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October 2, 2012 > Celebration activities set to honor new CSUEB president

Celebration activities set to honor new CSUEB president

Submitted By Barry Zepel

Celebrations leading up to the Oct. 12 investiture ceremony at which Leroy M. Morishita formally will become the fifth president for California State University, East Bay, will emphasize service to the community, a cornerstone of a CSUEB education.

"I am honored to serve as president of Cal State East Bay and look forward to continuing the university's tradition of excellence and access, while strengthening our commitment and connection to the communities of our region through ongoing service learning activity," Morishita said.

In anticipation of the historic occasion, approximately 150 Cal State East Bay students will trade in pencils and laptops for rakes and paint brushes Oct. 6 as they kick off a week of service, starting with a clean up and beautification project at Harder Elementary School in Hayward. CSUEB faculty and staff volunteers, along with Harder Elementary PTA and family members, will join students for the Saturday project. During two three-hour shifts at the elementary school, participants will repaint buildings, assist with gardening and landscaping, re-line play courts and add bike racks.

Additionally, freshmen living in the Pioneer Heights student apartments are planning daily community service activities for seven days in advance of the presidential investiture.

Activities scheduled include Harder Road clean up, tutoring kindergarten through 12th grade students after school and providing assistance to Friends of Hayward Library. Faculty members and CSUEB students associated with the Hayward Promise Neighborhood initiative - dedicated to transforming the lives and educational opportunities for children and families living in poverty through a $25 million federal grant - also plan to participate in the week of service.

Beyond volunteering their time, energy and talents to meeting neighborhood needs at schools, parks and nonprofit organizations, students participating in "thoughtfully organized service experiences" build and develop their own skills set, said Mary D'Alleva, director of CSUEB's Community Service Learning program. During the spring 2012 Freshman Day of Service, for example, 900 Cal State East Bay students volunteered in the community.

Prior to his interim appointment as CSUEB president in July 2011, Morishita had served in senior administrative positions for 29 years at San Francisco State University, including executive vice president, chief financial officer, vice president of physical planning and development and associate vice president of budget planning and resource management.

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