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SLFP accepting applications for Fall

The Student Leader Fellowship Program (SLFP), a two-year, nationally recognized leadership development program, is accepting applications.

SLFP allows students to become more actively involved in the communities in which they live, said Jon Barch, program coordinator.

“If you get involved with SLFP, you will be provided with a series of unique experiences,” said Barch.

All applicants will have a 15-20 minute interview. A selection committee will review the written applications and interviewer notes and pick 50-60 students.

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Selected students are invited to an informational meeting in April, and they will begin the program the following fall semester.

“The application process consists of a written part and then an interview. Neither part was very time consuming,” said Jeanine Blom, a junior nursing major who is enrolled in the program.

To begin the program, student fellows gather with SLFP staff for a weekend at Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay, Mich. The fall retreat provides a setting for introductions, team building and an orientation to the program.

“The retreat was fun,” Blom said. “Bay Cliff is beautiful and you get to meet a lot of members.”

Highlights of the weekend usually include high-energy interactive games, skill development workshops and evening bonfires.

Students in SLFP are also required to enroll in UN 250: Leadership Theory and Practice, a two-credit course. They are assigned a mentor from the Marquette community and have to attend Skill Builder! workshops and be involved with a community service internship.

“The program is basically what you put into it,” Blom said. “It can be extremely time consuming or you can put a minimal amount of work in. However, the more you put into the program, the more you will get out of it.”

Members will also attend events in which several speakers will discuss their interpretation of leadership. Some of the past presenters were former Michigan Gov. John Engler, Michigan State Rep. Mike Prusi and WNBA star Cynthia Cooper.

SLFP has been presented at national conferences, written about in various higher-education publications and the program was a finalist for the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership award for Campus-Community Collaboration last year.

After completing the program students, are able to use their experience in everyday life, said Brom.

“You do not need to be the life of the party, or a student organization president to join SLFP,” said Barch. “Rather, it is a leadership ‘development’ opportunity that is right for any student who is interested in community oriented leadership, wants to gain self-knowledge, and wishes to improve many important interpersonal skills.”

Interested students can apply online or contact the SLFP office via phone at 227-1021, e-mail [email protected], or stop into the office, 1206 University Center.

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