Wildcat Wire May

Wildcat Wire iconHello again, future NMU Wildcats. Just think, this time next year, you will already be well into your summer. That's right, while you are just now celebrating graduation, NMU wrapped up school about a month ago with the usual flurry of final projects, term papers and exams. On Saturday, May 3, 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. It was a fond farewell, but we are so excited to welcome you, the next incoming class at Northern Michigan University.

New options for majors and minors: NMU has approved seven new degree programs for Fall 2014. Three are at the baccalaureate level: Paralegal Studies, Neuroscience and Information Assurance/Cyber Defense.  Four are at the master's level: Higher Education in Student Affairs, Post-Secondary Biology Education, Clinical Molecular Genetics and Applied Behavior Analysis.  We also will have new minors in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Pre-Professional Science, and Interdisciplinary Studies. Finally, our major in Network Computing is changing its name to Mobile and Web Application Development. If any of these spark your interest, make sure to talk with your academic advisor during orientation.

Yooper Pride: It's official. The word "Yooper" was one of the top fifteen words added to the latest edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. Meaning a "native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan," it joins the dictionary just in time for your family and friends to use your new nickname. You can see the reference to this and other words here.

NMU Welcomes New President: You will not be the only ones new to campus in the coming weeks.  We are excited to welcome Fritz Erickson as the 15th president of Northern Michigan University. He has most recently been the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ferris State University. He steps into his role on July 1st when our current interim President David Haynes returns to being a full time faculty member. Join us in welcoming President Erickson!

Orientation is Fast Approaching: For some of you, it is a matter of days and you will be on campus. If you have not done so yet, registering 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, schedule classes, and spend some time getting to know other future Wildcats. Sessions are filling up fast (the first three freshmen sessions have closed), so register soon at www.nmu.edu/welcome.

Options for Transfer Orientation: We want to remind you of another orientation 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 taken a minimum of twelve semester hours after high school graduation.  Log on now and continuing planning your future at NMU.

Take NMU with you:   Did you know that NMU has a mobile app available? You can stay up to date on campus events, access EduCat, view your grades and class schedule, as well as receive campus alerts.  Northern Michigan University on your phone, at your fingertips, and wherever you go. That's NMU Mobile. You can download the free app at your app store by searching for NMU.

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 NMU's Admissions Office.

Remember your parents: You are planning to step out on your own soon, but keeping parents informed can make this transition a little easier. First direct them to the NMU Parent Partnership newsletter here 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!

Congratulations on Graduating!: Finish strong. We look forward to seeing you on campus for a visit, orientation or for the start of fall semester.

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