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What is Just Coffee?


What is Just Coffee? by An Okada "Would you like to join us for Just Coffee?," my supervisor asked. I said "yes," but had many questions about it. It sounded very ambiguous and I could not imagine what to expect. It's a truism that in order to get anything done, you have to have trust. Trusting relationships are imperative for a strong community. But how do we build those trusting relationships? We need to start with getting to know each other. Just Coffee...

20 Things I Wish I'd Known About Higher Education When I Worked in Nonprofits Part 2


20 Things I Wish I'd Known About Higher Education When I Worked in Nonprofits Part 2 This post is part 2 of 2 originally published on NPTalk in 2012. Part 1 includes 1-10.Click here to see Part 1. by Merith Weisman Working in partnership with higher education can be quite rewarding. Through collaborating, both sectors can gain benefits for mission achievement through knowledge, funding, broadening constituent bases, etc. that neither can gain alone. When building a relationship, it's important to know about the other entity -- who they are, what they value, how they make decisions....

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20 Things I Wish I'd Known About Higher Education When I Worked in Nonprofits Part 1


20 Things I Wish I'd Known About Higher Education When I Worked in Nonprofits Part 1 This post is part 1 of 2 originally published by NPTalk in 2012. by Merith Weisman Working in partnership with higher education can be quite rewarding. Through collaborating, both sectors can gain benefits for mission achievement through knowledge, funding, broadening constituent bases, etc. that neither can gain alone. When building a relationship, it's important to know about the other entity -- who they are, what they value, how they make decisions. This post explores the mysterious world of the American...

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Discovery Day VIII


Discovery Day VIII by Ashley Simon "[What] I hope to get out of this experience is to show the younger students a glimpse of college life so they know what to expect." -Jeno, SSU student The Communications & Media Studies Learning Community class greeted 107 students from Roseland University Prep for Discovery Day held at Sonoma State University. Roseland University Prep students work together to untie a human knot. Group activities including a scavenger hunt created friendly bonds between RUP and SSU...

Service & Internship Fair VIII


Service & Internship Fair VIII by Ashley Simon Internships, volunteer hours, and community involvement are just some of the things that students need and want during their time at school. Many students have a hard time finding these opportunities because they do not know where to look or they do not know that the opportunities even exist. Meanwhile, community organizations are wondering how they can get students involved with their projects. "I didn't even know what was out there. There are so many options...

Challenges and Solutions for Service-Learning Health Coaches


Challenges and Solutions for Service-Learning Health Coaches Michelle Kelly, Department of Nursing, Guest blogger of Part 3 of 3 Sonoma State University faculty who presented at the 17th Annual Continuums of Service Conference. Trang Le, a Student Health Coach, role plays working with a community member to better understand how to manage his health information. We were thrilled to present our community collaboration at the Continuums of Service Conference. Linda Allen, Social Worker at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Trang Le, Nursing student health coach, and Michelle Kelly,...

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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 VI


Careers for the Common Good VI by Ashley Simon "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...