CSU Stanislaus Lauded Again for Community Service Efforts

TURLOCK, Calif. — March 11, 2013 — California State University (CSU), Stanislaus, has been named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.

It's the seventh consecutive year CSU Stanislaus has received the designation. The university's Office of Service Learning works with faculty members and more than 2,400 students every year on community service projects and community-based research initiatives

In 2012 alone, CSU Stanislaus students and faculty provided nearly 54,000 volunteer hours to the region, with an estimated economic impact of more than $1.14 million in services to the local community.

"CSU Stanislaus has a long history of service learning and believes strongly in preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in an ever-changing world," said Julie Fox, the university's director of service learning. "We’re honored to receive this prestigious award, and we owe much of it to the faculty members involved and especially the students. They're the energy driving our commitment, and they're the ones who make it all happen."

Fox recently received individual praise for her work in service learning as well, when the Turlock Chamber of Commerce named her the Higher Education Person of the Year as part of its Best of Turlock awards in January.

Among the many programs Fox and her office facilitate are:

• the Criminal Justice Mentor Program, in which CSU Stanislaus students help more than 300 Turlock students per year — from kindergarten through high school — who are struggling with grades, delinquency, truancy and other issues;

Science Saturdays and the annual Science Day, which offer free, fun and educational opportunities on campus for the general public — especially children and families — on campus;

Chemistry in the Classroom, in which CSU Stanislaus faculty and students design science experiments for area classes; and

• the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, in which business administration students and service learning staff provide no-cost income tax service and financial literacy education for low-income residents.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation’s leading higher education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.

"Congratulations to CSU Stanislaus, its faculty and its students for their commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom," said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. "Institutions of higher education are helping to improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges."

More information on eligibility and the full list of honor roll awardees can be found at nationalservice.gov.

James Leonard

jleonard1@csustan.edu