mike ezraA Sonoma State University professor has released volume one of the Journal of Civil and Human Rights, a first of its kind academic publication surrounding the freedom struggles of modern U.S. history.

david orr and sustainability day posterThe global issue of climate change cannot be ignored any longer--even Pope Francis made headlines with his historic address to Congress last month, calling for a response to "the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity." To that end, Sonoma State University hosts its second annual Sustainability Day conference on Oct. 21 with author and sustainability champion David W. Orr giving the keynote address.

"Like David Orr, Sonoma State is walking the walk when it comes to sustainability," says SSU Director of Sustainability Paul Draper.

Collage of hall of fame 2015 inducteesSonoma State University announced today the 2015 induction class of the SSU Athletics Hall of Fame. The class this year includes Andrew Bailey, Chelsea Hennan, Kevin Wong, Kristy Sather, Benjamin Ziemer and Marlene Bles. The ceremony is Oct. 24 in the Student Center.

Margi OsmundsonWomen's Soccer
The Sonoma State women's soccer team cruised to a 4-0 victory over archrival Chico State on Sunday, Sept. 27 at Seawolf Soccer Field in Rohnert Park. With the win, the Seawolves take sole possession of first place in the CCAA at 3-0-1 (5-1-2 overall). Ashley Luis recorded her CCAA-leading fifth shutout of the year, making four saves on the day. She continues to lead the CCAA in goals allowed (4), goals against average (0.46) and save percentage (.875).

world globe under blue skyThe Brown Bag Lecture Series returns to Sonoma State University this fall, featuring a selection of speakers from the School of Social Sciences. Those interested are invited to pack a lunch, as lectures are from noon to 1 p.m. in Stevenson 2011.

Drake's Bay Oyster CompanyWhen Polaroid decided to stop making its trademark instant-developing film in 2008, the company destroyed nearly all of its factories. Sonoma State University environmental history professor Laura A. Watt has latched on to the iconic Polaroid style to express another side of her art. Her work is featured in a solo exhibition, "The Evolving Landscape of Point Reyes," at Prince Gallery in Petaluma Oct. 7-Nov. 8.

treble clefThree private studio instructors have recently joined the music faculty at Sonoma State University: voice instructors Zachary Gordin and Rhoslyn Jones and cello instructor Jill Brindel.

happy turtle in human handsWestern pond turtles used to enjoy a leisurely life. With an estimated lifespan of 70 years, their species spanned the Western United States for millions of years. But along came the Gold Rush, and humans nearly drove the turtles to extinction at the turn of the century. Now, a Sonoma State University biology professor is leading the charge to reintroduce the turtles to their native habitat with a successful collaboration between the university and two Bay Area zoos.

crabThe Sonoma State University fall Biology Colloquium entices listeners with new information about ourselves and the ecosystems that surround us. The lectures cover a wide array of subjects, including urban lake restoration, responses of crabs to ocean acidification, and aging. SSU anthropology professor Dr. Karin Jaffe completes the series on Dec. 8 with a talk on university-zoo collaborative research.

iliana perezSonoma State University hosts its first DREAMer Conference on September 19, featuring a keynote speech from DREAM Act researcher and Claremont University doctoral student Iliana Perez.

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