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With the events of Sept. 11 sparking a renewed interest in public service and community involvement, San Francisco State on Oct. 9 will host a symposium examining student participation in the local, national and international arenas.

Speakers at the "Challenge for Change" symposium will include former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta and Omega Boys Club founder Joseph Marshall.

The event will include faculty, students, and community and political activists sharing ideas on civic engagement and public service, especially in light of the national tragedy.

Panelists will discuss and debate the pressures on democratic ideals in the face of conflict, international service, community organizing, student activism, and community building.

Panetta, a longtime member of Congress representing Monterey Bay, is co-director of the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy at California State University, Monterey Bay.

The San Francisco-based Omega Boys Club gives troubled and at-risk teens a family-like, supportive environment so that they will grow into healthy, productive adults.

The event is 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The symposium's agenda gives details of the event and the times and locations of the various panels held in the afternoon. For more information, call 415/338-6879.

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