BFA Exhibit Showcases Student Art

April 27, 2015 1:44 PM

three paintings of women's facesSonoma State University's BFA Exhibition 2015, featuring the work of 14 students in the art department graduating this spring with their Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), runs April 23 through May 16 in the Sonoma State University Art Gallery. An artist reception will be held April 30, 5-7 p.m. in the art gallery.

BFA is an advanced degree requiring an additional year of focused study in a chosen medium. The exhibition is the university's annual showcase of student artwork, on display each year leading up to and through commencement.

two female students selling clothes at Market DayThe second annual Market Day at Sonoma State University last week included a diverse range of creative ideas from driven student entrepreneurs. Among the crowded walkway in the Student Center plaza, students set up a number of retail shops, an organic growers coop and other booths to advertise their businesses.

"Market day is an outlet for many Sonoma State students to bring their creativity to the table, an opportunity most of them wouldn't have otherwise," says SSU student Adam Loria, chief operating officer for Entreprenoma, Sonoma State's student-run entrepreneurial thinking incubator.

john goelzBaseball
Sonoma State University head baseball coach John Goelz reached a career milestone that only 15 other NCAA Division ll head coaches have achieved, earning his 1,000th career victory in a 7-0 win over San Francisco State, Goelz's alma mater, in game one of a doubleheader Saturday at Seawolf Diamond. The Seawolves (22-22, 16-19 CCAA) dropped the second game of the twin bill by a narrow score of 4-3, moving the Gators' record to 17-25 overall and 16-19 in conference play.

Student Activist Honored by ACLU

April 23, 2015 8:31 AM

student activistThe Sonoma County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has selected Sonoma State University senior Sandy Espino-Valenciano to receive the Mario Savio Student Activist Award.

Espino-Valenciano, a psychology major at Sonoma State, is a volunteer and consultant with the North Bay Immigrant Youth Union where she has advocated for the implementation of the Trust Act and Assembly Bill 60, which requires driver's licenses to be issued to undocumented individuals in California. She has also led community forums as resources for immigrants applying for driver's licenses.

seawolflogo.pngPlayers of the Week
Sonoma State softball player Mayleen Mazon has been named Player of the Week by the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), Hillary Fazekas has been named women's tennis Player of the Week by the Pacific West Conference, and goalkeeper Andrea Mallul has been named the KAP7 Player of the Week by the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) for the week of April 6-12.

wine cocktailsSonoma State University took first and second place in a "friendly" wine mixology competition with Texas Tech.

The schools dreamt up the competition to combat the toll that craft beer and spirits mixology may take on wine market share in the U.S.

"Wine can sometimes be perceived as a bit too snobby," says SSU wine business student Chris Harrison. "By crafting wine cocktails, we can appeal to the come-as-you-are beer and spirits followers."

sustainable enterprise conference logoThe North Bay is a powerful and creative community brimming with opportunities and resources for sustainability, and Sonoma State University's Sustainable Enterprises Conference at Sonoma Mountain Village on April 30 brings together the thinkers and leaders from the community, government, business and the university who are transforming the North Bay into a hub of sustainability and healthy living.

"The Sustainable Enterprise Conference is an accelerator for sustainable businesses," says Bill Silver, dean of Sonoma State's School of Business and Economics. "It is a place where the business community comes together to not only explore new innovations in business practices, but also to create new connections and partnerships."

More than four decades may have passed since man has set foot on the moon, but last year Sonoma State University equipment technician Steve Anderson shot a giant laser at it.

Working in conjunction with a local Sonoma County laser light show studio, Anderson created a 100-Watt laser projector, over 20,000 times more powerful than a typical handheld laser. Anderson demonstrated the laser as part of a visual display the night before the launch of the Orion Spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida on December 5, and participated in the Holidays in Space events later that month.

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