Mariners Memorial

Great Lakes Maritime Academy logoThe community is invited to attend the 43rd annual Mariners Memorial Service at noon Thursday, November 9 in NMC’s Great Lakes Campus courtyard.

The memorial service is held to remember and honor mariners who have perished on the Great Lakes and oceans and is sponsored by the Student Propeller Club, Port 150, of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy.
The Great Lakes Campus is located at 715 E. Front Street, at Barlow Avenue (next to the Holiday Inn) in Traverse City. Guests are invited to enter through the glass exhibition hall and proceed into the outdoor courtyard on the north side (harbor side) of the Academy.

Refreshments will be served following the service. For more information, call the Great Lakes Maritime Academy at (231) 995-1200.

Media Mentions for October 19

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 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.

GT Sheriff’s office announces new undersheriff
UpNorthLive Oct. 17
Ticker, Oct. 18

MTM on the road – at the Great Lakes Culinary Institute
TV 9 & 10, Oct. 17

Students prepare for sixth annual Food for Thought food drive
UpNorthLive, Oct. 16
Ticker, Oct. 17

NMC Extended Education
TV 9 &10 Oct. 16

NMC instructor wins Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highest honor
Record-Eagle, Oct. 14

New Marine Center coming to NMC
Record-Eagle, Oct. 13

Ten things to do in Traverse City for first-time visitors – includes the Dennos Museum Center
MoneyInc., Oct. 13

Eight choirs sing at NMC choral invitational
UpNorthLive Oct. 12

Humanities Open House

Come join us as we celebrate the newly refreshed Shirley Okerstrom Fine Arts Building with an evening featuring art, live music and dance presented by students and faculty.

Side-by-Side, Students and Faculty Creating Together!

Join us from 4-7 p.m., on Friday, November 9, 2018 in the Fine Arts Building at NMC.

Light refreshments will be provided.

11th Annual Freshwater Summit

The Freshwater Roundtable is proud to announce the 11th Annual Freshwater Summit to be held on Friday, October 26, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hagerty Conference Center at NMC’s Great Lakes Campus. The Freshwater Summit is a conference of environmental professionals and engaged citizens focusing on current issues facing the Great Lakes region.

 Presentations include understanding drivers of change in Great Lakes water levels, planning to be a resilient Great Lakes community, and measuring the economic impacts of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Cost is $35/person or $15/student and includes lunch. Registration is available online here.

The Freshwater Summit is a product of the Freshwater Roundtable and is organized by The Watershed Center, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, Michigan Sea Grant Extension, Great Lakes Environmental Center, Inland Seas Education Association, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management and the Grand Traverse Conservation District.

Tech Tip: Office 2019 now available for Home Use

For Employees Only:

  • Word – text-to-speech, improved inking & accessibility, focus mode, translator, Learning tools (captions & audio descriptions), @ Mentions
  • PowerPoint – Morph transitions, Zoom, SVG, 3D model, play in-click sequence, 4k video, @ Mentions
  • Excel – Power Query (Get & Transform) enhancements, Powerpivot included with all editions, new functions & connectors, publish to Power BI, AI-driven Excel Insights for chart suggestions, new charts, @ Mentions
    • Excludes Co-Authoring, new Data Types like Stocks, and some other new features only available in Office 365
  • All Office apps – Ribbon customizations and roaming pencil case
  • Access – Multiple improvements (see here). 

You can now download Office 2019 at NMC rate of $14.99. 

Click here for more info and instructions on how to download. 

Please note: On campus we still use primarily Office 2016, Office 2019 is not utilized on campus at this time.

Sad News

Mike Oberlin, a longtime Social Science instructor, passed away at 66 years old from health-related issues recently while traveling in Ecuador. He was a wonderful, caring person who taught psychology for NMC for the last 21 years. In  addition to his dedication to his students, he had a great passion for traveling with his wife Merri to foreign lands. He will be greatly missed.

BATA bus shelter planned at East Front and Milliken Drive

The Bay Area Transportation Authority has received approval from the Michigan Department of Transportation to install a shelter at BATA’s Bayline stop at  East Front Street and Milliken Drive. This will help keep students and visitors protected from the elements year round.

The shelter should be installed in the next two weeks.

Giving Tree Program Update

Thank you to everyone who supported NMC students through the Giving Tree Program! Your support truly made a difference as we were able to brighten the holidays for more than 200 NMC families over the last seven years.

Going forward, we will be directing donors and students toward our incredible new resource on campus: the NMC Food Pantry. Learn more here

This year, and beyond, we invite you to donate food, hygiene products, and funds to the NMC Food Pantry to provide critical support for our students during the holidays. With your support, the NMC Food Pantry anticipates being able to offer gift cards to students and families who need extra help this holiday season. 

To make a quick and easy donation to the Food Pantry, please visit

If you encounter a student looking for holiday support, please direct them to the NMC Food Pantry. Other community programs such as Toys for Tots, Goodwill, and the Salvation Army may be able to assist with other holiday needs. 

Please contact the NMC Foundation (995-1021 or if you have any questions.

“Phishing” emails: How to identify and avoid them

Please review the following Google document link discussing “phishing.” Here at NMC we have seen an increase in the number of “phishing” emails sent to our accounts in recent days. This document will assist you in identifying “phishing” emails. There are also additional links to give you helpful information on identifying such emails and how to avoid them.
If you are the victim of a “phishing” attack (i.e. after being prompted via email you divulged sensitive information or ran a malicious .exe file on your computer) or if have further questions about “phishing,” please notify the NMC Technology Help Desk at 231.995.3020 or

Great Lakes ~ Great Chefs Dinner November 9

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Great Lakes Great Chefs dinner benefiting NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute.

The November 9 evening begins at 6 p.m. with sparkling wine and a raw bar on the Great Lakes Campus catwalk, then moves to Lobdell’s: A Teaching Restaurant for five amazing courses and a spectacular view. Guest chefs working in collaboration with GLCI students include GLCI alumna Brooke Mallory (3030 Ocean), Adam McMarlin (Nine Bean Rows), and Jeff Brandon (Superior Foods).

Tickets are $100 per person can be purchased online here or by calling (231) 995-1021.

Proceeds from this event will be used to bring talented chefs and others from the culinary world to the Great Lakes Culinary Institute to teach and work side by side with students.


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NMC Wellness Activities

READY-SET-MOVE- Results will be coming this week- be sure to enter all of your final numbers!

Monday- October 15- Join one of the WELLNESS WALKS!

2:30 p.m.- Parsons Stulen- meet in front of the main entrance to the building

NMC students launch food drive to support fellow students in need

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) Business students are partnering with the Northwest Food Coalition (NWFC) for the sixth annual Food for Thought food drive to help reduce food insecurity in the Grand Traverse region.

New this year, the class will aim to fill four pantries, in time for the holiday season, focused on helping students and their families. A 2016 NWFC survey revealed more than 2,000 children in the region are food insecure, which can be a barrier to learning.

The food pantries include:

Community members can donate non-perishable food and personal hygiene items from October 19 to November 19 at red collection bins in the following NMC buildings:

  • Tanis
  • Osterlin Library
  • University Center
  • Hagerty Conference Center
  • Parsons-Stulen

Tom’s Food Markets will accept donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., October 28 at the East Bay, West Bay and Fourteenth Street locations. The public is also invited to bring donations to the S. T. E. M. Exploration Day at NMC’s Parsons-Stulen Building from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. November 10. Participants will be able experience LEGO robotics, drones, virtual reality and more family-friendly activities.

The community can make a financial donation to help support the pantries at any of the events or with the NMC Foundation.

This food drive is supported by generous donations from local businesses. One example of this is Max’s Appliance’s donation of a refrigerator to the NMC Food Pantry so that the students can receive fresh foods. Other local businesses are donating items for raffle prizes as well as hosting their own food drives. If you would like to partner with this project please use the contact information below.

The Food For Thought Food drive is a semester-long experiential learning project for professional communications students. For updates go to the NMC Food for Thought facebook page.

Release date: October 15, 2018

For more information:

Blake Bandrowski
Marketing Director
(231) 633-8813

Kristy McDonald
NMC Instructor
(231) 995-1059


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