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SSU's First-ever History Book

Memories & Historical Highlights, 1961-2011

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From the Prepace of the book:

This book emanated from many informal discussions at luncheon meetings of the Sonoma State chapter of the Emeritus & Retired Faculty Association (ERFA). We often recalled and shared favorite memories of our association with the University. As more and more of our colleagues “left us,” or were no longer able to attend the luncheons, we realized that many of the oral history and memories were being lost forever. These memories have become even more important as a university history has not ever been published. When someone from our ERFA group humorously suggested that I take on the task, I agreed and several colleagues volunteered to join me with this effort, forming the Historical Committee of ERFA. The task of creating this memory book took many meetings over the past three years, involving many trips to the University for our working sessions—and great enjoyment in reading the memories of so many. We are pleased and honored that this book will be presented and available at the University’s Founders’ Day next year.

These submitted memories are from our fellow ERFA members and from other faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members. We decided that while the traditional information about the University was also important, our main focus would be on sharing memories of our colleagues about their experiences at Sonoma State. Unfortunately costs and limited space dictated that we edit many of the memories that were submitted.

Many photographs were reviewed for possible inclusion in the book. They were found in the archives of Sonoma State University. Much of the historical information in the early chapters was found in the University’s catalogs and web pages.

At its 50th anniversary, Sonoma State University continues its pursuit of excellence; and as the University and its friends look forward, it is fitting to cast a backward glance through the memories of many of those who played a significant role in the development and growth of the University.

What we ended up with is not a comprehensive history, but rather an effort to capture faithfully in photographs and memories the spirit of achievements. It must be noted, as a disclaimer, that every memory in this book is just that; a memory of the person who wrote it.

ERFA Historical Committee

John T. Palmer, Chair
Barbara Biebush
Jan Hitchcock
Lucy Kortum
Sue Thomas, Secretary


Ordering Information

Books are $29.95 each, includes tax and shipping.

To order by check:

Mail check (made out to Sonoma State University) to:
Sonoma State University
University Affairs Division
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

To order by credit card:

Call Susan Kashack at 707 664-2122 or drop by the campus, Stevenson Hall, Room 1062


Your Memories

Do you have memories, fond or otherwise, of the campus, the faculty, the grounds, the area that you would be willing to share? If so, send them to Susan Kashack ( or mail them to:

Susan Kashack
Sonoma State University
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

They will be added to those already on this website.