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Morgan Waller, NMU Alumni

Morgan Waller

Public Relations and MPA Alumni from Chicago, Illinois

"NMU has taught me how to speak up, cultivate meaningful relationships, and stay involved. I would encourage students to use their voices, speak up and make those connections! You would be surprised at how far you get by just saying what most people are thinking at times."

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Cara Jo Knapp

Photography Alumni from Traverse City, Michigan

"NMU has helped me SO MUCH in my current role. Basically, it helped me learn how to be the best artist I can be by mastering the technical skills I need to allow myself to be creative."

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Fabiana Sofia Perera

Alumni ('05) from Caracas, Venezuela

"NMU's remote location was an asset to me. Living in Marquette, Michigan proved to me (and others) that I can adapt quickly to new environments. It also gave me the life-long right to feel superior to people who complain about the cold."

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Keshawn Howard

Criminal Justice/Political Science alumni ('21) from Rochester, New York

"To be northern means to be distinctly different. Different in the aspect that you are in a pretty remote location for a lot of students and you are presented with ample opportunities and experiences. Throughout these experiences, you are allowed to choose your 'destiny' in a sense."

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Makayla is a construction management alumni from Lake Orion, Michigan. She graduated in May of 2020 and was a teaching assistant during her time at Northern.

Makayla Kyre

Construction Management alumni from Lake Orion, Michigan

"One of my favorite events, when I was a student, was volunteering for women in construction day. I loved being able to share with middle schoolers and high schoolers around the upper peninsula the different opportunities for women in the construction industry."

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Hilde Eide

Environmental Science major from Beitostoelen, Norway

"I want to contribute to finding sustainable solutions to tackle climate change and all the problems that come with it."

Hilde is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Earth, Environmental, and Geographical Sciences department. 

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Spencer Cola

Construction Management major from Highland, Michigan

"Get involved and meet as many people as you can. Networking is a huge part of any career field."

Cola is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Technology and Occupational Sciences department.

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Leah Danielson

Communications Studies major from New Brighton, Minnesota

"Passionate about educational equity, I hope to use the things I’ve learned at Northern to show all high school students that they are capable of going to college and help them get there." 

Danielson is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Communications department. 

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Kelly Chandler

Master's of Public Administration student from Gaylord, Michigan

"My childhood was not perfect by any measure and I understood at a young age that what I was experiencing was, unfortunately, very common. I knew I had a responsibility and opportunity to break the cycle and work towards creating a better life for myself and the children and families in our communities."

Chandler is the May 2021 Outstand...

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Zoe Folsom

Sociology major from Kalamazoo, Michigan

"I entered college thinking I'd be an English major because I loved literary analysis, but then I realized I could analyze the human condition in the real world, rather than just in books, and I was hooked."

Folsom is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Sociology department. 

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McKenzie Leishman

Graphic Design major from Traverse City, Michigan

"Take time to explore the amazing places around Marquette, the hiking trails here are like no other!"

Leishman is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Art & Design department. 

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Analise Osgood

Psychology major from Birmingham, Michigan

"My advice to current students is to keep working hard because the hard work pays off eventually!"

Osgood is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Psychology department. 

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Mariah Goeks

Math, Physics and French triple major from Lake Forest, Illinois

"My high school counselor had given me a list of 50 potential schools to look at when I was a junior, so NMU made my initial cut by having a good physics program, a band open to non-music majors, and the beautiful surroundings of the U.P."

Goeks is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Physics department. 

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Allexus Balconi

Master's of Business Administration student from Marquette, Michigan

"I liked being close to home with friends and family, and after leaving to go to Grand Valley State University my freshman year I realized I missed the lake and that I took for granted all the nature that was in the U.P."

Balconi is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the NMU College of Business.

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Emily Kendall

Technical Theatre and Criminal Justice double major from Faribault, Minnesota

"I decided on Northern because I knew I was going to get help financially through my good grades and donor-funded scholarships and because I felt comfortable here."

Kendall is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Theatre department. 

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Maggie Vaitkus

Spanish and Fisheries and Wildlife Management double major from Munster, Indiana

"NMU has the perfect landscape for me to pursue my academic and athletic goals."

Vaitkus is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Languages, Literatures and International Studies department. 

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Ryan Meister

Economics major from Walled Lake, Michigan

"One of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had during my tenure at NMU is tutoring economics. I find it both challenging and fulfilling."

Meister is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Economics department. 

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Jaime VanEnkevort

Master of Arts in Education student from Bark River, Michigan

"Coming to Northern was a huge step for me as a freshly graduated young adult from the U.P. I had no idea the world I was stepping into."

VanEnkevort is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Education department. 

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Kassidee Yon

Elementary Education/Language Arts major from Wakefield, Michigan

"I always knew I wanted to become a teacher, and my experience here (at NMU) has done nothing but reassure my decision."

Yon is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Education department. 

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Sam Miess

Biology major from Oregon, Wisconsin

"I vividly remember driving into Marquette from the south side and seeing the town and the bay, and I was like “I’m in love.”

Meiss is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Biology department. 

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Hannah Holma

Master's of Social Work student from Iron River, Michigan

"'beNorthern' means family to me. Through both experiences at NMU, I have formed lasting bonds and relationships with faculty, staff and classmates that will last a lifetime."

Holma is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Social Work department. 

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Krystle Hanson

Master's of Social Work student from Fergus Falls, Minnesota

"I fell into a major and career that I absolutely love, thanks to the passion and knowledge of the NMU social work staff."

Hanson is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Social Work department. 

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Riley McDonough

Political Science major from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"The coolest and most helpful thing that I was able to do as part of my major was having the opportunity to meet with many of the local attorneys around the Marquette area."

Riley was awarded May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior. 

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Matthew Alanskas

Electrical Engineering Technology major from Chesterfield, Michigan

"At first, I never thought I’d move 7 hours away from home to a town in the UP. After becoming more exposed to Marquette, I fell in love with the town and decided this was the school for me."

Alanskas is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Engineering Technology department. 

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Danielle Holland

Educational Administration graduate student from Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

"It sounds cliche, but don't give up. I once had to take a break from classes, but after the break, I came back strong and finished."  

Holland is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Education department. 

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Martha Falin

Social Work graduate student from Port Huron, Michigan

"After graduation, I plan to work with individuals who have co-occurring mental health and substance use issues."

Falin is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Social Work department. 

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Katharina Springhetti

Sports Science major from Tramin, Italy

"To me, “be Northern” means being part of a great community, and making lifelong friends."

Springhetti is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Health and Human Performance department. 

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Sarah Kennedy

Business Management major from Faribault, Minnesota

"I cannot stress this enough: go out and join as many clubs as possible. I have created so many friendships that I wouldn’t have ever had the opportunity to make if I hadn’t joined any organizations on campus."

Kennedy is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the NMU College of Business. 

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Tess Kostelec

Nursing major from Columbia, Maryland

"Being a part of the NMU Women's Lacrosse team has probably been my most rewarding experience. It has taught me so much about working hard, leadership, and teamwork."

Kostelec is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Nursing department. 

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Anna Badger

Nursing major from Maple Grove, Minnesota

"Figuring out a plan to get hundreds of people vaccinated during a pandemic was not easy. I am so glad I had the opportunity to vaccinate people on campus!"

Badger is the May 2021 Outstanding Graduating Senior from the Nursing department.