Bridging Waterways Across the Americas student presentation

Join students from Northwestern Michigan College and Universidad de La Salle (Bogotá, Colombia) this Friday, June 24 from 3:30–4:30 p.m. in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center (Room 106) as they share perspectives gleaned as part of the Bridging Waterways Across the Americas educational exchange program.

Bridging Waterways Across the Americas student presentation poster

This program has paired students and faculty from the two universities for a semester-long virtual course culminating in a bidirectional international exchange trip that sent an NMC cohort to Bogotá and brought a La Salle cohort to Traverse City for twelve days each.

The focus of the program has been to engage students and faculty in the sharing of knowledge and culture toward a deeper mutual understanding of both the Rio Teusacá and Boardman River watersheds. On Friday they will share reflections on their experiences, as well as a special puppet show they created as a tool for community environmental education intended to inspire stewardship of fresh water resources.

Hope to see you there!

International Affairs Forum: Foreign Policy Mashup panel discussion

IAF Foreign Policy Mashup Poster

When and how could Russia’s war in Ukraine come to an end? Who will suffer most from forecasted food shortages? How has Western solidarity for Ukraine magnified the relative lack of support for populations in other conflict zones (read: Syria, Somalia, Yemen, et al.)? How is the U.S. – China rivalry evolving?

To close the 2021—2022 season, the International Affairs Forum will host its third annual Foreign Policy Mashup on Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dennos Museum Center Milliken Auditorium. The event will be an in-person panel discussion featuring Bill Clifford, President and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America, on stage with local panelists Karen Puschel Segal and Stanley Otto, both former State Department diplomats. 

This is IAF’s first speaker event at Milliken with an in-town, in-the-flesh speaker since March 2020. The event includes a public Q&A session and is also available to livestream. Join the discussion. 


Juneteenth celebration

Juneteenth event posterCome connect with your community on Sunday, June 19 from 1—5 p.m. for a Juneteenth Celebration on NMC Campus in the courtyard area between East Hall and the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center.  

This event is presented by Northern Michigan E3 and will include educational programming followed by a block party-style celebration with food and local artisans.

Pride Carnival

Unconditional art installation posterJoin us on Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m—2 p.m. at NMC’s Aspen Lot in front of the Dennos Museum for a family-friendly, pride-filled CARNIVAL! This space will host the first Unconditional art installation by Roger Amundsen. Roger’s installation invites you to perform the radical act of stopping and looking at yourself in the mirror–to love what you see unconditionally.

The Pride Carnival will include the thrill of a super slide, the heights of a climbing wall, food vendors, non-profit booths, NMC student groups, and live music! In addition to the featured art exhibit, the Dennos Museum will be open and free to the public during this event.

Venue Sponsor: Chris Dennos
Event Sponsors: Lexa Ferrill Realtor, Lakeview Counseling
Artist Sponsor: Begonia Charitable Foundation
Box Sponsor: Britten Inc.

Welcome Wednesday Kickoff Picnic

Welcome Wednesdays Kickoff PicnicWe are getting the summer socializing started with a Welcome Wednesday Kickoff Picnic on Wednesday, June 1 from 4—7p.m. Meet us by the basketball courts outside East Hall for basketball, volleyball, yard games, food, music, giveaways and more! Bring your family and come meet your coaches, ambassadors and other Hawk Owls!‰

International Affairs Forum takes on cybersecurity

How can individuals protect themselves from hackers? How do companies deal with ransomware attacks? How do government agencies respond to ongoing threats by bad actors — and importantly, what are the ramifications for our national security? International Affairs Forum will dive into these complexities during CYBERSECURITY: The Quiet War.

Join IAF on Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. to unpack these digital threats with Joshua Larocca, managing director at Stroz Friedberg, a digital risk management firm based in New York. Larocca’s insights will draw upon his work in counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of Justice and his expertise in digital forensics.


Dennos Spring Art Market

On Saturday, May 14th from 11a.m.—5 p.m. the Dennos Museum Center will be hosting the Spring Art Market. Over 20 talented artists will be present selling their works in media including pottery, jewelry, print, painting, glass, metal, mixed media, fiber and more. Sculptures exploring color and form by current exhibit artist, Nathalie Miebach, will be newly displayed for sale as part of the market as well as her playful series of colorful woven paper lamps.

Live art demonstrations will take place throughout the day by NMC Fine Art Faculty featuring table top printing by artist Glenn Wolff and customized ceramics by artist Zach Tate.

  • 10 a.m. —11 a.m. Members Only & NMC Staff and Students Preview – Shop & Park Early
  • 1 p.m. Children’s Art Demo & Book Signing With Local Author & Illustrator, Brianne Farley. Also visit Brianne’s newly installed dinosaur mural in the Discovery Gallery.
  • 2 p.m. Tour with our Director, Craig Hadley
  • 11 a.m.—4 p.m. Children’s Art Activity with our docents

Come out and support local artists, the Dennos Museum and NMC Art Department faculty! Enjoy free admission and special programs for all ages throughout the day.

The full list of participating artists can be viewed here.

Long Night Against Procrastination

Long Night Against Procrastination posterCome to the NMC Library and the 1st floor of the West Hall Innovation Center Wednesday, April 27 from 4—10 p.m. for an evening of snacks and support to power through the finals crunch!

We’ll have snacks and beverages throughout, and a big stack of pizzas arriving at 6pm.

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 knock out your assignments and exam prep.

We’ll also have an on-site child care room for kids Pre-K and up to give you some uninterrupted focus time (parents must remain reachable and in the building).

NMC’s Learning Lab Demonstration and Project Overview

NMC Learning Lab Demonstration and Project OverviewThis free, in-person event will provide local industries and manufacturers with the opportunity to experience the NMC Learning Lab firsthand. You will see an overview of the collaboration robot, milling operation, and the integration required to allow them to successfully work in tandem. Lab demonstrations, training opportunities, and more will be showcased.

Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Place: Parsons-Stulen Building, Room 151, 2600 Aero Park Drive, Traverse City, MI
Time: 3—4:30 p.m.

This is a great chance to see the Learning Lab in action and continue to bring Industry 4.0 to the region!

NMC Jazz Bands in concert April 23

NMC Jazz Band concert posterJoin us for a swinging jazz concert featuring the NMC Jazz Bands, directed by Laurie Sears with guest artist Josh Lawrence, trumpet and new Director of Jazz Studies at Interlochen Center for the Arts. The concert is Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium.

Free to NMC students with ID, tickets at

GVSU Physician Assistant Program Preview Day

GVSU physician assistant photoAre you interested in finding out more about GVSU’s Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) program? Come to the Physician Assistant Program Preview Day on Friday, April 22, from 9-11 a.m. During the session, you will have a chance to hear from the PA program director and the chair of admissions, who will answer any of your admission and/or program related questions. You will also tour the labs used by the PA program in Traverse City and meet with the site director. Current GVSU PA students and an advisor will also be available to answer questions.

This event is open to anyone interested or curious about the PA program and will be held at the NMC University Center in room UC 09.

Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

Concert kicks off week of Earth Day events at NMC

Earth Day Concert and CelebrationA free outdoor Earth Day concert and celebration from noon—8 p.m. Friday, April 22, will kick off a week of events marking Earth Day on campus.

Open to the public, the concert will be held under a tent outside of the NMC Innovation Center on main campus. Bands featured include headliners Erin Zindle and the Ragbirds, with openers Silver Creek Revival, and featuring The Lofteez, Stonefolk, Jimmy Olson/Friends, Avid Kain, and Skylea with David Chown. Production support and planning is being furnished by NMC Audio Tech students, along with NMC Student Life and NMC Student Government. Set changes will occur on the hour.

The concert will celebrate Earth Day and focus on environmental issues, especially water. Along with the music, information tables will be offered by campus and community groups including NMC Water Studies, the NMC Green Team, FLOW (For Love of Water) non-profit, Title Track, and more. E-waste recycling bins will also be available on main campus, accepting the following items: Computers, laptops, cell phones, modems, card readers, iPods, inkjet printer cartridges and network equipment. Earth Day events continue into the following week:

  • Campus cleanup (all week): Campus teams can choose a time and space to clean up at their convenience between April 22 and 29. Trash bags and gloves will be available at the Earth Day Fair Student Success table and in the Student Success Center (Osterlin Building) all week long.
  • Grow your own produce (Monday, April 25, 10—12 p.m.) Get a jump start on gardening and learn how to be self-sufficient. Seeds and informational handouts will be available in the NMC Innovation Center.
  • Bioregional mapping (Tuesday April 26, 5:30 p.m.) Do you know where you’re at? Get a clue doing hands-on natural mapping with author and teacher Stephanie Mills. We’ll save the earth one place at a time, and we cannot save—or love—what we can’t describe. Together we’ll chart the outlines of our habitats and blaze a trail to more to learn. Meet in the Innovation Center, Room 106/107.
  • Native flower planting day (Thursday, April 28, 12—3 p.m.) Learn the importance of native vegetation. Meet in the NMC Innovation Center. Gloves and tools will be provided.
  • Restorative outdoor yoga (Friday, April 29, 12 p.m.) Nature is important for mental health. Practice being mindful and respectful to the land. Meet in NMC Innovation Center, practice will be outdoors.




Sally Smarsty
Student Success Coordinator
Phone: (231) 995-3021

CIT Industry Night Out at 20Fathoms

20Fathoms welcomes the NMC CIT Program to our office, Northern Michigan’s home of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

  • Meet regional tech professionals
  • Learn about career paths and opportunities
  • Hear how startup incubators are fueling the future
  • Enjoy food and refreshments as you grow your network

When: Thursday, April 21, 5:30-7:30 pm
Where: 10850 E. Traverse Hwy, Ste. 4400, Traverse City, MI


Free Self-Defense Seminar

Join us for a free self-defense course taught by a local martial arts instructor on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, from 1 pm – 2 pm in the Rajkovich Physical Education Center (Gym). This event is open to all NMC students.

Questions? Email

Pizza with the President

Pizza and sliceTake a study break! Power up with free Pizza!

Join NMC President Nick Nissley for Pizza with the President at Noon Wednesday, April 27 in the Innovation Center near the Hawk Owl Café.