December 4, 2019

In Case You Missed It

NMC students give back to hundreds of families with Thanksgiving meal
UpNorthLive, Nov. 26
9&10 News

NMC Board approves Sodexo facilities management contract
Record-Eagle, Nov. 26

Northern Michigan maritime training school marking 50 years
Record-Eagle, Dec. 1

Nonprofits vie for funding in a generous – but relatively small – region
Traverse City Business News, Dec. 2019 Issue

For your calendar

Thursday, Dec. 5
The Art of: Pairing Cheese & Art, 6:30 p.m. Featuring cheese from the Cheese Lady. Tickets $10 for members, $15 for non-members, available at Brown Paper Tickets. 995-1029

Friday, Dec. 6
Public Viewing Night, 9-11 p.m., Rogers Observatory. $2/person; $5/family, 995-2300

Saturday, Dec. 7
Girls in Audio Tech. Open to 7th-12th grade girls to explore careers in Audio Technology (Live Sound, Studio Recording, Digital Audio) 10 a.m.-2 p.m., NMC University Center. Lunch provided. Free. Visit or to register.

Great Lakes Maritime Academy 50th anniversary celebration. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hagerty Center. Tickets $50/person,

NMC Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz Ensemble present the Winter Jazz Ensemble Showcase. 7:30 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Tickets $13 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and available at and at the door. (800) 836-0717.

Tuesday, Dec. 10
NMC Concert Band presents Winter Wonderland. 7:30 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Tickets $13 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and available at and at the door. (800) 836-0717.

Friday Dec. 13
Coffee with veterans. Complimentary coffee and conversation for any veteran in the community. 8-9:30 a.m., Lobdell’s Teaching Restaurant.

Sunday, Dec. 15
Third Sunday Art Project, 1-4 p.m., make-and-take art project with museum docents. Included with general admission. 995-1029

Monday, Dec. 16
Board of Trustees regular meeting, 5:30 p.m., Hagerty Center, 995-1010

Friday, Dec. 27
Learn to play the game of Cricket at Holiday Cricket Camp for Ages 8-14, 9 a.m.-Noon, NMC Main Campus, Physical Education Bldg. Gym, $39 per student.

Success story: Maritime credentials send alumni on careers worldwide

Almost three-quarters of the Earth’s surface is water, and in its 50 years, graduates of NMC’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy have been over just about all of it.

GLMA 50th anniversary event inviteAs the Academy formally celebrates its golden anniversary with a celebration this weekend, we look back at a graduate from each decade. Collectively, they represent the breadth and diversity of the maritime industry, from Great Lakes freighters to ocean tankers, from commercial shipping to U.S. military, aboard vessels or shoreside.

“There’s a lot to see in the industry. It’s worldly. It’s global,” said 1998 graduate Scott Powell. He spent 11 years sailing the Great Lakes on ore boats, and in 2009 began teaching at the California State Maritime Academy, one of GLMA’s six sister academies. There he was the navigator for eight training cruises, in which the Golden Bear sailed from Vallejo to places such as New Zealand and the Mediterranean Sea.

“That’s halfway across the world,” said Powell, who in 2018 moved back to teach at GLMA. “Now I’m back on the lakes again. I’ve now been around the world now a lot on a ship.”

1970s: Mike Surgalski, 1979: Surgalski has come home, too. He’s currently the captain of GLMA’s training ship, the T/S State of Michigan, and was instrumental in its acquisition from the U.S. Coast Guard. The vessel arrived in Traverse City in 2002 and since then has provided about 60 days of required sea time to not only GLMA cadets, but those from other academies. Most recently the ship has offered internship opportunities to NMC culinary students, who are finding a lucrative niche working as cooks aboard ships.

Margo Marks1980s: Margo Marks, 1983: Former president of the Beaver Island Ferry Co. She joined the company that provides transportation to the island from Charlevoix in 2001. During her tenure, Marks also served her industry as the president of the Passenger Vessel Association, a national association representing owners and operators of dinner cruise vessels, sightseeing and excursion vessels, car and passenger ferries and other vessels that carry more than 200 million passengers per year. Prior to the ferry company, Marks worked as Elk Rapids Harbormaster. Her husband Todd also graduated in 1983 and worked on tankers on the West Coast.

1990s: Scott Powell, 1998, GLMA navigation instructor: Powell’s advice to prospective cadets is “to get as many different experiences as you can,” and the Flint-area native has certainly done so himself. In addition to his years sailing the Great Lakes and teaching at both Cal Maritime and GLMA, Powell is also an author. He contributed to six chapters of the 2017 edition of The American Practical Navigator. The Bible of the maritime industry, the text is kept on every military vessel, commercial vessels and in every maritime school. Powell’s specialty is Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), which is “slowly replacing paper charts” aboard ship, he said. Read more »

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