NMC October Conference is Oct. 11

NMC Next: Unlock Your Full Potential

Our NMC October Conference is back face to face! Faculty and staff will come together Tuesday, Oct. 11 for a full program of professional development led by colleagues and guest speakers. This year’s theme is Unlock Your Full Potential based on the NMC Next strategic plan.

NMC, CIE and PDI logosRenowned author and learning specialist Todd Zacrasjek will deliver the morning keynote with ways to unlock our learning potential. Zacrasjek, director of the Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning, will speak on “Uncovering Learning Myths That Waste Time and Money.” He will also lead four workshop presentations for faculty and staff.

Other presenters will deliver a variety of sessions with hands-on learning for improving your teaching, your work, and your work life as we unlock our potential and implement the college mission. Topics include Creating Community Partnerships, Disruptive Innovation at NMC: Introducing the Office of Possibilities (OOPS), Learning Without Thinking, and ALIVE! Embracing Life and Thriving After Pandemic Losses. The full schedule will be released soon.

The day starts at 8 a.m. with coffee and donuts at the Dennos and the opening talks in Milliken Auditorium and ends with a game of kickball on campus grounds. In between, there will be four workshop sessions, lunch, and cider and apples.

Our October Conference, sponsored by the Center for Instructional Excellence and the Professional Development Institute, is a unique opportunity for faculty and staff to collaborate and learn together. The campus is closed for business and classes on Oct. 11, so shut your office door and join your colleagues for a day of food, fun and learning!

Parking enforcement starts Sept. 5

The Traverse City Parking Patrol will begin issuing warnings at NMC Saturday, Aug. 27 and start issuing citations for parking violations on Monday, Sept. 5. All NMC students and employees must have their 2022-2023 permits displayed then. If you haven’t received your permit, they’re available at the Campus Safety & Security office in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center (#9 on the Main Campus Map) and the Enrollment Services office on the main level of the Tanis Building (#5 on the Main Campus Map).

The Traverse City Police Department has provided the following information on how to avoid parking tickets on campus by properly displaying your parking permit:

  • Place your permit in the bottom left-hand corner of your windshield.
  • Place your permit right side up. An upside-down permit will be considered invalid.
  • Hang tags must be on the rear view mirror. 
  • Be sure that the expiration date on your permit can be seen from the outside of your vehicle. (Some vehicles have a tint on the edges of their windshield, so be sure your permit is not behind a tint, as it will make it difficult to see from the outside.) When it doubt, get out of your vehicle and be sure you can see the entire permit from the outside.

If you do get a ticket, payment can be made at the red drop-off payment box at the east end of the Cedar lot in front of the Health & Science Building on main campus. You can also mail the fine in to the city, or pay at the parking services office in the public parking garage at 303 E. State St. Payment information is also on each ticket.

If you have any questions about parking enforcement on campus, please call Campus Safety & Security at (231) 995-1111.

Health & Science Building atrium will be a city polling place August 2

The Health & Science Building atrium on NMC’s main campus will be used as a city polling place for Precinct 9 voters again this year, including for the Tuesday, August 2 primary election from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Some parking in the Cedar lot will be set aside for voters at those times.

(The NMC Bookstore will be closed that day as well, and will reopen with normal hours Wednesday, August 3.)

Dance with the TC Swing Club

TC swing club flyerTC Swing Club is a recently reinstated student group at NMC!

Open to ALL ages, this group is a fun way to get out, meet your community, and dance the night away!

TC Swing Club is a FREE event, no experience needed, and you can find free instruction if you’ve never swing-danced a day in your life. TC Swing prides themselves on providing a safe, family-friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy a fun evening with the ones you love.

When: Every Sunday from June 3rd 2022 through October 1st 2022, 7—9:30 p.m.
Where: Clinch Park

TC Swing Club Mission Statement: Our mission is to create a safe, fun, and inclusive environment where people of any age and skill level can learn and enjoy Swing Dancing while meeting new people and/or spending time with friends.

New Music Publication

Dr. Jerry Young, an Adjunct Tuba Instructor at NMC, in collaboration with co-author Scott C. Watson (University of Kansas) recently published a new book titled A Practical Guide to Studio Teaching in Higher Education. Published by GIA Publications of Chicago, the text serves as handbook for those who aspire to deliver private instruction in all music performance areas including academic preparation, applying and interviewing for jobs, and building a successful career. Jeff Cobb, Director of Music Programs and Choirs at NMC, served as a consultant for text content on two-year colleges.

Parking enforcement starts Jan. 14

The Traverse City Parking Patrol will begin issuing warnings at NMC Friday, Jan. 14 and start issuing citations for parking violations on Friday, Jan. 21. All NMC students and employees must have their 2021-2022 permits displayed then. If you haven’t received your permit, they’re available at the Campus Safety & Security office in the West Hall Innovation Center (#9 on the Main Campus Map) and the Enrollment Services office on the main level of the Tanis Building (#5 on the Main Campus Map).

The Traverse City Police Department has provided the following information on how to avoid parking tickets on campus by properly displaying your parking permit:

  • Place your permit in the bottom left-hand corner of your windshield.
  • Place your permit right side up. An upside-down permit will be considered invalid.
  • Hang tags must be on the rear view mirror. 
  • Be sure that the expiration date on your permit can be seen from the outside of your vehicle. (Some vehicles have a tint on the edges of their windshield, so be sure your permit is not behind a tint, as it will make it difficult to see from the outside.) When it doubt, get out of your vehicle and be sure you can see the entire permit from the outside.

If you do get a ticket, payment can be made at the red drop-off payment box at the east end of the Cedar lot in front of the Health & Science Building on main campus. You can also mail the fine in to the city, or pay at the parking services office in the public parking garage at 303 E. State St. Payment information is also on each ticket.

If you have any questions about parking enforcement on campus, please call Campus Safety & Security at (231) 995-1111.

Sad News

Longtime NMC Librarian and Archivist Ann Swaney’s husband, Gerald Swaney, passed away December 12. Gerry was connected to NMC for many years through his efforts recruiting young people into technical and STEM programs, taught College for Kids classes, and was instrumental in development of the Career Tech Center’s Manufacturing Engineering program. Read more and share memories here.

Also, Business Instructor Jane Zlojutro’s husband Nicholas Paul Zlojutro passed away December 12. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth St., Traverse City. Read more, share memories and find visitation and memorial service information here.

Sad News

Mary PierceLongtime NMC faculty member Mary Pierce passed away on October 16, 2021.

Mary served as a faculty member in the English departments of several colleges and universities, but she spent most of her career at NMC. In 1999, she won NMC’s Imogene Wise Faculty Excellence Award after being nominated by her students.

A celebration of Mary’s life will take place at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. A memorial luncheon will follow. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Michigan or TART Trails, Inc.

Read more and share your memories here.

Health & Science Building atrium will be a city polling place

The Health & Science Building’s first-floor atrium on NMC’s main campus will be used as a city polling place for Precinct 9 voters again this year, including on Tuesday, Nov. 2 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Some parking in the Cedar lot will be set aside for voters at those times.

Voters are asked but not required to wear masks at the polling place. Masks will be provided for people who don’t have them but would like one. Those not voting are asked to avoid the polling place during voting. (NMC’s Keep Safe plan requires that face masks be worn in all other NMC common areas, hallways and classrooms.)

Parking enforcement starts Sept. 5

The Traverse City Parking Patrol will begin issuing warnings at NMC Monday, Aug. 29 and start issuing citations for parking violations on Sunday, Sept. 5. All NMC students and employees must have their 2021-2022 permits displayed then. If you haven’t received your permit, they’re available at the Campus Safety & Security office in the West Hall Innovation Center (#9 on the Main Campus Map) and the Enrollment Services office on the main level of the Tanis Building (#5 on the Main Campus Map).

The Traverse City Police Department has provided the following information on how to avoid parking tickets on campus by properly displaying your parking permit:

  • Place your permit in the bottom left-hand corner of your windshield.
  • Place your permit right side up. An upside-down permit will be considered invalid.
  • Hang tags must be on the rear view mirror. 
  • Be sure that the expiration date on your permit can be seen from the outside of your vehicle. (Some vehicles have a tint on the edges of their windshield, so be sure your permit is not behind a tint, as it will make it difficult to see from the outside.) When it doubt, get out of your vehicle and be sure you can see the entire permit from the outside.

If you do get a ticket, payment can be made at the red drop-off payment box at the east end of the Cedar lot in front of the Health & Science Building on main campus. You can also mail the fine in to the city, or pay at the parking services office in the public parking garage at 303 E. State St. Payment information is also on each ticket.

If you have any questions about parking enforcement on campus, please call Campus Safety & Security at (231) 995-1111.

Alpha Rho Pi is a top 10 PTK chapter

NMC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international community college honor society, finished as the seventh-most distinguished chapter out of more than 1,200 chapters at the organization’s annual conference held in April. It is the highest the chapter has ever finished.

Rank is determined by combining scores for two projects, Honors in Action and College Project. NMC’s projects were both in the top 50 nationwide. Previously, the Honors in Action project was judged the top project in Michigan, while the college project was second runner-up.

NMC’s Honors in Action project goals were to demonstrate undergraduate fundamentals, critical thinking and reflective skills in a research project. Their project, Deconstructing the Binary Complex in Racism, will also be published in Civic Scholar, PTK’s undergraduate research journal, this summer. For the project, which was also awarded a $1,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, chapter officers and advisor participated in Title Track’s Understanding Racial Justice course, hosted “An Evening for Social Justice” with opening music from Crystal Turner and Seth Bernard, a free community screening of John Lewis: Good Trouble documentary and a panel discussion following with facilitators from Title Track, Northern Michigan E3, adjunct faculty Diane Emling, students from Phi Theta Kappa’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion panel and PTK chapter officers. 

As a follow-up to the event, PTK hosted a Songwriting for Collective Liberation Workshop with musician and Title Track facilitator, Seth Bernard. Chapter members created a music video with lyrics and submitted it as media accompanying the Honors in Action project submission.  

Parking enforcement starts Jan. 18

The Traverse City Parking Patrol will begin issuing citations for parking violations at NMC on Monday, January 18. All NMC students and employees must have their 2020-2021 permits displayed by that date. If you haven’t received your permit, they’re available at the Campus Safety & Security office in the West Hall Innovation Center (#9 on the Main Campus Map).

The Traverse City Police Department has provided the following information on how to avoid parking tickets on campus by properly displaying your parking permit:

  • Place your permit in the bottom left-hand corner of your windshield.
  • Place your permit right side up. An upside-down permit will be considered invalid.
  • Hang tags must be on the rear view mirror. 
  • Be sure that the expiration date on your permit can be seen from the outside of your vehicle. (Some vehicles have a tint on the edges of their windshield, so be sure your permit is not behind a tint, as it will make it difficult to see from the outside.) When it doubt, get out of your vehicle and be sure you can see the entire permit from the outside.

If you do get a ticket, payment can be made at the red drop-off payment box at the east end of the Cedar lot in front of the Health & Science Building on main campus. You can also mail the fine in to the city, or pay at the parking services office in the public parking garage at 303 E. State St. Payment information is also on each ticket.

If you have any questions about parking enforcement on campus, please call Campus Safety & Security at (231) 995-1111.

Sad News

Stephen Ballance photoLongtime NMC instructor and Art Department head Stephen Ballance passed away on October 21, 2020.

Steve joined the NMC faculty in 1971 as a part-time instructor of photography, taught Photography and Art Appreciation from 1981 through 2000 and served as the head of the Art Department from 1986 through 2000, according to his obituary. He also headed the Physical Education Department from 1981 through 1986 and taught sailing to Great Lakes Maritime Academy students. He considered his work with his students as his most important accomplishment.

At Steve’s request, a private memorial service will be held in the spring. Recognitions of Steve’s contribution to the community should be directed to the Paul & Delphine Welch Art Department Scholarship at Northwestern Michigan College, 1701 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686. Read more and share your memories here.

Health & Science Building atrium will be a city polling place and bookstore will be closed Nov. 3

The Health & Science Building’s first-floor atrium on NMC’s main campus will be used as a city polling place for Precinct 9 voters again this year, including on Tuesday, Nov. 3 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Some parking in the Cedar lot will be set aside for voters at those times.

Voters are asked but not required to wear masks at the polling place. Masks will be provided for people who don’t have them but would like one, sneeze guards will be in place within the polling place where voters and election workers most interact, items will be sanitized and social distancing signs will be in place. Those not voting are asked to avoid the polling place during voting. (NMC’s Keep Safe plan requires that face masks be worn and social distancing practiced – staying at least six feet apart – in all other NMC common areas, hallways and classrooms.)

The NMC Bookstore will be closed Nov. 3 as well, and will reopen with normal hours Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Sad News

John PahlLongtime NMC instructor John Pahl passed away on September 20, 2020.

Pahl was hired to teach in NMC’s Communications department in 1966 and remained an instructor at the college for 48 years, while also coaching NMC’s cross country and tennis teams and taking part in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, where he spent a year Germany and had sabbaticals at Cambridge University and Oxford University. He also wrote stories, articles and poems and served on the board of Michigan Writers.

One former NMC student, regional historian and author Kathleen Firestone, established the John Pahl Literary Prize at NMC in honor of her teacher and mentor, and to inspire and reward NMC students for good writing.

Visitation and a Celebration of Live will be held Oct. 3. Read more here.

Parking enforcement starts Sept. 21

The Traverse City Parking Patrol will begin issuing citations for parking violations at NMC on Monday, September 21. All NMC students and employees must have their 2020-2021 permits displayed by that date. If you haven’t received your permit, they’re available at the Campus Safety & Security office in the West Hall Innovation Center (#9 on the Main Campus Map). 

The Traverse City Police Department has provided the following information on how to avoid parking tickets on campus by properly displaying your parking permit:

  • Place your permit in the bottom left-hand corner of your windshield.
  • Place your permit right side up. An upside-down permit will be considered invalid.
  • Hang tags must be on the rear view mirror. 
  • Be sure that the expiration date on your permit can be seen from the outside of your vehicle. (Some vehicles have a tint on the edges of their windshield, so be sure your permit is not behind a tint, as it will make it difficult to see from the outside.) When it doubt, get out of your vehicle and be sure you can see the entire permit from the outside.

If you do get a ticket, payment can be made at the red drop-off payment box at the east end of the Cedar lot in front of the Health & Science Building on main campus. You can also mail the fine in to the city, or pay at the parking services office in the public parking garage at 303 E. State St. Payment information is also on each ticket.

If you have any questions about parking enforcement on campus, please call Campus Safety & Security at (231) 995-1111.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee announces subcommittee chairs, seeks applicants

NMC continues its commitment to making meaningful change in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion at our College and providing you with updates on that work.

This summer the College created a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. The committee is proud to announce the following chairs and advisors of the subcommittees:

  • Employee subcommittee
    • Hollie DeWalt – co-chair
    • Brie Mills – co-chair
  • Community subcommittee
    • Nicole Speelman: co-chair
    • Nicco Pandolfi – co-chair
  • Student subcommittee
    • Sarah Montgomery-Richards – advisor
    • Sally Smarsty – advisor
    • (student co-chairs to be determined)

These chairs and advisors will be seeking applicants for those students and employees who want to help advance this important work by serving on the subcommittees. Please watch your email for more information on how to apply for these opportunities to serve.

The NMC DEI Committee will continue to update you on progress and action related to efforts of making our College and community a more diverse, inclusive and equitable place to learn, work and live. If you have any questions please email dei@nmc.edu. Thank you for your continued support.

Governance Vacancies

Dear Colleagues:

The college is seeking nominations for the following open seats on NMC’s Governance Councils:

Policy Council (Responsibilities)

  • Staff (1 seat)
  • Faculty (1 seat)

Planning & Budget Council (Responsibilities)

  • Staff (1 seat)
  • Faculty (1 seat)

The term of office is three years, with a limit of two consecutive terms. Terms end August 31 of the third year in office. Further criteria for service and responsibilities for each council are attached.

Your active participation in our shared governance system is greatly encouraged. You may also nominate a colleague other than yourself for council membership, but must have the nominee’s permission before submitting their name.

Please send your interest and/or nominations to the President’s Office by responding to nmcpresident@nmc.edu by Tuesday, September 8.

Thank you,

President’s Office
1701 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI
Phone: (231) 995-1010