CSU Impact - CSL Newsletter
Volume I, No. 9
Your monthly source of Community Service-Learning News
May 6, 2004

News Stories


Rick is the recipient of the 2004 Tom Ehrlich award and the 2004 Ernest A. Lynton award.


Debra Sheets, a CSU Northridge faculty member, is seeking examples of partnerships that promote healthy aging. Visit the National Clearinghouse on Service-Learning for Healthy Aging to find out more and contribute your examples.

Campus Spotlight

President J. Michael Ortiz, deans from all eight colleges, faculty members, and Associated Students are integral players in advancing service learning at Cal Poly Pomona. President Ortiz requested a change to the Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion document to recognize service to the community; this policy change has been adopted by the Academic Senate. He also sent an email to all faculty inviting them to a campus conference, and over 140 participants attended the event. In each college, the dean and service-learning coordinator develop an annual plan for enhancing service learning and community involvement. With this deep level of campus-wide support, Cal Poly, Pomona’s service-learning program will continue to flourish.

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Chancellor Reed joined the New Voters Project's advisory board.



CSU Faculty Receives Tom Ehrlich Award

Richard Eberst, professor of Health and Human Ecology at California State University, San Bernardino is the 2004 recipient of the Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning. Each year, Campus Compact recognizes one faculty member for integrating service learning into the curriculum and for institutionalizing service learning.

“This year there were 72 nominations and the quality of the nominations was higher than in past years,” said John Saltmarsh, chair of the selection committee. Ultimately, Richard’s visionary contributions to institutionalizing the Office of Community-University Partnerships (CUP) and other achievements distinguished him from other nominees. Richard considers one of his greatest achievements to be the university’s emphasis on community partnerships, which is one of three goals in the campus strategic plan.

Congratulations to Rick for making history; as this is the first time a CA faculty member has received the award. The CSU commends you for your dedication and leadership!

Public Expressions of Support by CSU Presidents

When presidents express their support for civic engagement, it sends an important signal about the significance of this work.

  • CSU Monterey Bay President Peter Smith wrote a NY Times editorial calling on higher education institutions to “rethink our structures and practices.” He goes on to share CSUMB’s practices for student success, which includes a first year seminar and at least two service-learning experiences.
  • Paul Yu, incoming president of San Jose State University, shares his enthusiasm for the American Democracy Project on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ website by identifying nine areas of possible action.
  • In CSU San Marcos’s alumni magazine, Karen Haynes, one of the CSU’s newest presidents, shares that one of her top priorities is to “engage with community about mutuality of interests and partnerships.” She goes on to say that “public universities are ‘stewards of place’ not only to educate the future workforce, but to be partners in problem identification and problem-solving.”