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SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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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.

Ruben Armiñana
President

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