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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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How To Go Paperless: 4 Tips to Keep Your Wallet, and the Planet, Green


How To Go Paperless: 4 Tips to Keep Your Wallet, and the Planet, Green by Claudia Sisomphou The school year has just begun and already my notebooks are filling up with notes and my backpack is teeming with loose papers and class syllabi. Not only do these dreaded piles of paper take up space and money, most likely we will throw away 3/4 of the pile at the end of the semester. Avoiding this dilemma may feel impossible, but I am going to share with you 4 easy alternatives to using paper for...

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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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...

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...

SWEEP: Sustainable Waterway Educational Engagement Program


SWEEP: Sustainable Waterway Educational Engagement Program Grant Awarded for Service-Learning in STEM Disciplines A $150,000 Learn and Serve America (LSA) grant was awarded to the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) to support the creation of service-learning courses and research in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) diciplines. Thus, the SWEEP program came to life. The Sustainable Waterway Educational Engagement Program will be coordinated by new CCE staff member, Frederique Lavoipierre. Welcome Frederique! SWEEP has four fundamental pieces. First, service-learners in Dr. Farid Farahmand and Dr....

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What is Community Engagement?


What is Community Engagement? Hello world! Thank you for checking out the first blog post of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at Sonoma State University (SSU). When we launched our twice annual e-newsletter we received many kind and supportive calls and emails -- and many requests for more news. That's why we launched this blog.It seems only fitting for our first post to explore the meaning of our name -- the SSU Center for Community Engagement. What is "community engagement," anyway? Community Engagement[1]...