The President's Parent Partnership

Volume 12, Issue 1 – October 18, 2012

Dear NMU Parents,

The semester is quickly passing and before too much of it disappears, I want to update you on some upcoming student deadlines and events taking place on campus. First, let me thank all of you who have returned to campus recently for either Homecoming and/or Family Weekend.  Unfortunately, they have been the two weekends this fall with the worst weather.  But you showed your Wildcat spirit and ignored the weather to attend the many activities during these two NMU events. It was a pleasure to meet so many of you.  Looking ahead …

REGISTRATION: Registration for next semester begins Friday, Oct. 26.  Your NMU student has already been sent an e-mail alerting them to the fact that the winter semester course offerings are now posted on the Registrar’s Office website at and on MyNMU (  They also received information on when their registration period opens.  Students with holds on their records must take care of them before they will be allowed to register for classes. Students who plan to graduate in May need to enter the correct graduation code (participating in commencement, not participating, etc.) when they register for their courses. Registration dates are assigned in descending class order with seniors first, followed by juniors, sophomores, freshmen and incoming freshmen. A reminder that freshmen are required to meet with an adviser before registering for courses because an adviser hold is in place until they do so.

DEGREE AUDITS: Degree audits are being e-mailed to students who are nearing completion of their degrees. Audits are sent to baccalaureate students who have a minimum of 87 earned credit hours; associate degree students with 32 earned credit hours or more; certificate, 16 credit hours; and diploma, 12 credit hours. This audit gives students an overview of what courses they have and haven’t taken to meet NMU’s general graduation and liberal studies requirements and the requirements of their major and minor degree programs. A student who is eligible for an evaluation and does not receive one or who believes there are discrepancies should contact the Registrar's Office by e-mail at

‘W’ GRADE: The deadline for students to withdraw from a full-semester course with a “W” grade is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.  A “W” grade does not count toward a student’s grade point average.  However, it’s important to understand that the course does count as credits attempted, which may impact a student’s financial aid eligibility because students must meet the federal guidelines for satisfactory academic progress ( So, withdrawing from a course is an option for a student struggling with a course, but should not be done frequently. Students who have questions about this should consult with the NMU Financial Aid Office (, or with their academic adviser.  To withdraw from a course, a student can call (227-1221) or go to the Student Service Center in the Hedgcock building.

PARKING IN MARQUETTE: The City of Marquette has a ban on parking along city streets from 1-6 a.m. from Nov. 1 through April 1, which allows for the snowplows to clear the streets. We are in the process of sending several e-mail reminders to all NMU students about this and it will be posted on the NMU student announcements, so students should be well aware of this. The important thing is that NMU students who live off campus need to arrange for off-street parking by Nov. 1 if they live within the city. The fine for a violation is $50, which increases when not paid on time. On campus, NMU Public Safety fines students $25 for parking in non-residence hall lots overnight at any point of the year, but they are particularly vigilant in ticketing once the snow falls as we need to do our snowplowing in the wee hours of the morning, too. Please mention this to your NMU student sometime over the next few weeks as a reminder. We don’t want them to get a ticket.

McNAIR PROGRAM DEADLINE:  Northern’s McNair program, which helps students who are first-generation and low-income or from underrepresented populations prepare for graduate school, is a national TRIO program.  Participating in the program affords students the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor for a summer research project while earning credit, a $2,800 stipend and a living allowance. McNair participants also benefit from GRE prep workshops, graduate school campus visits, opportunities to present research at conferences and individual academic counseling. NMU’s McNair program is currently accepting applications to fill 16 spots vacated by recent graduates.  The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5.  To learn more, go to

THE DDP PROJECT:  November is national Native American Heritage Month and NMU’s Center for Native American Studies and our Native American student group have a wide variety of activities planned throughout the month – in fact, several each week.  I hope your student can attend many of those. For those students who are part of Superior Edge, most of these events count toward the diversity edge.  However, a new twist on one of our annual Native American History Month events, the First Nations Food Taster, is that it is going to be part of the Decolonizing Diet Project (DDP).  This project is very unique and getting regional and national attention.  The project consists of a group of people who for one year have agreed to eat foods eaten by Native Americans prior to the Great Lakes region being colonized as 25-100 percent of their diet, and to have their health data regularly monitored. The project just recently passed the six-month mark and the team will be making a report on their midway health data shortly.  All foods at this year’s 12th annual First Nations Food Taster will be indigenous to the region. The taster takes place from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Jacobetti Complex.

ELECTION LESSONS: NMU is hosting two political analysts this fall as part of the 2012 President’s Symposium.  On Wednesday (Oct. 17), nationally recognized pollster Steve Mitchell presented on campus.  Mr. Mitchell is the president of Mitchell Research and Communications, Inc., a 1961 graduate of NMU and an NMU Distinguished Alumni Award winner.  Steve talked about the impact (or lack of impact) polling has on national elections and an overview of Michigan’s six ballot proposals in his speech, which you can review via streaming video.   On Thursday, Oct. 25, Craig Ruff will present "Examining Michigan's Ballot Issues One by One," from 3-5 p.m., in Reynolds Recital Hall. Mr. Ruff is a senior policy fellow with the policy research firm Public Sector Consultants and is a former long-time Michigan executive office administrator.  The event is free and open to the public, so if you’re in the area, please join us.  If not, you can view Craig’s presentation via video the following day on the NMU home page (

PARENTS’ FUND UPDATE:  Thank you to all who participated in the recent fundraising campaign for the Parent’s Fund.  Because of your commitment, the Parents’ Fund continues to be one of the strongest annual funds at NMU.  Your gift to the Parents’ Fund enhances academic programming, student travel initiatives, social and cultural awareness activities and student life. 


David Haynes, President
Northern Michigan University