ASP NOONER: BRANDON TYLER - The acoustic pop/rock song writer Brandon Tyler is quickly becoming both a state wide and West Coast rock star having just produced two new ep's this summer. ASP Nooners. Tues., Oct. 27, noon. Darwin Quad. http://www.sonoma.edu/as/asp
THE REGURGITATOR - Stevie Starr, known as "The Regurgitator," will swallow the unthinkable and cough them back up dry, clean and in order. Starr's fame has continued to rise by shocking audiences swallowing objects like goldfish, light bulbs, coins, and even a Rubik's cube, which comes up completed. He has appeared on television shows in Australia, Europe, and Asia, as well as popular shows in the United States such as "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "The Howard Stern Show." www.steviestarr.com. Free. Associated Student Productions. Friday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m., Commons. http://www.sonoma.edu/as/asp/more/1030800.shtml
REBUILDING HOPE - (left) David Morse, an independent journalist, novelist and human rights activist, who helped to film the documentary "Rebuilding Hope," gives a heartfelt, first-hand and comprehensive look at the crisis in Sudan along with its historical roots. He will show footage from the "Rebuilding Hope" documentary and share a lecture and take audience questions on the current issues and dilemmas surrounding Sudan and Darfur today. What Can I Do? Lecture Series. Associated Students Productions. Mon., Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Student Union MPR. (707) 664-2753. www.sonoma.edu/as/asp.
SOFIA: THE STRATOSPHERIC OBSERVATORY FOR INFRARED ASTRONOMY - Dr. Dana Backman, the director of education and public outreach for SOFIA, gives a status report on NASA's new airborne observatory, a 2.5-meter telescope mounted in a Boeing 747. What Physicists Do Series. Mon., Oct. 26, 4 p.m. (707) 664-2119. http://www.phys-astro.sonoma.edu/wpd/
HOW TO DETECT POISON OAK OIL BY FREE RADICAL REACTIONS - Rebecca Braslau, University of California at Santa Cruz, examines application of free radical reactions. Series of Chemistry Seminars. Mon., Oct. 26, 3 p.m. Darwin 107.
ARTICLES, BOOKS & BEYOND - Articles, Books & Beyond is a workshop designed to lead students through the joy of finding top-notch full-text articles online, locating books & movies and setting up your online access to all things library. Library Workshop. Mon., Oct. 26, 4 - 4:30 p.m.; Tues., Oct. 27, 3 - 3:30 p.m. Schulz 2016A. http://library.sonoma.edu/research/workshops.html
ROMANI DANCE WORKSHOP - Sani Rifati leads a workshop on the fundamentals of Romani dance in partnership with the Ceija Stojka exhibition in the University Library Art Gallery. Tues., Oct. 27, 7 p.m. http://libweb.sonoma.edu/about/gallery.html
THE DOLL PROJECT - Geri Olson, Psychology, discusses "The Doll Project DVD for Teachers: Integrating Art into the Curriculum." Olson has worked with nearly 70 classrooms and 1500 K-12 students as part of her service-learning course, Psychology of Creativity. Her film describes her doll-making project in local schools and will be a companion piece to a resource guide for teachers. Social Science Brown Bag Series. Tues., Oct. 27, Noon to 1 p.m., Stevenson 2011.
WHAT GOES DOWN MUST COME UP - Michael Hedrick, California State University, East Bay, describes lymph movement in anuran amphibians. Biology Colloquium. Tues., Oct. 27, 12 - 1 p.m. Darwin 103. (707) 664-2189. http://www.sonoma.edu/biology/home/colloquium.shtml
VETERANS REFLECT ON WAR - Psychology Professor Shepard Bliss and a panel of veterans share their personal experiences of war. War and Peace Lecture Series. Tues., Oct. 27, 4 - 5:15 p.m. Warren Auditorium, Ives 101. http://www.sonoma.edu/a&h/WP_Calendar.htm
SCANNING - Learn to efficiently scan photos and documents to help build great visuals for your project. Covers Adobe Acrobat, PDF's and scanning multiple items into one document. Library Workshop. Weds., Oct. 28, noon - 12:30 p.m. Schulz 2016C. http://library.sonoma.edu/research/workshops.html
DANCE ON THE SWASTIKA - Expressive Arts presents an empowering SSU student collaborative. Weds., Oct. 28, 12:45 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:15 p.m. University Library Gallery. http://libweb.sonoma.edu/about/gallery.html
AN EVENING WITH NAOMI KLEIN - (right) Naomi Klein, author of New York Times and #1 international bestseller The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, presents a keynote lecture, diving into the primary economic and political struggles facing the world today. Associated Student Productions. $15 general admission, Free SSU students, faculty and staff. Tickets available at Student Union Front Desk. Weds., Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. Cooperage. http://www.sonoma.edu/as/asp
PROOF, REASONING AND TECHNOLOGY: THE MAST PROBLEM AND OTHER INTERESTING TASKS - Gail Burrill, Michigan State University, solves several problems, analyzes possible solutions, draws on different mathematical domains and consider how to use technology in helping students think about what it means to prove something in mathematics. M*A*T*H* Colloquium. Weds., Oct. 28, 4 p.m. Darwin 103. (707) 664-2368. http://www.sonoma.edu/math
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS PANEL - Organized by the YWCA. Feminist Lecture Series. Thurs., Oct 29, noon. Carson 20. (707) 664-2840.
ARTS & HUMANITIES FORUM - Music Professor John Palmer lectures on "Mahler and Marketing: The Development and Function of
Mahler's Programs for his Second Symphony". Arts & Humanities Research & Creative Works Forum. 12:05 p.m. - 12:55 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 29., Schulz 3001. http://www.sonoma.edu/a_h/forumabstracts.htm
Music and Theater
SSU SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE - Halloween Spooktacular! Thrill to J.S. Bach's sonorous Fantasia in G Major and the hauntingly beautiful Allerseelen by Richard Strauss. Chill to Daniel Bukvich's wildly theatrical Voodoo and selections from Harry Potter. Come in costume and celebrate a day early. Conducted by R. Anderson Collinsworth. $12 general, $10 faculty/alumni/staff, $8 seniors/students, free to SSU students. Fri., Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. Evert B. Person Theatre. (707) 664-2368. http://www.sonoma.edu/pubs/newsrelease/archives/2009/10/post_11.html
WATERMELON WOMAN - (Cheryl Dunye, 1996) A video store clerk and would-be filmmaker becomes obsessed with uncovering the history of a star of the early "race" films, the so-called "Watermelon Woman." Sonoma Film Institute. Sun., Oct. 25, 4 p.m. Warren Auditorium, Ives 101. (707) 664-2606. http://sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule.html.
IAG BARI: BRASS ON FIRE - (2002) Director Ralf Marschalleck's energetic documentary follows the musicians of Fanfare Ciocãrlia as they travel from their Romanian gypsy village. Romani Film Series. Darwin 103. http://libweb.sonoma.edu/about/gallery.html
LIVE-DANCE-PAINT - (right) Ceija Stojka's "Live-Dance-Paint" exhibit depicts her life as a traveling Romani woman before and after World War II, the trauma she and other Roma experienced in the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz, RavensbrÅck, and Bergen-Belsen, and the hope she has for future generations to overcome oppression. Open Mon., August 17 - Fri., Oct. 30. Mon. - Fri., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat., noon - 5 p.m. Karen Brodsky. (707) 664-4240.
Assistant Professor of Political Science Cynthia Boaz will speak to the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County at noon on Fri., Oct. 23, in a lecture entitled "The Saffron Revolution" lecture at Quail Inn, 7035 Oakmont Dr. in Santa Rosa. Her lecture is about the Burmese monks who refused to give Buddha's blessings to the junta's generals. The Saffron Revolution is named after the robe color of the monks who overturned their alms bowls (in an historical act of defiance) and refused to receive alms. In other words, they rejected the moral authority of the generals and have taken the side of the Burmese people in the struggle for democracy.
Boaz has been working with the movement for two years and will explain the current situation in Burma/Myanmar. Her research focus is the significance of nonviolent skills to the success of the pro-democracy movement in Burma, and also given recent events in Iran. She has also recently completed a book chapter on the women's movement in Iran and a draft educational guide for PBS for a documentary on Ukraine's Orange Revolution.
Boaz is Assistant Professor of Political Science at SSU. Her Ph.D. in comparative politics is from U.C. Davis. Her expertise is civil resistance, nonviolent struggles and political development. She is an affiliated scholar at UNESCO's Program in Peace, Conflict, and Development Studies in Castellon, Spain, an Academic Advisor to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict in Washington DC, a board member of Metta Center for Nonviolence Education in Berkeley, CA, and editor for Peace and Change Journal.
She contributes regularly to The Huffington Post and Truthout and has two book manuscripts in progress, one on nonviolent women's right movements and one on the role of leadership in the era of global citizenship.
Despite the recent closure of spring admissions to new and transfer students, Sonoma State University's School of Education has been approved to accept applications for Spring 2010 admissions for those interested in obtaining a teaching credential or a master's degree.
Offerings in credential programs range from single and multiple subjects, special education, and professional administrative services. Master's programs are offered in curriculum, teaching and learning, educational technology, educational administration, early childhood education, reading and language, and special education.
Deadline for applications is Nov. 30, 2009.
Application information and forms, deadlines for applications, and interview dates are available at http://www.sonoma.edu/education/.
For further information, call (707) 664-3115.
ASP NOONER FEAT. THE DAVID LUNING - This 22 year old folk rock song writer is an up and coming star around the greater northern California having recently won the "best song" award at three different competitions. ASP Nooners. Tues., Oct. 20, noon. Darwin Quad. http://www.sonoma.edu/as/asp.
CAREER EXPO - The SSU School of Business & Economics and the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce present the second-annual Career and Internship EXPO. The EXPO offers employers the opportunity to connect with graduating seniors and meet upper division students exploring internship opportunities. Weds., Oct. 21, 5 - 7 p.m. Sarah Dove. (707) 664-2548.
INSECTA-PALOOZA! - Explore the fantastic world of insects up close and personal in the first annual open house by Sonoma State University's Entomology Outreach Program. A rare opportunity to view SSU's insect and other biological collections. Presentations for budding entomologists, expert gardeners and aquatic environment enthusiasts. Many family-friendly activities. Interactive labs with top-quality microscopes, lectures, garden tours, live insect zoo, displays and a silent auction. $10 individual; $5, children 10-17; children under 10 free. Sat., Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Darwin Hall. Frederique Lavoipierre (707) 664-2733. http://www.sonoma.edu/pubs/insectapalooza.html.
FORMATION AND EVOLUTION OF MASSIVE GALAXIES - Dr. Mariska Kriek of Princeton University will discuss the formation and evolution of massive galaxies. What Physicists Do Series. Mon., Oct. 19, 4 p.m. (707) 664-2119. http://www.phys-astro.sonoma.edu/wpd/
LOADING MOVIES ONTO YOUTUBE - Learn how to adjust file size and resolution and other tricks to make iMovie projects look their very best on YouTube. Library Workshops. Mon., Oct. 19, noon - 12:30 p.m. Schulz 2016C. http://library.sonoma.edu/research/workshops.html.
ARTICLES, BOOKS & BEYOND - Articles, Books & Beyond is a workshop designed to lead students through the joy of finding top-notch full-text articles online, locating books & movies and setting up your online access to all things library. Library Workshop. Mon., Oct. 19, 4 - 4:30 p.m. Tues., Oct. 13, 3 - 3:30. Schulz 2016A. http://library.sonoma.edu/research/workshops.html.
ZSUZANNA BUDAPEST - Join Zsuzanna Budapest for a journey through the spiritual realm of the Wicca religion and the Dianic Feminist Witchcraft Tradition that she founded. Religion and Spirituality Lecture Series. Assosciated Student Productions and Recreational Sports. Tues., Oct 20, 7 p.m. Student Union MPR. (707) 664-4129. at www.sonoma.edu/as/asp.
ENDNOTE WEB - EndNote Web allows you to categorize your sources, make bibliographies on the fly, and it even has a "cite while you write" feature to keep you intellectually honest! This workshop will cover the basics to get you up and running. Library Workshop. Mon., Oct. 19, 12:15 - 1 p.m. Schulz 2016A. http://library.sonoma.edu/research/workshops.html.
iMOVIE/iDVD - Drop by the iMovie/iDVD class to brush up on importing footage, editing, preparing files for export and basic DVD authoring. Library Workshop. Tues., Oct. 20, noon - 12:30 p.m. Schulz 2016C. http://library.sonoma.edu/research/workshops.html.
VOICES OF CONSCIENCE - Ann Wright, USAR and US State Department (retired), examines the morality of warfare. War and Peace Lecture Series. Tues., Oct. 20, 4 - 5:15 p.m. Warren Auditorium, Ives 101. http://www.sonoma.edu/a&h/WP_Calendar.htm.
ARTS N' CRAFTS: CURTIS ARIMA - Curtis H. Arima is a recognized Metalsmith raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been involved in art-education for over a decade, currently adjunct faculty at teaching the California College of the Arts. Arima's work ranges from organic forms using the language of gardening as a metaphor for self and society, and explorations that change meaning through materials and the hand in sculptural objects and jewelry. Arima earned a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Visiting Artists Lecture Series. Tues., Oct. 20, noon. ART 102. (707) 664-2364. http://www.sonoma.edu/art/visitingartists/
GROWING POLYA'S ORCHARD - Bruce Cohen, San Francisco State University, discusses this question posed by Polya in 1918: "How thick much the truck of the trees in a regularly spaced circular orchard grow if they are to block completely the view from the center? Cohen explores this extremely rich problem considering a wide array of mathematical topics including integer lattices, number theory and transformational geometry. M*A*T*H* Colloquium. Weds., Oct. 21, 4 p.m. Darwin 103. (707) 664-2368. http://www.sonoma.edu/math
PHOTOSHOP - Become a semi-pro at image cropping, resizing, resolution and more to create that thoughtful eye candy you need to an A+ on your project. Library Workshop. Thurs., Oct. 22, noon - 12:30 p.m. Schulz 2016C. http://library.sonoma.edu/research/workshops.html.
THE WRITERS AT SONOMA - Yusef Komunyakaa, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of 16 books of poetry and Cara Weir's, director of the University of Masschusetts MFA program, will read from their recently released works "Warhorses" and "Selected Poems," respectively. The Writers at Sonoma Series. Thus., Oct. 22, 5:30 p.m. Schulz 3001.
Music and Theater
SSU JAZZ ENSEMBLE - The Concert Jazz Ensembles showcase the finest in classic and contemporary jazz compositions from around the world. Directed by Doug Leibinger. Thurs., Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. Warren Auditorium, Ives 101. (707) 664-2353. www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/perf/
PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS CONCERT - A celebration of SSU's Music Department's award-winning student performers. Fri., Oct. 23, 1:15 p.m. Ives 119. (707) 664-2353. www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/perf/
FACULTY RECITAL: LAXMI TEWARI, INDIAN SINGER - Raga and Tala (melody and rhythm) of Indian classical music are imbued with spirituality. Join Laxmi Tewari for an intimate vocal performance and submerge yourself in tranquility and peace. $12 general, $10 faculty/alumni/staff, $8 seniors/ students, Free to SSU students. Sat., Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Ives 119. (707) 664-2353. www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/perf/
AGE OF CONSENT - (1969) In this Michael Powell film, James Mason plays a painter who returns to his roots on an island off the Great Barrier Reef. Also stars 23-year-old Helen Mirren in her first film appearance. Sonoma Film Institute. Sun., Oct. 18, 4 p.m. Warren Auditorium, Ives 101. (707) 664-2606. http://sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule.html.
WATERMELON WOMAN - (Cheryl Dunye, 1996) A video store clerk and would-be filmmaker becomes obsessed with uncovering the history of a star of the early "race" films, the so-called "Watermelon Woman." Sonoma Film Institute. Fri., Oct. 23, 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 25, 4 p.m. Warren Auditorium, Ives 101. (707) 664-2606. http://sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule.html.
USED - University Art Gallery hosts a gala reception to open USED, an art exhibit exploring nontraditional materials that were intended for purposes other than making a work of art. Five California artists- Jedidiah Caesar, Christine Lee, Kristina Lewis, Scott MacLeod and Scott Oliver- are featured. Open Fri., Sept 11 - Sun., Oct 18. Tues. - Fri., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., noon - 4 p.m. Carla Stone. (707) 664-2205. www.sonoma.edu/artgallery/www.sonoma.edu/artgallery/.
LIVE-DANCE-PAINT - Ceija Stojka's "Live-Dance-Paint" exhibit depicts her life as a traveling Romani woman before and after World War II, the trauma she and other Roma experienced in the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz, RavensbrÅck, and Bergen-Belsen, and the hope she has for future generations to overcome oppression. Open Mon., August 17 - Fri., Oct. 30. Mon. - Fri., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat., noon - 5 p.m. Karen Brodsky. (707) 664-4240.
Anne Frank found comfort in looking at the chestnut tree behind the Secret Annex.
She often looked at it from the attic window, and she wrote about it in her diary. In
this video you see the chestnut tree filmed with the Secret Annex in the
background and from the attic window of the Secret Annex.
A 18-inch tall sapling grown from the horse chestnut tree that often lifted Anne Frank's spirits as she hid from the Nazis during World War II is coming to the newly created Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Grove at Sonoma State University.
The Rohnert Park campus is one of 11 locations nationwide that will receive a sapling taken from the mature, aging tree that resides behind the Annex where Anne Frank, her family and friends spent two years in hiding. The 150-year-old tree is battling a lethal fungus.
The University learned of the news when its name appeared this morning as one of the winners on the Anne Frank Center USA website - www.AnneFrank.com.
To greater accomplish its educational goals, the Anne Frank Center USA (AFC) together with the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam donated the eleven saplings of the Anne Frank Tree to the sites across the country.
The AFC is primarily interested in protecting the health of the tree and donating it to establishments that are equipped to tell the story of Anne Frank so that it is relevant to other incidences of injustice, intolerance and discrimination, says Yvonne Simons, Executive Director, The Anne Frank Center, USA.
The sapling will be planted at the foot of the Erna and Arthur Salm Holocaust & Genocide Memorial Grove at Sonoma State University near the lakes area. Signage near the tree will carry the words written by Frank in her diary: "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
The Grove was dedicated this past spring and is designed to honor survivors and victims of the genocides committed throughout the world, including the Native American Genocide, the Armenian Genocide, the Jewish Holocaust, the Cambodian Genocide, the Rwandan Genocide, and the current-day genocide in Darfur.
Another aim of the monument is to recognize educators, scholars and activists working for awareness, tolerance and human rights across the globe.
"The addition of the Anne Frank tree will solidify the SSU campus as a major center on the West Coast for the study of the Holocaust and genocide," says Elaine Leeder, Dean of School of Social Sciences. "It will provide eventually a vast canopy under which the University Holocaust Lecture Series and the academic and educational programs throughout Northern California will continue for generations."
Hans Angress of Santa Rosa, who went to school with Anne Frank in the fall of 1941, says "Anne Frank has become such a symbol of the human toll of intolerance worldwide. I find it wonderful and appropriate that this living asset to SSU's already existing Memorial Grove will be added."
The choice of SSU is a "perfect fit," says Senior Director for Capital Planning,
Design and Construction Christopher Dinno. "We live in a world- renowned region with the climate and soil characteristics that are ideal for this historical sapling."
SSU has the experience and resources, including an onsite arborist who can nurture the tree, along with a full complement of landscape specialists that have demonstrated experience to ensure that this sapling grows to full maturity, he says.
Other saplings are scheduled to be sent to: The White House, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Southern Cayuga School District, Washington State Holocaust Resource Center, Boston Common, Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., the Holocaust Memorial Center, the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, the William J. Clinton Foundation and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
Why was SSU chosen? Simons says:
"The panel felt that your site 'connected all the dots' by writing an inspiring proposal, drawing all aspects of tolerance together. Your Center for the study of the Holocaust, created by Dr. John Steiner (Dachau and Auschwitz survivor), your membership including Hans Angress, a Berlin Jew who attended school with Anne Frank, and your inclusion of educational programs on other genocides in the world. We particularly like the concept that the sapling would be placed near the Martin Luther King sculpture - and the fact that both were born in 1929, both slain by ignorance and hatred - both lives committed to contribute to human dialogue. And of course, your site plan and ability to maintain the tree on your premises was also very good!"
For further information, contact Jean Wasp, Media Relations Coordinator, Sonoma State University, (707) 664-2057.
ABOVE, SSU Holocaust Grove near the campus lakes area features a sculpture created by Professor Jann Nunn with a famous quote from Martin Luther King: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
RIGHT, An imagined view of the horse chestnut tree at maturity that would provide canopy at the Grove.
Erna and Arthur Salm Holocaust & Genocide Memorial Grove at SSU
Anne Frank Center USA
Video of the Chesntut tree from Anne Frank's hiding place
Digital photos of the Horse Chestnut tree, the SSU Memorial Grove and sculpture,
and other illustrations are available upon request.
Open your hearts to the art of living in the midst of wonder - a return journey to Neverland.
Longtime SSU theatre professor Judy Navas, collaborating with composer Jeff Langley and designer Anthony Bish, breaks the "fourth wall" of Peter Pan with the debut of Growing Up in Neverland, a world premiere production that offers a fresh perspective on J.M. Barrie's classic from Nov. 13-21 on the Evert B. Person Theatre stage.
Featuring an ensemble of talented young actors in the Theatre Arts program, this new version of the beloved story of Peter Pan begins at the first rehearsal of the original performance of the play, Peter Pan. Author J.M. Barrie and a stage-hand are confronted with a curious problem: the "real" characters of Captain Hook and the Crocodile appear unexpectedly in the play's rehearsal. It isn't long before other characters begin to show up.
Has writer Barrie forgotten to "button" shut his imagination before he left his writing desk? What ensues is a wild romp through three imaginative worlds of Neverland, Barrie's mind, and the stage itself. The live-action of this family-oriented production is illuminated by a delightful musical score and song. The set is full of theatrical wizardry that features a pond abundant with fairy creatures, created with black-light effects and puppetry.
"The play deals with different dimensions of fantasy and reality which the medium of theatre is naturally suited to explore," explains Navas. "With some melding of the story of Peter Pan and Barrie's life, I have tried to create a play that is multi-layered, emphasizing the rites of passage of its principal characters.
Growing Up in Neverland asks children to find a balance between the world of play and the imagination and still face the arduous tasks and exhilarating challenges of growing up.
Director Judy Navas has directed numerous productions at SSU including, Martin McDonagh's The Lonesome West, Wallace Shawn's Aunt Dan and Lemon and Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Some of her own collaborative and original work with students at SSU has included Alice, Mythic Footprint, Prufrock, Ubu Rocks and The Decameron.
Original music for Neverland was composed by Jeff Langley, Professor of Music and Director of the School of Performing Arts. Navas and Langley last collaborated at SSU on the children's musical Peril On the Prairie (1991). Langley is a composer and pianist with a broad experience that spans an unusually wide musical and theatrical spectrum. He has had a varied history as collaborator/pianist with singer/activist Holly Near.
Original compositions for music theatre include the operas Way Past Cool (1995), and The Autumn People 1984), a 1930s musical revue Honeymoon Trailer (1991) and "evening musicale" At Twilight (1988). Other works include a cantata At the Crossing for the Washington National Cathedral (1993), and a wide selection of songs, including the 2005 cycle Return Receipts.
Growing Up in Neverland opens on Friday, Nov. 13 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 21. Tickets are $12 general, $10 fans (SSU faculty, alumni, staff), $8 students, seniors and children under 12. SSU students admitted free with a valid student ID.
Especially recommended for grades K- 5, four performances for youth audiences are scheduled on Nov. 13 and 20 at 9 and 11:30 a.m. For these special performances, tickets for students and parent chaperones are $3. Tickets for teachers and administrators are free.
The play runs approximately 50 minutes without intermission.
Complete performance schedule is:
Fri., Nov. 13, 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m .(K-5 youth performance)
Sat., Nov. 14, 2 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. Nov. 1318, 7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. (Faculty/Staff Night)
Fri., Nov. 20, 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m . (K-5 youth performance)
Sat., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.
For more information about group sales or to purchase tickets, please call (707) 664-2325 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about the play, contact Jean Wasp, Media Relations Coordinator, (707) 664-2057.
Critics are invited to all shows beginning Nov. 13.
Directions to SSU can be found online at http://www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/perf/venues_dir.shtml.
The Sonoma State University Symphonic Winds, in its second year under the baton of Dr. Andy Collinsworth, presents its fall concert, Halloween Spooktacular! at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30 in Evert B. Person Theatre. The music will reflect images of fantasy in keeping with the occasion, and audience members in costume will be admitted free of charge.
The concert features Daniel Bukvich's Voodoo, composed for the 1984 Idaho All-State Honor Band. Voodoo is derived from a conversation the composer had with his friend who was a missionary nun living in Guatemala. "She told me that the sounds of the jungle, at night time, reminded her of 'those old voodoo movies' they used to watch," he said. Many of these "sounds of the jungle" are imitated in Voodoo. The primary melodic material is loosely based on Bukvich's favorite Gregorian chant.
Also on the program will be Gandalf by Johan de Meij, Fantasia in G by J. S. Bach, Allerseelen (All Soul's Day) by Richard Strauss, The Vanished Army March by Kenneth Alford, and Symphonic Suite from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by Patrick Doyle.
Andy Collinsworth is entering his second year as director of bands and music education at Sonoma State University, where his teaching duties include the university's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Clarinet Choir, String Orchestra, Instrumental Conducting, and Fundamentals of Music Theory.
Prior to his appointment at SSU, Dr. Collinsworth taught instrumental music for 18 years in various public schools. He maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for throughout the West Coast.
Collinsworth currently serves as the Vice President of the California Band Directors Association and is Area I Co-Representative of the California Music Educators Association Bay Section.
Tickets are $12 general; $10 SSU faculty, alumni and staff; $8 seniors and students. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact the School of Performing Arts (SPA) Box Office at (707) 664-2353. To buy tickets online, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/77228.
Bugs matter at the first annual Insecta-Palooza! set for 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Sonoma State University's Darwin Hall on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Entomologists of all ages can explore the fascinating world of insects in a day long series of interactive displays, presentations and lectures and a chance to use the University's top-notch microscopes.
A look through the magical magnifying lens of these microscopes is especially revealing of the largely invisible wonder of the world of insects.
"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."
A family-friendly event for all ages, Insecta-Palooza! is a benefit for the popular program which has inspired more than 6,000 young people about the world of the insect.
"An up-close and personal introduction like this can lead to a life-long appreciation of insects' place in the web of life and the critical role they play in the health of our ecosystems," says Lavoipierre.
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.
Special lectures featured include:
Basic Bugs: What's the difference between a bug and an insect? How can you tell a bee apart from a fly mimic? Do scorpions really glow in the
Garden Allies: Learning to recognize the insects that help control pests, and the native bees that help pollinate favorite fruits and
vegetables. An introduction to soldier beetles, flower flies, lacewings and many other helpful allies.
Habitat Gardens: Beneficial insects and other garden wildlife are easy to attract to gardens. A few simple guidelines to a world of wonder in any backyard. Growing a beautiful garden that provides habitat for beneficial wildlife.
Native Bees in Field and Garden: Dozens of species of native bees have important roles to play in pollination and ecosystem health. Learn about the species likely to be found and how to encourage their presence in agricultural settings and gardens
Honeybees and other Helpful Hymenopterans: Pollinating honeybees are a member of the Hymenoptera, which includes bees, wasps and ants. An overview of the life of the honeybee and an introduction to wasps.
Aquatic Insects in the Water: Ponds, streams, lakes, rivers and vernal pools all have unique communities of aquatic insects and other invertebrates. Meet some of these wonderful insects, and find out why they are important to understanding the health of local ecosystems.
Insect Defenses: Insects have evolved innumerable strategies to defend themselves from a large and hungry world. Discover some of the strange and sometimes amazing ways in which insects protect themselves.
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, brings his expertise to Sonoma State with displays and a lecture.
Jonathan Taylor, Sonoma County's 'Bee Man' and hymenoptera enthusiast shares his wealth of knowledge with a Hymenoptera Exploration display that includes a demonstration bee hive and a lecture.
Tours of the SSU butterfly and native plant gardens will also be available.
Admission is $10 individuals, $5 children, 10-17 and SSU students with ID. Children under 10 admitted free.
The complete schedule can be found at http://www.sonoma.edu/pubs/insectapalooza.html.
For information, contact Frederique Lavoipierre, (707) 664-2733.
Sonoma State University is located at 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA.
(Photography by Stephen Kirschenmann)
As part of National Mental Health Awareness Week, Counseling and Psychological Services will be providing free mental health screenings to students on Wed. Oct. 7 and Thurs. Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside in the Stevenson Hall Quad.
The short film, "The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College," will be shown followed up with a discussion lead by Katie Hatch, Ph.D. Hatch will be a staff counselor on Tuesday, Oct. 6 from noon to 1 p.m. in Salazar 2016.
For more information regarding these events or to access SSU counseling services, please call (707) 664-2153, visit the website at www.sonoma.edu/counselingctr, or come to Counseling and Psychological Services in Stevenson 1088.
Food and its impact on contemporary culture, health and well-being is the theme of the Sonoma State University Slow Food chapter's "Good Eats, Good Music" on Sun., Oct. 11 from noon to 4 p.m. at the campus lakes area.
"Food is a common language and a universal right. Good, clean, fair food can no longer be considered a privilege; we must acknowledge it as a right," says Josh Viertel, President of Slow Food USA, who will be one of the keynotes speakers at the community event.
The lunch menu will be locally sourced, and will feature sustainably-raised chicken from Soul Food Farms of Solano County, Sonoma County baby potatoes, a baby-green lettuce salad and apple crisp made from the orchards of Western Sonoma County.
A pre-lunch wine and artisan cheese mixer is planned, during which time there will be a display of Slow Food chapter-sponsored projects to preserve locally-endangered foods such as the Bodega Bay Red Potato, the Gravenstein Apple and heritage turkey breeds, as well as programs that educate children through garden-to-table school activities.
Others expected to make remarks include Assemblywoman Noreen Evans, SSU President Dr. Ruben Arminana and Mark Arax, noted author of "West of the West: Dreamers, Believers, Builders, and Killers in the Golden State." Evans was the first U.S. politician to be a formal delegate to Slow Food's international sustainable-food conference held last year in Turino. Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez is also a possible attendee.
In addition to the speakers and displays, three bands are scheduled to play: The Easy Leaves, Open Market, and Blue Shift.
The Sonoma State University Slow Food student chapter is California's first, and the nation's eighth Slow Food college chapter. The chapter's mission is to promote quality locally produced food on campus and in the community. Information about it can be found at www.slowfoodssu.blogspot.com. Information about the national, non-profit organization Slow Food USA can be found at www.slowfoodusa.org.
Tickets are $38 for general admission and $25 for student admission. Tickets can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/80256. Parking is free.
For further information, contact Sara Torf-Fulton, Slow Food SSU President, (805) 258-2684, email@example.com.
Low cost physical examinations and health appraisals for well adults and children are available through the SSU Nursing Department's Family Nurse Practitioner Program on Wednesdays from Oct. 14 - Dec. 12 for Sonoma County residents.
The exams are supervised by Nursing Faculty and performed by Family Nurse Practitioner students who are registered nurses enrolled in the Master's nursing program.
Services include a complete medical and health history, identification of health risk factors, complete physical examinations and screening tests such as blood pressure checks, vision testing, audiology testing, urinalysis, hematocrit (for anemia), cholesterol testing, and Pap smears for cervical cancer.
These services can be utilized for annual exams, sports physicals, pre-employment physicals, camp physicals and Class II DMV licensing physicals.
The cost of a physical examination is $30, Pap test $45 and cholesterol check $25. Hearing tests are free and a DMV physical examination is $60.
Copies of records are given to clients upon request as well as mailed to private physicians or agencies.
Appointments may be made by calling SSU's Nursing Department at (707) 664-2466, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
BIG CAT SHOW - (left) During this program you may see a cougar, African leopard, cheetah, snow leopard, ocelot, Siberian lynx, Canada lynx, servile, caracal or an extremely rare king cheetah. Each cat is shown on the stage as information about its habits, habitat and threats is shared with the audience. While not a circus act, natural behaviors like climbing, leaping and hunting are demonstrated in a safe and exciting manner. Associated Student Productions. Weds., Nov., 4, 7 p.m. (707) 664.2382. http://www.sonoma.edu/as/asp/more/1104700.shtml
PROJECT FREELAND - "Project Freeland" is a dynamic hip hop theater solo show written and performed by Ariel Luckey, directed by Margo Hall and scored by Ryan Luckey. The audience follows a young white man's search for his roots as it takes him from the streets of Oakland to the prairies of Wyoming on an unforgettable journey into the heart of American history. Free Land weaves spoken word poetry, acting, dance and hip hop music into a compelling performance that challenges us to take an unflinching look at the truth buried in the soil of our country. Assosciated Student Productions. Thurs., Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m. Ives 101, Warren Auditorium. http://www.sonoma.edu/as/asp/more/1105730.shtml
FREE BOWLING NIGHT - Double Decker Lanes and Associated Students Productions team up once again to present free bowling the first Thursday of every month. Thurs., Nov. 5, 10 - 12 p.m. http://www.sonoma.edu/as/asp/more/bowling.shtml
THE MILKY WAY'S HIDDEN PAST - Constance Rockosi, University of California at Santa Cruz, will talk about what we've discovered about our Galaxy's hidden past and how we can use that past to connect observations of the early universe with the galaxies we see today. What Physicists Do Series. Mon., Nov. 2, 4 p.m. (707) 664-2119. http://www.phys-astro.sonoma.edu/wpd/
ARTICLES, BOOKS & BEYOND - Articles, Books & Beyond is a workshop designed to lead students through the joy of finding top-notch full-text articles online, locating books and movies and setting up your online access to all things library. Library Workshop. Mon., Nov. 2, 4 - 4:30 p.m. Tues., Nov. 3, 3 - 3:30. Schulz 2016A. http://library.sonoma.edu/research/workshops.html
EMOTIONAL COMPETENCE IN CHILDREN - Carolyn Saarni, Counseling, discusses her recent work, "Promoting Emotional Competence in Children and Youth." Emotional competence consists of eight skills that develop interdependently in the child, and these will be briefly described in the talk. Although children are resilient, to develop optimally they need responsive environments (families, peers, schools, and communities). In some key ways, our current society is not especially responsive to children's emotional developmental needs, and what will be addressed in this talk are some significant ways that parents, mentors, care-providers, and community members can facilitate the development of emotional competence. Social Science Brown Bag series, Nov. 3, noon to 1 p.m., Stevenson 2011.
Bring lunch, a drink, and join faculty, staff, students, and interested others hear about current work by faculty in the School of Social Sciences.
BIOLOGY COLLOQUIUM- Michelle Hermiston, University of California at San Francisco. Title TBA. Biology Colloquium. Tues., Nov., 3, 12 - 1 p.m.
Darwin 103. (707) 664-2189. http://www.sonoma.edu/biology/home/colloquium.shtml
THE UNITED NATIONS: UNSUNG HERO OR VAIN HOPE? - Jim Wilkinson, Former Deputy US Representative to the Security Council, discusses the realities of the United Nations. War and Peace Lecture Series. Tues., Nov. 3, 4 - 5:15 p.m. Warren Auditorium, Ives 101. http://www.sonoma.edu/a&h/WP_Calendar.htm
ARTS N' CRAFTS JOHN ROLOFF - John Roloff is a visual artist who works conceptually with site, process and natural systems. Roloff is known primarily for his outdoor kiln/ furnace projects done from the late 1970's to the early 1990's as well as other large-scale environmental and gallery installations investigating geologic and natural phenomena. Visiting Artists Lecture Series. SSU Art and Art History Department. Tues., Nov. 3, noon. ART 102. (707) 664-2364. http://www.sonoma.edu/art/visitingartists/
UNSOLVABILITY IN MATHEMATICS - Jennifer Chubb, University of San Francisco, explores why it is far easier to show that a problem is solvable than that a problem is unsolvable. M*A*T*H* Colloquium. Weds., Nov. 4, 4 p.m. Darwin 103. (707) 664-2368. http://www.sonoma.edu/math
TRENDS IN CARDIOVASCULAR DEVICES - Matt Birdsall, Cardio Vascular S&T Director of Engineering & Bakken Fellow for Medtronic, discusses the future of cardiovascular technology. Engineering Science Lecture Series. Thurs., Nov. 5, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. http://www.sonoma.edu/engineering/lecture_series/
Music and Theater
HIGH SCHOOL CHORAL INVITATIONAL - Each fall, High School choirs from across Sonoma and northern Marin counties are invited to the university to sing for each other, receive written comments and work with a guest clinician. Thurs., Nov. 5, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Ives Concert Hall 119. Robert Worth. (707) 664-2218. http://www.sonoma-choral.org/
FACULTY JAZZ ENSEMBLE - The SSU Jazz Faculty, some of the Bay Area's finest jazz musicians, present a spectacular evening of original music! Performers include Doug Leibinger, trombone; Bob Afifi, flute; Pete Estabrook, trumpet; Jim Rothermel, saxophone; John Simon, piano; George Marsh, percussion; Randy Vincent, guitar; and special guests! Mel Graves Scholarship Concert. $15 suggested donation. Sat., Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. Ives 101, Warren Auditorium. (707) 664-2235. http://www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/
OBLIVION - (Heddy Honigmann, 2008) A quirky documentary on the invisible citizens of Lima, Peru as they deal with the revolving door of presidents and the scandals of the last few decades. Sonoma Film Institute. Fri., Nov. 6, 7 p.m. Sun., Nov. 8, 4 p.m. Warren Auditorium, Ives 101. (707) 664-2606. http://sonoma.edu/sfi/schedule.html.
JURIED STUDENT EXHIBITION 2009 - The work in the exhibition, which is open to all full-time students from throughout the University, is selected each year by two jurors from the professional art world who visit the campus to view the work and talk to the students about their careers and ideas about art. This year the jurors are: Chester Arnold, Artist and Instructor of Art, College of Marin; and Kate Eilertsen, Executive Director, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Open Thurs., Nov. 5 - Sun., Dec. 13. Tues. - Fri., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sat., Sun., noon - 4 p.m. Carla Stone. (707) 664-2295.
The Educational Effectiveness Review is the final phase of the reaccreditation process conducted by the Western Association for Schools and Colleges (WASC).
In preparation for the review, the Sonoma State University Educational Effectiveness Review Report, titled Educating the Whole Student: Sustaining SSU's Mission in a Time of Change, was submitted to WASC in June.
As required by WASC accreditation standards, a visit team will be on campus Oct. 7-9 to focus on themes in the report that address student learning, notably, the distinctive qualities of a Sonoma State University education, and the curriculum and the roles of general education and the major.
Its purpose is to ascertain the extent to which Sonoma State University fulfills its core commitment to educational effectiveness.
The itinerary for the WASC Educational Effectiveness Review team visit is now posted at http://www.sonoma.edu/aa/portfolio/.
There are a number of opportunities for the campus community to meet with the WASC team. A welcome reception and poster session, open to all, will be held in the Commons on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Posters will feature programs and initiatives that illustrate SSU's commitment to Educating the Whole Student. Please join us for this welcome event.
There are also three open meetings:
1. All faculty open meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 12:45 to 1:30 p.m., Schulz 3001
2. All students open meeting, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2:15 to 2:45 p.m., Schulz 3001
3. All staff open meeting, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2:15 to 2:45 p.m., Sue Jameson Room (Stevenson 1056)
To see the full report, go to the "WASC Accreditation" web page referenced above or borrow a print copy on reserve in the University Library (inquire at the Circulation Desk).
Questions may be directed to Accreditation Liaison Officer Barbara Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org.