September 30, 2008 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News VOL. 6, NO. 1

Marycarmen Rosales

CSU Chico student, Marycarmen Rosales, named The Trustee Murray L. Galinson Scholar for extraordinary public service to her home community.


Campus News

CSU Chico Student Receives Trustee Award for Community Service

CSU Chico student, Marycarmen Rosales, was named The Trustee Murray L. Galinson Scholar for exemplifying extraordinary public service to her home community. As an immigrant to the United States, Marycarmen was encouraged by her family to be the first to graduate from college. The teasing she endured as a child for her heavy accent inspired her to serve others as a speech pathologist. After completing her undergraduate degree at CSU Chico, Marycarmen entered the communication sciences and disorders master’s program, where she is currently completing her first year. Her future aspirations include working in a children’s hospital as a speech-language pathologist and educating both young and old to value language differences.

 

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Mayor Jim Desmond gave an official proclamation at the San Marcos City Council meeting naming September 9, “Community Service Learning Day” in the City of San Marcos! “We view this proclamation as a catalyst for what we hope will become an annual September 9 tradition city wide, and we aim to work with our colleagues from the high schools and Palomar community college in San Marcos to kick off community service learning events for each new academic year." Dr. Darci Strother, Director of the Office of Community Service Learning. Contact CSU San Marcos Office of Community Service Learning for more information.

 

CSU San Marcos Presidnet, Karen haynes with San Diego County Office of Education staff, Loretta Middleton and Michelle Lustig.

(From left to right) President Karen Haynes of CSU San Marcos; Loretta Middleton, Senior Director, Safe Schools Unit, San Diego County Office of Education; and Michelle Lustig, Ed.D. Coordinator, Foster Youth Services, San Diego County Office of Education.

 

CSU Monterey Bay’s service-learning program was named among the top “outstanding examples of academic programs [to look for] that are linked to student success” by U.S. News & World Report. As one of only 10 public schools included in the ranking and the only CSU with a service-learning requirement, CSU Monterey Bay continues to exemplify quality service-learning instruction. Article.

 

 

NEWS STORIES

CSU Students Contribute an Estimated 32 Million Hours of Service

Over the last decade the CSU has seen a 43% increase in the number of students participating in community service on an annual basis. 

A 2007 CSU student survey showed approximately half (46.6 percent) of CSU students said they performed community service or service learning for an average of 6.4 hours per week, totaling 32 million hours of service annually.  The economic impact totals $624 million. Press Release.

Access to Excellence: A CSU VIsion;
A Community Engagement Reality

As the California State University begins another academic year by welcoming almost 450,000 students to our 23 campuses, the newly adopted CSU Strategic Plan, Access to Excellence, is focusing our work more than ever on student access and success. Service learning and other community engagement efforts not only bring students to CSU campuses, but also help them succeed in the CSU. As Access to Excellence states, “Substantial evidence exists to indicate that student involvement in research and community activities increases retention, enhances learning, contributes to building skills and habits of collaboration and problem-solving, and increases chances for success after graduation.” A Campus Compact research brief issued last spring also provides evidence that engaged campuses can improve student success.

Access to Excellence identified three priorities for the CSU in the next decade:

  • Increasing student access and success;

  • Meeting State needs for economic and civic development, through continued investment in applied research and addressing workforce and other societal needs;

  • Sustaining institutional excellence through investments in faculty and staff, innovation in teaching, and increased involvement of undergraduates in research and in their communities.

With these priorities in mind, our efforts to increase involvement in community engagement, as well as to enhance the quality of the experiences, will help make our CSU vision a “community engagement” reality.


What Do Our 2008 Candidates Have to Say about National Service by College Students?

On September 11-12, 2008, a ServiceNation Summit was held in New York City, bringing together 500 leaders to “celebrate the power and potential of citizen service, and lay out a bold policy blueprint for addressing America’s greatest social challenges through expanded opportunities for volunteer and national service.” The Summit began with a forum at which each presidential candidate shared his views on service.

Barack Obama issued “A Call to Service,” and John McCain outlined a plan “Inspiring Citizens to Do More.”

Of particular interest to universities:

  • John McCain would expand opportunities for national service; engage more college students in community service through the Federal Work-Study Program; and create a Service to America initiative focused on civics education. McCain is an original co-sponsor of the Hatch-Kennedy Service Bill. McCain’s positions on service.

  • Barack Obama would expand AmeriCorps from 75,000 slots to 250,000, providing more opportunities for students to qualify for its educational grants in exchange for community service; double the Peace Corps to 16,000; establish a new tax credit for college costs worth $4,000 a year in exchange for 100 hours of community service by college students; and ensure that at least 25 percent of College Work-Study funds are used to support community service. Obama’s positions on service.

With the presidential election quickly approaching, CSU campuses have been involved in exciting activities to encourage student participation in the election. A special October issue of CSU Impact will focus on Student Political Engagement.


In a Year of Change, A Year of Service

In August, Chancellor Reed shared his exciting vision for instituting a year of service requirement with campus community engagement directors during their annual retreat. In this year of change, Chancellor Reed has put forth a “big idea” for higher education, replacing the 12th grade with a mandatory year of service. Upon completion students would then be given funding for two years at any public higher education institution. More about Chancellor Reed's Year of Service ».

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