robertbrunner.pngFrom a winery point-of-sale system to duct tape art, from jewelry sales to a water detection sensor, more than 25 Sonoma State University students are bringing their wide range of talent, passion and concepts to life at the first ever Market Day on April 8.

Market Day, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Mt. Everest at the SSU Recreation Center, is an opportunity for the campus community to see the work of student entrepreneurs and businesses as they showcase and sell their own products, crafts and ideas.

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April 12 will not be a typical Saturday on the Sonoma State University campus.

More than 2,000 admitted students for Fall 2014 and their families will visit SSU to learn about different majors, campus housing, financial aid, and more on Seawolf Decision Day.

It is an event tailored to providing admitted students with the information needed to assist them in making their decision to choose SSU for the upcoming fall semester.

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. at the gymnasium where everyone will gather until 10 a.m., listening to guest speakers outline the day's events. After this introduction, the campus becomes an open house where visitors can attend workshops of their choosing until 3:30 p.m.

brandongrowers.jpegIn the early hours in the morning on any given day, many students can be found picking and washing freshly grown crops, such as kale and arugula on open plots of land in Penngrove.

These students are part of the Student Growers Grant program, a student- run business and agriculture program that is based on passion and dedication to organic growing.

These Sonoma State University students are growing their own food, selling it to the university, which in turn localizes the food eaten by students on campus. 

This program began with a small plot of land and a few students with a passion for organic and locally grown produce.

April is the month to celebrate one of our community's heritages, Asian-Pacific American.Throughout April the campus explores the different aspects of this heritage in many ways.

Tuesday, April 1, Opening Nooner for Asian Heritage Month, 12-1 p.m. Darwin Quad.
Sonoma County Taiko will be opening the nooner. Then the Filipino American Association of Sonoma State University (FAASSU) showcases excerpts of the cultural dances they have been practicing all semester to advertise their PCN (Pacific/Pilipino Cultural Night) April 24 and 26. Co-sponsored by ASP and FAASSU.

karinstudentssafari.jpegAn inside look at compelling research being conducted by SSU faculty and their students is on view at the 18th Annual Faculty Research Exposition from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2 in the Student Center Ballroom B and C.

This year's participants are involved in projects that provide a wide-ranging look at research and grant activity that is crucial to an active and productive SSU community. Student involvement in research activities is also a key element to any undergraduate experience.

Faculty and staff members throughout the campus are involved in vital, creative and significant projects, funded through CSU, state, federal and private sources. This annual event provides an opportunity for researchers to share their work with the rest of the campus community.

See the KVOA TV report at:

urbanpoverty.jpgSonoma State students made Tucson, Arizona television news for their volunteer work over spring break. The Alternative Spring Break is a program that belongs to JUMP (Join Us in Making Progress) and provides students with the opportunity to attend a week long service trip for their spring break.

This year the program sent teams of students to Tucson as well as Portland, Oregon to focus on hunger and homelessness. In Las Vegas, Nevada they targeted urban poverty. There was also a coastal trip that focused on food justice, as well as a Northern California trip that was aimed at environmental justice.

"This trip motivated me to continue volunteering in the community. I am very grateful for this experience and I would recommend it to everyone!" said SSU nursing student Julia Olejniczak.

trio.pngComposed while Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) was imprisoned by the Nazis in Stalag VIII, A Quartet for the End of Time premiered in January 1941 under the most trying of circumstances: freezing temperatures, inferior instruments, and the wretched conditions of life in a POW camp.

SSU's Trio Ariadne brings the work to the Evert B. Person stage at 7 p.m. on April 16 in a free concert. Guest violinist Joe Edelberg joins them. A discussion of the work is included. Though admission is free, tickets are required and can be reserved online at or by phoning 707.664.4246.

"I think this work is a hugely important work of the 20th century that threw open the possibilities of music in the later part of the century, "says cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, a member of the Trio Ariadne.

"It is a hugely personal, yet universal piece of music that has captured the imagination of not only the first audience of hundreds of prisoners of war and the Nazi guards, but well beyond those horrifying circumstances. It is a message of hope in the face of suffering, a true testament to the human spirit."

Trio Ariadne are the 2013-14 Weill Hall Artists-in-Residence. In addition to Thorsteinsdottir, they also include Elizabeth Joy Roe, piano, and Carol McGonnell clarinet. Guest violinist Joe Edelberg is the concertmaster of the Santa Rosa Symphony.


Exhibition Dates:
April 1- July 12

Gallery Hours:
Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Sat-Sun, Noon- 5 p.m.

Artists' Reception:
Thursday April 3, 4-6 pm

Artists' Lectures:
Tuesdays April 1, 8, and 15
11:30- 1 p.m., Schulz 3001
Annalisa Vobis. April 1
Missy Engelhardt. April 8
Christopher Collette. April 15

Works by mixed-media conceptual artists and sculptors are on display at the University Library Art Gallery's newest exhibit Divergent Acts: Current Work by Sonoma State University Sculpture Alumni from April 1-July 12.

The artists in this show present a wide range and approach to sculpture making and all studied sculpture at SSU with Professor Jann Nunn.

Nunn says she has put together a group who "foster an experimental approach to art making and promote artistic authenticity."

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