The Northwestern College Magazine
Rookie season is a rocket ride
HAWK OWLS LEAD ESPORTS DEVELOPMENT IN REGION
OVERWATCH TEAM MEMBERS FROM LEFT, BACK ROW: SIMON WELLINGTON, HUNT, GARRETT COAN, COACH MIKE CULP; FRONT ROW MEG ALBU AND WARNER.
Esports at NMC is less than a year old, but varsity team advisor Terri Gustafson already has become a sort of regional guru, with regional schools regularly reaching out about how to start their own teams.
Though brief, Gustafson and the Hawk Owls’ track record is enviable: In its first semester, one of the two teams, Rocket League, made it into divisional playoffs. All student athletes get $500 scholarships per semester. This semester, Gustafson plans to add a third team, which will share the Esports lab in the West Hall Innovation Center that “blows away” visiting students.
“Not bad for a rookie program,” Gustafson said. “The varsity aspect of it has really taken off.”
Electrical engineering transfer student Jordan Hunt says being on the Overwatch team benefits his overall well-being.
“The scholarship alleviates the need to work so many hours,” said Hunt, 24. “It’s been a good way to connect with others on campus.”
ENGINEERING TRANSFER STUDENT JORDAN HUNT, LEFT, AND COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY STUDENT KYLE WARNER, RIGHT, PLAY OVERWATCH IN NMC’S ESPORTS LAB.
Kyle Warner, a Computer Information Technology student from Cadillac who takes most of his classes online, agreed. “If not for this program I probably wouldn’t have met a single student,” he said.
That feeling isn’t simply sentimental. It’s key to students persisting semester to semester, and completing their degree.
“I think it’s really helped them have a sense of belonging and community, and we know how important that is to keeping them here,” Gustafson said.
BUILDING OUR DREAMS TOGETHER
2012 GLCI grad opens two Frankfort restaurants in four years
2012 GREAT LAKES CULINARY INSTITUTE GRADUATE NATALIE CRAWFORD AND HER HUSBAND NICK OPENED BIRCH & MAPLE IN FRANKFORT IN 2018.
CHEF NATALIE CRAWFORD
and her sommelier husband Nick were trying to choose a name for their frst restaurant together while hiking in Benzie County’s Green Point Dunes.
They hung up their hammocks to take a break. While talking it over, they noticed they’d chosen a birch and a maple tree for their hammocks.
Thus was born Birch & Maple, the Frankfort establishment where Natalie’s created a menu of “elevated comfort food” and Nick handles all things beverage. Customers have responded so enthusiastically since the doors opened in 2018 that the couple is now poised to open a second restaurant, Dos Arboles, a taco and tequila bar, next door.
Crawford, 34, who worked at three different restaurants in Colorado, where she met Nick, uses lessons from the Great Lakes Culinary Institute daily. Keeping an immaculate kitchen, as preached by former director Fred Laughlin, and the recipe template from Chef Joel Papcun, are two foundational ones.
YUM YUM SAUCE
THE YUM YUM SAUCE APPEARS HERE OVER BRAISED SHORT RIBS, BUT IS VERSATILE OVER MANY PROTEINS.
1 1/4 cup tamari
1 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup scallions sliced as circle
1 tbsp red pepper flakes
1 1/4 fl oz sweet Thai chili sauce
1 1/4 tbspsesame oil
1/2 tbsp fish sauce
6 cloves garlic, minced fine
2 tbsp cilantro, chiffonade fine
3 tbsp ginger, peeled and minced fine
Mix all ingredients together in Cambro.
Let sit overnight before portioning into quarts.
Make sure to portion all the goodies evenly
when putting into quarts.
“I try to take kind of humble ingredients and turn it into something exquisite,” she said. The menu changes four times a year, to take advantage of seasonal ingredients. Meanwhile, Nick, 36, crafts cocktails and a wine list that complements his wife’s menu.
They’ve thrown themselves into serving Frankfort. That’s meant sleeping on Birch & Maple booths and opening at 4 a.m. to serve Ironman competitors, adapting their menu to be takeaway-friendly during COVID-19, and cultivating an employee-driven culture that includes one fellow GLCI alumnus and even staff housing inside Dos Arboles.
“We want to be in this industry. We love hospitality. We’re lifers,” Crawford said.
2021 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI SELECTED
Established in 1988, Outstanding Alumni are chosen for their professional achievements and/or leadership in the local or global community.
Engineering 2017: Since NMC, Brace earned his bachelor’s in engineering at the University of Michigan and has begun PhD studies at the University of Chicago. As part of research teams at Oak Ridge and Argonne National Laboratories, he has been applying artifcial intelligence to molecular biophysics. This work led to his team winning the 2020 Gordon Bell Prize for discoveries related to the infection of human cells by the COVID-19 virus, bridging computational studies with experimental biology.
DR. AMANDA KIESSEL
1995: Post-NMC, Kiessel studied at Boston University, Brandeis and the University of California, Santa Cruz, completing her PhD in agroecology and sustainable food systems. Kiessel helped co-create the
, a platform of social enterprises and responsible businesses that started in Sri Lanka and moved online in 2016. It now features businesses, cooperatives and community organizations from more than 70 countries, including many fromnorthern Michigan.
DR. CLIFFORD MCCLAIN
Associate in Arts 1971: Following NMC, McClain received degrees from the University of Idaho and a PhD from the University of Nebraska. As a career and technical educator, he taught and led state programs in Wyoming, Nebraska and Idaho, and was on the faculty of University of Nevada-Las Vegas from 1988-2015. He authored nearly 150 publications and presentations, and was honored as the 2015-16 Career and Technical Postsecondary Educator of the Year.
1980-1983: An executive technology leader, Warner has spent her career applying technologies to solve operational challenges in global enterprises. She has worked at IBM and FedEx and has served as an advisor to GE, Microsoft and HP, among other Global 1000 clients. Throughout her career, Warner has maintained a commitment to get women into technology. She currently serves on the Michigan Strategic Fund within the Michigan Economic Development Corp., investing in the future of work in Michigan.
PHOTO COURTESY OF TODD AND BRAD REED PHOTOGRAPHY
Arts 1969, published Todd Reed: 50 Years Seeing Michigan Through A Lens. In his half-century of photography, Reed has shot more than one million photos all over the state and his retrospective photography art book explores Michigan’s beauty through his eyes. Reed’s work can be seen everywhere from ArtPrize in Grand Rapids (he has exhibited 10 times) to Pure Michigan billboards throughout the Midwest to the gallery he operates with son Brad Reed in Ludington.
Law Enforcement 1997, was appointed commander of the Michigan State Police Cadillac post. He will also be responsible for the Traverse City Detachment. The two regions jointly serve the people of Wexford, Manistee, Benzie, Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties. House joined the MSP in 1998 and has held the ranks of trooper, sergeant, detective sergeant, specialist lieutenant, and first lieutenant.
DR. ANDREA KRITCHER
2001-02, was the team lead at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Cal., which in summer 2021 made an important fusion breakthrough that could open up the possibility of limitless, clean energy. Her team yielded a record-breaking burst of energy of more than 10 quadrillion watts using a ground-breaking method of creating nuclear fusion.
After NMC, Kritcher earned a degree in nuclear engineering and radiological science from the University of Michigan. She completed her masters and PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in nuclear engineering and high-energy density plasma physics.
ELIAS DE ANDRADE JR.
Arts & Sciences 2008, was named executive director of the Texas-based Institute of Space Commerce. Originally from Recife, Brazil, de Andrade’s career in space started in 2012 as Brazilian diplomatic delegate at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. After NMC, he graduated from the University of Vienna and International Space University.
Education 2010, earned a law degree from Lewis &
Clark Law School in Portland, Ore., in May 2021 and passed the Oregon bar exam in July 2021. She was named as a 2021 fellow by Equal Justice Works, a Washington DC-based organization that facilitates opportunities for law students and lawyers to engage in public service. Hollabaugh will work in Oregon to reduce youth entanglement in the criminal justice system by providing tools for self-advocacy, empowering system-involved youth, and ensuring pro bono access to reduce barriers.
Law Enforcement 2019, an offcer with the Traverse City Police Department, was named the LGBTQ liaison as part of a proactive effort to build on and strengthen the relationship between the LGBTQ community and the department. She is pictured with Traverse City Police Chief Jeff O’Brien, a 1991 alumnus.
NOAH BYTWERK AND TIA LEHMANN
both Maritime 2021, were hired as engineers aboard the R/V Oceanus, a research vessel owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by Oregon State University. Equipped for up to 30 days at sea, Oceanus covers the eastern Pacific Ocean, with trips ranging from the Bering Sea in the north to the equator in the south and as far west as Hawaii.
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