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 2, 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.

Fearless in the Face of Hollywood: Josh Brock is a 2009 NMU Grad with a BFA in Computer Art. He went on to get an MFA in Animation before being hired by Blue Sky Studios. His time at Blue Sky was spent working on the following feature films: "Epic," "Rio 2," "Peanuts," "Ice Age 5," and "Ferdinand the Bull."  While working as an assistant at Blue Sky, Josh realized he eventually wanted to be a modeler and spent time building his portfolio. He is currently working in a Character Modeling Position at Nickelodeon Animations. His days are spent working on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and loving every minute of it. You can see more of his work here.

What Awaits You: There are lots of ways to keep an eye on what is going on at NMU:

* Our latest student Flickr gallery is by a student who's really active in outdoor activities. His photos can be found here. These are courtesy of Collin Wheeler and he's an Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management major from Walled Lake, Michigan.

* Find out what students are doing or share your favorite NMU or Marquette moment at #shareNMU.

* See NMU's other Tumblr submissions here.

* NMU is on Snapchat! Follow along this summer to see what campus and Marquette are like during the summer months. Find us at NorthernMichU. Don't forget to snap us a picture of your NMU spirit!

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, 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 (NMU's online course management system), 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: High School Seniors-- 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 website 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 your Graduation!: 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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