SSU Comes Together to Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

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.

juliusparras.pngApril 2, Julius Paras, Filipino American Social Entrepreneur, 2 p.m., HUB While enjoying professional careers in enterprise information technology, a web startup, leadership development, and university alumni relations, Julius Paras has also launched several "social networks" among college students and alumni, corporate employees, local community leaders, and other affinity groups. as Principal of Gumption Studios LLC, a small management consultancy, he works with a range of high-impact leaders for transformational change with their businesses, nonprofit organizations, and professional careers.


Tuesday April 8, Eastern Ways Martial Arts Super Nooner, 12-1 p.m. Darwin Quad.
Entertainment by Kung Fu and Tai Chi demonstrations and a lion dance. Enjoy the performance of Eastern Ways Martial Arts, and learn more about traditional Chinese culture. ASP


Thursday April 17, Scandalous Stand Up Comedy Tour with Eliot Chang, 7 p.m. Ives 101.
Eliot Chang has made it big in stand-up comedy and has performed at over 400 colleges around America. His Comedy Central Half Hour was also voted #2 on Comedy Central's Stand Up Showdown. He has also appeared on Chelsea Lately and Premium Blend. In addition to his comedy show, he will host a diversity talk and take questions from students. ASP


Tuesday, April 22, Taikoza, 7 p,m, Ives 101
Taikoza uses the powerful rhythms of the Taiko drums to create an electrifying energy that carries audiences in a new dimension of excitement. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan's rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. Drawing from Japan's rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza has created a new sound using a variety of traditional instruments. In honor of Asian Heritage Month. ASP


Thursday, April 24, Pacific/Pilipino Cultural Night, Person Auditorium, Doors open 6:30 p.m, show at 7 p.m.
At this show, the Filipino American Association of Sonoma State University (FAASSU) will be showcasing all of their Asian cultural dances. In addition to the cultural dances, there will be guest performers, raffles, and audience interactive games. Also showing Saturday, April 26.


Saturday, April 26, Pacific/Pilipino Cultural Night, Evert B. Person Theatre, Doors open 6:30 p.m, show at 7 p.m. See Thursday, April 24, for details.

Submitted by Prof. Sharon Cabaniss. Please notify her of any additions or corrections. cabaniss@sonoma.edu


April 9th, 11:45am to 1:15pm
Transition from College to Employment Workshop: "How and When Should I Disclose my Disability?"

Valerie McKamey and Sandra Aguayo discuss disability related issues in relation to transitioning from college to the workplace. Topics covered will include how and when you should disclose your disability in the workplace and how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covers employees with disabilities. Department of Rehabilitation programs, benefits and eligibility will also be discussed. Located in The HUB


cropped.pngApril 15th, 4:00pm to 5:00PM

"Adaptation, Creativity, and Humor": A Talk with Comedian Mike McGee
In partnership with DSS, The HUB calls on "Mighty" Mike McGee, comedian and two-time World Poetry Slam Champion, to share about living with Spina Bifida, a disability caused by a malformation of the spine. McGee will also perform in The HUB at 7PM. Located in The HUB


cropped2.pngApril 22nd , 12:00pm to 1:15pm
"Disability, Civil Rights and Inequality": A Talk with Dr. Lauren Morimoto
Come learn about how the legacy of inequality due to how certain bodies have been racialized and gendered, also extends to people with differently abled bodies. Located in The HUB


May 1st, 2:00pm to 3:30pm


DSS Senior Send-Off Celebration
DSS will recognize all the DSS graduating seniors and honor those seniors who have a minimum 3.0 GPA (undergrad) or 3.3 GPA (graduate) with an honor cord for graduation. DSS will also be acknowledging the recipient of the 2014 Sonoma County Mayors' Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (SCMCEPD) Educational Scholarship during the event. Located in The HUB

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