Kudos to EES student workers Rachel Bonesteel and Jennifer Yaple. They have gone above and beyond with their creativity, initiative and positive attitudes in their work on the EES team the past two terms. Along with numerous tasks and creative projects, Rachel took on creating College for Kids coloring books for commencement — be on the lookout for them! She also created an EES catalog wall — printed and framed many of our past catalogs — she even invited the cover models to come in and sign their pictures! Stop into the University Center to check it out. Jennifer, along with many other projects and tasks, took on redesigning our nmc.edu/kids landing page. This was a huge undertaking, working first in the staging site, writing code, etc. It looks great, be sure to check it out. Thank you Rachel and Jennifer.


Kudos to Kristy McDonald, Amy Burns Bailey, and Lindsey Dickinson for finding funds to support the free professional headshot event for NMC students and employees. This was a great opportunity for students to have a professional picture for their email, LinkedIn profile, resume and other professional endeavors!

Kudos to Chad Schenkelberger, Esther Nance and the Hawk Owl Café team! A big congratulations to Chad, Esther and the entire team at the Hawk Owl Cafe. The offerings in the last month have been thoughtful and well-made. A few favorites: Black History Month soul food, Lenten Friday cod sandwich, Italian wedding soup, lamb gyro and the Holi celebration chicken and vegetable shawarma. Thank you for organizing a collaborative team, who is ready with a smile and great service. Your variety of dishes are inclusive and honor all types of cuisines.

Kudos to Tracy Welch and Amy Burns Bailey! Tracy and Amy brought in Chaim Shapiro who was an excellent presenter and very knowledgeable on LinkedIn and how to fully utilize the platform’s capabilities. The presenter helped me grow my knowledge base personally and professionally. I am very thankful for the presentations. Kudos to them both.

Kudos to Carl Rocheleau and the UAV department. Carl gave a great unexpected tour to a group of Beaver Island students in town for the FIRST robotics competition. These students were excited to see the technology and drones deployed in our program.

Kudos to Tracy Welch and Amy Burns Bailey on a great training session for LinkedIn users. The training was well attended by students and faculty/staff. Thank you.

Kudos to the Student Success Center Team for planning and offering a series of very successful events as part of the “Mid-semester Reset” for students. Leadership from our coaches, Student Ambassadors, and Residence Life staff made events such as study bunnies, zen gardening and succulent planting, self-care workshops, sip and paint, and guided meditation all possible. The week was rounded out with root beer floats and several days of welcoming McKinley the therapy dog to the Testing Center to help students calm their nerves before exams. A special thanks to coaches for engaging students at events, Katy Knight for her organization and planning, and Katie Sommer-Ford for logistics support. This was a great team effort by all with a direct positive impact on our students.

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!

    • Nicholas Gates – Custodian
    • Joshua Shivley – Adjunct Flight Instructor
    • Brittany Ambrosius – Adjunct Surgical Technology Instructor
    • Lisa VonReichbauer – Director of Admissions
    • Luis Qian, Student Employee – Enrollment Services Office Assistant
    • John Rose – Adjunct Culinary Arts Instructor

Internal promotion

Lisa Eiden was recently promoted into a new role and is now the Director of Student Financial Services. Congratulations, Lisa! 


Kudos to CJ Schneider and Marcus Bennett for keeping the Fitness Center in North Hall staffed and open for longer hours for NMC students and employees. The Fitness Center is a great way to reduce stress and stay healthy physically and mentally.

Kudos to Brady Corcoran, David Chown, Patrick Niemisto & the rest of the Audio Tech students, faculty and staff for their vibrant presence on our campus and in our community! Watching Audio tech put on shows, bring performers to campus, connect with the community and create a safe space for students who are passionate about producing/performing music is experiential learning at its finest. We are so lucky to have this amazing team on our main campus, and to experience the talent that the faculty bring and that they share with our students. Sound Bytes, Great Lakes Folk Festival, Talent Show, Gala to Give, Earth Day, Pride Carnival and more—you guys are here for your college community and we appreciate everything you do! Bravo!

Kudos to Katie Sommer-Ford & Lisa Baldyga! With more than 75 employers and nearly 200 student and community and student job seekers, the 17th annual NMC Career & Employment fair was a huge success. Katie Sommer-Ford planned, organized, and executed this event that engaged business and community partners from around the region. Employers have given incredibly positive feedback saying, “this was the best fair yet for student engagement.” Several faculty from our academic areas were instrumental in getting students to the fair and partnered with businesses. Kudos also to Lisa Baldyga, NMC’s employment readiness specialist, who gave multiple class presentations, tabled in the TJNIC leading up to the fair to offer resources and preparation for students, and met one-on-one to review resumes. This was an incredible collaborative effort with strong benefits for our students, community and regional partners.

Kudos to Gail Kurowski, Jeremy Heinlein, Carly McCall, Tracy Welch & Landon DeHeer! Thank you to those that volunteered to help us the day of the Career Fair with setting up and running the event. Your efforts and the energy you bring to the room makes our attendees and employers feel welcome and have a positive experience. We appreciate that you took time out of your busy day to come help us!

Kudos to Alex Bloye, Nick Nissley & Troy Kierczynski for their recent funding approval from the State of Michigan. Kudos especially to the behind the scenes work to educate our representatives about NMC’s Aviation program. Congratulations!

Kudos to Elizabeth Sonnabend for working closely with 20Fathoms’ staff to create a vital learning experience for anyone wanting to launch a new business. Business Essentials will run this April-June. It is a 9-week program to help individuals launch their business. Designed especially for tech-based businesses, participants will attend weekly virtual classes, meet experts and mentors, access valuable resources, learn alongside peers and attend optional in-person networking events. This course is hosted by 20Fathoms in partnership with Northwestern Michigan College and with support from Hagerty.

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 to Katie Sommer-Ford, Bridget Sova and Lisa Baldyga for providing assistance to NMC students preparing for the Career Fair at their navigating event in the Innovation Center beforehand. Thanks 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!

    • Traci Heidbreder – Admissions Office Assistant

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 colleagues (full-time, part-time, or supplemental) whose work serves to inspire us all, and who:

  • Demonstrate NMC’s Values
  • Exhibit commitment ‘above and beyond’ to the NMC mission, vision, values and strategic directions,
  • Made a difference at NMC over the past year (2022–2023).

Nominations must be received by April 4, 2023.

Recipients will receive a monetary award and an engraved plaque to be awarded on May 11, 2023 at the NMC You Made It Possible Celebration.

Thank you for appreciating and valuing each other.

The NMC Employee Recognition Committee:

  • Marcus Bennett
  • Hollie DeWalt
  • Les Eckert
  • Kim Gourlay
  • Craig Hadley
  • Lori Hodek, Chair
  • Mark Liebling
  • Carly McCall
  • Taylor Nash
  • Susan Odgers
  • Nancy Parshall

Welcome our newest hires

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

    • Casey Doyle, supplemental – Banquet Server
    • Christopher White. student employee – Tutor
    • Hannah Ramsby, supplemental – Lobdells

Save your goals and performance reviews

SilkRoad Performance is going away! NMC is going live with NeoEd Perform soon! Save your goals and performance reviews before March 31 by following the step-by-step instructions are listed below. The college will maintain all performance reviews from SilkRoad as part of your personnel file.  You will be able to enter your goals for this year’s review in NeoEd Perform when it goes live in April.


Adjunct Faculty

Provisional Faculty/ Learning Plan Staff:

    • All Performance Evaluations have already been added to your Google Shared Drive folder.
    • All current goals have been added to your Google Shared Drive folder.
    • You may add your Learning transcript training history report any time before 6/30/2023.

Need help? Email helpdesk@nmc.edu and enter a ticket under “SilkRoad” or register to attend one of the following open lab sessions and receive assistance downloading your documents. 

Friday, March 3, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, March 8, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 9, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Friday, March 10, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Those who register for an upcoming lab session will receive a calendar invitation with a Zoom link via email.

If you have any questions, contact Human Resources at hr@nmc.edu.

Welcome our newest hires

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

    • Jason Manley – Adjunct Certified Flight Instructor
    • Geoff Norman-Anderson, Student Employee – Milliken Auditorium Tech Assistant
    • Jacob Benker, Student Employee – Milliken Auditorium Tech Assistant
    • Mark Nance, Supplemental – Banquet Server
    • Edward Shipmann – Adjunct Certified Flight Instructor
    • Courtney Myers, Supplemental – Tutor
    • Kevin Spaulding – Adjunct Certified Flight Instructor
    • Aidan Garrity, Supplemental – Banquet Server


Kudos to Ali Thornton! Congratulations to Ali Thornton and supporting staff for an informative and creative way to share cyber security issues in their SCARy event. Staff and students were interactive when learning about cyber security and how to protect themselves in this digital world.

Kudos to Jim Bensley and Marina Call! Jim Bensley and Marina Call hosted a Student Connect – International Tea in Osterlin that was very well attended. Students had the opportunity to come together and share their opinions about the world outside the classroom. What a great experiential learning opportunity for our students and staff at NMC.

Kudos to Jared Black, Scott Goethals, Skylar Berry, Judy Arnold, Dave Weaver, Kristina Jackson, Dan Gentry, Patrick Kawula, Chris Little, Justin Guillard, Terri Gustafson, Sherry Trier, Eric Carlson, Ben Post, Ryan Bernstein, Rachael Harrell, Rachel Colby, Landon DeHeer, Koleen Kerlin-Spigarelli, Carolyn Andrews, Bryan Kelly, Sereta Fager, Mark DeLonge, Paul Martin, Kristi Hallett, Linda Glaesmer, Sally Smarsty, Kyle Morrison, Alexander Jones, Rob Rider, Beth Norconk, Elliot Richards, Ricky Hagberg, Aby Kowalske, Shane McCellan, Zach DeYoung, Holly Johnson, Noah Schalge and Amber Marsh! The Student Cybersecurity Awareness Event (SCARy) was a success due to the willingness of all these people to contribute to enhancing Student CyberAwareness! The event was a success due to each of their contributions.

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!

Need help completing your compliance training?

Here are some troubleshooting tips and an FAQ to help you complete your compliance training the first time.

Question: I can’t return to my training after opening the Michigan or Federal laws and have to start over. How do I get through the Title IX training?
Answer: When you open and review the Michigan or Federal laws, these will open in a separate window. Don’t close the window! Click the browser icon on the status bar at the bottom of your screen to see thumbnails of all open windows. Click the open training window and return to the training. This will prevent you from restarting your training.

Question: I can’t see the Michigan or Federal laws when I click the link(s). Why?
Answer 1: Select Michigan for your state. “Michigan” will appear on the top right “…Laws” on the right. Click on Michigan and the laws should appear in a separate window. When finished, click on your browser icon and return to the training window to continue the module. (Didn’t resolve the issue? Try A2 below.)

Answer 2: Check your address bar at the top of the screen to ensure a pop-up blocker isn’t preventing content to appear. To resolve this:

  • Click on the top right to allow the pop-ups/ disable the popup blocker for this training. (or)
  • Go into your settings and allow pop-ups for this training. (Remember to change this back after the training based on your security preference.).

Other Troubleshooting Tips:

If you are accessing training from a desktop or laptop computer:

    • Update and restart your browser. If you have any pending updates, they may need to be completed to move forward with training.
    • Clear your browser’s cookies and cache, which is typically located under your browser’s history settings.
    • It is possible that device-specific browser extensions and/or pop-up blockers may be interfering with your training. Try accessing the training from another browser to rule out this possibility.

If you are accessing training from a mobile device:

    • Our system is compatible with many mobile devices; however, some users may have personal configurations that prevent certain courses from loading. Additionally, some custom and policy courses are best displayed on a computer. If you are experiencing difficulty loading our training on a personal device, try accessing the courses through a laptop or desktop computer.

If these troubleshooting tips do not correct the issue, please share the following details:

    • Which browser and version are you experiencing this issue on?
    • Screenshot and description of where the user is stuck or having difficulty.
    • Full course title and section of the issue.
    • The number of users reporting these issues (an estimate is fine). Example users are extremely helpful as well!
    • Device(s) experiencing this issue (desktop, laptop, mobile device).

Feel free to contact Vector Solutions Support for immediate assistance at: 1(800)434-0154 (ext. 3) from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. or by entering a ticket directly with Vector Support. You may also email hr@nmc.edu or enter a HelpDesk ticket under “SilkRoad”.

Thank you for your patience and for completing your compliance training to maintain a safe and caring campus for our learners.

Code Red text alert system: verify your information

If there were ever an emergency on our campus related to safety, everyone who signed up for Code Red would be sent an immediate text to the phone number we have on file (i.e. shelter in place instructions). While the alert would also be sent to your email address, a text is the quickest way to get crucial information when every minute counts.

You may have signed up for text alerts when you were first hired, but please verify the information is still correct. Please access the text opt-in link and double check to see if your current cell phone number is accurate in our system.

If you have any questions about updating your information in self-service, please contact the NMC Technology Help Desk at (231) 995-3020.


Kudos to Alison Thornton! Alison brought together departments and student groups to raise awareness around cybersecurity and online safety in a fun and engaging way. Thanks to Ali and everyone involved for such a great event and for everything you do to keep us safe online.

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!