New WorkPlace!SSU Ranked Among Top Universities for 2013. Dorms Named Some of Best in US.

Sonoma State University continues to be named a top public regional university in the West by U.S. News and World Report in its annual 368Best Colleges Guidebook. SSU was ranked #12 among 15 other top campuses in the recently released 2013 edition. Continue Reading 'SSU Ranked Among Top Universities for 2013'

President ArminanaSonoma County Book Festival Features SSU Faculty

Several Sonoma State University professors will be speaking at the 13th annual Sonoma County Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Downtown Santa Rosa. Continue Reading 'Book Festival...'

WaterWorksWet Suits Not Needed - Math Professor Sam Brannen Versus the Icy Waters

Sonoma State University Math Professor Sam Brannen had been training for this day for a long time. Brannen could be seen on campus in flip flops and shorts in 50 degree weather, training to swim the icy waters between Alcatraz Island and San Francisco's Aquatic Park. His freezing was for a reason. Continue Reading 'Wet Suits...'

Aurore Simonnet and partnerA letter from Bruce Berkowitz

Dear Faculty and Staff: On behalf of Associated Students Productions, I cordially invite you and your students to join us in the seventh annual SSU Campus MovieFest (CMF). This amazing event showcases Sonoma State students' five minute long masterpieces; films all made within the week of October 3-12. Continue reading 'A Letter from Bruce Berkowitz'


Sad there are no applause awards this issue? Nominate someone awesome! The Applause Award Program provides all members of our community with the ability to nominate an individual or group of staff, administrators, faculty, or student staff who demonstrates behavior which exemplifies performance related to the program criteria. This is an easy way to say Thank You to someone that has made a difference in your work life. Your nomination will be posted on the main Employee Services site with a picture when available and published in Newsbytes, and the nominee will receive a certificate of recognition.




SSU Professor Named Woman Physicist of the Month

Carlos Pena

Sonoma State University professor and chair of physics and astronomy Dr. Lynn Cominsky has been selected as the September 2012 Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) Woman Physicist of the Month. Continue Reading 'Woman Physicist of the Month'...

This & That

Faculty Nominations

Emeritus Professor Gerald Haslam's article "Heart of the Valley" (in Saveur, Aug/Sept., 2011) has been nominated for the Bert Greene Award for Culinary Writing.

Staff Development - Groovin' and Movin'

September 13, noon-1p.m. by the University Lakes.

Come and join us on your lunch break as we spend one hour invigorating our body and mind by walking, easy calisthenics and simple dance moves to music. NO experience necessary, only a desire to truly step away from the desk/work environment and have some FUN! Go at your own pace.

In Memoriam

Dr. David Frederickson

Connie Lewsadder

Dr. Fredrickson founded SSU's Anthropology Department in 1967 and hired its first faculty members. Under his leadership and in spite of its small size, the archaeology program developed a national reputation for student research and scholarship. Dave Fredrickson was a gentle and kindly man who rarely criticized. He led by the example of his own commitment to research, his student family, and his music. Dr. Fredrickson was a talented musician whose recordings are part of the Smithsonian Institution's Folkways collection. The gatherings of musicians and intellectuals at his Berkeley home are legendary; his influence as a friend and mentor to a generation of California archaeologists is immeasurable.