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Discovery Day XII


Discovery Day XII by Ashley Simon What are students saying about the 12th Discovery Day? "Before taking the tour and going to your amazing school, I was considering applying to your school after I graduated and now, after taking a tour I'm sure that SSU is the school I want to do my education [for] college." Maria Faurrieta, RUP student "I love that you can go to the library and have some peace and quiet." Joseline Moreno, RUP student Maria and Joseline...

How Service-Learning Impacted Me


How Service-Learning Impacted Me by Margarita Amador Service-learning gave me the confidence to know that I can be effective and make a difference in my community. I may not be the smartest student, but I make up for it with my determination and resilience. I have experienced failure, and faced the negative stereotypes of being Mexican American. I was an F student, I graduated late from high school, and I still struggle with confidence when it comes to school. Service-learning has benefited me...

Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 7


Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 7 Part 7 of a 10 Part Series See Tip 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. by Claudia Sisomphou I think we have all heard our fair share of news about the massive and devastating impact the meat industry has had on our planet, but I won't deny that it is hard to decide what action to take or what to do since meat has become such a normalized part of our diets. Yes, we know that too much meat...

Spotlight: Service-Learning Case Study in Biology


Spotlight: Service-Learning Case Study in Biology by Maddie Wright. "Service-learning makes students work and behave professionally, I've seen it work in action and it is stunning." It was obvious within a few minutes of talking with biology professor Nathan Rank, that he loves his field of study, his role as a veteran professor that many students look up to, and his service-learning projects. Dr. Nathan Rank has been teaching at Sonoma State University since 1995. He's been teaching service-learning in his courses for 9 years...

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4 Lessons in 4 Years: Reflecting on My Time in the CCE


4 Lessons in 4 Years: Reflecting on My Time in the CCE by Ashley Simon It is with reflection and gratitude that I announce today is my last day as a student assistant in the Center for Community Engagement. I have gained so much as the Professional Social Media Development student assistant. It has been four years of learning and growth and I would like to share some lessons I have learned in my years in the CCE. About the University Being a student and an employee of the University at...

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Shadow Day IX


Shadow Day IX by Maddie Wright "It's fun to learn about the college, I can see myself coming here or to a different college." said Roseland University Prep (RUP) junior Jose Gomez about Shadow Day. His SSU counterpart Aracelli Anticonn, replied, "I took him to peer advisors and they made him interested in nursing and electrical engineering. They also discussed options about going to a junior college and then transferring." Shadow Day participants discussing their schedule for the day. Shadow Day is...

A Watershed Year: Engaging First-Year Students with Community Partner Projects in Sustainability


A Watershed Year: Engaging First-Year Students with Community Partner Projects in Sustainability By Martha Shott, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics In my first semester teaching at Sonoma State, I had what turned out to be the great fortune of becoming involved in the School of Science and Technology's Freshman Year Experience, A Watershed Year. This interdisciplinary course incorporating biology, mathematics, and critical thinking spans both semesters of the freshman year and provides students with 12 units of General Education credit. It evolved out of a CCE program, SWEEP. In this...

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Reflections from the Latino Health Forum


Reflections from the Latino Health Forum by Marjorie Lear Keynote speaker Dr. Jann Murray-García threw an ice cream social when her family moved into their new neighborhood in Davis. Why? She explained, while showing the party invitation as part of her presentation, that she wanted her new neighbors simply to see a picture of her son's face. So that when they saw this young man of color in the neighborhood, they would know what he was doing there and wouldn't regard him as suspicious. This...

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Community Service Versus Service-Learning


Community Service Versus Service-Learning by Maddie Wright Is there even a difference between community service and service-learning? Yes. Both terms are not easy to define and it's common for them to be used interchangeably. However there is such a significant difference between them that it's important to understand each idea individually. The best was to differentiate them is to use specific examples. My teammates and I doing yard work in the Bennett Valley neighborhood for Sonoma Serves. Community service is volunteer work performed...

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It's Planning Time!


It's Planning Time! by Merith Weisman What will the future of the CCE and civic learning at SSU be? We need you to help determine the direction that we will take for the next five years. Here's how: We need YOU to complete the survey. If you are contacted requesting an interview, please respond. Community partners: Apply to participate in the Strategic Planning and Civic Action Planning meeting on February 23, 9am-3:30pm in Student Center Ballrooms B & C. Thirty-six representatives of...

A Post Election Open Letter to Community Partners


A Post Election Open Letter to Community Partners We can't do that work without you. We depend on you, our community partners, to provide students with real-world hands-on experience working in their communities. You personally serve as a mentor providing a model of what engaged citizenship looks like. The students are our future and we need them to make lifetime commitments to their communities and to being civically engaged. Thank you for everything you do to support our students and their learning!

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A Post Election Open Letter to Students


A Post Election Open Letter to Students by Merith Weisman Regardless of how you voted or how you feel about the outcome of the 2016 election, there is one thing we can agree on: 55% voter turnout is too low. And while data is still being processed, it does seem that the Millennial vote decreased in this election. When it comes to "prepar(ing) students to be learned persons who...have a broad cultural perspective...will be active citizens and leaders in society...and are concerned with contributing to the...

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A Post Election Open Letter to Faculty


A Post Election Open Letter to Faculty by Merith Weisman Regardless of how you voted or how you feel about the outcome of the 2016 election, there is one thing we can agree on: 55% voter turnout is too low. And while data is still being processed, it does seem that the Millennial vote decreased in this election. When it comes to "prepar(ing) students to be learned persons who...have a broad cultural perspective...will be active citizens and leaders in society...and are concerned with contributing to the...

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Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 6


Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 6 Part 6 of a 10 Part Series See Tip 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. by Claudia Sisomphou As a consumer, there are many reasons to buy from locally-owned businesses and purchase locally grown food and products. Here in Sonoma County there are plenty of options of places to eat out and stores to shop at so why not take advantage of it! Both your local economy and your community benefit when you choose to go local instead of buying...

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Social Justice and Service-Learning: More to it Than You Might Have Expected


Social Justice and Service-Learning: More to it Than You Might Have Expected By Dr. Jeffrey Reeder After reading about the event through the Center for Community Engagement's e-mail newsletter, I attended the 2016 Social Justice Institute at Saint Mary's College of California, the topic of which was "Counter-Stories of Service-Learning and Community Engagement" featuring keynote speaker Dr. Tania Mitchell of the University of Minnesota. Attending from SSU was a small delegation comprised of Merith Weisman and myself. The premise of the institute was that it was to be an "interactive workshop...

Tips and Trends in Service-Learning VII


Tips and Trends in Service-Learning VII by Maddie Wright Every year the Center for Community Engagement hosts a Tips and Trends in Service-Learning faculty workshop. Faculty from many different departments at Sonoma State as well as the College of Marin and other local universities were in attendance this year. The workshop discusses how to completely begin or strengthen a professor's current use of service-learning. We discussed why we dedicated our lives to the common good and how service-learning fits into that commitment. Service-learning in different...

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Your Guide to the 2016 Sonoma County and Local City Ballots


Your Guide to the 2016 Sonoma County and Local City Ballots by Claudia Sisomphou In addition to the state-wide California ballot propositions, there are also county-wide and city-wide measures being proposed in Sonoma County. While driving through our county you have probably seen various "Vote YES on measure ___" or "Vote NO on measure ___" signs displayed on the front yards of homes and businesses. These measures are incredibly important because they directly affect the communities that we live in, and are addressed on a local government level. As a...

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Your Guide to the 2016 California Ballot


Your Guide to the 2016 California Ballot by Claudia Sisomphou Here in California, we have the opportunity to vote on more propositions than anywhere else in the country. However with the privilege of the direct democratic process comes great responsibility, and sometimes it is incredibly difficult to research and fully understand every initiative that you are voting on. With 17 propositions up for vote on this year's statewide ballot, it is essential that we all have a clear comprehension of what every one of our "yes"...

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Under One Roof: Strength in Diversity


Under One Roof: Strength in Diversity by Ashley Simon I attended the North Bay Organizing Project's 6th Annual Meting. This meeting emphasized voting as one of the main ways to get the community's voice heard. As there are local government re/elections and 17 state-wide ballot measures, this is an important election year. The North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP) is a multi-issue community organization that focuses on education access, transportation, voter engagement, fair housing, and more. [Related: Which Side Are You On?: North Bay Organizing Project's...

Democracy Beyond Voting


Democracy Beyond Voting by Dr. Emily Ray, Assistant Professor & MPA Coordinator Dept. of Political Science Recently I had the opportunity to join a Campus Compact Institute to start the process of creating a civic action plan for SSU. I was encouraged by the efforts of both our campus and the many other campuses working to integrate service-learning and community engagement into the life of the university. Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,100 colleges and universities committed to the...

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