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The game changers under our noses

The game changers under our noses


Posted on Jun 27, 2014

Northwestern Michigan College alum John Militello, was selected as one of the speakers at this year’s TEDx Traverse City event.  Militello is the head of creative for Google’s agency like ZOO Team.  He leads a 14 person creative team of creative directors, creative technologists, designers, copy writers and video producers.  He is also an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

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Startup Weekend Traverse City

Startup Weekend Traverse City


Posted on Jun 17, 2014

NMC’s Keith Kelly with an update on the successful Startup Weekend Traverse City held on June 13 at the NMC Parsons-Stulen Building.

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Ask NMC is a regular feature on the NMC Explore Blog set up for you to ask questions about NMC and for us to find the answers.

In this edition, we answer questions about what we do with items or equipment me no longer need, what the demographics of NMC students look like and how a prospective student can sign up for a campus tour.

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Northwestern Michigan College shares a connection with the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts, through the recently established Kevin and Linda O’Meara Fund for Arts Education that will support programs here at NMC’s Dennos Museum Center.

The opening of the Festival of the Arts is inspired by the late Linda O’Meara, a beloved dancer and teacher, on Friday.

For much more on special opening to Grand Rapids’ Festival of the Arts read this from M-Live.

Spoiler alert: Here’s how Festival of the Arts 2014 will open Friday

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From Belarus to NMC: Alena Hontarava

From Belarus to NMC: Alena Hontarava


Posted on May 29, 2014

“I believe in reciprocity, and the power of education. If there are ten people who can give a little at a time, this small gesture will add up and make a difference in a student’s life. This is why I give to NMC. Because it makes a difference.”

Alana HontaravaHow did you get to NMC from Belarus?

My family moved to Florida from Belarus when I was 20. I wanted to go somewhere different for college and was drawn to Michigan given the abundance of water. NMC became the perfect fit as it is positioned directly on Grand Traverse Bay.

What’s your NMC story?

My time at NMC was very positive. What a wonderful community of caring people! The abundance of outdoor opportunities to hike, enjoy the water, and enjoy the culture downtown were definitely complimentary pieces to academics at NMC. Faculty and staff cared deeply about my academic success and I was able to make long-lasting friendships. The faculty taught me to love learning and care about the local community.

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NMC BBQ closing the gap on zero waste

NMC BBQ closing the gap on zero waste


Posted on May 29, 2014

Five years ago, Traverse City’s biggest picnic, the annual Northwestern Michigan College Barbecue decided to strive to become a zero waste event, with all of the waste from the event either being recycled or composted, and none going into a landfill. Within two years, the efforts of Randy Smith, Timothy Young and countless day-of the BBQ volunteers had the percentage of recycled and composted material at a very impressive 90 percent.

The 2014 NMC BBQ was the first year that locally owned American Waste became involved in trash handling at the event, and according to Smith, more than 99 percent of all waste from the BBQ was recycled or composted.

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Building a home for one of our own

Building a home for one of our own


Posted on May 28, 2014

On Saturday, May 17, students from the NMC Commitment Scholarship Program partnered with volunteers from the Grand Traverse Habitat for Humanity to “raise the walls” on a new home for a fellow NMC Commitment Scholar and family.

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