January 31, 2007 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News VOL. 4, NO. 5

Louisiana Winter students

Louisiana Winter students and Dr. Scott Myers-Lipton talking with Rev. Willie Walker during a town hall meeting in New Orleans. 1/2007.
Image Courtesy of Diana Diroy.

Two CSU Faculty Set the Foundation for Tomorrow's Leaders

The eve of the November 2006 election was a pivotal moment for Scott Myers-Lipton, associate professor of Sociology at San José State University (SJSU). He and 40 SJSU students discussed the issue of poverty in America and what was happening in the Gulf Coast. What resulted was the Gulf Coast Civic Works Project (GCCWP), which aims to hire 100,000 Gulf Coast residents to rebuild New Orleans and the surrounding region. In January, Dr. Myers-Lipton was joined by more than 130 college students from across the country, including San José State and CSU Fullerton for “Louisiana Winter,” a week-long effort to help community residents with rebuilding efforts and to advocate for federal legislation in support of the Project. To participate in on-going conversations, contact Scott Myers-Lipton.

Since 1969, Rich Berrett has served as a faculty member in Child and Family Sciences at Fresno State. His years as a teacher, mentor, psychologist and community participant, have shown him that students benefit most when they are sent out into the community. Friends for Civic Engagement, a Foundation, was formed by Dr. Berrett and his wife, "by the realization that higher education is a key resource for instilling a ‘culture of service’ in college students.” Most recently, the Foundation is supporting student and faculty led disaster relief efforts in Louisiana.


California Campus Compact - is accepting nominations for the Carnegie Foundation Faculty Fellows Service-Learning for Political Engagement Program. Twenty-five faculty will be selected for this prestigious 2-year fellowship and be given the opportunity to design and implement a service-learning project. Nominations are due March 30, 2007.

The New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) is now accepting nominations for the 2007 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement, which recognizes a faculty member who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement. Nominations must be received by April 27, 2007.

Faculty Profiles of Engagement

Across the state, CSU faculty are blending research and creative activities with community engagement efforts. This month’s issue of CSU Impact provides a glimpse of some dynamic educators, all of whom will be presenting at the 2nd Annual CSU Conference on Community-Based Teaching and Research.

The deadline to register for the Research Conference is Monday, February 5th.

Vietnamese American Teachers and Teaching Styles
Becoming a teacher is more than classes and student teaching. Often, the challenges lie elsewhere. Assistant Professor Huong Tran Nguyen of Cal State Long Beach explores the cultural aspect of teacher identity of five pre-service Vietnamese American teachers. The future teachers struggled with the difference in the way teachers are treated in Vietnam and America. In Vietnam, teachers are often considered “moral agents.” In America, it isn’t like that. Nguyen will discuss the differences that culture can play in teaching.

Saving a Mission While Tracing History
Professor Ruben Mendoza from CSU Monterey Bay will review the long-term impact and findings from a monumental effort to save Old Mission San Juan Bautista. Originally conceived to recovering the architectural history of the mission, the project evolved into an undertaking devoted to historic preservation and public education. Archaeology and museum studies students, community volunteers, and minimum-security inmates of the Gabilan Camp of the Soledad State Prison initially undertook the effort. Working on the project now is a large multi-disciplinary team of students, consultants, contractors, conservators, and community volunteers.

Building Hope for Incarcerated Youth
In anticipation of a new juvenile justice campus in Fresno County, a diverse group organized to identify the needs of youth and developed a community-based response for expanding educational activities at the 480-bed site. Associate Professor Virginia Rondero Hernandez of Fresno State will review the development of this innovative project, including the creation of Focus Forward, a new non-profit, and give an initial report on outcomes for youth served to-date and future implications of the program.

Cal State Northridge students  
MOSIAC mural project

Cal State Northridge students and area community youth take part in the MOSIAC mural project.

Campus News

Cal State Northridge (CSUN) is one of 18 higher education institutions out of 128 applicants chosen for a $25,000 grant from the American Association of American Colleges and Universities. As part of the Core Commitments Initiative, CSUN has committed to design and implement a three-pronged plan that deepens “students’ sense of integrity, ethical obligations to self and to others, and responsibilities as citizens in a diverse democracy and interdependent world.” The plan includes two required courses for all freshmen and the creation of the new Certificate Program that will motivate students to take 15 units of service-learning courses or approved community service projects during their undergraduate experience.

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