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Program seeks leadership mentors

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University’s nationally recognized Student Leader Fellowship Program is seeking community leaders to serve as leadership mentors. The SLFP pairs citizens who are active in the local community with NMU students who are in the first year of the SLFP.

“The goal for our program is to help develop students into ethical, competent, community-centered leaders,” said Hannah Lewis, assistant director of the Center for Student Enrichment, in a press release. “We selected 60 students to participate in the Student Leader Fellowship Program, which means we need to identify that many mentors. Prospective mentors typically are involved in the community at various levels. They are often affiliated with service clubs, are civically involved or are involved with organizations or projects that contribute to building a community.”

The SLFP at NMU is a two-year program. In addition to the mentoring relationship, students must attend two overnight fall retreats, complete a two-credit leadership theory and practice course and participate in 15 Skill Builder! Workshops. As a culminating experience, they must also organize, plan and implement a year-long community service internship.

“Since the program began in 1991, we have been able to match each of our students with a mentor from the community,” Lewis said in an NMU news release. “When we tell other universities about the Student Leader Fellowship Program, this is what impresses them the most — a small community with a huge capacity to support young leaders. All told, 770 different individuals have served as mentors, and many of them have done so on more than one occasion.”

NMU student Abby Fifarek was recently paired with community leader Gail Anthony of the Marquette County Community Foundation for the mentoring component of the SLFP.

“My favorite part of the mentor-mentee aspect is having the opportunity to learn and receive guidance from Gail, all while creating a friendship that I hope lasts years beyond my time here at Northern,” Fifarek said. “Gail has been so generous for sharing her time with me to support my development as a student, friend and aspiring young businesswoman. We have also discovered how much we have in common, such as a love for our families, our faith and even sweet treats!”

Anthony said she decided to volunteer again with SLFP after her daughter left for college and received help from others acclimating to the new academic environment. Anthony viewed it as a way to “pay it forward” and help Abby in a similar way.

“I truly enjoy spending time with Abby,” Anthony said. “She’s always eager to try new things and appreciative of anything I do to help her. Our conversations remind me of those special people in my life who took so many hours with me when I was her age trying to figure everything out. I feel as though I’m truly making a difference when I help students with decisions like major changes and daily issues. It’s also fun to share my work at the foundation and in the community with them. The SLFP at NMU is an exemplary program that benefits both students and mentors, we are fortunate to have this opportunity available to us. It is such a privilege to be a small part of these young women’s lives and watch them grow into strong professionals.”

To become an SLFP mentor, or for more information on the program, contact Lewis at 227-1771 or slfp@nmu.edu.

Demo Day for casting Aug. 30

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center presents the Special Exhibit– Kissing the Water: The Lure and the Lore of Fly Fishing Casting Event, Demo Day.

Demo Day from 3-6 p.m. Aug. 30 and it’s a chance to watch area masters and try your hand at tying and casting.

Children welcome as well as seasoned veterans. Included in price of admission. Demonstrators are Mike Stefanac (tying) and Herb Grenke (casting).

The exhibit runs until Sept. 16.

There is magic involved in fly fishing. See how this sport captures art, philosophy, literature and environmental concerns. From handmade rods and flies, to the work of John Voelker, fly fishing has a rich history in this region. Check out this website for future information: www.marquettehistory.org or call 906-226-3571.

Dance at Trenary Community Building

TRENARY — Cedar Creek will provide the music for a dance at the Trenary Community Building from 1-5 p.m. today.

Admission is $6 and it’s $3 for lunch. All are welcome.

Pig roast at Brookridge Heights

MARQUETTE — Brookridge Heights Assisted Living & Memory Care, 1901 Division St., will host a pig roast from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The cost is $10 per person, with kids 12 and under admitted free. There will be music and raffles.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the local Walk to End Alzheimer’s in September.

Habitat/Demo Day held Saturday

MUNISING — The Mid-U.P. Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will have a Habitat/Demo Day starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Michigan Grouse Enhanced Management Sites’ Melstrand Kiosk, Highway M-58 North, north and east out of Munising.

People wishing to help should meet the Melstrand Kiosk at 9 a.m.

There will be a tree planting at the GEMS site. After lunch the Michigan habitat machine will demonstrate its ability onsite. Lunch on that day will be provided by Chef Steven Rodock of the chapter.

Camping is available at nearby Gemini Lake. Participants are welcome to bring bird dogs as there are ruffed grouse and sharptail grouse nearby.

This event-demo is a collaborative project in conjunction with U.P. Whitetails, Michigan Sharptail Association, and Michigan United Conservation Clubs.

For additional information and to RSVP, contact Jesse Zimmerman at 906-204-5933 or jessejames23@gmail.com.