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.

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

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)


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

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.

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

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.

Marine Tech program makes national list

Hawk Owl Helper logoCongratulations to Water Studies Institute Director Hans Van Sumeren and everyone else involved in making NMC’s Bachelor of Science in Marine Technology program the fourth most-focused ocean engineering program in the nation, according to CollegeFactual.com. Northwestern Michigan College is the only community college and the only non-coastal school to make the online ranking of the nation’s top ocean engineering programs. Read more about the ranking here.

Keeping the campus community safe

Hawk Owl Helper logoThank you to everyone who’s pitching in to help keep the campus community safe through the latest wave of COVID-19: Instructors reporting cases, Health Services assisting with contact tracing, testing, tracking and and last week’s vaccination clinic, Human Resources and the business office with tracking and supplies, including KN95 masks, and the Reimagining Committee for working on guidelines for class safety.

Visit nmc.edu/covid-19 for links to the COVID-19 Case Dashboard and other safety information, including a printable version of the proper face mask wearing poster that’s posted around campus.


Embrace the Dream Team

Hawk Owl Helper logoEmbrace the Dream graphicThanks to the Embrace the Dream team for their excellent work creating a program of events that aligns with the new DEI area of NMC’s strategic plan and celebrates Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month: Amanda Clark, Amy Pflughoeft, Brandon Everest, Jason Dake, Jeff Cobb, Jeremy Heinlein, Lisa Thomas, Lori Hodek, Meg Young, Sally Smarsty andTony Jenkins.

For a full list of activities, including dates, times and locations that you can copy directly to your Google calendar, check out the Embrace the Dream calendar. 

January 10 Opening Conference

Hawk Owl Helper logoThanks to the roughly 250 people who attended and took part in the January opening conference. More than two dozen new employees were introduced, an update on the strategic plan was provided, and Marcus Bennett, Ed.D. was introduced as Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, starting July 1. In addition, Dr. Paolo Guadiano gave a highly engaging presentation on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Watch a recording of the conference and Dr. Guardino’s presentation here.

New Nexus issue highlights NMC success stories

Hawk Owl Helper logoNexus Spring 2022 coverWatch your mailbox next week for the success stories of colleagues, students, alumni and friends in the next issue of Nexus magazine.

From strategic planning to Steve Drake’s math teacher disciples to the new restaurant that the owners (and GLCI alumna) of Frankfort’s Birch & Maple are cooking up, you’ll only read about it in Nexus.