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The Life of an iPhone


The Life of an iPhone This is second in a three part series. See Part 1: The Life of Lettuce. The influence and reputation of the Apple empire is undeniable, and the demand for their most famous product, the iPhone, increases with every updated model. While iPhones continue to be mass produced and purchased hot off the press, as consumers what do we really know about these devices besides the convenience they bring to our lives? What about the vast amount of resources that...

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CCE's 10 Year Anniversary Party


CCE's 10 Year Anniversary Party by Eloy Delgado Boo! On the scariest day of the year the CCE reached a great milestone and threw a huge celebration for it's 10 year anniversary. The CCE took over a large part of the bottom floor of the library where attendents enjoyed delicious treats and fun activities. As an intern blogger participating during this semester seemed like perfect timing. I learned about the different facets of community engagement and strengthened my commitment to service at a time...

Los Cien: Equity in Sonoma County


Los Cien: Equity in Sonoma County by Eloy Delgado I'm glad I got to attend Los Cien's "4th Annual State of the Latino Community in Sonoma County" at Sonoma State University. I learned of many organizations in our area and put a human face to those groups. I feel proud being an active member of such a vibrant community and the experience in itself was educational, as well as, inspirational. This years' Los Cien focused on demographic change, economic shifts and the concept of equity....

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History of the CCE


History of the CCE The CCE is 10 years old! What better time to look back at the history of the CCE and community engagement at SSU? Check out the album for more pictures from the Grand Opening in 2007 and don't forget to attend our 10 Year Anniversary Party on October 31st!...

Engineering Student Helps Fire Victims


Engineering Student Helps Fire Victims As more than a dozen wildfires burned through large swaths of land in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, and Yuba counties, many of SSU students have been doing their part to help their communities. Among them, EE graduate student Mohammed Ibrahim is definitely noteworthy. Mohammed, who is originally from Iraq, identifies himself as an international humanitarian student and a Red Cross disaster worker. For the past two weeks Mohammed has been helping people in the Veteran Memorial building shelter at...

Making a Difference During Disaster


Making a Difference During Disaster by Merith Weisman First, I want to thank all the students, VISTAs, staff and community partners who got involved with helping others all while facing concern for their own homes and safety. Students researched ways to get involved so that we could share them, VISTAs and staff went to evacuation centers where they did whatever needed to be done, including serving as interpreters, one of the Faculty Fellows revamped the focus of her position to address fire-related work and...

Why should students get involved with Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County?


Why should students get involved with Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County? by Iris Leal Helping People. Changing Lives. 50 Years Strong. Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County addresses the needs of impoverished communities and the necessary changes needed to eliminate poverty in our county. CAP Sonoma partners with the community to empower low-income families through community engagement, health & wellness, education, and financial stability strategies; our four core focus areas. I joined CAP Sonoma because I wanted to be directly involved with the change taking place in my area. I...

The Life of Lettuce


The Life of Lettuce by Claudia Sisomphou Lettuce is one of the most common food staples in the American diet. Whether it be the base of a salad, or the finishing touch on a sandwich or burger, we eat lettuce A LOT. However, how often do we actually know where that lettuce comes from? There is tremendous amount of work that goes into the production of lettuce, and its impact on our land, resources, and workforce may be much larger than you think....

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Service & Internship Fair XI


Service & Internship Fair XI By Claudia Sisomphou and Maddie Wright "I'm looking for internships that will allow me to help others, more specifically kids, and better get to know [the organization], as well as myself," said Tessa Gordon, a senior Hutchins and Spanish student who attended this year's annual Service and Internship Fair. Petaluma Bounty catching the attention of many students On August 31st, the CCE and SSU welcomed over 60 organizations to campus for the annual Service and Internship Fair. Students, faculty,...

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Welcome Back, Ashley & Gustavo!


Welcome Back, Ashley & Gustavo! by Merith Weisman I'm so excited to welcome Ashley Simon '16, and Gustavo Vasquez '16 back to the CCE! When Ashley was an SSU student, she worked as a student assistant in the CCE for 4 1/2 years. She managed the SSU Social Media site, including the Tip of the Week, and has a lot of knowledge and experience. [Related: See blog posts written by Ashley] "I'm excited to be back in the CCE because I can continue to...

Spotlight: Service-Learning Case Study in Business


Spotlight: Service-Learning Case Study in Business by Maddie Wright "Professor Girling and his courses offer wisdom, expertise, a challenge, and an opportunity for self-discovery for those who are open to the call." - Victoria Hernandez, Professor Girling's former student. Dr. Girling turned to service-learning in order to show students the realistic opportunities and experiences they can have after graduating with an Economics degree. He said, "Economics is abstract, I was looking for ways to show students the practical side, service-learning does that." He started using...

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Welcome Ash, Brenda, Iris, Jeremy, Jesus, Liliana, Lisa, & Missy!


Welcome Ash, Brenda, Iris, Jeremy, Jesus, Liliana, Lisa, & Missy! by Merith Weisman Classes start on August 22, and we're gearing up in the CCE. I'm excited to welcome 4 new AmeriCorps VISTA members, the new Administrative Coordinator, 2 new Faculty Fellows, and SSU's new Provost. All of this growth is exciting and I know it's going to be an amazing year full of learning and impact! Please join me in welcoming everyone!...

Welcome Brenda, Iris, Jesus & Liliana!


Welcome Brenda, Iris, Jesus & Liliana! by Merith Weisman I'm excited to welcome 4 new AmeriCorps VISTA members to the CCE! Brenda, Iris, Jesus and Liliana have committed to serve as AmeriCorps VISTAs for a year. They will provide direct support for any faculty member, staff member or student who gets involved with the organizations they work with four days each week and they will be at SSU in the CCE one day each week. They each have three main responsibilities. The first is to...

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Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 10


Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 10 By Claudia Sisomphou Part 10 of a 10 Part Series See Tip 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 It's easy to talk about the importance of remembering to turn off the lights whenever they are not being used, but it's also just as easy to leave them on anyway. Whether it's because you don't want to come home to a dark house, or you like to leave that light on in the hallway when you...

Shadow Day X


Shadow Day X by Baylee Pearce "Today made Sonoma State and college a possibility" said Stephanie Ioza, a junior from Roseland Collegiate Prep (RCP). Shadow Day is a day when COMS 160B students host RCP students and give them an exclusive look on what college entails. The RCP juniors are the first of their school to be graduating seniors in the 2017-2018 academic school year. They were first brought to Sonoma State as freshmen for Discovery Day IX and returned as juniors for...

Welcome Jeremy & Missy!


Welcome Jeremy & Missy! by Merith Weisman I'm excited to welcome Drs. Jeremy Qualls and Melissa (Missy) Garvin who are joining us as Faculty Fellows from Fall 2017-Spring 2020. Jeremy is a physicist from the School of Science & Technology (SST) and Missy is a psychologist from the School of Social Sciences (SSS). The Faculty Fellow position has two major and complementary components: 1) faculty development; 2) institutionalization of learning pedagogies for the common good. This means that Missy and Jeremy will be...

Welcome, Provost Vollendorf!


Welcome, Provost Vollendorf! Provost Lisa Vollendorf On July 1, Provost Lisa Vollendorf began her position at SSU. Dr. Vollendorf was a Spanish professor at CSU Long Beach and Dean of College of Humanities & the Arts at San Jose State University before joining us (read more about Dr. Vollendorf's background and the search process). As Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, Provost Vollendorf is my supervisor's supervisor and has a key role to play in supporting the future of the CCE. "Sonoma...

Book Buddies III


Book Buddies III By Maddie Wright. Probably the cutest event the Center for Community Engagement hosts is Book Buddies. Sonoma State service-learning students from Dr. Jessica Hobson's Psychology course entitled Life Span Development pair up with second and third grade students from Meadow View Elementary School for a day of fun literacy activities at Sonoma State. The SSU students studied all semester about physical, social, and mental human development. The service-learning project works as another text for the course, connecting the student's...

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Welcome Ash


Welcome Ash by Merith Weisman Ashley (Ash) Klein has joined the CCE as an Administrative Coordinator. She comes to us from the business sector . She works 1/2 time in the CCE and 1/2 time in the Faculty Center. Ash says, "My favorite part of working in the CCE is utilizing my career experience and passion for furthering the greater good to support our team in matching the SSU community with community partners." She is doing an exceptional job of keeping...

My First Week in the CCE


My First Week in the CCE By Jesus Rocha Volunteering at the CCE has made me feel more confident in understanding how the Center plays a huge role in the campus and with the community. It also has been preparing me as I await on becoming a full-time VISTA member. One thing that I am nervous about is being able to lay out the bases of what the CCE does for the campus and community. I'm excited to share my passion for the community and...