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Discovery Day IX


Discovery Day IX "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. Each academic year,...

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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 "[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 students. All of the...

Tips & Trends in Service-Learning VIII


Tips & Trends in Service-Learning VIII 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...

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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Circle of Sisters: The Power of Know


Circle of Sisters: The Power of Know "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 Conference. College students designed...

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...