Holiday Sale For NMC Employees & Students at the Dennos Musuem Store!

The 12 Days Before Christmas Vacation Sale for NMC Students and Staff at The Dennos Museum Store!

Beginning Thursday, December 12th, NMC Staff and Students receive a double discount for 20% off all regular priced merchandise. The museum store is stocked with gifts chosen not only for their uniqueness, quality, and beauty but also for their sustainability and story. Come in for holiday shopping and then deck the halls, trim the tree and light the menorah with 30% all holiday items and calendars.

December 12th – 23rd
20% Off All Regular Priced Merchandise*
30% Off All Holiday Items and Calendars
*excludes Consignment items

Student Health Services – Closed For Semester Break

Student Health Services will be closed for the semester break starting December 20. We will reopen Monday, January 6, 2020, at 9:00 A.M.

Emergency Medical Services May Be Obtained At:

  • Munson Walk-In Clinic, 550 Munson Ave. (935-8686)
  • Bayside Docs, 501 Munson Ave, Tc, (933-9150)
  • The Walk-In Clinic, Us 31 South, (929-1234)
  • Munson Medical Center, 1105 6th Street, (935-5000) 

***Please call 995-1255 or stop in by Wednesday, Dec 18 if you need refills***

Good luck on finals!

The Advising Center wishes you great success on your final exams in the coming weeks! Make sure you are registered for the Spring semester before this semester is over!

Success Story: Maritime credentials send alumni on careers worldwide

December 4, 2019

Almost three-quarters of the Earth’s surface is water, and in its 50 years, graduates of NMC’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy have been over just about all of it.

GLMA 50th Anniversary Event InvitationAs the Academy formally celebrates its golden anniversary with a celebration this weekend, we look back at snapshot: A graduate from each decade. Collectively, they represent the breadth and diversity of the maritime industry, from Great Lakes freighters to ocean tankers, from commercial shipping to U.S. military, aboard vessels or shoreside.

“There’s a lot to see in the industry. It’s worldly. It’s global,” said 1998 graduate Scott Powell. He spent 11 years sailing the Great Lakes on ore boats, and in 2009 began teaching at the California State Maritime Academy, one of GLMA’s six sister academies. There he was the navigator for eight training cruises, in which the T/S Golden Bear sailed from Vallejo to places such as New Zealand and the Mediterranean Sea.

“That’s halfway across the world,” said Powell, who in 2018 moved back to teach at GLMA. “Now I’m back on the lakes again. I’ve now been around the world a lot on a ship.”

Mike Surgalski1970s: Mike Surgalski, 1979: Surgalski has come home, too. He’s currently the captain of GLMA’s training ship, the T/S State of Michigan, and was instrumental in its acquisition from the U.S. Coast Guard. The vessel arrived in Traverse City in 2002 and since then has provided about 60 days of required sea time to not only GLMA cadets, but those from other academies. Most recently the ship has offered internship opportunities to NMC culinary students, who are finding a lucrative niche working as cooks aboard ships.

Margo Marks1980s: Margo Marks, 1983: Former president of the Beaver Island Ferry Co. She joined the company that provides transportation to the island from Charlevoix in 2001. During her tenure, Marks also served her industry as the president of the Passenger Vessel Association, a national association representing owners and operators of dinner cruise vessels, sightseeing and excursion vessels, car and passenger ferries and other vessels that carry more than 200 million passengers per year. Prior to the ferry company, Marks worked as Elk Rapids Harbormaster. Her husband Todd also graduated in 1983 and worked on tankers on the West Coast.

Scott Powell1990s: Scott Powell, 1998, GLMA navigation instructor: Powell’s advice to prospective cadets is “to get as many different experiences as you can,” and the Flint-area native has certainly done so himself. In addition to his years sailing the Great Lakes and teaching at both Cal Maritime and GLMA, Powell is also an author. He contributed to six chapters of the 2017 edition of The American Practical Navigator. The Bible of the maritime industry, the text is kept on every military vessel, commercial vessels and in every maritime school. Powell’s specialty is Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), which is “slowly replacing paper charts” aboard ship, he said.

2000s: Pat Drayer, 2003, U.S. Coast Guard: Since graduation, Drayer’s been stationed all over North America, from Miami, Florida to Juneau, Alaska. He currently holds the rank of commander and executive officer of the Marine Safety Unit at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Duluth, Minn. His career has focused on safety inspections of commercial vessels. “I can’t speak highly enough of the education I got,” Drayer said, citing the licensing credential the Academy offers as a major mark of industry credibility. “The standard of education they provided at GLMA and NMC was fantastic and really set me up.”

Alec Giamboi2010s: Alec Giamboi, 2019: Polar Tankers, a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips operating in the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System, lifting crude oil in Valdez, Alaska, and discharging at ports along the West Coast and Hawaii. Giamboi was studying political science at Loyola University Chicago when he decided he wanted a more hands-on career, something that tapped into his love of water and that offered a fulfilling career immediately upon graduation. Google searches led him to GLMA. He interned with Polar Tankers as a student and went on to be hired after graduating this year. “I’ve loved it,” said the Youngstown, Ohio native.

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s celebration, to be held at the Hagerty Center. The event will honor Maritime cadets, industry partnerships, and the success of alumni and is set for 6:30–8:30 p.m. Tickets are $50/person, at

In honor of the Academy’s 50th anniversary, NMC and GLMA have also published a history book. Contact the NMC Alumni Office for information on obtaining a copy. (231) 995-1021.

Media Mentions for December 2, 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 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.

Northern Michigan maritime training school marking 50 years
Record-Eagle, Dec. 1
U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 1
(This story was featured in over 30 news outlets nationwide) (more…)

December-January calendar of events

TRAVERSE CITY — The following is a calendar of Northwestern Michigan College events open to the public for the next two months. Free events are noted as such. For information on specific events, call the listed phone number. All phone numbers are area code 231 unless noted. Detailed news releases on most events will be available at approximately two weeks before the event. Event details may also be posted on NMC’s Facebook page or Twitter account (nmc_tc).

For news releases on events at the Dennos Museum Center and Milliken Auditorium, visit, and find them on Facebook and Twitter.


Lunch at Lobdell’s
Through Dec. 11. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Lobdell’s Teaching Restaurant on NMC’s Great Lakes campus. 995-3120

Dennos Museum Center Exhibitions

Through December 29, 2019:
Carole Harris: Art Quilts
Carole Harris is a professional interior designer and fiber artist from Detroit. She creates rhythmically constructed, non-traditional tapestries.

Explorations in Wood: Selections from The Center for Art in Wood
These works stem from a love of wood and display a rich variety of wood type and processes, including wood-turned vessels as well as more sculptural forms.

Opening January 19, 2020:
40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World
In this powerful exhibit featuring the photography of Howard G. Buffett, 40 photographs document the world hunger crisis as part of a global awareness campaign.

Pulped Under Pressure
With traditional hand papermaking at its core, this exhibition underscores important contemporary issues steeped in history and craft.

Ergo Sum: A Crow a Day
For 365 days, artist Karen Bondarchuk produced a crow a day to mark the passing time that her mother – diagnosed with dementia in 2010 – no longer could.


Tuesday, Dec. 3 “To Be Seen and Heard” disability awareness event sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa. 3 – 6 p.m., second floor, Osterlin Building
Thursday, Dec. 5 The Art of: Pairing Cheese & Art, 6:30 pm. Featuring cheese from the Cheese Lady. Tickets $10 for members, $15 for non-members, available at Brown Paper Tickets. 995-1029
Friday, Dec. 6 Public Viewing Night, 9-11 p.m., Rogers Observatory. $2/person; $5/family, 995-2300
Saturday, Dec. 7 Girls in Audio Tech. Open to 7th-12th grade girls to explore careers in Audio Technology (Live Sound, Studio Recording, Digital Audio) 10 a.m.-2 p.m., NMC University Center. Lunch provided. Free. Visit or to register
Saturday, Dec. 7 Great Lakes Maritime Academy 50th anniversary celebration. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hagerty Center. Tickets $50/person,
Saturday, Dec. 7 NMC Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz Ensemble present the Winter Jazz Ensemble Showcase. 7:30 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Tickets $13 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and available at and at the door. (800) 836-0717.
Tuesday, Dec. 10 NMC Concert Band presents Winter Wonderland. 7:30 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Tickets $13 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and available at and at the door. (800) 836-0717.
Friday Dec. 13 Coffee with veterans. Complimentary coffee and conversation for any veteran in the community. 8-9:30 a.m., Lobdell’s Teaching Restaurant.
Sunday, Dec. 15 Third Sunday Art Project, 1 – 4 pm, make-and-take art project with museum docents. Included with general admission. 995-1029
Monday, Dec. 16 Board of Trustees regular meeting, 5:30 p.m., Hagerty Center, 995-1010
Friday, Dec. 27 Learn to play the game of Cricket at Holiday Cricket Camp for Ages 8-14, 9 a.m.-Noon, NMC Main Campus, Physical Education Bldg. Gym, $39 per student, 995-1700.

January 2020

Friday, Jan. 3 Public Viewing Night, 9-11 p.m., Rogers Observatory. $2/person; $5/family, 995-2300
Thursday, Jan. 16 Indie Lens Pop-Up free film screening, 7 pm, Eating Up Easter, Milliken Auditorium. Free to the public, 995-1029
Monday, Jan. 20 Reservations open for spring semester lunches at Lobdell’s Teaching Restaurant. Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 5-April 28. (231) 995-3120
Monday, Jan. 27 Board of Trustees regular meeting, 5:30 p.m., Hagerty Center, 995-1010


Release date: NOVEMBER 27, 2019

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
(231) 995-1019


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.

“To Be Seen and Heard” disability awareness event

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international community college honor society, invites the community to attend “To Be Seen and Heard” Dec. 3, an event to discuss the barriers to success and common misconceptions about individuals with visible and invisible disabilities.

The event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Osterlin Building and includes a panel discussion, information about community services, TEDx talks and refreshments.

Osterlin 203
Michigan Rehabilitation Services: 3–3:45 p.m. MRS provides specialized employment and education-related services and training to assist teens and adults with disabilities.
TEDx talks: 4:15–4:45 p.m.
Panel: 5–5:45 p.m.
Q&A: 5:45–6 p.m.

Osterlin 205
Community Agencies/Resources: 3:30–5 p.m.

Osterlin 204
Food: 4 p.m.

Release Date: November 26, 2019

For more information:

Kristina Uribe
Phi Theta Kappa
(231) 714-8573

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.

December Friday Forum

Q: Looking for an escape?

  • Come experience Nick Roster’s escape box activity
  • Consider how you could use a similar activity in your classroom
  • Have some end-of-semester fun!

Friday, December 6, 12:30-2:00, Founder’s Hall 110

President’s Update for November 25, 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.


Be What’s Possible on Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is on December 3! Join us to celebrate Be What’s Possible: The campaign for NMC. Any amount given to your passion at NMC on #GivingTuesday will count toward this historic campaign! Go to to donate and together we will be what’s possible.

Flu Shot Sale

The Health Services office is holding a $10 Flu Shot sale now through Wednesday, Nov. 27. The office has a limited supply left, so get yours today!

Walk-ins are welcome.

Biederman Building LB106, (231) 995-1255

Don We Now Our Worst Apparel!

In true snow globe fashion, we are shaking things up this year!

NEW THIS YEAR! The winning team will be decided via applause-o-meter at the NMC Employee holiday party on December 13 at NMC’s Great Lakes Campus. That’s right, you’ll be debuting your ugly sweaters in all their glory AT the party!

Will last year’s champs, NMC Student Life, win the coveted trophy and bragging rights AGAIN this year? There’s only one way to find out!


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

Submit a Kudos here. (more…)

December Wellness Activities

December 2, 2019- Gliding Disc & Bender Ball Workout

Join Marissa for 15 minutes of low-impact fun using the gliding discs and bender balls to challenge your mind, body, strength, and core. *Slacks or comfortable clothes that allow for movement are best for today’s activities. Some movements will occur on the floor, but modifications can be made for those who would prefer not to be on the floor.

December 16, 2019- Seasonal Affective Disorder Presentation

Watch your calendar for details!!

Snowshoeing on the NMC Campus!

NMC now has nine pairs of snowshoes available for students and employees to sign out and use. Stop by the North Hall front desk or call 995-1410 to reserve a pair. This is a great opportunity for those who like to walk during their lunch breaks.

Also, don’t forget the NMC Fitness Center for those looking to burn off the extra calories consumed during the holidays, or those looking to start an exercise program for the new year. Please contact the fitness center at 995-1379 or stop by our facility located inside North Hall for more information.

Community invited to GLMA 50th anniversary event

TRAVERSE CITY — The community is invited to join in Northwestern Michigan College’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of its Great Lakes Maritime Academy at a special event Saturday, Dec. 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Hagerty Center on the Great Lakes campus. Tickets are on sale now at

The event will honor Maritime cadets, industry partnerships, and the success of alumni. A division of Northwestern Michigan College, GLMA is one of only six state maritime academies in the United States and the only one located on fresh water. The Academy graduates 50 cadets annually, and the employment rate is virtually 100 percent within 90 days of graduation.

Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, U.S.N., Ret., will serve as the keynote speaker. A 1979 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Buzby earned his Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science and U.S. Coast Guard Third Mate License. He was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in June 1979, is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College, and holds master’s degrees from the U.S. Naval War College in Strategic Studies, and Salve Regina University in International Relations.

The evening includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are $50 per person. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at or by calling (231) 995-1021.

Release date: November 22, 2019

For more information:

Northwestern Michigan College Foundation
(231) 995-1021


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.