Benefit Enrollment Reminders

  • Open Enrollment closes at midnight on Thursday, Nov. 18!
  • If you missed the meetings on the 9th, here are links to the recording and the slides.
  • If you don’t want to make any changes for 2022, no action is needed, EXCEPT for Flexible Spending and Health Savings Account contributions.
  • Individual appointments are available if you need additional support on Tuesday, Nov. 16 between 9 a.m–3 p.m. Email Hollie DeWalt, hdewalt@nmc.edu for available time slots.
  • Updated plan rates for medical and dental plans- HERE.
  • NY Life (previously Cigna) is offering a onetime offering to employees to increase their voluntary life insurance up to $150,000 for self and up to $30,000 for spouse with no medical paperwork required.
  • NMC’s Open Enrollment Website, which covers all benefit options- HERE.

Wellness

We look forward to seeing you on the Wellbeing Hub, at the virtual lunch and learns, and for our next program challenge Hold It for the Holidays! Weigh in will be open November 17–21 and the challenge begins on Monday, Nov. 22.

Questions on the NMC wellness program? Contact Priority Health Wellbeing at (877) 689-3161 or Wellness@priorityhealth.com.

November Lunch and Learn will review the Hold it for the Holidays Challenge- please join Chrissie on November 17 at 12noon.  You should have received a calendar invite to attend!

Kudos!

Kudos to Jeff Cobb and the Chamber singers — What a great concert last weekend and we loved the poetry in between set changes. We appreciate the community that the choir brings together.

Kudos to Chris Hanna and Dennis Shultz: Dennis and Chris went above and beyond for our Industry 4.0 event. They transformed the Great Hall of Technology in Parsons Stulen into an interactive event space hosting 40 people from 13 different manufacturers. We were able to have a guest speaker, national anthem singer, and a technology showcase all in a 2 hr window thanks to their efforts. This occurred on the same day as NMC’s Veterans Day ceremonies so EMT was pulled in many different directions. Thank you, Chris and Dennis, for stepping in and lending Tech and MMTC a hand!


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!

Wellness

That’s a wrap!
Fall 2021 Race Around the World Step Challenge

Congratulations to all who participated in the NMC Race Around the World Step Challenge. We hope you enjoyed the challenge and took it as an opportunity to move a little more and maybe explore a new trail or walking path! We also hope you enjoyed learning about Goa, Cape Town, Granada and Paris.

An additional congratulations to our prize drawing winners: Roger Heeres, Shayrrl McCready, Caroline Schaefer-Hills, Amanda Gower, Rorie Kawula, and Lynne Moritz. Please keep an eye on your home mail for a $50 Visa gift card!

We look forward to seeing you on the Wellbeing Hub, at the virtual lunch and learns, and for our next program challenge Hold It for the Holidays! Weigh in will be open November 17-21 and the challenge begins on November 22, 2021.

Questions on the NMC wellness program?
Contact Priority Health Wellbeing at (877) 689-3161 or Wellness@priorityhealth.com

Welcome Our Newest Hires

Christa Abdul-Karim, Extended Education Services Program Coordinator, and Tracy Welch, Experiential Learning Institute Office Manager. Welcome to NMC!

Kudos!

Kudos to Gary Schetteck and his ongoing drywall efforts to help make the newly built portable exhibit walls at the Dennos Museum look a lot better than they are. We learned a lot with our first construction effort, and the number one thing to remember is to have a good drywall mud guy. Thank you, Gary.

Kudos to Bob Bugai and Brandon Asher for coming to the rescue and completing our exhibition packing of the Tom Parish exhibit by lifting and stabilizing painting crates with metal straps. We truly couldn’t have done it without you.

Kudos to The Grounds Team for re-landscaping the flower beds at the College Dr. and Fair St. entrances. We have had many compliments from volunteers and visitors on their new appearance.

Kudos to Laura Carmickle: Laura was instrumental in creating the new, homegrown Teaching Online Database (TOD). This database and reporting tool helps Educational Technology collect and track data regarding online courses, course reviews, teachingSOLUTIONS status, success rates, and more. Her patience dealing with Mark and Ryan should earn her an early retirement. She was able to synthesize data from 6+ sources that were being tracked manually and incorporate those sources into one online tool that is saving us buckets of time. Three cheers for Laura!!

Kudos to the Student Success Center Staff: Thank you for all of the great activities you have planned and attended! You guys make such a difference in the students’ lives! Your awesome involvement and care make student success happen!

Kudos to Erika Cotner and Emily Crull: The dynamic duo of (EC)2 have been a powerful, fast-moving machine in bringing talent into the college. (Fiscal) Year-to-date hires are at more than 100 and September’s tally was 52 hires! All this output while maintaining the highest standards for process to ensure great quality hires and excellent candidate experiences. They consistently go the extra mile for our candidates and for the NMC team. Kudos to the awesome dynamic duo and THANK YOU to them for all they do!

Kudos to Nora Cosnowski: Nora is a tutor in MTH 019 (08). She has gone above and beyond as a tutor in this course. Nora takes time and works through the material in advance and helps identify errors in the toolkits before the students get to them. The 019 instructors wouldn’t know what we would do without Nora. So, THANK YOU NORA! YOU ARE AMAZING!

Kudos to Hans VanSumeren and the Water Studies team for their successful grant submission to the National Science Foundation.

Kudos to the Search Committee for their work on the search for the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and congratulations to Jason Slade!

Kudos to the entire Grounds Team for their continued work in moving materials (and people) from one location to another – specifically the University Center over the past several months. The Grounds team is very efficient and always pleasant and helpful. We appreciate you!


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

Troy Kierczynski was recently promoted to Vice President of Finance & Administration, Lindsey Lipke was recently promoted to Controller, and Lisa Cooper was recently promoted to Strategic Initiatives Office Manager. Congratulations on the promotions!

Wellness

Step Challenge Wrapping Up!

Be sure to get all of your steps entered by Monday, Oct. 18. If you meet the challenge minimums, you will be entered into a prize drawing!

Kudos!

Kudos to Kailey Rubinas: Kailey consistently goes above and beyond to help students, and I’m privileged to have her as the success coach assigned to my ENG 99/108 course this semester. Throughout the semester, I’ve seen her take the time to meet individually with students and support them through the various challenges they are facing. She is empathetic, creative, and approachable, and I have received regular feedback from my students that they find their interactions with her to be both positive and helpful. Additionally, she is extremely knowledgeable about the resources available to students, and is adept at connecting them with the services they need. Kailey takes the time to make notes of her interactions and share them with me, and regularly makes herself available to discuss any concerns I might have. She is an exemplary human and mentor, and we as an institution are very fortunate to have her on our team.

Kudos to Lisa Molmen: Lisa is a kind, capable, and hardworking person and does whatever she can to make our lives at NMC easier. Ever since I was hired in April this year, Lisa has, without hesitation, offered her help and guidance to help me acclimate and find creative and innovative solutions. Lisa does this even when it is not related to her own everyday tasks and projects, on a regular basis. Lisa is incredibly smart and quick on her feet to deliver quick results that keep this NMC machine moving swiftly and properly. To me, and many others I am sure, Lisa exemplifies the values that NMC holds high and for that, she deserves some serious Kudos!


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!

Benefit Meetings for 2022

Save the Date for Open Enrollment Meetings. You should have received a calendar invite to choose one of two Zoom meetings. Please be assured that we will record the session and make it available for you if you cannot attend. Watch the Intercom and your email for further information related to the 2022 benefit year.

Open Enrollment Meetings are Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. or 2 p.m.

Wellness

Step Challenge Reminder! Please enter your steps! The Race Around the World challenge ends Thursday, Oct. 18. Don’t miss your opportunity to be entered into a prize drawing!

Kudos!

Kudos to Marguerite Cotto: Marguerite contributed a substantial amount of effort to translating text for Ellie Harold’s exhibition “Bird’s Fly In.” We appreciate her contribution to the arts and to this very special exhibition for our community.

Kudos to Todd Parker: On behalf of all of us at the Dennos Museum Center, a special thanks to Todd Parker for all that he did to help us connect “Away from Home: American Indian Boarding Schools” with our campus and community audiences. Todd went well beyond his usual job duties to help us reach out to GT Band and LTBB stakeholders to build a more meaningful conversation around this timely and important topic.


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 Julie Hansen and Deb Maison: Julie and Deb worked together to assist a student to register for two late-start classes. This prevented the student from losing her Frontliners Scholarship. Our student has been through several difficult situations in the past month, putting her education on the back burner. However, due to the quick work and understanding on behalf of Julie and Deb, our student can move forward with her education!

Kudos to Beth Norconk: Beth has been holding down the ship as many in the dept have retired or left. She fixes everyone else’s hardware and software problems and deserves a HUGE KUDOS !!!

Kudos to Jason Dake: Thanks for hosting the Introduction to Education class at the Dennos Museum. Observation and interpretation are skills that Jason typically teaches during our visit to the Museum. This year he not only taught those skills but reworked our entire visit to include the “Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories” exhibit. It was very powerful and Jason did an outstanding job as always.

Kudos to Lisa Blackford: Lisa presented at the August Board of Trustees meeting during the Faculty Report. Lisa showcased the importance of social responsibility and how she creates meaningful experiences for her students. Lisa is an awesome educator who not only teaches important theories in Social Work and Psychology but also aims to create engaged and emphatic citizens. Thank you, Lisa!


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!