Gaming and Esports Open House

NMC Esports logoThe NMC Gaming and Esports club and varsity program are having an open house in the gaming lab in the West Hall Innovation Center on Thursday, Jan. 20 from 6–8 p.m. All students who come by will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.

Esports lab photoCome learn about upcoming gaming events, see the new pool table & foosball table, meet the esports coaches and play some games. The gaming lab is open to all students Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.–5: p.m. Weekend access can be arranged ahead of time.

‘MLK: A Musical Celebration’ Jan. 17

MLK: A Musical Celebration posterBuilding Bridges with Music presents ‘MLK: A Musical Celebration’ Monday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m., featuring the Motown Legends Gospel Choir, a thirteen-piece vocal ensemble with original members of The Miracles and The Contours and special guest saxophonist Laurie Sears performing spirituals, civil rights era songs and some Motown hits. Also featured are the NMC Children’s Choir Cantus and the NMC Chamber Singers under the direction of Jeffrey Cobb, Joe Wilson on dobro and Kevin Larose on tuba.

The City Opera House event is sold out, but a free simulcast will be held at the Dennos Museum Center’s Milliken Auditorium and a free livestream will be available here.

Per NMC campus policy, safety measures at the Milliken Auditorium include masking for all attendees, as well as following any state-mandated guidelines.

This event is part of NMC’s Embrace the Dream celebration of MLK Day and Black History Month.

Read Aloud at the NMC Library Feb. 2

Read aloud graphicBring your grade school children/grandchildren, grades K-6, and join us for story time at the NMC Library. This event will include story reading and craft time for children hosted by NMC students and staff.

Pre-registration is suggested but not required. To pre-register, head to the Student Activities Calendar!

All children who attend will receive a free copy of the book being read, either What If… by Samantha Berger or Stuntboy by Jason Reynolds.

This event is part of NMC’s Embrace the Dream celebration of MLK Day and Black History Month.


Hear Spoken Word Poet Jae Nichelle Jan. 25

Spoken Word Poet Jae NichelleYou will not want to miss this free event for all students!

Join us for an engaging performance by Jae Nichelle, a spoken word poet. Nichelle is an award-winning performer, and in her spare time writes articles about linguistic and mental health issues that plague the Black community.

There are two opportunities to join online! Check the Student Activities Calendar for the links.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 25, 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m.

This event is part of NMC’s Embrace the Dream celebration of MLK Day and Black History Month.

Art as Activism at NMC

Art as Activism flier imageThroughout this year, the local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa here at NMC has explored the intersection of art and activism as part of an ongoing research project known as our Honors in Action. This year, the Honors in Action guide theme is, “To The Seventh Generation: Inheritance and Legacy” which comes from an Ojibwe saying that is based on the philosophy that what we do today provides sustainability for seven generations into the future.

Last year, our officer team was awarded as one of the top 10 internationally distinguished chapters and our research on theme 5, “Resistance — Reform, Rebellion, and Revolution” was published in an undergraduate research journal. As we continued our research into theme 4, “Expressions of Truth” we began to look at how art influences movements through activism.

Our current officer team has immersed themselves into an array of museums, art, and research to intimately understand how art can leave certain truths for future generations. Now, we would like to bring our vision to NMC and the Traverse City area as we invite community members to share their vision of what art in activism means to them.

Pick up your 8’x10′ canvas from the Student Success Center by Friday, Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. and create your own piece to be featured in a gallery exhibit in January to kick off the “Embrace the Dream” series of events.

Artists can use the canvas to create any medium of art they would like that answers this question — “At the intersection of Art and Activism, how do you express truth to leave a lasting legacy?”

We look forward to seeing what our community will envision for the future seventh generation. More information to be provided upon pick up of your canvas. Email for any questions.

Rotaract Club Meeting

Rotaract Club meeting imageJoin us next Wednesday for our final meeting of this semester!

Come learn more about our current service projects — mentoring 5th graders at Blair Elementary School and our ongoing book donation and fundraising drive to send books to schools in Guatemala and Uganda.

Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Pop-Ups

Jobs for Michigan Graduates program graphicCome learn more about the new Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program for NMC students ages 16-24. Stop by West Hall on the following dates to get all of your questions answered!

This new program can help students get paid job shadowing opportunities in their field, financial assistance with job equipment and more! Enter the raffle for JMG & NMC prizes just for stopping by.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 8,  11 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Student Connect – International Tea

International Tea promo graphicJoin the International Services and Service Learning Department as we sample unique teas from around the world while getting together in a casual setting to make connections.

The event is Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 9:15–10 a.m., in the Student Lounge outside the O100 offices in the Osterlin Building (#12 on the Main Campus Map).

Long Night Against Procrastination: Finals Edition

Long Night event graphicCome to the the NMC Library and the 1st floor of the West Hall Innovation Center Wednesday, Dec. 8 from 2–8 p.m. for a night of collaboration, commiseration and camaraderie as final exams and due dates approach. (NOTE: This event was rescheduled due to weather.)

We’ll have snacks and hot drinks, and NMC’s Student Success Coaches are bringing back the pancake bar from 4–6 p.m. by popular demand!

Come for the snacks and solidarity, stay for the support. Peer study groups, student success coaches, Writing and Reading Center staff, and librarians will all be on hand to help you power through to this semester’s finish line.

Transfer Bridges to the University of Michigan

Learn more about Transfer Bridges to the University of Michigan, a program for students at Michigan community colleges who want to study for two years at their local community college and then transfer to U-M Ann Arbor’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) to complete their bachelor’s degree. A U-M representative will be on NMC’s main campus Wednesday, Dec. 1, between 10 a.m.–3 p.m. in the West Hall Innovation Center Lobby with more information on the program.

Transfer Bridges students receive tailored support and advising from the LSA Transfer Team, mentorship from current U-M transfer students, and access to learning and social experiences at U-M, all while still a student at NMC.

Learn more here.

Rotaract Club Meeting

Rotaract Club logoStudent Volunteers Needed!

Join us Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 5:50 p.m., and the first and third Wednesdays of each month afterwards, as we continue to plan our upcoming and ongoing service projects:

  • Mentoring 5th graders at Blair Elementary
  • Donating books to Uganda and Guatemala
  • Maintaining the campus garden

Network with fellow servant leaders, boost your college/work resume, and simply give back to the community! All students are welcome to join and/or attend. We hope to see you Wednesday, ,either in in West Hall room 107 or on Zoom!

Zoom meeting link:

Learn more here.

NMC Jazz Bands in Concert

Jazz Band Concert posterA swinging evening of music with the Lab Band and Big Band featuring the music of Adderly, Basie, Kenton, Jobim, Hammerstein, Ellington and Strayhorn. Laurie Sears-Director with Bill Sears-Guest Soloist

Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium

Tickets at, $12 adults/$7 students and seniors (+ processing fee)
At the Door: $15 adults/ $10 students and seniors
FREE to NMC students with ID

Passport to Uganda

The Passport Student Talk Series is a chance to explore other cultures through the experiences of NMC students.

Shakirah LieffersShakirah Lieffers, a student from Uganda studying pre-medicine at NMC, became a U.S. citizen last month and will talk about life and culture in Uganda on Wednesday, Dec. 1 between 12:15–1 p.m. in West Hall Rm. 107.

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

NMC Veterans Day Ceremony is Nov. 11

NMC invites the campus and community to attend its annual Veterans Day ceremonies either in person (between the Tanis and Osterlin buildings on NMC’s main campus) or virtually (via Zoom at beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11.

  • Welcome remarks by Kevin D’Alessandro
  • Student veteran remarks by Brandon Williams, U.S. Navy veteran and current NMC student
  • Flag raising ceremony presented by the VFW, Post 2780 Honor Guard
    * Star Spangled Banner performed by the Traverse City Central Marching Band
    * Three Volleys/Taps and a rifle salute in honor of the fallen will be performed
  • Closing remarks by NMC Board member Doug Bishop
* All remarks will be delivered from the flagpole area.

Origin Of The Three Volleys

The practice of firing three rifle volleys over the grave of a veteran, and at other honor military-related ceremonies, originated in the old custom of halting the fighting to remove the dead from the battlefield. Once each army had cleared their dead, it would fire three volleys to indicate that the dead had been cared for and that they were ready to fight again. Three volleys fired has become a tradition to mean the dead have been cared for. It has evolved into a military salute for the deceased serving their country. Firing the three volleys is one of the highest honors to give a deceased military veteran.

Ornament Decorating

Ornament Decorating graphicJoin Student Life for ornament decorating in West Hall!

Stop by Monday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and grab a to-go bag or stay and decorate your ornament!

Scott Herzberg farewell celebration

Scott Herzberg, our Military Point of Contact, will be leaving the college after 25 years of service to our students.

We will be offering a farewell celebration to Scott on Monday, Nov. 8 from 2–4 p.m. in the atrium of the Biederman Building on NMC’s main campus. Please stop by to offer your farewells and thanks to Scott for his many years of service.

Scott’s last day will be Tuesday, Nov. 9. After that day, the point of contact will be NMC’s Certifying Official, Julie Hansen. She can be reached via phone at (231) 995-1057 and via email at

Students needing assistance with issues other than VA benefits can contact the Student Life Office in Room 152 of the Osterlin Building or via phone at (231) 995-1118.