Become a Water Works sponsor today and make a difference for generations.

Includes appropriate recognition, opportunities to meet with the speakers, directors, playwrights, artists and university leaders and invitations to special events.  

Contact: Michelle Covington in University Development, michelle.covington@sonoma.edu or 707-664-4151

Lectures: $500 each
The ‘Sustainability in My World’ lecture series explores wide-ranging issues of environmental sustainability through specific issues such as salmon recovery and new technology for observing and tracking ‘rivers in the sky.’ Your sponsorship helps provide stipends for speakers, refreshments and lecture materials.

T-Shirts: $1,000 (for 100 shirts)
T-shirts will be worn by key contributors, given to speakers and sold to event attendees. Your logo will be printed on the shirts along with the Water Works logo. These shirts will pop up everywhere - with your logo!

Films: $2,000
Two independent films -The Southerner and Last Call at the Oasis- with water themes will be shown on campus through the Sonoma Film Institute.

Women’s Water Polo:  $2,500
All of SSU’s student-athletes are top notch in their sport and academically -- and women’s water polo is no exception. Lead by Coach Coralie Simmons, a former National Player of the Year at UCLA and a silver medalist in the 2000 Olympic Games, SSU has had five women’s water polo players named to the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPA) Division II All-America Team. Your sponsorship helps offset the cost of conferences, equipment, travel and community outreach.

Make a Splash! Reception: $3,000
Jump into Water Works with both feet on November 7th. Share an evening of intimate conversation and discussion with playwright Adam Chanzit and SSU faculty water experts about Great Divide, a groundbreaking new play about "fracking" (hydraulic fracturing). See below for more info about Great Divide.

The Ripple Effect! Reception: $3,000
In Spring 2013, we will hold a “post Water Works” reception after the final performance of The Copeland Creek Project/A Theatrical Journey. As we wander through a hands-on experiential ‘mock’ watershed, we’ll celebrate the year’s accomplishments, thank all sponsors and volunteers, and will demonstrate Water Works’ ripple effect -- how SSU intends to continue the work of elevating awareness about water.

Academic Classes: $5,000
Our Biology, Chemistry, Art, Environmental Sciences, Anthropology and Geography Department are holding courses to help students understand the importance of water as a resource. Your sponsorship offers significant brand recognition throughout the semester to college students and helps offset the cost of laboratory experiments and supplies and field trips.

Art Exhibits: $10,000
Throughout the year multiple water-themed art exhibits will be on display in the University Library Art Gallery. Your sponsorship helps offset the cost of installation.

Insecta-Palooza: $3,000 - $50,000
Insecta-Palooza draws more than 1,200 adults, college students and children from Sonoma County and throughout California. IP increases awareness of and appreciation for insect biodiversity and emphasizes watershed stewardship and ecologically sound pest management. This year’s theme: The World of Water. Sponsor a department’s participation or the entire event.


Theatre, Opera and Dance: $700 to $45,000

Theatre: $3,500 - $25,000

  • Great Divide by Adam Chanzit $25,000   [$3,500 – residency, playwright Adam Chanzit]
    A rural Colorado town revives its economy by inviting a natural gas company to begin a “fracking” operation, injecting chemicals into the ground to mine natural gas. But when the chemicals get into the water table, the health of the town is at stake.
  • The Copeland Creek Project/A Theatrical Journey $18,000 [$12K residency, director Mark Valdez]
    Copeland Creek begins its course on Sonoma Mountain and travels through the Sonoma campus on its way to the Laguna de Santa Rosa and the sea. What are the stories of the communities that live and have lived along the Creek? How has the Creek shaped their lives, and how do our lives shape the Creek? Through this interview-based ensemble piece we’ll hear the voices of the creek’s water, of creation itself,and how they flow in, through, and out of our lives.
  • The Séance by Dylan Waite (student writer, premiere) $6,000. Sex, weed, tacos, and spirits abound in The Séance, a new play about the current generation of young adults struggling to make sense of their world. The Séance, the first student written play to be part of the department’s main season, is a mosaic of personalities struggling against the harsh environment of a literal and spiritual drought.


One-Act Operas: $45,000 each             [$20,000 --professional orchestra]          

  • Riders to the Sea by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Adapted from the classic play by great Irish playwright John Millington Synge, Riders to the Sea goes deep into the world of a traditional Irish fishing village that lives and dies by the sea.
  • The Deserted Island by Joseph Haydn. This play is about mistaken identity and two stranded girls on a strange island. When a ship lands, they struggle with conflicting desires: to stay far away from the injurious world of traitorous men, or to embrace the possibility of desire and love.


Dance: $8,000 - $25,000

  • Fall Dance Concert — new dances by students $8,000                     
    Student choreographed new works, with some choreographers responding to the Water Works theme.
  • Spring Dance Concert $25,000             [$12,000 residency / prominent choreographer TBD]
    New works from professional guest choreographers and dance faculty, some taking inspiration from the Water Works theme.