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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 Workshop 2013


Tips & Trends in Service-Learning Workshop 2013 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. 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 hands-on experience in...

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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

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Tips and Trends in Service-Learning 2012


Tips and Trends in Service-Learning 2012 "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 DohrerFaculty members of Sonoma State University joined Merith Weisman, coordinator of the Center for Community Engagement, for an exciting and informative workshop entitled Tips...

Tips and Trends in Service-Learning in STEM 2011


Tips and Trends in Service-Learning in STEM 2011 Early this semester Merith Weisman, coordinator of the Center for Community Engagement, provided a workshop for faculty members focused specifically for the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines which aimed to assist them with incorporating service-learning into their curricula. Unlike other Tips and Trends workshops in the past, this one was funded through the SWEEP grant and had the largest turnout we've ever had. Faculty members representing many of the schools at Sonoma State University, especially those teaching in...

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Spotlight: Faculty Experiences with Service-Learning


Spotlight: Faculty Experiences with Service-Learning Dr. Farid Faramand implements a pilot product development project to teach engineering students the principles of universal engineering design by Natalie Hambalek According to Dr. Farid Faramand, universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible. Teaching universal design principles allows students to better understand assistive technologies which promote design that are usable by a wide variety of people for a wide range of applications. ES 110 students design a simple electro-mechanical ball throwing machine to assist students with physical disabilities. Using the product, children with special needs become engaged in group physical activities while improving their peer interaction and social skills. Since there is no...

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Spotlight: Community & University Partnership Chris Castagna & LandPaths


Spotlight: Community & University Partnership Chris Castagna & LandPaths The Center for Community Engagement prioritizes academic community engaged initiatives that promote sustainability and multicultural competence/diversity with a focus in Roseland. Dr. Chris Castagna of Sonoma State University's Department of Geography and Global Studies and the local non-profit organization, LandPaths, in partnership with the City of Santa Rosa, collaborate on a project that provides green space to people in Roseland. This project demonstrates an ideal example of what a reciprocal experience in service-learning should be -- that is, both the...

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Community Engagement Through ENSP Service-Learning


Community Engagement Through ENSP Service-Learning "I've sort of lucked out in being able to get into the field that I've always envisioned myself to be in, right after school," says Kara Doolin, 2010 graduate.Doolin, Environmental Studies and Planning major, visited the Estero Americano Land Trust property with Dr. Caroline Christian's service-learning Restoration Ecology class to collect data in the fall of 2009. She also met and worked with stewardship project manager Shanti Wright, and the partnership was a nice fit. She applied for and got...

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What is Academic Service-Learning?


Academic service-learning is a pedagogy, or teaching method, that utilizes community service projects within the context of an academic course. Academic service-learning distinguishes itself from internships and other credit-bearing community experiences in several ways. First, the community experience is a component of an academic course, used as a "text" for student learning. Second, service-learning projects are designed in partnership with community to meet an expressed community need. Third, a structured reflection activity is utilized to help students understand how their community...

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