You’re invited! Aviation 50th Gala Celebration

The NMC Aviation Program is setting its sights on the next 50 years! We invite you to celebrate with alumni, faculty and staff, friends, and industry partners at the Aviation 50th Gala at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa on Thursday evening, September 28. We are honored to have keynote speaker Major General Brian Bishop, Retired, United States Air Force and now one of NMC’s esteemed flight instructors.

Plan now to meet up with former students and faculty, supportive community members, and industry leaders at this fun and inspiring dinner event. It will be a night to celebrate the program milestones and the people who have made NMC Aviation the premier program it is today. Your participation in, and sponsorship of, these events directly supports NMC Aviation.

For more information and to register, visit

Voter Registration Events for National Voter Registration Day

To observe National Voter Registration Day 2017, the Osterlin Library is hosting a voter registration event with the county clerks of Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties, the League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area (LWVGTA) and the League of Women Voters of Leelanau County (LWVLC). Voter registration is available on Tuesday, September 26 and Wednesday, September 27 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Osterlin Library. National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, September 26. The deadline to register to vote in the November 7 election is October 10.

Osterlin Library regularly cooperates with the League of Women Voters to offer voter registration events for National Voter Registration Day.

(note: when area residents register directly with their county clerk, they are not required to appear in person to vote in the first election in which they vote.)

Wellness Events

October 2, Lunchtime Bike Ride– Join Chris Barr for a lunchtime bike ride. Everyone will meet in front of the previous Phys Ed building (Rajkovich building across from Maple Lot) at 11:30 a.m. Chris will lead you on a 45-minute bike ride through campus and the beautiful surrounding area!

October 16, Wellness PresentationBest Beverage for Caffeine– Chris Barr will share the secrets with you! Please feel free to bring your lunch, and share in a “best beverage for caffeine” treat!

October 16, Break Time Exercise– University Center- Room 106 at 2:30-2:45 p.m.

October 23, Break Time Exercise– Chris Barr will be at the following locations to lead you through a quick- 10-15 minute exercise appropriate for the workplace!

  • Great Lakes Campus 103- 10-10:15 a.m.
  • Health Science 101- 1:30-1:45 p.m.
  • Parson Stulen 101/103- 3-3:15 p.m.


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Kudos to Steve Dixon:  For over a year, I have trusted Steve to answer questions patiently, to be proactive in helping all users at the Fitness Center and to be friendly and welcoming. With the move to North Hall, however, he has shown exceptional service and professionalism. He has been consistently receptive, helpful, patient, creative in finding solutions, and proactive in understanding what users need. We are very lucky to have him as a face of NMC.

Kudos to Kevin Avery, Ed Bailey, Jim Bensley, Joan Berg, Ryan Bernstein, Lisa Blackford, Betsy Boris, Mary Burget, Kevin D’Alessandro, Ashley Darga, Mark DeLonge, Dani Garcia, Dominic Garzonio, Tom Gordon, Nancy Gray, Mark Holley, Robb Houston, Kari Kahler, Candra Kolodziej, Chris Kuchuris, Alissia Lingaur, Janet Lively, Deb Maison, Brian Majerczyk, Regis McCord, Mella McCormick, Kristy McDonald, Mindy Morton, Dianne Owens, Nancy Parshall, Deb Pharo, Michelle Poertner, Sean Ruane, Kristen Salathiel, Shilo Smith, Melissa Sprenkle, John Sullivan, Michael Torre, Sarah Wangler, Anthony Weber, Ryan Wilson: Together this group of faculty saved students over $167,000 in textbook costs this semester by using free/low cost textbooks. They value the financial health of our students without compromises the quality of their teaching.

Kudos to Rochelle Hammontree:  Rochelle took on a project to digitize NMC’s yearbooks to make them freely available online and the alumni office recently reported that, “the link to view digital yearbooks was far and away the most popular one on the alumni e-newsletter we sent last week.” This project is the sort of thing we see her do consistently: quietly doing the work to keep the building and the library running and improving.

Women in STEM meeting Sept. 20

The first meeting of Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) will be held on Wednesday, September 20 at 1:15 p.m. in the Makerspace in the Parsons-Stulen building at 2600 Aero-Park Drive.

Pizza will be provided!

For more information, contact Lianna Bowman at

Success Story: Regional Rx: Home-cooked veggies

Success Story: Regional Rx: Home-cooked veggies

September 13, 2017

NMC chefs Fred Laughlin, Bob Rodriguez and Becky TranchellNMC chefs Fred Laughlin, Bob Rodriguez and Becky TranchellFred Laughlin dreams of a day when doctors will write prescriptions for healthy cooking classes.

As a first step, the director of NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute is hosting the region’s first Culinary Medicine workshop Sept. 22-24, teaming up with Munson Medical Center and the Groundwork Center. About 50 doctors and other health care professionals are enrolled for a packed weekend of classes aimed at combating obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease by teaching patients to live healthier lifestyles.

“This has been a goal of mine, teaching healthy cooking to doctors,” said Laughlin. “Smoking was never bad until your family doctor said it was bad. The same thing for eating. Doctors have to be the people pushing this to their patients.”

Culinary faculty members Bob Rodriguez, Robert George and Becky Tranchell will join Laughlin as presenters, along with nutritionists, dieticians and clinicians, including keynote speaker Dr. David Eisenberg, associate professor at the Harvard School of Medicine. In 2007 Eisenberg founded Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives, an annual conference offered by Harvard and the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, Cal. It serves as the model for Culinary Medicine.

“I read about this, and said we should be doing this up here,” Laughlin said. “Physicians are waking up to the fact that a lot of diseases, and even food allergies, are driven by the bad food and food choices on the market.”

Munson registered dietician Laura McCain is part of the planning team and will teach at the workshop. She said northern Michigan’s top three chronic health issues — obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes – can all be improved with better diets. The workshop will provide tools, from budget-minded grocery shopping to food preparation techniques to recipes, that the audience, chiefly primary care providers, can then offer their patients.

“It’s helping the physician know there’s a team out there to help them,” said McCain, who is also an NMC culinary alumnus. “The physician gets caught in the middle of this, where they’re expected to help this person get better.

Physicians earn continuing medical education credits for attending. Laughlin said he expects this first year won’t be the last.

“It has a lot of potential to be an ongoing, yearly thing,” Laughlin said.

Emergency Management – September: Behavioral Intervention Report Team (BIRT)

What is the purpose of the Team?

The Behavioral Intervention Report Team is a group of college officials, including mental health staff, that meets on a regular basis to consult and intervene early and provide support and behavioral response to students displaying varying levels of disruptive, disturbed, distressed and/or dysregulated behaviors.

In addition, the BIRT team is a resource designed for the supervisor or department manager in assessing warning signs and potential threats from students and suggests possible strategies in response to acts of intimidation or threats of violence.

How do I convene the Team?

If you are a supervisor, faculty member or manager, you may call Human Resources to discuss the situation, or you may notify any member of the Behavioral Intervention Response Team (BIRT). Any member of BIRT may convene a team meeting if s/he thinks a situation warrants such action. The Team will meet with the supervisor, department manager and others, if necessary, to gather information, evaluate the situation, and to recommend resources and action that may be appropriate.

Warning Signs

There is no exact method to predict when a person will become violent. One or more of these warning signs may be displayed before a person becomes violent, but they do not necessarily indicate that an individual will become violent. A display of these signs should trigger concern as they are usually exhibited by people experiencing problems.

  • Verbal, nonverbal, or written threats – or intimidation, explicit or subtle
  • Fascination with weaponry and/or acts of violence – carrying a concealed weapon
  • Expression of a plan to hurt self/others
  • Feelings of persecution, expressed distrust, especially with management
  • Fear reaction to employee among coworkers/clients
  • Expression of extreme desperation over family, financial or personal problems
  • Frequent interpersonal conflicts
  • Unable to take criticism of job performance
  • Displays of unwarranted anger
  • Moral righteousness – believing the organization is not following its rules
  • Violence toward inanimate objects
  • Sabotaging projects, computer programs or equipment
  • Holding a grudge against a specific person; verbalizing a hope that something will happen to him/her

Those who witness these warning signs are strongly encouraged to inform their supervisors or faculty member. Managers and supervisors are encouraged to consult with the Behavioral Intervention Report Team (BIRT) to attempt to prevent a difficult situation from escalating into violence. If a staff or faculty member feels that they are encountering an emergency situation on campus, they are asked to call 911 before consulting the BIRT team.


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

President’s Update for September 11, 2017

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.

  • On August 13, 2017, we welcomed the incoming GLMA cadets. The cadets lived on board the T/S State of Michigan for two weeks. The class included 62 individuals; 36 deck and 26 engine. One of the engine cadets will be enrolled in the power systems curriculum. During the Pre-Fall the cadets bonded as a cohort, learned about the industry they will train to enter, and completed training required by the STCW Code that is not embedded in the curriculum. (IE1)
  • Science/Math academic area held a beginning of year training Aug. 14-15 in which 20+ full- time and adjunct faculty attended. Ten faculty members attended the STEM reading apprenticeship training that was held at NMC in August. (IE1)
  • Welcome Weekend, August 25-29, 2017, saw tremendous growth this year. The events planned for our students over the first weekend of the fall semester saw over 450 participants from both residential and commuter students. Pine Palooza, which was the final event of Welcome Weekend, saw over 700 students benefit from information and resources provided by NMC departments, NMC student groups, and community organizations. (IE1, IE2, IE4)
  • Five faculty participated in the Teaching Solutions and seven faculty participated in the Course Development Institute professional development opportunities facilitated by Educational Media Technologies in May 2017. (IE3, IE5)
  • Educational Media Technologies and the Center for Instructional Excellence (CIE) successfully launched a micro-credential initiative by using Credly to issue badges to all faculty that completed the Teaching Solutions program or have received either the Imogene Wise Faculty Excellence Award or the Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award. Badges issued through Credly can be added to email signatures, LinkedIn profiles, or added to personal portfolio websites. (IE4)
  • Educational Media Technologies hosted seven episodes of Summer Shorts between mid-June and late-August. NMC’s video communications tool,, was used to host 10-15 minute episodes for faculty to explore topics ranging from using feedback and collaboration tools in Google docs to previewing the new features in Moodle 3.3. Each episode was recorded and posted to Ensemble for faculty to view at a later date and links were sent out to all faculty that expressed interest in the episodes. The recordings will be sent out to faculty again during the fall semester. (IE3, IE5)
  • Based on feedback from two advisory groups, Educational Media Technologies created a new Online Learning and Moodle Orientation to better guide students through how to be a successful online student, understand the technology requirements for using Moodle and certain file types, use different Moodle activities, and where to find NMC technology help resources. EMT is gathering feedback from students that complete the orientation to check and adjust as needed. (IE1, IE5)
  • Systems and LAN Management was notified July 15, 2017, that the current provider of internet service to Rogers Observatory would be discontinuing service July 31, 2017. They researched alternative connection options and chose to install a point-to-point microwave system between the Observatory and University Center. The new connection that is owned by NMC has an increased bandwidth from 1.5mb to 500mb. As a result, the computers at the Observatory will connect to NMC’s data infrastructure and operate the same as any other computer lab. (IE5)
  • Systems and LAN Management worked with our internet service providers to increase the amount of available bandwidth during our contract renewals. The bandwidth for classroom instruction and faculty/staff offices was increased from 100mb to 200mb. Bandwidth for our wireless network system and students living in East and North halls increased from 150mb to 500mb. (IE5)
  • Systems and LAN Management worked with our service providers to install wireless network access points as well as emergency communication capabilities to each suite in North Hall. (IE5)
  • Systems and LAN Management participated in Pinepalooza with a focus on IT security for our students. They gave away web cam covers so students could be sure that their web cameras were not being used without their knowledge. They also provided education on how to identify phishing email messages. (IE5)
  • Systems and LAN Management replaced 230 computers throughout various computer labs prior to the start of fall semester. (IE5)
  • The NMC Foundation reached more than 300 current students at Pinepalooza 2017. Students learned that 55% of individual donors to the NMC Foundation make gifts of $50 or less per year. Students learned that all of these gifts add up to BIG change on campus. The NMC Foundation encouraged students to apply for scholarships through Student Financial Services and explained the link between philanthropic giving at the NMC Foundation and the distribution of scholarship gifts through the Student Financial Services office. (IE1, IE2, IE3)

Activities of Note: Tim

  • The college has been busy with the beginning of fall semester. On August 21, employees gathered for our College-Wide Picnic. Faculty and staff from all four campuses came together to kick off the year and meet new employees. Thank you to those trustees who were also able to attend.
  • Following the picnic on August 21, we celebrated the opening of our new residence hall, North Hall. Employees, area legislators, several trustees, and members of the community joined for a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of the new facility.
  • Title IX Training sessions were held on Wednesday, August 23, at the Hagerty Center, led by Kimberly DeVries, director of equal opportunity compliance at Grand Rapids Community College. Participation was recommended for all employees and required for all faculty. The sessions were well attended, with trustee representation at both sessions.
  • I had lunch with cadets and the ship’s crew on board the TS State of Michigan on August 24.
  • The lunch was prepared by the GLCI intern who was completing her internship on the training ship in preparation for serving as a steward on a U.S. flag merchant vessel.
  • I leave today to visit the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. I am excited for this opportunity to visit the campus of one of our first global Aviation partners that we have been working with for many years.

Legislative Issues

Following a busy August spent in their districts, legislators are headed back to Lansing and Washington for the start of their fall work period. Upon their return they are faced with a host of issues, most significantly at the federal level where, without action, the government will run out of money to operate at the end of the month.

Thankfully, before their return, we were able to host several state and federal legislators on campus in August. This included involving State Representative Larry Inman, State Representative Curt VanderWall, Tony Cutler from State Senator Wayne Schmidt’s office and Eric Keller from U.S. Senator Gary Peters office in a ribbon cutting for our new North Hall residence hall.

NMC was also honored to host a workforce development roundtable with Senator Stabenow, which was attended by over 20 of the region’s key stakeholders on this issue. There was a good and robust conversation about what could be done at the federal level to address gaps in workforce development programs and funding, and I was pleased to provide the introductory welcome remarks at this important event.


The Michigan legislature now returns to Lansing where they plan to tackle several items including auto insurance reform, municipal employee pensions and retirement benefits, road funding, mental health services, aid for Flint residents and a possibility of overriding the Governor’s veto of a tax cut for individuals trading in a vehicle when purchasing a new or used vehicle. We will continue to pay close attention to these efforts and how they might impact NMC and community colleges in Michigan.


This month Congress needs to tackle several significant issues including raising the debt ceiling, passing either a short term funding package (most likely) or a full year funding bill for fiscal year 2018 (the fiscal year starts Oct 1), pass emergency funding for Hurricane Harvey relief, decide if they are going to attempt another vote at health care reform, and potentially proceed with tax reform legislation. These items all have the possibility to impact NMC and we will certainly be monitoring their developments closely.

We are also very concerned about the Trump Administration’s announcement this week of a repealing of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Not only is this troubling from a humanitarian standpoint, but it will also have a significant negative impact on the thousands of community college students who are in the DACA program. In light of this negative impact, and to ask that Congress address meaningful immigration reform, I recently wrote to our federal congressional delegation to express my concerns and ask that they support the DREAM Act which would provide a legislative solution to the hundreds of thousands of individuals whose futures were thrown into doubt by the Administration’s decision.

Miscellaneous (important upcoming dates for Trustees)

  • Monday, September 18—Board meeting at Oleson Center (third Monday due to ACCT Conference)
  • September 25–28—ACCT Leadership Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Thursday, September 28—Aviation 50th Anniversary Gala, Grand Traverse Resort
  • Friday, September 29—Lobdell’s Scholarship Fundraising Dinner
  • Tuesday, October 10—Professional Development Day
  • Friday, October 13—Aviation 50th Anniversary VIP Commemorative Luncheon and Community Open House

Michigan’s first lady to speak at NMC run against violence

Michigan’s first lady to speak at NMC run against violence

Sue Snyder, Michigan's first ladyTRAVERSE CITY — Michigan’s first lady, Sue Snyder, will be the keynote speaker at the Northwestern Michigan College Walk, Run, Empower 5K Saturday, September 30.

The event is hosted by the NMC Student Life Office and NMC student group Voices with a goal to raise awareness and help end sexual violence.

Snyder has dedicated herself to the health, safety and overall wellness of Michigan’s women, children and students. She recently became an advocate for campus sexual assault and prevention by launching the “Inform. Empower. Prevent. Let’s end campus sexual assault” initiative.

“We cannot tolerate sexual violence on our campuses and owe it to our learners and this community to work to end it. Unfortunately, there can be many barriers to achieving one’s educational goals, but a student’s safety should never be in question. We have invested in systems and programs to help keep our learners safe and are committed to continuing that support as long necessary,” said NMC President Timothy J. Nelson.

Proceeds from the NMC Walk, Run, Empower 5K will benefit NMC Voices for continued advocacy and support for student survivors of sexual violence.

The 5K will begin at 9 a.m. on College Drive of NMC’s Front St. campus. Registration is $15 for students and $20 for all other participants. Credit cards, cash and checks will be accepted on the day of the race. Pre-registration is available online. Day-of registration will be available beginning at 8 a.m. Entry fee also includes a Walk, Run, Empower 5K 2017 race t-shirt.

Participants can enjoy free snacks and refreshments, while connecting with student organizations, campus resources and community collaborators before and after the race. Volunteers, community organizers and campus resources sign up here.

Join NMC and walk, run and empower one another towards a world free of violence.

Release Date: September 8, 2017

For More Information

NMC Office of Student Life
(231) 995-1118

Nuclear insecurity

Nuclear insecurity

TRAVERSE CITY —  International Affairs Forum co-chair Jack Segal will discuss nuclear weapons and the threat of nuclear proliferation at Thursday’s IAF lecture, replacing scheduled speaker Alfredo Corchado.

Tuesday’s earthquake in Mexico has forced Corchado, Mexico City bureau chief of The Dallas Morning News, to remain in the country directing coverage of the calamity. The 7.1-magnitude quake has killed at least 217 people and turned portions of the capital city to rubble, including Corchado’s own home. IAF hopes to reschedule Corchado’s talk for later this year. 

Segal’s topic is timely given increasing threat from recent North Korean missile tests. He served as National Security Council Director for Nonproliferation during the Clinton administration and is an arms control expert who served on the START talks and was responsible for negotiating U.S. confidence-building measures with the former Soviet Union. He is teaching a sold-out Extended Education class on war against North Korea next week. Another offering of that in-depth class will be announced at the IAF event. 

All lectures begin at 6 p.m. and a preceded by a reception in the Dennos Museum Sculpture Court at 5:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door and free to students and educators. 

Release date: september 20, 2017

For more information:

Karen Segal 
International Affairs Forum co-chair
(231) 715-6064  


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.

Fall 2017 Transfer Fair is October 12!

Over 20 university representatives will be on NMC’s campus on Thursday, October 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to talk with students, staff and faculty about their programs and the transfer process.  The university representatives will be in two locations:

  • Health/Science Lobby – Main Level
  • West Hall Lobby – Main Level

Please let your students know about this opportunity to discuss transfer requirements and get information on degrees available at a variety of schools without having to travel to each university.  Faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage to dialogue with the university representatives as well!

A list of colleges attending and a list of questions to ask at a transfer fair is available on the College Visits page:

See you there!
Advising Staff

Thank You!

A big thank you to all of our NMC staff and community members who served our incoming NMC students by volunteering on move-in day last Friday, August 25th. We had a record 55 volunteers give of their time and energies (and strong backs 🙂 ) to help around 350 students move into North and East Hall last Friday. Between the beautiful weather and the excitement of a new residential facility, we got to see a great deal of happy students and their families experience our campus last weekend. Thanks again!


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Kudos to Tricia Stevens: Tricia has been working really hard during one of the busiest months of the year for Human Resources. With being down one, and now two team members in HR, Tricia has been making herself available for extra hours to ensure that faculty, staff, and student employees are hired in time for the upcoming semester. Additionally she organized face to face orientation and two first day group orientations for new employees.