Presidential Search Community Forum

TRAVERSE CITY — On April 2, 2019, the NMC Presidential Search Firm Consultant will hold a public forum to gather input from community members. Marsi Liddell from Pauly Group will explain the search process and ask for comments regarding expectations, visions, and qualities for the next president of NMC. The forum will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Hagerty Center. Register to attend at nmc.edu/transition or (231) 995-1010.

Current NMC President Timothy J. Nelson plans to retire at the end of 2019. As NMC’s longest-serving president, he has led the college since 2001. The Board of Trustees selected Pauly Group Inc, as their search consultant in January 2019. Search updates are available at nmc.edu/transition.

Release Date: March 22, 2019

For More Information:

Holly Gorton
Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees
hgorton@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1010

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

Tech Tips

New functionality in Google Tasks and Drive, just might make your work day easier. Take a moment to walk through Google’s detailed explanations and you just might gain a few minutes of time!

  • Google Tasks! Set start times and import reminders. Learn more here

Concert for Community Awareness Apr. 6

NMC Audio Tech students are collaborating to bring the Concert for Community Awareness to our campus. The mission is the bring awareness to substance, suicide prevention, mental health and homelessness in our community. Featuring: Seth Bernard, Little Graves, Joy Decision, Hail Your Highness, Deadlight Holiday and Lofteez.

This is a free event that allows you to come and enjoy at any time throughout the evening. Join us April 6 at Miliken Auditorium from 3-10 p.m.

 

 

Former NASA administrator and astronaut visits Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY —  Student and community audiences have separate opportunities to hear from former NASA administrator and astronaut Gen. Charles Bolden and two other astronauts with northern Michigan ties on April 3 in Traverse City, where a niche aerospace industry is gaining momentum.

Event details:

Wednesday, April 3, 10:10 a.m. Traverse City Central High School

Free to all area students, an opportunity to hear three astronauts discuss space, robotics and technology. Former NASA administrator Bolden commanded four space shuttle flight, including deploying the Hubble Space Telescope. He will be joined by former astronauts Jerry Linenger, of Suttons Bay, and Greg Johnson in a presentation on space, robotics and technology.

Linenger spent nearly five months aboard the Russian space station Mir, surviving the most severe fire ever aboard an orbiting spacecraft. He is the author of the bestselling book, Off the Planet, and is featured in National Geographic’s hit series One Strange Rock, now on Netflix.

Johnson, a longtime summer resident, piloted two space shuttle missions to the International Space Station. He is a former colonel and pilot of the U.S. Air Force, aerospace engineer, MBA, and fighter/test pilot. He now leads the Traverse City-based nonprofit Newton’s Road, which works to advance STEM education and local workforce opportunities.

Teachers interested in bringing students should contact John Failor, Failorjo@tcaps.net or 231/933-6592 by April 1 with an approximate number of students attending.

Wednesday, April 3, 6 p.m., Milliken Auditorium

Bolden will present “NASA’s Journey of Discovery: The Future of Space Exploration” in an International Affairs Forum lecture open to the public. Tickets are $15 and available at the door. Bolden logged  more than 680 hours in space. His missions included deploying the Hubble Space telescope, launching the first SPACELAB mission, and inaugurating the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission.

The appearances come as local economic development leaders strive to make aerospace employment a niche industry. Event sponsors include Newton’s Road, Traverse City-based Atlas Space Operations and Traverse City Space Accelerator LLC.

Release date: march 20, 2019

For more information:

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

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 March 18, 2019

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 alumnus designs commemorative postage stamp
Ticker, March 14

Four NMC employees named NISOD recipients
Record-Eagle, March 11

Upcoming wellness classes
TV 9 & 10, March 6

Can I Kiss You?

Communication is key in all relationships. Mike Domitrz, founder of The Date Safe Project, presents a powerful free program through honest discussion and humor that teaches you how to ask for what you want — without having to play any of the games.

Wednesday April 10, 6:30 p.m.,
Milliken Auditorium

For more information, contact NMC Student Life at (231) 995-1118.

Sponsored by the Michigan DHHS Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program.

President’s Update for March 18, 2019

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

This section recognizes the good work being done and linkages to the Strategic Directions (SD) and Institutional Effectiveness Criteria (IE) are provided where possible. (more…)

Sexual Assault Awareness Week events

TRAVERSE CITY — As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, NMC’s Office of Student Life will host four on-campus events the week of April 8–11.

The events aim to educate students how to prevent sexual violence and advocate for those who have been impacted by providing connections to resources, dialogue and information. These events will also offer an opportunity for students to learn about topics such as consent, healthy relationships and dating.

“Our fourth annual Take Back the Night event, along with some exciting new events this year, will make for a powerful week of education and advocacy,” said Lisa Thomas, NMC Dean of Students. “Please join us in standing against sexual assault and empowering our students and community alike in being a safe and respectful place for all.”

Monday, April 8: Nacho Macho Man. East Hall Basement, 6 p.m.
Nachos and a discussion about men’s perspectives in the #MeToo movement. NMC staff Marcus Bennett, Paul Kolak, Steve Dixon and Scott Herzberg will lead this conversation with students.

Tuesday, April 9: Take Back The Night march and rally. Hagerty Center, 5 p.m.
Open to the community, NMC’s fourth Take Back the Night event focuses on ending sexual, relationship, and domestic violence in all forms. Participants will march through downtown Traverse City, followed by a speak-out designed to empower survivors and advocates, and provide connections to community resources.

Wednesday, April 10: Can I Kiss You? Milliken Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.
Communication is key in all relationships. Speaker Mike Domitrz presents a powerful program through honest discussion and humor that teaches how to ask for what you want — without playing any of the games. Free and open to the community and to high school students ages 16 and up. This event is sponsored through the Michigan DHHS Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program.

Thursday, April 11: Solace & Solidarity: Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence. Milliken Auditorium, 6 p.m.
Emily Sioma, Miss Michigan 2018 – A courageous and outspoken survivor of campus sexual assault will share her story and journey to healing. A short Q&A Panel discussion will follow. The ticketed event is a benefit for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area. The first 50 tickets for NMC students are free. Tickets available at mynorthtickets.com.

Release date: March 18, 2019

For more information:

Shannon Friedgen
NMC Office of Student Life
sfriedgen@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1118

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

Innovation Grants are due Apr. 5

The deadline for this semester’s round of Innovation Grant applications is April 5, 2019. Applications must be submitted to your area Vice President by this date. 

It is strongly recommended that you discuss your proposal idea with your Vice President before developing the full proposal. VPs do have the authority to reject an application but can also provide valuable feedback to help develop great proposals that are more likely to be successful!

For more information about innovation grants click here: https://www.nmc.edu/about/foundation/about-the-foundation/grants.html

Or check out the quick links on the NMC Foundation’s home page at www.nmc.edu/foundation

Please note that ALL applicants are required to do a 5 minute presentation for the committee plus plan 5 minutes for Q&A.

Success Story: VisComm graduate Aaron Draplin designs a postage stamp

March 13, 2019

Aaron DraplinPostage stamps are barely a single square inch, but designing one that will be available next week ranks among the biggest moments in the career of NMC alumnus Aaron Draplin.

Draplin, a 1993 visual communications graduate who now runs Draplin Design Studio in Portland, Ore., is the designer of the Star Ribbon, a commemorative stamp the U.S. Postal Service will officially release on March 22.

Aaron Draplin star stampDraplin  said in a February Instagram post that “tears (were) rolling down my cheeks” when he was notified of his patriotically-themed design’s selection. It is one of five first-class stamps to be released next week and will get the largest print run, “in the millions” according to Postal Service spokesman Roy Betts. It will be available in sheets of 20 and coils of 10,000.

Draplin said the universal availability of stamps is what appeals to him.

“Everyone needs a stamp. Everyone gets to enjoy the art on them. Too many times, art and design is only for those who can afford it. Stamps? They are a democratization of design. And that? That’s my favorite kind of graphic design,” he posted on Instagram.

Betts said the office receives 30,000–40,000 suggestions for stamp subjects each year. Suggestions are vetted to be sure they meet criteria — for instance, living subjects cannot be featured on stamps. The vetted list is then reviewed by the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, appointed by the U.S. Postmaster General.

“They see stamps as a way to tell America’s story, not only here in the United States but throughout the world,” Betts said.

The Postmaster General then makes the final selection. About 5,000 subjects have been featured on stamps since the U.S. Postal Service was founded in 1847.

“It’s one of the nation’s highest honors.” Betts said. “The postal service is proud to tell America’s story from a historical perspective.”

Draplin’s design firm has worked with clients ranging from Ford Motor Co. to the Obama administration. He grew up in Michigan and last returned to NMC in 2015, in conjunction with an exhibition at the Dennos Museum Center. He said the VisComm program offered him a taste of everything in the design world. “I learned how to take a photo, draw naked bodies, paint, build a portfolio, sculpt, draw in rigid perspective, write a paper, get lost in Roman architecture, and, design a logo in this new stuff called ‘design software,’” Draplin said in an NMC newsletter. “I packed in so much. It took me a couple years to realize how much they unlocked in me. Everyone escapes their hometown. I did as soon as I could, but did it armed. Armed with a great foundation. And I’m thankful to NMC for that privilege.”

Free screening of Straws documentary at the Dennos

When: Wednesday, March 20

Where: The Dennos Museum – Milliken Auditorium

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and film will begin at 6 p.m. (33 mins long). There will be community discussion and refreshments will also be provided.

Hoping to raise awareness about the excessive plastic pollution within our Great Lakes and how even the smallest of changes can have a huge impact. Plastic takes over 500 years to decompose! And plastic waste is now becoming one of the greatest threats to our lakes.

NMC’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week

NMC’s Office of Student Life will host four events on their campus the week of April 8-11, 2019 as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This week aims to educate students through connections to resources, dialogue and information on how to prevent sexual violence and advocate for those who have been impacted. These events will also provide a safe place for students to learn about topics such as consent, healthy relationships and dating.

Tech Tips: Take Action! – Passwords

Try a new password system! Verizon’s recent Data Breach Report showed that 81% of hacking-related breaches used either stolen or weak passwords.

Recent hacking at higher education institutions remind us that passwords are vital to an institutions data security.  Verizon’s recent Data Breach Report showed that 81% of hacking-related breaches used either stolen or weak passwords. And, a new survey from Dark Reading shows 44% of organizations say users pose the greatest threat to data security!

Does your MyNMC password look like one of these? Students19? Jennifer12? Teaching19? or Year2019-20?

Those are easy guess passwords, yes they meet the criteria of 8 characters, one upper case letter, one lower case letter, and one number.  But, your password protects very private student information that is federally protected thru FERPA including: Grades, Moodle Coursework, Email correspondence, Scholarship Info, Student Services Information and more!  

Why not try a new password system. One that’s still memorable but far more complex. I am going to give you a few examples*, pick a system and please, give it a try.

Use a Password Saying. Make it memorable to you, but difficult for someone to guess. Here are a few examples, based on quotes:

  • 0allthosewhowanderarelost (From “Not all those who wander are lost” or
  • 1st&bestVistoconquerself (from “First and best victory is to conquer self”).

Another option that I also recommend is coming up with a saying about a goal that you want to say to yourself over and over again. Why not take advantage of having to type it in every day to reinforce your goal.

  • GoW8lkingM0r3 (Go Walking More) or
  • Study120-2day (Study 120 mins today) or
  • 1QuitSm0king (I Quit Smoking) or
  • Read8lot2day! (Readalottoday!)

Another style of password system is to use 4 unrelated words plus a number to create a password such as:

  • 7TigerHealthCandleButtress
  • GargantuanWhim52TalentDelta (Go walking to day 52 mins)
  • YodelOctopusGargantuanEngineer2Day (YOGAtoday)

So visit Password Self-Service on MyNMC NOW and change your password!

 

 

 

Any questions, please contact the NMC Technology Help Desk at 231-995-3020 or visit nmc.edu/help.

*Please do not use any of these examples as your new password!! Be creative!