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Eisman honored for service-learning achievements

February 3, 2010 -- Gerald Eisman, director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, will be awarded the 2010 Richard E. Cone Award at a special ceremony in March. Conferred by California Campus Compact, an agency that cultivates volunteer service partnerships between universities and their communities, the award recognizes Eisman's accomplishments in creating and sustaining student and faculty community service throughout California.

Photo of Gerald Eisman, director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Gerald Eisman, director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement.

"Jerry's depth of experience in service-learning and community-campus collaboration is an extraordinary asset to both his campus and community," said President Robert A. Corrigan, who nominated Eisman for the award. "He not only embodies the ideals, vision and success of community-campus collaboration, but as a leader in the field he has consistently defined the best practices of both an engaged institution and an inspired community relationship."

Eisman previously served as director of SF State's Office of Community Service Learning where he established service-learning opportunities for students from more than 40 departments and eight colleges. Prior to taking on his current position at SF State, he was the Service Learning Faculty Scholar in the CSU chancellor's office where he developed service-learning initiatives and encouraged faculty throughout the CSU system to become involved.

Eisman was chair of the computer science department in the early 1990s when he and other faculty founded SFSUnet, a campus community electronic communication program that helped create internet connections at schools and job training centers and created Websites for minority-owned businesses.  He noted that the CSU should be commended for funding a system-wide office to promote such work throughout its 23 campuses.

"Many people were involved in this," Eisman said of the honor. "This award recognizes the collective work of a university that has always been greatly committed to serving its communities."

-- Denize Springer


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