2016 Winter Semester Graduates

Congratulations to Brook Adams for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Brook is a community health education major from Quincy, Michigan.  She is most proud of her work with the Health Promotion Office where she led sexual awareness presentations and events such as the Consent is Sexy talent show.  Brook says, “It is something I grew a passion for doing and am proud I could be a strong support for survivors.”  After graduation, Brook wants to empower women through fitness and nutrition by working as a personal trainer.

Kelsey Adams has completed the Leadership and Real World Edges!  She is an art and design major from Charlotte, Michigan.  Kelsey is most proud of being a resident adviser.  She says, “It allowed me to mentor students while building my confidence as a leader.  I will go beyond Northern using the skills I have learned from this job, while knowing I was helping other students realize their potential.”  After graduation, Kelsey will be a graduate assistant at Eastern Michigan University while she pursues her master’s degree.

Samantha Anderson has completed the Leadership and Real World Edges.  She is a psychology behavior analysis major from Grand Haven, Michigan.  Sam is most proud of her practicum in an early childhood classroom.  She says, “I get to help kids learn and grow each day.  I got to apply what I have learned these past four years in a real world setting which is really great.  I have learned a lot about what works, what doesn’t work, and how to see the good in every situation.”  After graduation, Sam will be working on her doctoral degree after a year of figuring out exactly what she wants to specialize in.

xAndrew Bartlett has completed the Leadership and Real World Edges.  From Novi, Michigan, Drew is a business marketing major who he is most proud of being a brand strategy intern at Tellurian Investments (Parallax Energy).  He says, “The overall goal was to strategize and position Parallax Energy.  I successfully positioned ourselves apart from competitors, therefore, boosting our visibility and giving us an advantage in the industry.  This experience was very beneficial and grew my marketing skill set, strengthened my marketing portfolio, and provided me the experience I needed to be competitive in the oil and gas industry.”   After graduation, Drew will be working as a marketing analyst with Tellurian Investments.

Abigail Beekman has completed the Citizenship, Leadership, and Real World Edges!  From Oconto, Wisconsin, Abbie is a double major in public relations and music (vocal performance).  She is most proud of her Student Leader Fellowship Program’s Community Service Internship where she gave after-school music lessons to students at Bothwell Middle School.  She says, “It was very fulfilling to see students become inspired by someone who loved music in school and followed through with it.  It showed them that they can do it too and it gave them motivation to continue with it along with improving on their own instrument.”  After graduation, Abbie plans to continue performing and teaching lessons as well as begin a career in public relations. 

Congratulations to Nicole Bowers for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Nicole is from Pinckney, Michigan, and is a neuroscience major with a concentration in behavior and cognition.  Nicole’s favorite activity was teaching English to second grade girls for a semester in Spain.  After graduation, Nicole will be pursuing a master’s degree in medicinal microbiology.

Katie Bultman has completed the Diversity and Real World Edges.  She is a double major in public relations and Spanish and is from Kewaunee, Wisconsin.  Katie is most proud of going on a mission trip to Adairsville, Georgia.  She says, “We worked to help clean the town after it had been destroyed by tornadoes.  The entire trip was a new experience for me.  From it I learned more about other cultures within the United States, and I learned to develop a stronger appreciation and compassion for others.”  After graduation, Katie will be staying at NMU to pursue her master’s in business administration as well as be a graduate assistant in the Marketing and Communications office.

Emily Carefoot has completed the Diversity and Leadership Edges

Johanna Carlson has completed the Leadership and Real World Edges.  From Hayward, Wisconsin, Johanna is behavior analysis major who is most proud of her practicum at Great Lakes Recovery Center.  Johanna says, “It has let me grow so much in a field of work and really gave me a look into what my future may be like in this line of work.  It is very rewarding to help people and see them recover.”  After graduation, Johanna will be moving to Minneapolis to get a job at a community mental health center before furthering her education.

Congratulations to Courtney Case for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!   Courtney is a community health education major from Macomb, Michigan, who is most proud of her time spent as an assistant health supervisor at Camp Hawthorn Hollow.  She says, “I was in between general staff and administrative staff and was able to see an entirely different side of the camp I grew up at.  I was also the youngest administrative staff member and managed to bridge the gap between both sides.”  After graduation, Courtney will be attending Ball State University to earn her master’s in student affairs administration while working as a graduate assistant resident manager. 

Congratulations to David Cleveland for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge

Julie Curtis has completed the Leadership Edge.  Julie is from Reese, Michigan, and is a management major.  She is most proud of her time spent at Red Cliff Wellness Camp – Anishnabe Substance Abuse Prevention Training which opened her eyes to the struggles that Native Americans face in everyday life.  Julie says, “The training helped me gain valuable knowledge on how to integrate Native American teachings into substance abuse prevention programs and allowed me to interact with experienced people in the substance abuse prevention field.”  After graduation, Julie will be staying at NMU to get her master’s in higher education in student affairs.

Elizabeth DeMarse has completed the Leadership and Real World Edges!  From Muskegon, Michigan, Ellie is a double major in ecology and Spanish.  Ellie says, “Teaching an ESL class in San Jose, Costa Rica, was on one of the most rewarding experiences I have had.  It allowed me to apply my Spanish major in a real world setting while also getting to know Costa Rican culture on a more personal level.  I had four students in my class (all my age or older) and I became close friends with all of them.”  After graduation, Ellie plans to work in seasonal environmental outreach and/or biological research positions for a couple of years before pursuing a master’s degree in environmental education or another conservation-related field.

Xavier Donajkowski has completed the Real World Edge.  From Hubbard Lake, Michigan, Xavier is an environmental science major who completed her Student Leader Fellowship Program 100-hour community service internship with the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve monitoring and reporting lake and stream data.  After graduation, Xavier will be attending Michigan State University’s College of Law.

Congratulations to Sarah Eggleston for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Sarah is a community health education major from Grand Blanc, Michigan.  She is most proud of working with Women for Women and Self-Acceptance Week where it allowed her to be surrounded by people who have similar interests.  Sarah says, “Working with Self-Acceptance Week allowed me to work with Hear Us Roar and breaking the silence associated with sexual violence.”  After graduation, Sarah will be moving to Lansing to work in a rehab facility with those suffering from PTSD and other mental illnesses. 

Emma Finkbeiner has completed the Citizenship, Leadership, and Real World Edges.  Emma is a public relations major from Marquette/Harbor Springs, Michigan.  She is most proud of working with Northern Michigan’s Governor’s Office.  Emma says, “I pushed myself out of my comfort zone during this in-depth research internship and was able to better understand the role of state government.  I feel better educated and more informed regarding issues facing the State of Michigan.  After graduation, Emma will be attending DePaul University in Chicago to pursue a master’s of public relations and advertising while serving as the 2016-16 Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) national president.

Congratulations to Ellen Fitzgerald for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Hailing from Zion, Illinois, Elle is an elementary education-language arts major who is most proud of the volunteer work she did in Haiti.  She says, “I was able to attend three mission trips and each one changed my heart in a different way.  I experienced things I would have never dreamed of and helped so many individuals.”  After graduation, Ellen plans to become a teacher and help as many people as she can.

Congratulations to Amanda Fliflet for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  A music education major, Amanda is from Sheldon, Wisconsin.  Amanda is most proud of her work with both the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and the Marquette City Band.  She says, “These are two wonderful groups to perform with, and it has been an eye-opening experience to play with some of the finest musicians from the Upper Peninsula.  Through this real world experience, I have become a better musician and developed a stronger passion for my career in music education.”  After graduation, Amanda will be working on her master’s degree in music education at the University of Mississippi as well as have a graduate assistantship helping with the recital series.

Julius Freeland has finished the Citizenship, Leadership, and Real World Edges.  From Oscoda, Michigan, Julius is an outdoor recreation and leadership management major.  Julius is most proud of a leadership seminar that he attended where he appreciated how open everyone was discussing controversial subjects.  He also learned what he valued as an individual and group.  Julius says, “Finally, we learned what characteristics we have as leaders.”  After graduation, Julius will be doing an internship at the YMCA Camp Nissokone where he will be the program coordinator.  Then, he is off to Europe to travel and hike the Camino.

Pearl Gaidelis has completed the Citizenship, Leadership, and Real World Edges.  Hailing from Wakonda, South Dakota, Pearl is a clinical laboratory science major emphasizing in anatomical pathology.  She is most proud of studying abroad in Lithuania and getting to volunteer with the Sisters of Kretinga.  Pearl says, “It was such an eye-opening experience, and it really was such an amazing opportunity.  I learned so many valuable things from the people there, the sisters, and other volunteers that helped.”  After graduation, Pearl plans to get a job in histology somewhere and do lots of traveling.  

Congratulations to Vito Giannola for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Vito is a political science major from Oxford, Michigan.  He is most proud of his work with the Student Finance Committee and ASNMU as well as his time spent abroad.  Vito says, “All experiences provided an abundance of knowledge and appreciation for the world around us.”  After graduation, Vito will be moving down to Detroit to work and study for his LSAT for law school.  He will be attending law school in the fall of 2017.

Congratulations to Katerina Gombar for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Katerina is a public relations major from Saginaw, Michigan.  She says, “Being Alpha Gamma Delta's President was one activity I am most proud of.  I have grown and become a leader.  I know that there is always more to learn, but I feel that I have come out stronger than I was.  The girls weren’t afraid to give feedback and say ‘hey I don’t like the way you’re doing things’.  They were always willing to sit down and discuss what changes they would like to see and how I could better the chapter.  They gave me the most feedback to be the best leader I could possibly be.”  

Lindsay Hall has completed the Real World Edge

Congratulations to Kaitie Hansen for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Beloit, Wisconsin, Kaitie is an entrepreneurship major.  She is most proud of her time working with Habitat for Humanity.  She says, “It was my shortest activity, but I think it had the biggest impact on me.  It was an incredible feeling to know that I was helping to build someone else a home where they would make countless memories.”  After graduation, Kaitie will be moving home where she will begin a marketing position for the Parks & Leisure Services division of the City of Beloit.  She will also be marrying the love of her life, Josh Swedlund on July 15, 2017.

Ethan Hausmann has completed the Citizenship and Leadership Edges.  Ethan is a double major in entrepreneurship and economics.  Ethan is most proud of a mission trip he went on with His House Christian Fellowship to Long Island, New York.  He says, “We served with Samaritan's Purse for the week rebuilding the interior of a home that had been damaged by Hurricane Sandy.”  This summer Ethan will be working at Camp Hiawatha for one final time; he has worked at this Boy Scout camp for the past seven years.  Besides this, he will be assisting his father in starting a small business that conducts motivational seminars for individuals, churches, and other organizations.  Ethan will be handling the marketing and finances of the business.

Congratulations to Kathleen Henry for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Kathleen is an environmental studies and sustainability major from Chicago.  She is most proud of participating in AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps for 10 months.  Kathleen says, “In seeing communities and families torn apart from violence and natural disasters, I also saw communities and humans come together to rebuild.”  On June 1, Kathleen will begin serving in the Peace Corps in Uganda.

Kelsey Huisman has completed the Diversity and Real World Edges.  From Grand Rapids, Kelsey is a double major in biology with a concentration in ecology and Spanish.  Kelsey says, “Each research experience through NMU has pushed me to develop skills and thought processes as a scientist.  The International Service Project to Ecuador really changed everything.  NMU professor Mary Andronis introduced me to her scientist friend Lou Jost while we were staying in Baños, Ecuador.  Lou and I remained in contact through the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship and working under Lou, I was able to study Lepanthes orchids on a mountain in the Upper Watershed of the Pastaza River in Ecuador.”  This summer Kelsey will be surveying rare and endemic plant species throughout Utah.  In the fall, she will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she will begin a Ph.D. program through the botany department. 

Andrea Kantola has completed the Citizenship and Real World Edges.  Newaygo, Michigan, is where Andrea calls home.  She is an environmental science major that is most proud of her work with the native plants area.  She knew this is where she wanted to volunteer as soon as she set foot on campus.  Andrea says, “It was exciting to see the area develop and grow with the work completed and to meet all of the people who helped to make it the wonderful educational resource it is today.  Being able to spend last summer working there allowed me to build on essential skills that will help me far into the future.”  After graduation, Andrea will be working for the National Ecological Observatory Network as a plant technician.

Joel Kaskinen has completed the Leadership and Real World Edges.  A communications major, Joel is from Beulah, Michigan.  Joel is most proud of being a resident adviser and going through the training for it.  He says, “I grew as a leader, learned to work with diverse people, and came to love the community that I was a part of in this role.”  After graduation, Joel will be pursuing his master’s degree at the University of South Dakota while he works as a graduate assistant with their sorority and fraternity life office. 

Morgan Kontio has completed the Citizenship, Leadership, and Real World Edges.  Morgan is from Negaunee and is a radiography major who is most proud of working at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital.  She says, “I gained so much clinical experience and learned a lot in the past year.  The amount of real world experience that I now have makes me feel confident in moving forward in the radiography world.”  After graduation, Morgan will work at a hospital as a radiologic technologist and continue going to school part time to finish her bachelor’s in clinical health science.

Congratulations to Michaela Kremhelmer for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  She is a sports science major from Hartland, Michigan.  Traveling to Belize was Michaela’s favorite memory.  She says, “As a health professional, I gained quite a bit of knowledge working with such a diverse population, with sicknesses and diseases you just don’t see in the U.S.  But I also learned quite a bit about how privileged we are here in the US and how often we take such simple things for granted.”  After graduation, she will be working and taking the last of the prerequisites for her application to start the accelerated nursing school at the University of Michigan during the 2017 fall semester.  

Tanya Ladensack has completed the Diversity and Real World Edges.  Tanya is from Fairview, Michigan, and is a biology/ecology major.  Tanya is most proud of going to Ecuador during spring break her freshman year.  Tanya says, “I’m from a tiny town and had never left the US before.  'Diversity' was a foreign concept.  Being in Ecuador where I was the weird one (my red hair really stood out) was an amazing perspective switch.  I learned so much about different cultures and what it was like to not blend in or be understood easily.  The travel bug bit me pretty badly after that.”  After graduation, Tanya will be working at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Megan LaHaie has completed the Citizenship, Leadership, and Real World Edges.  Megan is an elementary education – language arts major from Mackinaw City, Michigan.  Megan is most proud of her student teaching experience with fourth graders.  She says, “Watching them learn and succeed reminds me daily of why I want to be a teacher and this experience has reassured me that education is definitely the career path I want to take.”  After graduation, Megan hopes to get teaching position in either the UP or northern Lower Michigan.

Congratulations to Trisha Larson for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Escanaba, Michigan, Trisha is a biology major with a physiology emphasis.  She is most proud of her study abroad experience in Costa Rica.  Trisha says, “I was able to experience a new and beautiful culture.  I actively learned what it meant to love and appreciate another culture.  I now have a better ability to interact with people of different cultures and a deeper passion for traveling and becoming a global citizen.”  After graduation, Trisha will be doing an occupational therapy related internship in Latin America, traveling, visiting family, and then moving on to graduate school to attain her master’s in occupational therapy.

Lindsey Lieck has completed the Citizenship, Leadership, and Real World Edges.  Lindsey is a political science major from Rhinelander, Wisconsin.  She is most proud of her involvement with Cat Packs.  Lindsey says, “When I got involved with Marquette Ending Hunger and heard there was not a weekend food program for kids in need, I knew I would start one in Marquette.  I am very proud to be a part of a group that started meeting in the fall of 2014 to plan Cat Packs.  We did a lot of research and planning and by March 2015 our program was running!  I have learned so much about community engagement, the needs of my community, and the importance of lending a helping hand.”  After graduation, Lindsey will be working in Des Moines, Iowa as a campaign organizer with Impact, a non-profit that works on issues such as global warming, clean water, and campaign finance reform.

Congratulations to Jaime Madalinski for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Harris, Michigan, Jaime is a pre-med/biology major with a physiology emphasis.  Her favorite activity was a mission trip to Honduras.  Jaime says, “I hadn’t been too far from Michigan before and didn't have much knowledge of life elsewhere.  It was amazing to see people who had so little and yet were still so happy.  It definitely changed my outlook on life.  I went to Honduras to give what I had, but felt like I got so much more out of it through my experiences there.  The country itself was beautiful and the people we met were gracious and giving.  This was an amazing experience that I would recommend to others in a heartbeat.”  After graduation, Jaime will be attending medical school at Central Michigan University.

William Mason has completed the Citizenship and Real World Edges.  He is a biochemistry major from Lake Orion, Michigan.  Will is most proud of the research he has done at the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center.  He says, “It is such an amazing cause, and there is still so much unknowns in regards to brain tumors.  I’m proud to have contributed in some small way to help further the research in this area.”  After graduation, Will will be attending Wayne State School of Medicine.

Alexis McCutcheon has completed the Diversity and Leadership Edges.   From Elk Grove Village, Illinois, Alexis is a double major in political science and criminal justice.  She is most proud of being a New Student Summer Orientation staff assistant where she led small-group meetings for 30 students, gave campus and city tours, and spoke to students and their families about anything and everything.  Alexis says, “This job pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I grew as a leader as well as a person.”  After graduation, Alexis will be moving home while she searches for a federal law enforcement job that allows her to travel.

Congratulations to Kaitlyn McGoff for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Katie is a nursing major from Williamston, Michigan.  She is most proud of becoming the president of the Women’s Soccer Club.  She says, “Being president allowed me to complete my Leadership Edge and allowed me to grow as a leader exponentially.  This was the most challenging activity but definitely the most rewarding.”  After graduation, Katie will be an RN.

Tiffanie Meyers has completed the Diversity and Real World Edges.  She is a secondary education math major from Bark River, Michigan, who is most proud of going on a mission trip to Honduras.  Tiffanie says, “While visiting Honduras, we visited many different villages, played with kids, distributed food, toys, held a medical clinic, gave out shoes, and most importantly, built a church. We helped build a church in a small village in the mountains.  It was a lot of hard work, time, and sweat, but it was by far the best volunteer experience I have ever had.”  After graduation, Tiffanie will be looking for a teaching position.

Leanna Miller has completed the Leadership Edge.  

Charles Morey has completed the Real World Edge.  An industrial technology major, Charlie is from Alma, Michigan.  He says, “The 2015 Make A Difference Day was especially memorable.  The day brought pouring rain but my house still raked all of our yards with smiles.  I am particularly proud to have been part of American Graffiti House.”  After graduation, Charlie will be moving to Alaska to work as an aircraft mechanic.

Congratulations to Emily Nordlund for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Emily is from Ludington, Michigan, and is an applied behavior analysis major who is most proud of working as a mental health aide at Pathways Community Mental Health.  She says, “I learned a lot about the community and the resources available to people with disabilities.  I also gained valuable real world experience in my field!”  After graduation, Emily will be moving to Washington to pursue a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis at Center Washington University as well as working as a graduate assistant.

Congratulations to Grace Orstad for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  A biochemistry major, Grace is from Burnsville, Minnesota.  Grace is most proud of her trip to Thailand.  She says, “I saw more extreme poverty than ever before, both in the big cities that we visited and in the mountain village we worked in for a week, but the Thai people were amazingly kind and warm.  They were happy with so little which really helped me appreciate how blessed I am to live where I do.”  After graduation, Grace will be attending the University of Utah to pursue a Ph.D. in molecular biology with a research focus on oncological sciences.

Congratulations to Melissa Orzechowski for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Grandville, Michigan, Melissa is a triple major in environmental studies and sustainability, communication studies, and English writing.  Her favorite activity was being civically engaged environmentally by planning environmental education events such as the People’s Climate March:  Marquette and helping to establish the Northern Climate Network.  After graduation, Melissa will be working in Central America for the summer, and then will be an Au Pair in Spain while applying to begin an English literature graduate program the following year.

Congratulations to Sally Osentoski for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  

Congratulations to Alexandrea Penn for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Essexville, Michigan, Allie is a double major in political science and history.  Allie is most proud of volunteering at the Marquette Regional History Center because she was able to give her time in an area that she is passionate about and in a field where she will be eventually looking for a job.  Allie will be attending graduate school at Wayne State University after graduation.

Victoria Penny has completed the Real World Edge.  From Onaway, Michigan, Victoria is a double major in communication studies and hospitality management.  She is most proud of putting together a cancer benefit for her stepfather who was diagnosed with stage 4 B-Cell Lymphoma almost three years ago, and he will soon be going through his third round of treatments.  Victoria says, “Being so far away, I felt helpless and being able to organize a benefit was absolutely incredible.  Managing the team working with me and the countless all-nighters was well worth it.”  After graduation, Victoria would like to find a job in a human resources department and gain some experience in their training and onboarding for a few years before continuing her education with a master’s degree in organizational communication. 

Congratulations to Rachael Peters for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Rachael is a double major in Spanish and English writing from Howell, Michigan.  She is most proud of traveling to Portugal.  “While in Spain, other students in the group traveled together to Barcelona or went on the University trip to Lisbon.  I, however, was completely on my own for my trip to Porto.  I found a bus and got the tickets, I stayed in a hostel, I toured through the national park – hiking and jumped off waterfalls, I took tours and I ate strange foods.  I did all of it on my own, without knowing the language, while meeting new people and experiencing new things.  This trip showed me that I am capable of being on my own, of doing things for myself, even in another country.”  After graduation, Rachael will attend SIT graduate institute (through the Master’s International Program with the Peace Corps) for a master’s in international education with a focus in foreign exchange and study abroad.

Amy Peterson has completed the Leadership and Real World Edges.  From Muskegon, Amy is a graphic communications major.  She is most proud of her internship at a comic book company.  She said, “It eventually led me to pursue more jobs in my field early on in college.”  After graduation, Amy hopes to work for either a video game company or a graphic design firm, preferably on the west coast or in Lower Michigan.  

Congratulations to Megan Pietruszewski for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Champlin, Minnesota, Megan is a Spanish major who is most proud of volunteering as an ESL pre-literate tutor.  She says, “I worked with recent immigrants learning English and immensely enjoyed it.  It’s very rewarding to see them progress with speaking and writing and to see the building confidence they bring to class.  Volunteering with them has changed my career ambitions and now I am planning on becoming an ESL teacher.”  After graduating, Megan plans to attend graduate school at Michigan Tech with their Peace Corps master’s international program.

Congratulations to Tiaira Porter for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Hailing from Woodhaven, Michigan, Tiaira is a biology – physiology emphasis major.  She says, “One of the activities that I enjoyed the most while completing my Superior Edge would the annual UP Special Olympics.  Participating in the 26th Annual Special Olympics was one of the greatest things I've experienced since I've been at Northern.  It feels great to cheer on and time the athletes as they ran as fast as they could in snowshoes, and seeing their faces light up from having a great time.  It was inspirational watching that no matter how long it took them to cross the finish line that they kept pursuing with a smile on their faces.”  After graduation, Tiaira will be attending the University of Wisconsin – Madison to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience.

Morgan Rintamaki has completed the Citizenship, Leadership, and Real World Edges.  Morgan is a biology-human physiology major from Ishpeming.  While doing an internship with Integrated Wellness Chiropractic, Dr. Brandon gave her a life-changing experience.  She says, “I learned so much about being a chiropractor and about establishing a connection with patients.  He showed me the different sides to chiropractic and was the one to suggest the chiropractic school that I plan to attend after graduation.  It wasn't just about the adjustments though - there is so much more to whole body wellness, from nutrition to exercise to mental health.  My internship made me very excited to get to chiropractic school so that I can learn about the human body and how to heal.”  After graduation, Morgan will be moving to San Francisco to attend Life Chiropractic College West.

Congratulations to Jessica Robertson for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Jessie is a computer art major from Midland, Michigan.  Jessie is most proud of being a resident adviser where she was able to work on becoming a leader and teach others about leadership.  She says, "I learned to balance a heavy workload as well as help others through difficult situations.  It was a difficult position but extremely rewarding.”  After graduation, Jessie is moving to the west coast to experience less snow.

Shelly Rochon has completed the Real World Edge
Jackie Rodriguez has completed the Leadership Edge.  

Congratulations to Maggie Rose for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Escanaba, Michigan, Maggie is a political science major whose most impactful experience was volunteering at the Tri-County Safe Harbor, a shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault until they can find permanent housing, get a job, etc.  Maggie says, “Being able to volunteer my time to support the important work that Tri-County Safe Harbor does was incredibly rewarding because I was able to work directly with clients and see the positive impact my volunteerism had on the shelter, with the clients staying there, and the community as a whole.”  After graduation, Maggie is pursing two different job possibilities on political campaigns in Michigan for this election season.  After that, she hopes to travel, possibly attend grad school, and find a job either in the political realm, or work for some type of issues-based organization.

Congratulations to Kaylee Rowe for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Kaylee is a clinical lab science major from Sheffield, Iowa.  She is most proud of her work with Catherine Bammert in the Molecular Lab in the CLS departments.  Kaylee says, “This was part of the Freshman Fellowship Program.  We tested experiments that she would like to implement in her future curriculum.  We worked on hemochromatosis, Factor V, and electrophoresis.  I have learned valuable skills in the lab that will be useful in my future.  These skills were also useful in my classes.  Overall, I was extremely lucky to have had this opportunity to work in the lab with a great mentor and to build the skills necessary to have a successful future.”  After graduation, she plans to take a gap year and apply to medical school.

Congratulations to Paige Ryan for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge! Paige is a sports science major from Oak Forest, Illinois. Paige is torn about what her favorite activity is...it is a tie between Relay for Life and volunteering in Ireland. Paige says, “I enjoyed volunteering in Ireland because it gave me a new experience, and I was able to see the differences in culture and the hardships of a another country compared to our own. I loved being able to volunteer with the youth center in Dublin. I am proud of Relay because of how much I was able to fundraise with my team and knowing how it affects families and how much of a difference it can make, because my family benefited from it while I was in treatment.” After graduation, Paige will be interning with Athletico for physical therapy and will be attending Fox College for their physical therapy assistant program.
Congratulations to Danielle Schafer for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  

Congratulations to Sonnie Schlossmacher for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Roseville, Minnesota, Sonnie is an elementary education major who is most proud of volunteering as a camp counselor in Tokyo.  Sonnie says, “I went to Japan not knowing a single person.  While there, I created strong bonds with the campers and even stronger relationships with fellow counselors that I had just met.  I had the opportunity to immerse myself in a complete new culture and learn about a new style of living.”  After graduation, Sonnie will look for a teaching position in a different country or a new city within the US.

Congratulations to Abby Schneck for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Burnsville, Minnesota, Abby is a theatre major.  She says, “Through this program I was able to work more closely in my major especially with the Haunted Theatre.  I’m really proud of the opportunity because I was able to reach out to hundreds of people showing them what I love and actually making a difference in the form of entertainment.  I not only worked with paying customers of the community, but I also had the opportunity to work with and be a leader for over 80 actors within the past 3 years.  Having that affect and those challenges is why I liked this program and working with Haunted Theatre as a whole.”  After graduation, Abby will be staying in Marquette to work with Lake Superior Theatre as well as interviewing for stage managing internships.

Congratulations to Lauren Slotta for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  A computer information systems major, Lauren is from St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and is most proud of being the president of the Roll Call Association.  Lauren says, “I was able to help incoming members meet new friends and was part of the planning that allowed the group to attend fun conventions.”  After graduation, Lauren will be working at Disney World.

Congratulations to Trina Sorce for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Trina is a nursing major from Tomahawk, Wisconsin.  Traveling to Belize is what Trina is most proud of.  She says, “It was a cultural eye opener and a wonderful way to practice my clinical assessment skills.”  After graduation, Trina will be a registered nurse in Marquette at Duke-Lifepoint.

Congratulations to Sara Spragg for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Milwaukee, Sara is a political science major who is most proud of working on the midterm elections for the 2014 campaign cycle.  She says, “Through this experience, I gained a new understanding and bittersweet love for politics. I was able to register over 600 voters and canvass door-to-door, which helped build my confidence and ability to answer questions regarding candidates.”  Directly after graduation, Sara will be traveling throughout Brazil for 2 weeks to study environmental communication.  After that, she will be heading to Mississippi to be an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Team Leader, where she will be traveling around the country to help those affected by natural disaster, and build community relations.

Congratulations to Hannah Stanley for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Jackson, Michigan, Hannah is a nursing major who is most proud of her travel with HELPS International to attend a medical relief trip in Guatemala.  She says, “We traveled to Quetzal Tenango Guatemala and set up a hospital to provide free medical care to the people of this country in poverty.  I worked as a nurse on a medical surgical floor taking care of patients after surgery.  I was working 14-hour days and learning constantly.”  After graduation, Hannah will be moving back home to Jackson to work with Henry Ford Allegiance Health as an OB nurse.  She plans to work as a floor nurse for a few years before returning to school to get her doctorate as a pediatric nurse practitioner.

Congratulations to Olivia Steil for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  An elementary education language arts major, Olivia is from Grand Rapids.  She is most proud of implementing a Girls Club after-school program for 5th-7th graders at Father Marquette Middle School.  For three years, she facilitated the club once a week or every other week.  She says, “The goal of the program is to help young girls grow into healthy, happy young women.  We had activities that included anti-bullying, self-esteem, learning about other cultures, and many more.  It was probably my most rewarding and educational three years working with those girls.”  After graduation, Olivia will be moving back to Grand Rapids while she looks for a teaching position in either Michigan or Arizona.

Hallie Sutton has completed the Real World Edge.  From Wolcott, Indiana, Hayley is a zoology major who is most proud of volunteering one summer at a wildlife rehabilitation center.  She says, “I cared for hundreds of baby raccoons, opossums, skunks, deer, waterfowl, and song birds who relied on me and other interns for their food, shelter, medicine, and survival.  It was hard work with long hours and often very frustrating and stressful situations but the difference I made was worth all of it and I wouldn’t trade my experience for the world.”  After graduation, Hayley will be moving to Seattle to hopefully volunteer at wildlife focused zoos or center to gain more experience in her field.

Congratulations to Josh Swedlund for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Josh is from Beloit, Wisconsin, and is an art and design – illustration major.  He is most proud of his time volunteering with Camp New Day, a camp for kids whose parents have been incarcerated.  Josh says, “During my time, I learned a lot of patience, the value of donating time to those who need the attention most, and helping kids who have been labeled as “trouble makers” grow into their potential and break free from labels.  I was asked to come back to the camp and also take on a role as a member of the Board of Directors, which I did in the summer of 2014.”  After graduation, Josh will be working for the city of Beloit doing landscaping and horticulture before looking for jobs in the art field.  He will be marring Kaitie Hansen in July of 2017.

Javonte Thompson has completed the Leadership Edge

 Congratulations to Shaley Valentine for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Hudsonville, Michigan, Shaley is a zoology major who is most proud of the FLSA to Zambia.  She says, “I grew immensely as a person, became more culturally aware, changed my perspective on culture and research, and developed life-time friendships with native Zambians and NMU students.   Experiencing another culture by immersion is an experience like none other.  I will never forget the life lessons learned in Zambia and the people who influenced my life outlook.”  After graduation, Shaley will be working at MSU during the summer as a sturgeon research technician in Onaway, Michigan.  In August, she will be starting her master’s in ecology-watershed science at Utah State University.