Success Story: New initiative guides students to goals

September 12 2018

Transfer Tuesdays table and studentIn another effort to remove barriers to student success, NMC this week launched Transfer Tuesdays, a drop-in advising opportunity aimed at the 25 percent of full-time students who will start their degree path here, but finish elsewhere.

“Our goal is to help students save time and money at NMC by helping them to identify their career pathway and academic program as soon as possible, so they don’t spend unnecessary time and money,” said Lindsey Dickinson, director of the Advising Center.

In 2016-17, 708 transfers occurred from NMC. The Advising Center organized the seven universities, including six NMC University Center partners, that set up shop in NMC’s Health & Science building for the first time Tuesday.

Picture of Victoria AlfonsecaVictoria AlfonsecaIt was exactly what Victoria Alfonseca needed. She’s in her last semester at NMC and plans to transfer in January. As the mother of a 10-year-old daughter, she wants to stay in Traverse City.

“My family’s here, I was basically raised here, so I’m really glad they offer the University Center here,” said Alfonseca, 30, who chatted Tuesday with a representative from Ferris State University at the UC, where she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business. “It was definitely helpful to get face-to-face, have an actual person to talk to.”

Simply saving students the drive to the UC campus for the meeting knocks down a barrier.

“Sometimes even that small physical barrier is hard to overcome for our students,” Dickinson said.

Carley Hooper of Traverse City said Transfer Tuesdays will help map her path to a veterinary degree. She’ll earn her associate degree from NMC next spring, and needs a bachelor’s that offers specific science classes before she can apply to Michigan State’s graduate program in veterinary medicine. Also a parent off young children, ages 2 and 7, she’s hoping to find online and local classes that will meet her needs, enabling her to postpone an East Lansing move as long as possible.

“I’m definitely interested in a lot of these places,” said Hooper, 27, who was especially intrigued by a Central Michigan University bachelor’s in business program that could help her with her own practice down the road. “I’ll definitely be looking into a lot of these programs to see if they offer the prerequisites for the veterinary program.”

Transfer Tuesdays will continue throughout the fall semester, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. The drop-in structure eliminates the barrier of scheduling, too. Other NMC services, like math tutoring, have found a drop-in structure, vs. scheduled appointments, increases usage and student success.

NMC will still hold admissions-focused Transfer Fairs twice a year. Transfer Tuesdays allow students to actually meet with advisors at their destination school and make personal academic plans.

“What we really saw was a need to build awareness with our students that transfer planning starts as soon as your first semester here,” Dickinson said.

As she wraps up her NMC career, Alfonseca has some advice to other students to maximize their tuition dollars and time.

“Try to take as many classes as you can at NMC,” she said.

Designing Tusen Takk– A Modernist Masterpiece

The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College in collaboration with the Tusen Takk Foundation will present the world renowned architect and AIA Gold Medal recipient, Peter Bohlin on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Milliken Auditorium. Tickets to the event are $10 plus fees and can be purchased at dennosmuseum.org and MyNorthtickets.com or by calling the Dennos Box Office: (231) 995-1055 or 1-800-836-0717. 

The designer of the iconic Apple Stores, the headquarters of Pixar and Adobe and architect for the homes of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs plus a roster of significant projects world-wide, Peter Bohlin was commissioned by Geoffrey Peckham, to create Tusen Takk, a spectacular residence with an, now under construction, artist-in-residence compound with living, studio and gallery space on the shores of Lake Michigan in Leelanau County. A place where artists and scholars from around the world will come to work and share their talents with the people of this region.

This presentation is a unique opportunity to hear one of the world’s finest architects, Peter Bohlin. He will discuss the fundamental design principles that underlie his understanding of how great buildings consider the circumstances of the nature of people, places and how we make things.

Program to scout out careers starts Sept. 15

TRAVERSE CITY — This fall, a new career exploration program will give students from area schools the opportunity to take a deep dive into the careers of the future, including robotics, rocketry, and healthcare.

The “Exploring” program is a partnership between Northwestern Michigan College and the Boy Scouts of America offering both male and female students ages 14-20 a 10-month module of meetings where they will receive hands-on training under the guidance of experts in their fields.

An open house for the Exploring program will be held at 11 a.m. September 15 in NMC’s Parsons-Stulen building, 2600 Aero Park Drive. The first meeting in the 10-month series will follow the open house. Meetings thereafter will be held one Saturday each month from noon-4 p.m. Registration is $34 for the entire 10-month series.

Other supporting organizations include Inland Seas, Michigan State University’s Institute of Agricultural Technology, and Munson Medical Center. NMC instructors will work with students in areas such as robotics and automotive technology, while representatives with MSU will guide them through technology in agriculture.

Earlier this summer, students had the opportunity to participate in a CanSat High Altitude Balloon Launch which was a collaboration between Exploring, Atlas Space Operations, and Magnitude IO, which brought aerospace and STEM career related project-based learning experiences into classrooms similar to this series of programs.

Ryan and Shannon Pierson, whose son R.J. was a participant, said they liked watching the students brainstorm and figure out to make it work.

“With technology, there’s not a lot out there to help inform the kids and let them learn,” Shannon Pierson said. “They were learning how to work together as a life skill.”

When putting the schedule together, Boy Scout leaders said they worked with experts to make sure students would be given exposure to careers that will be in high demand when they graduate.

“These classes offer a unique approach to learning and are designed to give students early access to the careers of the future,” said Aaron Gach, CEO of Boy Scouting’s regional Michigan Crossroads Council. “Our program partners have the type of expertise to take these young people to the next level of their career exploration.”

For additional information or to sign up, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exploring-stem-careers-tickets-49452921018

Release date: September 11, 2018

For more information:

Marguerite Cotto
Northwestern Michigan College
mcotto@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1775

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Kudos!

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

Submit a Kudos here. (more…)

NMC Wellness Activities

Ready for another challenge?  READY, SET, MOVE

The NMC Wellness program is bringing you our second challenge of 2018. Participants will compete against each other to average at least 30 minutes of exercise per day by the end of the challenge. That’s right, this is an INDIVIDUAL challenge. Our Blue Cross Wellness Coordinator, Chris Barr, will be hosting informational presentations before the challenge begins. He’ll also be offering quick workouts to help you conquer Ready, Set, Move!

  • Challenge Dates:  September 17, 2018-October 12, 2018
  • Enrollment Open: September 10, 2018-September 21, 2018
  • Challenge: Average of 30 minutes of exercise daily for 26 days = 780 minutes
  • Rewards:
    • $100 Visa Gift Card to the individual with the highest number of minutes
    • $50 Visa Gift Card to 4 random individuals who meet the challenge of 780 minutes

Media Mentions for September 7

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 publicrelations@nmc.edu. 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.)

A career takes flight
Profile of aviation student Tori Gann
DU Review Summer 2018, Davenport University, Aug. 30

Careers in the culinary arts
Interview with Fred Laughlin, Director of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute
UpNorthLive, Sept. 5

Green heat coming to NMC’s Innovation Center
Record-Eagle, Sept. 1

International Affairs Forum kicks off 25th season

TRAVERSE CITY — National Geographic magazine editor Susan Goldberg will kick off a celebratory 25th anniversary season for the International Affairs Forum at 7 p.m. 3eptember 20 at the )nterlochen Center for the Arts’ Corson Auditorium.

Each speaker in the series running from September-June will offer his or her insight on the theme of Envisioning the Future — a wide-open topic considering that when the lecture series began in 1994, the Internet was not yet publicly available. (Now IAF lectures are streamed live on YouTube.)

Goldberg will speak “National Geographic’s Changing World,” discussing the top upcoming stories readers will find in the pages of the venerable, 130-year-old magazine, including climate change, millennials, race, gender and the shifting media landscape.

Subsequent lecture speakers include:

October 18 – “Trade, Migration and Borders” Hon. Alan Bersin, former assistant secretary for International Affairs in the Department of Homeland Security. Also known as the “Border Czar,” Bersin will discuss the future of borders and the challenge of secure their borders and mitigate threats even while expediting trade and optimizing the movement of peoples and ideas. 6 p.m., Milliken Auditorium, Dennos Museum Center

November 15 – “Securing America in a Hostile World.” Richard Clarke, former Special Advisor to the President on Cyber Security. Clarke, who served 10 years under three presidents, offers an insider’s perspective on the future security threats facing the United States. Is it Russian meddling? Cyber or drone attacks? Rising sea levels? Or something else? 7 p.m., City Opera House, in conjunction with the National Writers Series.

For ticket information on all lectures, visit tciaf.com. Since its founding in 1994, the International Affairs Forum at NMC has brought season after season of diplomats, ambassadors, economists, military leaders, journalists, educators and other authoritative voices to Traverse City to challenge residents to think critically about issues of local and global significance.

The original lecture series, most of which are held in Milliken Auditorium on the third Thursday of each month, is now augmented with special film screenings and speakers invited in collaboration with partners like Interlochen and NWS. An annual Academic World Quest competition for high school students and ad hoc Global Hot Spots events round out IAF’s often sold-out programming.

Season tickets for lectures and more information is available at tciaf.com.

Release date: September 7, 2018

For more information:

Karen Segal 
IAF co-chair
karenpsegal@gmail.com
(231) 715-6064

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Call for 2019 Fellows Nominations

The NMC Board of Trustees Fellows Selection Committee is seeking nominations for the 2019 Northwestern Michigan College “Fellow” award. The Fellow is NMC’s highest honor and the following criteria are taken into consideration during the selection process. (more…)

Student Leadership Training

NMC Student Life will be hosting our Student Leadership Training on both Friday, September 21 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or Tuesday, September 25 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Both will be held in the Osterlin Library room 205. During this training you will learn about fundraising, room reservations, student group roles & goals. 

Please choose one of these dates to learn more about how NMC & Student Life can help you create a successful year for your group. Once you attend this training, you become eligible to apply for Student Government Association funding for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Email Studentlife@nmc.edu for more details.

Media Mentions for August 31

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 publicrelations@nmc.edu. 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.)

Surgical Technology student Amber Jewell-Clay was profiled on the Foundation for Surgical Technology website as the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship. She expects to graduate this December.

High school seniors apply now for college
Record-Eagle, Aug. 29

Monarch caterpillar outbreak comes to Kingsley
Record-Eagle, Aug. 29 – 2016 Freshwater Studies graduate Rebecca Koteskey is quoted

New innovation center to provide students with futuristic learning experience
Up North Live, (TV 7 & 4) Aug. 27

TCAPS, NMC working on program to help TC High grads
Record-Eagle, Aug. 23

Success Story: Renovation to Innovation is underway

August 29 2018

Renovation to Innovation logo

The West Hall Innovation Center, among NMC’s most transformative capital projects, will take a major stride forward this semester when the old building is demolished.

Following a multi-year planning process begun after state matching funds were initially approved in June 2016, the $14.4 million project entered its active construction phase this summer with utility and other site preparation work. When completed, the new West Hall will serve as a campus centerpiece not only physically but in terms of instruction, the student experience and environment.

  • Instruction – West Hall’s design of flexible classrooms and workspaces enhances experiential learning, which flips higher education’s traditional “learn to do” style of instruction into “do to learn.” EL emphasizes interdisciplinary, project- and team-based learning and skill development as well as community and business partnerships.
  • Student experience – The library will move to West Hall, which will be open 24-7 to facilitate learning on demand. It will also be home to food services, making it a true hub for all student needs.
  • Environment – West Hall’s innovative function is reflected in the choice of renewable geothermal energy as its power source. Costing an additional $400,000 initially, the system has an expected payback period of 14.5 years and continued savings to the college for at least 30 years.

Innovation Center renderingProject rendering by J. Scott Smith Visual Designs, inc.During construction, all NMC departments and services have been relocated. Among the most-visited, Dining Services has moved to the Oleson Center and the NMC Bookstore to the Health & Science Building. Find out what’s moved where here.

A formal groundbreaking event is set for late September, when NMC will also rededicate the Osterlin Fine Arts Building, renovated during 2017-18.

On its Aero Park Campus, NMC also received news that the Aero Park Labs building has been formally LEED-certified, meaning it meets standards for leadership in energy and environmental design.

Transfer Tuesdays

Know a student who plans to transfer? Want them to meet with an academic advisor from their transfer school? We give you: Transfer Tuesdays!

Held weekly on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Health & Science Lobby, advisors from colleges at NMC’s University Center including Central Michigan, Davenport, Ferris State, Grand Valley, Michigan State, Spring Arbor, and Western Michigan University will be on hand. A schedule of visiting academic advisors can be found here.

UPDATED! Parking enforcement begins Tuesday, Sept. 4

The Traverse City Parking Patrol will begin issuing citations for parking violations at NMC on Tuesday, September 4. All faculty, staff and students must have their 2018-2019 permits displayed by that date.

The Traverse City Police Department has provided the following information on how to avoid parking tickets on campus by properly displaying your parking permit:

  • Place your permit in the bottom left-hand corner of your windshield.
  • Place your permit right side up. An upside-down permit will be considered invalid.
  • Hang tags must be on the rear view mirror. 
  • Be sure that the expiration date on your permit can be seen from the outside of your vehicle. (Some vehicles have a tint on the edges of their windshield, so be sure your permit is not behind a tint, as it will make it difficult to see from the outside.) When it doubt, get out of your vehicle and be sure you can see the entire permit from the outside.

If you do get a ticket, payment can be made at the red drop-off payment box at the east end of the Cedar lot in front of the Health & Science Building on main campus. You can also mail the fine in to the city, or pay at the parking services office in the public parking garage at 303 E. State St. Payment information is also on each ticket.

If you have any questions about parking enforcement on campus, please call Campus Safety & Security at (231) 995-1111.