SSU Nature Preserve Offers $250 Prize for Best Logo Design

While a picture is worth a thousand words, a new logo design is worth more than just words -- it is worth $250. Throughout the next several weeks, the SSU Field Stations and Nature Preserves will be taking suggestions to determine their new logo.

The logo competition is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. Submissions are due by April 16, at 5 p.m.

The SSU Preserves manages two natural areas in Sonoma and Mendocino counties, the Fairfield Osborn Preserve and the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve. These Preserves are research and educational resources for the entire SSU campus and community.

The SSU Preserves encourage logo ideas to centralize around their current themes of nature, science/art, and connections. Reflection of strong brand and the long-term development of the Preserves mission statement is key to a quality logo.

Jurors are looking for logos that will gain quick visual recognition among students, researchers, community members, donors, and collaborators. For further information on the details of what is expected of submissions, visit the Preserves website. For further information, contact Neal Ramus at

Low Cost Health Examinations at SSU Until May 19

Low cost physical examinations and health appraisals for well adults and children are available through the SSU Nursing Department's Family Nurse Practitioner Program on Wednesdays only, until May 19. Appointments are available only to Sonoma County Residents.

The exams are supervised by nursing faculty and performed by family nurse practitioner students who are registered nurses enrolled in the Master's nursing program. Services include a complete medical and health history, identification of health risk factors, complete physical examinations and screening tests such as blood pressure checks, vision testing, audiology testing, urinalysis, hematocrit (for anemia), cholesterol testing, and Pap smears for cervical cancer.

These services can be utilized for annual exams, sports physicals, pre-employment physicals, camp physicals and Class II DMV licensing physicals.

The cost of a physical examination is $30, Pap test $45, cholesterol check $25, hearing tests are free and a DMV physical examination is $60. Copies of records are given to clients upon request as well as mailed to private physicians or agencies.

Appointments may be made by calling SSU’s Nursing Department at (707) 664-2466, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Disability Awareness Week Poster Contest

Calling all artists, poets, writers and creators — show your creativity and be a part of Disability Awareness Week at SSU by entering the Disability Awareness Week Poster Contest.

The winner will receive $100 Wolf Bucks and their submission will be displayed all over campus prior to Disability Awareness Week, which is Mon., May 3 through Thurs., May 6.

The winner's poster will also be on display at the Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society Banquet Ceremony on Thurs., May 6.

Submission Requirements:

• Theme: How disability contributes to a diverse world
• Design must include the dates of Disability Awareness Week
   (Mon., May 3 - Thurs., May 6, 2010)
• Creative mediums welcomed, keeping in mind that artwork
   will be translated to a poster format
• Poster size: 18” x 32” is preferred, but the submission can be
   resized if necessary. High resolution electronic submissions
   are also welcome (i.e., JPEG, PSD, etc.).

Contest Rules:

• Must be original artwork: no syndicated, copyrighted or
  Clip Art images
• Artwork will become the property of Disability Services for
   Students (DSS)

Submissions will be judged on:

• Quality of design
• Reproducibility to a poster size
• Creativity and originality of the submission
• Appropriate theme using a "positive" approach

The deadline for entries is Friday, April 2, 2010. Entries must be submitted to the DSS office in Salazar 1049 before the deadline. Questions may be directed to the DSS office, at 4-2677 (TTY: (707)664-2958). More information can be found at the DSS website or on the contest flier.

"EXCEL for Youth" Program Now In Its 28th Year at SSU

Excel for Youth

The EXCEL Youth Enrichment Program offers students entering 4th-9th grade a unique opportunity to explore academic areas not offered in regular school. Designed to foster curiosity and involvement, these accelerated classes are held on campus and use university labs, guest speakers and field trips. Now in its 28th year at SSU, EXCEL was recently honored by the State of California with a resolution from the State Assembly for its outstanding contributions to education, and is listed by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth as a program for gifted students.

This summer, EXCEL is offering an extensive summer program with over 48 classes including: Build Your First Website, Ceramics Studio, Crash and Burn Chemistry, Archeological Mystery, I-Movie, 3-D Animation, Pre-Med for Kids, Exploring Shakespeare and many more. SSU faculty and staff receive a 10% discount on EXCEL classes (mention employment when registering). For more information, call 4-2394 or visit the EXCEL website.

SSU Hosts Third Annual Latino Family Summit To Aid in Transition to College

Latino parents and students from grades 7-12 are invited to attend the third annual Latino Family Summit on Sat., March 27 to help them understand the world of higher education. The free event is expected to draw approximately 350 people and is sponsored by the Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment with assistance by the members of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity and Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity.

Check-in for the event is 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in front of Ives Hall. A resource fair will take place between Salazar and Darwin Halls from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., immediately following three main workshops.

Translators will be provided for any Spanish-speaking students upon request, but workshops for parents will be conducted in Spanish. Workshops will address the importance of higher education, financial aid, cultural empowerment, and leadership. Parent workshops are designed to disseminate information on how to become an active participant in their child's schooling as well as how to assist them during their college application and selection process.

Parents and students will also have an opportunity to learn more about the departments and programs on the SSU campus as well as gain insight into importance of internships and building relationships with professors. For further information, contact Magali Telles, Outreach Specialist for the Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment, at 4-2617.

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