Wildcat Wire May 23, 2013
Hello again, future NMU Wildcats. Just think, this time next year you will already be out of school! That's right, while you are patiently looking ahead to graduation in the coming weeks, NMU has just wrapped up the school year. The semester ended with finals week on Friday, May 3, with the usual flurry of final projects, term papers and exams. On Saturday, May 4, we held our graduation commencement ceremony in the Superior Dome where friends and family cheered on the more than 800 graduates that walked in the ceremony. With that fond farewell, we again turn our attention to you, the next incoming class at Northern Michigan University.
Need a ride to orientation?: A new Northern Michigan University venture with Checker Transportation has been set in place to offer transportation to the July 8-10 orientation. Routes will run from both the Chicago area as well as the Detroit area. The cost for a round trip will be $150 per person. You and your parents are invited. You can learn more by going to the Checker Transportation site and click on the NMU Wildcat logo. Transportation will also be available throughout the year during school breaks and holidays for a small fee. More details will be provided here once they are available.
Recent NMU Student Achievements: The Northern Michigan University club baseball was awarded the Organization of the Year award Thursday, April 18 at the Leadership Recognition Banquet. "The club baseball team at Northern Michigan University was formed to create a competitive level of play for those students interested in playing baseball at the next level," Frazho said. "We have successfully put together enough talent to be accepted into the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) league in order to compete for a national club baseball championship." If you need to be inspired, check out the video of this year’s Leadership Awards Banquet. I guarantee you’ll be impressed with the sheer magnitude of what NMU students are accomplishing.
NMU Honored: Northern Michigan University received the 2013 Engaged Campus of the Year Award from Michigan Campus Compact. An NMU delegation of academic service learning faculty, graduate students, and administrators traveled to Lansing to receive the award at the Giving and Volunteering Celebration at the state capitol. NMU's two leadership programs, the Student Leader Fellowship and Superior Edge, are considered national models, and about a third of the student population is involved with them.
Orientation 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, finalize housing and financial obligations and schedule classes. Sessions are filling up fast (the first two freshmen sessions have closed), so register soon at www.nmu.edu/welcome. Or, call us at 800-682-9797 and request a transfer to the Orientation office.
New Options for Transfer Orientation: We are pleased to announce a new option for students transferring to Northern Michigan University. We will continue to offer the traditional on-campus sessions, however, transfer students are now able to complete the orientation program online. The online orientation is intended for students who have been college or university students for a year or more or for students who work more independently. Log on now and continuing planning your future at NMU.
What's with the Hardhats?: Construction has begun on a new building on campus. Located in the stretch between the Learning Resource Center/Library and the Admissions Office/C.B. Hedgcock, the new John X. Jamrich Hall is under way. The facility will meet LEED certification standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council and replace the existing Jamrich Hall, where more than 40 percent of the university classes are held. The new building will house classrooms and five academic offices: Crimal Justice, English, Mathematics and Computer Science, Sociology and Anthropology, and Social Work. It is scheduled to open in fall 2014. To learn more, go to www.nmu.edu/newjamrich. Shortly a webcam will be operational to watch the construction project at www.nmu.edu/webcam.
Thanks for your support: Freshmen-- Don't forget to swing by your guidance counselor’s office and thank them for their help in the college search process, or for just being there during the high school years. While you’re there, remind them that Northern will need a final transcript with your graduation date listed in order to complete your application file! Transfer Students-- Once your semester grades are posted, please request another official transcript from your records office so we can add those newly complete classes to your credit evaluation. Official transcripts can be mailed or sent through a secure electronic system to the NMU admissions office.
Remember your parents: You are planning to step out on your own pretty soon, but keeping parents informed can make this transition a little easier. First direct them to the NMU Parent Partnership newsletter at www.nmu.edu/partnership where they can keep up to date on important campus news. Second, have them consider attending a parent orientation session. While you are busy on one side of campus, they will be busy on the other learning about how to send you off to college without too much trauma. They will also learn something you already know: Northern Michigan University is the right place for you!
Good luck on your finals: Finish strong. We look forward to seeing you on campus for a visit, orientation or in the fall. And remember, next year at this time, you will most likely be a college sophomore!
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