Retired nursing instructor receives college's highest honor

TRAVERSE CITY — Hettie Molvang, a nursing instructor from 1974 to 1994, has been named the 2012 recipient of the NMC Fellow award, the college's highest honor.

As a teacher, Molvang believed she had a broader duty to students than overseeing their academic performance. To that end, she went so far as to make personal loans so struggling students could continue their education. As a birthday gift, her late husband, Eric Molvang, established an endowed scholarship in her name.

Established in 1989, more than 40 students have been helped by the Eric & Hettie Molvang Endowed Scholarship, awarded to nursing and maritime students. She was also named NMC's Imogene Wise Faculty Excellence award recipient in 1986, only the second female faculty member to be chosen for the distinction.

Now a retiree, Molvang has been instrumental in helping NMC remain connected to other retirees. She has co-chaired the retiree committee within NMC's Annual Campaign for several years. Her support also includes the Dennos Museum Center, where she retains an active membership, Commitment scholarships and the NMC Scholarship Open golf outing.

Beyond NMC, Molvang is active in the community. In 2011 she was named Distinguished Senior Citizen of the year by the National Cherry Festival for her advocacy for people with Parkinson's disease, especially veterans. She is as a board member and facilitator of the Grand Traverse Area Parkinson's Support Group and assistant state director for Parkinson's Action Network, the political voice for all Parkinson's associations.

NMC has named Fellows each year since 1964 as a way of recognizing and thanking those individuals who have made special contributions to the college.

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Molvang's selection was approved by NMC's Board of Trustees Monday. She will be honored at a dinner later this year.

Release date: June 28, 2012

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