International Affairs Forum – Honoring World Press Freedom Day with Rami Khouri

Inetrnational Affairs Forum logoTuesday, April 30 at 6 p.m. at the State Theatre

Rami Khouri, internationally acclaimed journalist, commentator, author, and professor at American University of Beirut, speaks with clarity and authority on the challenges facing journalism — and journalists — today.

Tickets are $5.00 and FREE to students, educators and journalists. Call (231) 947-3446 to reserve your seat.

Success Story: NMC pilots to compete in historic Air Race Classic

April 17, 2019

Hannah Beard and Jessi MartinNMC’s aviation program will get a lofty showcase before a national audience this summer when a pair of student pilots fly across North America in the Air Race Classic, the oldest air race of its kind, and exclusively for female pilots.

Ninety years after legendary aviator Amelia Earhart made cross-country racing popular, Team Hawk Owls — Hannah Beard of Interlochen (left) and Jessi Martin of Maple City (right) — will take off from Jackson, Tenn. on June 18 in an NMC Cessna. The 2,500 mile trip is a race against the clock broken into nine legs. They expect to land in Welland, Ontario, by June 21.

“It’s going to be marathon,” Martin, 43, said.

“Sunrise to sunset flying,” agreed Beard, 23.

Air Race Classic course mapEntering the Air Race Classic is the latest example of how women at NMC are making significant strides in what has long been a male-dominated field. While only four percent of U.S. airline pilots are female, nearly 20 percent of current NMC aviation students are now women. The college is now home to a chapter of Women in Aviation International, which allows them to network and support each other.

Women are also becoming leaders among the overall student population. Beard is NMC’s top-performing aviation student this year, mastering commercial pilot skills faster than any other student, Aviation director Alex Bloye said.

“She met all the requirements of the certificate much quicker than any other student we’ve seen in recent years,” Bloye said.

He said competing in the Air Race Classic will drawn more awareness to NMC’s aviation program. Only one other community college has entered. Among the 15 academic teams are mostly large universities including Western Michigan University, Purdue and Ohio State.

“This race will put NMC and our pilots on the national stage with some of the best aviators in the world,” he said. “This is an exciting opportunity to not only inspire the next generation of NMC students, but to give Hannah and Jessi a chance to expand their envelope of experience.”

Their plane’s tail number — N157KC — honors former flight instructor, Kevin Copeland, who passed away in a motorcycle accident in 2017. An NMC flight instructor, Victoria Gann, will be racing as part of another team. Air Race Classic pilots range from ages 17 to 90.

“We look forward to seeing Hannah and Jessi cross the finish line. This will be a huge accomplishment that will help to solidify interest of future NMC race teams,” Bloye said.

NMC is seeking sponsors to help underwrite the $10,000 cost to compete, which includes fuel, transportation and lodging. Contact Paris Morse at the NMC Foundation,, for more information.

Follow Beard and Martin’s progress at the NMC Aviation Facebook page. They expect an NMC cheering section may show up at the race’s seventh stop, in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Honors Convocation and Commencement

Save the dates!

Be sure to mark your calendars for these two important events recognizing our outstanding students and graduates!

Honors Convocation will take place on Friday, May 3 with the reception starting at the Dennos Museum’s Sculpture Court at 4:45 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at the Milliken Auditorium at 5:30 p.m.

Commencement will be held Saturday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m. in the gymnasium at Traverse City Central High School. The public is invited to attend, or can watch the ceremony streamed online here.

Hope to see you there!

Cross-the-campus Dance Event

Observe NMC dance students and guest dancers cross the campus with improvisational dance on Monday, April 29, 3:10-5:10 p.m. featuring live music by Dede Alder. For more information, contact: Dorothy Eisenstein, project director

Let’s all do the Barbecue!

NMC BBQ buffalo logoTRAVERSE CITY — Tickets are now on sale for the 64th annual NMC Barbecue, set for May 19 on main campus. The traditional spring “Picnic Under the Pines” will raise money for student scholarships and the new West Hall Innovation Center.

The Barbecue Board, a group of community volunteers and NMC employees, has pledged $9,000 this year into its existing endowed BBQ scholarship fund of $25,000 for NMC’s Commitment Scholars Program. With that program, NMC promises a college education with a scholarship that covers 60 credit hours to selected northern Michigan ninth graders who are first-generation students, show academic promise and potential, and have financial need.

The BBQ Board has also pledged an investment of $30,000 over the next 5 years to The West Hall Innovation Center, currently under construction. The multi-million dollar project will renovate and modernize the 50-year-old building to create a 54,000-square-foot, multi-story library and flexible learning space. It will incorporate innovative and transformative learning environments and multiple academic and simulation spaces.

“The NMC BBQ has a long and proud history of investing in the future of our region, whether it’s through the students themselves, or by creating the learning spaces they need to succeed,” said BBQ Board President Heather Jewell. “It’s exciting to know a $6 picnic meal can have such an incredible impact when we all join together to support our college.”

Advance tickets are $6 and available online now through My North Tickets at with a $1.25 processing fee. Pre-sale tickets will also be available for $6 at all Oleson’s Food Stores, the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, the NMC Foundation, and many financial institutions. Tickets are $8 on Barbecue Day.

The late Gerald W. Oleson and his wife Frances, founders of Oleson’s Food Stores in Traverse City, started the annual fundraiser picnic in 1956. Oleson’s Food Stores continues to donate all the food. Several thousand people attend every year, raising more than $1.8 million for college scholarships, programs and equipment over the years.

The NMC BBQ is also a proud “friendraiser” for the college with nearly 500 community volunteers giving back to their community college. To help with the event sign up online or go to and click “Volunteer at the BBQ.”

In addition to the traditional menu of buffalo steakettes or hot dog, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and beverage and ice cream served from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on May 19 , free live entertainment is provided throughout the day. Classroom displays and program exhibits offer the public a chance to see what’s going on at NMC. Children’s games and activities will also be provided. The Barbecue will once again strive toward zero-waste, with composting and recycling services available.

Release date: April 16, 2019

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing & Communications
(231) 995-1019

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Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Exhibit Tour April 16: Refugee Experience

Tuesday, April 16, 12:15-1 p.m.,
Dennos Museum Lobby

Come enjoy a guided tour of Orna Ben-Ami’s exhibit, Entire Life Package, and the Inuit art that we have on display at the Dennos Museum. Entire Life in a Package is the story of millions of refugees with millions of packages, suitcases, sacks — “Life packages” that hold the desire to survive. In it, they pack both hopes and pains. Behind every package there is someone looking for a place. The objects that people take, in one package, represent their identity and sense of belonging, their memories and hopes for the future.

What’s Up World: Mental Health – Mind Over Matter

The NMC International Club will facilitate this month’s featured discussion topic of mental health, and how it is understood and treated around the globe. What’s Up World is a monthly student-led talk series that investigates current global topics. Join us for complimentary pizza and beverages in a living room setting with enlightening conversation. No prior knowledge on the topic is required.

When: April 17, 8:30-9:30 p.m., East Hall Lower Study Lounge

Let’s all do the Barbecue! (And volunteer too!)

Tickets for the annual NMC Barbecue, set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19 on main campus, are now on sale online and at the NMC Foundation office on main campus and at the Extended Education offices on the University Center campus.

Volunteers are also being sought to help put on the picnic under the pines, a spring tradition marking its 64th year. Sign up to volunteer here; most shifts are just two or three hours long and every volunteer gets a free commemorative t-shirt!

Campus Clean Up Day

Monday, April 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Presented by the Student Green Team and NMC Green Team

Show some Hawk Owl pride on Earth Day by doing your part to clean up our beautiful campus! Volunteers will be on hand in the Health & Science Atrium and Osterlin Library to assist you with everything you need to lend a hand with on-campus trash clean up! Many hands make light work!

Post a photo on Instagram of your clean up efforts and use the hashtag #NMCEarthDay to be entered into a prize drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card!

Spring Book Buyback

Looking to sell back your textbooks at the end of the semester?

Stop by the bookstore April 29-May 3 to sell your books back for cash.

Spring Book Rentals Due

Spring book rentals are due back to the bookstore by Friday, May 3.

Can’t remember if you rented a book? Contact the bookstore at 995-1285 with questions.

GLMA hosts open ship

TRAVERSE CITY — The community is invited to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy’s open “ship” showcasing the training ship State of Michigan from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13. The day will include:

  • Guided tours of the T/S State of Michigan
  • Interaction with current Maritime cadets
  • An opportunity to learn more about the Maritime Academy and the maritime industry

Tours will begin at the pier security gate entrance on the north side of NMC’s Great Lakes campus, 715 E. Front St. Low-heel, closed-toe, soft-soled shoes are highly recommended. The event will occur rain or shine.

Release date: April 5, 2019

For more information:

Scott Fairbank
Great Lakes Maritime Academy
(231) 995-1213


Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.