Sonoma State University President Ruben Armiñana announced today that Dr. Saeid Rahimi, Dean of the School of Science & Technology, will serve as interim Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer beginning July 1, 2010.
Rahimi's appointment follows Provost Eduardo Ochoa's departure from SSU for the position of Assistant Secretary of Education in President Obama's administration.
Rahimi, who joined SSU faculty in 1982, has served as Dean of the School of Science & Technology since 2000. He has designed many new physics courses and laboratories and initiated new and innovative programs in Engineering Science and the Summer High School Internship program.
He adopted the Math, Engineering and Science Achievement Program (MESA) for economically disadvantaged students; led the SSU student retention, satisfaction, and graduation initiatives and efforts; oversaw the academic transition of the School of Natural Sciences to the School of Science & Technology and the academic transition of the school through the $30 million renovation of Darwin Hall.
He was successful in securing millions of dollars of research and development grants through Federal, State, and local agencies, organizations and individuals and was instrumental in securing the donation of the 3,600 acres Galbreath Wildlands Preserve and creating the new SSU Field Stations and Nature Preserves organization.
Dr. Rahimi has been awarded excellence in teaching and education awards from Pennsylvania State University, Sonoma State University, and Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce.
"Dr. Rahimi's many initiatives and innovations have heightened the educational experience for our students and brought deserved attention to our faculty for their research and teaching. The framework he and his faculty developed for the School of Science & Technology has led directly to student success, both educationally and professionally," said President Armiñana.
Rahimi has represented SSU in various North Bay forums and organizations including the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, the Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board, and the Sonoma County Innovation Council. He was the recipient of the Sonoma Spirit Award.
Rahimi earned his undergraduate degree in physics from Shiraz University in Iran, his Ph.D. in solid state physics from Pennsylvania State University (1981) and completed post doctoral research at the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology. He also holds the position of professor of physics and engineering science at SSU.
NOTE: A high-resolution digital photo of Dr. Saeid Rahimi is available upon request.
SSU President Ruben Arminana and his wife Marne will be among senior administrators as well as faculty and students joining in the fun riding on a special Seawolf float at this Sunday's San Francisco Pride Celebration Parade. Lobo, the Seawolf mascot will also be on hand.
All members of the campus community are invited to join in the festivities to celebrate diversity with Vice-President Larry Furukawa-Schlereth, Vice-Provost Melinda Barnard and her husband, Dean Elaine Leeder, Professors Michael Visser, Bill Poe and Sue Hayes and Interim Chief of Police Sally Miller.
The SSU Parade Contingent will assemble in Area Location "J" at Beale between Market & Mission streets at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 27. Parade monitors are available for assistance.
Participants are asked to follow a dress code of khaki shorts or pants and a Sonoma logo t-shirt or top. Comfortable shoes are advisable for the mile or so walk down Market Street.
Left, SSU float design
Sonoma State University Provost Dr. Eduardo M. Ochoa was confirmed by the U.S. Senate today as Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education (OPE). He will be sworn in July 1.
The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) formulates federal postsecondary education policy and administers more than 40 programs that address critical national needs in support of its mission to increase access to quality postsecondary education.
Serving as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Sonoma State University in since 2003, Dr. Ochoa has been responsible for all the University's academic programs, University strategic planning, its overall diversity initiative, and Sonoma's role in the CSU Graduation Initiative which aims to raise system-wide graduation rates.
Prior to his position at Sonoma, Dr. Ochoa served for six years as Dean of the College of Business Administration at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and for thirteen years as Professor of Economics at California State University, Los Angeles.
He is a graduate of Reed College (B.A., Physics, Philosophy), Columbia University (M.S., Nuclear Engineering), and the New School for Social Research (Ph.D., Economics).
Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/index.html
White House Media Affairs Office at 202.456.6238 (phone) or 202.456.2239 (fax)
Photos available by request or online at http://www.sonoma.edu/aa/provost/
Sonoma State's championship soccer guru and head men's soccer coach Marcus Ziemer offers expert analysis, breakdowns of matches and historical insight throughout the FIFA World Cup on KBBF 89.1 FM every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Ziemer, along with host Mike McDowd, presents the World Cup Live Radio Show throughout the duration of the international event which concludes on July 11.
Ziemer and McDowd are joined by Thomas Ziemer, Zeimer's 13-year-old son and a soccer expert in his own right. The show also features guest spots with personalities such as Bobby McMahon of Fox Soccer Channel.
Mike McDowd, the show's host and longtime North Bay media personality says, "North Bay sports fans are salivating for a place to talk about the game they love so much. Since we are a bilingual station, the show resonates deeply with our audience. No other Bay Area station is providing this type of in depth coverage."
Zeimer led the men's soccer team to a NCAA Division II national championship in 2002.