Fresno Faculty Get on a Bus and Gain
a Unique Experience
On August 19th, 50 new faculty members at Fresno State boarded a bus and learned what it means to be a member of an engaged institution. The half-day tour was part of the annual New Faculty Orientation program. Led by seasoned faculty, participants visited local nonprofits and businesses where they learned about the tremendous research, professional service and service-learning efforts that are underway in the Fresno community.
- Professor Mark Keppler shared how he contributed his expertise in business and law in assisting the Community Development Agency to raise funds and establish a new park.
- Dr. Timothy Stearns showcased the revitalization efforts by students, faculty and nonprofit leaders impacting the downtown Fresno area.
Plans are underway to expand next year’s event. Email Chris Fiorentino for more details.
Impressive Turnout at Community
On August 26, 24 representatives from nineteen community agencies joined 24 faculty and eight student staff at San Jose State’s workshop, Community, Faculty, and Student Partnerships: Working Together as Service-Learning Co-Educators. Co-facilitated by Kathleen Rice, independent consultant, the workshop was organized into different sections:
- Presentations, including panel discussion
- Small and large group discussion,
Some of the key reasons for this impressive turnout are:
- Invitations were sent to dependable and potential partners with assurance that faculty would be in attendance;
- Faculty who are well-respected were attending,
- Emphasis on members of engaged departments participating;
- Communication that was consistent!
To find out more, email Michael Fallon.
A Grant Writing Training that Profits Everyone
A local Foundation partnered with the Service-Learning Institute at Monterey Bay in an ingenious service-learning course designed to teach students the “how to’s” in grant writing that also benefited local agencies.
Central Coast Children Foundation (CCCF) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) that enabled a two-pair writing team of CSUMB service-learning students to secure grant money and technical assistance for the agencies for which they volunteer. CCCF not only trained students in proposal writing, but they also agreed to fund at least one non-profit’s project that works with kids. In the end, CCCF funded three proposals, a total of $3,575. This year, CCCF plans to give $5,000 to this innovative idea. Read more in the attached occasional paper, or email Seth Pollack.