New WorkPlace!Welcome to the New WorkPlace!

In our attempt to keep our faculty and staff up to date on current news and events, we have switched back to a WorkPlace newsletter, which according to our research is preferred among our readers. With a style more similar to the old NewsBytes, welcome to the new WorkPlace. This page will remain static until the next issue. Take a look around and give us your feedback. Email any comments to

President ArminanaBe a part of SSU history – experience the Grand Opening Weekend of the Green Music Center!

As many of you know, the Grand Opening of the Green Music Center is just around the corner and the capstone concert of the celebratory weekend is a performance by legendary bluegrass performers Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas onSeptember 30th. Continue Reading 'Grand Opening...'

WaterWorksSSU Takes the Plunge Into "Water Works"

"Water Works," an innovative, cross-disciplinary series about inland water flow as resource, image, and metaphor, will weave together a wide range of lectures, performances and artistic events at Sonoma State this academic year. Coordinated by the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance, "Water Works" forges new campus connections, with events presented at theatres, lecture halls, art galleries, and lakes and waterways on campus. Continue Reading 'Water Works...'

Aurore Simonnet and partnerSSU Employee Aurore Simmonet Competes in World Masters Synchronized Swimming Competition

Aurore Simonnet, Scientific Illustrator for the NASA Education and Public Outreach competed in the 14th Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) World Masters Synchronized Swimming Competition held in Riccione, Italy last month. Continue reading 'Synchronized Swimming...'


Yvonne Burbank, Associate Athletic Director
"Yvonne has truly lent support to our student athletes in helping them as well as the coaching staff in coordinating class schedules that meet the necessary requirements for them to move forward in their academic quest and at the same time making it possible for them to continue to participate in their sport of choice. This is no easy feat and she has been able to bring some comfort and reassurance to all of us."
— Nominated by Val Verhunce, Head Coach for Men's and Women's Golf
Nick Arnold, Information Technology Consultant, Workstation Security and Services
"Nick is a superstar. He assisted me with a nagging Outlook calendaring sync issue between my phone and my calendar client. He spent about 15 minutes (on two separate occasions) trying to figure it out and was at last, successful. I appreciate all his efforts and I am sure he will continue to provide great service to not only his fellow team members but the entire campus as well."
— Nominated by Todd Wright, Network Security and Communication Services
Julie Rodgers, Mail Clerk, Mail and Receiving
"Julie Rodgers is an outstanding team member of the campus Mail Services Department. While her supervisor is on vacation, she assumes all the myriad responsibilities of Shipping and Receiving. This week, while covering in his absence, she climbed on the fork lift and unloaded 21 palettes of paper weighing 2,000 lbs. each. This was accomplished along with an extra-large workload of mailings from several departments on campus. We admire Julie's tireless energy and infectious laugh that brightens the day of all around her. We applaud Julie Rodger's dedication and contributions to Sonoma State University."
— Nominated by Lisa Johnson and Dee Pettis, Mails Clerks in Mail and Receiving




Carlos Pena - Spirit of SSU

Carlos Pena

Carlos Pena dedicates his time to a community that needs it. Over the past year Pena has spent his time working with local businesses and charitable organizations to improve Cotati and surrounding communities. Continue Reading 'Carlos Pena - Spirit of SSU'...

This & That

Solicitation for Water Works

Come in and get wet! Looking for a way to liven up your syllabus? Got a secret research obsession you're dying to share? Want to have more fun? Welcome to Water Works, two semesters of academics, exhibitions, and performances about inland water flow as a resource, image, and metaphor. Continue Reading 'Solicitation for Water Works'...

Retirement Announcement for Janet Hardcastle

Janet Hardcastle Retirement Invite

In Memoriam

Connie Lewsadder

Connie Lewsadder

"I am distressed to announce the passing of our good friend Connie Lewsadder. Connie died of breast cancer at her home in Grants Pass last night. I was informed by a few friends of hers. We will be purchasing a card that can be signed at the Dean's Office that we will send to her husband Bruce." With sadness, Elaine Leeder