kathleennoonan.pngThe School of Social Sciences Brown Bag Lecture Series welcomes Kathleen Noonan, History, as she presents her work "Gasoline and Unrest: Bayonne Refinery Strikes," on April 15, noon to 1 p.m., in Stevenson 2011. All are invited.

This study looks at the connection between two deadly strikes in Bayonne, NJ and the construction of the nation's first garden-style apartment complex as housing for the employees of Standard Oil. The strikes drew national attention, drawing in prominent labor organizers from the IWW and professional strikebreakers.

gilianconoley.jpgAs an English professor at Sonoma State University, Gillian Conoley is surrounded by young people.

One day it occurred to her that they've grown up in a strange time -- a world that has only known war.

"My generation, we had a gap between the Korean War and the Vietnam War, about a 10-year gap. We grew up with a really different sense of faith in our government and democracy," the 58-year-old Conoley says. "People in their 20s now "... they don't have that same sense of pride in our country or faith in our country, and there's this sense of nonstop war. Rather than writing a book about war and bemoaning that, I wanted to write about peace."

Read the full story at http://www.marinij.com/Lifestyle/ci_25476111/Poet-Gillian-Conoley-questions-war-peace

sakauye.jpgHundreds of junior high and high school students from Sonoma, Marin, and Napa Counties are convening at a symposium to be addressed by Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye on April 11 at the Green Music Center's Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall.

Called "Imagine Yourself ...," the program is designed to inspire and engage students in dialogue with civic leaders who have succeeded despite challenging backgrounds.

"Students need everyday heroes and to see themselves in the stories told by those heroes," says organizer Lisa CarreƱo, Regional Director of 10,000 Degrees in Sonoma County. "Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye will share her story and encourage students to imagine themselves more courageous and more capable of fulfilling their dreams and changing the world."

The Chief Justice was similarly encouraged when she was a girl. After meeting housing lawyer Gloria Majino Ochoa, one of the first Filipina lawyers admitted to the California bar, Justice Cantil-Sakauye's mother challenged her to imagine herself becoming a lawyer, which she did.

mikemcgee.pngThe Disability Services for Students office is proud to sponsor the sixth annual Disability Awareness Month in April with several activities.

According to the US Census Bureau, in 2008, more than 51 million Americans were classified as disabled, representing 18 percent of the population. Disability is included in the "Big 8" of Diversity, which also includes culture, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, and class, but is sometimes overlooked as a diversity category.

People with disabilities cross all racial, gender, educational, and socioeconomic lines; and disability is the nation's largest minority and one that any one of us could join at any time, says Brent Boyer, Director of Disability Services for Students (DSS).

ruth.jpgThree days of back-to-back concerts at the Green Music Center features Sonoma State University's largest performing ensembles under the direction of program leaders Doug Leibinger, Andy Collinsworth and Jenny Bent.

The performances on April 24, 25 and 26 take place in Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall. Tickets are $15 including parking, with discounts for seniors and students. Admission is free to SSU students with ID.

clarkmgeogeek.pngOne of the aims of this year's Society and Culture Undergraduate Research Forum (SCURF) was to broaden its reach to the wider campus community. The 2014's theme, "Imprints: Humanity's Footprint on Time and Space," was deliberately developed to be applicable to research from a wide array of disciplines.

With most submissions historically hailing from the School of Social Sciences, this year's conference promises to analyze the "Imprints" theme from a multitude of perspectives, ranging from the biological sciences to film studies. The conference will be held in the Student Center's Ballroom B on Wednesday, April 9 from 5 - 9 p.m. In addition to dishing up original presentations, food and drinks will also be served.

With a goal of infusing sustainability into the SSU curriculum, the Sustainability Executive Committee (SEC) and WATERS Collaborative announced four "Sustainability in the Classroom " awards.

"The pursuit of a sustainable future means coming at problems from many directions, and these courses in philosophy, business and economics, biology, math and statistics add significantly to existing roster of courses in sustainability," said Paul Draper, the new Director of Sustainability for the campus.

"Broadly, we envision sustainability as ongoing efforts --large and small -- to respect the environment, see and remake culture, and construct new economies that don't compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs," Draper explained.

Drawing from a GMC Academic Integration Grant, and a grant from the Sonoma County Water Agency, four awards were made of $1500 per course. Two of the four awards went to courses addressing watershed sustainability issues.

SSU's McNair Scholars Program is holding its annual symposium, on April 8 in Student Center Ballrooms B, C, and D. All are welcome to attend.

The symposium is a multi-disciplinary presentation of undergraduate research. At the symposium, 25 McNair Scholars will be presenting research on topics covering a range of disciplines from within the social sciences, science and technology, and humanities.

These projects have been conducted under the guidance of SSU faculty members as part of the McNair Scholars' participation in the McNair Scholars program.The McNair Scholars program assists students from groups underrepresented in graduate education in preparing for and getting accepted into graduate school programs through workshops, individual advising, and research experiences.

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