Volume I, No. 2
Your monthly source of Community Service-Learning News
October 1, 2003

News Stories

Presidential Support for Community Service Learning

Campus presidential support is critical in achieving the goal of institutionalization of community service learning. Recently, some CSU presidents have demonstrated their campuses’ commitment to community service learning:

  • In his opening address to CSU Sacramento on August 28, President Alexander Gonzalez spoke about the satisfaction the university receives from an active student body:
    “Forty percent of all our students volunteer for some type of community service. Additionally, about 1,200 students are enrolled in one of 120 ‘service-learning’ course sections that place them in volunteer projects linked to their classroom studies…We have students who care not only about their own studies but also about the community in which they live, and that is very gratifying.”
  • On September 2, President Robert Corrigan from San Francisco State University provided testimony, as part of Voices for AmeriCorps, a 100-hour continuous hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.:
    “As educators, we have accepted our obligation to demonstrate that there are life-enriching alternatives to cynicism, indifference, or a sense of civic powerlessness. Community service—community engagement—has proved to be the most effective and lasting way to inculcate the values and build the skills that will make our students active citizens.”
  • On September 22, President J. Michael Ortiz’s opening address to the Cal Poly Pomona community spoke to the importance of the university being a vital part of the surrounding community:
    “Many of you are familiar with the concept of ‘service learning’… We are going to commit ourselves to expanding those opportunities in our neighboring cities, by dedicating faculty and staff support to ensure our students are benefiting from the ‘real life’ education that is embedded in the polytechnic philosophy.” See full address (.pdf)

Make a Difference Day Activities

Several community service activities will take place for Make a Difference Day, on October 25, 2003:

  • CSU San Bernardino’s Community-University Partnerships and the Volunteer Center of the Inland Empire are co-sponsoring the “Everything But the Kitchen Sink Drive.” Food, toys, blankets, soft luggage, eyeglasses, books, and clothing for community residents will be collected by local high schools, community partners, and CSUSB students. The goals of the event are to positively impact at-need people and to educate the public about the work of community-based agencies.
  • The Community Center at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the local United Way will offer 35 different community projects that will involve 600 volunteers. Projects include refurbishing a homeless shelter, improving the local botanical garden, and spending time with Alzheimer’s patients. Volunteers include students from campus fraternities, sororities, clubs, and residence halls, as well as employees from local businesses.


Visit CSU Long Beach’s Community Service Learning Center website for resources like a “Faculty Planning Guide” and “Service Learning and RTP Guide.”


Rick Eberst, a faculty member from CSU San Bernardino, identifies strategies to integrate service learning on his campus.

Campus Spotlight

Two Campuses Become Regional Centers

CSU Fresno and Humboldt State University will each develop a Regional Center for the Study, Promotion and Documentation of Student Civic Engagement as a part of California Campus Compact's initiative, California Student Action for Change. Each campus has received a one-year grant to facilitate civic dialogues, host a regional meeting, and document civic engagement efforts on campus and in the community.

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In April 2000, the CSU was honored with a California regional award for the system’s community service activities on 1999 National Make A Difference Day.


Stephanie Rahlfs, former CSSA president, and Christy Zamani, Chancellor's Office staff member, accept the 1999 Make a Difference Day Award.


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