Mark Your Calendars for the 20th Annual Faculty/Staff Halloween Party and Costume Contest

The annual faculty/staff Halloween Party and Costume Contest is just around the corner, and this year marks the event's 20th anniversary! The festivities take place Fri., Oct. 30 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Commons, with live music provided by the notorious Staff Infection. All are welcome, and participants are invited to parade across the stage in costume or do a skit of some sort.


"This is the 20th Anniversary of the event, and so we are looking forward to some surprise guests from the band as well as a 'big show,'" says Tracy Goodman of Customer Services. "We strongly encourage all faculty and staff to participate, whether it be in a group with a skit, or as an individual/group in the parade of costumes; all will be judged equally."


Call for Interested Participants: CFA Disabilities Caucus

Catherine Kroll (English), has volunteered to be the caucus chair for the newly launched CFA Disabilities Caucus. The informal group is designed to support primarily faculty (but also staff and students) on-campus in their concerns around educational access and equity for those with disabilities. The first meeting takes place Fri., Oct. 23 from noon-12:45 p.m. in Nichols 304. All who are interested are invited to attend. Snacks will be served. For more information, contact Catherine Kroll at 4-2966 or email

Hutchins School of Liberal Studies Celebrating 40 Years

40A 40th anniversary celebration for the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies takes place Sat., Oct. 17 at SSU. The School was founded in 1969 by Warren Olson, who passed away just last month. Hutchins was a unique program in the CSU system, offering an alternative interdisciplinary course of study at SSU and distinctive because of its small classes and seminar-based learning.

The celebration, after check-in at 9:30 a.m. in The Commons, features seminar discussions in Carson Hall on education and social change, biofuels, Project Censored, humor and others, led by faculty and alumni. Lunch is served at noon in The Commons, with a welcome from University and Hutchins officials. After lunch, alumni groups will discuss topics of their own choice, followed by a Hutchins Community Reception, featuring a brief presentation on the various components of Hutchins in 2009, cutting of the cake, Open Mic and dancing to the local band, The Crux.

Admission to the Saturday day events is $35. There is also a no-host Friday evening social gathering at the Doubletree Hotel and a no-host Sunday brunch at the North Light Bookstore. Dinner at the Doubletree Hotel is $45. Pre-registration by Fri., Oct. 9 is required for those who want lunch or dinner. For more information call Dacia Sandoval at 4-2491 or email

Exercise Your Green Thumb in the ETC GardenETC Garden

Frederique Lavoipierre, Director
of Entomology Education and Outreach in the Biology department, also manages the garden located next to the Environmental Technology Center. "Recently, I have been approached by faculty and staff who want to participate in our garden activities," says Lavoipierre. Garden work days take place every Wednesday from 9 a.m.-noon, as well as many Fridays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. "The children's school often visits us on work days, and the SSU Slow Food club has a section of garden as well," says Lavoipierre.

Additionally, Elaine Leeder, Dean of Social Sciences, is visiting the garden on Fri., Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. to see the progress. The campus community is encouraged to join in on the meeting, and hear about the garden. For additional information, contact Frederique Lavoipierre at

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