NCMC Luncheon Lectures


North Central Michigan College in Petoskey offers luncheon lecture, 11:30am, Fridays, in the Library Conference room.

January 13, Great Lakes Center for the Arts
When the curtain goes up in 2018, the $25 million center now under construction on donated land in the Village at Bay Harbor will be a national destination known for unique cultural performances across all genres of theater, dance and music, a leading regional arts and arts education provider, and an internationally recognized center for important intellectual dialogue. Jill O’Neill, Executive Director, gives a preview.

The fund has contributed more than $25 million in grants for projects in Emmet and Charlevoix counties. Steve DeBrabander of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will explain how
the trust fund helps local governments and the DNR acquire land for public parks, trails and other forms of outdoor recreation.

January 27, Michigan's Changing Climate Average Great Lakes water temperatures are up, ice coverage and snow depths are down, and invasive species are spreading. Matt Claucherty of the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council reviews long term data showing changes and explains steps to avoid or disrupt upcoming changes.

February 10, Community Corrections
Dean Cosens directs a county program that diverts non-violent offenders from jail or prison while holding them accountable, maintaining public safety and saving money. A veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division with a degree in psychology, Dean shows his passion for public service and some sophisticated tools are helping people get their lives back on track.

February 17, Wings of Wonder
Rebecca Lessard founded a non-profit raptor sanctuary in Empire, Michigan to foster appreciation, understanding and respect for raptors and to help the public learn the important role these birds play in healthy ecosystems. With rehabilitation permits from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, she uses non-releasable raptors to ell a compelling story to thousands of people.

March 3, Save the Bees
Anne Morningstar, head beekeeper for Bear Creek Organic Farm, explains the inner workings of a beehive and what life is like as a honey bee. She will provide a number of helpful tips to help support bee population that are easy to incorporate without the need of a backyard hive. Her farm keeps honeybee hives around Northern Michigan and produces USDA certified organic produce year-round.

March 17, Freedom of Information Act
Robin Luce-Hermann, general counsel for the Michigan Press Association, explains how the Freedom of Information Act and Michigan Open Meetings Act are a part of the democratic process.

April 7, Verbal Judo
Law enforcement officers have a range of tools to do their jobs, some show quite prominently on YouTube videos and on TV police dramas. Dan Branson, Harbor Springs Police Chief, will demonstrate another, less viable tool that is is the best and safest way to achieve voluntary compliance most of the time--when used correctly.

Reservations are required. Call 231-348-6600. Cost is $10; lunch, which begins at 11:30am, is included.
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