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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?


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...

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 a...

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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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Discovery Day 2010


Every fall semester, Discovery Day provides younger students with their first exposure to higher education while providing college service-learners with an engaging opportunity for leadership and service. Freshmen from Roseland University Prep (RUP) spend a day with Sonoma State University (SSU) freshmen inspiring a love of SSU so all the students can aspire to become and stay Seawolves. "I expected a long and boring day but I ended up having a lot of fun. I learned to become a better...

What is Community Engagement?


What is Community Engagement? Hello world! Thank you for checking out the first blog post of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at Sonoma State University (SSU). When we launched our twice annual e-newsletter we received many kind and supportive calls and emails -- and many requests for more news. That's why we launched this blog.It seems only fitting for our first post to explore the meaning of our name -- the SSU Center for Community Engagement. What is "community engagement," anyway? Community Engagement[1]...

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