Community, Leadership Education

Community Service 2017

Each fall, the Nonprofit Leadership student Alliance organizes a community service project along with the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. This year, the group, along with faculty members, chose to volunteer with the Community Compassion Network. The event we volunteered at was in partnership with the Mobile Food Pantry and was held at the Sacred Heart School Gym. Our group, along with other community volunteers, aided in serving non-perishable food items to community members in aid. 23434877_10100108290377791_5427865816636314970_n

This event was a great one to volunteer for. Many community members rely on the food donated by CCN to feed themselves and their families. When I arrived at 8am, there was already a line extending around the gym. While I was aware that there were people in need of basic items, and that Isabella county has a higher rate of impoverished people, it wasn’t until volunteering at this event that made it real for me. It was a very challenging event to volunteer for as it was difficult to see impoverished individuals before me and seem at a loss of how to help them, other than the food we were giving away. But it was also a rewarding experience. Community Compassion Network, and many other great nonprofits in the Isabella Country area, are all doing a great job of helping to aid individuals in need. I am glad I chose the field of woking in Nonprofit Administration, so that I can also be of help to someone someday.

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Community, Leadership Development, Uncategorized

Campus Grow

Campus Grow is Mount Pleasant and CMU’s own community garden open to the public. I am a newer member to the organization, but have loved the time I’ve been involved. Campus Grow is a heavy summer RSO, since our Michigan winters don’t allow us to garden outside in the cold months. Since I work for the CMU Greenhouses and Fabiano Botanical Garden, I became involved with the RSO this school year. I have discovered recently that I really enjoy gardening and being with plants in general. Being in this RSO not only allows me to garden, but it also allows me to showcase some of my leadership and coordinating skills. This summer, I will be the Summer Garden Coordinator. With this position, I will plan different gardening events, organize the plots and plot rentals, and handle the business and financial aspects that go along with the organization. I have never managed anything to this large of a scale before–Campus Grow has over 60 plots available to plot renters.

I am excited to be able to showcase the leadership skills that I have learned throughout the years, as well as educate people on the benefits of having a plot and eating food that your grew yourself. While I haven’t had much experience in this position with this RSO before, I am excited to see what the summer will bring. I am eager to create a bigger community of local gardeners and farmers.

…more to come this summer!

Community

Faith Nesbitt

The only girl I know who can wear crocs and still look cute.

I have enjoyed my time so much being a mentor to Faith, and I can’t wait until she also gets to be a mentor! I was pretty nervous at first because I didn’t know if Faith would like me, or if we would get along, but we do, and it’s great! While we don’t see each other nearly enough thanks to our busy and conflicting schedules, when we do see each other, we could talk for hours and not get sick of each other. We are there for one another when we need it and quickly resolve conflict whenever it arises. I am so thankful for Faith and the positivity that she has brought into my life.

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Leadership Education

COM 461L

While this 9:30 Tuesday/Thursday class is not nearly as early as early 8 am philosophy last semester, it’s still pretty early to be learning, but I try to manage. COM 461 L is one of the only “Leadership” courses I have taken at CMU for my leadership minor that directly relates to leadership as a whole (except for LRD 200, of course.) In this class we talk about the different leadership styles and communication techniques and really apply it to our lives as young leaders. We discuss working in small groups, which is something we all have to deal with, and how to make them more effective than not. One of my favorite parts of the class is reading the different case studies from different, well-known stories, and analyzing the communication techniques used. This class relates very much so to our LAS class, and since communication is vital, I am glad I get to be taking this class.

Community, Leadership Development, Leadership Education, Leadership Training, Uncategorized

CMU School of Music Event Staff

As one of my RSO involvements for this year, I have taken the liberty of using my on campus job to count towards one of these. ( I have chosen to do this because between both my on campus and off campus job, my 19-credit hour work load, and volunteering at St. John’s, there isn’t much time for anything else!) Working at the CMU Music Building as a member of the event staff has been one of the most positive experiences in my career at CMU thus far. This job has taught me so much about putting together events, keeping composure at the face of chaos and learning to put others before myself. Not only do I get all of this professional development experience at the Event Staff, but the sense of community among not only the staff, but the entire music building is incredible. I can’t walk through the music building without stopping to talk to someone for a few minutes, or greeting one of the faculty, and I’m not even a music major! Being a member of the event staff here on campus is one of the places that I feel I truly belong. This semester, I am also training to be an Event Staff Coordinator (Student Manager) for the next school year. I am extremely excited to continue to learn about the work that I do, and to further build on this very welcoming and unique community that the music building offers.

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Members of the staff at our annual “Event Staff Olympics”

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The team after a failed attempt at a human pyramid.

Community, Uncategorized

Residential Experience

Sweeney

This year, to meet our residential living requirement, I am living in Sweeney Hall with two other LASers and one other girl. I met Sam and Chelsea the first day I moved into Barnes last year, and we have been friends every since, and I met Sara shortly thereafter. Having friendly roommates this year makes a world of difference for me from last year when I had a rather unpleasant living experience in Barnes. Being friends with my roommates and having a shared respect for each other is something I have really enjoyed about this year. While I’m excited to move out of the dorms, I will definitely miss living with these girls next year.

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Community, Leadership Development

Mentor Reflection

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My ideas about being a mentor didn’t really change after out mentor workshop in LDR 200. I’ve had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to be as a mentor since I’ve had my mentor. I plan to be the best mentor I can be to whoever I get as my mentee.

I most look forward to being a friend to my mentee and being there for her whenever she needs someone. I personally didn’t have a particularly strong relationship with my mentor, so I hope to become close with my mentee and help her transition into college life.

To be the most effective mentor I can be, I am going to make sure I keep in contact with my mentee as much as possible. I think the key for having a strong relationship is good an constant communication, so I hope to keep in contact with my mentee as much as possible throughout the summer and especially at the beginning of the next semester.

Leadership Development, Leadership Training

LEAD Team

The team I was on this year was the Social Lead team. We organize social events for all of LAS. This year, we planned LAS on ICE, which was an ice skating trip to the local arena, and LAS in the D, which is a trip to a Tiger’s game that will take place in June. The team was wonderful, and the meetings were never too long or boring. For every event that we planned, each person had a specific job to do, and without him or her, the event wouldn’t get planned. For LAS on ICE, I was placed with the social media position for my cohort, so I had to create and event and advertise on our Facebook page. Other jobs were making posters, emailing our advisor or calling the Ice arena.

A picture from LAS on ICE

Having these responsibilities really taught me something about leadership that I already knew, but it kind of solidified it. A leader isn’t necessarily the person in charge, but it can also be the person who works behind the scenes to make the magic happen. Each person in my Lead Team held some kind of leadership throughout the year because we all had some type of responsibility to make sure each event happened.

Next year, depending on what lead team I’m on, I will try my best to convey that message to my team that you don’t have to be the person in charge to be a leader. I also hope to have as good of a lead team as I did this year. If I’m on the Social Lead Team again, I hope to do a few more smaller events, like a Christmas dinner or a Halloween gathering within cohorts. This way, that would bring in even more leadership roles to the members of the team within cohorts.

Leadership Development

#LeadChat

For our Leadership 200L course, we participated in a Lead Chat on twitter that discussed our thoughts on being a mentor/having a mentee.

Q1: What qualities do you look for in a mentor? #LeadChat

A mentor should be someone who is uplifting and who inspires you/pushes you to be the best person you can be. In addition to that, I feel that a mentor should also be a friend and someone that you can casually talk to or hangout with. Really a mentor can be anyone and have a multitude of different qualities, but I feel that most importantly, they need to be someone you can look up to and who can push you to be better.

Q2: What are your expectations of your mentee? #LeadChat

I don’t necessarily have high expectations for my mentee. I would be happy with any mentee, because I would try to be the best mentor to them no matter what.  I do hope that my mentee has goals that I can help them accomplish, and I really hope that they like coffee so we can go get coffee together. But, all in all, it doesn’t matter who my mentee is.

Q3: What is the difference between a mentor and a role model? #LeadChat

I feel like mentors and role models are one in the same. One of the main differences might be that role models are someone you look up to, but they may be famous or dead, but mentors are also someone you look up to, but you can still have a relationship with them. Mentors also help a long the way with different issues that life brings, but role models can’t necessarily do that.
Q4: What communication tools work best with a mentor/mentee relationship? #LeadChat

For my mentor/mentee relationship, I feel that social media plays a big role in communication thus far. Whenever my mentor and I talk, it’s always via texting, and I’m sure it will be like that with my mentee, too, at least in the beginning.
Q5: Who do you look to as a mentor? How have they had an impact on you? #LeadChat

My brother is honestly one of my biggest mentors. He helps me so much with any issues I have and he is almost always available for me to talk to him. I definitely look up to him because he has become very successful in his time at CMU and is very independent and self confident. I really hope to become as confident as he is someday, and as good as a mentor. I’m not even sure he would consider himself a mentor to me, but I definitely look up to him, and he always pushes me to do better.

My brother and me