November 20, 2019

In Case You Missed It

One person, big change: Former Peace Corps director in town
Record-Eagle, Nov. 20

Veterans Day ceremonies at NMC
UpNorthLive, Nov. 11
Northern Express, Nov. 10

Robotics manufacturing shows Michigan's automation leadership
University Business, Nov. 11

A week at the Dennos
Record-Eagle, Nov. 8

NMC Searching for Students Interested in World Affairs
9&10 News, Nov. 11

NMC Trio Wins Innovation Transfer Award
MI News 26, Nov. 16

For your calendar

Thursday, Nov. 21
International Affairs Forum lecture, “Engaging for Good: Can One Individual Volunteer Change the World?”  6 p.m., Hagerty Center. Free admission for current students and educators. $15 others, (231) 995-1700

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Tour. 5:30 p.m., meet at the Hagerty Center. Get a firsthand glimpse of how challenging it is to meet basic needs on this walking tour led by service providers.

Saturday, Nov. 23
NMC Children’s Choirs, NMC Chambers Singers, and Grand Traverse Chorale join other area choirs for a concert featuring John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children.” 7 p.m. First Congregational Church. (231) 947-6698

Sunday, Nov. 24
NMC Children’s Choirs, NMC Chambers Singers, and Grand Traverse Chorale join other area choirs for a concert featuring John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children.” 4 p.m. First Congregational Church. (231) 947-6698

Monday,  Nov. 25
Board of Trustees regular meeting, 5:30 p.m., Hagerty Center, (231) 995-1010

Success story: Trio wins statewide Innovation in Transfer award

Updates to NMC’s longstanding engineering partnership with Michigan Technological University designed to increase student success and reduce costs will receive statewide recognition this week.

Faculty members Jerry Dobek (seated) Jay Smith (right) and NMC adviser Deb Maison (center) will receive the 2019 Innovation in Transfer Award on Thursday at a statewide conference.

The trio’s work to establish a “2 + 2” program with MTU in seven different engineering specialties is especially significant as more universities seek to enroll students for all four years, rather than accepting them as transfer students from community colleges. NMC was also ahead of others in the state in terms of a transfer pathway specifically for engineering.

“Michigan Tech is acknowledging the quality of our courses, the quality of our instruction, and the quality of our students with this agreement,” said Lindsey Dickinson, NMC director of advising, who nominated the trio for their 18 months of work. Students who complete NMC’s engineering certificate with a 2.75 GPA are guaranteed admission to MTU, entering as juniors to complete their bachelor of science. The agreements are expected to increase NMC’s enrollment pipeline to one of Michigan's leading engineering schools, located in Houghton, Mich.

“Our engineering program here is in a growth period, which should only be aided by agreements like these,” Smith said.

The first seven agreements became effective this fall. Another 12 are in the works, Dobek said. They plan to work with other schools, including Kettering University, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University, to establish more engineering options. Read more »

Read more about it

Read about more success stories like the NMC-MTU partnership in the next issue of Nexus, the NMC magazine. The next issue mails Dec. 16 with a cover story on retiring president Timothy J. Nelson’s legacy, a feature on NMC’s reality TV stars, and much more. Call (231) 995-1021 to have one sent to your mailbox!

Can One Volunteer Change the World?

Carrie Hessler-RadeletFormer Peace Corps director and part-time Frankfort resident Carrie Hessler-Radelet will speak to the International Affairs Forum at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Hagerty Center. Free admission for current students and educators. $15 others.

Hunger & Homelessness awareness tour

NMC has organized the fifth annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness walking tour for 5:30–7:30 p.m. Thursday. Meet outdoors at the Hagerty Center. Led by local service providers, the tour will loop through downtown Traverse City and illustrate how challenging it can be to meet basic needs.

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