Testimonials

“The SLFP helped build a solid leadership and community service base for my adult life that I continue to rely on.” ~Eric Bolduc, Red Block 1991-1993

 

 

“I am so thankful for the opportunity I was given to participate in the SLFP. It has proved to be
invaluable during my career and I credit the skills I learned for much of my success. The SLFP taught
me how to take my passion and drive and harness it into actionable, measurable and successful results.”
~Sherry Rosenkranz, Blue Block 1992-1994

 

“The SLFP was one of the best experiences I had at NMU. All of the skills learned from Skill Builders!
Workshops, the interactive (and at times entertaining!) class, and all of the friends have made a lasting
impression on me. I still refer to my SLFP binder from time to time for inspiration.” ~Krista (Jenson) Malley,
Green Block 1993-1995

 

“The SLFP challenged me to think and step out of the box, embrace diversity as a strength, consider others
before me, give instead of take, view community as my center and not me as the center of the community,
draw energy from successes and lessons from failures, laugh, cry, and laugh again and always spread a smile
where and when possible. Now 14 years later, I can see that the real impact can truly only be appreciated
years and years down the road.” ~Holger Wagner, Purple Block 1994-1996

 

“The SLFP is a great program that allows young adults to flourish and build strong communities at the same
time. Thank you SLFP!” ~Father Al Mott, Aqua Block 1995-1997

 

 

“While it is easy to talk about Northern in general, it is great to tell people interested in attending about the
SLFP and how it really helped me to be more open to change taking on challenges at work, and most
importantly, a much better listener.” ~Heidi Kavanaugh, Yellow Block 1996-1998

 

 

“There were so many great opportunities that were available to the Student Fellows. The speakers, the
leadership class, the member of the community who were willing to mentor us. I will never forget my mentor
and still keep in touch with her 10 years later!” ~Jamie Rugg, Burgundy Block 1997-1999

 

“I’m so glad the SLFP is still going because it’s such a great program. I always wear my sweatshirt with pride
and still have my SLFP/quote card in my wallet.” ~Eric “Willie” Wilson, Navy Block 1998-2000

 

 

“SLFP made me aware of what servant leadership is all about and it solidified my belief that I must be an
active participant in whatever future community I may join.” ~Dan Przybylski, Orange Block 1999-2001

 

 

“I cannot think of a moment I did not enjoy being a part of the SLFP. It was a privilege that I was able to work
with the entire staff each of who were deeply involved and invested in the program’s achievements. As the
program evolves, I am sure that other great people have made the SLFP grow stronger and more successful.
There is not question that the SLFP made me a stronger, more confident, and more aware of how effective
any person can be in the community” ~Brian J. Thanasiu, Lime Block 2000-2002

 

“SLFP was (and continues to be) a wonderful experience to the students who participate in the program. It
allowed me and others to meet new people, study leadership, and get in the community to volunteer. The great
thing to me about SLFP was that I constantly felt like I was surrounded by good people. SLFP Rocks!” ~Cody
Fleming, Sky Block 2001-2003

 

“It was such a great experience because we were surrounded by so much love and support. I especially
remember when I put on a Skill Builder! Workshop and all of my friends signed up to take it. We spent two
hours laughing, sharing and bonding.” ~Kristine Petersen, Jade Block 2002-2004

 

“It has been a truly amazing experience to see the benefits of SLFP from both perspectives - as a program
graduate and now as mentor” ~Lindsey Butorac, Mango Block 2003-2005

 

 

“As I was completing the SLFP in 2006, I knew I was learning but I didn’t realize it was shaping me into who I
am today. Now, as a student affairs professional, I reflect back and realize the program’s impact. It helped me
grow and develop not just as a NMU student, but into an individual, leader, and lifelong volunteer.” ~Brianne
Rogers, Crimson Block 2004-2006

 

“I really enjoyed my time in the SLFP... met some great people and had an eye-opening Community Service Internship
(CSI) at the localwoman’s shelter. I really do miss all the good times I had through the SLFP and NMU!” ~Megan Lazier,
Fuchsia Block 2005-2007

 

 

“The SLFP was always a lot of fun but also benefits the participants in so many ways. It teaches you about
leadership and how to apply it, but it also gives you a chance to get into the community and touch the lives of
others. A lot of my greatest moments at NMU were in some way connected to the SLFP. ~Amanda Wieser,
Mint Block 2006-2008

 

“The SLFP helped me get out of my comfort zone, expand my knowledge of leadership roles and skills, and
network with some great people on campus and in the Marquette community.” ~Megan Meeuwsen, Cerulean
Block 2007-2009

 

“All of the experiences in the SLFP helped me grow as a person and become the person I am today. Now I
am more outgoing and more willing to try new things and take on leadership roles.” ~Jane Kreul , Kiwi Block
2008-2010

 

“Going to the new member reception as a seasoned SLFP’er, I realized how much I have grown over the past
two years. I was extremely encouraged to know that not only have I changed and matured because of the
SLFP, but every year an entire block of people mature and grow into responsible, motivated leaders.”
~Hannah Kratz, Teal Block 2009-2011

 

“My SLFP mentor is an invaluable source of opportunities that allow me to put the leadership ethics and
techniques I have learned in the classroom to use in the real world. The SLFP has built my confidence and abilities
for the future, allowing the program to continue with me even when I graduate from it." ~Laura Budinger,
Gold Block 2010-2012

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