September 19, 2007 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News VOL. 5, NO. 1

CSU Fresno Jumpstart Program

"During the 2006-07 AY, more than 6,300 Fresno State students participated in organized community service-learning. They logged 485,300 hours providing an economic benefit to the community estimated at more than $10.4 million."

CSU Wins Award for Service Learning Videos

The CSU has won an award from the Alliance for Community Media-2007 Hometown Video Awards in the Education Activities category for its service learning videos. The Alliance for Community Media is an association of public, educational and governmental organizations and channels focused on providing access to electronic media. The outcome of the videos has been tremendous and we continue to see them being used at both the campus and community levels.


Time Magazine Cover StoryNational service has garnered significant media attention as the subject of Time magazine’s most recent cover story, “Looking at Public Service." This story and other service-related articles are also on their website.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll program for 2007 is now underway.  The Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities for their encouragement and support for noteworthy student community service efforts. Applications are due October 5, 2007.

Nominations for the 10th Annual Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence and Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education are due November 19, 2007.


Back to School

As campuses opened their doors welcoming students to a new academic year, some were greeted with news of grant funding that will not only enhance students’ learning experiences, but also strengthen the CSU’s involvement with our local communities and residents.

• For more than 60 years, Bud and Jan Richter have been active community volunteers and benefactors of California State University, Fresno. Their generosity and commitment has led to the establishment of a $3.5 million endowed center. The Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning, the first CSU endowed center in support of service learning and community engagement, will help the university meet the needs of the region and achieve their goal of 1 million hours of annual service through students, faculty and staff by the end of its Centennial in 2011. Press Release, Video Link

• The California State University, Long Beach Center for Community Engagement, in partnership with the Center for Language Minority Education and Research, has been awarded a 3-year $599,885 grant from the Hispanic Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC) program through Housing & Urban Development to serve homeless individuals, families, and veterans connected with Villages at Cabrillo. Part of the plan will consist of establishing the Oasis Community Center which will provide a community space for residents and community members. CSULB faculty and students will have the opportunity to work on a university/community partnership that encourages interdisciplinary and campus/community collaborations to more effectively make a difference through shared resources.

California State University, Monterey Bay has been awarded two grants. A $2,037,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Education will support a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) for five years and a three-year grant of $599,800 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will help foster the Soledad Street Revitalization Project, an initiative of the Service Learning Institute.

Past CSU recipients of the Hispanic Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC) program include Bakersfield, Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Northridge, and Stanislaus.

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