"I wouldn't be a Master Sommelier today if I hadn't attended Sonoma State," said Cauble. "The connections I made changed the trajectory of my life."

Ian Cauble, Sonoma State alumnus and Master Sommelier, is returning to SSU for a special viewing of "Somm," a film documenting his journey to becoming the 197th Master Sommelier in history. The event is open to the public and takes place on March 28 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

The showing will begin with a food and wine pairing selected by Cauble and Eric Lee, Sonoma State's executive chef and Food Network star. Cauble will answer questions from the audience after the film.

soccer2.pngThe Sonoma State men's and women's soccer teams are coming together again this spring to offer free soccer clinics for boys and girls of all skill levels, between the ages of 6 and 14.

Children will have the opportunity to learn basic soccer skills in a fun, challenging and age-appropriate method, including instruction, exercises and entertaining competition, facilitated by some of the best NCAA Division II coaches and student-athletes in the region. This is the third year that the Seawolves have offered this outstanding opportunity to the community.


History professor Stephen Bittner has found himself in demand for his expertise about the Ukrainian crisis. Recently, he appeared on an MSNBC news segment with a Washington Post reporter. See http://mediaoneservices.com/stephen-bittner-030414/.

He has also provided commentary to Al Jazeera America, Romanian Service of Radio France International, the Slovakian newspaper Pravda. See an interview on Germany's position at http://2paragraphs.com/?p=14539.

Also covering the crisis is a Q&A from him in an article entitled What is Next for the Ukraine? at http://matisak.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/whats-next-for-ukraine/.

Bittner is a Professor of History focusing on Russian/Soviet and Eastern Europe. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is the author of "The Many Lives of Khrushchev's Thaw."

In recent years, he has turned his attention to the history of viticulture and winemaking in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. Research for this book took him to archives and libraries in Ukraine, Russia, and Georgia. The result will be "Whites and Reds: Wine in the Lands of Tsar and Commissar."


SSU's first Trumpet Supergroup includes (left to right) Mark Inouye, Dave Scott, Mike Olmos, Erik Jekabson, Mario Guarner.

An all-brass recital at Sonoma State University will showcase four of the Bay Area's leading trumpet players mixing jazz and classical styles with a healthy dose of virtuosity, improvisation and rhythm. Tickets are on sale now for the fourth annual Wind Power - a showcase for wind studio faculty - at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 30 at the Green Music Center's Weill Hall.

The Trumpet Supergroup, founded by SSU studio trumpet instructor Dave Scott, will play original adaptations of works as diverse as Haydn's Lark Quartet, Bernice Petkere's Close Your Eyes and charts by TSG members Dave Scott and Doug Morton. Performers include low brass instructor Anthony Collins, trombone, and guest tuba player, Scott Choate, performing chamber works for brass.


A remarkable spectacle about the French Resistance and Deportation during World War II that retells the story of the women imprisoned in Auschwitz is coming to Sonoma State University on Wednesday, April 2 at 8 p.m. in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall.

The French theatrical troupe Prospero Miranda will stage Je reviens de la vérité / I Return from the Truth in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Auschwitz survivor and author Charlotte Delbo.

westcoastink.pngThe University Art Gallery at Sonoma State University announces the exhibition West Coast Ink: Printmaking from San Diego to Seattle, which opens with a reception on Thursday, March 13, from 4-6 p.m., and remains on view through Sunday, April 13.

West Coast Ink displays a wide range of contemporary printmaking techniques and approaches, including etching, lithography, linocut, monotype, silkscreen, woodcut, digital and even tapestry by a range of artists from up and down the West Coast, as well as one artist from Hawaii.

argento.pngTrio Ariadne's three-concert spring series continues on March 12 when members of the New York-based Argento Chamber Ensemble share their passion for new music in a featured performance of Brian Ferneyhough's La Chute d'Icare. Trio Ariadne clarinetist Carol McGonnell will perform the demanding solo part. The British-born Ferneyhough has been called the father of the "New Complexity "style of composition.

The Argento Chamber Ensemble's core of nine dedicated members regularly expands to perform and record chamber orchestra works utilizing up to 30 musicians. Championing cutting-edge contemporary composers and framing classical repertoire in new contexts, the Argento Chamber Ensemble has established a reputation for delivering unforgettable performances.

Cindy Stearns, Sociology, presents her new research on "Breastfeeding Professionals and the Bodywork of Breastfeeding Mothers" at a lunch time seminar on March 11 from noon to 1 p.m. in Stevenson 2011.

Breast milk is now the "gold standard" for infant feeding in the U.S. and breastfeeding is an expected maternal practice. Yet, as a learned behavior, mothers often need help in establishing breastfeeding with a newborn baby and in responding to breastfeeding challenges, says Stearns.

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