April 17, 2019

In Case You Missed It

Great Lakes Maritime Academy shows off ship at open house
UpNorthLive, April 14

Billy Gauthier started a jazz band
Northern Express, April 13

5K has runners embracing their inner hero
UpNorthLive, April 14

Miss Michigan to speak at NMC about sexual assault awareness
UpNorthLive, April 11

Tuition-free degrees
Record-Eagle, April 11

NMC holds fourth annual Take Back the Night
TV 9 & 10, April 9

For Your Calendar

Thursday, April 18
International Affairs Forum lecture, Trumping China: Will China’s Rise Come at Our Demise? 6 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Free admission for current students and educators. $10 others, 995-1700

Saturday, April 20
Spring Jazz Ensemble Showcase, 7:30 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Tickets $12 adults, $7 students and seniors. Admission for NMC students with student ID is free. or at the door. (800) 836-0717

Monday, April 22
Board of Trustees regular meeting, 5:30 p.m., Hagerty Center, 995-1010

Tuesday, April 23
NMC Concert Band, 7:30 p.m.,  Milliken Auditorium. Tickets $12 adults, $7 students and seniors. Admission for NMC students with student ID is free. or at the door. (800) 836-0717

Technology Career Fair, 4-6 p.m., Hagerty Center. 929-5067

Sunday, April 28
NMC Children’s Choirs 3 p.m., Lars Hockstad Auditorium. Tickets $15 adults, $10 for students and seniors, available through and at the door. (800) 836-0717

Tuesday, April 30
IAF celebrates World Press Freedom Day with a presentation by Rami Khouri, journalism professor at American University in Beirut. 6 p.m., State Theatre. Tickets $5 at box office, free to students, educators and journalists.

Thursday May 2
Indie Lens Pop Up Film Screening: Wrestle, 7 pm, Milliken Auditorium, free to the public, 995-1029

Friday, May 3
Public Viewing Night, 9-11 p.m., Rogers Observatory. $2/person; $5/family, 995-2300

Honors Convocation, 4:45 p.m. opening reception, Dennos Museum Center

Saturday, May 4
Commencement, 2 p.m., Traverse City Central High School. Free

Success story: NMC pilots compete in historic air race

Air Race course mapNMC’s aviation program will get a lofty showcase before a national audience this summer when a pair of student pilots fly across North America in the Air Race Classic, the oldest air race of its kind, and exclusively for female pilots.

Ninety years after legendary aviator Amelia Earhart made cross-country racing popular, Team Hawk Owls — Hannah Beard of Interlochen (above left) and Jessi Martin of Maple City (above right) — will take off from Jackson, Tenn. on June 18 in an NMC Cessna. The 2,500 mile trip is a race against the clock broken into nine legs. They expect to land in Welland, Ontario, by June 21.

“It’s going to be marathon,” Martin, 43, said.

“Sunrise to sunset flying,” agreed Beard, 23.

Entering the Air Race Classic is the latest example of how women at NMC are making significant strides in what has long been a male-dominated field. While only four percent of U.S. airline pilots are female, nearly 20 percent of current NMC aviation students are now women. The college is now home to a chapter of Women in Aviation International, which allows them to network and support each other.

Women are also becoming leaders among the overall student population. Beard is NMC’s top-performing aviation student this year, mastering commercial pilot skills faster than any other student, Aviation director Alex Bloye said.

“She met all the requirements of the certificate much quicker than any other student we’ve seen in recent years,” Bloye said. Read more »

Jazz Ensemble Showcase Tribute

Billy GauthierSaturday’s 40th anniversary NMC Spring Jazz Ensemble Showcase will include a tribute to trombonist Billy Gauthier, who has been with the band since Day 1 in 1979.

"I love to put a smile on people's face and make them dance,” said Gauthier, who also graduated from NMC.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. April 20 in Milliken Auditorium. Tickets are $12 for adults or $7 for students and seniors, and are available via or at the door. NMC students with a student ID are admitted for free.

Let's do the BBQ! (and volunteer too!)

NMB BBQ logoFood and fun, family and neighbors are again on tap from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19 for NMC's annual picnic under the pines. Buy your tickets online in advance ($6 plus a $1.25 service fee), or for $6 at all Oleson's Food Stores, the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, the NMC Foundation and many financial institutions. Tickets are $8 on Barbecue Day.

Volunteers are also needed to help put on the Barbecue. Sign up to volunteer here; most shifts are just two or three hours long and every volunteer gets a free commemorative t-shirt!

Judy Druskovich, Richard Spencer and Jackie Jorgensen
NMC's Judy Druskovich, left, and  Jackie Jorgensen, right, met Richard Spencer, Secretary of the Navy while attending a National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities, and Service Academies at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland earlier this month.

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