Arts & Lectures
The University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University unveils The Third Dimension: Four Sculptors with a reception on Thursday, Sept. 4 from 4-6 p.m. The exhibit will be on view through Sunday, Oct. 12 and features the work Shawn HibmaCronin, Walter Robinson, Chris Thorson, and Ann Weber.
"Like contemporary art in general, recent sculpture defies easy categorization," says exhibit curator and art professor Michael Schwager. "There is no longer a dominant aesthetic as there was in the 1950s with Abstract Expressionism, the 1960s with Pop, and the 1960s and 70s with Minimalism."
Details of the Schroeder Hall Grand Opening Weekend at Sonoma State University's Green Music Center have been announced, including ticket information for the free community weekend on Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24. The weekend of free events includes more than 100 artists in ten concerts.
Admission is free to the weekend concerts, but advance tickets are required. Tickets are available to the public beginning Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. and can be reserved in person at the SSU Box Office, online at gmc.sonoma.edu, or over the phone at 866.955.6040. A limited quantity of tickets will be held for walk-up sales on-site for the free community weekend on August 23-24.
Shot at Burning Man 2012, this documentary helps defy the stereotypes of Burning Man, by following the unlikely adventure of two 60-year-old parents for their first burn.
The Sonoma Film Institute announces its fall slate of screenings, ranging from lively documentaries to international features and rarely shown classic cinema.
The season kicks off with the Winner of the Audience Award at the Sonoma International Film Festival, Taking My Parents to Burning Man (8/22, 24), in which first time filmmaker, 22-year-old Bryant 'Spry Bry' Boesen, follows his family's journey to the annual festival in the Nevada desert.
The University Art Gallery presents BFA Exhibition 2014, which opens with a reception for the artists on Thursday, April 17 from 4-6 p.m, and will be on view through Saturday, May 10.
BFA Exhibition 2014 features the work of 11 students in the Art Department who are graduating this spring with their Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), an advanced degree requiring an additional year of focused study in their chosen medium.
The School of Social Sciences Brown Bag Lecture Series welcomes Kathleen Noonan, History, as she presents her work "Gasoline and Unrest: Bayonne Refinery Strikes," on April 15, noon to 1 p.m., in Stevenson 2011. All are invited.
This study looks at the connection between two deadly strikes in Bayonne, NJ and the construction of the nation's first garden-style apartment complex as housing for the employees of Standard Oil. The strikes drew national attention, drawing in prominent labor organizers from the IWW and professional strikebreakers.
Three days of back-to-back concerts at the Green Music Center features Sonoma State University's largest performing ensembles under the direction of program leaders Doug Leibinger, Andy Collinsworth and Jenny Bent.
The performances on April 24, 25 and 26 take place in Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall. Tickets are $15 including parking, with discounts for seniors and students. Admission is free to SSU students with ID.
Winemaking is a passion for many that has been studied and perfected for hundreds of years. Professor Phil Crews will explain the 21st century approach to the process during his lecture at 7 p.m. on April 17 in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center.
The presentation entitled The Chemistry and Science of Wines and Wine Making is free and open to the public. Tickets are required by visiting http://tinyurl.com/kbcovqw.
Crews, a professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California Santa Cruz, will explain the scientific aspects of winemaking and how consulting companies have helped winemakers create award-winning vintages.
What do cello superstar Yo-Yo Ma and nineteenth-century Russian composer Anton Arensky have in common? Answer: the Davidov Stradivarius, named for cellist Karl Davidov (1838-1889).
Described by Tchaikovsky as the "czar of cellists," Davidov was head of the St. Petersburg Conservatory when Arensky was a student there.
Davidov's priceless 1712 cello lives on through the artistry of Yo-Yo Ma, to whom it is currently on loan.
Hear Arensky's lush and lyrical Piano Trio in D Minor, dedicated to Davidov's memory, in a concert by Sonoma State University resident chamber artists, Trio Navarro, on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Green Music Center's Joan and Sanford I Weill Hall.
April is the month to celebrate one of our community's heritages, Asian-Pacific American.Throughout April the campus explores the different aspects of this heritage in many ways.
Tuesday, April 1, Opening Nooner for Asian Heritage Month, 12-1 p.m. Darwin Quad.
Sonoma County Taiko will be opening the nooner. Then the Filipino American Association of Sonoma State University (FAASSU) showcases excerpts of the cultural dances they have been practicing all semester to advertise their PCN (Pacific/Pilipino Cultural Night) April 24 and 26. Co-sponsored by ASP and FAASSU.
Composed while Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) was imprisoned by the Nazis in Stalag VIII, A Quartet for the End of Time premiered in January 1941 under the most trying of circumstances: freezing temperatures, inferior instruments, and the wretched conditions of life in a POW camp.
SSU's Trio Ariadne brings the work to the Evert B. Person stage at 7 p.m. on April 16 in a free concert. Guest violinist Joe Edelberg joins them. A discussion of the work is included. Though admission is free, tickets are required and can be reserved online at http://www.tickets.edu/tix or by phoning 707.664.4246.
"I think this work is a hugely important work of the 20th century that threw open the possibilities of music in the later part of the century, "says cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, a member of the Trio Ariadne.
"It is a hugely personal, yet universal piece of music that has captured the imagination of not only the first audience of hundreds of prisoners of war and the Nazi guards, but well beyond those horrifying circumstances. It is a message of hope in the face of suffering, a true testament to the human spirit."
Trio Ariadne are the 2013-14 Weill Hall Artists-in-Residence. In addition to Thorsteinsdottir, they also include Elizabeth Joy Roe, piano, and Carol McGonnell clarinet. Guest violinist Joe Edelberg is the concertmaster of the Santa Rosa Symphony.
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Annalisa Vobis. April 1
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Works by mixed-media conceptual artists and sculptors are on display at the University Library Art Gallery's newest exhibit Divergent Acts: Current Work by Sonoma State University Sculpture Alumni from April 1-July 12.
The artists in this show present a wide range and approach to sculpture making and all studied sculpture at SSU with Professor Jann Nunn.
Nunn says she has put together a group who "foster an experimental approach to art making and promote artistic authenticity."
"I wouldn't be a Master Sommelier today if I hadn't attended Sonoma State," said Cauble. "The connections I made changed the trajectory of my life."
Ian Cauble, Sonoma State alumnus and Master Sommelier, is returning to SSU for a special viewing of "Somm," a film documenting his journey to becoming the 197th Master Sommelier in history. The event is open to the public and takes place on March 28 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.
The showing will begin with a food and wine pairing selected by Cauble and Eric Lee, Sonoma State's executive chef and Food Network star. Cauble will answer questions from the audience after the film.
SSU's first Trumpet Supergroup includes (left to right) Mark Inouye, Dave Scott, Mike Olmos, Erik Jekabson, Mario Guarner.
An all-brass recital at Sonoma State University will showcase four of the Bay Area's leading trumpet players mixing jazz and classical styles with a healthy dose of virtuosity, improvisation and rhythm. Tickets are on sale now for the fourth annual Wind Power - a showcase for wind studio faculty - at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 30 at the Green Music Center's Weill Hall.
The Trumpet Supergroup, founded by SSU studio trumpet instructor Dave Scott, will play original adaptations of works as diverse as Haydn's Lark Quartet, Bernice Petkere's Close Your Eyes and charts by TSG members Dave Scott and Doug Morton. Performers include low brass instructor Anthony Collins, trombone, and guest tuba player, Scott Choate, performing chamber works for brass.
A remarkable spectacle about the French Resistance and Deportation during World War II that retells the story of the women imprisoned in Auschwitz is coming to Sonoma State University on Wednesday, April 2 at 8 p.m. in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall.
The French theatrical troupe Prospero Miranda will stage Je reviens de la vérité / I Return from the Truth in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Auschwitz survivor and author Charlotte Delbo.
The University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University announces the exhibition West Coast Ink: Printmaking from San Diego to Seattle, which opens with a reception on Thursday, March 13, from 4-6 p.m., and remains on view through Sunday, April 13.
West Coast Ink displays a wide range of contemporary printmaking techniques and approaches, including etching, lithography, linocut, monotype, silkscreen, woodcut, digital and even tapestry by a range of artists from up and down the West Coast, as well as one artist from Hawaii.
Trio Ariadne's three-concert spring series continues on March 12 when members of the New York-based Argento Chamber Ensemble share their passion for new music in a featured performance of Brian Ferneyhough's La Chute d'Icare. Trio Ariadne clarinetist Carol McGonnell will perform the demanding solo part. The British-born Ferneyhough has been called the father of the "New Complexity "style of composition.
The Argento Chamber Ensemble's core of nine dedicated members regularly expands to perform and record chamber orchestra works utilizing up to 30 musicians. Championing cutting-edge contemporary composers and framing classical repertoire in new contexts, the Argento Chamber Ensemble has established a reputation for delivering unforgettable performances.
Cindy Stearns Offers New Research on "Breastfeeding Professionals and the Bodywork of Breastfeeding Mothers," March 11
Cindy Stearns, Sociology, presents her new research on "Breastfeeding Professionals and the Bodywork of Breastfeeding Mothers" at a lunch time seminar on March 11 from noon to 1 p.m. in Stevenson 2011.
Breast milk is now the "gold standard" for infant feeding in the U.S. and breastfeeding is an expected maternal practice. Yet, as a learned behavior, mothers often need help in establishing breastfeeding with a newborn baby and in responding to breastfeeding challenges, says Stearns.
A pseudo-violent comedy adventure of identity, fantasy and killing monsters is now playing on the Ives Hall Studio 119 stage through March 29 at SSU.
Paul Draper directs the comedy-adventure written by Qui Nguyen. A high-octane comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres and 1990's pop culture, "She Kills Monsters" is a heart-pounding homage to the geek warrior in us all.
Beyond an urban oddity, the Occupy Movement camps that sprung up across the nation in the fall of 2011 referenced a longer history of camping and sleeping outside in American history, from Civil War veterans, national park vacationers, and homeless transients.
"By camping out in public places, the activists wanted to draw attention to the issues of political marginalization and rising wealth inequality.," says Phoebe S.K. Young, Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado.
Trio Ariadne's three-concert spring series continues on March 12 when members of the New York-based Argento Chamber Ensemble share their passion for new music in a featured performance of Brian Ferneyhough's La Chute d'Icare.
Trio Ariadne clarinetist Carol McGonnell will perform the demanding solo part. The British-born Ferneyhough has been called the father of the "New Complexity "style of composition.
The Argento Chamber Ensemble's core of nine dedicated members regularly expands to perform and record chamber orchestra works utilizing up to 30 musicians. Championing cutting-edge contemporary composers and framing classical repertoire in new contexts, the Argento Chamber Ensemble has established a reputation for delivering unforgettable performances.
Sonoma State's Writers at Sonoma is bringing two nationally renowned poets to campus next month to take part in the university's literary series.
Gillian Conoley and Todd Melicker will read from their new books at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4 in Weill Hall in the Green Music Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Gillian Conoley's new collection of poetry is PEACE, just out with Omnidawn. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including THE PLOT GENIE, PROFANE HALO, LOVERS IN THE USED WORLD, and TALL STRANGER, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Dolores Huerta to Speak on Legacy of Social Justice for Working Poor, Women, and Education, March 27
Dolores Huerta on how she led a historic boycott against the grape industry to gain better working conditions for farmworkers. (Produced by MAKERS: Women Who Make America)
At 81, Dolores Huerta continues to work tirelessly developing leaders and advocating for the working poor, women and children.
She brings "An Evening with Dolores Huerta" to Sonoma State University at 7:30 p.m. on March 27 in the ballroom of the new Student Center to discuss her legacy in social justice, education and public policy.
The event is sponsored by the H. Andréa Neves and Barton Evans Social Justice Lecture Series at Sonoma State University, in collaboration with the School of Education, School of Social Sciences and On Campus Presents.
Tickets are $10 (Senior citizens $5) and are available at the SSU Box Office after March 3. SSU students are admitted free but must reserve a ticket at https://tickets.sonoma.edu/Online/.
Huerta is best known for working with Cesar Chavez to co-found the National Farmworkers Association in 1962, which later became the United Farm Workers of America.
Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Present Free Performances
The Sonoma State University music department will host the second annual Sonoma Invitational Wind Band Festival starting at 8 a.m. on March 7 at the Green Music Center. The Sonoma Invitational is a non-competitive, non-rated festival, with special emphases on artistry, education, and camaraderie.
This year's panel of adjudicators includes Dr. Rodney Dorsey (Oregon State University); Dr. Daniel Schmidt (Northern Arizona University); Dr. Anthony Mazzaferro (Fullerton College); and Dr. Shannon Kitelinger (San Diego State University).
Each of the thirteen participating ensembles will receive a DVD of its performance and ensemble conductors will receive an additional video of their performance with adjudicator feedback.
Psychology Professor Geri Olson has been interested in studying a variety of approaches to documenting one¹s life through scrapbooks, diaries ,letters, individual and group journals, and the more recent use of online blogs and confessional sites such as PostSecret.
She will share her work "Diaries, Letters, Scrapbooks and Journals: Crafting a Visual Autobiographical Self" in a free public lecture at noon on Feb. 18 in Stevenson 2011. The event is part of the School of Social Science's Brown Bag lecture series. The focus for this lecture will be on the contemporary scrapbook.
Classical guitarist Eric Cabalo will perform music ranging from the Italian classical era to tangos from Argentina and Appalachian folk melodies on Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Sonoma State University music faculty recital series in Weill Hall.
A multi-award winning performer and SSU educator, Cabalo will perform with Marilyn Thompson, harpsichord; Eugenia Wie, violin; Marc Teicholz, guitar; Kathleen Reynolds, flute; and members of the SSU guitar studio.
Genre-defying jazz singer, violinist, and fiddler Nicole Yarling is coming for a weeklong residency with the Sonoma State music department that features a stop at the Jazz Forum and a concert with the SSU Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Orchestra.
A protégé of the late Joe Williams, Yarling currently performs throughout South Florida in jazz, rock, r&b, experimental music, and various other styles.
SSU's geology lecture series kicks off at noon on Thursday, Feb 13 in Darwin 128 with a talk from Sean Mulcahy, an Associate Project Scientist at UC Berkeley and manager of the Electron Probe Microanalysis Laboratory. Mulcahy is a metamorphic petrologist and will give a talk entitled "Dating Subduction Zone Metamorphism in the Franciscan Complex, CA."
Many rocks in Northern California have been transformed by movement from plate tectonics. Minerals within the rocks record the path that the rocks have traveled. Mulcahy uses these rocks, in combination with structural studies, to test hypotheses of how Northern California formed and evolved.
Cynthia Boaz Presents "The Sufferin' Suffragists": An Analysis of the Strategy and Tactics that Gave Women the Vote"
Cynthia Boaz, Political Science, discusses her work "The Sufferin' Suffragists": An Analysis of the Strategy and Tactics that Gave Women the Vote" on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in Stevenson 2011.
"Historians often remember women's suffrage as a right that was the "granted" or "given" to women by male legislators. But in fact, it was a long, hard-fought struggle that, at the end of the day, almost failed to achieve its objectives thanks to the combined opposition of the "antis", the white slavers, big business, and the liquor industry," says Boaz.
The 50th Anniversary of "Fiddler on the Roof" is celebrated with this main stage co-production of the SSU Departments of Music and Theatre Arts & Dance presented Feb. 6 -16 at the Evert B. Person Theatre.
Featuring music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stein, "Fiddler on the Roof" is the groundbreaking Broadway musical which tells the story of a Jewish family clinging to its sacred traditions in a rapidly changing world.
The musical production, with musical direction by Lynne Morrow and stage direction by Adrian Elfenbaum, features a sixteen-piece orchestra and a special "Sing-A-Long" performance at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb 9, 2014. The show at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 will be a piano-only performance.
Criminal Justice professor Barbara Bloom was honored with the Meda Chesney Lind Award by the Western Criminology Society this year for her leadership in the field of gender-responsive criminal justice approaches.
Her colleague Barbara Owen was a co-recipient of the award. The award recognizes "significant contributions to scholarship or activism on the intersection of women and crime."
SSU Junior Jesús Guzmán has received the ACLU of Sonoma County's 2014 Mario Savio Student Activist Award at ceremonies recently. Guzmán is an accomplished student and a dedicated social justice activist. He is currently serving as the lead organizer and program manager for the Graton Day Labor Center.
Born in Mexico, he arrived in the United States as a one-year-old and grew up on a small dairy farm in Sonoma County, as the son of a domestic worker and dairyman.
Over the last few years, he founded the DREAM Alliance of Sonoma County and has been organizing with other immigrant youth to increase access to financial aid, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and fighting to end deportations.
Kristal Raheem, senior in Sociology, won first place at the recent CSU Student Research Competition in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Undergraduate category. The award was given for the presentation of her senior project: The Experience: An Analysis of the Retention and Graduation Rate of Black Students at Sonoma State University.
Working with her Sociology program mentor, Assistant Professor Sheila Katz, Raheem assessed the retention and graduation rates of Black students and conducted interviews with a group of black alumni and current students. Raheem is also a McNair NoGAP scholar.
She competed against other outstanding undergraduate students from the other 22 campuses of the CSU at the 28th annual event at CSU East Bay, May 2-3.
Steve Estes, professor of history, has been awarded a German Teaching Fellowship for the summer of 2014 by the Organization of American Historians. He will be teaching a course on the American Civil Rights Movement at the Universität Tübingen in June and July. The fellowship is funded by the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation. While in Germany, Estes will also be lecturing at the University of Frankfurt and the University of Erfurt.
Robert Train (Modern Languages & Literatures) has recently been awarded a 2014-15 Mayers Fellowship at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA.
This highly competitive and prestigious grant award will allow Train to conduct research on his book project entitled Inventing Spanish in Multilingual California, 1769-1849: Global and local practices of language and education using the Huntington's rare books and archival documents.
CANDEL CSU Ed.D. Directors from northern California include (left to right) Dr. Carlos Nevarez, Ed.D. Director Sacramento State; Dr. Viki Montera, Ed.D. Co-Director, SSU Dr. Jose Lopez, Ed. D. Director, CalState East Bay; Dr. Katherine McKenzie, Ed.D. Director, CSU Stanislaus, Dr. Robert Gabriner, Ed.D. Director, San Francisco State.
Faculty, students, and alumni of the Sonoma State and UC Davis joint Capital Area North Doctorate in Educational Leadership (CANDEL) program participated in and presented research at the first annual Northern California Educational Leadership Research Symposium this semester.
The symposium was sponsored by a consortium of five California State University Educational Leadership Doctoral Programs in Northern California: CSU Sacramento, CSU Stanislaus, CSU East Bay, Sonoma State University / UC Davis and San Francisco State University.
SSU's Model UN cohort brought back another round of awards from the National Model United Nations simulation held in New York City. This year they served as the Cuban delegation.
Sonoma State University Model United Nations class has received three awards at the recently concluded National Model United Nations simulation held in New York City, says advisor Professor Cynthia Boaz
"We can all be very proud of our SSU student delegation," said Boaz, who heads the UN class for SSU. "These students have worked together since September to create a real-life diplomatic delegation that was officially recognized for their abilities, preparedness and dedication."
SSU students were this year selected to represent Cuba, which brought extra diplomatic challenges given the nature of world geopolitics. The delegation met with the Cuban Permanent Mission to the UN in preparation for their presentations, and spoke with Cuban representatives about policies and current issues.
The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) has inducted Sonoma State University professor Thomas Jacobson, J.D., AICP, of Rohnert Park into the elite membership of AICP's College of Fellows at a black-tie ceremony recently. The event was held in conjunction with the American Planning Association's (APA) 2014 National Planning Conference in Atlanta.
"The AICP College of Fellows recognizes planners who have made exceptional contributions to their communities and to the planning profession," said AICP President Lee Brown, F AICP. "They represent the vanguard of the profession, demonstrating outstanding achievements and excellence whether through professional practice, planning research, teaching and mentoring, or community service and leadership," he added.
Professor Michael E. Smith of the Geology department is currently working with $86,000 with funding until 2016 from the National Science Foundation to pursue a research project exploring "Paleogeographic record of contractional to extensional tectonics in the Cordilleran hinterland, Nevada."
The project seeks to investigate the sedimentary record of the processes that formed and destroyed an Andes-like mountainous plateau and system of high altitude lakes in the location of present day Nevada.
The projects results will improve the understanding of the formation and destruction of high elevation regions worldwide, and give geologists and paleoclimate scientists more accurate input data to constrain their models for mountain formation and climate change in the past.
Paul Draper, Theatre Arts & Dance, has been named the first Director of Sustainability at SSU after the successful implementation of Water Works (www.sonoma.edu/waterworks) across the campus last year.
He will also chair the Sustainability Executive Committee, which was formed by Academic Senate action and approved by President Ruben Armiñana last spring. This position is a two-year assignment.
Last Friday night, Sonoma State wine business student Cooper Niswonger placed first in the final round of a wine competition in San Francisco and won a fully paid trip to Beaune, France.
Two teams of Sonoma State University students recently won the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Challenge, earning them $1,000 each. The first place team's presentation will be submitted for the next stage of the Challenge, where, if selected, they will be awarded $10,000 and be one of five teams to compete in Washington, D.C.
A select group of Sonoma State University students recently honed their leadership skills at a special invitation-only conference in San Diego for math-based majors. The event was sponsored by the California Utilities Diversity Council.
The 10th annual Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Student Leadership Conference held last weekend offered extensive professional and leadership development through direct interaction with industry mentors and speakers.
The hand-picked MESA students, all science, engineering, or math majors, represented over 30 universities and community colleges from across the state, including Sonoma State University
Professor Robert Girling of the School of Business & Economics continues to tell the inside story of twenty inspiring companies that prioritize people and the planet in the revised edition of his book, The Good Company.. Compassionate companies can both change the world and make a profit. TOMS Shoes. Clif Bar. Eileen Fisher. Google. Give Something Back. Such names are synonymous with successful companies that are simultaneously making the planet a safer, healthier place, he says.
Professor of Theatre and Film, and Program Coordinator for Film Studies, Ajay Gehlawat, is intimately familiar with cinema and, in particular, with Indian cinema. He has written the book, Reframing Bollywood: Theories of Popular Hindi Cinema, and edited The "Slumdog" Phenomenon: A Critical Anthology, a collection of essays relating to the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire. In addition, he will also be teaching a course on Bollywood in Spring 2014.
Robert Switky, a lecturer in the political science department, has recently published Wealth of an Empire: The Treasure Shipments that Saved Britain and the World which tells the dramatic true story of a top-secret mission that changed the course of World War II.
Professor Michael Ezra of the American Multicultural Studies Department has completed his third book project, a collection of essays published by Routledge called The Economic Civil Rights Movement: African Americans and the Struggle for Economic Power. More information can be found at http://tinyurl.com/n5ndbdc.
A young man who is using his struggles with poverty in his native country to help his people, has been selected one of the 23 recipients of the California State University Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement. He is a graduate of Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa, CA.
Whether it's having students act out the consultation of the oracle at Delphi in a mythology class, creating a chessboard out of random items to discuss Ferdinand de Saussure's idea's about linguistic structure in a theory class, or having students propose plans for new scholarly publications, Brantley Bryant tries to let no class go by without some memorable moment.
Bryant, an associate professor of English, recently received an Excellence in Education Award from the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce at an Aug. 14 ceremony honoring exemplary educators.
The SSU Men's Lacrosse team wrapped up their regular season on April 14 finishing with an 11-3 record overall and a perfect 6-0 in the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL). Led by six seniors the team has qualified for WCLL Championship tournament as the #1 seed this weekend.
The six seniors are Casimir Morawski, midfield, Ryan Heidrich midfield, Josh Lucero, midfield, Matt Gillan attack Kyle Riddle attack and Brian Ponzi short stick defense. Having ended the 2012 season with a 2 overtime loss to Cal in the WCLL semifinal game, this group was determined to focus on winning their league championship while ultimately aiming for the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) National Championship.
Jean Wasp, News and Public Information Coordinator, recently gave a presentation to the Association for Fundraising Professionals in Santa Rosa as part of a media panel. Wasp discussed the university's strategy for developing news on its web site and home page. She described how she nurtures relationships with the media and creates story ideas for ongoing coverage of SSU.
Philosophy Professor John P. Sullins will be presenting an invited paper on the moral arguments for robotic weapons arms control as well as speaking on a panel on ethics and autonomous weapons at CyCon, June 4-7, 2013 in Tallinn, Estonia. This conference is sponsored by NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Center of Excellence and IEEE.
His paper will focus on the ethical criticisms of the overuse of telerobotic and semi-autonomous weapons systems which have been enthusiastically embraced by politicians and militaries around the world. The paper suggests certain considerations motivated by the philosophy of technology that might be worthy of addition to future robotic arms control treaties.
Hutchins Professor Ajay Gehlawat spent his time as a doctoral student at the City University of New York Graduate Center studying film and theatre. Beyond simply watching movies, Gehlawat became fascinated by representations of race, class, gender and sexuality in cinema. During this time one subject in particular stood out to him: Bollywood.
His body of research encompasses representations of Bollywood in cinema. Continuing with this theme, Gehlawat has recently published The "Slumdog" Phenomenon, a critical anthology responding to the 2008 feature film, Slumdog Millionaire.
Matthew Benney, Associate Vice President for Academic Support, was recently presented with the Friends of WESTOP award at the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel annual conference in Honolulu, HI recently. The award is given each year to an individual, corporation or organization that "has made significant contributions to the field of educational equity through personal, financial, moral, political or ideological means going above and beyond the call of duty". Former winners have been congressional reps and senators. Benney's nomination was made by Emalyn Lapus from the Japanese Community Youth Council in San Francisco.
Business Professor Robert Girling has been committed to teaching his business students through real-world experience. One way he has been able to accomplish this is through the continued use of a computer program called CAPSIM, an online computer based simulation that challenges students to run a $100 million company. His success in the classroom earned him recognition this past January by Management Solutions Inc. (MSI) as Featured Professor of the Month.
After nearly twenty years using this computer-based simulation, both Girling and his students are still finding that CAPSIM is a powerful learning tool for business acumen.
McCuan Serves on Election Reform Panel with Congressmen Also on HUFFPO LIVE! Discussing Gun Control Through the Ballot Box
Political Science Professor David McCuan recently participated in a public forum on election reform with Congressmen Jared Huffman and John B. Larson at Dominican University. McCuan joined the congressmen as the lone academic representative. "This was a pretty prestigious invite by Congressman Huffman," McCuan said.
The invitation was extended by Huffman and his office and marked the first constituent meeting/ town hall of his congressional career.
McCuan sat on a panel alongside Larson who earlier this year was named Chairman of the Task Force Election Reform by Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco. The Task Force was created to develop a legislative agenda for reforms to take big money out of politics and address flaws in the electoral system.
Biology Professor Nick Geist's Western Pond Turtle conservation project is the subject of a segment on Eye on the Bay on KPIX (5) on June 15 at 7 p.m. The segment is part of a program concerning the pond turtle project as part of their coverage of the Oakland zoo's conservation programs. Geist and his students have been working with the Oakland and San Francisco zoos for several years to provide a "head start" program for the turtles who are endangered. Above is Geist with EOTB host Liam Mayclem.
The Sonoma State STAR, SSU's award-winning student run newspaper since 1979, has received more national attention recently. The newspaper has won the "Most Outstanding University Newspaper for 2012-2013" and the "First Place with Special Merit" awards from the American Scholastic Journalism Association.
"These are the highest honors given by the American Scholastic Journalism Association," said Chip McAuley, long-time STAR adviser who is leaving Sonoma State at the end of the academic year. "I'm very proud of the students. They do a tremendous amount of work every week - and each one of them, past and present, deserves to share in these awards."
SSU English professor and poet Gillian Conoley has been included in W.W. Norton's Postmodern American Poetry Anthology (2nd edition) that also includes the works of renowned poets Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov, Amira Baraka, Charles Olson, and Barbara Guest.
"I'm very honored to be included in the anthology." Conoley said. "It was a lovely surprise."
Three of her poems were chosen: "Native," "This Land Is My Land," and "[My name is the girl with one glass eye said bitterly]".
Edited by Paul Hoover, poet and professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University, the anthology features 114 poets, 557 poems, and 15 poetics essays, and includes important recent movements such as Newlipo, conceptual poetry, and Flarf.
It is only fitting for Jazz Studies major Alison Poteracke to name her first book of fiction after the jazz standard, "Body and Soul." Wait. Book of fiction? By a music student? It is true, Alison's love story about two forty-something musicians has been picked up by Tate Publishing and is due for release this summer.
Of the tens of thousands of submissions that Tate receives every year, only a few are selected for publication. Alison, who plays the tenor saxophone and studies jazz composition and audio engineering, wrote the book during recovery from hand surgery.