NMC Students to Conduct Opinion Survey on Saipan Casino Issue (Friday, November 4)
Students of Northern Marianas College instructor Sam McPhetres’s Current Issues in the CNMI course are inviting CNMI voters to participate in a public opinion survey about the legalization of a casino industry in Saipan on Friday, November 4, 2011, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at various designated locations, which are assigned based on village of residence and voting precinct (see complete text for list). The aim of the survey is to provide data on how many individuals support or oppose the legalization of a casino industry on the island. The results from the survey, however, will be non-binding. This means that these results will not affect any prospective law or policy regarding the issue. Although the results will be non-binding, it can assist the leaders of the CNMI in deciding whether to propose any law or policy regarding casinos. Those registered to vote in the CNMI will be eligible to participate in this survey...(Click here to view complete text)
NMC Hosts FREE Cash for College Workshop Nov. 12
The Northern Marianas College and College Access Challenge Grant program will be hosting a free “Cash for College” workshop that is aimed at assisting students and their parents in maximizing scholarship opportunities that are available to students seeking to obtain a college education. The free workshop is on Saturday, November 12, 2011, at the NMC As Terlaje campus in Building A. The workshop will be an ongoing session, so participants can stop by anytime between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Participants will be provided with personal, step-by-step assistance in completing college financial aid forms, focusing especially on forms for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the Saipan Higher Education Financial Aid (SHEFA), and the CNMI Scholarship...(For more information, click here)
Tan Siu Lin Foundation Announces Scholarship for NMC Students
In its ongoing efforts to promote higher education among CNMI students, the Tan Siu Lin Foundation has announced that it is providing scholarships to ten students of the Northern Marianas College. The Tan Siu Lin Foundation Scholarship program will provide $1,000 per scholarship recipient that can be applied for the Spring and/or Summer 2012 semesters. The scholarships will be awarded to five full-time students pursuing an Associate's in Applied Science degree in Hospitality Management, and five full-time students pursuing other degrees at NMC. "The scholarship is aimed at helping students in the CNMI pursue their education at the Northern Marianas College,” said TSL Foundation President and Chief of Operations Jerry Tan. “We need to continue building our local workforce with skilled and knowledgeable individuals and this scholarship is one of the ways the Tan Siu Lin Foundation is advancing that objective.” The deadline to apply is November 30, 2011...(Click here to view complete text)
NMC Alumni Association Hosts Alumni Mixer This Saturday (Nov. 5)
The Northern Marianas College Alumni Association will be hosting an Alumni Mixer this Saturday, November 5, 2011, from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am at Tribes Bar near Shirley's Restaurant in Garapan. All NMC alumni and friends are welcome to attend.
NMC Receives Energy Grant from Office of Insular Affairs
The Northern Marianas College was recently awarded an energy grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs, to identify, assess, and analyze the College’s energy deficiencies and maintenance-related needs. The grant is provided through the U.S. Office of Insular Affairs’ Technical Assistance Program and is aimed towards improving the performance of the College’s energy infrastructure. The grant also supports planning to make upgrades and improvements to the campus over time, building systems of sustainable energy, and hiring personnel to maintain these facilities. “The long-term goal is to create a green energy worker-training program that will place graduates into high growth and emerging industry sections within the Commonwealth,” said Geri Willis, Program Manager and author of the grant proposal...(Click here to view complete text)
Farmer/Rancher Grants Deadline Fast-approaching
The Northern Marianas College-Cooperative Research, Extension, and Education Service (NMC-CREES) wants to remind the farmers and ranchers of the CNMI that grants are available to them from the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (WSARE), a program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by Utah State University. The grants from WSARE are meant to promote good stewardship of the nation’s natural resources, to enhance the quality of life of farmers and ranchers, to ensure the viability of rural communities, to protect the health and safety of those involved in food and farm systems, and to promote crop, livestock and enterprise diversification. The deadline for this year’s grant application cycle is December 2, 2011...(Click here to view complete text)
NMC Offers English Language Development Course
The Northern Marianas College, through the Community Development Institute (CDI), is offering short-term classes to interested individuals who wish to improve their English language skills. This course will present the fundamentals of the English language, such as enunciation, pronunciation, dialogues, etc. Additionally, this course will expose the student to the grammatical concepts necessary for interactive skills development, as well as to help students identify grammar terms and concepts, which are applied, to dialogues and simple conversation. The English Language Development Course will begin on November 07 and end on December 12, 2011. The course will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the NMC As Terlaje campus...(Click here to view complete text)
NMC Tourism Students Visit NMI Museum
Students from the Northern Marianas College’s Introduction to the Travel and Tourism Industry course (TS101) recently visited the NMI Museum of History and Culture on a class field trip to experience one of the Commonwealth’s premier cultural attractions. The Museum’s Executive Director Robert Hunter personally led the students on a tour of the Museum’s fascinating exhibits and shared interesting historical facts about the CNMI’s history during the Pre-contact, Spanish, German, Japanese, and Trust Territory periods. According to NMC business instructor Larry Lee, “this type of hands-on experience really broadens our students’ perspectives, especially as they learned so much about our unique cultures and how they were influenced by the various colonization periods, and about one of our exciting local tourist attractions.”
Marvinators, CNMI Top NMC’s Fall 2011 Intramural Games
The Marvinators and team CNMI rose up as champions after topping separate tournaments in last Friday’s 2011 Northern Marianas College Fall Semester Intramural Program at the NMC Gymnasium. Team CNMI — composed of John Nekaifes, Beti Javier, CJ Castro, Eda Sakisat, and Reevalyn and Samylyn Atalig — topped NMC’s Coed Volleyball League, beating rivals Y-Sei, Oh Yeah, and SCFE. Team CNMI clinched the top seed after a weekly series of regular season matches after surviving Oh Yeah for the second time in the semifinals and crushing SCFE twice in a best-of-three championship series. Meanwhile, the Marvin Rabauliman-led Marvinators won four straight games to gain the 3-on-3 coed basketball title. Taking the sportsmanship award from both basketball and volleyball leagues were Oh Yeah and the Jets. “The Health and PE Department’s intramural program would like to thank all the teams that competed. They are all champions. We also thank Mr. Arnold Mesa for his assistance in refereeing the basketball games,” said Rufino Aguon of NMC’s Health and Physical Education Department...(Click here to view the Marianas Variety article)
Internships Available: Micronesia Challenge Young Champion Program
Students passionate about protecting the CNMI's natural resources, between the ages of 17-25, and enrolled in college are encouraged to apply for the year-long internship position, also known as the Micronesia Challenge (MC) champion. In order to assist with the implementation of conservation strategies toward achieving the goals set by the MC, internship opportunities were initiated and the CNMI has 2 vacant MC Champion positions. For the internship beginning in October, the deadline to apply is September 21, 2011, and for the internship beginning in December, the deadline to apply is November 23, 2011. “The MC Champions will lead the design and implementation of a vibrant and comprehensive MC Outreach and Education Program that will bring the Micronesia Challenge message to every home in Micronesia and will gain the participation of key groups around the region,” said Willy Kostka, Director for Micronesia Conservation Trust, based in Pohnpei, FSM. The internship is for one year, and may be extended for an additional year. The MC Champions are expected to spend at least 10 hours a week conducting Micronesia Challenge education and awareness activities for the residents of Saipan, Tinian and Rota...(Click here to view complete text)
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