The President's Parent Partnership

Volume 16, Issue 1 - August 14, 2017

Dear NMU Parents,
We are a couple weeks away from the start of the 2017-18 academic year. Classes for fall courses begin Monday, Aug. 28.  Below I touch on many of the activities and opportunities that your student will be involved in between now and then. I hope the information helps you and your Wildcat prepare for the semester’s start.


DEFERRED PAYMENT: Thank you if you helped your NMU student make his or her tuition and room/board payments by the Aug. 11 due date. If your student was unable to meet the payment date due to delayed financial aid or veteran benefits and have not yet taken action, please go to NMU’s payment plan web page at and read about our deferral payment plan option. Enrolling in the deferral payment plan officially lets the university know aid is pending and the student wishes to push back the payment due date. The NMU payment plan web page is also where students can go to find an online form they can fill out to give parents or other related individuals access to review their financial statements. Please remember that tuition and housing billing statements are not sent via the postal system, but rather are posted to eBill, which is accessible through the student portal called MyNMU ( To find the link, students need to go to MyNMU, then Student Services, and then to the eBill Payment System link. If you have payment questions, please contact the Student Service Center at or 906-227-1221.


MOVING IN: Residence halls and apartments for students living on campus officially open at 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 24. Please encourage your NMU student who is living in the dorms or apartments to review the “what to bring, what not to bring” information and other move-in information provided on the NMU Housing and Residence Life website. The site includes maps of where you can and cannot park during move-in. When you arrive at the hall or apartment complex assigned to your student, they will first need to check in (bring photo ID). From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., there will be crowds of Welcome Team members in bright colored t-shirts to assist you with getting your vehicle unpacked. There is a 45-minute time limit for unloading in the designated unloading zones near the buildings. Some carts will be available, but if you own one you may want to bring it to speed up the unloading process. Both Jan and I, along with a lot of NMU faculty and staff, will be helping. If you see us, please stop me to say hi. We are all there to help make the moving in process as smooth as possible. As a father who has moved his two children in and out of dorms and apartments many times (in fact, helping my son move this week), I know how stressful the process can sometimes become and that’s why I always volunteer to help  each year.


ROUNDABOUT CONSTRUCTION: In the last Parent Partnership newsletter, I mentioned the three new City of Marquette roundabouts being constructed along the edge of campus this summer and into the fall. They will be located at the intersection of Lincoln and Wright Streets, Sugarloaf Avenue and Wright, and Presque Isle and Fair Avenues. Construction on these roundabouts is in high gear and, unfortunately, it will not be done by the start of the fall semester. From now until about mid-October, be prepared for detours in those areas. The most up-to-date information about traffic rerouting and construction timelines is available on the city’s website at City officials and construction crews are aware of our move-in dates and will do their best to make the detours as pain-free as they can. Northern will also have signage to help you navigate the construction as you come onto campus. Thanks for your patience in this matter.


PARKING ON CAMPUS: Students wishing to park motorized vehicles on campus during the school year must purchase a parking permit. The cost is $140 for the year ($22.50 for motorcycles). Students have the option of registering their vehicles on MyNMU or in person at Public Safety Parking Services. A valid vehicle registration is required if they register a vehicle in person. The vehicle registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 5. Some temporary permits are available. After the move-in weekend, family members and other guests must register their vehicle to park on campus but will receive a complimentary parking pass and map for visitor parking areas. Students should also register their bikes brought to campus; bike registration is free. For more information, go to the motor vehicle registration web page. On-campus registration takes place at NMU Public Safety and Police Services located on Sugarloaf Avenue (note: roundabout construction in that area; watch for detours).


SATURDAY, AUG. 26: Many Northern offices and service areas will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, to help provide student services as needed prior to the start of classes on Monday. Among the offices that will be open during this time are Academic and Career Advisement Center (can help with registering for classes, changing class schedules), Admissions, Dean of Students, Financial Aid, First-Year Experience, Housing and Residence Life, International Student Services, Multicultural Education and Resource Center, Public Safety and Police Services (vehicle, bike and weapon registration), Student Service Center (where you make payments), Student Support Services (assists first-generation, low-income students and students with disabilities) and Veteran Services. Barnes and Noble-NMU Bookstore will also be open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday.


TEXTBOOKS: Speaking of the bookstore, students have several options regarding textbooks. Students can learn what textbooks are required for their courses at the Barnes and Noble-NMU website. To do so, they will click the gray button that says “Find Your Textbooks,” found in the middle of the page right under the “We Price Match Textbooks” headline. From there, they can make decisions about where and how to get their required course materials. The bookstore does offer pre-ordering from the MyNMU student portal. Learn more at


COMPUTER DISTRIBUTION: The Superior Dome is the distribution site for notebook computers that are provided to all full-time NMU students as part of tuition and fees. Dome distribution will be Thursday, Aug. 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 25, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. A TLC information package was sent to students who are eligible for computer renewal or first-time pickup via their NMU email account or, for incoming freshmen and transfer students, via U.S. mail. The packet includes an assigned computer pickup/exchange time and information regarding computing services, registration and set up. Distribution information can be found at To receive a computer, a student must be currently enrolled (tuition paid or tuition payment plan selected) and registered for credit-earning classes. Students must present a valid picture ID and sign a Computer Use Agreement. If the student is under 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign the Computer Use Agreement. Assistance with setting up and registering the computer will be available at the Dome. Students who cannot make the distribution on Thursday or Friday will need to go to the Micro Repair Office, located in the lower level of the Learning Resource Center, to pick up their computers. Micro Repair will be open during normal university business hours.


LATE NIGHT AT THE PEIF: Since 2003, the Student Finance Committee, Greek Council, Intercollegiate Athletics and Rec Sports, the Orientation Office, Public Safety and Police Services, and the Health Promotion Office have collaborated to put on an evening of 100% alcohol-free activities during Welcome Weekend. This event caters to almost 1,000 students the Friday night before classes. It includes a wide range of activities, opportunities to make friends and win prizes. Each person attending, including me, must pass an alcohol breath test with a level of 0.00 blood alcohol content to ensure that this event remains alcohol-free. Many students believe that it is not possible to make friends and have fun at college unless alcohol is involved. The success of LateNight@the PEIF demonstrates that it is indeed possible to form new friendships, make good connections and have fun without alcohol involved. Resident hall directors and advisors will have a complete list of LateNight@the PEIF activities.


FALL FEST: Northern Michigan University’s 31st Annual Fall Fest is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, the first day of classes. The event will take place on the lawn outside the University Center. Fall Fest is where students can learn about opportunities to become involved in student organizations or volunteering for area non-profit agencies. They will also be introduced to local businesses and the products or services they offer. There is free entertainment and ice cream and business giveaways. This is always a very fun event.


YOU’RE INVITED: If you or your NMU student are in the Marquette area on Monday, Aug. 21, you may want to check out the opportunity to view North America’s solar eclipse event from the NMU Observatory Dome. North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun that day and the NMU Physics Department is offering area residents an opportunity to view the partial solar eclipse safely through a telescope equipped with a sun filter at the Observatory Dome. This free event is scheduled from 12:30-3:30 p.m. To learn more, click here. You and your student are also invited to attend the Fall Convocation at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, in 1100 Jamrich Hall. Jan and I are hosting the Fall Kickoff Reception immediately following the convocation, which will be held in the Jamrich Hall atrium. We are asking all convocation attendees to bring a food item for Northern’s new food pantry. You are welcome to join us at any of these events.


FINDING INFORMATION: I want to remind new NMU parents that Northern uses a student’s NMU email account as its primary means of communicating official university business, including legally required information. As a condition of enrollment, all NMU students are required to use their assigned NMU email accounts to receive communication from the university. Whatever you can do to remind your new Wildcat to check their NMU email account regularly is greatly appreciated. For parents looking to keep up to date with Northern activities, you can check the NMU calendar at or review campus announcements via the Student Campus Connect online newsletter at To learn more about important academic dates, such as the start and end dates of university breaks, dates for final exam weeks, commencement and such, review the academic calendar. You can find the links to all of Northern’s various calendars, as well as the Marquette area events calendar, at


I look forward to having you and your NMU student back on campus. Although classes have not yet begun, there are already many very exciting things taking place on campus – new programs, new facilities and new initiatives. It’s going to be a great year and I hope you, as NMU parents, and your Wildcat student take the opportunity to be engaged members of the Northern Michigan University campus community. Thank you for your continued support.


Fritz Erickson, President