GLCI scores with Red Wings

Kudos to the GLCI team for keeping the Detroit Red Wings fueled throughout their training camp. The Performance Dietitian for the team was so impressed with the service that GLCI provided that she personally reached out to President Nick Nissley to share her appreciation.


Student Health Services flu clinics

Rosie the Riveter gets a flu shotDates:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.–Noon
  • Thursday, Sept. 29,  1–3 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.–Noon
  • Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1–3 p.m.

Location: Les Biederman Building, Rm. 106

If you can’t make these dates, please call (231) 995-1255 to schedule an appointment. As a reminder, our office does not bill insurance, although we do offer a reduced rate of $20 for staff and $15 per student. If you have NMC insurance, any charges will be processed as in previous years.

Media Mentions for September 19, 2022

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.

The following college events, stories and mentions have appeared in the media recently. Please send information about your NMC-related interview or appearance to

Forum: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative: Ideas for success
Record-Eagle, September 15 (more…)

NMC October Conference is Oct. 11

NMC Next: Unlock Your Full Potential

Our NMC October Conference is back face to face! Faculty and staff will come together Tuesday, Oct. 11 for a full program of professional development led by colleagues and guest speakers. This year’s theme is Unlock Your Full Potential based on the NMC Next strategic plan.

NMC, CIE and PDI logosRenowned author and learning specialist Todd Zacrasjek will deliver the morning keynote with ways to unlock our learning potential. Zacrasjek, director of the Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning, will speak on “Uncovering Learning Myths That Waste Time and Money.” He will also lead four workshop presentations for faculty and staff.

Other presenters will deliver a variety of sessions with hands-on learning for improving your teaching, your work, and your work life as we unlock our potential and implement the college mission. Topics include Creating Community Partnerships, Disruptive Innovation at NMC: Introducing the Office of Possibilities (OOPS), Learning Without Thinking, and ALIVE! Embracing Life and Thriving After Pandemic Losses. The full schedule will be released soon.

The day starts at 8 a.m. with coffee and donuts at the Dennos and the opening talks in Milliken Auditorium and ends with a game of kickball on campus grounds. In between, there will be four workshop sessions, lunch, and cider and apples.

Our October Conference, sponsored by the Center for Instructional Excellence and the Professional Development Institute, is a unique opportunity for faculty and staff to collaborate and learn together. The campus is closed for business and classes on Oct. 11, so shut your office door and join your colleagues for a day of food, fun and learning!

Reminder- Monitor your HSA maximum contributions

Health Savings Accounts are regulated by the IRS and have limits of how much money you can contribute in one year.  It is your responsibility to ensure that your totals do not exceed the IRS limits. 

Single (one person) is $3,650 and family (more than one person) is $7,300.  If you are over 55 you can increase the limit by $1000.  It is important to include the HSA contribution received from NMC in your calculations. For example- the family amount is reduced by $2,600 (NMC deposit), making the total you can contribute from your paycheck $4,700.

Learn more about Health Savings Accounts here.


Kudos to Ben Post & Mark DeLonge: Thank you to Ben and Mark for enrolling EES Joint Offering (credit classes for community enrollment) students in Moodle! The EES team appreciates your support so that our community members can enjoy high quality credit classes on the Extended Education (non credit) side.

Kudos to the Facilities team for their work to quickly rectify the HVAC failure in the Timothy J Nelson Innovation Center during Welcome Week. The failure was accidental and out of their control and their quick response was very much appreciated. Also, Kudos to all faculty/staff and students in the building for your patience during the repair work. We appreciate your understanding.

Kudos to Marcus Bennett, Sally Smarsty, Lisa Thomas and more: Kudos to everyone involved in Welcome week planning and orchestration. There were many moving parts and everyone was very well informed on where to be and what to do. Volunteers, parents and students all seemed to be having a good time and feeling WELCOME!!! Great job everyone!

Kudos to Linda Berlin, Judy Arnold, and Dale Elshoff who deserve more than kudos for their work supporting students in the Plant and Soil Sciences degree pathway. NMC and Michigan State University are partners in a one-of-a-kind program which allows students to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree from NMC and a Certificate from MSU’s Institute of Agricultural Technology. Unfortunately, the financial aid policy for these students was changed with less than a month before fall semester. While most community colleges panicked, Linda, Judy and Dale sprung into action, working individually with each student to provide the necessary aid and support to stay enrolled in courses. To the students, it seemed seamless, but behind the scenes, it took hours of work, coordination, FA application updates, leading meetings with Financial Aid directors from around the State and back and forth with MSU. Linda, Judy and Dale put the students first and found a way to support them. I am sure students at other institutions were not so lucky, jeopardizing their respective ag cohorts. We at NMC should be very proud of their work, effort and sacrifice when it comes to serving our students! They went above and beyond and truly saved the day for our program!

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!

Welcome our newest hires

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

    • Alex Maier – Programmer/Analyst
    • Madison Thompson – Supplemental Title IX Counselor
    • Carolyn Andrews – Construction Technology Program Coordinator
    • Stephanie Powers – Student Employee – Tutoring Center Office Assistant
    • Nathan Neste – Supplemental – Food Service – Front of House
    • Damian Ho – Supplemental – Food Service – Front of House
    • Elizabeth Gerardi – Supplemental Food Service – Front of House
    • Linda Egeler – Supplemental – Student Success Coach
    • Alaina Frank – Supplemental – Food Service – Front of House
    • Stacy Folgmann – Accounts Payable Office Assistant
    • Hayley Davidson – Supplemental – Food Service – Back of House

Internal Promotions

Celebration graphicCongratulations to the following faculty members who transitioned from Provisional to Regular status this summer:

  • Betsy Boris
  • Jim Morse
  • Zach Tate

Success story: Highway construction, marine tech, health care offerings all available

September 14, 2022


Back-to-school season isn’t over, even though the calendar says mid-September.

Across multiple fields, NMC is steadily increasing its microcredential offerings. These skill-based short courses offer professional development and retraining opportunities for those seeking a career change. Online delivery and sometimes self-paced structure mean the schedule isn’t tethered to a traditional school year calendar. 

Increasing the number of microcredentials and shortened course pathways is a goal of NMC’s strategic plan, NMC Next. They’re attractive to students and employers alike, addressing the skills gap that many regional employers cited in a 2021 study as hindering their growth. 

“When a person sees a direct line, and it’s quick, and it’s accelerated, the more likely they are to enroll,” said Janie McNabb, a Traverse City-based workforce development consultant and former NMC trustee.

“As the region’s leading higher education institution, we work to meet the needs of students and employers. Microcredentials enable us to do so effectively and efficiently,” said Jason Slade, NMC vice president for strategic initiatives. 

Here’s a look at a variety of upcoming microcredentials:

  • Heavy highway construction: This new training program is a partnership with Networks Northwest andTeam Elmer’s. Launching in January 2023, the 12-week Heavy Highway Construction training program will help develop the workforce needed to help modernize, upgrade, and build new structures, bridges, and roads. Attend an informational session from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at NMC’s Aero Park Laboratories building or an informational webinar on Oct. 12.
  • Marine Tech: In another industry collaboration, NMC and Kongsberg Maritime are partnering to deliver the first industry credentials in marine infrastructure and bridge inspection this fall. Two online, livestream courses will be offered in October. Students will learn SONAR technologies, data collection and analysis with an emphasis on ports, dams, waterways, locks, and transportation infrastructure. A one-week in person course is also planned for March 2023. More information.
  • Survey Technologies: Michigan Technological University and NMC have partnered to deliver services of courses specific to survey, civil engineering, and infrastructure professionals. October program offerings include multiple technology specific applications. More information.
  • Healthcare: Credentials in eldercare, medical billing, medical assistant and pharmacy tech are all available this fall as accelerated solutions through NMC’s Extended Educational Services. The Eldercare certificate, an in-person evening offering at NMC’s University Center campus, begins Sept. 27 and is just five weeks. The others clock in at an estimated 12 weeks and are delivered online. More information.

NMC is applying the shortened course format in traditional academic areas as well. The Great Lakes Culinary Institute rolled out two new certificates and shortened formats this fall. Beginning fall 2023, NMC’s Police Academy will condense its program from a yearlong format to a single semester. This could potentially double the number of police academy graduates, who are now in high demand by agencies at all levels.

“They are really excited to see us make this change,” Police Academy Director Gail Kurowski said. “They are desperately in need of law enforcement personnel.”

Lakebed 2030 convenes partners to map Great Lakes

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC will host the Lakebed 2030 conference, an update on collaborative efforts to map the world’s largest available freshwater body, Sept. 28-30 at the Hagerty Center on its Great Lakes campus.

Formed in 2019, Lakebed 2030 is a consortium of researchers, policy, governmental and industry partners which seeks to fully map the 244,160 square kilometers of the Great Lakes at high resolution by 2030. Presently, only approximately 15 percent is mapped. Even some of the existing maps of the lake floor rely on data that is decades old and low-density.

This lack of information inhibits effective management, research, and innovation, particularly under mounting climate change threats, including severe drought in the United States, and a growing “blue economy” in the Great Lakes region.

With a keynote delivered by RADM Benjamin K. Evans, Director, NOAA Office of Coast Survey, the conference will bring together Great Lakes experts and stakeholders from around the U.S. and Canada to:

  • Focus on high-resolution mapping and bathymetry data in the Great Lakes.
  • Develop a strategy to catalog new and existing lake bed information for shared use.
  • Share the latest technology advancements with the Great Lakes community.

NMC students will also participate in the conference, including a roundtable employer discussion regarding career opportunities. Graduates of NMC’s Marine Technology bachelor’s degree program are highly sought after by employers working in the global marine space. NMC also offers professional development courses through the Marine Center.

The Great Lakes contain more than 80 percent of North America’s surface freshwater and 20 percent of Earth’s surface freshwater. Mapping it completely at high density is estimated to cost $200 million.

Lakebed 2030 registration is $200 for in-person attendance and $50 for virtual attendance. See the full schedule here.


Release Date: September 13, 2022

For More Information:

Hans W. Van Sumeren, CMarTech
Director, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute
Northwestern Michigan College
(231) 995-1793

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.

NMC Information Security

Hawk Owl logoThank you to NMC’s Information Security team for their ongoing efforts to keep NMC’s networks safe, and for training NMC employees on how to spot phishing attempts and other digital threats. At a time when other colleges have been knocked offline by phishing, malware and ransomware attacks, the team’s vigilance is much appreciated.

Who’s been a Hawk Owl Helper or Hero for you? Let us know at!

Sept. 14 Deaf Awareness Month event: Free Zoom panel with author Katie Booth

The Invention of Miracles book coverIn recognition of Deaf Awareness month, please join NMC’s Office of Disability Services and the local chapter of AAUW (American Association of University Women) at a Zoom panel on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 6–7 p.m. Acclaimed author Katie Booth with be discussing and reading from her book The Invention of Miracles: Language, Power and Alexander Graham Bell’s Quest to End Deafness. She will be joined by two members of the local Deaf community who will share their experiences. The program will be ASL interpreted and live captioned.

Learn more about this free Zoom event at and register for the event here.

Contact Suzanne Sorkin at for more information about this presentation.

IAF season launches in person Thursday with Democracy vs. Autocracy event

Erica Frantz, PhDNorthwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum launches its 29th season on Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dennos Museum Center Milliken Auditorium in Traverse City, preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. with wine & snacks.

IAF’s season opener will be an in-person event: “Democracy vs. Autocracy” with Erica Frantz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University. Dr. Frantz will explore global examples of the erosion of democratic ideals and the dangerous slide into authoritarianism.

Authoritarianism book coverDr. Frantz has published seven books on these themes, including Authoritarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2018). She is a frequent contributor to publications including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post. This event will also be available to livestream.

The event will be moderated by John Zachman, Ph.D., professor in the Political Science and Philosophy Departments at Northwestern Michigan College. John holds a B.A. from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from Duke University. At NMC, he teaches moral and ethical philosophy and political science courses in a variety of disciplines. He has been promoting student and community engagement in world affairs for over two decades at NMC.

Tickets are required and available for purchase at or at the door. In-person admission is $15 per person.

Current students and educators receive free in-person admission with school I.D. or name badge. The event is available to livestream. Registration is required with a suggested donation of $10.

Media Mentions for September 12, 2022

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.

NMC’s International Affairs Forum examines critical global issues
Record-Eagle, September 9 (more…)

Fall Curiosities sessions at the NMC Library

Fall 2022 Curiosities seriesThe NMC Library’s Curiosities series is returning for a second year, with the first session kicking off on September 14! Structured as an ongoing series of topical explorations, Curiosities is a chance to connect with fellow lifelong learners at NMC. We take one topic at a time, spending four consecutive weeks per topic. Each week we gather to discuss a shared bit of reading, listening or viewing. These sessions are open to students, faculty, staff and community members alike! 

Fall Session I: The Future of Voting
September 14 – October 5 | Wednesdays, 1–2 p.m. via Zoom
Feeling a bit lost trying to keep up with recent news and court cases about how your vote is cast and counted? Join us – along with guest hosts Tom Gordon, Luke Pickelman, and John Zachman – as we explore and discuss key factors and tensions shaping the future of voting in the United States. Register here for Curiosities: The Future of Voting 

Fall Session II: Curiosities Shorts Fest
October 20 – November 10 | Thursdays, 12–1 p.m. via Zoom
Join us for four weeks of library-curated short films spanning a range of genres. In true Curiosities style, films will be paired with additional materials to enhance our experience and understanding. Watch on your own and we’ll discuss together! Register here for Curiosities Shorts Fest

Students may be eligible to earn co-curricular credit for participating – ask your instructor or email to find out more!

Hawk Owl Café staff

Thanks to the Hawk Owl Café staff for nourishing the NMC community and congratulations to Matt King for his new role at NMC as the Head Chef of the café.

The students, faculty and staff at the college appreciate having a place on campus to refuel and the variety of affordable, fresh options that are available. The service that you provide makes our lives are a little richer, our brains a little sharper and our bellies a little fuller.

The Hawk Owl Café is open daily from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. View the menu here.

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