Dear Friends of Sonoma State University,
During the past five years, Sonoma State University has changed
in many ways – some substantial and some subtle. We
celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of the University
with many festivities and quietly observed the passing of
the 20th century and beginning of the 21st century. While
these events were significant in their own right, the real
story of the changes at the University is more profound.
The changes can be seen in the faces of the students and our
employees. We now attract increasing numbers of traditional-aged
students. Many long-time faculty retired in the past five
years, and we hired new tenure-track faculty to succeed them.
The “face” of the campus has also changed due
to new and renovated buildings. The transformation of the
campus began with the opening of the Jean and Charles Schulz
Information Center. The addition of the Environmental Technology
Center, the student apartments in Sauvignon Village and the
renovated Ruben Salazar Hall all have contributed to the life
and energy of the campus.
Relations with the community have changed as well. The University
has responded to the regional business community and created
programs in engineering sciences and wine business. The University
has connections to the community in many other ways, such
as teacher preparation programs. In return, the community
has increasingly invested in the University, attending events,
and contributing financially with great generosity.
There are changes in the way we work at the University. We
now take for granted our easy access to the World Wide Web
and e-mail. It has affected the way faculty teach and students
learn, the way we reach our alumni, the way our employees
communicate with each other, and the way I am now communicating
with you. Five years ago we produced the first President's
Report in print. For this second report, an electronic publication
tells our story better.
I am delighted to welcome you to this web site. I hope you
will develop a fuller understanding of the way Sonoma State
University is changing and appreciate the many achievements
of our employees and students.