Benefits Corner

Reminder that 1095-C forms are available through self-service if you elected electronic delivery.  Please let Hollie know if you have any questions, 5-1350.

Prescription Reminders

A quick recap of two changes to the prescription coverage for 2017.

  • A 90 day prescription will now require two co-pays, instead of one.
  • If your doctor wants you to take a brand name drug when a generic is available they will have to submit a letter of medical necessity that will go through the preauthorization process for approval. Blue Cross Customer Service is 877-671-2583. 


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Kudos to Judy Arnold-  The best form of praise comes unsolicited from a customer (student). A student came in specifically to thank Judy for going above and beyond to help him. He had a particularly challenging process to get his financial aid in place, which stretched over a couple of months. At some point Judy became his “go-to” person, patiently helping him through it. This is just one example of Judy’s caring and thorough customer service.

Kudos to Sheila Rupp, Deb Maison, Sue Newman, Jason Smith, Judy Arnold, Kevin D’Alessandro, Georgenia Hromada, Scott Herzberg, Jessica Johnson, Cathryn Claerhout, Linda Berlin, and Katie Malone- Thanks so much for your efforts to make our first Financial Aid Fair on February 16, 2016 a success. It truly reflected a holistic approach to recruiting and retention. It was great to have the staff from Admissions, Advising, Records and Registration, and Student Financial Services all bringing something to the interaction with prospective and returning students centered on financial aid. We heard many comments from students and families about how much they appreciated the staff expertise and friendliness! We had 30+ people at the event. All 6 sessions were a go with up to 17 people attending each. Existing students had an opportunity to sit down with someone in a casual environment and talk about things like loan debt, scholarships, etc. Prospective and newly admitted students were treated to information about admission, programs, and finances and just felt a general celebratory feeling about how NMC values and wants to serve them.

Kudos to Kelsey Wright- Kelsey is always willing to pick up and do any task to help keep our offices running smoothly. No matter what the task or what else she may have going on she is always willing to learn new things and help out when, where and however needed. And she does it with a smile on her face! 🙂 Thank you for all you do!

Wellness at NMC

Blue Cross Health & Wellness Packets

You will be receiving packets in the mail to your home address regarding Wellness, if you are actively enrolled in Blue Cross Insurance. Please read over the information, and reach out to Hollie in HR (5-1350) or Chris Barr (Blue Cross Wellness Coordinator) with any questions. Chris can be reached on his cell (231) 969-8753, or at

Position Vacancies

Are you looking for career opportunities? Find them here! Current openings include:

  • Clinical Nursing Adjunct Faculty
  • Nursing Instructor – Medical Surgical
  • Admissions Office Assistant
  • Psychology Instructor
  • Geography Adjunct Faculty

Pure A Cappella Concert

The 6th Annual Pure A Cappella Festival will take place on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in the Milliken Auditorium. Enjoy a wonderful evening featuring multiple a cappella groups from the Grand Traverse Region.

Part of the proceeds from this event are donated back to NMC to fund scholarships and financial aid for the NMC Children’s Choir. Tickets are $13 and available at

Success Story: Math 120 builds confidence and skills

Success Story: Math 120 builds confidence and skills

February 22, 2017

Photo of NMC math instructor Mary Burget and studentNMC math instructor Mary Burget and student Lauren HayesDriven to catch the Soviets in the space race of the 1950 and ’60s, black female NASA mathematicians solved the problem of putting astronauts into orbit, a story told in Hidden Figures, nominated for Best Picture* at this weekend’s Academy Awards.

Driven to offer NMC students more pathways to meet math graduation requirements, the math department solved the problem with Math 120, a class that, a la NASA, turns students into problem-solvers. Not just for the course, but for life.

“Our whole goal is that it’s more than math — they become good problem-solvers,” department chair Deb Pharo said of Math 120, added to the curriculum just two years ago as a way for liberal arts students whose programs don’t require additional math to fulfill graduation requirements.

But now and then a funny thing happens on the way to simply checking off the requirement: A student discovers a hidden passion for figures, and their whole career trajectory changes. Lauren Hayes (above, right) is Exhibit A.

Becoming a problem solver starts with students having confidence in their abilities. When she enrolled at NMC in 2015, Hayes, 27, didn’t. She failed her last math class before she graduated from Traverse City West High School in 2008 and wound up in a developmental math course. Her instructor, Mark Nelson, started building her confidence. In 120, officially titled Math Explorations, it took off.

“Math 120 made me feel proficient, like I could figure things out,” Hayes said.  The course teaches students the “beauty and utility of mathematics” by presenting practical problems like personal finance and budgeting.

She enrolled in another math course, Probability and Statistics, which she’d been dreading. Instead, she “breezed” through it.  Encouraged by Mary Burget, her 120 instructor, who turned to math herself after a first career in social work, Hayes switched her major from psychology to engineering.

Photo of a Math 120 class at NMC“Once I had in my head that I was good at it, it was almost like I was,” said Hayes, who’s now enrolled in college algebra.

In fact, she’s craving more math than her engineering classes currently offer.

“I don’t really want to build things so much as understand how things work. I feel like math does that for me,” Hayes said.

That’s music to Burget and Pharo’s ears. While Math 120 exists so students can meet requirements, it’s also a practical, real-world course that can help students with lifelong decision making.

“It’s good for everybody. It’s a real class with real benefits,” said Pharo. “We want them to see it not as a math class, but something that’s more useful.”

Probability of Hidden Figures winning Best Picture -  1:25, per OddsChecker.

NMC’s Spring 2017 Transfer Fair is March 14

Over 25 university representatives will be on NMC’s main campus on Tuesday, March 14 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 located in the Health & Science Building lobby on the main level.

This is your opportunity to discuss transfer requirements and get information on degrees available at a variety of schools without having to travel to each university. Bring your questions and explore your options! A list of colleges attending and a list of questions to ask at a transfer fair is available at

See you there!

Advising Staff

GVSU Walk In Advising Day and Health Care Programs Showcase

Grand Valley State University will have an open Advising Day for all students. Please join us on March 15 between 10 a.m.and 6 p.m. at the NMC University Center in room 06. Representatives from advising, admissions, financial aid, study abroad and the library will be available to answer any questions.

That same day, between 10 a.m. and noon, learn more about the career-building degree programs available from Grand Valley State University in Traverse City. Our Health Care Showcase in University Center room 217 will feature representatives from undergraduate programs such as: Liberal Studies, Allied Health Science (which both CAN BE designed for PreOT, PrePT, PrePA, & PreMed), and Nursing, as well as graduate programs such as: Public Health, Physician Assistant Studies, Social Work, and Occupational Therapy.

Career Counseling for Students

The Advising Center is available to help students who are undecided about their career or major! Career counseling involves helping a student explore their interests, values, abilities, personality to find a best fit career or major area. Refer students to us for assistance with the career decision-making process! 5-1040 or

Nominations are open for the Foundation Excellence Awards!

Please take a moment to honor an outstanding NMC employee or team through the annual Foundation Excellence Awards program.

The Foundation Excellence Awards promote exemplary service to students and clients and recognize the dedication to and demonstration of NMC values. Tell us about how you or someone you know has demonstrated innovation and thoughtful risk taking in their work. Or, has demonstrated exceptional stewardship of resources entrusted to us. Or, is exceeding expectations and exhibiting foresight by helping to prepare learners for the future.

Remember, multiple awards may be granted annually, and the recipients are announced at the Retirement and Recognition Reception in April. All college employees are eligible for this award — and we’d love to hear from you!

Any member of the faculty, staff, community, or student body may nominate a person or group for the award by completing a nomination form and submitting it to the NMC Foundation office by Friday, March 10.

Download the nomination form here »

NMC Career Fair

Please encourage your students to participate in NMC’s 11th annual Career Fair, to be held from 4- 5:30 p.m. on March 2 at the Hagerty Center on NMC’s Great Lakes Campus. Employers from professional and occupational fields will be recruiting for career-track positions, seasonal and entry-level opportunities, as well as internships, service learning and networking opportunities. More than 70 employers (such as Munson Health Care, Hagerty, TCAPS, Britten and Oryana) are registered to participate in the Career Fair, the only event of its size in northwest Michigan. For the most updated list as well as more information, visit

NMC Career Success Coach Andrea Hentschel is available to help get ready for the event. To schedule an appointment email or call (231) 995-3024 for assistance with resumes, interview pitches and general preparation for the career fair.

Participants should bring multiple copies of their resume and dress in business attire. For more tips on job fair preparation, review the job-seeking tools at

1095-C Availability

If you elected to receive your 1095-C electronically, it is now available through NMC Self-Service.

If you are receiving the 1095-C through US mail, they went out on Thursday, February 9.

Wellness at NMC

NMC Wellness Newsletter for February

February Lunch and Learn and Challenge
Monday, February 27, Osterlin 205

  • Noon–12:30 p.m. – Discussion around Heart Health
  • 12:30–1 p.m. – Have your Blood Pressure checked and go back to your office with a resistance band!

Position Vacancies

Are you looking for career opportunities? Find them here! Current openings include:

  • Clinical Nursing Adjunct Faculty;
  • Nursing Instructor – Medical Surgical

Ask Students : What’s Your Plan?

Which classes are you taking next semester? What do you have left to finish your degree? When will you graduate? All of these questions can be answered when students create an academic plan through MAP with an advisor. As you’re talking with students, ask them about their Plan and encourage them to meet with an advisor to create a Plan in MAP. Questions? Want some additional tips and training for your area? Contact the Advising Center at 5-1040 or