CSU Impact Learning & Serving
May 17, 2006 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News VOL. 3, NO. 8

CSU San Bernardino

Through a generous contribution from HSBC, CSU San Bernardino students participating in service learning will be eligible to receive a scholarship.

More Campus News

CSU San Bernardino recently received a $3,500 gift to initiate the HSBC Service Learning Scholarship program. The HSBC program will provide scholarships to CSUSB juniors or seniors who complete 150 hours of service to the community as a part of an academic class. "This gift represents an important first step toward our mutual goals of increasing educational opportunities and enhancing our communities, said Diane Podolske, Director of Community-University Partnerships."

CSL 411

On June 6 from 9:30 – 4:00 pm at San Francisco State, there will be a Civic Engagement workshop open to all CSU faculty, co-sponsored by California Campus Compact and the Office of Community Service Learning.


Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student in New Orleans


Damage to a home in Lake Charles, Louisiana


CSU Long Beach students helping to rebuild a home in Lake Charles, LA

CSL Inquiring Minds

In response to our April 06 issue on the use of the term “community service” as a form of retribution, Richard (Dick) Cone had this to say:

“I have long believed that when students are required to do work in the community as punishment for some infraction of the rules, such service should be labeled "compensatory service". Further, such service should not be handled by the service-learning office but rather by student affairs with clear communications to community agencies that this service is different than that provided by other students. Like all service, compensatory service should have a reflective component.”

Impact wishes to thank those of you who shared your thoughts with us, we hope this conversation will continue as you work with the courts and judicial system.


CSU Consortium Confer on Disaster Management

On April 24, faculty and students from six CSU campuses (Fresno, Long Beach, Monterey Bay, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Jose) met to discuss what academic departments are doing to prepare students in emergency preparedness. Conference attendees presented model curricula from multiple disciplines ranging from Psychology, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Public Health and Engineering that focus on preparation, response, recovery, and bioterrorism.

The Consortium is led by Louise Gresham, Public Health Professor, San Diego State University and Sarath Gunatilake, Health Science Professor, CSU Long Beach. Funded by the CSU’s Institute for Teaching and Learning, the goals of the Consortium are:

• developing new training and educational modules; and,

• disseminating curricular resources to all CSU campuses and community partners.

Service learning plays an important role throughout a range of courses in disaster management and preparation. At San Jose State, for example, Engineering Professor Guna Selvaduray’s students have participated in the Housing Retrofit Assessment Program providing assessment of structural stability in buildings in underserved neighborhoods. And at San Diego State, Louise Gresham’s students work with the local Native American community in preparing culturally appropriate change strategies for health promotion and disease prevention.

Disasters can come in many forms – either through natural disasters, outbreaks of disease, or as a result of terrorist acts. The development of CSU graduates trained in the many dimensions of emergency readiness plays an important part in disaster planning.

CSU Continues Efforts to Assist Communities Devastated by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina

  • Dr. Timothy Skeen, English professor at CSU Fresno joined with the American Red Cross to aid in the Hurricane Katrina crisis. Since 1990, Professor Skeen has been an American Red Cross Disaster Assessment specialist responsible for determining the scope of a disaster, updating area maps, and sharing this information with appropriate officials so that timely assistance can be provided. This past year, Dr. Skeen was one of 250 team members stationed in Baton Rouge for one month assisting with the destruction in the Gulf Coast caused by Katrina. “Katrina was my seventh disaster and by far the worst I’ve ever seen,” Skeen said. Dr. Keen’s efforts are one example of how CSU faculty involvement is helping to ensure that strategic systems and strategies are in place in the event of future disasters.

  • Thirty-two students and three staff from CSU Long Beach spent their spring break at Cameron Parish and Lake Charles, two communities in Southwest Louisiana in which 90% of homes have been devastated by Hurricane Rita. Student and campus leaders came together to plan ways in which they could assist in the rebuilding efforts. That planning became a reality through a partnership with Rebuilding Together. As a result, the campus raised over $28,000 from a benefit concert and from local business donations to support the trip and the Lake Charles community. Robin Watkins, a graduating senior, and one of three student leaders who helped plan the trip, said that the biggest challenge for her was leaving those communities and the family whose home they helped build, knowing they couldn’t finish everything that needed to be done. Ms. Watkins stated, “It’s hard to take recognition for what we are doing because there are people there who’ve been there for months and we were there only for a week… [b]ut we were able to make a difference even if to raise awareness that so much still needs to be done.”

  • CSU Northridge’s alternative spring break trip to New Orleans in early April not only contributed in the revitalization of a neighborhood, but it also helped precipitate many educational experiences for the 22 students, including gutting the MLK Elementary School in the Lower 9th Ward. Since returning from their trip, students have made class presentations and are currently in the process of planning a campus wide event to share their stories, videos and pictures. Alicia Cohen, the Jewish Campus Service Corps (JCSC) Fellow at CSUN Hillel, who planned the trip said that many of the students have expressed interest not only in going back to New Orleans, but also in continuing to do work in the local community.

Related Information:
Universities Helping Rebuild America Partnership, is a toolkit for college groups to help them organize service trips to the Gulf Region during winter, spring, and summer breaks.

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