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Book Buddies IV


Book Buddies IV by Eloy Delgado Book Buddies turned out as one of the most enjoyable events I attended while interning with the CCE. I particularly liked witnessing the interactions between elementary school children and SSU students. I noticed a sense of wonder in the eyes of kids and recognize the long-term benefits stepping foot in an institution of higher education will have for them. Service-learners give to the community and link their service to academic study. Check out pictures and reflection...

Welcome Back, Vic!


Welcome Back, Vic! by Merith Weisman I'm so excited to welcome Vic Liptak back to the CCE! Vic Liptak joined Academic Affairs in the role of Accreditation and Assessment Coordinator. This one-year position will also support the CCE with some much needed web writing. Vic, a long time supporter of the CCE, was involved in our planning efforts last year and is a regular at Just Coffee. Accreditation and Assessment Coordinator, Vic Liptak. "I'm honored to be part of the Sonoma State...

How Civic Engagement Impacts Health: Latino Health Forum 25th Anniversary


How Civic Engagement Impacts Health: Latino Health Forum 25th Anniversary by Eloy Delgado During senior seminar, I learned about incorporating personal fulfillment, success, and service into an all-encompassing life project. As an intern blogger for the CCE, I have been able to learn how service applies. For example, recently I attended the Latino Health Forum's celebration of its 25th anniversary. The focus of the conference centered around the topic of "the health and unity of our community." As a Communications major, public health and health access are not fields...

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Mentor Me: Changing Lives!


Mentor Me: Changing Lives! Jesus Rocha Mentor Me is a nonprofit organization that recognizes students who are struggling with academic success and challenges in their social life. Those challenges may include mental and behavioral health issues and challenges from family members such as unemployment, incarceration, and drug use. A way that Mentor Me assists these at-risk students is matching them with an adult mentor in order to achieve the kid's absolute best in school and in life. I learned about the VISTA position...

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Tips & Trends in Service-Learning VIII


Tips & Trends in Service-Learning VIII by Eloy Delgado Introductions Faculty and staff from SSU and other universities attended the service-learning workshop to learn the latest on resources, research and techniques on this pedagogy and how to incorporate it into curricula. I have not taken a service-learning course but by attending this workshop, and Book Buddies, I witnessed the planning and the execution process of such a class. Personally one of the most interesting revelations involved discovering that English classes use composition as part of...

The Life of an iPhone


The Life of an iPhone by Claudia Sisomphou 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...

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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...