2015 Fall Semester Graduates

Congratulations to Mackenzie Carlson for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Mackenzie is a community health education major from Springfield, Missouri.  Mackenzie enjoyed a Western Hemisphere Institution for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) course that lasted for 33 days and was taught entirely in Spanish.  She says, “It immerses us in different cultures and allowed us to experience different training techniques.  I learned more about several cultures through this course than reading any of my textbooks.  I enjoyed this part the most in Superior Edge because it truly made me involved in cultural awareness.”   After graduation, Mackenzie plans to attend nursing school and go into the Reserves in the US Army as a Medical Service Corps officer.

Congratulations to Karli Cich for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Karli is a biology major with an emphasis on ecology.  Karli is most proud of completing the Student Leader Fellowship Program.  She says, “The program took two years including classroom time, meetings, Skill Builder! workshops, and a community service internship.  It was all worth it to gain the confidence, community engagement, and of course, leadership skills.”  After graduation, Karli will be attending graduate school in the 2016 fall semester.

Maria Daavettila has completed the Diversity, Leadership, and Real World Edges.  She is a management of health and fitness major from Howell, Michigan.  

Yvette Feng has completed the Real World Edge.  She is a secondary education mathematics major from China.  Yvette is most proud of her student teaching experience at Bothwell Middle School.  She says, “What I learned from this experience is what it is like for a teacher every day, how to balance personal life and school life, and how to deal with difficult students and parents.”  After graduation, she hopes to find a job in the United States.

Congratulations to Kali Kisro for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Kali is a biology and Spanish double major from Marquette.  She is most proud of being a swim instructor for special needs children at the YMCA.  She says, “I worked one-on-one with an autistic swimmer.  Watching her learn new tasks and accomplish her goals was a very rewarding experience.  Getting to know her the past couple of years has been really fun and working with her brought me out of my comfort zone.”  After graduation, Kali will be staying at NMU to work on her LPN certificate.

Congratulations to Stephanie Kropf for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Grand Rapids, Michigan, Stephanie is a Spanish/Pre-Physician Assistant major.  Studying abroad in Cuba was a highlight for Stephanie.  She says, “I was immersed in their culture and learned about the adversities they face as a country including a food shortage, no freedom of speech, the inability to leave their country, and very poor living conditions. The study abroad impacted me in ways I never deemed possible, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to study in such a beautiful country.  After graduation, Stephanie will be attending a physician assistant program.  

Taylor LaFave has completed the Leadership Edge.  A psychology major from Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, Taylor is most proud of being a Resident Adviser.  She says, “The opportunities I had to further the leadership skills in my residents all while furthering my own leadership skills was what I enjoyed the most.  I cannot pick one specific event we did because the experience overall was what had the most impact.”  After graduation, Taylor plans on attending graduate school for higher education.

Michael LaFleur has completed the Real World Edge. 
Brent Larsen has completed the Real World Edge.  

Lauren Larsen has completed the Leadership and Real World Edges.  Lauren is a speech, language, and hearing sciences major from Brighton, Michigan.  Lauren is most proud of founding Marquette Ending Hunger and watching the group grow and contribute to the community.  She says, “It has been a life-changing experience for me!  I love being able to reach out to those in need, especially the hungry and homeless in our community.”  Lauren will be singing the NMU alma mater and the national anthem at Commencement tomorrow.  After graduation, Lauren will be attending graduate school to get her masters in speech pathology.

Congratulations to Katherine Miller for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Homer, Alaska, Katie is a ceramics major.  Katie says, “Serving as worship leader for NMU Cru is one of the activities/roles I am most proud of within Superior Edge.  Through the various decisions I had to make in this position, I learned a healthy balance of receiving input and being assertive.  This volunteer position has grown my confidence and knowledge of leadership the most out of any other opportunity.  In addition, sharing the wisdom and insight I learned over the years with new worship leaders has been a wonderful process. They are fully capable of taking over the leadership and have already done so in preparation for my graduation.”  After graduation, Katie will be doing a ceramic internship as a post-baccalaureate student at NMU.

Congratulations to Troy Morris for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  A psychology/behavior analysis major, Troy is from Johnsburg, Illinois.  Troy’s service with the National Ski Patrol as a volunteer medic was his favorite activity because of the lasting lessons and tangible results of saving lives.  He says, “While serving since before I could drive, I have grown into a service that has allowed me to resuscitate an unconscious patient, put practical skills towards transporting a comatose, non-breathing patient, and aid innumerable individuals. In all, my servant leadership, interactions with diverse groups, citizen action, and use of real world skills can all be traced in a foundation forged by that organization.”  After graduation, Troy is waiting for acceptance into a Ph.D. program in industrial organization psychology.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Owens for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  An elementary special education major, Lizzy is from Downers Grove, Illinois.  She is most proud of leading a Special Olympics Young Athletes program.  Lizzy says, “It would be the best part of my week and reaffirmed my love of being in a special education classroom.  Through the most stressful days of my program, it was the special athletes that motivated me to do my best and give it my all.”  After graduation, Lizzy will start teaching in the Chicago area and will be getting married in June.

Congratulations to Dylan Perelmutter for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!   From Gwinn, Michigan, Dylan is a physical education and coaching major.  Dylan is most proud of the commitment he put into Superior Edge.  He says, “I believe time is one of the biggest commodities we have.  Knowing this, we should be very diligent on how we use it.  I am proud to have spent my time wisely, completing all four EDGES!”  After graduation, Dylan plans to work a combo job downstate that runs Impact Sports (recreational leagues with basketball being the heavy hitter) combined with helping out chaplain duties with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) club teams.

Congratulations to Clayton Queen for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge! 

Congratulations to Margaret Saelens for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Congratulations to Margaret for having the 5th highest hours in Superior Edge with 2,507.50.  Margaret is a secondary education social studies major from Rockford, Michigan.  She is most proud of her work at Room at the Inn, Marquette’s traveling shelter for homeless.  Margaret says, “Volunteering with Room at the Inn taught me about the individual difference that I can make in the lives of others on a daily basis, that stereotypes about homelessness can be very inaccurate and cruel, and that homelessness is a problem even in places like Marquette (and signs of this are not always visible).  I think my own vision of the world has broadened by spending time helping with Room at the Inn, and I enjoyed talking to the guests and building relationships in the community.  After graduation, Margaret will be substitute teaching in West Michigan while looking for a full-time teaching position.

Kascha Stern has completed the Diversity and Leadership Edges.  From Forest Lake, Minnesota, Kascha is a computer art major.  She is most proud for helping a wounded veteran in Ishpeming.  Kaysha says, “A large group went out to his house to tear down a fence and put up a new one, walk/clean the horses, clear out the pens and lay down new sawdust, and pick up fallen trees around the property.  Most of the people volunteering were pre-vet majors, so I also learned a lot about the animals I was tending to.  It was a great experience!  I not only learned a lot, but I met new people and had a fun time working around the property.”  After graduation, Kaysha will be attending the University of Colorado Boulder in the fall to complete her master’s degree in art and design.

Katelyn Tourville has completed the Real World Edge.  A community health education/pre-physician assistant major, Katie is from Marquette.  While in Superior Edge, she job shadowed a PA.  After many hours of observation at the DJ Jacobetti Center and a family medicine clinic, she realized she loved the profession and had finally found what she wanted to do with her life.  She says, “It was very rewarding to watch the health professionals work as a team and all have the same common goal.  Without this experience, I may have never switched my major and still be searching for what I want to do in my life.”  After graduation, Katie will be attending PA school at Central Michigan University.

Congratulations to Brittany Voich for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Brittany is from Holly, Michigan, and is an elementary education language arts major.  Brittany is most proud of the time she spent volunteering with Young Authors for the Marquette Alger Reading Council.  She says, “I was able to present at this conference two summers in a row to over 300 children from the area.  This program promotes reading and writing to young authors and they have the chance to meet a children’s book author.”  After graduation, Brittany is hoping to have a classroom of her own.

Congratulations to Carina Vowels for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Carina is an environmental studies and sustainability major from Crystal Lake, Illinois.  She is most proud of attending multiple presentations on campus because it helped her learn about and appreciate many unfamiliar topics.  After graduation, she plans to develop her relationship between community service and gardening.

Aleasha Weber has completed the Real World Edge.  

Heather Wise has completed the Citizenship, Leadership, and Real World Edges.  From Imlay City, Michigan, Heather is a business entrepreneurship major.  Heather is most proud being a volunteer soccer coach for her two nephew’s soccer teams working with 5-9 year olds.  She says, “This experience has taught me how to be patient and really find a way to get the players engaged and excited about the game of soccer.  I really enjoy being able to share my passion for soccer with my nephews.  It is so rewarding helping the young players achieving their goals in the sport, especially when they can score a goal.”  After graduation, Heather will be a manager for Owen Tree Service located in Attica, Michigan.