COMING UP: October 16-23
Bugs Matter at SSU’s First Insecta-Palooza!
Entomologists of all ages can explore the fascinating world of insects in a day long series of interactive displays, presentations and lectures in Darwin Hall on Sat., Oct. 24.
"Without insects, life as we know it would end," says Frederique Lavoipierre, Director of SSU's Entomology Education and Outreach Program and coordinator of the event. "95% of all animals on the planet are insects. They pollinate much of our food, control pests and add beauty to our environment."
Trained docents will be on hand for guided explorations, offering the public a rare look at the University's insect and other collections. Also included is a live insect zoo, lectures, interactive labs and displays, tours and a silent auction. Tours of the Butterfly and Native Plant Gardens will also be available. Admission is $10, and $5 for children ages 10-17. Children under 10 are admitted free. Details can be found at the Insecta-Palooza website. For more information, contact Frederique Lavoipierre at 4-2733.
Special lectures include:
Basic Bugs, Garden Allies, Habitat Gardens, Native Bees in Field and Garden, Honeybees and other Helpful Hymenopterans, Aquatic Insects in the Water, and Insect Defenses
• Frederique Lavoipierre, author of the Pacific Horticulture magazine series ‘”Garden Allies” and coordinator of the SSU Entomology Education and Outreach Program
• Kate Frey, winner of two gold medals at the Chelsea Garden Show in London, a landscape designer and consultant, and director of the SSU Sustainable Landscape Program
• Vic Smith, curatorial assistant in the Entomology Department at the California Academy of Sciences.
• Dr. Gordon Frankie, UC Berkeley's director of the Urban Bee Research and Outreach Project
• Jonathan Taylor, Sonoma County's 'Bee Man' and hymenoptera enthusiast
Writers at Sonoma Series Welcomes Yusef Komunyakaa and Dara Wier
Authors Yusef Komunyakaa and Dara Wier will partake in a reading as part of the Writers at Sonoma Series, on Thurs., Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in schulz 3001.
Yusef Komunyakaa is the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of sixteen books of poetry. His most recent collection is "Warhorses". Booklist's starred review states: "...one of our greatest war poets since his service in Vietnam, writing with supple imagination, offhanded erudition, and steely intent...tracing the insidious ripple effect of our military habit." He is a Global Distinguished Professor of English at New York University.
Dara Wier's just released "Selected Poems" encompasses work from 1977-2006, drawing from 11 books of poetry. "Wier's poems explode with variety, particularity, whirlwinds of detail and mystery... Memoirs, dialogues, choral performances, witnessing scenes both weird and familiar." (Rain Taxi) She directs the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers.
The Writers at Sonoma series is funded by the Nadenia Newkirk Writers Foundation and Instructionally Related Activities at Sonoma State University.
Seawolf Athletes to Participate in Weekend's Chili-Cookoff and Classic Car Show
Admission is free to this weekend's Chili-Cookoff event, taking place Sat., Oct. 17 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 555 Rohnert Park Expressway (Applebee's/Reading Theater parking lot). The SSU Athletic Department will host the SSU Little Wolves Den for children, a community outreach program continuing to enhance the Intercollegiate Athletic Program in our community. For more information, contact Carlos Pena at 4-3983.