Campus: CSU, Northridge -- November 1, 2000

Students Receive Scholarships to Work in the Community

Ten Cal State Northridge students have been selected as the inaugural class of Radin Community Service Scholars, a new program that provides $1,000 scholarships to students working with community-based organizations.

The program was made possible by the creation of a Community Service Scholar Endowment at the California State University Foundation by Marc Radin, president of the Radin Foundation in Fresno. CSUN recently received $5,000 from the endowment and matched it with an additional $5,000.

"Our new president, Jolene Koester, is placing a priority on developing expanded university/community connections to help our institution become more responsive to the needs of its neighbors," said Maureen Rubin, director of CSUN's Center for Community-Service Learning. "We view the Radin Scholars program as a major opportunity to build and strengthen these connections, while improving the quality, meaning and oversight of student service, developing student leadership and communication skills, and enhancing their lifelong commitment to service and civic engagement."

Service learning is a pedagogy that combines explicit academic learning objectives, preparation and reflection with meaningful work in the community. Students participating in community-service learning provide direct service to schools and nonprofit and public organizations as part of their requirement for academic credit, while professors help them understand the connection between the tasks they perform and their academic coursework.

The Radin Scholars will spend 80 hours working at nonprofit organizations, 80 hours helping professors with their service-learning classes and an additional 10 hours in class with staff from the Center for Community-Service Learning.

The Radin Scholars are:

  • Jessica Chung, a marketing major who is working with the Small Business Development Center in Van Nuys as it helps small businesses get started;

  • Lavinia Fiorentino, a psychology major who is working with ElderCare in Canoga Park to help seniors overcome their fears of technology;

  • Kathy Goodson, a communications studies major who is supervising an intercultural communications class at Grant High School in Van Nuys;

  • Ruth Kalin, a communications studies major who is serving as a liaison between Granada Hills High School students and CSUN students in the Communication Youth Institute;

  • Gabriela Lopez, a health science major who is working with the community environmental group Pacoima Beautiful;

  • Lauren Mayer, a journalism major who is working with Los Angeles Unified School District's Academic Mentoring Program;

  • Eric Miller, a family environmental sciences major who is working with Children Are Our Future in Northridge to teach the residents of teen group homes financial management skills;

  • Claudio Nieto, an art major who is teaching painting classes at Community Charter Middle School in San Fernando;

  • Sylvie Green Shapero, an English major who is helping a professor with a project that will tell the stories of community residents through theatre at the Road Theatre in North Hollywood; and

  • Sylvia Tran, an Asian-American studies major who is working with the Filipino American Service Group, Inc., of Los Angeles to develop and implement middle school tutoring programs.

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