October 14, 2020

In Case You Missed It

People are giving--in record numbers--to NMC’s ambitious campaign
Ticker, Oct. 14

Menu Monday: Chianti Restaurant at Mission Point Resort
(features two Great Lakes Culinary Institute alumni)
TV 9 & 10 News, Oct. 12

The things we carry on Munson’s COVID ward
Glen Arbor Sun, Oct. 11

A very ambitious scorecard
Ticker, Oct. 11

Record-Eagle, Oct. 10

NMC Trustee candidate forum
Grand Traverse Area League of Women Voters Facebook page

Community colleges expect enrollment surge from COVID-19 essential workers
Spartan Newsroom, MSU College of Journalism, Oct. 9

For your calendar

Thursday, Oct. 15
Global Business and Climate Goals: An Indonesia Case Study
International Affairs Forum virtual lecture, 5 p.m.
Register online. Suggested donation $10.

Live & Local with Blake Elliott
7 p.m., virtual Dennos Museum Center performance/conversation
Register online. Pay what you can.

Friday, Oct. 16 & 23
13th Annual Freshwater Summit.
10/16 topic: Whose Water Is It Anyway?
10/23: Local initiatives
Virtual conference, 10 - 11:30 a.m. 
Register online.

Monday, Oct. 19
Live & Local with Jordan Hamilton
7 p.m., virtual Dennos Museum Center performance/conversation
Register online. Pay what you can.

Success story: Reimagined Freshwater Studies class 

Adapting to the challenges of COVID-19 has led NMC’s flagship Freshwater Studies program to a triple win: improving student learning, community collaboration and career exploration in a single course.

Introduction to Freshwater Studies is the first course in NMC’s first-in-the-nation Freshwater Studies associate degree program. This fall, instructor Constanza Hazelwood reimagined the 20-student course to conform to group size restrictions and distancing requirements necessitated by the coronavirus. She divided it into three tracks that allow students to experience project research, management and communications in areas that align with their interests, from water quality monitoring to habitat restoration to laboratory testing.

“We didn’t want large groups gathering anywhere,” said Hazelwood, who has taught the class for the past 11 years on NMC’s Great Lakes campus. “That’s what got me thinking we must have students outdoors. We cannot teach this on a screen.”

Field work and community partnerships have been part of the course in the past, but this time, it’s a much deeper dive. Hazelwood tapped nine community organizations, many non-profit. Each student works with three as they go through their tracks.

“This time the students are really engaged in the work of the organizations,” said Hazelwood.

Groups like the Grand Traverse Conservation District, where students planted trees to help restore the Boardman River watershed (above; photos courtesy Alan Newton) and the Glen Lake Association in Leelanau County.  Read more »

Nosh and support culinary students


Boxes are $40 each and will include a variety of handcrafted delicacies prepared by students. Choose between four different themes: Pork, poultry/duck, fish/seafood, and vegetable/foraging. Pickup is Nov. 11. Order online.

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