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3:30 P.M. TODAY (Sept. 5, 2014)

The Associated Students of Sonoma State University has accepted the challenge today from Chico State University to hold an ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) ice bucket challenge in a "sustainable" fashion at 3:30 p.m. at the athletic pool at the gymnasium on the Rohnert Park campus.

Students, faculty and staff have been invited to participate at the pool with by every participant jumping in and quickly getting out of the pool as others jump in. A short welcoming and introduction begins the event.

All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to participate and/or donate to the cause before the challenge begins.

Chico State recently made the ALS Bucket Challenge to the SSU campus as well as to Sacramento State, UC Davis, and Humboldt State.

Learn more about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis at

For further information contact, Jackie Torres, (707 664-2753,

Maps of the campus can be found at

Media contact:

Jean Wasp
News and Information Coordinator
Sonoma State University
(707) 664-2057 (work)
(707) 477-5729 (cell)

carr.gifSSU's Writers at Sonoma welcomes Julie Carr (left) and Claudia Keelan for a poetry reading on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. in Evert B. Person Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. 

 Carr and Keelan are both authors of six books of poetry, many of which have been recognized and honored with various awards. keelan.jpgSome of Carr's works include 100 Notes on Violence and Sara-Of Fragments and Lines. 

Carr's next piece, Think Tank, is set to release in 2015. Some of Keelan's poetry books include her most recent publication O, Heart that came out this year and in the American Poetry Review (2007).

The Center for Ethics, Law, and Society (CELS) is pleased to invite SSU students, faculty, staff, and friends to its new lecture series, the Ethics, Law, and Society Forum. All events will be held Tuesdays, noon-12:50 p.m., in Stevenson 1002.

The roster of events includes:

Sept. 2, Eric Sinrod, Duane Morris LLP, "Risks and Liabilities in Cyberspace"
Sept. 9, Brock Dolman, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, "A Reverential Rehydration Revolution"
Sept. 16, Andy Wallace, SSU Philosophy, "Compassion and Happiness"

Sonoma State University Police Chief Nate Johnson has reported that the SSU campus has suffered no damage from the 6.0 West Napa Fault earthquake that hit the northern Bay Area earlier this morning.

Classes and all other activities will resume on Monday as normal. Events today on campus will also be held.

The earthquake epicenter in American Canyon in Napa County is approximately 16 miles from the campus.

For further information, please contact Jean Wasp, News and Information Coordinator, 707-664-2057,

warpeacelogo.pngSonoma State University's War & Peace Lecture Series returns this fall with a lineup of speakers and topics reflecting a world submerged in war and political unrest, the intelligence community and internet technology, non-violent solutions to conflict, and their profound impact on United States citizens. 

Hosted by English Professor Tim Wandling, the public lecture is held Tuesdays at 5 p.m., Aug. 26 to Dec. 9, in Warren Auditorium on the second floor of Ives Hall. Admission is free. There is a $5 daily parking fee. 

See for a complete schedule.

Sonoma State University welcomed a new group of tenure-track faculty this year, all of which have many unique qualifications and interests to bring to the campus community.

They include:

Dr. Mercy Romero joins the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies as Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and American Literature/American Studies. She received her doctorate in Ethnic Studies from the University of Berkeley and has been a lecturer in their Department of Ethnic Studies since 2012.

jglasgow.pngDr. Joshua Glasgow has been a lecturer of the Philosophy Department in Sonoma State since 2009 and Director for the Center for Ethics, Law and Society on campus since 2012. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Memphis in 2001. Dr. Glasgow now joins us as Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department.


Sonoma State University has updated its 2004 economic impact study on the Sonoma County Equine Industry.

The report by the Center for Regional Economic Analysis (CREA) unveils a $613 million dollar industry that supports over 7,700 jobs, and provides almost $11 million in annual local tax revenues for Sonoma County governments from direct spending on equine ownership totaling $464 million. 

The industry includes training and boarding facilities, veterinarian services and apparel retailers, feed stores and events.

There are also ripple effects on Sonoma County that add to the equine industry's local economic footprint, says CREA director Robert Eyler.  

UPDATE: Read all the Convocation speeches at 

Read the Press Democrat's report on Convocation: 


Poised to become a showcase for innovation and a model for a 21st century public university, Sonoma State University welcomes the largest number of students in its history to the Rohnert Park campus as classes begin on Aug. 19 for the fall 2014 semester. 

More than 9250 students are enrolled for the Fall 2014 term, topping last fall's enrollment record of 9120, reports Sean Johnson, Director of Institutional Research. Johnson expects the figure to rise near or above the 9300 level by the University's fall census date in September. 
The largest freshman class - 1850 students - is also arriving on campus as well as approximately 800 transfer students. Primarily living in the residence halls, the freshmen arrive for Move-In weekend this Saturday and Sunday to begin their college career. To make their transition to college life easier, the University has arranged a series of Seawolf Welcome Week activities through the end of September. The schedule can be found at
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