A Retirement Party for Elaine Leeder

After years of teaching sociology to countless Sonoma State students, Dean of the School of Social Sciences Elaine Leeder is finally retiring. Leeder came to SSU in 2001 and has served as Dean for the last 12 years.

Faculty and staff are invited to celebrate her numerous accomplishments at an ice cream social on April 26 at The Arbor by the campus lakes from 3 -5 p.m.

Leeder is responsible for the production of the Arthur and Erna Salm Holocaust and Genocide Memorial grove, and was instrumental in obtaining the Anne Frank Tree sapling, which was planted on campus on April 14.

Although retiring, she will return as a FERP faculty member in spring 2014 after spending a Semester at Sea in the fall of 2013.

Celebrate Helen Kallenbach's Retirement

Helen Kallenbach is Director of the Sonoma State American Language Institute, began as an instructor there in 1988. A student advisor for five years, she spent six years as the academic coordinator before becoming the Director in 2000. She continues to teach teo to three courses each semester.

In addition to speaking French and Portuguese, Kallenbach has studied German, Italian, and Spanish. She has lived in Switzerland and traveled in Asia, Europe and Brazil. Loving her job is not hard and she is continually learning about the world from her students. She enjoys having students visit her home in rural Sonoma County, where they enjoy walking under the redwood trees, swimming, playing the piano, and cooking ethnic foods.

Kallenbach holds a BA in French from the University of Missouri and an MA in Education, with a Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate.

Her retirement party is 3-5 p.m., Monday, April 29 in the Stevenson Courtyard