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).

closerheadshot.jpg Social entrepreneur Adam Braun will address the Class of 2014 at Sonoma State University's Commencement exercises on May 10 at the campus lakes area. Braun will speak at both the 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. ceremonies.

Braun began working at hedge funds at the age of sixteen, hurdling towards a career on Wall Street, until he met a young boy begging on the streets of India and asked him what he wanted most in the world. The answer--"A pencil."

Braun eventually left a dream job at Bain & Company to launch Pencils of Promise, which In four short years, has built close to 200 schools around the world and delivered over 12 million educational hours.

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.

lobowinemaker.pngWinemaking is a passion for many that has been studied and perfected for hundreds of years. Professor Phil Crews will explain the 21st century approach to the process during his lecture at 7 p.m. on April 17 in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center.

The presentation entitled The Chemistry and Science of Wines and Wine Making is free and open to the public. Tickets are required by visiting http://tinyurl.com/kbcovqw.

Crews, a professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California Santa Cruz, will explain the scientific aspects of winemaking and how consulting companies have helped winemakers create award-winning vintages.

Re-published from Art Beat at PBS NewsHour, April 3, 2014

Brantley Bryant, associate professor of medieval literature at Sonoma State University, shares what he and others in his field see of the Canterbury Tales, Le Morte d'Arthur and Beowulf in HBO's "Game of Thrones." Spoiler alert: If you haven't watched the first three seasons, you will learn what happens to certain characters.

The land of Westeros may seem far off for fans of "Game of Thrones," but as season four of HBO's successful show is gearing up to start on Sunday, Art Beat learned it may not be as distant as one might think.

According to Brantley Bryant, an associate professor of medieval literature at Sonoma State University, George R.R. Martin, the author of the fantasy series that inspired the HBO show, "has read deeply into medieval history."

Page: 1 2 3 4 5
Subscribe to SSU NewsCenter