Jump Start


Jump Start is a King*Chavez*Parks Initiative of the State of Michigan designed to improve retention rates of academically and economically disadvantaged students through academic and career workshops and networking opportunities.

Jump Start students are teamed up with upperclassmen peer mentors. Peer mentors design programs to meet the specific needs of their students, including study sessions, career exploration sessions and social activities. These programs help participants become acclimated to life as a college student, life at NMU, and life in the city of Marquette.

Open House

Come meet our Jump Start Team Leaders at our open house.  
Date: September 3rd
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: 3001 Hedgcock

You are a Jump Start student if...

  •  Starting in Fall 2011 you were on Freshman Probation or in the College Transition Program.  

Services Available

  • Peer Mentorship
  • Career Exploration
  • Academic Skill builders
  • Social Activities
  • FREE Printing - Up to 10 pages daily

For examples of our events, check out our photo gallery

Meet the Jump Start Team Leaders

Joshua Garnett - jogarnet@nmu.edu 

Favorite Quote:  "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." ~Arthur Schopenhauer

Joshua Garnett is a senior at NMU, majoring in Public Relations. This is his fifth year working in the MERC Office. He grew up in Clarkston, Michigan. His dream is to coordinate an LGBT resource center on a college campus. He enjoys Wired and Discover Magazines as well as reading science and health related articles online.  Please stop in and say "hi" to him!

Mia.jpgMia Lubinski - mlubinsk@nmu.edu

Favorite Quote:  "Never put the keys to your happiness in someone else's pocket"

Mia is a Secondary Education English major with a minor in Health from Houghton, MI. She enjoys playing in any sports activities, being outside, and being around friends.


Azairian2.jpg Azairian Cartman - acartman@nmu.edu

Favorite Quote:  “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

Azairian is a Junior from Chicago majoring in International Studies. Azairian has created policies for Chicago Public Schools as well as traveled to Ireland and India. He is passionate about the equality of people and the affects of globalization on the environment. Azairian brings his charisma, intelligence, and sense of humor to the MERC community. He is currently serving in the United States Army Reserves.

Rachel.jpgRachel Klitzke - rklitzke@nmu.edu

Favorite Quote: "Why fit in when you were born to stand out!" -Dr.Suess

Rachel is a sophomore, majoring in pre-practical nursing. She is the Hunt Hall Shady Grove Vice President. Rachel is a true Yooper, loves to travel, enjoys being outside. She watches Greys Anatomy every Thursday and is obsessed with Pinterest.


Julio.jpgJulio Diaz - judiaz@nmu.edu

Favorite Quote: “Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.” –General George S. Patton, Jr.

Julio is a Clinical Lab Science major whose passions are medical sciences and improving people’s quality of life. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and his family and their culture.



Sara Spragg - sspragg@nmu.edu

Favorite Quote: "The world is changed by your example. Not by your opinion." -Paulo Coelho

Sara is a senior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, majoring in Public Relations and Political Science. She is an ASNMU representative and involved in various student organizations. Her favorite animal is a cow. Sara's enjoys riding her bicycle, reading, drinking hot tea, watching TED Talks/documentaries, and posting up in a hammock or anything else outside.

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