Welcome Jesus Garcia-Valdez!

January 4, 2018

Jesus Garcia-ValdezJesus Garcia-Valdez as our new EOP Admissions / Academy Coordinator! Jesus comes to Sonoma State University with a strong background in supporting first generation, low-income students.

Jesus Garcia-Valdez was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He migrated to the United States at the age of 10. He relocated to a small rural town in the heart of Salinas Valley. He is the second youngest of seven and he always tries to keep busy whether by bettering his local community, spending time with family, or trying new things. Jesus has always been very family oriented because he knows his family members are the people who will always be there to support him as he reaches for the stars.

Jesus attended Gonzales High School, where he tried to make the most of his time and participated in as many extracurricular activities as possible. He was also a co-founder of the Men’s Volleyball Team, and a member of the R.E.A.L. Club, a Latin Heritage Club and California Scholarship Federation. He also held a leadership role in his High School’s Associated Student Body (ASB) for four consecutive years. He arduously worked all four years of high school, which led him to graduate top in his class receiving Valedictory honors at Gonzales High School in Gonzales, CA.

Jesus began his career in education as a high school peer mentor for the Educational Talent Search Program, an early outreach and support program based out of Cal State Monterey Bay. Jesus was a peer mentor for four consecutive years before becoming the Educational Advising and Retention Specialist for the same program. Jesus developed a strong sense of devotion for both early outreach and college support program, as they were critical to his formation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business Management and a minor in World Languages and Hispanic Cultures with an emphasis in Spanish both from California State University, Monterey Bay. While at CSUMB, Jesus studied abroad twice; Salamanca, Spain and Cordoba, Argentina. During his undergraduate years, he also competed on CSUMB Men’s Volleyball Club Team. During his spare time he likes to read, travel, capture and edit photographs. Jesus’s first day will be on Tuesday, January 16th.

Georgia Schwartz to Retire

December 12, 2017

After a long and distinguished career as a Health Center doctor and Director, Georgia will be retiring at the end of the semester. She looks forward to spending time with her granchildren and continuing to support the college heath field through volunteer work.

Following Georgia's departure, Dr. Pat Drier and Dr. Kathy Andersen will serve as interim co-Medical Directors..

A celebration in honor of Dr. Schwartz will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 3-5pm in the Student Health Center. Come and thank Georgia for her many years of service and congratulate her on her well-deserved retirement.

Ann Mansfield Moving On

December 12, 2017

Ann Mansfield, Coordinator for the Career Center, will be moving to a faculty counselor position at Santa Rosa Junior College where she will have the opportunity to support students in Career Technical Pathway programs and teach. SRJC students will benefit greatly from her support.

We are greatful for the four years that she has dedicated to building our Career Services Center and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

A farewell party is planned for Wednesday, December 13 from 2-3pm in the Knights Valley Room.

Welcome Dr. Ryan-Jasen Henne!

December 6, 2017

I am happy to announce that our Dean of Students, Dr. Ryan Jasen Henne has arrived and began working today. Ryan (or RJ) joins us from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He is transitioning from a UAA Seawolf to a SSU Seawolf. We are grateful that he has an affinity for Seawolves!

Ryan will be overseeing Student Involvement, Hub Cultural Center, Rec Center and Residential Life. In addition to overseeing these units, Ryan will serve on the CARE Team and as a key part of the Student Life leadership team. His main office will be located in 3020 Student Center and he will have a satellite office in the Recreation Center until we hire a new Rec Center Manager.

His email is active and he can be reached at Please join me in welcoming Ryan to SSU and Student Affairs!

- Stacy Heldman-Holguin, Ed.D, Interim Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

New Adventures for Jesse Ray!

December 5, 2017

Jesse Ray joined Campus Recreation at Sonoma State University on September 28, 2015 and served as the Adventure Program Coordinator and shortly after being hired, he also served as an Advisor in Residence. During his time he supervised 60+ student employees and 8 student managers in 6 areas including Outdoor Pursuits, Low Ropes Course, Climbing Wall, Outdoor Resource Center, Bike Shop and Risk Management. He proficiently trained staff on industry standard techniques taught by the AMGA, LNT and the ACCT and created a staff development curriculum for the Climbing Wall, Low Ropes Course and Outdoor Pursuits. He helped to create and implement a bike rental program consisting of 20 single speed coaster bikes. Developed innovative programs and services including: Women's Wellness, LGBT+ and Allies, Masculinity based outdoor trips and Counseling and Psychological Services Outdoor Trips. In his Advisor in Residence role, he planned programs and events for the Adventure Living Community.

Now, he is moving on to begin building an Adventure Program for our sister school San Francisco State University at the Mashouf Wellness Center working in the Department of Campus Recreation. We are very grateful for our time with Jesse Ray and all he has helped SSU achieve. His last day at SSU is December 19th.

Please join us in sending him off on Friday, December 15th at 4pm in Lobo’s.

Carina Buzo: Onward and Upward

December 4, 2017

On January 2, 2018, Carina will become the Assistant Director of Diversity Initiatives and Program at Oregon State University. She'll be overseeing the supervision and curriculum development of 14 undergrad and 1 grad student in delivering diversity and social justice education as well as serving as a diversity consultant and trainer for faculty, staff and administrators. She will also assess and respond to incidents of bias and instruct colleagues on policies and responses during bias incidences.

For the last 2-1/2 years, Carina worked with the HUB and Student Involvement as a Campus Life Program Coordinator doing trainings, and organizing a multitude of events, workshops, presentations, and programs.She is now ready to take the next step in her career. We are very proud of her and will miss her commitment, professionalism and energy.

You can bid Carina farewell on Wednesday, December 13 at a community celebration with students by Women of Color Collective at the HUB at 12 noon. All are welcome.