SSU'S 50th Anniversary Celebration Day is Full of Surprises, Oct. 29

logo50_4c_med_tag.jpgAs Sonoma State University celebrates its 50th year in existence, the campus is looking forward to the largest celebration in the fall semester on Saturday, Oct. 29 when a wide variety of events are planned. The public is welcome to all.

They include:

Insecta-Palooza! 2011, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Darwin Hall - Explore art, science and nature hands-on through exhibits and panel discussions about bees, bats, bugs, and more. Admission: Children $2 (or free with an illustrated 'one-breath' insect poem on the theme 'metamorphosis'); students with ID, seniors, alumni, faculty, and SSU staff $5; all others $10. Check or cash only.

Honoring SSU's Golden Graduates and Ambrose and Barbara Nichols Founders Society members, 10:30 a.m. - noon - Showcasing the recently published history of SSU, Sonoma State University Memories and Historical Highlights with the authors present for a special book signing. RSVP to or by calling (707) 664-3203.

University Library Tours, Noon - 2 p.m., Library, second floor entrance lobby - A general tour that highlights the features of the University Library, including 21st century teaching and learning spaces and the robotic system that retrieves books from our vast storage of materials. Free.

Sips, Bites & Bids - Wine and Cheese Tasting, 2 - 4 p.m., Campus Lakes - Enjoy the best wines and cheeses Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino Counties have to offer during the Wine and Cheese Tasting. Sniff, swirl and taste fantastic local wines with cheeses. Alumni, Parents or Friends $25; SSU Alumni Association Members $20; SSU Alumni Association Life Members $10.

"The Kids Are Alright", Music Department sampler concert, 4 p.m., Green Music Center, Music Education Hall 1028 - Current music students perform in a variety of musical genres. (Green Music Center 1028 is in the Music Education building adjacent to the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall.) For information, call (707) 664-2324. Free.

Spring semester events include an historical lecture series, art gallery exhibits and the 50th Commencement ceremonies.

For further information, contact Susan Kashack, (707) 664-2122 or

For a complete look at the University's 50th anniversary history and timeline of events, visit

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