September 10, 2001 Vol. VI, No. 2

Herman De Bose Chosen for Extraordinary Service Award

Sociology Professor with Long History of Social Service Urges Students to Look Beyond Just Employment

Cal State Northridge has awarded its 2001 Extraordinary Service Award to associate sociology professor Herman De Bose for serving the community and infusing his students with a lifelong commitment to civic engagement.

The award honors the faculty member who has made outstanding contributions through service to the university, its students, the professional community and the community at large.

"Dr. De Bose's service enriches our students, our university and all the people in our community reached by his competence and care," said CSUN President Jolene Koester in presenting De Bose with the award.

Among De Bose's many accomplishments, one often cited has been his involvement with the Youth Service Specialist (YSS) program. Working with the Los Angeles County Probation Department, the program provides academic credit and part-time employment to 20 CSUN students who assist probation officers while gaining practical experience grounded in sociological theory.

The YSS program aims to reduce recidivism by helping deputy probation officers expedite the transition of juveniles on probation into the community.

De Bose, who grew up in Wilmington, N.C., has a long history of social service.

After receiving his bachelor's in sociology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1969, he became a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya. He continued with the Peace Corps as a recruiter in Chicago, and later as a director in the western part of Kenya in charge of 125 volunteers, directing programs in education, small town development, business development, agriculture and deforestation.

"Key to what I've been able to accomplish is my experience in the Peace Corps," De Bose said. "I realized I could do stuff. I could bring another piece to the class."

De Bose went on to become a patients' rights advocate in Los Angeles County and was involved with the county's AIDS Program, assisting with training, partner notification, behavioral change and groups with fully developed AIDS.

Prior to coming to CSUN in 1994, De Bose taught at Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Los Angeles. In 1999, De Bose received CSUN's Distinguished Teaching Award.

"I try to say to [my students], you can get a job, but you can get more-an education that can lead to better things," said De Bose.

He is now working on a book about biracial identity with CSUN associate sociology professor Loretta Winters.


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