Influenza B Confirmed on Campus – Flu Shots Still Available

NMC Health Services has the regrettable distinction of having the first diagnosed and lab-confirmed case of influenza in Traverse City.  Influenza B was diagnosed in a student last Wednesday and laboratory-confirmed yesterday.  I even received a call from the Health Department.  This is a particularly nasty strain of the flu.  Symptoms include high fever, body aches, headaches, dizziness, cough, congestion, sore throat, nausea, loss of appetite, and possibly vomiting.  The student who was diagnosed with the flu had NOT had a flu shot.
 
Health Services still has a limited number of flu shots.  Please stop by for a flu shot if you haven’t already received one.  Do not have your Holiday break ruined by getting the flu!
 
Free for faculty and staff with NMC Health Insurance.  $20 if not.
Students $15 (which is below our cost and cheapest in town)
Have a wonderful and healthy holiday!

Non-profits invited to submit design projects

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC’s Visual Communications department invites area non-profit groups to submit graphic design, art direction and new media projects for consideration as pro bono class projects during the spring semester. Submissions are due by January 6, 2020.

Part of the Visual Communications curriculum, the class project is free to the non-profits selected. The goal is a real-world assignment that allows students to interact with clients and exposes them to the commercial printing and production worlds, including film and new media production, creative advertising, graphic design and packaging. Projects will be completed by the end of the spring semester in April.

Potential projects could include logos, brochures, ad campaigns, packaging, graphic design, branding, posters, infographics, announcements, invitations, film, web animations, Flash animations, exhibition design, TV commercials or anything relating to visual communications, commercial art, illustration and film or web design. The department is especially interested in conceptually-driven projects that will offer the students substantial opportunity for interaction with the client and process. 2019 projects included logos for the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network, and Wagbo Farm & Education Center.

Interested non-profits with valid 501(c)(3) status in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Antrim, Kalkaska and Wexford counties should direct questions to Visual Communications instructor Caroline Schaefer-Hills at (231) 995-1334. A brief description of the project and the organization’s needs are required and should be sent via email to cschaefer@nmc.edu by Jan. 6.

Release Date: December 11, 2019

For more information:

Caroline Schaefer-Hills
Visual Communications Department Chair
(231) 995-1334
cschaefer@nmc.edu

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Nursing graduates celebrate with pinning ceremony

TRAVERSE CITY — December graduates of Northwestern Michigan College’s associate degree nursing (ADN) program will receive their nursing pins, the traditional symbol marking their transition into the profession, at a ceremony set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 in Milliken Auditorium of the Dennos Museum Center on main campus.

Signifying the achievement of completing a nursing education, the pinning ceremony is a tradition dating back centuries. Its present, candlelit setting format dates to Florence Nightingale, the nineteenth-century founder of modern nursing. She was known for her night rounds during the Crimean War and her work to improve patient care and conditions.

About 30 graduates will receive their pins from a mentor each has chosen. The ceremony will include remarks from nursing faculty members Mac Beeker and Tami Livengood as well as student speakers Noah Degan and Katie Logan. Nursing students led the revival of the pinning ceremony at NMC last year, after it was discontinued some years ago.

 NMC’s first nursing class graduated in 1963. Both degree and certificate options are available. Simulation labs on campus and clinical rotations at Munson Medical Center complement the classroom education. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Release date: december 10, 2019

For more information:

Cameron Penny
Director, Alumni Relations
cpenny@nmc.edu
(231) 995-2825

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Holiday Sale For NMC Employees & Students at the Dennos Museum Store!

The 12 Days Before Christmas Vacation Sale for NMC Students and Staff at The Dennos Museum Store!

Beginning Thursday, December 12th, NMC Staff and Students receive a double discount for 20% off all regular priced merchandise. The museum store is stocked with gifts chosen not only for their uniqueness, quality, and beauty but also for their sustainability and story. Come in for holiday shopping and then deck the halls, trim the tree and light the menorah with 30% all holiday items and calendars.

December 12th – 23rd
20% Off All Regular Priced Merchandise*
30% Off All Holiday Items and Calendars
*excludes Consignment items

Student Health Services – Closed For Semester Break

Student Health Services will be closed for the semester break starting December 20. We will reopen Thursday, Jan 2, 2020, at 9 A.M.

Emergency medical services may be obtained at:

  • Munson Walk-In Clinic, 550 Munson Ave. (935-8686)
  • Bayside Docs, 501 Munson Ave, Tc, (933-9150)
  • The Walk-In Clinic, Us 31 South, (929-1234)
  • Munson Medical Center, 1105 6th Street, (935-5000) 

***Please call 995-1255 or stop in by Wednesday, Dec 18 if you need refills***

Good luck on finals!

The Advising Center wishes you great success on your final exams in the coming weeks! Make sure you are registered for the Spring semester before this semester is over!

Success Story: Maritime credentials send alumni on careers worldwide

December 4, 2019

Almost three-quarters of the Earth’s surface is water, and in its 50 years, graduates of NMC’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy have been over just about all of it.

GLMA 50th Anniversary Event InvitationAs the Academy formally celebrates its golden anniversary with a celebration this weekend, we look back at snapshot: A graduate from each decade. Collectively, they represent the breadth and diversity of the maritime industry, from Great Lakes freighters to ocean tankers, from commercial shipping to U.S. military, aboard vessels or shoreside.

“There’s a lot to see in the industry. It’s worldly. It’s global,” said 1998 graduate Scott Powell. He spent 11 years sailing the Great Lakes on ore boats, and in 2009 began teaching at the California State Maritime Academy, one of GLMA’s six sister academies. There he was the navigator for eight training cruises, in which the T/S Golden Bear sailed from Vallejo to places such as New Zealand and the Mediterranean Sea.

“That’s halfway across the world,” said Powell, who in 2018 moved back to teach at GLMA. “Now I’m back on the lakes again. I’ve now been around the world a lot on a ship.”

Mike Surgalski1970s: Mike Surgalski, 1979: Surgalski has come home, too. He’s currently the captain of GLMA’s training ship, the T/S State of Michigan, and was instrumental in its acquisition from the U.S. Coast Guard. The vessel arrived in Traverse City in 2002 and since then has provided about 60 days of required sea time to not only GLMA cadets, but those from other academies. Most recently the ship has offered internship opportunities to NMC culinary students, who are finding a lucrative niche working as cooks aboard ships.

Margo Marks1980s: Margo Marks, 1983: Former president of the Beaver Island Ferry Co. She joined the company that provides transportation to the island from Charlevoix in 2001. During her tenure, Marks also served her industry as the president of the Passenger Vessel Association, a national association representing owners and operators of dinner cruise vessels, sightseeing and excursion vessels, car and passenger ferries and other vessels that carry more than 200 million passengers per year. Prior to the ferry company, Marks worked as Elk Rapids Harbormaster. Her husband Todd also graduated in 1983 and worked on tankers on the West Coast.

Scott Powell1990s: Scott Powell, 1998, GLMA navigation instructor: Powell’s advice to prospective cadets is “to get as many different experiences as you can,” and the Flint-area native has certainly done so himself. In addition to his years sailing the Great Lakes and teaching at both Cal Maritime and GLMA, Powell is also an author. He contributed to six chapters of the 2017 edition of The American Practical Navigator. The Bible of the maritime industry, the text is kept on every military vessel, commercial vessels and in every maritime school. Powell’s specialty is Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), which is “slowly replacing paper charts” aboard ship, he said.

2000s: Pat Drayer, 2003, U.S. Coast Guard: Since graduation, Drayer’s been stationed all over North America, from Miami, Florida to Juneau, Alaska. He currently holds the rank of commander and executive officer of the Marine Safety Unit at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Duluth, Minn. His career has focused on safety inspections of commercial vessels. “I can’t speak highly enough of the education I got,” Drayer said, citing the licensing credential the Academy offers as a major mark of industry credibility. “The standard of education they provided at GLMA and NMC was fantastic and really set me up.”

Alec Giamboi2010s: Alec Giamboi, 2019: Polar Tankers, a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips operating in the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System, lifting crude oil in Valdez, Alaska, and discharging at ports along the West Coast and Hawaii. Giamboi was studying political science at Loyola University Chicago when he decided he wanted a more hands-on career, something that tapped into his love of water and that offered a fulfilling career immediately upon graduation. Google searches led him to GLMA. He interned with Polar Tankers as a student and went on to be hired after graduating this year. “I’ve loved it,” said the Youngstown, Ohio native.

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s celebration, to be held at the Hagerty Center. The event will honor Maritime cadets, industry partnerships, and the success of alumni and is set for 6:30–8:30 p.m. Tickets are $50/person, at nmc.edu/glma50.

In honor of the Academy’s 50th anniversary, NMC and GLMA have also published a history book. Contact the NMC Alumni Office for information on obtaining a copy. (231) 995-1021.

January calendar of events

TRAVERSE CITY — The following is a calendar of Northwestern Michigan College events open to the public for the next two months. Free events are noted as such. For information on specific events, call the listed phone number. All phone numbers are area code 231 unless noted. Detailed news releases on most events will be available at www.nmc.edu approximately two weeks before the event. Event details may also be posted on NMC’s Facebook page or Twitter account (nmc_tc).

For news releases on events at the Dennos Museum Center and Milliken Auditorium, visit www.dennosmuseum.org, and find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Ongoing:

Lunch at Lobdell’s
Through Dec. 11. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Lobdell’s Teaching Restaurant on NMC’s Great Lakes campus. 995-3120

Dennos Museum Center Exhibitions

Opening January 19, 2020:
40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World
In this powerful exhibit featuring the photography of Howard G. Buffett, 40 photographs document the world hunger crisis as part of a global awareness campaign.

Pulped Under Pressure
With traditional hand papermaking at its core, this exhibition underscores important contemporary issues steeped in history and craft.

Ergo Sum: A Crow a Day
For 365 days, artist Karen Bondarchuk produced a crow a day to mark the passing time that her mother – diagnosed with dementia in 2010 – no longer could.

 

January 2020

Friday, Jan. 3 Public Viewing Night, 9-11 p.m., Rogers Observatory. $2/person; $5/family, 995-2300
Monday, Jan. 20 Reservations open for spring semester lunches at Lobdell’s Teaching Restaurant. Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 5-April 28. (231) 995-3120
Monday, Jan. 27 Board of Trustees regular meeting, 5:30 p.m., Hagerty Center, 995-1010

 

Release date: NOVEMBER 27, 2019

For more information:

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

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Free Yoga Classes for Student Appreciation Week

Stressed about the upcoming finals week? Come relax, breathe, and stretch your way through finals. In honor of student appreciation week, the NMC Yoga club will be hosting 2 FREE yoga nights in the basement of East Hall. All-levels class – no experience necessary – Taught by a certified yoga instructor!
Wear comfortable, modest clothing and bring a yoga mat if you have one.

Tuesday, Dec 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
East Hall Basement

Questions: contact sprall@nmc.edu or 995-2528

“To Be Seen and Heard” disability awareness event

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international community college honor society, invites the community to attend “To Be Seen and Heard” Dec. 3, an event to discuss the barriers to success and common misconceptions about individuals with visible and invisible disabilities.

The event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Osterlin Building and includes a panel discussion, information about community services, TEDx talks and refreshments.

Osterlin 203
Michigan Rehabilitation Services: 3–3:45 p.m. MRS provides specialized employment and education-related services and training to assist teens and adults with disabilities.
TEDx talks: 4:15–4:45 p.m.
Panel: 5–5:45 p.m.
Q&A: 5:45–6 p.m.

Osterlin 205
Community Agencies/Resources: 3:30–5 p.m.

Osterlin 204
Food: 4 p.m.

Release Date: November 26, 2019

For more information:

Kristina Uribe
Phi Theta Kappa
(231) 714-8573
uribek@mail.nmc.edu

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Flu Shot Sale

The Health Services office is holding a $10 Flu Shot sale now through Wednesday, Nov. 27. The office has a limited supply left, so get yours today!

Walk-ins are welcome.

Biederman Building LB106, (231) 995-1255

Intramural Basketball Sign-up

All players must be current NMC students, all teams must be co-ed, at least one female player must be on the court at all times or you will play short. female points count double.

Season starts Monday, January 27 for six weeks.

Two games per week played Monday–Thursday at 2:10, 3:10 or 4:10 p.m. or new time offering Sundays 9:10, 10:10 p.m.

Mandatory Captains’ meeting and Sign-up Deadline – Thursday, January 23 at 3 p.m. in the PE Lobby.

For more information or questions, please call Steve Dixon at (231) 995-1379.

** Registration forms are located throughout campus or you can pick one up at the fitness center in North Hall **

Community invited to GLMA 50th anniversary event

TRAVERSE CITY — The community is invited to join in Northwestern Michigan College’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of its Great Lakes Maritime Academy at a special event Saturday, Dec. 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Hagerty Center on the Great Lakes campus. Tickets are on sale now at nmc.edu/glma50.

The event will honor Maritime cadets, industry partnerships, and the success of alumni. A division of Northwestern Michigan College, GLMA is one of only six state maritime academies in the United States and the only one located on fresh water. The Academy graduates 50 cadets annually, and the employment rate is virtually 100 percent within 90 days of graduation.

Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, U.S.N., Ret., will serve as the keynote speaker. A 1979 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Buzby earned his Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science and U.S. Coast Guard Third Mate License. He was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in June 1979, is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College, and holds master’s degrees from the U.S. Naval War College in Strategic Studies, and Salve Regina University in International Relations.

The evening includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are $50 per person. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at nmc.edu/glma50 or by calling (231) 995-1021.

Release date: November 22, 2019

For more information:

Northwestern Michigan College Foundation
foundation@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1021
nmc.edu/glma50

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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. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

NMC students to distribute 212 Thanksgiving meals

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College business students will distribute more than 200 Thanksgiving meals to fellow students, Coast Guard families and community members on Monday, November 25.

This is the outcome of the seventh annual semester-long Food for Thought experiential learning project, aimed at teaching students how to professionally communicate in a real-world setting.

Each student wrote a business letter to an organization or business, requesting support for a specific traditional Thanksgiving meal item in quantities sufficient to provide 200 meals. For the first time in the event’s history, 100 percent of the businesses not only responded, but agreed to support the project.

“That success shows both how well the students communicated, and how generous our community is, said Kristy McDonald, NMC instructor.

Monday’s distribution will take place at three locations:

  • 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.: James Beckett Building on NMC’s main campus, 1701 E. Front St., Traverse City. 140 meals distributed to NMC students and their families.
  • 4:15 p.m.: U.S. Coast Guard Air Station, 1175 Airport Access Road, Traverse City. Five Coast Guard families will receive their boxes.
  • 5:30–7:30 p.m.: Traverse Heights Elementary School community distribution, 933 Rose St., Traverse City. 67 meals distributed.

Release date: November 21, 2019

For more information:

Brandon Bugai
Student Marketing Lead
(231) 645-6365
bugai17@mail.nmc.edu

Kristy McDonald
Business Instructor
(231) 735-1055
kmcdonald@nmc.edu

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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. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

Walk-in Success Coaching

Walk-in Success Coaching in the Student Success Center Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. for the remainder of the semester.

Come learn about study skills, testing tips and how to relax before that next big test!

Health Insurance Sign-up

Need help figuring out if you qualify for free insurance? Do you know you don’t qualify but aren’t sure where to look next? Certified Application Counselors will be on-site in the Student Success Center to help lead you through! Available to both NMC Students and the community. Call Sally at 231-995-3021 with questions.

December 3rd and 10th, from 1-5 p.m.