Financial Services CARES

Linda Berlin and the Student Financial Services staff have moved quickly to distribute federal CARES Act dollars as well as scholarship dollars to students affected by COVID-19. As of May 15, they had distributed $168,175 in federal emergency relief funding and $47,600 in scholarship funds to 355 students. Awards averaged $608 per student. Some students commented it was the first income they had received since mid-March, when Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order forced many businesses to close.

“The emergency aid from NMC came just in time,” said visual communications student Randi Upton, 33.

Who’s been a Hawk Owl Helper or Hero for you? Let us know at publicrelations@nmc.edu!

Reassuring Residence Life Director

Director of Residence Life Marcus Bennett oversaw the mid-semester move of East Hall residents to North Hall, where about 50 remained quarantined until the end of the semester. As a resident of campus himself, Bennett was a constant reassurance for students and their families.

As one parent said, “He’s been an absolute blessing, even meeting my son on campus to retrieve his belongings when it was a holiday and campus was closed. Living hundreds of miles away makes things extremely difficult and I’m not sure we would’ve made it through this tough time without Marcus.”

Who’s been a Hawk Owl Helper or Hero for you? Let us know at publicrelations@nmc.edu!

EMT Rock Stars

My team, the Educational Media Technology rock stars, have gone above and beyond to support instructors, staff and students since the work-from-home order loomed over campus in mid-March. From answering tickets on evenings/weekends to being online for live Zoom support every weekday to managing the Virtual Town Hall or the virtual International Affairs Forum, my team has been one of the bedrocks for our NMC family to lean on. Between March 16th and April 17th, my team has answered 273 tickets with an average open ticket time just over 40 minutes. They have also averaged 30+ hours a week on Zoom. I feel incredibly fortunate to work with such dedicated professionals, many who are juggling young children as well as work/family responsibilities and spouses/partners sharing bandwidth for their jobs too. If you happen to be on a Zoom meeting with Ryan Bernstein, Justin Guillard, Ben Post, Sherry Trier, Mark DeLonge, Kyle Morrison, Chris Hanna, or Dennis Schultz, please say thank you.

– Terri Gustafson