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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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Becoming a Hope Dealer for Our Babies


Becoming a Hope Dealer for Our Babies guest blogger Mariana Garcia Martinez I am an immigrant, English language learner, working class, poor, from a single parent household woman of color. I am someone that was not meant to get ahead because of the at-risk environment I was living under, yet I succeeded. I am pages away from finishing my dissertation, becoming the first in my family to earn not just a PhD, but a master's degree, a college degree and a high school diploma. However, this...

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Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 1


Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 1 Part 1 of a 10 Part Series by Claudia Sisomphou How you choose to spend your money is one of the most powerful decisions you make everyday. Much like a vote, every purchase shows your approval of that company's product, policies, and their social and environmental impacts. We as consumers influence what the market produces, so we must embrace this responsibility by buying consciously. Remember that you have the power to demand that corporations respect you and respect your environment....

"These children need us, and we need them.": A Student Reflection on Reciprocity in Service-Learning


Author Brikell Bascherini-Burns with her partner child. When I enrolled in Psychology 490: Autism Theory and Interventions, I did not care about children who had autism. The word autism was very unfamiliar, it wasn't my problem. I cared about enrolling in 16 units to make sure my tuition money was being used efficiently. I got to class the first day to learn that I would be working with a kid; an actual alive child who has been diagnosed with...

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Service-Learners Make More Money


Service-Learners Make More Money by Merith Weisman Studies have shown that service-learning has many valuable impacts on student academic and personal learning, degree completion, and civic outcomes. Now new research from the University of Georgia finds that service-learners who graduated in 2010 made an average of $4,600 more in the first year of their first full-time job if they had participated in service-learning courses while earning their degrees. When compared to those who hadn't taken service-learning courses they also received their first raises...

Welcome Back, Tim!


Welcome Back, Tim! Dr. Timothy Wandling, a professor from the Department of English, will work with other SSU faculty, the City of Santa Rosa and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to launch a new program called Sustainable City Year (SYC). The model, created by the University Of Oregon, has now been implemented at more than a dozen campuses, including San Diego State University. In this program, students engage with local cities' sustainability efforts while completing course assignments and projects. Dr. Tim Wandling "I...

Service-Learning Case Study: Psychology and Early Childhood Education


Service-Learning Case Study: Psychology and Early Childhood Education by Cera Murata Jessica Hobson, a lecturer in the departments of Psychology and Early Childhood Education, has been teaching at Sonoma State University since 2013 and is one of the many professors to integrate service-learning into their curriculum. Her passion for service-learning stemmed from her undergraduate years at Florida Atlantic University, where she received the Caring Award for Outstanding Record of Volunteer Services. Even though service-learning as a teaching strategy was part of how she learned and how she...

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Shadow Day VIII


Shadow Day VIII by Ashley Simon Shadow Day is the time once a year when Juniors from Roseland University Prep visit Sonoma State University and accompany college students throughout their activities. Dr. Jessica Hobson's service-learning Psychology 302 Lifespan Development class prepared for this event with readings on life stages, the benefits of service-learning, and some history on the area of Roseland in which RUP is located. I have been a part of Shadow Day since 2013 and it was one of the...

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Get Involved: NAMI Sonoma County


Get Involved: NAMI Sonoma County Content Warning for mental health illness and suicide; this post is part of a series that deals with intersectional gender-based violence. By Maddie Wright and Ashley Simon Maddie and Ashley: Hello everyone! This month's Get Involved post is combined with a reminder for mental health awareness and care. Maddie: Sonoma State University's second annual Mental Health Awareness Week's theme was to promote the importance of mental wellness and overall well-being of college students. One of the ways this was accomplished...

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Higher Education and the Sustainability Movement Need to Change


Higher Education and the Sustainability Movement Need to Change by Claudia Sisomphou This year's Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference was held in the beautiful and dynamic city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Similarly to the experience I had at last year's conference, I met brilliant people from around the world, was impressed with the new ideas and innovations of businesses and organizations, and was inspired by amazing presenters. However, because this was my second year attending, I came to the conference with more confidence...

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Discovery Day X


Discovery Day X by Scott Lazzarini "That's what college is for, to explore what you want to do. And that's exactly what Sonoma is for," said Breauna Fracassa, an SSU student leader when asked by RUP students about her choice of career path. Each academic year at Sonoma State University brings another Discovery Day, and this particular Discovery Day marks a milestone as the tenth in SSU's history. Discovery Day provides high school freshman from Roseland University Prep (RUP) with exposure to...

Sustainability Day Panel: From Words to Actions


Sustainability Day Panel: From Words to Actions by Ashley Simon "We need what Sonoma State offers. We have so many needs in the community and people have so many good ideas that need a platform." - Suzi Grady, Petaluma Bounty On Sustainability Day, there were games, giveaways, and lots of panels on the environment and recent sustainability efforts. One of the panels called, "From Words to Action: Applying Sustainability Principles in Our Community" included important information from community partners on how they are being sustainable and...

How to Know When to Stop Doing Service


How to Know When to Stop Doing Service by Claudia Sisomphou This summer was confusing, beautiful, stressful, and peaceful all at the same time. I learned more about myself in the past two months than I have in the last two years. For the first time I took a step back from my life of service and found that I, alone, was a little lost. I was faced with the reality that I had been doing so much for others that somewhere along the way I had...

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My Day As A Professional


My Day As A Professional by Alexis Simpson For me, the highlight of this the Volunteer Managers' Roundtable at the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County was suggesting to Hope Bohanec, Executive Director at Compassionate Living, that to reach the 18-25 demographic about veganism her organization could partner with a fitness company. I've noticed that many students at Sonoma State University are really into fitness. It was in this moment that I felt like a professional because I was giving a suggestion to another professional...

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Which Side Are You On?: North Bay Organizing Project's 5th Annual Public Meeting


Which Side Are You On?: North Bay Organizing Project's 5th Annual Public Meeting by Ashley Simon I attended the North Bay Organizing Project's 5th Annual Public meeting. The NBOP has been working on several community issues this year and the meeting was a time to share community progress and next steps. "Public Transit for the Public Good". The North Bay Organizing Project aims to extend the free bus access that currently exists for veterans and college students in Sonoma County to k-12 students. Housing inequality and rent control, living wages, and fare-less...