Kudos to Ed Bailey, Lisa Cooper, and Hans VanSumeren: I want to recognize a fantastic job by Ed, Hans and Lisa on the successful completion and execution of LakeBed 2030! This event returned to in-person for the first time since 2019 and resulted in a 2.5 days of seminars, keynotes, demonstrations, employer roundtables and vendor booths. The result was 141 in-person attendees and 46 virtual! Senator Peters provided a recorded opening welcome and a keynote by Captain Benjamin K. Evans, NOAA Director, NOAA Office of Coast Survey kicked off day one. Just as importantly, Marine Tech students had ample opportunities to see the latest technologies and discuss potential career opportunities. NMC is viewed as the convener of state, national and international agencies, industry leaders, and economic development organizations due to this conference. The planning and implementation of this conference takes well over a year and this team goes above and beyond to make this event happen. This aligns with our strategic plan, strategy #5 focused on growing the GLWSI and role in the “new” blue economy. Well done and I am looking forward to next year!

Kudos to Ben Post and the entire Ed tech group: Ben goes above and beyond to kindly and patiently address my tech issues. He responds quickly (even on the weekend). As someone teaching remotely, this quick help is what is keeping me going. However, it is the professionalism, patience and kindness for which I am most grateful. Ryan, Mark and Jason also “fix” my tech issues. All of these great people are very skilled and patient.

Kudos to Kim Groulay: Kim spent multiple hours in support of the Lakebed 2030 Conference and it was her work that helped ensure all the invoices were paid and the sponsorship fees were collected. What made Kim’s support so valuable was her outstanding communication skills, her willingness to go out of her way to support the event, and her constant positive attitude regardless of the complexity of the task. The conference was lucky to have someone of her caliber supporting the effort. Thanks, Kim

Kudos to NMC Faculty & Adjunct Faculty– The Fall 2022 Early Alert Progress Survey just closed, and 91% of you completed the survey! You raised almost 3,000 Kudos for students and they LOVE it! Thank you for all that you do to help our students succeed. We know it’s often difficult to integrate new technologies, but you all are seeing how My Success can help break down silos on our campus and better help our students. Great job! Let’s keep at it and get event better next semester!

Kudos to Katy Knight:  Huge thanks to Katy Knight and all of her work on My Success! As the new Student Success Specialist, Katy is creating systems and workflows to help connect students to resources through their instructors. She is helping create a more collaborative, unified campus. We are so grateful for what Katy is doing for Student Success!

Kudos to Chris Hanna, Eric Carlson and Dennis Shultz: Chris, Eric & Dennis assisted in several EES classes all at once this morning. At the Innovation Center they set up our ever popular Global & Language instructor, Jack Segal, with over 35 participants in the class “Ukraine – What Does Putin Want”. At least half of these students had never been to the IC before and were very impressed! Chris ran over to the Dennos and set-up our EES instructor, Mary Gillett, for her class “Work of Art Workshop (how to run your art business)”.  A HUGE kudos goes to Eric Carlson for filming our first episode of the Coffee Chats series from the Quiet Reading Room in the NMC Library. This series was originally curated by Alex Tank who is now full-time with IAF. As good fortune would have it, our very own Marguerite Cotto has graciously stepped into the role of hosting these community-centered Coffee Chats, which are now managed by EES Program Manager Christa Abdul-Karim. The very brave and knowledgeable Eric Carlson conducted the first in-person filming of the series (with a fireplace in the background and everything). Thank you, Educational Technology super heroes!

Kudos to Alex Bloye for his advocacy work related to the Aviation Hangar expansion. Alex has hosted many visitors at the hangar, providing a vision for the future of the Aviation hangar and program and demonstrating to lawmakers how we can grow it to help address the national pilot shortage.

Kudos to Tami Livengood and Craig Hadley and everyone involved in bringing the movie The Color of Care to the Milliken auditorium for viewing and the panel discussion afterwards. Kudos to Craig for making NMC an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute giving us access to resources like this film and for facilitating the panel discussion. Kudos to Tami Livengood for bringing her expertise to the discussion as one of our four panelists.

Kudos to Marcus Bennet: Marcus organized a fun and friendly staff v. faculty kickball game. Thanks, Marcus, for arranging this!

Kudos to Skylar Berry and Sarah Frankham: Skylar and Sarah jumped on a Zoom call at the last minute to help verify the SGA Elections. They offered unbiased support to review the SGA elections and we  were able to quickly verify the new officers for 2022-23. Thanks, Skylar and Sarah!

Kudos Janet Lively and Lori Hodek: Kudos to everyone involved in the planning and execution of Professional Development Day on Oct. 11. The event was well attended and the morning presentations in addition to the keynote speaker set the tone for the day. The positive energy from all attendees was very evident. We were all glad to be learning and enjoying community again. Thank you for orchestrating this event. Well done!

Experts suggest maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” increases positivity for yourself and for others. Please encourage your colleagues by submitting a KUDOS. Let them know you appreciate their hard work and are thinking of them!