Wildcat Wire April

Wildcat Wire iconWith only a couple weeks left, the crunch is on for current students to complete final projects and start preparing for final exams. Your senior year, or maybe your final semester before transferring, is also moving along quickly, so before we take up any more of your studying time…

Where's Willy? With finals rapidly approaching, Willy is at the Lydia M. Olson Library.  The library is open nearly 100 hours a week. Aside from books and printed materials, it provides the NMU community with more than 80,000 e-books; 34,000 e-journals; 8,800 videos and cds; more than 7,000 maps; and ARTstor, a digital library with over one million images. Good luck on your final exams, Willy!

Get the Superior Edge: All students – regardless of major, class year or grade point average --  have a unique opportunity to “learn to live a life that matters” through NMU's Superior Edge program. Participants will grow as competent, ethical and effective leaders; become engaged and involved citizens; develop a world view so they better understand and appreciate diversity; and put all that theory to practice. Sound interesting? Learn more about the Superior Edge program at www.nmu.edu/superioredge. There is no cost- except your time and initiative- to be one of the one-third of all NMU students involved in Superior Edge. Together the students have put in 600,000 hours since the program began seven years ago. Won't you join them?

Happening on Campus: Even though we are nearing the end of the semester, there has been no slow down in the number of activities on campus. Here is a quick list of recent, and upcoming, campus events:

• NMU Senior Art exhibit by graduating art and design students opened at the DeVos Art Museum. (www.nmu.edu/devos)

• "Snaptanx," a post-surgical garment for breast cancer patients, is the winner of the annual NMU Business Competition. (www.nmu.edu/business)

• A spellbinding production of "She Kills Monsters,”  which played at Steppenwolf in Chicago last spring, is being held at Forest Roberts Theatre. (www.nmu.edu/theater)

• The Celebration of Student Research, Creative Works, and Academic Service Learning took place last week on campus with presentations from students throughout campus. (www.nmu.edu/studentcelebration)

FYE: We talked a little bit about the First Year Experience (FYE) program in a few issues, but it deserves another mention here. The blocked classes (meaning you attend several classes with the same small group of students, so you get to know them well) and the academic advising that students receive in this program make your chances of being successful at Northern even more likely! The blocks for Fall 2014 have been posted, and, if you are admitted in good standing, you should register for one now. Learn more about the program by visiting First Year Experience.

Orientation Is Fast Approaching: For those of you who have not done so yet, signing up for orientation should quickly be moving up on your to-do list!  All new students are required to attend an orientation session prior to the start of the fall semester. At orientation you will meet with academic advisers, schedule classes, finalize housing and financial obligations. Sessions are filling up fast, so don’t wait to register at www.nmu.edu/welcome. Or, call us at 800-682-9797 and request a transfer to the Orientation office.

FAFSA:  Wondering how you are going to pay for college? It is not too late to file your FAFSA for the 2014-15 school year.  Our net price calculator and additional information are available here.  Don't forget to include NMU's code 002301.  You can contact the Financial Aid office at 800-682-9797 for additional assistance.

All-American: Congratulations to NMU's nine student-athletes who recently earned All-America status: Nordic skiers Kyle Bratrud (Eden Prarie, Minn.), Kate Cirelli (Rutland, Vt.),  Rosie Frankowski (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Fredrik Schwencke (Norway); track and field's Cheyenne Stewart (Barbados); cross country's Christina Toogood (Norway); along with swimmers Rachel Borchardt (Hartford, Wis.) and Debbi Lawrence (Pflugerville, Texas), and diver Molly Kearney (Sacramento, Calif.). Way to go 'Cats! The NMU track, field and gold teams are all in action this spring as well as several spring club sports teams, including baseball, lacrosse, and ultimate Frisbee. Check it out here.

Five Minutes of Fame: Have you checked out the NMU YouTube channel? Come and see what more than 25,000 viewers have seen. See what students, faculty, and staff are saying about NMU! Click here to have a look. Load up the iPad and start catching up on videos from NMU!

Want to meet other new students: Don't forget that the NMU Admissions office is on Twitter and Facebook. On Twitter, follow @nmuadmissions for all the latest campus news. You can join the ”NMU Class of 2018" Facebook page to interact with incoming students.  It’s a great way to get questions answered, meet other incoming NMU students from the area, perhaps find people to share rides with and maybe even meet a potential roommate.

Wondering what to do next on your path to being a Wildcat?  Make sure these items are completed. You can contact our office for any assistance: 1-800-682-9797 or admiss@nmu.edu.

  • File your FAFSA form including NMU's code (002301). Be sure to send any additionally requested documents when you hear from the Financial Aid office.
  • Sign up for orientation and housing!  Our first orientation is only weeks away. (www.nmu.edu/welcome)
  • Sign up for FYE, if you are accepted in good standing. (www.nmu.edu/fye)
  • Stock up on Wildcat gear. You will be here soon! (www.nmubookstore.com)

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