Innovation Grants are due December 1

The deadline for the spring semester’s round of Innovation Grant applications is December 1. 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

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

Hoodies for the Homeless

The third annual Hoodies for the Homeless will be held at the bookstore November 12-21. Donate a new or gently used hoodie or coat at the bookstore, and get a coupon for 30% off one regular priced apparel item. All items donated will go to the Goodwill Street Outreach program for distribution to people in need.

Important Announcement from the President

It is with mixed emotions that I provide you notice that I will retire from my position as President of Northwestern Michigan College fourteen months from now on December 31, 2019.  By providing this notification now, there is sufficient time to execute a thoughtful, inclusive search for my successor. Rest assured, I will continue to give you my all during the ensuing time. (more…)

NMC Veterans Day Recognition

Monday, November 12

Free breakfast from 0830-0900 in NMC’s Dennos Museum for veterans, Active Duty, Reservists and National Guard members. Following breakfast will be our annual Honor Walk to the flagpole between the Tanis and Osterlin buildings. Presentation of the colors, Taps and the three-volley salute will be performed by VFW Post 2780, The Traverse City Central High School marching band will perform the National Anthem.

Raise money for your student group AND support NMC!

Is your NMC student group looking for a way to raise money?

Members of your group can volunteer to help the NMC Foundation during the upcoming Hawk Owls Say Thanks days. Each volunteer will earn $10/hour for their NMC student group.

Activity includes explaining a thank you note writing activity to NMC students and passing out swag.

Upcoming dates:

  • Wednesday, November 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Osterlin Library
  • Thursday, November 8, 7-9 p.m. at East Hall

Sign-up to volunteer here:

Information about other activities can be found here:

For more information, please contact Katharine Zurek at (231) 995-1030 or

Holiday Art Fair

Art fair photoThe annual Dennos Museum Holiday Art Fair will open Thursday, October 25, 5–8 p.m. and continue Friday through Sunday, October 26–28, throughout the museum.  Fine arts and crafts from 50 Michigan artists, Christmas and Chanukah gifts, arts and crafts kits and more are just a few of the enticements for holiday shoppers. Hours will be Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 1–5 p.m.

NMC employees and students can get a 10% discount on purchases when they mention their NMC connection at the time of purchase.

Learn more here »

Sad News

Mike Oberlin, a longtime Social Science instructor, passed away at 66 years old from health-related issues recently while traveling in Ecuador. He was a wonderful, caring person who taught psychology for NMC for the last 21 years. In  addition to his dedication to his students, he had a great passion for traveling with his wife Merri to foreign lands. He will be greatly missed.

A Colorful Cast – The Rise of Visual Arts in Traverse City

Celebrate the rise of visual arts in the Grand Traverse Region and the legacy and rich history of the NMC Art Department in the reformatted second edition of this retrospective, A Colorful Cast.

Stewarded by Paul Welch and Ann Swaney and authored by Heather Shumaker, A Colorful Cast highlights the men and women who created a wave of visual arts in the Grand Traverse Region and celebrates the role that NMC and its Fine Arts Department played in building regional interest in visual arts. The galleries, the studios, and the festivals that now draw thousands to our region, all were influenced by the vibrant learning environment of the College and the artists who have gathered and learned here.

Copies of A Colorful Cast are $29.95 and are available at the Dennos Museum gift shop, Horizon Books in downtown Traverse City, Twisted Fish Gallery in Elk Rapids, and through the NMC Foundation by calling (231) 995-1021. Proceeds from the sale of A Colorful Cast will go to support visual arts scholarships at Northwestern Michigan College.

The printing of this reformatted edition was made possible by the diligent efforts of Ann Swaney, Adriana Beddoe, Tom Gorsline, and project coordinator and underwriter Peg Jonkhoff.

Bookstore Move

The bookstore will be closed August 2-7 to move to the Health & Science Building. We will reopen on Wednesday, August 8, in Health & Science Room 101. All online book orders submitted during that time will be processed on August 8.

Mitel Phone Training Classes

Voice Systems Administrator David Gates plans to offer additional training on the various features of our phone system in response to staff requests.

Two sets of phone training classes are being planned: A full class for new staff, and a semi-advanced class for experienced staffers. The classes would be given in the large conference room in Founder’s Hall and scheduled as needed. New user guides will also be made available.

For more information, contact David at 5-1110 or

Help students move in Friday, August 24!

Calling ALL faculty, staff and students – help our Hawk Owls on move-in day, Friday, August 24! Sign up for a shift, get a t-shirt, be a friendly face – many hands make light work, so let’s give our new and returning students a warm welcome!

Sign up and log in using your NMC email address here.

Sign up solo, with a colleague, or your entire team. Please feel free to sign up for more than one shift and don’t hesitate to share this sign-up link with other NMC faculty and staff.

Questions? Feel free to contact Meg Young at

Thank you in advance for the time and consideration!