Sign up for Academic WorldQuest

Sign up for Academic WorldQuest

TRAVERSE CITY — Registration is now open to all area high schools for the fifth annual Academic WorldQuest, a free, quiz bowl-style team competition on international affairs set for Feb. 1 at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City.

Teams consist of four students and an adviser. Schools may field more than one team. Petoskey High School won the 2017 regional competition. More than 4,000 high school students compete nationwide. The winning team gets a trip to Washington D.C. to compete at the national level in late April, an experience that previous winners have described as “the trip of a lifetime.” All participating students will have the chance to win a number of great door prizes the day of the competition, plus lunch.

The International Affairs Forum and Northwestern Michigan College organize the competition. To get involved;

  • E-mail by Nov. 22 to indicate your school’s interest.
  • Teams will answer ten rounds of ten multiple-choice questions on preselected topics. Study materials are provided online.
  • The competition will be held on February 1, 2018 at NMC’s Hagerty Center, noon-4 pm.

Watch a video of the 2017 competition here.

Release date: November 2, 2017

For more information:

Karen Segal
International Affairs Forum co-chair
(231) 715-6064


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.

Campus Thanksgiving Feast

Join us November 15, 2017 for an All Day, All You Can Eat Campus Thanksgiving Feast 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the West Hall Cafeteria. Sponsored by Student Life and NMC Alumni Association

Your cost: $6.99

Payment for spring classes is due December 7

Online:, under Student Billing

  • Electronic check from checking or savings account at no cost to you
  • Debit card payment at no cost to you
  • Credit card payment: American Express, MasterCard, VISA, or Discover (including JCB, Diners Pay and China Union Network).  A 2.75% convenience fee applies to all credit card payments for charges related to academic credit courses
  • Authorize someone else to make a payment
  • Enroll in direct deposit for refunds
  • Enroll in a deferred payment plan
  • Make a housing or aviation deposit under Deposits
  • Go to Financial Aid menu to check your financial aid

In person:

Payments by cash, check, or money order can be made in person at Student Financial Services (Tanis Building, main level)

By mail:

Please note your NMC ID on your check.

Northwestern Michigan College

Student Financial Services

1701 E. Front Street

Traverse City, MI 49686

Explore payment options:

Financial aid information:

Questions? (231) 995-1035 or email:

Helpful tips:

  • Check your NMC email and Self-Service often
  • Respond to any requests for information
  • Drop before 100% Refund Date (on your schedule) if you don’t plan to attend


Spring Main Session begins January 15. Register today!


Almost Sunrise documentary screening is Nov. 8

In honor of Veteran’s Day, NMC’s Military & Veteran Services, NMC’s Student Veterans of America (SVA) and 22-2-None, bring you the award-winning documentary Almost Sunrise.

Almost Sunrise tells the inspiring story of two young men, Tom Voss & Anthony Anderson, who, in an attempt to put their haunting Iraq combat experience behind them, embark on an extraordinary journey — a 2,700 mile walk across America. Will this epic pilgrimage be enough to give them the chance to begin life anew? More information can be found at

  • When: Wednesday, November 8, 7–9 p.m. 
  • Where: NMC’s Milliken Auditorium

Join us for this compelling 90-minute documentary, followed by Q&A with local combat veterans.


Red Ribbon Day

Monday, October 30, 8-10:30 a.m. in the Welcome Center of Health & Science Building, come enjoy a cup of coffee and homemade muffin, and get your red ribbon pin to Just Say No to Drugs! Your future is key, so stay Drug free! 

Flu Clinic Oct. 19 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Flu Clinic will be Thursday, October 19 from 12:30 – 2 p.m. in Health Services LB106. Just walk-in, no appointment necessary. It takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to be most effective, so immunize now. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends the flu vaccine for EVERYONE who wishes to reduce the chances of getting the flu.


  • Students-$15
  • Faculty and Staff-$20
  • No cost to NMC insured.

Cape Dorset Print Sale

Since the 1960’s NMC has hosted the Annual Cape Dorset print sale, first with Bernie Rink at the Library and then at the Dennos Museum Center. This year’s Print Collection features the work of 15 artists and has 30 images.

The prints are on exhibit now at the Dennos and the sale will take place SaturdayOctober 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the museum. There will be a reception prior to the sale. For more information contact the Museum Store at 995-1586 or

Dennos Museum Holiday Art Fair

The Annual Dennos Museum Center Holiday Art Fair will take place in the museum: 

  • Thursday, October 265-8 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, October 27 & 28 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 291-5 p.m.

50 artists will be featured at this art fair designed to give you a head start on holiday shopping. Admission is free. NMC Staff, Faculty & Students receive a 10% discount at the sale and in the Museum Store, PLEASE tell the clerk at the time of the transaction that you receive the discount.

Questions contact the Museum Store at 995-1586 or




Be a Hawk Owl Hero: Raise money for your student group AND support NMC!

Is your NMC student group looking for a way to raise money? 

Members of your group can volunteer to help the NMC Foundation at select events throughout the school year. In return, the NMC Foundation will reimburse your student group for the amount of time each of your members volunteered. You will earn $10/hour for your student group.               

Upcoming Activity: HAWK OWLS SAY THANKS (HOST) Booth

  • Activity includes: Explaining a thank you letter writing activity to NMC students and passing out t-shirts.

Dates, Times, Locations: 

  • Tuesday, November 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Hawk Owl Cafe (West Hall)
  • Wednesday, November 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Osterlin Library

For more info, contact Katharine Zurek, Annual Giving Specialist at or 231-995-1030. Or, sign up here.

NMC students aim to fill local food pantries

NMC students aim to fill local food pantries

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College students are leading an effort to fill local food pantries before the holiday season. The business communications students are working with the Northwest Food Coalition (NWFC) for the fifth annual Food for Thought food drive October 18- November 18.

The NWFC identifies 22% percent of families in the five-county region as being food insecure, or lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. The group serves more than 500,000 meals a year to address that need. The Food for Thought Food Drive is a semester long experiential learning project that collects donations on behalf of the coalition, and enhances students’ professional communication skills.

For the first time, students will also collect food for a new NMC Food Bank. NMC staff and students created the pantry after noting an increase in food insecurity among students. The Minus 5 Project identifies that in a class of 40 students, as many as 5 could be food insecure.

Community members can help by donating non-perishable food and personal hygiene items in Food for Thought collection barrels at the following NMC locations October 18- November 18:

  • Main Campus: Osterlin Library, West Hall and the Health and Science Building
  • Aero Park Campus: Parsons-Stulen Building
  • University Center Campus

Tom’s Food Markets will be accepting donations from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., October 21- 22 at its East Bay, West Bay Interlochen and 14th Street locations. The public is invited to bring donations to the S.T.E.M. Exploration Day at NMC’s Parsons-Stulen Building 11 a.m.–3 p.m., November 18. The community can also make financial donations to support the pantries at any of the events or on the NMC Foundation website.

Anyone who donates at least 5 items or $5 will be entered into a raffle for prizes donated by local businesses.

Release date: October 17, 2017

For more information:

Kristy McDonald
NMC Instructor
(231) 995-1059

Hunter Krecow
Director of Marketing NMC’s Food for Thought
(231) 620-3716


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.

Upcoming NMC Jazz Band Performances

  • Thursday, October 19: NMC Jazz Big Band, 8 p.m., West Bay Beach Holiday Inn, free
  • Thursday, October 26: NMC Jazz Lab Band, 8 p.m., West Bay Beach Holiday Inn, free
  • Saturday, December 2: NMC Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Tickets: $12 adults, $7 students and seniors. Tickets available at and at the door.

Aviation open house

Aviation open house

TRAVERSE CITY — The public is invited to an open house in the Parsons-Stulen building to celebrate the 50th anniversary of aviation at NMC. Check in at the welcome table for tours. There will be staff on hand for tours and information, and refreshments in room 101.


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.

Stephanie Carpenter Fiction Reading

Please plan to attend a fiction reading by Traverse City native Stephanie Carpenter, whose short story collection won the 2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction and will be published this month.

Carpenter will read from her new book, “Missing Persons” Oct. 13 at Dutmers Theater in the Dennos Museum from 5:30-6:30 p.m., with light refreshments to follow.

Carpenter teaches literature and creative writing at Michigan Tech. Author George Saunders wrote a blurb for her book, Missing Persons, in which he described the collection as, “Inventive, magical, compelling, and strange in just the way life and people are strange. Stephanie Carpenter is a rare and wonderful talent.”

NMC Soccer Club Informational Meeting Oct. 23

There will be an informational meeting October 23 at 5 p.m. in room LB 105 of the Biederman Building for those interested in taking part in the NMC Soccer Club. Any and all students are welcome. The club offers both recreational and competitive opportunities.

Age of Consequences documentary and panel discussion Oct. 25

NMC’s Student Veterans of America (SVA) Chapter and Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), a non-partisan, non-profit grassroots organization working to pass federal legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is partnering with the International Affairs Forum to present a screening of the documentary, The Age of Consequences, about the national security risks of a changing climate. It has just been confirmed for October 25, 6:30 p.m. at Milliken Auditorium. It will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Major General Michael Stone of the Michigan National Guard and Major General Michael Lehnert USMC (ret.) who is an SVA board member living in our area now.

Many people aren’t aware of the broad consensus among national security experts and our military leaders that climate change is a threat multiplier that will put our armed service members at increasing risk. Secretary of Defense Mattis said “I agree that the effects of a changing climate — such as increased maritime access to the Arctic, rising sea levels, desertification, among others — impact our security situation. I will ensure that the department continues to be prepared to conduct operations today and in the future, and that we are prepared to address the effects of a changing climate on our threat assessments, resources, and readiness.”

Finally, the CCL’s work has had great success building support for climate solutions in Congress because they approach every congressional office from a place of appreciation and respect. In fact, our own Congressman, Lt. Gen. Jack Bergman, just announced that he joined the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus. You can read here about how the local CCL chapter involved Traverse City Central high school students in that effort.

Intramural Volleyball Sign Up

Spike Time!

Season starts Wednesday, November 1 for six weeks.

  • Two matches per week played Mon. – Thurs. at 2:10, 3:10 or 4:10 in the Gym
  • All teams must be Co-Ed!
  • Six players on court, at least 3 must be female

 Team Sign-up sheets available at:

  • Sports and Recreation Office – Gym (PE 102)
  • North Hall or East Hall Front Desk

Mandatory Captains’ Meeting and Sign-up Deadline:

  • Thursday, October 26 at 5:30 pm in the PE Lobby


For more information call Steve Dixon at 995-1379.

Sponsored by NMC Student Life/Student Activities and NMC Physical Education, Sports and Recreation.




Open Recreation Schedule – Fall and Spring Semesters


Northwestern Michigan College
Sports and Recreation

Open Recreation Schedule 2017-2018







12:00 PM






1:00 PM


2:00 PM


3:00 PM


4:00 PM

Current NMC/University students/Faculty/Staff:

For more information


Free with NMC ID

please contact:

5:00 PM

Community members:


$6.00 daily rate or 15 visits for $60.00

Steven Dixon

6:00 PM


Fall Semester


Phone: 995-1379

7:00 PM




8:00 PM


Spring Semester





9:00 PM


10:00 PM