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Center for Civic Engagement

Annual Report 2012-2013

The Center for Civic Engagement provides opportunities for WSU students, faculty, campus departments and community partners to share knowledge, skills and resources for the benefit of student learning and the well-being of our communities.

"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to contribute to the community and meet a lot of cool people in the process." -WSU Student

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Student Involvement

Students: 7,562

Direct Service Hours: 72,277

Academic Service Learning

  • 4,013 students completed 44,216 hours of service learning for class
  • 67 academic course sections integrated service learning requirements
  • 354 online students completed over 6,199 hours of service in 9 different academic course sections

Co-Curricular Engagement 

  • 2,883 students participated in CCE-led projects
  • 277 projects were organized for student groups (56% Greek, 33% RSO, 11% other)
  • 1,834 students in 38 fraternities and sororities completed 30,286 hours of service

Learning Outcomes

In fall 2012 survey, as a direct result of their community engagement experience:

  • 85.2% of student respondents realized the importance of active citizenship
  • 81.5% of respondents felt responsible to be involved in community issues
  • 82.4% of respondents gained respect for the life situation of others
  • 83.9% of respondents felt they made a positive difference in the community 


New in 2012-2013

LEAD Event & the President's Award for Leadership

In spring 2013, the CCE and Student Involvement hosted a joint event to recognize 45 students, faculty, and community leaders with the President's Award for Leadership. This event also included a "Gallery of Leadership" to recognize the widespread engagement and leadership of WSU students. The event was attended by over 400 individuals. 

Cougs Connect Fair

In January 2013, the CCE partnered with Student Involvement to offer the first comprehensive campus and community involvement fair on campus.

Donation from Campus Crest

In December 2012, Campus Crest donated $5,000 to the CCE in keeping with their tradition to support the local community when building a new property.

 Public Forums Program 

 In fall 2012, CCE Public Forums offered a comprehensive approach to providing students with opportunities for dialogue about critical issues through debates, reflections, and conversations. 

CougSync Launched

In May 2012, the CCE began using CougSync to promote and track the civic engagement experiences of WSU students. 


Community Engagement 

Community Partners: 320

Opportunities: 965

On the Palouse

  • Students contributed to the work of 134 local community organizations
  • Community partners offered 652 one-time projects for WSU students
  • 66 students participated in service learning internships
  • 147 WSU students mentored youth in the Albion Afterschool Program
  • WSU Pen Friends wrote 3,132 letters to local elementary school students
  • CCE staff outreached to over 14,000 individuals on campus and in local community 

Beyond the Palouse

  • 186 community partners offered service learning opportunities "at a distance" for WSU studets
  • WSU students engaged with community organizations in 26 WA counties, 12 states, and 3 countries
  • Three alternative spring break trips traveled to destinations in Washington/ Oregon, California, and Guatemala
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Cougs Connect Fair

Over 350 students, faculty and staff attended the event, and 54 community organizations participated.

Public Forums

Over 900 students participated in the 15 public forum events. 32 students participated as panelists or facilitators. 

Eco Adventures

43 students joined the CCE and Outdoor Recreation on six Eco Adventures.

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Nine activities hosted by student groups and the CCE, and over 350 individuals participated in these events.

National Days of Service

WSU students participated in four days of service (9/11 Day of Service, Make a Difference Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service & Earth Day)

Week of Welcome!

53 students went on a CCE-led excursion to the Pullman Farmer's Market.

Awards and Honors

A woman accepts an award

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Washington State University and the Center for Civic Engagement were inducted into the 2013 President's Honor Roll for engaging students in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

Service Star Award

Each month the CCE's Service Star Program recognizes outstanding students who impact the community through leadership and service.

  • August/September | Shawna Brennan, Environmental Science
  • October | Leah Godek,  Psychology 
  • November/December | Nick Alexander, Mechanical Engineering 
  • January/February | Amanda Mattingly, Agriculture Education
  • March | Adrian Gonzales, Finance
  • April | Alexandria Nielson, Elementary Education

WSU President's Award for Leadership


  • Ryan Baye 
  • Caitlin Bayly
  • Michael Blankenship
  • Taya Brown 
  • Tremaine Frazier
  • Adrian Gonzales
  • Alejandro Gonzalez
  • Thomas Hammett
  • Tristan Hanon
  • Jalisa Harris
  • Amanda Hatfield 
  • Kelly Hennessey
  • Marissa Hice
  • Erin Hightower
  • Jordan-Marie Hoefer
  • Nikkole Hughes
  • Kamilla Kafiyeva
  • Bre'una Keeton
  • Brianna Lisenbee
  • Mynor Lopez
  • Alecia Kiszonas
  • Katherine Martucci
  • Kevin Massimino 
  • Mike Mattson
  • Cynthia Pham
  • Jared Powell
  • Brittney Rogers
  • Omar Rubio
  • Mohammedmahdi Salavatian
  • Derrick Skaug
  • Cassandra Song
  • Erin Troedson
  • Sara Tuomey
  • Ryan White
  • Sarah Wilcock 
  • Danica Wixom

Community Organizations:

  • Pullman Parks & Recreation
  • Pullman High School

Faculty & Staff:

  • Kim Barrett
  • Mary Garcia
  • Dr. Faith Lutze

Student Organizations:

  • Coalition for Women Students
  • Panhellenic Council 
  • Student Alumni Ambassadors 
  • AFROTC Det. 905

CCE Advisory Council


  • Jolie Kaytes, landscape Architecture
  • Dr. Faith Lutze, Criminal Justice
  • Dr. Jenifer McGuire, Human Development 
  • Dr. Christine Oakley, Sociology
  • Sara Whitley, Sociology 

Campus Partners:

  • Lorena O’English, WSU Libraries
  • Jonathan Stahl, Outdoor Recreation

Community Partners:

  • Brad Jaeckel, WSU Organic Farm
  • Debbie McNeil, Pullman High School
  • Megan Vining, Pullman Parks & Recreation
  • Jennifer Whitney, Inland Oasis/ Planned Parenthood 


  • Stephanie Chahan, Interior Design/ Sociology
  • Allison Clark, Sociology/ Political Science
  • Adrian Gonzalez (chair),
  • ASWSU/ Political Science
  • Lindsey Thomas, ASWSU Online/ Accounting
  • Gabrielle Tousignant, Communications