NMU Programs Receive National Awards

Tuesday 18, 2012


            MARQUETTE, Mich.— Northern Michigan University’s Superior Edge program was chosen as a Silver Award winner by the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, which is known as NASPA. The Superior Edge received the honor in the category titled careers, academic support, service learning, community service and related.

            “It is truly an honor to be recognized nationally as one of the most innovative, creative, effective student development programs in the country,” said Rachel Harris, associate director of NMU’s Center for Student Enrichment and director of Superior Edge. “Northern Michigan University has established itself as an institution that encourages student engagement in and out of the classroom. Many of our students life-changing involvements deepen their learning and prepare them to contribute in a global society.  We are developing educated, community-centered leaders,”

            Also, NMU’s Student Leader Fellowship Program was selected as the 2012-13 Bronze Award winner for NASPA’s student union, student activities, Greek life, leadership and related category.

            “These awards are made by the most respected organization in Student Affairs,” said Dave Bonsall, director of the Center for Student Enrichment. “To win one of them is a significant achievement; to win two of them is remarkable. This is a testament to the many faculty, staff and community members who helped plan and develop Superior Edge and the Student Leader Fellowship Program and who continue to support them. We also have a very talented and dedicated staff in the Center for Student Enrichment who do the day-to-day work with these programs and most of all we have a very genuine, committed student body at NMU who embrace the opportunities they have to learn and grow,”      

Accompanying both awards are NASPA excellence awards certificates, recognition through the NASPA forum and the opportunity to be included in a collection of entries on the organization’s web resource center. 

Lucy Hough
Graduate Assistant