Success Story: Harbor improvements, fuel funds on deck

April 11, 2018

T/S State of MichiganWhen your summer trip requires putting 98,000 gallons in the tank, you pay attention to fuel prices.

NMC’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy recently learned that it can expect full reimbursement of an estimated $196,000 fuel bill for the T/S State of Michigan’s upcoming spring cruise. The reimbursement is part of the 2018 omnibus spending bill approved by Congress last month.

In addition to the fuel reimbursement, GLMA received $1 million, double its 2017 funding, which will enable NMC to improve the ship’s docking area by installing mooring bollards and mooring fenders. Work will take place between May and August, while the ship is out of the harbor on its annual training cruise.

Rear Adm. Jerry Achenbach“The federal funds are crucial to the Academy and key to our being able to ensure the program maintains U.S. Coast Guard approval,” said GLMA superintendent Rear Adm. Jerry Achenbach.

“While these funds will primarily be used to upgrade the moorings at the harbor, over the past several years we have used federal funds to substantially upgrade our deck and engine simulators and upgrade the equipment in the vessel’s galley,” Achenbach said. “The omnibus spending bill also includes funds that ensure Academy cadets who volunteer to serve in the U.S. Navy after graduation will continue to receive an annual stipend of $8,000.”

NMC is grateful to its congressional delegation, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and Congressman Jack Bergman, for their continued support of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in securing these funds.

GLMA is hosting an open house/ship tour from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Maritime cadets will host free tours open to the public. NMC offers a bachelor’s degree in maritime technology, the first community college bachelor’s degree available in the state. Find out more about the Academy at nmc.edu/maritime.

Let’s all do the Barbecue!

TRAVERSE CITY — Tickets for the annual NMC Barbecue, set for May 20 on main campus, are now on sale online and around the community. Volunteers are also being sought to help put on the picnic under the pines, a spring tradition marking its 63rd year.

Advance tickets are $6 and available online now at nmc.edu/bbq and mynorthtickets.com/events/nmc-bbq-2018. There is a $1.25/ticket service fee for online sales. Pre-sale tickets will also be available at all Oleson’s Food Stores, NMC, and many financial institutions. Tickets are $8 on Barbecue Day.

The late Gerald W. Oleson and his wife Frances, founders of Oleson’s Food Stores in Traverse City, started the annual fund raiser picnic in 1956. Oleson’s Food Stores continues to donate all the food. Several thousand people attend every year, raising more than $1.8 million for college programs and equipment over the years.

College employees submit project proposals for program and equipment needs. A subcommittee reviews the proposals and makes recommendations to the Barbecue Board, a group of NMC employees and community volunteers. This year’s projects will share $13,000 in Barbecue funds.

  • NMC Scholarship Open- $5,000
  • Media Center for the Smith Wing of Inuit Art- $3,000
  • Hawk owl mascot costume- $2,000
  • Neutr-Owl (carbon neutral education booth for NMC BBQ)- $1,000
  • NMC food pantry freezer and food for fall semester- $2,400

Volunteers are also needed to put on the event. Volunteer slots are typically two to three hours long. Sign up online or go to nmc.edu/bbq and click “Volunteer at the BBQ.”

In addition to the traditional menu of buffalo steakettes or hot dog, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and beverage and ice cream served from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on May 20 , free live entertainment is provided throughout the day. Classroom displays and program exhibits offer the public a chance to see what’s going on at NMC. Children’s games and activities will also be provided. The Barbecue will once again strive toward zero-waste, with composting and recycling services available.

Release date: April 12, 2018

For more information:

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

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Spring dance, musical performances set

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC’s music and dance ensembles will present the following performances this month:

  • Sunday, April 15 NMC Dance Department Concert 7 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Tickets  $12, $7 students and seniors. MyNorthTickets.com, at the door, or call (800) 836-0717.
  • Sunday, April 22 NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and NMC Chamber Singers share the stage with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Baroque music. 3 p.m., Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Arts Academy. MyNorthTickets.com. Info: TSO, (231) 947-7120.
  • Friday, April 27 NMC Concert Band, 7:30 p.m.,  Milliken Auditorium. Tickets $12 adults, $7 students and seniors. Admission for NMC students with student ID is free. MyNorthTickets.com or at the door. (231) 995-1553.
  • Saturday, April 28 Spring Jazz Ensemble Showcase, 7:30 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Tickets $12 adults, $7 students and seniors. Admission for NMC students with student ID is free. MyNorthTickets.com or at the door. (231) 995-1553.
  • Sunday, April 29  NMC Children’s Choirs 3 p.m., Lars Hockstad Auditorium. Tickets $15 adults, $10 for students and seniors, available through MyNorthTickets.com and at the door. (800) 836-0717. 

Release date: april 11, 2018

For more information:

Jeff Cobb
NMC Director of Music Programs
(231) 995-1338
jecobb@nmc.edu 

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