January 22, 2020

In Case You Missed It

Martin Luther King Jr. remembered in music, messages of hope
Record-Eagle, Jan. 17

NMC Presents Festival of Foods
9&10 News, Jan. 15

Lake Carriers Association President Jim Weakley Interview
The Ron Jolly Show, WTCM, Jan. 14

Students from Japan visit Traverse City through TCAPS Exchange Program
UpNorthLive, Jan. 14

Norte & NMC Extended Ed Collaborate for Summer Camps
9&10 News, Jan. 10

International Affairs Forum Sets Next Slate Of Speakers
The Ticker, Jan. 8

For your calendar

Thursday, Jan. 23
NMC Trivia Takeover Night at Right Brain Brewery, Questions and prizes with an NMC twist. Bonus points for NMC alumni on teams! 7-9 p.m. at RBB, 225 E. 16th St., Traverse City. or 995-2825

Monday,  Jan. 27
Board of Trustees regular meeting, 5:30 p.m., Hagerty Center, 995-1010

Saturday, Feb. 1
Festival of Foods. Choose from 16 culinary classes. Sampling included. Hagerty Center, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $99,

Second City Improv Workshop, 1 p.m. Tickets at 995-1055, $70 or $60 for members. Includes a ticket to comedy show at 8 p.m.

DMC Performance Second City, 8 pm, Milliken Auditorium. Tickets are $30 advance, $25 members, $35 at the door. Tickets at

Wednesday, Feb. 5
NMC Student Life Office presents the Zuzu African Acrobats in honor of Black History Month. 6 p.m., Milliken Auditorium, Free. 995-1118

Lobdell’s Teaching Restaurant opens for lunch. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. through April 28. Reservations: (231) 995-3120

Thursday, Feb. 6
Academic WorldQuest. High school teams compete in world affairs qiz competition. Hagerty Center, Noon-5 p.m., Free

Success story: Passports + Scholarships + Safety

NMC study abroad students in BrazilA near-record number of NMC students will study abroad in five countries this spring, gaining experiences to help them succeed in an increasingly global society.

Seventy students are registered to travel to Iceland, Ireland, Spain, England and Brazil (above and left). The previous high was 73 in 2015. Between 60-65 students have traveled each of the last three years, ranking NMC the No. 1 community college in Michigan for short-term study abroad, and usually in the top 25 nationally.

Faculty have been driving the additional interest this year, said Jim Bensley, director of International Services and Service Learning. Biology instructor Greg LaCross, who will co-lead the Iceland trip, says students gain lifelong benefits abroad, including maturity, self-assuredness and an appreciation of the world and different cultures. Once home, they share that.

“It’s kind of a ripple effect. You tell one person, it sparks interest in the world beyond your borders,” said LaCross, who has also led trips to South Africa and Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. “You don’t want to suffer from a parochial view of the world.”

Students agree that soft skills, in particular, improve on the trips. Those skills go with them into the workplace and community.

“The experience overall has served to benefit my patience, my perspective, and my humility,” said Jacqueline Ewing, who traveled to Brazil in 2016.

New this year, students will earn credit specifically for the study abroad experience. Previously it was part of the regular class credit. Most trips take place during spring break at the end of March, or immediately after the spring semester ends, in early May. Read more »

NMC’s performance ensembles played to a full house at the City Opera House.
NMC performance ensembles at the City Opera House
Martin Luther King, remembered

NMC’s Cantus Children’s Choir, Canticum Novum, Chamber Singers, Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Big Band played to a full house at the City Opera House on Monday, Martin Luther King Day.

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