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SFSU faculty, students honored for service to their community




Denize Springer
SFSU Office of Public Affairs & Publications
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications


SAN FRANCISCO, April 27, 2005 -- Three faculty and two students at San Francisco State University were honored by their peers for their exceptional community service at a ceremony and luncheon on the SFSU campus today.

This year 7,027 SFSU students were enrolled in Community Service Learning classes. Students contributed nearly 100,000 hours of volunteer service directly linked to their area of study.

Presented by the SFSU based San Francisco Urban Institute, the awards and scholarships were as follows:

  • Teresa Carrillo, professor of Raza Studies and native of Tucson, Arizona, received an award for her exceptional work in finding and developing opportunities that allow students to gain professional experience while making valuable contributions to their community.
  • Albirda Rose, professor of dance and native of Oakland, was recognized for her work with disenfranchised children in the Visitacion Valley district of San Francisco. Her innovative dance education uses dance to harness personal power and develop self respect.
  • Christian Alvarado, an undergrad majoring in cinema and native of Santa Ana, received a scholarship in recognition for his volunteer work on a Latino film festival. After completing the class that required him to volunteer, he continued to make the festival a success by recruiting fellow volunteers.
  • Shirelle Lowe, a psychology major and native of Pacifica, received a scholarship in recognition of her continued efforts to help teens at Terra Nova High School in Pacifica. A former student at Terra Nova herself, she provides support at the school's student peer counseling center.

In addition, Peter Palmer, associate professor of chemistry and a native of Cupertino, was recognized as SFSU's Jefferson Award for Public Service nominee. The nomination for this national honor was based on his volunteer work with Native American and African American cultural communities, conducting analysis of pesticide contamination on historical artifacts.



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