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April 3, 2019

In Case You Missed It

Out of this world: astronauts to speak in Traverse City
Record-Eagle, March 31

Seats on 19-member NMC committee tentatively filled
Record-Eagle, March 29

And without much ado, the museum’s most valuable item
Ticker, March 28

Boomerang Catapult invests more in Hybrid Robotics
Record-Eagle, March 27

Dams are high tech learning centers (scroll to p.10)
2019 Consumers Energy Hydro Reporter

From victim to survivor
Record-Eagle, March 25

Michigan Tech formalizes commitment to the Grand Traverse region
Ticker, March 22

For Your Calendar

Wednesday, April 3
International Affairs Forum lecture, NASA’s Journey of Discovery: The Future of Space Exploration. 6 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Free admission for current students and educators. $10 others, 995-1700

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

DMC Concert Aguanko 8 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. Tickets $27 advance, $24 members, $30 door. Tickets at mynorthtickets.com or 995-1055

Saturday, April 6
Concert for Community Awareness. Free, 3-10 p.m., Milliken Auditorium

Friday, April 12
LIFE Lunch: Air Force One -- 30,000 Ft with the Commander in Chief. Noon-1:30 p.m., University Center Rm. 215. Bring your lunch. $10, 995-1700

A Taste of Success fundraiser for culinary scholarships. 6:30 p.m. Great Lakes Campus, $100/person. nmc.edu/taste-of-success

Saturday, April 13
Big Little Hero superhero themed fun run/race to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. 9 a.m., West Hall, main campus. nmc.edu/hero-race

T/S State of Michigan open house, 12-3 p.m., Great Lakes Maritime Academy, 995-1200

Success story: Alumnus scores film deal with Netflix

Godwin JabangweGodwin Jabangwe (left and above, center) says life’s put him in the right place at the right time, taking him from his native Zimbabwe to an NMC classroom to another in Grand Rapids to Los Angeles.

Now the former visual communications student-turned-screenwriter will bring that serendipity full circle, taking Netflix audiences back to Zimbabwe after closing a “monster” sale for his first feature film, Tunga, inspired by the mythology of the Shona culture in that African country.

“Even now, it doesn’t feel real. It’s so crazy and unexpected,” said Jabangwe, 35, who attended NMC from 2007-2010 and discovered screenwriting while working in the Beckett Building computer lab.

“That’s actually how I started writing. I would have eight-hour shifts,” he said. “You reached the end of the Internet.”

Jabangwe’s deal is the first to come out of Imagine Impact, a talent incubator founded by Hollywood heavyweights Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (top, right) and headed by Tyler Mitchell (top, left) in 2018. 

“They bring in talented writers who are seeking a breakthrough,” Jabangwe said. He’d been working on the Tunga idea but joining the Impact class, which paired writers with mentors, allowed him to focus. The experience ended in February with a pitch day to potential buyers, which Jabangwe called both “very exciting” and “terrifying.” Netflix won Tunga in a four-way bidding war. (Watch video of Jabangwe celebrating his deal.) Read more »

Greeting the governor

NMC students Emma Moulton and Isaac Dedenbach met Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerNMC students Isaac Dedenbach and Emma Moulton met Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (center) at a Lansing reception in March. Both members of the Student Green Team, the students went prepared to discuss topics such as the Line 5 pipeline, protecting the Great Lakes, the Flint water crisis, and student debt.

Sexual assault awareness week

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, NMC’s Office of Student Life will host a series of on-campus events the week of April 8–11:

  • Tuesday, April 9
    Take Back the Night march and rally, 5:30 p.m., Hagerty Center. 995-1118
  • Wednesday, April 10
    Can I Kiss You? interactive presentation 6:30 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. 995-1118
  • Thursday, April 11
    Solace & Solidarity: Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence, presentation by Miss Michigan Emily Sioma. 6 p.m., Milliken Auditorium. 995-1118

Read more here »

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