CSU Impact - CSL Newsletter
Volume I, No. 5
Your monthly source of Community Service-Learning News
January 13, 2004

News Stories

Upcoming Opportunities

Opportunities with approaching deadlines:

1. Regional Federal Work-Study and Community Service Workshops – January 22 – February 20

2. Call for Nominations: Tom Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning - February 13

3. Civic Engagement Photo Contest for Students - February 16

Cambodian college and elementary students participate in a community service project.

Campus Spotlight
Commemorating 15 years of Dr. Corrigan’s presidency at SFSU, the campus academic senate passed a resolution in recognition of his influential leadership in many areas including community service learning. The faculty body commended Dr. Corrigan for numerous contributions such as serving on the boards of state and national organizations and envisioning the linkage of the urban campus to its community. In addition, Dr. Corrigan has been an effective advocate for systemwide efforts; he has spoken about the importance of this work at two CSU Board of Trustees meetings. Congratulations Dr. Corrigan on this well-deserved honor.

CSL 411
CSL 411
Four CSU campuses participated in the 2003 Raise Your Voice Campaign. More information on how students can lead the 2004 initiative.

CSU Service Learning Goes Abroad

While the CSU continues to significantly increase community service-learning opportunities for its students locally, some CSU campuses have begun to broaden their focus to include international opportunities.One campus leading this effort and utilizing its service-learning expertise is CSU Fullerton (CSUF). CSUF has partnered with Pannasastra University in Cambodia to develop a service-learning center at the international university, with the support of a grant from U.S. Agency for International Development. In the fall, several Pannasastra University students, faculty, and staff visited CSU campuses to learn about successful strategies for designing a program. In November, Jeannie Kim-Han, CSUF's service-learning director, traveled to Cambodia to introduce and discuss the concept of service learning with faculty, students and non-governmental organizations. This visit laid the groundwork for various institutes that will be offered this month at Pannasastra University by CSU service-learning practitioners.

Other CSU campuses are focusing on opportunities for students to engage in international service learning. San Francisco State University students, for example, traveled to South Africa for a month-long visit. The students took part in community service projects and attended classes at a local university as they learned about South Africa's history, political environment and social issues.

If you have an interest or expertise in international service learning and would like to participate in a learning circle, contact Amra Stafford at Sonoma State University or Jeannie Kim-Han at CSU Fullerton. Both service-learning directors are interested in building a strong network around this topic.

CSUN Receives Grant

CSU Northridge (CSUN) was awarded $45,000 from Project SHINE (Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders). The goal of Project SHINE is to help elderly immigrants and refugees learn English and civics skills in order to help them navigate the complicated process of U.S. citizenship.

CSUN service-learning students enrolled in gerontology and foreign language courses will tutor elders in group or one-on-one settings at community centers. Dr. Debra Sheets, CSUN faculty member and coordinator of Project SHINE said, “SHINE adds new dimensions to student learning while providing a valuable service to one of our community’s most under-served populations.” Three other CSU campuses have previously received Project SHINE grants.