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2014-11-24 North Central Becomes Official Site of National Writing Project NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE
1515 Howard Street
Petoskey, MI 49770

NEWS RELEASE – November 24, 2014

NORTH CENTRAL BECOMES OFFICIAL SITE OF THE NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT

North Central Michigan College and the Top-of-the-Mitt Writing Project are now an official site of the National Writing Project. For the past nine years, Top-of-the-Mitt has been a satellite of the Red Cedar Writing Project, Michigan State University’s site of the National Writing Project. Top-of-the-Mitt and North Central Michigan College join 11 other universities in Michigan as part of the National Writing Project. North Central is the only community college in Michigan to participate, and one of only four community colleges in the entire country.

Toby Kahn-Loftus, a member of North Central’s adjunct faculty, is director of the project here in Petoskey. The National Writing Project is a network of close to 200 sites anchored at colleges and universities and serving teachers across disciplines and at all levels, early childhood through university. They provide professional development, develop resources, generate research and act on knowledge to improve the teaching of writing and learning in schools and communities.

Top-of-the-Mitt offers a summer institute at North Central for select teachers across 14 northern, rural Michigan counties. Their four-week invitational summer institute includes three MSU graduate credits and numerous texts and materials. Teachers focus on becoming more effective writers, teachers of writing, teacher researchers and teacher leaders. To date, 65 teachers in northern Michigan have gone through the Top-of-the-Mitt summer institute and have new teacher consultant credentials. The total number of students impacted by their work is now closer to 2,200 and more than 500 students have participated in our Spartan Writing Camps North.

Top-of-the-Mitt also seek grants from area foundations to support literacy in area schools with high needs populations and offer several writing camps each year for area families taught by their teacher consultants. For more information on the National Writing Project, visit www.nwp.org. For information about the Top-of-the-Mitt Writing Project, contact Toby Kahn-Loftus at 231-330-5804 or tobykahnloftus@gmail.com. For more information about Red Cedar Writing Project, visit rcwp.msu.edu or contact Janet Swenson at 517-884-7424 or jswenson@msu.edu.

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 Military-Friendly School®.

For more information:
Carol Laenen
Director of College Communications
231-348-6839

Cutline: Top of the Mitt Writing Project Director, Toby Kahn Loftus, is presenting to Dr. Janet Swenson, Director of the Red Cedar Writing Project and Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University, an Outstanding Mentorship Award for a decade of mentorship.

2014-11-20 North Central Graduate Working in Liberia NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE
1515 Howard Street
Petoskey, MI 49770

NEWS RELEASE – November 20, 2014

NORTH CENTRAL GRADUATE WORKING IN LIBERIA

North Central Michigan College graduate Kelly Suter was featured on CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday, November 9 as part of their story called The Ebola Hot Zone. Kelly graduated from North Central’s nursing program in 2008. She started her volunteering career in Haiti after the earthquake, doing two tours in that country. Between tours, Kelly can often be seen at work in the Emergency Department at McLaren Northern Michigan. Kelly is now working with Doctors without Borders at the epicenter of the Ebola crisis in Liberia.

To view the video, go to http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/the-ebola-hot-zone/.

Kelly’s sister, sister’s husband and multiple aunts and cousins, 14 in all, have graduated from North Central’s nursing program.

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 Military-Friendly School®.

For more information:
Carol Laenen
Director of College Communications
231-348-6839

2014-11-17 North Central and McLean & Eakin Host Virtual Lecture NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE
1515 Howard Street
Petoskey, MI 49770

NEWS RELEASE – November 17, 2014

NORTH CENTRAL AND MCLEAN & EAKIN HOST VIRTUAL COMMUNITY BOOK DISCUSSION WITH AUTHOR ON REBUILDING THE FOODSHED

North Central Michigan College and McLean & Eakin Booksellers invite the public to a virtual community book discussion with author, Philip Ackerman-Leist on Wednesday, December 3 at 6 p.m. in the Library Conference Center on the Petoskey campus. This lecture is free and open to the public.

In Rebuilding the Foodshed, Ackerman-Leist provides a roadmap for taking the food movement to the next level. Rebuilding our regional food systems eliminates the destructive aspects of industrial agriculture, keeps our dollars in the local economy, meets food needs affordably and sustainably, and makes our food systems more resilient. Showcasing some of the most promising, replicable models for growing, processing, and distributing sustainably grown food, this book points the reader toward the next stages of the food revolution. This is the first in a series of winter discussions on rebuilding our local foodshed.

Philip Ackerman-Leist is a professor at Green Mountain College, where he established the college’s farm and sustainable agriculture curriculum and is director of the Green Mountain College Farm & Food Project. He also founded and directs the college’s Masters in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS), the nation’s first online graduate program in food systems, featuring applied comparative research of students’ home bioregions. He and his wife, Erin, farmed in the South Tirol region of the Alps and North Carolina before beginning their sixteen-year homesteading and farming venture in Pawlet, Vermont. With more than two decades of “field experience” working on farms, in the classroom and with regional food systems collaborators, Philip’s work is focused on examining and reshaping local and regional food systems from the ground up.

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 Military-Friendly School®.

For more information:
Carol Laenen
Director of College Communications
231-348-6839

2014-11-14 Local Food Hero Honored at North Central NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE
1515 Howard Street
Petoskey, MI 49770

NEWS RELEASE – November 14, 2014

LOCAL FOOD HERO HONORED AT NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE

David Coveyou, owner of Coveyou’s Scenic Farm, received the 2014 Local Food Hero award on November 12 at Around the Table: Growing Together, the second food and farming conference sponsored by North Central Michigan College and the Local Food Alliance. Local Food Alliance members submitted nominations and comments, praising Dave as a “renaissance farmer-engineer who dedicated his life to providing our community with the high quality food to feed not just our bodies, but our minds and souls, our relationships and community.” LFA members praised Coveyou for training young farmers, using geo-thermal and solar energy on his farm, and partnering with businesses, institutions and stores to get more local farm products into the community.

More than eighty people attended the conference which focused on ways to increase the economic viability of area farms and increase the availability of healthy, nutritious local food. Speakers included: Michelle Walk, MSUE with the UP Food Exchange, Brandon Seng and Mark Coe with Goodwill’s Farm-to-Freezer Program, and Wendy Wieland and Rob Sirrine with MSUE and Traverse City’s Food Hub. All spoke of the need to support local farmers as a critical economic issue. Creating jobs, keeping money in the community, feeding and educating kids about healthy food, developing strong community partnerships were the themes of the evening. They outlined creative programs in their regions to support farmers and food producers.

Sponsors of the events, along with North Central Michigan College, included: ISLAND—Institute for Sustainable Living, Art and Natural Design, Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, Grain Train Natural Foods Market, MSU Extension, Taste the Local Difference – Michigan Land Use Institute, USDA’s Farm Service Agency and McLean & Eakin Booksellers.

North Central’s Iron Horse Café chef, Jamee Fry, prepared a local foods dinner with donations from Bill’s Farm Market, Grain Train Natural Foods Market, Blackbird Gardens and Crooked Tree Breadworks.

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 Military-Friendly School®.

For more information:
Carol Laenen
Director of College Communications
231-348-6839

2014-11-12 Support North Central's Canned Food Drive NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE
1515 Howard Street
Petoskey, MI 49770

NEWS RELEASE – November 12, 2014

SUPPORT NORTH CENTRAL’S CANNED FOOD DRIVE

The Student Senate at North Central Michigan College is hosting the 4th annual Canned Food Drive, ending on Monday, November 17. The goal this year is to raise 3,000 food items benefiting Emmet, Otsego and Cheboygan counties.

On Thursday, November 13 and Monday, November 17, donors who bring their food items to the Iron Horse Café (formerly the cafeteria in the Student Center) will receive a free 8-ounce iced latte. Help support our students and our community with your donations. Donations can also be dropped at the Residence Hall and the lobby of the main administration building in Petoskey, at the North Central office in the Gaylord University Center and at the Straits Area Education Center in Cheboygan from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.

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 Military-Friendly School®.

For more information:
Carol Laenen
Director of College Communications
231-348-6839

2014-11-04 North Central Lecture Showcases the Bassoon NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE
1515 Howard Street
Petoskey, MI 49770

NEWS RELEASE – November 4, 2014

NORTH CENTRAL LUNCHEON LECTURE LOOKS AT THE
BASSOON

North Central Michigan College’s Luncheon Lecture on Friday, November 14, will showcase the bassoon. The lecture will be at noon in the Library conference room on the Petoskey campus.

Thom Zantow, principal bassoonist for the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, will explain and play this odd-looking instrument with a long history and a rich sound. Thom is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Wisconsin where he earned graduate degrees in music and library science. He performs in numerous orchestras and chamber groups and has played in backup orchestras for Joni Mitchell and Michael Bolton. In his day job, Thom is the head of access services for Saginaw Valley State University’s library system

Cost for the event is $10 and includes lunch. Reservations are required. Call 231-348-6600 to reserve your place at the table. 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 Military-Friendly School®.

For more information:
Carol Laenen
Director of College Communications
231-348-6839

2014-11-3 Free Vets Breakfast at North Central NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE
1515 Howard Street
Petoskey, MI 49770

NEWS RELEASE – November 3, 2014

FREE VETERANS BREAKFAST AT NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE

Veterans and their families are invited to a free breakfast at the North Central Michigan College cafeteria on Tuesday, November 11, from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. The college’s Student Veterans Association and Chase Bank are sponsoring the event to show appreciation to our local veterans and their families.

No reservations are necessary.

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 Military-Friendly School®.

For more information:
Carol Laenen
Director of College Communications
231-348-6839