woman with young child in ssu ballroomMore than 100 low-income, mostly Spanish-speaking parents visited Sonoma State University on May 2 to learn how they can make attending college possible for their children and themselves.

The parents and their children are part of the Avance Parent-Child Education Program. Ten groups participated in the nine-month program, which stresses its message of "graduating from college begins at birth. "The future of our county, our workforce, our quality of life, is dependent on the educational attainment of Latino children," said Alfredo Perez, executive director of First 5 Sonoma County, which has funded Avance since 2010. "We owe it to our children to give them the future they deserve by investing in programs like Avance."

women's tennis award winnersWomen's Tennis: Martinez and Ward Snag 2015 All-PacWest Women's Tennis Honors
Sonoma State Seawolves Leire Martinez and Jacquelyn Ward have been selected to the 2015 All-Pacific West Conference Women's Tennis Team. Martinez was a second team pick in singles play while she and Ward earned second team accolades as partners in doubles play.

Men's Tennis: Holbrook and Lee Net All-PacWest Men's Tennis Honors
Philip Holbrook and Noah Lee are on the 2015 All-PacWest Conference Men's Tennis Team in both singles and doubles. Holbrook was selected to the second team in singles with Lee receiving third team honors. The duo was honored together as third team in doubles.

facultyawards.jpgSonoma State University professors Lynn Cominsky and Suzanne Rivoire have earned the university's Excellence in Scholarship awards for their dedication to academic excellence.

Provost Andrew Rogerson presented the awards at Sonoma State's University Research Symposium on April 15. "When students collaborate with faculty on research, they learn first-hand how experts solve practical problems. Their teachers become role models, mentors and guides for continuous lifelong learning," he said. "This is the classic teacher-scholar model that we value so highly at Sonoma State. Both Lynn Cominsky and Suzanne Rivoire exemplify this ideal and are well deserving of recognition."

holons.pngThe public is invited to view Commence: Sculpture Projects 2015, an outdoor exhibition of 11 new public art projects created by talented students in professor Jann Nunn's advanced sculpture class at Sonoma State University. The outdoor sculptures are on display throughout the Rohnert Park campus from May 6 through Commencement Day on Saturday, May 16.

The project is a part of Nunn's public art curriculum, showcasing the work of students pursuing BA and BFA degrees in art studio at Sonoma State.

guillermo gómez-peñaGuillermo Gómez-Peña, a performing artist and self-proclaimed reverse anthropologist and nomadic provocateur performs May 6 in Weill Hall at Sonoma State University's Green Music Center in a performance titled "Imaginary Activism: The Role of the Artist Beyond the Art World."

"This event is a unique opportunity to explore the work of a MacArthur-winning artist and to engage with provocative questions regarding performance as activism," says Patricia Kim-Rajal, chair of Sonoma State's Chicano and Latino studies department.

BFA Exhibit Showcases Student Art

April 27, 2015 1:44 PM

three paintings of women's facesSonoma State University's BFA Exhibition 2015, featuring the work of 14 students in the art department graduating this spring with their Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), runs April 23 through May 16 in the Sonoma State University Art Gallery. An artist reception will be held April 30, 5-7 p.m. in the art gallery.

BFA is an advanced degree requiring an additional year of focused study in a chosen medium. The exhibition is the university's annual showcase of student artwork, on display each year leading up to and through commencement.

two female students selling clothes at Market DayThe second annual Market Day at Sonoma State University last week included a diverse range of creative ideas from driven student entrepreneurs. Among the crowded walkway in the Student Center plaza, students set up a number of retail shops, an organic growers coop and other booths to advertise their businesses.

"Market day is an outlet for many Sonoma State students to bring their creativity to the table, an opportunity most of them wouldn't have otherwise," says SSU student Adam Loria, chief operating officer for Entreprenoma, Sonoma State's student-run entrepreneurial thinking incubator.

john goelzBaseball
Sonoma State University head baseball coach John Goelz reached a career milestone that only 15 other NCAA Division ll head coaches have achieved, earning his 1,000th career victory in a 7-0 win over San Francisco State, Goelz's alma mater, in game one of a doubleheader Saturday at Seawolf Diamond. The Seawolves (22-22, 16-19 CCAA) dropped the second game of the twin bill by a narrow score of 4-3, moving the Gators' record to 17-25 overall and 16-19 in conference play.

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