Schulz Learning Center at SSU

“ Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. ”
—Chief Seattle, 1855

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Democracy Beyond Voting


Democracy Beyond Voting by Dr. Emily Ray, Assistant Professor & MPA Coordinator Dept. of Political Science Recently I had the opportunity to join a Campus Compact Institute to start the process of creating a civic action plan for SSU. I was encouraged by the efforts of both our campus and the many other campuses working to integrate service-learning and community engagement into the life of the university. Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,100 colleges and universities committed to the...

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Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 5


Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 5 Part 5 of a 10 Part Series See Tip 1, 2, 3, and 4. by Claudia Sisomphou Transportation alone has one of the biggest impacts on our climate. It is easy to see how much the emissions are affecting our environment but it is also important to address the negative social impacts of driving. Traffic congestion, which is an inevitable consequence of how many single-occupancy vehicles fill up our roads, causes stress, consumes valuable time, and costs us money. We...

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Welcome, Dr. Karen Moranski


Welcome, Dr. Karen Moranski "Engaged citizenship is a key component of higher education--for students, for educators, and for our communities. At colleges and universities today, it is critical that we help students connect their studies to the real world and that we help them participate in our American democracy. Engagement with people who come from different backgrounds and viewpoints helps us create inclusive environments where everyone in the community can thrive. I believe universities and community engagement programs like ours at Sonoma State play...

Service & Internship Fair 2016


Service & Internship Fair 2016 by Claudia Sisomphou "This year we had more students interested in volunteering and getting involved compared with last year. We had 19 students sign our guestbook to be invited to our monthly events and 9 signed up to attend our new volunteer orientation." said Ai-Chu Wu, the director of the Tzu Chi Foundation of Santa Rosa, voicing her delight with how many students showed an interest in the organization. Students learning more about CalSERVES AmeriCorps About 1000 students, faculty,...

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See you around, Rich!


See you around, Rich! Merith Weisman and Rich Whitkus For the past year, Dr. Richard Whitkus has served as Interim Associate Vice President of Academic Programs. He has been supportive of the CCE and especially instrumental in the development of the Internship Policy and Process. On Friday, Rich will return to the School of Sciences and Technology, where he promises to continue to support the work of the CCE. [Related: Welcome, Dr. Richard Whitkus] I also want to thank Rich for his personal...

Welcome Amanda and Gustavo!


Welcome Amanda and Gustavo! by Merith Weisman I am so excited to welcome Amanda DeFoe '16 and Gustavo Vasquez '16 to the CCE staff. Both Amanda and Gustavo have committed to serve as AmeriCorps VISTAs for a year following their graduations from Sonoma State. Amanda works with Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) and Gustavo with Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Sonoma County four days each week and here on campus on Thursdays. They will provide direct support for any faculty member, staff member...

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Register to Recruit at the Service & Internship Fair


Register to Recruit at the Service & Internship Fair The Service & Internship Fair is a fantastic opportunity to promote your organization and recruit wonderful Sonoma State student interns and volunteers. The Service & Internship Fair will take place on Thursday, September 1st, from 11:30am-1pm in Salazar Plaza. Register by Wednesday, August 24 Important Note: Students can register for internship credits until September 19. Some departments may have earlier deadlines. Be prepared to encourage students to see their advisor to register before the deadline. Helpful links: Successful Tabling...

Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 4


Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 4 Part 4 of a 10 Part Series See Tip 1, 2, and 3. by Claudia Sisomphou Single-use plastic water bottles are one of the biggest scams that consumers have ever faced. For years we were told that the water in plastic bottles was safer and that the bottles could easily be recycled after being thrown away into blue bins, but now more than ever we are seeing the consequences of both the industry's production and marketing of misinformation. Single-use plastic...

Get Involved: Circle of Sisters


Get Involved: Circle of Sisters Content Warning: This post is part of a series that deals with intersectional gender-based violence. Circle of Sisters is a nonprofit organization that facilitates afterschool programs for girls ages 9-12. The organization started in 2000 and has helped girls around the County ever since. The girls meet after school with their Circle facilitators and go through a number of activities that help the girls with homework, go on field trips, share experiences, and form female relationships in a safe environment....

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Spotlight: Service-Learning Case Study in Communication and Media Studies


Spotlight: Service-Learning Case Study in Communication and Media Studies Communication students performing an ending activity with the high school students about their personal highs and lows of the day. I think service-learning is very beneficial because it gets students out into the community and teaching them more about what's going on in their own backyard. We can talk about theories and big ideas in the classroom but without something tangible to put it together with, the learning experience just doesn't work as well. Service-learning makes it all so...

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Book Buddies II


Book Buddies II "However, it wasn't until I was there that I realized how much my interaction with the child was affecting them."

Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 3


Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 3 Part 3 of a 10 Part Series See Tip 1 and 2. by Claudia Sisomphou Unfortunately in America, thousands of fillers, chemicals, and ingredients that are associated with major health problems are still used by our food industry. Companies use these cheap alternatives to reap larger profits from their products, but as a result they put the health and well-being of their consumers second to cost efficiency. Just by looking at labels and the list of ingredients on the back...

Community Indulgence and Gold Ridge Preschool


Community Indulgence and Gold Ridge Preschool by Brandon Davis, Senior, Statistics major I had an absolute blast doing my service-learning project with Gold Ridge Preschool! Originally, I expected this project to really only be an assignment I would do for class and that be the end. In the midst of creating our Dinosaur Garden, playing with the kids and observing how they interact with each other, I knew I had to be a part of this environment. I truly felt happy and comfortable being able...

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SAGA is Coming to SSU


SAGA is Coming to SSU by Claudia Sisomphou Faculty, staff, administrators, and students gathered to learn more about the Sustainable City Year Program from it's founder and co-director, Nico Larco, an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon. They learned how implementing this program here could enhance Sonoma State University's academics and community impact. The Sustainable City Year Program, or SCYP, was created under the Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI), a cross-disciplinary organization at the University of Oregon that promotes education, service, public...

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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,...

How to Get Published in a Community Engagement Journal


How to Get Published in a Community Engagement Journal by Emily Acosta-Lewis At the 30th Anniversary Campus Compact conference, there was a rare opportunity to hear from seven editors (or their representatives) of service-learning and community engagement journals. The fact that there are so many journals out there on this topic shows that no matter what type of paper you might be interested in writing regarding service-learning and community engagement, there is likely a home for your research, reflection, case study, or book review. The seven journals have...

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Be the Cure with Be The Match


Be the Cure with Be The Match By Maddie Wright My older sister and I laughing after I received my first blood transfusion. Many students experience a great deal of change during their time in college. I feel like I have had more life changing experiences over the past two years than I have over the course of my whole life. Last September, I was hospitalized for almost three weeks while being treated for a rare, life-threatening blood disease that was causing my kidneys to fail...

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Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 2


Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 2 Part 2 of a 10 Part Series by Claudia Sisomphou Here in California we are constantly talking about the drought and discussing ways that we can both individually and collectively reduce our water usage. Our dwindling freshwater supply is daunting and uncomfortable to face, however we must get serious about changing our behavior if we still want to have water from our tap 5 years from now. There are simple habits that can help you do your part in reducing...

Growing with Farmster


Growing with Farmster Colin Franceschini I attended non-profit start-up Farmster's launch event. The event was mainly informal, drinks were being served, a live band was rockin' out, and there was a great atmosphere. The event brought many high profile individuals including the mayor, vice-mayor, and eco leadership executives, along with over 150 enthusiastic attendees. It was obvious that this company's launch was highly anticipated and has a lot of promise. Farmster logo Moments after arriving, it became clear to me why this...

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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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