Kudos!

Kudos to Brittany Hanbury, Charles Schneider, Sage Campbell, Sally Smartsy and Landon DeHeer for hosting a Thanksgiving dinner in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center for NMC students on Thursday, November 24, 2022!

Kudos to Scott Powell for a great reflection of your experiential learning work in this month’s ELI Newsletter! Great work around reflection, Scott!

Kudos to Bob Bugai and Reese Sivek for providing a metal strapping lesson while repacking/strapping a very large and incorrect shipment. Additionally, the melting snow allowed Reese Sivek the opportunity to unload a truck full of tables on the Dennos’ loading dock and put them back in NMC storage. Thank you for all you do.


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!

  • Jared Black, Supplemental — Technology Support Assistant
  • Samuel Miller, Student Employee — Visual Communications  Lab Assistant
  • Piper Ziembiec, Student Employee — Library Assistant
  • Coleman Sherman — Adjunct HVAC/Plumbing instructor
  • Adrian Kapic, Supplemental — Food Service Back of House
  • Abigail Grubb, Student Employe — Archives Assistant
  • Peter Deneen – Adjunct Applied Music Instructor

NMC Holiday Break is Dec. 23 – Jan. 2

NMC will be closed for the holiday break beginning on Friday, December 23, 2022 and reopening on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

It’s a good time to make sure you’re subscribed to NMC’s Holiday Calendar! Click here to add the calendar.

If you want your own calendar to display as busy, click the three dots in the right-hand corner of the appointment and then select the “Copy to” feature.

Kudos!

Kudos to Meghan Light, Tami Livengood and Elizabeth Sonnabend! Meghan Light and Tam Livengood (Nursing) helped Elizabeth Sonnabend (EES) prepare for the state CNA inspection for Extended Education (bringing this back to NMC from quite a few years ago). Thank you, Elizabeth, for your hard work, patience and diligence in getting the state to come through for NMC on this important program. WE PASSED! More information coming soon on the CNA program through NMC Extended Education.


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!

  • Abigail Klingelsmith, Student Employee — Audio Tech Lab Assistant
  • Keagan Kalbfleisch, Student Employee — Audio Tech Lab Assistant
  • Easton Grim – Adjunct Flight Instructor
  • Rebecca Kinnee – Adjunct Visual Communications Instructor

Kudos!

Kudos to Sally Smarsty and everyone involved in making the Trunk or Treat event happen. The event was well attended and the Halloween Spirit was LOOMING!!! Moohahaha! Wonderful job to all!

Kudos to Jim Bensley and Marina Call for organizing the Passport Series: Brazil event at the beginning of November. Fabiola, an NMC student, did an excellent job of sharing about her home country of Brazil with a slideshow, beverages and treats. The Passport events are always interesting and energizing!


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!

  • Susan Hinkle, Supplemental – Dennos Museum Store Assistant
  • Kathryn Ottenbacher – Adjunct Nursing Instructor
  • Makenzi O’Rourke – Adjunct Electrical Instructor
  • Michael Mathis – Director of Student Financial Services

Kudos!

Kudos to Duane Dodge: The advising department unexpectedly had several staff members out this past week and we had to lean on Duane to hold down the fort. We are grateful to be able to rely on him always, especially times like this, and one of our busiest weeks! He went with the flow and helped us continue to help our students seamlessly. Thank you Duane for your dedication!

Kudos to Erika Cotner and Brittany Hanbury: Thank you for doing such a terrific job with the curatorial search for DMC. We sincerely appreciate your efforts in helping us make it the best possible process for our candidates!


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!

  • Joe Cullinane, Custodian
  • Matthew Kreft, Supplemental – Back of House Food Service
  • Morgan Slater, Student Employee – Lobdell’s Purchasing and Receiving
  • Anna Amaya, Student Employee – Residence Hall Front Desk
  • Madison Cosgrove, Student Employee – Residence Hall Front Desk
  • Mcgruire Butz, Supplemental – Front of House Food Service
  • Breana Goodell – Surgical Technology Coordinator
  • Emily Lindhout, Supplemental – Bookstore Clerk
  • Evan Costas, Student Employee – Aviation Line Crew
  • Elias Johnson, Student Employee – Residence Hall Front Desk
  • Connor Bistoff, Student Employee – Aviation Line Crew
  • Jonah Villanueva, Student Employee – Audio Tech Lab Assistant
  • Mary Garay, Student Employee – Tutor
  • Lily Perkins, Student Employee – Audio Tech Lab Assistant
  • Matthew Ho-Ting Lok, Student Employee – Aviation Line Crew
  • Weston Babcock, Supplemental – Human Resources Assistant
  • Cathlyn Sommerfield – Adjunct Psychology Instructor
  • Shane Hill – Adjunct Flight Instructor
  • Robert Strang – Adjunct Flight Instructor

Open Enrollment for 2023 benefits begins Nov. 9

Open Enrollment for 2023 is November 9–17. Two meetings will be held on November 9, 2022 at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. All employees should have received a calendar invite for these open enrollment meetings. If you did not, please contact Hollie DeWalt. 

A recorded session will be available on the website for those who are unable to attend.  An open computer lab will be available on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 12–5 p.m. for those who need to make changes to their benefits.

Kudos!

Kudos to Katie Sommer-Ford, Duane Dodge: Katie did an outstanding job of organizing our Fall 2022 Transfer Fair. She stepped in and took full leadership of this student-focused event including coordinating the date with MACRAO and our admissions team, to creating promotional materials, organizing day-of logistics, and welcoming the college/university representatives and students — Katie did it all! She had great support and collaboration with Duane Dodge at our front desk as well. Kudos to both of you for pulling off a seamless event that helps our students plan their next steps with transfer.

Kudos to Katie Sommer-Ford, Lindsey Dickinson, and Advising Team: Kudos to Katie Sommer-Ford, Lindsey Dickinson, and the Advising Team for organizing creative events around spring registration!


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!

  • Andrew Johns, Supplemental – Front of House Food Service
  • Randi Nelson, Student Employee – Switchboard Operator and Welcome Desk Attendant
  • Samuel Benjamin, Supplemental – Front of House Food Service
  • Samantha Fewins, Student Employee – Reader/Scribe
  • Alexis Lockey, Supplemental – Front of House Food Service
  • Austin Grzeszak, Student Employee – Aviation Line Crew
  • Kelsey Duflo – Adjunct Flight Instructor
  • Jared Seward – Adjunct Flight Instructor
  • Grace Fyke, Student Employee – Aviation Line Crew
  • Pheonix Knipe, Student Employee – Chemistry Lab Assistant
  • Monica Cole – Adjunct White Pine Press Design Advisor
  • Michael McCorkendale, Supplemental – Back of House Food Service

Internal Promotions

The following NMC employees were recently promoted. Congratulations!

  • Jeremy Heinlein – Director of Annual Giving
  • Esther Nance – Food Services Office Manager
  • Kim Gourlay – Business Academic Area Office Manager
  • Natasha Williams – Health Occupations Instructor

Are you eligible for Student Loan Forgiveness?

Individuals employed by a US federal, state, local or tribal government or not-for-profit organization, you might be eligible for student loan forgiveness and cancellation opportunities. There are an estimated 154,000 public servants in Michigan who may be eligible for student loan debt relief. 

The Biden administration is offering a temporary waiver to allow previously ineligible borrowers a second chance at student debt relief through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. You must apply for this waiver by October 31, 2022. NMC qualifies as an eligible employer for purposes of this program. Every public servant with student loans should check to see if they qualify for PSLF debt relief by visiting the Federal Student Aid website.

On August 24, 2022, separate from the PSLF waiver described above, the Biden Administration announced a one-time cancellation of debt for eligible borrowers in the amount of $10,000 (if borrower did not receive Pell) to $20,000 (if borrower received Pell). The Department of Education is still developing the application process for this program, which is expected to be released in October. Borrowers should visit and monitor the following link for more information on this debt cancellation opportunity: One-Time Student Loan Debt Relief. Borrowers have until Oct 31, 2022 to apply.

Kudos!

Kudos to Ed Bailey, Lisa Cooper, and Hans VanSumeren: I want to recognize a fantastic job by Ed, Hans and Lisa on the successful completion and execution of LakeBed 2030! This event returned to in-person for the first time since 2019 and resulted in a 2.5 days of seminars, keynotes, demonstrations, employer roundtables and vendor booths. The result was 141 in-person attendees and 46 virtual! Senator Peters provided a recorded opening welcome and a keynote by Captain Benjamin K. Evans, NOAA Director, NOAA Office of Coast Survey kicked off day one. Just as importantly, Marine Tech students had ample opportunities to see the latest technologies and discuss potential career opportunities. NMC is viewed as the convener of state, national and international agencies, industry leaders, and economic development organizations due to this conference. The planning and implementation of this conference takes well over a year and this team goes above and beyond to make this event happen. This aligns with our strategic plan, strategy #5 focused on growing the GLWSI and role in the “new” blue economy. Well done and I am looking forward to next year!

Kudos to Ben Post and the entire Ed tech group: Ben goes above and beyond to kindly and patiently address my tech issues. He responds quickly (even on the weekend). As someone teaching remotely, this quick help is what is keeping me going. However, it is the professionalism, patience and kindness for which I am most grateful. Ryan, Mark and Jason also “fix” my tech issues. All of these great people are very skilled and patient.

Kudos to Kim Groulay: Kim spent multiple hours in support of the Lakebed 2030 Conference and it was her work that helped ensure all the invoices were paid and the sponsorship fees were collected. What made Kim’s support so valuable was her outstanding communication skills, her willingness to go out of her way to support the event, and her constant positive attitude regardless of the complexity of the task. The conference was lucky to have someone of her caliber supporting the effort. Thanks, Kim

Kudos to NMC Faculty & Adjunct Faculty– The Fall 2022 Early Alert Progress Survey just closed, and 91% of you completed the survey! You raised almost 3,000 Kudos for students and they LOVE it! Thank you for all that you do to help our students succeed. We know it’s often difficult to integrate new technologies, but you all are seeing how My Success can help break down silos on our campus and better help our students. Great job! Let’s keep at it and get event better next semester!

Kudos to Katy Knight:  Huge thanks to Katy Knight and all of her work on My Success! As the new Student Success Specialist, Katy is creating systems and workflows to help connect students to resources through their instructors. She is helping create a more collaborative, unified campus. We are so grateful for what Katy is doing for Student Success!

Kudos to Chris Hanna, Eric Carlson and Dennis Shultz: Chris, Eric & Dennis assisted in several EES classes all at once this morning. At the Innovation Center they set up our ever popular Global & Language instructor, Jack Segal, with over 35 participants in the class “Ukraine – What Does Putin Want”. At least half of these students had never been to the IC before and were very impressed! Chris ran over to the Dennos and set-up our EES instructor, Mary Gillett, for her class “Work of Art Workshop (how to run your art business)”.  A HUGE kudos goes to Eric Carlson for filming our first episode of the Coffee Chats series from the Quiet Reading Room in the NMC Library. This series was originally curated by Alex Tank who is now full-time with IAF. As good fortune would have it, our very own Marguerite Cotto has graciously stepped into the role of hosting these community-centered Coffee Chats, which are now managed by EES Program Manager Christa Abdul-Karim. The very brave and knowledgeable Eric Carlson conducted the first in-person filming of the series (with a fireplace in the background and everything). Thank you, Educational Technology super heroes!

Kudos to Alex Bloye for his advocacy work related to the Aviation Hangar expansion. Alex has hosted many visitors at the hangar, providing a vision for the future of the Aviation hangar and program and demonstrating to lawmakers how we can grow it to help address the national pilot shortage.

Kudos to Tami Livengood and Craig Hadley and everyone involved in bringing the movie The Color of Care to the Milliken auditorium for viewing and the panel discussion afterwards. Kudos to Craig for making NMC an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute giving us access to resources like this film and for facilitating the panel discussion. Kudos to Tami Livengood for bringing her expertise to the discussion as one of our four panelists.

Kudos to Marcus Bennet: Marcus organized a fun and friendly staff v. faculty kickball game. Thanks, Marcus, for arranging this!

Kudos to Skylar Berry and Sarah Frankham: Skylar and Sarah jumped on a Zoom call at the last minute to help verify the SGA Elections. They offered unbiased support to review the SGA elections and we  were able to quickly verify the new officers for 2022-23. Thanks, Skylar and Sarah!

Kudos Janet Lively and Lori Hodek: Kudos to everyone involved in the planning and execution of Professional Development Day on Oct. 11. The event was well attended and the morning presentations in addition to the keynote speaker set the tone for the day. The positive energy from all attendees was very evident. We were all glad to be learning and enjoying community again. Thank you for orchestrating this event. Well done!


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!

Kudos!

Kudos to Maria Ulrich: At the International Affairs Forum (IAF) season opening event on September 15, Maria Ulrich led a team of student interns to provide live sound production and support a livestream broadcast. As an Audio Tech. instructor and the Milliken Auditorium Tech., Maria put her professional expertise and leadership into action to the benefit of her students, IAF, and the greater community, including the audience gathered in the auditorium and online. Phenomenal job, Maria and Audio Tech students Jacob Benker, Brian Grage and Geoff Norman Anderson.

Kudos to Frank Jabour for passing the first FAA inspection in his role as Chief Flight Instructor. Thank you for your leadership during this process.

Kudos to April Dehring and the Hawk Owl Cafe Staff:  April very kindly worked with the chefs in our cafe to determine whether or not a vegetarian soup being served was also vegan. April and the team went out of their way to check the ingredients and I purchased a delicious bowl of soup! There was even a labeled vegan soup the next day! Thank you to April and the entire Hawk Owl Cafe team for going above and beyond!

Kudos to Great Lakes Culinary Institute Faculty, Staff and students: Congratulations to the faculty, staff, and students of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute who worked day and night to feed some very hungry hockey players and scouts. The GLCI prepared and served meals for the Detroit Red Wings and the many NHL scouts that came to watch the prospects the week before. Eleven days of meals (approximately 1,100 meals served) and there have been nothing but compliments from the DRW Organization. The faculty, staff, and students went above and beyond to combine great tasting food, but with plenty of nutritional value for top athletes. The relationship between the GLCI and the Red Wings goes back to 2013.

Kudos to Patty Cron-Huhta: Patty spent multiple hours over multiple weeks preparing for GLCI to host the off-site catering event for the National Hockey League Prospect Tournament and the Red Wings Training Camp. Once the functions were confirmed Patty spent hours creating volunteer work schedules for students, staff, alumni and past GLCI staff, equipment lists for each meal, moving equipment to and from GLCI and Center Ice Arena and preparing all the function rooms for the appropriate serving equipment and table set up at Center Ice Arena. Patty worked every day of the 11 day function and made it seamless for the culinary team to come in and feed over 1,100 meals.

Kudos to Jim Morse: Jim spent multiple hours over multiple weeks preparing for GLCI to host the off-site catering event for the National Hockey League Prospect Tournament and the Red Wings Training Camp. Once the functions were confirmed Jim spent many hours creating menus that were creative, appealing and nutritional balanced followed by requisitioning all of the food necessary for the 11 day event. Jim worked with volunteer staff, students, alumni, and past GLCI staff to ensure the 1,100 meals were prepared and transported properly and safely to Center Ice Arena. Jim also worked many hours at Center Ice Arena setting up and serving food to players, coaches, scouts, team officials and Center Ice Arena crew.


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!