Student Services and Support
Once you have decided to attend Sonoma State University, how do you make sure that you take full advantage of your university experience?
At Sonoma State University, we are committed to enhancing the quality of life for all students. The University offers a wide range of student services and co-curricular programs and activities to support our goals of student satisfaction, retention and graduation. We encourage you to become familiar with these services and programs that enrich your college experience. They are provided by the professional staff in Enrollment and Student Academic Services and Student Affairs.
Enrollment and Student Academic Services include the Office of Admissions and Records, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Residential Life, Academic Advising, Educational Opportunity Programs, Testing, Tutorial Program, Learning Skills Services, International Services, Career Development, Experiential Learning, New Student Orientation, Disability Resources, Alcohol and Drug Education Program and the Educational Mentoring Teams.
The goal of Enrollment and Student Academic Services is to provide all students with the necessary academic support to ensure that the time spent pursuing your educational objectives is both productive and satisfying. Enrollment and Student Academic Services aims to provide timely, accurate, and consistent information that will help students in achieving educational, career, and life goals, both while attending Sonoma State and after graduation.
The division of Student Affairs includes the Office of Campus Life, Women's Resource Center, Student Union, Inter-Cultural Center, Recreational Sports, Fitness Center, Intercollegiate Athletics, Student Health Center, Children's School and Pre-College Programs. The division also works closely with the programs of the Associated Students.
A unifying goal for the programs in Student Affairs is improved retention and graduation of our students. By promoting a positive campus climate and encouraging educational equity, the division contributes to the sense of community for our diverse student population. Student Affairs programs are designed to enhance the emotional, social and physical development and well-being of our students. The desired outcomes are increased self-understanding, self-esteem and self-motivation, as well as the development of leadership skills, cultural awareness, responsible behavior, and respect for others.
Through collaboration with the faculty, the professional staff of Enrollment and Student Academic Services and Student Affairs continually assesses and responds to the needs of students in order to provide you with a rich and rewarding experience at Sonoma State University.
Students admitted to and attending Sonoma State University benefit from the many available academic support programs offered through Enrollment and Student Academic Services as they find these services and programs essential to their transition into, through, and out of the University.
Enrollment and Student Academic Services
Katharyn W. Crabbe
Enrollment and Student Academic Services provides comprehensive and integrated student services programs for all students and directly supports the recruitment, retention, graduation and satisfaction of Sonoma State University students. These services include the Office of Admissions and Records, the Scholarship Office, Residential Life, Academic Advising, the Educational Opportunity Program, Testing, Tutorial Program, Learning Skills Services, International Services, Career Development, Experiential Education, New Student Orientation, Disability Resources, Alcohol and Drug Education Program and the Educational Mentoring Teams.
Mission StatementThe mission of Enrollment and Student Academic Services at Sonoma State University is to provide comprehensive recruitment, advising and support services to assist students in clarifying their educational, career and life goals, and in the development of educational plans that will aid them in their preparation for these goals. Our goal is to provide students with the necessary academic support to ensure that time spent pursuing their educational objectives is both productive and satisfying. By providing timely, accurate and consistent information and services to students that relate to their developmental needs, the services contribute to the success of students in their pursuit of their educational, career and life goals, both while attending Sonoma and after graduation.
Enrollment and Student Academic Services staff members collaborate with instructional faculty in meaningful ways that result in students overcoming specific educational, financial, personal or cultural barriers as they transition to Sonoma and as they navigate the curriculum during their time at Sonoma. Educational equity is an important aspect of the SSU experience and Enrollment and Student Academic Services contributes to students' appreciation of student diversity through various programs across the campus.
The programs in Enrollment and Student Academic Services are organized to create an environment where community is important and student success is achieved beginning with the students' admission to Sonoma through to graduation. Descriptions of the programs and initiatives within Enrollment and Student Academic Services follow.
Several programs within Enrollment and Student Academic Services provide services to all students and utilize all Enrollment and Student Academic Services staff. With the concern for the quality of life of students, their satisfaction with the SSU experience, and the need to provide the environment for students' many transitions, programs such as the Educational Mentoring Teams and Orientation programs welcome students to the University and provide the framework for such important transitions. Student Leadership opportunities as well as drug and alcohol education programs involve all aspects of student development.
Educational Mentoring TeamsThe Educational Mentoring Team (EMT) program is an advising and college orientation program for all incoming first-time freshmen. An EMT consists of a faculty member, a student services professional and a peer advisor. As students make the transition to Sonoma State, one of the most important roles the EMT plays is providing accurate advising to incoming students so they begin their educational career with appropriate coursework and educational and career planning.
All incoming students are assigned to an EMT to ensure all students are advised during their transition to the University. Each team provides the instruction for a two-unit Freshman Seminar course and the academic advising for assigned freshmen. While the course is not required for graduation, most freshmen will benefit from understanding how to access the various resources on campus, such as the computer network and the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center, as well as other topics such as:
? the meaning, value and expectations of a liberal arts college education.
? problem solving and decision making: selection of a college major and a future career choice.
? navigating the university curriculum ? how to graduate in four years.
? learning how to learn ? study skills and success in college.
? interpersonal relations and related student lifestyle responsibilities regarding wellness, alcohol and drug use, sexual harassment, and many other important topics.
In addition to offering the opportunity to become oriented to the many services the university has to offer, the EMT is an ideal setting for developing important connections with other students who are new to the University.
During the first year, student EMT contacts include advising, class time (Freshman Seminar) and informal social activities. After the first year, the EMT remains accessible for ongoing advising and assistance as students continue their studies at SSU. The EMT program ensures that each new student has at least two faculty/staff members from Sonoma who are there to guide them through their academic career and help make their university experience a satisfying one.
Each EMT consults with other campus team members to solve problems or help students receive technical assistance when needed. Team members include staff from Admissions and Records, Residence Life, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Advising Center, Career Services, Learning Skills Services, and others as appropriate.
OrientationNew students at Sonoma State University are urged to participate in a variety of orientation activities that introduce them to the many facets of campus and community life. Summer Orientation is a two-day residential experience offered during June and July during which incoming students (and interested parents) learn about Sonoma's programs, services and environs, assisted by trained student leaders, faculty and staff. The orientation program offers advising and early registration for fall classes for first-time freshmen. The summer program is augmented with Welcome Week activities at the beginning of the fall semester.
The campus Residential Community provides comfortable, convenient, personalized living accommodations for almost 2000 single students. The residential life program is designed to be an important part of the student's overall educational experience by providing recreational, social and educational opportunities. The professional Residential Life staff are trained as educational mentors and academic advisors.
The professional and student staff within the Residential Community provide personal support for the individual student in transitioning to the university environment. There is a diverse program of activities to create a sense of belonging in the Residential Community and the university through providing and supporting social, recreational, athletic and cultural programming. These may include a trip to see Phantom of the Opera or Mama Mia, hear Maya Angelou speak, whale watch at the ocean, play on an intramural team, or barbecue with neighbors.
The Residential Student Association, the student government for residents, is an outstanding opportunity to develop leadership skills. RSA is responsible for representing resident concerns to the University administration as well as planning major program events within the residential community. DREAM (Daring to Reach Equality Among Many) is a resident organization devoted to promoting multicultural understanding. Our Residential Life student groups are involved in regional and national organizations, enabling students to expand their skills and abilities.
Special living options enhance the student's university experience. Freshman Interest Groups (FIGS), Women in Math and Science House, International House, Upper-Division and Substance-Free Living Environments are among the current options.
The Advising Center provides the following services that help students stay on track towards graduation:
? Academic advising for undeclared students
? Career advising for all university students
? Transitional advising for Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) students
Academic Advising for Undeclared StudentsAll SSU continuing students are assigned an academic advisor. Students with declared majors are assigned an advisor within their academic departments. Undeclared students are assigned an advisor from the Advising Center.
The advisors use an integrated advising and career development approach. Undeclared students are assisted in identifying appropriate general education and other course work that will meet their academic goals toward graduation. Undeclared students are encouraged to begin career development planning to identify areas of interests in order to declare a major by the end of their sophomore year.
Advisors participate on Educational Mentoring Teams (EMT) and teach Freshmen Seminar courses to assist and advise first time freshmen in their transition to Sonoma. The Advising Center is also responsible for providing information and training for EMT advisors, faculty advisors, and for helping students with particularly difficult advising problems who are referred by their faculty advisors.
Career advising for all university students is available on a drop in basis. Students are encouraged to use our Career Services including the various electronic programs as tools to begin their self-initiated exploration into possible career interest areas. See Career Services.
Educational Opportunity ProgramThe Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is charged with improving access and retention of historically low-income and educationally disadvantaged students who have the potential to perform and succeed in the California State University. The EOP provides admission, academic, and financial assistance to eligible undergraduate students. Students who wish to apply to the EOP can receive an application from their current school or check the EOP response on the CSU admission application. The SSU Admissions and Records Office will send EOP applications to interested students.
Sonoma State University's EOP is within the division of Enrollment and Student Academic Services. Sonoma's EOP provides a comprehensive array of services to support student success at our University with graduation as the goal for all EOP students. From the point of admission to the university, advisors provide academic, career, and transitional advising to EOP students. Advisors assist students with concerns regarding housing, financial aid, and balancing college with personal life demands while meeting graduation requirements.
The students, faculty and staff work together to create a supportive community that reflects and respects diverse backgrounds and cultures and recognizes the innate value of all people and their natural ability and desire to learn.
EOP AcademyThe Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Academy is designed to provide academic and social support for our incoming EOP First-time Freshmen (FTF), through the creation of a learning community. Incoming students will enroll in a block of classes with approximately 20 other EOP FTF. This block consists of an English class, Freshman Seminar (University 102), and a general education class. Students will choose the remainder of their first semester courses with the help of an advisor. It has been demonstrated that students taking part in this type of learning community tend to adapt quicker to the challenges of college, and in turn, become more successful students during their first year than students taking classes on an individual basis. They form a connection to the university, develop a peer support group, and receive assistance from their faculty quicker and more effectively than do other students. During their second semester at Sonoma, the EOP Academy students will continue to take a group of classes organized for them, which will include either an English class or a course in Critical Thinking, a GE class, and an elective course from a number of class offerings.
Summer Bridge ProgramThe Summer Bridge Program at Sonoma is a residential program designed to facilitate the successful transition of historically low-income and first generation college students to the university setting. This transition process is developmental in nature and includes personal, social, and educational areas. The program is designed to address the whole student in their new context of the university and in an integral part of EOP services. All incoming EOP first-time freshmen (FTF) attend a one-week Summer Bridge.
The Learning Center
Learning Skills Services
An interdisciplinary staff provides instructional services in coordination with other campus units. These services include educational assessment; individual and small-group instruction; workshops; supplemental instruction for selected GE courses; Learning Strategies courses (UNIV 103, 103A, 103B and 103C); a writing lab; self-paced and computer-assisted instruction; and other special academic support activities.
Students are supported in developing skills such as time management, math anxiety management, overcoming writing apprehension, promoting more effective and efficient reading and study habits, and test-taking strategies. Learning Skills Specialists work closely with faculty and advisors to provide students a network of support that encourages high achievement and a successful university experience.
The Tutorial Program provides the following services for students:
? Individual and small-group tutoring. Appointments for up to two hours per week for each subject are available during daytime hours at the Learning Center. Appointments may be reserved for the semester.
? Foreign language conversation groups in Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Students who are enrolled in SSU foreign language classes or those who simply wish to practice speaking may attend weekly conversation groups.
? Study groups. Study groups facilitated by a tutor meet weekly for biochemistry, human physiology, organic chemistry, environmental studies and other subjects.
? Standardized test preparation. Assistance in preparing for standardized tests such as GRE, CBEST, WEPT, etc., is available during daytime hours.
? Writing assistance. English and writing tutors provide writing assistance for any course, with applications for graduate school and/or scholarships, and preparation for writing exams.
Students also are encouraged to apply for tutoring positions. Tutors must have at least a B, preferably an A, and instructor recommendations in the course they wish to tutor.
SSU Writing Center
Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center 2024
The center also offers in-class workshops for students on writing-related issues and consultations for instructors and academic units on improving writing across the curriculum.
Call or come to the Center to make tutoring appointments or to talk with the director, Scott Miller, about other services.
Disabled Student Services
707 664-2677 (voice)
707 664-2958 (TDD/Text Telephone)
Disabled Student Services offers a coordinated, wide-ranging program that reflects Sonoma State University's emphasis on the autonomy and responsibility of the individual. DSS recognizes the growth-catalyzing power of disability and differentness and works closely with students in their development of self advocacy skills.
Access will be different for each student, depending on the individual's needs. Disabled Student Services guides and encourages students to use university resources that will bring them success and independence.
An Accessible Learning EnvironmentPhysical accessibility is important to SSU. The campus site is flat, making it easier to travel from one location to another. Campus compliance to current structural access laws is an on-going consideration with Facilities Planning. Campus accessibility specifically includes curb cuts, ramps, elevators, water fountains, telephones, restrooms and power doors.
Disabled Student Services coordinates auxiliary services to ensure that the University's obligations to state and federal laws prohibiting disability discrimination are fulfilled.
ServicesThe goal of Disabled Student Services is to foster student development and to promote independence and self-advocacy by offering a progressive, non-intrusive style of service delivery. Disability management advisors are available for personal and academic advising. After registering with the program, services are available to any student with a disability, including physical, psychological, perceptual, learning, and temporary. Because students must come in to the office to provide medical verification and to register for services, the University does not provide the testing for disability verification.
Disabled Student Services maintains a team approach to providing services. Liaisons are established with key staff in other departments including the Library, Admissions and Records, Financial Aid Office, Residential Life, Learning Center, Academic Advising, Career Services, Educational Opportunity Program, Counseling, and other programs.
There is a student club on campus, Disabled Students and Friends, that meets as a support and advocacy organization on behalf of students with disabilities.
Registered students with verified disabilities may be eligible for services from DSS such as:
? admissions assistance
? registration assistance
? goals clarification
? consultation and advocacy
? testing arrangements
? cart rides
? close-in parking
? adaptive equipment
? campus orientation
? individual accessibility needs
? Assistive Technology Lab
? liaison with the state Department of Rehabilitation
? disability management advising
? AsTech technical assistance and consultation
? liaison with other campus departments and programs
Reentry ServicesSonoma State University encourages all potential students in the pursuit of educational goals and personal and professional development.
Mature learners who have been away from the academic environment for some time, and wish to return to school, should contact Enrollment and Student Academic Services, 707 664-2322, for information about admissions criteria and support services.
Online ServicesEmployers are increasingly utilizing technology in their search for new employees, and students can access specific information directly from the center's web page in the office or in the privacy of their own rooms. Ninety percent of all services offered through the office of Career Services are on-line and accessible 24 hours per day. The goal is to provide students with the opportunity to explore careers, research employers and find meaningful employment appropriate to her/his abilities, aspirations and interests, through the use of the Internet. The web site is designed to help students with all aspects of the career planning and preparation process.
A partnership with an on-line recruiting service that uses the most advanced Internet technology helps students explore internship and career opportunities. This is especially useful for students enrolled at a liberal arts institution like Sonoma because this recruiting service is focused on skills rather than specific majors. This service significantly enhances Career Services' ability to provide immediate marketing of career opportunities to hundreds of Sonoma students and alumni ? at no cost to the student. Students can link to other job search resources on the Internet locally, nationally, and abroad.
Career PlanningA full range of tools is available to students to use independently that includes, but is not limited to, interactive, computer-assisted career planning programs such as CHOICES and EUREKA, online Self Directed Career Planning, career-life planning courses and short self-assessment workshops. By collecting information on career and employment trends, labor market statistics, employer profiles and other information pertinent to the interests of students and maintaining it in the Center, the center serves as a starting point for students' occupational research. Preliminary advising about selecting and applying to graduate/professional school is also provided. Directories and database information about employers, graduate degree programs and schools are located within Career Services.
Experiential EducationEmployers increasingly seek candidates with relevant work experience as well as pertinent degrees. The University supports the concept that real-life work experiences have tremendous educational value, particularly if they are properly coordinated with a student's course of study and career plans. Experiential education takes many forms: community service, internships, part-time work, volunteering, community involvement, practicum and cooperative education, among others. To promote experiential education, over 30 academic departments offer university credit under the rubric of the Community Involvement Program and Internships. Career Services lists current field experience placements for students to begin developing their track record of hands-on experience in support of their majors and career fields.
Community Involvement ProgramInformed and active citizenship is an important aspect of a strong liberal arts education. Sonoma promotes community service as a relevant component of students' academic studies. Student volunteers can develop awareness of community issues and increase their sense of social responsibility while accruing valuable work experience.
The Community Involvement Program is designed to facilitate experiential learning and service to the community by providing a means for students to earn academic credit for their volunteer experiences. Students volunteer in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, recreation programs, group homes, day care centers, senior centers, and various other social service and educational agencies.
Elective credit of 1 to 4 units may be granted on a Cr/NC basis upon the satisfactory completion of the terms of the volunteer agreement as required by the faculty sponsor. A minimum of 30 hours of work for each unit of credit is required. This is documented by each student on a time log, certified by the on-the-job supervisor, and submitted to the faculty sponsor at the end of the semester. Additional materials such as journals, case notes or papers may also be required. A total of 6 units of CIP may be applied toward an undergraduate degree. Each department that offers CIP designates a faculty sponsor who coordinates the seminars and other academic components of the program, evaluates each student's work, and awards credit at the end of the semester. More information about CIP can be obtained in departmental offices and Career Services.
InternshipsAn internship is a paraprofessional or pre-professional experience designed in close consultation with a faculty advisor which gives the student an opportunity to apply knowledge from the classroom in an employment setting consistent with the student's chosen career field. Internships allow students to gain in-depth, practical work experience and academic credit simultaneously. Internships are popular among students because they recognize that internships are a powerful conduit to the best jobs. Recent surveys indicate that nearly three-quarters of all college students do an internship before they graduate, compared to one in thirty-six in 1980. Today, employers are looking for work-related experience ? especially internship experience.
Usually, advanced undergraduate or graduate students work in paraprofessional or pre-professional positions in settings that relate to their career and academic goals. Additionally, there must exist a clear and specific relationship to an academic program (major, minor or certificate program). Internships are supervised programs of work and study in governmental, community service, technical, business, or educational settings. They usually involve 12 to 20 hours of work each week. Forty-five hours of on-the-job work are required along with the other academic requirements specified on the internship agreement for each unit of academic credit. Students must check with their individual academic departments for specific academic requirements pertaining to internships.
Internships, or other forms of practical experiential education, are required in some departments and are optional in others. Internship opportunity listings are available in Career Services and on the web site. Faculty sponsors in each department handle internship supervision and evaluation. Internships sometimes involve regularly scheduled seminars that expand on the supervised work experience and may also involve a substantial paper in which students are expected to demonstrate the relationship between the practical internship experience and the theoretical foundations of their discipline.
Internships may be either paid or unpaid, for credit or not for credit, and they may extend one semester, a summer or a whole year. Many students begin as volunteers in a particular setting and then subsequently develop a more structured placement as an intern. This continuum of experience often provides the skills and background necessary to gain meaningful employment upon graduation.
Employment ServicesCareer Services works with students and employers to maximize students' success in locating employment related to their fields of interest and to satisfy employer demand for employees with up-to-date skills. Helping students conduct an effective job search is supported through workshops such as Labor Market Information, Job Search Strategies, Resume Writing and Interview Techniques. Services are available that respond to students' complete range of employment needs, including part-time and seasonal jobs as well as full-time, career-related employment.
Part-time and seasonal job listings are continually developed, and thousands of opportunities are posted for self-referral to help students earn money to support themselves during their college years and to make valuable career connections. In addition to developing off-campus opportunities, Career Services serves as the posting location for all on-campus student employment positions, including both student assistant and federal college work-study jobs.
The center receives more than 30,000 full-time job listings for use by students and alumni. On-Campus Interviewing also assists students in their transition to the world of full-time work. Career Fairs bring employers to campus that are seeking to hire entry-level professionals.
Disabled students who require special arrangements should contact Disability Resources at 707 664-2677 or (TDD) 707 664-2958 at least one month prior to the test date.
The following are regularly offered through Testing Services:
Undergraduate candidates for admission
? ACT-Residual (SSU only)
? CSU English Placement Test (EPT)
? CSU Entry-Level Math Test (ELM)
Graduate school candidates
? Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Subject Tests only
? Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
Teacher credential candidates
? PRAXIS Tests
Credential candidates should contact either the Credentials' Office, at 707 664-2581, or the Teacher Recruitment Information Center, at 707 664-2131, for test requirements.
Students interested in graduate work at Sonoma State University must check with their department about specific testing requirements.
Stevenson Hall 1054
Vice President for Student Affairs
The Vice President for Student Affairs provides overall supervision and direction for various student programs and services at the University. The Student Affairs Division includes the Associated Students, Children's School, Counseling and Psychological Services, Intercollegiate Athletics, the Office of Campus Life, Pre-College Programs, Student Health Center, the Student Union (including Campus Recreation, Fitness Center and Inter Cultural Center), and the Women's Resource Center.
Mission StatementThe mission of the Student Affairs Division at Sonoma State University is to enhance students' educational experience through programs and services that contribute to their intellectual, emotional, social and physical development. The Division provides a continuum of services and programs that begin before matriculation and continue beyond graduation. Student Affairs staff members are educators who work in collaboration with the campus community to create programs and services that are learner-centered and based on the knowledge of human development. The outcomes we seek for students are increased self-understanding, self-esteem, and self-motivation, as well as the development of leadership skills, appreciation of human diversity, responsible and healthy behavior, and respect for others.
A unifying goal for the Student Affairs Division is increased student retention, graduation, and satisfaction. The promotion of a positive campus climate and a sense of community for a diverse student population is a guiding principle for our programs. In summary, the Student Affairs Division serves a crucial integrative function between the needs and aspirations of our students and the goals of the University.
Associated Students, Inc.
Student Union Building
ASI offers students the chance to represent fellow students and advocate for student interests at Sonoma State and statewide as ASI Executive Officers, as members of the ASI Board of Directors, and as Committee Representatives. All SSU students (excluding fee waiver students) are eligible to serve in these positions and students are elected or appointed to office for a one-year term. Student government allows students to develop leadership, decision-making, budget management, and policy-making skills. More than 200 students participate in our campus democracy.
AS programs include the Children's School, Associated Students Productions and JUMP (Community Service Program). AS services include: Transitional Housing, the short-term and emergency loan programs, supplemental health insurance, sports club insurance, and accounting services for clubs.
The Associated Students, Inc. services for students include: Transitional Housing, the Short Term Loan program, supplemental health insurance, sports club insurance, and ?banking services? for clubs. In addition, the Associated Students, Inc. sponsors the following programs for students:
The Children's SchoolThe Children's School provides early childhood education and child care services to the children, ages 1 to 5 years, of students, staff, and faculty. Credentialed teachers, student employees, volunteers, and interns staff the school. Parents have the opportunity to be involved with the school through parent participation, either working in the classroom, fundraising, projects, or advocacy. Our school also functions as a child development laboratory for many different academic departments and is respected as a model training environment for the optimal development of young children.
Lobby CorpsLobby Corps provides students the opportunity to articulate the student voice on local, state, and national issues. Students gain valuable skills and experience while lobbying for change.
Associated Student Productions (ASP)ASP is Sonoma State's student programming board. They produce on and off-campus co-curricular activities, including top-name concerts, lectures, noontime concerts, special events, and dance parties.
JUMP (Community Service Program)JUMP offers community service opportunities for students in a variety of settings. JUMP operates five distinct programs: SOUP, our hunger and homelessness awareness program; Adopt-A-Grandparent, our elderly program; Cougar Club, our after-school tutoring program; Events Committee, our one-time special events committee; and the Volunteer Referral Service, our community placement service.
The Student Union serves as the campus center for cultural, social and educational activities at Sonoma State University. As the ?community or family room? of the campus, the Student Union provides, in addition to the building itself, many of the programs and services members of the campus community need in their daily life on campus. The Union also houses the Office of Campus Life, the Women's Resource Center, the Associated Students, and Associated Students Productions, which handles on-campus entertainment. The Student Union meeting rooms accommodate many of the activities that contribute to the exciting environment at Sonoma State University. Many student-oriented services are housed in the Student Union, including the Pub, which provides day and evening food service, lounge areas, low-cost copy services and a student art gallery. Students are encouraged to participate in all phases of the planning and development of the union through the Student Union Board of Directors and its committees. The Student Union sponsors:
The InterCultural CenterThe mission of the InterCultural Center (ICC) is to support the recruitment, retention, and graduation of a culturally diverse student body. The ICC provides a central location for the diversity oriented clubs and organizations on campus to meet and plan activities that educate and enhance the overall campus community. The ICC Coordinator supports the planning and implementation of these student-initiated and student-related educational, cultural and social events of interest to the multicultural organizations. The office serves as a center of support and community building for SSU's ethnically and culturally diverse student body.
Campus Recreation (Recreational Sports and Open Recreation)The Recreational Sports Program offers a wide variety of activities through intramural sports, outdoor pursuits, aerobics, special events, dance/movement classes, bike maintenance, and sports clubs. Opportunities include team sports, camping and adventure outings, one-day events, activity classes and more. The Open Recreation program promotes fitness and recreational pursuits during scheduled hours in the Fitness Center, swimming pool, main gym and field house. Activities include weight lifting, cardio workouts, swimming, basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer and others. Additionally, Open Recreation offers Wellness Programs including personal training, nutrition assessment and body composition assessment. Watch for the new student recreation center scheduled to open in 2003-2004!
Office of Campus Life
First Floor, Student Union
Major programs coordinated by OCL include:
Provides support, advice and oversight to chartered student clubs. Ongoing support and advising to chartered student organizations is provided on event planning, fundraising, membership recruitment, and other club related topics.
Provides advising, support and educational programs to campus sororities and fraternities, Panhellenic, Inter Fraternity Council, Order of Omega, and provides educational programming for the Greek Community.
Conducts workshops, classes and retreats in leadership skill development to maximize students' effectiveness as campus and community leaders. Coordinates UNIV 238 course offerings.
Student Advocates for Education (SAFE) peer educators are trained to facilitate interactive workshops that encourage positive behaviors in the areas of health, lifestyle and personal safety.
Sexual Assault Prevention Education
Provides year-round prevention education to the campus and the community, including the annual display of The Clothesline Project and the Take Back the Night March. The Sexual Assault Prevention Educator also provides information, support and referral to survivors of sexual violence.
Oversees annual elections for officer positions in student government (Associated Students) and special elections on issues of importance to the student body.
First Floor, Student Union
The Women's Resource Center promotes understanding of gender issues on campus and in society at large and works to empower women to develop their full potential. The Center brings attention to and challenges barriers to the inclusion, equality and advancement of women in all areas of society.
A campus and community resource, the WRC coordinates such programs as Women's History Month each March and Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, plus year-round lectures, workshops, films, conferences and events by, for or about women. Many of these events are co-sponsored with student clubs, faculty members or community groups.
The WRC is staffed weekdays by student assistants, volunteers and interns. The office houses a lending library of more than 800 books, publications and videotapes on gender issues.
The WRC also provides information about and referral to on- and off-campus events, resources, social services and organizations. Crossroads, the WRC newsletter, is published each semester and covers local events, activities and issues concerning women.
Early Childhood Education and Care
The Children's School
Children's School Building
The Children's School, a program of Sonoma State University's Associated Students, provides early childhood education services to faculty, staff and student families attending SSU for children ages 1-5. Our developmental program provides a nurturing learning environment for children, and supports the parents through active participation with their child's education.
The Children's School also provides child development laboratory experiences and internships for many different academic departments on campus.
The population of students, parents, staff and faculty represents diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Our goal is to utilize the richness of the campus community while providing optimum services to our families. For enrollment information call the Children's School.
South Field House
The overall goal of Sonoma State University Pre-College Programs is to ensure that students are academically prepared and possess the confidence to compete successfully in a competitive college environment. The programs assist students in achieving and maintaining academic excellence. First-generation college means that neither parent with whom the student resides has graduated from a four-year college/university. Students wishing to participate may contact the Pre-College Programs Office or call 707 664-2428 for more information. There is no cost for services.
Academic Talent Search
The Academic Talent Search Program is designed for students in the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th-grade attending school in Sonoma County. It provides its 700 participants with information about college placement and financial aid, workshops on self-concept development, career education, preparation for college entrance examinations, after school tutorial services, and various summer academic skills development sessions. Participants are students with academic potential who are low-income and/or potential first-generation college.
Upward Bound Program
The Upward Bound Program is designed for ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th-grade students attending schools in Sonoma County. All Upward Bound students attend an academic year program and a summer program that emphasizes both academic and motivational skills development. The academic year program consists of interdisciplinary classes in mathematics, communications and science. Students also participate in career development, college placement and elective classes. The elective class is either visual arts or computer science. The summer program takes place for six weeks at Sonoma State University. Classes meet Mondays through Thursdays and include mathematics, communications, symbolic logic, visual arts, drama, biology, chemistry, physics, social studies, computer science, self-awareness and preparation for college entrance examinations.
Upward Bound Math and Science Program
The Upward Bound Math and Science Program provides 50 students with an intensive six-week course of study in math, science, English and computer science. The program takes an interdisciplinary approach to teaching science and has a science theme. In addition, all Upward Bound Math and Science students attend an academic year program with an interdisciplinary curriculum.
All students have a faculty mentor and are exposed to university research projects. Students are involved in social and cultural activities, including weekly field trips to science- and math-oriented institutions, and have residential experience at Sonoma State University.
The 3-1-3 Program
The 3-1-3 Program is a joint venture between the Cotati-Rohnert Park School District and Sonoma State University. The program identifies pre-ninth graders who are low-income and/or first-generation college. In this exciting program, students complete three years of high school courses and one year of transitional college courses. Students then have the opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree at Sonoma State University in three years. During their high school experience, students participate in bimonthly Saturday classes during the school year and a six-week summer session at Sonoma State University.
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)
The GEAR UP Program serves the entire class of 2006 at Lawrence Cook Middle School and will follow the students at Elsie Allen High School. The program offers these 432 current eighth graders intensive individual and group services, including educational and career assessment, academic instruction, family-centered empowerment training, and professional teacher development.
Academic Volunteer and Mentor Service Program (AVMSP)
This program provides students in the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District in grades K through 5 mentoring in reading. Students work with mentors on a one-on-one basis one and half-hours per week. A reading specialist provides on-site supervision and training at each of the four school sites.
PreCollegiate Academic Development Program (PAD)
The PAD Program provides English and Math tutoring to students in the local schools (kindergarten through 12th grade). The program is designed to assist students who are working at or just below grade level and are intending on enrolling in a four-year college/university. In addition to providing assistance to students, the program introduces current Sonoma State University students to the rewards of teaching.
The SSU Office of International Services provides the SSU campus community with a variety of programs, services, and activities related to international education and exchange, including:
? support services for matriculated and Sonoma State American Language Institute international students;
? visa and travel documentation services for non-immigrant students, faculty, and research scholars;
? support, advice, assistance and management services for faculty-initiated international programs, and cooperative and exchange efforts with institutions of higher education abroad;
? assistance with curriculum development related to intercultural and international affairs subject matter;
? develops, plans, and operates study abroad programming for SSU, including the CSU International Programs; and
? operates the National Student Exchange.
See the Admissions section of this catalog for application and general information for international students.
Study Abroad Opportunities and the National Student Exchange
Fax: 707 664-3130
If you want to get the most from your Sonoma educational experience, just go away! There are lots of people in the world who just follow the ruts of life. But Sonoma students want to explore, to ?push the envelope,? to excel, and to extract from their educational experience every last bit of opportunity. It is for these exceptional people that study abroad and domestic exchange programs were created.
Study Abroad: The CSU International Programs
Through the CSU International Programs, Sonoma students earn resident academic credit toward a Sonoma State degree while attending a distinguished host university or special study center in one of 16 countries for a full academic year. With study opportunities available, which range from agriculture to zoology, there is an academic offering somewhere in the world for just about everyone. You say you don't know a foreign language? With a wide selection of study plans, there are programs for the multilingual and programs for those who only wish they were, from the partly fluent to the absolute beginner.
And the cost is reasonable. The State of California supports a substantial part of the instructional and administrative cost of the program. Participants support their own individual costs, of course, including transportation, room and board, living expenses and program fees. Costs overseas vary by country and by length of the particular program selected.
Do you depend on financial aid to afford your studies? Well, you can take your Sonoma State University aid package overseas. Because you remain enrolled at Sonoma while you are abroad with the SCU International Programs, you remain eligible for all benefits available to you on campus, including financial aid. And when you return, the transition back to campus is easy. Many students even graduate at the end of their overseas studies!
Concerned that you may not qualify? The CSU International Programs is competitive, but students who meet or exceed the minimum standards for admission have an excellent chance of being selected. The International Services Office at Sonoma State will review your interests and your preparation with you, and will help you find the right path to study abroad. It's easier than you might think. Upper-division status (or sophomore status for some programs) and a minimum grade point average of 2.75 (or 3.00 for some programs) are the basic minimum standards for selection.
Where can I study, you ask? The list of study centers and host universities is extensive:
University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, The University of Western Sydney, Macquarie Univerity, Sydney, and Victoria University.
Universities of the Province of Quebec, including: Universit? de Montr?al; Concordia University; Universit? Laval; McGill University; Universit? du Quebec system; Bishop's University, i.a.
Pontificia Universidad Cat?lica de Chile
Peking University, Beijing
Denmark's International Study Program (the international education affiliate of the University of Copenhagen)
Institut des Etudes Fran?aises pour ?tudiants ?trangers, Universit? de Droit, d'Economie et des Sciences d'Aix-Marseille (Aix-en-Provence); Mission interuniversitaire de coordination des ?changes franco-am?ricains, Universit?s de Paris III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, the Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations
Universit?t T?bingen and eleven institutions of higher education in the Federal state of Baden-W?rttemberg
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The University of Tel Aviv and The University of Haifa
CSU Study Center (Florence), Universit? degli Studi di Firenze, La Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze
Waseda University (Tokyo)
Yonsei University (Seoul)
Instituto Tecnol?gico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Quer?taro
Lincoln University (Christchurch), Massey University (Palmerston North)
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Granada
National Taiwan University (Taipei), National Tsing Hua University
University of Bradford, University of Bristol; Kingston University; University of Sheffield; and the University of Wales, Swansea
University of Zimbabwe (Harare)
Other Study Abroad Options
Sonoma State University also offers opportunities for students in selected fields of study to participate in special exchange arrangements. These opportunities are announced through the respective sponsoring departments. Currently a semester and year exchange program is offered in Mexico (business studies).
Other CSU campuses make selected semester and year programs available to SSU students; a list of available programs will be provided on request.
CSU International Programs
CSU International Programs
401 Golden Shore, Sixth Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802-4275
The National Student Exchange (NSE)Through the National Student Exchange, students from 170 cooperating institutions in 50 U.S. states and territories can explore the great variety of academic settings, study fields, geography, historical tradition, climate and cultural opportunities that make up the great and diverse entity of American higher education.
Semester and academic year exchanges are available for sophomores, juniors and seniors who have and maintain a minimum 2.50 grade point average. Academic courses completed as a National Student Exchange participant are considered to be taken in residence at Sonoma State and participants do not have to pay out-of-state or other non resident fees at the host university.
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Sonoma State University is a member of the NCAA in Division II and sponsors 11 intercollegiate programs, four sports for men? soccer, basketball, baseball, and tennis?and seven for women?soccer, cross country, volleyball, basketball, softball, tennis and track and field. The philosophy of the institution and, specifically, of the athletic program, is to provide the maximum opportunity for student participation in intercollegiate athletics that staff and resources will allow. SSU teams have been successful at all levels, capturing one national championship and 22 conference championships during the 1990s.
Sonoma State University competes in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), one of the most honored conferences in all of Division II with a combined 139 NCAA national championships. Sonoma State has enjoyed tremendous success over the three years it has competed in the CCAA. The baseball team has captured two out of the last three CCAA championships in 1999 and 2001. Men's and women's soccer have posted CCAA North Division Championships. Women's Cross Country recently finished ninth in the NCAA National Championships. Men's and women's tennis have participated in the NCAA regionals on a regular basis. CCAA member institutions include UC Davis, San Francisco State University, Cal State Chico, Cal State Stanislaus, Cal State Bakersfield, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State San Bernardino, Cal Poly Pomona, UC San Diego and Grand Canyon University.
The athletic facilities and programs at Sonoma State University are expanding to provide students with many more opportunities to become physically active through individual and organized sports programs. The California State University is committed to providing equal opportunities to men and women students in all campus programs, including intercollegiate athletics.
John Goelz, head coach
Pat Fuscaldo, head coach
Mark Rigby, head coach
Cross Country, Track and Field
Jim Hiserman, head coach
Chris Elze, head coach
Marcus Zeimer, head coach
Luke Oberkirch, head coach
Steve Cunninghame, head coach
Tracey Prince, head coach
Jon Stevenson, head coach
Health and Wellness
Student Health Center
Student Health Center Building
Sonoma State University maintains a fully accredited, on-campus Student Health Center that provides outpatient primary health care for regularly enrolled students. The Student Health Center is located off West Redwood Circle, just north of the Schultz Information Center. Hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm M-F, excluding campus closures and holidays. An extended-hours clinic is held one day/week when academic year classes are in session. After hours, students may call the SHC phone number for access to a Nurse Advice line, which provides guidance for urgent medical circumstances that cannot wait until the SHC is open.
The Student Health Center's professional staff includes doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and laboratory and X-ray technologists. They provide quality outpatient care for acute illnesses and injuries, limited interim or transitional care for ongoing or preexisting conditions, and related pharmacy, lab, x-ray, and preventative medical services such as immunizations, Pap smears, contraception, and health education. Health Center staffing and services provided during break periods may be limited in comparison to regular school year services.
Most medical visits are available at no additional charge to students, although there are nominal fees for medications, specialized diagnostic tests, pre-employment and pre-participation physicals, summer services, and certain other supplemental items. Referrals to off-campus physicians or medical facilities are provided when specialty consultation, long-term care, after hours care, special diagnostic procedures, surgery, or hospitalization is needed. Since students are financially responsible for medical services obtained outside the SHC, supplemental health insurance is advised to help cover the cost of services that are beyond the scope or hours of operation of the SHC. A private insurance carrier that contracts directly with registered CSU students offers a moderately priced supplemental health insurance policy designed to complement SHC services; contact the SSU Associated Students Office (707 664-2815) for information.
SHC medical records and related information are confidential and are held in a manner consistent with external accreditation standards as well as with state and federal law. Parents, family members, non-health provider university personnel, or others not directly involved in the patient's medical care do not have access to SHC medical information without the patient's written consent.
Opportunities for student involvement are available through the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) and health promotion projects. Those interested in serving on SHAC should contact the Student Health Center. Those interested in health promotion projects should contact the SHC health educator.
Meningococcal Disease is a rare but potentially fatal infection that occurs more frequently in the college population, especially undergraduates living in Residence Halls or other close living situations. Those who wish to reduce their risk of acquiring this infection should make healthy lifestyle choices and consider immunization with meningococcal vaccine. This vaccine significantly reduces but does not completely eliminate the risk of meningococcal meningitis and other manifestations of this infection for a period of 4-5 years. For information, contact your physician, the Student Health Center, or the Student Health Center Immunization web site: www.sonoma.edu/SHC/immuniz.html.
Pre-enrollment immunization requirements: The California State University system requires that all entering students born after 1956 provide proof of measles and rubella immunization (usually given as MMR). Full immunization consists of a series of two appropriately timed measles/rubella immunizations. At a minimum, records must show that at least one dose of MMR was received after age 4 and after 1979. The State of California also requires that all students who are under age 19 at the time of first enrollment show proof of completion of the full series of three Hepatitis B immunizations. Entering students must submit photocopies of official medical documentation of all required immunizations to the Office of Admissions and Records as far in advance of enrollment as possible. MMR and Hepatitis B immunizations are available at reduced cost at the SHC to immediately entering conditionally registered SSU students who have been unable to complete the full series of required immunizations. Students should not delay in meeting these pre-enrollment immunization requirements, as those who do not comply in a timely fashion will be prohibited from registering for subsequent classes.
The Open Recreation Program offers a variety of health and fitness activities through its wide range of programs and services. Sponsored by the Sonoma Student Union, the program is available to all currently enrolled SSU students. Facilities include the Fitness Center, swimming pool, main gym and Field House. The Open Recreation Program also sponsors several wellness programs for a minimal fee.
Opened in January 1996, the Fitness Center offers both cardiovascular and weight lifting equipment for fitness activities. Included are treadmills, stationary bicycles, stair climbers, elliptical trainers, a rowing machine, and Cybex, Nautilus and Body Master weight-lifting equipment. Orientations to the facility are offered on a regular basis.
The swimming pool, main gym, and Field House are also available for recreational pursuits through the Open Recreation Program. Activities include lap swimming, basketball, volleyball and indoor soccer. Schedules for each area vary from semester to semester, so be sure to check for posted hours.
The Open Recreation Program sponsors a variety of wellness opportunities through its Body Works Program. Included are body composition assessments, nutrition assessments, fitness testing and personal trainers. These programs carry minimal fees.
Counseling and Psychological Services
Richard A. Rodriguez, Director
Brief counseling is provided to enrolled students who are experiencing personal difficulties that interfere with their ability to take full advantage of the University experience. Professional counselors and graduate interns provide individual, couples, family, and group counseling. Our goal is to facilitate the following: personal growth and self-esteem; development of satisfying relationships and effective communication and decision-making skills; and the establishment of personal values. Counselors assist clients to express and clarify their concerns, and to identify specific changes which might be helpful to them. Interventions are aimed at increasing self-awareness, utilizing existing coping strategies more effectively, and developing additional skills to deal more successfully with their problems.
The counseling staff offers groups and workshops on a variety of themes, such as conflict resolution, assertiveness training, diversity and cross-cultural issues, eating issues, body image, test anxiety, procrastination, and men's and women's issues. Drop-in/Crisis hours are available daily at noon and at 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and at noon only on Friday. Referrals are made to community agencies and private practitioners for students requiring long-term services. For information and appointments, call 707 664-2153.
Alcohol and Drug Education Program
Health Center 101
The Alcohol and Drug Education Program promotes a healthy university environment in which the use of alcohol and other drugs does not interfere with learning or performance. The goal of the program is to reduce alcohol and other drug problems for students at SSU.
? Presentations in UNIV 102 Freshman Seminar classes
? Lending library of books and videos
? Resources for alcohol and other drug-related workshops and speakers
? Support for non-using choices and activities
? Information about resources available for intervening in drinking and drug use problems
? Referrals for treatment options