Barbecue-funded Projects

2015 Projects


Amount Funded

NMC Traditional Pow-wow – Matching funding of $3,500 (if they raise $3,500) for educational materials, facility rental, etc for the first ever NMC Pow-wow.

$3,500 Matching

Multi-Parameter Water Quality Sonde – Purchase of the sonde and 3 sensors for it. This will be used to monitor/measure various parameters of water quality in the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute classes.


Student Success Center Workspace – Purchase of 10–12 Versa white boards which are temporary, portable white boards that create a more dynamic workspace which encourages collaborative work space.


Lean Champion Flipped Classroom – Purchase of 15 iPads to be used for off-site training  for class members of the Lean Champion Manufacturing and Office programs. This minimizes travel and lost work costs for learners at distant locations.


College for Kids Scholarships – This will help fund scholarships for need-based students wishing to enroll in College for Kids programs.


Library Laptop Loan Program – This will add 5 new laptops including chargers and carrying cases to the fleet of laptops currently in the loan program. This will help retired some laptops that are beyond repair or no longer functioning. This gives students who do not have a computer at home, the opportunity to access one for schoolwork.


ROV Student Design Team-Tether – Covers the cost for 300 feet of tether for the commercial quality inspection ROV. This will be used for research on water related issues on the Great Lakes and infrastructure inspection on inland lakes and waterways.


Scholarship Open Sponsorship – Sponsorship includes $3,000 to fund scholarships at NMC. BBQ will be a major sponsor of the Scholarship Open event with recognition at the Scholarship Luncheon, hole sponsorship, advertising and signage.


Side Scan Sonar for Nautical Archaeology Students – Purchase of this advanced piece of maritime equipment which uses sound waves to map the lakebed and underwater features such as shipwrecks, docks and piers by the Nautical Archaeology classes.


Total Recommended for Funding:


Here is just a sampling of the scores of projects made possible by the NMC Barbecue since it began in 1956:

  • Adult Student Center
  • Ash Tree Replacement
  • Automotive Equipment Upgrade
  • Automotive Lifts
  • Aviation GPS/MFD Training Aid
  • Beautification of the Technical Center Buildings & Grounds
  • Business Department Learning Lab
  • Cafeteria Equipment
  • Career Exploration software
  • Chemistry Lab Equipment
  • Circulatory System Model
  • Computer-based Automotive Diagnostic Equipment
  • Computers for White Pine Press
  • Culinary Institute BBQ Smoker
  • Darkroom Equipment for Photography Department
  • Dental X-ray Equipment
  • Digital Radiography Equipment
  • Discovery Gallery
  • Drafting Lab Renovation
  • Duct Blaster, tool for energy efficiency training
  • Dutmers Theater Projection System Upgrade
  • Electronic Photography
  • Equipment for Biology Department
  • Equipment for Chemistry Department
  • Equipment for Hard of Hearing Students
  • Equipment for Health Occupations Division
  • Equipment for Machine Tool Department
  • Equipment for Medical & Dental Assisting Programs
  • Equipment for New Fine Arts Building
  • Equipment for Physical Education Facility
  • Equipment for Physics Department
  • Equipment for Visual Arts
  • Equipment for WNMC-FM
  • Film Drying Cabinet
  • First & Second Language Education for Adult Immigrants
  • Furnishings & Equipment for Science Building Lecture Room
  • Furnishings for New Library
  • Great Lakes Campus Redevelopment
  • GLMA Ship Simulator
  • Handicap Shelter
  • Honors Program
  • Instruments for Music Department
  • Internet Access for Residence Halls
  • Launching of Associate Degree Registered Nursing Program
  • Launching the Great Lakes Maritime Academy
  • Law Enforcement Equipment
  • Library Computer Network
  • Lobdell's Technology Update
  • Maritime Navigation Lab Sound System
  • Mathematics Software
  • Milliken Auditorium Camera
  • Milliken Auditorium Projection System Upgrade
  • Milliken Auditorium Stage Lighting
  • Milliken Auditorium Stage Lighting Update
  • Multi-Media Projection
  • Musician Chairs for Fine Arts
  • New Equipment for Welding Program
  • NMC Child Care Center Scholarships
  • NMC Film Series
  • NMC University Center
  • NMC Writing & Reading Center Hardware
  • Nursing Program Simulation
  • Object Alaris 3D printer
  • Observatory Construction
  • Outdoor Sculpture
  • Pharmacology Materials for Health Occupations Division
  • Photobiography Project for English classes
  • Pottery Wheel Replacement
  • Renovation of Student Center
  • Student Engagement Incubator Fund
  • Support for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • Telescope & Accessories for Astronomy Classes
  • Tennis Courts & Facilities for Recreational Activities
  • Two 15 Passenger Vans for Field Trip Transportation
  • Watershed Science Class
  • Wireless Community for Osterlin Library
  • WNMC Transmitter
  • Writing & Reading Center Computers

2014 projects

  • Alumni Art Show – reimburse expenses of the "Three Decades of Art at NMC" Alumni Art Show held March–May: $3,000
  • Calculus, the Musical! – Covers performance cost so students can see the event for free: $1,165
  • Computer Application Stations for Admissions – two more computer stations so multiple students can submit applications at the same time: $1,085
  • Health Occupations Simulation Lab – new equipment including a newborn infant dummy, demonstration tables and stools, thermometers, pulse oximeters, etc.: $19,525
  • NMC Scholarship Open Sponsorship – five $1,000 scholarships: $5,000
  • STEM Robotics and College for Kids Scholarships – $5,000 for a VEQ Robotics kits for a new robotics-related STEM program; $5,000 for scholarships for need-based College for Kids students: $10,000
  • Wireless Microphones for Milliken Auditorium – additional wireless microphones events such as TEDx, the International Affairs Forum, etc.: $4,900

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