In December 2015 I took a swell trip. While my students back on campus crammed for final exams in my lecture and laboratory courses, and sweated out documenting their lengthy geology field trip reports, I got schooled, in the good sense. I went to Cuba, an island in the humid tropics where perspiration flows like cheap rum. I joined 22 other scholar-tourists from 15 campuses around the country who converged in Miami, Florida, and then made the short flight to Havana, Cuba for the week-long education and research delegation.
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Sonoma State University English professor Brantley Bryant, author of Middle English modern satire "Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog," is spearheading the creation of an online open access companion to Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales" that will be free for students to use as a resource for studying the classic text.
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September 23, 2015 10:20 AM
When 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.
September 10, 2015 8:39 AM
The world-class music halls at Sonoma State University will soon be filled by the sound of a student symphony orchestra. Sonoma State has hired a tenure-track music professor to direct the Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra, which performs in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center.
Alexander Kahn joined the music faculty this semester, and students are already enrolled in the university's first official symphony orchestra. Kahn holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and a Graduate Performance Diploma in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Institute at John's Hopkins University. He was most recently a tenured professor at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.
August 18, 2015 10:50 AM
How was your summer? Well, for two Sonoma State University math students and math professor Martha Shott, it was international. They spent the summer, or six weeks of it, at least, in Thailand with the the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program.
Shott worked with eight students, including SSU math majors Travis Hayes and Ericka Chavez, in a faculty mentor capacity while students studied with faculty at Chiang Mai University, situated in Northern Thailand in Chiang Mai, a city of 150,000.
June 12, 2015 9:45 AM
Sonoma State biology professor Nathan Rank visits Bishop so often, "it's almost like a second home," he says, speaking on a spotty cell phone connection from the eastern California mountain town of Bishop. He's been spending summers surrounded by breathtaking scenery of the Sierra Nevada since 1984 studying the montane leaf beetle, and will continue to do so for the next three years thanks to a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
"We are looking at how genetic differentiations within populations might help survive a really wet or dry year." He adds, "Since this year is extremely dry year, we are making sure to document the populations very carefully."
June 8, 2015 9:00 AM
For students across the nation, graduating from high school is a celebratory achievement. This task is made much more difficult for children of migrant farm workers and low-income families with no knowledge in guiding their kids to obtain higher education. To counteract the disadvantages facing migrant students, Sonoma State University has created a program modeled after the California Mini-Corps program called the Migrant Education Advisor Program (MEAP).
May 11, 2015 11:44 AM
"My mom passed away a week before my freshman year of high school, and I knew that education would be my fallback," says Chris Villedo, a freshman sociology major at Sonoma State University. "So the next four years I really focused on my education." He says Seawolf Scholars, a foster youth assistance program started last semester, has already helped guide him through financial aid, register for classes and navigate complex paperwork and registration requirements. "Having programs like this on campus helps students be more confident about what they want to do in college," says Villedo.
May is National Foster Care Month, and Sonoma State University's new Seawolf Scholars program is helping former foster youth navigate the new and turbulent world of college life.
April 16, 2015 11:55 AM
Working in conjunction with a local Sonoma County laser light show studio, Anderson created a 100-Watt laser projector, over 20,000 times more powerful than a typical handheld laser. Anderson demonstrated the laser as part of a visual display the night before the launch of the Orion Spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida on December 5, and participated in the Holidays in Space events later that month.
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- Mar 22 2016 Hemingway in Cuba: Retracing Literary Footsteps with COPLACuba
- Mar 11 2016 English Professor Releasing Free Online Companion to 'Canterbury Tales'
- Feb 16 2016 SSU Music Department Welcomes New Studio Faculty
- Feb 10 2016 SSU Student Helps Set Up Telemedicine Site in Haiti
- Nov 10 2015 DREAMers Club Helps Undocumented Students Succeed in College
- Sep 23 2015 Professor's Photography Highlights Changing Rural Landscape
- Sep 10 2015 New Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra Director Has Big Plans For Inaugural Season
- Aug 18 2015 SSU Students Learn More Than Just Math at Thai University
- Jun 12 2015 Beetles Still Yielding New Discoveries for Biology Professor
- Jun 8 2015 Ensuring Success For Migrant Students
- May 11 2015 Seawolf Scholars Helps Foster Youth Navigate College
- Apr 16 2015 SSU Technician Shoots Giant Laser at the Moon
- Apr 8 2015 SSU Professor on the Cutting Edge of Wearable Technology
- Mar 24 2015 Two Student Films Selected For Prestigious Cannes Film Fest
- Feb 12 2015 Society For Women Engineers Club Aims to Close Gender Gap
- Jan 5 2015 SSU Grad Student Brings New Life to Biology Specimens
- Nov 18 2014 SSU Geology Students Study Prehistoric Life in the Canadian Rockies
- Oct 12 2014 Sophomore Year Experience Creates A Culture of Curiosity to Smooth Transition for Second Year Students
- Sep 25 2014 Team Sonoma Gathers to Fight Blood Cancer at Light the Night, Oct. 11
- Sep 16 2014 SSU Professor Helps Bring LGBT History to Light With Groundbreaking Report
- Aug 15 2014 SSU's Children's School: Where the Environment is the Teacher
- Aug 6 2014 74 Seawolves Earn All-Academic Honors as Athlete-Scholars
- Mar 26 2014 Research Matters: Provost Funds 29 Projects for Student, Faculty Teams
- Feb 11 2014 Nu Beta Mu - Bringing Business to Black Students
- Jan 10 2014 Myrna Goodman - On the Frontlines of Holocaust Education
- Dec 16 2013 Special Collections - Treasures from the North Bay's History
- Nov 22 2013 Lauren Morimoto - Reframing Diversity
- Nov 12 2013 Q&A With Mo Phillips: Loving Every Minute at SSU
- Nov 6 2013 North Bay Math Project: Solving A Great Math Problem Regionally
- Oct 1 2013 Mark Utarid - SSU Key Master
- Sep 13 2013 John Michael Vincent Coralde: Dreams of Helping His Native Land
- Sep 3 2013 Pacific War Memorial
- Jul 29 2013 Gentleman Farmer Heading Associated Students This Year
- May 2 2013 Pat Jackson - Inside Criminal Justice
- Apr 22 2013 Brantley Bryant - Rebooting the Middle Ages for the 21st Century
- Apr 2 2013 Mac Hart - Sprouting Connections
- Mar 21 2013 Missy Brunetta - Problem Solver
- Mar 6 2013 Jamila Dozier - Service with a Smile
- Feb 20 2013 Martha Dunlop Peterson - Chronicling Life's Journey
- Feb 11 2013 Armand Gilinksy - A Special Case
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- Jan 4 2013 Marylu Mattson - Hutchins pioneer
- Dec 5 2012 Claudia Luke - A Bridge Between Individuals and the Environment
- Nov 7 2012 Mark Fabionar - "Cultivating a Community"
- Oct 26 2012 Genevieve Sullivan - Making Things JUMP
- Oct 17 2012 Jeffrey Reeder - Spanish guru
- Sep 25 2012 Merlin Hanauer - "Poverty Traps"
- Sep 12 2012 Lynn Cominsky - Physics Diva
- Aug 24 2012 Carlos Pena - Spirit of SSU
- Jul 24 2012 Christopher Dinno Honored with Facilities Managers Recognition Award
- Jul 17 2012 Troy Cullison - Making Re-entry Count
- Jun 22 2012 EXCEL for Youth Turns 30!
- Jun 6 2012 Punya Droz - Cambodian Angel
- May 4 2012 Volt - Small But Mighty
- Apr 23 2012 Organization Development - Mastering the Future
- Apr 13 2012 Deidre Tubb - A Passion for Composting
- Apr 4 2012 Father of Free Speech Memorial Planned
- Mar 19 2012 Kim Hester Williams - "Minstrel Acts"
- Mar 9 2012 Cultural Resources Mgmt. - 30th Anniv.
- Feb 16 2012 Christina Baker - Oscar Irony
- Feb 6 2012 Black Scholars United - Empowerment
- Jan 27 2012 Gavin Moloney - Ramen to Romaine
- Jan 18 2012 Sherri Anderson - Serendipity Calls
- Jan 4 2012 Jessica Parker - Tech-Savvy Teachers
- Dec 5 2011 Alexandra von Meier - "Green" Goddess
- Nov 29 2011 Kristel England - Pathways from Poverty
- Nov 16 2011 Kim Liaz - Out of the Comfort Zone
- Nov 4 2011 Heidi LaMoreaux - Personal Geographies
- Oct 25 2011 Brian Wilson - Masterful Music
- Oct 13 2011 John Sullins - Rethinking Robots
- Oct 6 2011 Ramona Indrebo - Advocating for Elderly
- Sep 16 2011 Natalie Hambalek, Hearst Scholar
- Aug 26 2011 Andy Collinsworth: A Musical Leader
- Jun 15 2011 Nadir Vissanjy: Harvard Bound
- May 12 2011 Daisy Meyer, Graduating Senior
- Apr 6 2011 SSU Welcomes a New Career Advisor
- Feb 17 2011 John Sullins Receives IACAP Award
- Feb 11 2011 ΦΒΔ Honoring Internationalism
- Jan 27 2011 Pena Honored for His Community Service
- Jan 9 2011 Advancing World Harmony With Music
- Nov 15 2010 Keeping it Dramatic with Judy Navas
- Oct 26 2010 Sean O'Neill - An Eagle Among Us
- Oct 12 2010 Doug Leibinger, Jazz Program Director
- Sep 15 2010 Brandy Harris, Recipient of William Randolph Hearst / CSU Trustees' Award
- Aug 25 2010 Behind the Scenes with Don Romesburg
- Jun 24 2010 SSU Soccer Coach Offers Expert World Cup Commentary on KBBF 89.1 FM