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Damien Wilson
A $3 million donation from winemakers Pamela and George Hamel has established the Hamel Family Faculty Chair in Wine Business at Sonoma State University, with Dr. Damien Wilson as the inaugural Chair.


"The Hamel Family Faculty Chair in Wine Business is a transformational gift," said William Silver, dean of the School of Business and Economics at SSU. "It has enabled us to go out and recruit the best wine business faculty in the world, and to support the great faculty we already have here as they teach the new generation of wine business leaders and produce the research to help wine businesses deliver results."

Wilson is currently director of the Masters of Science in Wine Business programs at Dijon's Burgundy School of Business, a post he has held since 2008. He joins the Sonoma State faculty in August.

womentrack.jpgSonoma State University welcomes the return of its women's track and field team this month after a seven-year hiatus.

The team was disbanded in 2007 to make way for the more popular women's golf team in 2007. Bill Fusco, Sonoma State's senior director of intercollegiate athletics, says the women's track and field team was eliminated at the time because of the need for improvement of the track facilities and a lack of interest from students and the struggle to recruit athletes.

Sean Fitzpatrick, head coach of Sonoma State's women's cross country team, is head coach of women's track and field team. Carly McCready, former cross-country runner for Sonoma State, is assistant coach.

SSU Celebrates Black History Month

February 6, 2015 8:42 AM

blackhistorync.jpgSonoma State University is hosting several art and lecture events in celebration of Black History Month 2015.

sportsrain.jpgDue to the impending rain storm due to hit Northern California through the weekend, several Sonoma State teams have been forced to postpone and/or cancel their games originally scheduled for this weekend.

As of Thursday, Feb. 5:

BASEBALL
The three-game series against Academy of Art originally scheduled for a single game on Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday in Rohnert Park has been postponed until further notice.

MEN'S TENNIS
The matches at Fresno State (Saturday) and against UC Davis and George Fox at Davis (Sunday) have been cancelled. No makeup date has been made against Fresno State and/or George Fox. The UC Davis match has been rescheduled for Feb. 22 at 2:30 pm.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
No postponements or cancellations have been made to both home matches against UC Santa Cruz (Saturday) and Holy Names (Sunday).

trayvonplay.jpgSonoma State University is hosting a free theater event themed around the 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin called "Facing Our Truth: Ten-Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege."

"The plays themselves are really kind of unusual," says SSU theater professor Scott Horstein. "They're really designed to facilitate discussion." In that spirit, he adds, facilitated dialogue follows each performance.

In February 2012, Trayvon Martin, an African American teenager, was killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader, in the suburb of Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was later acquitted of all charges. The New Black Fest, a theater company in New York, responded to this by hiring eight diverse artists to respond to the themes of race and privilege in America.

paula.jpgDespite claims by some people that they do not "see" race, social psychological researchers using a variety of measures have established that racial perception in the United States is both automatic and widespread. Stanford University English professor Paula M. L. Moya, discusses this and other topics in a lecture at Sonoma State University February 11.

Moya is the author of "Learning from Experience: Minority Identities, Multicultural Struggles" (UC Press 2002) and has taught in Stanford's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She has also co-edited several books on race and identity. Her talk is titled "Reading Race: From Ferguson, Missouri to Morrison's A Mercy and Back Again."

degreewithguarantee.jpgCalifornia community college students aspiring to earn an associate degree guaranteeing admission to California State University (CSU) through a streamlined transfer program will have more than 1,600 degrees available starting this spring session.

The Associate Degree for Transfer program, now in its third year, provides community college students with priority admission to a CSU campus. Once admitted, students complete an additional 60 units to earn a bachelor's degree.

SSU Goes Smoke-Free

January 30, 2015 3:57 PM

nosmoke.pngSonoma State is the second campus in the California State University system to go completely smoke free. The policy goes into effect February 1 for all areas of campus except parking lots; starting July 1, the entire campus will be smoke-free.

Talks have been in the works for some time about this, says Tammy Kenber, SSU's director of human resources. "Talks have been in the works for some time about this, but 2015 was the year when things finally came together and the policy successfully made its way through the shared governance process," says Kenber. "We are fortunate to live in a very healthy and health-conscious part of the country. For the most part, this policy is widely supported for promoting the wellness of employees, students and our community. Due to the meet and confer process that was required with campus bargaining units, the University was not able to do as much pre-communication about the upcoming policy as we would have liked, but that the administration is still pleased to see the policy move forward."

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