November 6, 2019

In Case You Missed It

No weapon found in search of NMC Aero Park campus
Record-Eagle, Nov. 4

Commercial airline pilot shortage reflected by student demand of NMC aviation program
UpNorthLive, Nov. 1

NMC to Host Mariners Memorial Service At Great Lakes Campus
The Ticker, Oct. 29

Best for Vets: Top Colleges 2020
Military Times, Oct. 28

EDsmart Names 2020's Best Colleges & Universities in Michigan
Digital Journal, Oct. 24

Environmentalists Respond to Existing, Emerging Threats to Our Freshwater
9 & 10 News, Oct. 24

Arts Orgs Land State Grant Funding
The Ticker, Oct. 24

For your calendar

Friday, Nov. 8
Lifelong Learning Campus Day, 9:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m., University Center. $29, 995-1700

Mariners Memorial Service, Noon, Great Lakes Campus courtyard. 995-1200

Monday, Nov. 11
Annual Veterans Day commemoration with breakfast for veterans, honor walk and flag-raising ceremony. Main campus, free, 995-2526

Wednesday, Nov. 13
Dennos The Art of: Mourning, a program in partnership with Michael’s Place, 6:30 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Free to the public. 995-1029

Thursday, Nov. 14
Indie Lens Pop-Up free film screening, 7 p.m., The First Rainbow Coalition, Milliken Auditorium. Free to the public, 995-1029

Friday, Nov. 15
DMC Concert, Che Apalache, 8 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Latin American bluegrass, tickets are $25 for members, $30 advanced, and $32 at the door, 800-836-0717,

Saturday, Nov. 16
Carole Harris Artist Lecture, 2 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. General admission applies, $6 adults, $4 children, members, NMC Students and Faculty free. 995-1029

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, 995-1700

Success story: Doubling down on veterans’ futures

Best for Vets logoWith two new endowed veterans scholarships and a ranking as the No. 2 community college in the nation for veteran’s services for the second year in a row, NMC is better equipped than ever to serve those who have served us.

The Staff Sergeant Drew Kostic Veterans’ Scholarship was established in memory of the former Marine and NMC student who died in 2016, by the board of 22-2-NONE, which exists to raise awareness and provide support to end veteran suicide. Initial funds were raised through registration in the DK5K Tough Run (photo above) now in its third year. Additional donations increased it to the $25,000 endowed level — the threshold for the scholarship to be awarded in perpetuity.

“Most of our veterans coming back are looking for better jobs. They’ve got families they’ve got to take care of at the same time,” said board vice president Ray McDaniel. “There’s no one answer to solving the suicide epidemic, but if we can take one more burden, one more stressor off their plate, we’re achieving our goal.”

“It means a great deal,” said Kostic’s father, Jim Kostic, of the scholarship. “It’s a good way to honor his name.”

George Comden and Ray CilvaThe scholarship is also available to active duty military students, as is the Class of 1953 Veterans Memorial Scholarship, created by George Comden (left, seated), a member of NMC’s first graduating class (pictured in 2011). Years ago Comden, an Army veteran himself, established his first scholarship. Reading about current veterans in a college publication inspired him to create the new one.

“I got to thinking, that story kind of triggered my time is on the GI bill at CMU,” said Comden. “The more I read about it, the more I thought, why not have a scholarship for veterans?”

The Class of 1953 included two other veterans, Ray Cilva (above, wearing the letter jacket) and Gene Bisson, he added.

“They went the extra mile to take care of us, and it’s now time for us to help take care of them.”

To donate to either scholarship or to find out more about scholarships, contact the NMC Foundation at (231) 995-1021 or

About 200 veterans are currently enrolled at NMC, comprising 5 percent of enrollment. Read more »

Save the date! President Nelson's retirement open house is Nov. 12

Join us for a retirement open house in honor of Timothy J. Nelson Tuesday, Nov. 12, in celebration of President Nelson’s 18-plus years of service to our students, faculty and staff, and community. The event will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Dennos Museum Center.

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