NMC August Conference 2020

Dear Colleagues:

We look forward to seeing you Monday at our annual August Opening Conference — virtually this year! A calendar appointment was sent to you previously, and recently updated with the appropriate Zoom link. Below is the agenda for the morning, which will include a short break midway through the conference. (more…)

NMC and Oleson Family celebrate final NMC BBQ while continuing student support and community connection

Good afternoon NMC community,

We have some important news to share with you about one of our college’s oldest traditions. After 65 years and nearly $2 million of projects funded, Northwestern Michigan College and the Oleson Foundation have made the decision that 2020 will be the final year of the NMC BBQ event. Despite the change, the Oleson Foundation remains dedicated to supporting our students and the College will continue the strong community connection established through the event’s proud history.

Throughout the decades, many of you have given countless hours of your time, in all kinds of weather (including snow, occasionally) to make the BBQ a success. For years, it served as an “open house” where we could invite our neighbors, friends and family to come to our college and see the amazing people, programs and places that make us all so proud. Thank you for that work. It is because of you that the connection to our community, and the support of our College and students remains strong today.

“We’ve come a long way in 65 years since the Oleson family and the community first joined together to help build our community’s college. We have accomplished much and our college and region have grown and changed considerably over the years,” said Brad Oleson, NMC BBQ committee member. “As we reflect on that success, we feel now is a great opportunity to look toward the future for new ways to support the college as our students’ needs, and our community, continue to grow and change. We celebrate what we have done together and are excited to extend that path into the future to benefit our students, our college and our community for years to come.”

“We are incredibly grateful for the Oleson family’s commitment to Northwestern Michigan College. Our college might not be here today if it wasn’t for their vision and dedication,” said Dr. Nick Nissley, president of NMC. “The Olesons and the BBQ not only rallied support and resources over the years, but allowed us to open our campus to the community to celebrate all that we’ve done together for our students. I am confident we will continue the spirit of the BBQ and Oleson family for many years to come and I look forward to it.”

While the traditional BBQ event will not be returning, the College would like to host a celebration for volunteers, supporters and community members when it is safe to do so in the future.

Since the BBQ first began, there are now a wide variety of ways for the community to learn about, engage with and support the college including through the NMC Foundation, advisory boards, volunteer positions and more.

The Oleson Foundation has pledged to continue their support for the college and its students, just as they have for nearly thirty years. Most recently the Oleson Foundation made a gift of $100,000 to NMC’s new West Hall Innovation Center. Marty Oleson will also continue to serve on the NMC Foundation Board.

The NMC BBQ Committee established an endowed scholarship in 2015 that will provide scholarship support in perpetuity for local students with financial need.

Since the BBQ began, you have developed new ways to connect with our community and to support our students and we are excited to continue that important work together as a college and celebrate with you along the way.

With sincere gratitude,
Diana Fairbanks

Health & Science Building atrium will be a city polling place and bookstore will be closed Aug. 4

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 on Tuesday, August 4. Some parking in the Cedar lot will be set aside for voters at those times.

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.

The NMC Bookstore will be closed that day as well, and will reopen with normal hours Wednesday, August 5.

President’s Office delivers three babies in less than a month

Administrative Coordinator Lynne Moritz and her husband Chris welcomed Evelyn Rita Moritz to the world April 14, while Assistant Jeff Linsell and his wife Dessa welcomed Taylor Rey and Jackson Dean on May 7.

“A big congratulations to Jeff and Lynne,” NMC President Nick Nissley said. “Amidst this time of darkness, to invite such light into the world; it’s extra joyful and beautiful to share this part of your journeys with you. Appreciative of your possibilitarian attitude!”

Extension of “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order

Dear employees:

As our state continues efforts to mitigate the health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended the Stay Home, Stay Safe order through May 15. To support this effort, and comply with the order, Northwestern Michigan College will extend the closure of all five of its campuses in Traverse City through May 15.

College employees are already categorized into essential and non-reporting/on call classifications. If you must come to campus, please wear a face mask, as specified in the governor’s order. For more information and resources for working while campuses are closed, including instructions on mail pickup and delivery, please visit the “keep working” section of nmc.edu/coronavirus.

The governor’s order also allows landscaping and lawn care work to resume. At NMC, that work will include landscape work for the new West Hall Innovation Center and annual spring lawn care and landscaping work with our grounds crews. 

For those who do not need to report to campus at this time, please follow these stay at home safety guidelines:

  • Don’t leave the house unless you absolutely have to.
  • Don’t socialize with people outside your family.
  • You are allowed to go outside for essentials like groceries or prescriptions, but you should limit those trips to no more than once a week if possible.
  • You can visit someone if you are their caregiver.
  • You can walk the dog or exercise outside (for brief periods) as long as you keep a six-foot distance from others.
  • Avoid face to face contact, especially in close-up and confined spaces.
  • Who should do this? Everyone who lives in an area with a mandatory stay home, stay safe order.

Summer semester will be delivered virtually, as announced on April 8. You can see a list of canceled events here. The College is currently planning several possible scenarios for fall delivery of instruction and will communicate with you when those plans are finalized.

This is an unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation. We will continue to communicate with you to keep you safe and limit the disruption to learning as much as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your supervisor.

As we get updates and changes, we post them first on nmc.edu/coronavirus. Please continue to check here for the latest information.

NMC Public Relations

Innovation Grants due April 3

The deadline for this semester’s round of Innovation Grant applications is April 3, 2020. 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! More information about Innovation grants can be found on the employee site under Forms>Resource Development & Foundation.

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

Flu Shot Sale

The Health Services office is holding a $10 Flu Shot sale now through Wednesday, Nov. 27. The office has a limited supply left, so get yours today!

Walk-ins are welcome.

Biederman Building LB106, (231) 995-1255

Free Health Insurance!

Free Health Insurance for students who qualify, and most do!

Help Available for Sign up

Qualified representatives from Northwest Michigan Health Agency will guide you through the process

Helpful to bring but not necessary:

  • Driver’s License or Birth Certificate
  • Most Recent Pay Stub

Tuesday, October 15 ~ 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. ~ Osterlin Lobby Room 113

Osterlin Library and the Writing & Reading Center will be open Oct. 8

Please inform students working on and seeking help on their research and writing assignments that Osterlin Library will be open Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (its regular Tuesday business hours), despite the college being closed for the NMC October Conference.

Because Scholars Hall will be closed Oct. 8, the Writing & Reading Center (WRC) will offer students walk-in appointments with WRC staff in the Osterlin Library reference section during the WRC’s regular Tuesday business hours (9 a.m. to 8 p.m.).

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!

Parking enforcement starts Sept. 9

The Traverse City Parking Patrol will begin issuing citations for parking violations at NMC on Monday, September 9. All NMC students and employees must have their 2019-2020 permits displayed by that date.

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.

Craig Mulder’s Retirement Celebration is August 29

Craig MulderPlease join the NMC Foundation to share best wishes for Craig Mulder’s next adventure as he departs from a 20+ year career making education possible at NMC. Founders Hall will host “Coffee with Craig” 9–11 a.m. on Thursday August 29.

Craig began his work here in 1997 as Osterlin Library’s third full-time Director. He went on to become the college’s Chief Technology Officer from 1999 to 2013 and will be retiring as the Foundation’s Database & Prospect Research Specialist. Please stop by for a cup of coffee and tasty treat as you share appreciation for Craig’s great work for NMC and our students.

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.

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!