Pulped Under Pressure: Virtual Chats July 8, 15 and 22

  • Wednesday, July 8 featuring Reni Gower
  • Wenesday, July 15 featuring Melissa Potter and Reni Gower
  • Wenesday, July 22 featuring Marilyn Propp

10:30–11 a.m.

Join us on Zoom and Facebook Live in the galleries as we have conversations featuring some of the artists from Pulped Under Pressure. Education Curator Jason Dake will be sharing each artist’s work, currently on view, and chat with our artists. Ask your questions in the chat on Zoom or in the comments on Facebook to learn more about the artists.

Learn more about the artists and find Zoom meeting links on the Dennos community programs page.

HSA Deposits made on July 3

If you are enrolled in Priority Health’s High Deductible Plan, you should have received your second installment of the HSA deposit on July 3, 2020.

  • Family coverage- $780
  • Single coverage- $390

Kudos!

Honoree’s Name: Lisa Wilmeth
Honoree’s Dept./Division: Academic Affairs/Central Scheduling
Reason for Kudos: Lisa is currently handling the responsibilities of Curriculum & Scheduling Coordinator position while Hannah Cruz is on maternity leave. Lisa has most recently been tasked with coordinating and updating the Fall 2020 schedule changes due to the COVID-19 staged reopening of NMC.

This is an *enormous* task that requires skill, organization, and patience. Her depth of knowledge in institutional processes, excellent communication skills, and her capacity to learn the new technology necessary to accomplish this task has been *invaluable* during this period of constant change.

She has worked long hours outside the scope of a ‘normal’ work week in order to make these changes for students before the next round of Orientations. The NMC community should know how lucky we are she is here for us right now.


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!

Media Mentions for July 6, 2020

The following college events and stories have appeared in the media in the past two weeks. 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 Osterlin Library.

No tuition raise for Northwestern Michigan College students for 2020-2021
UpNorthLive, June 30
The Ticker, June 30
9&10 News, June 29
Record-Eagle, July 1 (more…)

Great Lakes Maritime Academy cadets to depart on two training cruises with increased safety protocols

TRAVERSE CITY — Cadets at Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy (GLMA) will soon depart on training cruises with increased safety protocols in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday, July 2, 12 GLMA cadets, and one faculty member will sail onboard the T/S Kennedy on its voyage from a shipyard in Mobile, AL to its homeport at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. These cadets will be joined by cadets and midshipmen from Maine Maritime Academy, California Maritime Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The ability of the cadets to sail onboard the T/S Kennedy during this evolution was facilitated by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD.) The vessel’s transit is expected to last 14 to 21 days.

“It will be a great experience, it will go a long way toward meeting our goal of ensuring cadets have the ability to graduate as per their model schedule, and it will be almost no cost to cadets,” said Jerry Achenbach, GLMA superintendent.

Monday, July 6, GLMA’s flagship training vessel, the T/S State of Michigan, is scheduled to depart, from NMC’s Great Lakes Campus harbor, for the first of three training cruises. In phase one of the training cruise, 17 cadets, and one intern from Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute will be underway for seven to nine days. The ship will not make any non-emergency port calls, and no one will depart or enter the ship to limit the risk of possible exposure to the virus.

All cadets and crew for both ships were required to be quarantined and test negative for COVID-19 before they were allowed to sail.

GLMA and NMC have adopted increased safety protocols to help protect cadets against COVID-19. These measures are based on stringent industry protocols developed by MARAD, and follow the most stringent procedures being employed by the U.S. maritime industry. Safety procedures for cadet training include single occupancy berths, inspections, continuous sanitization, safe distancing and wearing face coverings in accordance with CDC guidelines. Additionally, the Academy worked with the Grand Traverse County Health Department on the quarantine procedures.

These training cruises will help cadets meet program requirements. Earning the required 360 days of sea time during the four-year program was already a challenge due to high Maritime enrollment, few available berths aboard commercial vessels, and academic schedule constraints. Shutdowns due to the coronavirus worsened the situation. GLMA’s training vessel, the T/S State of Michigan, would normally have departed in early May on its annual two-month training cruise. Due to the pandemic, the vessel will not get underway until early July.

In addition to the new cruise options, GLMA added the tugboat Mississippi to its fleet in June. The NMC Board of Trustees approved leasing the vessel in March as an additional way to help cadets meet required sea time.

As the state maritime academy of Michigan, the Great Lakes Maritime Academy at Northwestern Michigan College educates and trains deck and engineering officers for the U.S. Merchant Marine. Graduates earn a bachelor’s degree, and an unlimited tonnage/ horsepower merchant marine license. Read more about the Academy at nmc.edu/maritime.

 

Release date: July 2, 2020

For more information:

RADM Jerry Achenbach
Great Lakes Maritime Academy Superintendent
(231) 995-1203
gachenbach@nmc.edu

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

NMC Board of Trustees approves balanced budget with no tuition increase for 2020-21

TRAVERSE CITY — During its regular monthly meeting, the Board of Trustees for Northwestern Michigan College voted 7-0 to approve a balanced budget with no tuition increase for the fall 2020 and spring/summer 2021 semesters.

“I am proud that our college is one of the very few in Michigan that has committed to not raising tuition for our students for the new academic year, while delivering a balanced budget,” said board chair Chris Bott. “The community can continue to have great confidence in our college to meet the needs of our learners while remaining fiscally responsible, especially in this challenging and uncertain time.”

“The most important thing we want our students to know is that we remain dedicated to to their success. That means making sure our college continues to be affordable and safe,” said Dr. Nick Nissley, president of Northwestern Michigan College. “Our faculty and staff have done a tremendous amount of work to get us to this point, and we know we will have more to do, but we will reach our goals, together.” 

For 2020-21 NMC’s revenue will be 20 percent from state aid, 27 percent from local property tax, 48 percent from tuition and fees and five percent from other sources.

Northwestern Michigan College general rate tuition categories:

Category

2020-21 Tuition

In-District

$109

Out-of-District

$227

Out-of-State

$296

International

$334

 

NMC has the 8th lowest in-district tuition of the state’s 28 community colleges.

 

Release date: June 30, 2020

For more information:

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

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

Three named Outstanding Alumni

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College is proud to announce the three 2020 recipients of the college’s Outstanding Alumni Award.

Lorraine BeersLorraine Beers, 1975–1977, Nursing: Crediting NMC as the first major step on a rich and fulfilling educational journey, Lorraine Beers’ career in nursing has led her to work in obstetrics, perinatal outreach, home care, school nursing and infection control/infectious diseases. She credits her beginnings at NMC with setting her on a path which has included travel to the Peruvian Amazon, Hungary, Quebec, and many places in the United States, all while learning how to best use her training.

Having attended several of Michigan’s state universities, Beers cites her most recent degree, a doctorate in nursing practice from University of Michigan-Flint, as one of her proudest achievements. Her dissertation focused on influenza vaccine acceptance among the Grand Traverse region’s homeless population. Beers’ community service has included roles on the Munson Regional Healthcare Foundations Board, the Rotary Charities Board of Directors, and the Rotary World Community Service committee. Beers and her husband Mack are loyal supporters of NMC scholarships and programs. “I couldn’t do what I’m doing without NMC. NMC really helped develop my career,” Beers said.

George ComdenGeorge Comden, 1951–1953: As a member of Northwestern Michigan College’s first graduating class, Comden has been involved in the college since the very first day it opened. Following his time at NMC, Comden became a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was stationed in Germany for two years. He then completed his bachelor’s degree at Central Michigan University and worked in four different Michigan school systems in diverse roles including teacher, bus driver, and assistant superintendent. He then served as an administrative director at Oakland Community College for 22 years.

Comden has organized events for members of the first class and other alumni. He is also a loyal and generous donor to the NMC Library and student scholarships. Most recently, Comden created the Class of 1953 Veterans Memorial Scholarship, an endowed scholarship that supports military veterans who are attending NMC.

David MilarchDavid Milarch, 1971: For more than 25 years, David Milarch’s mission has been to clone the world’s “champion trees.” His Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, based in Copemish, archives the genetics of the world’s most important old-growth trees, with the goal of propagating and reforesting the Earth with these cloned champion trees. Highly regarded in his field, Milarch has received honors recognizing the environmental impact of his work. He is a popular TEDx speaker and a topic expert for National Geographic. Over the past year, media stories about Archangel Ancient Tree Archive’s work cloning some of the largest redwoods on earth were broadcast in 150 countries, reaching audiences of over two billion viewers.

Milarch speaks with pride when sharing about his family’s multi-generational connections to NMC, from his sister as a member of the first nursing class to his son, Jared, who holds two degrees from NMC. Milarch’s relationship with NMC began as a student in 1971, and includes cloning NMC trees and planting a champion ash tree on campus. Milarch continues to impact education through the organization’s Treeschool program currently offered in 75 schools in California and Washington state.

Established in 1988, NMC Outstanding Alumni Award honorees are chosen for their professional achievements and/or leadership in the local or global community. Applications for the 2021 Outstanding Alumni award will be sought in January 2021.

 

Release Date: June 25, 2020

For more information:

NMC Alumni Relations
alumni@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1021

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

Cafe Lobdell’s to open June 30

Lobdell's logoCafe Lobdell’s will open on Tuesday, June 30 and be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 to 11 a.m. for the month of July (with social distancing and state safety guidelines in place *).

Enjoy fresh pastries, breakfast baked goods and delicious coffee, tea, espresso beverages and specialty coffee drinks prepared by our very own Great Lakes Culinary Institute (GLCI) students as part of this summer’s Café Operations course. No reservations are needed. Counter service is available along with plenty of seating including tables on our deck.

* Seating capacity will be limited to 50 percent of normal capacity to maintain social distancing, and face coverings are required when guests are not at their tables.

Dennos keeps the arts alive via virtual events while planning to reopen

Hawk Owl Helper logoThanks to the Dennos Museum Center staff for reimagining how to keep the arts alive while the museum’s doors were closed, as it prepares to reopen to the public June 1. Virtual events included a series of Facebook Live concerts that drew hundreds of viewers and raised money for a local artist relief fund, live artist conversations on Facebook and Zoom, and a virtual pet photography exhibit for K-12 students that culminated in a virtual tour and reception. The museum also retooled its collaborative “Draw Northern Michigan” (Draw NoMI) program for online art education delivery, with Education Curator Jason Dake posting a series of instructional videos.

The Dennos is now planning a limited reopening June 1 with reduced hours and capacity, following a June 23-25 “Membership Appreciation Week” to thank museum members and supporters for their generosity during this challenging time. Learn more at the museum’s Planning Your Visit page and via its Facebook announcement.

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

Media Mentions for June 22, 2020

The following college events and stories have appeared in the media in the past week. 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 Osterlin Library.

NMC Announces Plans for Fall Semester
9&10 News, June 15 (more…)

NMC student part of winning international social media campaign

Migrants screenshotJim Bensley, NMC’s Director of International Services and Service Learning, reports that NMC student Conner Rieck was part of a winning international social media campaign. Bensley has been offering the Soliya Connect international virtual exchange opportunity in his World Cultures course every semester for the past four years. This semester, he had two course sections, one with and one without Soliya.

Due to the upheaval caused by the coronavirus, four students in the non-Soliya section had the chance to take part in a unique project-based opportunity to develop a social media campaign. Throughout the five-week program, students met online to speak — face-to-face and live — and collaborate with their global peers on an awareness campaign concerning health or migration. They were exposed to a diversity of views and identities and encouraged to speak openly and honestly, allowing them to practice critical thinking, curiosity, cross-cultural communication, empathy, and teamwork. In completing an infographic on a migration, they also built self-efficacy and a sense of global citizenship and belonging.

Final projects were voted on by Soliya members and the general public in seven countries. NMC student Conner Rieck was a member of the winning team made up of students from Italy, France, Palestine, Turkey, Tunisia, Syria and the U.S.!

Congratulations, Connor!

View the infographic.

Student Success Workshops Wednesdays @ 1 pm

Every Wednesday at 1 p.m., the Student Success Center is offering a Student Success Workshop Series. Workshops are free to any future, current or prospective students.

Schedule of Workshops:

BALANCING YOUR LIFE

Life shouldn’t feel like a juggling act when taking college classes. Learn simple tips and tools to help you balance your life and school.
June 10, 1 p.m.

SUCCEEDING IN AN ONLINE CLASSROOM

Online classes can feel isolating but they don’t have to. Find out how to get the most out of your online class experience.
June 17, 1 p.m.

NAVIGATING UNEMPLOYMENT

Unemployment can be tough to navigate, but we’ll give you the inside scoop! Join our Employment Readiness Specialist to talk about moving from unemployment to employment, where the jobs are and how to find them, and how to make your resume stand out.
June 24, 1 p.m.

GOAL SETTING

July 1, 1 p.m.

STRATEGIES TO REDUCE STRESS & ANXIETY

Feeling stressed? It’s not your fault. It’s what’s going on in your brain! Learn 4 easy-to-use techniques to switch on your brain’s focusing power and turn off the hormones of stress.
July 8, 1 p.m.

ORGANIZATION 101: KEEPING YOUR ACT TOGETHER AT COLLEGE

Organization increases motivation and reduces procrastination. This is your invitation to join the Get It Done Nation!
July 15, 1 p.m.

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

July 22, 1 p.m.

TEAMWORK

July 29, 1 p.m.

 

STUDENT SUCCESS WORKSHOPS REGISTRATION »

NMC moves to Stage 2 of reopening plan

Good afternoon NMC Community,

NMC is now in Stage 2 of its reopening plan. This plan is designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 while allowing the College to meet the needs of our learners and continue important business functions.

Stage 2 allows for services by appointment only and some small lab classes to be performed on campus following the College’s safety guidelines. Work that can be done remotely, should continue to be performed remotely.

If you must come to campus, please take the self-screening questionnaire first. If you pass the screening, once you arrive on campus, wear a mask or face covering in all  areas except your personal office, practice social distancing and follow all cleaning and safety procedures highlighted at nmc.edu/keepsafe.

NMC campus offices will only be open Monday-Thursday in Stage 2 to allow facilities more time to clean and sanitize buildings. External customers are allowed on campus by appointment only at this time. All buildings will remain locked and only accessible by authorized employees. If you have external customers coming on campus please arrange to meet them at the door to allow access. Buildings that have in-person labs scheduled will be opened for the time that the lab is scheduled. Mail will continue to be picked up at the facilities building.

You can read detailed information about NMC’s safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic in the College’s Exposure Control Plan.

Thank you for your continued support in keeping our students, employees and community safe.

Thank you,
NMC Public Relations

 

Release date: June 15, 2020

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
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

Media Mentions for June 15, 2020

The following college events and stories have appeared in the media in the past week. 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 Osterlin Library.

Here’s NMC’s Plan For The Fall
The Ticker, June 13 (more…)

Committee Reimagines Fall Opening

Hawk Owl Helper logoThanks to the three dozen NMC faculty and staff members of the Reimagining Fall Opening Committee who have been meeting regularly since May 7 to create the fall semester plan. While the most complex of the three strategies under consideration, the plan to offer face-to-face classes where required and a mix of hybrid, livestream and online courses otherwise will provide the most flexibility to our students while maintaining the safety of students, employees and the community. It will also allow the college to adjust quickly as the pandemic situation evolves.

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