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• Furlough Day: Fri., March 26

• Cesar Chavez Day: Wed., March 31

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Commencement 2010

The 2010 Commencement ceremonies take place Sat., May 29 with ceremonies at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Commencement is a day to celebrate our students' accomplishments with their friends and families. The success of the day depends entirely on the good work of SSU employees; those same people who have interacted and supported students throughout their years at Sonoma State.

Below are the expectations for staff employees on Commencement day:

• All managers (MPP) are expected to work Commencement day. Preferences will be accommodated as much as possible. MPPs who are unable to work Commencement should seek approval from their manager and let Bonnie Cormier know as soon as possible.

• Exempt staff (non-MPPs) are encouraged to work Commencement day. Managers of exempt staff may authorize informal time off in accordance with staff bargaining contracts.

• Volunteers (non-MPP, non-exempt) who wish to work at one or both of the ceremonies, should seek approval of their manager as CTO or overtime will be accrued.

Contact Bonnie Cormier at volunteers@sonoma.edu with your availability and job preference by Tues., April 16. For additional information, visit the Commencement 2010 website.

"A Tradition of Service, Excellence and Success"

Christopher Dinno


Nate JohnsonPolice Chief Nate Johnson Named Top Law Enforcement Officer for CSU System

Sonoma State University Chief of Police Nathan Johnson has been named Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the California State University system. His new role includes providing guidance for the 23 CSU police departments, implementing statewide policies that affect campus law enforcement, working with the Governor’s office on new law-enforcement related legislation, and managing statewide disaster preparedness and emergency management needs. He assumes his new position in May.

A 30-year veteran peace officer, Johnson has served as SSU's chief since 1999. "Chief Johnson has developed and led a fine team of professionals who continue to make the campus a secure place for students, employees and the outside community," says President Ruben Armiñana. "We are going to miss him greatly, but feel he will remain part of us as he moves to a system wide position and work closely with all of the 23 CSU campuses."

Johnson has served as Adjunct Faculty for the University of San Francisco in the Public Administration Program, and also taught courses in International Business English at the College of Foreign and Economic Relations in Ho Chi Ming City during the 1990s.

Johnson’s most recent accolades include Award of Valor, California Attorney General; community recognitions for Volunteer Service in New York City immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks; Award of Valor, California Police Chief’s Association; USF Law Enforcement Leadership Award and USF College of Professional Studies Dean’s Outstanding Alumnus Award.

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