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April 11, 2024

News in Brief

White Pine Press Wins 15 Awards

Staff of the paper won 15 awards (including 5 first-place awards) at the Michigan Community College Press Association ceremony on April 6 for

coverage published between March 1, 2023, and February 29, 2024. In all, 9 different students won awards.

• Julia Belden won first place for her Personality Profile on NMC alum Dr. Annie Kritcher; third place for her In-Depth Reporting on NMC’s preparedness for an active shooter situation on campus, and honorable mention for her News Story on NMC’s campus WiFi hurdles.

• Gabbi Chavarria won first place for her In-Depth Reporting on NMC hiring a third-party hiring firm, and honorable mention for her Personality Profile on the women who feed Traverse City.

• Roberto Cuadra won first place for his Sports Feature Story (Division II) on Miguel Cabrera.

• Deanna Luton won first place for her Feature Story on homelessness in Traverse City.

• The White Pine Press staff won first place in the General Excellence category (Division II); shared second place for Front Page Design, and honorable mention for Overall Newspaper Design.

• Emma Marion and Jacob Pszczolkowski shared second place for Front Page Design.

• Pszczolkowski won second place for Inside Page Design.

• Aidan Pool won second place for his Sports Feature Story (Division II) on gender equity in sports.

• Eli Stallman won third place for his Column on taking romance slow.

• Nathan Neste won honorable mention for his Photo Essay on a demonstration for Middle East peace.


NMC Board of Trustees Correction

In the February 29 edition of the White Pine Press, we stated that the NMC Board of Trustees held an unrecorded meeting to select their new member: Bill Marsh. To correct our previous statement, it is within the Board’s right to not record special meetings. A notice of the meeting was published at this blog post: The link within this blog post that originally redirected to the PDF of the notice of the hearing, still leads to an error page on NMC’s website.

Boardman Loop Trail Murals

NMC student Kiah Anderson and former student Logan Hudson created two new murals along the Boardman Lake Loop Trail this past summer. The pair helped faculty members Glenn Wolff and Rufus Snoddy complete another mural, Boardman Serenade, last year, and this year were invited to paint their own. Anderson’s mural is titled Serenity’s Muse and Hudson’s mural is titled May You Always Know the Truth and See the Light Surrounding You.

Student Services Changes

Lindsey Dickinson has been appointed to the position of Director of Retention and Success. Disability Services will now report to the Dean of Students. The Testing Center in Osterlin is being combined with the Professional Testing Center located at Parson Stulens, and Phi Theta Kappa will reside in Student Life with Jeremy Heinlein and Lisa Thomas serving as co-advisors.

Benzie County up for Annexation

Pending the results of a November 2024 vote, Benzie County is up for integration into the NMC school district. This initiative is intended to provide Benzie residents with easier access to NMC resources and programs.

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