Wildcat Wire December 19, 2014

Wildcat Wire iconWelcome to the Wildcat Wire and congratulations on your acceptance to Northern Michigan University. Now that you're admitted, you'll have exclusive access to NMU's electronic newsletter that is designed to introduce you to a place where students find inspiration, invention, and innovation. These are the work of the fearless. They are the wheels on which the world moves forward. Here, at NMU, we unleash and build strength of mind and character. The opportunities ahead belong to you, are you ready?

Fearless Wildcats: Want to know that it's like to be an NMU Wildcat? Each month we'll feature an NMU student, alumni or faculty member in this exciting series: One of our more recognizable alumni, Tom Izzo, is fearless in the face of big challenges. Originally from Iron Mountain, Michigan, Izzo graduated from NMU and within a year was coaching in NMU's basketball program. From there he has gone on to spend nearly the last two decades as the head coach of Michigan State's program. He has been named the National Coach of the Year on eight different occasions; taken his team to sixteen straight NCAA Tournaments; and brought home one NCAA championship. Izzo credits NMU with helping him develop into the coach and man he is today. What are you Fearless in the Face of? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using hashtag #ShareNMU.

Hit the slopes: Do visions of half-pipes and black diamonds dance through your head? Whether you love to snowboard/ski or just want to give it a try, we have a gift for you. If you mention "ski free" when you call to arrange a campus visit, we'll give you a one-day pass to ski or snowboard free at nearby Marquette Mountain. (The pass can be used anytime throughout the the year. Some restrictions apply). With the 50% discount offered at local hotels for our visitors, allow us to help you schedule your visit/ski weekend today!

Student Leader Fellowship Program (SLFP): Once at NMU, you can consider applying to be part of our nationally recognized SLFP program. It is a two-year program that uses mentors from the community to empower student leaders. Over 900 students have come through the program and have been mentored by over 650 individuals. These connections open occupational doors, provide a home away from home, and help students grow as leaders. Check out the opportunities here.

Show your Wildcat Spirit: Need ideas for a holiday gift? Ready to start showing your friends your Wildcat pride? Don't forget the NMU bookstore allows you to shop online and have things shipped directly to you.  Happy Shopping!

Getting ahead: Looking ahead to next semester and wondering about taking AP exams? NMU accepts AP, IB, and CLEP exams depending on the subject score. You can look into it here or talk to your admissions counselor. You may find yourself with a great head start in your college career.

Always Want to Be: An artist? A jewelry designer? A woodworker? NMU is home to an amazing Art and Design department with fifteen distinctive majors. With flat rate tuition, you'll be able to freely add a class in any of these fields and more. You can take up to 18 semester hours each semester without additional cost per hour. So, explore your dreams and discover how you can be fearless. Learn more about NMU's amazing Art  and Design department here.

Global Impact: NMU has many world travel opportunities including 7 faculty-led study abroad programs. Most 2015 Summer FLSAs have early February registration deadlines for current students. Financial aid can often assist students as they study abroad. To learn more, contact the International Programs Office. Our goal is to bring the globe to NMU and NMU students to the world.

Looking Ahead: Okay, so you have been admitted to Northern, but what do you need to do next? Your next step is likely applying for financial aid, a task that may seem somewhat daunting to both you and your parents. We have a suggestion to make it less stressful! Visit the College Goal Sunday website and mark your calendar for a day of workshops and presentations by financial aid officers from colleges and universities around the country. The website tells you when and where College Goal Sunday is happening in your area, and it will advise you on what documents to bring to make the most out of your day with the experts! You'll also want to check out NMU's Financial Aid toolbox. Help is on the way!

Transfer Students: A Final Reminder: If you are planning to join the NMU community for the winter semester (classes start Monday January 12) you will need to get your final transcripts to the NMU admissions office as soon as grades are posted. Contact Admissions at 906-227-2650 or 1-800-682-9797 if you have questions or concerns about transcript requirements.

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