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There are a number of ways that alumni and NMC supporters may be recognized for their achievements.

Do you know an NMC alumnus doing great things? How about a community member dedicated to NMC? Maybe there's a volunteer who's gone above and beyond supporting the college.

Learn more about each of these programs and consider submitting a nomination for Outstanding Alumni or sharing your thoughts about other awards.

A group of past NMC Fellows award winners

NMC Fellows

The Fellows Award is Northwestern Michigan College's highest honor, and has been awarded annually since 1964. Fellows may be nominated because they have demonstrated influential networking on behalf of the College, have demonstrated a pattern of outstanding financial or personal time contributions to NMC, or as a retiree of the college continue to contribute back to their academic or professional fields as volunteers, mentors or advisors. Exceptional contributions in one or more of these areas may justify nomination. No staff, faculty, or trustee shall be named a Fellow while still employed or in office.

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2023 Outstanding Alumni

Outstanding Alumni

Since 1988, Northwestern Michigan College’s Outstanding Alumni award has recognized graduates and past students for significant professional achievements and/or exemplary leadership in the local or global community. Nominees for this award should have demonstrated accomplishments that reflect NMC values of dedication to life-long learning, innovation and integrity, and respect for and collaboration with others. Recognition is not solely contingent on having received a degree or certificate from NMC, but on achievements of the nominee and positive perspective of the role that NMC played in their lives. Nominations may be made throughout the year, and are generally reviewed each spring and announced in the summer.

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Susanne M. Janis

Susanne M. Janis Service Award

Top among NMC alumni and supporters stands Susie Janis. From her time as a student, Susie has readily shared the admiration that she has for the college and its people. Over and over, she stepped forward, ready to inspire and encourage others to do their best. In 2016, Susie answered the call again, agreeing to co-chair the Be What’s Possible campaign. Leading with dedication, warmth, and wit, she set a tone that working together, we would be successful. At the conclusion of the campaign in 2021, NMC Foundation staff were compelled to recognize volunteers who provide transformational service and leadership for philanthropy for NMC. The staff of the Northwestern Michigan College Foundation is pleased to have created the Susanne M. Janis Service Award. We are grateful for her knowledge, wisdom, and energy, and inspired by her tireless service to our community’s college.

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