Festival of Foods

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020 at Hagerty Center. 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. 16 total workshops; you choose 4. Workshop descriptions available at nmc.edu/festival-of-foods. Register soon to receive first-choice of workshops at this sellout event! $99 per person ($54 with 100% tuition waiver).

Financial Aid Fair

February 12, 4-7 p.m.
Osterlin Library, Room 113

Enrollment Services at Northwestern Michigan College is pleased to offer a financial aid fair for prospective college students, parents, alumni, and current NMC students. There will be half-hour workshop sessions and time for students to meet individually with a financial aid representative. Snacks will be provided!

Sign up for half-hour workshop sessions:

  • Counting the Cost of College – comparing schools (4-4:30 p.m. & 5:30-6 p.m.)
  • Waivers and Scholarships for Native American Students (4-4:30 p.m. & 5:30-6 p.m.)
  • Types of Financial Aid (4:30-5 p.m. & 6-6:30 p.m.)
  • How to Find and Apply for Scholarships (5-5:30 p.m. & 6:30-7 p.m.)

Before or after the workshops, get one-on-one help with:

  • Completing the FAFSA by the March 1 State deadline
  • Applying for Scholarships
  • Completing financial aid requirements (for current NMC students)
  • Comparing financial aid offers
  • Student loan counseling

Priority Health Updates/Reminders

Link to Priority Health Approved Drug List- HERE

Link to updated Summaries-CORE and High Deductible

Link to Prior Authorization form for prescriptions (Traditional)- HERE

  • 90-day prescription will be 2 co-pays
  • Priority Health uses Express Scripts for mail order (same as Blue Cross)
  • When you register as a new user on the website- Priorityhealth.com- you will be asked many questions about your history (old addresses, cars, relatives…) to verify your identity.

ADP Reminders (Life Insurance Beneficiaries)

  • Please use ADP to update your address and personal phone numbers
  • Check your time off balances
  • Check-in on your life insurance beneficiaries:

ADP > Myself > Benefits > Enrollments > View Benefits

  • Be sure the date is in 2020
  • Scroll down to Employee Life section
  • If you are satisfied with the beneficiaries, no action needed
  • If you need to make a change- click on the green pencil icon to edit
  • If you need to add a beneficiary who is not listed- contact Hollie DeWalt in HR

News from the Fitness Center

  • Free NMC Fitness Center access for the month of January for NMC Staff and Faculty.
  • One new employee will win a free membership to the NMC Fitness Center and a complimentary fitness center towel.
  • Open Recreation, 12pm to 2pm in the Physical Education building.
  • Certified trainers available to help you get started on your fitness journey.
  • Snow shoes available for checkout in North Hall.

Flu Shots available

The CDC has reported that this season’s influenza virus is the worst encountered in many years. Health Services just received another shipment of influenza vaccine. Due to the severity of the flu this year, it is important to get a flu shot which is your best option for prevention.

Please stop by Health Services, LB106, anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for a flu shot.

Shots are free for faculty and staff with NMC health insurance, $20 for those without, and $15 for students (which is below our cost and the cheapest in town).

Outstanding Alumni nominations due

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwestern Michigan College alumni program is seeking nominations for the 2020 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 2.

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

The 2019 Outstanding Alumni recipients were Terry Beia, Frank Dituri and Marie Socha.

Release date: JANUARY 9, 2020

For more information:

Cameron Penny
Director of Alumni Relations
cpenny@nmc.edu
(231) 995-2825

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

Success Story: Listening, learning on Nick Nissley’s short-term agenda

January 8, 2020

NMC President Nick NissleyNick Nissley is diving into his tenure as NMC’s 11th president, immersing himself 24-7 on campus and in the region, from hiking at Empire Bluffs to dining at Front Street restaurants to a packed schedule of meetings with college stakeholders.

Among the first is a community welcome reception set for 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the Hagerty Center on NMC’s Great Lakes campus.

Nissley, 53, comes from Cincinnati and says there’s no place he’d rather be than NMC. His first day was Jan. 2, but the education executive with 25 years of leadership experience said he’s been doing his homework on the college since his contract was finalized in October 2019.

“It’s obvious to me, NMC is a strong college in a strong community – it has a proud history and a future of possibilities,” said Nissley, who describes himself as a  “possibilitarian.”

Determining which possibilities the college pursues means using this onboarding time to listen and learn. With the NMC Board and executive staff, Nissley intends to orient himself to NMC and northern Michigan by gathering information and building relationships in order to develop an understanding of what requires immediate attention; beginning an inventory of perceived organizational strengths and weaknesses and identifying key strategic challenges and opportunities.

“Ultimately, the listening and learning will help inform our ‘next steps’ as we seek to advance the College mission, together,” Nissley said, adding he considers it a privilege to be at NMC, the beneficiary of strong leadership and community support throughout its history.

“I believe in NMC’s role, that we have played historically, and that we must imagine together as we look to the future – our role in improving the lives of people and strengthening the fabric of our community.

Community invited to new president reception

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College invites the community to meet its 11th president, Nick Nissley, at a welcome reception from 5–7 p.m. Friday Jan. 17, at the Hagerty Center at NMC’s Great Lakes campus.

Nissley, an education executive with more than 25 years of experience, says there’s no place he’d rather be than NMC. While his first day in the office was Jan. 2,  Nissley said he’s been doing his homework on the college since his contract was finalized in October 2019.

“It’s obvious to me, NMC is a strong college in a strong community – it has a proud history and a future of possibilities,” he said. “Being here at NMC is a calling. It’s a calling for me to share my strengths.”

Those strengths are broad and diverse. Nissley’s career includes experience in K-12, community college and university settings. He has leadership experience in fundraising, professional development, human resources, teaching and the arts. His areas of focus include helping build individual and organization capabilities that support organizational effectiveness and innovation cultures in support of educational excellence.  Nissley describes himself as a collaborative servant leader and “possibilitarian.”

“I believe in NMC’s role that we have played historically, and that we must imagine together as we look to the future – our role in improving the lives of people and strengthening the fabric of our community. Together, let’s be driven to think and act beyond boundaries, and to achieve more than was originally imagined. That’s the possibilitarian spirit of NMC,” he said.

RSVPs are not required and there is no cost to attend the reception, which will include hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Nissley’s most recent position was Executive Director of Cincinnati’s School for Creative & Performing Arts (SCPA) — the first K-12 public creative and performing arts magnet school in the country, recognized as a model magnet arts school and a crown jewel of Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS). He previously served as Dean of the Business Division of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, one of Ohio’s largest community colleges.

Release date: January 7, 2019

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019

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

Media Mentions for January 6, 2020

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.

Newsmaker: NMC president retires, new president named
Record-Eagle, Jan 6 (more…)

Hello and Happy New Year from Nick Nissley!

Good Afternoon NMC Community!

There’s nowhere that I’d rather be today. Being here, at NMC, is a sort of calling. It’s a calling for me to share my strengths as: a possibilitarian and a servant leader. As a servant leader, I understand that my role is primarily to assist in the accomplishments and fulfillment of the hopes and expectations of others. Ultimately, that means my role is to help you as you transform student lives through the power of education. And, as a possibilitarian, I am committed to helping others to think and act beyond boundaries, and to achieve more than was originally imagined. It’s obvious to me, NMC is a strong college in a strong community – it has a proud history and a future of possibilities. As NMC’s 11th President, I am well aware that I am the beneficiary of smart decisions made by my predecessors, and I am equally passionate about sharing my leadership strengths to make a difference for our students, the faculty/staff, and the institution of NMC. I believe in NMC’s role, that we have played historically, and that we must imagine together as we look to the future – our role in improving the lives of people and strengthening the fabric of our community. So, together, let’s be driven to think and act beyond boundaries, and to achieve more than was originally imagined. That’s the possibilitarian spirit of NMC.

I appreciate that the presidency is a privileged position, not a position of privilege. I feel privileged to be able to serve and be a steward of such an awesome, profound mission. I have been preparing over the past few months, ‘doing my homework’. I have been devouring all that I can put my hands on in terms of ‘orientation materials’ (e.g., College reports, budgets, history books, and briefings), as well as engaging in conversations with the former President, Tim Nelson, and our NMC Board Chair, Chris Bott. While the very steep learning curve will obviously continue, I feel like I have a growing foundation of knowledge about the College, strong support from the College/community, and a desire to work together to continue to make a difference in the lives of those that we serve.

Northwestern Michigan College has been referred to as the community’s college, not just a community college. And, it’s already becoming clear to me, that what distinguishes NMC faculty and staff is that you have diligently served the mission-inspired tagline from the first NMC Catalog in 1951: “Community Centered, Community Serving”. We will continue that mission-driven focus.

As I’ve been going about the work of transitioning into the President role, and to further my learning, I’ve met with some other college presidents, over the past few months, including Jim Votruba, past president of Northern Kentucky University. Jim’s family owns Votruba Leather Goods, here, in Traverse City. A piece of advice that I took away from my conversation with Jim was his counsel, “Be sure that people know that you’ve unpacked your bags.” His point – that I need to demonstrate that I’m committed to the College/community for the long haul. Rest assured, my bags are unpacked. Our family has bought a home on Old Mission Peninsula. While my wife and daughters are finishing up the school year, back in Cincinnati, given that I have a high school senior and freshman; they will be joining me in early summer. That means I’ll be looking forward to being 100% present for you!

So, what can you expect from me as we get started? I will be listening and learning. Together, with NMC Board Chair, Chris Bott, and the NMC Executive Team, we have developed an ‘onboarding plan’ – a plan to identify the ‘first steps’ to guide my orientation to NMC, and pave the way for me to become acclimated and informed relative to the role and responsibilities.

Specifically, the onboarding plan will help me hear from the College community: 1) gather information, develop understanding, and build relationships; 2) develop understanding of what requires immediate attention; 3) begin an inventory of perceived organizational strengths and weaknesses; 4) identification of key strategic challenges and opportunities; and, 5) afford me insight to aspirations/possibilities.

The activities detailed in the plan serve as a blueprint for my entry into NMC. As with all blueprints, adjustments may have to be made as we progress. It’s intended to be a ‘living document’. The plan has been intentionally developed to acknowledge my areas of focus: listening and learning about the College’s history; the institution’s strengths and weaknesses; and, challenges and opportunities. Ultimately, the listening and learning will help inform our ‘next steps’ as we seek to advance the College mission, together.

I look forward to meeting you next week at the January Mid-Year Opening Conference, and as I visit you in your areas around campus. Together, let’s be what’s possible!

 – Nick Nissley, Ed.D.

Student Success Fair – A chance to win textbooks!

Who: Tutoring, Personal counseling, Advising, Success Coaches, Student Government & more
What: A time to introduce yourself to the on-campus resources that are here to help you be successful. Also, stop by the success fair either or BOTH days to enter a drawing for free textbooks up to $250 value, 2 lucky students will be selected!
Location: Health & Science Building Lobby
Date: Tuesday, January 14th & Wednesday, January 15th
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

President’s Update for December 31, 2019

Thank you all for everything you do in pursuit of “Keeping Learning at the Center.”

Notable Accomplishments provided by Faculty and Staff

This section recognizes the good work being done and linkages to the Strategic Directions (SD) and Institutional Effectiveness Criteria (IE) are provided where possible.

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2020 Outstanding Alumni Nominations

The Northwestern Michigan College Alumni Program is seeking nominations for the 2020 Outstanding Alumni award. Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 28, 2020.

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 on May 2, 2020.

The nomination form is available online on the NMC Outstanding Alumni webpage, and at this link. 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 2019 Outstanding Alumni recipients were Terry Beia, Dr. Marie Socha, and Frank Dituri. See all recipients here!

Walk-In Advising

Have students who need Spring schedule help?! Walk-In Advising sessions will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. January 13 – 20, additional dates and times available the week leading up to the semester as well. All dates and times listed below. These 15-minute sessions are offered on a first-come-first-served basis in the Advising Center (Osterlin). Call (231) 995-1040 or advising@nmc.edu with questions.

  • Monday, 1/6: 12:30 – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 1/7: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 1/8: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, 1/9: 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Friday, 1/10: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Monday 1/13 – Friday 1/17: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Monday 1/20 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

2020 Films at the Dennos – Build community, spark conversation, inspire change

The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College will continue its free film program presented by Indy Lens Pop-Up in 2020 to connect audiences of all ages with the arts. Films cover racial, environmental, housing, and other issues that frame the theme of neighborhood. Additional information can be found online at dennosmuseum.org.

Indie Lens Pop-Up, a national program that has partnered with the Dennos Museum Center for 11 years, is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships. All films are free and provide pre-film refreshments and post-film discussion.

Supported in part by Morsels of Traverse City.

Thursday, February 13, 2020 — 7:00PM Always in Season By Jacqueline Olive

 

In Always in Season, descendants of the victims and perpetrators of lynching are working together to heal a violent history. Blending observational footage with first-person testimonies and expert input, Always in Season examines the lingering impact of lynching and the link between this historic form of racial terrorism and the racial violence that exists today.

Thursday, March 5, 2020 — 7:00PM Bedlam By Kenneth Paul Rosenburg

 

Filmmaker and practicing psychiatrist, Ken Rosenberg visits ERs, jails, and homeless camps to examine our national mental health crisis. Rosenberg follows the poignant stories of people grappling with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other chronic psychiatric conditions, whose silence and shame often worsen the suffering.

Thursday, April 23, 2020 — 7:00 PM Eating Up Easter By Sergio Mata’u Rapu

 

Easter Island is a microcosm of a planet in flux. Native Rapanui grapple with a booming tourism trade that rakes in money, but brings about a changing climate that threatens the fragile ecology on the island. Rapanui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu gives voice to his fellow islanders, who struggle to balance their strong cultural heritage with modern-day challenges.

Thursday, May 14, 2020 — 7:00PM Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project By Matt Wolf

 

 

Marion Stokes secretly recorded television twenty-four hours a day for thirty years. It started in 1979 with the dawn of the twenty-four hour news cycle and ended when Marion passed away in 2012. In total, Marion recorded on 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing revolutions, lies, wars, triumphs, and catastrophes that tell us who we were and how television has shaped the world of today.

The Dennos Museum Center is open daily 10 AM to 5 PM, Thursday until 8 PM, and Sundays 1-5 PM. For information on the Museum and its programs, go to www.dennosmuseum.org or call 231-995-1055. The Dennos Museum Center is located at 1410 College Dr., Traverse City, MI 49686, at the entrance to the campus of Northwestern Michigan College.