Sonoma States Earns the Maximum 10-Year Accreditation from WASC
Sonoma State University has earned the maximum ten-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), reports President Ruben Armiñana. SSU has been accredited by WASC since 1969. The WASC accreditation process aids institutions in developing and sustaining effective educational programs, and also assures the general public and other organizations that the accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness.
The WASC accreditation letter addresses specifically the Educational Effectiveness report, which was framed around the topic of "Educating the Whole Student" and SSU's three themes: planning efforts; the distinctive qualities of an SSU education; and curriculum and the roles of general education and the major.
The Commission also emphasized the need for further attention and development in the following areas: institutional mission, student retention and graduation, institutional planning, assessment, program review, general education, and diversity.
Marie Lovell, Parking Supervisor, Passes Away
Marie Lovell, SSU Parking Supervisor, unexpectedly passed away on the morning of March 18, 2010. She had been a part of the campus community for 25 years. The cause of her untimely death is still being determined.
"We will miss Marie, the historical knowledge she brought to the department, and her caring nature and attitude with whomever she contacted," said SSU's Chief of Police, Nate Johnson.
Marie began her career at SSU in the summer of 1985 as a dispatcher trainee with the Department of Public Safety. The following year, she was reassigned to a position as maintenance and laborer trainee, in what was then the Department of Plant Operations/Campus Planning. After working for several years in housekeeping, Marie was promoted to Parking Officer in 1992. In 2002, she was assigned to Police Services as the Supervising Parking Officer, a position she continued to serve until her passing.
Marie loved the SSU community and was a supporter of intercollegiate athletics. Over the years, she maintained a "can do" attitude and delivered service with a smile. Marie Lovell leaves behind her husband Dean and son Michael.
Photo above: Marie Lovell and a campus friend, Thomas Cooper. Photo courtesy of Police Services.