Cal State Serves
News and Information for California State University Leaders
Vol. 10, No. 25, December 22, 2011

Cal State Serves

Cal State L.A. participating in a beach clean up. Through the dedication of students, faculty and staff, the California State University has become a leader in community engagement. Each of CSU's 23 campuses partner with a wide variety of community organizations to make a difference both locally and around the world. The system works with local partners such as area food banks and homeless shelters, and spans their reach nationally through organizations including the United Way, the Salvation Army, Peace Corps and AmeriCorps.

In 2010-11, more than 61,000 CSU students participated in service learning opportunities at 2,250 community sites. Additionally, the number of service-learning courses offered continues to grow; 237 new service-learning courses were created last year, bringing the total number of courses systemwide to 2,739. This represents a 114% increase since the CSU systemwide efforts began in 1998.

A recent survey stated that nearly half of CSU students provide some type of service, totaling approximately 32 million hours each year. If service learning, community service and civic engagement hours were totaled, the economic impact would approach about $684 million per year. More.

Meeting Societal Needs Through Public Service

Meeting Societal Needs Through Public Service

Throughout the years, CSU students have been an integral part in community engagement activities, such as building safer neighborhoods, preserving languages and cultures, providing healthcare information, improving life for the disabled and preparing residents to be ready for natural disasters.

Everything from San José State’s SHINE where students help older immigrants become U.S. citizens to Cal State Long Beach’s El Monte Community Building Initiative that provides leadership training to emerging community leaders, the CSU takes pride in creating unique programs that benefit others. More.

Stories of Holiday Service

Stories of Holiday Service

Holiday time is here and the CSU is spreading cheer… through community service. Throughout the year, campuses make strides in community engagement by providing countless hours on projects such as working outside on a beautification project at a home for former foster youth; digging and preparing foundations for single family homes; and providing critical care and rehabilitation for abused/neglected animals. However, the CSU makes an extra effort to boost its community spirit during the holidays. More.

Super Seniors

Super SeniorsUniversity campuses are transformative: settings where limitless knowledge and a marketplace of ideas create critical thinkers. The CSU offers community senior citizens a unique opportunity to experience this thriving setting—whether they’re returning to a college campus after many years—or experiencing it for the first time.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI) at CSU campuses offer intellectually-stimulating, non-credit courses for older adults. With topics ranging from Nietzsche to navigating the web, OLLI classes enhance seniors’ social inclusion and help them keep in touch with an ever-larger and changing world. More.


CSU Stanislaus Donate Literacy Boxes

CSU Stanislaus' Department of Education students, faculty and families donated items to make108 literacy boxes, which included everything from books and pens to rulers and puzzles, in an effort to promote reading and writing over the holiday break. More.

CSUF Makes Cards for America's Troops

CSUF Makes Cards for America's Troops

Cal State Fullerton's College of Health and Human Development made 71 holiday cards for troops as part of the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes Program. More.

CSUN Donates More Than 16,000 Items to MEND

California State University Northridge collected more than 16,000 items for MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) during the third annual food and clothing drive. More.

Fresno State’s Give a Gobbler Gets Generous Gift to Provide More Turkeys

Fresno State’s fifth Give a Gobbler campaign to provide turkeys for the region’s neediest families during the winter holidays got a big boost from RCO Ag Credit Inc. More.

CSUSM Hosts Homeless Connect

California State University San Marcos hosted Homeless Connect, offering critical resources, referrals and onsite services for hundreds of homeless individuals and families. More.

Cal Poly Helps Food Bank Find Hunger Spots in San Luis Obispo County

(L to R) STRIDE Director and Kinesiology Professor Ann McDermott, Nutrition grad student Ally Lund, STRIDE Community Liaison Stephanie Teaford, Food Science and Nutrition Professor Aydin Nazmi, Kinesiology graduate and hunger survey volunteer trainer and coordinator Christian Cardenas.

Cal Poly students are partnering with The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County to conduct a countywide food availability survey. More.

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