Three-Volley Salute to Veterans on Monday 11/13

Colleagues:

Out of respect for our campus community and in light of shootings that have occurred around the nation, I wanted to inform everyone that the VFW Post 2780 Color Guard will be performing the Three-Volley Salute as part of the NMC Veterans Day Honor Ceremony. It will commence shortly after the flag is raised on Monday, November 13, between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m.

The Three-Volley Salute, accompanied by the playing of Taps, is performed in honor of veterans/soldiers who are no longer with us. This is a coveted ceremony for our veterans as they honor all those who came before them, served alongside them, and gave their lives in the line of duty. These are blank rounds (gun powder in a copper casing) with no actual bullet being fired. For more information on the origin of the Three-Volley Salute, please see the attached document, provided by Scott Herzberg, NMC Military & Veteran Services/Advisor.

On behalf of all NMC veterans, please accept my sincerest gratitude for your support and continual understanding. We hope you’ll join us on Monday as we observe Veterans Day!

President’s Office
1701 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI
Phone: (231) 995-1010

Origin of the Three Volleys

The practice of firing three rifle volleys over the grave of a veteran, and at other honor military-related ceremonies, originated in the old custom of halting the fighting to remove the dead from the battlefield. Once each army had cleared their dead, it would fire three volleys to indicate that the dead had been cared for and that they were ready to fight again.

Three volleys fired has become a tradition to mean the dead have been cared for. It has evolved into a military salute for the deceased serving their country. Firing the three volleys is one of the highest honors to give a deceased military veteran.

NMC Veterans Day Activities, November 13

Dear colleagues:

On Monday, November 13, NMC will observe Veterans Day with morning activities to mark the day with special recognition for student, faculty, and staff veterans. Please encourage and allow any veterans in your classes and offices to attend the breakfast, Walk of Honor, and Flag Raising Ceremony.

I strongly encourage the entire campus to line up along the sidewalks from West Hall to the flagpoles west of the Tanis Building to support the veterans taking part in the Walk of Honor that begins promptly at 9:20 a.m. Afterwards, there will be a Flag Raising Ceremony conducted by the VFW with Traverse City Central High School Marching Band performing the Star Spangled Banner.

The entire campus community is invited to stop by for coffee and cake that will be served in the West Hall lobby from 10 a.m. to noon in honor of veterans. An invitation to a free public public showing of the documentary Almost Sunrise is also attached to this e-mail. The documentary will be shown on Wednesday, November 8 at 7 p.m., followed by Q&A with local combat veterans.

Serving those who have served us is a year-round priority at NMC, and I’m extremely proud that NMC has been certified for the third consecutive year as a Gold-Level Veteran Friendly School by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency for our commitment to supporting the needs of student veterans and dependents. The program awards Gold-, Silver-, or Bronze-Level status to institutions that offer veteran-centric services and programs.

Thank you for giving your time to recognize our military veterans and thank them for their service.

Tim

Timothy J. Nelson, President
1701 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI
Phone: (231) 995-1010

 

Veteran’s Day Agenda 2017

Almost Sunrise Flyer

NMC has lost another friend

Dear College Community:

It is with regret that I share the news of Dr. Lornie Kerr’s passing.  Lornie had a long history of service to NMC beginning as Dean of Students in 1970.  He served as Acting President of NMC in 1986 and retired as Vice President of Student and Administrative Services in 1989.  He was a national leader in international education efforts serving as consultant to or committee chairperson in multiple organizations including the American Association of Community Colleges and the U.S. State Department Bureau of Cultural affairs.

Nancy and I had the privilege of working for and with Lornie during our time here in the 1970s. He was a dedicated professional who cared deeply for students, staff and the college.  He stayed connected to NMC and I was fortunate to have a number of meaningful conversations with him after my appointment as president.  He will be missed.

Visitation is Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Presbyterian Church from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 3 at 11 a.m. the the Presbyterian Church with visitation beginning at 10 a.m.

Tim

Timothy J. Nelson, President
1701 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI
Phone: (231) 995-1010

President’s Update for October 23, 2017

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

This section recognizes the good work being done and linkages to the Strategic Directions (SD) and Institutional Effectiveness Criteria (IE) are provided where possible.

  • Great Lakes Maritime Academy had three cruises aboard the State of Michigan in summer 2017.
    • Phase 1: Started May 8 and completed June 23—70 sea days. Visited Traverse City, Port Huron, Detroit, Cleveland, Sault Ste. Marie and Mackinac Island. Carried 31 GLMA cadets and 10 cadets from Texas A&M. For pilot training accomplished 1 Lake Huron trip, 10 St. Mary’s River trips, 11 Detroit River trips, and 11 St. Clair River trips.
    • Phase 2: Started June 24 and finished August 8—69 sea days. Visited all phase one ports plus Buffalo, NY and Duluth, MN. Carried 28 GLMA cadets, 11 Texas A&M cadets, and 10 Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets. For pilot training, accomplished 3 lake trips, 10 St. Mary’s trips, 11 St. Clair trips, and 11 Detroit River trips.
    • Phase 3: (“Pre-Fall”) Started August 13 and finished August 25—13 in-port sea days. Carried 63 new GLMA cadets. Hosted barbecue with alumni to welcome new cadets and parents on the first evening. (IE1, IE2, IE3)
    • In addition, on the summer cruises GLMA reports that they:
      • prepared 3 able seamen for pilot exams in a continuing cooperative effort with the American Maritime Officers union,
      • consumed ~ $180,000 of food and food service,
      • provided 3 internships for Great Lakes Culinary Institute interns, and
      • consumed 67,000 gallons of diesel. Thanks to MARAD for the funds to refuel after the cruises, we are full again. (IE1, IE2, IE3)
  • GLMA reports that the State of Michigan ran well throughout season, all known problems were either resolved or have long-term fixes in progress. MARAD continues to provide timely help when problems occur to keep the ship moving. Of note are the following:
    • The crew and cadet mess area improvements proved functional and pleasant.
    • The new voyage data recorder kept track of all inputs throughout the cruises.
    • The winter maintenance projects such as new sea chest vents greatly improved operational safety and consistency—thanks MARAD for the contracting and funding to do these.
    • Began using new Safety Management System. (IE1, IE2, IE3)
  • Jim Bensley, Director of International Services and Service Learning, accepted an award on behalf of the college at this year’s Institute of International Education (IIE) Summit Conference in Washington, DC, held October 1 – 3. NMC is one of approximately 20 IHEs out of 800 Generation Study Abroad partners this year who have reached their commitment to double student participation in study abroad before the end of the decade. For more info visit https://www.iie.org/Programs/Generation-Study-Abroad (IE1, IE2, IE5)
  • Jim Bensley’s article, titled “Connecting with Islam,” was published in the recent Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) Quarterly Newsletter. To read the article, visit http://pub.lucidpress.com/402a8e43-75c1-4d85-8c14-c8d678b51471/#E_lu6pv6LJc1. (IE1, IE2)
  • In August, NMC Aviation, in partnership with MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (MSU IAT), offered an unmanned aircraft systems course for MSU Turfgrass Management students. This unique for-credit MSU course was taught by NMC staff during an intensive 2- week module. In week 1, students assembled and programmed an unmanned aircraft and developed their basic pilot skills at Yuba Intergalactic. In week 2, students participated as teams in flight scenarios during live play at Lochenheath Golf Club. They collected data about sprinkler irrigation efficacy, created 3-D “fly-throughs” for marketing, and learned how to use UAS to create course maps. Lochenheath leadership really enjoyed partnering with both schools, and are looking forward to doing it again. The feedback from both students and institutional partners was extremely positive. MSU Turfgrass Management, MSU IAT, and MSU Ag Industries departments would like to offer variations of this course in 2018. This type of course is the vision of the UAS department as an academic service provider to other partner schools. Content was developed and delivered collaboratively between Brian Matchett of MSU IAT and NMC’s UAS staff. (IE2)
  • This fall semester NMC Aviation welcomed their largest class of incoming freshmen in recent decades. 50 students make up the 50th fall class! Demand for collegiate flight programs has grown exponentially with the demand for pilots. However, our success is due largely in-part to our Aviation Recruiters and Advisers, and the “Taking Flight Initiative” through our partner school Crosswinds Aviation. http://crosswindsaviation.com/taking-flight- initiative/ (IE2, IE3, IE5)
  • PRMC’s Steve Kellman set up a new text-to-speech service on the public NMC website in response to a request from Disability Support Services Specialist Leanne Baumeler, who won an innovation grant to cover the cost of the service. Steve also spent time with a blind high school student at Leanne Baumeler’s suggestion, reviewing the site from his perspective and watching him navigate it with screen reader software, making improvements to dozens of pages on the site in response to his feedback. Steve also worked with NMC’s web CMS consultant to make improvements to that system, and updated accessibility guidelines and instructions on the CMS tutorial pages. In addition, he tested the top 100 most visited pages on the site to correct all accessibility errors flagged by the web accessibility evaluation tool at http:// wave.webaim.org, resulting in accessibility improvements to the entire site. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE5)
  • 60 students attended CIT Industry Night Out at Microline Technology Corporation on September 21. Industry Night Out is a chance for current CIT students to visit a local company for a tour and to learn about business opportunities in the field of computer information technology, as well as expose the students to career options that they might not have otherwise considered. Students in CIT classes are invited to Industry Night Out three to four times each semester. (IE1, IE2, IE5)
  • Great Lakes Culinary Institute (GLCI) faculty and students participated in a three-day Culinary Medical Conference September 22-24, 2017, titled “Think like a chef, cook like a dietitian, eat like a local farmer.” The event, hosted by the GLCI in partnership with Munson Medical Center and Groundwork Organization, highlighted healthy cooking techniques and ingredients to area medical professionals. Over 45 health-care providers attended this conference, which was approved for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. The conference was well received by the attendees and the organizers. The overall goals of the conference are listed below:
    • Enhance the provider’s confidence to discuss and guide patients’ food and nutrition selections to improve or prevent disease symptoms or progressions and overall improve health outcomes.
    • Translate current dietary guidelines into clear food and meal planning recommendations using peer review research articles, lecture, and hands-on cooking in a teaching kitchen atmosphere.
    • Apply food and cooking techniques to solve food access and nutrition-related health disparity using demonstration, lecture, and case study evaluation.
    • Experiment with recipe modification to enhance or reduce food or nutrient components as needed to prevent, reduce or eliminate health disparities via cooking demonstration, pre- and post-testing, and case study evaluation. (IE2, IE4, IE5)
  • Laura Schmidt, Director of Nursing & Allied Health, was elected to a two-year term to the Board of Directors for the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN). She is also the co-chairperson for the OADN Academic Progression in Nursing Task Force and the board liaison for the Education & Research Task Force. (IE1)
  • Scott Herzberg, POC Military & Veteran Services/Advisor, participated in the 6th Annual TC Patriot Game, northern Michigan’s biggest football game. It was held Friday, September 8, 2017, to honor Veterans, active duty military, first responders, and those who have died in service to our country. Honorary Captains were the family of Dennis Finch, a Traverse City police officer killed in the line of duty, and the family of Joshua Miller, a Veteran who took his own life last year. Student Senators selected 22 to None, a local organization dedicated to help Veterans transition from military life to civilian life and attack the suicide triggers, to receive the proceeds from the sale of commemorative shirts. It is estimated that on average 22 Veterans a day commit suicide. Veterans, active duty military and first responders were invited to attend the game at no charge. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • NMC faculty and staff were among more than 300 competitors at the DK 5K Tough Run on September 9 in memory of Drew Kostic, a student veteran who died in December 2016. Faculty and staff that contributed to the day included Writing and Reading Center coordinator Megan Ward, librarian Michelle Howard, Military and Veterans Services POC Scott Herzberg, librarian Ann Geht, communications instructor Judy Chu, and math instructor Mary Burget. NMC’s Construction Technology department built the race obstacles and the Visual Communications department designed the event logo. The DK 5K benefited NMC Student Veterans Association and 22 to None. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Enrollment Services/Student Financial Services and Admissions started their regional Financial Aid 101 evening presentations. Staff presented to over 50 people between the three locations in September—Cadillac, Leelanau, and Kalkaska. These events are geared toward high school juniors and seniors and their families to discuss the ins and outs of the financial aid process. Starting this month they will be going directly to the high schools and meeting with the seniors to start the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • Federal regulations for Title IV Federal Student Aid eligibility state that students can only receive aid for courses that apply to their degree at the institution paying their aid (NMC). Last year, the State of Michigan stated this as a requirement for the Tuition Incentive Program (TIP). Student Financial Services, with the assistance of many departments on campus, successfully launched a process to ensure proper payment of federal and state funds to students. Many students needed to adjust their schedules or change their programs to be eligible for student aid. Advisers, Records and Registration, office managers and others throughout the college helped students with necessary changes. If they chose to take additional courses not covered by state or federal aid payment plans are offered and encouragement to apply for scholarships. This requirement will help students make education decisions toward degree completion. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • Kim Schultz, of the Advising Center, and Lisa Wilmeth, of Records & Registration and Enrollment Services, conducted training sessions for faculty on the use of MAP (My Academic Plan) and Plans. MAP is our web-based degree tracking system for students that help them successfully navigate their degree/certificate requirements at NMC. Rolled out in Fall 2016, Plans is a tool that students use with the guidance of an academic advisor to form a semester-by-semester schedule of classes needed for their educational goal at NMC. Used to enhance advising and planning, these tools are part of our overall retention strategy related to the Guided Pathways initiative to help students track their progress toward completion. (IE1, IE3)
  • Advising Center academic and career advisors met with academic areas at the start of the fall semester to give advising updates to faculty. The Advising Center assigns an advisor to each academic department area as a liaison to enhance communication and leverage opportunities for collaboration whenever possible. These positive working relationships contribute to better overall student experiences with consistent information and messaging. (IE2, IE3)
  • NMC Facilities completed tours of North Hall with the Traverse City Police Department and all three squads of the Traverse City Fire Department for orientation/key and card access and roof access on all NMC buildings in the event of an emergency. They also completed training on the new card access and camera systems. (IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • NMC Facilities assisted with North Hall furniture move in, post construction clean up, prep for North Hall open house, and student move in. (IE3, IE4, IE5)

Activities of Note: Tim

  • Last month Nancy and I traveled to the United Kingdom to visit one our international aviation partners, the University of Hertfordshire. We had dinner with the Associate Dean of the School of Engineering Technology Ray Wilkinson and his wife the evening of our arrival. Ray used to oversee all the aerospace degree courses and has been a main contact for our partnership with the University of Hertfordshire. The following day I had an excellent tour of the University with Associate Dean for Academic Quality Assurance David Germany. The visit was a wonderful opportunity to meet many of the great people who work with NMC to create this successful partnership, the first of our global partnerships. Thank you to our Steve Ursell for his coordination of this visit.
  • Trustees Kennard Weaver, Chris Bott, Doug Bishop, Ross Childs, and Janie McNabb, along with myself and other executive staff, attended the ACCT Leadership Congress in Las Vegas the last week of September. Among the conference events, Trustee Bott, Vice President Marguerite Cotto, and myself presented a session on “The College as an Investor in its Mission.” Trustees will report on their sessions during the October 23, 2017, Board meeting.
  • The NMC Aviation Program’s 50th Anniversary was celebrated with multiple events over the past few weeks. A symposium was held at our Aero Park campus on Thursday, September 28, featuring a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and student panel discussion on Recruiting and Advising; keynote speaker Major Benjamin A. Donberg on State of the Industry from the D.C. and Military Perspective; and a guided discussion on Impacting the Pilot Shortage and Supporting Talent Development, facilitated by Linda Lindquist-Bishop. Later that evening, students, alumni, employees, retirees, trustees, and community members celebrated at the Aviation Gala at the Grand Traverse Resort. A generous $1 million gift commitment from Sallie and Kerm Campbell was announced at the event. The gift will support a program fund for innovation and excellence at NMC Aviation.
  • Just this past Friday, October 13, a luncheon and community open house was held the Aero Park campus in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Aviation Program. Tributes to the program were offered by the Board of Trustees and state and federal representatives (see more in Legislative section). Tours of the aviation facility were also offered throughout the afternoon.
  • The Lobdell Culinary Scholarship Dinner was held on September 29. Now in its thirteenth year, the dinner event has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to NMC culinary students.
  • On Saturday, September 30, NMC Student Life and Voices, one of our student groups, hosted the Walk, Run, Empower 5K on campus. The run/walk served to raise awareness and to help end sexual violence. First Lady Sue Snyder was the keynote speaker and both she and Governor Rick Snyder participated in the 5K. I also participated and was able to walk with the Governor and First Lady to have some meaningful conversation.
  • The MCCA Fall Board of Directors meeting was held on Friday, October 6 at Alpena Community College. Vice Chair Chris Bott and I both attended the meeting. There were good sessions including a very informative Michigan’s State Budget and Revenue Forecast by Mary Ann Cleary, Director of the House Fiscal Agency.
  • NMC faculty and staff participated in the Fall Conference on Tuesday, October 10, with a full day of professional development sessions held on main campus. Sessions were well attended and contained a wide range of topics that included technology, financial aid, free speech, experiential learning, and gender inclusion, among many that heard great remarks about. A special thank you to Kristin Salathiel and Lori Hodek for planning such a great day with such a multitude of topics that I was told made it a difficult choice of which sessions to attend.
  • We are in the middle of hosting Small Group Forums across all four campuses to give faculty and staff an opportunity to receive a brief update and discuss any topics of choice. The sessions have been well attended with good feedback and discussion.

Legislative Issues

We recently hosted a commemorative luncheon for the Aviation Program’s 50th Anniversary, which was attended by our state legislative delegation including Senator Wayne Schmidt, Representative Larry Inman, and a staff representative for Representative Curt VanderWall. We also had staff representatives from Senator Stabenow’s office, Senator Peters’ office and Congressman Bergman’s office. Governor Snyder sent a tribute letter and we had incoming Board Chair of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Kevin Schlueter present congratulatory remarks as well. It was a tremendous chance to showcase our aviation program with our elected officials and thank our leaders for their support.

State

There continues to be movement on several pieces of legislation that we are monitoring including data sharing legislation (HB 4545), which would enhance the ability for community colleges to access important wage data. Following passage in the House earlier this year, the legislation now moves to the Senate where a hearing was held by the Senate Commerce Committee, chaired by Sen. Wayne Schmidt. However, there was no vote on the bill at that hearing. To urge movement by the Committee, we sent a letter to Senator Schmidt and Senator Booher asking that they advance this bill in the Senate.

Despite recent national events, concerning legislation was recently introduced in the Senate (SB 584) by the Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, which would allow individuals to apply for an exemption that would allow them to carry a concealed weapon in an area where it is otherwise not allowed, such as on the grounds of a community college. It would also take away local control to regulate the use of weapons on a community college’s campus. We continue to monitor this legislation and expect that there will be a hearing on it in the Government Operations committee at some point in the near future.

Federal

Congressman Bergman visited campus this month for a tour of our unmanned systems programs (both air and water). This included a tour of the Parsons-Stulen building where the Congressman piloted a ROV in our indoor water tank, as well as interacted with robotics students in the Makers Space. Congressman Bergman then visited our Great Lakes Campus and met with Maritime Technology students and had a hands-on experience with an ROV in West Grand Traverse Bay. It was an important chance to highlight the work that we are doing with unmanned systems and the Congressman greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn more about our work.

We continue to monitor FY18 budget deliberations and their potential impact on programs that support community colleges and our learners. Right now, Congress is operating under a short term bill that will expire on December 8. Unfortunately, this short term funding measure included an across the board cut to keep overall spending within the required budget caps for the year. Because of the way Perkins funds are budgeted and dispersed, the cut impacted the Perkins Basic State Grant advance funding that began rolling out to states on October 1. For Michigan, this was a $261,771 dollar cut. However, it is often the case that these funds are retroactively restored in the final full year budget and we are hopeful that Congress will do that again this year.

Miscellaneous

  • Women on the Water Conference—October 26-28
  • Monday, October 30—Board of Trustees Study Session
  • Friday, November 10—MCCA Fall Trustee Institute
  • Friday, November 10—Mariners Memorial with Doug Bishop as the guest speaker
  • Monday, November 13—Veterans Day Activities at NMC

NMC Fall 2017 Update

Timothy J. Nelson, President
October 6, 2017

INTRODUCTION

We are in an exciting academic year here at Northwestern Michigan College. Some of our students are waking up in the new North Hall, one of our newest AQIP teams is finding innovative ways to educate and engage our learners, and the students in our first cohort of 100 commitment scholars are officially Hawk Owls this fall. This is all possible because of the work you do every day and I thank you.

Our world is changing at an ever quickening pace, but together we continue to find new ways to prepare our students to be successful. We must be focused not only on the work we are doing today, but also planning for an uncertain future and creating an environment on campus that is agile enough to adjust to the forces of change. Our multi-year planning process has been an essential element in our effectiveness.

It is critical to keep you informed on many of the initiatives and programs affecting our campus. In this state of the college report, I will provide a detailed overview of where we have been and where we are going. Some of the topics include:

  1. Fall Opening Picnic
  2. Students and Enrollment
  3. Community Engagement
  4. International Relationships
  5. Employee Professional Development
  6. Facilities
  7. Higher Learning Commission Accreditation
  8. Leadership and Governance
  9. Budget
  10. Legislative and Regulatory Issues
  11. Board of Trustees

Community engagement is important for our continued success. I invite you to reach out with questions and thoughts on any of the items discussed in this update. We will continue the small group meetings to provide a more accessible space to discuss questions or concerns related to the state of the college, and appointments for these October meetings have been sent to your calendar.

FALL OPENING PICNIC

Fellowship was an important part of our previous opening conference, and last year we hosted an all employee picnic before the start of the fall semester. This allowed many staff and faculty members who often struggle with serving students during the final registration weeks the opportunity to engage in a campus event. It was a success last year and an even greater success this year. Thank you to the hundreds of you who joined together for a meal with your colleagues and to welcome our new employees.

STUDENTS AND ENROLLMENT

Total enrollment this fall is 3,952 students, which generated 42,298 contact hours. We budgeted for a 4.6% decline and ended with an approximately 3.8% decline in contact hours. The major trend influencing enrollment at the college continues to be the improved state of our local economy where older, potential students choose employment over education. This requires us to continue to seek students from outside the region to take advantage of our specialty programs. This year, we saw growth in the number of out-of-state and international students. The opening of North Hall was an important step to supporting these students from outside the area and all who choose to live on campus.

One reason for the decline in average student age is the combination of dual enrolled and early college enrollment is up from 282 in 2013 to 510 in 2017, bringing the average age of our students to 23.5 years old. Overall, our enrollment of students aged 20 and under has been steady for the last 7 years. However, enrollment declines have been the norm for students 21 and older. As the economy has improved, many of these students have entered or returned to the work force.

As we seek ways to expand enrollment in our region and beyond, it is important to remember that a significant percentage of our students are first generation college students. This means they need additional guidance, mentoring and way-finding assistance. It is critical that we recognize they are not familiar with our systems and processes.

Student success and degree completion continue to be a paramount goal for NMC, with every new level of regulation and monitoring placing more emphasis on this outcome. While we have made progress over recent years, we have much to do. I am continuing to ask our planning groups to establish additional metrics, which will help us to both succeed and manage our performance. Achieving these goals is directly connected to government support. Financial Aid that NMC students received in 2016-17 totaled over $18 million.

NMC Student Financial Aid Sources

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Extended Education Services (EES) has continued to refresh its catalog, pricing models, and preparation for a stronger online registration presence over the past few years. Specialty enrichment programming such as College for Kids is often a family’s first experience with NMC. This summer marked the 40th anniversary of this program, with our largest class on record – over 1,800. Young student participant comments indicate great enjoyment with the challenging and new content, and high marks for a setting in which they can build new and lasting relationships. This fall is also the introduction of the new SOAR (Skills, Opportunities, Achievement, Rewards) programming in the EES catalog. SOAR began last year with an award from the Foundation’s Innovation Grant program which allowed development of a pilot project.

Now in its “incubation stage,” SOAR will provide a variety of opportunities for adults with learning challenges and disabilities. Learners over the age of 50 continue to discover and use Life Academy programming in record numbers. These learners praise the great content from highly experienced instructors, as well as gaining new sharing communities in the process. We will continue to see strong use of EES for personal and professional learning opportunities.

Training Services provides significant contributions to the community. It is a state-wide leader in the use of the Michigan New Jobs Training Program, recognized at the forefront of LEAN programming in the state, and now coordinator of a new stackable credential precision machining program with regional manufacturers. Training Services is net positive in its revenue/expense profile. Below are some specific achievements:

  • New Jobs Training Program results
    • 577 jobs created with a minimum of 175% times minimum wage (today: $15.58/hr)
    • 32 participating employers
    • $4,168,435 million of training
  • MMTC (Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center) Program eligible employers served by NMC during the last 12 months reported the following results
    • 193 increased and retained jobs
    • $5,950,000 of increased sales
    • $44,700,000 million of retained sales
    • Net new investments made $15,734,386 million

Service Learning continues to be another way in which NMC students engage with the community by connecting their career aspirations and global concerns through targeted projects with their instructors.

The International Affairs Forum (IAF) continues to be another example of community engagement. IAF brings the experience of the world to our region through its lecture series, specialty ‘hot topic’ events, providing access to specialists on global policy for credit and noncredit presentations, and facilitating a growing network of professionals who now know Traverse City and NMC. Their membership program provides free admission to lectures for NMC students and their instructors.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

NMC is a leader in creating global learning experiences for students, faculty and staff. Our implementation of global endorsement is referenced as a model for other community colleges in Michigan. Scott Swan and Brian Sweeney delivered our first modularized courses to students at Yellow River Conservancy Technical Institute this past June, on our way toward completing the first generation of course delivery at the associate level to students interested in construction management and marine surveying. Our team will complete program delivery in March 2018.

EMPLOYEE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Regional and national accreditors have made professional development a prime directive, and NMC will continue to make it a priority for the college. The August learning outcomes professional development days continue to be well attended and beneficial to faculty. Two years ago, the Higher Learning Commission passed new regulations requiring certain levels of graduate education for those teaching college. While I believe our faculty and instructional staff are excellent teachers, a number of our regular faculty did not meet these updated standards. As a result, NMC is paying for 80 percent of the tuition and fees to help current faculty secure appropriate credentials. This is in line with the fact that NMC is in the top 6 percent of all reporting community colleges for the investment in professional development. Last year, we worked with the AQIP Learning Outcomes team co-chairs to expand the fall professional development day in October to include sessions to benefit both faculty and staff. With considerable work from the Center for Instructional Excellence, and the Learning Outcomes team, the event was a resounding success. We will continue that event this fall on October 10 and I encourage you all to participate.

FACILITIES

Campus Security installed a number of security upgrades over the summer. New security cameras have been installed on all of our campuses and remote door access for all of the college buildings is currently being installed. These two projects will provide enhanced security for all of our campuses. I thank everyone who has been involved and engaged in building security practice events, and ask everyone to remain observant and diligent in this area.

The North Hall Residence and Fitness Center opened on time and on budget. The new 140-bed residence hall is 90% full. Rental housing in the region continues to be in short supply. Students coming to us from our region, as well as outside the area or the country, expect to have access to housing as they complete their studies. This project is critical as we work to expand enrollment in certain areas and specialty programs. Additionally, the facility is designed to accommodate other uses; for example, internships, workforce and/or married housing, as our college and community demographics change.

The Dennos Museum Center is near completion on a 14,000 sq. ft. addition. This is made possible because of kind contributions from Richard and Diana Milock and Barbara and Dudley Smith. Additional funding is being raised as part of larger efforts from the NMC Foundation. This project doubles the gallery space and adds classroom space to the facility. We look forward to enhancing the connection academic classes have with the museum.

Okerstrom Fine Arts Building updates and improvements are coming. In August, the Board of Trustees approved the contract to replace the siding and windows for this building. The work is targeted to be complete by December 2017. Improvements to both restrooms will also be done during FY 2018.

Funding sources for NMC, in addition to gifts named above, include funds in the plant fund reserves and the housing fund balance. NMC has issued general obligation bonds to fund these projects. The NMC Foundation is actively engaged in securing additional resources for the college that includes these projects. Residence halls are self-liquidating and will generate resources to retire their debt.

Facilities planning activities continue for the West Hall Innovation Center and Library. We were successful in securing State capital outlay funding of approximately $7.5 million. This new facility will include approximately 53,000 sq. ft. of modern learning spaces that will serve both our students and faculty, as well as the community at large. Combined with new housing, we envision this new learning facility to be open 24/7. Faculty, staff, students and community members have been involved in the design process.

HIGHER LEARNING COMMISSION ACCREDITATION

Regional accreditation is required for NMC to provide access to federal and state funding for the college and our students. NMC participates in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), one of three pathways offered by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The AQIP pathway includes an added emphasis on helping institutions achieve continuous quality improvement. The eight year AQIP cycle requires the submission of our Systems Portfolio in November 2017 and the official campus site visit in March 2019. Our last accreditation cycle in 2011 outlined four strategic challenges in need of improvement:

  • Aligning our continuous improvement processes for learning outcomes at the course, program, and general education levels
  • Expanding institutional awareness, accessibility of, and the use of data in terms of metrics, targets, and goals
  • Developing deeper understanding of student needs related to developmental education
  • Developing a more robust peer benchmarking process in order to inform future planning

NMC has initiatives in place to address the concerns identified by the HLC peer reviewers for strategic challenges (1) and (3). For strategic challenge (1), NMC identified a strategic goal in the FY15-FY18 strategic plan to “develop and implement an integrated and aligned learning outcomes system that includes the articulation of and means of documenting learning outcomes, assessments, results, and actions for improvement at the course, program, and institutional levels.” NMC began operationalizing this goal by chartering an AQIP action project, Learning Outcomes, by forming a team for implementation. The most recent Learning Outcomes summary was completed in June 2017. Among the project’s accomplishments were providing professional development in the area of learning outcomes to the faculty and teaching staff and the comprehensive review and revision of all our course outcomes. The project will transition to an Assessment Team in fall 2017 in order to continue the continuous improvement initiative related to learning outcomes. For strategic challenge (3), NMC chartered an AQIP action project in 2012, Enhancing Developmental Education. The team strategically analyzed, innovated, and improved developmental education at NMC which began with assessing and reviewing the college’s data, in the context of state and national data, in order to help identify evidence-based practices. This resulted in the implementation of several successful initiatives in developmental English and math, which ended the formal project in 2015.

NMC continues to work through our continuous improvement cycle for strategic challenges (2) and (4). For strategic challenge (2), the Office of Research, Planning, & Effectiveness (ORPE), initiated several changes in order to expand the College’s awareness, accessibility, and use of data. The 2011 AQIP Project, Enhancing Employee Communication and Collaboration, resulted in significant changes which included providing departments across campus the capability to use the NMC Intranet (employee site) to share information. More recently, ORPE has made significant improvements to the ORPE intranet page. By listening to faculty and staff data needs (i.e., metrics, targets, and goals), ORPE identified and incorporated changes in order to expand institutional awareness and increase accessibility of data. Additionally, in collaboration with the President’s Council (PC), ORPE has identified a reporting process in which to share qualitative information with faculty and staff. Based upon the Cultivating a Connected Community AQIP Project, the reporting process successfully addresses one way in which we communicate. For strategic challenge (4), the College examined and assessed our peer benchmarking process. Historically, peer benchmarks used by the College included national and state-level metrics. The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP), Perkins Core Indicators, and Michigan’s Education Dashboard (Mi Dashboard) provide peer comparisons at varying degrees. However, not all data are comparable. For example, IPEDS is the most used and accessible nationally recognized organization that provides comparable data on graduation rates and related metrics. Although improvements have been made to data collection processes in IPEDS, there is still somewhat limited coverage of community colleges. In 2014, NMC established membership with the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA), a robust peer benchmarking initiative, which is now a part of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). NMC recognizes that existing accountability measures in higher education do not provide an adequate measure of our mission. The VFA provides community colleges with significantly improved ability to assess performance, identify areas for improvement, and reaffirm a commitment to our academic mission.

HLC accreditation is important to each and every one of us. Many of you will be involved in the process and all of us will be affected by the outcome.

LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE

Our goal is to maintain a collaborative community and we believe in the power of engagement. That is why faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in dozens of NMC councils, committees, task forces, and project teams. I believe it is important that we, as a college, review and recommend any modifications to our shared governance and leadership systems.

An unanswered question for staff and administration remains as to what the future of employee groups is within the leadership and governance processes. These groups are currently foundational to representation on governance councils and many committees. The Leadership Group has been key in aligning planning processes at NMC. In the meantime, I have asked employee groups to remain intact as they continue their participation and representation on councils, committees and taskforces.

An AQIP project was established in May 2017 to review and clarify shared governance at NMC. I look forward to their recommendations.

BUDGET

Last year we built the budget on moderately increasing revenue, reducing cost, and shifting priorities. The budget reductions included a $600,000 reduction in salary expenses, COAT budget was reinstated at $250,000 and professional development remains at the 2016 level. The college offered a voluntary separation plan to faculty and staff in order to try to reach the goal of reduction in salary expenses. The college accepted six faculty applications and five staff applications. This strategy was used to reduce personnel costs in an environment of declining enrollment. We will continue to look for ways to reduce overall expenses by shifting priorities. It is important that NMC operates in a responsible way to students and taxpayers, and the budget plays a key role in our commitment to both constituencies.

We have a long history of reviewing all vacant positions, asking whether positions can be combined, eliminated or revised to result in cost savings. We have done this in a number of areas during the summer and early fall. In all of these cases, we have committed to monitor the impact, review the decisions, and welcome your feedback.

We recognize we have approximately 1,200 fewer students today than we had at the peak of the recession. We also continue to see more competition from online and other education delivery methods. Consequently, we must continue to review and revise how we accomplish our work and make adjustments in our budget. Our projections last spring indicated we needed to remove over $1 million from our budget. We set a target of $600,000 of that to come from salary costs. Our hope was to achieve some savings through employee attrition and consolidations; and we continue to work toward our targets. The budget will continue to evolve. I ask you to stay engaged, ask questions, and offer suggestions.

NMC Foundation and Resource Development

Five years ago, we began a comprehensive redesign of the NMC Foundation and Resource Development department. We know that we need significantly more resources to fund scholarships, programs, people, facilities and equipment. We also know that more of this needs to come from NMC Foundation efforts. To that end, we are executing a plan that will provide those resources. You will continue to hear more about this exciting effort on the part of our Foundation, its volunteers and employees and learn how you can be engaged. Funding for this effort is shared by the Foundation and the college’s strategic fund, fund for transformation and reserves.

LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY ISSUES

With changes in Lansing and Washington, as a result of the 2016 elections, we have continued to engage and inform our state and federal elected officials, some of whom are new to office, about the breadth of work that we are involved in here at NMC, as well as some of the challenges that we face.

So far this year, we hosted new and returning legislators on campus to talk about the state budget and our 21st Century Innovation Center, met one-on-one with new legislators to give them a Community College 101, participated in the Michigan Community College Association Legislative Day, hosted a Lunch and Learn in Lansing to discuss the need for upgrades to the Michigan Transfer Network, met with lawmakers in Washington, DC, to talk about federal budget priorities, healthcare and immigration issues, and hosted U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow on campus for a workforce development roundtable discussion.

As a result, we have found success in raising awareness about how NMC is continuously transforming the learning experience and its global relevance to those we serve through innovation, agility and thoughtful risk-taking. We have also found success through specific actions taken by the Michigan legislature through their fiscal year 2018 budget process. With Governor Snyder’s signature, this legislation finalized several important items for NMC.

The budget spends $16.6 billion on school, colleges and universities. It also includes final approval for NMC’s multi-million dollar 21st Century Innovation Center project, a slight 2% increase in our state funding formula allocation and a $1 million dollar investment in the Michigan Transfer Network (MTN) to modernize the MTN website and increase accessibility to information about college and university credit transfers.

The inclusion of these priorities for NMC and community colleges statewide would not have been possible were it not for the leadership of our elected officials, and I would like to personally thank those leaders who represent us in Northern Michigan including Representative Inman, Senator Schmidt and Senator Booher.

However our work is not done, and as legislators return from their summer recess period, we know that important issues for community colleges will once again be on the agenda. This includes issues such as:

  • A debate over immigration reform in the wake of the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • A need to pass a federal budget to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2018
  • A need to reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act which provides approximately $230,000 in annual support to NMC
  • A renewed debate over tax policy and credits in Lansing that could have an adverse impact on Michigan’s budget, which has the potential to harm community colleges
  • The need for workforce data legislation that would give community colleges needed information about learner success, information that we are increasingly being expected to have as a requirement for funding and evaluation

We will also be looking ahead to next year as the state once again begins deliberations on the state budget and we will work hard to make sure our legislators are educated on the importance of support for community colleges.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The NMC Board of Trustees is a volunteer body that continues to do critical work for the future of the college and community. The November 2016 election brought a new trustee, Michael Estes, to the NMC Board. Incumbent trustee Chris Bott, who was previously appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board in April 2015, was also elected to a full six-year term. Shortly after the election, former trustee Steven Rawlings resigned and the Board appointed the next election vote getter, who was Rachel Johnson. In June, former Trustee Marilyn Gordon Dresser resigned and the Board voted to appoint Janie McNabb to fill her seat.

All three new trustees have a strong interest in the college and have brought a renewed energy to the Board. They are each demonstrating a thoughtful and thorough approach to their role as trustee and we look forward to their work for our college.

Rachel and Janie will serve until the next election in November 2018 when voters will determine who will fill the remainder of their predecessors’ terms, which both expire December 31, 2020. They will be eligible to run for those two-year terms or any other open trustee term on the ballot in November 2018.

CLOSING COMMENTS

NMC is a connector, or the Nexus, as you have seen in the sculpture of the same name by the Health Science building and our new magazine that highlights our successes. We connect our learners to the world, our campus to the community and to each other through a networked workforce. It remains my goal to work with others to create and innovate for the benefit of our learners and our communities. I believe innovation occurs when two or more dissimilar people or organizations collide. So let’s collide! Together we are doing incredible work. Our learners, our communities and the world will benefit from what we have achieved and what we will continue to achieve together.

Thank you for all you do to keep learning at the center. Have a great semester!

Invitation to attend NMC Fall Conference on October 10

On Tuesday, October 10, the Center for Instructional Excellence and the Professional Development Institute will host the second annual NMC Fall Conference (formerly Faculty and Staff Professional Development Day.) This college-wide professional development event is open to all regular faculty, adjunct faculty, and regular staff.

An appointment has been sent to your NMC calendar. I ask that we all make appropriate accommodations for supplemental staff and student employees to cover our areas to allow regular employees to attend.

A wide variety of sessions will be available for all NMC faculty and staff to come together to talk about best practices and share ideas, giving everyone an opportunity to collaborate and learn from each other.

This year’s event will focus on innovation, collaboration, and best practices; and will give us the opportunity to enhance the value of our joint investment.

  • 8–8:25 a.m.: Light breakfast
  • 8:30–9:15 a.m.: Opening session & overview of the day
  • 9:15 a.m.–12:05 p.m.: Morning Breakout Sessions
  • 12:10–1:10 p.m.: Lunch provided (for attendees only)
  • 1:25–2:25 p.m.: Afternoon Breakout Sessions & Wrap-up
  • 2:30–3:30 p.m.: Networking reception, refreshments provided

Watch for a more detailed agenda with a list of sessions that will allow you to plan your day.

Thanks for all you do to keep learning at the center and to promote the success of our learners through innovation and collaboration.

Tim

President’s Office
1701 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI
Phone: (231) 995-1010

Aviation 50th Celebration

Dear Campus Community:

Last night we celebrated NMC Aviation’s 50th Anniversary with students, alumni, retirees, and community members. As with all of our outstanding programs at the college, I am continually humbled by the talent of our students and the generosity shown by our community.

I want you to be one of the first to know that at the event I had the honor to announce that Sallie and Kerm Campbell have included NMC in their estate plans, making a $1 million gift commitment to the college. This generous gift is in memory of Kerm’s brother, Ronald Kent Campbell, who was a great aviator and mentor to students. The gift will support a program fund for innovation and excellence at NMC Aviation—making a difference for every student who passes through the hangar’s doors.

Your dedication to all of NMC’s students is an important part of what inspires people in our community to give to NMC so generously. This college was founded because local citizens believed in the power of education to change lives—and every day you make that belief a reality.

Thank you for all that you do for NMC’s students. And cheers to the next 50 years!

Tim

Timothy J. Nelson, President

President’s Update for September 11, 2017

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

This section recognizes the good work being done and linkages to the Strategic Directions (SD) and Institutional Effectiveness Criteria (IE) are provided where possible.

  • On August 13, 2017, we welcomed the incoming GLMA cadets. The cadets lived on board the T/S State of Michigan for two weeks. The class included 62 individuals; 36 deck and 26 engine. One of the engine cadets will be enrolled in the power systems curriculum. During the Pre-Fall the cadets bonded as a cohort, learned about the industry they will train to enter, and completed training required by the STCW Code that is not embedded in the curriculum. (IE1)
  • Science/Math academic area held a beginning of year training Aug. 14-15 in which 20+ full- time and adjunct faculty attended. Ten faculty members attended the STEM reading apprenticeship training that was held at NMC in August. (IE1)
  • Welcome Weekend, August 25-29, 2017, saw tremendous growth this year. The events planned for our students over the first weekend of the fall semester saw over 450 participants from both residential and commuter students. Pine Palooza, which was the final event of Welcome Weekend, saw over 700 students benefit from information and resources provided by NMC departments, NMC student groups, and community organizations. (IE1, IE2, IE4)
  • Five faculty participated in the Teaching Solutions and seven faculty participated in the Course Development Institute professional development opportunities facilitated by Educational Media Technologies in May 2017. (IE3, IE5)
  • Educational Media Technologies and the Center for Instructional Excellence (CIE) successfully launched a micro-credential initiative by using Credly to issue badges to all faculty that completed the Teaching Solutions program or have received either the Imogene Wise Faculty Excellence Award or the Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award. Badges issued through Credly can be added to email signatures, LinkedIn profiles, or added to personal portfolio websites. (IE4)
  • Educational Media Technologies hosted seven episodes of Summer Shorts between mid-June and late-August. NMC’s video communications tool, Zoom.us, was used to host 10-15 minute episodes for faculty to explore topics ranging from using feedback and collaboration tools in Google docs to previewing the new features in Moodle 3.3. Each episode was recorded and posted to Ensemble for faculty to view at a later date and links were sent out to all faculty that expressed interest in the episodes. The recordings will be sent out to faculty again during the fall semester. (IE3, IE5)
  • Based on feedback from two advisory groups, Educational Media Technologies created a new Online Learning and Moodle Orientation to better guide students through how to be a successful online student, understand the technology requirements for using Moodle and certain file types, use different Moodle activities, and where to find NMC technology help resources. EMT is gathering feedback from students that complete the orientation to check and adjust as needed. (IE1, IE5)
  • Systems and LAN Management was notified July 15, 2017, that the current provider of internet service to Rogers Observatory would be discontinuing service July 31, 2017. They researched alternative connection options and chose to install a point-to-point microwave system between the Observatory and University Center. The new connection that is owned by NMC has an increased bandwidth from 1.5mb to 500mb. As a result, the computers at the Observatory will connect to NMC’s data infrastructure and operate the same as any other computer lab. (IE5)
  • Systems and LAN Management worked with our internet service providers to increase the amount of available bandwidth during our contract renewals. The bandwidth for classroom instruction and faculty/staff offices was increased from 100mb to 200mb. Bandwidth for our wireless network system and students living in East and North halls increased from 150mb to 500mb. (IE5)
  • Systems and LAN Management worked with our service providers to install wireless network access points as well as emergency communication capabilities to each suite in North Hall. (IE5)
  • Systems and LAN Management participated in Pinepalooza with a focus on IT security for our students. They gave away web cam covers so students could be sure that their web cameras were not being used without their knowledge. They also provided education on how to identify phishing email messages. (IE5)
  • Systems and LAN Management replaced 230 computers throughout various computer labs prior to the start of fall semester. (IE5)
  • The NMC Foundation reached more than 300 current students at Pinepalooza 2017. Students learned that 55% of individual donors to the NMC Foundation make gifts of $50 or less per year. Students learned that all of these gifts add up to BIG change on campus. The NMC Foundation encouraged students to apply for scholarships through Student Financial Services and explained the link between philanthropic giving at the NMC Foundation and the distribution of scholarship gifts through the Student Financial Services office. (IE1, IE2, IE3)

Activities of Note: Tim

  • The college has been busy with the beginning of fall semester. On August 21, employees gathered for our College-Wide Picnic. Faculty and staff from all four campuses came together to kick off the year and meet new employees. Thank you to those trustees who were also able to attend.
  • Following the picnic on August 21, we celebrated the opening of our new residence hall, North Hall. Employees, area legislators, several trustees, and members of the community joined for a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of the new facility.
  • Title IX Training sessions were held on Wednesday, August 23, at the Hagerty Center, led by Kimberly DeVries, director of equal opportunity compliance at Grand Rapids Community College. Participation was recommended for all employees and required for all faculty. The sessions were well attended, with trustee representation at both sessions.
  • I had lunch with cadets and the ship’s crew on board the TS State of Michigan on August 24.
  • The lunch was prepared by the GLCI intern who was completing her internship on the training ship in preparation for serving as a steward on a U.S. flag merchant vessel.
  • I leave today to visit the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. I am excited for this opportunity to visit the campus of one of our first global Aviation partners that we have been working with for many years.

Legislative Issues

Following a busy August spent in their districts, legislators are headed back to Lansing and Washington for the start of their fall work period. Upon their return they are faced with a host of issues, most significantly at the federal level where, without action, the government will run out of money to operate at the end of the month.

Thankfully, before their return, we were able to host several state and federal legislators on campus in August. This included involving State Representative Larry Inman, State Representative Curt VanderWall, Tony Cutler from State Senator Wayne Schmidt’s office and Eric Keller from U.S. Senator Gary Peters office in a ribbon cutting for our new North Hall residence hall.

NMC was also honored to host a workforce development roundtable with Senator Stabenow, which was attended by over 20 of the region’s key stakeholders on this issue. There was a good and robust conversation about what could be done at the federal level to address gaps in workforce development programs and funding, and I was pleased to provide the introductory welcome remarks at this important event.

State

The Michigan legislature now returns to Lansing where they plan to tackle several items including auto insurance reform, municipal employee pensions and retirement benefits, road funding, mental health services, aid for Flint residents and a possibility of overriding the Governor’s veto of a tax cut for individuals trading in a vehicle when purchasing a new or used vehicle. We will continue to pay close attention to these efforts and how they might impact NMC and community colleges in Michigan.

Federal

This month Congress needs to tackle several significant issues including raising the debt ceiling, passing either a short term funding package (most likely) or a full year funding bill for fiscal year 2018 (the fiscal year starts Oct 1), pass emergency funding for Hurricane Harvey relief, decide if they are going to attempt another vote at health care reform, and potentially proceed with tax reform legislation. These items all have the possibility to impact NMC and we will certainly be monitoring their developments closely.

We are also very concerned about the Trump Administration’s announcement this week of a repealing of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Not only is this troubling from a humanitarian standpoint, but it will also have a significant negative impact on the thousands of community college students who are in the DACA program. In light of this negative impact, and to ask that Congress address meaningful immigration reform, I recently wrote to our federal congressional delegation to express my concerns and ask that they support the DREAM Act which would provide a legislative solution to the hundreds of thousands of individuals whose futures were thrown into doubt by the Administration’s decision.

Miscellaneous (important upcoming dates for Trustees)

  • Monday, September 18—Board meeting at Oleson Center (third Monday due to ACCT Conference)
  • September 25–28—ACCT Leadership Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Thursday, September 28—Aviation 50th Anniversary Gala, Grand Traverse Resort
  • Friday, September 29—Lobdell’s Scholarship Fundraising Dinner
  • Tuesday, October 10—Professional Development Day
  • Friday, October 13—Aviation 50th Anniversary VIP Commemorative Luncheon and Community Open House

President’s Update for August 14, 2017

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

This section recognizes the good work being done and linkages to the Strategic Directions (SD) and Institutional Effectiveness Criteria (IE) are provided where possible.

  • I would like to, again, thank our NMC team and legislators for the successful state approval of the state funding supporting our West Hall 21st Century Innovation Center project. Construction on this project will begin in 2018 and architects are preparing an exterior design to present to the Board at the regular August meeting.
  • The Great Lakes Culinary Institute, in partnership with Munson Medical and Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, planned a culinary medical conference designed to enlighten doctors and medical professionals about eating and cooking healthy food. The conference will be held from Sept 22–24. (IE1, IE2)
  • Admissions, Financial Aid, Records and Registration and Student Accounts offices completed a three-month transition to combine customer service into an Enrollment Services one-stop for students. Creating a shared work environment in Enrollment Services allows staff to more effectively help students. They are able to more efficiently handle phone calls, walk-ins, and emails during the peak processing time of payment due date. During the 6-day period, the 26 staff members in Enrollment Services had 2,131 customer contacts by phone, email, and in person. This is more efficient for students, as well as staff, to be served by one person instead of needing to contact multiple offices. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • Approximately 30 people attended the Summer Counselor Summit with Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC); 6 of which stayed in East Hall overnight. Enrollment Services staff participated in the event from coordinating the set-up, participation on the Admissions Counselor Panel, and a campus tour. The attendees were impressed with NMC and the beauty of the campus and school offerings. (IE2, IE5)
  • The Great Lakes Maritime Academy training ship now has a small lending library to give cadets resources to learn and relax when out on the lakes. Maritime Training Ship Instructor Joe McGuiness and Librarian and Maritime Academic Liaison Michele Howard recommended a variety of titles including books on personal finance, interpersonal relationships, mental health, and literary classics. Purchases included an annual subscription to full text online access to the Wall Street Journal, which is accessible to all students, faculty, and staff. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Online purchasing card training has been launched through the SilkRoad Human Resources system. This will allow for ongoing training and the ability to track who has successfully completed the training. (IE5)
  • Human Resources, Information Technology, and the Business Office completed an Overtime Calculation project. This project allows for the system to automatically calculate if an employee should be paid overtime based on total hours worked. This will eliminated re-work by the payroll department in processing bi-weekly payroll. (IE5)
  • The Facilities area reports the following accomplishments:
    • Supporting the opening of the new North Hall.
      • Hydro seeding maintenance
      • Furniture moves
      • Building training, touring with the Fire Department and the Police department
      • Completed all of the annual sprinkler inspections with Brigade
      • Completed all of the kitchen hood cleaning with Bay Spray
    • Supported the annual art show and the Rotary picnic.
    • Completed the sealing and stripping of the parking lots.
    • Completed several concrete walkway replacements.
    • Supported the consolidation move for Student Services. (IE5)
  • Annual Giving Specialist Katharine Zurek, and the NMC Foundation team, increased the amount of donors to NMC’s Annual Fund by 10% in fiscal year 2017. The NMC Foundation is proud to enhance NMC’s partnerships by engaging more community members in supporting NMC and its students. The Foundation is proud to be a champion for NMC by educating donors on the importance of the Annual Fund’s flexibility, which allows them to meet the needs of students and support essential NMC operations. (IE2, IE3)
  • As spring semester ended at NMC, Scott Swan and Brian Sweeney were boarding a flight to Beijing to deliver the first generation of courses in marine technology and construction management to students at Yellow River Conservancy Technical Institute (YRCTI) in Kaifeng, China. Dan Goodchild, Construction Technology Coordinator, and Hans Van Sumeren, Director, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute accompanied them for the first few days to initiate preparations for additional course delivery this fall and next spring. Our agreement with YRCTI establishes student cohorts (of about 40 students/cohort) enrolling in an intensive, competency-based program in construction management or in marine technology. Fifteen to eighteen contact hours are being delivered as part of an articulation agreement focused on the NMC associate’s degree. The experience has been exciting and exhausting, packing full-day teaching into a three week mini-term. Fall program delivery will focus on completion of the marine tech courses. We are anticipating a winter completion of the construction management track. (IE1, IE2)

Activities of Note: Tim

  • On July 21 we welcomed to campus representatives from the city of Traverse City and Holland, Michigan. Diana Fairbanks, executive director of public relations, marking, and communications, and I greeted the group of 16 people and gave a brief presentation on the college.
  • Thank you to trustees Kennard Weaver, Chris Bott, Rachel Johnson, Janie McNabb, and Michael Estes for attending this year’s MCCA Summer Institute on Mackinac Island. Other executive staff was in attendance as well. The conference is always well done with a president’s institute, trustees institute and general sessions with exceptional speakers pertaining to community college issues within the state and nation. U.S. Educational Secretary Betsy DeVos was able to meet with the entire attendance, as well as the smaller group of college presidents. The MCCA Summer Institute will be held in Traverse City the next two years.
  • U.S. Senator Gary Peters held his office staff retreat here in Traverse City and I was honored to speak with them as they enjoyed dinner at Lobdell’s.
  • Rotary Charities of Traverse City held their weekly meeting here on campus on Tuesday, August 1. It was a beautiful day and the group seemed to enjoy being on our campus, as well as the wonderful food.
  • A team of 10—comprised of staff members, faculty, and executive staff—attended this year’s CQIN Summer Institute in Chicago, Illinois, at the beginning of August. The theme of “Developing Talent for Organizational Transformation” was explored. Following the conference sessions and team discussions, attendees expressed how beneficial the experience had been.

Legislative Issues

State

With the summer district work period in full swing, the state House and Senate will only convene for 1 day in August before returning to Lansing for regular session following the Labor Day holiday. During this recess period, NMC has been engaging with Representative Inman and Senator Schmidt to discuss the upcoming NMC Aviation 50th Anniversary as well as other items that impact the college. We have also engaged with Lt. Governor Calley as part of a business roundtable hosted by the Traverse City Area Chamber where there was a focus on NMC’s efforts to support workforce training and new jobs training in the region.

Federal

Much like the state, the federal legislature is also on a recess period, working in their districts and states. Congress will re-convene in September and has a significant list of items to tackle this fall, including a FY18 budget, debt ceiling increase, Perkins Reauthorization and many other issues. We have taken this recess period to ensure that we are engaging with our federal delegation including working with Senator Stabenow on her New Skills for New Jobs Act, working with Congressman Bergman and Congressman Mitchell on the College Transparency Act and working with Senator Peters on an issues related to a Coast Guard Center of Expertise.

Miscellaneous

  • NMC College-wide Picnic — Monday, August 21, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • North Hall Ribbon Cutting and Open House — Monday, August 21, 1–6 p.m.
  • Regular Board Meeting at Oleson CenterMonday, August 28 (Board to arrive at 4:45 p.m. for group photo)

President’s Update for July 14, 2017

Welcome New Trustee Janie McNabb

  • I’d like to welcome new NMC Board Trustee Janie McNabb who was appointed by the Board at their regular meeting on June 26, 2017, following a special meeting where nine very qualified applicants were interviewed. The Board conducted a public interview process during the special meeting where they selected the top three candidates to move up in the selection process to the regular meeting that same evening where Jane T. McNabb was unanimously appointed to fill the vacancy left by Marilyn Gordon Dresser’s resignation and will serve until the November 2018 election.

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

This section recognizes the good work being done and linkages to the Strategic Directions (SD) and Institutional Effectiveness Criteria (IE) are provided where possible.

  • Thanks to Lisa Thomas and Tarah Elhardan who provided Title IX/ Campus Save Act Training to maritime cadets prior to their departure on the Training Ship State of Michigan. Lisa and Tarah conducted the training at GLMA on six occasions; three prior to the departure of the first phase, and another three sessions on June 26 prior to the ship’s departure on the second phase. Lisa and Tarah addressed in excess of 100 cadets, many of whom were sailing with us, but enrolled at Texas A&M Maritime Academy or Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Prior to the training Lisa and Tarah reached out to their counterparts at Texas and Massachusetts and ensured the cadets would have the proper information regarding Title IX Counselors for each institution. (IE4)

Activities of Note: Tim

  • I welcomed the Michigan Clean Energy Conference & Fair to our Aero Park Campus on June 24. The three-day conference featured former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, and was designed to mobilize clean energy investments in Michigan homes, businesses, and communities. Attendees were able to see how residents and businesses are innovating to create a locally grown, clean energy economy.
  • My thanks to the Board for my annual evaluation complete during a closed session of their June 26, 2017, meeting and supporting me to continue on with my contract to serve as NMC’s president. I look at my evaluation as an evaluation of the college and together we have accomplished a lot toward student success over the past year as you can see by the list of accomplishments and strategic goal updates included in my annual review materials provided to the Board.
  • I gave a brief update on NMC’s relationships with China at the International Affairs Forum special event held on June 28 titled, “Where Great Powers Meet: America and China in Asia.” The keynote speaker, Dr. David Shambaugh, presented on how the continuing growth of China’s influence is shifting the dynamics of U.S. and China relations, after returning from an extended study tour of key Asian countries.
  • I welcomed a group of 45 Dow and Dow Corning retirees on June 29 that were provided a tour of NMC campuses that was arranged by the NMC Foundation in collaboration with Bill Donberg and Steve Constantin. As most external guests, they were very impressed with the breadth and expertise of program offerings available at NMC.
  • Trustees Kennard Weaver and Ross Childs and I, along with Jerry Achenbach, Marguerite Cotto. NMC Aviation Director Alex Bloye, and Asst. Chief Flight Instructor Frank Jabour attended the USCG Change of Command on June 10. CDR Nathan E. Coulter relieved CDR Gregory A. Matyas as Commanding Officer of U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City. The USCG Traverse City Commander plays an important leadership role within our region and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with each of these commanders as they serve in Traverse City.

Legislative Issues

State

FY18 Budget

While the state legislature wrapped up their work on the FY18 Omnibus budget (which includes NMC’s 21st Century Innovation Center capital outlay construction authorization) several weeks ago, disagreements between leadership and the governor over tax incentive legislation, MPSERS reform and the education budget, held up the normal process of the budget being subsequently presented to the governor for his signature.

There was progress however this week as the legislature formally presented the FY18 Omnibus Budget bill (HB 4323) to the governor for his signature. Governor Snyder now has until the 25th of July to take action on the bill.

It is hoped that after continued discussions with leadership over these contentious issues, Governor Snyder will ultimately sign the budget and finalize the FY18 budget process which would allow NMC to move forward with our 21st Century Innovation Center project.

MPSERS Reform

Last week, after a brief delay, the legislature presented Governor Snyder with SB 401 (Pavlov), which would place new public school employees into a defined contribution (DC) retirement plan as the default, with an option to select a hybrid defined benefit (DB) plan if they chose to do so. The bill was a compromise that leaves the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) open, while limiting the investment risk to the state. It is expected that if there is agreement between legislative leadership and the governor on other issues such as tax incentive legislation, that this legislation will be signed into law.

Federal

While much of the federal attention has been on health care reform, there have been some movement of issues that we are tracking/concerned with. This includes the House reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act which now moves to the Senate for consideration. The Perkins Act is the largest direct federal funding source for community colleges and NMC receives approximately $230,000 annually from the Perkins Grant program. We will be contacting our senators to urge their support and passage of the House passed Perkins Reauthorization.

We are also tracking legislation introduced by Michigan Congressman Paul Mitchell, the College Transparency Act (HR 2434). This legislation would enhance current data reporting systems in place at the federal level to ensure that data is more readily available and easier to understand. NMC and all community colleges are increasingly being held accountable for metrics that show learner success and so having access to relevant data and information is critical. However, we want to make sure that new reporting requirements or methods are not overly onerous.

Therefore, we are supportive of this legislation with the caveat that more data is good — an unfunded mandate to collect/report data can place an undue burden on community colleges.

Miscellaneous

  • MCCA Summer Institute—Tuesday, July 25 through Friday, July 28
  • NMC Scholarship Open—Thursday, August 3
  • NMC College-Wide Picnic—Monday, August 21
  • North Hall Ribbon Cutting and Open House—Monday, August 21

President’s Update for June 21, 2017

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

This section recognizes the good work being done and linkages to the Strategic Directions (SD) and Institutional Effectiveness Criteria (IE) are provided where possible.

  • NMC’s Aviation Division provided an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in Agriculture Training for 8 students enrolled in the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology. The training began in January 2017 with a 1-week UAS Build and Flight Training, followed by an online training specific to the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification Exam and concluded with a 2-week UAS Applications in Agriculture training that took place in May 2017. Students enrolled matriculated 4 credits through Michigan State University, while training and instruction was provided by NMC’s UAS instructors. MSU will be sending their second cohort of students for a 2-week UAS in Agriculture – Turfgrass training in August 2017. The turfgrass training will focus on specific UAS applications for the golf turf industry and much it will take place at LochenHeath Golf Club. The UAS in Agriculture training provides an excellent example of institutional partnership and collaboration between NMC and MSU. MSU intends to continue the partnership with NMC’s Aviation division by increasing the number of trainings and students enrolled for 2018. (IE2, IE3)
  • CIE partnered with EMT to continue building LearningCommunities@NMC. We had five active learning communities this year where faculty and staff came together to explore a topic of interest. This year’s learning communities focused on e-portfolios, creating a sense of belongingness for students, new faculty, coaching, and universal design. (IE1)
  • CIE and EMT created the Sharing Showcase, a collection of professional development videos celebrating best practices of faculty and staff at NMC. Videos include Jason Slade explaining how he uses GoPro cameras for assessment, Tom Gordon talking about “chunky quizzes,” and Gwen Tafelsky creating real-world experiences with simulations. (IE1)
  • The Osterlin Library, EMT and CIE organized the Long Night of Grading the Thursday of finals week to bring faculty together as they tackled their final grading. EMT provided Moodle and outcomes scoring help, the librarians offered help checking research and citations, and CIE was available for consultation on any questions about teaching and learning. (IE1)
  • Using NMC’s video communications tool, Zoom.us, Mark DeLonge and Ryan Bernstein from Educational Media Technologies hosted several virtual training sessions for faculty throughout spring semester on new Moodle tools, installed during the December semester break, and on setting up outcomes in Moodle courses. EMT will continue to offer virtual training to faculty through the summer. (IE3)
  • During the 2016-2017 academic year, Technology Support Services provided 14 – 1 hr. Quick Bytes sessions to more than 80 attendees. These sessions covered many Google topics, as well as other software used on campus (e.g., 25Live). (IE3, IE4)
  • Alison Thornton, Coordinator of Technology Support Services, worked with a West Senior High intern to evaluate accessibility on NMC software packages including Self-Service, Technology Help Desk, MAP, Bomgar Chat, and others. The intern then presented the findings to a group of 10 from technology and student services. (IE3, IE4)
  • Terri Gustafson, Director of Educational Media Technologies, and Alison Thornton visited academic department meetings during spring 2017 to share information and updates on Google G Suite offerings, learning resources, pedagogical applications, and upcoming training events. (IE4, IE5)
  • This year saw many changes and enhancements pertaining to information technology security. A new data security training program was launched to help educate all employees about online security, with special emphasis placed on phishing awareness. Afterwards, several simulated phishing messages were sent out to the entire NMC population in order to see what areas of IT Security needs further attention. On the heels of this testing, we encountered both WannaCrypt ransomware and a large scale Google Doc phishing attempt. Neither of these worldwide attacks had any significant impact on our systems due to employee awareness. (IE5)
  • In addition to employee education, we have added several other technology-based security enhancements to our existing infrastructure. Systems have been implemented that provide deeper auditing and logging of our network systems, as well as tighter controls on firewalls and intrusion systems and computer scanning to identify potential areas of concern before a problem can occur. (IE5)
  • Kaplan testing for nursing students was held several times during the Fall and Spring semesters. Wireless laptops were successfully used for the first time to administer testing, with two carts of computers providing the ability to turn any regular classroom into a secure testing location, rather than restricting one specific room that was unable to be used by anyone else. Additionally, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) computer labs at the University Center were successfully used when cart scheduling conflicts occurred. Previously, VDI had never been used in a testing environment here at NMC. (IE5)
  • Upgrades and changes to NMC computing infrastructure this year include the purchase and replacement of 230+ desktop computers, a complete replacement of the network switch infrastructure in each building on all campuses (approximately 80 hardware devices), the relocation of fiber optic cabling that connects NMC with the outside world due to the Dennos remodeling project, and the replacement/upgrade of our central data storage system for all NMC computing operations. Some migration projects will continue into the next year. (IE5)
  • An updated storage system called Workspace, replaced the previous antiquated NetStorage system, to provide more user-friendly access from off-campus to retrieve and modify data files from any computer or device quickly and easily. (IE5)
  • Hagerty Center increased the total number of off season events (January through March) in FY17 by three; and the total number of weddings in FY17 by two. (IE5)
  • The Hagerty Center culinary team introduced a new banquet menu with updated pricing for the upcoming prime season, and created a new format for the appetizer menu to better serve client needs. The team also updated recipes to accommodate a broader range of dietary restrictions without the need for customization. Other improvements implemented by the collaboration of the culinary team and event supervisors included standardized buffet setups, a diagram to better layout the food displays and equipment needs that will allow for more efficient setup times and streamlined communications. (IE5)
  • NMC will begin offering aviation classes this summer in Howell, Michigan, through a new partnership with Crosswinds Aviation called the Taking Flight Initiative. The agreement is expected to help meet demand for flight training in the region between Lansing and Detroit as well as provide a pipeline to NMC’s aviation program. The private Crosswinds Aviation flight school currently offers a number of high school aviation courses in cooperation with the Howell Public Schools, the Livingston Educational Services Agency, and the Capital Area Career Center, but reached enrollment capacity in 2015. More information is available on NMC’s website at https://www.nmc.edu/news/2017/03/aviation-crosswinds.html (IE1, IE2)
  • NMC graduated its first BSMT – Marine Technology student during the 2017 spring commencement. This major started approximately two years ago. (IE1)
  • NMC’s Great Lakes Water Studies Institute (GLWSI) received international credentialing for its ROV School from the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI). NMC is the only school in the world to hold this credential. ADCI’s member organization is in 40+ countries worldwide. (IE2)
  • NMC’s GLWSI instructors are delivering our first round of courses at Yellow River Conservancy Technical Institute in China in support of our marine technology partnership. (IE1, IE2)
  • The NMC Freshwater Studies and the WMU Freshwater Science and Sustainability partnership is at capacity (~ 60 students). This is approximately 2.5 years after this partnership degree opportunity began. (IE1, IE2)
  • NMC’s formal MOU with the Marine Technology Society has led us to offering the second year of marine “summer camps” that engage students (both college and high school) from across the country in formal training of NMC’s marine technology specialties. (IE2)
  • NMC hosted the second “Building Tomorrow” event May 11 – 13. The objective of this event is to showcase careers in the construction industry by exposing students to the multiple career paths in the field. This year’s event targeted middle school students with over 150 students attending. On Saturday, May 13, the event was open to the public giving students the opportunity to return with their parents and further explore specific areas within the construction industry. The event is an outstanding partnership between the construction industry, trade organization, and the College. (IE2)
  • NMC sponsored the recent spring 2017 Michigan Educators’ Apprentice & Training Association (MEATA) meeting held in Mt. Pleasant. Amy Burns serves as secretary on the Board of this organization and represents NMC at the state level on apprenticeship based training. (IE1, IE2)
  • The Automotive program hosted their annual end of year BBQ and for the first time used this event to reach out to program alumni. The event was a great success and highly attended by past graduates. As part of this event, students in the automotive program renovated a vehicle and donated the car to an organization that provides cars to families in need of transportation. This outstanding community service is the highlight of the event. (IE1, IE3)
  • NMC showcased our unmanned systems programs and equipment at the Charlevoix-Emmet ISD on May 13. Students had an opportunity to see demonstrations of our UAVs and ROVs and talk with faculty and staff about degrees and careers in these fields. The objective of the event is to introduce students to the unique and highly specialized programs at NMC. (IE2, IE3)
  • Steve Kellman and Dave Dalquist added a new class registration system to the Extended Education Services website, greatly increasing online registrations to EES classes. The new section is styled to match the NMC brand and academic course listings, and work across device types. (IE2, IE5)

Activities of Note: Tim

  • NMC hosted another successful TEDxTC on May 17, for which I provided a pre-recorded welcome, as I out of town attending an annual planning meeting of the Executive Committee for the Continuous Quality Improvement Network (CQIN).
  • Six budget update sessions were held across all four campuses in mid-May to provide faculty and staff an opportunity to hear about the FY18 budget and address questions and concerns. Over 140 people attended these sessions.
  • Thank you to all of you who were able to attend the NMC BBQ on May 21. 5,748 meals were served as the rain held off and made for a beautiful afternoon under the pines.
  • The final report of the 21st Century Economy Commission was released on May 31. I have been serving on the commission since November and traveled throughout the state to meet with regional stakeholders and fellow commissioners. Governor Snyder created the commission to establish a comprehensive vision for Michigan’s economic future, leveraging the state’s strengths and encouraging development.
  • Ross and Brenda Biederman were inducted as NMC Fellows at a dinner in their honor on June 7 at the Hagerty Center. The Biederman Foundation’s generous $1 million gift to the college was also announced at the event. Thank you to trustees Kennard Weaver, Chris Bott, Ross Childs, Doug Bishop, and Rachel Johnson for joining us for the event to celebrate the Biedermans and their decades of support to NMC.

Legislative Issues

State

Capital Outlay—West Hall 21st Century Innovation Center

On May 24, the state Joint Capital Outlay Committee met and approved our FY18 Construction Authorization, which is an important step forward with the construction of the West Hall 21st Century Innovation Center. Following this committee approval, we now need the authorization to be included in the final FY18 omnibus budget bill that will hopefully pass the legislature soon, before we move forward with construction plans. We would like to thank Representative Inman and Senator Booher, who both serve on the Joint Capital Outlay Committee as well as Senator Schmidt for their support of this important project for NMC learners.

FY State Budget

The legislature is moving closer to wrapping up its bills and sending them to Governor Snyder for approval. After some disagreement and delay, the governor and Republican legislative the FY18 budget. Of note for NMC is that the community college budget conference committee met and approved their bill which included the following provisions:

  • A 1% increase in traditional formula funding for all 28 community colleges
  • For NMC this would increase funding by 2% or $190,000
  • $1 million general fund dollars for the Michigan Transfer Network website

Unfortunately, the conference report did not include:

  • $3.2 million for the increase from the School Aid Fund instead of the General Fund as the Senate-passed bill contained
  • $2 million general fund for the pilot program aiding part-time adult students

We will continue to monitor this process as it continues to move forward.

MPSERS Reform

As part of their negotiations over the FY18 budget with the Governor, legislative leaders tied final passage of the budget to reforming the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS). After releasing MPSERS reform legislation (SB 401 and HB 4647) at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 14, the Senate Education Committee and the House Education Reform Committees held concurrent hearings on these bills at 8:00 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. respectfully. The Senate committee approved their bill at noon and the House committee approved their bill at 1:00 p.m., setting the stage for full Senate and House action on these bills soon. Given the short time frame to review and analyze these pieces of legislation, we did not take a position on these bills. However, we will continue to analyze and review this legislation to determine what impact there might be on NMC.

Federal

Gabe Schneider and I traveled to Washington, DC, this week to meet with federal legislators about the President’s proposed FY18 budget and our other 2017 federal advocacy issues. This included discussions with staff from Senator Peters, Senator Stabenow, Congressman Bergman and Congressman Moolenaar’s offices about the impact the President’s FY18 budget would have on NMC learners, including its proposal to cut the Pell Grant Surplus by $3.9 billion dollars and eliminate the Stafford Loan and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Programs. We were able to provide the number and percentage of NMC students who would be impacted by these decisions and staff thanked us for providing this detailed analysis. We also shared information about other federal priorities including healthcare reform, which we believe would not only harm our partner Munson Healthcare, but would also negatively impact state budgets, and thus, impact community college budgets in the years ahead.

Miscellaneous

  • MCCA Summer Institute—Tuesday, July 25 through Friday, July 28
  • NMC Scholarship Open—Thursday, August 3

President’s Update for May 12, 2017

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

This section recognizes the good work being done and linkages to the Strategic Directions (SD) and Institutional Effectiveness Criteria (IE) are provided where possible.

  • The CIT Department pulled out all stops gathering together students, their families, and professors at the Spring Recognition Mixer held at the NMC Hagerty Center on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Guests were treated to a taco bar and presentations on virtual reality, the NMC Game Development student club, and the NMC Women and STEM group. Students who were on target to complete their AAS or stackable certificates were recognized individually and the afternoon was topped off with opportunities to try out virtual reality gear, an activity that had people lined up until closing. The event promoted a sense of community in the CIT program and pride in our impending graduates. Parents, spouses, and children; who had previously only known that their CIT family member was missing to school; were able to see firsthand the people, programs, and some of the technologies for which their loved ones trek off to NMC on a daily basis. (IE3, IE4)
  • Two CIT program students and an alum were recently featured in a Record-Eagle article published April 9, 2017, about internships at Frontier Computer Corporation. Nolan Wurm stated that he had not yet completed his first year of classes at NMC when hired as an intern by Frontier. Collin Schlegal, who is in his second year of CIT study at NMC, was hired to a full time position after interning with Frontier. The article states that their supervisor is Greg Bright, an NMC alum who started as an intern at Frontier 14 years ago. CIT instructor Keith Weber points out in the article that CIT prepares students not just for jobs in technology but also in virtually any business, nonprofit, or government role one might care to pursue and that CIT graduates can land great jobs and pay their way through college. The article closes by mentioning the 6th Annual IT Career Fair that was held at the NMC Hagerty Center on April 17th. (IE2, IE4)
  • BUS 231 students raised over $40,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters from the Big Little Hero Race, held on Saturday, April 15. This year’s race was in memory of Sonja Olshove (IE1, IE2, IE4)
  • Alissia Lingaur, Communication’s adjunct instructor who teaches advanced creative writing this spring semester, will have her short story, “Everything that Matters”, published in MSU’S literary magazine, The Offbeat, this spring. (IE1)
  • Full-time Communications faculty member, Bronwyn Jones, had an essay published in the February issue of Traverse Magazine entitled, “Chasing Wonder Woman”. (IE1)
  • Nick Gerstner, adjunct instructor teaching Spanish this spring, has been accepted to Michigan Tech’s graduate program in rhetoric, theory, and culture. (IE1, IE5)
  • Janet Lively and Melissa Sprenkle, both full-time Communications faculty, presented at the 4Cs conference March 15 through 17, held in Portland, Oregon. This year’s theme was “Cultivating Capacity, Creative Change.” (IE1, IE3)
  • Congratulations to full-time faculty member, Nancy Parshall, whose chapbook in fiction, Proud Flesh, is the winner of this year’s Michigan Writer’s contest. Her chapbook will be published and released at a celebratory reading and reception on Sunday, June 11, 2017, 7:00 p.m., on the campus of the Interlochen Arts Academy. (IE1)
  • NMC’s World Languages department, working with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, plan to offer two new language classes this year: Anishinaabemowin I and II. NMC’s curriculum committee recently approved the courses. (IE1, IE2)
  • The NMC Financial Aid office presented to a group of seniors at West High School on “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” of student loans. We helped them understand the various options to help pay for college, applying for federal aid, and provided scholarship information. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • The Advising Center provided “on-the-spot” advising and registration assistance to students during the Long Night Against Procrastination on April 20. With more than 120 students present, this was an excellent outreach opportunity to encourage students to create academic plans, apply for graduation, and register for summer and fall courses. (IE2, IE3)
  • Advisors from the NMC Advising Center held after-hours Walk-In Advising sessions in East Hall to meet the needs of resident students and to encourage continued persistence at NMC. Students were advised using NMC’s degree-tracking tool, MAP (My Academic Plan), helped to create academic Plans within MAP for summer and fall semesters and beyond, as well as assisted with registration. (IE1, IE3)
  • Advising Center staff partnered with Student Financial Services, as well as other areas on campus, to provide the “Geocache for College” event to NMC students. This event was led and planned by Katie Malone, financial aid specialist, in partnership with TBA Credit Union, to send students on a geocaching hunt through campus to learn about being financially responsible. (IE1, IE2)
  • Kay Harris (EMT) partnered with Kristen Salathiel (CIE) to create the Sharing Showcase online video wall as a new addition to the Teaching@NMC website. The showcase page celebrates faculty and staff best practices in categories such as Active Learning & Student Engagement, Building Community, Course Development & Assessment, Service Learning, and Integrating Technology in the classroom. This is an ongoing project that will continue to add more videos in the future. https://teaching.nmc.edu/showcase/ (IE2, IE4)
  • In 2016, the College became a member of the Education Advisor Board (EAB), an advocate for colleges to help the College discover peer-tested ideas from institutions of higher learning around the world. The Office of Research, Planning, & Effectiveness (ORPE) has helped to provide faculty and staff access to this service on the ORPE website under EAB. In addition, ORPE has hosted several EAB webinars at various times during the year and is a hub for EAB research forums and white papers. (IE1, IE3, IE5)
  • Deirdre Mahoney, Bronwyn Jones, and John Zachman were recently honored at the 42nd Annual OPIE Awards, held at the Traverse City East Middle School. They were named Outstanding Person in Education by their peers for their exemplary contributions to public education. This award ceremony is sponsored each year by the Michigan and National Education Association. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • Enrollment Services, in collaboration with Student Life, hosted 4 Evenings at NMC events, for the 2017 Commitment cohort. The events covered the following topics: Commitment Scholarship, paying for college, budgeting, and student life (and NMC resources). Over 65 students and their families attended the events over the past month. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5)

Activities of Note: Tim

  • Nancy and I attended the NMC International Dinner on April 18 at the Hagerty Center. Hosted by the NMC International Club, the strolling dinner of international cuisine featured fine dining from various regions and cultures. International Entertainment was also provided from NMC students and staff, as well as Interlochen Center for the Arts, and local community members. This is always an enjoyable evening for us, with an opportunity to visit with many of our international students.
  • Thank you to trustees Kennard Weaver, Chris Bott, Rachel Johnson, and Ross Childs who were able to join us for the NMC Foundation’s Scholarship Luncheon on April 21. The annual luncheon is a great opportunity for donors to meet scholarship recipients and to celebrate all that is made possible by the generosity of our donors.
  • I traveled to New Orleans for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Annual Convention where I participated in two presentations. MCCA President Michael Hansen and I presented on the growing community college baccalaureate movement and NMC’s journey to offering bachelor’s degrees. For another presentation I worked with Erica Orians, executive director for the Michigan Center for Student Success, and representatives from New Jersey to discuss guided pathways reforms to impact student success.
  • On May 3 we hosted our second in a series of four legislative roundtable discussions this year. This Legislative Lunch and Learn was held in Lansing, which allowed us to welcome the participation of several non-northern Michigan legislators who serve on important House/Senate committees. This included Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason), Vice Chair of the Joint Capital Outlay Committee, and Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton), Vice Chair of the Senate Community College Appropriations and Capital Outlay Committees. Our northern Michigan legislators and/or their staffs were also present and we appreciate the continued support of Senators Booher and Schmidt and Representatives VanderWall, Rendon, Hoitenga, Inman, Cole and Chatfield. Topics at our Lunch and Learn included a discussion of our capital outlay project, the FY18 budget, the importance of funding the Michigan Transfer Network website overhaul, and the need for increased data sharing between community colleges and the State of Michigan.
  • Our annual Retirement & Recognition Reception on April 27 celebrated 7 retirees and service anniversaries of 83 current NMC employees. Thank you to our trustees Kennard Weaver, Doug Bishop, and Rachel Johnson for joining us to extend our appreciation to NMC’s dedicated faculty and staff. Congratulations is also in order for Board Treasurer Doug Bishop on his 10 years of service on the Board of Trustees. Thank you, Doug, for your service and dedication.
  • This past weekend was a busy one on campus with both NMC Honors Convocation and Commencement taking place. Over 50 students received awards at Honors Convocation while 240 students and 3 service dogs celebrated their hard work and achievements at Commencement on Saturday. Wei Cao and Hon. Kevin Elsenheimer were honored as Outstanding Alumni while the Imogene Wise Faculty Excellence Awards went to Health Occupations instructor Mac Beeker and Culinary Arts instructor Robert George. Over 750 students earned degrees this academic year. Thank you to trustees for their participation in these important events, ending Saturday evening with the GLMA Graduation Dinner held at Hagerty Center with cadets and their families. Congratulations NMC Class of 2017!
  • I would like to pay tribute to Lake Superior State University President Thomas Pleger, who died unexpectedly last weekend while recovering from brain surgery. President Pleger was a great friend to community colleges and will be greatly missed. NMC’s Great Lakes Water Studies Institute has long had a productive and highly engaged collaboration with LSSU in support of students in our Freshwater Studies degree program. President Pleger and LSSU faculty have been very supportive in connecting programs and providing opportunities for our students to continue their academic careers through water based bachelor’s programs offered at LSSU. More recently, President Pleger engaged GLWSI’s marine technology program capabilities in support of subsurface structural surveys for the new Aquatic Research Laboratory and a new Center for Freshwater Research and Education at LSSU. President Pleger had toured our facilities and wanted to connect NMC capabilities with those at LSSU, he was visionary and highly supportive of connecting our institutions and our unique programs for the betterment of all. I have also had the pleasure to get to know President Pleger while serving with him on the Governor’s 21st Century Economy Commission. Please keep his both his personal and LSSU families in your thoughts during this difficult time.

Legislative Issues

State
Capital Outlay—West Hall 21st Century Innovation Center
We continue to move forward with design plans for a 21st Century Innovation Center on our main campus, in hopes that a construction authorization will be granted by the legislature in a FY18 Joint Capital Outlay bill. We have now submitted our design plans to the Department of Technology Management and Budget in Lansing and hope that, following a prompt review, they will recommend our project to the Joint Capital Outlay Committee. It is then up to the Committee to include the project in their final bill, which would hopefully pass in early summer. We will continue to advocate for this with our regional legislators and those legislators on the Joint Capital Outlay Committee.
State Budget
State budget deliberations continue to move forward in the state legislature with both the full House and Senate voting out their respective FY18 budgets. This includes the FY18 Community College budget which we have been tracking closely as to how it would affect NMC. Neither the full House nor the Senate changed their versions with final passage and we continue to be supportive of the Senate passed budget. As you may recall, the Senate version would increase total community college funding by 1% and concurs with the Governor’s recommendation to fund an overhaul of the Michigan Transfer Network website. In addition, the Senate version supports reinstatement of the Part Time Student Grant. The House version of the FY18 Community College budget does not include funding for the Transfer Network upgrades, the reinstatement of the Part Time grant, or any increase in overall funding.
Specifically, as it relates to NMC, the impacts of the Senate Budget would be as follows:

  • Increase state funding for NMC by 2% or $190,000
  • While a modest increase, this shows a statewide recognition of the strong return on investment presented by the community college business model
  • For NMC this increased funding means additional investments in faculty, staff, equipment and facilities—all of which directly benefit our learners, allowing NMC to continue delivering needed occupational and technical degrees and certificates to meet the needs of industry and our State’s economy
  • The inclusion of funding for upgrades to the Michigan Transfer Network will greatly benefit NMC learners who are currently faced with the daunting challenge of navigating a cumbersome outdated website

We expect that the House and Senate will announce conference committee members after the Revenue Estimating Conference on May 17. The conference committee will work through the differences between the House and Senate versions before sending a final budget bill back to each chamber for final passage and signature from the Governor in early June.
Additional state items
In addition to the budget and capital outlay bills we continue to track the movement of legislation that would allow for increased data sharing between the State and community colleges, legislation that would create strict limitations on speech-related polices at community colleges, and the State’s merit curriculum.

Federal
In addition to work on federal healthcare policy, Congress also passed a FY18 budget that funds the government for the remainder of the fiscal year (through the end of September 2017). In all, the budget was fairly positive for community colleges and included funding for not only the Pell Grant program, but also one of our advocacy priorities which was to re-instate the Year Round Pell Grant Program. Additional items of interest included a boost to the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The bill also includes language regarding student loan servicing, permitting students who are consolidating their federal loans to select their servicer and instructing the Department of Education to develop common metrics to help borrowers select their servicer.

Miscellaneous

  • NMC BBQ is on Sunday, May 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • NMC Fellows Dinner honoring Ross & Brenda Biederman is Wednesday, June 7, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Hagerty Center.

President’s Update for April 12, 2017

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

This section recognizes the good work being done and linkages to the Strategic Directions (SD) and Institutional Effectiveness Criteria (IE) are provided where possible.

  • NMC received a scholarship of $1,000 donated by the Richard Schulze Foundation to support students interested in entrepreneurship. This award is in honor of Linda Hall (a former Traverse City high school graduate), who was recently awarded a 2016 Schulze Award for her article “The Harrowing Journey of Finding Investors,” which has been published online on the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange. This award recognizes the quality of the contribution Linda Hall has made to the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange (EIX) and to the study and practice of entrepreneurship. In recognition of her contribution, an academic scholarship was awarded to the college or university of her choice. (Link to article: https://eiexchange.com/content/120-the-harrowing-journey-of-finding-investors) (IE1)
  • CIT Industry Night Out on March 14 was held at RJG, a recognized global leader in training and technology for the injection molding industry. Fifty NMC students attended this event where they learned about the local company from an IT perspective. (IE1, IE2, IE4)
  • Two recent Great Lakes Culinary Institute (GLCI) graduates who served internships on the Training Ship State of Michigan are now completing maritime training at Seafarers’ International Union (SIU), and will soon be SIU members employed as stewards on board a Crowley Maritime Corporation vessel. This opportunity results from the March 14 Crowley recruiting event for both GLMA cadets and GLCI students. Crowley is ensuring that schedules allow students to attend the May 2017 NMC graduation. This summer three GLCI students will serve their internships on board the State of Michigan. The U.S. Coast Guard and three shipping companies will address these graduating GLCI students with U.S. Merchant Marine credentials and shipboard experience. (IE3)
  • Jim Bensley, Director of International Services and Service Learning, now holds the following positions:
  • Member at Large – Senior International Officials Council – Community Colleges for International Development (elected position). CCID is a global network of community, technical, and vocational institutions dedicated to creating globally engaged learning environments. Members engage within the network to improve practices, participate in learning communities, and collaborate to advance global opportunities at the college level.
  • Board Member – Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education (appointed position). MIIIE is a self-funded consortium of two-year colleges located in the Midwest region. Its primary objective is to support curriculum and professional development by organizing curriculum workshops, fall and spring conferences, and overseas projects for faculty and students; assisting with grant development; and providing faculty mentoring and professional networking. (IE2, IE5)
  • The office of Finance and Administration reports that the A-133 single audit was completed by Rehmann. The report found NMC to be in compliance with federal regulations and no findings were issued. (IE5)
  • NMC received reimbursement of $2 million for the state’s share of expenses related to the CCSTEP Grant. This process was coordinated by Chris Ruszel and Ed Bailey. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE5)
  • Disability Support Services Specialist Leanne Baumeler has partnered with TCAPS to provide a work experience for a high school senior during the spring 2017 semester. The student is an expert in the technology used by people who are blind and has been analyzing our digital material for accessibility. Various departments have agreed to have their materials reviewed. In particular, Alison Thornton has worked with the student every week in Information Technology Services. Extended Educational Services, Public Relations/ Marketing, and Educational Media Technologies have also taken advantage of this unique opportunity. The work experience continues through May 24, 2017. The student plans to attend NMC in the fall of 2017 and will focus on Computer Information Technology. The feedback the student has provided will allow us to improve our accessibility for students and others who rely on text-to-speech technology. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4)
  • NMC Student Financial Services held a Financial Aid Fair with help from Admissions, Advising, Records and Registration, staff. Over 30 prospective and returning students and their families attended. Admissions Office checked in students and assisted them with status of their Admissions application. Financial Aid Specialists held six, well-attended, half-hour sessions on Counting the Cost of College – Comparing Schools, Types of Financial Aid, and How to Find and Apply for Scholarships. Student Financial Services staff met with students individually to provide help completing the FAFSA, financial aid requirements, scholarship applications, and student loan counseling.
  • Student Financial Services wrapped up our 2017-2018 FAFSA completion outreach in February. They held the High School Counselor Workshop; 5 Regional Information Sessions; conducted 17 school visits to help with FAFSA, scholarships, and admissions applications; held workshops at College Night; and participated in the Commitment Induction Ceremony. Total attendance for all events was over 900.
  • Student Financial Services began packaging aid the end of February. Over 1800 students have been offered financial aid for the 2017/2018 award year as of 3/30/2017. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • NMC Admissions representatives have been in select high schools in our service area conducting Accuplacer testing, which helps save time during orientation for many students.
  • Admissions coordinated with Kingsley and Mancelona high schools to bus students to NMC for orientation on April 7.
  • The NMC Commitment Coordinator has met with area high schools and has met with the majority of our high school Commitment students. He has also held several lunches and conversations with our current NMC Commitment students. 69 of the 100 (2017 Cohort) Commitment students have been admitted for summer and fall.
  • Admissions held the 3rd Annual Jobs for Vets Hiring Fair on March 21 with 62 employers and 12 veteran service providers on hand.
  • Scott Herzberg held a meeting for all NMC Veterans with the purpose of bringing the veteran community together to support and create accountability to one another and to get them connected with all of the resources on campus and in the community. Guest speakers included NMC Counseling staff, Scott Herzberg, Director of GT County Veteran Affairs Office, VA Outpatient personnel, counselors from the Vet Center, representatives from VA Suicide Prevention, Specialists from Saginaw and a representative from the Community Action Agency. Independent Wealth Management is also offering free portfolio and/or debt management for NMC veterans.
  • Scott Herzberg and Kristy McDonald are piloting a program to teach mindfulness and yoga to NMC veterans. Kristy is volunteering her time and Scott is seeking funding through the Foundation to acquire the needed supplies. This weekly class will begin in the month of April and will occur once a week. There are 15 combat veterans signed up for this new program. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • Records & Registration, Advising and ITS have worked together to review, test and implement the Banner upgrade to Registration XE. This new, improved system makes searching for classes, registration, and planning ahead more intuitive and user friendly for students as they meet with their advisors, prepare and register for classes each semester. Training sessions have been held for faculty advisors and staff throughout the month of March in preparation for the new registration system. (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • The NMC Foundation held a student Phone-a-thon during which students called NMC Foundation donors to thank them for their gifts and ask them to renew their support. Student callers earned $10/hour for their student group. During the event, students learned about the NMC Foundation, philanthropy, and fundraising. They also had the opportunity to practice telephone communication and letter-writing skills. The NMC Foundation has deepened partnerships with Student Life, Phi Theta Kappa, and International Club as a result of the event. Students asked donors to renew their support to NMC’s Annual Fund, which supports every student, every day at NMC by supporting essential organizational operations. (IE1, IE2, IE3)

Activities of Note: Tim

  • I am sorry to have missed the March Board meeting due to illness. My staff supported my decision not to infect others with my cold/flu symptoms. I will also miss the April 24 meeting while attending and presenting at the national AACC conference, but will still participate via video conferencing.
  • On March 23 Nancy and I attended Grand Rapids Community College’s SCHOLARfest. The event celebrated the college’s philanthropic leaders, faculty, staff, and students while raising money for student scholarships. GRCC’s current president Dr. Steven Ender, and his wife Karen Ender, were also honored at the event as Dr. Ender is retiring this summer.
  • Chris Bott and I attended the MCCA Spring Board of Directors Meeting at Jackson College in March. The speaker Roger Curtis, Director of Michigan Department of Talent & Economic Development, talked about “Talent in Michigan” and there was a panel discussion on “Addressing the Skills Gap.” Attendees also received MCCA and legislative updates and information about the upcoming 2017 MCCA Summer Institute on Mackinac Island, which will focus on “The Closing Gap—The Equity Imperative for Open Access Institutions.”
  • I participated in the Presidents Program at the Higher Learning Commission’s Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, at the beginning of April. Joy Evans, executive director of research, planning and effectiveness, attended the entire conference and gained a lot of information pertaining to new accreditation requirements coming from HLC.
  • Stephen Siciliano and I, along with Kennard Weaver and Ross Childs, attended the Faculty Council meeting on April 7 featuring a Faculty Showcase. Faculty from all academic areas shared the best of their year, including new programming, art shows, student trips, innovation and best practices in the classroom, publications, awards and student successes.

Legislative Issues

State
Prior to spring break, both the Michigan House Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Colleges and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Colleges reported out their respective budgets for FY18. Of the two budgets, the MCCA and NMC are supporting the Senate reported budget; which, in addition to a slight increase in traditional formula funding for all community colleges, also supports Governor Snyder’s recommendation to fund critical upgrades to the Michigan Transfer Network. The budget passed by the Senate subcommittee would also reinstate funding for the Independent Part Time Student Grant. Specifically, as it relates to NMC, the subcommittee’s reported bill would increase state funding for NMC by 2% or $190,000.
While the Senate budget is a modest increase, it also shows a statewide recognition of the strong return on investment presented by the community college business model. For NMC, the increased funding means additional investments in faculty, staff, equipment and facilities; all of which directly benefit our learners. NMC is urging our Northern Michigan delegation to support the Senate Subcommittee’s bill and has written a letter to our legislators outlining this support.

Federal
The U.S. House and Senate are on recess until April 25. Prior to this break the Trump Administration released two budget proposals that would have an impact on community colleges and NMC. The first was the so-called “skinny budget” for FY18 which outlined President Trump’s proposals for all federal agencies and programs. A few key points from this budget include the following:

  • The budget proposes to eliminate funding for The Corporation for National and Community Service, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Northern Border Regional Commission, and The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in additional to several other agencies.
  • Proposed 13% decrease for the Department of Education
    • Deep cuts to federal student aid programs
    • Eliminates the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
    • 10% cut to TRIO Programs
    • Cut 1/3 of the funding for GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)
    • Cut $3.9 billion out of the Pell Grant programs $10B surplus
    • Reduces Federal Work Study significantly
    • There was no mention of funding cuts for the maritime academy system.

The President also proposed a FY17 Supplemental Budget, which included cuts to various programs in order to pay for proposed increases in defense and homeland security funding. Included in this FY17 supplemental budget request was a cut of $1.3 billion dollars from the Pell Grant surplus. Given the impact to NMC learners, we have sent a letter to our federal delegation outlining our concerns with this proposed cut. In the last academic year, 1,740 NMC students received Pell Grant support totaling over $5 million dollars. The proposed cut to the surplus would impact future reinvestments in the Pell Grant program and could impact long- term budgetary projections, including the feasibility of reinstating the Year Round Pell Grant Program.

Upon their return from this recess period Congress will be faced with the expiration of the federal budget on April 28 and would need to either extend funding at current year levels or pass a FY17 budget for all federal agencies. We will continue to monitor this process for potential impacts to NMC and our learners.

Miscellaneous

  • NMC Foundation’s annual Scholarship Luncheon will be on Friday, April 21, 12:00-1:30 p.m., at the Hagerty Center. The luncheon is a unique opportunity for donors to meet the students their donations support. Invitations were sent to trustees’ homes at the end of March.
  • The Retirement & Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, April 27, at 4:30 p.m. at the Hagerty Center. Invitations were sent to trustees’ homes in mid-March.
  • Spring Legislative Roundtable is in Lansing on Wednesday, May 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Trustees are asked to please let the President’s Office know if you would like to attend and we will coordinate transportation.
  • NMC Commencement is on Saturday, May 6, and Holly will provide more detailed information in a separate email.
  • NMC BBQ is on Sunday, May 21, and Holly will send a separate email with greeter sign-up times.

President’s Update for March 10, 2017

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

This section recognizes the good work being done and linkages to the Strategic Directions (SD) and Institutional Effectiveness Criteria (IE) are provided where possible.

  • The Advising Center continues to implement a targeted communication plan to help all students learn about using MAP (MyAcademicPlan) and Plans (a resource within MAP that allows you to plan several semesters at a time) with their academic advisor as available tools for success. Throughout the month of February a series of communications including emails, posters around campus, announcements through television monitors, and items in the student e-newsletter were presented to students. The Advising Center saw increased requests for appointments based on these messages. Additionally, they visited developmental and self- paced math classes to answer questions about MAP and Plans, and to teach students how to access these advising tools. (IE1, IE2, IE3)
  • Kristy McDonald and Brandon Everest are the chairs of the Experiential Learning AQIP project. Experiential learning encompasses various experiences where learning is deepened and enhances through the direct application of knowledge both in and out of the classroom. (IE1, IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • CIT Faculty members Scott Goethals and John Velis attended the February meeting of the TBA-ISD K12 Counselors group. They presented the new programming for CIT degrees and certificates to the group and also emphasized the steady flow of local IT job postings in the region. Scott and John asked for feedback and offered to come out to each district. (IE2, IE5)
  • CIT Industry Night Out on Monday, February 20, was held at Britten Studios. NMC’s CIT students got the opportunity to tour the 300,000 square-foot facility and learn about this local company from an IT perspective. (IE1, IE2, IE5)
  • Food Services has made the following adjustment to enhance customer service:
    • Opened the scope of operating “The Curve” to continuous service this semester. The results using “pop-up” stations such as Mindful, Bodacious Burgers (Thursday nights), Oodles, pasta tosses and panini sandwiches (Monday afternoons and evenings) have increased student satisfaction and revenue. Revenue from “The Curve” is approaching $15,000.
    • Smoothies- Inserted a smoothie bar during breakfast, resulting in very good participation and selling 160 thus far for nearly $1000 in revenue.
    • Super Bowl Sunday- Served tailgate type fair at a fixed price of $10 per person. More than 70 students participated.
    • Take out pizzas- Continue to see good results with participation, selling 381 small personal pizzas and 145 thin crust 16″ pizzas during spring semester. Pizza revenue is approaching $4000 going into March.
    • RH Meals: Re-heat meals have increased to a variety of 28 this semester, selling 172. (IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • Food Services has started service to customers through Comfort Keepers, providing Simply to Go products such as parfaits, fruit cups, sandwiches and reheat entree meals. (IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5)
  • Food Services was audited by a third party vendor for food safety standards and health and safety standards. Their scores were a 99.5% on health and safety and 91.5 % in food safety. No major discrepancies were reported. (IE5)
  • The bookstore increased rental availability by adding more vendors and creating an in-store rental program to add custom rental books. They also developed an hourly or daily rental program for students that feel they only need a book for a short period of time. (IE3, IE4, IE5)

Activities of Note: Tim

  • Despite wintery weather we had a great turnout for our Legislative Roundtable Breakfast on February 24. State Senator Wayne Schmidt and State Representative Larry Inman were in attendance; as well as Brandon Fewins, Regional Manager for U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow; Leah McCallum, Regional Director for U.S. Senator Gary Peters; Jamie Callahan, Legislative Director for State Representative Curt VanderWall; and Melanie Collinsworth, Director of Michigan Operations for U.S. Representative Jack Bergman. Trustees Kennard Weaver and Rachel Johnson were in attendance, along with NMC executive staff. Gabe Schneider and I provided our legislators with an update on NMC and our regional impact, and discussed the West Hall Innovation Center project and current state and federal legislative issues impacting the planning process. I look forward to our next legislative roundtable event which will be held in Lansing on Wednesday, May 3.
  • Nancy and I attended the annual Taste for Success. Thank you to trustees Kennard Weaver, Michael Estes, and Chris Bott, along with their guests, who were also able to attend the event to support NMC’s culinary program.
  • Marguerite Cotto and I traveled to Chicago for the CQIN CEO forum/reps meeting this week. The Continuous Quality Improvement Network is a higher education membership organization that affords CEOs of both colleges and universities, as well as corporations associated with higher education, significant networking and learning opportunities to foster continuous improvement and achievement of performance excellence. Each year, CQIN identifies a group of Learning Partners from across other sectors such as manufacturing, service or health care organizations. These partners all perform at very high levels and willingly share their successful strategies, methods, processes and approaches with CQIN member institutions and organizations to provide implementation ready ideas on how to improve. CQIN members learn directly from the partners at both a CEO forum/reps meeting in the spring and at CQIN’s annual Summer Institute at which time member institutions and organizations have the opportunity to bring teams of academic, operations and administrative people to learn better ways to produce student and business success.
  • Architects from Stantec, the design firm working on the West Hall Innovation Center, visited campus this week to meet with NMC executive staff, our campus steering team, and other community innovators. Very thoughtful and productive discussion occurred in all sessions, along with some interactive design activity to explore adjacencies inform the development of diagrams to visually represent the program direction and begin to overlay their findings with the existing building footprint to vet various responses to program placement and context.

Legislative Issues

State Update

  • Fiscal Year 2018 Budget deliberations continue to be the focus of legislative activity in Lansing these days. The House Appropriations Community College Subcommittee held its second hearing on Governor Snyder’s proposed FY18 budget this week. The hearing focused on understanding his proposed personal property tax reimbursement mechanism that the governor believes negates the need to provide an operations increase for community colleges. These budget deliberations will continue through next week and we will continue to monitor developments as they relate to NMC.
  • We also continue to monitor the Capital Outlay process as it relates to NMC’s FY18 Construction Authorization for our 21st Century Innovation Center. While the Joint Capital Outlay Committee has been focused on planning authorizations for new projects, we are hopeful that they will consider our construction authorization concurrently with the regular appropriations process.

Federal Update

  • While much of the national discussion has been focused on healthcare related issues, there are a few federal issues that we continue to track.
    • The House Committee on Veterans Affairs reported out legislation that would allow veterans awarded the Purple Heart to receive GI Bill educational benefits if they were not on active duty for the 36-month period that is typically required. Nationally, this legislation would impact 1,200 to 1,500 Purple Heart recipients eligible for GI Bill educational benefits and create new recipients going forward.
    • The American Association of Community Colleges has sent a letter of support to Senator Hatch in support of the Comprehensive Student Achievement Information Act of 2017 (S. 351). This legislation, sponsored by Senator Hatch, would help to reduce current regulatory burdens on colleges by creating a new, more comprehensive method of detailing institutional performance. Of particular interest to community colleges is a new completion rate calculated at 300% of the normal time to graduate for the vast majority of community college programs. This measurement will enable prospective students to better assess their likelihood of finishing programs.
    • The President has not yet released his FY18 budget proposal, but House lawmakers tasked with writing the bill to fund education, labor and health programs are bracing for a budget that calls for massive cuts. Some estimates by lawmakers hint at proposed cuts running as high as $20 billion—a roughly 12 percent drop from the funding proposed in the still-unpassed bill for FY17. Since the President has not released his budget yet it is still too early to know exactly what the impacts on community colleges will be, but certainly something that we continue to monitor.

Miscellaneous

  • The Board will have dinner with the Student Government Association (SGA) at the Hagerty Center at 4:45 p.m. on March 20, followed by the 5:30 p.m. regular Board meeting where the SGA make a presentation to the Board.
  • Chris Bott, the MCCA Representative for our NMC Board of Trustees, and I will attend the MCCA Spring Board of Directors meeting next week at Jackson College.
  • NMC Foundation’s annual Scholarship Luncheon will be on Friday, April 21, 12:00-1:30 p.m., at the Hagerty Center. The luncheon is a unique opportunity for donors to meet the students their donations support.
  • The Retirement & Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, April 27 at 4:30 p.m. at the Hagerty Center.
  • NMC Commencement is on Saturday, May 6.
  • NMC BBQ is on Sunday May 21

President’s Update for Feb. 21, 2017

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

This section recognizes the good work being done and linkages to the Strategic Directions (SD) and Institutional Effectiveness Criteria (IE) are provided where possible.

  • The Advising Center, in partnership with Records & Registration, sent a customized email to students showing their current program of study and asking them to confirm it for accuracy. The message, opened by more than 60% of students, also gave information about our different degree types (ASA, AAS, AGS, etc.). This message’s purpose was to help students achieve the learning outcome of knowing their current program of study. Advising received several follow-up contacts with students wishing to change their program of study or inquiring about further information. Advising plans to continue this and additional efforts to help students be aware of and understand their program of study and degree requirements, as an essential element of NMC’s Guided Pathways initiative. (IE1, IE3, IE5)
  • Computer Information Technology program implemented a curricular redesign that includes the following:
  • Reducing the number of credits and classes for students to complete AAS and incorporating stackable certificates in the program.
  • Eliminating overly restrictive prerequisites to make scheduling more flexible for students.
  • Increasing the amount of lab time per the recommendation of our students and advisory board.
  • Adding more alternatives for elective courses. (IE1, IE2, IE5)
  • The CIT Student Game Design Club unveiled their first app, a scrolling platform game. The game features four levels, including a boss level, all with custom graphics and sound effects created by the club. The unveiling was attended by students and staff, all whom enjoyed playing the game over pizza and pop. (IE1, IE4, IE5)
  • Jason Dake, Curator of Education at the Dennos Museum Center, will participate in Museums Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., on February 28, 2017. Organized by the American Alliance of Museums, this event includes a day of training and a day of meeting with Congress to discuss the importance of museums in our communities. Jason will join over 300 museum professionals across the country to advocate for federal funding for museums via the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and their state counterparts including the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Michigan Humanities Council, among others.
    As a board member for the Michigan Museums Association, Jason worked with a group of professionals around the state to coordinate Michigan’s delegation for Museums Advocacy Day. He will represent the Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College, as well as Michigan’s 1st Congressional District and northern Michigan in general, with most participants being from the Grand Rapids or Detroit metropolitan areas. Jason is scheduled to meet with Senators Stabenow and Peters, as well as Representative Jack Bergman and others throughout Michigan. (IE2, IE3, IE5)

Activities of Note: Tim

  • Serving on Governor Snyder’s 21st Century Economy Commission has taken me to Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Saginaw, and Marquette within the past month, with continued sessions through the end of May. We are learning about people’s vision for Michigan’s future economy; challenges that face specific regions, as well as the state overall; opportunities seen for specific regions, and state; and how the state can attract and retain talent. As I have mentioned previously, a commission report is expected to be completed by the end of May. Many of the panel discussions pertain directly and indirectly to higher education, as well.
  • I was able to meet the incoming House Appropriations Chair Representative Laura Cox at an event hosted by the Kelley Cawthorne firm on February 1 in Lansing. It was beneficial to make an early connection with this important legislative position.
  • I attended the MCCA Presidents Meeting on February 9 and 10 in Lansing, where we received MCCA updates and had discussions pertaining to the initiatives and future of the MCCA Center for Global Initiatives and recruiting outside the college district, among others.
  • Thank you to Board Chair Kennard Weaver for joining Vice President Stephen Siciliano and me, along with our spouses, at the GLMA Alumni Mariners’ Ball this past Saturday. We enjoyed an evening with GLMA alumni catching up and reminiscing.

Legislative Issues

  • Governor Snyder presented his budget recommendation for the 2017-18 fiscal year, which included several provisions of interest to Northwestern Michigan College:
    • Under the community college budget, the Governor proposed continued operations funding at FY17 levels, $315.9 million dollars from the School Aid Fund.
    • The Governor’s budget continued to cap the amount of unfunded accrued liability contributions by community colleges to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) and allocates $76.2 million for community college retirement obligations
    • A one-time investment of $1 million general funds to support the Michigan Transfer Network website.
    • $2 million dollars in funding for a pilot of the Independent Part Time Student Grants program, which targets part-time adult students at community colleges who have completed at least 15 credit hours of postsecondary coursework and are near completion of a degree or other credential.
    • All community colleges except Gogebic, Montcalm and West Shore will receive a portion of $15.7 million in FY17 payments through the Local Community Stabilization Authority that are above and beyond the amounts needed for full reimbursement of revenue losses resulting from Personal Property Tax reform.
    • Under the higher education budget, the Governor recommended a $5.3 million increase to the Tuition Incentive Program and $11 million for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship and Michigan Tuition Grant, which will help community college students as well.
    • Under the Department of Talent and Economic Development budget, the Governor recommended an additional $10 million one-time, general fund allocation for the Going Pro program.

    While overall this budget proposal was disappointing for community colleges, the investment in the Michigan Transfer Network website was one of the Michigan Community College Association’s 2017 Legislative priorities. The next step in the process will be Appropriations Committee hearings on the budget.

  • Earlier this month, Joe McGuiness attended meetings in Washington, DC, with legislators to highlight the issues important to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy. This included a meeting with Congressman Jack Bergman who was very supportive of the GLMA issues raised.

Miscellaneous

  • The 4th Annual NMC Veterans’ Chili Cook Off is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2017, in the Health Science Building atrium. Donate $1 for 3 samples and vote for your favorite chili.
  • The Great Lakes Culinary Institute’s Taste of Success, which benefits student scholarships, is Friday, February 24, 6:30 p.m., at NMC’s Hagerty Center. Tickets are still available online.
  • See other events on the campus events listing on the Board Portal.

President’s Update for Jan. 27, 2017

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

This section recognizes the good work being done and linkages to the Strategic Directions (SD)
and Institutional Effectiveness Criteria (IE) are provided where possible.

  • During the fall 2016 semester, the NMC Writing and Reading Center (WRC) held over 1750 student conferences, which was the busiest semester in its history. Beginning that semester, the WRC offered extended hours, including late evenings and Sunday hours in the Osterlin building. Over the holiday break, the WRC expanded into adjacent space to have more room for students and individual conferences. We’re excited to see what next semester will bring! (IE1, IE3, IE5)
  • In December the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) notified NMC that it would be providing Great Lakes Maritime Academy (GLMA) with $120,000, in addition to the estimated $700,000 that MARAD will provide to the college in 2017. These funds are being distributed due to the Heritage Act and can be used for GLMA facility and vessel maintenance, and simulator purchase and support. The Heritage Act requires a portion of the funds MARAD receives from obsolete, scrapped vessels be distributed among the seven federally-regulated maritime academies, but does not stipulate the percentage that will go to each academy. This is the third consecutive time the funds were distributed evenly; GLMA received an amount identical to that of California Maritime, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the other academies. U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen has been a great friend of NMC’s GLMA. In addition to ensuring an equal distribution of Heritage Act funds, he has attended a GLMA graduation and personally approved MARAD Awards for long serving NMC’s GLMA faculty. His term of office will end on January 20, 2017, and he will be missed. (IE2)
  • Last spring MARAD announced they would be closing the MARAD Toledo Fire Training Academy. This left the GLMA cadets with no options in the Great Lakes area for completing required basic and advanced firefighting training. Almost immediately upon announcement of the closing of the MARAD facility, NMC’s GLMA Capt. John Biolchini began to work with Tim Wrede, training coordinator at the Northwestern Regional Fire Training Center (NWRTC), a governmental cooperative located in Traverse City. By October 2016 they completed a 249-page course that met all applicable sections of U.S. regulations and the international treaties which apply to the credentialing of U.S. Merchant Marine Officers; and on January 3, 2017, word was received that the U.S. Coast Guard had approved the submitted course. GLMA cadets can now complete basic and advanced firefighting in Grand Traverse County and the tuition will remain in Grand Traverse County. Additionally, MARAD has agreed to transfer a portion of the equipment that was located at their Toledo facility to the NWRTC, which will further decrease the cost of the course for cadets. (IE1, IE2)
  • During the week of January 9, 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard administered the seven-part Merchant Marine Officer’s Exams to GLMA cadets over a four-day period. Engine cadets had a 96% passing rate on first attempt. Deck cadets passed 148 modules (82%) with nine cadets passing all seven modules on their first attempt. The deck cadets will begin pilotage exams after completion of their license exams, consisting of another 24 exam modules. (IE1)
  • Gwen Tafelsky, Health Occupations simulation lab coordinator, has been working with Munson’s Cerner Educator Team to provide on-campus training to NMC nursing students with PowerChart (Munson’s electronic medical record system), previously provided at Munson with limited computer classroom space. Beginning January 2017, this training will take place in the NMC Nursing Lab for all nursing students. (IE2)
  • Laura Schmidt was appointed to a one-year term as a director for the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing Board (OADN). The mission of OADN is to “promote Associate Degree Nursing through education, leadership, inclusivity, collaboration, and advocacy to ensure excellence in the profession.” Currently, Laura serves as the co-chair for the Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) work group through OADN. (IE2)
  • In an effort to increase retention rates across campus, the Advising Center staff made more than 500 phone calls to students registered for fall semester, but not yet registered for spring. The goal was to remind students about spring registration and act as a check in from Advising on progress during the semester. These calls were part of combined strategies and focused efforts to help students persist at NMC. Advisors also met students living in East Hall and Hawk’s Nest, as well as developmental English students, to help them get registered prior to final exam week. (IE3, IE5)
  • Office of Residence Life partnered with the Office of Academic Advising to offer in-house tutoring for East Hall and Hawks Nest residents in December. Residence Life’s “Live by Leading” group volunteered at Bay Ridge Assisted Living and made holiday cards for residents of the facility. (IE1, IE2).
  • The office of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications (PMRC) received recognition for three design awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR)—‘A Taste of Success’ (Gold Medal of Excellence in Design), ‘Explore your Major’ postcard series (Gold Medal of Excellence in Design) and ‘TART Trails Smart Commute Week’ (Silver Medal of Excellence in Design). (IE2, IE3, IE5)
  • A text-to-speech button, an adaptive tool to read the text on the computer screen to any user, was added to the NMC website in July, and the PMRC office updated the website content management system (CMS) to automatically add the button to interior site pages and styled it to match the web design (IE1, IE2, IE3, IE5).
  • The PMRC office commissioned a series of videos earlier this year for marketing that have been viewed thousands of times since they were posted on NMC’s YouTube channel and embedded on NMC’s website program pages. (IE2, IE3, IE5)
  • In 2016 WNMC 90.7 FM continued to innovate and engage with listeners in the following ways:
    • Ran two successful fundraisers totaling $70,000
    • Tracked listener stats world-wide through www.wnmc.org
    • Held 9 concerts in the WNMC House Concert Series, which are held at private residences to allow a low-key intimate setting for a live music performance
    • Increased awareness of station at dozens of community broadcast events

Activities of Note: Tim

  • Thank you to those who attended Mid-year Opening Conference to kick off the Spring 2017 semester. It was a great opportunity for Stantec, the architectural firm that will be designing the new library and innovation center space in the West Hall project, to reach the majority of NMC’s faculty and staff to not only make a presentation, but receive some input submitted from those in attendance. The upcoming interview sessions scheduled with various groups and individuals will provide additional opportunities for the campus community to have input into the design phase of this project.
  • I continue to attend meetings, as a member, of Governor Snyder’s 21st Century Economy Commission in various locations around the state. The schedule of the commission is concentrated with many research visits to take place before its conclusion in May with a final report.
  • I greatly appreciate the trustees’ and executive staff attendance at our Board retreat on January 11 at the Hagerty Center. I am also grateful that Mike Hansen, MCCA President, was able to drive up from Lansing to join us and provide a thorough presentation on the role and activities of the MCCA, as well as a good overview of the role of a Board within the higher education accreditation process and in both state and federal legislative matters.
  • Members of the executive staff and most NMC trustees attended the Chamber of Commerce Annual Celebration on January 20, where Herb Lemcool was honored as this year’s Distinguished Service Award Recipient. This is an important community-wide event that provides much networking among our community stakeholders.
  • Gabe Schneider and I attended the MCCA Legislative Summit on January 25 in Lansing. In addition to a briefing from Speaker of the House Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt Township) we met with seven of our northern Michigan legislators including Senators Schmidt and Booher and Representatives Inman, VanderWall, Hoitenga, Rendon and Cole. This provided us an opportunity to give new legislators an overview “101” of the college, update legislators on 2017 legislative priorities and discuss the progress of our 21st Century Innovation Center project. We provided a packet of NMC information to each member, which included a breakdown of data on enrollment and job training for each district as well as information on the role of NMC in the regional economy (attached). This information was very well received and each legislator stated they were excited to participate in our first of four legislative roundtables, to be held next month in Traverse City. Just a reminder- that trustees are invited to attend this legislative roundtable with breakfast on Friday, February 24 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am. You will receive more detail about that event as it approaches.

Legislative Issues

  • State
    The State legislature convened its 99th legislative session on January 11 with newly elected members of the House being sworn in. Committee assignments in the House were just released and of note, Representative Larry Inman was named the House Chair of the Joint Capital Outlay Committee joining Senator Booher who is the Senate Chair. This will be important for NMC given that we are seeking cost and construction authorization for our 21st Century Innovation Center capital outlay this budget cycle. With the legislature beginning its work for 2017, we have identified five key priorities for NMC and community colleges statewide. These include:

    • Improving the process of transferring college credit, including reforming the state’s current system for informing students whether college credits will transfer, which is outdated and fails to consider how individual courses fit into a student’s path.
    • Addressing the issue of aging community college infrastructure, including a reform of the capital outlay process, which has not kept up with the need for change and taking advantage of today’s historically low interest rates by supporting capital outlay projects that will allow community colleges to provide quality educational facilities and programs to their students.
    • Providing community colleges increased control over whether tax funds authorized for community colleges may be captured for other purposes.
    • Supporting a continued investment by the legislature in community colleges through annual appropriations and maintaining the state’s commitment to pay down community college retirement system debt.
    • Support legislation that would ensure fair commercial property tax values across the state and eliminate the so-called “dark store” strategy, which is used to limit tax assessments; and thus has an impact on community college revenue.

    In addition to these legislative priorities, following the Governor’s State of the State Address and in anticipation of the Republican House Action Plan, we also believe that issues related to the skilled trades will be prominent in this legislative session.

  • Federal
    The 115th Congress has been sworn in and confirmation hearings for President Trump’s nominees are underway. This includes the confirmation hearing for Michigan’s Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s pick to be the next Secretary of Education. In prepared remarks for her Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on January 17, Ms. DeVos did make comments favorable to community colleges including, “For starters, we need to embrace new pathways of learning. For too long a college degree has been pushed as the only avenue for a better life. The old and expensive brick-mortar-and-ivy model is not the only one that will lead to a prosperous future. Craftsmanship is not a fallback, but a noble pursuit. Students should make informed choices about what type of education they want to pursue post high school and have access to high quality options. President (then – elect) Trump and I agree we need to support all post-secondary avenues, including trade and vocational schools, and community colleges.” With the confirmation process taking center stage in addition to time being spent on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal, it is unclear what higher education specific issues will be taken up in the near turn. However even issues such as ACA repeal will have an effect on budget’s including the State of Michigan’s budget and thus community colleges may be indirectly impacted. We will continue to track these issues as they develop.

Miscellaneous

  • Registration is now open for the 2017 ACCT Leadership Congress, September 25-28 in Las Vegas. Trustees, please contact Holly Gorton if you are planning to attend. For a schedule at a glance visit this website: http://www.acct.org/schedule-glance.

Attachment: 2017 MCCA Legislative Summit Handouts

Our Chance to Create a 21st Century Learning Space

To: Campus Community
From: Timothy J. Nelson, President
Date: January 5, 2017
Subject: 21st Century Learning Space

Good morning and welcome to the New Year! I’m excited to share with you the progress and preliminary process by which we together will design and build 21st century learning spaces in the renovation and remodeling of West Hall. I invite all of you to share in this once in a lifetime opportunity for NMC, our learners and community.

Over the past seven years, NMC has requested State of Michigan funding for the development of what we called the West Hall Innovation Center. Over that same period, our Board of Trustees has recognized the increasing role of libraries and central community learning spaces in learner and community success. As the old saying goes, “timing is everything.” We had intended to construct a new library connected to the core of West Hall and hoped a few years after that, we could construct the Innovation Center as the premiere 21st Century Learning Space.

You all know, we were successful last year in receiving permission to begin planning and designing this facility as ONE BUILDING. We envision an approximately 58,000 sq. ft. facility that is/has:

  • Innovative learning environments
  • Transformative learning environments
  • Libraries
  • Multiple academic and simulation spaces

Diagrams and descriptions of these types of spaces can be found by going here. I encourage you to open it.

We know these spaces will include some of these characteristics.

  • Flexible, adaptable and reconfigurable
  • Food
  • Library
  • Individual and community spaces
  • Quiet and noisy spaces
  • Serves the needs of NMC and multiple area constituent groups
  • Adds to the “Community Core” of NMC consistent with our new residential living plans
  • Has the potential to be used 24/7

At December’s Board of Trustees meeting, NMC contracted with STANTEC, an architecture and design firm, to guide us through a process to continue our journey to secure State funds. There will be multiple opportunities for guided input during this process. The first opportunity will be at Opening Conference on Monday, January 9 where STANTEC will make a presentation to the campus community.

The table below represents our initial thoughts on teams that will contribute to this design process. Our goal is to present design documents to the Department of Technology, Management and Budget and then to the State Legislature in the spring and secure funding that would allow us to begin construction in late 2017 or early 2018.

Members of the teams and user groups in the diagram below will be invited to join in coming days and weeks. We will provide both written materials and potential opportunities to visit other institutions. Please note the Steering Team – Innovators will include some of the most innovative educators (faculty and staff) at NMC as identified by peers and supervisors.

T’was the week before Christmas

T’was the week before Christmas and across NMC
You can hear students shout, “No more classes for me!
They are loading their cars and returning their books
Dreaming of presents that will fill up a few empty nooks.

The faculty have graded final papers with speed
For those giving essays an impressive deed.
A night of support in the library found
You really can work in a building with sound.

We all find ourselves here on the shores of the Bay
Eating and drinking the evening away
Our colleagues and friends a team one and all
Worked tirelessly to find student success this past fall.

Now Kennard! Now Marilyn!
Now Michael and Ross.
On Rachel! On Chris!
On Douglas as well.
Your work as our new Board is given for free
Please know we value the service coming from thee.

Our contractors are placing new dorm walls with care
And this coming August we’ll find students there!
The Dennos is rattling and shaking as concrete is cast
And come sometime next fall will be completed at last.

Now I want you each to know how I feel
The way you change lives is a really big deal.
I can’t say it enough that I value you all
Thank you so much for another great fall.

As you visit with family or travel afar,
We’ll see you in January all ready to star.
Be safe and be rested and come back to us then
Because we’ll all be together and start over again.

Happy Holidays!

– NMC President Tim Nelson, from the 2016 NMC Holiday Party