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Service & Internship Fair 2014


Service & Internship Fair 2014 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....

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...

Shadow Day V


Shadow Day V by Taylor Bonilla"Connections were made that day between us and our students, and I know from here on out if they need someone to talk to, the mentors they met on Shadow Day will be there. I recommend everyone to at least take a service-learning class while at SSU. I'm really glad that I was able to be a part of this project," said SSU student Kailyn Finley. Every spring semester, the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) hosts Shadow Day, an event in which junior students from Roseland University Prep (RUP) visit Sonoma State University (SSU) for the day to shadow a college student. This year, SSU students who enrolled in University 222 served as mentors to RUP students for a day. RUP students...

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Careers For The Common Good V


Careers For The Common Good V by Annelise Dohrer"Stretch beyond your comfort zone. You never know who might be able to help you," states speaker Davin Cardenas'04.This is a snippet of the type of advice students receive when they attend the Careers for the Common Good Panel. This annual event gives students the opportunity to listen to speakers, ask questions and receive advice from Sonoma State University graduates and local citizens who make a living in the non-profit world.The students came to the event to hear about job opportunities but left with more than work related information. Rosie McGoldrick, an Environmental Studies major...