Wildcat Wire iconWildcat Wire February 19, 2014

Welcome to the February edition of the Wildcat Wire, the newsletter only for those students who have been admitted to Northern Michigan University. Read on and you will find news and information from our campus and community, as well as some "to do list" reminders to help keep you on track to join us in the fall.

Where's Willy? Sadly, this month, Willy can be found at the Vielmetti Health Center. Like many students this time of year, .Willy was feeling under the weather and came over to the health center to see the board-certified family practice physician. With an onsite lab, clinic, and pharmacy, the Health Center staff will be able to help him out or refer him to a specialist in town as needed. Turns out Willy should have gotten his flu shot earlier this year at the one of the many shot clinics offered on campus. Thankfully, the caring clinical staff will have him back on his paws in no time.

Your 'First' Semester: Did you know that you hold the keys to creating your first semester experience? If you were admitted as a freshman in good standing, you'll want to visit nmu.edu/fye to go sign up for the First Year Experience. This outstanding program will help you get off to a great start at Northern. You'll learn strategies that really work. You'll make new friends -- and earn academic credit. Each block is limited to 25 students, so the earlier you register, the better. Sign up in March if your first semester will be fall. (Students admitted on Probation or College Transitions will have their courses pre-selected by NMU).

WinterFest 2014: NMU's annual WinterFest is being held now-  Feb. 14-23, and this year the theme is "Go for the Green and Gold." Activities will include an air-band competition, discount days at Marquette Mountain, an open skate at the Berry Events center, human dog sled races, a winter obstacle course and tug-o-war, the U.P. 200 sled dog race, and MUCH more! To learn about this annual campus event visit WinterFest 2014.

Welcome Packet Revisited: For some of you, it may have been quite some time since you received your welcome packet and acceptance letter. For others, it might just be a matter of days. Either way, your journey to NMU is just getting started! With your acceptance letter at your side, you should visit www.nmu.edu/welcome and take the next steps to becoming an enrolled NMU student. Click through the orientation and housing links on the welcome page to reserve your spot at NMU.

Wildcat Weekend: The NMU admissions office will host its second Wildcat Weekend program on Saturday, March 22nd. At the fall Wildcat Weekend, more than 250 students had the opportunity to tour campus, eat in the Marketplace cafeteria and hear presentations from students and faculty of various academic departments. It was a great way for students and their families to get a feel for what NMU can offer. Would you like to join us? Visit Wildcat Weekend to read more or to register online. The registration deadline is 12:00pm EST, Monday, March 18, 2014.  Can't make it to Wildcat Weekend? Schedule an individual visit to campus.

Paying for College: Still wondering how you are going to afford to join us here at NMU?  For maximum financial aid consideration and to help ensure your aid is in place by the time the 2014 fall tuition is due, please file your FAFSA by Saturday, March 1.  If your paperwork is complete by March 1, you can schedule to meet with a financial aid counselor during our Wildcat Weekend to get a copy of your financial award package. If you are not able to come to campus for Wildcat Weekend but have completed your paperwork, your financial aid package would be mailed on Monday, March 24.  Can you believe March 1 is only a couple of weeks away? During the rest of the month of February, the NMU financial aid office is holding special Wednesday evening hours to help prospective students and/or their parents complete the FAFSA. If you or your parents want to sign up for a time to stop by or to call, email fao@nmu.edu.

See NMU as the Students See It: Did you know that NMU hosts an annual video contest for students? Students are encouraged to create a YouTube video that highlights the great things about being an NMU student. Entries are posted on the NMUTube site. The winners are given cash prizes including a $1000 grand prize.  Click here to see last year's amazing entries (bottom menu on page) and see what our current students think about what makes NMU great.

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