Orientation Adapts to Banner


The summer orientation season is in full swing. Sessions were held last week for commuter, non-traditional and transfer students. Incoming freshmen and their parents began to arrive on campus this morning.


One feature that has been added to freshman orientation within the last year is a session that acquaints students with the notebook computer and shows them how to access the NMU network. This is particularly important with the advent of Banner.


“The students go into a computer lab, look up their user IDs and passwords, and are shown how to access my.nmu.edu,” said Kim Rotundo (Academic and Career Advisement Center). “Staff members from Micro Repair and the Help Desk walk them through the process.

"The switch to Banner has required students to be more self-sufficient and hands-on when registering for classes. In the past, students relied on advisers and department secretaries to register them through the old CICS system. Now students have this introductory computer session and put it to use the following day when they meet with their academic advisers and register for classes.”


The three-day orientation program for new freshmen is scheduled over five consecutive weeks.



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