Student Success Center Shines

Hawk Owl Helper logoNMC’s Student Success Center has been scheduling a series of Welcome Wednesday events to help students returning to campus by fostering student engagement. Upcoming events include Wednesday night open houses to connect students with campus services, NMC Insider Tours conducted by success coaches and other students, and an August 11 outing to a Traverse City Pit Spitters baseball game. Thank you Student Success for building engagement and welcoming our students back to campus!

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Congrats to Maureen Carlson!

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Summer 2021 EES Catalog Cover

Hawk Owl Helper logoCongratulations to NMC Extended Education’s Publication and Promotion Specialist, Maureen Carlson, who just completed putting together her 116th and final EES catalog for Fall 2021, which will be hitting the EES website and people’s mailboxes by mid-August. EES Director Laura Matchett noted that the latest catalog is the largest in five years, as EES is offering more livestream options along with face-to-face classes.

Maureen will be retiring from NMC at the end of the year after 29 years at NMC, and she says assembling the catalogs the favorite part of her work.

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Café Lobdell’s open for its fourth summer

Hawk Owl Helper logoCongrats to the students and staff of NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute for their fourth consecutive summer of serving tasty treats at Café Lobdell’s. The café opened June 29 and will be open 7-11 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through August 5. Stop by for fresh pastries, breakfast baked goods and coffee, tea, espresso and specialty coffee drinks prepared and served by culinary students as the capstone course for GLCI’s one-year Baking Certificate program. Dine in and takeout are both available. Learn more at

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There’s still time to Be What’s Possible!

Hawk Owl Helper logoThank you to everyone who has helped make NMC’s Be What’s Possible campaign a success as it draws to a close. As the NMC Foundation announced June 10, the most ambitious fundraising initiative in NMC’s history has raised $38.9 million to date from more than 5,000 donors since its public launch in October, 2019, well over its $35 million goal. The funds will support scholarships, programs, facilities and the greatest needs of the college and its students.

There’s still time to join this historic effort by making a gift by this Wednesday, June 30. Find out more at

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Thank you to Future Summit planners and participants

Hawk Owl Helper logoThank you to everyone involved in planning and preparing for Wednesday afternoon’s Future Summit, the signature event in NMC’s strategic planning process, and to the more than 100 people who plan to attend. If you haven’t sent an RSVP yet, there’s still time!

Participants in the 1-5 p.m. event will hear four short EdTalks on topics key to NMC’s continued vitality, delivered by experts in the field, and then break into groups to discuss each talk in more detail, adding their voices to the critical conversation about NMC’s future. Learn more and RSVP at

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College for Kids kicks off

Hawk Owl Helper logoCongratulations to NMC’s Extended Educational Services for relaunching face-to-face College for Kids classes in 2021. College for Kids starts June 21 with over 150 classes and 11 new full-day programs including STEM Camps, a LEGO Camp, an Art Camp and a new Third Grade Academy. Face-to-face class sizes are limited to 10 students each and follow NMC safety protocols.

Cybersecurity summer camps for students in grades 6-12 are also returning for the third year, after being held virtually last year due to COVID-19. Scheduled for June 21-25 and July 12-16, the camps are an opportunity for students to get a head start on a STEM career.

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Hagerty Center vaccination site a success

Hawk Owl Helper logoCongratulations to the partnership between NMC, the Grand Traverse County Health Department, volunteers and others to turn the NMC Hagerty Center into a mass COVID-19 vaccination site. The site opened in January and will close this week after having vaccinated more than 22,000 residents. Grand Traverse County continues to exceed the state average of vaccination rates, with 65.8% of those eligible receiving the initial dose and 59.2% for completed doses.

“Utilizing NMC’s Hagerty Center for a mass vaccination site was critical to increasing the pace of delivery of these life-saving vaccines to our community,” said Health Officer Wendy Hirschenberger. “Due to the public’s willingness to protect themselves and each other, after an extremely challenging 15 months, we now stand on the verge of returning to more normalcy.”

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Maritime academy’s annual spring cruise departs May 18

Hawk Owl Helper logoThank you to everyone who worked for a safe departure of the T/S State of Michigan on its annual spring cruise Tuesday. Great Lakes Maritime Academy cadets and crew must either be vaccinated or quarantine and test negative for COVID-19 prior to departure. The ship will be at sea for five months, until Oct. 25, providing an opportunity for 140–160 cadets to earn required sea time. Read more here and see a map of the cruise here.

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NMC University Center celebrates 25 years

Hawk Owl Helper logoThank you to the foresighted community members who envisioned and collaborated to bring the NMC University Center to northern Michigan, and to the students who have earned more than 9,000 post-bachelor’s degrees and certificates since it opened in 1995. These professionals are educators, entrepreneurs, health care providers and more. Read more at, and share your UC story on social media: #nmcuc25.

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Thank You Commencement Volunteers!

Hawk Owl Helper logoThank you to the volunteers who will welcome both the Class of 2020 and 2021 to Milliken Auditorium Saturday for a walk-through Commencement ceremony. The event will adhere to COVID-19 precautions yet still allow graduates to celebrate their achievement in person. For graduates and invited guests only — others may watch at

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Earth Day campus cleanup

Hawk Owl Helper logoThank you to the organizers of the main campus cleanup happening from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. this Thursday, April 22 in recognition of Earth Day. This spring tradition dates back many years. Volunteers are welcome; check in at the Student Success table on the West Hall lawn the day of the event. Cleanup options are available all over campus, allowing room to spread out and something for everyone. NMC’s Audio Tech program will provide live music, and a book swap and on-site e-waste recycling will also be available. Read more here.

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NMC 2021 Employee Recognition Celebration

Hawk Owl Helper logoCongratulations to the 13 NMC employees who are retiring as well as those who have achieved excellence and career service milestones this year, who will be honored at Wednesday’s annual Retirement & Recognition ceremony. Yes, it’s a busy time of year, and yes, another Zoom meeting probably doesn’t make your Top 10 list for the week, but as we wrap up this COVID semester, the ceremony a great way to recognize and celebrate our colleagues. Join the celebration here from 4–5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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Light Up the Night organizers create a space for hope and healing

Hawk Owl Helper logoLight up the Night illustrationThank you to the organizers of the Light Up the Night rally scheduled for 7:30-8:30 p.m. this Thursday, April 8, between West Hall and East Hall.

This evening of hope and healing is is sponsored by NMC’s Student Life Office and held in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Activities will include flag and chalk decorating, food, a candlelight vigil, and connection with the campus community.

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GLCI reimagines Taste of Success To Go

Hawk Owl Helper logoTaste of Success logoThank you to the Great Lakes Culinary Institute students and instructors who are offering the popular Taste of Success event in a to-go format this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Tickets are $200 for a box that generously serves two. Order online now and pickup April 16 between 4–6 p.m., followed by an online Zoom program at 7 p.m. Taste of Success is the largest annual culinary scholarship fundraiser.

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Nursing faculty organize Pediatric Simulation Day

Hawk Owl Helper logoPediatric Simulation Day photoThank you to the nursing faculty led by Kim Anderson who showed courageous creativity by organizing a Pediatric Simulation Day for nursing students last week, recruiting five children to act out patient scenarios. This exercise allowed students to gain experience treating real “patients” despite hospital and community settings being off-limits due to COVID-19.

Third semester Advanced Maternal-Child students Nathan Lorenz and Sara Hienz (right) are shown assessing Lucille Morrissey, who “fell off her scooter” and has a head bruise, abrasions on her arm, and painful arm. They are following care provider orders by elevating, placing ice and wrapping the hurt arm.

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