Wildcat Wire, February

Wildcat Wire iconWelcome 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.

Fritz is Fearless: President Fritz Erickson that is. For his investiture (think installation) last week, President Erickson made an entrance to remember.  You can watch here. At the February 9th ceremony, Dr. Fritz Erickson formally received the presidential medallion and was installed as Northern's 15th president. Since his arrival on July 1, 2014, lots of exciting things are happening around campus. We cannot wait to have you as a part of them!

Coffee with a Counselor: Did you know that our admissions counselors are hoping to meet you? You can sign up here and meet a counselor in your local area. Come grab some coffee and a cookie to learn more about your next steps to becoming a Wildcat! If you don't see your area represented or are not sure how to connect, find out who your admissions counselor is here.

WinterFest 2015: NMU's annual WinterFest is being held now-  Feb. 13-22, and this year the theme is "Sledding through the Ages." 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, 2000s Trivia Night, and MUCH more! To learn about this annual campus event visit WinterFest 2015.

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. Wondering how to tell us that you are ready to be a Wildcat? Follow these steps to let us know.

Wildcat Weekend: The NMU admissions office will host its second Wildcat Weekend program on Saturday, March 21st. 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. 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 2015 fall tuition is due, please file your FAFSA by Sunday, 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.  Can you believe March 1 is only a couple of weeks away? During the last week of February, the NMU financial aid office will remain open until 7:00pm EST/6:00pm CST 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.

Northwind News: Did you know that you can read NMU's Student Newspaper, The Northwind, online each week? It will keep you current with what is happening on campus. One article that appeared this week had a great take on what it is like to start at NMU as well as what it is like adjusting to life in Marquette if you're from a different environment like Detroit or Chicago. You can read the editorial here.

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