Success story: 2012 alumnus transfers to Ivy League
Add up an NMC associate degree, a thin credit history, a stint in the Navy and a love of travel and you get Harvard University sophomore Alex Walsh (NMC 2012), who will start classes in Cambridge, Mass. next week.
He’s one of just a dozen transfer students admitted among 1,600 applicants to the most venerable of the Ivy League institutions. But long odds didn’t daunt Walsh, preternaturally disposed to optimism.
“Shoot for the stars, see what happens. The worst they could say is no,” said Walsh, 27, who was also admitted to the University of Michigan and Michigan State. “Being able to find ways to push myself at NMC, challenge myself, helped put me on this path.”
“This path” started with participating in a wide range of activities and clubs at NMC, including NMC magazine, the White Pine Press, Anime Club, International Club and the NMC Policy Council. (NMC yesterday hosted Pine Palooza, an annual fair that introduces students to dozens of campus groups and organizations.) Walsh was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international community college honor society. He credits PTK adviser Kari Kahler and instructors Jim Bensley, Amjad Khan and John Zachman as among his NMC mentors. Read more »
NMC Board to review presidential finalists Sept. 3
Interviews with the five presidential finalist candidates continue through Thursday. NMC’s Board of Trustees is expected to identify their first choice to extend an offer to at a special meeting set for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Hagerty Center. A formal announcement is expected later this month.
The new president is expected to begin Jan. 1, 2020 following the retirement of current president Timothy J. Nelson on Dec. 31, 2019. Read more about the presidential transition process here.