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NorWester - Spring 2005

NorWester - Spring 2005

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NorWester is a publication for alumni and friends of Northwestern Michigan College.
NorWester is a publication for alumni and friends of Northwestern Michigan College.

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A Publication forAlumni & Friendsof NorthwesternMichigan CollegeSpring 2005
2004 Community Attitudeand Awareness Survey
NMC sponsored a community attitudeand awareness survey of our six-countyservice area in November of 2004 to findout what people think about the college.Research is an important activity at NMCand includes regular student satisfactionsurveys, focus groups, and a series of community breakfasts with variousconstituent groups.The 2004 survey was conducted byMitchell Research & Communications, Inc.of Lansing who surveyed 400 residentswithin the six-county service area of NMC. It has a margin of error of 
5% atthe 95% level of confidence. Some of theresults include:
What do people think about NMCas an organization?
Valuable asset to regional economy:94% agreeManages its finances responsibly:92% agreeGood reputation in the community:99% agreeDelivers excellence in everythingwe do: 91% agree
What do people think about the learningopportunities at NMC?
Academic reputation: 89%excellent/goodTransfer preparation: 87%excellent/goodInstruction for vocational/technicalfields: 89% excellent/goodTuition/fees, compared with otherschools: 79% excellent/goodAvailability of financial aid: 78%excellent/goodPercent of respondents who havetaken online classes: 12%Of the other 88%, over half wouldtake college classes for credit if theywere offered online: 51%
What do people think is important?
Personalized attention: 96% very/ somewhat importantSmall class sizes: 94% very/some-what importantProviding classes for personalinterest: 89% very/somewhatimportantProviding cultural events/activities:92% very/somewhat important
What do people think about NMC’srelationship with the community?
Overall favorable rating:88% very/somewhatProvides information openly topublic: 94% agreeSource of information: People getmost of their information aboutNMC from college publications,brochures, etc. or contact with thecollege (18%), compared withnewspapers (13%), television (8%),and radio (6%)Contact with NMC: 83% of respon-dents have had some contact withNMC by attending an event, taking aclass, or visiting the campusComplete copies of the surveys citedin this report are available by contactingthe NMC College Relations Office at231 995-1021.
The Nor’Wester is published by theNMC College Relations Office. Alumninews and updates should be sent to:Northwestern Michigan CollegeAlumni Office1701 East Front StreetTraverse City, Michigan 49686(231) 995-1021 (877) 922-1021cpaul@nmc.eduNMC Board of TrusteesCheryl Gore Follette, ChairJack B. Stegenga, Vice ChairK. Ross Childs, SecretaryWalter J. Hooper, TreasurerBob BrickTed B. MattisElaine C. WoodNMC PresidentTimothy J. Nelson
AlumniUpdatesMessage fromthe President
Timothy J. Nelson1950’sKluzak, Richard E. 1952-54
520 Third Street, Traverse City, MI 49684 Mr. Kluzak graduated from NMC with an Associate of Commerce degree and earned a bachelor’s degree at Ferris State College in 1956. After working in accounting for most of his career, he is now retired.
Stevens, John R. 1954-56
405 Parnell Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 Mr. Stevens studied liberal arts at NMC. He retired as a  professor from Lake Superior State University in 2000.He is a Democratic Party volunteer, does research in ancient cultures, and is involved in a group developing recreation trails.
1960’sGrams, Leone K. (Bigelow) 1964-66
2049 W. Swanson Ct., Muskegon, MI 49444 Ms. Grams studied liberal arts at NMC and graduated from Western Michigan University in 1968. She worked for the Michigan Department of Social Services/Family Independence Agency for 32 years,retiring in 2002.
Olson, Patty J. (Bloomquist) 1966
Ms. Olson said “Mr. Terrell (Ethics) gave me the jump- start I needed to make a difference in my world.” In 28 years, she has been a teacher, a union president and a principal in the Traverse City Area Public Schools.She also teaches “Introduc- tion to Teaching” (EDU 101) at NMC and encourages others to make a difference in the lives of young people.
 In this issue of the Nor’Wester, I’m pleased to share with you some results of our latest Community Attitude and  Awareness Survey. We were grateful to find such positive results and to learn new ways to serve our region. From the beginning, NMC has always been responsive tocommunity needs. Indeed, it was the community’s need   for higher education opportunities which established thiscollege in 1951 and which has guided its growth for over 50 years.Thank you for your interest in NMC. We hope you “Find it here.” Timothy J. Nelson, President 
Three NMC instructors are recipients of the 2004-05 NISOD Excellence Award(National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) which recognizesoutstanding contributions to teaching and learning. The winners are StephenDrake, Deirdre Mahoney, and Mark Puchala. The recipients will be recognized at the2004-05 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in Austin,Texas on May 29-June 1, 2005.The goal of NISOD is to reinforce the primacy of teaching—central to the missionof community colleges—and to celebrate both instructors and programs that makegood on the promise of the “open door.” The following comments reflect this year’swinners’ answers to the question, “What does teaching excellence mean to me?
Three NMC InstructorsReceive National Recognition
Stephen Drake,mathematics instructor,said, “Learning excellenceis the result of alwaysbeing focused on creatinga powerful learningenvironment for students,using every conceivableidea to encouragestudent growth.”Deirdre Mahoney,communications instructor,said, “The pursuit ofinformation, ideas, andwisdom sustains me. I amdevoted to knowledge andto sharing all I learn withmy students.”Mark Puchala,music instructor, said,“I’m inspired to strive forexcellence in the classroombecause of my students’trust. They chose NMC formany reasons, but thebottom line is that wewill do something forthem that will maketheir lives better andmore meaningful.”
After a long career with Union Carbide inNew York, Maury “Mo” Bolmer moved toTraverse City with his wife in 1993 andenrolled at NMC, starting with computerclasses. “I told the instructor that I hadbeen driving a car for 65 years andwanted to feel as comfortable in frontof a PC as I did behind the wheel.He does. “I spend at least an hour a day atmy computer now,he said. Bolmer hasalso kept taking classes, accumulatingover 60 credits and an impressive gradepoint average of 3.9. With a BS in Engi-neering Physics from Lafayette College inPennsylvania, however, he doesn’t needany more credentials. “I like being aroundyoung folks and learning new things,” hesaid, “and taking classes for credit is goodmotivation.”
MoBolmer Boasts GPA of 3.9 at Age 83
In addition to computer classes, he hasstudied religion—Eastern and Western—with David Terrell; and history—Ameri-can Civil War, Vietnam War, WesternCivilization, 20th Century Europe—with Jim Press. Bolmer brings his ownexperience to the topic of war as aveteran of World War II with threeyears in the Southwest Pacific.“I admire this school a great deal,Bolmersaid. “The instructors are good and theyrespect the needs of the students.Bolmer has also been a donor to NMC’sAnnual Campaign. “I believe in educa-tion,he said, “and I liked being able togive to support a student. I know somestudents who have benefited.” Currentlyenrolled in the “American Experience”class, hes not sure what he’ll take next.“Ill check the schedule,he said.In the fall of 1995, the NMC UniversityCenter was launched with the promiseof “Opening New Doors” to highereducation opportunities for residentsof northern Michigan. Since then, over10,000 students have come through thosedoors and participated in the over-50bachelor’s completion, advanced degreeand certificate programs available from11 Michigan universities.
NMC University CenterCelebrates 10th Anniversary
“It was very good news for me when Ifound out the University Center was here,Ryan McClellan of Alden, Michigan, said.He’s a student at Ferris State Universitythrough the UC, studying to become asecondary social studies teacher. “TheFerris staff have been awesome,he said.With a wife, three young sons and afull-time job as a warehouse managerat Wimsatt Building Materials inWilliamsburg, McClellan said he wouldn’thave been able to get a teaching degreewithout the University Center. “Thecommute would be too much,he said.“Now I’m planning to student teachin spring of 2006 in Kalkaska orCentral Lake.”Another FSU student at the UC, DanialOberski of Traverse City said, “I love theUC because a lot of people in this areawant to complete their degrees.” Oberskiis completing a Master of Education inTeaching and Curriculum degree and iscurrently teaching for the Traverse CityArea Public Schools’ and NMC.
Ryan McClellan
“We are pleased to be able to provideprofessional degrees that allow graduatesto work in their desired specialty areas inschools, clinics, hospitals, and communityagencies,Marguerite Cotto, NMC VicePresident for Lifelong and ProfessionalLearning, said. “We’ve also been able toexpand offerings in teacher educationto address state and national trends,especially in the area of specialeducation, reading, and earlychildhood development.For more information, call the NMCUC at 231 995-1777 or on the web at:www.nmc.edu/uc
Maury “Mo” Bolmer

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