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Find Your Passion, Potential, and Power with CalSERVES


Find Your Passion, Potential, and Power with CalSERVES by An Okada I was so glad to see the amazing organization CalSERVES here on campus! I did not know about this organization, so I was very curious to learn about their activities. Some other students also looked curious when they saw CalSERVES' table outside the Student Center. I noticed their looks before they knew about CalSERVES were completely different from after they learned about all the amazing work with kids that they could get involved with; most of...

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...

100 Blog Posts: By the Numbers


100 Blog Posts: By the Numbers by Merith Weisman Way back in 2009, George Moskoff did a study of our community partnerships. The results were clear - our community partners wanted much more contact via email and social media. I wanted to make sure that we used and modeled best practices, so I undertook an ongoing social media learning process. One of the folks I learned the most from is Heather Mansfield. In a webinar I attended, she explained that she resisted creating a blog...

Service & Internship Fair VIII


Service & Internship Fair VIII 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 for everyone," said Roberto...

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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Changes at JUMP: Goodbye Genevieve and Welcome Amanda


Changes at JUMP: Goodbye Genevieve and Welcome Amanda "One of the reasons I was attracted to this position was the energy and excitement of the SSU students to make a difference in their, and my new, community. SSU students are incredibly passionate, and I am ready to see the passion in action." And we here at the CCE are excited to work with her too. Amanda Hanson is thrilled to join the SSU Associated Students staff as the Community Service Coordinator for Join Us Making Progress (JUMP). Amanda...

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...

Discovery Day VII


Discovery Day VII by Domonique Jimerson "The most important thing I learned through participation in Discovery Day was how interested these kids are already about going to college, and how they are already planning to lead brighter lives." - Emerald Culmer-Royster, SSU student Discovery Day provides Roseland University Prep (RUP) freshman with the opportunity to visit their local university, providing many with their first introduction to higher education. Furthermore, over a hundred Sonoma State University (SSU) service-learners provide the RUP students with...

Careers for the Common Good VI


Careers for the Common Good VI "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....