archer shooting two arrowsSonoma State's archery club has come a long way since starting by shooting at (and sometimes missing) an arrow net in the school's field house. The club won a silver medal in the USA Archery National Collegiate Championship this weekend, it's first national medal since the club began only three years ago. And three of SSU's six archers were named to the USA Archery Collegiate All American Team.

More than 250 archers from 34 schools participated in the tournament at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. Sonoma State's won silver in the barebow men's team category, shooting with a traditional one-piece style bow. The team just missed a bronze medal in the barebow mixed team, falling to Stanford in the third-place match.

wine glassSonoma State University announced the first French Language Certificate for Wine Business in the United States.

"Many students in our classes are now studying both French and wine business," says Sonoma State French language professor Suzanne Toczyski. "Since France is perceived to be the one of the greatest wine countries in the world, there seemed to be a natural synergy."

erik greeny
Erik Greeny has been selected as Vice President for University Development at Sonoma State University.

Greeny, who has been interim Vice President for University Development at Sonoma State for the past three years, joined the university in July 2009 as Associate Vice President for University Development. In this role he has overseen and coordinated $35 million in private philanthropic giving. Before coming to Sonoma State he was a veteran academic fundraiser with broad experience in principal gifts, major gifts and all facets of university development work.

Woman performing experiment near treeSonoma State University has launched the new Center for Environmental Inquiry to play a leading role in the study of emerging environmental challenges in the region.

The center will oversee and expand activities at SSU's three nature preserves--the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve, Fairfield Osborn Preserve, and Los Guillicos Preserve--while also increasing access to resources and technology for students, faculty and regional employers.

mike thompsonSonoma State University awards degrees to the Class of 2015 at its 54th annual commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 16.

Approximately 2,000 are expected to walk for their diplomas with their families and friends watching that day. This year, the California State University system celebrates its three million graduates and is commemorating the milestone by connecting alumni from all 23 campuses with a virtual yearbook at

culturalgrad.jpgSonoma State University's cultural graduation ceremonies take place on Thursday and Friday, May 14-15, and will include student performances, speeches and refreshments.

seawolfscholars.jpg"My mom passed away a week before my freshman year of high school, and I knew that education would be my fallback," says Chris Villedo, a freshman sociology major at Sonoma State University. "So the next four years I really focused on my education." He says Seawolf Scholars, a foster youth assistance program started last semester, has already helped guide him through financial aid, register for classes and navigate complex paperwork and registration requirements. "Having programs like this on campus helps students be more confident about what they want to do in college," says Villedo.

May is National Foster Care Month, and Sonoma State University's new Seawolf Scholars program is helping former foster youth navigate the new and turbulent world of college life.

softballsixteen.jpgAfter using the late innings to earn wins in their first two NCAA regional games, the Sonoma State softball team exploded for an 11-3, 5-inning win over Montana State Billings on Sunday afternoon in Seaside, Calif. to clinch their first-ever trip to the NCAA Division II Super Regionals.

The Seawolves will now travel to St. George, Utah to take on Dixie State in the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Div. II Softball Championship as one of the final 16 teams remaining.

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