Festival of Foods Feb. 2

At Festival of Foods, you will learn new cooking skills and get fresh ideas from area chefs and gourmet food artisans. Enjoy tasty samplings in this learn-a-lot-quick experience on Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for $99. Each hour highlights four workshops you select your favorite 4 of the 16 options. Local presenters, including Chef Eric Nittolo (Lochenheath Golf Club), Chef Janene Silverman (Raduno), Andre Bushell (Dickey’s BBQ) and Kim Fish (The Cheese Lady), will be joined by many outstanding chefs and food experts and there will be tastings throughout. View the schedule of sessions here, then register for this sellout event by calling 231-995-1700!

Outstanding Alumni nominations due

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwestern Michigan College alumni program is seeking nominations for the 2019 Outstanding Alumni award. Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 28.

Celebrated since 1988, the Outstanding Alumni award recognizes alumni for significant professional achievements and/or exemplary leadership in the local or global community. The award(s) will be presented at NMC’s annual Commencement ceremony May 4.

The nomination form is available online.  Nominations may also be e-mailed to Director of Alumni Relations, Cameron Penny, at alumni@nmc.edu or mailed to the NMC Alumni Relations, 1701 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI 49686.

The 2018 Outstanding Alumni recipients were Ed Reynolds, Dr. Robert Tanis, and Trevor Tkach. See all recipients here »

Release date: January 14, 2019

For more information:

Cameron Penny
Director of Alumni Relations
(231) 995-2825



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.edu/non-discrimination

Media Mentions for January 11, 2019

The following college events and stories have appeared in the media in the past three weeks. 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.

Survey degree approved for fall enrollment
GIS Café, Jan. 10

Nearly 70 on NMC dean’s list
Leelanau Enterprise, Jan. 10

New data shows child care providers down 30 percent
Record-Eagle, Jan. 9

Cheers: to NMC students who formed Hybrid Robotics
Record-Eagle, Jan. 7

Competitive wages at the top of the list for NMC faculty
Record-Eagle, Jan. 5

Get active with NMC this year
TV 9 & 10, Jan. 2

Hybrid Robotics creates flying/diving drone
Record-Eagle, Jan. 2

Traverse City Business News January issue
Community leaders wanted
Business and (community) service go hand in hand

Experiencing Northern Michigan 2018 and looking forward to 2019
TV 9 & 10 Jan. 1

Cheers: To Gene Jenneman on his impending retirement
Record-Eagle, Dec. 31

Dennos Museum Center director announces retirement
UpNorthLive, Dec. 30
Record-Eagle, Dec. 28
TV 9 & 10, Dec. 26

Local food scene ends year with a bang
Record-Eagle, Dec. 29

Bikes for all
Record-Eagle, Dec. 24

Laughlin retires, culinary legacy lives on
Record-Eagle, Dec. 21

HBA Home Expo 2019

Saturday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Sunday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

The Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area (HBAGTA) is pleased to present the 35th annual Home EXPO. Each year the Home EXPO showcases new building trends, products, ideas, and inspiration! Whether you are a homeowner looking to buy or if you’re planning to build a new home, this family-friendly event is for you!

NMC’s Construction Technology department will host a booth highlighting the actual plans of the build the students are doing for the competition as well as offering information regarding programs offered in the construction trades to Expo attendees.

Learn more here »

Meals on the Move

This semester we are starting something new. It’s called Meals on the Move. It will be a cook-to-order hot meal. For now, join us Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Health & Science Building.

  • Monday, January 14: Local Bay Bread Sourdough Bread Bowl with choice of Chili or Broccoli Cheddar Soup & a Bottle of Water, $7.49
  • Wednesday, January 16: Tex Mex Beef or Vegetable Taco Bowl and a Bottle of Water, $7.49

This will be a cashless location and will only accept Credit or Meal Plan Cards.

Support Students One Bean at a Time!

Throughout the month of January, the NMC Foundation is a recipient of the Beans for Bags project at Oryana Natural Foods Market. It’s easy to support student scholarships at Oryana this month, simply:

1. Shop at Oryana in January
2. Bring your own bag(s)
3. Put one bean per bag in the NMC Foundation jar at the Customer Service counter

We’re supporting NMC students as they pursue their educational dreams at NMC one bean at a time!

New Year, New Look for the Website

Happy New Year NMC! 

In the past few days we launched a new look for nmc.edu. This was a great team effort with a lot of input from students and employees. The goal was to help make it easier for potential students to take action from the homepage. While not a total redesign, the relaunched site has a new look and feel. There may be a few kinks to work out in the beginning. Please let us know if you see something that might need a tweak. And as always, we welcome your feedback.
Your PR, Marketing and Communications Team

GVSU PA Program Preview Day Jan. 18

Friday, January 18, 1-3 p.m., University Center 09 (basement)

Are you interested in finding out more about GVSU’s Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) program? Come to the PAS program preview event on January 18 from 1-3 p.m. During this afternoon session, you will have a chance to meet with the PAS program assistant director, members of the PAS Admission Committee, Advisor, and current GVSU PAS students. We will be available to answer any of your admission and/or program related questions and will also provide a tour of the facilities used by the PAS program. This event is open to anyone interested in the PAS program.

Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

This event will also be supported by the Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) Pre-PA club.

Scholarship Success Workshop Feb. 12

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
NMC University Center Room 204, upstairs

Need help finding scholarship dollars? Free Workshop! RSVP now.

Grand Valley State University in Traverse City is offering a one-hour workshop on university and local scholarships available to you. This is a great asset for both current students as well as people thinking about going back to school! Learn Tips and Tricks on how to write a winning essay and what the committees are looking for. With any questions or concerns, please email us at nminfo@gvsu.edu or call our office at (231) 995-1785.

RSVP at GVSU.edu/traverse/events.

January 7 – Mid-Year Opening Conference

This is a reminder that Monday, January 7, 2019, is Mid-Year Opening Conference at NMC’s Hagerty Center.  The morning session should be of interest to all NMC faculty and staff. The afternoon will be focused on sessions for NMC instructors. 

Below is a timeline for the day and descriptions of the sessions led by guest speaker Dr. Randy Bass, of Georgetown University. You should have also received calendar appointments for the appropriate portions of the day.

7:45 – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast available

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Campus updates

10:00-10:15 a.m.


10:15-11:45 a.m.

“Higher Education and the Future of Human Learning”
Guest Speaker: Randy Bass

11:45-12:00 p.m.

Morning Wrap Up

12:00-12:45 p.m.

Lunch for afternoon attendees

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.

Announcements–EMT, CIE, Other?

1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

“Designing for the High-Impact Integrative Experiential Learning”
Guest Speaker: Randy Bass, for faculty (+anyone else)
(Break at 2:30–OER awards and $1,000,000 Cake)

Higher Education and the Future of Human Learning
What would it look like to design higher education for the most pressing needs of our present and future? Are we doing the most we can to prepare learners for a future reshaped by powerful challenges and opportunities? The discourse and events of recent years suggest that we need a new narrative for the role that higher education can play in shaping a sustainable future, one that prioritizes both integrative learning (cultivating the traits that are most human) and inclusive excellence (seeking success for the broadest range of students). In this space of integration and inclusion, every educator has a critical role. This interactive presentation will explore the ways that higher education can begin to ask more of itself, from the classroom to the institution, including pragmatic ways that educators can think about engaged learning, data and evidence of impact, and the needs of the present and future that higher education must do an ever better job of serving.

Designing for High-Impact Integrative Experiential Learning
In this interactive workshop we will use a number of different frameworks and strategies to help educators redesign courses or parts of courses to incorporate experiential components. The purpose of the workshop is to provide some broad concepts and ideas to be used over time as well as concrete strategies for pedagogy and assessment that can be implemented immediately. There will be ample time to develop and bounce ideas, as well as interact with colleagues around best practices and potential collaborations.

President’s Office
1701 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI
Phone: (231) 995-1010


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Wellness Updates

What’s Happening with NMC WELLNESS?

December Wellness Newsletter can be found here.

How much Physical Activity do I need in 2019? Click here.

January Wellness Break on Monday- Jan 28

Core Workout- Join Marissa for 15 minutes of core stimulation. Weak core muscles can lead to more fatigue, less endurance and injuries. Learn to interact with all the muscles that control your waistline and improve your posture.

  • Be prepared for floor activity
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Bring a water bottle

10 a.m.  – University Center 106
Noon – Les Biederman 208
2:15 p.m. – Great Lakes 103
3 p.m. – Parsons Stulen 112

Success Story: Two TC students forge forward this fall

December 19, 2018

NMC seeks to help each student achieve their personal definition of success. As the fall 2018 semester concludes, enjoy a tale of two very diverse students, each succeeding in her own way.

Maria LeggettThis semester, on the heels of an internship in Seattle and a study-abroad trip to Italy, Maria Leggett, 27, completed the requirements for her culinary degree and co-founded a student group, all while working in two Traverse City restaurants.

She’s come a long way since she first enrolled, after graduating from Traverse City West High School in 2010. Then she studied business, but found it wasn’t for her. Leggett left and tried a range of jobs — factory work, banking, and the food industry. After three years she decided to give college a second try, re-enrolling in fall 2016. Her passion for food led her to the Great Lakes Culinary Institute.

She’s most proud of the student group, Spoonful of Foodies, which works to spread Traverse City’s “super foodie town” culture to the college, working with the food pantry to offer cooking demonstrations.

“Simple recipes that college students who have limited equipment can prepare,” Leggett said. “Some students just don’t know how to cook.”

While she clearly does, Leggett says she loves learning and plans to go on a second study abroad trip to Italy in the spring, while continuing to work at Trattoria Stella and The Good Bowl. Eventually she’d like to combine ethnic cuisines and work in a fusion-style kitchen.

Hannah KrohnHannah Krohn, 20, is also a Traverse City native, graduating from Grand Traverse Academy in 2017. She maintains a 4.0 grade point average, serves on NMC Student Government, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international community college honor society, and three other college groups, all while managing severe dyslexia.

This semester, her class in Western Civilization helped Krohn to enhance and refine a language of symbols and color coding that she uses to compensate for poor reading fluency of traditional, written text. Her textbooks are audio and tests are read aloud, but her original language is key to effective studying.

“It’s the semester when I’m feeling the impact,” of the effort she’s put forth since enrolling in fall 2017, Krohn said. The Writing and Reading Center helped her create a resume that earned her a summer job as a behavioral technician, working with autistic children.

Her 4.0 GPA notwithstanding, her proudest achievement is the independent study in ceramics that she was approved for this semester. Post-graduation in 2020, she’d like to use her sculpting skills working as an installer for three-dimensional pieces in aquariums and museums.

In the meantime, she loves NMC.

“I really like the environment. There’s a small community and they’re very accepting here,” Krohn said.

Sad News

Jack Ozegovic, instructor in NMC’s Fine Arts Department for over 20 years, passed away December 15. He was 86 and a resident of Lawrence, Kansas at the time of his passing. Read his obituary here.

From Glenn Wolff:

“I have learned sadly that we lost another very fine artist and elder yesterday. Jack Ozegovic, a great friend and mentor to me and many others, created the Printmaking department at Northwestern Michigan College back in the ’60s. Learning intaglio and lithography in that studio under his patient instruction, then working as his assistant, had a profound influence on me as an artist. He was also wise enough to boot my ass out the door after two years, insisting I go on to art school, when I was wavering about leaving. It was a true full circle honor recently to be hired by NMC and take over teaching that printmaking class. Thank you Jack. I will strive to do justice to that wonderfully analog shop that you created.”

From Paul Welch:

“Jack Ozegovic, Norm Averill, and I (right to left) were the beginning of the NMC Art department in the early 1960’s. We hired Jack from Gettysburg College, to develop the printmaking program at the college. It was his efforts and others who saw the major growth of the fine arts in the 1960’s and ’70s. Eventually, because of fine arts expansion, the art program moved into the Bauhaus designed Shirley Okerstrom Fine Arts Building on the campus. Jack is gone but not forgotten.”

New degrees approved

TRAVERSE CITY — New degrees in culinary sales and surveying will be offered beginning with the fall 2019 semester after unanimous approval by NMC’s Board of Trustees Monday.

Both associate in applied science degrees are intended to offer additional employment options to students post-graduation.

The culinary sales degree includes culinary and general business courses already offered at NMC. It will expand upon the college’s current restaurant-focused culinary offerings and prepare students to work in food and beverage sales and marketing departments.

“As the popularity of specialty foods grows, so does the demand for education and training. It is envisioned that this program would serve to define NMC as a regional leader in this area,” said Stephen Siciliano, vice president for academic affairs.

The surveying degree complements existing training in marine technology and unmanned aerial systems. NMC offers the only bachelor’s degree in marine technology in the nation and has gone from being an early adopter in UAS training to an industry leader.

“With the addition of this degree, NMC will have a comprehensive pathway from degree through professional development in the platform triad of marine, air, land – unique among community colleges nationally,” said Marguerite Cotto, vice president for lifelong and professional learning.

Registration for fall semester classes begins March 13, 2019.


Release date: December 18, 2018

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communication
(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. nmc.edu/non-discrimination