2010 Research Conference

Fresno: Richter Center Ambassadors

California State University, Fresno’s 388-acre main campus and its 1,011-acre University Farm are located at the northeast edge of Fresno, California, at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range. The surrounding San Joaquin Valley is one of the richest agricultural areas in the world, and Fresno is the fifth largest city in California. The University enrolled more than 21,500 students in 2009, and boasts 26 nationally accredited departmental programs, among the highest number within the CSU system. Fresno State is considered a commuter campus with many of our students arriving from the expansive reaches of the Central Valley to attend courses. This makes for a natural bridge between the learning in the university classrooms and service in the community.

As the central office responsible for coordinating the university's community service-learning efforts,The Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning is dedicated to engaging the entire Fresno State campus in creating a better community through service and learning. The Richter Center Ambassadors program began in 2007-08, after students in the service-learning course MCJ 159: PR Cases and Campaigns recommended the addition of student leadership program for the Center. There are currently twelve Ambassadors who work as a team to continue the work of their predecessors who developed a vision for the program, created formal job descriptions for Ambassadors, and designed a recruitment and selection process for the 2010-11 academic year. In addition, the team worked to secure incentives for student leaders and to document their efforts as a way to manage transition from one academic term to the next.

Visit the Richter Center Ambassadors Blog (http://fresnostateRCA.com) during the semester to follow their progress.

Program Contact:
Mellissa Jessen
Assistant Director, Jan and Bud Richter Center
(559) 278-6986

Surdna Foundation

The CSU Center for Community Engagement gratefully acknowledges the Surdna Foundation for its generous and visionary support of The Next Stage: Boosting Service Learning to New Heights, three-year grant initiative.