Student Connect: International Tea

International Tea October 2023Join 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, Oct. 18, from 9:15–10 a.m., in the Student Lounge outside the O100 offices in the Osterlin Building (#3 on the Main Campus Map).


NMC and Davenport University BSN informational session

Davenport BNS meeting

Advance your career in nursing with Davenport’s BSN completion program. Join the upcoming informational session to learn how to transfer to Davenport University and earn a BSN in 10 courses. Davenport’s Traverse City team will guide you through the application process and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions of our faculty experts.

Benefits of completing your BSN at Davenport University include:


Friday, October 13
1:30 p.m.
James Becket Building, room 136 (#13 on the campus map)




Friday, October 13
1:30 p.m.



Now accepting applications for winter enrollment. Please contact Zach Whitaker, Campus Director and Nursing Advisor, at or (616)732-1180 for questions.

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IAF welcomes former U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan on Thursday, Oct. 5

Northwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum continues its 30th season on Thursday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center.

Join the discussion as Ambassador (ret.) Susan D. Page addresses the structural difficulties Africa faces for the future, including refugee crises, famine, terrorism, foreign influence by Russia & China, and more. This is an in-person event with online livestream available. All NMC students, faculty, and staff are free to attend.

Ambassador Susan Page NMC International Affairs Forum

Amb. Susan D. Page is the Director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center & Professor of Practice in International Diplomacy at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and Professor from Practice at the University of Michigan Law School. She has deep expertise in international relations, particularly in Africa. Her senior level roles have included Assistant Secretary General/Special Adviser on Rule of Law, Global Focal Point Review Implementation, Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) to the United Nations Mission for Justice Support to Haiti (MINUJUSTH), first U.S. Ambassador to newly independent South Sudan, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires to the African Union, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, key adviser to the peace process that resolved Africa’s longest-running civil war through international mediation, head of rule of law programs for the UN, and a foreign service regional legal advisor and political of ficer in East, Central, and Southern Africa.

Stan Otto, a former senior U.S. diplomat and current IAF Board co-chair, will moderate the discussion. Otto was a senior diplomat in the State Department with 40 years expertise in promoting international cooperation and understanding, including policy planning, negotiating and management in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to the Foreign Service, he was a Fulbright lecturer in Taiwan and taught at universities in Iran and Egypt. He also served in the Peace Corps in Morocco and Cameroon.

This event is open to the public and available to livestream online. Admission is $15 per person or free for students and educators. The event includes a welcome reception with appetizers at 5:30 p.m.

In addition to her NMC engagement, Amb. Page has agreed to present to area secondary school students on Friday, Oct. 6. NMC IAF will host the session for 200+ students, including extended Q & A with the Ambassador.

For in-person tickets, online tickets, and all event details, visit

Fall Festival

NMC Fall FestivalNMC Student Life will be hosting a Fall Festival on October 3 from 12-4 p.m. in the lobby of the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center so that students can network and learn more about NMC student groups.

Join us for treats, swag, door prizes and information about NMC’s new and returning student groups.

Lunch & Learn: study abroad 2024

Lunch & Learn Study Abroad 2024Join us for lunch on Wednesday, September 27 at 12:15 p.m. in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center room 106/107 to learn about 2024 study abroad opportunities for students. International pizza will be served.

The 2024 study abroad destinations are:

    • Ireland (Audio Tech)
    • Costa Rica (Nursing)
    • Brazil (Biology)
    • India (Humanities)


NMC’s study abroad trips offer 8-16 day academic learning experiences around the world. Most students can qualify for $1,000 scholarships. Students receive academic credit and can also qualify for a global endorsement on their diploma.

Voter Registration Drive

Vote buttonAs part of National Voter Registration Day, volunteers from The League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area (LWVGTA) will help new voters register and find their precincts on Tuesday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center lobby. NMC students, employees and the community are welcome.

NMC Jazz Big Band to perform at Leelanau UnCaged

NMC’s Jazz Big Band will perform at the 9th Annual Leelanau UnCaged Festival on September 30. The Big Band will perform at 5:45 p.m. on Center Stage and will feature an appearance from former NMC Jazz Band directors Mike Hunter and Laurie Sears. Many of the members of NMC’s big Band are working professional musicians in the area with their own groups and are scheduled to perform other sets throughout the day.

Fore more information and to view the full event schedule, visit

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3 on 3 Basketball Tournament for NMC students and staff

BasketballNMC Campus Life will be hosting a 3 on 3 basketball tournament on Friday, September 15 from 5:30-8 p.m. This tournament is open to all NMC students, staff and faculty and will be held at the outdoor basketball courts behind East Hall.

Teams must sign up by Thursday, September 14.


Questions? Contact Marcus Bennett at or (231) 995-1401. 

Youth Climate Rally For Our Future!

Join youth from across Michigan for a lobby day in Lansing to push for 100% carbon-free energy! We will have opportunities for you to meet with lawmakers and make your voice heard on behalf of our clean energy future.

Northern Michigan has been selected to receive a 50 person electric bus to transport students free of charge. GET ON THE (electric) BUS TO LANSING! Please RSVP to reserve your spot on the bus. 

NMC climate rally


Date: September 26
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Michigan State Capitol
Departure information: September 26, 8 a.m., outside Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center


Your attendance will be supported with transportation, food, live music and cash giveaways!

For questions, contact Taryn Indish at

Dennos Museum Center dance party: Pride edition

Dennos Museum Center pride dance partyThe Dennos Museum Center is hosting a dance party on Thursday, September 21 from 7-9 p.m. to welcome Hawk Owls back to campus with a joyful celebration of pride. Dance, enjoy snacks, and view art at this 18+ friendly event. Museum members, NMC employees and the public are welcome to attend. Enjoy 0 proof cocktails from Audacia Elixirs. One drink ticket provided with your reservation. Additional drink tickets available for $10 per drink at the bar. Free for NMC students and staff. 

NMC Night at the Pit Spitters

Hey Hawk Owls!

Join fellow students, employees and alumni on Thursday, August 10 at 7:05 p.m for NMC Night at the Traverse City Pit Spitters. Tickets are free for current employees, alumni, and students. Tickets are $10 each for family members who would like to join.

Students, employees and alumni will receive a voucher for a hotdog and a soda. Additional vouchers may be purchased for family members for $5 each.

If you reserve tickets for family members, bring cash with you to the game to cover their cost. Come wear your NMC swag and be ready to have some FUN!

Please RSVP by Thursday, July 20 if you plan to attend.

Faculty and Staff should fill out the RSVP form and students can email to RSVP. 

Juneteenth celebration

NMC’s Juneteenth celebration will be held on Monday, June 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the courtyard area between the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center and East Hall, located on NMC’s main campus. Vendors, activities, and live music will be available. All are welcome.

Juneteenth celebration

The celebration concludes a series of events commemorating the day. Other activities include:

Northern Michigan E3 walk/run/roll on the Boardman Trail
Right Brain Brewery
Saturday, June 17
2-5 p.m.

“All together now” celebration
Traverse City District Library
Monday, June 19
10 a.m to 1 p.m

Screening of “Picturing the Obamas”
The Dennos Museum
Monday, June 19
1 p.m.
Visitors can enjoy free admission to the Dennos Museum from 11 am to 4 p.m.


Contact Marcus Bennett at for further information.

NASO graduation pow wow

NMC 2023 graduation pow wowNMC’s Native American Student Organization will be honoring this year’s graduates with a traditional pow wow on Saturday, June 17 from 1–5 p.m under the pines behind the Osterlin building on NMC’s Main Campus. Grand Entry will take place at 2:30 p.m. 

  • Host: TBA
  • Co-host: TBA
  • Head Man: Todd Brewer
  • Head Woman: Leilani Defoe 
  • Arena Director: Frank Wilson

This event is free and open to the public. If you are interested in vending at this event, please fill out the registration form.

Need more info? Contact Sally Smarsty at (231) 995-3021 or

Free fraud awareness class

Extended Educational Services is hosting a free class on fraud awareness at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 19 in room 106/107 of the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center. Deputy Preston from the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office will discuss how scammers think so you can better protect yourself and your loved ones.

Advance registration is required.

Root beer float social

NMC root beer social

Students, faculty and staff are invited to a root beer float social on Thursday, June 8 from 3–5 p.m in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center near the welcome desk. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For questions, please contact Marcus Bennett at

IAF @ Hagerty Center June 8: Nuclear arms control expert talks global threats, nonproliferation

IAF logoNMC’s International Affairs Forum concludes its 29th season on Thursday, June 8, 6:30 PM at the Hagerty Center with a timely discussion on nuclear weapons and nonproliferation. IAF will welcome Thomas Countryman for this in-person event with livestream available.

Thomas CountrymanThomas Countryman is Chairman of the Board of the Arms Control Association. The ACA, founded in 1972, is a nonpartisan NGO which analyzes key security issues and advises the executive branch, Congress and the public on choices to promote global security and reduce the risk that weapons of mass destruction will be used. Countryman retired from the Senior Foreign Service in January 2017 after 35 years of service. At that time, he served simultaneously as acting Undersecretary for Arms Control, and as Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation, a position he held since September 2011. The ISN Bureau leads the US effort to prevent the spread of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. After serving in Belgrade, Washington and Cairo, he advised Ambassador Albright on Middle East affairs at the US Mission to the United Nations, and was Director for Near East affairs at the National Security Council.

Jack SegalJack Segal, a former senior U.S. diplomat and former IAF Board co-chair, will moderate the discussion. Segal has had a long career in arms control and nonproliferation. He served at the NSC as Director for Nonproliferation and Export Controls from 1999-2000. Prior to that, in Moscow, he was responsible for implementing a variety of arms control agreements. From 1986-87, he served as a State Department representative to the strategic weapons talks of the START negotiations with the USSR in Geneva. While there, he drafted the Agreement on Nuclear Risk Reduction with the USSR which was signed in 1987 and which continues to be honored by the U.S. and Russia today despite the current state of our relationship.

The event at the Hagerty Center is open to the public and will be available to livestream, including public Q & A. The event includes a welcome reception with light appetizers at 5:30 PM.

In-person tickets are required and available for purchase at or at the door for $15 per person. Students and educators attend free in person. Registration is required to livestream.

For in-person tickets, livestream registration, and all event details, visit

NMC’s Canticum Novum presents “Music of Love and Loss”

Canticum Novum concert posterPlease join Canticum Novum in concert on Saturday, May 20 in the Milliken Auditorium as they share an emotional program featuring works by Brahms, Cobb, Hella Johnson, Mitchell, Rathbone, Runestad and more.

Suggested donations ($15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors) will be collected at the door. The performance will start at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Jeff Cobb at

Dennos Spring Art Market

On Saturday, May 13 from 9:30a.m. to 4 p.m. the Dennos Museum Center will be hosting the Spring Art Market. Come celebrate spring and moms at the Dennos with fun museum programming! Over 20 Michigan artists who work in a range of media including ceramics, jewelry, printmaking, painting, glass, metal, mixed media, fiber and wood will be selling their pieces while the museum is open.

2023 Spring Art Market

Join us for a tour with the director, a Mother’s Day card making project, Michigan Legacy Art Park’s community art project, live art demonstrations and a pianist playing in the galleries during this FREE DAY at the museum.

    • 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spring Art Market
    • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make a Mother’s Day card
    • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Michigan Blue Community Art Project
    • 12–3 p.m. Pianist in the galleries
    • 3 p.m. Tour with the Dennos Museum Director

Parking is free in the Dennos Museum Center lot and throughout NMC’s campus.