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jobfair.jpgCalifornia's new Common Core standards will be on the minds of many who come to the Educator Job Fair on Friday, April 25.

The second annual event connects local schools and districts with new teachers and administrator candidates from SSU's School of Education. The event runs from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Student Center ballroom.

Dean of Education Carlos Ayala says the demands for teachers is opening up a little more each year reversing a long time trend. Budgets are more stable and teacher retirements are on the rise as school districts look for new teachers.

classphoto.jpgPromoting a healthy community is at the core of the policy recommendations report that SSU planning students will present to members of the Cloverdale City Council and Planning Commission on April 24 at 7 p.m. in the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. The public is encouraged to attend.

The upcoming report includes recommendations for city goals, policies, and implementation measures that the students hope will preserve and enhance the unique character of Cloverdale.

Highlights from the recommendation report include a temporary plaza program for vacant lots, a recommendation for a skate garden, pedestrian safety improvements, increased recreation opportunities for all ages, and innovative housing design principles.

sensor_network.jpgWhen Albert Martos Maldonado described the sensors currently operating at Sonoma State University's Fairfield Osborn Preserve--measuring the energy use, climate, even cell phone locations--the students in the SSU Preserve Naturalist Training Program were amazed.

Few knew how much data was being gathered and none had realized that they could use the information to support class work and independent projects. "I wish I had known more about these sensors two years ago," said Kerry Wininger, graduate student in biology and currently serving as the Preserves' Naturalist Training Teaching Associate. "I see so many applications to my graduate research on Sudden Oak Death."

The School of Arts & Humanities will stage its first Scholarship & Creative Recognition event from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 in the Evert B. Person Lobby.

The important work done by faculty in the School will be on display and presented for the campus community for the first time.Publications, compositions, performances, and creative accomplishments during the last two years will be on view.

mikesmith.jpgProfessor 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.

mookerjeee.pngDr. Matty Mookerjee, Geology, is the principal investigator (PI) for a National Science Foundation grant totaling $299,329 to help create a pioneering cyber infrastructure for collecting and analyzing geological research data.

His project, which includes 13 other co-PIs, will help to facilitate the over-arching goals of the EarthCube project which seeks to transform how research is conducted through the development of integrated data management infrastructures across the Geosciences.

The vision of EarthCube is to revolutionize earth science investigations by promoting better data access, incorporating cyber-infrastructure into scientific workflow, and allowing increasing sophistication of analyses and modeling.

"A significant strength of EarthCube is its potential for breaking down the artificial barriers between subfields within the Earth Sciences, allowing us to ask new types of questions, and providing the means to contend with previously unanswerable questions," says Mookerjee.

gilinsky.pngDr. Armand Gilinsky has been named the second F. Korbel & Bros. Professor of Wine Business at Sonoma State University by the Wine Business Institute Board of Directors.

The professorship, which was established in 2011 and held for the first three years by Dr. Liz Thach, is supported by Korbel Champagne Cellars and its president and owner Gary Heck to cultivate faculty research and projects that advance the wine industry and its leaders.

"I am humbled," said Gilinsky, author of more than 40 published case studies and articles relating to the wine industry. "It is incredibly generous, yet so appropriate, for Gary Heck to lend Korbel's name and funding to this professorship that gives faculty time to develop projects that help the wine industry, as well as those who seek careers in it."

Symphony of the Soil is presented on Wednesday, April 23, in Darwin 102 at 7 p.m. This is a very insightful film that gives viewers in insight in systemic relation within healthy soil and the role soil plays in the human-nature system at large.

As Earth Day approaches on April 22, the Sonoma State University campus prepares with a variety of events. ASP and JUMP have collaborated to create an entire week of sustainably-oriented fun.

The schedule of events includes:

Bag and Clothing Drive (all week)
Bring ten plastic bags and get a free reusable bag or donate unwanted clothes to those in need. Bins on the second floor of the Student Center.

unnamed.jpgThe 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.

sonoma_cellars_release_2014.jpgSonoma State University MBA students are preparing to raise their glasses in celebration of another successful year of their Sonoma State Cellars class.

The festivities will kick off at Kokomo Winery in the Dry Creek Valley on April 19 at 1 p.m. with the release of the 2012 Russian River Pinot Noir and the 2012 Cuvée. On April 25 at 5:30 p.m., St. Anne's Crossing in Sonoma Valley will share the release of a 2013 Sauvignon Blanc.

"Sonoma State Cellars could not exist as a class if it wasn't for the kind generosity of both Kokomo Winery and St. Anne's Crossing," said George Hamel, MBA student and managing director at Hamel Family Wines. "Their provision of wine to be used for the Sonoma State Cellars program and their guidance as we develop the label has been tremendous."

Kokomo Winery produced the Russian River Pinot Noir as well as the third annual vintage of the 2012 Cuvée, an unconventional blend of six Sonoma County varietals and vineyards. This year marks Sonoma State Cellars' first white wine release: a crisp and refreshing 2013 Sauvignon Blanc from the Dry Creek Valley provided by Ken and Diane Wilson, owners of St. Anne's Crossing.

Look around the SSU campus this week and you will see bright yellow and blue posters that read "Do One Thing Today." That poster is the new face of "Sustainable SSU" to highlight the campus' sustainable accomplishments.

"Do One Thing Today / Sustainable SSU" campaign was created to connect and inform the SSU community about sustainable efforts across campus, from classrooms to research to facilities to Earth Day events to semester-end-move-out-of-the-dorms recycling drives to policy discussions and more.

Information can be found at Sustainable SSU or Facebook.

For anyone with an interest in the night sky, Monday April 14 should be of special note as we will have a spectacular view (weather permitting) of a total lunar eclipse. During a lunar eclipse, the Earth will cast a shadow that at its peak will cover the entire lunar surface.

Dr. Thomas Targett of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Sonoma State says that "It should be quite a show, as the Earth begins to pass between the moon and sun, the same phenomenon that gives rise to the familiar red-sky in the morning and evening here on earth will cause the light form the moon to seem to change colour to a dark red shade."

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