To See a World in a Grain of Sand

June 7, 2016 1:58 PM

owen anfinson using a spiral sluiceDo you ever think about the sand between your toes at the beach? Sonoma State University Geology Professor Owen Anfinson sure does. And if that sand is from the coast near Point Reyes, he can tell you it's older than many dinosaur fossils and possibly formed when the land was part of the Arctic's now frozen tundra.

david mccuanA billionaire-bashing socialist senator, a scandal-plagued political juggernaut and real estate tycoon-turned-reality-TV-star walk into a bar -- and everyone's dying to know what happens next. When the political pundits need some insight, they call Sonoma State University Political Science Professor David McCuan, who has established himself as a go-to-source for political analysis in both local and national politics. Now that school's out for summer, McCuan is busier than ever.

holocaust and genocide memorial groveDr. Martin Luther King Kr. said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." In the spirit of Dr. King's words, Sonoma State University hosts a gathering of Sonoma County middle and high school teachers on June 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the University's Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Grove to hear stories from Holocaust survivors and their families.

members of faassu holding proclamationOn May 17, the Santa Rosa City Council proclaimed May as Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and recognized the Filipino American Association of Sonoma State University (FAASSU) for its spirit of inclusion and contributions to the community.

wine spectator learning center renderingA public groundbreaking ceremony will take place for the Wine Spectator Learning Center at Sonoma State University on Wednesday, June 1 at 10:30 a.m. The former University Commons building is scheduled to become the future home of the School of Business and Economics' Wine Business Institute in summer 2017.

csu logoThe California State University Board of Trustees has ratified a multi-year collective bargaining agreement with the California Faculty Association (CFA). Under the agreement, all faculty unit employees will receive 10.5 percent in general salary increases over a three-year period (fiscal years 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18).

robert eylerDr. Robert Eyler has been named Dean of the School of Extended and International Education at Sonoma State University. The former Sonoma State Economics Department Chair has served as interim Dean for the past year and was selected for the permanent position after a national search.

GMC bookThe 16-year history of the pioneering effort to build the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center at Sonoma State University has been published in a 200-page hardcover book. Now available to the general public, "For the Love of Music" is full of history from the nearly two decades-long effort to fund and build the world-class performing arts facility on the Rohnert Park campus.

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