Wellness- Gardening and Building a Fence

“A garden is a friend you can visit anytime.” – Anonymous

Security, privacy, and protection are reasons why we build fences. In a garden, a fence keeps critters and clumsy feet from damaging the plants.  A fence can also add a beautiful boundary around the space. Yet, be mindful what you keep out. A wise gardener built a fence to keep the deer and bunnies away, but he always had a gate so his neighbors, family and friends could come right in and grab a bunch of flowers, pick some ripe tomatoes, or cultivate a conversation. Fences make good neighbors if they have a gate.

Daily Practice: Where have you built a fence in your life?  Does it have a gate?

Wellness- Gardening’s Life Lessons

Gardening and Creating a Vision

“Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds, you can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.” – Unknown 

Creating our life is a lot like designing a garden. It requires a vision. Do we imagine food or flowers? When roses, both pink and white come to mind, we’ve found our basic approach. Studying and learning the fundamentals for healthy growth is key to producing a beautiful bouquet. The same is true for creating the life we envision for ourselves. We define our purpose and actively keep ourselves ‘hydrated’ in self-care, knowledge, and effort so we can grow into the best version of our vision.

Daily Practice: Today, ask yourself two questions: Are you living the vision you have for your life?  If not, why?

Health Savings Account Deposits

If you are enrolled in NMC’s high deductible medical insurance, you should expect your second HSA deposit on July 2, 2021.

  • Single Coverage – $390.00
  • Family Coverage (includes all coverage beyond single) – $780.00

BCBS Settlement Notice postcard

If you were an employee enrolled in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan plan through NMC between 2015 – 2019, you likely received a postcard in the mail from BCBS.  If you plan to submit a claim please use the instructions below to obtain your Enrollee ID Number.  NMC Group ID is 007040422.

Call the BCBS Customer Service Number – 877-671-2583.   When you get to the phone triage, respond that you are “Already a Member” and when they ask for the Enrollee ID,  respond that “you don’t have it”.

Once you get to a Customer Service Rep,  you may be asked for some other information such as birth date or address just to confirm your identification.   Let them know that you need to know your member ID from when you were enrolled with them. We used BCBS medical from 2015-2019.

Wellness Program- Everything you need to know!

Priority Health has provided us with unlimited resources regarding every faucet of wellbeing.  Please read on for highlights of where and how you find those resources, along with the “challenges” offered for the 2021-2022 Wellness Program year!

A Tutorial Video on how to access the Priority Health Wellbeing Hub can be found here.

The Wellness Year (May 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022) consists of several components.

  • Monthly Lunch and Learn Zoom Calls- covering a wide range of wellness topics
  • Access to the wellbeing hub if you are enrolled in Priority Health
  • Individual appointments with a wellbeing consultant from Priority Health

Challenges

Kudos!

Kudos to Nicole Fewins: Nicole is such a great example of a supportive mentor and colleague. As an adjunct instructor, I can always count on her to answer questions in a timely manner, help with course design and give good feedback, and share resources to help me grow. She does this all with a smile on her face and you never feel as if you are imposing. She is a real resource and a valued part of NMC.

Kudos to the Grounds Dept. and Volunteers: Kudos to the Grounds staff for pre-digging the holes for planting the trees. In partnership with ReLeaf Michigan and the DTE Foundation, kudos to all the volunteers who planted the 15 trees near North and East Halls.

Kudos to the Math Department: Kudos to the Mathematics Department for their swift creation of the new developmental mathematics courses and corequisite courses. It is a great new direction for our students.

Kudos to Cindy Deemer and All involved in Commencement: Kudos to all those involved in organizing and assisting in our 2021 Commencement ceremony. It was wonderful to see the students on the stage.


Experts suggest maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” increases positivity for yourself and for others. Please encourage your colleagues by submitting a KUDOS. Let them know you appreciate their hard work and are thinking of them!

Internal Promotions

Tami Livengood was recently promoted to the Interim Director of Nursing Programs. Congratulations to Tami!

Magdalena Stewart has been promoted from Health Occupations Adjunct Faculty to Health Occupations Faculty. Congratulations to you, Magda!

BCBS Settlement Notice postcard

If you were an employee enrolled in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan plan through NMC between 2015 – 2019, you likely received a postcard in the mail from BCBS. If you plan to submit a claim please use the instructions below to obtain your Enrollee ID Number. NMC Group ID is 007040422.

Call the BCBS Customer Service Number – (877) 671-2583. When you get to the phone triage, respond that you are “Already a Member” and when they ask for the Enrollee ID, respond that “you don’t have it”.

Wellness Wrap Up

That’s a wrap!

2020-2021 Wellbeing Program complete

Congratulations to all who participated in the NMC 2020-2021 Wellbeing Program. We hope you enjoyed the information, challenges, and programs throughout the year and we look forward to “seeing” you on the Wellbeing Hub and at the virtual lunch and learn sessions for the 2021-2022 program! An additional congratulations to our final prize drawing winner, Elizabeth Eiden!

Questions on the NMC wellness program?

Contact Priority Health Wellbeing at (877) 689-3161 or Wellness@priorityhealth.com.

Kudos!

Kudos to Dr. Marcus Bennett: Dr. Bennett is always positive, always thoughtful, always holds the line for student integrity issues, and always supports faculty members. Marcus values all students, even those that were caught lying. He brings dignity and respect to all the people he interacts with. He understands that people make mistakes and those mistakes don’t define a person. I can tell that in Dr. Bennett’s view, every person has value.


Experts suggest maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” increases positivity for yourself and for others. Please encourage your colleagues by submitting a KUDOS. Let them know you appreciate their hard work and are thinking of them!

New NMC Holiday Calendar

On Friday, May 14, a new calendar is being implemented which shows upcoming NMC observed holidays.

To view upcoming NMC observed holidays, go to the Google Calendar app on the MyNMC page. The NMC Holiday Calendar will be located in the “Other Calendars” section on the lower left-hand side of the page.

If you would like to copy upcoming holidays to your personal calendar, you can click on the holiday appointment, then select “Options” (an icon with 3 vertical dots) and select the “Copy to” function.

Training and Due Dates – Adjunct, Faculty, and Staff Annual Reviews

Join us for refresher training on completing your annual performance reviews and goals. Dates for refresher training are:

  • 5/14/2021 – Friday, 10–11:15 a.m.
  • 5/27/2021 – Thursday, 1–2:30 p.m.
  • 5/28/2021 – Friday, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
  • 5/28/2021 – Friday, 1–2 p.m.

To request a link to the livestream training, email lhodek@nmc.edu.

Annual Review Due Dates Are Listed Below:

Adjunct Faculty Review Dates:

  • 5/14/2021 – Adjunct Writes Self Review
  • 6/25/2021 – Academic Chair/Reviewer Writes Review
  • 6/25/2021 – Manage Meeting Direct Manager
  • 6/25/2021 – Acknowledge Meeting (Both)

Faculty Evaluation Due Dates:

  • 5/28/2021 – Faculty Evaluation Plans due
  • 5/28/2021 – Provisional Faculty Portfolios due to Faculty Supervisor
  • 6/11/2021 – Faculty Supervisor:
    • Completes provisional faculty review & recommendation
    • Adds to provisional faculty member’s Google folder
    • Notifies review committee that packet is ready for review
  • 6/21-25/2021 – Review committee meets, reviews portfolios, & makes
  • decisions regarding faculty status
  • 7/27/2021 – Faculty Supervisors review of all Faculty Evaluation Plan due

Staff Review and Goals Due Dates:

  • May 28 – All Self-evaluations submitted
  • June 25 – Supervisor evaluations & meetings complete; evaluations due
  • July 23 – Employee Goals created/submitted electronically
  • July 30 – Goals reviewed/approved by supervisors
  • July 30 – Employees begin working on new goals & learning plans

Need one-on-one support? Contact Lori Hodek at lhodek@nmc.edu or (231) 995-1143.

Kudos!

Kudos to Tamara Coleman: Thank you Dr. Tamara Chase Coleman for teaching this much needed Extended Educational Services class: The Science of Stress — considering the year we’ve experienced, we ALL need a coach like Dr. Coleman! The blending of scientific data with personal action research experiences proved to be highly successful. This class wrapped up tonight with presentations covering stress, sleep, yoga, meditation, and more — all backed by scientific journal articles and research. EES looks forward to helping more people mitigate stress and begin to enjoy life more fully with these great classes led by Dr. Coleman.

Kudos to Brie Mills: Brie has earned her Experiential Learning 101 Badge by completing EL 101 Online. Her work in the course was thoughtful and innovative. Her capstone work in her statistics course is exciting, effective, and promotes full EL cycle learning!


Experts suggest maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” increases positivity for yourself and for others. Please encourage your colleagues by submitting a KUDOS. Let them know you appreciate their hard work and are thinking of them!