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campusshot.pngA new venue symbolizes the changes ahead for Sonoma State University as it plans to stage its annual fall convocation for the first time in the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall at the Green Music Center on Aug. 20.

Challenges ahead for the 2012-13 academic year will be addressed by campus speakers and the University's president.

Thumbnail image for applause.jpg"The newly implemented Early Start Program, a summer program for new freshmen needing remediation, could not have been accomplished without the work of many, many individuals from across campus and from all Divisions.

However, two people stand out for their outstanding work in getting students to select and enroll in Early Start this summer: Marcia Harrigan and Vayta Smith. Marcia and Vayta both put in untold hours of their time getting SSU's new freshmen who needed English and/or Math remediation to sign up for the summer online courses. This involved communicating with over 800 students, coordinating class schedules, and answering numerous email and phone inquiries from students and their parents.

Marcia was responsible for scheduling the on line classes, working with the English and Math Departments to hire faculty, adding classes as demand required, and answering a myriad of questions from students, parents, faculty and staff.

Sponsor a WolfBucks for Books Award and help students purchase the books they
need before the semester starts.

norwick_bike.jpegGifts in his Honor to Fairfield Osborn Preserve.

A memorial service for Professor Steve Norwick will be held on the SSU campus at the lakes area at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12. The event is planned as a celebration of his life for family, friends, colleagues, students and former students.

The Norwick family requests an RSVP so they can plan for beverages, chairs and parking.


With respect to gifts in his memory, the Norwick family has requested they be kept simple with nothing new created or permanently installed. Out of respect for Norwick's strong feelings about such matters, the family requests gifts be made to SSU's Fairfield Osborn Preserve (FOP), a place close to his home, heart and life-long work.

vegetable.jpgSonoma State University Dining Services and Shone Farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) are partnering to bring back the CSA program to SSU this Fall.

As a CSA "member," you receive a seasonal share of 6-8 items that are ripe and ready in the garden each week - from arugula to zucchini - plus seasonal fruit and a bakery item. Everything is grown using sustainable principles, no pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides.

Contact or call 707-664-2757 for more information.

Hear what Fall 2011 participants had to say about the Shone Farm CSA program.

"Love. Love. Love the box! If offered next season will definitely do again. So much produce and the baked goods are a nice treat as well." - Erica Gibson

"We're loving the boxes! The baked goods are wonderful as well!" - Giovanna Rossetti

"I have been enjoying the CSA box very much. All of the produce has been very good, and the quantity has been generous, I think. When I've grown produce myself, some things have come out better than others, but I would say that the quality of the CSA produce has been consistently good" -Jane McGrew

The sign up form may be found here: SSU FALL 2012 CSA Signup Form.pdf

billmaher.jpgComedian Bill Maher brings his signature political humor to the Green Music Center's Weill Hall on October 20 for the one-night-only "Countdown to Election 2012" and advance tickets are available to SSU faculty, staff and students, courtesy of Rick Bartalini Presents.

On Thursday, July 26 from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., the SSU community may purchase tickets in advance of the general public by visiting and typing in the promo code "rbpconcerts"

Tickets range in price from $49.75 to $89.75.

Help Pilot SSU's Safe Zone Training

July 25, 2012 11:29 AM

SSU's Safe Zone program ( is taking a big step forward this semester and will start offering "Ally" trainings in the upcoming academic year.

Laurel Holmstrom will be facilitating a "pilot" run of the training on Aug. 7 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and is looking for five more people to participate.

"This "pilot" will tell us how long the training actually lasts and help us with any last minute fine tuning, says Holmstrom. "Those participating in this particular training will be asked to evaluate the training in more depth than we will ask from now on."

Staff, faculty and students are welcome to participate. Those interested should contact Holmstrom at 4-2801.

Thumbnail image for applause.jpg"Many thanks to Carol Baker and Modesto ("Mo") Llanes of Workstation Security and Services. They both rose to the occasion by setting up two videoconferencing interviews with very little turnaround time, using software that we don't typically use, but were easy for the candidates to operate. The first interview we tested several times, but the second we went in cold, and both worked beautifully! By setting these up, I learned about a highly effective, convenient, and easy video-conferencing method that can be used for pre-screening candidates instead of having them travel to us; a great money-saving idea for some positions. Additional thanks to Mo for graciously providing our off-campus guest with special technology assistance. Everyone on the search committee applauded your great work, Mo and Carol!"

-- Nominated by Kathleen Spitzer, Managing Director of Employee Services, July 2, 2012

Thumbnail image for applause.jpgAdministrative Information Systems Team: Kenneth Beck, Susan Bennett, Allen Cunningham, John Gleazer, Eleanor Henderson; Common Management Systems (CMS) Team: Peter Flores, Teresa James, Erica Klafter, Amanda McGowan, Cindy Miller, Meryl Montalto, Jaime Russell, Ross Stivison, Xiaodong Zhu; and Evan Ferguson, Work Station Security and Services (formerly CMS)

"The Administrative Information Systems team from IT and the Common Management Systems team are being nominated for exemplary work in successfully completing the HCM 9.0 upgrade on time and without issue. Over the year (15 months), the teams collectively logged over 10,000 hours on this project. It was very complex and demanded the resolution of numerous critical issues while continuing to support the needs of the University."

-- Nominated by Geoff Cirullo, Interim Director, Administrative Information Systems, July 9, 2012

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by Gail Brooks, Vice Chancellor, CSU Human Resources

Earlier this week, the CSU's Board of Trustees faced the difficult job of reviewing options to manage our serious budget problems.

It's important to provide context for what the trustees are struggling with so you understand the profound challenges our university is facing. The CSU has been dealing with reductions in state support since 2007-08 that now total nearly $1 billion. That is a staggering disinvestment in higher education by the state's leaders.

Before us now is an additional cut of $250 million, which will be imposed if Gov. Brown's tax initiative is not passed by voters in November. Realizing what is at stake, the trustees voted to endorse Gov. Brown's tax initiative.


As part of the research for "'The Place' in North Liberty and Hominy: Archival and Embodied Memories in Iowa and Oklahoma," professor Janet Hess, associate professor in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies, recently visited Amish in Kalona, Iowa. Nominated by Sonoma State University for an NEH grant based upon this research, professor Hess explores in her latest work the regional histories and practices of North Liberty, Iowa, and Hominy, Oklahoma, and the way the cultures of these small towns intersect with indigenous narratives. 

The two regions bridge her experience: the sense of place in the title refers to a landscape and geographic location, and to the archival experience she traces, as both of Hess' parents, decades ago, published accounts of these small town regions. This research builds upon her prior experience with fieldwork, which informed her first two books, "Art and Architecture in Postcolonial Africa" (McFarland, 1990), and "Shadows in the Trees: the Art of Richard Mayhew and the Civil Rights Struggle" (McFarland, in press). 

A horse auction near Hess' home town [photograph William Genkins]

tj.jpegTony Johnson, owner, Martial Arts Academy of Callinan Sports & Fitness in Rohnert Park offers a two-part workshop for the campus community on self-defense on Thursdays, July 19 and 26 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Field House.

Johnson teaches all ages from young children to seniors with a focus on creating good habits of health, fitness, and self-defense that lead to a better quality of life.

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