Campus: CSU Northridge -- June 10, 2002
CSUN to Offer 20 New Service-Learning Classes Next
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 2002-2003 academic year.
Each winning proposal received a $1,500 stipend for course development.
The money for these new courses was made available through Cal State
Northridge's share, $105,000, of $2.2 million allocated by Gov. Gray
Davis to the California State University in 2000-2001 over the course
of four years 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. "These funds are used for curriculum
development, and to support the activities of the campus Center for
Community-Service Learning, including community outreach, student placement
and faculty training."
Winners of the grants and the courses they will teach are:
- Chicano/a studies professor Gabriel Buelna, "Developing Oral
Histories in the Chicana/o Community."
- Educational psychology and counseling professor Benita Chaum, "Application
of Child Growth and Development Theory."
- Manufacturing systems engineering and management professor Kang
Chang, "Manufacturing Systems Design in Support of the Northeast
Valley Small Business Development Center."
- Central American studies professor Beatriz Cortez, "Central
American Cultural Projects for an Immigrant Community."
- Women's studies professor Elizabeth Drexelius, "A Way Out
of No Way: Women, Ethics and Incarceration."
- Nursing professor Martha E.F. Highfield, "Adult/Aged Self
- Geography professor Edward Jackiewicz, "Housing and Community
Development in the San Fernando Valley."
- Chemistry professor Sandra Jewett, "Chemistry for Tomorrow's
Scientists," an on-campus, after-school program for underserved
students in the San Fernando Valley.
- Music professor Diane Ketchie, "A Celebration of Song: Bringing
Music to Young People and Seniors."
- Women's studies professor Kristyan Kouri, "Mentoring Adolescent
- Art professor Lesley Krane, " Autobiography Through a Pinhole."
- Asian American studies professor Gina Masequesmay, "Constructing
Asian American Sexualities: Organizing an Asian American Sexuality
- Biology professors Rheen D. Medh and Virginia Vandergon, "Humanizing
Genetic Diseases for Genetics Students."
- Kinesiology professor Jaime Morrison, "World Dance in the
- Kinesiology professor Debra Patterson, "A Field-Based Approach
to Teaching Secondary Physical Education."
- Kinesiology professor Robert Plotke, "Adapted Aquatic Therapy
- Electrical and computer engineering professor Ramin Roosta, "Field
Programmable Gate Array Design."
- Environmental health professor John Schillinger, "Teaching
Environmental Health to Middle School Students."
- Art professor Mark Taylor, " Gridded Portrait."
In addition to these new classes, three service-learning professors,
Gabriel Buelna of Chicano/a studies, Debra Sheets of health sciences
and Bruce Zucker of business law, received money to support presentations
at conferences where they will speak about their service-learning work
at CSUN to national audiences.
Buelna also will join music professor Ric Alviso and health science
professor Louis Rubino in the faculty development mentor program, during
which they will help interested professors from their disciplines to
develop winning service-learning curriculum programs for next year.
The departments of art, health sciences and chemistry each received
$550 to help them conduct workshops or purchase supplies that support
department-wide service-learning efforts.
Information on these and other service-learning classes can be found
on the center's web site at www.csun.edu/~ocls99.
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.
Contact: Carmen Ramos Chandler (818) 677-2130 firstname.lastname@example.org