|June 13, 2007
||Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News
||VOL. 4, NO. 9
CSU Fullerton President, Dr. Milton A. Gordon, with the 2007 Center for Internships & Service-Learning medal recipients.
CSU Fullerton Service-Learning Scholars Honored
Among the nearly 10,000 scholars of the Class of 2007 who thronged the CSU Fullerton Commencement ceremonies on May 19 and 20, there were 36 who stood out. Setting them apart from the sea of black robes and mortarboards were bronze medals worn around their necks on deep blue ribbons. President Milton A. Gordon presented the medals to three dozen seniors at the annual Center for Internships & Service-Learning (CISL) recognition event. Each had completed and exceeded the requirements for an academic internship or service-learning course, or had participated in the campus’s “Jumpstart,” “Orange County AmeriCorps Alliance,” or Project SHINE programs. This is the second year that students could apply for the graduation medal in recognition of their service learning or internship accomplishments.
The CISL coordinates internships and service-learning assignments and also organizes several special programs in which students provide service to the community.
Beyond the Books, the newest initiative of Student Horizons, Inc. is building a website and guidebook series to create pathways for colleges and universities to spotlight their experiential learning programs for prospective students and parents. To date, 10 CSU campuses have been selected.
Citizen Schools, a leading national education initiative has the following opening:
The Evolution of Community Service Learning: Celebrating our Many "Firsts"
2007 marks a special year in the CSU service-learning movement – the establishment of the first and only systemwide office of community service learning in the country. As we look back at how far we’ve come, and contemplate how far we will go, the possibilities are boundless. And after 10 years, we continue to have many “firsts” as service learning and civic engagement play a vital role in a CSU education. Below are a few highlights of our “firsts” from this year:
- Five CSU campuses - Chico, Fresno, Monterey Bay, San Francisco and San Marcos, received the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
- Systemwide and individual campus videos captured how community based learning is empowering communities and transforming education
- CSU Chico’s commitment towards a sustainable future and new vision for education
- CSU Service Learning for Civic Engagement Series: Gender Identity, Equity, and Violence: Multidisciplinary Perspectives through Service Learning; and, Race, Poverty, and Social Justice: Multidisciplinary Perspectives through Service Learning
CSU East Bay “Gets Moving” for Health
Students in East Bay’s Leadership in Leisure and Hospitality Services major worked in conjunction with La Familia Counseling Services and the South Hayward Neighborhood Collaborative to put on the health fair “Vive tu Vida! Get up! Get Moving!” on the East Bay campus. La Familia received a $20,000 grant from the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and Coca Cola, local Kaiser and St. Rose Hospitals donated resources and refreshments. Students in Margaret Zeiger’s Special Events Management Course planned and implemented the fair, and Oscar Wambuguh’s Health Sciences courses provided volunteers the day of the fair—joining in the Heart 2 Heart Fun Run, four health screening tents, live music, and food. A kid fun zone was set up with assistance from a local Girl Scout troop and Hayward Unified School District distributed family information. Unused resources were donated back to the South Hayward Neighborhood Collaborative for distribution among Hayward residents in need. Cal. State East Bay will host the fair for another two years.
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