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Featured: Rocky Rohwedder, Janet Hess, Francisco Vazquez, Brian Wilson, Leny Strobel and Gerald Haslam

rocky_three.pngRohwedder to Deliver Sunday Symposium

Dr. Rocky Rohwedder, chair of the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning, delivers his presentation, "A Voyage of Discovery, Semester at Sea" at the Oakmont Sunday Symposium on October 30 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. He will introduce a basic framework of analysis through which to view a round-the-world voyage aboard the MV Explorer in the Semester at Sea program of the University of Virginia.

In his presentation, Rohwedder gives his perspective on his voyage of discovery, as well as his research in various ports of call. He will share the latest data on measures of sustainability, such as the Ecological Footprint and Human Development Index, for each of the countries on his voyage, as well as stories of sustainability he and his students experienced while in the field.

Rohwedder's primary teaching and research areas are environmental science education, outdoor leadership, environmental technology, and computer-aided communications. He has been an educational consultant for numerous organizations, including the World Resources Institute, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Peace Corps, President's Council on Sustainable Development, The Energy Foundation, and the California Department of Education. Rohwedder was also a facilitator in the Middle East Peace Process as well as a Visiting Scholar at the George Lucas Educational Foundation.

He is also a co-founder of EcoNet, the first faculty Director of the Fairfield Osborn Preserve, co-founder of SSU's Environmental Technology Center, and currently a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Applied Environmental Education and Communication. For more information, visit his blog at http://www.sonoma.edu/users/r/rohwedde/.

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Proposals by Hutchins Professors Recommended for NEH Summer Stipend

The Faculty Subcommittee on Sponsored Programs has completed its review of applications for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend, and have recommended the proposals of two Hutchins professors.

Janet Hess' proposal, "Existential Anthropology: Archival and Embodied Memories and 'The Place,'" and Francisco Vazquez's proposal, "Continental Americans: A quest for human dignity," will be forwarded to the Provost for nomination to the NEH.

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Wilson Extensively Referenced in Wind Literature Database

Professor Brian Wilson, chair of the Music Department, has been quoted on the Wind Repertory Project website. Extensive references to Wilson's dissertation publication about composer Percy Grainger can be found at www.windrep.org/Articles:Danny_Deaver.

The Wind Repertory Project is a comprehensive database of wind literature, expanded by contributions of band directors/conductors, students, and wind band enthusiasts worldwide.

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Strobel Leads Summer Symposium at SSU

In August of this year, the American Multicultural Studies Department and the Center for Babaylan Studies held a retreat/symposium at SSU, called "Decolonization and Indigenization as a Path to the Sacred." Led by professor Leny Strobel, this closed retreat was attended by selected participants from across the United States and Canada.

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Gerald Haslam Publishes Full-Length Biography

haslam.jpegGerald Haslam, professor emeritus of English, has written his first full-length biography, "In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S.I. Hayakawa," which will be officially released by the University of Nebraska Press on November 1 of this year.

"I feared the project would never be finished, since I started the interviews in 1999," says Haslam. "Now, I'm at work on a new collection of short fiction."

He also mentions that SSU's Schulz Information Center and several campus librarians are acknowledged for their help in the biography's credits.

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