NMC student is top Michigan community college scholar

TRAVERSE CITY —  Alexandra Briggs, a liberal arts student at Northwestern Michigan College, has been named Michigan’s 2018 New Century Scholar, the top community college student in the state.

Briggs, 21, of Elk Rapids, will graduate this spring with a degree in liberal arts. She will receive a $2,250 scholarship to continue her education in leadership studies. She is NMC’s sixth New Century Scholar since 2004. 

Briggs is president of NMC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international community college honor society, a resident adviser in North Hall and also works on campus in the advising office. She is a NMC Commitment Scholar, one of a cohort of promising, mostly first-generation college students awarded full NMC scholarships while in high school.

“I found such a sense of community here,” said Briggs, a 2015 graduate of Elk Rapids High School. “It was the best decision I’ve ever made, going to NMC.” 

She is considering moving to Texas and completing her bachelor’s degree online 

“I kind of want to spread my wings and see what opportunities I can make for myself,” said Briggs, who switched from computer information technology to liberal arts while at NMC. “I’m really excited to see where it goes from here.” 

Briggs was recognized this week at the All-Michigan Academic Team event in Lansing. She will also be recognized at Phi Theta Kappa’s convention in Kansas City in mid-April, and she has been invited to be recognized at the American Association of Community Colleges conference  April 28 in Dallas, Texas.

The New Century Scholars Program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation and Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and recognizes outstanding community college students.  More than 2,000 students were nominated, two from each community college in the U.S.  NMC’s second nominee, Shelby Christensen, was named a bronze scholar and receives a $1,000 scholarship. She completed her NMC courses in December and is now enrolled at the University of Michigan.

Previous NMC New Century Scholar winners are Roxanne Scrivener, 2016; Kathy Tahtinen, 2015; Jessica Abfalter, 2013; Nicholeen Frusti, 2005 and Sally Beemon, 2004

Release date: March 16, 2018

For more information:

Kari Kahler
Dean of Learning Services/PTK Adviser
231) 995-1228  


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 Dance Department presents Imagine Dance

The Dance Department of Northwestern Michigan College will present a concert of dance entitled Imagine Dance at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 in the Milliken Auditorium of the Dennos Museum Center on NMC’s main campus.The concert, directed by Dorothy Eisenstein, will feature choreography and performances by NMC faculty and students. Modern dance, improvisation, hip hop, and partner dance will be presented through solo and ensemble forms. 

Tickets for Imagine Dance are $12 for adults, and $7 for students and seniors. Tickets are available from MyNorthTickets.com or at the door. Call (800) 836-0717 for more information.

GeoCache for College

NMC is participating in GeoCache for College Cash on April 12, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. starting in the Health & Science Building Lobby. GeoCache for College is a Scavenger Hunt to 7 different locations on campus to answer a Financial Literacy question. The Scavenger Hunt will only take about 25 minutes to complete so you may begin at any time before 1:45 p.m.

Why should you participate?

For a wide variety of prizes of course! The Federal Reserve will be offering a $1,500 statewide prize/scholarship. NMC will be offering a variety of prizes ($25 and $10 gift cards). Also enjoy the snack station at the end!

If you have any questions please contact Student Financial Services at 231-995-1035.
We look forward to seeing you there!

NMC Wellness Happenings!

March Newsletter is here!

March is National Nutrition Month, so it’s a great time to review your diet. We’ll provide weekly information to help you identify small changes you can make to meet your 2018 health goals. 

Choosing the right foods can affect your health. Sounds simple, right? So why are chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer on the rise? It may be because of the lack of proper nutrition. Check out the attached infographic to learn more about chronic conditions related to diet.

Try this: Track your meals for a day

  • How much salt, sugar and fiber are you eating?
  • How many times per day do you eat raw fruit and vegetables?
  • How much of each meal was from a box?
  • At the end of the day, review what you ate, and choose one thing you can improve.

Making lifestyle changes can take time. Our Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Michigan wellness coordinator recommends picking one change per week over the next month. Take a look at eatright.org and choosemyplate.gov to learn more. You can also email our wellness coordinator, Chris Barr, at cbarr@bcbsm.com.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is a nonprofit corporation and independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.


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 Deb Glauch:  Deb hosted our entire class at the Student Health Center. With nurse, Crystal, we toured every aspect of the facility and services. The students gave helpful suggestions for making the center even better. Most had never been there nor knew this was available to them.

Later that day, Deb personally walked one of the students to another office across campus….the student was confused and anxious as to where she needed to be. Such kindness! When our class heard about Deb’s efforts, they were all impressed. It matters to our students that they are truly cared about. Deb is one of our NMC stars.

Position Vacancies & Supplemental Employment

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

Position Vacancies

  • Manager of Great Lakes Continuing Education
  • Flight Instructor-Adjunct Faculty
  • Clinical Nursing Adjunct Faculty
  • GLMA Adjunct Faculty
  • Surgical Technology Adjunct Faculty

Supplemental Employment

  • Technology Support Assistant
  • Custodian

Welcome to NMC!

Please join us in welcoming these new additions to our NMC staff, and congratulating current NMC staff on their new positions!


A Taste of Success

TRAVERSE CITY — Tickets are now on sale for the April 6 Taste of Success, the premier annual fundraiser for students at NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute.

Patrons will enjoy a strolling dinner of international cuisine prepared and served by culinary students along with local wine, craft beer, and spirits. A Taste of Success also includes a silent auction with unique events and items, offering another opportunity to support student scholarships.

The 2017 event raised more than $89,000 for student scholarships. GLCI Director Fred Laughlin said the funds raised by the event, first held at the Park Place Hotel in 1994, are vital to many students.

“The event goes a long way to showcase the talent of our students and providing them with needed funds to continue their education,” he said.

The Great Lakes Culinary Institute at Northwestern Michigan College is designed to provide rigorous and concentrated study for students planning careers in the rapidly growing food service industry. The program’s main emphasis is to prepare students for entry-level chef and kitchen-management positions. It is accredited by the American Culinary Federation, one of fewer than 200 U.S. colleges to receive that distinction. Students are eligible to become ACF Certified Culinarians upon graduation.

Tickets are $100 each. Table sponsorships are also available. Call (231) 995-2021 or buy online at nmc.edu/taste-of-success

Release date: march 12, 2018

For more information:

Paris Morse
NMC Foundation
(231) 995-2822 


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

Take Back the Night

NMC Student Life in collaboration with NMC Voices will host a Take Back the Night march and rally on Tuesday, April 10.

Take Back the Night is a worldwide movement to support and empower survivors of sexual violence, and to spread community awareness about the prevailing issue. Every 98 seconds, another person experiences sexual assault. The event is free and open to the campus community and general public. Participants will meet at 5:15 p.m. outside of the Hagerty Center on NMC’s Great Lake’s campus to rally and march (march beginning at 5:30 p.m.) through downtown Traverse City and back to the Hagerty Center.

The march will conclude at the Hagerty Center around 6:30 p.m., where participants will gather for music, conversation, and most importantly, the speak out. The speak out gives survivors the opportunity to share their voices and experiences with sexual assault in a safe environment. The speak out is also a place for allies to share positive words of encouragement and support. Professional counselors will be present and available to help maintain a safe and supportive environment.

Grab your capes and running shoes for a super cause

TRAVERSE CITY —  Northwestern Michigan College Professional Communications students are partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan to host the fourth annual Big Little Hero Race, voted favorite local race of 2017 by the Traverse City Track Club, on April 14 at NMC’s main campus.

The costume-encouraged festivities begin at 9 a.m. with the free one-mile fun run, followed by the officially-timed 5K and 10K at 9:30 a.m. Endurance Evolution will provide timing services. During the race there will be food, family-friendly events, games, and a silent raffle in and around West Hall. Register by March 21 for early bird pricing and to guarantee a race t-shirt. Race, jog or walk any of the below events.

● Fun Run – free and untimed. All children receive a free cape

● 5K – $15 for students, $25 for adults ($5 increase after March 21)

● 10K – $15 for students, $25 for adults ($5 increase after March 21)

 Awards, including College for Kids gift certificates, will be given for best times and costumes. All friendly, leashed dogs are welcome and there is a prize for the best dressed pup.

Every year the Big Little Hero Race Team selects a local hero to honor. This year’s race will celebrate the staff and teachers of Blair Elementary School for their commitment to their students and community as everyday heroes. They will be honored by starting the one-mile fun run and recognized at the award ceremony.

In its four years, this race has raised more than $70,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan. Their goal is “to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.”

To register, visit http://biglittleherorace.com/. Sponsorship opportunities and additional information can also be found on the race website.

Release date: March 8, 2018


Kristy McDonald
Business Instructor
(231) 995-1059

Meg Rosenberg
Student Public Relations Coordinator
(231) 883-7178


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

Info Session: Freshwater Science and Sustainability

Western Michigan University-Traverse City is hosting an information session on the Freshwater Sciences and Sustainability Bachelor’s Degree Program in Traverse City at the NMC Great Lakes Campus, in classroom 111, on Thursday, April 19 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn more about the Freshwater Science and Sustainability Program and details that this entire program has to offer.

For more information, please contact Kim Stevens at Kim.Stevens@wmich.edu or call (231) 995-1846.
Register online at bit.ly/freshwater-april. We look forward to seeing you there!

NMC Jazz Bands

Join us for a swinging, toe tapping evening Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Milliken Auditorium. The NMC Jazz Concert will feature these NMC groups: the Jazz Big Band, Jazz Lab Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble performing music from Count Basie to Miles Davis and beyond, and featuring Swing, Latin and Rock styles plus much more, something for everyone. 

Success Story: Community leader credits college for achievements

March 7, 2018

Kevin SchlueterThirty years ago, newly-named Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce chairman Kevin Schlueter was preparing to graduate from NMC. Now, as he embarks on his latest leadership challenge, he continues to credit the college and hopes to illuminate the sparkle from the “gem that we have in Traverse City” to the Chamber’s 2,000 member businesses.

“Everything that I have, I owe to NMC,” said Schlueter, 49, also the president and CEO of Kalkaska Screw Products. “It’s just flat-out factual.” Here’s how NMC is woven, both professionally and personally, into Schlueter’s life:

  • Scholarship – a Presidential scholarship covered the St. Francis High School graduate’s bills. The scholarship required him to keep up his GPA, which in turn meant he was admitted to the competitive Michigan Technological University, where he earned a bachelor’s in engineering in 1992. A master’s at Central Michigan followed in 1998. Neither degree, Schlueter says, would have happened without first graduating from NMC, in 1988.
  • Family – Schlueter met his wife Leana when both were students at NMC. They have two children, son Cameron and daughter Lydia.
  • Industry – In the eight years he’s led Kalkaska Screw Products, the company has increased employment more than sixfold, from 19 to 125. In his Chamber role now, Schlueter wants to play a liaison role between the manufacturing industry and the economic development and business community to help boost the skill set of potential employees. He sees NMC as well-positioned to do that. “It’s not just a local college that perhaps is affordable. The education is superior,” he said.

In addition to his Chamber leadership, Schlueter also serves on the NMC Foundation Board, the Scholarship Open golf committee, and the Alumni Relations steering committee.

“I’ve got an opportunity to give back, and I like doing that,” he said. “Every time I stretch my comfort zone a little bit, I grow as a human.”

NMC Sexual Assault Awareness Week 2018

NMC Sexual Assault Awareness Week 2018 will take place the week of April 9-13, 2018.

The week of events is hosted by NMC Student Life and NMC Voices, and includes a showing of a mini-documentary on sexual assault as a global issue, Take Back the Night on Tuesday, a Healthy Relationships workshop on Wednesday and a Self-Defense workshop on Thursday.

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

Innovation Grants are due April 1

The deadline for this round of Innovation Grant applications is April 1, 2018. 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!

Find more information about innovation grants here. Or check out the “quick links” on the NMC Foundation’s home page at 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.

Open Education Week 2018

Join the library, CIE, and EMT in thanking our Textbook Heroes during Open Education Week 2018, March 5-9. Students can get a free #textbookbroke t-shirt for sharing how they cope with the high cost of textbooks. Stickers, pens, information, and sheet cake on Thursday. Stop by the library lobby between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Or check out our fabulous OER faculty at nmc.libguides.com/freeandopen/textbookheroes!