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Vol 57 No. 14 : July 14, 2005
Vol 57 No. 14 | July 14, 2005
Sass, Perlman Receive Community Service Awards



CSULB recipients of the 2005 Community Service Awards, Carina Sass and Siri Perlman, share a passion for selflessly giving their time and energies to vital social causes.

Sass, a staff member since 2001, believes that the concept of community service should involve working with others in addition to providing aid. "I realized early on that I can have a much greater impact by combining my resources and skills with others," Sass said. "It's good for me to volunteer tutoring a child, for example, but it's incredible to be able to help involve hundreds of students as tutors."

As the assistant director for the CSULB Community Service Learning Center (CSLC), she serves as "matchmaker" for establishing and maintaining relationships with community-based organizations and with faculty who teach service-learning courses. One of her most recent notable achievements is the establishment of the Greater Long Beach/South Bay Community Partnership, with involvement from Long Beach BLAST, Goodwill Industries, L.A. County Community Development Commission, CSU Dominguez Hills and Long Beach City College. The partnership meets the needs of the Carmelitos Housing Community, a local county-run low-income public housing community in Long Beach..

Sass has also helped create the Domestic Violence Court Resource Program which brings together the CSLC staff, Long Beach Women's Shelter, Long Beach Superior Court's domestic violence judge and Long Beach city prosecutors to train and support student interns who work in the courtroom with domestic violence victims.  

She is equally proud of her advocacy on behalf of residents of her Whittier neighborhood to redress concerns with the city government's efforts to sidestep appropriate processes in support of a developer intent on building a high-density condominium complex. Thanks in part to her involvement, the developer decided to scrap his original plans and work more closely with the residents.



In addition, Sass serves on the board of directors for the L.A. County Community Development Foundation, which was created to support initiatives that benefit residents in public housing communities throughout L.A. County. She is active in the Whittier Historic Neighborhood Association, both as a member of the annual Historic Home Tour planning committee and as immediate past president of the association. For the past three years, Sass has served as co-recording clerk for the monthly business meetings at Whittier First Friends Church, sings in the choir and she previously served as a board member of the Whittier Interchurch Counseling Center, as well as spending four years volunteering weekly at an inner-city nursing home.

Perlman, a graduate student in the nutrition master's program, has been accepted into the CSULB Dietetic Internship to become a registered dietician. A graduate of Beverly Hills High School and the recipient of a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), she credits her parents as the most influential people in her life, and her grandparents for their support in achieving her undergraduate degree.

During this past year, she assisted with clinical nutrition research studies in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, UCSD School of Medicine; participated in California Dietetic Association Legislation Day; took part in the Orange County Race for the Cure; helped plan and implement Alcohol Awareness Day; and provided low-fat baked goods, which the Student Dietetic Association sells to the CSULB community twice a month through a program called Nutristops. The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences recently honored her with their award for service.

As community service chair of the Student Dietetic Association, she collected goods for military care packages sent to Iraq, delivered meals to homebound seniors in Santa Ana, volunteered for the Head Start Fiesta Program, raised $700 for Children's Hospital of Orange County through the CHOC Walk, volunteered to run a water station during the Long Beach Marathon and raised more than $500 for the Revlon Run/Walk.

Perlman is fascinated by the biochemistry of how we metabolize our food and how it affects our health. Her goal is to work in an area of prevention so that people can develop healthier lifestyles and reduce their risk of developing now highly prevalent chronic diseases.


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