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Happy 1st Birthday, Just Coffee!


Happy 1st Birthday, Just Coffee! by Ashley Simon The Center for Community Engagement and Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County created Just Coffee as a way to meet the community and create lasting and meaningful partnerships. The casual and intimate nature of the coffee shop as well as the convenient location provides an environment that is conducive to sharing stories, exchanging ideas and getting to know people in the community. [Related: What is Just Coffee?] Just Coffee's just had it's first birthday. It has...

Elaine Sundberg is Retiring


Elaine Sundberg is Retiring by Merith Weisman, here with Elaine Sundberg In just three short weeks, Elaine Sundberg will retire from Sonoma State University. She has been a force here for 29 years, but it is the last ten or so, particularly her work with the CCE, that I am writing about today. In 2007, I was living in RI and visiting a friend in Palm Springs. I received a message asking that I re-fax my application to open and coordinate the SSU...

Updated: Skipping to the Last Stop


Updated: Skipping to the Last Stop by Merith Weisman Happy Summer! Summer at SSU is a time for reflection and planning for the next academic year. It's a slower time here, while in the community, work continues at its regular high speed. As a result, it's a time when I find I am least successful in addressing community requests. Community partners contact me all the time with requests for collaboration. While the CCE is able to address some of these requests directly, generally, we serve...

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Book Buddies I


Book Buddies I by Derek Warren "[...T]his service-learning approach has changed the way I see a person reading to their child. Before attending Book Buddies, I thought to myself that we were just going to read to a child, then the child will read, and then make a book. But after the students had left I realized it was more than just reading; it was also possibly life changing." --Martha Mendoza, SSU Psychology 302 service-learner. For the first time, Sonoma State University...

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Discovery Day IX


Discovery Day IX by Ashley Simon "I think I'm more excited for college just by seeing how all these students feel about it," said Gisselle Alvarez from Roseland Collegiate Prep (RCP). At Discovery Day, RCP students learned how to get to college and what to expect. "I had all the qualities of a leader: smart, caring, including others and building relationships," student leader Edgar Arroyo writes upon reflection. SSU students used what they learned in class to be effective leaders and mentors....

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From Shared Vision to Reality: Gold Ridge 4C's Preschool and SSU Service-Learning Garden


From Shared Vision to Reality: Gold Ridge 4C's Preschool and SSU Service-Learning Garden What happens when the director of the Gold Ridge 4C's Preschool and an SSU service-learning faculty member put their heads together? The result is a beautiful organic garden providing not only food, but also learning opportunities for preschoolers and college students alike. Kids jumping on a bed of dirt in a garden See the whole story and more spectacular pictures: Service-learning is all about collaboration, and this project is no exception. Special thanks to Jon Brazeal, Construction Manager, Stacy and...

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...

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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