March 17, 2008

SSU Plans "Fight Back" Campus Forum to Combat Impending Budget Cuts

A broad-based alliance of faculty, students, administration, unions and alumni meet on Thursday, March 20 in Evert B. Person Theatre from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Sonoma State University to discuss ways to combat proposed budget cuts and decreased funding to the campus.

The SSU summit meeting is part of a wider campaign to fight the budget cuts with all-campus meetings planned on each of the 23 California State University campuses during March. The meetings are sponsored by the California Faculty Association, the Cal State University Administration, California State Student Association, staff unions and other campus constituencies.

The budget proposed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in January reduces funding to the CSU by $386 million. This reduction includes $313 million in additional funding and $73 million to be made up by once again increasing student fees by 10%.

At a time when the economy is lagging, businesses are desperate for skilled workers, the State’s infrastructure needs massive improvements, and disadvantaged and middle-class students are finding it harder and harder to afford a college education, say organizers of the event.

"It is not too late to direct more funding to the CSU, but we need to work together to get our message heard by the Governor and legislature," says Andy Merrifield, Professor and President of the California Faculty Association, Sonoma Chapter.

For further information about the Summit and the CSU's efforts to increase funding for our students' education, go to summit.

The media is invited to attend the campus meeting and interview members of the SSU community about their concerns and the future plans to fight the budget cuts.

For more information, please contact Susan Kashack, Assoc. Vice President of Communications and Marketing,, (707) 664-2122.

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057