CSU Impact - CSL Newsletter
Volume III, No. 3
Your monthly source of Community Service-Learning News
November 16, 2005

News Stories


Carol Jeffers, a visual arts faculty member from CSU Los Angeles has written Spheres of Possibility: Linking Service-Learning and the Visual Arts a new service-learning book. We celebrate her considerable achievement! Jerry Eisman writes in the preface:

“Carol Jeffers, one of the original Getty Scholars, has gathered reflective insights into the service-learning experience from both the instructor and student point of view. Her own experiences and those of her fellow Getty Scholars illustrate the sense of wonder and opportunity for newcomers to service learning as they discover the possibilities that abound within this borderline domain. The book is a panoply of ideas and images that convey the emergence of profound connections in simple acts.”

Quotable Quotes

"At some point in each semester that I teach the course, I admit to thinking, 'I will never teach this course again.' This is almost immediately dispelled by some unforeseen student response or creative act, or by the deep gratitude the community partner shows when they see the final video production. Ultimately, I always conclude the semester thinking, 'I can't wait until next year to make it even better!" - Kristine Diekman, faculty member at CSU San Marcos, who teaches a Video in the Community course.


New Research Reveals Important Information about Students' Service Involvement

Are working students involved in community service learning at similar levels as their peers who do not work? This is a critical question for the CSU, given that four out of five CSU students work. According to recent research from the Social and Behavioral Research Institute at CSU San Marcos, CSU working students surpass their non-working counterparts in three important ways. Employed students are:

  • more likely to be involved in community service learning;
  • contribute more service hours, and;
  • perform service in more months of the year.

Some other key findings include:

  • Compared to other students, post-baccalaureate students were more likely to be involved in service and in greater depth.
  • The top three incentives that would encourage greater service involvement are:
      1. the opportunity to work on a specific community issue that connects to their interests (31.8%);
      2. course credit (21.4%), and;
      3. financial aid (19.3%).

The Community Service Survey is administered every two years, and the data is collected from telephone interviews of more than 3,000 students.

Systemwide Office Receives Martin Luther King Jr. Grant

Cal Poly, Pomona, CSU San Bernardino, and CSU Stanislaus have each been awarded a $6,000 grant from Best Buy Children’s Foundation and Learn and Serve America, to design civic engagement activities that collectively mobilize college students and K-12 youth to work towards improving a community issue while also honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Cal Poly, Pomona students and youth from the city of Pomona will document personal stories of nonviolence through various media tools. The edited videos will be the crux of an exhibition event in April 2006, called “A Night of Dreams” in the city of Pomona where members of the campus and local community will be invited to witness the powerful messages, which are crucial to the City of Pomona as it has been struggling through a high crime and gang activity period.

  • CSU San Bernardino will work closely with the after school program of Central City Lutheran Mission to coordinate a one-day service project that will beautify the outside environment of a house that provides shelter for HIV positive residents. Additionally, a cultural program, educational seminars, and art and music projects that involve college students and K-12 youth will be offered with the goal of enhancing their knowledge about the lives of Martin Luther King, Jr. and other famous African-Americans. The team will then prepare creative exhibits on these topics for residents in the local neighborhood.

  • Through a number of community partnerships, CSU Stanislaus students and K-12 youth will work together in creating a mural for the King Kennedy Memorial Center that illustrates their visions and hopes for change in their communities. The King Kennedy Center is a hub for community conversation and education, especially on topics that are connected to the legendary leader. It is hoped that the community-based mural created by the youth will prevent the center from being targeted with gang graffiti.