nicole.jpgAt 70, Sonoma State University graduate biology student Nicole Karres doesn't need another career. But in 1996 her natural curiosity got the best of her, and after careers in the medical corps in the Army and as a graphic designer at a fortune 500 company, she started what would be a 20-year journey to both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in a field of study that was brand new to her.

Particularly grateful are the jarred fish, amphibian and reptile specimens she has taken to cleaning and re-preserving for future researchers like herself.

Karres noticed the school's ichthyology collection was in need of some TLC, and took it upon herself to clean up the specimens, some of which were being eaten away by bacteria in cloudy, yellowing liquid. The simplest solution turned out to be the best: wash the specimens in antibacterial Dawn dish soap.

seawolflogo.pngA total of 19 student-athletes competing on intercollegiate teams from Sonoma State University this fall have been named to the 2014 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) All-Academic Team.

The CCAA made the announcement yesterday. This year marks the first the conference has recognized individuals academically per season. The remaining conference sports--basketball, men's golf, softball, baseball, track and field--will be recognized at the end of the 2014-15 season.

Men's Basketball Wins Fifth Straight

December 17, 2014 11:30 AM

mikeharrishoops.jpgMike Harris recorded team-highs of 12 points and six rebounds and Andy Mitchell came off the bench to drop in 10 points as the Sonoma State men's basketball team pulled away late for a 61-56 victory over Holy Names in a non-conference game Tuesday night at the Wolves' Den. The Seawolves have won five straight games, improving to 6-1 this season. The Hawks dip to 2-9.

It wasn't easy for Sonoma State against Holy Names, but the Seawolves were able to grind out the win after sinking nine of their last ten free throws in the final minute. SSU shot 26.9 percent from the field in the first time and went into the locker room down, 21-22. The Seawolves came out stronger in the second half, using an 8-0 run with 14:10 remaining to take a 39-35 lead they would never relinquish.

fforfake.jpgThe Sonoma Film Institute announced today its spring 2015 slate of screenings. This semester celebrates international cinema with a slate of women directors, the latest in American Independent cinema and the Orson Welles Centenary.

The season kicks off with the North Bay premiere of the Australian film "Charlie's Country." David Gulpilil ("Walkabout," "The Last Wave") won a Best Actor prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival as an aging Aboriginal who abandons his remote community in order to live a traditional lifestyle.

SFI Celebrates Women's History Month in March with the Sonoma County premieres of Ana Lily Amirpour's stylish and spellbinding Persian take on the vampire, "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night"; Doris Dorrie's stirring music documentary on female mariachi bands singing their hearts out in Mexico City's Garabaldi Plaza, "Que Caramba es la Vida"; and Talya Lavie's hilarious portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female soldiers in a remote Israeli desert outpost, "Zero Motivation."

STORM UPDATE: Missed Finals

December 12, 2014 2:55 PM

Students and faculty who were affected by Thursday's campus closure are receiving detailed instructions regarding alternative final exam options. Students will be contacted by their instructors and have been assured that they will be given options to complete the final exam. Students will not be penalized if they must wait until the beginning of Spring semester to complete their finals. Students who live in campus housing and have makeup exams scheduled for Monday, Dec. 15 may remain in their residence hall rooms through the weekend.

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Left to right, Brad Bollinger, editor in chief, North Bay Business Journal; William Silver, dean, School of Business and Economics, SSU; Ray Johnson, director, Wine Business Institute, SSU; George Christie, president and CEO, Wine Industry Network at the WINnovation award ceremony in Santa Rosa this month.

Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute was honored this month with the inaugural WINnovation Award at the North Coast Wine Industry Expo.

The awards highlight companies "developing innovative products or services that contribute to the advancement of the North American wine industry," says the Wine Industry Network (WIN), who sponsored the expo.

Sonoma State is launching an executive wine MBA in March, the first of its kind in the country but not the first the school has offered. "The Executive Wine MBA launching in March is the first to be held in Sonoma and on campus, but it is actually our third cohort of the Executive Wine MBA," says Annemarie Brown, director of marketing and external relations for SSU's School of Business and Economics. The first two were in Napa, and the second group is still in progress.

Storm Emergency Information

December 10, 2014 8:40 AM

flood.jpgA powerful storm is expected to hit Sonoma County today, bringing an estimated three to five inches of rain and very strong winds. A flash flood watch and a high wind watch have been issued by the National Weather Service. Localized flooding, standing water, small stream flooding, power outages and downed trees are likely to occur on and around the Sonoma State campus. SSU Police & Safety Services and Facilities Services are working together to provide 24 hour staffing to ensure that hazards are identified and addressed in a timely manner.

SSU's emergency notification system, campus email and social media will be used to communicate important messages to faculty, staff and students in the event of a significant emergency. Updates will also be made to the 24 hour emergency hotline at 1 (888) 533-5388. To subscribe to the emergency notification system, please be sure that your mobile phone is entered in your My SSU account. For more information, visit SSU Emergency Management.

STEM Students Honored by LSAMP

December 8, 2014 2:58 PM

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