September 11, 2000 Vol. V, No. 2

CSUN NonProfit Fair to Encourage Community Service

The Career Center is hosting a NonProfit Fair on Mon., Sept. 25, giving students a chance to become acquainted with organizations that hire in the nonprofit sector and to speak with recruiters about jobs, internships, volunteer and service learning opportunities.

The event will be held in the Northridge Center of the University Student Union from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All CSUN students are invited to attend. Students can use this important opportunity to develop significant connections related to their academic majors.

Students will have the opportunity to distribute their resumes and speak with representatives from more than 50 organizations, such as Valley Family Center, Northridge Hospital, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, M.E.N.D., the LAPD's Jeopardy Program, El Nido Family Centers, Peace Corps and many others.

"I am really looking forward to the NonProfit Fair," said Irina Ovakimian, a senior psychology major. "I'm trying to find organizations that counsel teens and young adults and get involved in helping them. I also want some practical experience in a clinical setting so that I can increase my chances of being accepted into graduate school."

After the NonProfit Fair, CSUN faculty are invited to a lunch and panel discussion between agency representatives and CSUN faculty and staff on creating partnerships between the community and the university. RSVP to Nikki Maxwell at x3260.

The week prior to the fair, the Career Center is offering prep workshops for students on "How to Work the NonProfit Fair." These workshops will offer tips from counselors on what to expect and how to approach employers. Workshops will be Mon., Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon, and Wed., Sept. 20 from 3-4 p.m.

This year's Cal State system budget includes $2.2 million to extend and improve CSU community service and service learning programs. At CSUN, President Jolene Koester has made strengthening the university's connections with the community one of her top priorities.

A recent CSU report found more than 135,000 Cal State students perform a total of 33.6 million hours of community service and service learning annually. That is a minimum wage value of about $193.2 million-a-year.

In addition, a new CSU trustees resolution requires that each campus ensure all students have the opportunity to participate in community service/ service learning deemed appropriate by the faculty and endorses campus efforts to make service an expectation, condition or requirement for the undergraduate education experience.

For more information, contact the Volunteer Program in the Career Center at x3260.

September 11, 2000

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