Kudos!

Reason for Kudos to Madelyn Ek: Maddie completed Experiential Learning 101 and met with the Experiential Learning Institute to work on her capstone Experiential Learning project! Maddie, thank you for your dedication to engaging your students in high-impact learning! We look forward to working with you as you “ELize” your course! Thank you for being a part of our outstanding education team at NMC!

Reason for Kudos to Mary Beeker, Dave Gates, and Dan Wasson: Mary Beeker had the idea to pilot a Wi-Fi hotspot checkout program in the library back in the summer of 2019. Little did we know that demand for these would skyrocket less than a year later due to COVID-19. I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge Mary’s foresight in researching and implementing a process for providing this much needed service, with 165 circulations in the past year providing internet service to students learning from home. Thanks to her work, the library already had the necessary infrastructure in place in March 2020 to meet increasing demand for these devices, and we were able to simply boost our inventory. Dave Gates and Dan Wasson have also been instrumental in quickly increasing our fleet and providing continued support for the library’s Wi-Fi hotspots.


Experts suggest maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” increases positivity for yourself and for others. During our “Stay Home, Stay Safe” directive, please encourage your colleagues by submitting a KUDOS. Let them know you appreciate their hard work and are thinking of them!

Wellness Opportunities

Read the Being on Time in 2021- Wellbeing Newsletter HERE.

Wellness Tip- Receiving Graciously

“To graciously receive is an expression of the dignity of giving.” – Deepak Chopra

When we wholeheartedly receive a gift of any kind, we show gratitude, but there’s more to it. A simple ‘thank you’ is nice but learning to cultivate the art of receiving graciously is an emotional paycheck to the giver. Expressing your appreciation in a unique and personal way might look like this: “I have the perfect spot for this picture!”, or “This mug will remind me of you every morning when I drink my coffee”, or “Your hospitality made me feel right at home.” A genuine and meaningful reflection has an energy that uplifts both the giver and the receiver.

Daily Practice: Observe the gift givers and receivers in your life. What do you notice?

Wellness Lunch & Learn- Beating the Winter Blues

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Noon–12:30 p.m.

Please join Wellbeing Coordinator Chrissie Gonzales for this virtual discussion.

HERE is the link to the call. You should have received a calendar invite as well!

Kudos!

Honorees’ Names: Constanza Hazelwood & Marguerite Cotto
Honorees’ Dept./Division: Great Lakes Water Studies Institute
Reason for Kudos: Thank you for presenting the Faculty Report at the NMC’s Board of Trustees meeting! Thank you for taking the time to put together a thoughtful presentation that showcased how you use teaching excellence and experiential learning to engage students in experiences that connect students to the real-world work of Freshwater Studies! Your leadership and program pivots during the pandemic are examples of how NMC Faculty, Staff, and Administrators serve our students, community, and environment!


Experts suggest maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” increases positivity for yourself and for others. During our “Stay Home, Stay Safe” directive, please encourage your colleagues by submitting a KUDOS. Let them know you appreciate their hard work and are thinking of them!

Wellness Tip- Receiving Without Obligation

“Until we can receive with an open heart, we can never really give with an open heart.” – Brene Brown

Isn’t it interesting that when we receive a gift, sometimes we react by feeling like we have to pay the giver back rather than to simply say ‘thank you’? For example, you have a friend who is recovering from surgery, so you take them a home-made dinner. If you get your casserole pan returned with lemon bars and a gift card to Starbucks, your dinner gift feels smaller and insignificant. You gave for the giving’s sake and did not expect anything in return, yet your generous gesture was diminished. Learning to receive without obligation is the true gift to the giver.

Daily Practice: Think about a time when you received a gift, and you were simply thrilled. How did you say ‘thank you’?

Results for Hold It for the Holidays Challenge

Challenge Complete!

Congratulations to all who completed the Hold It for the Holidays challenge through the NMC wellness program. We had 33 people join and 32 complete the challenge by holding their weight within 3 lbs over the holidays. We hope you enjoyed the challenge and look forward to “seeing” you on the Wellbeing Hub! An additional congratulations to our prize drawing winner, Margaret Fox; please contact Hollie DeWalt in HR for your Visa gift card!

Questions on the NMC wellness program?

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

Kudos!

Honoree’s Names: Ben Post and Ryan Bernstein
Honoree’s Dept./Division: Educational Technology
Reason for Kudos: Ben Post and Ryan Bernstein stepped in and helped Tamella Livengood when she encountered difficulties with the Nursing department testing software, going above and beyond to solve an issue with student final exams.

Honoree’s Names: Shannon Schultz, Lindsey Lipke, Kristi Hallett, Crystal Bailey, and Josh Mills
Reason for Kudos: Thank you to Shannon Schultz, Lindsey Lipke, Kristi Hallett, Crystal Bailey, and Josh Mills for recently serving on a staff search team. Your time is valuable and your work is greatly appreciated. Thank you for going above and beyond!

Honoree’s Name: Jeffrey Cobb
Honoree’s Dept./Division: Music Department
Reason for Kudos: Thank you for taking the time to give an inspiring presentation to the NMC Board of Trustees at the faculty showcase during this busy time of the year. The presentation featured an experiential learning project that was a collaboration of the NMC’s Music Department, Audio Tech, and Visual Communications programs — “The Lesson of the Lark”, a new concert work celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of Women’s Voting Rights. This was a great example of leadership, innovation, and collaboration! Jeff, your passion and dedication to this project and your students was a perfect example of excellence and innovation here at NMC!

Honoree’s Name: Caroline Schaefer-Hills
Honoree’s Dept./Division: Visual Communications
Reason for Kudos: Thank you for taking the time to give an inspiring presentation to the NMC Board of Trustees at the faculty showcase during this busy time of the year. The presentation featured an experiential learning project that was a collaboration of the NMC’s Music Department, Audio Tech, and Visual Communications programs — “The Lesson of the Lark”, a new concert work celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of Women’s Voting Rights. This was a great example of leadership, innovation, and collaboration! Caroline, your passion and dedication to this project and your students was a perfect example of excellence and innovation here at NMC!

Honoree’s Names: Kyle Morrison and Chris Hanna
Honoree’s Dept./Division: Educational Technology
Reason for Kudos: A huge kudos to Kyle and Chris for helping HR transition our all-campus, “face-to-face” new employee orientation to a virtual version and creating two legacy videos that we can use for future events! We could not have done this without you. Thank you for helping new employees learn about the big picture of NMC!

Honoree’s Names: Nicco Pandolfi, Paul Kolak, Joelle Hannert, Katie Sommer-Ford, Kari Kahler
Reason for Kudos: We wanted to take a moment to recognize every single person on this team for not only meeting expectations lately but exceeding them. This team has been serving the food pantry over the last nine months of the pandemic- making sure that our students have what they need. They have shown a commitment to communication, accountability, and collaboration! Thank you for the hard work you have done behind the scenes to keep the NMC Food Pantry stocked with nutritional supplies and our students healthy and supported!


Experts suggest maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” increases positivity for yourself and for others. During our “Stay Home, Stay Safe” directive, please encourage your colleagues by submitting a KUDOS. Let them know you appreciate their hard work and are thinking of them!

New App Now Available for NMC employees (New COVID-19 Symptom Screen Protocol)

Dear all,

Thank you very much for all of your support and cooperation in the college’s efforts to maintain a safe working and learning environment on our campuses. Thank you also for reviewing the screening questions and reporting you are symptom free to your manager before coming to NMC during the last month. As we first told you in November, NMC will now be using a new smartphone app for recording and tracking these COVID-19 self-checks. This change will make reporting easier and allow the college to meet our increased state compliance requirements. 

This app, Campus Clear, is available for you now. It is free to download and very easy to use. The set-up will take less than 10 minutes but will pay off in time saved and convenience over the remaining duration of these COVID-19 requirements.

Please start using this before your next visit to campus. Simply open the app and enter your symptoms (we hope you’ll be feeling well and tapping the ‘No Symptoms’ button) each day before you come inside the college’s facilities. You will need to do this every day before you come to the college. You don’t need to do this if you are working remotely for the day. However it is still very important that you inform your supervisor and Human Resources if you do have symptoms, whether you are coming to the office or not.

If you do not have a suitable device, there is a desktop application that you can use on your PC.  Or, you may also continue to email your supervisor as you have been doing, in accordance with the instructions in the November 24th email. 

From the app store, just search “campus clear” and look for the app with the following logo:
Campus Clear

Links to download the app are below.  Please contact the NMC Help Desk if you need assistance.

Thank you again. I wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

Mark

Mark Liebling
AVP of Human Resources
1701 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 995-1342

Links for mobile apps:

Mental Health Hotline Available

Anyone having difficulties navigating life during the COVID-19 pandemic, you are not alone. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has a mental health hotline you can access for free and confidential access to counselors 24/7. Language translation is available for non-English-speaking residents who call the counseling line. MDHHS COVID-19 Help Hotline: (888) 535-6136, choose prompt 8. To access other mental health resources for coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, visit Michigan.gov/StayWell.

Kudos!

Honoree’s Names: Donna Palmer and Cathy Brown
Reason for Kudos: Kudos to Donna and Cathy for helping orchestrate the Foundation personnel and furniture move from Founders Hall to the University Center. There are a lot of moving parts to these endeavors and we thank Donna and Cathy for being on top of the project.

Honoree’s Name: Grounds Department
Reason for Kudos: Kudos to the Grounds crew for helping move the Foundation staff’s personal effects and furniture from Founders Hall to the University Center. You guys are great! 

Honoree’s Name: Amanda Gower
Honoree’s Dept./Division: Foundation
Reason for Kudos: Kudos to Amanda Gower for her detailed planning for the Foundation personnel and furniture move from Founders Hall to the University Center. Your planning upfront helped everyone involved with the move.

Honoree’s Name: Vicki Cook
Honoree’s Dept./Division: Administrative Services
Reason for Kudos: Kudos to Vicki Cook for securing payment for the ATLAS video library. This library will allow the Introduction to Teaching course to run during the Spring and Fall semesters by enabling students to observe K-12 classrooms virtually.

Honoree’s Name:  Hollie DeWalt
Honoree’s Dept./Division:  HR
Reason for Kudos:  Hollie was so helpful throughout the whole employee enrollment process. She promptly answered all questions, even following up with suggestions, and the added bonus of having all of our data from last year roll over into this year’s plan was so incredibly helpful. I really appreciate the extra help Hollie!!


Experts suggest maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” increases positivity for yourself and for others. During our “Stay Home, Stay Safe” directive, please encourage your colleagues by submitting a KUDOS. Let them know you appreciate their hard work and are thinking of them!

Wellness Appointments Available

Our Priority Health Wellness Consultant, Chrissie Gonzales, will be opening up virtual office hours for NMC wellness members. If you have questions about the Wellbeing Hub, upcoming programs, or general wellness questions or concerns, please schedule a time to meet HERE  Appointments are 15 minutes long, additional time can be scheduled if needed.

Also, don’t forget to complete your Health Assessment on the Wellbeing Hub! It’s not too late — log in through your priorityhealth.com member portal and complete the short Health Assessment to unlock personalized health and wellness programs geared toward helping you meet your goals and improve your overall wellbeing. Complete four rewardable programs on the Hub to be entered in the final prize drawing when the program year wraps up in the spring!

Kudos!

Honoree’s Name: Jay Smith
Honoree’s Dept./Division:
Engineering
Reason for Kudos: Jay did a great job presenting “Experiential Learning in Intro to Engineering” at the Board of Trustees meeting Monday night! The presentation showcased his commitment to whole person learning by using Experiential Learning and his focus on career exploration. Jay is giving his students the skills, traits, and content needed to succeed in the 21st century! NMC is lucky to have such a caring, professional, and excellent instructor! Thank you for sharing your real-world project, Jay!


Experts suggest maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” increases positivity for yourself and for others. During our “Stay Home, Stay Safe” directive, please encourage your colleagues by submitting a KUDOS. Let them know you appreciate their hard work and are thinking of them!

Wellness Appointments Available

Our Priority Health Wellness Consultant, Chrissie Gonzales, will be opening up virtual office hours for NMC wellness members. If you have questions about the Wellbeing Hub, upcoming programs, or general wellness questions or concerns, please schedule a time to meet HERE. Appointments are 15 minutes long, additional time can be scheduled if needed.

Also, don’t forget to complete your Health Assessment on the Wellbeing Hub! It’s not too late; log in through your priorityhealth.com member portal and complete the short Health Assessment to unlock personalized health and wellness programs geared toward helping you meet your goals and improve your overall wellbeing. Complete four rewardable programs on the Hub to be entered in the final prize drawing when the program year wraps up in the spring!

Priority Health ID Cards

If you currently have Priority Health medical insurance, you will be receiving updated ID cards in the mail this week. Please replace your current cards with the updated version. If you made changes for 2021, you will receive updated cards in January.