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More Changes in The CCE


More Changes in The CCE by Merith Weisman Exciting changes are happening here in the CCE. In addition to my roles as Coordinator of the Center for Community Engagement and Social Media, Academic Affairs has now added Academic Projects Coordinator to my title and job duties. Related: Changes in the CCE In my new role, I will become more involved with internships throughout the University. I will also support the development of a co-curricular transcript. A co-curricular transcript is an official record of student...

Exploring Publication of Service-Learning and Community Engaged Scholarship


Exploring Publication of Service-Learning and Community Engaged Scholarship by Cera Murata We were honored to host Jeffrey Howard, editor of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, to provide the Getting Service-Learning Research and Community-Engaged Scholarship Published faculty workshop. Workshop participants completed an exercise in which they played the role of reviewers determining if a sample article was appropriate for publication in the Michigan Journal. They used and applied Glassick et al.'s Six Scholarship Assessment Criteria, which examines whether a scholarly paper has a clear goal, adequate...

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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...

Spotlight: University & Community Partnership in Literacy Studies and Elementary Education


Spotlight: University & Community Partnership in Literacy Studies and Elementary Education "It just amazes me every time how they've come up with these really great projects and integrated the service part with academics and then they're doing this with students who are five to thirteen years old and just their enthusiasm with doing the project. It gives them an opportunity to pull together all of these different aspects about teaching that they have learned in our graduate program. They make them into something meaningful by doing service-learning with it," says Associate...

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...

Shadow Day VII


Shadow Day VII by Helen San "One thing I've learned today is that engineering is not only about yourself, but you have to think about other people. I thought that was very deep and something I've never thought about before." says RUP student, Alex, after taking a tour of the SSU Department of Engineering. It's the fall semester and time for Shadow Day. During this event, Roseland University Prep (RUP) juniors got to experience college life as a student at Sonoma State...

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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...

Tips & Trends in Service-Learning V


Tips & Trends in Service-Learning V by Cera Murata "I learned the definitions of service-learning; I was impressed that service-learning was just a small part of the larger picture," says one faculty participant. Faculty from various departments at Sonoma State University came together for the latest annual Tips & Trends in Service-Learning workshop. Attendees of the workshop learned about what defines service-learning, service-learning pedagogies, and current trends in academic planning through lively group discussions and an engaging presentation. An essential part of the workshop is...