Hope springs blood drive March 19

Versiti Blood is bringing the big pink bus to NMC’S Campus again in hopes of changing lives one donation at a time! 

They are hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Those who donate will receive a $10 e-gift card.

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Make sure to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before donating.

 If you want to sign up please click on the link below or call 1(866) Mi-Blood.

For questions, contact Susan Street, Senior Representative of Versiti, at sstreet@versiti.org.

Media mentions for February 26, 2024

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.

Beyond Books
Northern Express, Feb. 24
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Upcoming Extended Education classes for employees

Did you know that your tuition waiver benefits extend beyond credit classes? Take a fitness class, learn a new hobby, or even enjoy a date night with your partner. Check out these upcoming classes! Place the class in your shopping cart in order to see the discount. Need help setting up your profile? Look for “EES” in the Help Desk drop down menu.

Learn & Play Dungeons & DragonsDungeons Dragons NMC
3 classes; Wednesdays, Feb. 28–March 13; 6–8 p.m.
Employee price: $33 (public price: $99) Want to take this class with a friend? Share code FOODFUN20 with them to save 20%
Have you wanted to learn how to play Dungeons & Dragons? Now is your chance. Don your adventuring gear and polish up your Great Axe! Instructor Nick Roster will lead this introduction to the popular role-playing game and prepare you with a lifetime of fun, no matter the weather.
Register here

Zoroastrianism NMC EES classIntro to Zoroastrianism
Wednesday, March 6; 6–8:30 p.m.
Employee Price: $22 (public price: $49)
Join Dr. Sarah Montgomery-Richards to explore the basics of Zoroastrianism. Heighten your interest in world religions and gain a general knowledge of history, beliefs, and practices within Zoroastrianism. Learn to think critically, and apply tools and techniques to understand this rich religion, while recognizing the importance of studying comparative religion.
Register here

Date Night: Crepes NMC Extended Education Crepes Francaises Authentiques
Tuesday, March 12; 6–9 p.m.
Employee price: $59 per couple (Public Price $179)
Enjoy a night out while learning and then enjoying perfectly airy, paper-thin crêpes, paired with both sweet and savory fillings. Vanessa Grasset, owner of Crêpes and Co., will share the secret to mixing and making crepes that elevate everything they enfold.
Register here

 

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EES Help Desk

Nominations open for Staff and Team Excellence Awards

Make a difference in the lives of your colleagues. Nominate them for a Staff Excellence Award or Team Excellence Award.

We are seeking nominations for:

    • Staff (full-time, part-time, or supplemental), and
    • Teams of two or more individuals (departments, cross-departmental collaborative groups, strategic project, initiative focused teams, etc.)

whose work serves to inspire us all, and who:

    • Demonstrate NMC’s Values
    • Exhibit commitment ‘above and beyond’ the NMC mission, vision, values and strategic directions
    • Made a difference at NMC over the past year (2023–2024)

Nominations must be received by March 29, 2024.

Recipients will receive a monetary award and an engraved plaque at the You Made It Possible Celebration on May 9, 2024.

Thank you for appreciating and valuing each other.

NMC Employee Recognition Committee: Marcus Bennett, Hollie DeWalt, Les Eckert, Kim Gourlay, Craig Hadley, Lori Hodek (Chair), Carly McCall, Taylor Nash, Nancy Parshall

Kudos!

Kudos to Lindsey Dickinson. Lindsey continues to lead her department and building with energy and enthusiasm! She is always looking for ways to get people involved, and keeps the staff and students in mind with every decision. She is a great leader!

Kudos to Chris Little and Dan Wasson. A Marine Technology EMC student at Greenspire High School did not have access to the NMC main campus library and was unable to utilize the DD170 course software. He would have to drop the course if he had not gained access to the required software via an NMC computer at the University Center. Within 24 hours, Chris Little and Dan Wasson formulated a plan and had the necessary software installed at the UC to support this student.


Experts suggest maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” increases positivity for yourself and for others. Please encourage your colleagues by submitting a KUDOS. Let them know you appreciate their hard work and are thinking of them!

Welcome our newest hires

These employees recently started working at the college. Let’s welcome them to the NMC community!

    • Magnus Mannor, supplemental – Food Service, Back of House
    • Lilian Kerby, student employee – Residence Hall Front Desk
    • Daniel Disher, student employee – Residence Hall Front Desk
    • Sydney Richardson, student employee – Student Life Office Assistant
    • John Eiden, supplemental – Media Support Specialist
    • Denise Test, supplemental – Food Service Front of House
    • Samuel Fikes, student employee – Astronomy Lab Assistant
    • Kaleb Stevens – Custodian
    • Rachel Green – Custodian
    • Emily Smith, student employee – Enrollment Services Office Assistant
    • Zachary Witt, student employee – Chemistry Laboratory Assistant
    • Jeffrey Novack – Adjunct Electrical Instructor

Free NMC T-shirts

Human Resources has an abundance of green t-shirts that say “This is My NMC”. These t-shirts are the perfect addition to your Hawk-Owl Fridays apparel. We have limited sizing available and these will be given out on a first come first serve basis. The womens’ size options run small. Swing through the HR office Tuesdays or Thursdays to get yours while they last! As of the time of posting we have the following sizes available:

    • 21 – Womens’ L
    • 49 – Womens’ XL
    • 21 – Unisex M

Career Fair – Students and community welcome

TRAVERSE CITY — Current students, alumni, and the community are invited to attend Northwestern Michigan College’s 18th annual Career Fair on Thursday, March 7 at the Hagerty Center on the Great Lakes Campus.

Held in partnership with Northwest Michigan Works and Networks Northwest, the Career Fair runs from 3–6 p.m. (Veterans and active military families are invited to arrive at 2 p.m.) More than 70 participating employers will be recruiting for career-track, seasonal and entry-level positions as well as internships and service learning. See the list at nmc.edu/career-fair.

 

Release date: FEBRUARY 22, 2024

For more information:

Katie Sommer-Ford
NMC Advising Center
ksommer@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1040

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

Success Story: Watershed winter: Aquahacking, ROV training & FRIC updates

February 21, 2024

Photos of Aquahacking logo, NMC Great Lakes Water Studies Institute program students, an underwater ROV and the new Freshwater Research and Innovation Center
Three projects currently surging forward at NMC are propelling a blue economy built upon the Grand Traverse area’s most valuable resource — fresh water — from vision to reality.

  • From a global field, ten finalist teams were announced Tuesday in the AquaHacking the Great Lakes Challenge, co-hosted by NMC and Aqua Action, a Montreal-based nonprofit. One finalist team, Wave Lumina, is based in Traverse City. All 10 finalists will visit Traverse City in March to compete for the top three prizes of $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 in seed funding.
  • Also next month, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute Director Hans Van Sumeren and John Lutchko, GLWSI program manager, will travel to New Jersey to deliver NMC’s first session of customized underwater ROV operator training as professional development. “(NMC) is looked at as the premier provider of both academic programs and professional type training,” Van Sumeren said. (NMC assets and facilities are shown above, top right and lower left.)
  • The Freshwater Research and Innovation Center (FRIC), a partnership between NMC and four other entities at the Discovery Center and Pier in Greilickville, is refining architectural plans, construction timeline and discussing with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation whether the project could anchor a BlueTech Innovation Zone. (Architectural rendering shown above, bottom right.)

“This would encourage businesses to relocate and encourage collaboration for testing and development of new products,” Jason Slade, NMC vice president for strategic initiatives, said of the zone.

Products like the sensor that put Traverse City startup Wave Lumina into the AquaHacking finals. The company’s portable field sensor detects ultra-low levels of PFAS and other chemicals, also known as forever chemicals and linked to a long list of health hazards.

“This competition has been a wonderful opportunity for early-stage entrepreneurs in the blue economy space to develop their ideas,” said Vernon Lalone, managing director for Wave Lumina and an Elk Rapids High School graduate. “All this energy aligns incredibly well with research NMC is doing now, the Freshwater Research & Innovation Center, and the local innovation and entrepreneurial support systems like NMC, 20Fathoms, and Traverse Connect.”

The AquaHacking challenge and the FRIC are new facets to the freshwater expertise that NMC has honed over the past two decades, since the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute was founded. WSI coordinator Matt Hirsch is one of the water issue leaders for the challenge, which will convene the 10 finalist teams – three from Michigan, one from Philadelphia and six from Canada – March 8-10 for a water leadership expedition.

“It really represents the collective expertise that we house that is considered the benchmark in the nation,” said Van Sumeren. The training he’ll deliver in New Jersey grew out of curriculum originally written for NMC’s bachelor’s degree in Marine Technology.

“We’re the only school that really does this, that focuses on these applied technical skills for the blue economy workforce,” Van Sumeren said.

His audience in New Jersey — two groups of 15 in March and April — will be commercial divers working in the East Coast’s growing offshore wind energy market.

“These installations require significant amounts of inspection,” Van Sumeren said. “The ROV represents a new way for these divers to engage in the industry appropriately.”

Van Sumeren and Lutchko have conducted ROV training with students as far as away as China, where they’ll return in person next year. Due to China’s COVID restrictions, training was last run in 2022 and done virtually. The partnership with Yellow River Conservancy Technical Institute will resume virtually this fall with 60 students, the largest class to date, and continue in person in spring 2025.

Trustees choose Bill Marsh Jr. to join board

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s Board of Trustees on Monday selected longtime college supporter and former community auto dealer Bill Marsh Jr. to fill a vacancy until the November election.

Bill Marsh Jr.Bill Marsh Jr.
(click for high-resolution photo)
Marsh, of Traverse City, was one of six applicants to fill the seat vacated by Rachel Johnson in January. He will serve until the next regular community college election, set for November 5. At that time, voters will choose a candidate to serve the remainder of the term held by Johnson, which expires December 31, 2026.

Marsh has been an active NMC volunteer for many years. He joined the NMC Foundation Board in 2010 and served as its annual fund co-chair before joining the executive committee as an officer, serving as chair from 2016-2018. In 2020 he served on the steering committee for NMC Next, the college’s strategic plan. Also in 2020 he was named a recipient of the NMC Fellow award, the college’s highest honor.

Marsh and his brothers recently sold the Bill Marsh Auto Group, a multi-franchise dealership group with more than 300 employees. In his application, Marsh said the vacancy coinciding with the sale of the dealership was ideal timing.

“Eschewing the disengagement of traditional retirement, I am excited about the opportunity, after decades of community-minded participation as a business owner, to utilize this next phase of my life to serve in an even greater capacity with more time, energy and focus,” he said.

When named a Fellow, Marsh said he admires NMC’s wide reach and profound impact on northern Michigan, as well as the “strategic, entrepreneurial spirit” he sees among college faculty and staff.

“This college sees its role as beyond what a traditional community college does. (We’re) seeking to invest in the human capital of northern Michigan,” he said.

And those investments pay off every day, whether it’s a veteran coming to NMC to transition back to civilian life, a traditional college student saving money before transferring or a business like the Marsh Group tapping into professional development and training programs.

“You hear those stories of transformed lives through education and it really provides the fuel to be advocates,” said Marsh.

 

Release date: FEBRUARY 19, 2024

For more information:

Cari Noga
NMC Communications Director
(231) 392-1800
cnoga@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

Upcoming Extended Education classes for employees

Did you know that your tuition waiver benefits extend beyond credit classes? Take a fitness class, learn a new hobby, or even enjoy a date night with your partner. Check out these upcoming classes! Place the class in your shopping cart in order to see the discount. Need help setting up your profile? Look for “EES” in the Help Desk drop down menu.

Passport to Italy: Extra Virgin Olive OilsNMC olive oil class
Thursday, February 22; 6–9 p.m.
Employee price: $37 (Public Price $125)
Demystify the differences between types of extra virgin olive oils, and then use that knowledge to create delicious dishes. Recipes will include: fresh basil pesto genovese; fett’unta, the original bruschetta; pasta con broccolini; and torta d’olio e pistacchio (olive oil cake with pistacchio).
Register here

Wilderness First AidNMC Wilderness First Aid
Saturday & Sunday, February 24 & 25; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Employee Price: $49 (public price: $299)
Wilderness environments create special situations not usually encountered in an urban or suburban environment. This interactive class will give you the skills, knowledge, and abilities to best care for an ill or injured person until you can reach qualified care. You’ll become better prepared to respond when faced with limited resources, longer times to care for someone, and decisions about when and how fast to evacuate an ill or injured person.
Register here

Knife Skills (3 spots left!)NMC EES Knife Skills class
Tuesday, Feb. 27; 6–9 p.m.
Employee price: $34 (Public Price $125)
The first step in becoming a confident home chef is choosing the best knife for the job! Chef Les Eckert will guide you in honing important knife skills. Work with carrots, celery, cauliflower, red peppers, tomatoes, garlic, herbs, lemon, and avocado using the methods of julienne, dice, concasse, zest, juice, roast, blanch, mince, and chiffonade. Following knife work, you will prepare and eat a meal as a class.
Register here

 

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EES Help Desk

Dual enrollment informational sessions

Thanks to the Admissions and Advising for organizing several upcoming info sessions on NMC’s new, lower, dual enrollment tuition rate for students who reside outside of Grand Traverse County. Families can learn more about getting a head start on college at virtual and in-person options starting this Wednesday. Know a high school junior or senior? Share with them!


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

Media mentions for February 19, 2024

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.

How NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute came back from the brink of oblivion
Ticker, Feb. 18
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Monthly All Employees Virtual Connection Feb. 23

Please join this month’s virtual connection time on Friday, February 23 from 9–9:45 a.m. and encourage your team members to join as well! 

The purpose is to create a constructive connection time for employees between campuses. Departmental updates will be shared, as well as upcoming events and important reminders highlighted.

The session will likely not fulfill the entire hour, but there will be time for questions and future topic suggestions. Check your Google calendar for the meeting link.

If you have questions to submit in advance, please send them to lmoritz@nmc.edu.