Nominations open for Staff and Team Excellence Awards

Make a difference in the lives of your colleagues. Nominate them for a Staff Excellence Award or Team Excellence Award.

We are seeking nominations for:

    • Staff (full-time, part-time, or supplemental), and
    • Teams of two or more individuals (departments, cross-departmental collaborative groups, strategic project, initiative focused teams, etc.)

whose work serves to inspire us all, and who:

    • Demonstrate NMC’s Values
    • Exhibit commitment ‘above and beyond’ the NMC mission, vision, values and strategic directions
    • Made a difference at NMC over the past year (2023–2024)

Nominations must be received by March 29, 2024.

Recipients will receive a monetary award and an engraved plaque at the You Made It Possible Celebration on May 9, 2024.

Thank you for appreciating and valuing each other.

NMC Employee Recognition Committee: Marcus Bennett, Hollie DeWalt, Les Eckert, Kim Gourlay, Craig Hadley, Lori Hodek (Chair), Carly McCall, Taylor Nash, Nancy Parshall

Kudos!

Kudos to Lindsey Dickinson. Lindsey continues to lead her department and building with energy and enthusiasm! She is always looking for ways to get people involved, and keeps the staff and students in mind with every decision. She is a great leader!

Kudos to Chris Little and Dan Wasson. A Marine Technology EMC student at Greenspire High School did not have access to the NMC main campus library and was unable to utilize the DD170 course software. He would have to drop the course if he had not gained access to the required software via an NMC computer at the University Center. Within 24 hours, Chris Little and Dan Wasson formulated a plan and had the necessary software installed at the UC to support this student.


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!

Welcome our newest hires

These employees recently started working at the college. Let’s welcome them to the NMC community!

    • Magnus Mannor, supplemental – Food Service, Back of House
    • Lilian Kerby, student employee – Residence Hall Front Desk
    • Daniel Disher, student employee – Residence Hall Front Desk
    • Sydney Richardson, student employee – Student Life Office Assistant
    • John Eiden, supplemental – Media Support Specialist
    • Denise Test, supplemental – Food Service Front of House
    • Samuel Fikes, student employee – Astronomy Lab Assistant
    • Kaleb Stevens – Custodian
    • Rachel Green – Custodian
    • Emily Smith, student employee – Enrollment Services Office Assistant
    • Zachary Witt, student employee – Chemistry Laboratory Assistant
    • Jeffrey Novack – Adjunct Electrical Instructor

Kudos!

Kudos to Dan Goodchild and Hans VanSumeren. Kudos for their organization and planning to move the Yellow River programs forward for Fall of 2024. The construction trades and marine technology programs deliver courses for the Yellow River Conservancy Technical Institute. This program is delivered in a hybrid format with online classes delivered during the evening (Fall 2024) and in-person accelerated onsite training in China in the Spring of 2025.

Kudos to Lisa Thomas and Katie Knight for a great Winterfest event in the TCJIC! Students were engaged and learning about the different student groups and clubs we offer at NMC.


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!

Welcome our newest hires

These employees recently started working at the college. Let’s welcome them to the NMC community!

    • Roger Rickerd, supplemental – Automotive Lab Assistant
    • Haylee Beek, student employee – Residence Hall Front Desk
    • Alexander DeSoto – Adjunct Flight Instructor
    • Chelsea Bridson – Programmer
    • Lucas Vokes, supplemental – Banquet Server, Hagerty Center
    • Riley Truog – student employee – Biology Laboratory Assistant
    • Chelsea Kline –supplemental – Tutor
    • Annalisa Lettinga – supplemental – Tutor
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Crucial Conversations for Accountability training

Registration is open for Crucial Conversations for Accountability! This course is strongly recommended for all supervisors and anyone who wants to improve their relationships.This in-person, experiential learning based course provides a step-by-step process, tools, and support for resolving performance gaps, enhancing accountability, reducing resentment, eliminating inconsistency, and improving performance both at a professional and a personal level. During this 2-day training, learn how to have those difficult conversations in a way that solves problems while improving relationships. Note: Both days are required for course completion.

Dates/times:

    • Thursday, February 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Friday, February 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There is no cost to employees for this course (the course retails for $799 at U of M). Participants receive a free copy of the book Crucial Accountability.

Follow these instructions to sign up now for this effective, experiential learning based course.

For questions, contact professionaldevelopmentinstitute@nmc.edu or call (231) 995-1143.

 

Kudos!

Kudos to Doug Sieffert. Doug took time away from his primary responsibilities to work with Media Services on a time-sensitive project. The right place at the right time, Thank you Doug!

Kudos to Katie Sommer-Ford. Kudos on Katie’s planning and pre-work on the Career Fair coming up in March. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to offer the opportunity for our students and local employers to meet. Great job, Katie!

Kudos to Elizabeth Sonnabend, Lisa Molmen, Ben Post and Ali Thornton. Extended Education & Training supports academic departments by filling nearly 300 seats with community member enrollments each year. This is no easy feat! One of the biggest challenges threads across four departments and involves Moodle. The heroes behind this are Elizabeth Sonnabend, Lisa Moleman, Ben Post, Ali Thornton and certainly a few others who step in as needed. This past term has gone the smoothest; this team is improving the Moodle integration each time! Thank you, “Team Joint Offering Moodle Magic!”


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!

Welcome our newest hires

These employees recently started working at the college. Let’s welcome them to the NMC community!

    • Hayden Talbot, supplemental – Law Enforcement Coach
    • Elizabeth Kozlowski, supplemental – Kitchen & Dining Room Help at Lobdells
    • Emily Parrotte, student employee – Residence Hall Front Desk
    • Holly Rose – Adjunct Clinical Nursing Instructor
    • Ashley Nuno, supplemental – Tutor
    • Liam Filson, student employee – Residence Hall Front Desk
    • Nathan Sonnabend – Custodian
    • Eleanor Young, student employee – Residence Hall Front Desk
    • Dylan Grant, supplemental – Law Enforcement Coach
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Kudos!

Kudos to Mark West. Thank you, Mark, for always going the extra step! Mark created an email list for a specific set of employees and saved it so I could easily access it! Although that might sound easy, it lifted a barrier for me to carry out communication effectively. I appreciate your attention to detail and always following through. NMC is lucky to have you, Mark!

Kudos to Beckie Wooters. Congratulations to Beckie Wooters and her staff for the wonderful work they are doing in the Dental Assistant Program and for all of her students passing both the clinical and written portions of the Michigan’s Registered Dental Assistant examination. That is awesome!


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!

Welcome our newest hires

These employees recently started working at the college. Let’s welcome them to the NMC community!

    • Matthew Kroll, supplemental – Food Service, Back of House
    • David Peck, supplemental – Academic WorldQuest Coordinator
    • Tyler Sheldon – Adjunct Flight Instructor
    • Benjamin Astor, supplemental – Food Service, Back of House
    • Kyrsten Nitzh, supplemental – Writing Center
    • Matthew Gignilliat, supplemental – Welding Assistant

Kudos!

Kudos to Lindsey Dickinson. With the weather turning this week, Lindsey was outside salting and shoveling to make sure those accessing the Osterlin Building were safe. As a director, we really appreciate how often she will do whatever needs to be done no matter the task. Thanks, Lindsey!

Kudos to Student Success Coordinators. The student success coordinators welcomed students into the Timothy J. Nelson on the first day of the spring semester. Students’ smiles as they were greeted said it all!


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!

Welcome our newest hires

These employees recently started working at the college. Let’s welcome them to the NMC community!

    • Makel Gibson, student employee – Resident Assistant
    • Evan Johnson, student employee – Residence Hall Front Desk
    • Emily Fitzpatrick, supplemental employee – Banquet Cook
    • Jack Conners – Adjunct Audio Technology Instructor
    • Faith Rhoads – Adjunct Flight Instructor
    • Janya Vance, student employee – Residence Hall Front Desk

Kudos!

Kudos to Andrea Gerring.  When seeing an “Everyone” email from a name Andrea didn’t recognize, Andrea took the time to check the Staff Directory for my name, sent an entirely unique email to me(not using the Reply button), and checked with me to make sure it was an email that was legitimate.

Kudos to Brittany Hanbury, Erika Cotner, Denny Nguyen and Dee Galloup. Outstanding planning and execution of the New Employee Orientation Day! This event is such an important step in welcoming our new employees to NMC. It is made possible by the careful planning of Erika Cotner and Brittany Hanbury as they consider every detail of the day. Thank you to Denny Nguyen and Dee Galloup for assisting with the bus tour and making sure everyone returned safely! Special thanks to every person who took time to show our new employees around or shared your passion about NMC. I am extremely proud of the work of this team!


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!

Welcome our newest hires

These employees recently started working at the college. Let’s welcome them to the NMC community!

    • Hannah Rodriguez – Student Success Coordinator
    • Wyatt Roehler – Computer Information Technology Project Management
    • Katie DeYoung – Adjunct Clinical Nursing Instructor
    • Weston Babcock, supplemental – Human Resources Assistant
    • Presleigh Yovich – Adjunct Clinical Nursing Instructor
    • Shelby Golnick – Adjunct Clinical Nursing Instructor
    • Alex Crocker – Adjunct Welding Instructor
    • Kevin Salveta – Adjunct Electrical Technology Instructor
    • Rick Warfield – Adjunct Electronics Technology Instructor

Kudos!

Kudos to Paul Kolak. Thanks to Paul Kolak for organizing the Mobile Food Pantry here at NMC through Feeding America. Paul organizes volunteers and the food delivery on-site. Many families have been served thanks to his leadership and the volunteers who help distribute the food each month.

Kudos to Brittany Hanbury, Hollie DeWalt, Carly McCall, Esther Nance, Lil Anderson, Sarah Montgomery-Richards, Lynne Moritz, and Todd Haines. The whole holiday party planning committee did a wonderful job putting on a fabulous party. Everyone on the committee brought a level of passion for creating a fun and inclusive event for the college to enjoy. Several additions aimed at increasing inclusion and belongingness such as gingerbread team building, and the get-to-know-you bingo game leading. With attendance increasing by 25% this year, it’s clear that their hard work paid off.

Kudos to  Lil Anderson and Lindsey Bradeen. Lil and Lindsey were instrumental in the success of our Holiday Party. I had checked the wrong box and we almost didn’t have a projector and laptop for the party. They quickly and gracefully resolved the issue while also executing the rest of their event duties wonderfully. Thank you to them and the full Hagerty team for their fabulous event planning and event execution work.

Kudos to Employees at the Hagerty Center. The Hagerty Center employees always do a great job putting on events and the Holiday Party was no exception. The food was delicious, tables were cleared, the bar service was prompt, and overall they did a fabulous job. Thanks for always making our events great.


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!