KUDOS- (praise or respect that you get because of something you have done or achieved) defined by Merriam-Webster.com

Submit a Kudos here.

Kudos to Emily Martin: she is our fantastic student worker in the Foundation department! Every month, she makes thank you phone calls to people who made donations to the NMC Foundation in the previous month.

Emily noticed that many donors wanted to know about students in the program to which they made a donation, and she couldn’t always answer those questions. Emily took the initiative to recruit and train some of her peers to make thank you calls.

Now, she can have a student in the Maritime Academy, for instance, make the thank you call to a GLMA donor. The donor can hear about the experiences of cadets, and cadets can make connections with GLMA alumni and supporters.

Great job Emily for identifying a need and creating a solution!


Math Bootcamp

The Student Success Center will be hosting one math bootcamp session over winter break this year. It will run 9 a.m.-12 p.m.January 2-5. The cost will remain $25. 

Students who completed math bootcamp over the summer increased their math placement 1.5 levels on average!

Interested students can call 231-995-2134 or e-mail studentsuccesscenter@nmc.edu to register.

Holiday concerts

Holiday concerts

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC’s performance ensembles will present the following holiday concerts:

Sunday, November 19: NMC Children’s Choirs holiday concert. 3 p.m., Lars Hockstad Auditorium. Reserved seating. MyNorthTickets.com and at the door. (800) 836-0717.

Saturday, December 2: The NMC Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz Ensemble present Winter Jazz Ensemble Showcase. 7:30 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Tickets $12 for adults, $7 for students and seniors at MyNorthTickets.com and at the door. (800) 836-0717.

Saturday, December 9: The NMC Choirs join the Traverse Symphony Orchestra for “Home for the Holidays.” 7:30 p.m., Lars Hockstad Auditorium. MyNorthTickets.com. (231) 947-7120.

Sunday, December 10 The NMC Choirs join the Traverse Symphony Orchestra for “Home for the Holidays.” 3 p.m., Lars Hockstad Auditorium. MyNorthTickets.com. (231) 947-7120.

Monday, December 11: Hip hop dance peformance of “Hip Hop Nature” by NMC dance students. 7:30 p.m., Milliken Auditorium, free.

Sunday, December 17: The NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and Chamber Singers join area choirs for a concert featuring the music of Dan Forrest. 2 p.m., First Congregational Church. Tickets (231) 947-6698.

Tuesday, December 19: The NMC Concert Band presents an evenng of holiday music. 7:30 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Tickets $12 for adults, $7 for students and seniors at MyNorthTickets.com and at the door. (800) 836-0717

Release date: November 16, 2017

For more information:

Jeff Cobb
Director of Music Programs
(231) 995-1338


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

Emergency Management – November: Intimidation or threats

NMC has established a Zero Tolerance Standard with respect to acts of intimidation, threats of violence, or acts of violence relating to the campus or classroom. A safe and secure campus is essential to carrying out the mission of the College; the campus and its community are committed to working together to create and maintain a campus that is as free from forms of harassing and threatening behaviors.


  • Intimidation: An intentional act toward another person, causing the other person to reasonably fear for his/her safety or the safety of others.
  • Threat of Violence: An intentional act that threatens bodily harm to another person or damage to the property of another.
  • Act of Violence: An intentional act that causes bodily harm, however slight, to another person or damage to the property of another.

NMC prohibits acts of intimidation as well as actual or threatened violence against co-workers, fellow students, visitors, or any other persons who are either on campus or have contact with the NMC community in the course of their duties. The following are examples of these types of behaviors:

  • Unwelcome name-calling, inappropriate language or behavior
  • Intimidation through direct or veiled verbal threats
  • Throwing objects with the intent to cause harm regardless of the size or type of object being thrown, or whether a person is the target of the thrown object
  • Physically touching another person in an intimidating, malicious, or harassing manner, including such acts as hitting, slapping, poking, kicking, pinching, grabbing, and pushing
  • Physically intimidating others including such acts as obscene gestures, shouting, and fist shaking.

Any NMC person who is the subject of, or a witness to, a suspected violation is strongly encouraged to report the violation to Campus Security. Any emergency, perceived emergency, or suspected criminal conduct should be immediately reported to Campus Security. Any supervisor, manager, or other person in authority who receives a report of a suspected violation shall consult with the Behavioral Intervention Report Team (BIRT) as appropriate.  Any NMC person found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal, pursuant to applicable Personnel or Student Policies and, if appropriate, shall be prosecuted. No NMC person shall be retaliated against in his/her employment for reporting intimidation, threats or acts of violence.


 This information along with a comprehensive list of other topics can be found at


3 things you can do right now for #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving back. On the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, you’ll have the chance to join people around the world and support a cause close to your heart.

This #GivingTuesday, consider supporting YOUR passion at NMC. Here’s how you can gear up for the big day:

  1. DONATE: It’s quick and easy to support what you love at NMC with our employee payroll deduction form at employees.nmc.edu/give. Or, visit nmc.edu/give to use our online giving form and lock in your gift today!
  2. FOLLOW: “Like” the NMC Foundation on Facebook to get exciting updates about #GivingTuesday
  3. SHARE: Forward #GivingTuesday messages to your friends, family, and colleagues

Thank you!

STEM Exploration Day

STEM Exploration Day

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College is offering a fun and unique way to give back to the community while getting an up-close look at some of the most exciting new technology available on campus.

Students will host STEM Exploration Day from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Parsons-Stulen building on NMC’s Aero Park campus. The event benefits the Food for Thought “Fill the Pantries: Food Drive Challenge.”

Community members of all ages are invited to explore and play with some of the latest equipment from NMC programs including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, aviation flight simulators, welding, hybrid vehicles, 3D printer and interactive robots. LEGO robotics and the Grand Traverse County Police Technology Department will also be available.

NMC’s Computer Information Technology department will also host an Explore Your Major event during the STEM Exploration day. By completing activities on a Exploration Passport, such as building and programming games,  exploring cloud computing and experiencing virtual reality, participants in sixth grade and above can enter a drawing for an XBox One. 

Other activities include face painting, a bake sale, crafts and a silent raffle. Suggested admission is 10 non-perishable food/hygiene items or $5 per person. Products and funds collected will help fill shelves at 51 area food pantries.

The NMC Food for Thought “Fill the Pantries: Food Drive Challenge” is a semester-long experiential learning project that pairs NMC students and the Northwest Michigan Food Coalition. 

Release date: november 14, 2017

For more information:

Kristy McDonald
NMC Professor
(231) 995-1059

Hunter Krecow
Director of Marketing NMC’s Food for Thought
(231) 620-3716


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2018 Open Enrollment Information

Enroll between November 16– 27

Exciting news- the payroll deductions for medical, dental and vision will remain the same for 2018, along with our current insurance providers!

A new offering from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will be available to all employees who elect medical coverage in 2018- 24/7 Online Health Care to address minor illnesses such as: sinus infections, flu, minor burns or cuts, rash, sore throat, earache and vomiting.  A Blue Cross representative will be at the meetings to share the details.

Choose one of two Open Enrollment meetings to meet with benefit vendors, and hear about your 2018 options:

  • Thursday, November 16 at 10 a.m.- Oleson Center
  • Thursday, November 16 at 1 p.m.- Oleson Center

If you are not able to attend, no worries!  We will record session one with the help of Educational Media Technologies and have it available on the benefits website.

Computer Labs will be held for those who would like assistance:

  • Monday, November 20- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in UC 205
  • Tuesday, November 21- 8 p.m.-10 p.m. in UC 205

Access the benefits website HERE, and specifically the 2018 open enrollment page HERE.

We are saving trees this year with no paper packets. All of the information you need will be available on the benefits website.

You will have to create a new username and password this year, because Cigna’s on-line enrollment site has updated to create a more user friendly experience. You will see all of your 2017 benefit selections on the site.

The website address will be provided to you at the open enrollment meetings, as well as on the benefits website.

How can I get involved in an NMC Wellness initiative?

Access the November Newsletter to explore!


KUDOS- (praise or respect that you get because of something you have done or achieved) defined by Merriam-Webster.com

Submit a Kudos here.

Kudos to Food Pantry Committee-consisting of students, faculty, and staff- They filled out 27 bags of food to NMC students on the first day!

“Our mission is to fulfill the physical and emotional needs of NMC students in order to promote student health and goal completion. At least 13% of community college students nationwide are food insecure, meaning they don’t have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. At NMC that translates to the potential of at least 5 students in a classroom of 40 being hungry. That is unacceptable on our campus and everywhere. So anytime we collect food or supplies for the NMC Food Pantry we call it the Minus 5 Project.”

The NMC Food Pantry is only available to NMC students. Non-student community members can be referred to local resources.

  • Andrew Salk
  • Joelle Hannert
  • Paul Kolak
  • Brandon Everest
  • Kristy McDonald
  • Tarah Elhardan
  • Elizabeth Schwind
  • Alice Sluss
  • Kari Kahler
  • Ashley Darga
  • Rachel Wilczewski
  • Tina Ulrich
  • Robert Scott
  • Annette McPherson
  • Lindsey Dickinson
  • Lisa Blackford
  • Marcus Bennett
  • Melissa Sprenkle
  • Katharine Zurek
  • Lisa Thomas


Position Vacancies & Supplemental Employment

Are you looking for career opportunities? Find them here! jobs.nmc.edu. Current openings include:


Position Vacancies

  • Digital Media Systems Technician

  • Chemistry Adjunct Instructor

  • Automotive Adjunct Instructor

  • Math Adjunct Instructor

  • Developmental Math Adjunct Instructor

Supplemental Employment

  • Banquet Server – Hagerty Center
  • Kitchen Steward
  • Student Health Services Nurse

Last Day to Drop- FRIDAY, November 17

This Friday, November 17 is the LAST DAY for your students to drop regular 15-week classes. Please encourage those students in your classes who may benefit from exercising this option to check with Student Financial Services prior to dropping. Dropping by Friday means the student receives a ‘W’ on their academic transcript instead of a grade for the class. Questions? Contact a professional advisor in the Advising Center at 5-1040. Thank you!

Three-Volley Salute to Veterans on Monday 11/13


Out of respect for our campus community and in light of shootings that have occurred around the nation, I wanted to inform everyone that the VFW Post 2780 Color Guard will be performing the Three-Volley Salute as part of the NMC Veterans Day Honor Ceremony. It will commence shortly after the flag is raised on Monday, November 13, between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m.

The Three-Volley Salute, accompanied by the playing of Taps, is performed in honor of veterans/soldiers who are no longer with us. This is a coveted ceremony for our veterans as they honor all those who came before them, served alongside them, and gave their lives in the line of duty. These are blank rounds (gun powder in a copper casing) with no actual bullet being fired. For more information on the origin of the Three-Volley Salute, please see the attached document, provided by Scott Herzberg, NMC Military & Veteran Services/Advisor.

On behalf of all NMC veterans, please accept my sincerest gratitude for your support and continual understanding. We hope you’ll join us on Monday as we observe Veterans Day!

President’s Office
1701 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI
Phone: (231) 995-1010

Origin of the Three Volleys

The practice of firing three rifle volleys over the grave of a veteran, and at other honor military-related ceremonies, originated in the old custom of halting the fighting to remove the dead from the battlefield. Once each army had cleared their dead, it would fire three volleys to indicate that the dead had been cared for and that they were ready to fight again.

Three volleys fired has become a tradition to mean the dead have been cared for. It has evolved into a military salute for the deceased serving their country. Firing the three volleys is one of the highest honors to give a deceased military veteran.

2nd Annual Hoodies for the Homeless ends Nov. 17!

Help someone in need this winter! Bring a new or gently used hoodie/sweatshirt/coat to the bookstore between November 6-17, and receive a coupon for 30% off a new NMC apparel item. All donated items will go to the Goodwill Street Outreach program, assisting people who are struggling with homelessness.

The NMC Giving Tree needs YOU!

YOU can bring a smile to a child’s face this holiday season by joining the NMC Foundation and the NMC Food Pantry for a seventh year of the Giving Tree! Help support NMC and University Center students and their families by easing the extra burdens that holidays can present.

We need YOU to adopt a student and purchase gifts for them and their families now through Dec. 1.

The Giving Tree is located in Founder’s Hall. We have decorated the whole tree with wish-list ornaments. Each one represents a student family in need of a little extra kindness. Join us by choosing a tag, shopping, and returning the unwrapped gifts to Founders Hall by 5 p.m. December 1.

Not nearby? No problem! If you’d like to participate but are unable to stop by Founders Hall, please visit our virtual tree at nmc.edu/giving-tree. You can also call (995-1021) or email (foundation@nmc.edu) to select a tag remotely or give a monetary donation.

International Education Week November 13-17

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education and celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. It was first held in 2000 and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world. Read more »

NMC’s commemoration of the 17th annual International Education Week included food from India and Greece; a student speaker from Taiwan and a former U.S. Ambassador to Russia.

Read the full list of events here »