March 2013 Archives

Anne Frank: A History for Today on Display in Sonoma State University Library through April 22, 2013

By Pamela Van Halsema on March 29, 2013 3:10 PM

Picture of Anne Frank

The Sonoma State School of Social Sciences and University Library are honored to host the exhibition Anne Frank: A History for Today. The exhibit provides a glimpse into the story of Anne Frank and her family, which is juxtaposed against world events before, during, and after the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party.

Anne Frank: A History for Today coincides with the planting at SSU of a sapling from the chestnut tree Anne Frank so often wrote about in her diary. The tree which gave Anne so much inspiration was set to be destroyed due to disease. SSU is one of 11 locations in the the United States to receive one of the saplings. "The addition of the Anne Frank tree will solidify the SSU campus as a major center on the West Coast for the study of the Holocaust and genocide," says Elaine Leeder, Dean, Social Sciences. "It will provide eventually a vast canopy under which the University Holocaust Lecture Series can continue for generations." The sapling will be planted at the Erna and Arthur Salm Holocaust & Genocide Memorial Grove at SSU mid-April, 2013.

Anne Frank: A History for Today is on display on the second floor of the University Library at the Schulz Information Center. The exhibit runs through April 22, 2013. A reception with light snacks will take place on April 12, 2013 from 12:30 - 2:00 on the second floor of the University Library.

For more information about the exhibit, please visit: or contact University LIbrarian Karen Brodsky at For information about the sapling planting at SSU, contact Dr. Elaine Leeder, Dean, School of Social Sciences,, (707) 664-2120.

Rebecca Lynne Lucas 2013 Nourot Scholarship Award Recipient

By Pamela Van Halsema on March 1, 2013 3:45 PM

Article by Melissa Marengo, School of Education Multimedia Student Assistant


Rebecca Lynne Lucas is the 2013 Patricia Nourot Memorial Scholarship recipient! In honor of Dr. Patricia Nourot, every year the scholarship is given to a student to cover expenses in the Early Childhood Studies program.

Rebecca grew up in Vallejo, California and had a great experience at her own elementary school, Dan Mini Elementary. This made her want to start volunteering with children as she got older. She volunteered at the school's after school program for three years. Rebecca has also contributed many hours of community service with children through her church and Vallejo High School.

Currently, Rebecca works with Join Us Making Progess (a.k.a. JUMP) on campus as a student leader for their Hunger and Homelessness program. She also volunteers as a coordinator for Catholic Charities Family Support Center. In the future she hopes to work with non-profits that help children and their families enrich their lives or become an elementary school teacher. She believes that with enough support and encouragement, every child should be able to grow up the confidence to follow their hopes and dreams, and not be limited by their present situation. After earning her degree, Rebecca is hoping she can get a job working with children, be part of that support system for children, and continue to be inspired every day by their energy and optimism.