Dr. Christine Renaudin awarded Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award

SYRCE Coordinator, Dr. Renaudin, was selected as a 2018-19 CSU Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award recipient for her contributions to the creation and coordination of SYRCE, now in its 5th year. This inaugural award recognizes outstanding faculty who are implementing innovative practices and have demonstrated leadership in improving student success. More importantly, this distinction highlights SYRCE and Sonoma State University on the California State University system as a signature program other campuses might wish to emulate. Dr. Renaudin will  attend the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium on October 17-18, 2018, at San Diego State University, where CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White will host a reception honoring the 26 awardees. 


70sskateThat 70s Skate Party!

With the sponsorship of Associated Students, Professor Turner has organized for us a wonderful opportunity to get into the spirit of the seventies. It's a FREE 70s Skate Party on Wednesday, October 26, from 8 to 10 PM at Cal Skate, in Rohnert Park, 6100 Commerce Blvd.  Don your 70s costume and come dance/skate to the rhythms of the 70s selected by Professor Turner, colleagues and students, and learn while having fun. Check the ASP Facebook page for That '70s Skate Night: 
Tell your friends: the event is FREE for all students with their SSU student IDs.

Call to all SSU OLLI students to contribute to SYRCE:

Consider this opportunity to participate in the Second Year Research & Creative Experience as a guest lecturer for the Fall 2016, sharing a personal narrative on any aspect of the 70s as you have lived them. If interested, please send your completed application to SYRCE Coordinator, Christine Renaudin. A chorus of genuine voices from the 70’s will add considerable value to SYRCE’s multi-disciplinary approach to the period studied. The deadline is June 1, 2016.

On October 27, 2015, we had the great pleasure to count as guests, on Cathy Kroll's panel on "The Literature of The 1960's," Ianthe Brautigan-Swensen, Jonah Raskin, and most influential Ishmael Reed. From the use of language to experimentations with forms that later came to be called post-modernist, the three authors evoked what it was like to write in the 1960's. The entire conversation can be accessed at: Speaker Panel

Trio Ariadne

Sunday, March 29th, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. our beloved Trio Ariadne, MUS 273 professors Carol McGonnell, Elizabeth Roe, and Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir will be performing a free farewell concert at Weill Hall to conclude their two years as Weill Hall Artists-in-Residence. The event will present an evening of classic and modern works, including a new orchestration of Gustav Mahler’s epic Songs of a Wayfarer by Argento Chamber Ensemble Director Michel Galante featuring famed singer mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade.

The concert is free, but tickets are required. Call 664-4246 or visit Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center Events & Tickets page.

On February 17th, 2015, we were fortunate enough to host two members of the Meriwethers, a band based in Ashland, Oregon. Their latest development involves a creative journey paralleling Lewis and Clark's expedition at the beginning of the 19th century. While their research involves events taking place quite a bit earlier than 1848, our course topic, the Meriwethers's journey may serve as a good source of inspiration for SYRCE participants about to embark on semester projects involving both research and creativity.

The Meriwethers

For more information about The Meriwethers check out their site.

Their blog, called The Northwest Passage, is also quite inspirational.

In the first entry, Manda describes how the project started.

In the following entry, she describes how she develops a song from the source material.

Stream and listen to more music by The Meriwethers.