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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.

The Visiting Artists Lecture Series provides the campus community with valuable insights and exposure to art professionals and their work, says Art Professor Nathan Haenlein.

Haenlein, himself a studio artist in printmaking, has created an impressive roster of prominent contemporary artists this semester to present their creative and scholarly research. The series runs on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in Carson 68. The public is invited.

This semester's line up includes:

michaellight.jpgMichael Light - Sept. 17

Michael Light is a San Francisco-based photographer and bookmaker focused on the environment and how contemporary American culture relates to it. He has exhibited extensively worldwide, and his work has been collected by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Getty Research Institute, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, among others.

autismcats.jpegThe Psychology department at Sonoma State University has earned a community recognition award for its Collaborative Autism Training Support Program (CATS) that works with local families whose children who are diagnosed with autism.

The award from the United Cerebral Palsy Association and the Cypress School of Autism and Behavioral Services was presented because of the effort of countless SSU students and some faculty members dedicated to assisting these children and their families.

The CATS program, developed in 2005 by psychology professor Lorna Catford, blends the academics and classroom work that psychology students complete at SSU with the hands-on training and service-learning experience those students need in future career settings.

1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park

3:30 P.M. TODAY (Sept. 5, 2014)

The Associated Students of Sonoma State University has accepted the challenge today from Chico State University to hold an ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) ice bucket challenge in a "sustainable" fashion at 3:30 p.m. at the athletic pool at the gymnasium on the Rohnert Park campus.

Students, faculty and staff have been invited to participate at the pool with by every participant jumping in and quickly getting out of the pool as others jump in. A short welcoming and introduction begins the event.

All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to participate and/or donate to the cause before the challenge begins.

Chico State recently made the ALS Bucket Challenge to the SSU campus as well as to Sacramento State, UC Davis, and Humboldt State.

Learn more about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis at

For further information contact, Jackie Torres, (707 664-2753,

Maps of the campus can be found at

Media contact:

Jean Wasp
News and Information Coordinator
Sonoma State University
(707) 664-2057 (work)
(707) 477-5729 (cell)

carr.gifSSU's Writers at Sonoma welcomes Julie Carr (left) and Claudia Keelan for a poetry reading on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. in Evert B. Person Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. 

 Carr and Keelan are both authors of six books of poetry, many of which have been recognized and honored with various awards. keelan.jpgSome of Carr's works include 100 Notes on Violence and Sara-Of Fragments and Lines. 

Carr's next piece, Think Tank, is set to release in 2015. Some of Keelan's poetry books include her most recent publication O, Heart that came out this year and in the American Poetry Review (2007).

The Center for Ethics, Law, and Society (CELS) is pleased to invite SSU students, faculty, staff, and friends to its new lecture series, the Ethics, Law, and Society Forum. All events will be held Tuesdays, noon-12:50 p.m., in Stevenson 1002.

The roster of events includes:

Sept. 2, Eric Sinrod, Duane Morris LLP, "Risks and Liabilities in Cyberspace"
Sept. 9, Brock Dolman, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, "A Reverential Rehydration Revolution"
Sept. 16, Andy Wallace, SSU Philosophy, "Compassion and Happiness"

Sonoma State University Police Chief Nate Johnson has reported that the SSU campus has suffered no damage from the 6.0 West Napa Fault earthquake that hit the northern Bay Area earlier this morning.

Classes and all other activities will resume on Monday as normal. Events today on campus will also be held.

The earthquake epicenter in American Canyon in Napa County is approximately 16 miles from the campus.

For further information, please contact Jean Wasp, News and Information Coordinator, 707-664-2057,

warpeacelogo.pngSonoma State University's War & Peace Lecture Series returns this fall with a lineup of speakers and topics reflecting a world submerged in war and political unrest, the intelligence community and internet technology, non-violent solutions to conflict, and their profound impact on United States citizens. 

Hosted by English Professor Tim Wandling, the public lecture is held Tuesdays at 5 p.m., Aug. 26 to Dec. 9, in Warren Auditorium on the second floor of Ives Hall. Admission is free. There is a $5 daily parking fee. 

See for a complete schedule.

Sonoma State University welcomed a new group of tenure-track faculty this year, all of which have many unique qualifications and interests to bring to the campus community.

They include:

Dr. Mercy Romero joins the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies as Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and American Literature/American Studies. She received her doctorate in Ethnic Studies from the University of Berkeley and has been a lecturer in their Department of Ethnic Studies since 2012.

jglasgow.pngDr. Joshua Glasgow has been a lecturer of the Philosophy Department in Sonoma State since 2009 and Director for the Center for Ethics, Law and Society on campus since 2012. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Memphis in 2001. Dr. Glasgow now joins us as Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department.


Sonoma State University has updated its 2004 economic impact study on the Sonoma County Equine Industry.

The report by the Center for Regional Economic Analysis (CREA) unveils a $613 million dollar industry that supports over 7,700 jobs, and provides almost $11 million in annual local tax revenues for Sonoma County governments from direct spending on equine ownership totaling $464 million. 

The industry includes training and boarding facilities, veterinarian services and apparel retailers, feed stores and events.

There are also ripple effects on Sonoma County that add to the equine industry's local economic footprint, says CREA director Robert Eyler.  

UPDATE: Read all the Convocation speeches at 

Read the Press Democrat's report on Convocation: 


Poised to become a showcase for innovation and a model for a 21st century public university, Sonoma State University welcomes the largest number of students in its history to the Rohnert Park campus as classes begin on Aug. 19 for the fall 2014 semester. 

More than 9250 students are enrolled for the Fall 2014 term, topping last fall's enrollment record of 9120, reports Sean Johnson, Director of Institutional Research. Johnson expects the figure to rise near or above the 9300 level by the University's fall census date in September. 
The largest freshman class - 1850 students - is also arriving on campus as well as approximately 800 transfer students. Primarily living in the residence halls, the freshmen arrive for Move-In weekend this Saturday and Sunday to begin their college career. To make their transition to college life easier, the University has arranged a series of Seawolf Welcome Week activities through the end of September. The schedule can be found at

bachchoir.pngDetails of the Schroeder Hall Grand Opening Weekend at Sonoma State University's Green Music Center have been announced, including ticket information for the free community weekend on Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24. The weekend of free events includes more than 100 artists in ten concerts.

Admission is free to the weekend concerts, but advance tickets are required. Tickets are available to the public beginning Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. and can be reserved in person at the SSU Box Office, online at, or over the phone at 866.955.6040. A limited quantity of tickets will be held for walk-up sales on-site for the free community weekend on August 23-24.

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