Coffee Chats resume Feb. 3

Coffee ChatsPour a cup of your favorite hot beverage and spend an hour each Friday with former NMC Vice President for Lifelong and Professional Learning Marguerite Cotto and extraordinary community guests – from the comfort of home. “Coffee Chats” returns for its fifth season on February 3. These Friday morning virtual interviews take place from 10 to 11 a.m. with interesting community guests, and each is followed by a live Zoom Q&A session.

The winter line-up kicks off with local conservationist Emily Burke sharing stories and scenes from her trek along the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Burke will be followed by Goodwill Northern Michigan Director Dan Buron, Horticulture expert Dr. Nikki Rothwell, and Hispanic community advocate Gladys Muñoz. The season concludes with experts on Michigan Extension programs, community planning, and community-based broadcasting.

There are a total of seven Coffee Chats in this Winter’s series, running from February 3 through March 17. You may purchase individual chats for $10 each, or save 30% and purchase ‘The Whole Carafe’ series for $49. View details and register online or call NMC Extended Education at (231) 995-1700.

All winter classes are now available at

Global Hotspot | Israel’s new government: Bibi in the Lion’s Den

Jack Segal International Affairs Forum

The International Affairs Forum at Northwestern Michigan College presents a discussion with Jack Segal, a retired senior US diplomat and former co-chair of the International Affairs Forum who served at the US Embassy in Israel as Counselor for Political/Military Affairs during the first Intifada and the Gulf War. Segal will discuss Israel’s new coalition government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Far-right factions of the new coalition threaten to destabilize Israel, Palestine and the greater region. The presentation will include a public Q & A session. (more…)

Emergency Management: Gas Leaks

Natural gas is a colorless, odorless, and combustible gas consisting primarily of methane. For safety and detection, there is an unpleasant odorant called mercaptan (smells like rotten eggs) to the natural gas traveling through most of the pipelines. Propane is a gas compressed into a transportable liquid and stored in tanks. The odorant mercaptan is also added to propane. (more…)

Media Mentions for January 16, 2023

The following college events and stories have appeared in the media recently. 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 NMC Library

Editorial: Freshwater Research & Innovation Center could shape future here
Record-Eagle, Jan. 15

How to share your news this semester

We all know, spring semester gets busy fast. Tests and assignments must be graded. Students must be taught, advised and counseled. Events get planned. Calendars fill up. Fall registration starts in March. Before you know it, it’s spring break! 

With all this going on, how do you get your marketing and promotional needs met? The PRMC team is glad you asked.

Announcements and events 

Three words: promo request form.

For  internal NMC publications, Intercom (weekly) and Student News (every other week) submission deadline is noon the day before the issue is released (ex. 12 p.m. on Friday for Intercom and 12 p.m. on Monday for Student News). 

Submit your request 2-3 weeks ahead of the event for best results. Lead time helps us spread the word on multiple channels and gives our audiences enough notice to save the date, sign up, buy tickets, etc.

NMC branded items/swag

Again, three words: promo request form.

We keep a few things in stock, like NMC pens, notepads and buttons,  but most are custom-ordered specifically for each department. Submitting a promo request gives us what we need to fulfill your request and allows our whole team to track it from submission to delivery.

Branding & Identity

Need a logo for a poster? Not sure what color is NMC green? Find it in the Brand & Identity toolkit

Student Success team hosts Gala to Give 1/27

First-ever event benefits College for Kids scholarships

TRAVERSE CITY — Put on your glad rags and join this Roaring ’20s extravaganza Friday, January 27! Hosted by the NMC Student Success Ambassador team, the Gala to Give is a networking and fundraising event to connect students with alumni, local businesses, and the greater Traverse City community.

Held from 7–10 p.m. at the Hagerty Center, the Gala is a night of celebrating NMC’s connections with the community while benefiting the NMC College for Kids scholarship fund, so that all kids may have the opportunity to experience these great programs.

Tickets are available to NMC students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public and include live music, dancing, mocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts, with raffle prize drawings throughout the evening. Tickets are $15 for current students and $30 for alumni & guests. Sponsorship opportunities for businesses are also available. Purchase tickets at


Release Date: January 13, 2023

For More Information:

Mahli Braak
Northwestern Michigan College
Student Success Lead Ambassador

Sally Smarsty
Student Success Coordinator
(231) 995-3021

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.


Kudos to Hollianne McHugh! Hollianne McHugh’s DD 101 and MFG 110 students did presentations on their final projects. The student’s creativity, attention to detail and overall knowledge was very impressive. A few of these projects will be shared at the NMC ELI Learning Symposium in May. Hollianne’s commitment to learning and connection to her students is evident through their interactions and high level of work completed. Keep up the awesome work!

Kudos to Sally Smarsty and the Student Success team! Hats off to the Student Success Coaching and Testing Center team for an incredible effort to help our students finish their semester strong! During the week of finals, Sally Smarsty led coaches as they planned a series of stress busting opportunities for our students while the Testing Center team provided excellent customer service and a caring environment for our stressed-out students. From chair massages, to abundant snacks and a pop-up pancake meal, to encouraging words, congratulations, and an attitude of handling students with care, these teams knocked it out of the park! There’s doing your job, and then there’s doing your job with excellence—Sally and her teams have exemplified excellence.

Kudos to the Holiday Party Committee! Brittany Hanbury, Erika Cotner, Carly McCall, Esther Nance, Nancy Durecki, Emily Crull, Lisa Sheppley, and Weston Babcock. Thank you to this creative committee for planning such a special holiday party for NMC employees and retirees. Every detail was thoughtfully considered! Thank you for your work and caring on this spectacular event!

Kudos to the Hagerty Center staff! Every member of the Hagerty Center staff does such a fantastic job of ensuring every event runs smoothly. Their attention to the little details and behind the scenes work is so greatly appreciated! From the planning process, food, serving, bussing, bartending, and saving the day when something doesn’t go according to plan—thank you for it all!

Kudos to the Testing Center staff for successfully proctoring roughly 550 tests during the final exams. Not only do our proctors maintain test integrity, they also provide an atmosphere that empowers our students to be able to give their best testing performance. Their professionalism and reassuring smiles set our students up for success!

Experts suggest maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” increases positivity for yourself and for others. Please encourage your colleagues by submitting a KUDOS. Let them know you appreciate their hard work and are thinking of them!

NEOED Recruit and Onboard is live!

Do you hire, approve hires or complete Onboarding/Offboarding tasks at NMC? If so, we are excited to introduce you to NEOED Recruit and Onboard! Check out links to our training documents and a recording of our past session here!

Questions? Email

Welcome our newest hires

These employees recently started working at the college. Let’s welcome them to the NMC Community!

  • Theresa Zingg – Adjunct Surgical Technology Instructor
  • Tim Nash – Adjunct Electrical Technology Instructor
  • Ryan Landry, Student Employee – Fitness Center
  • RaShaun Bird – Adjunct Culinary Arts Instructor
  • John Evans – Adjunct Accounting Instructor
  • Gary Marquardt – Adjunct Culinary Arts Instructor
  • Josh Boyer – Adjunct Culinary Arts Instructor
  • Jason Saunby – Adjunct Flight Instructor
  • Liz Celeste – Curator of Education and Exhibitions

Success story: GLCI thrives amid year of change

January 11, 2023

As the Great Lakes Culinary Institute prepares to resume its popular lunches at Lobdell’s this semester, behind the scenes the program is making significant strides toward sustainability, as called for in NMC’s strategic plan.

Developed over an 18-month re-imagination process, all changes are intended to increase GLCI’s enrollment, improve financial performance and help students achieve success in the culinary/hospitality job market.

Great Lakes Culinary Institute Director Les Eckert in the kitchenOf a watershed semester, GLCI Executive Director Chef Les Eckert (right) singled out a shortened course format as having the greatest impact on students. Nearly three quarters of GLCI classes are now held in eight-week sessions, instead of the traditional 16-week semester. The shorter session is easier for students to manage along with jobs and family commitments.

“That work-school-life balance is very important for our students,” Eckert said. “Eight weeks seems a little easier to achieve.”

Easier to achieve means students are less likely to drop out, thus persisting toward their goal.

“It’s an easier way to stay on track for graduation,” Eckert said.

While the session duration is shorter, class and lab periods are longer. That also offers a benefit.

“We want our students to be very well trained. Having more time in the lab, allowing them to get more time hands-on in skills and subjects is very important.” Eckert said.

Starting classes four times a year instead of two also better accommodates hospitality industry workers seeking to upskill.

“It also helps workforce professionals come back,” Eckert said. “If they can take a class in early winter, and late fall, they can handle that.”

Cost reductions and new revenue streams: In addition to GLCI, NMC purchases food for the Hagerty Center and Hawk Owl Café on main campus. Working together, the three entities reduced food costs and waste and found two opportunities to create revenue:

  • Selling breads and pastries made in GLCI classes in the Hawk Owl Café
  • Creating an in-house butchery serving all three entities in a new class, Butchery and Fabrication, one of five new classes last semester.

Culinary students enrolled in the new Beverage Management class show off cocktailsMaximizing the Lobdell’s space: This semester, Lobdell’s will offer lunch two days a week and tapas-style lunches and dinners on four select Thursdays. (Reservations open Jan. 23; lunches and dinners begin Feb. 8. Call (231) 995-3120 to make a reservation.) Last semester GLCI debuted six new public evening events. A charcuterie and cocktails happy hour offered on three Fridays was particularly successful and offered a unique service experience to students in a new Beverage Management class. It will be repeated in fall 2023.

Master classes: Another new revenue stream. After debuting three classes last fall, GLCI will offer three master classes in spring. Aimed at serious home chefs and workforce chefs looking for professional development, master classes meet in the GLCI kitchens, offering in-depth instruction in an intensive two- or three- day non-credit format.

Still coming:

  • A donor-funded consultant will examine and report on additional revenue opportunities, including more uses of the Lobdell’s space, one of the very few Traverse City restaurants with direct West Grand Traverse Bay frontage.
  • A Taste of Success to go, April 28. Save the date, ticket information available soon.
  • Fall 2023: Culinary-maritime certificate

Trustee Building & Site, Fellows Nominating committees to meet

The NMC Board of Trustees’ Building and Site Committee will meet Thursday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m., and the Fellows Nominating Committee will meet Thursday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. Both meetings will be held in the NMC President’s Office Conference Room in the Tanis Building on NMC’s main campus. More information and agendas are available here.

For more information, please contact the President’s office at (231) 995-1010.