Elevate Northern Michigan: A Youth Mental Health Summit for Young Leaders – and Those Who Love Them

On Tuesday, November 1, community network We Fight will host its second “Elevate Northern Michigan: A Youth Mental Health Summit for Young Leaders – and Those Who Love Them.”

Elevate Northern Michigan is a quarterly summit series focusing on boosting knowledge regarding psychology, neuroscience, practical well-being tools, and leadership skills related to mental health. The 90-minute event will consist of three workshops with local experts:

  • Dr. Michael Kern, Ph.D: School Psychologist at Interlochen Center for the Arts
  • Meg Mertaugh-Graber, M.Ed., MSW, LMSW Clinical, LICSW: Founder of Care-O-Van, PLLC & AVEC Care Farm
  • Jessie Perez: Family Navigator at National Alliance for Mental Illness Grand Traverse

Registration is free but required as space is limited.

All are welcome at the summit — particularly young people aged 16-24 and those who love them. No previous training or engagement with We Fight is required. The event begins at 1 p.m., and will take place at Northwestern Michigan College’s Innovation Center in Room 106/107.

We Fight is grateful to Northern Lakes Community Mental Health and NMC for their support and sponsorship of Elevate Northern Michigan.

We Fight recently underwent a strategic visioning process to better accomplish its vision: a northern Michigan where everyone plays a role in protecting our kids’ mental health.

“I hope that aspiring youth leaders leave this summit with a better understanding of the skills required to project their voice and tackle systemic change with the youthful determination that makes their advocacy so unique, to begin with,” said We Fight leadership team member, Central High School student Will Unger.

“I’m proud of the We Fight community for stepping up. And I’m grateful for our local experts for their generosity to help boost knowledge, shift attitudes, decrease stigma, build support and elevate youth voice. The Elevate Summits are a science-based, urgent and optimistic step toward a northern Michigan where everyone plays a role in protecting our kids’ mental health,” said Good Works Lab founder, Ty Schmidt.

We Fight for Northern Michigan’s Youth Mental Health, or “We Fight,” was founded in December 2021 as an initiative of Traverse City-based social change agency Good Works Lab. Since its founding, over 630+ people who care have committed to protecting youth mental health in Northern Michigan by leveraging the Surgeon General’s Youth Mental Health advisory. To get involved, visit Good Works Lab’s website.

Passport to Brazil

Passport to BrazilThe Passport Student Lecture Series is a chance to explore other cultures through the experience of NMC students.

Join us as Fabiola McFarlin, a Maritime Academy student at NMC, talks about life and culture in Brazil on November 1 from 12:15–1 p.m. in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center, Rm 106/107. Feel free to bring your lunch along as we relax and learn about this beautiful country.

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

Second Sunday Art Project – Space

second sunday art projectMake your own space themed artwork on Sunday, October 9, 2022 from 1–3 p.m. in the Sculpture Court at the Dennos Museum Center with some of the museum’s docents. While at the museum, work with real data from NASA telescopes and satellites using our Observing With NASA Kiosk in the Discovery Gallery.

Indigenous People’s Day Celebration

Indigenous Peoples DayNorthwestern Michigan College and the NMC Native American Student Organization are presenting an Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration on Monday, October 10 from 2–4 p.m. on the front lawn outside of the Osterlin Building.

The Grand Traverse Band, drummers, dancers, and other Native members will be under the pines to help educate and celebrate the day.

This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair.

2023 Iceland Study Abroad Meet-and-Greet

Study Abroad IcelandWould you like to visit Iceland next May to study geology and the biology of climate change but have a lot of questions?

Tamara Coleman and Nick Roster, the instructors leading the trip, will be hosting a meet-and-greet on Thursday, September 29 from 5–6 p.m. in Rm. 111 of the Health & Science Building for students who are interested in learning more about this trip.

Unable to attend? Contact Dr. Tamara Coleman at tcoleman@nmc.edu or Dr. Nicholas Roster at nroster@nmc.edu for more information about this opportunity.

2023 Study Abroad Meeting

Study Abroad 2023See the world and earn academic credits at the same time! Bring a lunch and join us for a conversation on Thursday, October 6, 12:15–1 p.m. in Rm. 106/107 of the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center to learn about our study abroad experiences in Iceland, Guatemala, Spain & Portugal, and Morocco next summer.

At this meeting you will:

  • Learn how to register for a study abroad experience
  • Meet the Faculty Leads
  • Paige Sansonetti (from NMC’s Financial Aid department) will show you how and when to apply for NMC scholarships
  • Kailey Rubinas from MiLEAP will speak about additional scholarship opportunities

For more information, contact Jim Bensley at jbensley@nmc.edu, Marina Call at mcall@nmc.edu or call the International Services and Service Learning office at (231)995-2527.



Health Forum of Northern Michigan Event: Adolescent Mental Health in Northern Michigan

Join us for a free community discussion related to adolescent mental health in Northern Michigan presented by GVSU Traverse City and NMC. Panelists from across the community will share information and local resources related to this important topic to care for our youth in Northern Michigan.

Monday, October 17, 2022, 7:30–9:30 a.m.

The Hagerty Center at Northwestern Michigan College
715 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686

7:30–8 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8–9:30 a.m.: Program

This event is free and open to the public. Register to save your seat!

The Health Forum of Northern Michigan is offered in the fall and spring of each year. It is a collaboration between the GVSU Traverse City Regional Center and Northwestern Michigan College. It is supported by a planning committee of community leaders in the Grand Traverse area. The event is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of West Michigan.

Health Forum of Northern Michigan

International Affairs Forum: Immigration Debate

NMC IAF Immigration Debate

Northwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum continues Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center. The event starts with a reception at 5:30 p.m. with wine & light appetizers.

IAF will host an immigration Debate with David Aguilar, former acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Theresa Cardinal Brown, managing director of immigration and cross-border policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center. The debate will center on immigration reform with a focus on solutions.


2022 NMC Fall Transfer Fair

What’s next after NMC? Start planning at the 2022 Fall Transfer Fair on Wednesday, October 12 in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center. Over 30 schools will be in attendance from 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. to answer your questions in person about next steps on transferring. This is your opportunity to discuss transfer requirements and get information on degrees available at a variety of schools without having to travel to each university.  All students that attend are entered to win some awesome prizes! Will we see you there?!

To learn more about the colleges attending as well as helpful questions to ask at a transfer fair, visit the Academic and Career Advising College Visits page.

For more information, contact the Advising Center at 231-995-1040, advising@nmc.edu or visit nmc.edu/transferfair.

Davenport Fall Fest

Learn more about Davenport University and their partnership with NMC while enjoying free food, music and games. Representatives will discuss the programs that DU offers in areas such as Business, Technology, Health Professions, and Urban Education.

When: Wednesday September 28, 2022, 1–3 p.m.
Where: Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center

Sept. 14 Deaf Awareness Month event: Free Zoom panel with author Katie Booth

The Invention of Miracles book coverIn recognition of Deaf Awareness month, please join NMC’s Office of Disability Services and the local chapter of AAUW (American Association of University Women) at a Zoom panel on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 6–7 p.m. Acclaimed author Katie Booth with be discussing and reading from her book The Invention of Miracles: Language, Power and Alexander Graham Bell’s Quest to End Deafness. She will be joined by two members of the local Deaf community who will share their experiences. The program will be ASL interpreted and live captioned.

Learn more about this free Zoom event at traversecityarea-mi.aauw.net and register for the event here.

Contact Suzanne Sorkin at sorkin@msu.edu for more information about this presentation.

IAF season launches in person Thursday with Democracy vs. Autocracy event

Erica Frantz, PhDNorthwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum launches its 29th season on Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dennos Museum Center Milliken Auditorium in Traverse City, preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. with wine & snacks.

IAF’s season opener will be an in-person event: “Democracy vs. Autocracy” with Erica Frantz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University. Dr. Frantz will explore global examples of the erosion of democratic ideals and the dangerous slide into authoritarianism.

Authoritarianism book coverDr. Frantz has published seven books on these themes, including Authoritarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2018). She is a frequent contributor to publications including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post. This event will also be available to livestream.

The event will be moderated by John Zachman, Ph.D., professor in the Political Science and Philosophy Departments at Northwestern Michigan College. John holds a B.A. from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from Duke University. At NMC, he teaches moral and ethical philosophy and political science courses in a variety of disciplines. He has been promoting student and community engagement in world affairs for over two decades at NMC.

Tickets are required and available for purchase at TCIAF.com or at the door. In-person admission is $15 per person.

Current students and educators receive free in-person admission with school I.D. or name badge. The event is available to livestream. Registration is required with a suggested donation of $10.

Lunch & Learn: study abroad 2023

lunch and learn study abroad 2023Join us for lunch on Wednesday, September 21 at 12:15 p.m. in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center room 106/107 to learn about 2023 study abroad opportunities for students. NMC offers 8-16 day academic learning experiences around the world. Most students can qualify for $1000 scholarships. Students receive academic credit and can also qualify for a global endorsement on their diploma. Please register here.