Calligraphy Follow-Along Workshop And Kit (Livestream)

Saturday, March 6, 1–2:30 p.m. Want to learn Calligraphy? Join award-winning artist/designer Molly Suber Thorpe for a livestream class from her home studio in Athens, Greece! Taught via Zoom with a curated kit mailed to your home. Call EES at 995-1700 to register.

Two spots available! NMC tuition waiver applies. (Custom kit will be mailed to you for a material fee of $49).

Thank you to Advising for reimagining NMC’s Career Fair!

Hawk Owl Helper logoThank you to NMC’s Academic & Career Advising Center and Northwest Michigan Works for reimagining the 2021 Career & Employment Fair as a virtual event. The three-day career fair, which starts tomorrow, includes over 70 employers and each day is dedicated to specific industries:

  • March 2: Retail, Food Service & Hospitality
  • March 3: Business, Healthcare & Other
  • March 4: Automotive, Transportation, Manufacturing, Technical & Construction

The event follows three days of student prep workshops hosted by Employment Readiness specialist Lisa Baldyga, and students are also invited to join alumni and community members in networking events between 6–7 p.m. after each day’s sessions.


Who’s been a Hawk Owl Helper or Hero for you? Let us know at publicrelations@nmc.edu!

February 26 Virtual Town Hall video

Thank you to everyone who attended Friday morning’s Town Hall mid-semester update, which drew 171 people. If you were unable to attend, or want to review what was discussed, you can view the video here.

If you were unable get your questions answered during the meeting, or if you have any followup questions or feedback, please email them to publicrelations@nmc.edu.

The Town Hall covered the following topics:

  • Strategic Planning
  • COVID
  • Enrollment
  • Budget
  • DEI
  • Be What’s Possible Campaign
  • Reimagining Fall 2021
  • Other Campus Announcements

Media Mentions for March 1, 2021

The following college events and stories have appeared in the media recently. We want to share your media involvement too. Please send information about your NMC-related interview or appearance to publicrelations@nmc.edu. If possible, please include a link to the piece and information about where and when it was used.

Please note access to some stories may be limited by paywalls set up by the media outlet. This includes the Traverse City Record-Eagle, which limits free clicks to five per month. You may also read Record-Eagle articles in the print edition at the NMC Library.

NMC hires consultant for strategic planning
Record-Eagle, Feb. 25 (more…)

Book author discusses Native American artist Mary Sully

Book coverJoin Dr. Philip J. Deloria, Harvard University history professor and author of Becoming Mary Sully: Toward an American Indian Abstract, Friday, March 5 from 7 to 8 p.m. as he discusses his book on the Native American artist and answers audience questions. Dr. Deloria will be introduced by NMC history instructor Mindy Morton.

Dr. Deloria’s book was named a summer reading critics pick by the New York Times.

Tune in to the event here: nmc.zoom.us/j/95782415126.

Possible COVID-19 exposure on Great Lakes Campus Feb. 22, 23

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC has learned a student tested positive for COVID-19 who had recently been at the Great Lakes campus. NMC Health Services believes the risk is low for widespread exposure from this case.

The student was symptomatic when at the following locations:

  • 2-22-21, Great Lakes Campus room 211 from 8–9 a.m.
  • 2-23-21, Great Lakes Campus room 222 from 10:15–11:10 a.m.

The student was tested and received positive results today, 2-26-21.

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Library Book Recommendations – March, 2021

To find these selections and many other new titles, see the NMC library catalog

A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet
This novel follows a group of children and their families on summer vacation at a lakeside mansion. The teenage narrator Eve and the other children are contemptuous of their parents, who spend the days and nights in drunken stupor. Named for a picture Bible given to Eve’s little brother Jack, A Children’s Bible is loosely structured around Bible stories intended for young readers. In A Children’s Bible, Millet offers brilliant commentary on the environment and human weakness.

Black Bottom Saints by Alice Randall
From the Great Depression through the post-World War II years, Joseph “Ziggy” Johnson, has been the pulse of Detroit’s famous Black Bottom. A celebrated gossip columnist for the city’s African-American newspaper, Ziggy reflects on his life, the community that was the center of his world, and the remarkable people who helped shape it. Accompanying these “tributes” are thoughtfully paired cocktails.
Novel selected as a 2021 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove comes a charming, poignant novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined. Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—the things that save us, even in the most anxious times.

The Removed by Brandon Hobson
Steeped in Cherokee myths and history, a novel about a fractured family reckoning with the tragic death of their son killed in a police shooting. With the family’s annual bonfire approaching and a rare moment in which they openly talk about their son’s memory— the family attempts to come together from their physical and emotional distances. The Removed seamlessly blends the real and spiritual —a meditation on family, grief, home, and the power of stories on both a personal and ancestral level.

Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe by Kathy Peiss
Information Hunters examines the unprecedented American effort to acquire foreign publications and information in World War II Europe. An unlikely band of librarians, scholars, soldiers, and spies went to Europe to collect books and documents to aid the Allies’ cause. They travelled to neutral cities to find enemy publications for intelligence analysis and followed advancing armies to capture records in a massive program of confiscation.

The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. Full of extraordinary facts and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, “We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted.” The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.

Alcohol and Humans: A Long and Social Affair edited by Kimberley J. Hockings & Robin Dunbar
Alcohol use has a long and ubiquitous history. The prevailing tendency to view alcohol merely as a ‘social problem’ or the popular notion that alcohol only serves to provide us with a ‘hedonic’ high, masks its importance in the social fabric of many human societies both past and present. Alcohol and Humans examines the broad use of alcohol in the human lineage and its wider relationship to social contexts such as feasting, sacred rituals, and social bonding.

I Have Something to Tell You: A Memoir by Chasten Buttigieg
A refreshingly candid memoir by the husband of former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg about growing up gay in northern Michigan. Chasten Buttigieg recounts his journey to finding acceptance as a gay man, tells the story of meeting his husband, life with Pete on the campaign trail, and his hope for America’s future. With honesty, courage, and great warmth, Buttigieg relays his experience of growing up in America and embracing his true self, while inspiring others to do the same.

Summaries adapted from publishers.

Another possible COVID-19 exposure on Great Lakes Campus Feb. 19

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC has learned that two more students tested positive for COVID-19 who had recently been at the Great Lakes campus. NMC Health Services believes the risk is low for widespread exposure from this case.

The students were asymptomatic when at the following locations on 2-19-21:

  • Great Lakes Campus simulator room from 9–11 a.m.

The students were tested and received results on 2-24-21.

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NMC president named Paragon award winner

NMC President-Designate Nick NissleyDr. Nick Nissley (click for high-resolution version)TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College President Nick Nissley has been named a winner of the Paragon award for new presidents by Phi Theta Kappa, the international community college honor society.

Nissley is among 22 recipients out of 500 eligible college presidents, and one of only two in Michigan. Paragon awards are bestowed upon college presidents in the first three years of their tenure who have shown strong support of student success by recognizing academic achievement, leadership, and service among high-achieving students at their college. Recipients were nominated for the award by students on their campus. Nissley became president of NMC on Jan. 1, 2020.

In the nomination, NMC students commended Nissley for including all students, not just PTK members, in his work to instill a “possibilitarian” culture on campus, even amid the challenges of COVID-19.

“From our first in-person meeting, Dr. Nissley laid a foundation of open communication by sharing his very personal testimony with students.His inclusion of students in events, discussions, and decisions proves to us again and again, he is focused on our success. While we are thrilled with his support, similar support has been shared with other student groups. He is a champion for student success.”

Nissley and other Paragon winners will be recognized at the PTK annual convention, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla., April 8–10. NMC’s chapter, Alpha Rho Pi, will also receive a Reach award at the convention for its membership growth in 2020.

According to PTK, member students have a 91 percent student success rate, and research has shown that strong presidential leadership and support of PTK increases member success and the depth of their college experience.

 

Release date: FEBRUARY 24, 2021

For more information:

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

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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

GVSU Traverse City – Physician Assistant Studies Info Session

GVSU physician assistant photoFriday, March 19, 1 p.m.

This 1-hour info session will cover GVSU’s Masters of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program and criteria for application (as well as COVID-19’s impact on the application process), introduce viewers to the Traverse City Campus at the University Center and answer most commonly asked questions. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

Students are encouraged to register at gvsu.edu/traverse/mpas to receive the link.

Possible COVID-19 exposure on Great Lakes Campus Feb. 19

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC has learned two students tested positive for COVID-19 who had recently been at the Great Lakes campus. NMC Health Services believes the risk is low for widespread exposure from this case.

The students were asymptomatic when at the following locations on 2-19-21:

  • Great Lakes Campus room 103 from  9–11 a.m.
  • Great Lakes Campus simulator room from 9–11 a.m.

The students were tested and received results today, 2-23-21.

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Congrats to NMC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter!

Hawk Owl Helper logoCongratulations to Alpha Rho Pi, NMC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international community college honor society, and adviser Kari Kahler. Alpha Rho Pi was named a PTK Reach chapter for excelling in membership development in 2020.

Benefits of PTK membership include scholarships and increased opportunities for engagement with peers and faculty on campus, which leads to higher rates of completion. More than 90 percent of PTK members graduate or transfer from their community college.


Who’s been a Hawk Owl Helper or Hero for you? Let us know at publicrelations@nmc.edu!

Media Mentions for February 22, 2021

The following college events and stories have appeared in the media recently. We want to share your media involvement too. Please send information about your NMC-related interview or appearance to publicrelations@nmc.edu. If possible, please include a link to the piece and information about where and when it was used.

Please note access to some stories may be limited by paywalls set up by the media outlet. This includes the Traverse City Record-Eagle, which limits free clicks to five per month. You may also read Record-Eagle articles in the print edition at the NMC Library.

NMC Receives $1 Million Gift From Kim Hagerty, Antonio Simao
The Ticker, Feb. 16
9&10 News, Feb. 16
UpNorthLive, Feb. 16 (more…)

NMC Virtual Transfer Fair

March 16, 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Are you looking for answers for your students about transferring to a university? The Spring 2021 Virtual Transfer Fair is coming soon!

Each day, eight different Michigan universities will be available to provide information about their school, transfer process, and provide answers to questions. Each university will have its own one-hour time slot so there is time to meet with them all!

Visit the Virtual Transfer Events page for a calendar of events and virtual links: nmc.edu/transfer-fair.

Can’t make this event? Many universities are providing additional virtual information sessions both before and after the Virtual Transfer Fair. Save gas, time, money, and stay healthy while you get answers to all of your and your students’ questions about transfer!

Kudos!

Reason for Kudos to Madelyn Ek: Maddie completed Experiential Learning 101 and met with the Experiential Learning Institute to work on her capstone Experiential Learning project! Maddie, thank you for your dedication to engaging your students in high-impact learning! We look forward to working with you as you “ELize” your course! Thank you for being a part of our outstanding education team at NMC!

Reason for Kudos to Mary Beeker, Dave Gates, and Dan Wasson: Mary Beeker had the idea to pilot a Wi-Fi hotspot checkout program in the library back in the summer of 2019. Little did we know that demand for these would skyrocket less than a year later due to COVID-19. I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge Mary’s foresight in researching and implementing a process for providing this much needed service, with 165 circulations in the past year providing internet service to students learning from home. Thanks to her work, the library already had the necessary infrastructure in place in March 2020 to meet increasing demand for these devices, and we were able to simply boost our inventory. Dave Gates and Dan Wasson have also been instrumental in quickly increasing our fleet and providing continued support for the library’s Wi-Fi hotspots.


Experts suggest maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” increases positivity for yourself and for others. During our “Stay Home, Stay Safe” directive, please encourage your colleagues by submitting a KUDOS. Let them know you appreciate their hard work and are thinking of them!

Operation Reconnect

Bring your lunch and reconnect with your long-lost colleagues Friday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. Let’s break the isolation and regain the sense of community that makes NMC such a great place to work. This is an informal virtual event to bring us together and help us reconnect with each other. Join us for the conversation and reconnect across the NMC community.

Sign up here through SilkRoad Learning.

Nominate Employees for Team & Staff Excellence awards

Nominations are being accepted for the NMC Staff and Team Excellence Awards. Choose the links below to nominate your deserving colleagues!

Nominations must be received by Friday, March 19.

Please nominate colleagues whose work serves to inspire us, and who:

  • Demonstrate NMC’s Values
  • Exhibit a consistent commitment ‘above and beyond’ to the NMC mission, vision, and strategic directions
  • Made a difference at NMC over the past year (2020-2021)

Recipients will receive both a monetary and a commemorative award which will be conferred at the April 2021 virtual NMC Retirement and Recognition Reception. Watch for your invitation coming soon!

Thank you for helping us value our colleagues!

NMC Employee Recognition Committee