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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 Workshop VIII


Tips & Trends in Service-Learning Workshop 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...

Presenting in Paradise


Presenting in Paradise Part 2 of 3 guest blog posts by Sonoma State University faculty who presented at the 17th Annual Continuums of Service Conference. by Guest Blogger Deborah Roberts MSN, EdD, Department of Nursing...

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Discovery Day VII


Discovery Day VII by Domonique Jimerson "The most important thing I learned through participation in Discovery Day was how interested these kids are already about going to college, and how they are already planning to lead brighter lives." - Emerald Culmer-Royster, SSU student Discovery Day provides Roseland University Prep (RUP) freshman with the opportunity to visit their local university, providing many with their first introduction to higher education. Furthermore, over a hundred Sonoma State University (SSU) service-learners provide the RUP students with...

Why Aren't All Educators Incorporating Service-Learning?


Why Aren't All Educators Incorporating Service-Learning? Part 1 of 3 guest blog posts by Sonoma State University faculty who presented at the 17th Annual Continuums of Service Conference. by Guest Blogger Dr. Emily Acosta Lewis, Communications Studies The most interesting conversation I had during the three days of the 17th Annual Continuums of Service Conference wasn't with a service-learning professional or researcher, it was with a student from Sweden who was doing a three-week exchange program at the University of Hawaii. She was wandering around the...

Shadow Day VI


Shadow Day VI by Alexis Simpson "I loved the person that took us around. Her name is Shy and she is amazing. She changed my mind and now I see SSU is another option for me for college. Shy explained so many things to us around campus and gave us the best tour I have ever had at a college. SSU has great people to be around and a good positive energy that we felt yesterday. For the next five years, my...

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...