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FALL 2013 eNews

FALL 2013
CILSA Overview
Check out this 3 minute YouTube clip that provides an overview of all that CILSA does at Saint Mary's College of California and beyond!

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Upcoming Events
The Value of Public Service: A View from the White House with Chris Lu

: Tuesday, Oct. 8th, 7pm
WHERE: Soda Center, SMC
WHO: Chris served as the White House Cabinet Secretary and Assistant to the President. In this role, he was President Obama's primary liaison to the federal departments and agencies, helping to coordinate policy and communications strategy.

James A. Donahue:

Thurs., Oct. 10th & Fri, Oct. 11th
WHAT: James A. Donahue will be the 29th President of SMC

CILSA Alumni Roundtable Brunch

: Sat., Oct. 12th, 10:30am
WHERE: Delphine Lounge
WHAT: CILSA staff want to have a roundtable discussion with SMC Alumni who were positively impacted by CILSA programs.

 CILSA integrates the head, heart, and hands to promote a culture of community service and social justice education, consonant with SMC's Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts Traditions. Each semester, we send an update to alumni, parents and friends of CILSA to update you on the latest happenings!
Brief Note: From the director

Changes! That one word nicely sums up the latest news at CILSA for this new academic year. The stories in this newsletter highlight our new office space, new staff, and exciting new initiatives. We are so grateful to the Mulvaney Family for their wonderful gift.  CILSA also celebrates the changes on campus. We were pleased to have President Jim Donahue put on his jeans and CILSA t-shirt to join new First Year Students on the Saturday of Service at Legacy Garden during the Weekend of Welcome. Additionally, CILSA is busy supporting campus-wide efforts to incorporate community engagement as a critical component of the undergraduate experience. I know you'll be interested and pleased as you read more about our work. Thanks for your support! -Marshall Welch, Ph.D. 

"Head, Heart and Hands" Endowment Established
Mulvaney Family establish the CILSA endowment fund

The Mulvaney Family Head, Heart and Hands Endowment Fund will allow CILSA to broaden its programming and enable greater participation by Saint Mary's students in its community engagement and service efforts. The new fund was made possible through the generous donation of $500,000 from Lafayette philanthropists Karen and Tom Mulvaney. To encourage giving by others to the fund, the Mulvaney family will match all financial contributions to the endowment, up to $50,000 per year, over the next five years.

 Full Press Release
New Global Initiative
Serve & learn with CILSA in Rwanda

Inspired by SMC's unique Jan Term Program, CILSA has created an opportunity for alumni, parents and friends of SMC to learn and serve in special places around the world. The inaugural trip will take place in March 2014 in Rwanda, Africa.

Learn More
New CILSA Staff!
Sarah Beth Dempsey & Damali Burton join CILSA Team!

New staff joined CILSA in August 2013: Sarah Beth Dempsey (Coordinator of Engaged Teaching & Learning) and Damali Burton (Coordinator of Civic Engagement & Leadership). Learn more about these amazing people along with the rest of our CILSA Staff Team.

Meet Our Staff
Deepening Partnerships
CILSA & Prescott Joseph Center for Community Enhancement secure AmeriCorps VISTA for West Oakland and SMC partnership.

Sandra Sanders West was selected to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Prescott Joseph Center for Community Enhancement and Saint Mary's College of California. Her work will focus on creating a Family Resource Center for West Oakland and connecting Saint Mary's students and faculty to community engagement activities in West Oakland.
CILSA to expand summer programming
SMC students learn and serve during the summer

CILSA is planning to expand summer fellowship opportunities for undergraduate SMC students. Students have historically served in San Francisco, Oakland, Alaska, and Denver.

Students live and serve in the Bay Area and throughout the country for 8 weeks, serve full time with a non-profit organizations, have readings, and learn about leadership, social justice, community, simplicity and spirituality.

If you would like to learn more about these summer programs and/or learn how you can support please contact CILSA staff member Ryan Lamberton at (925) 631-4015.

Micah Summer Fellowship Program (blog)
Alumni Summer Fellowship Program (blog)
Engaging the World
New Core Curriculum

The new core curriculum is intentional, developmental, and integrated program of study designed to educate students in three broad intellectual areas: Habits of Mind, Pathways to Knowledge, and Engaging the World.  Most importantly, the SMC Core is student-centered, focused on the skills, knowledge, and values that our students will learn in their time at Saint Mary's. CILSA has and will be continue to be instrumental in helping SMC to expand community engagement opportunities for students and faculty.

 Learn more about the new Core Curriculum
Serve with CILSA on Saturday, October 12th
Parent & Family Weekend Opportunity

WHEN: Sat., Oct. 12th, 1pm-3pm
WHERE: Saint Mary's College, Hagerty Lounge (De La Salle Hall)
WHAT: Meet CILSA student leaders and package 10,000 meals for individuals suffering from hunger & poverty. This event is part of the Presidential Inauguration festivities.

New Office Space for CILSA!
New Space
In August 2013 CILSA staff moved into new office space together on the second floor of Ferroggiaro Hall. Next time you're on campus, stop by and say hello!

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