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North Central Michigan College’s luncheon lecture series for the fall semester will begin on Friday, September 21.  A wide variety of topics will be featured including the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, the double-crested cormorant, North Central’s new president, the November mid-term elections, the Mackinac Bridge and probate court. 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 21 – Great Lakes Center for the Arts. The brand new $25 million facility opened this summer to packed houses and rave reviews for programs by the Detroit Symphony, Joffrey Ballet, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and many others.  GLCA Executive Director Jill O’Neill will talk about the finest new performing arts center in Northern Michigan and its amazing contributions to the cultural landscape of our area.

            October 5 – The Feathered Pariah. The double-crested cormorant has caused outrage in the upper Great Lakes. Anglers say the birds destroy the fishery in places like the Les Cheneaux Islands where large colonies nest. They want lethal force used against the birds. Critics say that view puts humans and their desires at the center of everything.  We will hear from Interlochen Public Radio's Peter Payette who travelled this spring with photographer Sam Corden to some of the remote islands where cormorants breed. 

            October 19 – Meet the President.  For the first time in 17 years, North Central Michigan College has a new president.  Dr. David Roland Finley comes to the Petoskey campus from Lake Superior State University where he served as provost and interim vice president for academic affairs, as well as dean of the College of Business and Engineering.  Dr. Finley will discuss his focus on enhancing North Central’s collaboration with communities and finding new opportunities to serve students.

            November 16 –  What happened? Scott T. LaDeur, Ph.D., professor of political science at North Central Michigan College, will offer a detailed analysis of the outcomes of the major political races in Michigan and nationally that will be decided in the November 6 general election.  

            November 30 – The Mackinac Bridge, then and now.  Kimberly Nowack, P.E., is the chief engineer for the Mackinac Bridge Authority. She will talk about the history of Straits Area transportation and the amazing story of the bridge’s construction. She will also review the continuing challenges of maintaining this vitally important span and much more.

            December 7 – Probate Court.  The Honorable Valerie K. Snyder has served as judge of 7th Probate District Court since she was appointed by the governor in June 2017.  She will give an overview of the services it provides to the residents of Charlevoix and Emmet Counties.  Judge Snyder will highlight the use of guardianships to assist incapacitated individuals and the court’s innovative juvenile justice programs, including Lakeview Academy, to address youth substance abuse issues. 

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. This program is sponsored by the NCMC Foundation.

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, a Military-Friendly® and a Veteran Friendly School.


For more information:

Kathy Bardins

Communications and Events Specialist