CSUSM to Host Community Service Town Hall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

What: The Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL) at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), in collaboration with Interfaith Community Services, Alliance for Regional Solutions, and New Haven Youth and Family Services will host community agencies and city representatives at an on-campus town hall forum.

When:  Wed., January 13, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon

Where:  CSUSM, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos -The McMahan House

Why: To explore and take stock of current regional resources and needs related to food security, mental and physical health, education, housing/shelter, and financial literacy. The information gathered will be used to help the OCSL at CSUSM to target more strategically where and how students can better serve the community as part of their academic learning.  Additionally, the information and discussions will contribute, through the CSU Chancellor's Office, to state wide development of initiatives to better channel higher education students' service to meet community needs.

Directions and Parking
CSUSM is located at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. For more information or directions to the campus, visit www.csusm.edu/guide. Parking is available in campus lots with fees ranging from $3 to $9 depending upon length of stay.

About the Office of Community Service Learning
The Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL) promotes service-learning as an integral and enriching aspect of a student's education and to foster University engagement with the larger community that furthers the academic and public purposes of CSUSM. Through its support for service-learning and community-based research, the OCSL creates opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to learn in partnership with the community and to develop competencies that promote the advancement of a socially responsible citizenry.

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.