Juneteenth celebration

NMC’s 3rd annual Juneteenth celebration will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19 in the courtyard outside of Founders Hall* on the Front Street campus. Food trucks, games and activities will be available. All are welcome. Contact Marcus Bennett at mbennett@nmc.edu for further information.

*In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will be held inside the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center.

 

Media mentions for June 3, 2024

The following college events and stories have appeared in the media recently. 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 NMC Library.

Oh, the places they’ll go: Traverse City’s graduating class of 2024
Ticker, June 2
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Upcoming Extended Education classes for employees

NMC’s tuition waiver benefits extend beyond credit classes—take a fitness class, learn a new hobby, or even enjoy a date night with your partner. Check out these upcoming classes! Place the class in your shopping cart in order to see the discount. 

Want to view upcoming classes at a glance? View the NEW Calendar of Classes.

Date Night: Sip & Savor Southern ItalyExtended Education Date Night Southern Italy
Tuesday, June 11; 6–7:30 p.m,
Employee price: $46 for two people (public price $149)
Crave the magic of southern Italian flavors? Embark on a food and wine pairing journey with Christa and Brian, fresh from their Food and Wine Tour of Italy in 2023! Uncork the secrets of pairing peppery Aglianico with savory pizzas and juicy Primitivo with rustic orecchiette. Learn the art of pairing like a pro and discover the perfect match for every dish.
Register here

Instant Piano (or Guitar) for Hopelessly Busy PeopleMusic NMC EES class
Piano: Tuesday, June 18; 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Guitar: Wednesday, June 19; 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Employee price: $19 (Public price $89)
Do you have a piano, keyboard or guitar that you’ve been meaning to learn to play, but never seem to have the time? Enter Craig Coffman, creator of Chords Are Key. His one one-night, virtual workshops will teach you chords that will have you playing instantly and enjoying music for years to come!
Register here

Confronting Racism: A Visit to the Jim Crow MuseumNMC Extended Education Jim Crow museum trip
Note: NMC Employees – this one-day trip could count toward your DEIB goal. Seats limited!
Fri, Nov 1; 10a – 5:30p
Employee price: $75 (public price $199)
Step into community and conversation with your fellow citizens here in Northern Michigan to explore the history of race relations in America through a unique lens at the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Imagery at Ferris State University.
Register here

 

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Zoom AI companion tools

Zoom has some great AI companion tools offering meeting summaries, smart recordings and whiteboard content generation. These tools are not activated for all, but are available for all. Please follow these instructions if you wish to turn on these tools. They fall under Zoom’s license and do not sell users’ information as many platforms do. Enjoy the AI!

Duplicate Priority Health ID cards

You may have received a random set of ID cards in the mail from Priority Health recently. They are duplicates that were sent out accidentally. The information is correct and either your original card or the new one will work for your needs.

Self-evaluations are due in NEOED Perform

Please refer to the timelines for your employee group and complete your self-review as soon as possible if you haven’t already done so.

Adjunct Faculty:

  • 5/12/24 – Adjunct self-evaluations due
  • 6/26/24 – Supervisors evaluations finalized & meetings conducted
  • 6/26/24 – Acknowledge Meeting Sign-off Electronically (Both)

Staff:

(Note: The staff performance evaluation due date of 6/30/2023 is incorrect.)

  • 5/17/24 – Staff self-evaluations due
  • 6/24/24 – Supervisor evaluations & meetings due (forms signed electronically by supervisor and employee)
  • 6/24/24 – Staff goal planning meetings completed
  • 7/19/24 – Staff goal plans due to supervisors (electronically)
  • 7/26/24 – Supervisors approve staff goal plans
  • 7/26/24 – Staff begin working on their new goals

Faculty (FEP Dates):

  • 5/24/24 – Faculty self-evaluations due
  • 7/22/24 – Supervisors evaluations finalized & meetings conducted
  • 9/13/24 – All Faculty annual goal plans submitted to supervisor
  • 10/11/24 – Annual Plan goals approved by supervisors
  • 10/11/24 – Faculty begin working on goals

For additional support, please contact Human Resources at hr@nmc.edu, (231)995–1143 or enter a HelpDesk ticket.

Upcoming Extended Education classes for employees

NMC’s tuition waiver benefits extend beyond credit classes—take a fitness class, learn a new hobby, or even enjoy a date night with your partner. Check out these upcoming classes! Place the class in your shopping cart in order to see the discount. 

Want to view upcoming classes at a glance? View the NEW Calendar of Classes.

Date Night: Paris in SpringtimeNMC Extended Education french cooking class
Tuesday, June 4; 6-9 p.m.
Employee price: $46 for two people (public price $175)
Celebrate the wonders of spring with the tantalizing flavors of French cuisine. Learn how to properly cook salmon and make an accompanying white wine pan sauce. Experience making herbed butter, savory soufflés, lemon mousse, and more! This will be a fun meal to prepare and a delicious one to share with someone special.
Register here

Explore Pen & WatercolorNMC Extended Education watercolor class
Wednesdays, June 5 & 12; 6:30–9 p.m.
Employee price: $39 (Public price $99)
Have you dabbled in sketching or watercolor painting? Are you an addicted doodler? Are you intrigued about adding an illustrative perspective to your work? Join Jan Oliver, watercolor artist, and look at nature, close up, and capture what you see using pencil, pen, and watercolor paint.
Register here

Weight StrengtheningExtended Education weight strengthening class at NMC
16 sessions; Tuesday/Thursdays, June 18-August 15; 7-8 a.m.
Employee price: $25 (public price $175)
Aerobic exercise is not enough to keep the body well-conditioned; research shows the need for the addition of weekly weight strengthening. We will focus on all major muscle groups resulting in increased strength, better posture, greater mobility, improved metabolism, and a slowing of the development of osteoporosis. All levels are welcome.
Register here

 

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Media mentions for May 28, 2024

The following college events and stories have appeared in the media recently. 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 NMC Library.

Adapted in TC: The patient revolution is here
Instructor Susan Odgers’ monthly column on living with disability, Record-Eagle, May 26
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IAF completes 30th season with demographics expert on global population, migration

The International Affairs Forum’s 30th season concludes at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12 with a fascinating presentation by Jennifer Sciubba, Ph.D., President & CEO of Population Reference Bureau, political demographer, and author of 8 Billion and Counting: How Sex, Death, and Migration Shape Our World. As one of the foremost experts in the field of political demography, Dr. Sciubba’s work argues that “a deeper understanding of fertility, mortality, and migration trends points us toward the investments we need to make today to shape the future we want tomorrow.”

Jennifer Sciubba NMC IAF

Dr. Sciubba is affiliated with the Wilson Center and the Hess Center for New Frontiers at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, both in Washington, DC. She is formerly a tenured professor at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. She has studied at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, and served as a demographics consultant to the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy).

This event is sponsored by TentCraft. Books will be available for purchase and signing, provided by Brilliant Books.

The event will be held at the Milliken Auditorium in the Dennos Museum Center. There will be a welcome reception at 6 p.m., with the program following at 7 p.m. The program is also available to livestream online.

Visit TCIAF.com for event details and to secure in-person & online tickets. Event admission is free for students, educators, and all NMC employees. 

 

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Pride Carnival

NMC Pride CarnivalNMC will host the annual Pride Carnival in partnership with Up North Pride on Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. at NMC’s Front Street Campus.

The family-friendly event is open to the public and will feature food trucks, games, activities and giveaways. 

 

 

Kudos!

Kudos to Alex Walsh. Since partnering with NMC through MCAN nearly two years ago, Alex has consistently gone above and beyond for every student he meets. Over the past year alone, he took two veterans to a national conference and organized a day of free activities at Jacobs’ Farm for all veterans on Veterans’ Day. Additionally, Alex assisted a refugee from Afghanistan in becoming an NMC student and mentored them through a successful year, culminating in the student receiving the Student Award for Perseverance just a few weeks ago. Thank you, Alex, for all you have done for NMC. We wish you the best as you embark on your next journey in law school.

Kudos to Amy Burns-Bailey, Carolyn Andrews, Ryan Deering, John Lutchko, and Hans Van Sumeren. Kudos to Amy Burns-Bailey for coordinating NMC sessions at the Spring MEATA (Michigan Educators Apprenticeship & Training Association) Conference. Thank you to Carolyn Andrews, Ryan Deering, and the APL crew for the pre-conference activities and to John Lutchko and Hans Van Sumeren for showcasing the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute in a conference session. It was wonderful to see NMC highlighted!


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!

Welcome our newest hires

These employees recently started working at the college. Let’s welcome them to the NMC community!

    • Tyler Bristol, supplemental employee – Marine Technology Research Assistant
    • Katherine Grace, supplemental employee – Dennos Museum Assistant
    • Megan Dagen, supplemental employee – Learning Services Office Assistant
    • Aris Tarcinski, student employee – Aviation Line Crew

NMC names 2024 excellence winners

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College has recognized the following employees for excellence in the 2023–24 academic year:

Tammy ColemanTammy Coleman (download high-resolution photo)Imogene Wise Faculty Excellence Award: Tammy Coleman, biology. Chosen by a student selection committee, award criteria includes teaching excellence, rapport with students, innovation in the classroom and a sense of dedication. Student nominators said of Coleman, who began teaching at NMC in 2014:

  • “Anatomy and Physiology II with Tammy Coleman is a class I would take over and over again if I could. Not only did I learn key concepts for nursing school, but the class opened my eyes to my own health and encouraged me to create healthy habits.”
  • “Tammy hand wrote each student at least 2 cards throughout the semester that provided some sort of encouragement and appreciation for each students hard work.”
  • “She created assignments that focused our reading and learning so we were able to get the most out of each lesson. She formatted the exams to require us to not only utilize what we had learned in class, but to utilize our critical thinking in a real world way.”

Initiated by a contribution from longtime NMC benefactors Harold and Imogene Wise in 1970, the award was first made to a full-time faculty member in 1971.

Sam Boase-MillerSam Boase-Miller (download high-resolution photo)Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award: Sam Boase-Miller, music. Chosen by a student selection committee, award criteria includes teaching excellence, rapport with students, innovation in the classroom and a sense of dedication. Student nominators said of Boase-Miller, who began teaching in the music department in 2018:

  • “He has provided such a positive outlook on education, which has enhanced my experience at NMC x10.”
  • “He’s always pushing us forward as artists and people, no matter the circumstance, because he genuinely believes in all of us, and has even stated he learns as much from us some times as we do from him.”
  • “He really emphasized his willingness to help everyone, in or outside of class. And he was very encouraging, acknowledging that everyone has different skills and methods.”

The award was created in 1999 as a companion to the Imogene Wise Faculty Excellence Award. See a full list of all past faculty and adjunct faculty excellence winners at nmc.edu/cie

Ed Bailey Lisa Cooper Hans Van Sumeren
Ed Bailey, Lisa Cooper & Hans Van Sumeren (select a photo to download a high-resolution version)
Team Award: AquaHacking/Lakebed 2030 team: Ed Bailey, Lisa Cooper, Hans Van Sumeren. The trio planned and executed the yearlong AquaHacking the Great Lakes challenge, an entrepreneurship competition, with partner AquaAction, a Canadian nonprofit organization. The finale on May 10 resulted in three startups winning $35,000 in seed money. Traverse City company Wave Lumina finished second. The Lakebed 2030 conference, held in September, aims to map the bottom of all five lakes at high resolution by 2030. Only 15% are currently mapped.

Linda BerlinLinda Berlin (download high-resolution photo)Staff Excellence Award: Linda Berlin, director of financial aid. Berlin, who has worked at NMC since 2010, had led her department to set records for total scholarship dollars disbursed ($1.4 million in 2023-24) and the percentage of available dollars awarded to students (96%). She has also made structural changes to NMC’s processes and operations to maximize and automate student eligibility for state financial aid. In further recognition of her leadership statewide, Berlin also received the 2023-24 Henry Dykema Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association. 

Release date: May 23, 2024

For more information:

Cari Noga
NMC Communications Director
cnoga@nmc.edu
(231) 392-1800 (Call or text)

 

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY NOTICE

Northwestern Michigan College does not discriminate in admission, campus activities, education, employment, housing, public accommodation or public service on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, gender identity/expression, handicap, height, marital or familial status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, service in the military, veteran’s status, weight, or any other legally protected status under federal, state, or local law. No act of retaliation shall occur to any person making a charge, filing a complaint, testifying or participating in any discrimination investigation or proceeding. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

Register now to get an Edge on fall semester, free

TRAVERSE CITY — Registration is now open for College Edge, a free program NMC is hosting this summer to help college students prepare for their fall semester.

College Edge is a four-week program to help prepare students to succeed before they start or continue college at NMC this fall. Interested students can register for one of two options online:

  • Adult College Edge (English and math for students 21+) Two sessions offered, June 3-28 or July 8-Aug. 2. Breakfast and lunch included. nmc.edu/ace
  • Math Edge (Math only for students 18+ pursuing STEM programs ) One session available, July 8-Aug. 2. Lunch included. nmc.edu/edge

Both groups will use a hybrid schedule. Students will attend on-campus Tuesday and Thursday mornings and complete other coursework online at their own pace. For completing the program, students will earn a $500 scholarship toward NMC’s fall semester. Class supplies and gas cards for transportation to campus are also included.

College Edge hosted by NMC debuted in 2023. It is part of the investment the state of Michigan is making in its student-age population. State scholarships available now include Michigan Achievement for the high school class of 2024, and Michigan Reconnect for adults 21 and older who don’t already have a degree. Achievement offers $2,750, or half the cost of NMC’s full-time, in-district tuition. Reconnect makes tuition free to in-district students (Grand Traverse County residents.)

Release date: May 22, 2024

For more information:

Cari Noga
NMC Communications Director
cnoga@nmc.edu
(231) 392-1800 (Call or text)

 

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY NOTICE

Northwestern Michigan College does not discriminate in admission, campus activities, education, employment, housing, public accommodation or public service on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, gender identity/expression, handicap, height, marital or familial status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, service in the military, veteran’s status, weight, or any other legally protected status under federal, state, or local law. No act of retaliation shall occur to any person making a charge, filing a complaint, testifying or participating in any discrimination investigation or proceeding. nmc.edu/non-discrimination

Upcoming Extended Education classes for employees

NMC’s tuition waiver benefits extend beyond credit classes—take a fitness class, learn a new hobby, or even enjoy a date night with your partner. Check out these upcoming classes! Place the class in your shopping cart in order to see the discount. 

Want to view upcoming classes at a glance? View the NEW Calendar of Classes.

Date Night: Paris in SpringtimeNMC Extended Education french cooking class
Tuesday, June 4; 6-9 p.m.
Employee price: $46 for two people (public price $175)
Celebrate the wonders of spring with the tantalizing flavors of French cuisine. Learn how to properly cook salmon and make an accompanying white wine pan sauce. Experience making herbed butter, savory soufflés, lemon mousse, and more! This will be a fun meal to prepare and a delicious one to share with someone special.
Register here

Weight StrengtheningExtended Education weight strengthening class at NMC
16 sessions; Tuesday/Thursdays, June 18-August 15; 7-8 a.m.
Employee price: $25 (public price $175)
Aerobic exercise is not enough to keep the body well-conditioned; research shows the need for the addition of weekly weight strengthening. We will focus on all major muscle groups resulting in increased strength, better posture, greater mobility, improved metabolism, and a slowing of the development of osteoporosis. All levels are welcome.
Register here

Botany Tour of Lost Lake BogNMC Extended Education bog botany tour
Friday, July 12; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Employee price: $22 (Public price $75)
Investigate the plants that make sphagnum bogs their homes, such as orchids, carnivorous plants, and ericaceous plants. We will discuss the unique biogeochemistry of bog ecosystems, how they form, and the special adaptations plants have made. Prepare for moderately difficult walking on uneven terrain and wet feet. Bring water, proper footwear (old closed-toe shoes or muck boots), and a magnifier.
Register here

 

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