Four trustees elected

TRAVERSE CITY — Four current members of NMC’s Board of Trustees were elected to new or to complete terms in the Nov. 6 general election. They are:

  • Douglas S. Bishop – First appointed to the board in 2006, Bishop was re-elected to his third six-year term. He will serve until Dec. 31, 2024.
  • Kennard R. Weaver – The current board chair, Weaver was re-elected to a second six-year term. He will serve until Dec. 31, 2024.
  • Rachel A. Johnson – The current secretary, Johnson was appointed to the board November 14, 2016, to fill the seat resigned by former Trustee Steve Rawlings. She was elected Tuesday to serve the remainder of the term originally held by Rawlings, which expires December 31, 2020.
  • Jane T. McNabb – She was appointed to the board June 26, 2017, to fill the seat resigned by former Trustee Marilyn Gordon Dresser. She was elected Tuesday to serve the remainder of the term originally held by Dresser, which expires December 31, 2020.

All candidates ran unopposed. More information on the board and its meetings is available at nmc.edu/trustees.

Release date: November 7, 2018

For more information:

NMC President’s Office
(231) 995-1010

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

Mariners Memorial Service

TRAVERSE CITY – The community is invited to attend the 43rd annual Mariners Memorial Service at noon Friday, November 9 in the courtyard of NMC’s Great Lakes Campus.

The memorial service is held to remember and honor mariners who have perished on the Great Lakes and oceans and is sponsored by the Student Propeller Club, Port 150, of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy.

The Great Lakes Campus is located at 715 E. Front Street, at Barlow Avenue (next to the Holiday Inn) in Traverse City. Guests are invited to enter through the glass exhibition hall and proceed into the outdoor courtyard on the north side (harbor side) of the building.

Refreshments will be served following the service. For more information, call the Great Lakes Maritime Academy at (231) 995-1200.

Release date: October 22, 2018

For more information

Scott Fairbank
Great Lakes Maritime Academy
sfairbank@nmc.edu
(231) 995-1200

 

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

Great Lakes ~ Great Chefs dinner

Brooke Mallory

Adam McMarlin

Jeff Brandon

TRAVERSE CITY — Tickets are now on sale for the annual Great Lakes Great Chefs dinner benefitting NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute, set for Nov. 9.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails, champagne, and a raw bar on the Great Lakes Campus catwalk, then moves to Lobdell’s Teaching Restaurant at 7 p.m. for five amazing courses and a spectacular view. Guest chefs working in collaboration with GLCI students include (pictured top to bottom) GLCI alumna Brooke Mallory (3030 Ocean, Fort Lauderdale, Florida), Adam McMarlin (Nine Bean Rows, Suttons Bay), and Jeff Brandon (Superior Foods).

Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased online or by calling (231) 995-1021.

Proceeds will be used to bring talented chefs and others from the culinary world to the Great Lakes Culinary Institute to teach and work side by side with students. Great Lakes ~ Great Chefs is presented by the Great Lakes Culinary Institute and Superior Foods.

Release date: October 16, 2018

For more information:

Patty Huhta
Great Lakes Culinary Institute
(231) 995-1376

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

Walk for Health & Housing

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC sociology, social work and English students, in collaboration with Goodwill Street Outreach, will host the annual Walk for Health & Housing beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 departing from the Great Lakes Campus. 

The walk helps raise awareness of homelessness and food insecurity in northern Michigan. Participants will spend about two hours walking through downtown Traverse City and back to the Great Lakes Campus, 715 E. Front St., Traverse City.

Release date: November 7, 2018

For more information:

Lisa Blackford
NMC social work instructor
lblackford@nmc.edu
(231) 631-2253

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

NMC Jazz Concert December 1

On Saturday, December 1 the NMC Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform in concert at Milliken Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and FREE to NMC students with ID.

The groups will be performing an array of swinging jazz standards plus Latin music styles by Count Basie, Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Leonard Bernstein, Tito Puente and more.

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 9 (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! advising@nmc.edu

 

 

NMC Veterans Day Activities, November 12

Dear colleagues:

On Monday, November 12, 2018, 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 sidewalk from the Dennos Museum Center to the flagpoles west of the Tanis Building to support the veterans taking part in the Walk of Honor that begins promptly at 9:05 a.m. Afterwards, there will be a Flag Raising Ceremony conducted by the VFW, the Traverse City Central High School Marching Band will perform the Star Spangled Banner, and Congressman Jack Bergman will address the audience.

The campus community is invited to stop by for coffee and cake that will be served in the Tanis Atrium at 10 a.m. in honor of veterans.

  • 8:30–9 a.m. – Breakfast in NMC’s Dennos Museum
  • 9 a.m. – Gather for Walk of Honor, sidewalk from the Dennos Museum to the flagpoles
  • 9:05 a.m. – Walk of Honor
  • 9:10 a.m. – Flag Ceremony, Taps and the 3 Volleys, Congressman Jack Bergman
  • 10 a.m. – Cake and coffee, Tanis Atrium

Serving those who have served us is a year-round priority at NMC, and I’m extremely proud that NMC has been ranked as the second best community college in the country for veterans by Military Times magazine. Every year, Military Times compiles a “Best for Vets” feature on colleges and NMC rose to number 2 on the two-year college list for 2019.

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

Tim

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

Tech Tips: Technology Help Desk Knowledgebase for Employees

The Technology Help Desk maintains a knowledgebase full of useful information to help guide you through the technology used at NMC. To access the knowledgebase, from your myNMC homepage click on the “Technology Help Desk Knowledgebase” link below Password Self-Service & Tech Help Desk.

The knowledgebase can guide you through the use of technology and technology resources available to you at NMC, such as:

  • Discount Programs (Free MS Office 365 and Discounted MS Office Home-Use Programs)
  • NMC WiFi
  • Email-to-Print from any device
  • Moodle
  • Computer Lab Hours
  • Self Service
  • And many more!

In addition, Students have access to a Technology Help Desk Knowledgebase at students.nmc.edu/help.  

**For more information, contact the Technology Help Desk at 231-995-3020 or visit employees.nmc.edu/help**

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Wellness Updates

Farewell to Chris Barr

We had some news from Blue Cross last week and have learned that Chris Barr is no longer going to be working with NMC.  A disappointment for us, but a promotion opportunity for Chris within Blue Cross, so great news for him!

We will be meeting with his replacement soon and sharing their information with all of you.

Yen Yoga and Fitness Classes for Employees

Check out this exclusive offer from Yen Yoga for NMC employees and those authorized for employee tuition waivers. Currently offering more than 115 classes a week (check schedule at yenyogafitness.com), Yen is Northern Michigan’s largest class-based fitness studio, offering yoga, indoor cycling, group fitness, TRX and more. Teachers and staff at Yen know that walking into a yoga or fitness studio can be intimidating at first, so they strive to create an environment that is welcoming and non-judgmental – emphasizing mind, body, spirit and joy. Purchase a 30-class package for $40 with a 100% tuition waiver (normally a $360 value). Start your classes anytime, November through December; expires 12 months after purchase date. Easy 2-step sign-up: 1) call NMC Extended Educational Services at 231-995-1700 to enroll; 2) then call Yen Yoga and Fitness (231-421-5496) to sign up for your first class.

Media Mentions for November 5

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 President Tim Nelson announces retirement
Record-Eagle, Nov. 2
Ticker, Nov. 2
TV 9&10, Nov. 2
UpNorthLive (TV 7&4), Nov. 1

Editorials: NMC works hard to welcome veterans /
Nelson’s replacement “will have some big shoes to fill”

Record-Eagle, Nov. 3

Biederman, Oleson and Schmuckal: More than just names on a building
Traverse City Business News, November issue

NMC And Rotary Charities Team Up For Nonprofits
Traverse City Business News, November issue

NMC rises to No. 2 in veterans rankings
Record-Eagle, Oct. 29

NMC collecting canned food for local pantries
TV &10, Oct. 28

Important Announcement from the President

It is with mixed emotions that I provide you notice that I will retire from my position as President of Northwestern Michigan College fourteen months from now on December 31, 2019.  By providing this notification now, there is sufficient time to execute a thoughtful, inclusive search for my successor. Rest assured, I will continue to give you my all during the ensuing time.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, the college and the region. You’ve given me the opportunity to engage in activities and processes that I could only imagine when I started almost 18 years ago. About 14 months after I became president, we established a longer term vision for NMC that still guides us and our efforts.

I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved during my time at NMC. We have committed ourselves to keeping learning at the center. This provides a basis as we work to achieve our ultimate purpose, which is to provide our learners and communities with the skills, experiences and values that will help them to create social and economic wealth during their lifetimes.

We are a leader in professional development for our people, ranked in the top 6% nationally.  We have redesigned critical programs, such as maritime and aviation, and have developed first in the nation programming including our marine tech and UAS programs.  In each area of the college, people are innovating in order to assure our learners’ success in a global society and economy. We now view our community as the world and are recognized as a leader in study abroad and international delivery of specialty programs.  With your support and direction, we have completely rebuilt and renewed the physical, technical and data infrastructures of all of our campuses. As I look to the future, I am humbled to think that the people, programs and systems we have developed together, position this institution for continued success in meeting our purpose well into the future.

Together, we have accomplished a lot.  And, a lot still remains to do.

I will truly miss not being here to continue to lead current initiatives or start new projects we have on the horizon, but at NMC there will always be great people designing and implementing new and innovative projects and practices. We are blessed with a dedicated college leadership, staff and faculty.  You should have great confidence in their abilities to carry out the strategic agenda of NMC as we achieve our mission.

The Board, with more than 42 years combined experience representing the voters in leading NMC, has begun thinking about the succession process and how best to seek input from the college’s many stakeholder groups. I look forward to the next 14 months as I continue in my current role and will serve actively as an advisor during the transition period with support from the college’s long serving leadership team. Updates to this public process will be made available at nmc.edu.

My family and I intend to remain residents of Traverse City and will actively support NMC in any way we can.  I’m not sure what lies ahead for us except I am sure we will continue to work to improve our communities. Again, I thank you for the opportunity to work with and for you and this amazing college.

Tim

Success Story: Keeping learning at the center for 18 years

November 2, 2018

NMC President Tim NelsonNMC President Timothy J. Nelson on Thursday announced his plans to retire December 31, 2019, bringing to a close his tenure as the longest-serving president of the college.

“I am incredibly proud of what we have worked to achieve during my time at this college,” said Nelson, who has led NMC for 18 years. “I have committed myself to our ultimate purpose, which is to provide our learners and communities with the skills, experiences and values that will help them to create social and economic wealth during their lifetimes.”

Nelson first worked at NMC as residence hall supervisor in 1975 and returned to campus as executive director of administration in 2000. He was named president Feb. 26, 2001, and since then has made his motto “keeping learning at the center.”

Elaine Wood was a member of the Board of Trustees that hired Nelson. She said he was the clear choice in a search that yielded candidates from around the country.

“He was the ideal person to take NMC into the 21st century, in very creative, substantial ways,” said Wood, a trustee from 1990-2008. “Tim really stood out as having the kind of vision for NMC that was not only the most creative and the biggest, but also the most consistent with this community, the values of this community and the character of this community.”

From technology to a global economy, Nelson foresaw and prepared the college and community for changes and challenges, Wood said, adding that he brought both financial acumen and a grasp of learning systems.

“That is kind of a rare combination, to get somebody who’s well-rounded in both aspects,” she said.

As a result of Nelson’s leadership at the college, NMC has been recognized as:

  • 2nd in the nation among community colleges in Military Times “Best for Vets” rankings
  • Offering first community college baccalaureate in Michigan
  • 16th for short-term study abroad nationwide
  • 10th out of top 15 Best Drone Training colleges
  • 16th out of 50 “Best Choice Schools for Culinary” nationwide
  • Only ADCI-certified ROV pilot technician training program in the world
  • Top 20 foundation endowment per student

“President Nelson has served this college and this community well during his tenure,” said NMC Board of Trustees Chairman Kennard Weaver. “We are fortunate to have had a leader of this caliber for much longer than the average community college president. The role of the college president is to provide vision, leadership, and focus to the growth of a college. Bringing in a new president means NMC can build upon the successes and stable system built by President Nelson, while also benefiting from new energy and ideas to continue to propel the college forward to the benefit of our students and our community. The Board is committed to a public and transparent process during this transition.”

The Board, with more than 42 years combined experience, has begun thinking about the succession process and how best to seek input from the college’s many stakeholder groups. Nelson looks forward to continuing in his current role and serving actively as an advisor during the transition period with support from the college’s long-serving leadership team. Updates to this public process will be made available at nmc.edu.

Nelson, 66, and his family plan to remain in Traverse City after his retirement, where they will continue to support NMC and other initiatives to improve the community.

NMC President to retire after 2019

Timothy J. Nelson TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) President Timothy J. Nelson today announced his plans to retire December 31, 2019.

He is the longest-serving president of the college and has led the institution for 18 years.

“I am incredibly proud of what we have worked to achieve during my time at this college,” said Nelson. “Beginning with my first job after college as the Residence Hall supervisor in 1975, to my return to campus as an Executive Director of Administration in 2000, and then being hired by the board to serve as President in 2001, I have committed myself to our ultimate purpose, which is to provide our learners and communities with the skills, experiences and values that will help them to create social and economic wealth during their lifetimes,” said Nelson. “I am humbled to think that as I look to the future, the people, programs and systems that we have developed together, position this institution for continued success in meeting that purpose well into the future.”

As a result of Nelson’s leadership, NMC has been recognized as:

  • 2nd in the nation “Best for Vets” community colleges nationwide
  • First community college baccalaureate in Michigan
  • 16th for short term study abroad nationwide
  • 10th out of top 15 Best Drone Training Colleges
  • 16th out of 50 “Best Choice Schools for Culinary” nationwide
  • Only ADCI-certified ROV pilot technician training program in the world
  • Top 20 foundation endowment per student

“President Nelson has served this college and this community well during his tenure. We are fortunate to have had a leader of this caliber for much longer than the average community college president,” said NMC Board of Trustees Chairman Kennard Weaver. “The role of the college president is to provide vision, leadership, and focus to the growth of a college. Bringing in a new president means NMC can build upon the successes and stable system built by President Nelson, while also benefiting from new energy and ideas to continue to propel the college forward to the benefit of our students and our community. The board is committed to a public and transparent process during this historic transition.”

The board, with more than 42 years combined experience representing the voters in leading NMC, has begun thinking about the succession process and how best to seek input from the college’s many stakeholder groups. Nelson looks forward to continuing in his current role and serving actively as an advisor during the transition period with support from the college’s long serving leadership team. Updates to this public process will be made available at nmc.edu.

Nelson, who will turn 66 in 2018, and his family plan to remain in Traverse City after his retirement where they will continue to support NMC and other initiatives to improve the community.

Release date: 5:30 p.m., November 1, 2018

For more information:

Diana Fairbanks
Executive Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communication
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