olliplace.jpegWallace Stegner writes "...the knowledge of place comes from working in it in all weathers, making a living from it, suffering from its catastrophes..."

In her meditations on the Poetics of Place, Eudora Welty adds "...feelings are bound up in place, and in art, from time to time, place undoubtedly works upon genius..."

From architectural regionalism to the notion of terroir, many human values and cultural identities are rooted in the idea of "place."

This summer, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at SSU has been exploring "place" in Sonoma County through its art, history, landscape, food and wine as curators, writers, vintners, naturalists, scholars, artists, chefs and historians led talks and tours both on the SSU campus and in the surrounding communities. More than 200 have joined in the experience with 20 percent new to OLLI.

llcupwardbound.jpgThe entire Upward Bound senior class, from both Upper Lake and Lower Lake High Schools, have worked a long, hard four years of high school to achieve their goal of graduating and enrolling in college. While the Lake County Upward Bound program celebrates its sixth year of success, the nation celebrates the program's 50th anniversary.

"Achieving educational equity in this country is still worth fighting for," said program director Shannon Smith. "There is no other social program I can think of that can pull a family out of poverty in one generation, the way that helping a young person get a college degree can do."

Upward Bound students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA, and cannot to receive less than a C in any core class. They are also encouraged to take Honors and Advanced Placement classes, perform community service, join clubs and sports, and serve as leaders in their school.

Cathedral-Inspired Architecture Highlighted By 1,248-Pipe Brombaugh Opus 9 Organ

Inaugural Concert with Pianist David Benoit Honors Jean Schulz, Aug. 22

Two Days of Free Community Concerts, Aug. 23, 24 Features Jeffrey Kahane Concert, Christening of the Organ by James David Christie (Boston Symphony Orchestra) and Soprano Ruth Ann Swenson

"Sundays at Schroeder" Concert Series To Begin in September Featuring Celebrated Guest Artists in an Intimate Setting

SSU Music Department Year-Round Classes and Concerts Set in Schroeder Hall

schroeder.jpegThe much-anticipated opening of Schroeder Hall at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University has been announced with a grand weekend of events in late August.

The venue, a 250-seat cathedral-like recital hall, has been designed to specifically accentuate instruments, organ, and voice in a small, intimate setting. The hall will also house a 1,248-pipe Brombaugh Opus 9 organ.

The opening weekend includes a private inaugural concert by pianist David Benoit honoring Schroeder's main philanthropist Jean Schulz on Aug. 22. Free community concerts are scheduled on Aug. 23 and 24 featuring Jeffery Kahane and Ruth Ann Swenson.

"Championed for nearly 20 years by donors far and wide -- including Donald and Maureen Green, Jean Schulz, and Joan and Sanford Weill -- the opening of Schroeder Hall represents a 'coming full circle' for the Green Music Center," said SSU President Ruben Armiñana. "We are all tremendously pleased that the dream of this recital hall is at long last becoming reality."

"Tuition fees will remain stable for our students for the fourth consecutive year. The allocation will also enable us to begin to address a backlog of deferred maintenance projects."

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White made the following announcement to the SSU campus community today regarding the passage of the 2014-15 California State Budget.

timothywhite.jpg"The Governor has signed the 2014-15 state budget that includes an increase of $142.2 million in base funding for the CSU. The budget increase will enable the CSU to maintain existing programs and services.

Moreover, tuition fees will remain stable for our students for the fourth consecutive year. The allocation will also enable us to begin to address a backlog of deferred maintenance projects.

This increase in our budget is welcome and reflects the tremendous grassroots advocacy work of the CSU family--students, faculty, staff, alumni, labor leaders and community supporters--who were in the trenches meeting with lawmakers about California's need to reinvest in the CSU.


William and Joan Roth (far right) with SSU Preserves Director Claudia Luke (second from left) and their children (left to right) Maggie, Jessica, Grandson Willem Vorster and his mother Ana Roth.

Less than a year before his death this May, William Matson Roth was thinking of Sonoma State University (SSU) and the nature preserve that he and his family's philanthropy had created in the hills above the campus.

In their most recent "gift of generosity," William and Joan Roth, and their children Jessica, Maggie, and Ana, donated a 40-acre parcel at the top of Sonoma Mountain to cement the future of the 450-acre Fairfield Osborn Preserve they had helped create.

"At SSU, we teach students of all ages and from all disciplines about the importance of their connections to local environments - something that they can carry with them throughout their careers," says SSU Preserves Director Claudia Luke.

"The Roth family's generous donation and history of giving has created a legacy of learning for generations."

SSU IN THE NEWS - Press Democrat, June 16, 2014

Sonoma State University expects $3.3 million budget hike

SSU President Ruben Armiñana has announced that with the Governor's final budget offer to the California State University system of $142 million holds, the campus will hire a minimum of 45 new permanent faculty over the next three academic years.

The hiring of 15 new faculty each academic year in 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 will help SSU meet Arminana's first priority of better serving students by keeping them on track to a timely graduation.

stearns.jpgDr. Thaine Stearns has been selected as Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, effective July 1, 2014.

Dr. Stearns has served as interim dean in the School for the last three years. Under his leadership, the School has developed and implemented several major initiatives, including the Humanities Learning Communities; the Center for Ethics, Law, and Society; the Weill Hall Artists in Residence; the Arts & Humanities "First-Stop" Advising Center. Beginning in Fall 2014, the Sophomore Year Research and Creative Experience courses will be launched.

roberteyler.pngA blogger from US News and World reports asked for some advice from a wise financial soul to help college grads who are looking for work or just landed their first job.

Economics professor Robert Eyler had some compelling thoughts about living without a paycheck or on a pretty slim one for those first entering the world of work.

Think about it all as financial yoga; hurts now, helps later.

1. Increase your ability to use new and difficult technology tools.

For recent graduates who have the latest smartphone and tablets, the market will pay a premium for folks that utilize these tech tools well in traditional markets. For example, bring ideas to markets like finance, accounting, traditional sales, and other services that are potentially slow movers on technology may help you land a job more quickly. Develop knowledge of a statistical package (SPSS, STATA, SAS) and Excel for sure; if you have these abilities, bring that up immediately in an interview. If you can use Prezi for presentations, say it also.

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