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Volunteer Abroad

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


Experience the lands of Thailand and Cambodia where you will swim with elephants, trek through the jungle, explore ancient temples, relax on the beaches of Koh Sumui Island, and ultimately change a community forever! By combining diverse cultural experiences with the opportunity to build and repair homes for families, your travels will leave a long-lasting impact on the community of Siam Reap, Cambodia. Join us on this professionally guided tour of Thailand and Cambodia and immerse yourself in new experiences, cultures, and the opportunity to help others in need!  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!

Orientation

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.

Award

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.  There are 11 orientations this semester; you only need to attend one of them.  To register for an orientation, please check click here.

Friday, Sept, 4, 1-2 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 10, 4-5 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 18, 1-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6-7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 24, 4-5 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-Noon
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 9-10 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 8-9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 4-5 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 9, Noon-1 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m.-Noon

All of the orientations will be held in The Back Room, University Center.
 

December Graduates

Congratulations on graduating from NMU and Superior Edge!

Your hours will be due my midnight on Sunday, November 2, with reflection papers due no later than midnight on Sunday, November 9.

Please also let us know the following:
1) How would you like your name (with your middle name or middle initial, etc.) on your Superior Edge certificate?
2) If your name is hard to pronounce, please let us know the phonetic spelling.
3) Which edge(s) do you plan to complete?
4) What are your major and hometown?
5) Highlight an activity (100 words or less) you did while in Superior Edge that you are most proud of and why.
6) What are your plans after graduation?
7) Please e-mail us photos of yourself (head shot and one of you in action) with the rest of this information to edge@nmu.edu.

Friday, December 11 - Graduation Reception, Noon-1 p.m., Peter White Lounge, UC.

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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