May NMC Scan Available!

The latest NMC Scan is now available for download on the ORPE employee site page. This biannual edition is dedicated to understanding demographics on a local, regional, state and national level. Data include population changes, median income levels, unemployment data, high growth occupations and industries in our region, and educational attainment levels to name a few. Check out the May NMC Scan, and please send feedback to

If you enjoy monitoring trends in the environment such as those topics covered by the NMC Scan, please consider joining a “futures” community of practice lead by faculty member Steve Rice and Scan coordinator Karen Ruedinger. Contact Steve (5-1024) to learn more about this new group starting up in the fall.

GVSU Master of Public Health Open Houses starting June 9

gvsuGrand Valley State University is extremely excited to offer their M.P.H. – Health Promotions program at the Traverse City Regional Center beginning Fall 2016!

The M.P.H. program is accepting applications for the new Traverse City cohort. Classes will be held in late afternoons(typically beginning at 3 p.m.) or evenings, and will be offered both online and at the Traverse City Regional Center. Students will focus on the health promotion emphasis and may choose electives in policy, environmental health, and health disparities.

Want to learn more? Attend one of the M.P.H. Open Houses in June or July. Please RSVP here or at one of the links below:

Benefits Corner – Flexible Spending

Do you have a Flexible Spending Account through Meritain Health?

Please watch for information in your email about their new online system for submitting reimbursement requests!  You will no longer need to use a fax machine!


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Position vacancies

Are you looking for career opportunities? Find it here! Current openings include:
Hagerty Center – Server, Bartender, Cook and Dishwasher
Adjunct Faculty – Surgical Technology
Major Gifts Officer

NMC hosts a disability awareness panel June 10

NMC’s Office of Disability Support Services and the Aging and Disability Resource Collaborative of Northwest Michigan (ADRCNM) are hosting a free education session – Working with Persons Who Have Disabilities – Friday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Oleson Center Room A/B on NMC’s main campus in Traverse City. Participation via webinar is also available. Registration is required at under the Events menu. (Here’s a direct link to the registration form.)

The education session will feature an introduction to disability awareness by Jim Moore from Disability Network Northern Michigan, followed by a panel discussion including people with disabilities who will share their experiences as consumers of services.

This session may be of interest to individuals or organizations (including health and human service agencies) that work with or support persons with disabilities (visible and invisible). For more information please contact

FSU Early Childhood Education Open House

ferris-logoFerris State University is now offering a new Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood. Come to our Open House at the University Center on May 25th from 5-6:30 p.m. in room UC 207 to learn more about it!

The University Center is located at 2200 Dendrinos Drive, Traverse City. Light refreshments will be served and advisors/faculty will be available for you to question to your hearts content. Passionate, inspired, and well-qualified, you’ll be highly sought after by a diverse range of child-oriented organizations including Day Care Facilities, Educational Institutions, Hospitals, Preschool & Kindergarten Classrooms and Recreation Centers!

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Success Story: Barbecue first date leads to 54-year marriage

Success Story: Barbecue first date leads to 54-year marriage

Art and Judy McManusAmid the throngs bent on a buffalo burger, Cupid once shot an arrow.

On Sunday, his targets — Art McManus and Judy Couturier — plan to attend their 55th NMC Barbecue. They had their first date at the 1962 event (pictured below).

“My girlfriend and I were riding through town, and we met him and his friend. And he asked me to go to the Barbecue the next day,” recalled Judy, who was then 18.

There must have been something in the air besides the scent of barbecue. Six months later, Art and Judy were married. As they embarked on a life raising three children, running a family cherry farm, and professional careers, they always kept the Barbecue date on their calendar.

“Rain, sleet or snow, we’ve been there,” she said. “We just have never missed one.”

The McManuses fill the day with tradition, from visiting the classroom displays to the cakewalk to the newer “buffalo cam” photo opportunity. (Grandaughter Alica Revett is pictured at last year’s event below.) Their entourage has grown from two to as many as 17, now extending to a third generation.

NMC Barbecue in the 1960sThey support NMC for the opportunities it offers residents. All three of their children attended NMC, with one attending Ferris State University through the University Center as well. A grandson is currently enrolled in Davenport University at NMC’s University Center.

“It’s a good thing for the community,” Judy McManus said. “It’s good that (NMC) has all these other universities and colleges that participate with them. It makes it easier for the kids.”

Chip the buffaloTheir Barbecue commitment will be tested this year. The McManuses will be celebrating their granddaughter’s hockey championship at a Tigers game in Detroit Saturday. But they’ll be up bright and early Sunday morning, headed home for the annual picnic under the pines.

“It’s a tradition. We can’t miss it,” Judy McManus said.

NMC student wins prize in statewide GeoCache for College Cash contest

Ceocache for College Cash logoNMC student Inga Dolinski has won $500 in college expense assistance through the statewide GeoCache for College Cash event. Dolinski correctly answered all seven financial literacy questions during the April 19 scavenger hunt hosted by NMC’s Financial Aid office, which entered her in the drawing for one of several cash prizes. The event was part of the 2016 Money Smart Week Michigan campaign and Financial Literacy Month.

NMC was one of about a dozen Michigan colleges and universities taking part in the event, which was sponsored by Ally Financial and the Michigan Jump$tart Coalition.

Congratulations, Inga!

Congratulations, Dean’s List students!

Congratulations, Dean’s List students!


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Milestone anniversary gift order reminder

Reminder1-largeTime is running out to place your order! If you were honored for a milestone anniversary (10, 15, 20 etc. years) at the April 13 NMC Retirement & Recognition Reception and have not yet ordered your gift, please do so as soon as possible. If you’ve misplaced your order materials, please send an email to

Emergency Management- May: Hazardous material spill or release

The following is this month’s Emergency Management article concerning hazardous material spills or releases.

If a spill or release of hazardous materials should occur within a building:

  • Contact the Campus Security 995-1111 and provide the name and quantity of the material, if known
  • Evacuate all persons from the affected area and secure area to prevent further contamination
  • Do not attempt to clean up the spill unless
  • Anyone who is contaminated by a spill should wash off the contamination with water, remain in the vicinity, and provide their names to the Security officers

If a spill or release of hazardous materials should occur outside a building:

  • Security officers or members of the Campus Response Team may request persons to shelter-in-place.
  • If outside, move into a building
  • During the incident, the College will provide updates thru its multiple communication methods
  • Remain indoors until notified by the Campus Security, College officials, fire/rescue, or police that the situation has been resolved

This information along with a comprehensive list of other topics can be found at:

Benefits Corner

Winners of the February Wellness Sleep Challenge Announced!

  • Lisa Rollin and Renate Simsa

Congratulations! Thank you to all who participated!


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