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Updated: Skipping to the Last Stop


Updated: Skipping to the Last Stop by Merith Weisman Happy Summer! Summer at SSU is a time for reflection and planning for the next academic year. It's a slower time here, while in the community, work continues at its regular high speed. As a result, it's a time when I find I am least successful in addressing community requests. Community partners contact me all the time with requests for collaboration. While the CCE is able to address some of these requests directly, generally, we serve...

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Don't Miss a Thing! Several Programs Are on the Move!


Don't Miss a Thing! Several Programs Are on the Move! by Merith Weisman Big changes are afoot with several programs the CCE currently runs and I want you to be first to know. The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County (VCSC) Nonprofit Resource Center is taking the leadership role of the: Sonoma County Community Events listing Greater Bay Area Nonprofit and Governmental Job listing Sonoma County Nonprofit & Governmental Social Media Professionals group Here's how you can expect these changes to impact you: 1. Sonoma County Community Events Calendar The...

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I am a Future Maker


I am a Future Maker by Claudia Sisomphou Everyone at the Future Makers Youth Summit of the Sustainable Enterprise Conference at Sonoma Mountain Village had a desire to not only address the problems in society, but to also discuss the solutions. Even amidst talking about the challenges of our generation, I was inspired by everyone's positivity. These were the kind of conversations that I was craving to have with other passionate activists. The participants and presenters were all between the ages of 15 and...

Sonoma State's Earth Day 2015


Sonoma State's Earth Day 2015 by Claudia Sisomphou This year's Earth Day was a great success! Clubs and organizations from the University, and agencies from the local community came together on Wednesday, April 22nd to celebrate the Earth and the campus' sustainability efforts. The groups that helped put on the event were JUMP, Students for Sustainability, the Fairfield Osborn Preserve, Catholic Charities, the Center for Community Engagement, the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency, SolarCity, the Sustainability Alternative Spring Break leaders, Campus Rec, and the...

Best Spring Break Ever


Best Spring Break Ever by An Okada What did you do for Spring Break? Did you relax, go to the beach, spend time with family? I spent my spring break collecting garbage, planting trees, gardening, and building relationships with other SSU students who care about sustainability. When I met my supervisor for the first time, she also introduced Sonoma State Alternative Spring Breaks. Sonoma State Alternative Breaks are week-long trips that focus on specific social issues, and students bring what we learn back...

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Book Buddies I


Book Buddies I by Derek Warren "[...T]his service-learning approach has changed the way I see a person reading to their child. Before attending Book Buddies, I thought to myself that we were just going to read to a child, then the child will read, and then make a book. But after the students had left I realized it was more than just reading; it was also possibly life changing." --Martha Mendoza, SSU Psychology 302 service-learner. For the first time, Sonoma State University...

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Why I Was Proud to NOT Fit in at the Geography of Hope Conference: Women and the Land


Why I Was Proud to NOT Fit in at the Geography of Hope Conference: Women and the Land by Claudia Sisomphou As I get further into my education and dive deeper into the issues of society, I can't help but wonder what is at the root of all of these problems. Is it possible that all these issues could be related? I believe the answer is yes. At the heart of every problem we see today is at least one of two faults: lack of respect for others or lack of respect for the Earth. Hunger, pollution,...

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Discovery Day IX


Discovery Day IX by Ashley Simon "I think I'm more excited for college just by seeing how all these students feel about it," said Gisselle Alvarez from Roseland Collegiate Prep (RCP). At Discovery Day, RCP students learned how to get to college and what to expect. "I had all the qualities of a leader: smart, caring, including others and building relationships," student leader Edgar Arroyo writes upon reflection. SSU students used what they learned in class to be effective leaders and mentors....

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My Experience at CHESS XX: California Higher Education Student Summit


My Experience at CHESS XX: California Higher Education Student Summit by Claudia Sisomphou It is because of the opportunities I have had thanks to higher education, and more specifically the CSU System, that make me so passionate about ensuring accessibility and affordability for others to attend college as well. I am completely certain that I would not be the well-rounded and positive person I am today if I had not gone to college. That's why, since my freshman year, I have been a part of the Associated Students Club...

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From Shared Vision to Reality: Gold Ridge 4C's Preschool and SSU Service-Learning Garden


From Shared Vision to Reality: Gold Ridge 4C's Preschool and SSU Service-Learning Garden What happens when the director of the Gold Ridge 4C's Preschool and an SSU service-learning faculty member put their heads together? The result is a beautiful organic garden providing not only food, but also learning opportunities for preschoolers and college students alike. Kids jumping on a bed of dirt in a garden See the whole story and more spectacular pictures: Service-learning is all about collaboration, and this project is no exception. Special thanks to Jon Brazeal, Construction Manager, Stacy and...