Campus: CSU, Northridge -- December 1, 2000
CSUN to Offer 20 New
Service-Learning Classes this Spring
CSUN's Center for Community-Service Learning has awarded
$30,000 to faculty members who will teach a total of 20 new
service-learning classes during the spring.
Each winning proposal received a $1,500 stipend for
course development. The money was available through Cal
State Northridge's share, $105,000, of $2.2 million
allocated by Governor Gray Davis in this year's state budget
to the California State University system to increase
student service-learning participation.
"Service-learning classes link meaningful community
service to explicit academic objectives, preparation and
analysis," said Maureen Rubin, the center's director.
"Because of this new grant program, each of the university's
eight colleges will offer at least one new service-learning
course next semester."
Winners of the grants and the courses they will teach
- Anthropology professor Elizabeth Adams and elementary
education professor Hillary Hertzog, for their course
"Cultural Ethnography and Elementary School Learning,"
which will help pre-teachers learn and apply principles
of cultural anthropology as they help local teachers
better understand and address the needs of multicultural
children in urban schools.
- Music professor Ric Alviso, for "World Music and
Culture in the School," which will enrich under-funded
music programs in local schools by having music students
present a series of programs on world music and
- Sociology professor Karen Baird-Olson, for
"Community-Service Learning in American Indian
Communities," in which students will perform policy
analysis and direct service at local service agencies
serving Native Americans.
- Health sciences professor Janna Beling, for "Urban
Plunge," which will create health promotion and disease
prevention and/or injury remediation opportunities for
graduate physical therapy students at local senior
- Marketing professor Oscar DeShields, for "Development
of Web Sites and their Promotional Plans," in which
students will design a web site and Internet plans for
local nonprofit organizations.
- Health sciences professor Vicki Ebin, for "MPH
Biostats and CSUN," in which graduate students will study
and improve the health prevention programs at CSUN's
Student Health Center.
- Art professor Samantha Fields, for "After-School
Painting Workshops," which will use CSUN students to
teach an after-school watercolor class at Community
Charter Middle School in San Fernando.
- Theatre professor Marla Gam-Hudson, for "Performing
Adapted Classical Drama to Serve the Modern Youth
Audience," in which theatre students will create study
guides for students at five to 10 middle and high schools
to prepare them for a CSUN touring theatre company.
- Chicano/a studies professor Carlos Guerrero, for
"Canoga Park Literacy Project," in which students will
teach English literacy skills to a group of mothers in
- English professor Elizabeth Kessler, for "The
Mexican-American Women in Literature and Life," which
will expose students to real-life problems of women about
whom they will be reading through work at a variety of
local agencies serving Mexican-American women with such
concerns as health, education or abuse.
- Psychology professor Luciana Lagana, for "Elderly on
the Internet," in which gerontology students will teach
e-mail and Internet skills to residents of local nursing
homes and retirement facilities affiliated with ElderCare
in Canoga Park.
- Women's studies professor Sheena Malhorta, for
"Centering the Margins: Sharing Voices in the Valley," in
which students will work at a variety of women's
- Manufacturing systems engineering professor Ahmad
Sarfaraz, for "Facilities Planning in Support of the
North East Valley Small Business Development Center," in
which advanced engineering students will help small
businesses or service organizations with facilities
- Manufacturing systems engineering professor Tarek
Shraibati, for "NASA FIRST Robotics Competition," which
will team CSUN students with students at Granada Hills
High School to prepare for a national robot-building
- Health sciences professor Debra Sheets, for
"Perspectives on Disability and Illness," in which
students will help stroke or brain injury victims to cope
with the challenges of daily living.
- Geological sciences professor Gerry Simila, for
"Service-Learning Project for Pre-Service Earth Science
and Geology Courses," which will send students into local
elementary schools to help with their science curriculum,
including the creation of science gardens.
- Communication studies professor Kathryn Sorrells, for
"Communicating Common Ground," which will involve
students in developing a national model for dealing with
ethnic/racial tensions in conjunction with their work at
Grant High School in Van Nuys.
- Geography professor Yifei Sun, for "Mapping Empty
Lots in Pacoima: The Potential for Developing
Recreational Spaces," in which advanced geography
students will locate and map empty lots in Pacoima that
can potentially be converted into recreational
- Art professor Sylvia Tidwell, for "Art Intervention,"
during which beginning drawing students will use animal
imagery and nature to teach art to students at Darby
Avenue Elementary School in Northridge.
- Special education professor Wendy Weichel, for
"Quality Staff Development on Individuals with
Exceptionalities," in which graduate students will create
"in-service" training programs that address the needs of
an increasingly diverse special education population in
local elementary schools.
Launched in 1998, the Center for Community-Service
Learning aims to inspire, encourage and support students and
faculty in their pursuit of academic excellence through
involvement in meaningful community service.
California State University, Northridge has more than
27,000 full- and part-time students and offers 48 bachelor's
and 39 master's degrees. Founded in 1958, it is the only
four-year university in the San Fernando Valley.