NMC Wellness Program

March Wellness Break:

Monday- March 25, 2019

NO SWEAT WORKOUT!

10 a.m.- Great Lakes Campus 101
12 p.m.- University Center 106
3 p.m.- Main Campus- Health Science 114

No Sweat Workout:  Take a quick 15 minute break for a workout using gliding discs, bender balls & resistance bands to wake up your body’s metabolism, stimulate blood flow, and increase energy expenditure. According to Peter T. Katzmarzyk, Ph.D.: “Even within physically active individuals, there was a strong association between sitting and risk of mortality… This is an important observation because it suggests that high amounts of sitting cannot be compensated for with occasional leisure time physical activity even if the amount exceeds the current minimum physical activity recommendations.”

 

Blue Cross Participants-Don’t miss the chance for a $50 Prepaid Gift Card!

Deadline is May 31, 2019

Two easy steps:

1- Complete the online Health Assessment- The health assessment guides you through a series of questions to help discover why it is important to make healthy choices. The health assessment can be completed in as little as 10-12 minutes. After you complete the health assessment, you will be provided with a picture of your current health including any health risks.

2- Visit your doctor and have them complete the Qualification Form– The Physician Health Screening (Qualification Form) helps you establish a relationship with your primary care physician to identify health risks, and to use that information to improve your health. As part of your visit, your physician will complete the Qualification Form with you. You or your physician’s office may return the form for processing. However, it is your responsibility to ensure the form is returned on time.

Access the Qualification form here.

To access the information simply log into your BCBSM webpage- choose the Health and Wellness tab- WebMD- Take your Health Assessment. Additional information can be found under the Rewards Tab.

Media Mentions for March 11, 2019

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.

Adapted in TC
Instructor Susan Odgers’ monthly column on living with disability, Record-Eagle, March 10

Low-cost textbooks
Record-Eagle letters to the editor, March 7

NMC salary stalemate continues
Record-Eagle, March 6

TC’s narrative is changing. Here’s how to deepen our market advantage
Traverse City Business News March issue

Hawk Owl Cafe New Hours of Operation

The Hawk Owl Cafe will close at 2 p.m. Friday’s and reopen 10:30 a.m. Monday’s beginning Friday, March 8.

Meals on the Move will be providing prepared to order meals in East Hall:

  • Friday’s: 4-6 p.m.
  • Saturday’s: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Sunday’s: 4-6 p.m.

Hawk Owl Cafe New Hours of Operation:

  • Monday-Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Located in the Oleson Center

 

IAF lecture Mar. 21, Reinventing Our Cities: The Impact of Autonomous Vehicles

The International Affairs Forum presents Samuel Kling: Re-Inventing our Cities: The Impact of Autonomous Vehicles,Thursday, March 21 at 6 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Ready or not, automated vehicles are becoming part of our urban landscape. What is the promise, and peril, of the new “hands-off” technology and how will it change the way we live. $15.00 tickets at the door. FREE TO STUDENTS

Western Michigan University – Traverse City: Information Session Apr. 4

Western Michigan University at Traverse City, is hosting an Information Session regarding the Freshwater Sciences and Sustainability Bachelor’s Degree Program in Traverse City at Northwestern Michigan College: Great Lakes Campus, classroom 112, on Thursday, April 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Attendees will learn more about the Freshwater Science and Sustainability Program and details that this entire program has to offer. For more information, please contact Kim Stevens at Kim.Stevens@wmich.edu (or) 231-995-1846. We look forward to seeing you there!

Register here: wmich.edu/TCinfo

Free Health Insurance

Free health insurance for students who qualify and most do!

Help available for sign up on Wednesday, March 20, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Osterlin Library, qualified representatives from Northwest Michigan Health Agency will guide you through the process.

Register now for Big Little Hero Race April 13

TRAVERSE CITY — Students in the Professional Communications class at Northwestern Michigan College are hosting the fifth annual Big Little Hero Race in support of Big Brother Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Every year the Big Little Hero Race team chooses a local hero to lead the fun run and recognize during award ceremony. This year the class sought nominations from the public and selected Ty Schmidt, the co-founder of Norte, a nonprofit youth cycling and pro-bike, pro-walk advocacy group in Traverse City.

The superhero-themed race will be held on NMC’s main campus near the Health & Science Building. The event will include:

  • 1 mile fun run/walk: Free to participate & free cape for kids
  • 5K run/walk: $20 for students, $30 for adults
  • 10K run: $20 for students, $30 for adults

Register before March 18 for early bird prices and to guarantee a free race t-shirt. In 2017 the Big Little Hero Race was voted new favorite local race by the Traverse City Track Club.

This costume-encouraged event begins at 9 a.m. with the 1-mile fun run, followed by the officially-timed 5K and 10K at 9:30 a.m. There will also be family-friendly activities until 12:30 p.m. including food, carnival games and a silent auction.

There will be awards for:

  •      Best male costume
  •      Best female costume
  •      Best child costume (male and female)
  •      Best team costume

There will be medals for:

  •      Top 3 best times for each age group for males
  •      Top 3 best times for each age group for females

In its five years the Big Little Hero race has raised more than $80,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan in support of their goal “to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.”

To register and for more information please visit: biglittleherorace.com

Release date: march 6, 2019

For more information:

Kristy McDonald
Business Instructor
(231) 995-1059
kmcdonald@nmc.edu

Elizabeth Manor
Student Marketing Leader
(231) 384-0857
manor1@mail.nmc.edu

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.edu/non-discrimination

Nominations Open for the Staff Excellence Award and Team Excellence Award

Make a difference in the lives of your colleagues. Nominate them here: Staff Excellence Award or Team Excellence Award.

We are seeking nominations for staff colleagues (full-time, part-time, or supplemental) whose work serves to inspire us all, and who:

  • Demonstrate NMC’s Values
  • Exhibit the finest commitment ‘above and beyond’ to the NMC mission, vision, and strategic directions,
  • Made a difference at NMC over the past year (2018-2019).

Nominations must be received by 3/8/19.

The Recipient will receive a monetary award and an engraved plaque to be awarded on April 3, 2019 at the NMC Retirement and Recognition Reception.

Thank you for valuing each other.

The Employee Recognition Committee:

  • Marcus Bennett
  • Hollie DeWalt
  • Kim Gourlay
  • Constanza Hazelwood
  • Scott Herzberg
  • Lori Hodek, Chair
  • Mark Liebling
  • Taylor Nash
  • Susan Odgers
  • Nancy Parshall
  • Sheila Rupp

Read about and sign up for NMC professional development opportunities available to you in the Professional Development Institute February Newsletter!

The Outside Track Performance Mar. 13

Join us Wednesday, March 13 in the Lobby of the Health and Science building from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m for a performance by The Outside Track, an Irish band. Then from 1-1:30 p.m. they will be doing a mix of Celtic music and a history talk for students. Sodexo will be serving Corned Beef and Cabbage with Parsley Red Potatoes with Meals on the Move and the NMC bookstore will be having a flash sale!

Tech Tip: Intelligent Search in Google Drive

Quick launch summary

We’re making Enterprise improvements to the Google Drive search box on desktop available to all G Suite Editions.

Now, when you click in the search box you’ll see a range of options, including:

  • Suggested search queries: Click on a term to search for it.
  • Your top collaborators: Click on a person to search for files that you’ve collaborated with them on.
  • File types, edit history, priority items, and more: Click to show files that match the highlighted criteria.

These filters will help you find and filter content more quickly and efficiently in Drive.

Learn more »

Open Education Week 2019

NMC faculty saved students $1,257,200 since fall 2015 by choosing free or low-cost textbooks for their courses. Join the OER Squad in thanking our Textbook Heroes during Open Education Week 2019, March 4-8.

Stop by the library lobby between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and tell us how you cope with the high cost of textbooks and get a free phone holder! Come have a piece of “Million Dollar Cake” on Thursday. And check out our fabulous OER faculty and the list of courses NMC offers using free or low-cost textbooks.

Media Mentions for March 1, 2019

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.

Career Day: Learning about a career as a pastry chef
UpNorthLive, Feb. 27

NMC Innovation Center moving forward
Record-Eagle, Feb. 27

NMC presidential search committee forming
Record-Eagle, Feb. 27

NMC faculty contracts unsettled, await fact-finding panel
Record-Eagle, Feb. 26

Unique paths of GLCI grads, and its former leader
Northern Express, Feb. 23

Manitou Winds debuts album
Record-Eagle, Feb. 22

Success Story: NMC-Traverse House partnership wins award

February 27, 2019

Brenda Clifton and Scott WilliamsBrenda Clifton and Scott WilliamsDishwasher is not a job that lands on many top-ten career lists, meaning many hospitality employers, including NMC’s Hagerty Center, struggle to find them.

But for someone like Brenda Clifton, it can be life-changing.

“It helps me a lot because it gives me responsibility,” said Clifton, the Hagerty Center’s newest kitchen steward, who was initially hired through a transitional employment partnership with Traverse House, a unit of Northern Lakes Community Mental Health. “People depend on me to be there.”

Next month, the Hagerty Center will accept a statewide award for the partnership, which offers a vulnerable population an important hand up to independence and addresses an NMC strategic goal of building collaborative relationships.

“Of our independently employed individuals, probably 70 percent have been placed in a transitional experience,” said Traverse House Director Hannah Driver. She nominated the Hagerty Center, led by Executive Chef Scott Williams and Director Chad Schenkelberger, for the award, to be presented by state Rep. Larry Inman.

“They had faith in us and faith in our program, and it’s worked out wonderfully,” Driver said. “We choose the best employers.”

Under the program, two Traverse House members work as Hagerty Center kitchen stewards between 12 to 15 hours per week for six to nine months. Traverse House selects the employees, bypassing the interview process. Selected employees get work experience and an employer reference. After the transition period, ideally the individual goes on to independent employment, and a new Traverse House member takes the kitchen steward job.

Clifton, 63, says it’s the best job she’s ever had.

“I love it. The people there are really nice,” said Clifton, who now works up to 20 hours a week. She can walk to work from her home, and it offers structure to her life.

Transitional employees are usually scheduled for shorter shifts during the day. Traverse House provides backup if the employee misses work. Williams credited the entire Hagerty Center team for helping Clifton adapt to the often hectic work environment.

“It can be an intimidating environment, walking into a kitchen, for anybody,” he said, noting that Hagerty meals often seat 200 people.

Since completing the transition period, Clifton can work longer shifts on nights and weekends and doesn’t need much supervision, Williams said.

“She’s a rock star now. We love having her.”

Schenkelberger agreed the center benefits as much as the employee. “This position traditionally has one of the highest turnover rates in the hospitality industry. So this partnership has brought us a sense of security knowing we have additional members of Traverse House looking to fill the position if a spot opens up,” he said.

In fact, Williams is hoping to convert another Traverse House transitional employee to permanent status: Justin Reed, 32. For his part, Reed, a former Goodwill Inn resident, says both employment and housing help him get through daily challenges.

“I would be more hesitant to work at that employer, if there wasn’t support,” he said. “I’m a strong advocate for mental health services.”

Media Mentions for February 22, 2019

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.

Manage passwords, build rocking chairs and partner dance with NMC
TV 9 & 10, Feb. 20

Jobs for Vets event slated
Record-Eagle, Feb. 20

Recycling creating mountains of garbage
Record-Eagle, Feb. 20

Dennos holds 2019 regional juried exhibition
UpNorthLive, Feb. 19

BSUFest to highlight diversity at NMC, in community
Ticker, Feb. 18

Whitmer talks education, job training
Record-Eagle, Feb. 18

Leanne Baumeler interprets for deaf Purdue student on study abroad trip (scroll to “DRC sends sign language interpreter overseas”)
Purdue University 2018 student success report

Captain’s Dinner
Record-Eagle, Feb. 16