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

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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.

NMC Audio Tech Spring Concert 2021

Spring concert flyer imageNMC Students, Faculty & Staff! Our Audio Tech program is hosting a spring concert on Wednesday, April 14 starting at 5 p.m. on NMC’s main campus. We will have performances by East Bay Drive featuring Laurie Sears, Little Graves, Doc DPC, and more! The stage will be set up on the lawn between West Hall and Founders Hall (note the new location) where there is plenty of space for people to come jam and stay safe. (Please respect COVID-19 social distancing and mask guidelines).

The show will also be livestreamed on the NMC Audio Tech YouTube channel so you can tune in anywhere at any time!

Earth Day Celebration: NMC Campus Cleanup & E-waste Recycling Event

Earth Day illustrationThursday, April 22, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
between the West Hall Innovation Center and Founders Hall

Let’s celebrate Earth Day 2021 by taking the day to clean up NMC’s campus! Grab a friend and join us in this socially-distanced service project—upon arrival, check-in at the Student Success Center table!

  • Campus cleanup and beautification projects (bring garden gloves if you have them, compostable bags will be provided)
  • Onsite e-waste recycling (computers, iPods, laptops, inkjet printer cartridges, cell phones, network equipment, modems, CR card readers, flat screen monitors, printers, home electronics)
  • Book swap
  • Live music courtesy of NMC’s Audio Tech program, and more!

Sponsored by NMC Student Engagement, in collaboration with the NMC Green Team. Please contact Sally Smarsty at for more information.

IAF teams with IPR for discussion on Protecting Press Freedom

International Affairs Forum logoThe International Affairs Forum continues a worthy annual tradition by commemorating World Press Freedom Day. As ever, it is vital that journalists be able to conduct their work freely, without fear of reprisal. To speak to the ongoing issue, on April 15 @ 7:00 PM IAF welcomes Dr. Courtney Radsch, advocacy director at the Committee to Protect Journalists.

TCIAF protecting press freeedoms graphicDr. Radsch addresses the daily dangers journalists face the world over. She is author of Cyberactivism and Citizen Journalism in Egypt: Digital Dissidence and Political Change. As a veteran journalist, researcher, and free expression advocate, she writes and speaks frequently about the intersection of media, technology, and human rights.

The conversation will be moderated by Jacob Wheeler, NMC journalism instructor, editor of the Glen Arbor Sun, and journalist-at-large. This event will be broadcast via Zoom and simulcast on IPR News Radio, WICA 91.5 FM. Join the discussion on April 15!

The event is open to the public, free for students and educators. Regular season IAF events are “pay what you can” for non-members. Livestream via Zoom and IPR News Radio. Q & A submissions via Zoom only. Find more info at

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Light up the Night

Light up the Night illustrationJoin us for an evening of hope and healing in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This event will include flag and chalk decorating, food, goodie bags, a candlelight vigil, and connection with your campus community.

Date and time: April 8, 7:30–8:30 p.m, between West Hall and East Hall

National Crayon Day

National Crayon Day illustrationIn celebration of National Crayon Day, Student Life will be handing out a little treat, crayons, and coloring pages outside of the Cafe in West Hall! Stop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on March 31!

IAF event explores intersections between climate change, water & food

IAF climate event announcement graphicWhat interconnects us, across all borders, as much as the essentials of food and clean water? Our global climate may be the answer.

On March 18 at 5 p.m. IAF welcomes J. Carl Ganter, co-founder / director of Circle of Blue, whose “intense focus on water and its relationships to food, energy, and health has created a new model of front-line reporting, data collection, and convening.” Carl and colleagues at Circle of Blue are in conversation with researchers and citizens around the world, on the frontlines of an escalating global crisis that will shape our collective future.

Don’t miss an evening of stunning photojournalism and poignant revelations on climate change, its effects on food production, and on the fresh water that surrounds us.

IAF events are free to students and educators.
Broadcast livestream via Zoom, including Q & A.
More info at

Register here.

Book author discusses Native American artist Mary Sully

Book coverJoin Dr. Philip J. Deloria, Harvard University history professor and author of Becoming Mary Sully: Toward an American Indian Abstract, Friday, March 5 from 7 to 8 p.m. as he discusses his book on the Native American artist and answers audience questions. Dr. Deloria will be introduced by NMC history instructor Mindy Morton.

Dr. Deloria’s book was named a summer reading critics pick by the New York Times.

Tune in to the event here:

NMC Virtual Transfer Fair

College logosMarch 16, 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Are you looking for answers about transferring to a university? The Spring 2021 Virtual Transfer Fair is coming soon!

Each day, eight different Michigan universities will be available to provide information about their school, transfer process, and provide answers to questions. Each university will have its own one-hour time slot so there is time to meet with them all!

Visit the Virtual Transfer Events page for a calendar of events and virtual links:

Can’t make this event? Many universities are providing additional virtual information sessions both before and after the Virtual Transfer Fair. Save gas, time, money, and stay healthy while you get answers to all your questions about your future transfer plans!

Blackness & Becoming Feb. 20

Saga Boy book coverA conversation between musician and author Antionio Michael Downing and Kaylan Waterman, musician and host of Detroit’s Kumbuka, an annual remembrance of African Americans in the literary arts. Antonio Michael’s new book, Saga Boy; My Life of Blackness and Becoming, is being released in Canada this month and in the U.S. in September. Written, in part, in our own northern Michigan, Saga Boy tells the harrowing story of the 11-year old Antonio Michael’s displacement from the rainforest of Trinidad to the snowy wilderness of Canada when his beloved grandmother died and his subsequent metamorphosis.

Blackness & Becoming promises a captivating conversation between Downing and Waterman, as well as an opportunity for Q&A and audience comment.

Join event hosts the NMC Library and Title Track, on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. via zoom: (Webinar ID: 937 8598 5852).

Winter Festival

Winter Festival logoJoin Student Life, Student Success, the Student Government Association, Residence Life and other campus groups Thursday, Feb. 25, from 4–8 p.m. on the lawn behind East Hall for an evening of games, prizes and free pizza and hot chocolate in the Hawk Owl Café!


Masks and social distancing required