March 21, 2008 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News VOL. 5, NO. 5

2007 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

CSU Chico, Fresno State, CSU Fullerton, Humboldt State, CSU Long Beach, Cal State LA, CSU Monterey Bay, Cal State Northridge, CSU San Bernardino, San Francisco State, San Jose State, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CSU San Marcos, and CSU Stanislaus are the CSU's 2007 recipients of the President's Higher Education Community Service Awards.

Campus News

14 CSU campuses Receive National Community Service Awards

Fourteen CSU campuses received national recognition for exemplary contributions to service in their communities in the second annual 2007 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Fresno State was recognized as one of four institutions to receive a new Special Achievement Award for outstanding service by a minority-serving institution.


New California Campus Compact Initiative Taps Four Service Learning Leaders

California Campus Compact (CACC) has selected 10 professionals for the inaugural class of the Bridge-Building Leadership Initiative (BBLI) – four of the 10 are from CSU campuses. This year-long comprehensive program will bring together emerging and seasoned leaders of color who integrate service-learning agendas with the interests of stakeholders in diverse communities.

The four CSU participants were chosen because of their deep commitment to promoting diversity, multicultural inclusion, equity, and/or multicultural building work. They are:

Perla Barrientos, manager/director of Community Service Learning Institute of Civic and Community Engagement at San Francisco State

Norris Dorsey, lecturer, College of Business and Economics at Cal State Northridge

Maribel Martinez, program coordinator, Associated Students, Cesar Chavez Community Action Center at San José State

Pilar Pacheco, Assistant Director, Center for Community Engagement at CSU Channel Islands

Rippling Effect of California’s Community Engagement Efforts
The American Heritage College dictionary defines ripple effect (noun) as “a gradually spreading effect or influence.” During the past decade, small and large ripples have positively impacted California’s communities through CSU community engagement efforts, such as service-learning.

Policy and Advocacy Corner

Economists use the term ripple effect to describe how a cyclical economic occurrence impacts many other things. With the state’s looming $16 billion deficit, the CSU, along with K-12 schools and many programs for children, seniors and women are beginning to feel the rippling effects of this deficit.  For the CSU this would mean a total reduction of $386 million. The solution to the economic challenges faced by our state is not easy, and as Californians we must grapple with some difficult decisions both as individuals and as members of a larger community.

The CSU community is coming together to advocate for the reinstatement of proposed funding cuts to the CSU in the Governor’s proposed budget. For news about the campaign and how you can get involved, go to

Each month, CSU Impact will highlight some of the ways the CSU community engagement network (students, faculty, staff, and community partners) are sharing their stories with our policy makers.

An excerpt from a letter written by Cheryl L. Ney, associate vice provost for academic programs and undergraduate education at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, to her state legislator follows:

 “My name is Cheryl Ney.  My husband and I are new to the central coast and the Cal Poly community, having moved from Columbus, Ohio last year. I have been in higher education for over twenty years now, committed to educational access and excellence.  My passion for educational access is driven by my concern for our six grandchildren, all first generation Cambodians . . . The proposed budget cuts of $386 million to the CSU will undoubtedly affect all Californians. At this crucial economic juncture, reducing funding to the CSU can only harm its mission of producing not only a highly skilled workforce for our state but citizens actively engaged and committed to their communities!  (Community service and service learning are important educational opportunities offered in the CSU.) . . . Given the significant impact the CSU has on the future of California’s workforce, including its higher education workforce, it is critical that you act to restore the proposed budget cuts to the CSU budget . . . California’s future depends on the CSU!”

See Full Letter.

New State Cabinet Position to Focus on Volunteers

Gov. Schwarzenegger has elevated the state’s volunteer office by establishing a cabinet-level position of secretary of service and volunteering.

Karen Baker, who heads California Volunteers, will now sit at the table with the governor’s other top staff members. A key part of her expanded duties will be coordinating disaster planning and response teams, especially at disaster sites, such as what was needed at the recent oil spill in the San Francisco Bay.

See the New York Times article.

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