Success story: LEARNing from Survivors debuts at NMC
Sociology, psychology and law enforcement students packed Scholars Hall Tuesday for the inaugural presentation of LEARNing from Survivors, as NMC continues ongoing efforts to empower students by increasing awareness of sexual assault and campus safety.
The presentation by Morgan McCaul (above left) and Amanda Thomashow (above right) of Michigan-based Survivor Strong addressed establishing boundaries and other characteristics of healthy relationships. Their inclusive, trauma-sensitive approach is personal — they were among dozens of victims who came forward during the sexual abuse trials of former USA gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar in 2017–2018. They identified and addressed harmful behavior and unhealthy relationships, and options for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence on campuses.
Police Academy student Monte White said the presentation will help him in his chosen career.
“Hearing it from a victims, how they deal with it, cope with it, they went pretty deep. I appreciate that,” White said. “I think it’s real helpful.”
Psychology student Skye Hatt said she found the presentation, “really, really enlightening.” An assault victim herself more than five years ago, she said she almost cried when the presenters told the audience their approach is founded on believing victims.
“It’s nice to see so many people,” she said, noting that the 150-seat room was full. In addition to the three classes, NMC Student Life staff and counselors attended, as did staff from the Women’s Resource Center of Traverse City and Polestar LGBT+ Community Center.
LEARNing from Survivors advocates that supporters of victims should Listen actively, Empower and support, Ask and give control back, Respond, and Nurture. Read more »
Donate to Thanks-for-Giving project at Tom’s Food Markets this weekend
NMC business students have embarked on the seventh annual Food For Thought food drive with a new take: the Thanks-for-Giving Project.
With goals of both improving their professional communication skills and serving the community, the students in an experiential learning class are preparing 200 boxes, each containing the fixings of a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Donate at three Traverse City Tom's Food Market stores this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.