Kids Free Fishing Day

TRAVERSE CITY — More than 500 young anglers are expected at the thirteenth annual Kids Free Fishing Day, set from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Campus.

Kids accompanied by an adult are invited to join in the free fishing fun. Under the supervision of the Department of Natural Resources, 750 rainbow trout 10 inches or longer will be stocked in the campus harbor for the event. Fishing rods, reels, and bait are all provided. Children may also bring their own fishing gear. Experienced volunteers will help with baiting hooks and fishing instruction, and clean the fish.

The Great Lakes Children’s Museum will host a free fish painting activity for kids waiting to fish. The Northern Angler will give fly casting demonstrations. There will also be a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescue demonstration. Free pizza, courtesy of Little Caesar’s and Orchard Creek Senior Living and Healthcare, will be also provided. Parking is available at NMC’s Great Lakes Campus, located just east of the Holiday Inn on U.S. 31.

Free Fishing Day is sponsored by Traverse City Rotary Clubs, Rotary Camps & Services, NMC’s Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, Grand Traverse Area Sport Fishing Association, and U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City.

Release Date: May 29, 2018

For more information:

John Noonan, Program Director
Rotary Camps & Services
jnoonan@rotarycamps.org
(231) 941-4010 x 210

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Success Story: Industry gains from Maritime-Culinary partnership

May 23, 2018

Abbey KasuskeIn just two years, a unique NMC programming partnership has turned three culinary interns into three highly paid cook-mariners, filling a critical need in the shipping industry and expanding opportunities for graduates.

Abbey Kasuske is the latest. The 2018 Great Lakes Culinary Institute graduate launches her career as a mess cook for ConocoPhillips’ Polar Tankers fleet next week. She’ll work aboard one of five vessels operating in the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System, carrying crude oil from Valdez, Alaska, to ports along the West Coast and Hawaii.

Kasuske’s route to her galley gig started as an intern aboard the T/S State of Michigan, cooking for Great Lakes Maritime Academy cadets fulfilling sea time requirements on their 2017 summer cruise. That was the second year of what one industry manager described as a “trailblazing” Culinary-Maritime collaboration, created by GLCI Director Fred Laughlin and GLMA Superintendent Jerry Achenbach.

That industry manager, for Crowley Maritime, the world’s third-largest shipping company, hired both 2016 interns. (Read more about them here.) Meanwhile, the 2018 cruise departed last week with the first of three culinary students in the galley. (See a map and itinerary here.)

The position marries Kasuske’s childhood with her passion and her education. In the marina, her favorite duty was running the companion deli. As a Petoskey High School student Kasuske, 21, enrolled in the culinary program at the Traverse Bay Area ISD’s Career Tech Center, and then the GLCI in 2015. When she learned of the internship opportunity in the galley of the T/S State of Michigan, the training ship of NMC’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy, all the pieces clicked together.

“It was a dream,” she said. “When I stepped on this ship, I had this feeling come over me, ‘this is home.’”

Only 15-25 people will be aboard her tanker, much smaller than the State of Michigan’s 70-strong crew. But Kasuske will also have to work her way up. As an entry-level mess cook she’ll do a lot of cleanup, dishes, stocking and storage. She can help the cook/bakers and chief steward — if granted permission.

“I’m definitely looking to make an impression,” she said. “I want to be a cook-baker so bad.”

She’ll work about 70 days on and then 60 days off. She expects to make New Orleans her new home base after her boyfriend, whom she also met aboard the State of Michigan, graduates from the Texas Maritime Academy in December.

Wherever she sails, Kasuske will take the lessons she learned at the marina and at neighborhood potlucks in her hometown of Oden: Food nourishes more than the body.

“Food can be so powerful,” she said.  “They come in, they’re having a bad day, they take a bite of your food, and it makes their day.”

Open Rec Basketball

Open Rec Basketball times are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon-2 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 8-10 p.m.

FEES:

  • CURRENT NMC Students and Employees = Free
  • Adult Community Members = $6.00/play
  • Punch card available = $4.00/play

NMC names 2018 Outstanding Alumni

TRAVERSE CITY — Alumni from the 1950s, 1970s and 1990s have been named NMC’s Outstanding Alumni for 2018.

The award recognize alumni with significant professional achievements and/or exemplary leadership in the local or global community. The three recipients named at NMC’s 2018 Commencement ceremony are:

Ed ReynoldsEd Reynolds, 1973-78: Reynolds is the president and CEO of Quantum Sails, the world’s second-largest sail maker with headquarters in Traverse City and operations internationally, including a high-tech sail manufacturing plant in Malaysia and plant, designers and engineers in Spain.  Reynolds turned heads and broke into the elite sailing market in 2008 when on the starting line of the MedCup Circuit, his was the only boat without the then-dominant competitor’s sail. His team dominated the series and won the overall championship sailing under Quantum sails. The company has grown and prospered ever since, achieving double-digit growth from 2007 to 2015.

Robert TanisDr. Robert Tanis, 1958-59: The son of NMC’s first president, Tanis at first floundered in college. With encouragement, however, he achieved a turnaround in his second year and embarked on a career in sciences. Highlights include serving as a researcher at the University of Michigan; as Director of Biochemistry at Michigan State University; at the National Institutes of Health and at Harvard Medical School, where his 27 years with the administrative team included serving as director of Harvard’s Genetics Department. In 2015 Tanis established the President Emeritus Preston N. Tanis Scholarship, a $100,000 endowment providing scholarships for NMC students studying the sciences.

Trevor TkachTrevor Tkach, 1995-97: Tkach is the president and CEO of Traverse City Tourism, a position he began in 2016. Prior to that he spent a decade at the National Cherry Festival, including five years as Executive Director. During his tenure with the Cherry Festival, he earned wide respect for managing the event in a way that was respectful of local concerns while also serving the tourist population who are a lifeblood to the region. Tkach was named to the Traverse City Business News’ 40 under 40, an award recognizing the region’s most influential professionals under the age of 40, for eight consecutive years.

Release Date: May 7, 2018

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director, NMC Public Relations
(231) 995-1029
dfairbanks@nmc.edu

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NMC Barbecue

BBQ logoTRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College will host the 63rd annual Barbecue, one of the Grand Traverse region’s most popular spring traditions, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20 on main campus.

The late Gerald W. Oleson and his wife Frances, founders of Oleson’s Food Stores in Traverse City, started the annual fund raiser picnic in 1956. Under the leadership of the third generation of the Oleson family, Oleson’s Food Stores continues to donate the food. Several thousand people attend every year, raising $1.5 million for college programs and equipment over the years.

What does it take to put on a picnic that size?

  • 500 volunteers
  • 1,400 pounds of carrots and celery
  • 3,000 pounds — each — of potato salad, coleslaw and baked beans
  • 8,400 ice cream cups
  • 4,500 cartons of milk
  • 3,000 pounds of buffalo burgers and hot dogs

In addition to the traditional picnic lunch, the schedule of events held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. includes:

  • 10:45 a.m. – Presentation of the Colors, National Anthem
  • Free admission to the Dennos Museum Center, bonsai display
  • Live entertainment outdoors in front of the Osterlin Building
  • College displays and classroom demonstrations
  • Invitational car show
  • Children’s games (Ticket purchase necessary) including the popular Cake Walk
  • Chip, NMC’s life-size faux buffalo, and the Buffalo cam 
  • Alumni tent including prizes
  • Art department pottery sale – Osterlin Fine Arts Building
  • Osterlin Library open, children’s book readings
  • East and North halls open for tours

Services available to attendees include a baby care station and veterans’ tent, as well as compostable utensils and plates and composting of food waste, as part of an effort towards making the Barbecue a zero-waste event.

Barbecue tickets are $6 in advance (plus a $1.25/ticket fee for online purchase and $8 on Barbecue Day. Tickets are available online at nmc.edu/bbq until noon Friday, May 18, on campus, at Oleson’s Food Stores and most local financial institutions.

For more information, call (231) 995-1020 or visit nmc.edu/bbq.

Release date: May 15, 2018

For more information

Diana Fairbanks
Director of Public Relations & Marketing
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019

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On-Campus Jobs

Student jobs can be found on the Student MyNMC page under  “Jobs On Campus.” Apply now for Fall 2018.

  • Writing Center Reader
  • Writing Resource Center Reader
  • Tutor
  • White Pine Press Writer (Independent Contractor)
  • White Pine Press Advertising Salesperson (Independent Contractor)
  • White Pine Press Staff Photographer (Independent Contractor)
  • White Pine Press – Staff Designer
  • Reader Scribe
  • Astronomy Lab Assistant
  • Campus Security
  • Elementary Reading Tutor
  • Fitness Center Staff
  • Grounds
  • Environmental Science Lab Assistant
  • Library Assistant
  • Science and Math Office Assistant
  • Physics Lab Assistant
  • Chemistry Lab Assistant
  • Environmental Science Lab Assistant
  • Student Life Office Assistant
  • Conference Crew (Summer Job)
  • Switchboard Operator
  • Writing and Reading Center Reader

GRASP Reading and Math summer program – Grades K-8

The GRASP reading and math program, offered through Extended Educational Services each summer, helps maintain these critical skills.

GRASP is an at-home program for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Students complete one lesson a week and then mail it to reading and math teachers who review, score and return each assignment. The GRASP teachers recognize the flexibility of a student’s summer vacation, allowing the family to mail each lesson from anywhere their summer travels take them.

The price is $75 for one subject ($85 after May 16), or $129 for both subjects ($139 after May 16). Staff tuition waivers apply ($35 for one subject; $49 for both). Partial financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

To register or to learn more about the GRASP program, download the registration flier HERE or call NMC-EES at (231) 995-1700.

Math Bootcamp

NMC’s Student Success Center will be holding two Math Bootcamp sessions this summer, June 18-22 and August 6-10, 9 a.m.-Noon. Math Bootcamp is a five-day intensive math refresher course taught by NMC faculty that helps prepare students for placement testing or their next math class. 70% of students who complete math bootcamp improve their placement an average of 1.5 levels!

Interested students can sign up by contacting the Student Success Center at (231) 995-2134 or studentsuccesscenter@nmc.edu.

Student Health Services Closes May 14

Student Health Services will be closed May 14. We will reopen Monday, August 13 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)

Primary Care Providers that accept Medicaid:

Crystal Lake Clinic 231-922-0667

Northwest Michigan Health Services 231-947-0351 

Traverse Health Clinic 231-935-0668

Families Against Narcotics Chapter Launch/Judge Linda Davis Event

Families Against Narcotics was formed in 2011 to help communities bring awareness and solutions to the opioid epidemic. Support group meetings for the growing number of persons and families struggling with addiction issues, and those who have already lost loved ones, include resources for treatment and prevention. 

The event will take place June 21, at Traverse City’s Central United Methodist Church from  5:15 – 8:00 p.m. Our keynote speaker will be Judge Linda Davis, founder of F.A.N. She is also the Chair of Governor Snyder’s Opioid and Prescription Drug Task Force and has been called to the White House several times to consult with the President’s Commission on Opioid Abuse. She is a dynamic speaker and we are hoping that she will rally our community around F.A.N. and a new program she launched last year, Hope Not Handcuffs, which focuses on getting addicts into treatment. Our law enforcement agencies will be meeting separately with Judge Davis on Friday morning after the event to discuss Hope Not Handcuffs and how it can work in our community.

On-Campus Jobs

Student jobs can be found on the Student MyNMC page under  “Jobs On Campus.” Apply now for Fall 2018

  • Resident Assistant (Fall 2018/Spring 2019)

  • Writing Center Reader

  • Writing Resource Center Reader

  • Tutor

  • White Pine Press Writer (Independent Contractor)

  • White Pine Press Advertising Salesperson (Independent Contractor)

  • White Pine Press Staff Photographer (Independent Contractor)

  • White Pine Press – Staff Designer

  • Reader Scribe
  • Astronomy Lab Assistant

  • Campus Security

  • Elementary Reading Tutor

  • Enrollment Services Office Assistant

  • Fitness Center Staff

  • Grounds

  • Environmental Science Lab Assistant

  • Library Assistant

  • Science and Math Office Assistant

  • Physics Lab Assistant

  • Resident Assistant/Conference Host (Summer Job)

  • Biology Lab Assistant

  • Student Life Office Assistant

  • Conference Crew (Summer Job)

  • Switchboard Operator

  • Writing and Reading Center Reader

NMC, GVSU present health programs showcase

TRAVERSE CITY —  Students interested in health care careers will have opportunity to learn more about about 20 different degree programs at a Health Care Programs Showcase Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m.-noon at NMC’s Health Sciences Building

Offered by NMC and Grand Valley State University, area practitioners, faculty members and advisors will be available to discuss specialized health degree programs offered in Traverse City. NMC’s programs include Nursing, Dental Assisting, Paramedic and Surgical Technology. Program demonstrations/simulations are scheduled as follows: 

10:15-10:25 a.m. – Dental Assisting
10:30-10:40 a.m. – Surgical Technician
10:45-11:10 a.m. -  Nursing

Participants should park in NMC’s Tamarack parking lot off Front Street rather than in lots off College Drive.

Release date: april 17, 2018

For more information:

Shannon Owen
Grand Valley State University
owensha@gvsu.edu
(231) 995-1785
 

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

Campus Clean-up Day

Thursday, April 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Presented by Student Green Team

Pick up a glove and a bag from the East Hall, West Hall, Biederman or Library lobbies to celebrate Earth Day 2018!

Take a selfie and post it with #NMCEarthDay to win a prize!