Senior Ashley Robinson aims for a kill in SSU's match against SW Minnesota State Thursday
Photo by Tyler Lobe, SSU Athletics

The Sonoma State Seawolves suffered a tough loss Thursday to end their historic run to the NCAA Div. II volleyball championships.

SSU, which took the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and NCAA Div. II West Region pennants lost in five sets (26-24, 25-23, 21-25, 20-25, 6-15) to No. 4 Southwest Minnesota State in the quarterfinal match of in Knights Hall on the campus of Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. in its first ever appearance in the championship tournament.

The Seawolves finish the season with a 23-7 record while the Mustangs improve to 25-9 and advance to a semifinal matchup with Grand Valley State on Friday.

The year is 1848 and a hydra is roaming the grounds of Sonoma State University. "It's a wonderful beast, kind of a dragon with 10 heads," says coordinator Christine Renaudin of the Second Year Research and Creative Experience class, or SYRCE (pronounced "seer-say").

Indeed, the course is multi-headed, with many disciplines hosting a "273" course number: American multi-cultural studies, art, Chicano and Latino studies, communications, English, modern languages and literature, music, philosophy and theater arts and dance. The theme this year is a "time machine" set to 1848: students are charged with presenting an aspect of 1848 life, whether that be in the arts, culture or another facet.

The variety of projects the idea has spawned is impressive: a life-sized recreation of Thoreau's cabin; paintings; networked text installations; tri-fold posters; presentations; performances; and even a short play are some of the results. The symposium is open to the public in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Left to right, pictured are Warren Court Prize winners Lauren Funaro, Katherine Merrell, Holli Brown and Monique Santana, with SSU professor emeritus Ken Marcus.
Photo by Nicolas Grizzle

The Center for Ethics, Law and Society (Cels), a part of Sonoma State's philosophy department, awarded two students the Warren Court Prize for essays on matters of ethics, justice or constitutional law at a ceremony on campus Tuesday afternoon.

The three awards are usually between $100 and $500, but this time around there are two first place winners, each receiving $375, and two honorable mention winners, each receiving $100.

SSU Names New Library Dean

December 1, 2014 12:55 PM

kgscindimedium-199x300.jpgKaren G. Schneider has been named Dean of the Sonoma State University Library. She will begin her tenure at SSU January 12, 2015.

Schneider is presently the University Librarian at Holy Names University. She joined Holy Names University in October, 2009, after more than 20 years of increasing responsibility in library positions, including four senior leadership roles, three as library director.

compactforsuccess2.jpgHundreds of seventh graders from Lawrence Cook Middle School in Santa Rosa stormed campus Friday to get a feel for the college they're guaranteed admission to thanks to an agreement with the Santa Rosa City Schools District and Sonoma State University.

The middle school students separated into groups for SSU student-led tours, peppering their guides with questions about potential majors, dorm life and, of course, the food. They were getting a sense of what school will be like if they complete the Compact For Success program, which guarantees them a spot at SSU when they graduate high school.

hungrerghames.jpgThere won't be any snakes, poisonous berries or escaping angry bees, but Sonoma State University is hosting its own "Hunger Games" this week to spread awareness and give back to the community during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 17-21.

JUMP (Join Us Making Progress), the community service organization through the Associated Students, is hosting the Hunger Games to spread awareness on campus about the broader issues surrounding hunger and homelessness in Sonoma County and provide service to local community partners addressing the issues. All the while, 12 teams are competing in a competitive week-long program.

seawolflogo.pngThe Sonoma State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics inducted six former student-athletes and one team into the SSU Athletics Hall of Fame at a ceremony held October 25 in the Student Center Ballroom. Matt Bernard, Dan Calcagno, Trevor Howe, Jarin Todd, Jennifer Tomczik (Killian), Danae Wellander and the 1969 Football Team were all honored for their contributions to SSU Athletics.

tewari.jpgSonoma State University ethnomusicology professor Laxmi Ganesh Tewari announced this week that he will retire at the end this semester after a distinguished, 40-year career at SSU.

A leader in the ancient Gwalior tradition of vocal music, Tewari received extensive training in Hindustani classical vocal music at Banaras Hindu University under the guidance of renowned Indian artists Dr. Lalmani Misra, Pandit Madhav Vaman Thakar and professor B.R. Deodhar. He completed his doctorate in music in 1967.

"All through my life I have tried to combine the three main aspects of my life: performance, which is my worship, scholarship, and teaching," says Tewari.

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