11th Annual Freshwater Summit

The Freshwater Roundtable is proud to announce the 11th Annual Freshwater Summit to be held on Friday, October 26, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hagerty Conference Center at NMC’s Great Lakes Campus. The Freshwater Summit is a conference of environmental professionals and engaged citizens focusing on current issues facing the Great Lakes region.

 Presentations include understanding drivers of change in Great Lakes water levels, planning to be a resilient Great Lakes community, and measuring the economic impacts of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Cost is $35/person or $15/student and includes lunch. Registration is available online here.

The Freshwater Summit is a product of the Freshwater Roundtable and is organized by The Watershed Center, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, Michigan Sea Grant Extension, Great Lakes Environmental Center, Inland Seas Education Association, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management and the Grand Traverse Conservation District.

Tech Tip: Office 2019 now available for Home Use

For Employees Only:

  • Word – text-to-speech, improved inking & accessibility, focus mode, translator, Learning tools (captions & audio descriptions), @ Mentions
  • PowerPoint – Morph transitions, Zoom, SVG, 3D model, play in-click sequence, 4k video, @ Mentions
  • Excel – Power Query (Get & Transform) enhancements, Powerpivot included with all editions, new functions & connectors, publish to Power BI, AI-driven Excel Insights for chart suggestions, new charts, @ Mentions
    • Excludes Co-Authoring, new Data Types like Stocks, and some other new features only available in Office 365
  • All Office apps – Ribbon customizations and roaming pencil case
  • Access – Multiple improvements (see here). 

You can now download Office 2019 at NMC rate of $14.99. 

Click here for more info and instructions on how to download. 

Please note: On campus we still use primarily Office 2016, Office 2019 is not utilized on campus at this time.

Sad News

Mike Oberlin, a longtime Social Science instructor, passed away at 66 years old from health-related issues recently while traveling in Ecuador. He was a wonderful, caring person who taught psychology for NMC for the last 21 years. In  addition to his dedication to his students, he had a great passion for traveling with his wife Merri to foreign lands. He will be greatly missed.

BATA bus shelter planned at East Front and Milliken Drive

The Bay Area Transportation Authority has received approval from the Michigan Department of Transportation to install a shelter at BATA’s Bayline stop at  East Front Street and Milliken Drive. This will help keep students and visitors protected from the elements year round.

The shelter should be installed in the next two weeks.

Giving Tree Program Update

Thank you to everyone who supported NMC students through the Giving Tree Program! Your support truly made a difference as we were able to brighten the holidays for more than 200 NMC families over the last seven years.

Going forward, we will be directing donors and students toward our incredible new resource on campus: the NMC Food Pantry. Learn more here

This year, and beyond, we invite you to donate food, hygiene products, and funds to the NMC Food Pantry to provide critical support for our students during the holidays. With your support, the NMC Food Pantry anticipates being able to offer gift cards to students and families who need extra help this holiday season. 

To make a quick and easy donation to the Food Pantry, please visit nmc.edu/give.

If you encounter a student looking for holiday support, please direct them to the NMC Food Pantry. Other community programs such as Toys for Tots, Goodwill, and the Salvation Army may be able to assist with other holiday needs. 

Please contact the NMC Foundation (995-1021 or foundation@nmc.edu) if you have any questions.

“Phishing” emails: How to identify and avoid them

Please review the following Google document link discussing “phishing.” Here at NMC we have seen an increase in the number of “phishing” emails sent to our accounts in recent days. This document will assist you in identifying “phishing” emails. There are also additional links to give you helpful information on identifying such emails and how to avoid them.
If you are the victim of a “phishing” attack (i.e. after being prompted via email you divulged sensitive information or ran a malicious .exe file on your computer) or if have further questions about “phishing,” please notify the NMC Technology Help Desk at 231.995.3020 or www.nmc.edu/help/

Great Lakes ~ Great Chefs Dinner November 9

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Great Lakes Great Chefs dinner benefiting NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute.

The November 9 evening begins at 6 p.m. with sparkling wine and a raw bar on the Great Lakes Campus catwalk, then moves to Lobdell’s: A Teaching Restaurant for five amazing courses and a spectacular view. Guest chefs working in collaboration with GLCI students include GLCI alumna Brooke Mallory (3030 Ocean), Adam McMarlin (Nine Bean Rows), and Jeff Brandon (Superior Foods).

Tickets are $100 per person can be purchased online here or by calling (231) 995-1021.

Proceeds from this event will be used to bring talented chefs and others from the culinary world to the Great Lakes Culinary Institute to teach and work side by side with students.


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NMC Wellness Activities

READY-SET-MOVE- Results will be coming this week- be sure to enter all of your final numbers!

Monday- October 15- Join one of the WELLNESS WALKS!

2:30 p.m.- Parsons Stulen- meet in front of the main entrance to the building

NMC students launch food drive to support fellow students in need

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) Business students are partnering with the Northwest Food Coalition (NWFC) for the sixth annual Food for Thought food drive to help reduce food insecurity in the Grand Traverse region.

New this year, the class will aim to fill four pantries, in time for the holiday season, focused on helping students and their families. A 2016 NWFC survey revealed more than 2,000 children in the region are food insecure, which can be a barrier to learning.

The food pantries include:

Community members can donate non-perishable food and personal hygiene items from October 19 to November 19 at red collection bins in the following NMC buildings:

  • Tanis
  • Osterlin Library
  • University Center
  • Hagerty Conference Center
  • Parsons-Stulen

Tom’s Food Markets will accept donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., October 28 at the East Bay, West Bay and Fourteenth Street locations. The public is also invited to bring donations to the S. T. E. M. Exploration Day at NMC’s Parsons-Stulen Building from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. November 10. Participants will be able experience LEGO robotics, drones, virtual reality and more family-friendly activities.

The community can make a financial donation to help support the pantries at any of the events or with the NMC Foundation.

This food drive is supported by generous donations from local businesses. One example of this is Max’s Appliance’s donation of a refrigerator to the NMC Food Pantry so that the students can receive fresh foods. Other local businesses are donating items for raffle prizes as well as hosting their own food drives. If you would like to partner with this project please use the contact information below.

The Food For Thought Food drive is a semester-long experiential learning project for professional communications students. For updates go to the NMC Food for Thought facebook page.

Release date: October 15, 2018

For more information:

Blake Bandrowski
Marketing Director
(231) 633-8813

Kristy McDonald
NMC Instructor
(231) 995-1059


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Scholarship Success Workshop November 13

Scholarship Success Workshop November 13 in the University Center Room 204 at 5:30 p.m.

Grand Valley State University in Traverse City has partnered with the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation to bring you a one-hour workshop on local scholarships available to you. This workshop is appropriate for all students attending or soon to be attending college. Learn Tips and Tricks on how to write a winning essay and what the committees are looking for. Open to the public.

This event is free to attend. Please RSVP at gvsu.edu/traverse/events. Space is limited.

Media Mentions for October 12

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 publicrelations@nmc.edu. 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.

MSP appoints full time 7th District media liaision
Gaylord Herald-Times, Oct. 11

UpNorth Family: Building Tomorrow
UpNorthLive (TV 7 & 4) Oct. 10

The A-game tailgate – features Patty Huhta of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute
Record-Eagle, Oct. 10

NMC Marine Center looks to future by ‘air, sea and land’
Ticker, Oct. 10

Business Memoranda – mentions Kristy McDonald
Record-Eagle, Oct. 10

Success Story: Emily Challender, continuous learner

October 10 2018

Emily ChallenderWorking in her family-owned business, Hayes Manufacturing, Emily Challender’s job security is fairly assured.

Yet the 24-year-old purchasing manager enrolled at NMC this semester. She plans to attend part-time until she earns her associate’s degree, and then transfer to a four-year school for her bachelor’s. In addition, she led the organization of northern Michigan’s fifth annual Manufacturing Day, held Friday to a nearly doubled audience of 1,000 high school students.

Why bother? In a word, Lean. Through NMC Training Services, Fife Lake-based Hayes has offered the continuous quality improvement training since 2010. As a member of Hayes’ continuous improvement team, Challender found the principles and processes resonated with her.

“I found a thing I was passionate about (Lean) through working, and it made me more excited to go back to school,” said Challender. “Now I’m realizing the value of having a degree.”

She says Lean is especially suited to her as a woman working in the non-traditional field of manufacturing.

“Women in a lot of ways tend to be more empathetic,” Challender said. That, she said, makes them more sensitive to how the changes of continuous improvement impact employees, who may be long used to doing something another way.

“Women just seem to have kind of a knack for it, and that is exciting to me,” she said.

So watching hundreds of area high school girls participate in Manufacturing Day Friday, touring Hayes and more than 40 other regional manufacturers, was gratifying for Challender, who volunteered her time to organize the event. Eventually, she’d like her status as a woman in manufacturing not to raise eyebrows.

“It’s exciting, and it’s really cool. People are always surprised by it,” she said. “I would like to reach a point in manufacturing where it’s not surprising. It shouldn’t be.”

“Manufacturing needs girls to come in with a new perspective, and be smart and great at this job.”

Read more about NMC’s Lean training and watch a video of the principles at work at Hayes.

Media Mentions for October 5

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 publicrelations@nmc.edu. 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.

Record turnout at Manufacturing Day
Record-Eagle, Oct. 7

NMC Professor Receives Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters
TV 9 & 10 News, Oct. 5

More than 950 expected to take tours at area Manufacturing Day
Record-Eagle, Oct. 3

October Flu Vaccine notice


Did we scare you?
Have no fear…
Health Services is here!

FLU SHOTS are available in Health Services.
No appointment is needed.

  • $15 for Students
  • $20 for Faculty and Staff
  • No cost for NMC Insured

Please feel free to stop by our office in Biederman Bldg. Rm 106.