March 13, 2007 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News VOL. 4, NO. 6

Cal PolyHouse Project Volunteers

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo engineering students learn course material while building a home for a disadvantaged family.

CSU Well-Represented at National Service Board

CSU Channel Islands President, Richard Rush, discussed the university’s commitment to service and service learning at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) February meeting in Washington, D.C. As the chairman of California Campus Compact, President Rush noted that 98 percent of the Compact members offer service learning in the curricula and that 1.9 million students performed service on member campuses in 2006. Also in attendance was Veronika Gilliland, CSU Northridge senior, who shared how mentoring made a difference in her life as an at-risk child.

CSU Channel Islands celebrates Cesar Chavez's legacy

CSU Long Beach student Taylor Jerri with local youth



San Jose State will host the National Post-Katrina College Summit on April 9-14, 2007, to raise awareness about the Gulf Coast Civic Works Project.

CNCS’ new web portal,, provides links and information to help higher education institutions further their civic mission.

The Grant Institute’s Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop will be held at San Jose State, March 26-28, 2007. Interested parties should register as soon as possible.

Student and Alumni Profiles of Engagement

Balancing work, family commitments and student life can be challenging enough, but CSU students and alumnae prove that service-learning can transform lives, impact communities and inspire career directions.

Reflection and Social Change
Eliana Machuca uses the skills she learned from being a Humboldt State service-learning intern at her job with Portland Jobs with Justice, a coalition organization that works on issues such as workers’ rights, healthcare, immigrant rights and global justice. Eliana uses reflection as a tool to evaluate the work they do and to take a more critical look at the impact they have on social change.

CSULB Students and Alumni Inspire Action
• As a freshman, recent graduate, Chenoa Woods, left her mark on campus when she co-founded PETRA, a thriving 40-member community service student organization. Since then her passion for service and inspiring others has continued to thrive. Currently Chenoa is serving as an Autism Therapist and applying to graduate programs in counseling.

• Senior Taylor Jerri approaches her work in the community with thoughtfulness and an admirable commitment. Not only does she serve food to the homeless at the Long Beach Rescue Mission, but she also provides in-court crisis intervention and additional support to victims of domestic violence at the Domestic Violence Court Resource Referral Program.

Yvette Pineda, senior, works with the Center for Community Engagement’s Carmelitos Initiative. As the program’s onsite coordinator, she expertly supports faculty, students and community partners at the housing development. Her volunteer work at USC’s School of Dentistry Mobile Clinic has motivated her to pursue a career in dentistry.

Getting it "Write"
• What do college students and corporate and government workers have in common? Approximately 34% can’t build a sentence! To address this writing need locally, Cal State San Marcos’ Literature and Writing Studies (LTWR) graduate student, Val Knox, created the innovative and award-winning “Professional Writing Workshop Series.” The project celebrates two of the university’s greatest assets: its faculty and graduate students. More than 100 attendees have completed the series.

Campus News

Honoring a Legacy of Service and Conviction
Bringing campus and community awareness to the history of farm workers and housing in Ventura County, the Office of Service Learning at CSU Channel Islands has created an exhibit which will travel to each event during Cesar E. Chavez Day of Service and Learning: Week Long Celebration Honoring a Legacy of Service and Conviction, beginning March 26 through March 29, 2007.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Students Hammer it Out for the Disabled
Community service and an intense learning experience are combined in PolyHouse, the centerpiece of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Professor, Roya Javadpour’s project management course. Class efforts focus on a home improvement project for an economically disadvantaged and physically disabled family. The PolyHouse project provides a rare educational platform that goes beyond the classroom setting into actual implementation and is a true example where “learn-by-doing” and “service learning” make a real difference in the community.

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