gavelTaking the roles of defense attorneys, prosecutors and even witnesses, participating in an American Mock Trial tournament is a lot like watching an episode of "Law and Order," says Sonoma State University Mock Trial Team president Michelle Arnold. "We do a lot of acting, so I always encourage theater majors to join our team."

john wingardDr. John Wingard has been selected as Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Sonoma State University.

"John was chosen for this position after a thorough national search," said Andrew Rogerson, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Sonoma State University. "I am delighted he has agreed to continue to lead this dynamic School as the new dean. I look forward to working with dean Wingard through this important transitional period for the university, and beyond."

marilyn thompson and alexander kahn take a bowThe inaugural performance of the Sonoma State University Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 11 brought a standing ovation for the orchestra, it's director Alexander Kahn and featured soloist and faculty pianist Marilyn Thompson.

Students hold computers showing their data visualization programsNumbers and statistics can be a more effective sleep aid than Nyquil. But an engineering science class at Sonoma State University is making data not just interesting, but exciting and visually intriguing.

seitzdensberger.jpgWomen's Volleyball

Sonoma State University seniors Caylie Seitz and Madelyn Densberger have been selected to the 2015 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Team, it was announced by the organization on Dec. 8. Seitz becomes the first player in Sonoma State women's volleyball program history to earn first-team All-America honors three times in a career, and Densberger grabs her second-career All-America Honorable Mention accolade.

conductor leading orchestraTaking the first steps toward building a resident student orchestra befitting the glorious concert hall it will call home, the Sonoma State University Symphony Orchestra gives its inaugural performance on Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Hall at the university's Green Music Center.

ssu volleyball team huddleWomen's Volleyball

The record-breaking season for the Sonoma State women's volleyball team came to a sudden end with a heartbreaking 3-1 loss to UC San Diego in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Division II Volleyball Championships on Dec. 4 at Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. The No. 3 seed Seawolves (26-4) also saw their 22-match win streak end, along with the end of the road for Sonoma State seniors Caylie Seitz, Madelyn Densberger and Kaitlyn Connolly.

professor ajay gehlawatSonoma State University professor Ajay Gehlawat is speaking at the History Museum of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa on Dec. 10 in conjunction with the Smithsonian's traveling exhibition, "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation."

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