Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council Awards

The Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council is hosting their annual awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19 in the Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum on NMC’s Front Street Campus. Celebrate with passionate environmentalists and honor their dedication to protecting our planet. David Milarch, Co-Founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, will be the evening’s keynote speaker and NMC faculty member Nick Roster will be receiving an award. The event is free for NMC students and employees. Refreshments will be provided.

Contact Marcus Bennett at mbennett@nmc.edu for more information.

Celebrating Inclusion: A Student Q&A

NMC Disability Awareness EventDo you have questions surrounding disabilities? Ever wondered what it would be like to live with a disability?

Hosts Craig Saunders and Gary Holik from Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) will join a panel of NMC students to discuss what it is like to live day-to-day with various disabilities so that attendees can grasp a better understanding of their human experience through life.

The event will be held in the room 106/107 of the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center from noon to 1:30 pm. on Wednesday, April 24. 

A QnA session will follow their presentation. Boxed lunches will be provided. Open to all employees and students.

This event is brought to you by the NMC Disability Support Office and DEIB Advisory Council.

Block Party

NMC block partyStop by the End of Year Block Bash from 5–9 p.m. on Friday, April 26 in the Dogwood and Chestnut parking lots. Carnival attractions, live music, food and more—the opportunities for fun are endless. Those who wish to participate in rides must register and complete a waiver first. Registrants will receive a bracelet on the day of the event.

This event is brought to you by Campus Life, Audio Tech, Multicultural Club, Residence Life and the East Hall Council.

For questions, contact Marcus Bennett and mbennett@nmc.edu.

NASO pow wow honors 2024 graduates

NMC’s Native American Student Organization will hold a pow wow honoring the 2024 Native American graduates from 1–4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 on NMC’s Front Street Campus. Grand Entry is at 2:30 p.m.

The pow wow will be held under the pines south of the Osterlin Building at 1701 E. Front St. in Traverse City. Admission and parking are free. The event will include food and other vendors in addition to traditional dancing. All tribal vendors from any tribe are welcome. Honorariums are available to the first 40 dancers.

For more information contact Nathan Bootz, NMC’s Native American Success Coach, at nbootz@nmc.edu or (231)436-2411. 

Explore Your Major: Social Work

NMC Ferris State University social work programDiscover the field of Social Work! See how your Social Sciences classes and degree can help you earn a degree and career in Social Work!

Representatives from Ferris State University’s Traverse City campus will be in room 106/107 of the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center on Wednesday, April 17 from 6–7:30 p.m. to discuss the ever-growing career field of Social Work, the NMC to Ferris State University transfer pathway, internship opportunities and earning potential! 

For questions, contact Lisa Blackford at lblackford@nmc.edu or (231) 995-1294 and Kevin D’Alessandro at kevindalessandro@ferris.edu or (231) 492-6522

Comparative Religion and Interfaith Conference

Students in NMC’s Western and Eastern Religions classes are hosting a conference on Saturday, April 13 in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center at NMC’s Front Street Campus.

NMC Comparative Religion and Interfaith Conference

The Comparative Religion and Interfaith Conference is the culmination of an optional course project that will serve as a way for students to apply their learning of world religions in a way that benefits our campus and local community. The conference aims to increase knowledge and understanding of not only diverse religious and cultural perspectives, but also of some of the ways religion pops up in the world around us. Children’s activities will be available throughout the event except during lunch. This event is free and open to the public. 

Schedule

9:30-10:15 a.m.

Opening session

 

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Buddhist Meditation
Quiet meditation led by local Buddhist leaders.
 
Comparative Religion for Health and Human Services
Hear from professionals in healthcare related fields on religious diversity in their work.
 
Comparative Religion for K-12 Educators
Hear from Dr. Sarah Montgomery-Richards on the ways the academic study of religion can be included in a K-12 setting to promote greater cultural understanding.

Interfaith Panel Q&A
Hear from a diverse panel of local individuals who will share their spiritual perspectives and take questions from the audience.

The Religion and Pop Culture Experience, Pt. 1
Ever wondered about how religion pops up in video games and more? Come explore this topic!

 

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lunch

 

12:45-1:45 p.m.

Buddhist Meditation
Quiet meditation led by local Buddhist leaders.
 
Comparative Religion for Health and Human Services
Hear from professionals in healthcare related fields on religious diversity in their work.
 
Comparative Religion for K-12 Educators
Hear from Dr. Sarah Montgomery-Richards on the ways the academic study of religion can be included in a K-12 setting to promote greater cultural understanding.

Interfaith Panel Q&A
Hear from a diverse panel of local individuals who will share their spiritual perspectives and take questions from the audience.
The Religion and Pop Culture Experience, Pt. 2
Join us for Part 2 of this topic!
 

For more information, contact Sarah Montgomery-Richards at smontgomery@nmc.edu or (231) 995-1331 and Ceynor Drumm at cdrumm@nmc.edu.

Long Night Against Procrastination

NMC long Night Against ProcrastinationStop by the Library on Wednesday, April 17 from 5–11 p.m. for the the end-of-semester finals studyfest ! We’ll have the fuel and support you need to tackle your exam prep, final essays and projects, as well as a movement room and a craft corner to de-stress with some crocheting and coloring. The Writing Center, Student Success and tutoring teams will be available to provide additional support.

Two rounds of Dino’s Pizza will be provided along with a selection of other snacks, beverages and fun raffle prizes. Stop by for a bit or stay for the duration and take a serious dent out of your finals work pile!

What’s Next workshop

NMC NMU college workshopNMC, in collaboration with Northern Michigan University, will be hosting a workshop at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3 in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center room 106/107 for students to learn about the appropriate next steps to take after being accepted as a first year student or transfer student to a college or university.

Topics covered include:

    • financial aid options
    • housing & dining
    • orientation
    • registration & tech access

The workshop is open to NMC students, high school students and community members. Dinner will be provided.

 

Study Smart, Finish Strong: Finals preparation workshop

NMC Student Success finals workshopThe Experiential Learning Institute and Student Success team are excited to present an interactive, “Study Smart, Finish Strong” finals preparation workshop from 12–1 p.m. on Monday, April 8. This will be an interactive lunch and learn for students, focused on understanding the learning cycle and how to apply that knowledge to make a study plan for finals! The workshop will take place in the ELI office (TJNIC 103) and lunch will be provided, courtesy of ELI.

GLMA nuclear opportunities brief

GLMA nuclear opportunities seminarHave you ever wondered what it would be like to work aboard a nuclear powered ship? On April 9, Captain Delaney will be hosting an informational seminar on nuclear opportunities in room 211 of the Great Lakes Building. The discussion begins at 1430 with plenty of time for Q&A. Feel free to leave early for class at 1500, or to arrive once your class gets out at 1500.

Student Connect: International Tea

International Tea spring 2024Join 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 will be held on Wednesday, April 10 from 9:15–10 a.m., in the Student Lounge outside the O100 offices in the Osterlin Building (#3 on the Front Street Campus Map).

 

Generative artificial intelligence (AI) in education

Generative AI in education NMC GVSUGrand Valley State University is hosting a free community event in partnership with NMC where experts will share their experience with artificial intelligence in education.

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) has sparked significant interest in the academic world, dominating headlines and becoming a focal point of academic discussions. A prevailing concern is that students may exploit AI to complete assignments and write papers. Instead of perceiving AI as a threat to academic integrity, it is crucial to acknowledge its potential as a tool and remain open to the possibilities it presents for enriching education. By adopting a forward-thinking approach, educators can leverage AI to complement traditional teaching methods, fostering a more dynamic and effective learning environment.

The discussion will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10. Register at gvsu.edu/traverse/ai to attend in person or join the livestream. Those joining in-person will meet in Room 07 (lower level) of the NMC University Center.

Spring jazz concert with guest artist Jim Cooper

NMC Jazz spring concertImmerse yourself in the joyful exuberance of the NMC Jazz Bands under the direction of trumpeter and educator Joshua L Wagner on Saturday, April 20 in the Milliken Auditorium. This concert will feature vibraphonist Jim Cooper as soloist with the Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Big Band, and a special Jazz Combo that will be performing works by Jim. The concert will feature a vibrant mix of music genres, showcasing each band’s versatility. Expect an evening filled with rhythm, melody, and harmony that will leave you spellbound.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. with a brief intermission.

Tickets at the door are $13/advance $15/door for adults, $8/advance $10/door for seniors and free for NMC students with their student ID. Tickets can be purchased at simpletix.com. Exact change cash purchases at the door are appreciated, Contact the NMC Box Office line at (231) 995-1340 for questions or assistance in purchasing tickets.

 

Area libraries invite fruit lovers to talk with chef & author Abra Berens

Michigan Notable Book Tour Abra BerensThe Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) Library and Traverse Area District Library (TADL) will host author and chef Abra Berens at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 in the McGuire Community Room at the public library on Woodmere Avenue. The speaking engagement is part of the Library of Michigan’s 2024 Michigan Notable Books Author Tour. 

Berens, currently farmer and chef at Granor Farm in Three Oaks, started cooking at Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, co-founded Bare Knuckle Farm in Northport, and has collaborated with Farm Club in Leelanau County. She currently serves on the advisory board of NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute.

Abra Berens will discuss her latest cookbook Pulp: A Practical Guide to Cooking with Fruit; recently selected as a Michigan Notable Book for 2024. In addition to highlighting recipes using fruits of the northwest lower peninsula, Berens will discuss challenges and opportunities related to area agriculture and food production.

At the April 11 event at TADL, students of NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute will recreate both sweet and savory recipes from Pulp: A Practical Guide to Cooking with Fruit for attendees to sample.

For more information about this free event celebrating a Michigan author, contact NMC Library at (231) 995-1064 or library@nmc.edu.

The 2024 Michigan Notable Books program and Author Tours are made possible by the Library of Michigan, the Library of Michigan Foundation, and Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit www.Michigan.gov/NotableBooks and www.LibraryofMichiganFoundation.org.

Light Up the Night

Light up the NightLight up the Night is an evening of awareness and solidarity surrounding sexual assault and sexual harassment. Join fellow NMC community members at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 for a vigil honoring and empowering survivors of sexual assault. Attendees will meet in room 106/107 of the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center. The event is open to students and employees. Refreshments and crafts will be provided.

 

Drop-in speed coaching

NMC drop-in speed coachingAre you planning to attend the Walk-in Wednesdays with the advisors? Finish your semester strong and see a coach too! The Student Success coaching team is hosting drop-in speed coaching to help with study tips, time management, organization skills and stress management!

Drop-in speed coaching will be available on:

Wednesday, April 3
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center, rooms 124 & 125

Gala to Give: The Garden Gala

Dress up and enjoy a night of glamour, laughter and entertainment at the second annual Gala to Give. Organized in 2023, Gala to Give was created by NMC students for the NMC community. It’s a time to celebrate achievement, perseverance, and the sense of community that makes NMC great! 

NMC Gala to Give

This year’s event, The Garden Gala, brings together students from across campus and features performances from Audio Tech students and refreshments provided by the Multicultural Student Club. The Garden Gala is a unique opportunity for students to plan and execute an elegant event, using creativity and imagination to create a very special evening. During the gala, there will be dancing, refreshing mocktails and drawings for raffle prizes (tickets available for purchase during the event),

The Garden Gala will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 5 in the Dennos Museum Center. Tickets are limited and all proceeds raised will be designated for the NMC Food Pantry. Tickets are $10 for current NMC students and $30 for guests, alumni and NMC employees. Sponsor packages are also available.
Purchase tickets and become a sponsor at nmc.edu/gala.

Women in Marine Tech event

Women in Marine Tech event NMCThe Marine Technology Society is hosting a Women in Marine Tech event from 4–6 p.m. on Friday, March 15 in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center, room 106/107. Female industry leaders will speak about their experiences in the field. A catered dinner will be provided.