compactforsuccess2.jpgHundreds of seventh graders from Lawrence Cook Middle School in Santa Rosa stormed campus Friday to get a feel for the college they're guaranteed admission to thanks to an agreement with the Santa Rosa City Schools District and Sonoma State University.

The middle school students separated into groups for SSU student-led tours, peppering their guides with questions about potential majors, dorm life and, of course, the food. They were getting a sense of what school will be like if they complete the Compact For Success program, which guarantees them a spot at SSU when they graduate high school.

hungrerghames.jpgThere won't be any snakes, poisonous berries or escaping angry bees, but Sonoma State University is hosting its own "Hunger Games" this week to spread awareness and give back to the community during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 17-21.

JUMP (Join Us Making Progress), the community service organization through the Associated Students, is hosting the Hunger Games to spread awareness on campus about the broader issues surrounding hunger and homelessness in Sonoma County and provide service to local community partners addressing the issues. All the while, 12 teams are competing in a competitive week-long program.

seawolflogo.pngThe Sonoma State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics inducted six former student-athletes and one team into the SSU Athletics Hall of Fame at a ceremony held October 25 in the Student Center Ballroom. Matt Bernard, Dan Calcagno, Trevor Howe, Jarin Todd, Jennifer Tomczik (Killian), Danae Wellander and the 1969 Football Team were all honored for their contributions to SSU Athletics.

tewari.jpgSonoma State University ethnomusicology professor Laxmi Ganesh Tewari announced this week that he will retire at the end this semester after a distinguished, 40-year career at SSU.

A leader in the ancient Gwalior tradition of vocal music, Tewari received extensive training in Hindustani classical vocal music at Banaras Hindu University under the guidance of renowned Indian artists Dr. Lalmani Misra, Pandit Madhav Vaman Thakar and professor B.R. Deodhar. He completed his doctorate in music in 1967.

"All through my life I have tried to combine the three main aspects of my life: performance, which is my worship, scholarship, and teaching," says Tewari.

gmcdinnosmall.jpgSonoma State University was honored at last month's CSU Facilities Management Conference with the Best Practice in Architecture and Engineering and the Overall Best Practice Award for the Green Music Center.

"To have won both... is an honor," said Christopher Dinno, associate vice president for administration and finance, facilities operations and planning, who accepted the award for SSU. "To be recognized and acknowledged by your peers throughout the CSU for the Green Music Center is a real privilege."

claudia2.jpgSonoma State University sophomore Claudia Sisomphou was honored as the Student Volunteer of the Year at the North Bay Business Journal's Nonprofit Conference and Leadership Awards held at SSU October 30.

Her brief acceptance speech was filled with words of wisdom beyond her years. "Compassion is the greatest thing you can share with someone," she said. "I do hope that by receiving this award, my peers will recognize how valuable and empowering community service really is."

Sisomphou, a graduate of El Molino High School in Forestville, has been volunteering since middle school with groups like the American Cancer Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the AIDS food bank Food for Thought. "She involved volunteering and service as part of her daily life," said SSU President Ruben Armiñana, introducing the award recipient at the conference. "She is one of those people who will break barriers."

medicineman.jpegNovember is Native American Heritage Month and SSU is hosting two events in honor of the diverse history of Native Americans. Many more are also included for women of color, men discovering their masculinity, hip hop artist and a celebration of Dia de los Muertos.

Starting off the month, the HUB is welcomes Pbonchai Tallman (left), a Paiute and Modoc Medicine man on Nov. 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tallman will discuss the experience and life living and healing people on the Native American path.

On Nov. 12, the HUB welcomes Dr. Janet Hess of the Hutchins School who will discuss her family history within the American Indian and African American cultures as well as the Osage people. Hess will also cover how African American history and the negotiation between American Indian nations and white settlers can be aligned and contrasted in unique ways.

giantsteps.jpegThe recent fifth annual 'Sonoma Serves' was a thriving success, say organizers. More than 600 Seawolves registered to participate in this year's event hosted by Join Us Making Progress (JUMP).

Sonoma Serves is the largest one-day service event of the year at SSU and more than 600 students served in 34 teams across the greater Sonoma community assisting 19 different community partners.

From cleaning up local waterways and parks to gardening, spreading mulch, sorting and packaging food, and numerous other tasks, SSU students worked to provide support for the critical projects of local non-profit community partners.

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