The President's Parent Partnership

Volume 17, Issue 2 -- October 22, 2018 


Dear NMU Parent Partnership Members,


The first half of the fall semester has gone very well. We had a very successful Homecoming weekend and UNITED Conference in September. Next up are campus-wide events such as Make a Difference Day and Lighting Up the Holidays. I hope your NMU student is studying hard, but also getting engaged in campus and community activities.


Recently Northern completed the design of a NMU news service, called NMU Today, a weekly blog that highlights university accomplishments and activities. This service, which is typically distributed on Thursday (depending on when big news is happening), was created to streamline NMU’s many various electronic publications. All NMU Parent Partnership members will begin receiving NMU Today. We hope you enjoy this regular university update.  Email me at with any feedback.


Below are a few timely items that would not fit the NMU Today intent of which I want parents to be informed.

COURSE REGISTRATION: Students begin registering for winter courses this week. First-year students are required to meet with their advisers before registering.  Sophomores through seniors are not required to do so (for most majors) in order to complete course registration, but are strongly encouraged to do so. Please do me a favor this week and ask (text, email, phone) your student how the meeting with their academic adviser went regarding winter registration. If they haven’t met with an adviser, please suggest they do so. Winter course registration is done by assigned times, which students can find on the “Registration Status” link on the Student Services menu on the MyNMU portal. The assigned time is the FIRST opportunity that a student can begin registration – not the ONLY time. Students shouldn’t skip class because of their assigned times. Registration will be open when the class period ends. Advisers can assist with registration questions and issues.

FILLING OUT THE FAFSA: A reminder that students can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form starting as of Oct. 1. While there is no deadline to file, March 1 is considered the priority date to receive maximum consideration for aid. However, the earlier the FAFSA is filled out, the more time available to address any questions that arise. With that in mind, the NMU Financial Aid Office is holding a “Don’t Fear the FAFSA” event from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in 2107 Hedgcock. The financial aid staff will be on hand to assist students in completing the FAFSA form. Candy, stickers and expert help. No appointment is necessary. 

WINTER PARKING BANS: The City of Marquette’s winter parking ban goes into effect Nov. 1 and lasts until April 1. The ban requires all city residents, NMU students and visitors to find off-street parking between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. during the period of the ban. Violation of the ban is a $75 fine. Two related city ordinances are that parking in the front yard of a city property is prohibited as is depositing snow onto city-owned property, such as into the street or onto a sidewalk. Both can result in a ticket. If your NMU student lives off campus or spends significant overnight time visiting those off campus, please make sure they are aware of the city’s winter parking ban. Questions should be directed to the Marquette Police Department. Northern’s winter parking plowing schedule and procedures are being distributed to on-campus hall and apartment residents now that we are starting to have snow. Any questions should be brought to their resident assistant or resident director. Student who fail to follow procedure could receive a $25 ticket from the NMU Police Department.

THANKSGIVING ITEMS: Looking ahead on the calendar, a reminder that the student and faculty Thanksgiving break is Saturday, Nov. 17, through Sunday, Nov. 25. The University is closed for business on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22-23. Following the break, Northern will participate in National Giving Day on Tuesday, Nov. 27. We hope you will consider a Northern project or program if you are participating in this national effort. As we did last year, we will be asking students to participate by contributing non-perishable food items and personal hygiene products to the NMU Food Pantry. Please remind your student to come back from the Thanksgiving break with a few items to share with those on campus with food insecurity. Last year’s student campaign was a huge success.


Once students return from the Thanksgiving break, there will be only two weeks of classes remaining before final exam week, Dec. 10-15. Commencement is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Superior Dome. If you or family members plan to attend the ceremony but haven’t yet made lodging reservations, please do so as soon as possible. Hotel/motel rooms fill up well before the end of the semester in Marquette and we’d hate to have you, Gramma and Grampa, and any other relatives in a hotel an hour away from campus if it can be avoided.


CAMPUS MASTER PLAN: As part of our ongoing strategic planning, NMU is now working on its next campus master plan, a document that provides direction for physical campus and facility decisions over a 10-15 year period. We began the discussion in July with NMU’s various leadership groups. Recently we held on-campus focus group meetings that considered seven planning themes. One of these sessions was recorded and a survey related to the themes has been created.  I encourage interested parents to review the video and take the survey. We’d love to hear from you. The survey will remain open until 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.


Thank you for your continued support of Northern.


Fritz Erickson, President