Academic WorldQuest returns

Academic WorldQuest returns

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC’s International Affairs Forum kicks off its winter season this month with the third annual Academic WorldQuest competition and a lecture on German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Eighteen teams from 11 regional high schools will compete in Academic WorldQuest, a quiz bowl style competition on global issues, Feb. 11 at the Hagerty Center. Topics include food security, the Arctic, privacy in the digital age, NATO and Asia.

The free event is open to the public and begins at noon and the winner will be announced by 3:30 p.m. The winning team will represent northern Michigan at the national competition held in Washington D.C. April 23.

IAF continues its regular lecture series at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 with “Germany: Merkel’s High-Stakes Gamble,” presented by Dr. Ingrid Sandole-Staroste of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University

As Europe grapples with increasing demands including from terrorism and the refugee crisis, Chancellor Merkel remains Europe’s pre-eminent leader. Now in her third term, Merkel is under increasing pressure, engaged in a balancing act that will determine her political future – and that of Germany. Sandole-Staroste, a German-American expert, who will share insights on where Angela Merkel and Germany go from here.

Tickets are $10 each and available at the door. Tickets are free for current students and educators.

Release date: February 3, 2016

For more information:

Karen Segal
International Affairs Forum co-chair
(231) 715-6064


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Honor your hardworking colleagues by nominating them for a Foundation Excellence Award.

The NMC Foundation Excellence Awards promote exemplary service to students and clients and recognize the outstanding demonstration of NMC’s values. Multiple awards are granted annually and the recipients are announced at the annual service awards reception in April. All college employees are eligible for this award — regular and adjunct faculty, as well as full time and supplemental staff. (more…)

Success Story: Park City peak performers

Success Story: Park City peak performers

Park City Mountain Resort's Miners Camp restaurantIt’s hard to top the commutes of Great Lakes Culinary Institute alumni Jared Pontius and Jeromy Stanley.

Executive chefs at on-mountain restaurants in Park City, Utah, both ride chairlifts and slopes to their kitchens each day.

“There isn’t anybody on the mountain, and it’s my time to relax before the busy day,” said Stanley, 29, whose Summit House restaurant is located 9,400 feet and two chairlift rides up the Wasatch Mountains. Over the course of the day, he’ll supervise 13 employees serving hundreds of skiers passing through the 300-seat restaurant.

Jared Pontius“Every employee has to ride down at least one run to the restaurant,” said Pontius, 26, whose 400-seat Miners Camp restaurant is perched at 8,500 feet and keeps 12-15 cooks busy. Both restaurants are part of Park City Mountain Resort, the largest ski resort in the U.S., and host to many events in the 2002 Olympics.

Both chefs began their educations elsewhere. Pontius attended culinary school in his home state of Indiana and transferred to NMC and the Culinary Institute when his parents moved to Traverse City for jobs of their own. Stanley studied secondary education at Western Michigan University for two years before deciding he wanted a more hands-on career. At GLCI, he found small classes and personal attention from an outstanding faculty.

Jeromy Stanley“You had their undivided attention every day,” said Stanley, who graduated in 2011. “They taught me to effectively communicate amongst my peers, as a leader and in my everyday life.”

Pontius, a 2010 graduate, said events like the annual Tasters Guild Auction, now called A Taste of Success and coming up Feb. 19, set GLCI apart for him.

The mountains were a big factor in the original westward pull for Stanley, who skied on the Traverse City West High School team before graduating in 2005. Pontius interned at a Park City town restaurant while at GLCI and returned when a mentor chef from the internship moved to the resort.

Working at an on-mountain restaurant also means none of the night shifts notorious in the culinary world.

“That is a huge advantage for me. I’ve done those night kitchens for years and that’s not for me,” Stanley said.

In the future, Pontius might return to Traverse City to open his own restaurant. In the meantime, the mountains – and that commute— will do just fine.

“I definitely fell in love with it when I first came out here. The mountains are a majestic place to live,” Pontius said. “Sometimes that one run at the beginning and end of the day is perk enough.”

Student Veterans group will host Chili Cook Off on Feb. 17

chili-22The NMC Student Veterans of America group will host a Chili Cook Off on February 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Health and Science Building atrium. A $1 donation will get you three samples and for just $3 you can buy a bowl. Come vote for your favorite chili and help support the Student Veterans group!

To register and for rules, click the links below! You must register by February 9.

For more info contact: Scott Frederick at (more…)

Passport Student Lecture Series continues February 18 with focus on Cambodia

pic of Chetra CambodiaNMC International Services and Service Learning presents their Passport Student Lecture Series for February with international student Chetra Cambo who will speak to attendees about Cambodia. The lecture will take place on Thursday, February 18 from 12:15 – 1:00 p.m. in Founders Hall, room 110. Guests are invited to bring lunch and/or coffee to enjoy while they listen.

The Passport Student Lecture Series is a chance to explore other cultures through the experiences of NMC international students who will give presentations about their home countries. Information during their lectures can include culture, food, fashion, recreation, religion, gender issues, politics, current events, etc. (more…)

Rev. Robert Jones and Matt Watroba to perform at the Dennos Museum Center

Robert-MattThe Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College will present the Rev. Robert Jones and Matt Watroba on Friday, February 19, 2016 at 8 PM in Milliken Auditorium. Tickets are $25 advance, $28 at the door and $22 for museum members plus ticket fees. Tickets may be purchased on line at or by calling the box office at 231-995-1553 or My North Tickets at 800-836-0717. (more…)

Caravanserai: East Meets West -FREE musical performance

On Thursday, February 4 at 3:30 p.m. in  the lower level of West Hall, join two talented musicians, Zeshan Bagewadi and Ronnie Malley, as they present how musical fusion occurs across cultures. They will explore the similarities and differences between music from the East and West through demonstration and listening examples of how technology has changed the way music was played around the world. (more…)

NMC Magazine seeking submissions

What IfOur minds are always considering every possibility: what if? This semester NMC Magazine explores hypothetical changes in major societal events and ideas: political, historical, technological, religious, cultural, etc. What if Einstein was never born? What if cars could fly? What if the written word could transform the course of history? Through your art, what if you could visually alter the human perspective? (more…)

Interactive Workshop will help you discover your learning style

angie workshop poster (1)On Wednesday, Feb. 10 discover your thinking method and learn how to identify the different kinds of thinking styles in this innovative workshop with authors Angie McArthur based on her book, “Collaborative Intelligence- Thinking with People Who Think Differently.” In this free workshop, also featuring Anne Powell, you will discover how to better communicate and improve teamwork in school, work, and in your personal day to day life. This session will reveal different strategies, various breakthrough practices, and unique tools that the authors have developed to unleash your full individual and collaborative potential.

There are two times to choose from for this workshop- 10 a.m.-Noon or 2-4 p.m. Both times will be in the Janis room at the Dennos Museum.  (more…)

February Wellness Works Newsletter- Hobbies

wellness works februaryThe dark days of February are a perfect time to channel your creative juices and develop a hobby. Hobbies let you explore interests outside of your line of work. They let you be creative and try all kinds of new things. If you are bored with an old hobby, pick a different one. Don’t forget to factor in cost. Some hobbies are more expensive than others. (more…)

Hearts for Art project at the Dennos Museum Center February 7-14, 2016

Hearts for Arts at the Dennos- resizedThe Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College invites visitors to share their love for art by voting with their hearts. As part of a national program called Hearts for Art, visitors can use paper hearts to vote for their favorite work.

Join us and other museums across the country as we launch the Hearts for Art project from February 7th through the 14th, 2016. Museum visitors may pick up a paper heart from the front desk, place it in front of their favorite work of art, and snap and share a photo (no flash) using the hashtags #heartsforart and #dennos. We’ll be keeping track of everyone’s favorites and sharing them on our social media sites. You can follow us on Facebook at: Dennos Museum Center, Twitter: @TheDennos, and Instagram: @dennosmuseumcenter for updates throughout the week. On Valentine’s Day we will be offering a buy one, get one admission special. So bring your date and show some love to the art at the Dennos! (more…)