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Congrats to CATS!


Congrats to CATS!   "The program has really meant a lot to our school, our children and our families," says Laura Briggin, Cypress School Director. Congratulations to the SSU Department of Psychology's Collaborative Autism Training & Support (CATS) program on winning the United Cerebral Palsy Association and Cypress School: Autism and Behavioral Services Community Recognition Award! Through a deep partnership with Community Parenting Institute (CPI), CATS equips service-learning students with the important skills they will need by working with children with autism through...

Community Engagement & You


Community Engagement & You by Ashley Simon "Service-learning students become a liaison between you and the community," explains Engineering Science professor Dr. Farid Farahmand. This helps form beneficial relationships. Students learn from professors and use what they learn for the common good. He says that service-learning provides him direction for where to go in his teaching. An intimate group of Sonoma State University faculty and community partners participated in the Community Engagement and You conference, led by facilitator Jeff Young. Conference participants talked about...

How to Find Something to Do in Sonoma County


Related: Don't Wait Five Days! Add Your Event Now! Related: How to Share the Sonoma County Community Events Calendar Are you looking for something to do in Sonoma County? Learn how with these step-by-step instructions....

Careers for the Common Good Panel 2014


Careers for the Common Good Panel 2014 "Know who you are, know what drives you," affirmed panelist Sean Michetti from the Peace Corps. All of the Careers for the Common Good speakers stressed the importance of internships and volunteering because they are an entry point for many nonprofits and governmental organizations. Sean Michetti said, "To apply the knowledge is more important than the grades you get." Getting some experience on paper makes you competitive for a position to an employer. "Have on your resumé that you have...

Connect with Students at Community Partner Thursdays


Connect with Students at Community Partner Thursdays Do you need interns? Volunteers? Just want to get your name out? Then don't miss out on Community Partner Thursdays! Viyda Quiqley (right) of the Sonoma Ecology Center discusses internship opportunities with SSU student Taylor Bonilla (left). You can recruit SSU students for your organization by participating in Community Partner Thursdays, a joint effort by Join Us Making Progress and the Center for Community Engagement. To table at SSU: Step 1: Check the Google calendar to see if your preferred date is available....

Why Don't Students Know About Service-Learning?


Why Don't Students Know About Service-Learning? by Domonique Jimerson "Nothing appeals to me more as a student than exams and papers! I just love whenever a professor lays one down before me. A wave of nostalgia just washes over me." - Non-existent student As a student, what kind of education are you interested in? Are you interested in a lesson plan that is more predictable? Are you trying to avoid spontaneity and collaboration as much as possible? Perhaps you detest the idea of working with...

Successful Tabling Tips for Recruiting Students


Successful Tabling Tips for Recruiting Students How successful have you been tabling? Is it difficult to connect with students and to get them interested? Did you feel that you were wasting your time out in the cold/hot weather? Maybe you did not get enough great tips to make the most out of your time recruiting. Follow this list of Dos & Don'ts to maximize your experience getting students. In case you missed it, there is a blog post about getting started tabling on Community Partner Thursdays....

Small Acts Make Big Differences


Small Acts Make Big Differences by Taylor BonillaTaylor Bonilla, Jacob Mermell, Professor Cynthia Boaz, Osvaldo Quinonez, Micah McCarverI have been working at the Center for Community Engagement since the fall of 2010. Learning the responsibilities and duties that this office tackles enlightened me in the CCE's mission, which I have been working hard to contribute to. Working for the CCE, not only did I find service-learning to be valuable to students in the classroom, but also valuable to the community at-large. However, I was never able to experience the benefits firsthand because...

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How Relentlessly Pursuing My College Degree Paid Off


How Relentlessly Pursuing My College Degree Paid Off by Natalie Hambalek My past has a story that I do not readily talk about, but ultimately it has driven me to become who I am today. The actions I take, the spirit I have, and the things I face every day involve me bringing everything I have, including the struggles I have faced. Despite the uneasiness I felt about spilling my path to college out on paper, by sharing my story I was able to be recognized in...

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SWEEP: Sustainable Waterway Educational Engagement Program


SWEEP: Sustainable Waterway Educational Engagement Program Grant Awarded for Service-Learning in STEM Disciplines A $150,000 Learn and Serve America (LSA) grant was awarded to the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) to support the creation of service-learning courses and research in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) diciplines. Thus, the SWEEP program came to life. The Sustainable Waterway Educational Engagement Program will be coordinated by new CCE staff member, Frederique Lavoipierre. Welcome Frederique! SWEEP has four fundamental pieces. First, service-learners in Dr. Farid Farahmand and Dr....

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