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 http://www.tickets.edu/tix 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."

greekservice.jpegFrom cleaning up creeks to walking dogs and working at a food bank, SSU's Greek organizations gave back to the local community in early March. The inaugural Greek Community Service Day involved more than 600 fraternity and sorority members from 17 campus organizations.

In collaboration with Join Us in Making Progress (JUMP), the on-campus community service organization, the volunteers aimed to "show our investment in the city in which we reside and our desire to make substantial change," said Adam Rosenkranz of the SSU InterFraternity Council.

"I wouldn't be a Master Sommelier today if I hadn't attended Sonoma State," said Cauble. "The connections I made changed the trajectory of my life."

Ian Cauble, Sonoma State alumnus and Master Sommelier, is returning to SSU for a special viewing of "Somm," a film documenting his journey to becoming the 197th Master Sommelier in history. The event is open to the public and takes place on March 28 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

The showing will begin with a food and wine pairing selected by Cauble and Eric Lee, Sonoma State's executive chef and Food Network star. Cauble will answer questions from the audience after the film.

soccer2.pngThe Sonoma State men's and women's soccer teams are coming together again this spring to offer free soccer clinics for boys and girls of all skill levels, between the ages of 6 and 14.

Children will have the opportunity to learn basic soccer skills in a fun, challenging and age-appropriate method, including instruction, exercises and entertaining competition, facilitated by some of the best NCAA Division II coaches and student-athletes in the region. This is the third year that the Seawolves have offered this outstanding opportunity to the community.


History professor Stephen Bittner has found himself in demand for his expertise about the Ukrainian crisis. Recently, he appeared on an MSNBC news segment with a Washington Post reporter. See http://mediaoneservices.com/stephen-bittner-030414/.

He has also provided commentary to Al Jazeera America, Romanian Service of Radio France International, the Slovakian newspaper Pravda. See an interview on Germany's position at http://2paragraphs.com/?p=14539.

Also covering the crisis is a Q&A from him in an article entitled What is Next for the Ukraine? at http://matisak.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/whats-next-for-ukraine/.

Bittner is a Professor of History focusing on Russian/Soviet and Eastern Europe. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is the author of "The Many Lives of Khrushchev's Thaw."

In recent years, he has turned his attention to the history of viticulture and winemaking in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. Research for this book took him to archives and libraries in Ukraine, Russia, and Georgia. The result will be "Whites and Reds: Wine in the Lands of Tsar and Commissar."

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