October 22, 2009 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News VOL. 7, NO. 1

CSU Students

Humboldt State students participate in a tree planting project.

Campus News

Community Engagement Faculty Fellows

Sacramento State
has created a new Community Engagement Faculty Fellows program that will work collectively as a cohort to further incorporate community engagement opportunities into individual courses and create assessments of student learning outcomes in community engagement activities. It will also help expand the university and community’s awareness of Sacramento State’s community engagement activities, work collaboratively to write grant proposals, and facilitate community-based research on community engagement efforts.  For more information and a complete listing of the 2009-2010 fellows, please visit their website.

2009 Trustee Murray L. Galinson Scholars

The CSU awarded the 2009/10 William R. Hearst/ CSU Trustees’ Awards for Outstanding Achievement on September 22, 2009.  Of the 23 recipients, Daniel Cole, CSU Fullerton and Suzanne Pullen, San Francisco State University, were recognized as Trustee Murray L. Galinson Scholars, exemplifying extraordinary public service to their home and university community. Press Release

Cole PhotoDaniel Cole entered college after spending seven years in a state prison.  From drug addiction to sobriety, Daniel has persevered, maintaining a 3.91 GPA and participating in a number of student organizations, while also co-founding the Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention Student Association.  Daniel plans to open up a nonprofit drug and alcohol treatment facility for ex-offenders, the poor and the homeless.

Pullen PhotoSuzanne Pullen was devastated after her son, Avery, was stillborn.  Through her grief, she found the inspiration to help others.  Suzanne returned to school after a 15-year hiatus to pursue a master’s degree in communication studies, with the goal of pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology to continue outreach and advocacy for parents who are dealing with the loss of their child.


Congratulations to CSU Monterey Bay and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for being named to the 2010 US News and World Report “Best Colleges” rankings for their service-learning programs!  Complete list



Looking Back and Moving Ahead

We can’t help but thank our campuses and partners for working hard through these challenging times.  Faced with furlough days and other budget-related changes, your efforts have helped, and will continue to help, the California State University and the Center for Community Engagement as we move forward, working as a team, for service learning and community engagement.  This issue highlights the incredible impact that continues to be made.

-Judy, Erika, Colleen and Kim

CSU Students Respond to the "Call to Service"

CSU students serve their communities in ever-increasing ways and places. Figures from the latest “Call to Service” initiative show that the 23 campuses nearly doubled the number of community partners they served this past year. “Service learning and community service solidify the students’ educational experiences,” said Jeri Echeverria, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. Press Release

Fresno Study on Impact of Service Learning on Students
Thanks to the outstanding work of Christina Leimer and her colleagues in Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning (IRAP) at California State University, Fresno, there is some exciting new data to support the positive effects service learning (SL) has on students. The attached report, "Does Service Learning Help Students Succeed? Assessing the Effects of Service Learning at California State University, Fresno", looked at students enrolled in service-learning classes at Fresno State during five different semesters. Among other things, the study examined the impact SL has on persistence, graduation rates, time to degree, personal development and job-related skill development. Please read the full report, as it does an outstanding job of explaining the study and its findings. 

NSSE Study
Another report showing the positive impact of service is the AAC&U NSSE “Special Analysis of High-Impact Practices System Report .” Read the CSU portion of the report here.

Launch of Student Leadership Program Development Training
Through the generous support of the Surdna Foundation, the California State University Center for Community Engagement was awarded a three-year grant to expand and formalize training for up-and-coming leaders in community engagement. One component of this funding is focused on student leadership as it relates to expanding and sustaining service-learning on CSU campuses.  The student leadership component is focused on three important initiatives:

  • Publishing a Student Leadership for Community Engagement “how-to” manual
  • Competitive mini-grant awards for up to 6 CSU campuses interested in developing new student leadership for community engagement programs
  • Systematic training and support for campuses developing new programs.

Two regional meetings are scheduled to bring campus teams together for training and planning time based on the manual.  Regional meetings will be followed by support and site visits from nationally recognized community engagement professional and former CSU Chico program director Deanna Berg. Four CSU Student Leaders for Community Engagement will be recruited to serve as advisers, trainers, and mentors on a variety of activities that help new student-led community engagement programs develop and flourish throughout the system.

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