Furlough Schedule Changed

Upon review of the furlough schedule, President Armiñana has decided to move the furlough day originally scheduled for June 4 to April 9. This change will allow the campus to be closed the entire week of Spring Break, the closure covered by five furlough days. Questions may be directed to Joyce Suzuki at joyce.suzuki@sonoma.edu or Susan Zito at susan.zito@sonoma.edu.

Congratulations to the 2010 Recipients of the Bernie and Estelle Goldstein Award for Excellence in Scholarship: Hall Cushman and Michaela Grobbel

This new award, established by Bernie and Estelle Goldstein, recognizes the faculty who best exemplify the teacher-scholar model in their professional development at SSU. The nominees for this award are evaluated based on their excellence in scholarship (e.g., publications, exhibits, presentations, workshops, grants, etc.), and the material impact of this scholarly work on teaching, the university community, and/or the wider community. The two recipients for this year’s Goldstein Award for Excellence in Scholarship are Drs. Hall Cushman and Michaela Grobbel.

Hall CushmanDr. Hall Cushman - Hall Cushman has been a faculty member at SSU since 1994 and during his tenure has been successful in securing over $2 million dollars for research funding in the areas of ecology and conservation biology, and has published widely in these areas. He has been a strong mentor for SSU students in their research projects and career development. Cushman will utilize the Goldstein award funding to support students who will conduct field research regarding the spread of invasive and exotic species along the coastal areas of Sonoma County.

Dr. Michaela Grobbel - Michaela Grobbel began teaching at SSU as a lecturer in 1997. In 2005 she became an Assistant Professor with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. In 2008 Grobbel was honored with the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Education Award. She has also been formally recognized with the SSU Student Ambassadors Academy Award for outstanding teaching. In 2009 Grobbel was awarded an SSU Interdisciplinary Partnerships for Investigations that Connect the University (IPUCU) grant to support an exhibit related to her research on Romani (“Gypsy”) self-expression. Grobbel will utilize the Goldstein award funds to expand her research on Romani self-expression through theater, literature and visual art.

Thank you to Hall Cushman and Michaela Grobbel for their strong commitment to scholarship and the student educational experience at Sonoma State University.

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