Media Mentions for August 31

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 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.)

Surgical Technology student Amber Jewell-Clay was profiled on the Foundation for Surgical Technology website as the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship. She expects to graduate this December.

High school seniors apply now for college
Record-Eagle, Aug. 29

Monarch caterpillar outbreak comes to Kingsley
Record-Eagle, Aug. 29 – 2016 Freshwater Studies graduate Rebecca Koteskey is quoted

New innovation center to provide students with futuristic learning experience
Up North Live, (TV 7 & 4) Aug. 27

TCAPS, NMC working on program to help TC High grads
Record-Eagle, Aug. 23

NMC Engineering Club Fall Kickoff Meeting

Do you have an interest in designing, building, testing, and competing alongside colleagues with similar interests? If so, come to the NMC Engineering Club’s fall 2018 kickoff meeting, which will be held on Friday, September 7 at 11:30 a.m. in room PS112 in the Parsons-Stulen Building on NMC’s Aero Park campus. Topics to be discussed include club administration, future meeting schedule, and perhaps most importantly, the club project for the 2018-2019 school year.

The engineering club is open to all NMC students, regardless of major or area of specialization. If you’re not sure whether the club is right for you, come to the first meeting anyway — there will be free pizza! Please see Jay Smith (, (231) 995-1270 or LB33A) for more information.

Success Story: Renovation to Innovation is underway

August 29 2018

Renovation to Innovation logo

The West Hall Innovation Center, among NMC’s most transformative capital projects, will take a major stride forward this semester when the old building is demolished.

Following a multi-year planning process begun after state matching funds were initially approved in June 2016, the $14.4 million project entered its active construction phase this summer with utility and other site preparation work. When completed, the new West Hall will serve as a campus centerpiece not only physically but in terms of instruction, the student experience and environment.

  • Instruction – West Hall’s design of flexible classrooms and workspaces enhances experiential learning, which flips higher education’s traditional “learn to do” style of instruction into “do to learn.” EL emphasizes interdisciplinary, project- and team-based learning and skill development as well as community and business partnerships.
  • Student experience – The library will move to West Hall, which will be open 24-7 to facilitate learning on demand. It will also be home to food services, making it a true hub for all student needs.
  • Environment – West Hall’s innovative function is reflected in the choice of renewable geothermal energy as its power source. Costing an additional $400,000 initially, the system has an expected payback period of 14.5 years and continued savings to the college for at least 30 years.

Innovation Center renderingProject rendering by J. Scott Smith Visual Designs, inc.During construction, all NMC departments and services have been relocated. Among the most-visited, Dining Services has moved to the Oleson Center and the NMC Bookstore to the Health & Science Building. Find out what’s moved where here.

A formal groundbreaking event is set for late September, when NMC will also rededicate the Osterlin Fine Arts Building, renovated during 2017-18.

On its Aero Park Campus, NMC also received news that the Aero Park Labs building has been formally LEED-certified, meaning it meets standards for leadership in energy and environmental design.

Transfer Tuesdays

Planning to transfer after NMC? Meet with a university advisor during Transfer Tuesdays! Held weekly on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Health Science Lobby, advisors from colleges at NMC’s University Center including Central Michigan, Davenport, Ferris State, Grand Valley, Michigan State, Spring Arbor, and Western Michigan University will be on hand. A schedule of visiting academic advisors can be found here.