"Hi" Bridge Society
All candidates of the "Hi" Bridge Society help create the transformative education that happens at UNC. Because of our extraordinary students, UNC is an experience we all cherish for a lifetime. Interested students must meet the following criteria in order to represent UNC as a member of the "Hi" Bridge Society:
- Be a UNC Senior graduating in Fall or Spring semester with a 3.00 GPA or greater
- Be a full-time student (12+ credit hours)
- Show Bear Pride through a diverse range of involvements and activities
- Be a positive role model, respected by other UNC students, faculty and staff
- Show an interest in connecting to alumni and friends of UNC
In 1940, the UNC senior class gifted "Hi" Bridge to UNC's campus and now our Homecoming Royalty program is named after this campus landmark. The students selected will represent UNC's diverse student population and connect with alumni and friends of UNC throughout their senior year at UNC.
My experience at UNC has been shaped by amazing professors, wonderful friends, and unique experiences that would not be available to me at another university. I have had opportunities to learn from working one on one with brilliant people in my capstone project, as well as receiving advice on where I did my summer internship, (Colorado Mesa University) to gain even more experience. Being a part of the UC Ban programs as a non-music major has let me express myself and share my passion for music between studying for Genetics and Biological Anthropology. I have found community and family from Kappa Kappa Psi, as well as fine-tuned leadership skills through various positions of leadership, including President, teaching me lessons on how to organize people and raise money. As the current Vice President of the Honorary Band Service Fraternity, I work on recruiting new members and developing educational programs about the history and accomplishments of the organization, which has made me realize that I want to teach in the future. I have found that my skills in managing conflict have vastly improved as I served the President position, communicating with numerous people around the country to organize National recognized music events, such as the American Bandmaster Association convention last Spring. Additionally, the fraternity hosts the High school Band All-State, which I have scheduled volunteers for, and met with Directors to plan events for. Overall, I have felt very successful, made connections with important people, and learned a great deal here at the University of Northern Colorado.
When people say that college will shape you as a person, I had never expected that I would take the form that I am now. Attending the University of Northern Colorado has opened me to worlds that I had not even imagined being a first-generation college student and with the relationships that I have established, I am reaffirmed in my choice to attend this institution. It is with the upmost gratitude and humility to have been a part of organizations that consume themselves in being there for others and assisting them along the way in such a time of transformation. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., The Office of Financial Aid, University Program Council, Student Affairs and Equity and Inclusion have challenged me to think beyond the scope of who I want to be, but rather the presence that I am to take in this world. Each organization has allowed me the opportunity to lead and be heard, but with that due diligence to listen. Within my four years I have taken many roles, titles, and bodies of work but my greatest accomplishment of them all was to serve the UNC community in everything I did.
Over the past three years at UNC, I have had the opportunity to explore and extend my knowledge and passion within three areas of concentration. The first area is education. From being a student within the teacher education program at UNC— which has allowed me over 300 hours of classroom observation and interaction— to being a teaching assistant under Professor Gillian McNally and joining Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, to completing a summer internship with Teach for America: Los Angeles, I have gained a great deal of knowledge in the realm of education. I have built a strong foundation of educational equity and pedagogy.
The second area I have explored is theatre. As a Theatre Education major, I had the opportunity to study applied and creative drama, direct shows, intern for AATE and the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed conference, and held the position of Performing and Visual Arts Student Council President. My theatre education has shown me the importance of arts integration and the effects theatre can have on a community.
Overall, the University of Northern Colorado has allowed me to experience and accomplish a wide variety of opportunities that will be with me as I pursue my future goals. I am so thankful for this and proud to be a UNC bear!
My name is Malaika Michel-Fuller and I am a Senior studying English and minoring in Sociology and Political Science. I take great pride in being a UNC Bear and I actively seek opportunities to enhance the student experience of myself and my peers. Whether leading chants at our Take Back the Night rally or judging UNC’s Got Talent, I find myself most fulfilled when pouring life and light into the place and the people that have made my undergraduate experience unforgettable. What I love most about my UNC is that I can stay tied to the pulse of campus through the ways I connect myself to others. I am a part of smaller groups like Student Senate, the English department, and the Honors Program. And, I also feel a part of the larger campus community that spans from my roommate to President Feinstein. These connections have helped me expand my depth and breadth of living and learning far outside our campus. With the help of UNC, I had the chance to journey to Puerto Rico to help communities rebuild after Hurricane Maria, and I’ve traveled to Washington DC twice to meet students across the country trying to better their campuses through student government. The tangible opportunities for growth and life fully lived that UNC has provided me will undoubtedly guide my future steps; once a Bear, always a Bear!
My journey at UNC has been amazing! I am so lucky and glad that I picked UNC to call home as I pursued my nursing career. I am a transfer student from Aims, and the process to transfer here was simple and I felt that I was welcomed and that faculty and staff were excited that I picked UNC. I have gotten to volunteer for different programs in my major and have been given many different opportunities. As a first generation student, it can be scary not knowing what you are getting into and financially it is difficult as well. With the help of UNC I have made it to my senior year and have been financially stable with scholarships and grants to keep pursuing my dream of becoming a nurse. I feel that UNC has given me a great college experience. I enjoy going to sporting events, being apart of SNA, and being apart of the great reputation UNC has. I am so glad that I decided to pursue my nursing career here as UNC has a phenomenal program, and as I am sad that the here is almost over, I am very appreciative of everything that I have gotten to experience here. Thank you!
I am a focused and self-driven athlete with an infinite passion for football and thorough commitment to student activism. I’m committed to being a positive example and helping today’s youth be successful academically, mentally, and physical. I have also been the Recruitment Ambassador for the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center and I have worked at Immigrant and Refugee Center. On my spare time, I helped re-charter a historically Black Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., at UNC. I am currently the Head 6th Grade Football Coach at McAuliffe STEM Academy and will become the first person in my family to graduate college in December.