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. 

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

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.

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 a.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.

Theater 152 presents “An Evening with David Ives”

On Tuesday, May 2 at 3:30 p.m., Theater 152 students will present “An Evening of David Ives”—a selection of comic plays from All In The Timing, winner of the 1994 John Gassner Playwriting Award. The class performance will showcase the work of Theater 152 acting students. It will be held in the theater located in room 217 of Scholars Hall.
The running time is approximately one hour and ten minutes.

Admission is free; no tickets required. We hope to see you there!

IAF to honor World Press Freedom with journalist/advocate & former White House correspondent

NMC’s International Affairs Forum will discuss press freedom around the world on Wednesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center. IAF will welcome to the stage career journalists Joyce Barnathan and Gene Gibbons. Joyce Barnathan was president of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) for 15 years where she helped advocate for quality journalism on the forefront of a changing media landscape. Previously, Barnathan served as the executive editor, Global Franchise, for BusinessWeek. Before that, she served as the Asia regional editor and Hong Kong bureau manager.

Barnathan came to BusinessWeek from Newsweek, where she served as State Department correspondent, Moscow Bureau Chief, and Special Projects Correspondent covering presidential elections.

Barnathan holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian and Chinese studies and a master’s degree in Asian studies from Washington University, as well as a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She is the winner of five Overseas Press Club Awards, including three as part of BusinessWeek’s Asia team, as well as the National Headliner Award. She is a trustee of the Arthur F. Burns Fellowships Program and serves on the steering committee of the Global Forum for Media Development.

Barnathan is committed to strengthening the news media to ensure that we all enjoy vibrant, democratic societies.

Gene Gibbons covered Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton during a 40-year career as a political journalist. Gibbons is a former Reuters’ chief White House correspondent and previously was a Washington-based United Press International (UPI) reporter.

Gibbons served on the board of the White House Correspondents Association and is a past president of the Radio-Television Correspondents Association. His career highlights include serving as a Presidential Debate panelist in 1992 and as a Joan M. Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2010. He has appeared on The PBS NewsHour and other telecasts. Gibbons has written and released a memoir entitled BREAKING NEWS Six Presidents – The Queen – A Pope: A Life in Journalism.

The event at Milliken Auditorium is open to the public and will be available to livestream, including a public Q&A. The event includes a welcome reception with refreshments at 5:30 p.m..

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

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

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Marine Technology Society End of Year Party

The Marine Technology Society is hosting a party to celebrate the end of the year on Thursday, May 4 from 4:30-7 pm at the pier at the Great Lakes Campus. Join us for food, games and ROVs!

MTS end of year party flyer

Please RSVP if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, contact Shelby Satkowiak at

In the event that the weather is poor that day, the party will be held indoors at the Parsons-Stulen Building.

Marine Technology Society Ship to Shore

Join the NMC Marine Technology Society on Monday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center room 106/107 for a live virtual tour of Schmidt Ocean Institute’ s new 360-foot R/V Falkor (too) during its current expedition researching deep-sea coral off the coast of Puerto Rico. This is a rare opportunity to explore a research vessel while it’s underway with a chance to talk to scientists, marine technicians, ROV pilots and crew. There will be food. All are welcome. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.