March 9, 2006 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News VOL. 3, NO. 6

Julie Fox is the 2006 Richard E. Cone Award recipient and Service-Learning Coordinator at CSU Stanislaus.

Noteworthy News

Julie Fox, Service Learning Coordinator at CSU Stanislaus, is the recipient of the 2006 Richard E. Cone Award offered by California Campus Compact . Julie is honored for her work in catalyzing significant partnerships between the campus and local communities. With Julie's leadership, the campus has nearly tripled the number of service-learning courses. Congratulations Julie on this well-deserved accolade!

CSU Fresno students assisting with Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief efforts in Slidell, Louisiana.

'S' Campaign Creates Campus "Buzz"

Carmen Franklin, a Cal Poly Pomona student, led the S' Campaign with the goal of raising awareness among students to be more knowledgeable about service learning, including the S' course designation. The three-part effort included faculty, staff, and President Ortiz, wearing S' t-shirts to publicize the benefits of service-learning courses. The final phase Take the S' Tour! students had a chance to view successful projects that their peers have completed and make their own S'undae.

Community-Based Research Efforts

Through the Community Scholars Program, five students from Sonoma State University are completing in-depth community-based research projects as part of their senior thesis. Projects will be featured at an under-graduate research forum at the end of the spring semester. Some of the community-identified projects include:

•  Investigating housing needs of Latinos, people with physical disabilities, and those with mental illness living with HIV/AIDS.

•  Researching the prevalence and causes of HIV/AIDS among women who suffer domestic abuse.

•  Examining the matrix of of governmental agencies, local nonprofits and businesses that address the lack of local affordable housing.

This model illustrates how service learning and research can be combined effectively to enhance analytical skills and complex thinking. Learn more about this concept by reading, Community-Based Research as Scientific and Civic Pedagogy in a recent issue of AAC&U Peer Review Journal.

Students Contribute to Hurricane Relief Efforts

CSU Fresno students raised more than $21,000 to assist with relief efforts for the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Melissa Dittmar also recruited nearly 40 students for a ten-day trip to Slidell, Louisiana to assist with:

•  installing insulation and sheetrock

•  building a new roof, and

•  clearing mud, mold, and debris from an elementary school

Several other campuses are also assisting with rebuilding efforts. San Diego State students will spend a week in New Orleans as part of Opportunity Rocks 2006.

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