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copelandcreek.jpgInnovative ideas and approaches to engaging students in local watershed management challenges are being funded for a third year by the WATERS Collaborative at SSU, reports Claudia Luke, WATERS Coordinator and SSU Preserve Director. Funds come from a unique partnership with the Sonoma County Water Agency.

Faculty from environmental studies and planning, geography, chemistry, and biology are funded to work with their students on five regional watershed management projects.

Two additional fall projects, undertaken by faculty in philosophy and mathematics & statistics, are made possible through the "Sustainability in the Classroom" Grant Program awarded by WATERS in collaboration with the Sustainable SSU and GMC Academic Integration last spring.

safetyalert.pngPolice Services is hosting a Campus Safety Week from Oct. 13-16 on the SSU campus. Each day features a different theme, with events scheduled to highlight the importance of a daily message. Campus and community groups will be tabling each day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 13 is the kickoff day with a lecture by SSU Police Chief Nate Johnson at 2 p.m. in the Alexander Meeting Room in the Student Center on how to detect warning signs of an attack and how to mentally prepare for an active-shooter situation. Representatives from the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety, Sonoma County Sheriff's Department, Rancho Adobe Fire and AMR ambulance company are scheduled to attend.

See the guidelines for handling an active-shooter scenario at http://www.sonoma.edu/ps/emergency/active_shooter.

lobofest.jpgThe office of Campus Life is continuing to connect Sonoma State through spirit, tradition and community by hosting four new on-campus events throughout the 2014-2015 school year. The first event, Big Night, took over an entire parking lot with a carnival atmosphere, and the next one is going to be just as big. LoboFest runs from Oct. 8-15 with a variety of events for students, staff and faculty.

Some of LoboFest's events include:

"Big Boo" at SSU - Monday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. Grand Ballroom, Student Center
Lea DeLaria, also known as "Big Boo" from the hit TV series "Orange Is the New Black," is coming to Sonoma State with a comedic talk her experiences being a "professional lesbian."


"It Takes a Village to Make a Village" (Out of Cardboard Boxes). Everyone Invited.

cardboardchallenge.pngSonoma State University Children's School preschoolers, local K-12 students and students, faculty and staff will come together on Friday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Stevenson Quad as they "make a village" out of cardboard boxes as part of the Global Cardboard Challenge. The entire community is invited to participate.

An annual event by the Imagination Foundation, the event was inspired by the viral short film "Caine's Arcade," which documents nine-year-old Caine Monroy's hand-made cardboard arcade and poignantly demonstrates the power of a child's imagination. The film got close to 4.5 million views and sparked a global initiative to encourage children to create.

Sonoma State University joins the other 22 California State University (CSU) campuses in accepting applications for admission to the fall 2015 term now through Nov. 30. Students intending to apply for fall admission should visit the recently updated www.csumentor.edu website to complete the online application.

High school seniors, community college transfer students and others applying for admission as undergraduates are especially encouraged to apply by the end of November. After that date, most CSU campuses will stop accepting applications. CSU Mentor is the best systemwide source for updated information on applying to campuses and programs.

The Environmental Forum, offered every fall semester has returned to campus with many unique and engaging lectures occurring every week from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m in the Warren Auditorium. These lectures, presented by the Environmental Studies and Planning department, bring various speakers to educate and inspire students about the environment and sustainability, including Sonoma State professors and local leaders in the community.

The School of Social Sciences hosts the Brown Bag Lecture Series this semester with presentations occurring bi-weekly in Stevenson 2011 from noon to 1 p.m.

This lecture series covers various topics such as law enforcement related deaths, landscape conservation and instrumentalism among adolescent Americans of the 20th century.

csu-logo.jpegAs part of an ongoing commitment to preventing sexual violence within campus communities, all 23 California State University campuses will have confidential sexual assault victim advocates in place by June 2015. Additionally, the CSU announced its support of the federal Survivor Outreach and Support Campus Act (SOS Campus Act).

"We must do all we can, as quickly as we can to prevent sexual violence, and educate and train our entire community to reduce the prevalence of and dispel the myths surrounding it," wrote CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White in response to United States Senator Barbara Boxer's urging that all universities have a sexual assault victim's advocate on every campu


Music Department in Search of Director of Orchestral Studies

Jazz Forum turns five!
Weill Hall Artists in Residence Features Frederica von Stade in 2015

gmcentrances.jpgSonoma State University's Department of Music at the Green Music Center (GMC) welcomes one and all to its fall season of more than 30 performances at value prices in GMC's flagship Weill Hall and newly opened Schroeder Recital Hall.

Tickets for all seats are priced at $8 and include parking. Special events, including the Carnegie Hall-trained ensemble Trio Ariadne and the USAF Band of the Golden West, are completely free of charge.

Tickets are required for admission to all concerts, whether charged or not, and available online, by phone, or in person. For information call the university box office at 707-664-4246 or email tickets@sonoma.edu.

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Dana Ogo Shew is an oral historian at the Anthropological Studies Center at SSU. (Photo by Sandy Destiny)


Dana Ogo Shew first traced the experiences of her own family during the Japanese-American interment of World War II before she turned her attention to chrysanthemums and carnations.

It was a way of continuing to tell the story of a Japanese-American community in the San Francisco Bay area through the memories of the pioneers of the floral industry. "Their stories of sacrifice, hard work, discrimination, and perseverance typify many California immigrant experiences and speak to all of us," she says.

Currently serving as Oral Historian at the Anthropological Studies Center at SSU, Shew developed Growing a Community: Pioneers of the Japanese American Floral Industry, an oral history project focused on collecting and sharing the first-hand accounts of Japanese American nursery families in the San Francisco Bay Area.

bannedbookscomics.jpegEvery year hundreds of books are challenged and removed from libraries around the United States. Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read by drawing attention to instances where that freedom is challenged and highlighting the value of free and open access to information.

Sonoma State University Library is proud to announce its participation in the 34th annual Banned Books Week from Sept. 21-27.

The University Library is organizing a series of workshops, lectures, displays, and multi-format posts on this year's theme of censorship of comics and graphic novels, a hugely misunderstood form of storytelling.


A new era in international education opens up for the SSU campus on Monday, Sept. 22 when International Hall is dedicated from 3-5 p.m. at the site of the former student union.

The campus community is invited to attend an event that celebrates and recognizes the many aspects of international education that address modern needs for an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures from all over the world.

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