the GonifsThe second annual Jewish Music Series at Sonoma State University features artists hailing from New York City to the Bay Area, including trumpeter Frank London (cofounder of the Klezmatics) and virtuoso clarinetist Ben Goldberg with his Invisible Guy trio. All six concerts are free, taking place on Thursday evenings in Schroeder Hall at the University's Green Music Center.

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Thanks in part to years of work by Sonoma State University Women's and Gender Studies Professor Don Romesburg, California's students will soon be learning more about the history of LGBT people and their struggles. On Thursday, the California State Board of Education approved the new K-12 History-Social Science Framework, which includes history of LGBT people and the LGBT Civil Right Movement. "At the national level, this framework is by far the most LGBT inclusive in the country," says Romesburg. "It will transform the way educators teach and all California's students learn about US history."

cal beckerFormer Sonoma State University starting pitcher Cal Becker has signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He becomes the fourth student-athlete on the 2016 team to sign with a Major League Baseball team and the 118th player overall under head coach John Goelz to sign a professional contract after playing at Sonoma State.

geri olson"Star Wars." "The Muppets." "The Labyrinth." These distinctly different movies all have one thing in common: they use dolls to as central figures to tell their stories. Illustrating this point, Sonoma State University Psychology Professor Geri Olson has co-curated "Journeys Through Light and Dark: Dolls as Tellers of Stories," on view at the Petaluma Arts Center July 23-September 25.

student with flood warning unitSonoma State University graduate engineering student Feng Wang's Advanced Flood Warning System generated a buzz last month at the Global City Teams Challenge in Austin, Texas. The project is designed to give up to six hours advance warning of a potential flood emergency by measuring weather conditions and water levels.

women in business awards winners with SSU presidentSonoma State University's Lynn Stauffer and Sarah Dove have been honored as the University's first recipients of the North Bay Business Journal's Women in Business awards.

judy sakakiOn July 1, Judy K. Sakaki began her tenure as the seventh president of Sonoma State University. She is the first Asian-American woman to lead a four-year higher education institution in California.

teachers summit logoBay Area teachers will gather at Sonoma State University on July 29 for the second annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit, a free statewide day of learning and networking that is open to all California PreK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators. One of 38 locations across the state, Sonoma State University invites Bay Area teachers to share ideas, join a teacher network, and learn effective strategies for implementing the new California Standards in their classrooms. The summit takes place 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on campus at Sonoma State.

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