Rotaract Club Pizza Party

Rotaract Club graphicNMC’s Rotaract Club will be holding their first meeting Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in West Hall Room 107 and THERE WILL BE FREE PIZZA!!

Wondering what exactly the Rotaract Club is? Rotary International has some incredible causes that they focus on, such as supporting education and protecting the environment—two very significant interests for NMC and within the Northern Michigan region.

The purpose of Rotaract Clubs is to bring together people ages 18 and older to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.

We are very excited for this opportunity. It will do a lot of good for our school and community, and we are thrilled to begin this new endeavor! Thank you for being a part of it.

Free vaccination clinic on main campus Sept. 27!

COVID vaccination clinic graphicTraverse Health Clinic will hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on NMC’s main campus Monday, Sept. 27 from noon to 3 p.m. in the West Hall Innovation Center.

NMC students: Remember to register for NMC’s Win Big drawing after getting your vaccine! Prizes include a semester’s worth of free tuition and fees or free NMC housing, $500 NMC Bookstore gift cards and $100 Amazon gift cards! Enter now through September 30.

Creativi-tea: Wellness Wednesday

Ambassador event graphicNeed a Study Break? Let’s have some Cretivi-tea!

Come join the NMC ambassadors Wednesday Sept. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. to rejuvenate your mind and body!

We’ll have improv, healthy snack and lots of tea!

Healthy Aging in Northern Michigan

Join us at the Hagerty Center on NMC’s Great Lakes Campus Thursday, Oct. 28 from 7:30–9:30 a.m. for a free community discussion on healthy aging in northern Michigan. Panelists from across the community will share information on local resources, why healthy aging is important for our community and how to start planning.

This is great for students interested in healthcare, individuals who have aging family members or those wanting to be prepared for the future.

Learn more and register at

Fall 2021 Transfer Fair!

Transfer fair graphicOver 25 university representatives will be on NMC’s campus on Thursday, Oct. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to talk with students, staff and faculty about their programs and the transfer process.  The university representatives will be located in the West Hall Innovation Center.

This is your opportunity to discuss transfer requirements and get information on degrees available at a variety of schools without having to travel to each university.  Bring your questions and explore your options! 

List of Colleges attending, Links to their Websites and Questions to Ask at a Transfer Fair is available on the Academic and Career Advising College Visits page.

See you there!

Advising Staff

Mike McIntosh Memorial Car and Truck Show

Spectators check out a car at NMC's 2009 Mike McIntosh Memorial Car ShowSee cool cars and support students at NMC’s 15th annual Mike McIntosh Memorial Car and Truck Show.

On Saturday, September 11, car enthusiasts will display their classic cars, 4X4s, dragsters, sports cars, modified late models, motorcycles and more. The show, from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., will be held at NMC’s Automotive Services Building at 2510 Aero Park Drive. Admission is free for spectators. There is a $10 entry fee per vehicle for contestants. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Trophies are awarded for best of show in each class. Enjoy food, music, prizes and trophies for entrants. Proceeds benefit NMC’s Automotive Program and scholarships. Student projects and vehicles will also be on display.

The show is named for the late NMC Automotive instructor Mike McIntosh, who retired in 2004 after 34 years of service. McIntosh organized the first car show for the Automotive Program in 2004.

For more information about the show, please call Wayne Moody at (231) 995-1316 or e-mail

Middle East, Russia, Mexico on IAF’s fall slate

IAF speaker Arwa Damon of CNNTRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum will kick off its fall lecture series on Sept. 16 with “Middle East: War, Women and Struggle” featuring CNN senior international correspondent and Middle East specialist Arwa Damon.

Damon has spent much of 2021 reporting from Iraq and Syria. Her award-winning reporting on the humanitarian crisis in Syria has proven to be essential, helping viewers understand the human toll of the ongoing conflict. Damon is president and co-founder of the International Network for Aid, Relief, and Assistance (INARA), a non-profit that “provides life-altering medical care for children from conflict areas who have catastrophic injuries or illnesses.”

Damon’s appearance will be livestreamed with a moderator on stage in Milliken Auditorium starting at 6 p.m. Audience members may stream directly to their own device ($10 suggested donation) or watch the livestream in person at Milliken Auditorium (tickets $15 at the door).

The fall season continues with the following:

  • Oct. 21: “Russia: Conflict, Cooperation or Containment?” featuring Vanessa Acker, head of political unit, office of Russian Affairs, U.S. State Department. 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 16: “Mexico: Migration, Trafficking and Trade” featuring former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Argentina Anthony Wayne. 6 p.m.

Livestream links and ticket details for in-person lectures will be shared at when available. The IAF is also welcoming new members for the 2021-22 season. Membership starts at $100 for individuals or $160 for families and includes in-person and livestream access to all regular season events. Learn more about IAF membership, event sponsorship, and student outreach at


Release date: SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

For more information:

Alex Tank
IAF Communications & Events Program Officer
(231) 995-1844


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LIVE music on campus this Friday, 1 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium

You’re invited to attend the NMC Music Department’s first Music Convocation of the semester this Friday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium. We’re kicking off the year with a short (40-minute) concert featuring Music, Audio Tech and Dance faculty. Join us Friday for a variety of performances including solo trumpet, dance, Spirituals, Jazz, Bluegrass, Funk, and for good measure, a little Samba.

Performers include Josh Wagner, Dorothy Vogel, Susan Steele, David Husser, Jill Tremonti, David Chown, Brady Corcoran, Jonah Powell, Andy Evans, Will Harris, Jeffrey Cobb, Phil Tarczon, Bob Pavelek, Laurie Sears, Mike Davis and Mike Hunter.

We hope to see you there!

Pride under the Pines for Welcome Wednesdays

Pride event illustrationJoin fellow Hawk Owls as we celebrate pride month! Open to all current, perspective, new students and your family & friends! Come for part of the day or the whole afternoon!

  • 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. – Screenings of Beyond Stonewall at the Dennos
  • 1–3 p.m. – Painting Pride Picnic tables
  • 4–7 p.m. Open House
  • 6 p.m. – Insiders Tour
  • 7–9 p.m. – Games, pride crafts & treats, LGBTQ resources
  • 9 p.m. – Pride movie under the pines

All events will occur under the pines south of Osterlin.

Learn more here.

International Affairs Forum Foreign Policy Mashup June 17

Foreign Policy event flyer imageTo wrap up its 27th season,”Finding Solutions to Global Crises”, the International Affairs Forum revisits its popular year-end format: a Foreign Policy Mashup on June 17 @ 5:00 PM featuring Bill Clifford, president and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA).

Bill Clifford is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Previously, he served as Asia Bureau Chief for the pioneering multimedia venture CBS MarketWatch, where he launched and directed news bureaus in Japan and Hong Kong.

WACA logoSince joining WACA in 2013, Clifford has been facilitating discussions with luminaries from diplomatic circles, NGOs, the private sector, and academia: the ambassadors, scholars, thought leaders, policy advisors, authors, and journalists who help us understand the world’s most pressing issues.

June’s panel discussion will dive into civics in an age of partisanship, President Biden’s evolving foreign policy, global COVID-19, the international reverberations of the Black Lives Matter Movement, climate policy, and more. The event will be broadcast via Zoom. Start drafting your questions for a vigorous Q&A, and join in at 5 PM on June 17.

All regular season IAF events are open to the public with a $10 suggested donation. IAF events are free to students and educators. Learn more at

Register here

You’re invited – LIVE music on NMC’s main campus May 23!

The NMC Choir is holding its first live performance in over 15 months! The NMC Choirs (made up of students, community members, and many faculty members) have been rehearsing virtually all semester and will perform this Sunday, under a large tent in the middle of campus. Please join us — bring a lawn chair or a blanket, and enjoy the sounds of live music! Here are the details:

  • NMC Choir Concert – Sunday, May 23, 3 p.m.
  • Outdoor concert on the lawn between East Hall and Founders Hall
  • The choirs will be performing Vivaldi’s “Gloria, and other selections
  • Audience members will be seated outside and around the tent (please bring your own lawn chair or blanket)

IAF hosts discussion on U.S.-China relations

IAF U.S.-China event flyerHuman rights abuses, trade tensions, internet censorship, suppression of pro-democracy protests, intellectual property disputes. Contentious issues abound when China is in the mix. And China is always in the mix.

Superpower Showdown book coverOn Thursday, May 20 at 5 p.m. the International Affairs Forum welcomes Lingling Wei, senior China correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and co-author of Superpower Showdown: How the Battle Between Trump and Xi Threatens a New Cold War (Harper Collins 2020). Economic and political frictions persist post-Trump. Lingling Wei will dive into the nuance of the U.S.-China relationship with her expertise in finance, economics, and trade.

Nathan Payne, executive editor of the Traverse City Record-Eagle, will moderate the discussion.  Payne was the 2018–19 Abrams Nieman Fellow for Local Investigative Journalism at Harvard University.

The conversation will be broadcast via Zoom and includes public Q & A.

Join the discussion on May 20. Register here.

All regular season IAF events are open to the public with a suggested donation, and free for students and educators. Explore more at

2021 Virtual Honors Convocation

The 2021 Virtual Honors Convocation will be streamed Friday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m. The annual event has been adapted this year to recognize NMC students for their outstanding achievements in their academic areas. Students and their families can watch the ceremony from the NMC YouTube Channel beginning at 5:30 p.m. Faculty and staff will be taking part to recognize students in their respective area. For more information or questions, please contact Katie Sommer-Ford at or (231) 995-1040.

Volunteers needed for campus tree planting

Tree planting photoMake a difference in a few hours that can last decades! ReLeaf Michigan, a non-profit tree organization, in collaboration with Northwestern Michigan College, will be planting 15 trees along the Dogwood lot at Northwestern Michigan College on Friday, April 30 between 8:45 a.m. and noon to increase tree canopy, with funding from the DTE Foundation.

ReLeaf Michigan’s tree experts will be there to show volunteers how to plant a tree and oversee the event. Covid protocols will be followed. Volunteers are asked to sign up as a ‘family’ or a ‘team’ of 3 to 4 folks who have been social distancing together. Masks are required and gloves recommended. Please wear closed toe shoes and bring a shovel if you have one. Event occurs rain or shine (we’re a hearty group!). No planting experience necessary. We hope to see you there!


To volunteer, please sign up at

Questions, please contact Troy Kierczynski at or (231) 649-6378.

Student Experience Workshop

This interactive workshop will help determine how NMC serves current students like you at Northwestern Michigan College. Learn more here. The outcome will be a succinct and motivational document to guide strategic planning activities, making sure institutional priorities are aligned with the ideal student experience at NMC. Learn more about the event here and join here

Walk-Through Commencement Ceremony

NMC is excited to announce that a modified, in-person Commencement ceremony is being planned for both the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020. It will take place Saturday, May 1, 2021, between 1-4 p.m. at Milliken Auditorium in the Dennos Museum Center on NMC’s main campus. Students were asked to RSVP for the ceremony by April 16, and were assigned walk-through times via email.

View/Download the Class Of 2020 & 2021 Commencement Program »

The walk-through Commencement will be held in accordance with NMC’s safety protocols, as well as state and local COVID-19 guidelines, which are subject to change. Details as we now know them are below. Current state guidelines run through April 19, 2021.

The ceremony will be streamed online for those who cannot attend in person at Following the walk-through, graduates may continue their celebration outside the museum, where additional guests may join, following social distancing guidelines. Additional photo opportunities and congratulations stations will be available under tents.