Spotlight on...Superior Edge Graduates


Twenty-six students were recognized as Superior Edge graduates. To receive this honor, the students completed a minimum of 400 Superior Edge hours, a minimum of 100 hours in each of the four edges. The other 33 students graduated with one, two or three edges. Superior Edge graduates were given blue cords to wear during commencement.  To read more...

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2015 Michigan Campus Compact Winners

Each year Michigan Campus Compact awards students from member colleges and universities across the state for their outstanding commitment to service learning and civic engagement.  To read more...

Volunteer Abroad

Tentative Dates:  Dec. 13-29, 2015
Approximate Cost:  $4,200

Take a tour of Bangkok and then head to Chiang Rai to work on the construction of a new community center for four days. After all of your hard work, you will get to spend time at an extreme adventures camp in Chiang Mai. After having a day of fun, you will begin learning how to train and care for elephants (how cool is that!) at the Maewang Elephant Camp for two days. Spend a day on a bamboo raft as you head back to Chiang Mai. To finish up the trip, you will get to spend a couple days on the beach. Interest meetings will be held on Wed., Sept 16, at 4 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 18, at 11 a.m.; Mon., Sept. 21, at 7 p.m.; and on Fri., Oct. 2, at 1 p.m.  You only need to attend one interest meeting and all of the interest meetings are held in The Back Room, UC.  For more information, contact Rachel Harris. To check out photos from the Dec. 2013/Jan. 2014 project, click here.

Volunteer Abroad

Ireland - May 2016

While staying with Irish families in Dublin, you will get to learn about their rich Irish culture as well as volunteer in a Montessori, a senior center, or with troubled youth. You will spend a day in County Wicklow (the "Garden of Ireland"). You will then head north to visit the Titanic exhibit, tour Belfast, and explore the walled city of Derry. On your way to the small remote village of Glencolmcille, you will get to explore famous sites like Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Giant's Causeway, and Dunluce Castle. While in Glencolmcille, you will volunteer at the Glen Folk Village. Contact Cara Kamps for more info.

Get Superior Edge cords when completing all four edges

Superior Edge graduates who completed all four edges (yes, that's at least 400 hours and 5 reflection papers) will be sporting these sweet blue cords at commencement!


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.

Students Stats by College
(as of May 6, 2015)

Did you know that 2,476 of NMU's 8,188 students have chosen to participate in Superior Edge - or about 30% of our student population?  Here's the breakdown by college:

Arts & Sciences - 1,162
Business - 218
Professional Studies - 993
General University - 103
Total Superior Edge Participants - 2,476

Click here to find a breakdown by department.


2012-13 NASPA Excellence Silver Award

Total Edge Hours and Count
(as of May 6, 2015)

Since 2006, 668,029 hours have been completed.

Citizenship Edge - 391 edges completed
Diversity Edge - 376 edges completed
Leadership Edge - 537 edges completed
Real World Edge - 661 edges completed
Superior Edge (all four edges completed) - 285 edges completed

Orientation Dates

Interested in becoming a Superior Edge participant?  Your next step is to attend an orientation.  Check back in late August for our fall orientation dates.

May Graduates

Congratulations on graduating from NMU and Superior Edge!

As a reminder, you may want to print out a copy of your logs to have for your records before you graduate.

More Info about Superior Edge
Superior Edge VideoTo find out more about Superior Edge, please watch this video.

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