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sustainable enterprise conference logoThe North Bay is a powerful and creative community brimming with opportunities and resources for sustainability, and Sonoma State University's Sustainable Enterprises Conference at Sonoma Mountain Village on April 30 brings together the thinkers and leaders from the community, government, business and the university who are transforming the North Bay into a hub of sustainability and healthy living.

"The Sustainable Enterprise Conference is an accelerator for sustainable businesses," says Bill Silver, dean of Sonoma State's School of Business and Economics. "It is a place where the business community comes together to not only explore new innovations in business practices, but also to create new connections and partnerships."

More than four decades may have passed since man has set foot on the moon, but last year Sonoma State University equipment technician Steve Anderson shot a giant laser at it.

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.

asian pacific american heritage bannerIn April, Sonoma State University celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage month. Events are held around campus and offer different opportunities to learn about Asian-Pacific American heritage.

April 15: Japanese American Internment and Community Archaeology Panel Discussion
This Japanese American internment and Community Archaeology presentation highlights the results of the four field seasons of landscape archaeology at Amache, Colorado's World War II Japanese internment camp. The panel features former internees, students, volunteers and faculty from multiple research years. Discussions will focus on the impact of collaborative research and the panelist's individual experiences. Cooperage, 7-9 p.m., free.

womens tennis Haithcock.jpgWomen's Tennis: Seawolves Finish Regular Season With 9-0 Sweep Over Holy Names
The Sonoma State women's tennis team wrapped up the 2015 regular season with a 9-0 victory over Holy Names in Oakland on Sunday morning, matching last year's regular season wins total of 16. The Seawolves are 16-7 after winning 10 of their last 12 matches.

organ.pngTwo upcoming choral concerts at Sonoma State University will feature organist Charles Rus, longtime organist with the San Francisco Symphony. The programs include works by Haydn, Duruflé and Britten under the baton of Jenny Bent, SSU choral activities director.

Rus, who played a key role in the selection of the Brombaugh organ in the Green Music Center's Schroeder Hall, made his "Sundays at Schroeder" solo debut in November 2014 performing Baroque and modern selections to a sold-out house.

Chef Alexandre PurroyHaving held marquis chef positions at five star hotels in over ten countries as well as operating his own restaurant in Maui, Hawaii, Alexandre Purroy has spent the last fifteen years as chef/owner of Doce Lunas in Kenwood. He now takes the reins of the Sonoma State University dining services as the new executive chef.

Sonoma State has several dining facilities on campus, from the Student Center dining hall, known as the Kitchens, to the fine dining Prelude restaurant at the Green Music Center, and everything in between.

wearable tech antennaThe Apple Watch is the latest gadget in the wearable technology game, but it's not the first, or certainly the last, wireless communication device that will live on our bodies. Sonoma State University engineering science professor Haider Khaleel says the revenue of the wearable technology field is estimated to be $28 billion over the next five years.

"I have been amazed by these wearable electronics since they emerged about 14 years ago," says Khaleel, who specializes in wearable technology and published a textbook on the subject last year.

health.jpgLow cost physical examinations and health appraisals for well adults and children are available through the SSU Nursing Department's Family Nurse Practitioner Program. The exams are supervised by nursing faculty and performed by family nurse practitioner students who are registered nurses enrolled in the Master's nursing program.

The SSU Family Nurse Practitioner Health Maintenance Center is offering these exams on Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21, for the spring semester. The cost of a physical examination is $20, Pap smear $35, cholesterol check $15, hearing tests are free and a DMV physical examination is $65. Copies of records are given to clients upon request as well as mailed to private physicians or agencies.

waterpolo.jpgBaseball: Seawolves Battle, Lose in 14th Inning to CSU East Bay
After falling behind early in the game, the Sonoma State baseball team came back to tie the CSU East Bay Pioneers 4-4 in the sixth inning at home Saturday, but neither team scored again until the Pioneers took the lead once and for all in the 14th inning. The Seawolves lost the game 4-5, dropping their record to 14-14 in the CCAA.

Women's Water Polo: Women's Water Polo Downed Twice At Otter Tank In Seaside
The Sonoma State women's water polo team suffered a pair of losses in Seaside on Saturday, losing 4-10 to UC San Diego before falling 5-9 to host Cal State Monterey Bay several hours later. The Seawolves fell to 7-17 this season.

model un studentsA group of 24 Sonoma State University students earned a third place delegation award at the National Model United Nations Conference last week in New York City.

The students, led by political science professor Cynthia Boaz, participated in the program with more than 4,000 students from 400 universities across the globe. This year, Sonoma State represented Nigeria, which presented a variety of difficulties because of the nation's controversial politics and ongoing national issues. The team handled it well, earning Sonoma State's 10th award in the past five years.

clothesline project shirts on clotheslineSexual assault is hard to talk about, especially for survivors. But when one in five women are sexually assaulted in college, the topic must be addressed. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Sonoma State University is holding several events to initiate conversation about the uncomfortable subject.

Visually, banners are up on light poles around campus and student-made shirts decrying sexual violence are hanging up in the Student Center plaza as part of the clothesline project from April 6 to 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The shirts were made by students over the past 10 years, many of whom are survivors of a sexual assault.

diamandopoulos.jpgDr. Peter Diamandopoulos, the fourth president of Sonoma State University, passed away on April 1. Information from his obituary in the New York Times is below.

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