Campus: CSU Office of the Chancellor -- April 12, 2002
CSU Students Recognized for Community Service
The California State University system has honored 21 students throughout
the state with the STARS award in recognition of outstanding community
involvement as part of their service-learning courses.
"CSU STARS award recipients are role models at the CSU and exemplify
our students' dedication and service to the community," said CSU
Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "One student from each campus was selected
for her or his efforts to improve the lives of individuals or the community
in such areas as social justice, education, health, public safety, and
The STARS award, which stands for "Students That Are Recognized
for Service," was created by the chancellor three years ago to
honor community participation and promote service-learning curricula.
Community service-learning focuses on learning experiences that take
place in the community and are directly related to academic course content.
In addition to providing a valuable educational experience to students,
the program offers a tangible value to society. More than 135,000 CSU
students systemwide perform 33.6 million hours of community service
annually--a minimum wage value of approximately $193.2 million.
2002 STARS Honorees
Kim Brown, a Head Start teacher-leader at CSU Bakersfield and mentor
for 32 students. She also leads an adolescent study group through her
church, and facilitated a 6-week summer project with the preschool residents
of Tabitha House, a substance abuse rehabilitation center for parents
and their children.
Annie Sherman, one of the founders of Chico State's highly successful
Diversion Excursion Program, which encourages residence hall students
and the campus community to engage in recycling. She has recruited student
volunteers to collect reusable materials, which are sorted and donated
to local charities. She is directly responsible for diverting over a
ton of recyclable materials from the Butte County landfill.
CSU Dominguez Hills
Catherine Anderson, a "Rolling Reader" who has given many
years of service to her community. She is also a rape crisis counselor
and co-chair of the neighborhood food bank. Anderson contributes to
her community while serving as chair of the Student Union Board of Directors
and president of Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society. She is a full-time
Ashley Howard, a volunteer at Madera Valley Teen Ranch involved in tutoring
at-risk youth in math, reading, and social studies. She also volunteers
at Happy Trails Riding Academy for the Handicapped, where she helps
young people with therapeutic riding exercises. Through her sorority,
she has also coordinated fund-raising drives for Toys for Tots and Coats
Susan Shoho, for the past 10 years has volunteered with Keiro Services,
an organization that works with the elderly Japanese population. Shoho's
roles have ranged from teaching arts and crafts to coordinating fund-raising
events. She is also an active volunteer and fund-raiser at TrinityCare,
a hospice for the elderly in Torrance.
Humboldt State University
Robin Pagliuco, an active volunteer and leader with the Youth Educational
Services Program, a student-led service organization. She has facilitated
volunteer training and the organization of events on campus and in the
community. She coordinated the campus Arts and Music Festival, which
brought a free day of entertainment and alternative energy education
to the entire community.
CSU Long Beach
Russell Daley, a member of the team that helped create the Center for
Philosophy in Schools, CAPS. The center trains teachers and CSU Long
Beach students to lead philosophy discussions with students in fifth
through 12th grades. Daley also wrote a successful grant proposal to
create a summer philosophy institute for 75 at-risk teens from Long
CSU Los Angeles
Graciela Quintanilla, contributed more than 500 hours of volunteer service
to the APRENDAMOS educational enrichment center, which serves young
people in the Pico Union community of Los Angeles. At the center, she
serves as a math instructor and as a fund-raising organizer. She also
helped create community service activities for the children.
David Boudreaux, works four jobs on campus and still finds time to stay
deeply involved with community service. As president of the Circle K
Club, David has launched a number of innovative service programs such
as the annual Penny Drive, which is now in its third year. He also mentors
and tutors students at two local elementary schools, where he recently
played Santa Claus for local school children.
CSU Monterey Bay
Tamara Murphy, invested over 400 hours working with the California Rural
Legal Center (CRLA). During her service to CRLA, Tamara has done research
in the fields, tracked field violations, investigated fraudulent ID
and license sales, and researched opportunities for farm workers who
want to move on to new occupations.
Nancy Landa, a campus leader in the incorporation of service activities
into the educational experience. As a board member of the campus Volunteer
Council, she has worked with the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes
Association, United Way, Los Angeles Housing Authority, and Habitat
for Humanity to develop meaningful long-term service projects for student
Cal Poly Pomona
Joe Salas, actively involved with RACE 4 KIDS, a community based program
that raises money to provide need-based college scholarships for students
in the Pomona Unified School District. Salas is also a member of ELEVATE,
an Islamic-based community service group, which works with the Los Angeles
public schools to increase students understanding of Islam in the aftermath
of Sept. 11th.
Tricia Randall, has served as a leader of five community service days
and 10 blood drives at CSU Sacramento. Through the community service
days, she helped place approximately 350 students with 13 non-profit
CSU San Bernardino
Jeannette Doswell, president of the Social Work Student Association.
She has organized fund-raisers, canned food drives for economically
disadvantaged families, and spring job fairs. As a student representative
to the National Association of Social Workers, she has helped to create
the first annual Social Worker/Public Citizen of the Year recognition
San Diego State University
Christine Alfonso, a campus leader in community service who has also
conducted advanced research in community service issues. She performed
a comprehensive evaluation of policies for K-12th grade and their effects
on students of color. She also tutors at Bonita Vista High School. Last
year, Christine spent her spring break volunteering as an English tutor
at an orphanage for boys in Tecate, Mexico.
San Francisco State University
Juslyn Manalo, working with the San Francisco Veterans Equity Center,
Manalo supervises the Veterano Project, which has engaged 250 SFSU students
to take down the oral histories of Filipino World War II Veterans. When
completed, the oral histories will be on permanent display by San Francisco's
Filipino community and will be made available to schools.
San Jose State University
Vanessa Nisperos, completed more than 900 hours of service with Jamaicans
for Justice, Community Homeless Alliance Ministry, Students for Justice,
and a student coalition to bring about peace in Afghanistan. Within
two days of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, Nisperos and a group of
students responded by organizing a peace vigil that brought together
more than 3,000 campus and community members.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Joel Henderson, a tireless community service leader who has served as
director of the Volunteer Service Corps and student coordinator of the
Walk to End Homelessness. As student coordinator of Make a Difference
Day, he recruited hundreds of students and community volunteers to provide
project-based service to 20 community agencies, resulting in more than
1,600 hours of community service in one afternoon.
CSU San Marcos
Anna Fleming, as Circle K President, she organized the El Salvador School
Supplies Drive to help children in El Salvador after the devastating
earthquakes last year. Fleming also participated in Escondido and Oceanside
Beach Clean Ups, and helped prepare and distribute sack lunches to children
who are in need of nutrition services in Tijuana. She also contributed
to a Pediatric Trauma fund-raiser for parents who cannot pay for their
children's trauma care.
Sonoma State University
Lauren Mapes, chair of the group Join Us in Making Progress (JUMP) the
community service program of the Associated Students. She facilitated
the completion of more than 7,000 hours of volunteer service by Sonoma
State students. Mapes also has served as Service-Learning student leader,
Adopt-a-Grandparent coordinator, and a two-term AmeriCorps member.
Clarissa Lonn directed the Make A Difference Day Project in her campus,
which brought 88 students and community volunteers to work with local
government and neighborhood associations. Lonn also coordinated with
more than 93 agencies to develop a database that enables students to
access local volunteer opportunities. She is also working with local
K-12th grade schools to create service-learning projects in honor of
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