President’s Update for June 20, 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. (more…)

Payment Due Date for Fall 2019 is July 30

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Media Mentions for June 17, 2019

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.

New Group Of Community Leaders Take Over High-Profile Orgs
The Ticker, June 14

Russia Expert Heads To Traverse City
The Ticker, June 13

Cheers
Record-Eagle, June 10

Welcome to Learn
Medium, June 7

Dennos lineup explores cultures, travels, century-old tapestry
Record-Eagle, June 7

2019 Smart Commute Week wrap-up!

Smart Commuter week NMC team membersHeartfelt THANKS to all involved in making NMC’s 2019 Smart Commute Week participation a huge success! Special thanks to the NMC Wellness Committee, NMC’s Smart Commute team captain Kristy Jackson and team Give-a-Hoot Smart Commute, Sodexo, The Dennos, NMC Extended Education, and BCBS Well-Being Consultant Marissa Jarrett.

Here’s to raising the bar even higher in 2020!

Smart Commute Week 2019, by the numbers:

  • 78 Challenge Teams – record number of teams!
  • 550 Individuals on Teams – doesn’t account for the hundreds of folks who just smart commuted!
  • Team members made over 28,481 round trip miles
  • Over 1,600 breakfasts served to Smart Commuters!
  • BATA provided 1,994 free rides and set a non-festival single day ridership record on the Bayline at 682 rides!

Emergency Management: Watch notifications

A severe thunderstorm watch means that the potential exists for the development of thunderstorms which may produce large hail or damaging winds. When a watch is issued, you should go about your normal activities, but keep an eye to the sky and an ear to the National Weather Service’s weather radio or local radio and television stations for further updates and possible warnings.

A severe thunderstorm warning, on the other hand, means that a severe thunderstorm is occurring or is imminent based on Doppler radar information. You should move indoors to a place of safety. Schools should think about delaying departure of buses, and should take quick action to delay outdoor sports activities, etc.

The term severe refers to hail that is dime size, 0.75 inches in diameter or larger, and/or wind gusts to 58 mph or more. Although lightning can be deadly it is not a criterion for what the National Weather Service defines as severe since any ordinary thunderstorm can produce a lot of lightning. Also, excessive rainfall may lead to flash flooding, but heavy rain is not a criterion for the term severe. Severe strictly refers to hail at least 3/4 of an inch in diameter or wind gusts of at least 58 mph.

If hail golf ball size or larger is falling, it indicates that a storm is very well organized and likely has a rotating updraft. Any storm producing giant hail should be watched closely for signs of a possible tornado.

A tornado watch, like a severe thunderstorm watch, means that conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to form, but it also means that a few storms may be capable of producing a tornado. A tornado warning is the ultimate in severe warnings, it means that a tornado is either occurring or imminent based on radar. You should take cover immediately.

This information along with a comprehensive list of other topics can be found at:
employees.nmc.edu/depts/emergency-mngt-plan/

Help welcome future Hawk Owls – College for Kids classes begin now

NMC’s College for Kids classes begin June 17 and continue all summer, and you play a vital role in welcoming these young Hawk Owls to our Campuses! If you encounter youngsters and their families, please extend a warm smile and hello; for many, it will be their first experience with NMC. If you have questions, contact Extended Educational Services (EES) at 995-1700 or ees@nmc.edu — we are happy to help!

New GLCI, IAF directors hired

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College this spring welcomed a new leader for the Great Lakes Culinary Institute and the first-ever director of the International Affairs Forum.

Leslie EckertLeslie Eckert (right) is the new director of GLCI, taking the reins of the American Culinary Federation (ACF)-accredited program June 5. Eckert studied, taught and managed programs at three campuses of the International Culinary Schools, in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and most recently, Raleigh, N.C. In North Carolina she was the academic director for Culinary Management, Culinary Arts & Baking Programs. Her top priority at GLCI is increasing enrollment and student retention.

Like GLCI students, Eckert, 51, initially earned an associate’s degree. She then went on to earn a bachelor’s in culinary management and an MBA with a concentration in hospitality management. She hopes to cultivate a desire for career advancement among GLCI students, too.

“When you start building on those degrees, it really opens doors for you,” she said.

Eckert is also a fellow in the American Academy of Chefs and is certified by the ACF as both an executive pastry chef and as a culinary educator. She succeeds Fred Laughlin, who retired in December 2018.

Eckert arrives on the cusp of GLCI opening Cafe Lobdell’s for its second summer of service. The capstone course in GLCI’s one-year Baking Certificate program, coffee and pastries will be served in Lobdell’s Teaching Restaurant from 7-11 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays June 25-Aug. 1. Find out more about culinary programs at nmc.edu/culinary.

Leila HilalLeila Hilal (right) is the first-ever director of the International Affairs Forum. She spent the past five years as a fellow in the International Security Program at New America, a nonpartisan Washington D.C. think tank.

Also affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America, the International Affairs Forum marked its 25th anniversary this year. Originally a monthly lecture series featuring guest speakers in public policy, academia and media, IAF’s volunteer leadership has in recent years expanded its programming and outreach significantly. Hilal is charged with executing IAF’s mission to advance the understanding of the world and its critical issues through education and public dialogue.

Hilal received her law degree from SUNY-Buffalo in international law, and went on to earn a master of laws from Harvard University, specializing in public international law.

IAF concludes its 2018-19 season with a June 20 lecture in Milliken Auditorium, “Russia Against the West: Can the Post-WWII Global Order Survive?” Speaker Angela Stent is director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. The author of Putin’s World, published in February, Stent is America’s leading expert on the triangular relationship between the U.S., Russia and Europe, and previously served in the U.S. State Department and as a NATO adviser. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free for students and educators and $10 for others.

Release date: June 13, 2019

For more information:

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

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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: New culinary leader ready to grow enrollment

June 12, 2019

Les EckertAs a pastry chef, petit fours and artisan breads are Les Eckert’s favorite things to bake, but as the new director of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute, she expects to focus on numbers and people.

Eckert, 51, (right) began her tenure at GLCI last week with a clear list of priorities: Increase enrollment, continue to improve student retention, get to know her team and insure GLCI is matching industry needs.

“We have to make the program so added-value that it’s attracting students from across the state, across the country,” said Eckert.

In taking the GLCI helm, she’s done so herself. A Florida native, Eckert studied, taught and managed programs at three campuses of the International Culinary Schools, in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and most recently, Raleigh, N.C.

She said the opportunity to direct an American Culinary Federation-accredited program following former director Fred Laughlin’s retirement was a major attraction of the NMC position. In both Tampa and Raleigh she went through the ACF process. Valid for five years, accreditation assures students that a program meets a set of standards and competencies for faculty, curriculum and student services.

“It’s an incredible feeling when your team has worked that hard,” Eckert said, adding that accreditation should serve as a beacon to students, distinguishing GLCI from other culinary schools.

“That is a huge deal for a culinary school. Chefs in the industry… when you are a graduate of a program that has it, they know you have a solid background,” she said.

As most GLCI students do, Eckert initially earned an associate’s degree. She then went on to earn a bachelor’s in culinary management and an MBA with a concentration in hospitality management. She hopes to cultivate a desire for career advancement among GLCI students, too.

“When you start building on those degrees, it really opens doors for you,” she said.

Building upon traditions like the annual Great Lakes, Great Chefs dinner where GLCI chef alumni return to cook a fundraiser dinner alongside current students, Eckert would like to see alumni return as mentors, internship partners and speakers.

As a Floridian, she’s also planning to try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing as a means of embracing her first northern winter.

“I’m just super excited to be here,” Eckert said.

Thank You from Gene Jenneman

To my NMC Colleagues and Friends:

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the exhibition opening and my retirement event on June 8th.

A very heart felt thank you to President Tim Nelson for his kind remarks and the Resolution of Appreciation naming me Founding Executive Director Emeritus of the Dennos Museum Center.  I hope that I may use that title to further the work of the Museum as I travel the world connecting opportunities for the Museum as my successor may wish to pursue.

It has been a privilege and an honor to have been invited to assist with the design and building of the Dennos over two phases and to give it life as a major cultural facility for the region and the state with an international reputation.

I wish my successor much success and will be there to offer support as needed and requested.

Marcia and I plan to remain in Traverse City for the foreseeable future.

Thanks

Gene

Media Mentions for June 10, 2019

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.

Local aviatrices to lift off in storied national race
Northern Express, June 8

Familiar “Terrain:” No place like home for new restaurant owners
Antrim Review, June 6

Person of the week
MI News 26, June 3

Gaylord grad teaches youth aboard tall ship
Gaylord Herald-Times, June 3

Cultivating success in our backyard
Traverse City Business News June issue

June 29 Flying Pancake Breakfast benefits Aviation scholarship

Support a good cause and enjoy a flipping good time as Chris Cake’s pancakes soar through the air in support of the Kevin Copeland Memorial Scholarship. Top your cakes with Herkner’s Cherry Topping & Out of the Woods Maple Syrup at this National Cherry Festival event sponsored by Molon Excavating.

Kevin Copeland was a graduate of NMC’s Aviation program and an NMC aviation instructor. He competed and flew in airshows all over the region, including the National Cherry Festival. At the time of his death, Kevin was an aircraft captain with Air Services, Inc. and an instructor at NMC. Friends, colleagues, and family members created the Kevin Copeland Memorial Scholarship in memory of his life and love of flying to inspire other students with a similar passion.

Learn more here.

NMC Wellness Program

Wear Blue Day for Men’s Health- June 14

Wear BLUE was created by Men’s Health Network to raise awareness about the importance of male health and to encourage men to live longer and healthier lives. Men’s Health Network Website

Go Purple Day to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s- June 21

The Longest Day of the year is observed on June 21. On this day, the summer solstice, the Alzheimer’s Association raises funds to end Alzheimer’s. Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Go Purple on Friday, June 21 to raise awareness in the workplace by wearing purple, the official color of the Alzheimer’s movement.

TED Talk- Happy Secrets to Better Work- June 17

Join Marissa as she shares a TED talk and discussion on why Happy Workplaces are the most productive and successful. Plan on about 25 minutes.

  • 10 a.m.- University Center
  • 12 p.m.- Main Campus
  • 2 p.m.- Parsons Stulen

*Watch your calendar invitation for specific rooms!