Spring Arbor offers Bible Study class

TRAVERSE CITY -- Spring Arbor University is offering a month-long, non-credit seminar for people wanting to gain insight into the overall concept of the entire Bible, "From the Beginning."

The seminar will be held four Mondays in February from 7 to 9 p.m. at the WJLN Radio Studio on Cass Road, Traverse City.

For details call the SAU Traverse City office at 995-1760 or e-mail Susan at sschnere@arbor.edu.

NMC seeks Outstanding Alums

TRAVERSE CITY -- Northwestern Michigan College is seeking nominations for its 2008 Outstanding Alumnus Award.

This honorary award was established in 1988 to recognize NMC alumni who are noteworthy for continued donations of time, talent, resources and enthusiasm on behalf of the college; significant professional achievements; and/or exemplary leadership in community and professional activities.

Nomination forms are available at www.nmc.edu/alumni and are due by Feb. 22. The recipient will be officially introduced at NMC's commencement ceremony on May 3. A recognition dinner is held in June.

Merit Exam set for home-schoolers

TRAVERSE CITY -- Area students who are home-schooled and in the 11th grade, graduating in 2009, are eligible to participate in the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) at their local public high school March 11-13, at no charge.

Registration is from Feb. 7-15. To register and schedule an appointment, call Traverse City Central High School at 933-3570 or West Senior High School at 933-7582.

To learn more about the MME, visit www.michigan/gov/mme.

Summer programs offered at MSU

EAST LANSING -- The Office of Gifted and Talented Education at Michigan State University has a variety of summer programs that allow students to reside on or commute to campus, begin earning college credits, or travel to South Africa, China, or Japan.

Some programs offer full or partial scholarship.

To learn more about the programs offered and to download brochures and applications, visit www.msu.edu/user/gifted or call (517) 432-2129.

NMC Safe Passage offers forums

TRAVERSE CITY -- Northwestern Michigan College's Safe Passage program will host a series of free public forums on Latin American issues throughout the winter and early spring.

Forums will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays at the University Center room 209. The next forum is Feb. 3, "Ethics of Working with Indigenous Cultures," with speakers the Rev. Wayne Dziekan and Gladys Munoz from the Justice and Peace Awareness Center, Suttons Bay.

Safe Passage is a non-profit organization helping children of families working at the Guatemala City dump.

The series is preparation for NMC students and faculty planning a trip to Guatemala in May, and the public is invited as well.

NMC hosts 'College Goal' Feb. 10

TRAVERSE CITY -- Northwestern Michigan College will host College Goal from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 in Rooms 146-147 of the Beckett Building on main campus.

College Goal Sunday is a nationwide effort to help families access financial aid for college. NMC is the only participating location in northwest Michigan. Obtain Free Application for Federal Student Aid PIN numbers for one parent and the student at www.pin.ed.gov ideally two weeks before the event.

For details, email the NMC Financial Aid Office at financialaid@nmc.edu or call 995-1035 and press option 6. Visitors coming to campus for the event should park in the Maple parking lot, located close to NMC's east entrance.

Lock in MET tuition rates by Jan. 31

lansing -- The Michigan Education Trust is urging parents and grandparents who want to ensure the affordability of college tuition to "lock in tomorrow's tuition at today's rates" before Jan. 31.

Contracts purchased between Feb. 1 and Aug. 31 will carry slightly higher prices. Tuition can be purchased by semester, up to four years (eight semesters) of education. Enrollments are accepted online or by mail. Visit www.SETwithMET.com for information.

For details call (800) MET-4-KID.

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