Passport 2017 Brown Bag Student Lecture Series

 November 16, 12:15-1 p.m.
Location: Founder’s Hall, room 110

The Passport Student Lecture Series is a chance to explore other cultures through the experiences of NMC international students. Bring your lunch and hear “Jack” Tzu-Chun Hsu speak about his home country of Taiwan.

Global endorsement students, please bring your GE passport so it can be stamped and earn your GE event points!

Innovation Grants are due December 1

The deadline for the spring semester’s round of Innovation Grant applications is December 1. Applications must be submitted to your area Vice President by this date.

It is strongly recommended that you discuss your proposal idea with your Vice President before developing the full proposal. VPs do have the authority to reject an application but can also provide valuable feedback to help develop great proposals that are more likely to be successful!

Find more information about innovation grants here: Or check out the quick links on the NMC Foundation’s home page at

Please note that ALL applicants are required to do a 5-minute presentation for the committee plus plan 5 minutes for Q&A.

NMC Veterans Day Activities, November 13

Dear colleagues:

On Monday, November 13, NMC will observe Veterans Day with morning activities to mark the day with special recognition for student, faculty, and staff veterans. Please encourage and allow any veterans in your classes and offices to attend the breakfast, Walk of Honor, and Flag Raising Ceremony.

I strongly encourage the entire campus to line up along the sidewalks from West Hall to the flagpoles west of the Tanis Building to support the veterans taking part in the Walk of Honor that begins promptly at 9:20 a.m. Afterwards, there will be a Flag Raising Ceremony conducted by the VFW with Traverse City Central High School Marching Band performing the Star Spangled Banner.

The entire campus community is invited to stop by for coffee and cake that will be served in the West Hall lobby from 10 a.m. to noon in honor of veterans. An invitation to a free public public showing of the documentary Almost Sunrise is also attached to this e-mail. The documentary will be shown on Wednesday, November 8 at 7 p.m., followed by Q&A with local combat veterans.

Serving those who have served us is a year-round priority at NMC, and I’m extremely proud that NMC has been certified for the third consecutive year as a Gold-Level Veteran Friendly School by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency for our commitment to supporting the needs of student veterans and dependents. The program awards Gold-, Silver-, or Bronze-Level status to institutions that offer veteran-centric services and programs.

Thank you for giving your time to recognize our military veterans and thank them for their service.


Timothy J. Nelson, President
1701 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI
Phone: (231) 995-1010


Veteran’s Day Agenda 2017

Almost Sunrise Flyer

Registration PUSH

Join us in promoting Spring and Summer registration this week! Remind your students to see their advisor, make a Plan, and get registered for classes before November 17 (our next New Student Orientation).

You’ll see posters, monitor announcements, emails, and banners around campus encouraging students to register. Join in to help make this a big registration PUSH for our students! Contact Advising for more tips!




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Submit a Kudos here.

Kudos to Judy Druskovich:  Judy acts as the student adviser for the GLMA contingent of the nationwide Women on the Water group. GLMA hosted the very first WOW conference several years ago and it came full circle back to GLMA this year (each year a different Maritime Academy hosts). This (student) maritime professional development conference was held in the Hagerty Center October 26-28, 2017. Judy almost single handedly liaised with industry, other Academies, Federal agencies and cadets to make this conference the success that it was. She obtained sponsorship for various aspects of the conference; scheduled panel speakers for sessions, keynote and guest speakers; obtained video addresses from both Senator Debbie Stabenow and the Maritime Administrator RADM Mark Buzby; arranged networking events; scheduled cadet watchkeeping duties etc. Some assistance was provided by WOW group members at GLMA (again, cadet scheduling by Judy) and the NMC Foundation for registration purposes, but Judy took this large project on with dedication, professionalism and always a sunny disposition. This project was undertaken in addition to her full time Admissions role. Kudos Judy!


Position Vacancies & Supplemental Employment

Are you looking for career opportunities? Find them here! Current openings include:


Position Vacancies

  • GLMA Deck Instructor

  • Chemistry Adjunct Instructor

  • Automotive Adjunct Instructor

  • Math Adjunct Instructor

  • Developmental Math Adjunct Instructor

Supplemental Employment

  • Banquet Server – Hagerty Center
  • Kitchen Steward
  • Student Health Services Nurse

The Long Night Against Procrastination IV

It’s back! The NMC Library will once again be hosting the Long Night Against Procrastination with the Writing & Reading Center, Tutoring, and the Student Success Center. 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. on Thursday, November 30. Free pizza at 7 p.m. and midnight. Free coffee and snacks all night long! Help from WRC readers, librarians, and tutors. It’s time to CRUSH those final papers and projects, NMC!

NMC Veterans Day Tribute events for Monday, Nov. 13

8:30-9:15 a.m.

FREE breakfast for Active Duty and Military Veterans (Hawk Owl Cafe, located in West Hall). Veterans/Service members are welcome to arrive anytime within this time frame, but breakfast will conclude at 9:15 (Welcoming remarks provided by NMC President Tim Nelson and POC Scott Herzberg)

flag9:20 a.m.

Walk of Honor. All Service members and Veterans will walk together to the flag pole for a flag raising ceremony (led by the VFW, Post 2780 Honor Guard and TC Central High School drum line).
The campus community will line the walking route on both sides of the sidewalk to honor our Service members and Veterans.

9:30-9:45 a.m.

Flag ceremony presented by the VFW, Post 2780 Honor Guard
* Star Spangled Banner performed by the TC Central Marching Band
* Scott Herzberg, POC of Military & Veteran Services will MC the event and provide general comments
* Taps and a rifle salute in honor of the fallen will be performed


Other Veterans Day Tributes

  • NMC’s Educational Media Technology Department has created a tribute to our veterans.  The video consists of ‘Thank You’ posters made by area youth, along with special music created by NMC’s Audio Tech Program.
  • ‘Thank you’ posters made by local 4th and 5th grade students will be displayed in the West Hall Cafeteria
  • In honor of our veterans, coffee and cake will be served in the West Hall lobby for our campus community (10 a.m.–Noon)

Don We Now Our Worst Apparel!

Do you and your team have the style, swagger and seasonal spirit to rock an ugly sweater? Will last year’s champs, the Aviation team, win the coveted trophy, and the bragging rights again this year? There’s only one one way to find out! 

Send the best of your worst to by 5 p.m. Thursday, December 14

We will announce the winning team at the NMC Employee holiday party December 15. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!


Food Pantry Opening

As of yesterday, November 1, 2017, the NMC Food Pantry is accepting orders! Please tell students that they can place up to weekly orders for food and personal hygiene items by filling out the linked form at: The link to the form can also be found on the student Home page.

The Food Pantry Team has been meeting for months and is pleased to invite you to donate your time, money, and/or food to help this cause.

  • Time — please consider volunteering for a shift to learn how our process works and so you can tell others about your experience. We’re using (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity. 

    Please sign up to be a Food Pantry Volunteer! 

    Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps: 
    1. Click here to go to our invitation page on 
    2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on 
    3. Sign up! Choose your spots – will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! *

  • Money — there’s a payroll deduction for the Food Pantry now. Please go to: Since at least 5 of our students in an average 40 student classroom could be food insecure, we are collect money and food under the name: The Minus 5 Project. If NMC employees donated $5 per paycheck per person, we could raise $78,000 per year to combat student food needs and beyond! 
  • Food — you can always donate non-perishable food items at any of the three main desks in the library.

Any questions, contact the Student Life Office at 995-1118. Thank you so much for your support of our students!

*Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Lisa Thomas at to sign up manually.

Veterans Day tribute

Veterans Day tribute

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College will again pay tribute to enrolled and employed veterans with several events in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 13.

  • 8:30 a.m. – Veterans’ breakfast. Free breakfast for all veterans and active duty military in the Hawk Owl Cafe in West Hall.
  • 9:20 a.m. – Walk of Honor. The campus community is invited to line up along the sidewalks from West Hall to the flagpoles west of the Tanis Building. Led by the Traverse City Central High School drum line, veterans will walk from West Hall to the flagpoles.
  • 9:30 a.m. – Flag raising ceremony conducted by the VFW with the Traverse City Central High School band.
  • 10 a.m.-noon – Coffee and cake served in West Hall for the entire campus community in honor of veterans.

About 5 percent of NMC students are veterans, and serving those who have served is a year-round priority at NMC, which established an office of Military and Veterans Services in 2012. It works with the larger college community to foster an environment that leads to veteran success. Results thus far:

  • For the third consecutive year NMC has been certified as a Gold-Level Veteran-Friendly School by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.
  • Named the fifth-best “Best for Vets” community college nationwide by Military Times in 2016.
  • NMC provides no-interest loans to veterans waiting for processing of their benefit checks, so they may enroll immediately.
  • NMC makes up the difference between military pay and NMC pay for reservist employees who are called to active duty. Family enrollment in all benefits also continues.
  • Since 2008, NMC has participated in a DOD agreement providing in-state (out of district) tuition rates for active duty military and their dependents, regardless of their legal residence

Release date: November 3, 2017

For more information:

Scott Herzberg
POC, Military and Veterans Services
231) 995-2526


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.

Sign up for Academic WorldQuest

Sign up for Academic WorldQuest

TRAVERSE CITY — Registration is now open to all area high schools for the fifth annual Academic WorldQuest, a free, quiz bowl-style team competition on international affairs set for Feb. 1 at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City.

Teams consist of four students and an adviser. Schools may field more than one team. Petoskey High School won the 2017 regional competition. More than 4,000 high school students compete nationwide. The winning team gets a trip to Washington D.C. to compete at the national level in late April, an experience that previous winners have described as “the trip of a lifetime.” All participating students will have the chance to win a number of great door prizes the day of the competition, plus lunch.

The International Affairs Forum and Northwestern Michigan College organize the competition. To get involved;

  • E-mail by Nov. 22 to indicate your school’s interest.
  • Teams will answer ten rounds of ten multiple-choice questions on preselected topics. Study materials are provided online.
  • The competition will be held on February 1, 2018 at NMC’s Hagerty Center, noon-4 pm.

Watch a video of the 2017 competition here.

Release date: November 2, 2017

For more information:

Karen Segal
International Affairs Forum co-chair
(231) 715-6064


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.

Campus Thanksgiving Feast

Join us November 15, 2017 for an All Day, All You Can Eat Campus Thanksgiving Feast 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the West Hall Cafeteria. Sponsored by Student Life and NMC Alumni Association

Your cost: $6.99

NMC has lost another friend

Dear College Community:

It is with regret that I share the news of Dr. Lornie Kerr’s passing.  Lornie had a long history of service to NMC beginning as Dean of Students in 1970.  He served as Acting President of NMC in 1986 and retired as Vice President of Student and Administrative Services in 1989.  He was a national leader in international education efforts serving as consultant to or committee chairperson in multiple organizations including the American Association of Community Colleges and the U.S. State Department Bureau of Cultural affairs.

Nancy and I had the privilege of working for and with Lornie during our time here in the 1970s. He was a dedicated professional who cared deeply for students, staff and the college.  He stayed connected to NMC and I was fortunate to have a number of meaningful conversations with him after my appointment as president.  He will be missed.

Visitation is Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Presbyterian Church from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 3 at 11 a.m. the the Presbyterian Church with visitation beginning at 10 a.m.


Timothy J. Nelson, President
1701 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI
Phone: (231) 995-1010