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 the May 11 celebration by e-mailing

Food Network Star Finalist Eric Lee
Named SSU's New Executive Chef

Next Food Network Star finalist Eric Lee started this week as the Executive Chef for the campus. His culinary vision will drive all University dining venues, including Prelude at the Green Music Center and the new Student Center which is scheduled to open in fall 2013. A graduate of UCLA (where he studied sociology) and the Culinary Institute of America, Lee has been a resident of Sonoma County for the past 10 years. He currently resides in Petaluma with his wife, who is also a chef, and was recently a finalist on the popular television series, “The Next Food Network Star.”. Continue Reading 'Food Network Star...'

Brantley BryantBrantley Bryant Hath an
Excellynce in Teaching Awarde

Brantley Bryant, Associate Professor of English, hath been named the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award. Each year the award honors at least one Sonoma State University faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the education of Sonoma State students through classroom instruction and other activities that promote student learning. Continue Reading 'Brantley Bryant...'

Anne Frank saplingCongratulate the Class of 2013
at Senior Sendoff

Come out and celebrate this year's graduating class at Senior Send-Off on Tuesday, April 30 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Stevenson/Darwin Quad. Hosted by the SSU Alumni Association, this event honoring the Class of 2013 includes a free lunch, music, games and much more. Graduating seniors will be eligible to sign up for their free year membership to the Alumni Association and receive their senior gift. Don't miss this opportunity to support our new graduates and bid them best of luck as they venture off into their next chapter of success.

Anne Frank saplingTo Preserve and Protect: Earth Week 2013 Celebrated at SSU, April 22-27

Earth Week, a weeklong celebration dedicated to environmental awareness and action, starts on April 22 with a variety of events. The week begins with a screening and discussion of Betting the Farm a film revolving around nine dairy farmers in Maine who are in danger of losing their farms when their national milk distributor fires them. Continue Reading 'To Preserve and Protect...'

Join the Campus Tap-a-Palooza!Contest

Striving towards reducing plastic water bottle waste on campus, The Sonoma State US Green Building Council Student Group has entered a nationwide contest to win more campus filling stations.

EXCEL for YouthEXCEL for Youth Offers Tuition Discount for Faculty, Staff andAlumni

EXCEL for Youth is a unique academic enrichment program that offers students entering 4-9th grades accelerated classes in science, math, technology, visual art, drama, and writing. Designed to foster curiosity and involvement, these accelerated classes are held on the Sonoma State University campus and use college labs, guest speakers and field trips. EXCEL is celebrating its 31st year this summer and has served almost 20,000 students since 1982. Continue Reading 'EXCEL for Youth...'

Faculty ResearchFaculty ResearchRetirement Celebrations Open to All

The campus community is invited to attend retirement parties for two long-time SSU employees. Elaine Leeder (left), Dean of School of Social Sciences and Helen Kallenbach, Director of Sonoma State American Language Institute. Continue Reading 'Retirement Celebrations...'

MoviesAlison Levine Named 2013 Commencement Speaker

Alison Levine is not known for slowing down, but for taking risks and doing so with a smile. She will be addressing the Class of 2013 at Commencement in May. Levine serves as an adjunct professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. Apart from teaching and advising, Levine has another passion: climbing. Continue Reading 'Commencement Speaker...'


MoviesFaculty News Round Up

Catch up with Jewish Studies Director Henry Shreibman, Chuck Rhodes, and Gerald Haslam. Continue Reading 'Faculty News...'


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

Conchita Macarty, Academic Records Specialist, Admissions
Applause Award"I would like to recognize Conchita Macarty for her commitment to the Graduation Team and the entire Records & Registration Department. Conchita consistently demonstrates amazing customer service to faculty, staff and students. Her dedication to our students certainly shines through with her friendly, positive attitude and professional abilities. She goes to great lengths to ensure that every student feels important and valued. Thank you Conchita!"
–– Nominated by Ashley Amador, Student Records, February 21, 2013
Ana Muñoz, Administrative Support Coordinator, Nursing
Applause Award"Ana interacts daily with dozens of students, faculty and potential students and their families. In each interaction she is always respectful, kind, informative and practical. She is calm, cheerful and offers clear direction to absolutely everyone who approaches her desk or calls the department office. Ana has a bicultural background and is an asset to our office because of her well-developed cultural skills which she uses in her communication and behavior with students, staff and faculty. Ana especially strives to create a welcoming atmosphere for new students who are gaining confidence in navigating complex systems at SSU. Each day when I come to work, I look forward to coming into the front office and seeing Ana's bright smile."
–– Nominated by M Kelly, Faculty, Nursing, February 16, 2013
Kathryn Jeon, Library Assistant, Technical Services
Applause Award"Kathryn is a new addition to the Library's Circulation Department. Before Kathryn came to the department it was a chore to try to fill the various staff absences--not so any more... Kathryn jumps at the chance to help and gladly takes on all the slots that need to be filled! Hooray for Kathryn! "
–– Nominated by Jack Ritchie, Library Assistant, Access Services, March 06, 2013
Steve Motley, Building Service Engineer, Operations and Engineering
Applause Award"Steve went out of his way to figure out why my office has been cold for YEARS! His determination has really paid off and I so appreciate that he continues to check in to make sure the heating system is working for everyone on my floor in Stevenson. Big applause to you, Steve! "
–– Nominated by Laurel Holmstrom February 19, 2013



Staff Appreciation Day
Mark Your calendars!

The 2013 Staff Appreciation Day is Thursday, May 23 at the Zinfandel Dining Room. The day kicks off with a delicious breakfast, the announcement of the Excellence Award winners, our Seawolf Lobo mascot photo opportunity, and the book, movies, and music swap (don’t forget to bring your collections in the morning!).Continue Reading 'Staff Appreciation Day!'


Brantley Bryant - Bringing
Middle Ages to Life

"Studying literature is good for you," says Dr. Brantley Bryant of the English department, "Encountering literary texts helps develop sympathy, imagination, and critical thinking skills suited to a changing world. Playing around with books is fun, but it can also generate truly new solutions for the pressing problems of our society." Continue Reading 'Brantley Bryant ...'


All Invited to the Sonoma State Cellars Second Release Party

The second release of Sonoma State Cellars, a hands-on, MBA-level, wine business course that teaches students the ins and outs of running a wine business, is a cause for celebration. Read More About 'Sonoma State Cellars'...


Say Goodbye to WaterWorks at Spring Dance Concert

Drawing inspiration from the “Water Works” theme, the annual Sonoma State University Spring Dance Concert promises an exhilarating, unexpected and thoroughly entertaining show. Dancers will be performing new, cutting edge dance works with a different aesthetic sensibility. Faculty/Staff night is April 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Evert B. Person Theater. Read More About 'SSU Presents Spring Dance'...

A Theatrical Journey Through Copeland Creek

Combining aspects of theater and nature, "The Copeland Creek Project/ A Theatrical Journey" explores stories and Native American folklore about communities located along Copeland Creek. April 26 marks Faculty/Staff Night at 7 p.m. Read More About 'A Theatrical Journey'...


Lauren Morimoto on Diversity Intersections

Lauren MorimotoIn recognition of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Kinesiology Professor Lauren Morimoto hosts an engaging dialogue session regarding the intersections of ability, gender, and race on April 17 at noon in The HUB in the Student Union.

Moodle Update Coming Soon

SSU Information Technology has deployed a new Moodle server to be used for courses from Summer 2013 through Spring 2012. Faculty and other Moodle teachers can read the full announcement on IT's website for more information, action items and instructions by visiting

“Universal Design for Learning” Topic of Faculty Training

The more technology progresses, the more professors tend to incorporate the use of it into their classrooms. “Universal Design for Learning” is a training opportunity designed to address this issue and promote inclusive classroom instruction and accessible course materials. It is offered to all faculty members on April 18 in Salazar 2022 from noon to 1 p.m. Continue Reading 'Universal Design for Learning...'