NMC Magazine seeking submissions for “Memento”

MEMENTO – NMC Magazine Fall 2017 – Volume 40 Issue 1

Memories endure the test of time fully intact or fragmented, they are potent remnants of moments both good and bad. So much of who we are is not in the foreground, but in past recollections, where our chronicles of nostalgia unfold into the present. NMC Magazine invites students, faculty, staff, and alumni to create mementos of those indelible pieces of life through your artwork or writing.

To celebrate our 40th volume, NMC Magazine will publish 40 works by 40 individuals. You may submit multiple entries, but no more than a maximum of one each issue (fall/spring) may be accepted. The deadline for fall submissions is Monday, October 16, 2017.

Submit your art, designs, essays, fiction, illustrations, nonfiction, photographs, poems, and more to nmcmag@mail.nmc.edu. Hard copies can be delivered to the Fine Arts Building, Attn: Caroline Schaefer-Hills or Scholars Hall 214, Attn: Alissia Lingaur. Include a completed submission form with each entry, available at nmc.edu/nmcmagazine.

Walk, Run, Empower 5K Run/Walk Returns Sept. 30

Walk, Run, Empower 5K Run/Walk Returns Sept. 30

TRAVERSE CITY — On Saturday, September 30, NMC Student Life, in partnership with the NMC student group Voices, will host Walk, Run, Empower, a 5K Run/Walk to both raise awareness and help end sexual violence. Sexual violence is a prevalent issue both on and off college campuses, and it is extremely important to raise community awareness in order to generate change. Walk, Run, Empower was created with that intention, while also bringing together Northwestern Michigan College and the community in a fun, exciting and active way. All proceeds will benefit NMC Voices to further their advocacy and support for student survivors of sexual violence.

The 5K will start at and end on College Drive; the race begins at 9 a.m. Cash and checks can be made payable to NMC (subject memo: Voices) and will be accepted on the day of the race. Participants can enjoy free snacks and refreshments, while connecting with many of our student organizations, campus resources and community collaborators before and after the race. Registration fee is $15 for students and $20 for faculty, staff, and community members. Entry fee also includes a Walk, Run, Empower 5K race t-shirt!

Please join us as a runner, walker, volunteer or supporter for this 5K benefit race. You can sign up to participate in the race, to be a volunteer, or to have a table, using the links below. We will also have same day registration, which will begin at 8 a.m. the morning of the race.

Join us as we walk, run and empower one another towards a world free of violence.

Release date: July 31, 2017

For more information:

NMC Office of Student Life
(231) 995-1118
studentlife@nmc.edu

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NMC celebrates new student housing opening

NMC celebrates new student housing opening

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College welcomes the community to celebrate its new $8.8-million, 135-bed student housing and fitness center Monday, August 21. There will be a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. followed by public tours until 6 p.m.

The new North Hall features quad style suites with shared kitchen and living space. It is located on NMC’s Front Street main campus near the Dogwood and Elmwood parking lots.

North Hall is one of several on-campus residential community options. This is the first student housing built at NMC in more than 40 years. The student apartments were constructed in 1973 and the East Hall dormitory was built in 1965.

“Historically NMC was a leader in providing students with access to affordable housing options in the decades after the community founded this institution,” President Timothy J. Nelson said. “We recognize to continue to meet the needs of our learners both today and into the future we must break down barriers to education, including something as fundamental as housing. Research has shown students who live on campus persist and complete educational goals at a higher level. We are dedicated to helping them achieve their goals.”

Student housing at NMC has been at capacity for four years. North Hall is currently more than 90 percent full for the fall semester. The center has also been designed with a flexible format where sections could be used for workforce development housing in off-peak times.

The project is self funded.

Spence Brothers oversaw construction of North Hall. The company was awarded the project after a competitive bid process.

The new North Hall is one of several major construction projects currently at the college including an expansion and renovation of the Dennos Museum Center and the recently approved West Hall Innovation Center.

Release date: July 31, 2017

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communication
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

GeoCache Scholarship winner!

Ceocache for College Cash logoFor a second year an NMC student has won $500 in college expense assistance through the statewide GeoCache for College Cash event. Congrats James Robinson! James correctly answered all seven financial literacy questions during the April 12 scavenger hunt hosted by NMC’s Financial Aid office, which entered him in a drawing for one of several cash prizes. The event was part of the 2017 Money Smart Week Michigan campaign and Financial Literacy Month.

NMC was one of about a dozen Michigan colleges and universities taking part in the event, which was sponsored by the Michigan Jump$tart Coalition. 

 

On-Campus Jobs

Student jobs can be found on the Student MyNMC page under  “Jobs On Campus.”

Available jobs include:

  • Audio Technology Lab Assistant
  • Enrollment Services Office Assistant
  • Grounds
  • Resident Assistant
  • President’s Office Assistant
  • Student Life Office Assistant
  • Summer Conference Crew
  • 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
  • Writing Reading Center Reader

Are you close to completing your Program of Study? Have you applied to graduate?

If you are planning to complete a degree or certificate this year, then you must apply to graduate to begin the graduation process. Applying for graduation is the process by which a student notifies NMC they are nearing completion of their degree requirements and they plan to graduate and receive a diploma or certificate.

The Graduation Application form is available at this link: https://www.nmc.edu/student-services/records-registration/forms/application-for-degree.pdf or in the Records & Registration Office on the main floor of the Tanis Building. Once you submit the form to the Records Office, it will trigger an official audit of your coursework. You will receive a copy of that audit with a confirmation of your graduation status and any pending or outstanding requirements.

The Graduation Application should be submitted at least one semester before the semester you anticipate completing your degree or certificate program requirements. Students planning to graduate this Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 should submit this form now!

Submitting the Graduation Application also ensures your diploma is ordered and your name is included for Spring Commencement planning. If you have any questions about graduation, please contact the Records & Registration Office at 995-1049 or records-registration@nmc.edu.

It’s time to secure your fall classes!

Payment for fall classes is due August 2, 2016.

Online: nmc.edu/self-service, under Student Billing:

  • E-payment 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 eDeposit
  • Go to Financial Aid menu to check your financial aid

In person: Payments by cash, check, or money order can be made at Student Financial Services (Tanis Bldg., main level)

By mail: Please note your NMC ID on your check.

NMC Student Financial Services
1701 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686

Explore payment options: nmc.edu/cashier

Questions? (231) 995-1035 or sfs@nmc.edu

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
  • Financial Aid information: nmc.edu/financial-aid

Fall session begins August 27. Register today!

NMC Board of Trustees approves balanced budget, sets tuition and fees for 2017-18

NMC Board of Trustees approves balanced budget, sets tuition and fees for 2017-18

TRAVERSE CITY — During its regular monthly meeting, the Board of Trustees for Northwestern Michigan College unanimously approved a balanced budget and set tuition rates and fees for the fall 2017 and spring/summer 2018 semesters.

General tuition rates for residents will not change for in-district students, leaving the rate at $103.70 per contact hour. The Board approved changes to the general fee, which supports technology and facility infrastructure upgrades and student activities. In-district students will now pay a total of $30.50 in fees per contact hour. The Board eliminated the student registration and application fee. NMC’s in-district tuition is the 13th lowest of the state’s community colleges and is 75 percent lower than the average public universities in Michigan.

“Northwestern Michigan College is committed to providing our learners with world class educational opportunities, while limiting barriers, including affordability,” said Timothy J. Nelson, president, Northwestern Michigan College. “We are proud of the work we have done to limit the financial impact on learners by remaining agile and responsive in a rapidly changing environment. We will have more work ahead of us, but are dedicated to keeping NMC as the top choice for our learners.”

College leaders have been working to make the institution more efficient and lower costs, including reducing 16 positions through restructuring in the last four years and offering a voluntary separation plan this year. Those efforts combined with support from donors, lawmakers and community members are helping the college achieve its goals.

For 2017-2018, NMC’s revenue will be 21 percent from state aid, 22 percent from local property tax, 52 percent from tuition and fees and four percent from other sources.

Northwestern Michigan College general rate tuition categories

Category 2016-2017 Tuition 2017-18 Tuition
In-District $103.70 $103.70
Out-of-District $205.30 $215.60
Out-of-State $267.65 $281.00
International $302.35 $317.50

Release Date: June 27, 2017

For More Information:

Vicki Cook
Vice President for Finance and Administration
vcook@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1144

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

Janie McNabb chosen to fill NMC Trustee vacancy

Janie McNabb chosen to fill NMC Trustee vacancy

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Janie McNabb, an alumna and strategic policy consultant, to fill a vacant trustee slot on Monday. She will serve through the November 2018 election.

“I am interested in serving as a trustee in order to support the college’s role in responding to the needs of the economy, promoting lifelong learning, and providing cultural experiences to the community,” McNabb said in her application materials. “I believe that my experiences in workforce development, strategic planning, and organizational leadership will be of value to the board of trustees and to the administration. As both a former student of the college and a lifelong advocate for academic and professional training, I would consider it an honor to participate in this level of leadership for the organization.”

She has previously partnered with the college to provide job training in high-demand industries, develop programs based on employer demand and align skilled trades grants with regional planning through her work as Chief Operating Officer at Networks Northwest. She views NMC as a “critical partner to achieving our common goal of developing a quality workforce.”

McNabb attended NMC for two years before transferring to Grand Valley State University. She returned to NMC’s University Center to earn her master’s degree through Spring Arbor University.

Trustees thanked all the applicants and noted the high caliber of the applicant pool. Nine individuals applied to fill the vacancy created by Marilyn Gordon Dresser’s resignation June 1, 2017. Per Michigan law, McNabb will serve until the next election, November 2018, when voters will determine who will fill the remainder of Marilyn Gordon Dresser’s term, which expires December 31, 2020. McNabb will be eligible to run for election for that two-year term or any other open trustee term on the ballot in November 2018.

Release Date: June 27, 2017

For More Information:

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

Editor’s Note: High resolution photo available upon request.

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

GVSU Physician Assistant Studies Information Session

Tour the Traverse City campus and meet the faculty July 14th from 10 to 11 a.m. This event will be held at the NMC University Center, 2200 Dendrinos Dr., in Room 9. Faculty and academic advisors will be available to answer any questions you have about the GVSU PAS program.

For more information about the Traverse City Campus or the GVSU Physician Assistant program, please feel free to contact us at 231-995-1785 or nminfo@gvsu.edu.

To learn more, please visit www.gvsu.edu/pas.

NMC earns final approval for 21st Century Innovation Center from Michigan Legislature

NMC earns final approval for 21st Century Innovation Center from Michigan Legislature

West Hall Innovation center artist's renderingTRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College will begin construction in 2018 on its new multi-million-dollar 21st Century Innovation Center after receiving final funding approval today in the Michigan legislature’s FY18 Omnibus Budget, which now goes to Governor Snyder for his signature.

Once complete, the center will combine state investments of more than seven million dollars for important renovations and modernizations of the 50-year-old West Hall with NMC-funded investments of more than seven million dollars for a new multi-story library and learning space.

“We are extremely thankful for the support that our state legislative leaders have shown NMC and the 21st Century Innovation Center,” said Timothy J. Nelson, President of Northwestern Michigan College. “Especially the support of Representative Inman and Senator Booher who both serve on the Joint Capital Outlay Committee and Senator Schmidt who has been a strong supporter in the Senate.”

West Hall Innovation center artist's renderingThe approved project received input from faculty and staff, including 270 comments during a campus-wide opening conference and 17 user group workshops led by architectural firm Stantec. The new center will encompass an approximately 54,000-square-foot facility, including both state and NMC self-funding portions. It will incorporate innovative and transformative learning environments, a new library and multiple academic and simulation spaces.

“As a result of extensive campus and community input, our program planning team agreed that for the 21st Century Innovation Center to be a success it must complement all NMC facilities, replicate none; be agile in space and technology to meet changing learning needs and encourage users to be curious, experiment, take thoughtful risks and create,” said Nelson. “As a result, once complete, this project will not only help meet our strategic direction of ensuring that NMC learners are prepared for success in a global society and economy, but also will help to enhance our ability to deliver learning through a networked workforce.”

Since 2005, among Michigan’s 28 community colleges, NMC ranks 23rd in capital outlay appropriations, having received only $650,000 in state investment. In addition, the project was one of only five community college projects to receive construction approval by the House and Senate Joint Capital Outlay Committee this year. President Nelson says, “Creating this centralized space on campus is critical for the new community college model of providing competency-based, content-based knowledge application in the pursuit of social, economic and talent development. Over the last six years, we have invested significant time and effort in requesting funding for this project. We are pleased our legislators have recognized our dedication and commitment and are helping to make this investment a reality, for our learners now and into the future.”

“Among my top priorities as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee and vice-chair of the Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee on Appropriations was to fight for this capital outlay funding for Northwestern Michigan College,” said State Representative Larry Inman, 104th district, Grand Traverse County. “I am so pleased as a past NMC Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, along with Senator Schmidt and Senator Booher, that we were able to bring this project across the finish line, among the many other capital outlay projects that were considered. This is a huge win for NMC and students in our area, and to attract more students to NMC, having one of the most innovative community college campuses and learning centers in the state. I am so proud I was part of the team to get this project awarded to NMC.”

“As a longstanding supporter of Northwestern Michigan College, I am very pleased to have played a role in helping to secure resources for this significant project,” said State Senator Wayne Schmidt, who represents the 37th State Senate District in Northern Michigan. “This investment by the state will not only benefit learners in my community, but will also support innovative spaces for learners from around the state and world who are attracted to NMC for its diverse educational opportunities. I am proud of NMC for their work on this and am glad I was able to push this project across the finish line.”

State Senator Darwin Booher, representing the 35th State Senate District, said, “The 21st Century Innovation Center project expands the educational opportunities that NMC offers and helps continue to make NMC a leader in higher education in our region. As senate chair of the Capital Outlay Subcommittee, I have reviewed all of the projects submitted and know that this is one of the best projects for equipping people for the jobs of tomorrow.”

Release Date: June 22, 2017

For more information:

Vicki Cook
Vice President of Finance and Administration
vcook@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1144

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

GVSU Master of Social Work Next Steps Meeting

social workers change the world graphicWednesday, June 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
NMC University Center – Room 219

Join us to learn more about how you can attain your Masters in Social Work right here in Traverse City through Grand Valley State University. Chalice Kopacki, LMSW, MPA , Site Coordinator will be on hand to talk to prospective students about the application process, important dates, financial aid opportunities and GVSU’s Master of Social Work program as a whole.

RSVP at gvsu.edu/traverse/events.

Thank you from NMC’s Smart Commute team!

NMC had a great showing for Traverse City’s 23rd Annual Smart Commute Week—a record 141 commuters enjoyed breakfast in the beautiful Health & Science Building atrium!

A special thanks to the Wellness Team for providing day-of volunteers as well as sponsoring Sodexo’s beautifully catered breakfast. It was a great success! Thanks, too, to The Dennos and NMC Extended Education for generously donating prizes for Friday’s finale celebration at Oryana.

NMC’s 17-member team included Alan Beer, Ann Geht, Brian Sweeney, Cari Noga, Craig Mulder, Dave Weaver, Dennis Schultz, Hillary Voight, Jason Dake, Judy Druskovich, Lisa Molmen, Lynn Geiger, Mary Beeker, Meg Young, Michele Howard (team captain), Rochelle Hammontree and Shayrrl McCready.

Thanks to TART Trails, and the Smart Commute planning committee, for organizing another great week of events and congratulations to all of the teams involved!

For a complete list of team rankings, visit traversetrails.org/smart-commute/team-rankings. Hope to see you next year!

Where Great Powers Meet: America and China in Asia

Where Great Powers Meet: America and China in Asia

TRAVERSE CITY —  Dr. David Shambaugh,  director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University will speak at a June 28 International Affairs Forum global hot spot event on the current state of U.S.-China relations.

Shambaugh opened a 2014 conference convened by IAF, bringing together 40 experts on foreign policy, business, education, art and culture to debate what China’s emergence would mean for northern Michigan. Since then, China’s economic, military and political clout has grown enormously. Shambaugh has just returned from an extended study tour of key Asian countries and will discuss how the continuing growth of China’s influence is shifting the dynamics of U.S. and China relations. 

In addition,  NMC President Tim Nelson will providen an update on connections between northern Michigan and China. What has grown? What has withered? And what are the “next big things” between our region and Asia. 

The presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Hagerty Center. Reception begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for IAF memers and $20 for non-members and available at MyNorthTickets.com. 

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NMC student wins Oakton Community College Short Play Contest

NMC student Taylor McLain’s ten-page one-act play Evilla recently was one of the 5 winning submissions to Oakton Community College’s Playwriting Festival: Play On 2017, in Des Plaine, Ill. The play is currently in production and will be performed July 24, 25 and 26. Taylor hopes to be in attendance and will receive a $200 award at that time. He created the play to fit the requirements for a fractured fairy tale in ENG 210.

On-Campus Jobs

Student jobs can be found on the Student MyNMC page under  “Jobs On Campus.”

Available jobs include:

  • Audio Technology Lab Assistant
  • Enrollment Services Office Assistant
  • Grounds
  • Line Crew-Aviation
  • Resident Assistant
  • President’s Office Assistant
  • Student Life Office Assistant
  • Summer Conference Crew
  • 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
  • Writing Reading Center Reader