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 June 24, 2005

Laura Ferreiro
Public Affairs 
(323) 343-3049


Abigail Pineda
E-Mentor Project
(323) 343-3380

Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
(323) 343-3050 
Fax: (323) 343-6405

For immediate release:

Volunteers in Cal State L.A.’s E-Mentoring Program Accompany Fourth- and Fifth-Graders on Tour of Naval Ship
Ship’s Lieutenant extends invitation to visit USS Rushmore after receiving students’ Valentine’s gift while stationed in Iraq

What & Who:
Fifteen volunteers from Cal State L.A.’s EPIC/IBM E-Mentor Project and 30 fourth- and fifth-graders from Ann Street Elementary School will tour the naval ship USS Rushmore.

When & Where:
Saturday, June 25, 2005. The Group will depart in front of Ann Street Elementary School, 126 Bloom Street, Los Angeles, 90012 at 6:45 a.m. and arrive at the USS Rushmore, 32nd Street & Harbor Drive Intersection, San Diego at approximately 9:00 a.m.

To accompany students on the tour of USS Rushmore, contact Abigail Pineda, coordinator of the E-Mentor Project at Cal State L.A., no later than 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 24. For more details on the E-Mentor Project at Cal State L.A., call (323) 343-3380 or (323) 627-1540

Los Angeles, CA – THIS SATURDAY, 15 volunteers from Cal State L.A.’s EPIC/IBM E-Mentor Project and 30 fourth- and fifth-graders from Ann Street Elementary School will tour the USS Rushmore Naval Base in San Diego. The group was invited by Lieutenant Matthew W. Chang after he received a Valentine “goodie bag” last February that the students and volunteers made and sent to U.S. Marines stationed in Iraq.

Upon receipt of the Valentines, Chang sent a letter to the EPIC/IBM E-Mentor Project leaders. He invited the group to visit his ship, the USS Rushmore, at its home port in San Diego upon its return in June. Chang also explained how touched he was by their gift, saying it was the first time he had received a special package from someone he did not know.

A successful collaborative between Ann Street Elementary School, IBM, and EPIC at Cal State L.A. since 2002, the E-Mentor Project provides mentors who communicate by e-mail with students in their last years of elementary school through an IBM-designed Web site www.mentorplace.org. The E-mentors’ primary responsibilities are to foster a mentor relationship with their mentees through e-mail while providing academic support by answering questions related to homework and other curricular topics.

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Cal State L.A.’s Educational Participation in Communities (EPIC) is a nationally recognized student volunteer and community action program. Established in 1966 through the joint efforts of the Cal State L.A. and its Associated Students, Inc., EPIC has helped establish community service as an important CSULA student tradition. Through off-campus field placements in schools, hospitals, community centers, other human service agencies and on-campus volunteer opportunities in student-run service projects, EPIC recruits hundreds of students each year into meaningful community service.

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