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Faculty, Staff Members Earn Community Service Awards

Published: August 15, 2013

Mary Anne Rose
Community Service Award-Staff

For the past five years, Mary Anne Rose, the Director of Graduate Studies in the College of Education, has brought together CSULB students and community volunteers to rebuild homes and improve lives in Long Beach.

Mary Anne Rose (c) with College of Education Dean Marquita Grenot-Scheyer and CSULB Interim President Donald Para.
Mary Anne Rose (c) with College of Education Dean Marquita Grenot-Scheyer and CSULB Interim President Donald Para.

Rose serves as president of the Board of Directors for Rebuilding Together Long Beach (RTLB), which restores owner-occupied homes for low-income residents, particularly the elderly, veterans, and those with disabilities. She provides leadership to RTLB’s board and staff, oversees the coordination of workday events and directs an annual budget in excess of $300,000.

Since she became president in 2010, the number of homes RTLB repairs annually has increased from less than 10 to 25 in 2011 and 33 in 2013. RTLB also created the Community Stabilization Program to acquire, rehabilitate and sell homes to qualifying low or moderate income buyers. Since the program was created in 2010, RTLB has closed escrow on more than 400 properties and rehabilitated and sold nearly 300 homes.

Through her leadership at both RTLB and CSULB, more than 100 CSULB students volunteer each year on Make a Difference Day to perform repairs, paint and landscape the homes of RTLB recipients. In addition, Rose works closely with service learning students who serve as house captains or who are examining the effects of city ordinance enforcement on low-income home owners.

Professionally, Rose has been a leader in student affairs serving as a program reviewer for professional conferences and volunteering with the Western Regional Career in Student Affairs Day.

Rose earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at CSULB in 1999 and her master’s degree in Counseling: Student Development in Higher Education at CSULB in 2002. She joined CSULB as a staff member that same year, working as a program coordinator for the Learning Alliance. In 2006 she became the assistant director of the Learning Alliance and last year she took on her current role in the College of Education. She has taught several courses at CSULB including CLA 490: Making a Difference with Leadership, CLA 195: Introduction to the Learning Community and University 100: The University in Your Future.

Maria Claver
Community Service Award-Faculty

An assistant professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (gerontology program), Maria Claver is notable for her commitment to enhancing quality of life through community involvement and her research.

Claver is widely recognized in her hometown of Whittier as a community leader dedicated to diverse causes. She has helped raise funds for Whittier’s Relay for Life event as event co-chair, team development chair and team captain, and currently serves on the Governing Board of Directors for Whittier Hospital Medical Center.

Maria Claver (c) with College of Health and Human Services' Dean Ken Millar (l) and CSULB Interim President Donald Para.
Maria Claver (c) with College of Health and Human Services’ Dean Ken Millar (l) and CSULB Interim President Donald Para.

She has served as membership chair and grant writer for the Whittier Conservancy, a non-profit organization formed in the wake of the 1987 earthquake with the goal of protecting historical buildings and natural hillsides. Since 2009, she has secured more than $125,000 in grants to plant trees, pay for a professional assessment of a historical building and build a rest station along the Greenway Trail.

Claver also runs her own non-profit foundation called the Ozzy Foundation. Named for her cat that was diagnosed with kidney failure, the foundation works with local veterinary clinics and rescue groups to help people with costly veterinary bills. In addition, she co-founded the Whittier Dog Park Task Force, dedicated to successfully advocating for a dog park in Whittier.

Claver’s research focuses on two areas: 1) best practices in service learning and 2) emergency management, especially in nursing homes. She continues to conduct research at the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System where she completed her master’s internship in the inpatient geriatric ward and the out-patient geriatric clinic.

She has received numerous awards for her work, including a Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award, a curricular development award through the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership to develop curriculum about ethics, and awards from the Center for Community Engagement. She also received the Betty and James E. Birren Emerging Leadership Award from the California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics in recognition of her advancement of the field in California.