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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?  Check back in January when we will have more orientations.  Learn about other benefits to the program.

Congratulations to our Superior Edge Graduates! Thirty-seven 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 34 students graduated with one, two or three edges.Superior Edge graduates were given blue cords to wear during commencement. Check out <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/superioredge/graduates">Program Graduates</a> if you would like to see their names.Joe Novak is a junior from Antigo, Wisconsin, majoring in cell and molecular neuroscience. His goal is to become a family physician and work in the ER. Joe enjoyed working as a camp counselor at Christian Camp Luwisomo where he served as a positive role model to kids who come from rough lives as well as work with mentally handicapped children. Joe serves as the chapter president and brotherhood development chair for Alpha Sigma Phi. He enjoys tennis and restoring vintage cars. Congrats, Joe! Senior Kayla Kurzawa from Marquette majoring in biology with an emphasis on pre-medical. She loved her involvement at Camp STAR. Kayla’s favorite thing about Superior Edge is the organization itself and having the opportunity to meet other people who share a similar passion for giving back to our community. When Kayla is not busy, she enjoys teaching dance, adventuring outdoors, skiing, mountain biking, snowboarding, and long-boarding.  Congrats, Kayla!Senior Sara Spragg is majoring in political science from Milwaukee. Her favorite activity logged was the 2014 Midterm Elections where she was able to do her civic duty by encouraging students to participate in the political process and by registering over 600 voters. This opportunity allowed her to meet candidates and make lifelong friends. Sara is the communications director of the College Democrats, a member of the Mortar Board and the Hip Hop Dance Crew. She enjoys cycling, traveling, and the Packers.Senior Rachel McCaffrey is from Newaygo, Michigan, majoring in criminal justice with a minor in Native American studies. Rachel’s favorite activity logged in Superior Edge was the Native American Studies/NASA Spring Break trip around the U.P. visiting high schools where she spoke to Native American students about college life, financial aid, and answered any other questions the students had. Rachel is involved in NASA, First Wildcats, AISES, and works at the Center for Native American Studies.Marquette native Gwen Hoenke is a senior majoring in mathematics and Spanish. Gwen’s favorite Superior Edge activity was volunteering at a special needs school in Ecuador. This experience taught her to have a positive attitude no matter the external circumstances. When Gwen is not busy with classes or traveling, she enjoys running and hiking. She is also involved in the Student Leader Fellowship Program, All-Student Conduct Board, Platform Personalities, the Secondary Ed Math Club, her church, and the YMCA.
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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