Wildcat Wire July 12, 2013
All of us at Northern Michigan University hope you are having a wonderful summer. The locals and tourists are enjoying their summer activities in Marquette, too. People are walking, biking and in-line skating all over town. The beaches are filling up with sun worshippers, volleyball players, cliff jumpers and sand castle makers. Hopefully you've made it up to orientation and gotten to experience this for yourself. And just think, next month you’ll be packing your stuff to join us here!
Official Communication for the Family: Not that the Wildcat Wire isn’t official, but sometimes parents, guardians and grandparents are just not convinced that a six-foot tall cat named Willy can provide all the important information about what is going on at NMU. To fill that need, President Haynes also writes his own newsletter called the NMU Parent Partnership. This is a great source of information for those who want to know about the many aspects of our university. The Parent Partnership returns from its summer hiatus and resumes publication shortly. Share the link with those in your household that would like to be in touch with NMU while you are here. www.nmu.edu/partnership .
Transcript Reminder: This is your friendly reminder to visit the records office at your most recent school now that your semester is over. You must have a “final official” transcript sent to the NMU admissions office. This final transcript will complete your application file and will enable us to verify your eligibility for any additional scholarships.
InMarquette Mobile App: So, you have learned all you can about NMU in preparation for the fall semester, but what do you know about the city of Marquette? Do you know where Founders Landing is or, better yet, what it is? Have you ever heard of Mount Marquette? (Hint: Not the ski hill – that is Marquette Mountain.) The InMarquette mobile app is a GPS-enabled tour guide of Marquette, which was developed by two NMU alums. Content includes museums, restaurants, night spots and local attractions. Check out the city's mobile app and website for additional information about your second hometown.
Money Matters: Make sure to check out our online payment system. This system, along with our payment plans, offers you and your parents options for paying tuition and fees and housing charges. The "easy pay plan" allows you to spread payments over the course of the two semesters. The "deferral payment plan" is designed for students who are expecting, but have not yet finalized, financial aid awards or other tuition payment methods by the tuition due date. The e-bill system will streamline the entire process and allow you to view and make payments to your accounts online. More detailed information on these programs will be sent as tuition and fees deadlines near, but you can familiarize yourself with these options by visiting www.nmu.edu/paymentplans. The NMU Board of Trustees is expected to set tuition rates for the 2013-14 school year at their meeting on Friday. Please visit www.nmu.edu/tuition for more information.
Cyber Sleuth: Have you ever thought of working in the exploding cyber security field? NMU is holding a workshop for high school and freshmen college students to learn more about this profession, which runs from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., Monday-Friday, July 29-August 2. Participants will learn the basic skills needed to defend against cyber attacks, hacking, identity theft, and digital crimes. Specifically, the workshop will include information about different types of attacks, hands-on router configuration, modern forensics, ethical issues, basic programming, cryptography, and networking. The cost is $20 (some scholarships are available). To register call 906-227-2002 or e-mail Seaborg@nmu.edu by Friday, July 19.
Note About Financial Aid: Have you recently received an e-mail from the NMU financial aid office asking for additional information? If so, please submit this information as soon as possible to help avoid delays in your financial aid being awarded and credited to your bill. If you have any questions about what the financial aid office is requesting, you can call us at 800-682-9797 to speak with a NMU financial aid counselor.
Norman the Northern Gnome: Meet Norman. This adorable garden gnome is a beloved part of NMU. The bearded fellow is featured exclusively on facebook, where nearly 900 fans follow his exploits on campus and beyond. Humorous photos show Norman crowd-surfing at a Homecoming concert, getting a passport on Passport Day, touring China and enjoying outdoor recreation such as making snow angels. Based on popular demand, Norman has his own e-mail address (email@example.com) so that fans can request the honor of his appearance at their activities or suggest places he should go or things that he should do. Keep your eyes open for Norman at Welcome Weekend. No doubt he'll be there to welcome you to NMU!
Another Ending: That’s it for this Wildcat Wire. Please enjoy the remainder of your summer. We look forward to seeing you on campus in August. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 800-682-9797 if you have unanswered questions or concerns.