Rowing Regatta this Sunday will feature four NMC Rowing Club members

rowing_crewLake Leelanau Rowing Club is hosting a rowing regatta 8 a.m.-2 p.m., this Sunday, October 26, with over 400 downstate high school rowers, their parents and masters rowers coming up to race each other as well as four Traverse City High School rowers and four NMC college rowers.

All regatta info and race times are on the national regatta calendar website: Click on Leelanau Chase for participating schools and clubs, and all race times.

Come on out and watch rowing in action!  What a great activity and great fitness opportunity!  NMC Rowing Club is a new student organization and will train in rowing indoors this winter to compete in some spring regatta’s.    If interested in more information contact Noelle Sieloff at  


Save the date for the NMC Holiday Party, Dec. 12!

holidaysSave the date for the NMC Holiday Party on Friday, December 12, 2014 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Hagerty Center on our Great Lakes Campus.

Employees and retirees, please mark your calendar and plan to attend. Watch for your invitation to arrive soon with more details.

New this year! Instead of our usual food drive, we’ll be collecting winter clothing at the party (coats, hats, scarves and gloves) to donate to Father Fred Foundation.

To help alleviate hunger in our neighborhoods, please support the Food for Thought food drive by Kristy McDonald’s Professional Communications class. Details can be found in the October 20 Intercom article, “Support Food for Thought, win prizes!” (more…)

Third annual Choral Invitational

Third annual Choral Invitational

TRAVERSE CITY — More than 250 high school choir students will participate in the third annual Choral Invitational  Wednesday, October 29, on NMC’s main campus. 

Nine choirs from Benzie Central, Elk Rapids, Kingsley, Leland, Lake Leelanau St. Mary’s,Glen Lake, St. Francis, Gaylord and Grayling high schools will spend the day on campus, learning and rehearsing music together, touring the campus, and attending performances of NMC faculty, music majors, and audio tech students.

The invitational culminates in an “Informance” at 6 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium. The public is invited to attend to the informal performance, or come listen to rehearsals during the day. 

Release date: October 22, 2014

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communcations
(231) 995-1019

Joan Belgrave brings Dinah Washington to the Dennos

Joan BelgraveThe Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College will present the Detroit based Jazz vocalist Joan Belgrave in Joan Belgrave sings Dinah Washington: featuring the Lisa McCall Dancers on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM in Milliken Auditorium. Tickets are $27 advance, $30 at the door and $24 for museum members plus fees. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Museum Box office at 231-995-1553 or on line at, also at 1-800-836-0717 or

Calling herself the “Queen of the Blues” and considered “the most popular black female recording artist of the ’50s,” Dinah Washington, was born Ruth Lee Jones (1924 – 1963). She was recognized mainly as a jazz vocalist, though she performed and recorded in a wide variety of styles including blues, R&B, and traditional pop music. Ain’t Misbehavin, Unforgettable, What a Diff’rence a Day Makes, Teach Me Tonight, and Please Send Me Someone to Love were among her many hit songs. (more…)

Support Food for Thought, win prizes!

FoodDriveFor several years, NMC has supported the Northwest Food Coalition by donating non-perishable food items at the holiday party. This year, the holiday party committee asks NMC faculty and staff to simultaneously support both the Coalition and student learning by filling the pantries through the Food for Thought food drive organized by Kristy McDonald’s Professional Communications class.

Any donations that usually go to the holiday party drive should be donated to the Food for Thought Food Drive, running through Nov. 16. Your department or office also has the opportunity to win prizes. (more…)

Attend documentary screening for free in honor of World Polio Day, Oct. 23

headerJoin our community on the evening of World Polio Day at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, at the State Theater, for a special viewing of the award-winning documentary “The Shot Felt ‘Round the World.”  Admission is FREE thanks to the sponsorship by three Traverse City Rotary Clubs and anyone with an interest in contemporary global health issues, international relations, or health careers is encouraged to attend.  Students will be awarded points toward the NMC Global Endorsement for this event and should follow up with the International Services Office in West Hall. (more…)

NMC Band Concert

NMC Band Concert

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s Concert Band, under the direction of Patricia J. Brumbaugh, will perform its first concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 25 in Milliken Auditorium.

The program includes a wide range of selections, from fun marches, to beautiful melodies to toe-tapping folk songs. General admission tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for seniors (ages 62 and older) and children (ages 12 and younger). Admission for NMC students with student ID is free. Call the Milliken Auditorium Box Office at (231-995-1553) for further information.

The NMC Concert Band was formed in 1973 and now totals more than 50 members. It is comprised of young, energetic high school and college students learning side-by-side with experienced adults. The band is a member of the Association of Concert Bands. Rehearsals are weekly throughout the academic year, with performances held primarily at Milliken Auditorium. 

Release date: October 9, 2014

For more information:

Jeff Cobb
NMC Music Department Director
231) 995-1338

NMC business students hold food drive through Nov. 16

NMC business students hold food drive through Nov. 16

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC’s Professional Communications class is holding its third annual Food For Thought food drive through November 16 to support local food pantries in the five-county area.

Food For Thought partners with the Northwest Food Coalition to combat food insecurity by helping to fill more than 50 local food pantries. In 2013, the Northwest Food Coalition fed more than 450,000 people. By organizing the food drive as a semester-long service learning project, NMC students also practice professional communications skills. 

To donate, community members may drop off non-perishable food and personal hygiene items at:

  • Traverse City Walmart: Oct. 26, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tom’s Food Market, East Bay, Acme, Interlochen, and Fourteenth Street locations: Nov. 1 and 2, 10 a.m. – 5p.m.
  • UAV/Robotics/Automotive Exploration Day at Aero Park Lab building: Nov. 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • NMC main, Aero Park and University Center campus buildings: Through Nov. 16  
  • Pick up service: Contact Kyle Harris at (231) 360-1546

Local business are donating raffle prizes. Anyone who donates five non-perishable food items at the Tom’s or Walmart events will automatically receive a raffle ticket. Monetary donations may be made at Click on the donations link, click “other,” and type in “food drive.”

Release date: October 16, 2014

For more information:

Kristy McDonald
NMC Instructor
(231) 995-1059

Sawyer Harris
Student Media Contact
(989) 390-5681