Learning to Love Commencement 2013

Commencement is a special day when our students celebrate their achievements with friends and family. The success of the day depends entirely on the teamwork of SSU employees; those people who interact and support students throughout their years with us. Take the next step to be a part of it by e-mailing

Anne Frank saplingAnne Frank Sapling to be Planted at Holocaust Grove, April 14

The courage and inspiration of Anne Frank will be honored in mid-April as SSU plans to plant the sapling taken from the mother chestnut tree that often gave Frank hope as she hid from the Nazis in World War II. SSU is one of only 11 recipients of the Anne Frank tree saplings in the United States. They are all being planted in public dedications this year.

The campus community is invited to the planting ceremony at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 at the Erna and Arthur Salm Holocaust & Genocide Memorial Grove near the campus lakes. A reception follows in the Commons at 2 p.m. Tours of the Grove where the sapling is planted will be offered beginning April 22. Continue Reading 'Anne Frank Sapling...'

Faculty ResearchLaw Dean Frank Wu talks Vincent Chin, Legal Careers and Asian-American Social Justice, April 5

Recently named the most “influential” Dean in legal education by the National Jurist, Frank Wu will be visiting Sonoma State, speaking with students and members of the community in a variety of venues. Continue Reading 'Frank Wu...'

Faculty ResearchBring Your Students to Cornell West Lecture

Dr. Cornel West will be speaking at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 as part of the Andrea Neves/Bart Evans Social Justice Lecture Series. The series is run in collaboration with On Campus Productions and the Schools of Education and Social Sciences.The first 600 tickets are free to SSU students and are available at the Student Union box office for $20.

Faculty are encouraged to consider making this event a part of their classes. Those intersted in inviting or requiring their students to attend this inspiring and challenging lecture can have access to a limited number of free tickets available for faculty bringing classes. Those interested should contact Elaine Leeder,

MoviesStaff Appreciation Day and Photo Contest

Staff Appreciation Day is May 23 at the Zinfandel Dining Room. The day kicks off with a delicious breakfast, the announcement of the Excellence Award winners, a photo opportunity with Lobo the Seawolf, and the book, movies, and music swap. Continue Reading 'Staff Appreciation ...'

Graduate Research Showcase is April 9

SSU's seventh annual Graduate Student Research Showcase will be held on Tuesday, April 9, from 4:30 - 7 p.m., in the Commons. Following on the success of previous events, the showcase features live presentations and poster sessions by master's degree candidates and recent alumni from SSU's outstanding graduate programs. Continue Reading 'Graduate Research Showcase...'


Spend An Afternoon on “the Ropes”

Sometime last year, eight intrepid SSU staff explorers launched off at the SSU Ropes Course between the Rec Center and Darwin Hall. We were all from different departments, and not everyone knew each other. We started out with a couple of introductory exercises to get to learn each other’s names and begin to work together. Continue Reading 'An Afternoon on the Ropes...'

Spring Workshop for Faculty
on "Connecting Students to Careers"

The Professional Development Subcommittee and the Provost are sponsoring the following workshops for SSU faculty in the next two months in the Faculty Center. Continue Reading 'Spring Workshop for Faculty...'

Suicide Prevention Training Still Open

A final suicide prevention training is being offered for Spring 2013 on April 16 from noon-1 p.m. in Schulz 3001. To register for this in-person QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) gatekeeper training, call Amber Crane at CAPS (4-2153) or e-mail at least one week in advance of the workshop.If you can’t attend an in-person QPR training, take Kognito’s interactive At-Risk For University & College Faculty. This on-line training program teaches you to identify, approach and refer students experiencing psychological distress, including depression and suicidal ideation. Start the training at Use enrollment key: sonoma73

Angeles Arrien Returns to Discuss " The Way of the Teacher"

Angeles Arrien has come to the campus over the past six months to present workshops on three of the four archetypes in the Four Fold Way. In the final workshop on April 10 from 4-6 p.m. in the HUB, she’ll explore The Way of the Teacher, which represents the human capacity for Wisdom and addresses the challenge of facing the unknown, developing trust, and utilizing the human resource of silence to tap into inner wisdom. Continue Reading 'The Way of the Teacher...'

MoviesSpeaking UP - Faculty on the Lecture Circuit

Catch up with Dean Elaine Leeder, Math Professor Rick Luttman, and English Professor Brantley Bryant as they explore and explain their favorite subjects in community and campus lectures. Continue Reading 'Faculty News...'

DiningDining Services, Social Media Specials for Employees

April 1/2 lunch for faculty/staff at Zinfandel Dining Room, every day (Dine in only) Menus at:

Social Media Giveaways provide the opportunity to give back to the campus community. By following us on our Facebook page, employees get special access to exclusive online opportunities to win prizes. The site also keeps everyone up to date on any specials that are running, so they can maximize your on-campus dollars.

April 8-14: Social Media Giveaway: WiiU


Catch someone doing something great? Click here to nominate them for an Applause Award.

Terry Cheney Sr., Building Service Engineer, Operations and Engineering
Applause Award"Mr. Cheney has been working on various heating and cooling issues in Carson Hall for some weeks now, and not only replaced our ancient thermostats, he has gone above and beyond in helping us make our offices more comfortable. He has checked in multiple times to make sure the heating and cooling was functioning properly, and even discovered strange airflow issues in our office. He fixed these issues in record time. We applaud his tenacity, hard work, and detective skills!"
–– Nominated by Donna Garbesi, Academic Advisor, Hutchins School of Liberal Studies and Kathryn Atwood, Administrative Specialist, Hutchins School of Liberal Studies, January 29, 2013
Eileen Lua, Administrative Support Coordinator, Nursing
Applause Award"Eileen works very hard to keep track, stay informed and plan ahead in managing the multifaceted tasks in our department. She is so talented at managing the complex task involved in running a busy, complex department. Eileen has a gentle, caring approach with students and is especially adept at making everyone feel special. She is an amazing problem solver. Eileen is an asset to our department and SSU."
–– Nominated by M Kelly, Faculty, Nursing, February 16, 2013




Mac Hart - Sprouting Connections

When the candidates for Associated Student Government gathered in The Commons on results night, Mac Hart was exhausted and ready for the election process to be over. Continue Reading 'Mac Hart - Sprouting ...'

This & That

Encrypted Wireless Now Available

SSU-IT is proud to announce that encrypted wireless is now available across the campus (including the residential communities) wherever wireless access is available. Using encryption provides a safer and more secure connection type over which to access the internet. Read More About 'Encrypted Wireless'...

Feed MySSU

Find out and update your personal information in PeopleSoft. Log in, go to MY SSU, and use the Employee Self Service screen... Read More About 'Feed MySSU'...

Free Safe Medicine Disposal Bin in Student Health Center

A free safe medicine disposal project is being during the month of April in the Student Health Center lobby. The campus community is invited to drop off unused and outdated drugs instead of disposing them in the toilet or trash which pollutes waterways in landfills and eventually enters the drinking water and food chain. Bring the prescription and over-the-counter drugs, but not the containers, in plastic Ziploc bags and drop them off in the collection bin in the SHC lobby. For further information, visit its

Closing Dates for Fiscal Year 2012/2013

As you know, June 30, 2013 marks the end of fiscal year 2012/2013. Financial Services conducts numerous year end related activities from May 1 through August 31 to comply with financial reporting requirements established by the California State Controller, Department of Finance and the CSU Chancellor’s Office. During this time we must also prepare for the annual financial audits. Read More About 'Closing Dates for Fiscal Year'...