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Superior Edge

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.

Alexa Olgren is a sophomore from Negaunee majoring in accounting and corporate finance. The most impactful activity has been volunteering at UPAWS because she was able to see the improvement in the lives of the animals as they healed and found loving homes and also got to witness the impact of the animals on the people who adopted them. In her free time, Alexa plays in the orchestra, loves her dog more than anything, is a big fan of Harry Potter, and hopes to travel the world one day. Congrats!Tyler Leightner is a senior from Cadillac, Mich., and will be graduating in May with a Bachelor of Science in social work. The most impactful activity Tyler has logged is traveling to Washington, DC for the Alzheimer’s Advocacy Forum which he attended three times. Tyler is also an ambassador for the Alzheimer Association where he advocates for a cure. He enjoys the outdoors, fishing, and hiking and is happy that he can do these activities so close to campus. Congrats, Tyler!Junior Meghan Hohenstein is from Bloomington, Minn., double majoring in nursing & Spanish. Meghan’s favorite activity in Superior Edge is the time she spent in Belize with NMU’s faculty-abroad program where she met many amazing people & was able to utilize both her Spanish & nursing skills. Meghan also really enjoyed a community service internship she conducted in the Dominican Republic, where she was able to lead lessons to local girls in negotiation & leadership. She is an avid scuba diver! Congrats!Taylor Preul is a senior from Rhinelander, Wisc., graduating in May with a degree in ecology. Taylor’s favorite activity she has logged in Superior Edge is serving as the Director of External Affairs for ASNMU. She loves working with a passionate group of students to help NMU students become more involved in the community and world at large. Taylor enjoys fly fishing, mountain biking, and backpacking. After graduation, Taylor will be working on the Native Trout Restoration Project at Yellowstone.Congratulations to our very own, Georgia Harrison, for receiving the Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellowship Award!  To read more, <a href="http://compact.org/newman-civic-fellow/georgia-harrison/">click here.</a>Katelyn Campbell is from Newaygo, Mich., and will be graduating in May with a degree in social work. Her favorite activity she logged in Superior Edge was being a soccer coach. Katelyn said it was an adventure learning and teaching the girls soccer skills, and through this opportunity, she met a lot of new families as well as coaches. In her free time, Katelyn has been learning to snowboard, ran her first half marathon in 2015, and enjoys camping and four-wheeling. Congratulations, Katelyn!
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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