Marine Technology Program Faculty and Staff

This week’s Hawk Owl Helpers and Heroes are the faculty and staff in NMC’s Marine Technology program, who have deployed three research buoys so that they can collect data from different sections of Lake Michigan including East Bay that has not previously ever had any measurements taken.

Collecting this data provides students with experiential learning opportunities, actively engaging them through relevant and ongoing experience, while doing the important work of monitoring the Great Lakes.

NMC is the only school in the country that offers a Bachelor’s in Marine Technology, and graduates have a 100% employment rate in the marine industry.

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College for Kids Organizers

This week’s Hawk Owl Helpers and Heroes are the staff members of Extended Educational Services for coordinating the annual College for Kids program and engaging young learners during the summer months. Class topics include science, technology, robotics, creative arts, performing arts, writing, outdoor adventure and more.

Classes kicked off this week and run weekly through mid-August. View the youth catalog to see the complete list of classes offered this summer.

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Organizers of Juneteenth Celebration

This week’s Hawk Owl Helper and Heroes are the organizers of the Juneteenth Celebration which will be held at the NMC Campus in the courtyard area between East Hall and the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center on Sunday, June 19 from 1–5 p.m

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, originating in Galveston, Texas in 1865. Last year, Congress designated it as a federal holiday. Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. 

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Pride Carnival coordinators

This week’s Hawk Owl Helper and Heroes are the organizers of the Pride carnival which will be held at the Dennos Museum Center on Saturday, June 11. NMC is proud to partner with UpNorth Pride for this free event from 11 a.m.—2 p.m. which includes an outdoor art installation, “Unconditional”, plus food, music and other family events.

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Study abroad program coordinators

Jim Bensley and International Services have brought back the study abroad program for the first time since the pandemic began. Fifty students from multiple academic areas are traveling to the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Colombia as part of this year’s program. The study abroad program aligns with strategic goals of future-focused education and institutional distinction and sustainability by offering innovative instructional delivery models and relevant, hands-on educational experiences to empower global learners for the future and expanding global connections for our learners and communities. NMC is committed to providing experiential learning for our students and our study abroad program gives students the opportunity to gain real world experience while developing cross-cultural awareness and learning new perspectives.

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You Made it Possible setup volunteers

The following employees showed the NMC values of collaboration and excellence by simply seeing a need and stopping on Tuesday to help arrange the tent for the 2022 You Made It Possible event:

  • Marcus Bennett
  • Emily Crull
  • Justin Guillard
  • Kyle Morrison
  • Todd Neibauer
  • Chad Schenkelberger
  • Phil Trowbridge
  • Dan Wasson

Each jumped in to help when they saw a need — moving the stage, attaching sides to the tent, arranging tables and chairs. Their collaboration contributed to the success of the event and is a reminder of why NMC is such a great place to work. We appreciate you all and your commitment to excellence!

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller


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Outdoor social spaces on campus

NMC Outdoor Social Spaces hammocksThis week’s Hawk Owl Helpers and Heros shout-out goes to Cathy Warner and her English 112 class, which took on improving campus outdoor spaces and seating as an experiential learning project during the spring semester. They successfully wrote for grant funds and received $500 to purchase Adirondack chairs and hammocks for main campus. The Adirondack chairs and hammocks can be found outside of the Innovation Center. Additional hammocks can be checked out from the security desk inside the Innovation Center.

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Thank you NMC retirees!

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Thank you to the 2021-2022 retirees — you have enriched the lives of many throughout your career at NMC and we are grateful for your contributions to our community. The retirees who will be honored at You Made it Possible: 2022 Employee Picnic and Recognition celebration next week are:

  • Barbara Assendelft Adjunct- Criminal Justice (2002-2020
  • David Bajema – Automitive Instructor (2006-2022)
  • Maureen Carlson – Staff – Extended Educational Services (1992-2021)
  • Laura Carmickle – Staff -Information Technology Services (1988 – 2021
  • Samuel Foster – Staff – Systems & LAN Management (2011-2021
  • Shayrrl McCready – Staff – Business Office (1997-2022)
  • Mindy Morton – Adjunct-Humanities (2002-2022)
  • Daniel Murphy – Maintenance Mechanic – (1982-2022)
  • Taoufik Nadji – Adjunct-Physics (1995-2022)
  • Jeff Send – Maintenance Mechanic (1986-2022)


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NMC event organizers — we appreciate you!

Thank you to the organizers of the numerous spring events occurring around campus including:

  • Audio Tech for hosting the Earth Day concert
  • the NMC Green Team and Student Success for organizing the Earth Week events
  • Kristy McDonald for coordinating the Big Little Hero Race
  • NMC Library for hosting the Long Night Against Procrastination
  • NMC Foundation for coordinating A Taste of Success To Go
  • Experiential Learning Institute for hosting their first annual Learning Symposium
  • Human Resources for organizing the You Made it Possible: 2022 Employee Picnic and Recognition Celebration

The hard work that you have put into these events helps to enrich our lives and unite our community.

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NMC Next Learner Experience Statement video

Hawk Owl Helper logoVideo screenshotThank you to everyone involved in creating the new NMC Next Learner Experience Statement video, including NMC President Nick Nissley, students Amber Marsh, Jorge Cruz, Mahli Braak and Zavier Inniss, and staff and faculty members Marcus Bennett, Sarah Montgomery-Richards, Frank Jabour, Lisa Thomas, Brandon Everest and Leanne Baumeler. Educational Media Technologies produced the video.

Watch the video here.

Thank you to NMC Facilities and Maintenance

Hawk Owl Helper logoWith the snow melting and spring break on the horizon, thanks to the NMC facilities and maintenance crews who have cleared campus sidewalks and kept parking lots plowed this winter. Often performed during the dark and cold and after hours, it’s thanks to their efforts that we can get around safely.

Career Fair returns to the Hagerty Center

Hawk Owl Helper logoThank you to NMC’s Academic & Career Advising Center and Northwest Michigan Works for returning the 16th annual Career & Employment Fair to an in-person event for 2022. The free, public event will be held 2–6 p.m. Thursday, March 3 at the Hagerty Center on NMC’s Great Lakes Campus, and employer capacity is limited and face masks recommended to help keep participants safe. The event follows three days of student prep workshops hosted by Employment Readiness specialist Lisa Baldyga.

NMC and MTU partner on new professional development courses

Hawk Owl Helper logoCongratulations to everyone involved in creating a new partnership between NMC and Michigan Technological University to offer a series of professional development courses this spring and help meet statewide workforce development needs. The short-format courses are aimed at survey, civil engineering and infrastructure specialists and will let busy working professionals earn credentials while fulfilling continuing education requirements. Registration is expected to open by the end of the month. Learn more about the partnership and the course offerings here.

Voices Project celebrates lesser-known heroes

Hawk Owl Helper logoJournalist and NAACP co-founder Ida B. Wells-BarnettThank you to NMC Fine Arts student Gavin Bebb and instructor Glenn Wolff for designing and pulling together the Voices Project, an experiential education project to bring awareness to Black Americans as part of NMC’s Embrace the Dream program. The results of their collaboration can be seen in the poster-size portraits of Black Americans hanging in NMC academic buildings and corresponding to their subjects’ fields — from journalist and NAACP co-founder Ida B. Wells-Barnett to Captain Hugh Mulzac, the first Black merchant marine naval officer to command an integrated crew. Learn more about the Voices Project here.