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!

Intramural Basketball

Season starts Sunday, January 27 for six weeks. Two games per week played Monday – Thursday. At 2:10, 3:10 or 4:10 p.m. or the new time offering Sundays 9:10, 10:10 p.m. 

All players must be current NMC students! All teams must be co-ed! At least one female player must be on the court at all times or you will play short. Female points count double.

Mandatory Captains’ meeting and Sign-up Deadline:

  • Thursday, January 24 at 5 p.m. in the PE Lobby.
  • Registration forms are located throughout campus or pick up one at the Fitness Center in North Hall. Turn in rosters to Steve Dixon at the Fitness Center or bring them to the mandatory captains meeting.

For more information or questions, please call Steve Dixon at 995-1379

Sponsored by N.M.C. Student Life/Student Activities and N.M.C. Physical Education, Sports and Recreation

Don We Now Our Worst Apparel!

Do you and your team have the style, swagger and seasonal spirit to rock an ugly sweater? Will last year’s champs, the NMC Foundation, win the coveted trophy, and the bragging rights again this year? There’s only one one way to find out! 

Send the best of your worst to by 5 p.m. Thursday, December 13. Still photos only, no video submissions please.

The winning team will be decided via applause-o-meter at the NMC Employee holiday party December 14 at NMC’s Great Lakes Campus. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!


Remember to RSVP!

Our annual Holiday Party is less than 2 weeks away! Final count is due THIS FRIDAY, 12/7/2018, so please RSVP if you haven’t already and plan to attend. You may use the link in the invitation you received by email on November 20, or click here.

Promote Your NMC Initiative on #GivingTuesday!

#GivingTuesday is the global day of giving back that takes place annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. On Tuesday, November 27, the NMC Foundation will be encouraging alumni and community members to make a gift to their passion at NMC. 

You can promote your program or passion by sharing our emails and Facebook posts with your audiences and asking them to give to your favorite NMC initiative! Be sure to “Like” the NMC Foundation on Facebook to share posts. Please contact Annual Giving Specialist, Katharine Zurek, with any questions at 5-1030 or

Changes to the Google sign-in interface coming soon


Starting November 27, we’ll make some small changes to the appearance of the Google sign-in page. These follow changes made earlier this year, which updated the sign-in page to match the Material Design principles used in other Google products.

Specifically, you might notice outlines around some entry fields, and changes to the spacing and styling of other text on both the web and mobile screens. The changes will start to take effect on November 27 and may take up to two weeks to reach all users. 

The image to the right depicts the sign-in page that will start rolling out on November 27.

For further questions, please contact the NMC Technology Help Desk at 231-995-3020 or