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Discovery Day XI


Discovery Day XI by Colin Franceschini "In my class I learned a lot about making a connection with students and I feel like I applied that a lot today in Discovery Day." -Jalisa Tucker, Sonoma State Freshman On Discovery Day, Sonoma State undergraduates in a service-learning class help expose Roseland Collegiate Prep (RCP) freshmen to the amazing opportunities that college brings. The SSU students greatly enjoyed the opportunity to experience the values, ideas, and skills they learned throughout the semester in class,...

Changes to CATS


Changes to CATS by Merith Weisman After 29 years, Dr. Lorna Catford is retiring from Sonoma State University. We deeply appreciate all of her dedication to the Collaborative Autism Training and Support (CATS) Program and wish her a long and fruitful retirement. She has developed a powerful program that contributes deeply to the community and student learning. As is a result of her hard work, CATS is an integral part of what we do here at SSU. We are looking forward to...

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"These children need us, and we need them.": A Student Reflection on Reciprocity in Service-Learning


Author Brikell Bascherini-Burns with her partner child. When I enrolled in Psychology 490: Autism Theory and Interventions, I did not care about children who had autism. The word autism was very unfamiliar, it wasn't my problem. I cared about enrolling in 16 units to make sure my tuition money was being used efficiently. I got to class the first day to learn that I would be working with a kid; an actual alive child who has been diagnosed with...

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Service-Learners Make More Money


Service-Learners Make More Money by Merith Weisman Studies have shown that service-learning has many valuable impacts on student academic and personal learning, degree completion, and civic outcomes. Now new research from the University of Georgia finds that service-learners who graduated in 2010 made an average of $4,600 more in the first year of their first full-time job if they had participated in service-learning courses while earning their degrees. When compared to those who hadn't taken service-learning courses they also received their first raises...

Service-Learning Case Study: Psychology and Early Childhood Education


Service-Learning Case Study: Psychology and Early Childhood Education by Cera Murata Jessica Hobson, a lecturer in the departments of Psychology and Early Childhood Education, has been teaching at Sonoma State University since 2013 and is one of the many professors to integrate service-learning into their curriculum. Her passion for service-learning stemmed from her undergraduate years at Florida Atlantic University, where she received the Caring Award for Outstanding Record of Volunteer Services. Even though service-learning as a teaching strategy was part of how she learned and how she...

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Shadow Day VIII


Shadow Day VIII by Ashley Simon Shadow Day is the time once a year when Juniors from Roseland University Prep visit Sonoma State University and accompany college students throughout their activities. Dr. Jessica Hobson's service-learning Psychology 302 Lifespan Development class prepared for this event with readings on life stages, the benefits of service-learning, and some history on the area of Roseland in which RUP is located. I have been a part of Shadow Day since 2013 and it was one of the...

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Discovery Day X


Discovery Day X by Scott Lazzarini "That's what college is for, to explore what you want to do. And that's exactly what Sonoma is for," said Breauna Fracassa, an SSU student leader when asked by RUP students about her choice of career path. Each academic year at Sonoma State University brings another Discovery Day, and this particular Discovery Day marks a milestone as the tenth in SSU's history. Discovery Day provides high school freshman from Roseland University Prep (RUP) with exposure to...

A Bit of Tips & Trends


A Bit of Tips & Trends Hear what faculty member, Dr. Ron Lopez, has to say about the Tips & Trends in Service-Learning Workshop: Click on the picture to start the video in another window. To see the full Tips &Trends in Service-Learning workshop post, click here....

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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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...

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...

Circle of Sisters: The Power of Know


Circle of Sisters: The Power of Know by Ashley Simon "It's really fun, with insight and leadership skills." - Lidia Morales The day was filled with anticipation and excitement. My Women's and Gender Studies 311 service-learning class worked all semester planning a series of workshops about topics that are of interest to young girls including friendship, nutrition, and body empowerment. Long-standing community partner Circle of Sisters brought a large group of girls from from several surrounding cities to Sonoma State University for the Power of Know...

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...

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...

Tips & Trends in Service-Learning IV


Tips & Trends in Service-Learning IV by Aaron Robinson "You know (service-learning) works," says Elaine Wellin from the Department of Sociology at Sonoma State University, "because the students will say, 'I'm going to keep going after the term.'" Wellin, among many other faculty and staff from Sonoma State University and other institutions, convened for the latest annual Tips and Trends in Service-Learning workshop. Merith Weisman, community engagement and social media coordinator at SSU, led the exciting two-hour workshop. Through lively group discussions, the attendees learned...

Spotlight: University and Community Partnership in Geography and Preserves


Spotlight: University and Community Partnership in Geography and Preserves "I like hands-on learning for students. There is something about it that makes it stick." -Dr. Michelle Goman, professor of Geography and Global Studies at Sonoma State University. "I'm delighted with the service-learning class; it was a great experience for the SSU Preserves." -Claudia Luke, director of the Fairfield Osborn Preserves. Dr. Michelle Goman Dr. Goman teaches many service-learning classes including the particularly successful Geography 317: Lab Methods in Physical Geography. The purpose of this class is to give students...

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Spotlight: Elaine McHugh & Saturday Sidekicks


Spotlight: Elaine McHugh & Saturday Sidekicks "Saturday Sidekicks definitely increased my desire to work with kids with disabilities. When I first signed up for the program, I was very nervous that I was not going to be able to communicate effectively with the kids. I think many people just see the children for their disabilities, and not as kids. Getting involved really makes you see that these kids are like any other children; they just want to have fun and play."- Emily Giorgi The Saturday Sidekicks service-learning program works with children with disabilities to give them the skills they need to be comfortable in an athletic setting with a wide range of fun activities and a focus on teaching them how to ride bicycles, swim, and

Small Acts Make Big Differences


Small Acts Make Big Differences Taylor Bonilla, Jacob Mermell, Professor Cynthia Boaz, Osvaldo Quinonez, Micah McCarver I have been working at the Center for Community Engagement since the fall of 2010. Learning the responsibilities and duties that this office tackles enlightened me in the CCE's mission, which I have been working hard to contribute to. Working for the CCE, not only did I find service-learning to be valuable to students in the classroom, but also valuable to the community at-large. However, I was never...

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Tips & Trends in Service-Learning III


Tips & Trends in Service-Learning III "The key to service learning is reflection." - Merith Weisman "I really enjoyed the presentation and have some ideas for publishing some of the data we have been gathering related to community partner benefits from service-learning. I felt very energized after the presentation!" - Johnna Edmunds, Nursing, Participant of the Tips and Trends Workshop By Annelise Dohrer Faculty members of Sonoma State University joined Merith Weisman, coordinator of the Center for Community Engagement, for an exciting and informative workshop entitled...