The three newest members of Career Services

June 4, 2018

I am happy to introduce you to the Career Services staff. Audra, Becky and Kelsey bring new energy, experience, connection, and optimism to our Career Services Team. We are excited to work with our campus community to build a Career Services model and center that supports all of our Sonoma State students as they work through their education, develop their skills, refine their goals, and launch into the working world. Becky joined us in January as part of the interim team and we are happy to have her successfully move into a permanent position following a national search. Audra began in her position as Coordinator on May 31 and is quickly engaging throughout campus. Kelsey is completing her Master's degree and will join us on July 9th.

Please help me welcome them all to SSU and the Seawolf community.

Audra Grady - Career Services Coordinator Audra Grady

While I have most recently been working as a Career and Business Coach serving clients internationally and providing strategic consulting for small businesses, I couldn't wait to be working with undergraduate students again! I have led career services, service learning and experiential learning departments at University of Maine, Brandeis University, and California Institute of Integral Studies. I am currently working on my Ph. D. in East-West Psychology, hold a Master of Science in Organizational Management and a Bachelors in Sociology and Art. I am writing my dissertation and forthcoming book Visionary Woman: The Transformative Journey of Women in Leadership (my academic lens' are ecofeminism, ecopsychology, and transformative leadership). My personal interests include hiking, gardening, cooking, meditation, and yoga. I lead a weekly meditation group with my fiance Rick for folks in recovery of all types. We live in Santa Rosa with our two nine-month-old pups, Lux and Pip and volunteer with Humane Society of Sonoma County doing canine care and foster care for dogs.

Becky Young - Career Services Adviser Becky Young

I have been working in higher education for 10 years, including time at Penn State at Altoona and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. I am a Sonoma State Alum, I teach classes in the University Studies program and have previously worked for Residential Life for 3 years as an Area Cooridnator before transitioning into the temporary Career Services position last January. I am excited to be continuing my path in Career Services. Outside of work, I serve on the board of the Active 20-30 Club Redwood Empire #1029 where we work to serve underprivileged youth in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park and in my free time, I like to bake, cook and explore Sonoma County.

Kelsey Hayes - Career Services Adviser Kelsey Hayes

Hello! My name is Kelsey Hayes, and I am so excited to join the Career Services team at Sonoma State. I am originally from Castro Valley, in the East Bay Area. I went to Cal Poly, SLO for undergrad, where I majored in Business Administration. After graduation, I worked in the bay area for several years at City of Hope as an event coordinator, and then GoPro in business operations. Eventually, I returned to Cal Poly to pursue my Master’s in Counseling & Guidance for Higher Education. In graduate school, I’ve held internships at the Center for Leadership and Orfalea College of Business, as well as served in a lecturer capacity for the College of Business, teaching our student success and career readiness courses.

I love to run and be outdoors, spend time with family and friends, binge watch my favorite Netflix shows and explore new local restaurants. I am looking forward to checking out the Sonoma restaurant scene – recommendations welcome!

I can't wait to join the growing Student Affairs team, and to support student success and development at Sonoma State!

The two newest members of the Center for Transfer and Transition Programs

May 5, 2018

Please welcome the two newest members of the Center for Transfer and Transition Programs team, Erika Black and Kaila Shivers.

In her Pre-Transfer Advisor role, Erika will focus on the outreach, recruitment, and advising of prospective transfer students at Santa Rosa Junior College, Napa Valley College, and Mendocino College. In her Transfer & Veteran Services Advisor role, Kaila will advise current transfer students as well as recruit and advise prospective and current active duty, reserve, and veteran students.

Erika Black

Erika Black, Pre-Transfer Advisor - My name is Erika Black and I am the Pre-Transfer Advisor in the Center for Transfer and Transition Programs. I am from Inglewood, California and I have lived in southern California for most of my life. I went to UCLA for undegrad where I majored in sociology with a minor in education #GoBruins. After graduating from UCLA, I took a gap year and I committed to a year of service with City Year Los Angeles serving as an AmeriCorps Member at Thomas Jefferson High School in South Los Angeles. Then I went to Loyola Marymount University (LMU) where I received my Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling. I am a huge advocate for self-care! I practice self-care through watching Netflix series, hanging with friends, eating at local taco trucks, and playing Candy Crush. I am excited to work here at Sonoma State to contribute to and witness the amazing changes that are happening!

Kaila Shivers

Kaila Shivers, Transfer & Veteran Services Advisor - I was born and raised in southern California, primarily Orange County. I completed my Bachelor of Art in Sociology and Anthropology at UCLA, and recently completed my Master of Art in Higher Education Leadership at the University of San Diego. I was drawn to Sonoma State because I was looking for something different and heard exciting things were happening here. I pride myself on having worked with a variety of students at a variety of institutions and feel that the new Transfer and Veteran Services Advisor position gives me an opportunity to use what I know and learn what I don’t! Personally, I am very passionate about animal welfare and watching various shows and movies (ask me what my Harry Potter house is). I am looking forward to exploring the area and hoping getting more active while doing so. If anyone has any recommendations – for shows to watch or ways to get active – feel free to chat when you see me!

Faces of SSU Reception

April 2, 2018

Student Involvement and The Hub would like to cordially invite you to the Faces of SSU Opening Reception on April 4 at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom B. Light appetizers and dessert will be provided. Please join us in the opening of the Faces of SSU photo exhibit, where you will have an opportunity to meet several of the selected students and hear what being a Seawolf means to them.

Faces of SSU is an annual project at Sonoma State University that recognizes students who share their unique story, on-campus leadership and contributions to the Seawolf community. Faces of SSU came to fruition in 2012 as a way of connecting fellow students through conversation. These conversations have connected and shed light upon our community of students at Sonoma State. This year, 20 students, all of which were nominated by peers, faculty or staff for taking a vigorous role in upholding the Seawolf Commitment, were chosen to share their stories.

For additional information about Faces of SSU and where to see the displays, please visit

We’d like to thank our partners in the the University Library, Student Center, Entrepreneurial Activities Marketing, Facilities and our colleagues all over campus for nominating, supporting, assisting in creating or helping to promote our Faces of SSU and all students!

2018 Faces of SSU Participants


Manuela Gonzalez-Antonio – Criminal Justice and Spanish

Evangeline Lieu – Business Administration

Jose de Jesus Torres Navarro – Chicano and Latino Studies

Christi Kessler - Psychology

Bianca Peralta - English

Anthony Tucker – Hutchins School of Liberal Studies

Veronica Martinez – Biochemistry

Diana Bautista – Chicano and Latino Studies

Analesia Campos-Morales – Women and Gender Studies

Giovanna Castellanos – English and Women’s and Gender Studies

Jorge Ruiz Gonzalez – Chemistry and Mathematics

Briana Rodriguez – Psychology and Chicano and Latino Studies

Carly Solberg – Women and Gender Studies

Kaila Silveira - Kinesiology

Karen Vielma-Cortes – Business Administration

Lilyana Dutra – Communication and Media Studies

Aja Houle – Business Administration

Keila Itzun - Spanish

Gabriel Duarte – Computer Science

Grace Martin - Psychology

Welcome Dr. Andrea Willer as Director of Campus Recreation!

March 28, 2018

Dr. Andrea Willer, Director for Campus RecreationWe are thrilled to announce that Dr. Andrea Willer will be joining the Student Affairs team as our new Director of Campus Recreation.

Andrea has over 20 years of experience leading campus recreation facilities, programs, and services. Andrea started her career in Student Affairs at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles, CA. She then moved on to Cal State Fullerton where she served as the Director of Campus Recreation for 12 years and co-lead the design, construction, and opening of a 95K square foot recreation center. Most recently, Andrea served as the Executive Director of Physical Education, Recreation, and Sports at UC Santa Cruz.

Andrea earned an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from University of La Verne, completed her graduate work at Northern Arizona University, and a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Andrea is committed to creating healthy and inclusive communities, engagement and a sense of place for all students, faculty, and staff. She is excited to join Noma Nation and the Campus Recreation team!

Andrea starts April 2nd! (Yes, this Monday). Her office is located on the second for of the recreation center across from Student Services. Please consider stopping by her office to say hello as you are available.

Welcome Dr. Wm. Gregory Sawyer as Vice President for Student Affairs!

March 5, 2018

Dr. Wm. Gregory Sawyer, VP for Student AffairsDr. Wm. Gregory Sawyer, a seasoned higher education professional whose work has impacted the lives of thousands of students, will become the Vice President for Student Affairs at Sonoma State University, effective April 1.

Sawyer has served in Texas and Florida, and most recently served as Vice President for Student Affairs at CSU Channel Islands, where he established a nationally recognized student-centered Division. Under his leadership, CSUCI’s Division of Student Affairs has been recognized as one of the nation’s Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs for the past three years.

Sawyer began his career at the University of North Texas as a Residence Hall Director, where he later served as Coordinator of Intercultural Services, Assistant and Associate Dean of Students, and finally Dean of Students before relocating to southwest Florida where he served as the founding Chief Student Affairs Officer at the newly chartered Florida Gulf Coast University. After serving there for almost seven years, he was offered the opportunity to be part of a new state university in California – CSU Channel Islands – where he was founding Vice President for Student Affairs.

He earned a Ph.D. from University of North Texas, a master's degree from Eastern New Mexico University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Mount Union, in Alliance, Ohio. Sawyer serves as a Governor-appointed Commissioner for the California Student Aid Commission and as faculty and co-director for the African American Male Summit of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Among his numerous awards are: Distinguished Service to the Profession and Pillar of the Profession by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators; Excellence in Practice Award by the American College Personnel Association; The Wang Family Excellence Award for outstanding administrator of the CSU system. In 2016, he was awarded the highest honor bestowed by a university president – the Presidential Medallion – at CSU Channel Islands by President Emeritus Richard R. Rush.

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.

Disability Services for Students Welcomes New Staff

August 8, 2018

Joanne Harris Joanne Harris has spent most of her professional career as an advocate for adults with disabilities. For over 20 years, Joanne worked as an attorney representing workers injured on the job to navigate through the complex and challenging system of workers’ compensation entitlements.While her legal career has been rewarding, Joanne has been interested in transitioning her work in disability services to higher education to further her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. To achieve this, she recently completed a graduate program at UC Berkeley in student affairs and higher education administration. Joanne is eager to be part of Disability Services for Students and of the Sonoma State University community.

Participating in community activities for youth also speaks to Joanne. Raising her three children n Santa Rosa provided the opportunity to be involved in a multitude of athletic and educational activities. Most recently, Joanne served on the Board of Directors for Chop’s Teen Club for many years.
Originally from San Diego, Joanne studied political science at UCLA and law at UC Davis. Since law school, she has made Northern California and Sonoma County her home.


Michael Eynon Michael Eynon joined the DSS team during summer of 2018 and has been involved at SSU in some capacity since fall of 2005. He is a Sonoma County local and SSU alumni, graduating with a B.A. in Psychology and Theatre Arts in 2010. Michael received his Master’s degree in December 2014 in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

While at SSU, Michael has worked as a summer mentor, student assistant, and outreach advisor for the pre-college TRIO program Academic Talent Search (ATS) from 2007-2016. Michael worked for the TRIO Student Support Services program United for Success for the 2017-2018 academic year as a College Support Coach assisting first-generation, income eligible, and disability students with time management, stress management, and other non-cognitive academic needs. As a student, he was president of the comedy improvisation club, an officer in the PSI CHI honors society, and was involved both onstage and backstage on many SSU theatre productions.

Recently, Michael completed 3000 hours of supervised therapy practice from 2013-2017 to gain his Marriage and Family Therapy License in June of 2018. Michael completed all of his hours working primarily with middle and high school students and their families in the Novato area of Marin County. Michael is passionate about mental health and supporting students with time management and presentation skills. He enjoys advocating for educational access for students with disabilities and first generation students.

When not at the office, Michael can be found on nearby tennis courts playing recreation and United States Tennis Association tournaments and leagues. Michael also spends his time viewing theatre performances with his significant other, gaming, reading (everything from neuroscience to YA novels), and planning how to travel to all four grand slam tennis tournaments during his lifetime. Michael is looking forward to this chapter at SSU with the DSS office!

New Retention Specialist Joins SSU Advising Center

August 8, 2018

Carmen TowlerMy name is Carmen Towler and I am a Los Angeles native. I received my B.A. in History from UCLA, and my M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. Following graduate school I worked as an academic advisor at a private university, and worked closely with students on academic probation to get them back on track and continuing toward graduation. I genuinely enjoy getting to know students personally, and assisting them as they navigate their undergraduate studies and explore career interests. I am thrilled to begin a new chapter at Sonoma State University as a Retention Specialist, where I will work to identify barriers and challenges to students' academic success while providing them resources, and serve the school in other student-focused roles. I love to travel internationally, and aim to take a trip every 2 years. So far I have been to England, France, Spain, Italy, Egypt, China, and Thailand. In my spare time I like to go to concerts and festivals, read YA novels, stream movies and TV series, and volunteer with social justice non-profits. I look forward to meeting the folks that make SSU so great, so please say hi if you see me!

Carmen’s first day will be on Monday, August 27th. We are excited to have her join The Advising Center!

~ Jamie Zamjahn Sr. Director of Student Academic Services

Welcome Rachel Carbone to Vice President's Office!

July 1, 2018Rachel Carbone The Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) office is delighted to welcome Rachel Carbone as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President. Prior to joining our office, Rachel served for three years as the Office Manager of Sonoma State’s Associated Students auxiliary. In addition, she has had 20 years of experience in the private sector working in the insurance, financial, and education industries. Rachel holds a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley as well as certificates from UC Extension in both Marketing and Publishing. She is also a patent holder, having helped develop the first cloud-based business decision engine. Rachel is excited to continue her professional development within Student Affairs as the division strives to become one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs. Please join us in welcoming Rachel to Student Affairs!

Conference Proposal Writing Workshop

June 25, 2018

It's conference proposal writing time! Never presented before? Need some proposal writing tips? Want help developing a topic or proposal idea? Come to our Proposal Writing Workshop!

June 26 | 3-4:30pm | Erin Fisher Room | 2nd Floor, Student Center

Staff in the Division of Student Affairs are invited to attend an interactive workshop designed to walk you through the proposal writing process! Come to learn about the components of a good proposal, and walk away with a first draft. Inspired by the upcoming NASPA Regional Conference (Proposals due July 13th). Bring your laptop and writing materials.

Led by Audra Grady, Career Services Coordinator
Hosted by SSU Student Affairs

Welcome Ricky Calderon as a new EOP Advisor!

June 4, 2018

Ricky CalderonI would like to take a moment and welcome Ricky Calderon as a new EOP Advisor!

Ricky was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology and Spanish and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies from Sonoma State University where he was also a part of the EOP program. He was an active student leader at Sonoma State being involved in Residential Life, Orientation, and EOP - where he was both a summer bridge leader and program intern. Through his various involvements as an undergraduate student, he developed a passion for student affairs and higher education and decided to continue on to graduate school. As a first-generation student himself, he has focused his work and studies on providing access to higher education and supporting and retaining first-generation and low-income students. Most recently, he earned a Master of Education with a major in Education- Student Affairs from Iowa State University. He also worked for the last two years at Iowa State in the Office of Admissions, focusing specifically on multicultural student recruitment.

Ricky is excited to be back at his alma mater and to work with a program that contributed to his growth and success. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, listening to new music, catching up on any new Netflix show, traveling, and going to the beach!

Ricky’s first day is today, Monday, June 4th. Please help me welcome Ricky back to Sonoma State University!

Welcome Katie O'Brien as International Student Coordinator in the Center for International Education!

April 25, 2018

Katie O'Brien International Student Coordinator for CIEPlease welcome Katie O’Brien as our new International Student Coordinator in the Center for International Education!

Before joining Sonoma State University, Katie worked with an international high school foreign exchange program. She has a passion for international education and enjoys working with students, families, staff, and partners, cultivating a positive, professional rapport while setting a standard of excellent customer service.

Katie grew up on the Central Coast of California and received her bachelor’s degree in Earth Science from UC Santa Cruz. She lived in Italy for 6 years where she taught ESL to students of all ages. She has lived in Petaluma since 2014. She enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, cooking and spending time with her husband, son and dog, Mozzarella.

Please help officially welcoming Katie to our team!

Cultural Graduation Ceremonies 2018

April 2, 2018

The Cultural Graduations are annual celebrations to honor Queer, Hispanic/Latinx/Indigenous, Black/African American, or Asian/Pacific Islander communities. There are four individual Cultural Graduation Ceremonies where students will be recognized one by one.

Rainbow Grad

May 17, 3:00pm, Ballroom B For any questions contact:

Raza Grad

May 18, 3:00pm, Weill Hall at Green Music Center For any questions contact:

Black Grad

May 18, 4:00pm, Person Theater For any questions contact:

API (Asian/Pacific Islander) Grad

May 18, 4:30pm, Cooperage For any questions contact:

The Reception

The Cultural Graduation reception is where all four graduating groups will come together for a big celebration with food, entertainment, and much more. May 18, 6:00pm, Grand Ballroom (3rd floor of the Student Center)

How to Apply:

REQUIRED: To participate in any of these celebrations fill out the REGISTRATION FORM no later than April 4, 2018. If you have any general questions, please contact the following e-mail address:

Seawolf Decision Day is April 7, 2018

March 22, 2018

Departments in Student Affairs are invited to participate in Seawolf Decision Day on April 7, 2018 to show propspective students why they should choose SSU as their #1 college choice and become a Seawolf!

The day begins with a welcome from President Sakaki at 9:00 a.m. in the Gym. Then various departments will offer workshops to inform on the services, majors, and programs that are offered to SSU students. Departments can also reserve a table at the Campus Fair taking place from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

To sign up for a workshop slot and/or to reserve a table at the Campus Fair, please contact Gina Geck. Your participation is critical to the success of Seawolf Decision Day so sign up today!

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!

Hollie Pruden

January 30, 2018

Update May 25, 2018: Dr. Judy K. Sakaki, president of Sonoma State University released the following statement today concerning a traffic fatality today on Bennett Valley Road involving Hollie N. Pruden, a member of the University community:

“Our hearts are breaking at the tragic passing of Hollie Pruden, an advisor within the Academic Services department and beloved member of our Seawolf family. Although Hollie was a relatively new member of our campus community, she was a highly valued colleague and mentor to our students. She was energetic, creative and dedicated to helping our undeclared students find their passion and offering them the guidance they needed. In recognition of how this tragedy has affected the university, counseling support is being made available to all those who desire it. We also are working on plans for remembering and celebrating Hollie in an appropriate way. In the meantime, we are extending our deepest and most sincere condolences to Hollie’s family. She was much too young with so much potential for us to lose her. This is indeed a very sad day for the Seawolf community.”

A memorial gathering for Hollie was held on Tuesday, June 5 in the Butterfly Garden at Sonoma State and was attended by more than 30 of her colleagues and friends as well as President Judy K. Sakaki and several members of her Cabinet.

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 Hollie, 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.