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What is Just Coffee?


What is Just Coffee? by An Okada "Would you like to join us for Just Coffee?," my supervisor asked. I said "yes," but had many questions about it. It sounded very ambiguous and I could not imagine what to expect. It's a truism that in order to get anything done, you have to have trust. Trusting relationships are imperative for a strong community. But how do we build those trusting relationships? We need to start with getting to know each other. Just Coffee...

20 Things I Wish I'd Known About Higher Education When I Worked in Nonprofits Part 2


20 Things I Wish I'd Known About Higher Education When I Worked in Nonprofits Part 2 This post is part 2 of 2 originally published on NPTalk in 2012. Part 1 includes 1-10.Click here to see Part 1. by Merith Weisman Working in partnership with higher education can be quite rewarding. Through collaborating, both sectors can gain benefits for mission achievement through knowledge, funding, broadening constituent bases, etc. that neither can gain alone. When building a relationship, it's important to know about the other entity -- who they are, what they value, how they make decisions....

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20 Things I Wish I'd Known About Higher Education When I Worked in Nonprofits Part 1


20 Things I Wish I'd Known About Higher Education When I Worked in Nonprofits Part 1 This post is part 1 of 2 originally published by NPTalk in 2012. by Merith Weisman Working in partnership with higher education can be quite rewarding. Through collaborating, both sectors can gain benefits for mission achievement through knowledge, funding, broadening constituent bases, etc. that neither can gain alone. When building a relationship, it's important to know about the other entity -- who they are, what they value, how they make decisions. This post explores the mysterious world of the American...

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My Productive Day of Firsts


My Productive Day of Firsts by An Okada The first day of my internship was very productive and interesting. I met my new supervisor at 8am on the first day of school to go to the very first Social Media Professionals Roundtable at the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County. I did not know what to expect until she talked about the meeting in her car. "Working with social media professionally can help nonprofits to address their missions and connect with the resources they need....

Spotlight: University & Community Partnership in Literacy Studies and Elementary Education


Spotlight: University & Community Partnership in Literacy Studies and Elementary Education "It just amazes me every time how they've come up with these really great projects and integrated the service part with academics and then they're doing this with students who are five to thirteen years old and just their enthusiasm with doing the project. It gives them an opportunity to pull together all of these different aspects about teaching that they have learned in our graduate program. They make them into something meaningful by doing service-learning with it," says Associate...

My Experience at AASHE 2014


My Experience at AASHE 2014 by Claudia Sisomphou The moment we arrived in Portland, Oregon I felt like I had stepped into a sustainable paradise! The TriMet Transport System was the best public transportation I have ever used. Purchasing tickets and finding out which rail to get on was incredibly cheap and simple. There were wide bike paths in the middle of the streets so bikers could be easily seen and many of the residents were using them even in the pouring rain. I...

100 Blog Posts: By the Numbers


100 Blog Posts: By the Numbers by Merith Weisman Way back in 2009, George Moskoff did a study of our community partnerships. The results were clear - our community partners wanted much more contact via email and social media. I wanted to make sure that we used and modeled best practices, so I undertook an ongoing social media learning process. One of the folks I learned the most from is Heather Mansfield. In a webinar I attended, she explained that she resisted creating a blog...

Shadow Day VII


Shadow Day VII by Helen San "One thing I've learned today is that engineering is not only about yourself, but you have to think about other people. I thought that was very deep and something I've never thought about before." says RUP student, Alex, after taking a tour of the SSU Department of Engineering. It's the fall semester and time for Shadow Day. During this event, Roseland University Prep (RUP) juniors got to experience college life as a student at Sonoma State...

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Top Ten Tips: Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Your Money, and Your Planet


Top Ten Tips: Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Your Money, and Your Planet by Claudia Sisomphou Today it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the talk about climate change and the California drought, but for many of us the challenge isn't caring about these issues, the challenge is "how do I become apart of the solution?" There are many paths that lead to a more sustainable lifestyle, but to help you get started here are 10 of the simple ways you can tweak your daily routine to not only benefit your...

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Discovery Day VIII


Discovery Day VIII "[What] I hope to get out of this experience is to show the younger students a glimpse of college life so they know what to expect." -Jeno, SSU student The Communications & Media Studies Learning Community class greeted 107 students from Roseland University Prep for Discovery Day held at Sonoma State University. Roseland University Prep students work together to untie a human knot. Group activities including a scavenger hunt created friendly bonds between RUP and SSU students. All of the...