2013 BBQ projects selected
TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwestern Michigan College Barbecue Board has selected the college programs that will share more than $48,000 in funding from the 58th annual Barbecue, set for May 19 on main campus.
College employees submit proposals for Barbecue funds to support program and equipment needs, contingent on funds raised that day. A subcommittee reviews and recommends proposals to the Barbecue Board, a group of 25 community volunteers. This year’s recipients are:
- Engineering Club Baja Competition – funds to be used for the 2013 annual spring Society of Automotive Engineers competition, held in Washington state.
- Active Learning Classroom – Designed to create NMC's first such classroom, transforming the learning environment into a flexible, technology-driven environment that focuses on small group work, more active learning, and hands-on instructor involvement.
- Chassis and Suspension trainer – Allows students hands-on training in steering, suspension and brake systems and alignments
- NMC Scholarship Open - Support for event set for Aug. 1 at the Grand Traverse Resort.
- Elkay Bottle Filling Station – Replacement of eight existing water foundations with bottle filling units/drinking fountains at main campus, University Center and Parsons Stulen. Estimated savings of 44,000 plastic bottles from landfills in 2012.
- NMC Nickname Logo Design – Fund the outsourced design of the college's new Hawk Owl logo, including trademarking of logo and nickname.
- College For Kids scholarships – Kids with proven financial need can apply for scholarship. Last year 86 kids received more than $5,700 in scholarships.
- Simulcast capability – Will allow NMC to simulcast events to and from campus and the Dennos Museum to other locations around Traverse City.
- BBQ tuition prize commitment (third year of three-year pledge)
In addition, the Barbecue Board established a leadership succession plan, naming Gary Carlson as president-elect and Lindsey Rogers as vice-president. President, president-elect and vice-president will each serve two years. Carlson will succeed current president Dennis Stavros in 2015-16, followed by Rogers in 2017-18.
The late Gerald W. Oleson and his wife Frances, founders of Oleson’s Food Stores in Traverse City, started the annual fund raiser picnic in 1956. Oleson’s Food Stores continues to donate all the food. About 10,000 people attend every year, raising more than $1.5 million for college programs and equipment over the years.
In addition to the traditional menu of buffalo steakettes or hot dog, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw and beverage and ice cream served from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 19, free live entertainment is provided throughout the day. Children’s games and activities will also be provided. The Barbecue will once again strive toward zero-waste, with composting and recycling services available.
Tickets for the event are $6 in advance and $8 on Barbecue Day and are available online at nmc.edu/bbq or by contacting the NMC Office of Public Relations & Marketing at (231) 995-1020.
Release date: March 20, 2013
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Director of Public Relations