Welcome Nicole Stein as Seawolf Scholar Coordinator / EOP Advisor!

January 31, 2018

Please welcome Nicole Stein as our new Seawolf Scholars Coordinator / EOP Advisor! Nicole brings to Sonoma State University great experience working with foster youth and connecting them to higher education.

A little more about Nicole: she is from the Bay Area, born and raised in San Jose. She spent a few years in Southern California where she completed her bachelor of social work at Azusa Pacific University, and then her master of social work at USC - but northern California has always been her home.

She has spent the last several years working with young people in a variety of settings. Between completing her bachelors and masters, she worked with an after school program helping students who were struggling academically and socially. This experience sparked her interest in the education space, and inspired her to pursue a career working to ensure students have the resources and tools needed to thrive in their education. Most recently, she has been working with an organization building education pathways to help youth and young adults that have experienced the foster care system, justice system, homelessness or who are pregnant and parenting, transition or reconnect to postsecondary education.

In Nicole’s free time, she really enjoys cooking, especially trying out new recipes. She also loves exploring new places, hiking, and geocaching. A goal of hers is to read more, but currently she is really enjoy watching documentaries. She is excited to join the Sonoma State University community.

Tim Kaczmar, M.D. to Join Student Health Center Team

January 31, 2018

The Student Health Center is pleased to announce that Tim Kaczmar, M.D. will be joining the clinical staff starting February 15th. He is a graduate of UC Irvine Medical School and of the Ventura County Family Practice Residency. Dr. Kaczmar has practiced in diverse capacities and in various countries, largely due to his service in the US Air Force. Most recently he has been employed by the Sonoma Developmental Center. We look forward to complementing the Student Health Center capabilities with his vast experience and the unique skills he brings to this position. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Kaczmar to SSU.

Spring 2018 Student Affairs Professional Development

January 30, 2018

Join your colleagues for team building exercises such as the Low Ropes Course, wellness workshops such as Personal Resilience or Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World or get tips on how to meet the needs of international students or writing letters of recommendation.

Check out the schedule and register at

Staff members interested in presenting a workshop or serving on the Professional Development committee, please contact Mo Phillips at 664-2804 or

Congratulations Dean Henne!

January 25, 2018

ACUHO-I, the Association of College and University Housing Officers - International recently announced the appointment of faculty and chair positions associated with their 2018 institutes and colleges. Ryan Jasen Henne, our Dean of Students, was appointed as faculty for the James C. Grimm National Housing Training Institute.

Congratulations Dean Henne, and thank you for representing SSU in this important role.

Welcome Jesus Garcia-Valdez!

January 4, 2018

Jesus Garcia-Valdez standingJesus Garcia-Valdez as our new EOP Admissions / Academy Coordinator! Jesus comes to Sonoma State University with a strong background in supporting first generation, low-income students.

Jesus Garcia-Valdez was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He migrated to the United States at the age of 10. He relocated to a small rural town in the heart of Salinas Valley. He is the second youngest of seven and he always tries to keep busy whether by bettering his local community, spending time with family, or trying new things. Jesus has always been very family oriented because he knows his family members are the people who will always be there to support him as he reaches for the stars.

Jesus attended Gonzales High School, where he tried to make the most of his time and participated in as many extracurricular activities as possible. He was also a co-founder of the Men’s Volleyball Team, and a member of the R.E.A.L. Club, a Latin Heritage Club and California Scholarship Federation. He also held a leadership role in his High School’s Associated Student Body (ASB) for four consecutive years. He arduously worked all four years of high school, which led him to graduate top in his class receiving Valedictory honors at Gonzales High School in Gonzales, CA.

Jesus began his career in education as a high school peer mentor for the Educational Talent Search Program, an early outreach and support program based out of Cal State Monterey Bay. Jesus was a peer mentor for four consecutive years before becoming the Educational Advising and Retention Specialist for the same program. Jesus developed a strong sense of devotion for both early outreach and college support program, as they were critical to his formation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business Management and a minor in World Languages and Hispanic Cultures with an emphasis in Spanish both from California State University, Monterey Bay. While at CSUMB, Jesus studied abroad twice; Salamanca, Spain and Cordoba, Argentina. During his undergraduate years, he also competed on CSUMB Men’s Volleyball Club Team. During his spare time he likes to read, travel, capture and edit photographs. Jesus’s first day will be on Tuesday, January 16th.

Georgia Schwartz to Retire

December 12, 2017

After a long and distinguished career as a Health Center doctor and Director, Georgia will be retiring at the end of the semester. She looks forward to spending time with her granchildren and continuing to support the college heath field through volunteer work.

Following Georgia's departure, Dr. Pat Drier and Dr. Kathy Andersen will serve as interim co-Medical Directors..

A celebration in honor of Dr. Schwartz will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 3-5pm in the Student Health Center. Come and thank Georgia for her many years of service and congratulate her on her well-deserved retirement.

UndocuResource Center Has New Coordinator

January 31, 2018

Rosa Salamanca recently joined Sonoma State University as the new full time UndocuResource Center (URC) Coordinator. She was born and raised in El Salvador and immigrated to Los Angeles, CA in 2005 to reunite with her parents and sibling. A proud product of the CSU system, Rosa graduated from California State University Northridge (CSUN) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Central American Studies.

Rosa has been working with the undocumented community since 2009. She served as the first Student Success Advisor at the CSUN DREAM Center and has worked with various community non-profits such as the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA). She hopes to use her experience to continue enhancing a safe and receptive campus for our undocumented community.

The URC is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members with a primary focus on supporting our undocumented students. The Center also assist allies that come from mixed status families and any individual seeking to learn ways to support the undocumented community. The Center is located in Salazar Hall 1060 and office hours are: Mondays and Tuesdays 1pm-4pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9am-12pm, and Fridays 10am-12pm. Rosa is also available by appointments or drop-ins in case of an emergency.

Please see this one pager with more information on the services offered. If you encounter a situation not listed, still refer students to the URC. Rosa will be more than happy to assist them.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please reach out to Rosa via email at or via phone at 707-664-3541. Welcome to SSU, Rosa!

Welcome Hollie Pruden!

January 30, 2018

I would like to take a moment and welcome Hollie Pruden as a new Undeclared Advisor! Hollie comes to Sonoma State University with great experience as an academic and career advisor at multiple institutions.

A little bit more about Holly, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Sarasota and a Master of Arts in Education with a major in Educational Leadership from Argosy University. Her passion for advising and interest in student development led her to Kansas State University where she earned a Master of Science in Academic Advising. Having previously served in both academic and career advising roles, she has had the pleasure of working alongside countless students throughout some of the most exciting times in their educational journeys. She takes great pride in the partnerships she forms with students and looks forward to partnering with Sonoma State students and bringing their academic and professional dreams to fruition.

In her free time, Hollie enjoys spending time with her husband, exploring nature and the outdoors, baking, dabbling in photography, watching movies and listening to music. She also enjoys traveling and adventuring into the unknown. Some of her most cherished memories have occurred during spontaneous road trips with her husband.

Hollie and her husband are moving from Florida. She is looking forward to making Santa Rosa and Sonoma State University her home. Hollie’s first day will be on Wednesday, February 7th. Please help me welcome Hollie to Sonoma State University! ~ Jami Zamjahn, Sr. Dir., Student Academic Services

Ann Mansfield Moving On

December 12, 2017

Ann Mansfield, Coordinator for the Career Center, will be moving to a faculty counselor position at Santa Rosa Junior College where she will have the opportunity to support students in Career Technical Pathway programs and teach. SRJC students will benefit greatly from her support.

We are greatful for the four years that she has dedicated to building our Career Services Center and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

A farewell party is planned for Wednesday, December 13 from 2-3pm in the Knights Valley Room.

Welcome Dr. Ryan-Jasen Henne!

December 6, 2017

I am happy to announce that our Dean of Students, Dr. Ryan Jasen Henne has arrived and began working today. Ryan (or RJ) joins us from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He is transitioning from a UAA Seawolf to a SSU Seawolf. We are grateful that he has an affinity for Seawolves!

Ryan will be overseeing Student Involvement, Hub Cultural Center, Rec Center and Residential Life. In addition to overseeing these units, Ryan will serve on the CARE Team and as a key part of the Student Life leadership team. His main office will be located in 3020 Student Center and he will have a satellite office in the Recreation Center until we hire a new Rec Center Manager.

His email is active and he can be reached at Please join me in welcoming Ryan to SSU and Student Affairs!

- Stacy Heldman-Holguin, Ed.D, Interim Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

New Adventures for Jesse Ray!

December 5, 2017

Jesse Ray joined Campus Recreation at Sonoma State University on September 28, 2015 and served as the Adventure Program Coordinator and shortly after being hired, he also served as an Advisor in Residence. During his time he supervised 60+ student employees and 8 student managers in 6 areas including Outdoor Pursuits, Low Ropes Course, Climbing Wall, Outdoor Resource Center, Bike Shop and Risk Management. He proficiently trained staff on industry standard techniques taught by the AMGA, LNT and the ACCT and created a staff development curriculum for the Climbing Wall, Low Ropes Course and Outdoor Pursuits. He helped to create and implement a bike rental program consisting of 20 single speed coaster bikes. Developed innovative programs and services including: Women's Wellness, LGBT+ and Allies, Masculinity based outdoor trips and Counseling and Psychological Services Outdoor Trips. In his Advisor in Residence role, he planned programs and events for the Adventure Living Community.

Now, he is moving on to begin building an Adventure Program for our sister school San Francisco State University at the Mashouf Wellness Center working in the Department of Campus Recreation. We are very grateful for our time with Jesse Ray and all he has helped SSU achieve. His last day at SSU is December 19th.

Please join us in sending him off on Friday, December 15th at 4pm in Lobo’s.

Carina Buzo: Onward and Upward

December 4, 2017

On January 2, 2018, Carina will become the Assistant Director of Diversity Initiatives and Program at Oregon State University. She'll be overseeing the supervision and curriculum development of 14 undergrad and 1 grad student in delivering diversity and social justice education as well as serving as a diversity consultant and trainer for faculty, staff and administrators. She will also assess and respond to incidents of bias and instruct colleagues on policies and responses during bias incidences.

For the last 2-1/2 years, Carina worked with the HUB and Student Involvement as a Campus Life Program Coordinator doing trainings, and organizing a multitude of events, workshops, presentations, and programs.She is now ready to take the next step in her career. We are very proud of her and will miss her commitment, professionalism and energy.

You can bid Carina farewell on Wednesday, December 13 at a community celebration with students by Women of Color Collective at the HUB at 12 noon. All are welcome.