Success Story: Creating a 21st-century campus

August 30, 2017

North Hall ribbon cutting ceremony photoNorth Hall ribbon cutting ceremonyNMC’s fall semester will be bookended by celebrations of new campus facilities, with last week’s opening of the North Hall residence hall and a grand re-opening of an expanded Dennos Museum Center targeted for November.

“It’s an exciting time at NMC as we see years of hard work begin to materialize and we continue to invest in the future of education,” said President Timothy J. Nelson. “These projects will increase NMC’s ability to serve our learners and the community, while also updating outdated campus infrastructure.”

The $8.8-million, 135-bed North Hall is the first new student housing on campus in more than 40 years and was built in response to demand, since on-campus housing has been at capacity for four years. Units are designed in quad suites with shared kitchen and living space. (See a 360-degree view of the shared space.) Laundry facilities and study or meeting space is available on each floor, with a fitness center on the ground floor.

Located on the eastern end of main campus, North Hall has also been designed with a flexible format where sections could be used for workforce development housing in off-peak times.

Dennos Museum Center addition constructionIn July, the Dennos Museum Center re-opened on a limited basis, with exhibitions in the Sculpture Court and Inuit gallery. Admission is reduced while the rest of the 15,000-square-foot expansion is completed. Construction of two new galleries and other renovations are scheduled to be finished this fall, with a grand re-opening of the entire museum planned for November. The expanded galleries were funded by generous donations from Richard and Diana Milock and Barb and Dudley Smith.

Meanwhile, construction of the West Hall Innovation Center is set to begin in May 2018 after funds were committed in the state of Michigan fiscal 2018 budget.

Once complete, the center will combine state and NMC investments of more than $7 million each for renovations and modernizations of the 50-year-old West Hall into a new multi-story library and flexible learning space.

“Combined, these projects show the dedication of our NMC employees, donors, community, business and governmental partners all working together to help ensure our learners are successful,” Nelson said.

NMC mobile app is going away

The Ellucian GO mobile app that was launched in April, 2015 to let NMC students and staff check grades, track courses, receive notifications and keep up with campus news via their smartphones will no longer be supported at the end of September due to limited usage and improvements in NMC’s other online platforms.

The mobile app’s functions can be duplicated using the NMC website at and the password-protected employee and student sites at and, all of which have been made more mobile-friendly since the mobile app’s launch.

NMC Library Now Has ALL Textbooks on Reserve!

NMC librarians were busy throughout the summer acquiring ALL the textbooks required for ALL the NMC courses. Are you a student waiting for your financial aid to come through? An instructor with a student who cannot afford the course text? Send them to the library! Most textbooks are available for a 2-hour checkout within the Osterlin building–and some are available longer.


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Kudos to Sheila Rupp:  Sheila was able to rescue 7 feral cats (momma and 6 kittens) that were living outside of the Tanis building. She was able to take them to a foster family that will be able to socialize them as well as have them fixed and then they will be able to be adopted to loving homes. By doing so, Sheila was able to help protect NMC property while providing the kittens with the opportunity for a brighter future of not living under an air conditioner. She did this on her own time on the weekend.

Kudos to Sodexo Catering, Central Scheduling, Media Tech, and Facilities: HUGE thanks go to the very large group of people who made the August 1st Rotary Meeting an enormous success. All plans were made prior to the event, but as everyone knows, small changes are usually made on the fly during setup. Everyone involved never hesitated when a change was discussed and executed. From picnic table location, to wiring for sound, to securing posters and pull-up banners from the wind, to the perfect buffet station, to securing the walkway……NMC really shined and the Rotarians had a lovely cookout under the tent. Many thanks to ALL the folks who made it possible!

Kudos to Betsy Williams:  Pulled off an amazing, record breaking MLC conference last week at the Hagerty Center showcasing her leadership and event planning skills. Her efforts brought great recognition to NMC and our awesome community establishing us as a Lean force in the state.  KUDOS!!!

Kudos to NMC Grounds Crew:  A special kudos from a community member who walks her dog on main campus daily. She called in to let us know that she appreciates how beautiful our grounds are kept and gave a special nod to Michelle Yeider, Phil Trowbridge and Brian Lewis. She said she can tell how vested this crew is in keeping the grounds looking their best. Kudos to our Grounds crew. Your efforts are notice and appreciated not only by the NMC community but by our neighbors as well! Great Job!

Kudos to Sodexo Catering:  A huge thanks goes to the Sodexo team for once again doing a wonderful job on the college-wide picnic this year! Robert Scott, Roy Bartle-Thomas, Chef David Happala, Lynn Edson, Mary Dainton, Rob Russel, Casey Seagraves, Steve Anderson, Matthew McCann, & Diana Buchler each deserve our sincere appreciation for all of their hard work. The food was delicious, the setup and cleanup was perfect, and they do it all with a smile! Thank you, also, for being so easy to work with. We can’t wait until next year’s picnic!

Kudos to NMC Grounds Crew:  Kudos to Campus Services, in particular Brian Lewis, Phil Trowbridge, and Michelle Yeider, for their friendly assistance in setting up for the picnic. They moved picnic tables, not once, but twice, to create the perfect space for employees to gather to celebrate. Thank you for all of your hard work to make this event a success, and all you do throughout the year!