Walk In Advising

Have students who need fall schedule help?! Walk-In Advising sessions will be available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 13-29. These 15-minute sessions are offered on a first-come-first-served basis in the Advising Center (Osterlin). Call (231) 995-1040 or advising@nmc.edu with questions.

NMC Dining Services – New locations and hours!

NMC Dining Services’ Fall 2018 locations and hours will be as follows. The new hours begin August 24:

Hawk Owl Café

Open 7 Days a week
10:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
Located in the Oleson Center – NEW LOCATION!

Hawks Nest

Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Located in East Hall  – Cashless location

Northwest Grind – Starbucks

Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
Located in the Osterlin Building

For details, contact Dining Services at (231) 995-1688.
For more information, visit nmcdining.sodexomyway.com.


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 Jason Dake-  Jason took the alumni from NMC’s first class on a tour of the Dennos Museum Center to highlight the recent improvements to the space. Jason did a wonderful job engaging all of the guests and sharing concrete examples of what the expansion makes possible for visiting student groups and our whole community. Thank you, Jason!

August 20 Events – RSVPs needed!

If you have not already done so, please complete this Google Form to indicate which Experiential Learning Session you plan to attend. There are two sessions being offered on the morning of Monday, August 20, and four additional sessions will be held in September for staff and adjunct faculty who cannot attend August 20 activities.

The Google Form also asks you to select whether or not you will join the Campus-Wide Picnic Lunch on August 20. All faculty and regular staff are invited to this portion of the day for announcements, introductions of new employees, and lunch. We appreciate your RSVP as it helps to assure accurate food counts and room space.





Monday, August 20

8:15 – 9:45 am

EL Session

Hagerty Center

Monday, August 20

10:00 – 11:30 am

EL Session

Hagerty Center

Monday, August 20

11:30 – 12:00 am

Announcements and Introductions of New Employees

Hagerty Center

Monday, August 20

12:00 –  1:00 pm


Hagerty Center

Monday, August 20

1:00 –  4:30 pm

Faculty PD

Hagerty Center

Thursday, September 6

9:00 – 10:30 am

EL Session

Osterlin 205

Wednesday, September 19

10:00 – 11:30 am

EL Session

Parsons-Stulen 101

Wednesday, September 19

8:00  –  9:30 pm

EL Session

James Beckett 136

Thursday, September 20

3:30  –  5:00 pm

EL Session

Osterlin 205

October 9, 2018

All day
(offices closed)

Fall PD Day

Starts at Milliken Auditorium

Lastly, the NMC Food Pantry will be collecting items at the Hagerty Center on August 20. They are specifically in need of: cereal, canned fruit, toothpaste, and toilet paper. They will accept any food/hygiene donations and you can bring items at any time to the main desks in the Osterlin Library.

Please contact the President’s Office at 5-1010 or lmoritz@nmc.edu with any questions or concerns. Thank you!

President’s Office
1701 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI
Phone: (231) 995-1010

NMC to use renewable energy source for new Innovation Center

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College will install a geothermal system to support its new West Hall Innovation Center, currently under construction.

The Board of Trustees Building and Site Committee voted unanimously to support the recommendation from the construction project manager, citing research into the long-term cost savings to the college and the positive environmental impact.

The geothermal system is estimated to cost an additional $400,000 initially, with an expected payback period of 14.5 years and continued savings to the college for up to at least 30 years.

Committee members felt the renewable energy option was the right thing for the college to do environmentally with the cost data supporting that decision.

Vice President of Finance and Administration Vicki Cook said, “This project is another example of how the college works to strengthen our long-term commitment to our community by seeking out additional opportunities to build systems that are responsible both financially and environmentally.”

Geothermal systems use heat from the earth to provide a clean renewable source of power.

The multi-million-dollar 21st century West Hall Innovation Center is in its early stages of construction with a groundbreaking ceremony planned for September 2018.

RELEASE DATE: August 9, 2018


Vicki Cook
Vice President of Finance and Administration
(231) 995-1144


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

NMC receives $1 million gift to advance college initiatives

TRAVERSE CITY – Northwestern Michigan College announced today it has received a $1 million gift from Casey and Dana Cowell.

This gift will provide financial assistance to advance the college’s current work in several key areas. These include:

  • considering the community’s economic future in decision making throughout the organization;
  • improving regional healthfulness through providing wellness opportunities and education specifically for NMC students, faculty and staff as well as for our greater community at large;
  • expanding career training, leading to higher paying jobs and increased skill levels of workers in our region;
  • attracting high-paying companies to our region by leveraging NMC programs and faculty expertise;
  • extending our reach to new and broader audiences through technology; and
  • strengthening our region as a destination for experiential and professional learning.

This gift comes from long-time NMC supporter and local philanthropist Casey Cowell and his wife, Dana Cowell. “I am always struck by how education is often at the core of any solution in the community,” said Casey Cowell. “That’s why we have committed $1 million to advance a few key initiatives that I’m most excited about at NMC.”

In recent years, Cowell has supported other NMC offerings including the International Affairs Forum, the Dennos Museum Center, and NMC’s Annual Fund.

“For more than 67 years, NMC has been creating opportunities to grow social and economic wealth for people in this area. The Cowells’ support of NMC will provide transformational opportunities to our students and our whole community,” said NMC President Timothy J. Nelson. “NMC continues to expand as a destination for experiential learning and this gift will enable more of these opportunities to be possible here.”

The Cowells’ gift supports NMC’s vision to be the resource of choice for higher education, lifelong learning and cultural experiences. NMC strives to be an essential contributor to quality of life and a vibrant economy, demonstrating collaborative and inventive approaches and training for liberal studies, careers, interests, and emerging learner markets.

“Casey and Dana Cowell truly represent lifelong learners—always ready to ask tough questions and dig deep into any topic,” said Executive Director for the NMC Foundation Rebecca Teahen. “It has been an honor to work with them to realize this gift for the college, which will impact all of the students and learners who come through our doors and those who benefit from all that NMC offers to the community.”

RELEASE DATE: August 08, 2018


Rebecca Teahen
Executive Director of Resource Development and the NMC Foundation
(231) 995-1855


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

Global Literature Reading Group

The Global Literature Reading Group meets twice a year to discuss a book about another culture. This year’s books are Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah (Nov. 15, 2018), and Tears of Salt: A Doctor’s Story, by Pietro Bartolo & Lidia Tilotta (Apr. 11, 2019).

The cost of the books is subsidized by the Center for Instructional Excellence and the Helen Osterlin Library Endowment. Faculty and staff can purchase a copy of the book for $5 from Tina Ulrich in the library (tulrich@nmc.edu, 995-1063.)

This fall’s book, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, is a memoir by Daily Show host Trevor Noah about growing up the child of a Swiss white man and an African woman whose very relationship was a crime punishable by five years in prison. (New York Times Book Review, 11/28/16.) The discussion will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, in Scholars Hall 103. Save the date on your calendar, order your copy of the book, and plan to join us for a brown bag lunch and a great discussion!

NMC Aviation reaches international milestone

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College has welcomed a record number of international students for its 2018 summer aviation program.

The group includes 32 students from 17 different countries including Malaysia, Nigeria, China, India, Lithuania, Thailand, Bangladesh, Portugal, Italy, Kenya, United Kingdom, Russia, Ukraine, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Ecuador and Uganda.

The students are studying Aerospace Engineering at three main NMC partner universities in the United Kingdom: University of Hertfordshire, University of the West of England and University of Manchester.

This partnership began in 2009 with an Innovation Grant from the NMC Foundation as a way to boost enrollment to the aviation program during the often slower summer season. Since its beginning, the international partnership has brought in an additional $2.5 million and increased the financial viability of the aviation program.

According to NMC’s International Aviation Program Coordinator, Steve Ursell, the greatest benefits are to the students: “This fantastic diverse group really contributes to the atmosphere and training of all of our students and instructors whether they’re from Traverse City or Thailand. They bring a new perspective, experience and cultural understanding to our flight school that helps prepare our students for careers that may take them around the world.”

This partnership is another example of NMC leveraging its unique assets to provide mutual benefit, says NMC Director of Aviation Alex Bloye: “NMC has been a trusted partner with these universities. We’ve worked with them to design specific flight training and flight test courses that add valuable practical flying experience to the aerospace theory courses offered in the United Kingdom.”

International aviation students must go through a TSA and Visa approval process, overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to be able to train at NMC. This process starts almost nine months before students arrive at NMC..

Release date: August 2, 2018

For more information:

Alex Bloye
NMC Director of Aviation
(231) 995-2929


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

TIAA is offering a Financial Essentials Webinar

Members of the Optional Retirement Plan:
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In retirement—and the years leading up to it—protecting your savings becomes just as important as growing it. Join us to learn how to create your own personal pension* with TIAA Traditional, offered by Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA).

Register today for our August 8 live webinar (Noon to 1 p.m. ET).

Schedule Online

Bookstore Move

The bookstore will be closed August 2-7 to move to the Health & Science Building. We will reopen on Wednesday, August 8, in Health & Science Room 101. All online book orders submitted during that time will be processed on August 8.

President’s Update for July 23, 2018

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

This section recognizes the good work being done and linkages to the Strategic Directions (SD) and Institutional Effectiveness Criteria (IE) are provided where possible.

  •  NMC students participated in a 14 day international experience in Bunaken National Park, North Sulawesi Indonesia. The students used drones and underwater ROVs to map the coral reef system surrounding the park. The project was a capstone course for the Marine Technology program and also included students from the unmanned aerial systems and water studies programs. The project was in collaboration with Manado State Politeknik and involved both students and researchers from that institution. (IE1, IE2)
  • NMC instructors completed the second series of course offerings to our partner school, Yellow River Conservancy Technical Institute in China. The courses delivered to a cohort of 40 students from YRCTI were Construction Blueprint Reading and Supervision. (IE2)
  • Congratulations to the following NMC Audio Tech students for their recent accomplishments:
    • Jose Garcia has received a paid internship at Kensington Church, in charge of the Front of House mix, as well as an internship at Lookout Music Studios, where he directed and edited some excellent videos for their new webpage. Jose came to the NMC Audio Tech Program to increase his knowledge of Digital Audio and Studio Recording after serving six years in the Air Force managing audio/visual production. We are lucky to have him around, and hope he will stay in the Traverse City area!
    • Devin Elhert was awarded a paid internship at Faith Reformed Church, where he is in charge of the Audio/Visual department. He is responsible for the Front of House mix, and recording the services. For his final project he worked on producing and album featuring performances by church members. After graduating, Devin will stay on as a full time staff member at the church. Congrats, Devin!
    • Chris Reid has received an internship at New Hope Church, working with Music Director Rick Stewart. Chris has started his own company, Chris Reid Productions, which produces a weekly video series called Music Mondays, interviewing musicians and producers from around the state of Michigan. He is getting thousands of views on YouTube for his videos. Chris enjoyed this project so much that he enrolled at Grand Valley State University in the fall of 2018, where he will study Film Production. Congrats, Chris!
    • Spencer Norrod completed an internship at Midwestern Broadcasting, where he learned audio editing for radio spots, which you can now hear—in his own voice—on New-Talk 580 AM, WCCW, Z93, WATZ, and WZTK. Bravo, Spencer! (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)

Activities of Note: Tim

    •  Thank you to all who were able to help honor Dr. Edward and Sharon Rutkowski as they were inducted as the newest NMC Fellows at the dinner in their honor on June 26 at the Dennos Museum Center. The Rutkowskis are longtime supporters of the Dennos and the Thomas A. Rutkowski Discover Galley is named in memory of their late son.
    • I joined a dozen other NMC faculty and staff at the Experiential Learning Retreat held at Crystal Mountain on June 28 – 29. During this time the group worked on developing a prototype for experiential learning and also planning for next month’s Opening Professional Development Day on August 20.
    • Marguerite Cotto, Alex Bloye and I met with visitors from Tasmania on July 10. Tasmania’s University College is bidding for Qantas Airline’s proposed pilot academy to address the world’s pilot shortage and wanted to visit a college that provides quality pilot training through an associate degree while here in the U.S. NMC was recommended to them by a senior VP at American Airlines who suggested our college as a must-visit for them, not only for our rich history and associate degrees, but also our extensive overseas partnerships.
    • I want to thank Casey and Dana Cowell for hosting two wonderful events at their home this week, which helped us bring current and potential donors closer to NMC. Faculty, staff, and alumni came together to share some inspiring NMC stories!

Legislative Issues


Following completion of the State Budget in June, the Michigan Legislature is currently on recess until after Labor Day. This means that legislators are back in their districts, campaigning and meeting with constituents. Of note, the 2018 election will result in significant turn over in the state legislature where there are 11 term limited state representatives and 19 term limited state senators. There are also a number of contested primary elections, so the August 7 election is shaping up to be an interesting one as well. For a full listing of all August 7 Primary candidates- check out this link. Remember to vote on August 7 and November 6.


After a short Fourth of July federal recess period, Congress is returning to Washington where several education related issues remain in play for the remainder of the legislative session. These include the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (known as the PROSPER Act in the House), the reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, and the passage of FY19 Appropriations funding for the Department of Labor, Education and Transportation (funding for state maritime academies is included in the Transportation Budget).
Of these pieces of legislation, the Perkins Reauthorization and FY19 funding bills are the most likely to see action before the end of the year. Of note, the most recent versions of the FY19 funding bills include some increases in Pell Grant funding, as well as additional funding for the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, which we support. We will continue to watch these bills closely as Congress returns to working on them between now and the end of the year.


  • Tuesday, July 24 through Friday, July 27 – MCCA Summer Institute, Traverse City
  • Thursday, August 2 – NMC Scholarship Open
  • Monday, August 20 – NMC College-Wide Picnic and Opening Professional Development Day

Mitel Phone Training Classes

Voice Systems Administrator David Gates plans to offer additional training on the various features of our phone system in response to staff requests.

Two sets of phone training classes are being planned: A full class for new staff, and a semi-advanced class for experienced staffers. The classes would be given in the large conference room in Founder’s Hall and scheduled as needed. New user guides will also be made available.

For more information, contact David at 5-1110 or dgates@nmc.edu.