Bowling night at Lucky Jack’s

Bowling Night at Lucky JacksResidence Life, Student Life and Student Government Association (SGA) are excited to welcome you back to campus by hosting a bowling night at Lucky Jack’s from 6–9 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21.

There will be free bowling and shoes for all NMC students along with door prizes and give-aways.

Marine Technology Society holiday party

The Marine Technology Society is hosting a holiday party on Friday, Dec. 15 from 12:30–4 p.m. at the Makerspace lab in the Parsons-Stulen Building, located on NMC’s Aero Park Campus. There will be food/drinks (vegan options available), activities and a surprise visit from Santa Claus!

Don your ugliest sweater and participate in the ugly sweater contest! Prizes will be awarded for the worst one.

IAF Global Hotspot | Israel-Palestine: Conflict in Context

Northwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum comes together on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center for a Global Hotspot event—Israel-Palestine: Conflict in Context. The program will include an examination of historical foundations of the current conflict and welcome back two past leaders of IAF to share their informed insights.

Leila Hilal is a human rights attorney and former IAF executive director. Hilal served as Senior Policy Adviser to the Commissioner-General of the Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) and as a legal adviser to Palestinian negotiators from 2002-2008. Now a director at the Detroit Workforce Funder Collaborative, Hilal recently returned from a visit to Jordan.

Jack Segal is a former IAF Board co-chair and a retired senior U.S. diplomat who served in the U.S. Embassy in Israel as counselor for political/military affairs during the first Intifada and the Gulf War. Jack also served at the NSC as Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, and later, Director for Non-Proliferation, and at NATO as Senior Political Adviser to NATO’s operational commander in Afghanistan.

Hilal and Segal will provide vital context on this complex issue and answer audience questions, in person via question cards and online via livestream.

The Dec. 14 in-person event at the Dennos Museum Center Milliken Auditorium is open to the public and available to livestream online. Admission is $15 per person. Admission is free for all students and educators. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the program begins promptly at 7 p.m.

The International Affairs Forum is member-supported program of Northwestern Michigan College and a member affiliate of the World Affairs Councils of America. For in-person tickets, online tickets, and all event details, visit

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Yoga and Mindfulness

Yoga and MindfullnessAs finals approach, take a moment to breathe and center yourself. Join NMC Voices on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Osterlin Building for an evening of relaxation and mindfulness through yoga. This event is a perfect opportunity to stretch out the stress and find your inner peace. Open to all levels—whether you’re a yoga guru or a complete beginner.

Jazz concert Dec. 9

The NMC Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Big Band will be performing their final concert this semester on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Milliken Auditorium. We’re playing lots of great charts by Battle, Dorham, White, Mercer, Ellington, Corea, Moten, Sabina, Davis, Jones, Arlen, Baker, Sorenson, Mingus, and Kanno. Warm up your December with some hot music by some of the coolest players around!

Doors open at 7:00pm and the show starts at 7:30pm with a brief intermission between groups!

Tickets at the door are $15 for Adults, $10 for Seniors and free for NMC students with their student ID. Tickets can be purchased at


Indulge in a Sweet Evening with ‘Chocolat’ 

Chocolat Movie flyer NMC Voices Multicultural ClubJoin NMC Voices and the Multicultural Club for a magical screening of the enchanting 2000 film, Chocolat on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center, Room 106/107. Unwrap the layers of this delightful tale that blends romance, humor and a touch of magic in a quaint French village.

Free popcorn and chocolates from Great Lakes Chocolate & Dessert Co. will be served! This event is open to all NMC students and employees. Don’t miss out!

For questions, contact or

Dodgeball tournament

Dodgeball tournament

Campus Life is hosting a dodgeball tournament on Thursday, December 7 at 7 p.m. in the Rajkovich Physical Education Center (PE Building).

  • Prizes for 1ˢᵗ and 2ⁿᵈ place teams
  • No entry fees
  • Open to all current NMC students and employees
  • Maximum of 5 persons per team 

The deadline to sign up is December 6, 2023

If you have any questions, please contact Marcus Bennett at


Study abroad photo contest exhibit

NMC study abroad photo contestStop by the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center during 12–1 p.m. on Monday, December 4 to see the winning photographs from the 2023 study abroad photo contest. Photos from Morocco, Iceland, Spain, Portugal and Guatemala will be on display.

NMC Pride group bake sale

NMC pride bake saleThe NMC Pride student group is holding a bake sale in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center on Wednesday, November 29 from 12–4 p.m. A variety of baked goods, including vegan and gluten free options will be available for purchase. Stop by and show your support! Cash is preferred.

Climate Sisu screening and discussion

Climate SisuJoin us for the “Climate Sisu” documentary and panel discussion on Thursday, November 30 at 7 p.m. in the Dennos Museum Center. In addition to viewing the film, attendees will have an opportunity to hear from environmental activists, climate scientists and educators who will provide insights on local resources and community initiatives, allowing us to explore potential solutions for climate resiliency. 

Find more information and to register, visit

Long Night Against Procrastination

NMC Long Night Against ProcrastinationJoin the Library, Writing Center, Student Success and Student Life teams for our end-of-semester finals studyfest on Thursday, November 30 from 4–11 p.m.! We’ll have the fuel and support you need to tackle your exam prep, final essays and projects, as well as a relaxation room and a knitting corner (available from 7–9 p.m.) for when you need to take a study break. We’ll also be raffling off a range of prizes at the end of the night. Stop by for a bit or stay for the duration and take a serious dent out of your finals work pile!

Pizza will be served at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Remembering Pearl HarborOn Thursday, December 7, Major General Marsiglia (USAR) will cover the strategic importance of the Pacific Theater in the modern world and the history of the Pacific before and since the attacks on Pearl Harbor. The talk begins at 2 p.m. in Scholars Hall, room 109.

This event is open to the public and is free to all. Seating is limited to 100. First come first serve.

Explore Your Major: Social Work

Explore Your Major Social Work Ferris State UniversityUniversity Center partners from Ferris State University will be in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center, room 106/107 on Wednesday, November 29 at 5:30 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! FREE Food and swag will be provided.

For questions, contact Kevin D’Alessandro at or (231) 492-6522

Pinecone turkey pop-up

NMC Student Life Pinecone turkey pop-upAre you getting hyped for Thanksgiving yet? Student Life is ready to bring on the holidays and help you create your first Thanksgiving 2023 memory. Our MCAN Coach, Tait Ricks, will be in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center hallway on Tuesday, November 14 from 1–3 p.m. with all the supplies needed to make the most amazing pinecone turkeys in history. Stop by and say hi and create a turkey or two!

8th Annual NMC/GW Walk for Health and Housing

The public is invited to join NMC students and Goodwill Northern Michigan on the 8th Annual Walk for Health and Housing, a guided tour of downtown Traverse City from the perspective of people experiencing homelessness and the providers who serve them, departing from NMC’s Great Lakes campus parking lot at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15.

The walk is a part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, happening Nov. 11–19, and brings together students and community partners to raise awareness about the increasing affordability crisis in Northwest Michigan. Lasting about two hours, the guided walk through downtown Traverse City illuminates the problems of food insecurity and homelessness. Along the route, participants will stop to hear stories from service providers about their efforts to mitigate these problems in the region. 

The walk is an example of Experiential Learning (EL) at NMC. EL actively engages learners through relevant and ongoing experiences, critical problem solving and reflective practices, bringing us closer to the content, issues and problems of coursework. 

Community partners include the organization National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Goodwill NM, Northern Michigan Supportive Housing, Jubilee House, Housing North, Central United Methodist Breakfast program, Food Rescue of Northern Michigan, Traverse City Police Department, Safe Harbor and the Northwest Michigan Coalition to End Homelessness.

As this is intended for our entire community, please feel free to invite family and friends. 

NMC’s Great Lakes Campus is located at 715 E. Front St., Traverse City.

Fall 2023 volleyball tournament

Fall volleyball tournament

Campus Life is hosting a volleyball tournament on Thursday, November 16 from 7–10 p.m. in the Rajkovich Physical Education Center. This tournament is gender-inclusive and open to all current NMC staff, students and faculty. Teams must sign up by Tuesday, November 14, 2023 before 11:59 pm.


For questions, please contact Marcus Bennett at or