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North Central Michigan College’s luncheon lecture series for the fall semester will begin on Friday, September 29.  A wide variety of topics will be featured including cooking secrets, the conscious business movement, unmanned aerial systems, the history of Castle Farms, concussions and sports and the stories behind the music. All programs in the fall series will be held on Fridays in the College’s Library conference room. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon.

September 29 – My Dirty Little Secrets.  Jamee Fry, North Central’s energetic and inspirational food service director, will share her professional trade secrets with those of us who want to cook like the pros at home.  Jamee will talk about her favorite techniques, recipes and products that have spiced up the Luncheon Lecture series for several years and earned rave reviews from our guests.

October 13 – Thriving Petoskey.  The Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce is promoting a “conscious business movement” that encourages businesses to operate in a socially responsible way to elevate the human condition in our community.  Carlin Smith, chamber president, will explain how businesses can enhance the quality of life while improving their bottom line.  Ashley Whitney of Harbor Brenn Agencies will join Carlin to show how her business has embraced the movement and the impact it is having. 

October 27 – Unmanned Aerial Systems.  Northwestern Michigan College created one of the first academic programs in the nation to train drone pilots. To meet the growing global demand for highly skilled pilots, the college has created its own remote pilot training facility with nearly $1 million in UAS assets.  Alex Bloye, NMC aviation division director, will give an overview of the UAS industry and will display some unmanned aircraft he uses, including a few that are the first of their kind in the country.          

November 10 – The History of Castle Farms.  Step back in time with Castle Farms of Charlevoix to learn about one of Northern Michigan’s historical treasures. The presentation will cover the Castle’s four owners, their impact on the buildings and community, and the incredible restoration project that brought the property back from near ruin. From stonemasons to rock bands, the Castle has certainly evolved over the last century.  We will also find out what’s in store for the future.

November 17 – Concussions in Sports.  Dr. Dennis McGeath and Lindsey Griffes, Petoskey High School’s certified athletic trainer, will talk about the growing understanding of the brain injuries that athletes of all ages can sustain in a variety of sports and the potential lifetime impacts that can result.

December 1 – The Stories behind the Music.  Kate Botello, Interlochen Public Radio classical program host, returns to North Central to tell us about the special genre of classical music that tells a story – sometimes a very strange one.  She will guide us through centuries of stories cleverly woven into classical compositions – everything from a meeting of two lovers, to fossils, to surgery! Sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, sometimes all-out icky – classical music has all kinds of hidden stories to tell.  Kate will expand your musical imagination!

Reservations are required.  You must call 231-348-6600 or email to reserve your place for each presentation.  Cost is $12.  Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.

North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement.  North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and a Veteran Friendly School.


For more information:

Kathy Bardins

Communications and Events Specialist