rob eylerThe focus at this year's Sonoma State University Economic Outlook Conference was on education, tourism, innovation and the environment. The 22nd annual event was held in Santa Rosa on February 25, and included presentations from leading innovators and philanthropists in technology, educational investment and economics.

Dr. Rob Eyler, SSU economics professor and director of the university's Center for Regional Economic Analysis gave his annual economic forecast, covering how the six North Bay counties are finally breaking out of the recession's wake and catching up to the rest of the Bay Area in terms of stability. "One of the main differences this year is simply the move from recovery to expansion," said Eyler.

Thumbnail image for seawolflogo.pngMen's basketball: Saturday loss eliminates Seawolves from playoff race
Despite a valiant effort and several close comebacks, the Sonoma State men's basketball team fell to the Cal State Stanislaus Warriors Saturday, 62-68 at home. The loss eliminated the Seawolves' chance to advance to the CCAA Tournament as the Warriors clinched the sixth and final playoff spot. The Seawolves drop to 11-13 overall and 8-12 in conference play.

Women's basketball: Seawolves lose final home game to Cal State Stanislaus
In the 2014-15 home finale for the women's basketball team, the Seawolves weren't able to celebrate with a victory as they lost 36-53 to Cal State Stanislaus Saturday night at the Wolves' Den. The Seawolves see their record drop to 4-16 overall, 6-19 in conference play.

David BeroAfter more than 20 years of research, Sonoma State University geology professor David Bero has published detailed maps of Ring Mountain and the Tiburon Peninsula. He presented these new maps as the featured speaker of the SSU Geology Club's lecture series on February 19.

Geologists around the world are known for their love of the outdoors, and Bero, who has been lecturing at Sonoma State for the past eight years, is no exception. He has spent nearly every weekend during the past 20 years hiking the trails and enjoying the sweeping vistas of his native Marin County. But unlike day hikers gazing at the panoramic ocean views, Bero's focus is on the rocks beneath him.

Students interact with employers at last year's Career Fair
Students interact with employers at last year's Career Fair

The 26th annual Sonoma State University Career Fair is Wednesday, Feb. 25, and this year SSU Career Services has put together the most diverse field of employers in the event's history.

The fair is at capacity this year, with 115 employers attending, and Career Services advisor Ann Mansfield also worked to increase diversity. "I originally looked at the majors offered here and I said 'We are going to try to get something for every category,'" said Mansfield. "We worked really hard to keep that goal in mind of offering up the most diverse set of employers that we could. What we have come up with, I think, is an incredible list of employers."

There are dozens of employment fields represented at the Career Fair this year, each specifically tailored to suit SSU's student population. "Looking at the list, the diversity of employers this year is crazy compared to last year," said Brittany Silva, student assistant in the Career Services office. Employers range from the fields of health sciences, financial institutions, government agencies and more, with companies and agencies including Jackson Family Wines, Trumpet Behavioral Health and even the FBI.

trioneheadshot.jpgNoted Sonoma County businessman and philanthropist Henry Trione passed away Thursday morning at the age of 94. His legacy of generosity touched many aspects of life in Sonoma County, and left a lasting legacy at Sonoma State University, which bestowed upon him an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 1997.

Jim Meyer, the first vice president for development at Sonoma State, came to the school in 1988 and put together a fundraising drive with a goal of $500,000. "Henry was my honorary chairperson for that drive," said Meyer. With a board of advisors consisting of 24 "key leaders from the region," Meyer said Trione's help was invaluable in making connections to potential donors. Trione's personal support of the university at the time opened many doors, but he didn't ask for recognition--his work was almost always done behind the scenes.

One of the few examples of Trione's generosity that does bear his name is the Trione Courtyard at SSU's Green Music Center. The beautiful, stone-tiled courtyard is lined with 120-year-old olive trees and leads to Weill Hall, the main performance space and crown jewel of the Center. A metal plaque identifies the Trione Family as the benefactor who made the courtyard possible with a $1.1 million gift in 2005.

haroldjones.jpegWhat do Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and Natalie Cole have in common? Harold Jones. Known as the "Singer's Drummer," Jones has laid down the beat for the biggest names in jazz, and on March 11 he gives a clinic and performance as part of the Sonoma State University Jazz Forum.

Jones, who is currently playing on the Cheek to Cheek tour with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, will make a one-day stop at Sonoma State to work with students in the jazz program. He program for this performance in Weill Hall is "One More Time: The Music of Count Basie Featuring Harold Jones."

Jones' style makes him the quintessential big-band drummer, with a crisp, clean sound notable for the high-pitched snare drum crack. He wastes no element of motion, sets up figures beautifully and plays wonderful fills only when necessary.

SSU Society of Women Engineers logoWomen represent 24 percent of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce in the United States, a figure that's risen only 3 percent since 1993 according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. But a new club at Sonoma State University is working to close the gender gap.

"We already have an electrical engineering club, which is geared toward the boys," says Alyssa Afa'ese, electrical engineering major and president of SSU's new Society For Women Engineers club. "Women are underrepresented in our major, so we wanted to start and organization where women can work together."

The club began in fall 2014 and is working to inspire young women at Sonoma State to pursue their interest in engineering science. Afa'ese believes many women are apprehensive about joining the engineering department because of its low percentage of female students.

tickets to success kids with LoboSonoma State University community outreach program Ticket to Success was commended this week by SSU's Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) for promoting early college awareness amongst elementary school students.

Now in its second year of operation, Ticket to Success has provided opportunities for more than 2,000 elementary school students from 12 different schools in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park to visit campus and attend a sporting event. By the time basketball season comes to a close, more than 1,250 elementary students will have visited the Sonoma State campus this year, interacting with student athletes from all 14 intercollegiate sports and meeting faculty from the kinesiology and biology departments.

"When students visit university campuses they begin to imagine collegiate life as a possibility," says Rachel Monarrez, assistant superintendent of K-6 curriculum and instruction for Santa Rosa City Schools. "Partnerships like Ticket to Success with Sonoma State University represents a collaborative effort that is yielding phenomenal results."

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