Welcome to SSU Staff Development
Reading of The 13 Clockshe 13 Clocks (James Thurber) by Beth Warner
Tuesday & Wednesday, February 25 & 26
Noon to 1:00 PM - STEV 3042
Once upon a time, in a gloomy castle on a lonely hill, where there were thirteen clocks that wouldn’t go, there lived a cold, aggressive Duke, and his niece, the Princess Saralinda. She was warm in every wind and weather, but he was always cold. His hands were as cold as his smile, and almost as cold as his heart. ...
How can anyone describe this book? It isn't a parable, a fairy story or a poem, but rather a mixture of all three. It is beautiful and it is comic. It is philosophical and it is cheery. And Thurber’s word play is delightful. No wonder this is my daughter's favorite book.
Please join us! Bring your lunch and enjoy some desserts and beverages provided by the Staff Development Committee.
"Beautiful things don't ask for attention." - James Thurber
More Special Collections at the Schulz Library
Wednesday, March 5th - Noon to 1:00PM – Schulz Library
Dayle Reily, Assistant Librarian - Join us for a look at some of the many Special Collections housed in Schulz Library, which include everything from Jack London’s papers to original panels of Brenda Starr comics. We’ll meet in the Quiet Reading Room on the 3rd floor south for Dayle to give us an overview of these, plus a look at some of the many interesting collections available. Lynn will be showing us different items than those featured in the Fall tour. After Lynn’s introduction, we will be able to browse the materials and ask questions.
SSU's Very Own Satellite -
Thursday, March 13th - Stevenson 3082 - Noon to 1:00PM
Kevin Zack, SSU Physics Major & Student Project Lead
Kevin will discuss the successful launching of the T-LogoQube, a small satellite that transmits information about the Earth's magnetic field. This satellite allows SSU Physics students to do space-based measurements with their own equipment.
Easy & Healthy Snacks Everyone Can Prepare
Wednesday, March 26th - Noon to 1:00PM – Location TBA
SSU Executive Chef Eric Lee
Join us for a discussion and demonstration by Chef Eric Lee on preparing easy/healthy snacks. Get ready for an active, healthy spring and summer with these easy, fun treats you can prepare to satisfy those cravings.
Eric Lee - SSU Executive Chef - Before becoming a Food Network Star finalist and ending up here, Chef Eric studied at UCLA and the Culinary Institute of America. He. is well-known for his mastery of food and wine pairing and distinguishes his food by deconstructing and re-creating classic dishes using alternative ingredients and cooking methods. Lee is also an accomplished food photographer.
Recipes and samples provided.
Bicycle Safety - Officer Eric Wilde
Thursday, April 10th - Noon to 1:00PM – The Arbor at The Lakes
Bring your bike so you can get it engraved with your ID!
Come and learn some basics about bicycle safety, including locking your bicycle, avoiding theft, rules of the road, safety tips and any other questions that arise.Also, Eric will have his engraving kit so you can get your ID permanently marked on your bicycle!
Eric Wilde, SSU Police Officer (Bicycle Patrol). Eric has been a Police oficer for SSU for three years during which time he has been assigned to partol and community outreach. He has most recently been appointed to be one of our bicycle safety patrol officers.
Acceptance and Commitment: Further Strategies to Enhance Health and Performance
Dr. Glenn Brassington
Wednesday, April 16th – Noon to 1:00PM – Stevenson 3042
Dr. Brassington will discuss exciting new scientifically supported psychological techniques that will help you more effectively deal with the inevitable stresses and strains of life at SSU and beyond. The Serenity Prayer reads: "Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference." In his talk, Dr. Brassington will focus on ways to work with our minds, hearts, and bodies to promote serenity and happiness both within ourselves and among our family, friends, and colleagues. This will be a hands-on workshop so expect to be engaged and to leave feeling upbeat and with a renewed sense of confidence and calm.
Glenn Brassington, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at Sonoma State University, a lecturer in the Continuing Studies Program at Stanford University, and a Licensed Clinical, Health, and Performance Psychologist. He has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers on sleep and health. Dr. Brassington’s lectures and classes have been some of the most well attended health and wellness events at organizations such as Stanford University, Apple, HP, and Roche.
Concert with Faith Ako
Wednesday April 23 – Noon to 1:00PM – GMC 1029
We are very pleased to announce a concert with Grammy nominee and award winner for Traditional Hawaiian Album 2010 Faith Ako. Faith comes from a large Polynesian family and says "personally my goal is to help preserve and promote music of the Hawaiian people." We are thrilled she has agreed to come do a concert with us and share her music and heritage.
As the Bay Area’s premier female artist in Traditional/Contemporary Hawaiian music for more than a decade, Faith Ako has long graced the West Coast with her versatile voice. She won two Hawaiian Music Awards for her first album Kukahi, and her second album, Papaku Bring It Home, earned Faith a Hawaiian genre Grammy entry in 2010. Faith’s third album, Kulaiwi, released in September, 2013.
Over the years, Faith has made special guest appearances at Pakele Live in Honolulu, and The Maui Prince Hotel in Kihei. She has also performed in various Hawaiian Festivals, Ukulele Retreat Workshops, and has given live radio interviews on local stations in California and throughout Hawaii. Faith has played to sold-out audiences in California at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, The Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, Yoshi’s in both San Francisco and Oakland, The de Young Museum in San Francisco, Whittier College in Los Angeles, and Dougherty Performing Arts Center in San Ramon, and most recently a tour to Osaka, Japan for Hawaiian Music performances and a Ukelele Workshop. Faith continues to delight the crowds with her sultry voice and passion for Hawaiian music. Listening to Faith’s leo nahenahe, will conjure the essence of island Aloha without ever leaving home.
THIS CONCERT IS OPEN TO THE ENTIRE CAMPUS COMMUNITY. WE INVITE FACULTY TO COME AND ENCOURAGE THEIR STUDENTS TO ATTEND AS WELL. GET THERE A FEW MINUTES EARLY FOR A GOOD SEAT.
Spring Birdwatching around SSU
Thursday, April 24th- Noon to 1:00PM
Meet at Commons Patio
Becky Olsen, Financial Services - Join Becky to explore our campus on a walk around the Duck Ponds, and Native Garden/Copeland Creek area to look for local and migratory birds and learn a little about their natural history. Bring binoculars if you have them and be prepared for an hour of walking (comfortable shoes and weather appropriate gear).