CSU Impact - CSL Newsletter
Volume III, No. 1
Your monthly source of Community Service-Learning News
September 7, 2005

News Stories

The Artful Partnerships forum will take place at San Jose State University on October 6, 2005.

Research 411

  • A new CIRCLE survey finds that working college students report a higher rate of interest in politics, current events, civic skills, and political participation than do their non-working peers.

  • In a 2004 research study of 1998 college graduates, the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at the University of California, Los Angeles found that in comparison to entering college students, recently graduated college alumni show less interest in community issues and in helping others.

Presidential Quotable Quotes

"Fresno State’s faculty has already helped struggling schools resolve chronic budget problems, deal with violence, and promote family involvement. We’re engaged in solving key problems faced by Central California students—a lack of educational opportunities, poor reading skills, and a high drop-out rate. There has never been a time when the skills of our faculty in education and counseling have been more needed." – Dr. John D. Welty, President, CSU Fresno, Faculty Assembly Speech, August 17, 2005

"We will be known by how we respond to all challenges, how we answer all questions, how we exercise our social and moral responsibilities through the standards we set, the tolerance we practice, and the goodness we inspire." – Dr. Paul J. Zingg, President, CSU Chico, Opening Convocation Address, August 18, 2005


Broadening Our Collective Impact: Portraits Across the System

Service learning and community service efforts of CSU students and faculty have produced a significant impact on California according to the first systemwide economic and social analysis: Working for California: The Impact of the California State University. The report found that “[s]tudents on our 23 campuses contribute 35 million hours per year to community service activities.” Furthermore, our faculty help build the capacity of our communities through innovative and reciprocal relationships that address our most pressing social needs. And not to be overlooked, our university leaders remain steadfast in their commitment to building community-university partnerships that not only enrich our students’ learning, but also enhance our contributions to California’s communities.

As compelling as these stories of student and community engagement can be, they often go untold—to our donors, to policy-makers and to the public at large. This year, the CSU Office of Community Service Learning will work with our campuses and statewide partners to raise awareness of how community service learning can be an effective vehicle for enhancing students’ sense of civic responsibility.

An Artful Partnership

On October 6, 2005, California Campus Compact & the CSU Office of Community Service Learning will sponsor a forum on how to let the public learn more about service learning. The forum, "The Artful Partnership: Advancement and Community Service Learning," will be held at San Jose State University.

This Forum will provide an opportunity to learn more about ways to craft our community service-learning stories. Staff from the Development and Public Relations Offices along with Service-Learning Directors, are invited to cultivate and deepen partnerships with one another and examine how best to publicize our efforts.

First CSU Community Based Teaching and Research Conference

The First, CSU Community Based Teaching and Research Conference will be held at Cal Poly Pomona from March 3-4, 2006. The conference will provide an opportunity for community scholars—both novice and experienced—to strengthen their contribution to community partnerships, promote civic engagement, and work toward social change.

This conference will bring together CSU faculty to:

  • learn how to integrate service-learning and research;
  • to discuss research methods and results, and;
  • to build multi-campus and interdisciplinary collaborations.

We invite you to submit a proposal. The Call for Proposals is now available. Proposals for presentations are due Friday, October 14, 2005.

Hurricane Katrina Relief

The Network for Good provides a list of some of the nationally recognized relief organizations including the American Red Cross.