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. So before we take up any more of your studying time…

Fearless in the Face of a National Film Contest: When faced with the National Geographic "Wild to Inspire" film contest, Jake Lamons, a freshman at NMU, rose to the occasion. "Northern," Jake's work has been recognized as a finalist in the competition. View his work here as "Exploring Beyond NMU." Once you've seen that, have you check out the rest of the NMU YouTube channel? Come and see what more than 25,000 viewers have seen. Click here to see what students faculty and staff are saying about NMU!

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 here. 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 eight 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.

• "Hobby Car Malaysia," a classic car international import group, is the winner of the annual NMU Business Competition.

• A chilling, classic production of "Little Shop of Horrors," is being held at Forest Roberts Theatre.

• The Celebration of Student Research, Creative Works, and Academic Service Learning took place last week on campus with presentations from students throughout campus.

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 2015 have been formed and you will be placed in one when you register for orientation. 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 here. 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 2015-16 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.

Ready for an Adventure: Marquette, Michigan has been named one of the "25 Best Places to Travel in 2015" by Gear Patrol. With its "world-class mountain biking, hiking, and 'sweetwater' paddling," Marquette is termed the "adventure capital of the North." Walk out the door of your residence hall and create your own adventure.

Catch the Final Four Games?: Although NMU was not directly represented, there was a definite pride knowing that the official court was made in the Upper Peninsula by Connor Courts.  Those beautiful hardwoods from the U.P. forests performed well throughout the games. Although his team did not make the final game, NMU Alum and Michigan State head coach, Tom Izzo, probably enjoyed a little feeling of home.

Countdown: In 122 short days, you will be moving into your residence hall at NMU! That's just over 2,800 hours or 175,000 minutes. Ready or not; here it comes!

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