Thank you NMC retirees!

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Thank you to the 2021-2022 retirees — you have enriched the lives of many throughout your career at NMC and we are grateful for your contributions to our community. The retirees who will be honored at You Made it Possible: 2022 Employee Picnic and Recognition celebration next week are:

  • Barbara Assendelft Adjunct- Criminal Justice (2002-2020
  • David Bajema – Automitive Instructor (2006-2022)
  • Maureen Carlson – Staff – Extended Educational Services (1992-2021)
  • Laura Carmickle – Staff -Information Technology Services (1988 – 2021
  • Samuel Foster – Staff – Systems & LAN Management (2011-2021
  • Shayrrl McCready – Staff – Business Office (1997-2022)
  • Mindy Morton – Adjunct-Humanities (2002-2022)
  • Daniel Murphy – Maintenance Mechanic – (1982-2022)
  • Taoufik Nadji – Adjunct-Physics (1995-2022)
  • Jeff Send – Maintenance Mechanic (1986-2022)


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Upcoming fitness, yoga and wellness classes for NMC employees

Extended Education is pleased to present several opportunities for NMC employees to get active and enjoy wellness this Summer. Classes are available at our NMC Physical Education building, and local yoga studios Yoga for Health Education and Yen Yoga and Fitness. NMC tuition waiver applies for full-time employees, making these classes a great deal to try!

Fitness Conditioning with Marcia Talicska runs Monday and Wednesday evenings, May 23 through June 29. Fitness modalities include Pilates, yoga, strength training and cardio. Exercises will vary each class, and low impact modifications will be offered. Tuition waiver applies, making this class a STEAL at $20 for 11 sessions!

Several yoga classes will be offered via both livestream and in-person delivery. In-person classes will be held at local yoga studio, Yoga for Health Education, beginning June 20. Livestream classes will begin May 24. With NMC tuition waiver, classes start as low as $19/session!

Yen Yoga and Fitness is offering classes exclusively to NMC employees and those authorized for employee tuition waivers. Purchase a 30-class package for $40 with a 100% tuition waiver (a $360 value). See the full schedule of classes at Start your classes anytime; your 30-class package expires 12 months after purchase date.

We hope you can take advantage of some of these great options, while getting strong and healthy! For additional information, email or call 231-995-1700.

Dennos Spring Art Market

On Saturday, May 14th from 11a.m.—5 p.m. the Dennos Museum Center will be hosting the Spring Art Market. Over 20 talented artists will be present selling their works in media including pottery, jewelry, print, painting, glass, metal, mixed media, fiber and more. Sculptures exploring color and form by current exhibit artist, Nathalie Miebach, will be newly displayed for sale as part of the market as well as her playful series of colorful woven paper lamps.

Live art demonstrations will take place throughout the day by NMC Fine Art Faculty featuring table top printing by artist Glenn Wolff and customized ceramics by artist Zach Tate.

  • 10 a.m. —11 a.m. Members Only & NMC Staff and Students Preview – Shop & Park Early
  • 1 p.m. Children’s Art Demo & Book Signing With Local Author & Illustrator, Brianne Farley. Also visit Brianne’s newly installed dinosaur mural in the Discovery Gallery.
  • 2 p.m. Tour with our Director, Craig Hadley
  • 11 a.m.—4 p.m. Children’s Art Activity with our docents

Come out and support local artists, the Dennos Museum and NMC Art Department faculty! Enjoy free admission and special programs for all ages throughout the day.

The full list of participating artists can be viewed here.


Kudos to Kristy Jackson: Thank you to Kristy Jackson for referring our newest Client Systems Administrator, Chris Little!

Experts suggest maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” increases positivity for yourself and for others. Please encourage your colleagues by submitting a KUDOS. Let them know you appreciate their hard work and are thinking of them!

Internal Promotions

Trisha Strahan was recently promoted to Events Coordinator at the Hagerty Center, Frank Jabour was recently promoted to Chief Flight Instructor, and Chuck Miller was recently promoted to GLMA Deck Officer. Congratulations on the promotions!

Success Story: Skilled trades to transfer, grads showcase NMC’s breadth

April 27, 2022

Commencement 2022 means a quadruple celebration for the Myers-Rockwood family, whose four NMC graduates also illustrate the breadth of learning opportunities at the college.

Bridget Bernhard, David Myers and Olivia RockwoodBridget Bernhard, David Myers and Olivia RockwoodOn May 7, the blended Traverse City clan will celebrate the graduations of brothers David and Jack Myers, stepsister Olivia Rockwood, and David Myers’ fiancee, Bridget Bernhard. All four arrived at NMC via different routes, studied vastly different subjects and have distinctly different future plans. Yet the college was able to serve them all. 

“I really enjoyed it with the vast amount of curriculum I could take,” said Olivia Rockwood, 21, who enrolled in everything from anthropology to life drawing. She enrolled at NMC in the fall of 2020 to “reassess” after a year at Michigan Technological University, which wasn’t a good fit. Armed with her associate degree, this fall Rockwood will transfer to the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in product design.

Stepbrother David Myers, 26, started at NMC in 2013 as a dual-enrolled high school student. Now finishing “my 10-year, two-year degree,” he said being able to attend at his own pace was important to his persistence. 

“I’ve had a lot of great classes. (But) I don’t think I’ve ever had a full-time semester,” said Myers. His next big step is marrying Bernhard in July.

Bernhard, 28, is earning two associate degrees, one of which is in electrical renewable energy. She chose the field after taking time following her 2012 Traverse City West High School graduation to travel in the developing world. At NMC, Bernhard especially appreciated the female instructors she had in the typical male world of skilled trades. She completed an apprenticeship and is considering either pursuing a journeyman electrician’s license or transferring for a four-year degree after her wedding to David Myers.

Youngest sibling Jack Myers, 19, studied computer science and will transfer to a four-year school next year.

Parents Bill Myers and Kris Rockwood have NMC connections, too. Myers is a former NMC trustee and Rockwood, the owner of Press On Juice, has employed NMC culinary graduates.

More than 600 graduates will earn degrees and certificates from NMC in 2022. In-person commencement ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 7 in Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center.

Ross Childs, Ann Rogers named NMC Fellows

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s highest honor, the NMC Fellow award, has been bestowed for 2022 on former trustee K. Ross Childs and longtime college supporter Ann Rogers.

Ross ChildsRoss Childs (download a high-resolution version here)The two Traverse City residents each have supported the college for decades. Childs (right) served as a member of the NMC Foundation Board from 1990–1999 and as an elected member of the Board of Trustees from 2001-2020. He bookended those two decades by serving on the search committees that led to the selections of both immediate past NMC president Tim Nelson and current president Nick Nissley.

Childs epitomizes NMC values including integrity, collaboration, respect, stewardship and excellence. During his trustee service, which included two years as board chair, NMC continued to grow and flourish. Childs and his late wife, Helen, have also supported NMC philanthropically for 35 years.

Ann Rogers’ support and advocacy for NMC spans more than six decades and three generations of family. Her late husband, science instructor and 1985 Fellow Joe Rogers, spearheaded the construction of the Rogers Observatory, and she created a science scholarship as a birthday gift to him. She went on to create four scholarships, the most recent being in support of students who are active in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work at the college.

Ann RogersAnn Rogers (download a high-resolution version here)Environmental advocacy is Rogers’ (right) other passion. She is a longtime member of the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council, and can frequently be found walking across campus, taking stock of the native plants and trees she helped to plant, including clones of champion trees propagated by NMC’s 2020 Outstanding Alumnus David Milarch. Rogers is the mother of two former NMC students, and grandmother to three.

The Fellow is Northwestern Michigan College’s highest honor, awarded since 1964. Fellows may be nominated because they have demonstrated influential networking on behalf of the College, have demonstrated a pattern of outstanding financial or personal time contributions to NMC, or as a retiree of the College continue to contribute back to their academic or professional fields as volunteers, mentors or advisors. Exceptional contributions in one or more of these areas may justify nomination

See a list of past recipients.

Release date: April 25, 2022

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Associate Vice President of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
(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 event organizers — we appreciate you!

Thank you to the organizers of the numerous spring events occurring around campus including:

  • Audio Tech for hosting the Earth Day concert
  • the NMC Green Team and Student Success for organizing the Earth Week events
  • Kristy McDonald for coordinating the Big Little Hero Race
  • NMC Library for hosting the Long Night Against Procrastination
  • NMC Foundation for coordinating A Taste of Success To Go
  • Experiential Learning Institute for hosting their first annual Learning Symposium
  • Human Resources for organizing the You Made it Possible: 2022 Employee Picnic and Recognition Celebration

The hard work that you have put into these events helps to enrich our lives and unite our community.

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First Annual NMC ELI Learning Symposium

The First Annual NMC ELI Learning Symposium is set to occur from May 2—May 5 and will feature a variety of student and faculty artifacts, experiences and scholarship, including oral and poster presentations on research and community engagement projects, external programs, academic courses, service learning experiences, internships or community partnerships. The symposium will exhibit the diverse ways NMC students and faculty engage in high-impact teaching and learning.

Click here to learn more and see the full list of programming.

You Made It Possible: 2022 Employee Picnic and Recognition Celebration

We’re excited to invite you to You Made It Possible: 2022 Employee Picnic and Recognition Celebration! Please join us on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m. in the courtyard between West Hall and Founder’s Hall to celebrate this year’s service award recipients, retirees, and NMC Excellence Award recipients. Lunch will be provided.

Please Please RSVP by May 2, 2022. We hope to see you all there!

RSVP here.

2022 Service Award Recipients


5 years

  • Brady Corcoran
  • Kevin D’Alessandro
  • Justin Guillard
  • Denny Nguyen
  • CJ Schneider
  • Karl Schroeder
  • Sally Smarsty
  • Shilo Smith
  • Amy Trouslot

10 years

  • Alex Bloye
  • Cathryn Claerhout
  • Jason Dake
  • Elizabeth Sonnabend
  • Scott Welch

15 years

  • Kim Anderson
  • John Biolchini
  • Lisa Dohm
  • Tom Dunn, Jr.
  • Robin Fitzgerald
  • Constanza Hazelwood
  • Brian Heffner
  • Nate Peplinski
  • Craig Shattuck

20 years

  • Ed Bailey
  • Lisa Blackford
  • Cheryl Bloomquist
  • Cathy Brown
  • Fred Cook
  • Sandra Harrand
  • Lori Hodek
  • Georgenia Hromada
  • Wayne Moody
  • Jim Nelson
  • Barcley Owens
  • Nancy Parshall
  • Kristen Salathiel
  • Ali Thornton
  • Beckie Wooters

25 years

  • Michael Emerson
  • Margaret Fox
  • Tom Gordon
  • Mark Howell
  • Shayrrl McCready
  • Dennis Schultz

30 years

  • Dan Wasson

35 years

  • Kristi Hallett
  • Michelle Poertner
  • Jan Root


5 years

  • Renee Baker
  • Jessica Collings
  • Cheryl Myers
  • Joe Pomerville
  • Mark Roberts
  • Mary Sparks
  • Kurt Tondreau
  • Josh Wagner
  • Cathy Warner
  • Anthony Weber

10 years

  • Thomas Dollar
  • Judith Grenkowicz
  • Geoffrey Jones
  • Sara Swanson
  • Brian Sweeney

15 years

  • Lee Elston
  • Erin Robinson
  • Jason Teichman

20 years

  • Mindy Morton
  • Dianne Owens
  • Ethel Vandenberg


2021-2022 Retirees

The following employees are retiring. Congratulations on your retirement!

  • Sam Foster
  • Mindy Morton
  • Maureen Carlson**
  • Laura Carmickle**
  • Barbara Assendelft
  • Shayrrl McCready**
  • Taoufik Nadji
  • Jeff Send**
  • Dan Murphy**
  • Dave Bajema

** Emeritus

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Learn how to talk to anyone about anything and build relationships in the process. This course is a step-by-step process for enhancing communication while building accountability, and improving clarity around expectations and performance. During this 2-day, in-person training, learn how to have difficult conversations in a way that solves problems while improving relationships. Develop your skills and earn your certificate now at no cost to you!

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 & Thursday, May 26, 2022, 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
Location: Nelson Innovation Center (West Hall), Room 106/107

Click here for more details and to register

Space is limited. For questions contact or call 231-995-1143.