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.

Upcoming Events

International Culturama
Friday, November 13 at 5:00p.m.
Hedgcock Atrium

RSVP by contacting Samanthia at samjohns@nmu.edu*

*You can also RSVP by calling us at (906)227-1554.

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

Samanthia Johnson – samjohns@nmu.edu
Jump Start Team Leader
Favorite Quote: “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”

Samanthia is an easy going and kind person that is family oriented. She is a junior and I major in zoology. Samanthia was born and raised in Jamaica and loves to share her culture with others. She loves the beach, animals and watching movies.


Julia Mead – jumead@nmu.edu
Jump Start Team Leader
Favorite Quote: “It’s not the places that you visit, but the people that you are with while visiting.” –Unknown

Julia is a pre-medical student and is seeking a Neuroscience degree. Her future career goals are to become an Emergency medical doctor in a hospital somewhere near mountains as she is highly passionate about rock and ice climbing, backpacking, kayaking, and swimming. If you ask, she will tell you all the best places where to climb or hike around Marquette. 


Thad Ray – tray@nmu.edu
Jump Start Team Leader
Favorite Quote: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On!’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” -Calvin Coolidge

Thad is an English Writing major from Ludington Michigan, with minors in Film Studies, and Art and Design. He enjoys writing and literature, as well as several outdoor activities, including rock climbing and scuba diving.


Luke Ogle – logle@nmu.edu
Jump Start Team Leader
Favorite Quote: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – Gandalf the Grey

Luke is a senior at NMU, majoring in Microbiology and minoring in Chemistry. He is from Montgomery, Michigan. Luke enjoys camping, fishing, working on research, and watching shows on Syfy.


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