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CSU Stanislaus garners presidential recognition
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Students in Koni Stone's Chemistry in the Classroom course at California State University, Stanislaus took their turn as teachers in July 2010. They demonstrated easy science experiments that can be done with household products to kids in the Turlock Recreation Department's summer camp at Pitman High School. The CSU Stanislaus students taught the campers all about molecules and guided them through the experiments. For some of these future teachers, this was a first-time experience with leading younger kids. Service learning projects are designed to give university students hands-on experience and real-world learning while they volunteer in the community. - photo by Journal file photo

For the fifth consecutive year, California State University, Stanislaus has been recognized with the President of the United States' Higher Education Community Service Award.
But this year marked the first CSU Stanislaus was placed on the Honor Roll with Distinction, among the top tier of awardees.
"We are extremely grateful to receive this award recognizing the excellent work faculty, staff and students are doing in our community," said CSU Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani. "We continually seek to enhance our students learning through service opportunities that inspire them to become active and engaged citizens."
CSU Stanislaus was awarded based on the role of service in course curriculum, long-term community partnerships, scope and innovation of service projects, and outcomes as a result of community service. At CSU Stanislaus, the Office of Service Learning works with faculty on more than 60 classes per academic year, sending more than 3,000 students into the community.
Last year, CSU Stanislaus students provided more than 45,000 hours of volunteer service to the community. Activities ranged from mentoring at-risk youth to high school mathematics tutoring and providing science education in K-12 classrooms.