Welcome our new Dennos Museum Director!

NMC is proud to welcome Craig Hadley as the new Executive Director of the Dennos Museum Center!

Craig comes to NMC from DePauw University in Indiana where he was Director/Curator with rank of Assistant Professor. He oversaw the recently accredited University Galleries & Collections, which serves as a hub for undergraduate teaching and research. Craig also regularly taught independent studies and capstone courses, introductory museum workshops, and reading topics in the program’s museum studies minor.

The NMC search committee highlighted Craig’s understanding of the higher education landscape, passion for the mission of museums and desire for interconnected learning and building bridges as some of his strengths.

Craig holds a master’s degree in History and Museum Studies from the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s degree from Beloit College. He is an active board member of the Association of Academic Museums & Galleries, and also serves as a grant reviewer for the Institute of Museum & Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Please welcome Craig when he officially begins his new role with NMC on September 4, 2019.

Announcing the fall Global Lit selection!

The NMC Global Literature Reading Group meets twice a year to discuss a book about life in another culture. The group aims to bring together NMC faculty and staff from all departments and disciplines to stimulate critical thinking, literary pleasure, awareness of global diversity, and cultural interconnections. 
This fall’s selection, Blue Label, is a novel by Eduardo Sanchez Rugeles. This is the story of a quest of sorts, as a high school student in Chávez’s Venezuela tries to make sense of love and life—and also tries desperately to leave a country for which she has no affection. Packs a punch on many levels: personal, political, and even mythic. 
Copies are available at a subsidized price of $5—contact Nicco Pandolfi at 995-1065 or npandolfi@nmc.edu. You can also swing by the library front desk to request a copy! The purchase of books is subsidized by the Center for Instructional Excellence and the Helen Osterlin Library Endowment.
This fall’s discussion will be held Thurs., Nov. 21, noon-1 p.m. in Scholars Hall, room 103. Save the date on your calendar, pick up a copy of the book, and plan to join us for a  brown bag lunch and a great discussion!

Innovation Grants are due August 1

The deadline for this semester’s round of Innovation Grant applications is August 1, 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!

Find more information about innovation grants here. Or check out the quick links on the NMC Foundation’s home page at nmc.edu/foundation.

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

2019 Smart Commute Week wrap-up!

Smart Commuter week NMC team membersHeartfelt THANKS to all involved in making NMC’s 2019 Smart Commute Week participation a huge success! Special thanks to the NMC Wellness Committee, NMC’s Smart Commute team captain Kristy Jackson and team Give-a-Hoot Smart Commute, Sodexo, The Dennos, NMC Extended Education, and BCBS Well-Being Consultant Marissa Jarrett.

Here’s to raising the bar even higher in 2020!

Smart Commute Week 2019, by the numbers:

  • 78 Challenge Teams – record number of teams!
  • 550 Individuals on Teams – doesn’t account for the hundreds of folks who just smart commuted!
  • Team members made over 28,481 round trip miles
  • Over 1,600 breakfasts served to Smart Commuters!
  • BATA provided 1,994 free rides and set a non-festival single day ridership record on the Bayline at 682 rides!

Help welcome future Hawk Owls – College for Kids classes begin now

NMC’s College for Kids classes begin June 17 and continue all summer, and you play a vital role in welcoming these young Hawk Owls to our Campuses! If you encounter youngsters and their families, please extend a warm smile and hello; for many, it will be their first experience with NMC. If you have questions, contact Extended Educational Services (EES) at 995-1700 or ees@nmc.edu — we are happy to help!

Thank You from Gene Jenneman

To my NMC Colleagues and Friends:

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the exhibition opening and my retirement event on June 8th.

A very heart felt thank you to President Tim Nelson for his kind remarks and the Resolution of Appreciation naming me Founding Executive Director Emeritus of the Dennos Museum Center.  I hope that I may use that title to further the work of the Museum as I travel the world connecting opportunities for the Museum as my successor may wish to pursue.

It has been a privilege and an honor to have been invited to assist with the design and building of the Dennos over two phases and to give it life as a major cultural facility for the region and the state with an international reputation.

I wish my successor much success and will be there to offer support as needed and requested.

Marcia and I plan to remain in Traverse City for the foreseeable future.



Sad News

Elaine Beardslee, a long-time resident of Traverse City, and a librarian here at NMC passed away on May 24, 2019. Elaine was a treasured part of the NMC community from our founding in 1951 to present. She and her husband, Walter, were named NMC Fellows in 2006. Her dedication to NMC, warmth, intelligence and generosity will be missed by many members of our community.  Attached is a photo from her early teaching days at NMC, before she became a librarian here. The second photo is when she received the Fellows Award.

A memorial service in Traverse City will be held at a later date and we will inform you of specifics when known. 

Timothy J. Nelson, President

ADP: A New Payroll and HR Solution

The Business Office and HR are collaborating with IT to implement a new payroll and HR solution for the College called ADP Workforce Now. The conversion will take place later this summer and impacts all employees. ADP replaces Banner Self-Service’s platform for viewing info such as pay history, leave balances, tax forms, and other personal information. It will also change the way we enter and approve hours worked, and how we request and approve time off. More information on the platform and training will be provided at a later date.

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 nmc.edu/ees. 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: https://www.nmc.edu/about/foundation/about-the-foundation/grants.html

Or check out the quick links on the NMC Foundation’s home page at www.nmc.edu/foundation

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