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The 2014 Holiday Resource List is here! This list was compiled by San Bernardino County. Included are Thanksgiving and other holiday meals provided in the community, food basket and turkey giveaways, food distribution sites, clothing giveaways, toy giveaways, holiday events and parties, parades and resource fairs. Please forward on to anyone who could use it!

For a full list of holiday volunteer opportunities and toy drives please go to: http://engage.csusb.edu/volunteer.html. Also, we post daily volunteer opportunities on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/csusb.pawprint.

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Bryant Fairley's selfie photo at Tie A Yellow Ribbon event on campus.

Thanksgiving Service Project Selfie Contest!

Attention ‘Yotes in honor of Thanksgiving holiday, our office is having a “Thanksgiving Service Project Selfie Contest!” Take a picture of yourself or your group during your service project, tag us at Facebook or hashtag us at #engagecsusb to be entered into the contest. Our Facebook page is http://facebook.com/csusb.pawprint! We challenge you all to participate from now till November 30! We have tons of amazing prizes in store for you! We will announce the winners on December 2, 2014. Now let’s take a selfie!

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In The News ...

Participants in the Community-based Art Program at the California Institution for Men in Chino. All images courtesy of the CSUSB Community-based Art Program at the California Institution for Men. Photographs by Andrew K. Thompson.

"Men and art come together over prison wall"
By Sam Romero, November 18, 2014

San Bernardino, Calif. -- After eight months of hard work, inmates at the California Institution for Men in Chino, along with students from Cal State San Bernardino, have completed the mural that began with a simple request from the prison warden last spring: Could you teach some art classes?

The mural is part of the Community-based Art Program in CSUSB’s art department. A new and growing initiative, the program is staffed by university students who conduct art classes at several inland region sites that otherwise don’t have access to art, says Annie Buckley, the CSUSB assistant professor of visual studies who initiated and oversees the program.

The 7-foot-high mural is 45 feet wide – about the width of half a basketball court. Painted on one wall of the Chino prison gym, it depicts a forest enveloped in a nighttime fire, shifts to regrowth with dawn, and finally into a rich forest, full of sun and color and in full bloom.

CSUSB M.F.A. student Bee Wilkie, who began teaching an art history and critique seminar at CIM during the spring quarter, encouraged participants to “liberate” themselves from their situation.

Focusing on art can be a positive experience, he says. “In our minds, we’re all equally free or trapped. It’s just a matter of perspective,” he adds. “I was just trying to motivate them.”

With so much time on their hands, many CIM inmates had already become artists in their own right, Buckley says, “creating powerful imagery with whatever materials they had on hand, including a detailed ink drawing on a plastic drinking cup and an inspiring self-portrait, based on the photo on a prison-issued ID, surrounded by Chinese characters for life, strength and wisdom.”

Read the complete press release at “Men and art come together over prison wall.”

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Food Pantry Opening Soon!

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Stay tuned, MyPawprint website is coming soon!

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