Current students: Tell us what you think & get a $25 Amazon Card!

Dear NMC students,

What is it like to be a current student at NMC? What would you change? How can NMC improve? We need to hear from you! Please join the virtual Student Experience Workshop this Friday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. This interactive workshop will help determine how NMC serves current students like you at Northwestern Michigan College.

The outcome will be a succinct and motivational document to guide strategic planning activities, making sure institutional priorities are aligned with the ideal student experience at NMC.

Everything we do at NMC is designed to help you succeed. We want to make sure we are doing the best we can to meet your needs. Your voice is critical to our strategic planning process.

We also know your time is valuable, especially this time of year. By participating in this workshop you will also earn a $25 Amazon gift card. Please join the workshop through this link and ask your friends and classmates to join too!

If you have questions, please email strategic-planning@nmc.edu.

Thank you for helping us make NMC better for you!

NMC Public Relations

COVID-19: increased vaccine availability

Dear NMC community,

As of this week, all Michigan residents age 16 and over are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. We wanted to offer two tools to help you secure an appointment to conveniently receive one of these safe, effective, free vaccines.

If you need help navigating the vaccine scheduling process, call the COVID-19 Hotline at (888) 535-6136 (press 1) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Vaccination is a critical step to ending the pandemic restrictions that we have all lived under for more than a year. At NMC we have been proud to partner with Grand Traverse County to offer the Hagerty Center as a mass vaccine site since January. We encourage you and your loved ones to take the first available opportunity to get vaccinated. It is the best way you can help end the pandemic.

NMC Public Relations

Possible COVID-19 exposure on Aero Park Campus April 5

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC has learned a student tested positive for COVID-19 who had recently been at the Aero Park campus. NMC Health Services believes the risk is low for widespread exposure from this case.

The student was asymptomatic when at the following location:

  • 4-5-21 in the Parsons-Stulen building between 9–9:15 a.m. and 11–11:15 a.m.

The student tested positive on 4-6-21.

Any individuals who were in that area during that time are asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days following the potential exposure.

NMC has safety protocols in place including mandatory masks, social distancing and cleaning of the space before and after each class. You can read more at nmc.edu/keepsafe.

The College will continue to work with county health departments to monitor the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to communicate with you about cases on our campuses. You can also check the Cases on Campus Dashboard for additional information.

Any student who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact NMC’s Health Services at (231) 995-1255. Any employee who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact Human Resources. Students and employees MUST stay home if sick or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Staying safe and limiting the spread of COVID-19 on NMC’s campuses is a shared responsibility. For more information on NMC’s response to the pandemic and important safety information please visit nmc.edu/covid-19. Thank you for your continued commitment to safety at NMC.

For the latest on vaccine availability in Grand Traverse County, including your vaccine phase, anticipated timeline and to schedule an appointment when your phase has been approved, please visit gtcountycovid19.com/vaccine. The vaccine process is expected to take 9-12 months and may change due to vaccine availability. Thank you for your patience.

 

Release date: April 8, 2021

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY NOTICE

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. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

Success Story: NMC student seeks to lead international honor society

Adult learner champions inclusion of nontraditional students

April 7, 2021

Amber MarshThis Saturday, Amber Marsh will find out if she’ll spend the next year as a vice-president of an organization seeking to advance the success of more than 200,000 community college students  in 11 countries worldwide.

It’s a position the Kalkaska County resident, licensed cosmetologist, mother and NMC student never imagined herself seeking two or three years ago. But the difference NMC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international community college honor society, has made in Marsh’s own life has compelled her to try and advance its mission still further.

“I know this gives people tools for success,” said Marsh, who’s president of NMC’s chapter. “(PTK) is an organization that has helped me to grow, push me, challenge me.”

It’s been a decade since an NMC chapter member has sought international office, said chapter adviser Kari Kahler. She believes Marsh, one of three finalists for NMC’s district vice presidency, has a good shot at being the first from the college elected to the international level.

Phi Theta Kappa“She has embraced the ideals of Phi Theta Kappa. Her heart is service,” Kahler said, adding that under Marsh’s leadership, NMC’s chapter was just named the most distinguished among 31 chapters in Michigan. “She’s just in it for all the right reasons.”

While the conference is mostly virtual, Marsh and other finalist candidates will be in Orlando for the vote.

With this year’s election prioritizing inclusion, Marsh thinks she’s a fitting candidate. She’s studying business administration and hopes to one day start her own business in the beauty industry.

“I want to be a voice for nontraditional students, for trade students,” she said.

Marsh’s interest in advocacy and policy traces to a 2019 conference she attended at the Roosevelt Institute in New York as a Forge Fellow. She’s now on the national leadership board for the institute founded by the former U.S. president. PTK invited her to present on her trip, and wound up extending an invitation for membership, which requires at least a 3.5 grade point average.

“I didn’t think I could afford the ability to be in a scholarly organization,” said Marsh, who also runs a food and clothing pantry at Forest Area Schools, where she graduated from high school and where her two children now attend, and founded a women’s conference in Kalkaska.

But she’s found PTK dovetails well with her interests in community. One project she led was sewing reusable cloth face masks for residence hall students, to reduce the waste of disposable masks. She’ll be joining the NMC Foundation Board as a student member, and is also a member of the strategic planning steering committee launching this month.

“I just have a passion for PTK and how it grows community at NMC,” Marsh said.

NMC to field two varsity Esports teams in fall 2021

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College is now recruiting student athletes for varsity teams in two Esports with competition slated to begin this fall.

Esports, or competitive video gaming, already exist as a student group on campus. Forming official varsity teams will allow NMC to compete in both the Michigan Esports Conference and the NJCAAE (National Junior College Athletic Association – Esports) Conference.

Esports are also a tactic to boost enrollment and student engagement, align with the priority NMC places on experiential learning, and intersect with multiple program areas, including computer information technology, marketing, visual communications, audio technology, and business.

“Esports are relatively new at the collegiate level, but the pace of growth is astounding,” said Todd Neibauer, vice president for Student Services and Technologies. “This is another way for NMC to stand out as students choose where to pursue their post-secondary goals.”

Terri Gustafson is the NMC ESports adviser. She said that Esports teach players transferable career skills including teamwork, communication, collaboration, leadership and time management.

“They are a pathway beyond college just as traditional sports and extracurricular activities are,” said Gustafson, who has overseen 93 students in NMC’s club version of Esports that began on a virtual basis in fall 2020, making it NMC’s top student group in terms of participation.

Club play has been mostly virtual to date due to the pandemic. When restrictions allow in-person competition, the varsity teams will practice and compete in an Esports lab in the lower level of the newly renovated West Hall Innovation Center featuring 10 PC stations and one coach station. (Download high-resolution photos of the Esports lab.)

As it moves from club to varsity play, NMC has also hired a consultant with head coach experience at a Mid-American Conference (MAC) program in the state of Michigan. NMC expects about 13 student athletes in its first year of competition, and will hire coaches for each of the two teams. Athletes must maintain a 2.0 grade point average to retain their academic eligibility.

More information is available at nmc.edu/esports. A program information night will be held via Zoom at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13. Details about the program, including collegiate esports requirements and a timeline for recruiting will be discussed. Register in advance for the meeting: nmc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsfuuopzgpHtEXtwN3uhBsw44Xq9z40aUa

According to the industry site greenmangaming, Esports are growing at a pace to top traditional sports in all areas, from spectators to revenue. In 2020, the global Esports audience was 586 million, more than double 2015 figures. It had overtaken the combined audience of American professional football and rugby and was poised to overtake baseball. Prize money won in tournaments has soared from $4 million in 2009 to $173 million in 2019, and the number of professional athletes tripled between 2014 and 2019.

 

Release date: April 7, 2021

For more information:

Terri Gustafson
NMC Esports director
tgustafson@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1076

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY NOTICE

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. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

NMC Campus Clean Up Day & Earth Day Celebration

Earth Day illustrationSave the Date: Thursday, April 22, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Let’s celebrate Earth Day 2021 by taking the day to clean up NMC’s campus! Bring garden gloves and lunch and we’ll provide the lemonade. Electronic recycling will be offered, along with a student book swap.

Sponsored by NMC Student Life, in collaboration with the NMC Green Team

Library Book Recommendations – April, 2021

To find these selections and many other new titles, see the NMC library catalog

A Black Women’s History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross
A Black Women’s History of the United States is a critical survey of black women’s complicated legacy in America, as it takes into account their exploitation and victimization as well as their undeniable and substantial contributions to the country since its inception. Two award-winning historians, Berry and Gross prioritize many voices: enslaved women, freedwomen, religious leaders, artists, queer women, activists, and women who lived outside the law.
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RA Recruitment 2021

Looking for an opportunity to develop and enhance your leadership skills, and implement activities and programs for your peers? Apply for a Residence Life position as a Resident Assistant in North or East Hall for the upcoming year. The RA position provides free room and board during the academic year.

1. Attend One Info Session:

2. Apply Online By April 5:

    1. Go to nmcinternalcareers.silkroad.com
    2. Click on Search Current Openings.
    3. Click on the appropriate category: Student Employee
    4. Click on the posting title link: Student Employee – Resident Assistant
    5. Read the posting information and click on the job description link to read the full job description.
    6. At the bottom of the form, click on New Resume/CV and follow the directions to apply

3. Job Shadowing

    • (in East Hall and North Hall) April 8t–10, 8 p.m., 10 p.m., 12 a.m., 1 a.m. (Meet in Lobby of East Hall/North Hall)

4. RA Group Process

    • Sunday, April 11, 3–6 p.m. TBD

5. Interviews

    • April 12–16, Zoom

For questions contact: Amari McGee at (231) 995-1408, CJ Schneider at (231) 995-1411 or Marcus Bennett at (231) 995-1401.

Possible COVID-19 exposure on Great Lakes Campus March 22

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC has learned a student tested positive for COVID-19 who had recently been at the Great Lakes campus. NMC Health Services believes the risk is low for widespread exposure from this case.

The student was symptomatic when at the following location:

  • 3-22-21 in the Great Lakes Culinary Institute wing from 12:30–5 p.m.

The student tested positive on 3-25-21.

Any individuals who were in that area during that time are asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days following the potential exposure.

NMC has safety protocols in place including mandatory masks, social distancing and cleaning of the space before and after each class. You can read more at nmc.edu/keepsafe.

The College will continue to work with county health departments to monitor the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to communicate with you about cases on our campuses. You can also check the Cases on Campus Dashboard for additional information.

Any student who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact NMC’s Health Services at (231) 995-1255. Any employee who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact Human Resources. Students and employees MUST stay home if sick or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Staying safe and limiting the spread of COVID-19 on NMC’s campuses is a shared responsibility. For more information on NMC’s response to the pandemic and important safety information please visit nmc.edu/covid-19. Thank you for your continued commitment to safety at NMC.

For the latest on vaccine availability in Grand Traverse County, including your vaccine phase, anticipated timeline and to schedule an appointment when your phase has been approved, please visit gtcountycovid19.com/vaccine. The vaccine process is expected to take 9–12 months and may change due to vaccine availability. Thank you for your patience.

Release date: MARCH 25, 2021

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY NOTICE

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. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

Baumeler wins national disability services provider award

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC Coordinator of Disability Support Leanne Baumeler received the national Disability Services Provider Award from the American College Personnel Association at a virtual conference in March.

Baumeler, who is also a sign language interpreter, has been NMC’S Disability Support Coordinator since 2010, serving between 90-120 students each semester. She’s also a member of NMC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee, Accessibility team and Title IX team, and a past president of the Michigan chapter of the Association on Higher Education and Disability. She also recently was recognized by the Michigan unit of United Cerebral Palsy with the 2020 Closing the Divide Advocacy Award.

Nominated by NMC Associate Dean Kari Kahler, Baumeler was cited for tripling her caseload during her tenure, largely through her own efforts to market her services to students and potential students; her digital workplace foresight; starting an organization for students with disabilities and her liaison efforts with faculty and staff for the benefit of students with disabilities. She is also a member of the area’s Transition Council, which connects her to the region’s disability advocacy community. Find out more about disability support at NMC.

ACPA is a comprehensive student affairs association headquartered in Washington DC at the National Center for Higher Education. Founded in 1924, it has nearly 7,500 members representing 1,200 private and public institutions from across the U.S. and around the world. 

 

Release date: MARCH 25, 2021

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019  

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY NOTICE

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. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

Possible COVID-19 exposure on Aero Park Campus March 22

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC has learned a student tested positive for COVID-19 who had recently been on the Aero Park Campus. NMC Health Services believes the risk is low for widespread exposure from this case.

The student was symptomatic when at the following location:

  • 3-22-21 APL Building, welding lab from 4–9:30 p.m.

The student tested positive on 3-23-21.

Any individuals who were in that area during that time are asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days following the potential exposure.

NMC has safety protocols in place including mandatory masks, social distancing and cleaning of the space before and after each class. You can read more at nmc.edu/keepsafe.

The College will continue to work with county health departments to monitor the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to communicate with you about cases on our campuses. You can also check the Cases on Campus Dashboard for additional information.

Any student who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact NMC’s Health Services at (231) 995-1255. Any employee who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact Human Resources. Students and employees MUST stay home if sick or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Staying safe and limiting the spread of COVID-19 on NMC’s campuses is a shared responsibility. For more information on NMC’s response to the pandemic and important safety information please visit nmc.edu/covid-19. Thank you for your continued commitment to safety at NMC.

For the latest on vaccine availability in Grand Traverse County, including your vaccine phase, anticipated timeline and to schedule an appointment when your phase has been approved, please visit gtcountycovid19.com/vaccine. The vaccine process is expected to take 9–12 months and may change due to vaccine availability. Thank you for your patience.

Release date: MARCH 24, 2021

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY NOTICE

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. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

Bennett wins Outstanding Family Support Contributor award

Marcus BennettMarcus Bennett (click for high-resolution version)TRAVERSE CITY — NMC Associate Dean of Campus and Residence Life Marcus Bennett has received the 2020 Reserve Officer of America Outstanding Family Support Contributor award for his work to support safe operation of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy’s training ship cruises.

Bennett was nominated for the award, presented by the Reserve Organization of America, Michigan Department, by GLMA Superintendent Jerry Achenbach. In summer 2020, Bennett facilitated a system of quarantines in NMC residence halls that ensured 42 maritime cadets were able to safely board and sail on the training ship State of Michigan or a comercial vessel despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of the six state maritime academies in the U.S. GLMA was one of only two that was able to sail in 2020, which afforded cadets the opportunity to earn required sea time and remain on track to graduate. The award noted Bennett’s efforts helped cadets and family members “endure extreme conditions of a pandemic” and graduate on schedule.

Vaccines may eliminate the need to quarantine before this year’s cruises, but if not, Bennett will be relied upon again, Achenbach said.

“Currently, Dr. Bennett is working tirelessly to ensure that a safe quarantine will be ready in May 2021 for the cadets, if needed,” he said.

Read more about the Great Lakes Maritime Academy.

Release date: MARCH 23, 2021

For more information:

RADM Jerry Achenbach
Great Lakes Maritime Academy Superintendent
(231) 995-1203
gachenbach@nmc.edu

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY NOTICE

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. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

Sign Up for Revelers @ Roost!

Revelers illustrationWe may not be taking a true Spring Break this year, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pause now and again in the heart of the semester to recharge.

Although we’re interacting plenty over Zoom lately, we are missing out on the rich subculture of the chance hallway encounter and the coffee pot confab.

In the vernal spirit of renewal, NMC Library and Friends present, Revelers at Roost, a staycation for your mind!

  • What: Eight mini-newsletters from NMC Library & Friends. ‘Subscribe’ to one, two, or all eight!
  • When: March 29–April 2
  • How it Works: Browse the contributor blurbs here to find out what kind of things you can expect from their newsletters, then sign up for the ones that interest you. That’s it! For each mini-newsletter you subscribe to, you’ll receive one short message each day of what would have been Spring Break.

 

Possible COVID-19 exposures on main campus March 16–17

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC has learned two students tested positive for COVID-19 who had recently been on main campus. NMC Health Services believes the risk is low for widespread exposure from this case.

The students were asymptomatic when at the following locations:

  • 3-16-21 West Hall Innovation Center basement from 6–9 p.m.
  • 3-16-21 Hawk Owl Cafe in the West Hall Innovation Center from 6–6:15 p.m.
  • 3-17-21 Health & Science Building 208/210, nursing lab from 8–11 a.m.
  • 3-17-21 Bookstore in the Health & Science Building from 11–11:15 a.m.

One student tested positive on 3-18-21, the other tested positive today, 3-22-21.

Any individuals who were in those areas during those times are asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days following the potential exposure.

NMC has safety protocols in place including mandatory masks, social distancing and cleaning of the space before and after each class. You can read more at nmc.edu/keepsafe.

The College will continue to work with county health departments to monitor the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to communicate with you about cases on our campuses. You can also check the Cases on Campus Dashboard for additional information.

Any student who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact NMC’s Health Services at (231) 995-1255. Any employee who believes they may be positive for COVID-19 should contact Human Resources. Students and employees MUST stay home if sick or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Staying safe and limiting the spread of COVID-19 on NMC’s campuses is a shared responsibility. For more information on NMC’s response to the pandemic and important safety information please visit nmc.edu/covid-19. Thank you for your continued commitment to safety at NMC.

For the latest on vaccine availability in Grand Traverse County, including your vaccine phase, anticipated timeline and to schedule an appointment when your phase has been approved, please visit gtcountycovid19.com/vaccine. The vaccine process is expected to take 9–12 months and may change due to vaccine availability. Thank you for your patience.

Release date: MARCH 22, 2021

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY NOTICE

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. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

GRASP Reading & Math summer program for Grades K-8

GRASP postcard ilustrationWant to keep your child’s academic skills sharp over the summer?

The GRASP Reading & Math flexible at-home program lets you take learning with you wherever you go! This proven program is conducted by mail with no screentime. Students complete one lesson a week, June 21-Aug. 20, and local teachers provide encouraging guidance. $99 for one subject; or $149 for both subjects. View details and enroll at nmc.edu/grasp.

Registration deadline is May 21.