BSUFest: “Hidden Figures” Screening Feb. 21

Our first movie screening for BSUFest will be “Hidden Figures”: Three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world. Catch it at NMC at ‘Ralph Abernathy’ (or Scholars Hall 217) from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. 

Tech Tips: INFOSEC – Take Action! Monthly Information Security Posting

  1. Know what Spear Phishing is:  Spear Phishing is an email targeted at a specific individual or department within an organization that appears to be from a trusted source. It’s actually cybercriminals attempting to steal confidential information. Spear phishers are after more valuable data like confidential information, business secrets, and things of that nature. That is why a more targeted approach is required; they find out who has the information they seek and go after that particular person.
  2. Spear Phishing has been a reality at NMC lately.  We have seen suspicious links, .pdf documents, and purchase requests. To stay clear of these spear phishers, ALWAYS check the links in your emails!  In addition, take the time to Read and Print this Red Flags Document to reference so you know what else to look out for in ALL Emails to make sure they are legit!

Here is an infographic highlighting the differences between phishing and spear phishing.


Media Mentions for February 15, 2019

The following college events and stories have appeared in the media in the past week. We want to share your media involvement too. Please send information about your NMC-related interview or appearance to If possible, please include a link to the piece and information about where and when it was used.

Please note access to some stories may be limited by paywalls set up by the media outlet. This includes the Traverse City Record-Eagle, which limits free clicks to five per month.  You may also read Record-Eagle articles in the print edition at the Osterlin Library.

BSU to celebrate multiculturalism at NMC
Record-Eagle, Feb. 14

Trashing the planet subject of Feb. 21 IAF lecture
Record-Eagle, Feb. 15

Entire life in a package: World-traveling art exhibit hits Traverse City
TV 9 & 10, Feb. 11

Global Literature Reading Group

Copies of the Global Literature Reading Group book, Tears of Salt: A Doctor’s Story, by Pietro Bartolo, are available for purchase for $5 from Tina Ulrich in the library. There is also a copy on reserve. Bartolo is an Italian medical doctor in Lampadusa, an island in the Mediterranean, where thousands of people from the Middle East and Africa have sought refuge. We will be discussing this book on Thursday, April 11, from noon to 1 p.m., in Scholars Hall 103. Join us!

NMC’s 13th Annual Career Fair Mar. 7

Please encourage your students to participate in NMC’s 13th annual Career Fair, to be held from 4- 6 p.m. on March 7 at the Hagerty Center on NMC’s Great Lakes Campus. Employers from professional and occupational fields will be recruiting for career-track positions, seasonal and entry-level opportunities, as well as internships, service learning and networking opportunities. More than 70 employers are registered to participate in the Career Fair, the only event of its size in northwest Michigan. For the most updated list as well as more information, visit Participants should bring multiple copies of their resume and dress in business attire. For more tips on job fair preparation, review the job-seeking tools at

Success Story: 16 employers choose NMC Training for Going Pro funds

February 13, 2019

LEAN Training photoIn a matter of one hour Tuesday, Traverse City’s ABC Aerospace increased airplane production 15-fold, flipped from losing money to turning a profit, cut overhead by more than half and reduced product backlog.

ABC Aerospace may be a fictitious company, whose airplanes are made of paper. But the lessons the Lean manufacturing simulation exercise taught participants will have real payoff for their northern Michigan employers: Grand Traverse Plastics and Bay Motor Products in Traverse City, Petoskey Plastics, and Tube Fab in Afton.

The four companies are among 16 northern Michigan employers NMC Training Services will work with this year in the latest round of state Going Pro Talent Fund grants, totaling $1.4 million regionally. Training is offered on-site at the employers’ facilities as well as in multi-company collaborative trainings like Tuesday’s kickoff, hosted at NMC’s Parsons-Stulen Building.

“We think very highly of the program. All the teachers there are very strong,” said Bay Motor Products President Andy Robitshek. Since 2015, about two-thirds of the company’s 40 employees have taken NMC Training’s Lean courses, including multiple employees Tuesday.

Rich (Wolin, Training Services director) has assembled a great team and they are providing a significant benefit to the manufacturing organizations in the area,” Robitshek said.

Tuesday’s training exemplified the Lean goal of continuous improvement: “Each time we’re doing it, we’re getting better,” said Brandon Cary, a process engineer at Grand Traverse Plastics, of successive paper airplane assembly “shifts.” Cary said he had been exposed to some Lean principles in the past, but was looking forward to learning more in the 96-hour training and sharing it with 120 colleagues at GTP.

“It’s just good. I want to move on to great,” he said of his Lean knowledge.

“It’s bringing problem-solving out into the open,” said Cary’s Tuesday teammate Connie MacLeod, who works in quality control for Tube Fab, which employs about 150 people to manufacture small diameter specialty tubing.

In addition to Lean manufacturing, NMC will train companies in ISO compliance, leadership skills and welding. Going Pro funding comes through Michigan Works and is capped at $1,500 per employee. Funds are spread across 31 different project and must be used by Sept. 1.

“It really makes a difference,” said Betsy Williams of NMC Training Services. “A lot of organizations couldn’t afford to do the training without it.”

Companies range from large to small. Photodon, a Traverse City manufacturer of computer screen protectors and privacy filters, has 10 employees.

“We’re hoping to have a lot less scrap,” said office manager Mandy Peterson. “Also to have us a little more standardized in our workflow, so when new employees come in, they know exactly what they’re supposed to be doing.”

Williams said that in addition to manufacturers, service-oriented companies are now seeking Lean training, such as Traverse City’s TruNorth Landscaping. To find out more about training opportunities, visit

Live Variety Show at Fine Arts Room 115 on Friday, Feb. 15

WNMC will present a live radio broadcast of a student-produced variety show featuring performances from several local artists. The live show will begin at noon in the NMC Fine Arts Building room 115. Come on down to hear live music, interviews and discussions of the regional performing art scene.

Bill Dungjen, host of the Roundup Radio Show, will take the reins of the variety program and performers will include The Lofteez and Song of the Lakes. Adair Correll will drop by to talk about the Great Indoor Folk Festival (GT Commons, 2/24). Who know what else we’ll cook up between now and then !?!?

Bring a bag lunch and an appetite for great local talent. Of course, if you can’t attend live, tune in to WNMC (90.7 FM or at noon sharp to listen in!

Presented by the students & faculty of the audio tech department (and friends).

For more information:

Bill Dungjen
Cedar Valley Productions
(231) 342-1062

Spring 2019 Transfer Fair is Tuesday, March 12

Over 25 university representatives will be on NMC’s campus on Tuesday, March 12 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 the 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 of this opportunity 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 here

See you there!

Advising Staff

Media Mentions for February 11, 2019

The following college events and stories have appeared in the media in the past week. We want to share your media involvement too. Please send information about your NMC-related interview or appearance to If possible, please include a link to the piece and information about where and when it was used.

Please note access to some stories may be limited by paywalls set up by the media outlet. This includes the Traverse City Record-Eagle, which limits free clicks to five per month.  You may also read Record-Eagle articles in the print edition at the Osterlin Library.

Scholarship to honor Chateau Chantal co-founder
Record-Eagle, Feb. 10

Adapted in TC: Mrs. Prindl, 107: Gone but still listening
Record-Eagle, Feb. 10

One pan, one meal
Record-Eagle, Feb. 9

Meet the chef: Vanessa Grasset
Record-Eagle Scene magazine, Winter 2019

Soup’s On
Record-Eagle Scene magazine, Winter 2019

Art in Ice
Record-Eagle Scene magazine, Winter 2019

Regional companies receive $1.4 million in Going Pro funds
Record-Eagle, Feb. 6

PCB Solutions names national essay contest winner
PCB 007, Feb. 6

100 Michigan artists handpicked for prestigious Traverse City exhibition
TV 9 & 10, Feb. 4

Back by popular demand – Captain’s Dinner Mar. 1

Please join us Friday, March 1, at Great Lakes Maritime Academy on NMC’s Great Lakes Campus. Dinner will be in beautiful Lobdell’s teaching restaurant and a cadet led, in-depth tour of Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Training Ship State of Michigan, full mission simulators and labs will follow. A silent auction is also planned with maritime and locally themed items. The dinner, prepared by Chef Rodriguez of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute will feature actual menus from Great Lakes ships past and present. Cadets will not only guide you through the tours but be on hand to answer your questions about their unique education and prospective careers in the Maritime industry.

Click here to purchase tickets, sponsorships and find additional information. All proceeds benefit the cadet club organizations.

Nominations Open for the Staff Excellence Award and Team Excellence Award

Make a difference in the lives of your colleagues. Nominate them here: Staff Excellence Award or Team Excellence Award.

We are seeking nominations for staff colleagues (full-time, part-time, or supplemental) whose work serves to inspire us all, and who:

  • Demonstrate NMC’s Values
  • Exhibit the finest commitment ‘above and beyond’ to the NMC mission, vision, and strategic directions,
  • Made a difference at NMC over the past year (2018-2019).

Nominations must be received by 3/8/19.

The Recipient will receive a monetary award and an engraved plaque to be awarded on April 3, 2019 at the NMC Retirement and Recognition Reception.

Thank you for valuing each other.

The Employee Recognition Committee:

  • Marcus Bennett
  • Hollie DeWalt
  • Kim Gourlay
  • Constanza Hazelwood
  • Scott Herzberg
  • Lori Hodek, Chair
  • Mark Liebling
  • Taylor Nash
  • Susan Odgers
  • Nancy Parshall
  • Sheila Rupp

Read about and sign up for NMC professional development opportunities available to you in the Professional Development Institute February Newsletter!


KUDOS(praise or respect that you get because of something you have done or achieved) defined by

Submit a Kudos here.

Kudos to Kristy Jackson, Jo Gallegos, Trisha Strahan and Leeland Nelson. Kristy Jackson did an amazing job planning and carrying out her first – the event’s 13th – Festival of Foods on Saturday, Feb. 2nd. Sixteen amazing sessions, talented food artisans and chefs, lots of culinary knowledge shared and gained, and plenty of great tastings! And a huge thank you to the Hagerty Center for being such excellent hosts!

What’s Happening with NMC WELLNESS?

Blue Cross Participants- Don’t miss the chance for a $50 Prepaid Gift Card!

Deadline is May 31, 2019.

Two easy steps:

1: Complete the online Health Assessment- The health assessment guides you through a series of questions to help discover why it is important to make healthy choices. The health assessment can be completed in as little as 10-12 minutes. After you complete the health assessment, you will be provided with a picture of your current health including any health risks.

2: Visit your doctor and have them complete the Qualification Form– The Physician Health Screening (Qualification Form) helps you establish a relationship with your primary care physician to identify health risks, and to use that information to improve your health. As part of your visit, your physician will complete the Qualification Form with you. You or your physician’s office may return the form for processing. However, it is your responsibility to ensure the form is returned on time. Access the Qualification form here.To access the information simply log into your BCBSM webpage- choose the Health and Wellness tab- WebMD- Take your Health Assessment. Additional information can be found under the Rewards Tab.

February Newsletter- click here

Click here to access the 2019 Random Acts of Kindness Calendar!  Challenge yourself to choose an act every week this year!

Would you like to be added to a Wellness email distribution list?  Marissa often has wellness resources she would like to share with employees, but we realize not everyone wants extra email!  If you would like to be added to the list, simply email Hollie at and ask to be added.

BSUFest Feb. 21-24

Northwestern Michigan Black Student Union is a collective of young progressive activists geared towards the social, economic, and political empowerment of people of color and marginalized youth. This Black History Month, in order to prevent hate crimes on campus and commemorate the death of Malcolm X, NMC Black Student Union is holding an immersive black cultural festival on NMC campus. BSUFest is to be a black cultural campus festival bringing progressive action to campuses in order to create opportunities for minority students, especially students of color, featuring guest speakers and performances that not only dazzle the community but expose them to something new. There will be artwork inspired by Black America, and delicious food that people on campus might not otherwise have access to for free or at a low cost. We hope this event can not only lift up the local and regional communities of color, but can expose our community to a positive black cultural experience and reduce the amount of racially-based hate crimes on and off campus. 

Join us across campus from Feb 21-24 and make sure to check out the LIVE MUSIC playing in the PE room every night from 9 p.m. to midnight. Performers include:

  • Feb. 22: MYTH and her Dancers
  • Feb. 23: Jordan Hamilton
  • Feb. 24: Emilee Petersmark

Also check out our “mentor speed-dating” event where you can connect with a mentor of color in Osterlin 205 on February 23 from 4-6 p.m. See you there!



SVA Chili Cook Off Feb. 20

6th Annual NMC SVA Chili Cook Off, February 20 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Health Science Atrium. 

  • $1 donation for 3 samples
  • $1 for a bottle of water

Come vote for your favorite chili or enter to win! Anyone can enter, see rules below. 

Chili Cook Off Rules

  1. Chili cook-off registration forms must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on February 15. Register by filling out & submitting the registration form, which can be obtained/submitted in the Military & Veteran Services Office, located in the Tanis Building.
  2. The chili entry must be in a crock-pot or electric roaster to maintain appropriate temperature.
  3. Chili must be brought on site the day of the cook-off (by 10 a.m.). If preferred or needed, you can drop it off earlier in the morning to the NMC Enrollment Services Office.
  4. Each cook must prepare a full crock pot of chili to be judged (a donation of 12-16 servings of chili is recommended). Prizes are awarded to first, second and third place.                                         
  5. You do not need to be present to win
  6. NMC SVA members will serve your chili if you are unable to do so
  7. Crock pots can be picked up from the Health Science Atrium at 1:30pm or from the Enrollment Services Office later in the day.

NOTE:  The SVA will provide an assigned table, electricity, testing cups, spoons and bowls for the public, ballet box, and rubber gloves. If you are serving chili, please wear a hat. 

All proceeds benefit NMC student veterans!