Civic Engagement Opportunities

Civic Engagement Opportunities

For the Citizenship Edge, you will need 100 hours that may include a combination of service learning, community service, and civic engagement (a minimum of 10 hours must be civic engagement opportunities).  You will need to do three separate volunteer activities.  Civic engagement activities include:  attending political, governmental, ASNMU, non-profit, or board meetings including school board or PTO meetings; attending public hearings; or working on a political campaign or project.

Possible Citizenship Edge - Civic Engagement

On Monday, May 2, at 7 p.m., on the third floor of the College Avenue, East Entrance, there will be a public forum on "Repurposing Our Hospital Campus."  

"We are seeking public input as early as possible in the overall new hospital construction process," explained UP Health System Regional President Jim Bogan.  "A major component in building our new hospital campus is ensuring the current campus's potential for repurpose is a high priority."  Bogan stressed that no plan has been developed for repurposing the existing campus.

"We've been approached unofficially with many anecdotal type ideas, and although we are still in the early stages of the construction phase of our new campus, it is time to accumulate public input and ideas on repurposing our existing facilities on College Avenue and Magnetic Street in Marquette." 

The current hospital campus consists of several buildings, with construction dates ranging from 1915 to 2006. The new $300+ million hospital and medical office building facilities are expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2018. Groundbreaking is expected in late May of this year. 

Bogan explained, "Our goal is to work in conjunction with the community and city to ensure an acceptable solution for repurposing the existing hospital and related campus property."

Duke LifePoint representatives recently initiated discussion of the repurposing aspect of the hospital project with the Marquette City Commission and pledged to seek community input as soon as possible. The May 2 public forum will be the first official solicitation for public input. Some of the questions DLP officials raised with the city commission included:

  • Which properties or buildings will be retained for hospital use, and which will be repurposed?
  • What are the best processes for involving and obtaining input from the community/city?
  • What are the best processes for communication to the community/city?
  • How can the existing buildings enhance additional health care services, or be utilized to the benefit the community?
  • Should the existing campus continue to be utilized for healthcare services?
  • With construction of the new facility expected to take 26 to 30 months, what is the expectation for sale of the existing facility?
  • Would it be beneficial to sell the existing facility in parts or together?
  • Does taxable status matter in determining repurposing the existing facility?

Bogan said that the hospital is hoping for a robust turnout at the first community forum on May 2. He said that although no decisions have been made and it is still very early in the process, UP Health System-Marquette wants to assure the public that repurposing the existing facility is a high priority. 

He said, "We need public input now, early in the process, so we can make timely decisions that truly reflect the city and community's expectation that our current campus will remain a strong asset to the city of Marquette's future."

Media contact: Dave Edwards, 906-360-9494

NMU Opportunities:

  • ASNMU Meetings:  check back in the fall for their schedule
  • College Democrats Meetings*:  check back in the fall for their schedule  
  • College Republicans Meetings*:  check back in the fall for their schedule
  • Marquette Ending Hunger*:  To find out more, check out their facebook page at "Marquette Ending Hunger," which is a great source for updates about meetings, volunteer opportunities, and events.  If you would like to be added to their mailing list, please send an e-mail to
  • Social Justice Committee:  Their goal is to create awareness and action in the Northern community.  This year our theme is the criminal justice system.  We create educational events, promotions, and talks centered on how the criminal justice system interacts with issues of social justice.

*Attend a meeting to find out about civic engagement opportunities.  The meeting itself will not count towards civic engagement, but any events will count towards civic engagement.

City of Marquette Opportunities:

  • Marquette City Commission:  second and last Monday of each month, 7 p.m., Commission Chambers of City Hall (300 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette)
  • Visit to see list of advisory boards, committees, and authorities, and find out their meeting times

City of Ishpeming Opportunities:

  • Ishpeming City Council:  Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Ishpeming Senior Citizens Center, 320 S. Pine St.:  May 4, June 8, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 9, and Dec. 7

Election Opportunities:

  • Marquette County Democratic Party, 1021 W. Washington St., 906-226-3366 - The Marquette County Democratic Party is seeking students to join a grassroots organization of interns and volunteers. Hours are entirely flexible and there is no minimum commitment per week required. We work every day from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., including weekends. Much of the work can be done on campus or in the area just around campus. Leadership opportunities are also available.  For more information, please contact Meredith Rahn-Oakes at 718-702-7120.
  • Marquette County Republican Party, 1200 Wright St. (corner of Lincoln and Wright Street). Contact Curtis Salamino at 517-574-2611 for opportunities.

Community Opportunities:

  • Marquette Area Public Schools:  Are held on Monday's (May 9 & 23; and June 12 & 27) throughout the year at 5:30 p.m. in the Marquette Senior High School Library.
  • Room at the Inn:  second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., Diocese of Marquette/Catholic Charities of the U.P. (347 Rock St., Marquette)

Court Cases:

  • Circuit Court Bailiff:  Call 906-225-8209 to find out about the circuit judges' schedules
  • District Court:  Call 906-225-8235 to find out about their schedule
  • Probate Court:  Call 906-225-8300 to fin out about their schedule

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