September 30, 2008

SSU Banquet Honors Distinguished Alumni

Five of Sonoma State University's most successful and influential alumni will be honored for their achievements at the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel. All are welcome to attend.

Donald and Maureen Green, Duane Hill, Myrna Goodman and Julie Denkins will receive the awards from the Sonoma State Alumni Association.

For their dedication to community service and founding grant for the Green Music Center, Donald and Maureen Green will receive the Alumni Community Achievement Award. The Greens are also responsible for the creation of the Carriage Trade Group, a community organization that promotes the adoption of children in association with the California Department of Social Services. Both hold a strong love for music, and dedicate themselves to improving the quality of music instruction in the area.

Duane Hill, retired Chief Executive Officer and creator of Rural Communities Housing Development Corporation will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award for his work with the company. In the 33 years with the corporation, Hill led them to become the largest nonprofit affordable housing developer in rural Northern California. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from SSU in 1978.

Myrna Goodman, Director of the SSU Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide will be given the Distinguished Faculty Award. Goodman is responsible for coordination of the Holocaust Lecture Series, an annual series aimed at raising awareness about genocide, which attracts one hundred students every year as well as renowned speakers from around the world. She also teaches the upper-division course, Sociology of Genocide, and is the faculty advisor for the Human Rights Club.

Julie Dinkins, Access Services Manager for the University Library will receive the Outstanding Staff Award. Dinkins has shown exceptional dedication in all of her positions at the Library. She has made large contributions, from making the Library a more efficient and pleasurable place, and taking on extra responsibilities. Dinkins graduated from Sonoma State with a B.A. in Anthropology in 1985.

To RSVP for the banquet, call (707) 664-2426 or email alumni.office@sonoma.edu by Oct. 10.


Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057
jean.wasp@sonoma.edu