Kudos!

Kudos to Katie Sommer-Ford:  A student injured their hand and needed assistance drawing charts for an exam being proctored in the Student Success Center. Katie stepped in and helped by holding an instrument for the student, while wearing PPE and sitting with a plexiglass shield, so they could complete their exam. Katie is always willing to step in and help wherever needed, and we’re so grateful to have her as a part of our 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!

Kudos!

Kudos to Kelsey Wright: Kelsey is one of our 7 Supplemental Success Coaches. A student nominated her for the faculty excellence award. Since she isn’t faculty, she won’t be recognized in that way. But we wanted to make sure she was recognized! Great job Kelsey, you are here to support student success and make our team proud!

“Kelsey has truly been inspirational this semester to me. I can’t speak for the other students but she has really pushed me to do my best. Every time we have a conversation I’m so inspired it’s awesome, it was like being in boot camp all over again. The first time we met we went over my schedule and planned out what I should expect from each class. In the proceeding meetings, we went over what is working and what is not working. For example, we went over my study habits and set up a study plan for the week. I remember during the third or fourth meeting the topic of dropping classes was brought up and I was like “no way, with you as my success coach I could climb Mt. Everest.” More recently during midterms and such, I was struggling with my English paper, having a mean case of writer’s block, and it just so happens that Kelsey emailed me asking me if I needed anything. I told her about it and she shared a story she saw on The Weather Channel (believe it or not the weather channel cleared my writer’s block). It was her help that gave me the push needed to finish my paper. Kelsey’s positive attitude is another reason why I don’t want to give up on anything. I look forward to showing her my grades at the end of the semester and thanking her in person for her support.”


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 Becca Richardson: Becca completed EL 101 and successfully created an excellent new EL assignment for her online course! Thank you for being an awesome educator and looking for effective and innovative ways to engage and teach your students!

Kudos to Jacob Wheeler: Thank you for presenting during the faculty showcase portion of the Board of Trustees meeting. The presentation showed your commitment to your students, the White Pine Press, and experiential learning. During this challenging year, you provided a rich learning experience that not only taught your students journalism but also invaluable interpersonal skills. Thank you for including your student’s voice in your presentation, it was awesome to hear about her experience with the WPP!

Kudos to Sarah Montgomery-Richards: Sarah offered her students extra credit to experience an Indian Cooking class on Zoom while they were studying Hinduism. She provided them with the recipes ahead of time and made suggestions where they could find ingredients. They all cooked together on Zoom! Sarah said, “It was great seeing them all in their kitchens, asking questions not only about the food but about topics from class.”


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!

2021 Retirees

Retirees

  • Jackie Cobb
  • Vicki Cook
  • Bob Cooney
  • Mike Davis
  • Jo Gallegos
  • Mike Gillett **
  • Holly Gorton**
  • Rhonda Greiner**
  • Mike Jacobson**
  • Carol McKee
  • Donna Palmer**
  • John Pflughoeft**

** Emeritus

2021 Service Awards

Staff & Faculty

5 years

  • Lisa Balbach
  • Betsy Boris
  • Scott Fairbank
  • Brenda Garvon
  • Jennifer Hricik
  • Rori Kawula
  • Lindsey Kimball
  • Robin Maloney
  • Kerry McPherson
  • Lynne Moritz
  • Sue Newman
  • Katharine Zurek Marvin

10 years

  • Jeff Cobb
  • Mark DeLonge
  • Pat Coy
  • Sam Foster
  • Marcus Bennett
  • Ryan Bernstein
  • Lindsey Dickinson
  • Kerry Fulcher
  • Paul Martin
  • Laura Mashburn
  • Carl Rocheleau
  • Melissa Sprenkle
  • Lisa Thomas
  • Eileen Vaughn
  • Dave Weaver

15 years

  • Dave Bajema
  • Jeff Sabins
  • Mike O’Keefe
  • Rick Mathis
  • Steve Fewins
  • Sue Denoyer
  • Amjad Khan
  • Kristy McDonald
  • Sharon Angel
  • Judy Druskovich
  • Cari Noga
  • Heather Robinson


20 years

  • Dave Traines
  • Mike Franklin
  • Mary Jo Elliott
  • Robb Houston
  • Deirdre Mahoney
  • John Zachman
  • Jane Zlojutro
  • Judy Arnold
  • Gary Schettek

25 years

  • Jerry Dobek
  • Tami Livengood
  • Bobbi Garner
  • Scott Herzberg
  • Beth Norconk
  • Brian VanSipe

30 years

  • Deb Maison
  • Greg LaCross
  • Kim Hanninen

35 years

  • Jeff Send 

40 years

  • Kari Kahler
  • Marguerite Cotto

50 years

  • Steve Drake

Adjunct

5 years

  • Jennifer Ewing
  • Diane Clark
  • Jonah Powell
  • Michael Schmerl
  • Lindsay Wiley

10 years

  • Travis Irish
  • Jody Madion
  • Brian Majerczyk
  • Mary McKeon-Jacob
  • Dave Sprenkle

15 years

  • Mark Holley
  • Dave Husser
  • Jim Szczechowski

Trustees

  • Doug Bishop – 15 years
  • Rachel Johnson – 5 years

Kudos!

Kudos to Tom Gordon: Thank you for presenting the Faculty Report at the NMC’s Board of Trustees meeting! You put together a thoughtful presentation that showcased your sabbatical work around teaching history and competency-based learning. Your passion for teaching and innovation was the perfect example of faculty excellence here at NMC.

Kudos to the NMC Community: I wanted to thank our NMC Community for rising to the call for professional clothing donations as a part of the NMC Virtual Career Fair. The response has been larger than we imagined and we will continue to offer this for students as long as it is needed with the help of the NMC Food Pantry. Your overwhelming support for this project has helped our students with something as simple as an outfit to wear to an interview.

Kudos to Steve Kellman: Steve is always so efficient in getting website updates posted. And I really appreciate his patience and kindness, correcting my errors and directing me back to the style manual (probably hoping I’ll learn more!).

Kudos to Amy Trouslot: Amy Trouslot has taken on the added responsibilities of coordinating and overseeing the NMC Nursing Student participation in the COVID Vaccination Clinic in Traverse City. This is a great thing she’s done in providing this service to the community and also giving students the opportunity to serve. Thank you Amy for your heart for nursing.

Kudos to Fourth Semester Nursing Students: Participation in the COVID vaccination clinics! Their willingness to serve the community in such an important way!

Kudos to Mac Beeker: Mac has led the efforts to initiate the use of an Admissions Assessment for the NMC Nursing Program. His efforts will help us to ensure that the students have the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to set them up for success in the nursing programs.


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!

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.