CANDEL CSU Ed.D. Directors from northern California include (left to right) Dr. Carlos Nevarez, Ed.D. Director Sacramento State; Dr. Viki Montera, Ed.D. Co-Director, SSU Dr. Jose Lopez, Ed. D. Director, CalState East Bay; Dr. Katherine McKenzie, Ed.D. Director, CSU Stanislaus, Dr. Robert Gabriner, Ed.D. Director, San Francisco State.

Faculty, students, and alumni of the Sonoma State and UC Davis joint Capital Area North Doctorate in Educational Leadership (CANDEL) program participated in and presented research at the first annual Northern California Educational Leadership Research Symposium this semester.

The symposium was sponsored by a consortium of five California State University Educational Leadership Doctoral Programs in Northern California: CSU Sacramento, CSU Stanislaus, CSU East Bay, Sonoma State University / UC Davis and San Francisco State University.

closerheadshot.jpg Social entrepreneur Adam Braun will address the Class of 2014 at Sonoma State University's Commencement exercises on May 10 at the campus lakes area. Braun will speak at both the 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. ceremonies.

Braun began working at hedge funds at the age of sixteen, hurtling towards a career on Wall Street, until he met a young boy begging on the streets of India and asked him what he wanted most in the world. The answer--"A pencil."

Braun eventually left a dream job at Bain & Company to launch Pencils of Promise, which In four short years, has built close to 200 schools around the world and delivered over 12 million educational hours.

ericwilliams1jpg.jpgjerrymorris.jpegProfessors Eric Williams (left. Criminology and Criminal Justice) and Jerry Morris (right, Mathematics and Statistics) have been named recipients of the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award.

This award honors faculty with a strong commitment to the teacher-scholar model. It recognizes the important connection between faculty professional development and enriched learning environments for students.

Each recipient receives $1,500 to support his ongoing scholarship efforts and are formally recognized at the annual Exposition of Faculty Research event.

Both will become part of the Platform Party during Commencement and carry the SSU banner in the exercises.

Morris and Williams were selected from nominations sought from students, faculty, staff and administrators to acknowledge faculty who exemplify excellence in teaching. Criteria includes quality of instruction, creation of an academic environment that successfully encourages high intellectual aspiration and achievement, effectiveness in mentoring students and promotion of learning outside the classroom.


SSU's Model UN cohort brought back another round of awards from the National Model United Nations simulation held in New York City. This year they served as the Cuban delegation.

Sonoma State University Model United Nations class has received three awards at the recently concluded National Model United Nations simulation held in New York City, says advisor Professor Cynthia Boaz

"We can all be very proud of our SSU student delegation," said Boaz, who heads the UN class for SSU. "These students have worked together since September to create a real-life diplomatic delegation that was officially recognized for their abilities, preparedness and dedication."

SSU students were this year selected to represent Cuba, which brought extra diplomatic challenges given the nature of world geopolitics. The delegation met with the Cuban Permanent Mission to the UN in preparation for their presentations, and spoke with Cuban representatives about policies and current issues.

More than 150 colleges, universities, military and technical schools from across the nation will be represented at the 24th annual North Bay College Fair at Sonoma State University on May 6 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom A. The annual event is sponsored by the Western Association of College Admission Counselors and is open to all. Parking is free for this event.

Those who attend will be able to have face-to-face contact with admission representatives from a wide range of postsecondary institutions to discuss course offerings, admission and financial aid requirements, college life, and other information pertinent to the college selection process.


The Sustainable Enterprise Conference is a day-long learning and networking conference dedicated to helping North Bay businesses, academic, government and non-profit organizations transition to economic, environmental, and social sustainability.
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Sonoma State University business faculty are playing a leading role in the 9th Annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference (SEC), a day-long event beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30 at the Rohnert Park Sonoma Mountain Village. Dr. William Silver, Dean of the School of Business and Economics, will kick off the day with a welcome.

tomjacobson312.jpgThe American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) has inducted Sonoma State University professor Thomas Jacobson, J.D., AICP, of Rohnert Park into the elite membership of AICP's College of Fellows at a black-tie ceremony recently. The event was held in conjunction with the American Planning Association's (APA) 2014 National Planning Conference in Atlanta.

"The AICP College of Fellows recognizes planners who have made exceptional contributions to their communities and to the planning profession," said AICP President Lee Brown, F AICP. "They represent the vanguard of the profession, demonstrating outstanding achievements and excellence whether through professional practice, planning research, teaching and mentoring, or community service and leadership," he added.

loboabspike.jpgStudents across campus will present their science related research results on Wednesday, April 30 in the Student Center Ballroom from 4-7 p.m. The Seawolf Science Symposium is a forum for students to present their work to peers, alumni, family, faculty, and members of the community.

The event includes oral presentations from 4 to 5:30 p.m. by first-year students in "A Watershed Year" Freshman Year Experience (Science 120) and poster presentations from 5:30 to 7 p.m. by students in the School of Science & Technology and the WATERS Collaborative, an academic-management collaboration with the Sonoma County Water Agency.

The program is capped with an awards ceremony for best poster. Refreshments are provided.

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