NMC Pumpkin Painting Party & Contest

Pumpkin painting party flyerReady to get in the fall spirit?

Join us for a pumpkin painting party in the West Hall Innovation Center on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tag your pumpkin #nmcfallidays to enter our competition! Prizes for scariest, funniest, best school spirit, and most overall likes! We’ll share your entries on the Student Success Center Facebook page.

All participants get a free coupon to the Hawk Owl Cafe where you can grab some yummy fall treats.

(Curbside pickup will also be available with pumpkin painting kits set outside West Hall’s main entrance for students to pick up and take home.)

Coffee Talk with President Nissley

Celebrate National Coffee Day by joining NMC President Nick Nissley for coffee on Tuesday, Sept. 29!

Students can stop into the Hawk Owl Cafe in the West Hall Innovation Center from 9 to 11 a.m. for free coffee and time to chat with Nick.

NMC Fall Summit: Global Issues, Local Impacts

Fall summit illustrationFriday, Oct. 9, 2020
9:30 a.m.-Noon

It’s a Small World After All… The year 2020 has inspired us to come together to talk about the influence a global crisis has on our community. Northwestern Michigan College has always been a connector between our region and the rest of the world. The current state of our global health and economy has brought home just how connected we are globally.

Join us for a day of meaningful discussions as we examine global issues, talk about impactful change around diversity and inclusion, and the effect all of this has on our individual and community health.

This event is jointly organized by NMC Extended Educational Services, International Affairs Forum and The Dennos Museum Center. The cost is $39 (special discount information will be emailed to IAF and Dennos members.)

Learn more and sign up for the event here.

Virtual Opening Celebration for the West Hall Innovation Center

West Hall event inviteWe can’t wait for everyone to see it in person, but until then, join us virtually at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18 as we celebrate the opening of NMC’s new West Hall Innovation Center. Highlights include a ribbon cutting ceremony and a video tour of the new 54,000-square-foot, multi-story library and flexible learning space.

The project has received extensive campus, community and legislative support since its 2016 inception and 2018 groundbreaking. Learn more about the project here and view a photo gallery here. And thank you to everyone who helped make it happen!

Zoom event link: nmc.zoom.us/j/94378958529

Voter Registration Drive

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., League of Women Voters – Grand Traverse Area volunteers will be in the West Hall Innovation Center on NMC’s Main Campus (#9 on the Main Campus Map) to register new voters.

IAF: Grappling With Pandemics: Global Health Policy In The 21st Century

WED, SEPT 16 @ 5:00 PM EST via ZOOM

IAF logoDr. Julio FrenkWith the world still wrestling with the pandemic, the International Affairs Forum opens its 27th Season in conversation with Dr. Julio Frenk, President of the University of Miami, former Minister of Health of Mexico, former Senior Fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, former Executive Director of Evidence and Information for Policy at the World Health Organization, and co-editor of Saving Humanity: What Matters Most for a Healthy Future.

The discussion will be moderated by Ken Warner, former dean, professor, and researcher at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and current IAF board member.

Join us for a discussion on global responses to the pandemic and the future of public health and social wellbeing. Questions for discussion can be emailed to iaf@nmc.edu.

Join the discussion!

Register here or call (231) 995-1844 for more information.

The Art Of: Sally Rogers Sept. 9

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 — 10:30 a.m. EST

Nexus sculptureJoin artist Sally Rogers and Curator of Education Jason Dake for a candid conversation online on Wednesday, September 9th at 10:30 a.m. EST about the artist’s work in the Dennos Museum Center permanent collection, including indoor and outdoor sculptures. In addition, they will talk about current and upcoming projects.

Sally Rogers grew up in the Grand Traverse region and is an alumnus of Northwestern Michigan College. She received her BFA from The Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, followed by her MFA at Kent State University, Ohio. Rogers has completed many large scale commissions and exhibits her work regularly throughout the United States.

Registration tickets are pay what you can, $0 – $15. Tickets must be reserved through the Dennos Museum Store Website. Registration will close at 9:00 a.m. the day of event to allow staff to prepare. After your ticket is reserved, a member of Dennos Staff will email you the details to join us on Zoom. A reminder email will go out the day of the event to all registrants 30 minutes prior to the start time. Registration will close an hour before the event starts.

The Art of :__ is generously supported by Art Bridges.


100 Years of the 19th Amendment: Observing the Past and Looking Toward the Future

Northwestern Michigan College Virtual Event Series

Thursday, Sept 17, 7 p.m. – Constitution Day Panel Discussion:
“The Constitution’s Suffrage Amendments: Giving Voice to Those Who Were Not Silent”

Presenters Mindy Morton and John Zachman will discuss the 15th, 19th, and 24th amendments and the individuals and groups whose political actions saw those amendments become political reality. Ms. Morton will focus on the role of minority women in pushing for women’s rights at different points in American history. Dr. Zachman will analyze how the 15th amendment fell short of its promise in much of the country and how the 24th Amendment finally put the country on a track towards political equality. Ms. Morton and Dr. Zachman will also evaluate how these amendments impact our current political climate and elections.

Hosted by Mindy Morton, NMC Adjunct Instructor of History and John Zachman, NMC Instructor of Political Science and Philosophy

John Zachman has been an instructor at NMC since 2001. He teaches courses in political science and philosophy. He earned his Ph.D. in political theory in 2006 with a dissertation on the political thought of John Stuart Mill.

Mindy Morton has been an instructor at NMC since 2001, teaching courses in U.S. History, Native-American History and American Women’s History. She is a James Madison Memorial Fellow and earned a MS in Constitutional History in 1999.

Zoom Link: https://nmc.zoom.us/j/98632067245

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Voter Registration Drive

The League of Women Voters – Grand Traverse Area volunteers will be located in the NMC West Hall Innovation Center to register new voters from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. – “A Discussion on Elections and Voting with Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson”

Secretary Benson will be sharing information and her expertise on issues surrounding voter access in Michigan as well as information regarding the upcoming election and the recent actions in the state to reduce partisan gerrymandering. Secretary Benson will speak for approximately 30 minutes and then will participate in a live question and answer discussion. Participants can submit questions via the Zoom Q & A function.

Jocelyn Benson is Michigan’s 43rd Secretary of State. In this role she is focused on ensuring elections are secure and accessible. Benson is the author of State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process, the first major book on the role of the secretary of state in enforcing election and campaign finance laws. She is also the Chair of Michigan’s Task Force on Women in Sports, created by Governor Whitmer in 2019 to advance opportunities for women in Michigan as athletes and sports leaders. A graduate of Harvard Law School and expert on civil rights law, education law and election law, Benson served as dean of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. When she was appointed dean at age 36, she became the youngest woman in U.S. history to lead a top-100, accredited law school.

Hosted by Rachel Wilczewski, Ph.D. Sociology Instructor at Northwestern Michigan College

Zoom Link: TBD

Thursday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. – “A Century of Gender Justice Activism” by Caroline Heldman, Ph.D., Chair of Critical Theory and Social Justice Department, Chair of Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies at Occidental College. Co-Founder of The Matrix Webinar Series

It’s been 100 years since women earned the right to vote. Dr. Heldman will present a timeline of the last century of gender justice activism with a focus on progress and pitfalls. She will analyze the current status of women in the US after a century of pushing for gender justice.

Hosted by Shilo Smith, MS, Psychology Instructor at Northwestern Michigan College.

Zoom Link: TBD

Friday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. – “The Lesson of the Lark” Virtual Choral Concert

The Northwestern Michigan College Music Department, in collaboration with the NMC Audio Tech and Visual Communications programs, is pleased to announce the premiere of “The Lesson of the Lark” – a new concert work celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of Women’s Voting Rights. This piece, which is meant to uplift and unify us during these challenging times, is a multi-movement work composed for narrator, soprano and mezzo-soprano soloists, chorus, and jazz orchestra. The work takes its inspiration from the language of Jazz, including elements of Swing, Blues, Bossa Nova ,Gospel, Salsa, and improvisation.

“The Lesson of the Lark,” is based on local author Laura Knight Cobb’s recently published book of the same name. The book, written to celebrate this year’s 100th Anniversary of the ratification of Women’s Voting Rights, is a dramatic interpretation of the struggle for women’s voting rights, told through the characters of a Girl, a Lark, and a Gardener, in beautiful prose and stunning artwork. A portion of the proceeds from the book’s sales go to the Equal Means Equal organization whose goal is to complete the ratification of the original Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution.

Hosted by Jeffrey Cobb, Director of Music Programs.

View via the Northwestern Michigan College Facebook page.

The Art Of: Jean Larson Sept. 2

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 — 10:30 a.m. EST

Jean Larson artJoin artist Jean Larson and curator of education Jason Dake on an international call between Traverse City and Iceland, to discuss the artist’s work in the Dennos Museum Center collection. They will also talk about Larson’s current artistic endeavors in her studio in Iceland.

A native of Northern Michigan, Jean Larson was born in Ishpeming, a small mining town in the Upper Peninsula. She grew up in Traverse City on the shores of Lake Michigan where she established a small studio and worked until 1984 when she moved to Boston in order to broaden her exposure to the art world. In 1992, Larson left the United States to settle in a small village in Southern France where once again, the natural environment provided further inspiration for her art. This was followed in 2010 by extensive periods spent in Iceland. She now expects to spend her time between Iceland, France, and Northern Michigan.

Registration tickets are pay what you can, $0-$15. After your ticket is reserved, a member of Dennos Staff will email you the details to join us on Zoom. A reminder email will go out the day of the event to all registrants 30 minutes prior to the start time. Register here.

Learn more about Jean Larson on her website.

The Art of :__ is generously supported by Art Bridges.


The Art Of: Bill Allen August 19

Art of Bill Allen graphicJoin artist Bill Allen and curator of education Jason Dake online as they discuss Allen’s work in the Dennos galleries. They will also highlight the artist’s more recent work, up to and including recent shelter-in-place developments. There will also be a chance for attendees to ask questions about Allen’s process, materials, and themes.

Bill Allen is a sculptor and painter living in Northern Michigan. In addition to the Dennos Museum Center, Allen’s works are included in the collections of the Detroit Zoo, the Field Museum, and the Brookfield Zoo, among others.

Registration tickets are pay what you can, $0–$15. After your ticket is reserved, a member of Dennos Staff will email you the details to join us on Zoom. A reminder email will go out the day of the event to all registrants 30 minutes prior to the start time. Register at shop.dennosmuseum.org/product/the-art-of-bill-allen/1482.

Learn more about Bill Allen on his website: http://billallenart.com/.

The Art of:__ is generously supported by Art Bridges.

Virtual TEDxTraverseCity

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
9 A.M.-1 P.M. – $39

50% of proceeds will benefit the COVID-19 Fund at Munson Healthcare Foundations

TEDxTraverseCity goes virtual! Because of these unprecedented times, TEDxTraverseCity will be offered in an online platform this year. A livestream event will ensure our community stays safe while we celebrate ten years of bringing ideas worth spreading to Traverse City. Our tenth TEDxTraverseCity will provide another excellent opportunity for our community to be inspired and challenged. TEDxTraverseCity’s 2020 event will examine the timely concept of RETHINKING OUR HEALTH.

Learn more here.

Student Success Wednesday Workshop Series

Balance Your Life graphicWant to improve your college success skills? This is the first in a series of eight Student Success Workshops offered by the Student Success Center on Wednesdays at 1 pm.


Life shouldn’t feel like a juggling act when taking college classes. Learn simple tips and tools to help you balance your life and school.

Other Student Success Workshops include:

  • Succeeding in the Online Classroom (6/17)
  • Navigating Unemployment 6/24)
  • Goal Setting (7/1)
  • Reducing Stress & Anxiety (7/8)
  • Organization 101 (7/15)
  • Interpersonal Communication (7/22)
  • Team Work (7/29)

For workshop descriptions go to nmc.edu/success.

Register for all Student Success Workshops here: forms.gle/r2ECnQfkUjj6afAY9.

Newton’s Road LIVE STEM at Home

Thursday, May 28,4:30–5 p.m.

Join Jason Slade, NMC’s Director of Technical Academic Area, as he talks about NMC’s Marine Technology and Engineering Technology programs as part of Newton Road’s STEM-related Career investigation for Grades 10-12. In addition to finding out more about local STEM-related careers, we’ll investigate pathways to try these jobs on for size and regional programs to obtain the skills needed.

Learn more here – facebook.com/NewtonsRoad/posts/3772006316207523

This program is broadcast on Traverse Area Community Network, Facebook Live, and Cable TV. For more information about this and other STEM at Home programming, go to newtonsroad.org/calendar/stem-at-home/.

Artist Talk with Karen Bondarchuk

Wednesday, May 20, 2 p.m.

Join the Dennos Museum Center for a live conversation on Zoom and Facebook with Karen Bondarchuk, the artist who created Ergo Sum: A Crow a Day, now on exhibit at the Dennos Museum Center. In 2014, Canadian-born Karen set out to mark the passing time that her mother – diagnosed with dementia in 2010 – no longer could. For 365 days, she produced a crow a day on a hand-cut, hand-gessoed panel, remembering her mother as she once was and grieving her loss. The resulting work explores communication and an artist’s relationship to the world; it resonates for its depth, beauty, and elegiac and potent whimsy.

Our guest host for this interactive conversation is Kathy Kelsey Foley, Director of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum which organized the traveling exhibition.

Learn more here.

How to Care for Artwork and Family Treasures

Wednesday, May 13, 2 p.m.

Presented by Dennos Museum Center Executive Director Craig Hadley in partnership with NMC Extended Education

All of us have family treasures that we have inherited or collected over the years. In this live webinar session, you will learn how museum professionals take care of a wide range of artworks and objects, from sculptures and paintings to photographs and precious news clippings.

We will discuss the different ways in which objects deteriorate, tips for mitigating loss, and what you can do to protect your precious belongings. Bring your questions! Free and open to the public. You can also watch the session live on our Facebook page!

Celebrate Wednesday’s Museum Week theme #TogetherMW with us by joining us for this online event.

Learn more here.

IAF hosts discussion on climate change

The dramatic impact of a changing climate in the Antarctic

Thursday, May 21 @ 4 p.m. via ZOOM

“We can’t solve this problem if we won’t even talk about it.” – James McClintock

Join the International Affairs Forum for a timely climate crisis discussion. This virtual event will include a presentation and Q&A session with Dr. James B. McClintock, Endowed Professor of Polar and Marine Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. (more…)