April 22, 2020

In Case You Missed It

GTPulse: Dennos Museum Center Teaches Kids in Quarantine How to Draw
9&10 News, April 20

Editorial: Cutting red tape to put nurses in action
Record-Eagle, April 15

From Nursing To The Arts To Culinary Classes, NMC Gets Creative During Pandemic
The Ticker, April 14

Nursing grads can work under temporary license
Record-Eagle, April 12

Two Traverse City Nurses headed to NYC to Help COVID-19 Patients in ICU
9&10 News, April 10

For your calendar

Monday, April 27
IAF presentation: COVID-19 From A Refugee Perspective: Voices from Lesvos Camps, 4-5 p.m. Zoom virtual presentation. Learn more here and register and livestream here.

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Community partner, trusted source

Students, faculty, staff and community members have turned to NMC’s COVID-19 online hub more than 16,000 times since its launch. Check out the community resources here.

JOC logoNMC is part of Grand Traverse County’s Joint Operations Center (JOC), which has been meeting daily since March 14 to coordinate efforts and communication on the COVID-19 pandemic. Members include key community partners from health, government, first responders, education, social service and business sectors.

Follow the JOC on Facebook here.

Success Story: Rising to the challenges of COVID-19

Planning ahead more than a decade ago led to a timely discovery this month, a pattern of foresight NMC aims to continue through COVID-19 uncertainty.

Photo of medical suppliesA cache of stored personal protective equipment, including 400 N95 masks originally ordered in 2009 for the H1N1 flu pandemic, was discovered earlier this month by an employee filling food pantry orders. The supplies, which also included gowns and face shields, had been stored in the Osterlin building due to lack of space in the NMC Health clinic.

“I walked out of the food pantry door, and saw ‘N95’ on a sticky note,” said Katie Sommer, manager of NMC’s Office of Learning Services. “It was like a lightbulb going off. That word stands out these days.”

Sommer opened the cabinet with the note, alerted others of her discovery, and the supplies were promptly donated to Munson Medical Center.

At first glance a fortuitous coincidence, the discovery illustrates NMC’s strategic value of exhibiting foresight. The existence of the food pantry is another. Started in 2017, Sommer said last week was the pantry’s busiest ever — despite the fact that campuses are closed. Orders are called in or placed online, and picked up outdoors. Read more »

Reaching out to stay local

Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, WNMC radio has maintained its broadcasts on 91.5 FM and its streaming home (wnmc.org), providing a familiar touchstone to its loyal audiences. But with its Scholars Hall studio off limits due to stay-at-home orders, station manager Eric Hines has had to get creative with his programming.

“Alumni from around the country are pitching in to DJ remotely as the current regulars get up to speed,” Hines said.

Anne McEnanyThe furthest is Annie McEnany in San Diego. Her show, Midday Jazz with Annie Mac, was broadcast on campus from 2007 to 2009. She still listens online and “jumped at the chance” to DJ remotely.

“I always made playlists for friends and when I saw the archive at WNMC, it was like love at first sight. There is such an eclectic mix of options for any music lover,” McEnany said.

WNMC is conducting a soft version of its usual spring fundraiser. Donate online here.

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