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For 64 years, we've gathered on the NMC campus to celebrate community and to support the learning created here at Northwestern Michigan College. This year we offer something different to celebrate this 65th anniversary with this virtual BBQ.

Explore the site, download the puzzles, enjoy the art and music, and share your own stories and photos via Facebook, other social media, and through email.

Consider what NMC means to our community — you can replace your BBQ tickets with a gift to support our students and programs in this time of great need.

Thank you for stopping by this virtual BBQ. We look forward to continuing to serve the students and meet the needs of our region. We are truly your community’s college, and together, we will Be What’s Possible!

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Support Students and Programs

Since the first BBQ in 1965, your financial support has been essential for our students to reach graduation day. Now, because the coronavirus has devastated the incomes of many of our students, your support is critical to keeping our students in school and on track to brighter futures. In lieu of purchasing a BBQ ticket this year, please make a gift to The Fund for NMC to help students facing emergencies.

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Share Your Stories

Do you have a fun memory from a past BBQ? What have you been doing since you were an NMC student? Have a question for the Alumni Office? We want to connect and celebrate your accomplishments! Follow the link below to share your updates and memories, and to ask questions. We want to hear from YOU!

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Let's All Learn to BBQ!

Take your grill game up a level! Direct from our own Great Lakes Culinary Institute (recently ranked #8 in the nation by GradReports) and Chef Les Eckert, Director of the GLCI, come a great Mississippi po’boy! See how she makes the mouth-watering magic happens and download a copy of the recipe to try at home!

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For the Kids (or the kid in all of us!)

The NMC BBQ is always chock-full of activities for the youngsters and our virtual BBQ is no different! Follow the link below to watch National Cherry Queen Sierra Moore read a few of her favorite books! You can also download fun activities including “Flat Swoop,” a word search, and more!

Activities for Kids
NMC Music Department

Musically Speaking

Have you heard or performed with an NMC music ensemble? From Dolce Singers to the Jazz Bands, NMC music groups provide great experiences for performers of all ages and numerous community concerts during the year. Have you heard the most recent endeavor — the NMC Virtual Choir? Go here to enjoy a number of recent performances by NMC choirs.

Watch and Listen Now!

Let's Be Social!

Even though we can’t connect in person, we’d still love to hear from you! Share your photos on our Facebook event and tag us on Instagram with your best backyard barbecue photo in Hawk Owl gear at #NMCVirtualBBQ! While we have spent more time at home, we hope you have enjoyed some quality barbecuing in your own backyard!

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Dennos Museum

The Art of It All

The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College remains closed, but our staff is working diligently from home to engage, enlighten, and entertain our audiences in new and innovative ways. From our Live & Local Concert Series, to twice-weekly DRAW NoMI videos, and live video discussions with artists, we have created programs to bring the arts to you. Join us for our free online programs available by following the link below and on our Facebook page. You can support staffing, operations, programs, and collections for the Traverse City community and beyond — especially now — with a membership to the museum. Your support today will help sustain us for tomorrow.

Visit the Dennos Museum's Virtual Programs

Listen Up!

WNMC, the listener-supported radio station of the college, provides educational and culturally enriching programming to its northern Michigan service area. Largely staffed by volunteers from throughout the Grand Traverse area, including NMC students, alumni, and employees, WNMC's volunteer corps brings a vast range of backgrounds and experience to the station. Learn more about the station and listen live!

Learn About WNMC

Digital NMC Pride

Find new ways to show your Hawk Owl pride! With much of our lives moving online, now you can show your pride for NMC with a custom Zoom background! Ever wondered what you would look like with Hawk Owl wings? Find out and bring smiles to your next Zoom meeting. Follow the link below to download a background and find instructions on how to use it. While you’re there, learn how to share your school spirit with an NMC Facebook Frame!

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NMC Driveways

Who's in the Driveway?

Learn more about the people who make NMC possible! The Extended Education program offers a new podcast called NMC Driveways! The premise: two cars, two microphones, one driveway, sharing stories of the college community and getting to know the folks who keep NMC moving forward.

Listen to an Episode

As Time Goes By

The NMC Barbecue is one of northern Michigan's most popular and enduring traditions. For 65 years, the BBQ has brought thousands to NMC's main campus for an old-fashioned picnic and a celebration of their community’s college. Learn more about the history of the NMC BBQ, view photo galleries of BBQs past, and learn more about the programs that BBQ fundraising has supported.

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