June 25, 2001
CSUS Student Receives National
Honor for Volunteerism
California State University, Sacramento
business student Zeyad Elsayed has spent the past four years
hanging out at the mall - and he is about to receive national
recognition for it.
Elsayed is the director of the CSUS Learning Resource Center
at the Florin Mall Shopping Center. The center, better known
as Mall Hall, is a free computer and Internet training facility
for the public and is administered and staffed by CSUS students.
This Friday, June 29, Elsayed will be one of six recipients
of the Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award at the
Points of Lights Foundation's conference on Community Volunteering
and National Service for his work at Mall Hall.
The awards are presented annually by Campus Compact, a national
coalition of more than 750 college and university presidents
committed to making community service an integral part of
undergraduate education. Students are nominated for the award
by their college presidents and each award includes a $1,500
contribution to support the student's community service project.
"The college serves as a major bridge builder between
the community and the campus," says CSUS president Donald
R. Gerth. "Zeyad Elsayed has been instrumental in structuring
and maintaining one very important such bridge. Mall Hall
has an important impact on the community both in terms of
good social health and in terms of outreach from CSUS to students
and young people, really people of all ages, in this region."
Mall Hall, founded in 1996, is open seven days a week, primarily
during afternoon and evening hours. The program's focus is
providing a safe learning environment where community members
can learn how to use a computer. The program originally focused
on providing services to middle and high school students but
recently many adults and seniors have started to utilize the
"In the past year I was able to add 12 new computers
to our existing 12 work stations through fundraising,"
says Elsayed. "I also succeeded in establishing morning
sessions at our facility where members of the community could
learn how to use computers to help them in today's job market.
While children are in school, our center serves other members
of the community including women in welfare to work job training
programs and senior citizens."
As director of Mall Hall Elsayed spends his time arranging
staffing schedules, troubleshooting, working with corporate
officers to raise funding, integrating the academic culture
with the retail culture, handling security, negotiating contracts
with Internet providers and maintaining much of the equipment.
"Mall Hall has affected me in so many ways," says
Elsayed. "I have learned that the most rewarding moments
in life are those that take place when people tell you that
they got the job of their dreams just because of the computer
skills they learned in our programs."
For more information about the award, or for media assistance,
contact CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.
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