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Superior Edge 2017 May Graduates

Superior Edge

Northern Michigan University's Superior Edge is a student development program encompassing a wide range of experiential activities complementing classroom instruction to provide students with a distinct advantage by preparing them for lifelong learning, graduate school, careers and life as engaged citizens.

The Edges

Superior Edge consists of four “edges”

  • Citizenship – Become an engaged, involved citizen
  • Diversity – Develop sensitivity and awareness of global and domestic diversity issues
  • Leadership – Become a competent, ethical and effective leader
  • Real World – Relate classroom theory to workplace practice in real-world settings

Watch this video to find out more about Superior Edge. To find out opportunities to get hours towards these edges, click here.

Why Participate?

Students who participate in Superior Edge make new friends, build community contacts and a great resume, formalize the recognition of activities they participate in, enhance the ability to relate theory to practice, and more.  Want to join?  Register for one of our orientation sessions.  Learn about other benefits to the program.

Karen is a post-baccalaureate student studying Native American Studies. The most influential activity she participated in has been volunteering with Cat Packs, weekend meals for students at North Star Academy. She found this activity very rewarding to be a part of & felt like she was making a difference by helping to feed students in her community. She knows the importance of letting kids know that people care about them and is aware of the negative impact food scarcity can have on a childKendall is a senior majoring in art & design from Malta, Ill. Her most influential activity was planning & executing high school quiz bowl tournaments at NMU. Kendall serves as a co-president of the NMU quiz bowl team, which has been actively working to create more quiz bowl opportunities for UP high schoolers. Last year the team invited over a dozen teams to NMU to compete in a tournament where 6 of the 14 teams qualified for the high school national championship in their divisions. Keep up the great work!Tristan is a senior from Richmond Hill, Ga., majoring in biochemistry. His favorite and most influential activity logged is holding the position of ASNMU President. Tristan learned so much about community engagement and processes working with NASA, AISES, and the Native American Language and Culture Club on celebrating Indigenous People’s Day on campus. He also learned a lot about himself, university procedures, and what it means to advocate for others. Great job, Tristan!Lauren is a sophomore from L’Anse, Mich., majoring in biology. Her favorite and most influential activity in Superior Edge was a dental internship in her hometown dental office this past summer where she was lucky enough to assist the dentist during procedures. The internship taught Lauren a lot about the dental profession and solidified her decision and passion in the field of dentistry. Lauren is also very active in the pre-dental club and was elected as their secretary for this school year. Great job!Mark Holmgren is a junior from Ishpeming, Michigan, majoring in chemistry and biology with a minor in business administration. His most influential and favorite thing he has done in Superior Edge is serve as an assistant coach for Ishpeming High SchoolHolly is a senior from Flushing, Mich., studying environmental science, alternative energies, & Native American Studies. Holly volunteered at Vidas, an orphanage for young girls in Lima, Peru, which allowed her to spend time with and learn new perspectives from people from all over the world. Conducting research to describe weather patterns along the southern shore of Lake Superior has also been a great experience. Holly says that both of these experiences were really amazing. Congrats!
Log Your Hours

Log Your Hours

The only way you can get credit for your activities is to remember to log your hours as you go. Log your hours here.  If you want a refresher on how to log, watch this video.  We look forward to reading your logs.  If you want more information about how to write your reflection paper, please check out this short video.

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