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Annual Report

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In some ways it is difficult to imagine that an entire year has passed since I came to Sonoma State. In other ways, it seems like a lifetime ago. . . .  If we thought that we lived in a time of complacency and political inaction, we are now being disabused of that notion nearly every day. Where these events will take us in the future is still unknown, but at the ASC we affirm our commitment to support the entire SSU and CSU community in our stance against discrimination and intolerance.

From the perspective of our small place in the broad community of Cultural Resources Management (CRM), we will work to meet new challenges head-on and to operate within the changing regulatory environment as we always have. This entails thinking outside the box and exploring new ideas and opportunities. . . . including joining the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network.

The CESU is a consortium of federal agencies, Native American tribes, institutions, state and local governments, nongovernmental organizations, and other partners organized as a platform to support interdisciplinary research, share technical expertise, and expand the goals of education. . . . We look forward to developing interdisciplinary partnerships with many of our colleagues using our CESU contract.

Rock fenceIn the last year, we have continued to support our core educational mission by directing graduate and undergraduate student internships, including small projects administration, archaeological collections management, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications in collections management, GIS applications in CRM, and archaeological site survey. Student interns acquired a broad range of experiences, and several have moved into permanent positions at the ASC.

Our Archaeological Collections Endowment remains in excess of $1.2 million dollars, and we are exploring opportunities to further expand our work in the area of curation, interpretation, and community engagement. This past year, our CRM projects and field efforts were spread across Northern and Central California, and east to Nevada. Our work has supported Caltrans, CAL FIRE, California State Parks, PG&E, the BLM, the NPS, and the City of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, among others.

For me, this year has passed quickly, and I look forward to many more to come. The ASC is an exceptional institution staffed by extraordinary people, and we hope to demonstrate that with this brief look at our year in review.

Tom Whitley
ASC Director