Three named Outstanding Alumni

TRAVERSE CITY — Three alumni were named the 2019 winners of Northwestern Michigan College’s Outstanding Alumni award at commencement ceremonies May 4.

 

Terry BeiaTerry Beia, 1983 – Petroleum Engineering Technology. In 1998 Beia made his first real estate investment in downtown Traverse City. In the two decades since the investment, he’s been an active booster and backer of downtown. Download a high-resolution photo »

Frank DituriFrank Dituri, 1979 – Parks and Recreation Management and Biology. A highlight of Dituri’s career in both private and public sectors is serving as chairman of the Boardman River Dams Implementation Team, tasked with the restoration of Traverse City’s Boardman River. Download a high-resolution photo »

Dr. Marie SochaDr. Marie Socha, 1983 – Pre-med studies. After earning both a master’s and PhD., Socha went on to a career in public health as an epidemiologist, serving agencies from the Centers for Disease Control to the Department of Homeland Security. Download a high-resolution photo »

 

Established in 1988, Outstanding Alumni award recipients are chosen for significant professional achievements and/or exemplary leadership in the local or global community. Applications for the 2020 Outstanding Alumni award will be sought in January.

Release Date: May 16, 2019

For more information:

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

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Success Story: BBQ supports West Hall, Commitment scholarships

May 15, 2019

NMC Barbecue patronsPatrons enjoying the traditional buffalo burger and kids games might also notice a giant crane and the steel beamed-frame of a rising second story on the West Hall Innovation Center at the annual NMC Barbecue this Sunday.

Begun last fall, the West Hall renovation and the Commitment scholarship for promising, mostly first-generation college students are the beneficiaries of funds from this year’s 64th annual picnic under the pines, set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on main campus.

“The NMC Barbecue 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 Barbecue 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.”

Originally a residence hall, the West Hall Innovation Center is set to reopen next spring as a 54,000-square-foot, multi-story library and flexible learning space accommodating a range of learning styles and needs, including experiential and simulation. Since 1993, the Commitment scholarship has offered full-tuition scholarships to 1,500 students from all around the region, positioning them to transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree.

Laura Jaquish helps an NMC Barbecue attendeeThe Barbecue traditions of free live entertainment, classroom displays and program exhibits, and free admission to the Dennos Museum Center will all return. New at the Barbecue is the first annual printmaking sale, set for 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building. Patrons can take home a student print for as little as $3. See the complete list of activities and events.

In addition to supporting college programs and equipment — to the tune of $1.8 million since the late Gerald W. Oleson and his wife Frances, founders of Oleson’s Food Stores, started it in 1956 — the Barbecue is a place where community connections flourish. More than 500 volunteers put on the Barbecue. Additional volunteers are still welcome, especially in the following areas. Sign up online.

  • Kids Games – 3–5 p.m.
  • Recycling Champions – 2–5 p.m.
  • Hot Dog Cookers – 2–4 p.m.
  • Buffalo Wranglers – 3–5 p.m.
  • Serving line (this job is for community groups) – 2–5 p.m.

Tickets are $6 in advance and can be purchased at Oleson’s Food Stores, the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, the NMC Foundation, and many financial institutions. Tickets are available for $6 plus a $1.25 service charge on MyNorth Tickets. Tickets are $8 on Sunday.

NMC BBQ First Annual Printmaking Sale

Please join us May 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Fine Arts Building for an art-filled day at the NMC BBQ! Purchase student prints produced throughout the 2019 Spring Semester using various techniques such as intaglio, embossing, and monoprinting. All proceeds go towards the rising artists. We welcome participants of all ages to come and see as well as be inspired by the traditional methods of printmaking offered at the classes here at NMC. Prints start at $3, and vary on price based off of quality, quantity, and size. Watch students demonstrate different printing techniques, learn about the printing process through our live demos, and delve into the art.

Health Services summer closure notice

Student Health Services will be closed May 21 for the summer and will reopen Monday, August 12 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)

 

Faculty Excellence winners named

Nicole SpeelmanNicole Speelman (click for high-resolution version)TRAVERSE CITY — Science and English instructors were named the 2019 winners of NMC’s annual Faculty Excellence awards at commencement ceremonies May 4.

Chemistry instructor Nicole Speelman is the Imogene Wise Faculty Excellence Award winner.

English instructor Cathy Warner is the Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award winner. Chosen by a student selection committee, criteria for both awards include teaching excellence, rapport with students, innovation in the classroom and a sense of dedication.

Both joined the NMC faculty relatively recently. Of Speelman, who began in January 2018, students said:

  • This instructor has gone above and beyond, holding study sessions every week even coming in on Saturdays to give extra help before exams.
  • She is very good at connecting with her students. She also uses a flipped; classroom as a style of teaching. We would watch the lecture videos at home as homework and use class time to go over concepts that we were struggling with. I found this incredibly helpful.
  • I never was thrilled to take a chemistry class, but after this semester I would definitely take another. I couldn’t thank her enough!

Cathy WarnerCathy Warner (click for high-resolution version)Of Warner, who began in August 2017, students said:

  • This instructor gets to know every one of the students so we don’t just feel like another face in the room. Our teacher understands the students’ strengths and weaknesses, and accommodates material for every one of the students to have success in the class.
  • The instructor has us use Moodle, concept maps, and explains difficult concepts on the board. Also, the instructor uses YouTube videos to the class’ advantage.
  • Our instructor is very caring and relates the material to real life events happening in our media to drive the points across.

The Imogene Wise award was first bestowed in 1971. The adjunct award was created as a companion in 1999.

Release date: may 10, 2019

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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

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Physician Assistant Preview Day

Join us Friday, June 7, 10 a.m.-noon to meet GVSU Physician Assistant faculty & academic advisors to ask questions about program specifics. The information session will include a tour of lab facilities. Students who attend this session will be provided a FREE online GRE prep workshop. 

For more information, please contact our office: 
call 231-995-1785 or email nminfo@gvsu.edu

RSVP here

Success Story: Grad helps shrink Michigan talent gap

May 1, 2019

NMC grad Marilyn DearIt’s never too late to finish what you started.

Marilyn Dear, 70, (right) will exemplify that truth Saturday, when she accepts her associate’s degree at NMC’s 2019 commencement ceremony, finishing what she started more than 50 years ago.

“I’m so excited,” said the Traverse City mother of five sons, whose grade point average entitles her to wear the yellow stole of Phi Theta Kappa, the international community college honor society, with her cap and gown. “I’m going to hang this diploma up on the wall and be proud I finished.”

Until Saturday, Dear shared the position of more than 1 million fellow Michigan residents — some college, but no credential to show for it. Helping that group of people attain credentials is key to closing Michigan’s talent gap, says Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. NMC President Tim Nelson agrees.

“It’s a big need for the state, and community colleges are in position to help figure out how to meet that need,” he said in a recent interview.

Dear started at Schoolcraft Community College immediately after high school graduation in 1966, but dropped out after two semesters to join a friend on a trip to California. In Denver she met the man who would become her husband, Jerry Dear. A move back to Michigan, marriage, family, a move to Traverse City and work occupied the next four decades, and the 28 credits she’d earned at Schoolcraft sat parked on a shelf.

In 2011 her job was eliminated. Her children were grown. Dear seized her opportunity.

“I thought, ‘let’s go back to school,’ “ she said.

She was pleasantly surprised to discover the Schoolcraft credits transferred to NMC. “That was part of the reason I was encouraged to finish,” she said.

NMC Director of Advising Lindsey Dickinson said her office works with each student to make the most of any existing credits.

“We know how crucial it is for incoming students,” said Dickinson, who transferred from NMC herself in 2002. “We work one-on-one with students to help them maximize transfer credits towards completion at NMC.”

After taking just one business class, Dear found a new job, at Knorr Marketing in Traverse City. She’s been a working student ever since, taking one or two classes a semester, once taking a year off when work was busy, but always returning. She finds school invigorating.

“It’s healthy, because it’s making my brain work,” she said. “As I get older, I think that’s only a plus.”

Dear will miss some of her favorite instructors — business instructor Nicole Fewins and Tom Gordon in history. She’s not sure how she’ll celebrate. She will have more time to train for the triathlons she does annually. She might visit her son who lives in New York City. Her sons might have something planned, too.

“My kids want to celebrate big,” she said.

Dance Mix 2019

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC’s Dance department will present Dance Mix 2019 at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 5 in Milliken Auditorium.

Under the director of Dorothy Eisenstein, the annual end-of-year concert will feature choreography by NMC faculty, students and guest artists.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students and seniors and available at mynorthtickets.com at and the door. Call (800) 836-0717 for more information.

For more information:

Dorothy Eisenstein
NMC Dance Department
deisenstein@nmc.edu

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NMC Magazine Release Party May 1

Join the NMC Magazine staff on Wednesday, May 1 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Fine Arts 115 to celebrate our creative community at the “In Brief” magazine release party. Come meet the staff and enjoy short readings, visual art, and light refreshments.

Health Service Notice

Health Services will be closed May 15 – August 12. If you need refills, please contact our office as soon as possible, Monday through Friday, at 995-1255.

Auto Tech Program Annual Burgers & Brats Celebration May 2

Grill graphicEnd of School Year Celebration and Employment Fair

Please join us for our annual end of the school year celebration May 2 from 4–6 p.m. at 2510 Aero Park Drive. Open to all NMC and high school automotive Career Tech students and instructors, current and former.

Meet with automotive employers from our region from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to qualify for prizes! NMC project vehicles and exhibits will be on display and tool vendors will be on site.

RSVP to wmoody@nmc.edu.

World Press Freedom Day marked

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC’s International Affairs Forum will mark World Press Freedom Day Tuesday, April 30 with a presentation by Rami Khouri, Beirut-based journalist and international commentator and professor of journalism at the American University in Beirut.

Set for 6 p.m. at Traverse City’s State Theatre, the event is an opportunity to evaluate press freedom around the world and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. In 2018, 53 journalists were killed in the line of duty and more than 250 imprisoned.

Dialogue on stage will be facilitated by Jacob Wheeler, NMC journalism instructor and adviser to the student-run White Pine Press newspaper. The event will include recognition of local journalists. Tickets are $5 and free to students, educators, and journalists.

Release date: April 23, 2019

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Karen Segal
International Affairs Forum co-chair
(231) 715-6064
karenpsegal@gmail.com

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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

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.