Sue DeCamillis is retiring!

Celebrating her 30+ year career at NMC, Sue served the college over the years in the Health Occupations Office, the Deans Office, the Vice President’s Office and the Business Academic Area. Join us in seeing her off on life’s next adventure!

Sue DeCamillis’ Retirement Celebration
Lobdell’s – 715 E. Front Street
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Open House 4–6 p.m.

Thank You from Kim Hanninen

My family and I would like to thank NMC for the beautiful plant given to us for my mom’s funeral. For around 20 years, she was a member of the Grand Traverse Chorale, along with being an accompanist for the NMC Children’s Choir for over 10 years. She loved music and especially loved working with children and watching them grow in confidence and skill as they performed in various concerts. NMC and EES is a great place for nurturing the young as well as offering options for adults to either learn something new or continue with a talent they’ve enjoyed for years. Thank you NMC for also being an understanding place when the situation of being a family caregiver arises. You made these last 6 years possible for myself and my mom. Thank you.

Sign kids up for the summer Math & Reading Program

There is still time to order GRASP Reading and Math summer lessons for your child in grades K-8. With this at-home program, students retain essential skills over the summer. With a 100% tuition waiver, you pay $45 for one program or $55 for both reading and math.

View the registration flyer HERE and call NMC Extended Education at 995-1700 to register this week!

Bill Queen’s Retirement Celebration

Bill Queen is retiring!

Please help us celebrate his impressive and fun-filled career at Extended Educational Services. His invaluable work has painted the EES canvas with a wide variety of high-interest educational experiences for our community learners — young and old.

Bill Queen’s Retirement Celebration
Right Brain Brewery – 225 E. 16th St.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Open House 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Staff Council announcement – May 9, 2019 forum

Dear Staff,

Thank you for your input and involvement at our last Staff Council forum in November; we found it very insightful and informative, and hope that you also found it beneficial. As it is our goal to facilitate a culture of transparency and communication, your Staff Council would like to invite you to attend our next all-staff forum Thursday, May 9 at 3 p.m. in the Scholars Hall auditorium (SH 109).

At this forum, we will review the following topics:

  • The Experiential Learning Institute (Brandon Everest & Kristy McDonald)
    • Staff’s role in the EL process, areas of application and participation
  • Benchmarking updates (Mark Liebling)
    • Plus staff compensation questions and concerns
  • Presidential search committee and updates
  • Professional Development
    • Staff-specific professional development ideas
  • Feedback to the Staff Council
    • General Q & A
    • Thoughts about holding future Staff Council forums on other campuses

We on the Staff Council look forward to seeing you there.


Staff Council

Dan Goodchild, Chair
Lisa Thomas, Vice-Chair
Kevin D’Alessandro, Secretary
Steve Kellman
Sarah Mavis
Heather Robinson
Hollie DeWalt, At-Large Member
Chad Schenkelberger, PBC Rep.
Judy Arnold, Policy Council Rep.
Mark Liebling, POC

Registration is open for summer lifelong learning classes

The new summer catalog of NMC lifelong learning classes is now available at There are 317 enrichment opportunities for adults and children of all ages. Informal, short classes are taught by local experts on topics ranging from cooking to fitness, recreation, dance, dog training, watercolors, woodworking, fiction writing, QuickBooks and more. The popular Northern Naturalist classes explore area habitats, wildlife, mushroom and tree identification, birding, and more. Four new Botany Tours highlight ecosystems at Port Oneida, Lost Lake Bog, Kehl Lake Natural Area and Good Harbor Beach. To use your NMC Employee Tuition Waiver, you must register by phone with Extended Education at 995-1700. Subscribe to NMC EES e-newsletters here.

¡Bienvenidos! – Ticket Discount for NMC

The Dennos Museum Center welcomes NMC faculty, staff, and community members back from spring break 2019 with a special discount for our upcoming concert with Aguankó on Friday, April 5. This Detroit-based band, led by percussionist and composer Alberto Nacíf, is steeped in the tradition of jazz infused Son-Salsa.

So bring the whole family for a wonderful night of Latin music and dancing. They will be performing for hundreds of local K-12 students in the morning, followed by the public concert at 8 p.m.

Following the link below, you can enter the code NMC to receive a 50% discount on all tickets.

Innovation Grants are due Apr. 5

The deadline for this semester’s round of Innovation Grant applications is April 5, 2019. Applications must be submitted to your area Vice President by this date. 

It is strongly recommended that you discuss your proposal idea with your Vice President before developing the full proposal. VPs do have the authority to reject an application but can also provide valuable feedback to help develop great proposals that are more likely to be successful!

For more information about innovation grants click here:

Or check out the quick links on the NMC Foundation’s home page at

Please note that ALL applicants are required to do a 5 minute presentation for the committee plus plan 5 minutes for Q&A.

Hawk Owl Cafe New Hours of Operation

The Hawk Owl Cafe will close at 2 p.m. Friday’s and reopen 10:30 a.m. Monday’s beginning Friday, March 8.

Meals on the Move will be providing prepared to order meals in East Hall:

  • Friday’s: 4-6 p.m.
  • Saturday’s: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Sunday’s: 4-6 p.m.

Hawk Owl Cafe New Hours of Operation:

  • Monday-Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Located in the Oleson Center


Free Health Insurance

Free health insurance for students who qualify and most do!

Help available for sign up on Wednesday, March 20, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Osterlin Library, qualified representatives from Northwest Michigan Health Agency will guide you through the process.

Open Education Week 2019

NMC faculty saved students $1,257,200 since fall 2015 by choosing free or low-cost textbooks for their courses. Join the OER Squad in thanking our Textbook Heroes during Open Education Week 2019, March 4-8.

Stop by the library lobby between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and tell us how you cope with the high cost of textbooks and get a free phone holder! Come have a piece of “Million Dollar Cake” on Thursday. And check out our fabulous OER faculty and the list of courses NMC offers using free or low-cost textbooks.

Global Literature Reading Group

Copies of the Global Literature Reading Group book, Tears of Salt: A Doctor’s Story, by Pietro Bartolo, are available for purchase for $5 from Tina Ulrich in the library. There is also a copy on reserve. Bartolo is an Italian medical doctor in Lampadusa, an island in the Mediterranean, where thousands of people from the Middle East and Africa have sought refuge. We will be discussing this book on Thursday, April 11, from noon to 1 p.m., in Scholars Hall 103. Join us!

MCO Faculty Conversations on OER

Faculty are invited to attend the 2019 MCO Faculty Conversations Series. Each session allows featured faculty to provide an overview of how they are using OER in their classrooms, what they are using, adjustments they made, challenges and opportunities along with a question and answer time. They are held on the Zoom platform and last one hour (noon to 1:00 p.m.).

Register for your preferred session below:

  • January 28, 2019: Economics Featuring Christian Nelson from Bay College 
  • January 29, 2019: Public Speaking Featuring Claire Sparklin from Washtenaw Community College
  • January 30, 2019: Abnormal Psychology Featuring Susan Harvey from Delta College
  • January 31, 2019:  Calculus I & II Featuring Matt Boelkins form Grand Valley State University and Larry David from Washtenaw Community College
  • February 1, 2019: Physics Featuring Rod Price from Kellogg Community College
  • February 4, 2019: Sociology Featuring Jean Ramirez and Aliza Robison from Lansing Community College
  • February 5, 2019: Social Work  Featuring Lisa Blackford from Northwestern Michigan College

Support Students One Bean at a Time!

Throughout the month of January, the NMC Foundation is a recipient of the Beans for Bags project at Oryana Natural Foods Market. It’s easy to support student scholarships at Oryana this month, simply:

1. Shop at Oryana in January
2. Bring your own bag(s)
3. Put one bean per bag in the NMC Foundation jar at the Customer Service counter

We’re supporting NMC students as they pursue their educational dreams at NMC one bean at a time!

New Year, New Look for the Website

Happy New Year NMC! 

In the past few days we launched a new look for This was a great team effort with a lot of input from students and employees. The goal was to help make it easier for potential students to take action from the homepage. While not a total redesign, the relaunched site has a new look and feel. There may be a few kinks to work out in the beginning. Please let us know if you see something that might need a tweak. And as always, we welcome your feedback.
Your PR, Marketing and Communications Team

Sad News

Jack Ozegovic, instructor in NMC’s Fine Arts Department for over 20 years, passed away December 15. He was 86 and a resident of Lawrence, Kansas at the time of his passing. Read his obituary here.

From Glenn Wolff:

“I have learned sadly that we lost another very fine artist and elder yesterday. Jack Ozegovic, a great friend and mentor to me and many others, created the Printmaking department at Northwestern Michigan College back in the ’60s. Learning intaglio and lithography in that studio under his patient instruction, then working as his assistant, had a profound influence on me as an artist. He was also wise enough to boot my ass out the door after two years, insisting I go on to art school, when I was wavering about leaving. It was a true full circle honor recently to be hired by NMC and take over teaching that printmaking class. Thank you Jack. I will strive to do justice to that wonderfully analog shop that you created.”

From Paul Welch:

“Jack Ozegovic, Norm Averill, and I (right to left) were the beginning of the NMC Art department in the early 1960’s. We hired Jack from Gettysburg College, to develop the printmaking program at the college. It was his efforts and others who saw the major growth of the fine arts in the 1960’s and ’70s. Eventually, because of fine arts expansion, the art program moved into the Bauhaus designed Shirley Okerstrom Fine Arts Building on the campus. Jack is gone but not forgotten.”

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest!

Congratulations to NMC’s Student Life team, winners of the 2018 Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest and the coveted contest trophy!

The winning submission was determined via applause-o-meter at the NMC Holiday Party Friday, Dec. 14. Other outstanding entries included the Business Office, Dennos Museum Center, Extended Education and the University Center! We’re already looking forward to NEXT year!