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PLEASE READ: Message To All Hourly Staff, Supplemental and Student Employees

To all hourly staff employees, supplemental employees, and student employees,

As President Nissley stated in his message yesterday, the college is closed for all but essential functions through March 28, 2020.  During this period you will be paid for your scheduled hours whether or not you are working.

In ADP, please report the hours you were scheduled to work. You will be paid according to your schedule.

For the weeks ending 3/21 and 3/28:

  • If you are working during this period, please report the actual hours you worked as you would normally.
  • IMPORTANT:  If you did not work all of the hours that you were scheduled, please use the COVID-19 time code in ADP to categorize the hours you did not work. This will ensure that you are paid for this time, and allow us to record these hours separately. The reason we need to record these hours separately is that the federal government will likely be providing employers like NMC with a tax credit to offset the cost of these wages.
  • If you are unable to work on a scheduled work day due to illness, please use the COVID-19 code to report sick time.
  • You will be paid for all of the hours you were scheduled to work.
  • Supervisors will review and approve your hours.

If you are able to work remotely, and your supervisor has identified work for you during this two-week closure, your supervisor will be contacting you regarding arrangements and expectations for this work. Social distancing is recommended by community health experts to slow the spread of this disease. We strongly encourage you to practice social distancing at all times.

Please do not come to campus during this period.

We will be communicating again soon about our plans for the period after this two-week closure (Monday, March 30 and on).

Please check our information hub for regular updates and FAQs: NMC.EDU/CORONAVIRUS

Please continue to watch your email for further notifications. Your questions are welcomed and should be addressed either to your direct supervisor or to the HR team.

Thank you,
Mark

Mark Liebling
AVP of Human Resources
1701 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 995-1342

All campuses closed at noon March 17, 2020

TRAVERSE CITY — Due to the confirmation of two COVID-19 cases in the region, Northwestern Michigan College today closed all five of its campuses in Traverse City to all but essential employees for two weeks, through at least March 31.

 “Local cases are a trigger event we identified that would necessitate the closing of the college, to be consistent with public health protocols and to ensure campus and community health and safety,” President Nick Nissley said. “All staff, except ‘essential employees’ will be sent home at noon today.”

Faculty are essential employees and will continue teaching their classes virtually, with no course/lab work permitted on campus. On March 13 NMC announced it would shift face-to-face classes to distance learning beginning March 16. That transition is expected to be complete by Friday, March 20. Virtual learning will continue through April 27.

Non-essential employees are considered non-reporting /on call. Nissley assured college employees the closure will not affect compensation.

“No matter how you are categorized, you will be compensated. This includes all part-time and student workers. We will be monitoring the situation and will reassess at the end of March,” he said.

Today’s decision expands steps already taken. The Dennos Museum Center closed March 14 through April 6. Major NMC events for the next two months are cancelled, including the NMC Barbecue originally scheduled for May 17. See a complete list of canceled events here.

“This is an extraordinary step, but working with our partners in health care and public safety, we are convinced it is necessary,” Nissley said.

Stay informed of the latest updates at nmc.edu/coronavirus.

Release date: MARCH 17, 2020

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019 (o)
(231) 392-6082 (mobile)

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

COVID-19 Update – College to close at noon today for two weeks

Good Morning NMC Family,

There is again some breaking news relating to the coronavirus issue here in Michigan. Late last night we learned of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Traverse City. This is a trigger event we identified that would necessitate the closing of the College, to be consistent with public health protocols and to ensure campus and community health and safety. Following the Governor’s executive orders we have made the decision to close the College, effective at noon, today for a two-week period. This includes Main Campus, as well as all campuses and University Center. Additionally, while we will continue to deliver classes via virtual learning, we are cancelling all face-to-face labs. Faculty will communicate directly with their students on how they will deal with such classes. However, they cannot meet face-to-face. All staff, except ‘essential employees’ will be sent home at noon today. While campus is closed and doors will be locked, limited access will be available with your employee ID card if you need equipment or supplies.

We have now divided all staff into one of two categories: ‘Essential’ and ‘Non-Reporting/ On-Call’. If you are an ‘Essential’ employee, you will be told by noon today. Vice Presidents will communicate with supervisors on identifying essential and non-reporting/on-call employees. Supervisors will communicate the way forward reporting schedule and safety protocols for essential employees. A team will then work to develop further details and will communicate with all other employees (‘Non-Reporting/On-call’) on how you will be considered moving forward. The College reserves the right to change or modify your classification at any time based on changing circumstances and need. Be sure to monitor your NMC email for further information.

No matter how you are categorized, you will be compensated. This includes all part-time and student workers. We will be monitoring the situation and will reassess at the end of March. We are trying our best to not impact those who may be least able to endure that financial burden. Should the period of closing go beyond the end of the semester, the College reserves the right to modify this plan. We will be assessing our supplemental staffing levels and will communicate with those employees directly later this week.

For those who are Essential and Non-reporting/On-Call, further information will be shared as to how your work will continue during the days the College is closed. Look for those details over the next 48 hours and respond accordingly.

Faculty are essential employees and will continue teaching their classes virtually, with no course/lab work permitted on campus. In order to continue serving faculty in their transitioning from face-to-face instruction to virtual teaching and learning, essential employees (e.g., Educational Media Technologies) will still be available. However, we ask that you severely limit your need to be on campus and follow social distancing and other CDC health protocols, if you must visit campus, in order to plan for and deliver your teaching online.

I would like to thank our staff, faculty, and students for the cooperation that has been displayed during the unprecedented situation we are facing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The presence of the first case here in Traverse City has changed our plans yet again. However, we are resilient and will continue to plan for the days ahead with our employees and students in mind.

Stay safe. Together we will overcome.

Nick

Nick Nissley, Ed.D. | President | Northwestern Michigan College | 231.995.1010

Message from the President on COVID-19 Preparedness

Dear NMC Family,

As you are well aware, our world has changed dramatically in the matter of a couple of months, since the start of the semester; since COVID-19 entered our daily newsfeed and conversations, affecting our wider world, our country, and even right here in Michigan and at NMC.

In an effort to more effectively support student and campus safety, last week we decided to transition from face-to-face classes to virtual; to afford us social distancing precaution, while also seeking to minimize disruption to student learning. After sharing this decision with our campus community last Friday, I spent the rest of the morning and Saturday meeting one-on-one with students, to listen to their reactions, and to better understand their concerns about such a transition. I heard three consistent themes from them: (more…)

Media Mentions for March 16, 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.

NMC taking precautions as coronavirus spreads
UpNorthLive, March 12 (more…)

NMC extends college campus closure through April 13

TRAVERSE CITY — In response to the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21) signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Monday, March 23 NMC will be extending its college campus closure through Monday, April 13. 

NMC’s five campuses include:

  • Main – 1701 E. Front St., Traverse City
  • Great Lakes – 715 E. Front St., Traverse City
  • Aero Park – 2600 Aero Park Dr., Traverse City
  • University Center – 2200 Dendrinos Dr., Traverse City
  • Rogers Observatory – 1753 Birmley Road, Traverse City

In an ongoing effort to ensure public safety, please see the following list of event cancellations and closures:

CANCELED

  • NMC Transfer Fair – March 17, 2020
  • Free Visiting Artist Lecture and Workshop – March 18, 2020
  • International Affairs Forum – March 19, 2020
  • Panel discussion on legalized marijuana’s implications for health – March 20, 2020
  • 2nd Annual Concert for Community Awareness – March 20, 2020
  • Rogers Observatory Public Viewing Night – April 3, 2020
  • Blood Drive – April 6, 2020
  • Long Night Against Procrastination – April 16, 2020
  • International Affairs Forum – April 16, 2020
  • A Taste of Success – April 17, 2020
  • Mystical Arts of Tibet (Dennos Concert Series) – April 17, 2020
  • Big Little Hero Race – April 18, 2020
  • T/S State of Michigan open house – April 18, 2020
  • NMC Retirement & Recognition Reception – April 22, 2020
  • Loudon Wainwright III (Dennos Concert Series) – May 2, 2020
  • NMC Commencement – May 2, 2020 (POSTPONED)
    NMC’s commencement ceremony will either be delayed until August 2020, or a double ceremony will be held in May 2021.
    All commencement-related activities, including Honors Convocation, will also be postponed.
  • Nursing Pinning Ceremony – May 3, 2020
  • Lifelong Learning Campus Day – May 8, 2020
  • NMC BBQ – May 17, 2020

CLOSED 

  • The Hawk Owl Café in the Oleson Center
  • The Hawks Nest in East Hall
  • Northwest Grind–Starbucks in Osterlin Library
  • The NMC Fitness Center
  • The NMC Bookstore
  • Osterlin Library
  • Lobdell’s: A Teaching Restaurant
  • The Hagerty Center
  • The Dennos Museum Center
  • Aero Park Professional Testing Center

RELEASE DATE: March 16, 2020; updated April 1, 2020

For More Information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
dfairbanks@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1019 (direct)
231) 995-1020 (office)
(231) 392-6082 (mobile)

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

COVID-19 update: NMC transitions face-to-face classes to distance education classes beginning March 16

Good morning NMC community,

As you know, we have been monitoring the rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and are committed to keeping you safe, while working to limit the disruption to learning as much as possible. After careful consideration, with input from our partners in the Grand Traverse County Health Department, Munson Healthcare and state and federal health and emergency response agencies, NMC will suspend face-to-face classes starting Monday, March 16, 2020.

Late last night Governor Whitmer announced the closure of all Michigan K-12 schools to students starting March 16 in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Governor identified that this is not only to protect the students and their families, but overall public health. We at NMC support these efforts to mitigate the impact of the virus in our community.

All NMC classes will be delivered via distance education if possible. Some courses may not be able to be delivered via distance education, including some occupational and lab classes (e.g. culinary and welding.) Detailed information and instructions pertaining to each individual class will be communicated to students directly from the instructor. Please regularly monitor your email for updates.

I am proud to see our faculty and staff work diligently together toward the goal of transitioning learning to distance education delivery where possible. There is still work to do and we will continue to keep you informed of changes. Given the highly fluid nature of the situation, the best place to find updates is nmc.edu/coronavirus.

While classes are transitioning to distance education delivery, please note that campus is still open at this time. This includes all services and offices. We have many services available via phone, email and video conference, and are actively working to expand those options. We also have counseling services available, if you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious at this time. NMC’s two residence halls, East Hall and North Hall, as well as the NMC apartments, will remain open and food service will be available for those students who want to remain on campus.

Our plan is to resume face-to-face classes on campus the week of April 27. Given the highly volatile nature of the pandemic, we recognize this situation may change and we will continue to communicate with you.

While one of our goals is to limit the disruption to learning, I recognize this is an historic event. Our college community has always proven itself to be resourceful with a history of overcoming challenges, and I am confident that together we will continue that proud tradition now and into the future.

Nick Nissley, President

Success Story: Retooled Career Fair debuts

March 4, 2020

More than a year’s worth of efforts to ramp up student employment readiness and meet area employer needs will debut at a retooled Career Fair Thursday.

Lisa BaldygaIt’s the first fair since Employment Readiness Specialist Lisa Baldyga (right) joined NMC’s Academic and Career Advising Center last fall. Her addition to the advising staff — and her shared employment status with Michigan Works — was an intentional step to enable NMC to offer more comprehensive career preparation services.

“We are here to serve our community, not just community members but employers,” said director of advising Lindsey Dickinson. “Part of that is helping students become employed after they’re finished with us.”

Baldyga, who had five years of connections and contact with regional employers through Michigan Works, was the ideal person to take employment readiness to the next level, Dickinson said. Her work is on top of college-wide efforts to ensure students have the skills and credentials they need to become employed.

In her first semester Baldyga conducted more than 150 mock interviews with students, helping to prepare them for the real thing, which is expected to occur on-site Thursday, when more than 80 employers gather. For students with limited work experience, she also helps them translate skills learned in the classroom, such as time management or communication, onto a resume.

“It’s the soft skills the employer is looking for. They’re looking for that you’re going to work well in their work culture, that you’re going to be polite, prompt and on time,” Baldyga said.

NMC Career Fair photoOther changes to the 14th annual fair, to be held at the Hagerty Center on NMC’s Great Lakes campus from 3-6 p.m., are aimed at benefiting employers:

  • It combines multiple separate events: Jobs for Vets, a Technology Career Fair, and a general fair, to offer the convenience of a one-stop shop. Veterans will be admitted early, at 2 p.m., but general fair hours have been doubled, from 90 minutes to three hours, to allow more time for employers and job seekers to engage.
  • Extensive pre-fair student preparation. In the last two weeks Baldyga’s held three resume workshops and a first-of-its-kind network night. Held Monday at the Dennos Museum, students rotated through stations where they practiced basics like interview-appropriate body language and eye contact, attire and tie-tying, and dining etiquette for interviews conducted over meals.

Also new at the fair: Students can get professional photos taken to use on a LinkedIn account. Baldyga, NMC advisers and student success coaches will staff an on-site resource room where students can get pep talks, print resumes or practice pitches before approaching an employer.

The fair is open to community members as well as students.

“Everybody we’re putting together is hiring right now,” Baldyga said.

Innovation Grants due April 3

The deadline for this semester’s round of Innovation Grant applications is April 3, 2020. 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! More information about Innovation grants can be found on the employee site under Forms>Resource Development & Foundation.

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

Karan Casey free Irish concert

Join us for a free concert by Irish folk singer Karan Casey and her band Tuesday, March 10 between noon and 1:15 p.m. in the Scholars Hall auditorium in SH 109.

Traditional Irish Shepherd’s Pie will also be available for $8 cash, or you can use your NMC meal plan!

Media Mentions for March 2, 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.

Is TC Ready For Coronavirus? From Hospitals To Schools To Airports, Local Experts Talk Preparation & Advice
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Nominations open for the Staff Excellence and Team Excellence Awards

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 commitment “above and beyond” to the NMC mission, vision, values and strategic directions,
  • Made a difference at NMC over the past year (2019-2020).

Nominations must be received by Friday, March 20, 2020.

*Recipients will receive a monetary award and an engraved plaque to be awarded on April 22, 2020 at the NMC Retirement and Recognition Reception.

Thank you for helping us recognize the great work of our colleagues!

The Employee Recognition Committee:

  • Marcus Bennett
  • Hollie DeWalt
  • Kim Gourlay
  • Scott Herzberg
  • Lori Hodek, Chair
  • Mark Liebling
  • Laura Mashburn
  • Taylor Nash
  • Susan Odgers
  • Nancy Parshall

TIAA Live and Recorded Webinars for March

This information is  available to you for downloading from the Live Webinar Plan Sponsor Landing Page.  The March line-up includes some fantastic topics highlighted below.  By the way, the webinars are recorded and available on the live webinar platform for 30 days post event:

UPCOMING HOT TOPICS

Introduction to Social Security
Many people collect Social Security benefits but not all understand how benefits are calculated, how to apply or basic strategies for claiming benefits. Learn the basics about Social Security including eligibility, how to apply, how your benefit is calculated and strategies for claiming benefits.
March 17 at 12 p.m. (ET)

Market proof your retirement*
In retirement—and the years leading up to it—protecting your savings becomes just as important as growing it. Join us to learn how to create your own personal pension with TIAA Traditional, offered by Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA).**
March 18 at 12 p.m. (ET)

Understanding Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)
You may know about the tax advantages of contributing to a Health Savings Account (HSA), but did you know that HSAs are also a way to save for health care in retirement? This webinar will help you understand unique aspects of HSAs including how they help account owners to pay for current health care expenses and save for those in the future. We hope that you will join us for this educational event.
March 19 at 12 p.m. (ET)

One important note, please ensure that you only share the following link with NMC employees: www.tiaa.org/webinars.  Both TIAA members and non-members can take advantage of the webinars.  The registration link has a guest log in.

Priority Health Electronic Delivery

Members can opt for paperless Explanation of Benefit forms (EOB’s) by first logging in to their Member Portal, then selecting the “My profile” button in the top right hand corner:

  • Select Message & Notification settings from the left hand menu:
  • Scroll down until you see the toggle for EOB preferences, where you can elect yes or no.