eyh.pngSeventh and eighth grade girls from Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties will discover the many opportunities available in the world of science and technology on Saturday, April 5 as a part of the 22nd annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference at Sonoma State University.

The conference is designed to help girls explore fields that require degrees in science, engineering, technology and math and prepare them for college and future careers.

Throughout the day, there will be a series of 19 hands-on workshops led by Sonoma State professors, students of the School of Science and Technology and local professionals from North Bay companies like Agilent, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, ZFA Structural Engineers, and Sonoma Technology, Inc.

triogmc.pngWhat do cello superstar Yo-Yo Ma and nineteenth-century Russian composer Anton Arensky have in common? Answer: the Davidov Stradivarius, named for cellist Karl Davidov (1838-1889).

Described by Tchaikovsky as the "czar of cellists," Davidov was head of the St. Petersburg Conservatory when Arensky was a student there.

Davidov's priceless 1712 cello lives on through the artistry of Yo-Yo Ma, to whom it is currently on loan.

Hear Arensky's lush and lyrical Piano Trio in D Minor, dedicated to Davidov's memory, in a concert by Sonoma State University resident chamber artists, Trio Navarro, on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Green Music Center's Joan and Sanford I Weill Hall.

robertbrunner.pngFrom a winery point-of-sale system to duct tape art, from jewelry sales to a water detection sensor, more than 25 Sonoma State University students are bringing their wide range of talent, passion and concepts to life at the first ever Market Day on April 8.

Market Day, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Mt. Everest at the SSU Recreation Center, is an opportunity for the campus community to see the work of student entrepreneurs and businesses as they showcase and sell their own products, crafts and ideas.

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April 12 will not be a typical Saturday on the Sonoma State University campus.

More than 2,000 admitted students for Fall 2014 and their families will visit SSU to learn about different majors, campus housing, financial aid, and more on Seawolf Decision Day.

It is an event tailored to providing admitted students with the information needed to assist them in making their decision to choose SSU for the upcoming fall semester.

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. at the gymnasium where everyone will gather until 10 a.m., listening to guest speakers outline the day's events. After this introduction, the campus becomes an open house where visitors can attend workshops of their choosing until 3:30 p.m.

brandongrowers.jpegIn the early hours in the morning on any given day, many students can be found picking and washing freshly grown crops, such as kale and arugula on open plots of land in Penngrove.

These students are part of the Student Growers Grant program, a student- run business and agriculture program that is based on passion and dedication to organic growing.

These Sonoma State University students are growing their own food, selling it to the university, which in turn localizes the food eaten by students on campus. 

This program began with a small plot of land and a few students with a passion for organic and locally grown produce.

April is the month to celebrate one of our community's heritages, Asian-Pacific American.Throughout April the campus explores the different aspects of this heritage in many ways.

Tuesday, April 1, Opening Nooner for Asian Heritage Month, 12-1 p.m. Darwin Quad.
Sonoma County Taiko will be opening the nooner. Then the Filipino American Association of Sonoma State University (FAASSU) showcases excerpts of the cultural dances they have been practicing all semester to advertise their PCN (Pacific/Pilipino Cultural Night) April 24 and 26. Co-sponsored by ASP and FAASSU.

karinstudentssafari.jpegAn inside look at compelling research being conducted by SSU faculty and their students is on view at the 18th Annual Faculty Research Exposition from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2 in the Student Center Ballroom B and C.

This year's participants are involved in projects that provide a wide-ranging look at research and grant activity that is crucial to an active and productive SSU community. Student involvement in research activities is also a key element to any undergraduate experience.

Faculty and staff members throughout the campus are involved in vital, creative and significant projects, funded through CSU, state, federal and private sources. This annual event provides an opportunity for researchers to share their work with the rest of the campus community.

See the KVOA TV report at:

urbanpoverty.jpgSonoma State students made Tucson, Arizona television news for their volunteer work over spring break. The Alternative Spring Break is a program that belongs to JUMP (Join Us in Making Progress) and provides students with the opportunity to attend a week long service trip for their spring break.

This year the program sent teams of students to Tucson as well as Portland, Oregon to focus on hunger and homelessness. In Las Vegas, Nevada they targeted urban poverty. There was also a coastal trip that focused on food justice, as well as a Northern California trip that was aimed at environmental justice.

"This trip motivated me to continue volunteering in the community. I am very grateful for this experience and I would recommend it to everyone!" said SSU nursing student Julia Olejniczak.

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