50 Ways to Serve
In celebration of CSUSB's 50th anniversary, employees of the College of Extended Learning are performing 50 acts of service to CSUSB and the community. Employees can submit new suggestions
Amity Program Blankets Drive
June 30, 2016
Summer Peng organized a drive and encouraged CSUSB Amity Program students to donate their bedding to the San Bernardino Animal Shelter. Donations are continuously accepted with the purpose of providing ongoing care and treatment for all animals at the shelter, enhancing their stay and increasing their chances for adoption. Summer collected a total of 12 blankets that animals will be able to use to stay clean, cozy and comfortable.
Since the Amity Program students were packing to leave the U.S., many also donated clothing and housewares, which were accepted at the Goodwill.
Breakfast and Snacks for CSUSB Students
June 6, 2016
With the end of spring quarter, CEL staff decided to host two events to distribute breakfast and snacks to CSUSB students. The events were scheduled to happen before and during finals week, a period of time where the majority of CSUSB students are busy studying on campus, often forgetting to eat or bring their own food. CEL handed out a total of 200 snacks including trail mix, granola bars, and breakfast muffins.
CSUSB Graduation Gowns Drive
May 31, 2016
As part of the Association of Latino Faculty, Staff and Students, Aurora Vilchis organized a drive to collect graduation gowns for CSUSB students participating in this year’s Commencement ceremony and/or any other cultural graduate recognition ceremonies. This drive helps students who are unable to purchase graduation gowns. Ten gowns were collected and they will be returned to the appropriate owners at the end of graduation season.
Patton State Psychiatric Hospital Museum Tour
May 28, 2016
In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, Shannon Long invited CSUSB staff, students, faculty and administrators to take a free tour of the Patton State Psychiatric Hospital Museum. Shannon volunteered her time to lead and supervise a tour exclusively offered to the CSUSB community. Through this tour, 55 attendees had the opportunity to discover the history of one of California’s oldest and largest psychiatric institutions. Moreover, attendees had access to one-of-a-kind artifacts and photographs collected over the course of 125 years, which allowed them to learn and understand the evolution of psychiatric treatment.
Donation to the CSBS Celebration of Excellence Hall of Fame 2016
May 27, 2016
CEL donated $1,000 to the CSBS (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences) Celebration of Excellence Hall of Fame 2016. This event celebrates individuals who have made substantial contributions to their respective professions and to the community. Inductees were honored on campus at a special ceremony held Friday, April 22, 2016.
Pfau Library Book Drive
May 11, 2016
Jane Payne organized a book drive and encouraged CEL staff to donate any unused books to the Pfau Library at CSUSB. Under Jane’s lead, CEL donated 97 books that will help the library’s growth and quality.
Relay for Life of Claremont and La Verne
April 23, 2016
Nusha Shishegar volunteered to walk in the Relay for Life of Claremont and La Verne at the University of La Verne. Relay for Life arranges long-day group walks to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Participants have fun while raising awareness about the disease, honoring cancer survivors and their caregivers, remembering those we have lost to the disease and inspiring everyone in the community to fight back against cancer year-round. The walks symbolize a day in the life of a patient – when one has cancer, one never has a moment of rest from battling the disease. During the event, participants do not rest either!
iCreate! Family Fair
April 16, 2016
Under Andrew German’s lead, CEL staff volunteered to help operate the iCreate! Family Fair, an event organized by the San Bernardino Community College District, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, University of California, Riverside, and California State University, San Bernardino, among others. This event is intended to get K-12 students excited about learning and increasing their interest in STEM and cyber disciplines. During the fair, students have a chance to see, do, experience and/or take away important concepts and activities that are related to STEM and cyber.
2016 CSU-ACE Colloquium
April 15, 2016
Adriana Kazanjian volunteered to work at the 2016 CSU Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (CSU-ACE) Colloquium. This event provides CSU students with the opportunity to present their research and interact with representatives from important security-related agencies of the U.S. government and private corporations. The Colloquium is a great opportunity for students to network and connect with agency and corporate representatives. Adriana assisted with registration, arranging “swag” bags, setting up agency representative tables, putting up directional signs, guiding people to the event and cleaning up after the event.
Coyote Cares Day
April 16, 2016
Along with nine other CSUSB students, Kim DeLeon volunteered to participate in an important project for Community Action Partnership. This project puts together a food box packing party for 1,000 local families in need. Kim DeLeon’s team was in charge of assembling the boxes for each family. During this event, Kim had the opportunity to interact with CSUSB students and alumni, all of which worked together to sort and pack mountains of food! Through Coyote Cares Day, more than 600 students have volunteered for 17 local non-profits and community centers around the area. Volunteers have completed over 2,400 hours of service work.
Hoarding and Cleaning Out the Clutter
April 14, 2016
Jane Payne volunteered her time to teach "Hoarding and Cleaning Out the Clutter", a class offered to Osher members for free. Attendees learned a variety of topics, including warning signs of hoarding, the dangers of clutter and where to get help. The class aimed at helping attendees get organized and provided them with guidance on how to get started, breaking projects into manageable sizes and organizational tips to save time and frustration.
Project Linus Blanket Drive
April 8, 2016
Elaine Chacon organized a blanket drive at CEL for Project Linus. This organization works with Loma Linda Children Hospital as well as needy children in the community. Volunteers of this project provide new, handmade, washable blankets to seriously ill and traumatized children, ages 0-18. CEL staff handmade and customized 20 fleece blankets to be given as gifts at the Loma Linda Children Hospital.
“A Million Thanks”
April 8, 2016
Jesse Hernandez volunteered to lead “A Million Thanks”, a service activity that provides support and appreciation to our active and veteran military men and women by sending letters of thanks and encouragement. Under Jesse’s lead, CEL wrote and signed fifty cards that were mailed to A Million Thanks Distribution Center. It is CEL’s goal to see that our troops – active, reserve, and veterans – receive these letters, whether they are serving at home, abroad or are injured in hospitals.
Children’s Center Gardening Event
April 7-18, 2016
The Children’s Center at CSUSB hosted a special event during the month of April to give children the opportunity to learn about gardening, seeds, plants and flowers. Elaine Chacon, Stacia McCambridge, Jane Payne, Suzy Sharweed, and Judy Gallegos kindly donated fruits, vegetables, soil, pots, spray bottles, plants, flowers, gardening gloves and other gardening tools.
April 7, 2016
Nicole Mendoza organized a toothbrush drive through the Assistance League of San Bernardino (ALSB) in conjunction with Margie Arnett, staff member at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. ALSB is a non-profit organization run by volunteers that helps children in need by providing general dentistry services at a low cost. Recent studies show that as many as nine percent of first-grade students in the city do not own a toothbrush. Margie Arnett’s lecture on children’s oral hygiene needs at Cal State San Bernardino led Nicole Mendoza to organize the donation drive at CEL. The staff collected over 100 toothbrushes for children in need
Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation Volunteer Project #3
April 7, 2016
The College of Extended Learning’s 2+2 program students in Vietnam along with resident director Helen Huntley, collected cash donations from friends and family to buy art supplies for disabled children to use at the Blue Dragon Center in Hanoi. The students delivered a large box of art supplies to the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, an Australian charity working in Vietnam with children in crisis. Blue Dragon’s dedicated staff supports over 1,500 of the most vulnerable children throughout Vietnam every year. The aim of the organization is to rescue children from danger, reunite them with their families whenever possible and provide all services needed for recovery and growth.
Walk for Kids
April 3, 2016
The College of Extended Learning team walked to support the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House 2016 Walk for Kids. This event aims to raise funds and support children and families served by the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House – a program of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California. This program provides comfort and housing in close proximity to hospitals for seriously ill children and their families. In addition, the program offers other amazing services to help families during a very stressful time in their lives. CEL reached its fundraising goal of $285!
Luke’s Pride Community Day
March 29, 2016
Stacia McCambridge volunteered to lead the Luke’s Pride Community Center Day, an event hosted by the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House. During this event, local groups and organizations bring a craft or activity for Loma Linda University Children Hospital’s patients. Along with Stacia, Changhee Song, Kim DeLeon, Kaitlin Brehaut, and Judy Gallegos all volunteered to bring a Monsters University puppet craft activity to treat patients to a fun-filled afternoon away from the bedside.
Disabled American Veterans Clothing Drive
March 25, 2016
Stacia McCambridge encouraged CEL staff to do some spring closet cleaning and donate any clothing or household items no longer needed to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) non-profit organization. DAV empowers veterans and their families to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. The organization assists veterans with a variety of benefits, including assistance with employment search and job fairs.
Career Clothing Drive
March 25, 2016
Jane organized a second clothing drive to help the Career Center at CSUSB donate professional and business casual attire for CSUSB students and recent graduates. Through this drive, students have access to free professional attire that they could use during career fairs, job interviews, and in the workplace. CEL donated a rack full of tops, pants, sweaters, shirts, blouses, and a pair of shoes.
Cultural Charity Fund
March 20, 2016
Helen Huntley participated in a day-long visit to two libraries several hours from Hanoi to donate books and resources provided by the Vietnamese Cultural Charity Fund. The first visit was to a newly-built gifted high school in Ha Nam, which needed books for its new, but empty library. The second visit was to a village in Thai Binh, where a disabled young woman has opened a free private library for the village children. Although she had lost the use of all four limbs in childhood and had not been able to attend school, her altruistic outlook on life led her to start up the library at the age of 15. Three years later, the library is well-stocked with books, which take up two sides of her humble room, even though it is still lacking furniture. The charity donated funds to purchase several tables and chairs for the woman's library.
March 19, 2016
Kim Deleon and a group of CEL volunteers participated in an Easter Eggstravaganza event that The City of Riverside Parks hosted. This event provided members of the Riverside community the opportunity to enjoy a blissful spring themed event that included games, activities, a fun zone for the youth and egg hunts.
Children’s Center Egg Hunt
March 16, 2016
CEL staff hosted a bird egg hunt for the Children’s Center at CSUSB. A morning class of thirty children and an afternoon class of sixteen children all enjoyed the event. CEL donated over 200 eggs full of candy.
San Gabriel Valley Humane Society Donation Drive
March 1, 2016
Adriana Elizalde hosted a donation drive for the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society Animal Shelter. This shelter is committed to providing a safe and caring environment for all animals under their care. CEL kindly donated one adult dry dog food bag, eight puppy dry dog food bags, five fleece blankets, two towels, one bleach bottle, one pack of paper towels, two packs of canned cat food, 10 cans of wet cat food, one bottle of antibacterial wipes, five cans of dog food, one bottle of detergent, one nail clipper for dogs and three cans of dog food dinners.
Helen Huntley: American Center Session
February 29, 2016
In recognition of Black History month and CEL's 50 Ways to Serve campaign, Helen Huntley volunteered to give a session entitled American Cultural Values and Diversity for students and young professionals at the American Center at the U.S. Embassy, Hanoi, on February 29, 2016.
The session focused on students wanting to study in the United States or work with American companies and NGOs, where an understanding of American values and how they are applied in the study and work environment will help avoid intercultural misunderstandings. This session focused both on directly and indirectly observed cultural behaviors, how the history of the U.S. has shaped American cultural values, and how these values may be interpreted in academic environments and in the workplace. Participants had the opportunity to share their own ideas and experiences and to identify challenges and offer solutions in interacting with Americans.
Blue Dragon Children's Foundation Volunteer Project #2
February 26, 2016
Eight students from Intake 3 collected cash donations from their friends and relatives during the Tet holidays in February. The donation will be used to buy musical instruments for the children who want to create a small band and to learn to play some musical instruments. The group donated 4,500,000 VND ($200 USD) towards the purchase of four ukuleles and three cajons. The donation was delivered to Blue Dragon on February 26.
Blue Dragon Children's Foundation Volunteer Project #1
February 26, 2016
Eight students from Intake 4 collected toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste etc.) for the children who live at the two Blue Dragon shelters in Hanoi. The students collected four large boxes of items and delivered them to Blue Dragon on February 26.
February 19, 2016
LA PIER provides Southern California international educators with an opportunity to connect with colleagues outside of NAFSA meetings. In addition to hosting an e-mail forum, where members can pose advising/regulatory questions to one another and gather information on best practices and immigration trends, the group meets four times a year at different campus locations around and within Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, and San Bernardino Counties. About 60-80 people attend these meetings to focus on a variety of F-1 and J-1 student issues. Hot topics, immigration updates, and group discussions are regular components of the agenda. Participation is free, but participants are responsible for their own transportation, parking fees (if applicable), and lunch. On Friday, February 19th, CEL hosted a group of roughly 60 attendees at the Yasuda Center, and treated them to a wonderful continental breakfast. The meeting was greatly enjoyed by all and many attendees reported being impressed by the beauty of the CSU San Bernardino campus.
Superintendent's Book Club Panel
February 4, 2016 and February 17, 2016
Jane Payne participated in two book club panels for Bloomington High School and Colton High School. During these panels, high school students had the opportunity to have focused discussions on the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. Jane and two other women led discussions among groups of approximately twenty high school students.
Illuminate: 23rd Annual Foundation Gala
February 11, 2016
Stacia McCambridge learned about the 23rd Annual Foundation Gala and organized a group of volunteers from CEL to help with the organization of this event. Stacia's group volunteered in welcoming guests, helping them find their seats, answering questions, and managing the silent auction. All proceeds from this Gala go towards Loma Linda University Children's Hospital, which serves the most critically ill and injured children of the Inland Empire.
LEAD Summit VII Sponsor
January 29, 2016
On behalf of CEL, Dean Tatiana Karmanova donated $1,500 to the Latino Education and Advocacy Days (LEAD) Summit VII, an event that gathers those sharing a common interest and commitment to educational issues that impact the Latino community.
Modern China Lecture Series Donation
January 29, 2016
CEL donated $1,000 to the Modern China Lecture Series event that hosted Dr. Shu-Mei Shih as a lecturer. The John M. Pfau Library at CSUSB offers a series of lectures on topics of interest to the campus and the community. All lectures are free and open to anyone interested in the topic being covered.
Ask Me! Campaign
January 11, 2016
Adriana Kazanjian volunteered to work at the Ask Me! Campaign, an event hosted by the Office of Orientation and First Year Experience at CSUSB. This event is intended to welcome newly admitted students into the university; the goal is to provide students with support, resources and information to ensure a smooth transition into CSUSB. Along with fifty other volunteers, Adriana collaborated by staffing booths and ensuring students found their way around campus, received directions and obtained answers to any questions during their first week of winter quarter.
Career Clothing Drive
January 8, 2016
Jane organized a drive to help the Career Center at CSUSB donate professional and business casual attire for recent CSUSB graduates. Through this drive, students have access to free professional attire they could use during career fairs, job interviews and in the workplace. CEL donated ten suits, ten pants, three jackets and two sweaters.
Donations for Vietnam Veterans of America
January 8, 2016
Stacia McCambridge organized and led a drive to collect donations of clothing, small household items and toys for Vietnam Veterans of America, an organization that aims at providing support and improving the general welfare of all our returning veterans. Under Stacia's lead, CEL donated fifteen bags of clothes and five boxes of household items.
Toy Drive for the children of incarcerated parents
December 17, 2015
Changhee Song learned about the Angle Tree organization that gathers toys for children of incarcerated parents and led a toy drive at CEL. Specific gifts were purchased to brighten the holiday of 23 children.
Movie ticket drive for the CSUSB Renaissance Scholars Students
December 14, 2015
Stacia McCambridge led the drive to provide 48 movie tickets so that each of the CSUSB Renaissance Scholars students attending the EOP holiday party would receive a ticket. Each student will be able to enjoy a movie during the holiday season!
27th Annual Celebration of Giving Campaign Children's Fund Toy Drive in San Bernardino
December 14, 2015
Andrew German saw the need to help disadvantaged youth in San Bernardino County and lent a helping hand to the Children's Fund toy drive. His primary focus was on collecting gifts for older children, ages 13-18. For many, the Children's Fund gift is the only gift they receive during the holidays.
Cultural Charity Fund
December 4, 2015
As the Director of CSUSB’s Vietnam Programs and board member of Friends of Vietnam Heritage’s volunteer group, Helen Huntley was invited by the Vietnamese Cultural Charity Fund to visit a provincial school several hours away from Hanoi. The purpose of the visit was to donate books to the school library and to provide musical instruments to the school. The students introduced Helen to their school and the volunteer English teachers gave an English conversation lesson to the school’s enthusiastic students who had never before had the opportunity to interact with foreigners.
Food drive for The DEN CSUSB Food Pantry
November 20, 2015
Suzy Sherwood and Elaine Chacon rallied not only the College of Extended Education staff, but also, the faculty and students in the English Language Program to participate in a food drive to support The DEN at CSUSB. CEL was pleased to join the larger food drive sponsored by Coyote Advertising, which gathered donations from colleges and departments across campus.
Sponsored Thanksgiving Food Baskets for the community
November 13, 2015
Gloria Davidson headed this food drive and gathered enough monetary contributions and food basket ingredients for 19 families to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. She coordinated this through Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland, who distributed the baskets to needy families.
Hosted a dinner for the NEU 2+2 students
November 12, 2015
Jane Payne hosted a dinner at her home for the students from National Economics University (NEU). Students attending were from the first two cohorts and are in their junior or senior year at CSUSB. In this program, they study for their first two years at NEU before transferring to CSUSB to complete their bachelor of arts in administration with finance concentration.
Michelle King was selected to be a mentor with CSUSB's Office of Housing and Residential Life for the W4W (Women For Women) mentorship program. Michelle was paired to mentor a young woman, the mentor partnership will continue through 2015/2016.
Hosted the Asian Faculty, Staff and Student Association (AFSSA) Back to School dinner
October 30, 2015
The annual back-to-school dinner was held at the home of Dean Tatiana Karmanova. President Tomás Morales D. welcomed the group. It was an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to enjoy dinner and connect with each other.
LEAD Feria Educativa College Fair participation and Samsung Galaxy tablet raffle prize
October 17, 2015
Aurora Vilchis, Kimberly Deleon, LeSondra Jones and Raul Valdovinos participated in the LEAD Feria Educativa College Fair event on Oct. 17. CEL sponsored one of the big raffle prizes and donated a Samsung Galaxy tablet.
St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer
September 26, 2015
Kimberly DeLeon, Jesse Hernandez and Stacia McCambridge walked in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on September 26, during Childhood Cancer Awareness month.