Maria Hurtado (right) leads a pack of Seawolves in the 1500-meter run on Saturday.
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Women's Track and Field: After Seven Year Hiatus, Seawolves Take Third Place At Humboldt Meet

Competing in its first official meet in seven years, the Sonoma State women's track and field team earned a third place finish in the Humboldt State Invitational at Redwood Bowl in Arcata on Saturday.

The Seawolves took part in eight of the 18 events, scoring 50 points to finish ahead of San Francisco State (39) and the College of the Redwoods (19). Five-time defending CCAA champion Chico State ran away with the team title, garnering 240 points and finishing ahead of host and runner-up Humboldt State, which scored 100 points.

In the field events, Claudia Serrano earned top finishes for the Seawolves in the discus (fifth place) and shot put (10th) with throws of 28.46 meters and 8.01 meters, respectively. Alyssa Garcia had a team-best 24.77-meter throw in the javelin event.

Softball: Seawolves Beat CSU San Bernardino in Weather-Shortened Game
Just as the Sonoma State softball team scored four runs in the fifth inning, the sky opened up and drenched the field, ending the game as the Seawolves beat CSU San Bernardino 5-0. The second game was cancelled. The Seawolves improve to 6-1 in the CCAA and 14-3 overall.

Daniel Caresio had two hits and an RBI in Sunday's loss against Chico.
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Sonoma State University's baseball team got a taste of the big leagues this weekend, playing at Raley Field in Sacramento, home to the San Francisco Giants AAA affiliate club the River Cats. But the Seawolves lost the fourth annual Capital City Clash against Chico State, 2-7.

In last year's Capital City Clash, with the CCAA regular season championship on the line, the Seawolves pulled out a dramatic, come from behind 10-7 win. Over the past 38 years, Sonoma State has an 81-94 record against Chico State in baseball, including splitting this year's series, 2-2.

With the loss, Sonoma State falls to 2-6 in CCAA play and 5-9 overall. The Wildcats improve to 5-2 in conference play and 6-4 overall. The Clash series is now 2-2 between the two squads.

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.

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