Faculty and Staff Development Workshops

Bicycle Safety - Officer Adam Peters

Thursday, April 10 – Noon-1:00 p.m. – The Arbor on the Commencement Lawn

Staff members have the opportunity to get their bikes engraved with their SSU ID! Come and learn some basics about bicycle safety, including locking, avoiding theft, rules of the road, safety tips and any other questions that arise. Officer Peters will have his engraving kit so staff can get their IDs permanently marked on their bicycle.




Acceptance and Commitment: Further Strategies to Enhance Health and Performance with Dr. Glenn Brassington

Wednesday, April 16 – Noon-1:00 p.m. – Stevenson 3042

Dr. Brassington will discuss exciting new scientifically-supported psychological techniques that will help each staff member 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 the mind, heart, and body to promote serenity and happiness within each individual’s body and among family, friends, and colleagues. This is a hands-on workshop so expect to be engaged and leave feeling upbeat with a renewed sense of confidence and peace.

Glenn Brassington is a professor of psychology at SSU, 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. His 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.


Faith Ako Concert

Wednesday April 23 – Noon-1:00 p.m. – GMC 1029

Sonoma State is pleased to announce a concert with Grammy nominee and award winner for Traditional Hawaiian Album 2010, Faith Ako. Ako comes from a large Polynesian family and says "My goal is to help preserve and promote music of the Hawaiian people." This concert is open to the entire campus community. Faculty are encouraged to invite their students to attend.

As the Bay Area’s premier female artist in traditional/contemporary Hawaiian music for more than a decade, 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 her a Hawaiian genre Grammy entry in 2010. Her third album, Kulaiwi, was released in September, 2013.

Over the years, she 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. Ako 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, Dougherty Performing Arts Center in San Ramon and most recently a tour to Osaka, Japan for Hawaiian music performances and a ukulele workshop. She continues to delight the crowds with her sultry voice and passion for Hawaiian music. Listening to her leo nahenahe will conjure the essence of island Aloha without ever leaving home.


Spring Bird Watching Around SSU

Thursday, April 24 – Noon-1 p.m. – Commons Patio

Join Becky Olsen and explore the SSU campus on a walk around the campus lakes and Native Garden/Copeland Creek area to look for local and migratory birds and learn a little about their natural history. Those with binoculars are encouraged to bring them and be prepared for an hour of walking (bring comfortable shoes and weather appropriate gear).