great Lakes Mate, First Class Pilot, and Chief Engineer.  He is also currently a strategic sealift officer in the navy reserve with the rank of captain.  Marty and his wife Barb have three adult children. (more…)