Long Night Against Procrastination

The Long Night Against ProcrastinationThe library’s finals studyfest returns! Join us on Thursday, December 8 from 4 p.m.–midnight for a night of camaraderie and commiseration and get the fuel and support you need to knock out your final assignments and exam prep. Librarians, Success Coaches, and Writing Center staff will be on hand to help, and we’ll have snacks, hot beverages, and even a build your own loaded potato skin bar from 6–8 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Observing with NASA – Family Day

Observing with NASA family day
The Dennos Museum is hosting Observing with NASA – Family Day on Saturday, December 3. Enjoy free admission to the museum and make your own astronomical images using the Observing with NASA Kiosk in the Discovery Gallery.

At 1 p.m. join the Astronomical Society to make a comet and learn about moon phases.

At 2 p.m. Jerry Dobek, head of the Astronomy and Science Departments at Northwestern Michigan College, will lead a presentation on the Observing With NASA Kiosk and the science behind the imaging used by the Hubble Telescope in the MIlliken Auditorium.

About Jerry Dobek: Dr. Jerry Dobek is a professional astrophysicist and faculty instructor at Northwestern Michigan College. His research interests are in variable stars and dark material, which he conducts from his own observatory north of Traverse City, Michigan. Jerry is also the site coordinator / site director for Project ASTRO and Project Family ASTRO for the Michigan and Upper Wisconsin sites, and serves as the regional Solar System Ambassador for NASA / JPL. Jerry is a founding member of and the regional representative for the International Dark-Sky Association and has been instrumental in writing lighting ordinances for townships and counties in Michigan as well as several other states.

Dodgeball tournament

Dodgeball tournamentNMC Campus Recreation will be doing a dodgeball tournament on Thursday, December 8 at 7 p.m. in the Rajkovich Physical Education Center (PE Building).

  • Prizes for 1ˢᵗ and 2ⁿᵈ place teams
  • No entry fees
  • Only open to current NMC students and employees
  • Maximum of 5 persons per team 

The deadline to sign up is December 7, 2022

Team sign up form

For more details contact Marcus Bennett at mbennett@nmc.edu


Bagels and Boundaries

Bagels and Boundaries

NMC Voices invites you to come play some games and enjoy a bagel on November 29 from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the  Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center room 104/105.

NMC Jazz Band Winter 2022 Concert

Winter 2022 Jazz Bands ConcertThe NMC Jazz Band, directed by Laurie Sears, will present a swinging concert featuring the music of jazz greats such as Count Basie, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Chick Corea, Benny Carter, Oliver Nelson, Joe Henderson and Benny Golson.

Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium

Purchase tickets 

Presale: $13 adults/$8 students and seniors
At the Door: $15 adults/ $10 students and seniors
FREE to NMC students with ID

Family Night at the NMC Observatory

Family Night at the Rogers ObservatoryIn celebration of the Observing with NASA Kiosk at the Dennos Museum Center, enjoy a Family Night at NMC’s Rogers Observatory on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 8 p.m. This extra special night will include planetary observations. Observatory nights are dependent upon weather, so be sure to check out gtastro.org for updates!

The Rogers Observatory is several miles south of NMC’s main campus, at 1753 Birmley Road. (O on Campus Map)

Curiosities: A Night of Short Films

Curiosities A Night of Short Films

The library will conclude its Curiosities Shorts Fest program with a screening of several shorts on Thursday, November 17 at 6 p.m. in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center Room 104/105. Join us for pizza, popcorn, good films and good company!

Films shown will be a handful of participant favorites selected from the 12 films watched during the discussion series.

Free to attend, all are welcome, no advance registration required.

Study Strategies and Snacks

Study Strategies and SnacksGet a start on your finals game plan with the Student Success Center on December 1 from 1-2 p.m. in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center, Rm. 123. Study experts will help provide the motivation and tools needed to conquer finals! Snacks will be provided. 

IAF to host former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State to discuss Ukraine, Russia and NATO

IAF Secretary of State to discuss Ukraine Russia NATO

The International Affairs Forum continues on Tuesday, November 8 at 11 a.m. EST. This virtual event will focus on Ukraine, Russia, and NATO with Ambassador John Kornblum, former U.S. assistant secretary of state for European affairs and former U.S. ambassador to Germany.

Ambassdor Kornblum has a deep record of service in the United States and Europe both as a diplomat and as a businessman. He is recognized as an expert on U.S.-European political and economic relations, in particular in Central and Eastern Europe. He served as the U.S. ambassador to Germany from 1997 to 2001. Before that, he was U.S. assistant secretary of state for European affairs in the Clinton administration – a critical phase for Europe and Russia just after the collapse of the Soviet Union. He was special envoy for the Dayton Peace Process, U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Process), deputy U.S. ambassador to NATO, and U.S. minister and deputy commandant of forces in divided Berlin. Kornblum was born in Detroit, MI. He earned a B.A. from Michigan State University in 1964 and has been the recipient of many awards, including a Knights Cross of the Order of Merit from Germany and an Order of Merit from Austria. He will connect with IAF from his home in Germany.

Jack Segal will moderate the discussion. Segal is a former senior U.S. diplomat and former IAF Board co-chair. In the Clinton administration, he was the National Security Council director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, and served ten years as senior political advisor to the NATO Commander where he was responsible for Afghanistan policy. He is an active instructor at NMC Extended Education on a variety of global affairs topics.

This virtual event will be available to livestream on Zoom. Registration is required with a suggested donation of $10.

All IAF regular season events are open to the public. Current students and educators receive free access with registration. For livestream registration and event details, visit TCIAF.com.

Good Vibes event

Good Vibes eventJoin the Student Life Office, Student Success Center and Health Services for FREE coffee, cupcake, coloring pages, and more! Stop by and color or just swing by to grab food! Learn more about the ways our teams can support your physical, mental and emotional health!

When: November 3, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center lobby

Elevate Northern Michigan: A Youth Mental Health Summit for Young Leaders – and Those Who Love Them

On Tuesday, November 1, community network We Fight will host its second “Elevate Northern Michigan: A Youth Mental Health Summit for Young Leaders – and Those Who Love Them.”

Elevate Northern Michigan is a quarterly summit series focusing on boosting knowledge regarding psychology, neuroscience, practical well-being tools, and leadership skills related to mental health. The 90-minute event will consist of three workshops with local experts:

  • Dr. Michael Kern, Ph.D: School Psychologist at Interlochen Center for the Arts
  • Meg Mertaugh-Graber, M.Ed., MSW, LMSW Clinical, LICSW: Founder of Care-O-Van, PLLC & AVEC Care Farm
  • Jessie Perez: Family Navigator at National Alliance for Mental Illness Grand Traverse

Registration is free but required as space is limited.

All are welcome at the summit — particularly young people aged 16-24 and those who love them. No previous training or engagement with We Fight is required. The event begins at 1 p.m., and will take place at Northwestern Michigan College’s Innovation Center in Room 106/107.

We Fight is grateful to Northern Lakes Community Mental Health and NMC for their support and sponsorship of Elevate Northern Michigan.

We Fight recently underwent a strategic visioning process to better accomplish its vision: a northern Michigan where everyone plays a role in protecting our kids’ mental health.

“I hope that aspiring youth leaders leave this summit with a better understanding of the skills required to project their voice and tackle systemic change with the youthful determination that makes their advocacy so unique, to begin with,” said We Fight leadership team member, Central High School student Will Unger.

“I’m proud of the We Fight community for stepping up. And I’m grateful for our local experts for their generosity to help boost knowledge, shift attitudes, decrease stigma, build support and elevate youth voice. The Elevate Summits are a science-based, urgent and optimistic step toward a northern Michigan where everyone plays a role in protecting our kids’ mental health,” said Good Works Lab founder, Ty Schmidt.

We Fight for Northern Michigan’s Youth Mental Health, or “We Fight,” was founded in December 2021 as an initiative of Traverse City-based social change agency Good Works Lab. Since its founding, over 630+ people who care have committed to protecting youth mental health in Northern Michigan by leveraging the Surgeon General’s Youth Mental Health advisory. To get involved, visit Good Works Lab’s website.

Passport to Brazil

Passport to BrazilThe Passport Student Lecture Series is a chance to explore other cultures through the experience of NMC students.

Join us as Fabiola McFarlin, a Maritime Academy student at NMC, talks about life and culture in Brazil on November 1 from 12:15–1 p.m. in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center, Rm 106/107. Feel free to bring your lunch along as we relax and learn about this beautiful country.

Global Endorsement students, please bring your GE passport so that it can be stamped to earn your GE event points!

Second Sunday Art Project – Space

second sunday art projectMake your own space themed artwork on Sunday, October 9, 2022 from 1–3 p.m. in the Sculpture Court at the Dennos Museum Center with some of the museum’s docents. While at the museum, work with real data from NASA telescopes and satellites using our Observing With NASA Kiosk in the Discovery Gallery.

Indigenous People’s Day Celebration

Indigenous Peoples DayNorthwestern Michigan College and the NMC Native American Student Organization are presenting an Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration on Monday, October 10 from 2–4 p.m. on the front lawn outside of the Osterlin Building.

The Grand Traverse Band, drummers, dancers, and other Native members will be under the pines to help educate and celebrate the day.

This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair.