Carlos Ayala and Jessica ParkerSonoma State University's School of Education was invited to the White House Friday morning to discuss the Obama administration's Maker Schools Alliance. U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and Maker movement founder Dale Doughtery were among the those speaking at the conference, which included representatives from a wide variety of groups like the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the World Bank and many others.

"It was an honor to be one of the 100 invitees to this conference," said Carlos Ayala, Dean of the School of Education at Sonoma State. "Everyone needs equal access to the economic engine of the United States. This conference demonstrated that Making is a path that is clearly focused on that goal."

nathan rankSonoma State biology professor Nathan Rank visits Bishop so often, "it's almost like a second home," he says, speaking on a spotty cell phone connection from the eastern California mountain town of Bishop. He's been spending summers surrounded by breathtaking scenery of the Sierra Nevada since 1984 studying the montane leaf beetle, and will continue to do so for the next three years thanks to a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

"We are looking at how genetic differentiations within populations might help survive a really wet or dry year." He adds, "Since this year is extremely dry year, we are making sure to document the populations very carefully."

young Hispanic boy with tutorFor students across the nation, graduating from high school is a celebratory achievement. This task is made much more difficult for children of migrant farm workers and low-income families with no knowledge in guiding their kids to obtain higher education. To counteract the disadvantages facing migrant students, Sonoma State University has created a program modeled after the California Mini-Corps program called the Migrant Education Advisor Program (MEAP).

kelsey hullSonoma State University volleyball senior Kelsey Hull has been named the 2014-15 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Female Athlete of the Year.

A three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American and the 2014 CCAA Volleyball Most Valuable Player, Hull led the Seawolves to their first-ever CCAA and NCAA West Region titles last fall.

Aurora by Catherine DaleyThree sculptures have been installed in Sonoma State University's Student Center to inspire students and create a sense of space in the university's newest building.

Aurora II: Redux, a three-part sculpture by Sonoma State alum Catherine Daley, hangs at eye-level to the second floor. Its clear tubes wafting in the circulated air of the Student Center evoke the dance of the northern lights.

Child learning to ride bicycle with adult instructorThe Cycle Without Limits summer bike and swim camp at Sonoma State University will teach children with special needs how to ride bicycles June 15-19. These children often have a history of difficulty learning how to ride a bike using traditional methods.

The annual camp features instruction through United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay using specially designed pneumatic trainer bikes that allow children to master the skills of riding a two-wheeler while providing extra stability during the learning process. Most campers learn to ride in less than one week's time.

vagina monologues cast Sonoma State University's Vagina Monologues club raised $8,500 with its performances this semester to support sexual assault awareness.

With the dedication of 38 Sonoma State students the club donated the proceeds from three sold-out performances at Sonoma State to Verity, is a nonprofit dedicated to educating the community about and ending sexual violence.

archer shooting two arrowsSonoma State's archery club has come a long way since starting by shooting at (and sometimes missing) an arrow net in the school's field house. The club won a silver medal in the USA Archery National Collegiate Championship this weekend, it's first national medal since the club began only three years ago. And three of SSU's six archers were named to the USA Archery Collegiate All American Team.

More than 250 archers from 34 schools participated in the tournament at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. Sonoma State's won silver in the barebow men's team category, shooting with a traditional one-piece style bow. The team just missed a bronze medal in the barebow mixed team, falling to Stanford in the third-place match.

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