Governor Brown's May Revision of the 2013-2014 state budget continues to propose an additional $125.1 million in state funding for the California State University and also maintains reinstating $125 million that was cut from last year's budget and was due to be reimbursed in this year's budget following the successful passage of Proposition 30. The proposal also states that the administration will work with the colleges and universities, legislature and other stakeholders on a framework that would link future budget augmentations to performance-related measures.
Sonoma State University will award diplomas to approximately 2,300 graduates at its annual commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 11. Keynote speaker for both ceremonies is Alison Levine, who served as the team captain of the first American Women's Everest Expedition. An adventurer, explorer and mountaineer, Levine has survived sub-zero temperatures, hurricane-force winds, sudden avalanches, and a career on Wall Street.
The day historically draws more than 10,000 people to the Commencement Lawn, and will be held rain or shine.
Some highlights from the SOUP-ER program in the past year. JUMP student leaders and volunteers discuss the program and the impact it has had on them and the community.
Join Us Making Progress (JUMP), the community service organization at Sonoma State University, connects students with various volunteer opportunities in the local community.
One program takes place entirely on campus and makes a significant difference to the homeless population in Santa Rosa.
By Eric Gneckow, North Bay Business Journal Staff Reporter
Gary Heck, owner and president of Korbel Champagne Cellars and Kenwood Vineyards, became an honorary inductee of the Sonoma State University chapter of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society last month.
Heck joined students who were inducted into the society at the ceremony to celebrate the group's admission to the prestigious group. The Sonoma State School of Business and Economics cited Heck's role in the formation of the school's Wine Business Institute as reason for his selection.
"I am honored to be chosen as an honorary inductee. I wanted to create a place for the next generation of wine industry families to study the best practices of the wine business," says Heck.
Founded in 1995, the Wine Institute operates in close partnership with the wine industry and now offers a number of undergraduate and graduate programs. The institute also offers a number of certificate programs and short courses for current and aspiring professionals in the industry.
(left to right) SSU Provost Andrew Rogerson, Gary Heck and William Silver, dean of the School of Business and Economics.
The SSU Men's Lacrosse team wrapped up their regular season on April 14 finishing with an 11-3 record overall and a perfect 6-0 in the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL). Led by six seniors the team has qualified for WCLL Championship tournament as the #1 seed this weekend.
The six seniors are Casimir Morawski, midfield, Ryan Heidrich midfield, Josh Lucero, midfield, Matt Gillan attack Kyle Riddle attack and Brian Ponzi short stick defense. Having ended the 2012 season with a 2 overtime loss to Cal in the WCLL semifinal game, this group was determined to focus on winning their league championship while ultimately aiming for the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) National Championship.
The Sonoma State STAR, SSU's award-winning student run newspaper since 1979, has received more national attention recently. The newspaper has won the "Most Outstanding University Newspaper for 2012-2013" and the "First Place with Special Merit" awards from the American Scholastic Journalism Association.
"These are the highest honors given by the American Scholastic Journalism Association," said Chip McAuley, long-time STAR adviser who is leaving Sonoma State at the end of the academic year. "I'm very proud of the students. They do a tremendous amount of work every week - and each one of them, past and present, deserves to share in these awards."
Continuing the "Water Works" theme, the Sonoma State University Library has announced its Water Works Digital Exhibit, part of the campus-wide effort to draw attention to and celebrate North Bay waterways.
The online exhibit of images, documents, and media about North Bay waterways features four collections: Sonoma State University Waterways; Springs, Wetlands, & Geysers; Creeks & Rivers; and Coastal Waters. it can be found at http://omeka.sonoma.edu/exhibits/show/waterworks-digital-exhibit
SSU English professor and poet Gillian Conoley has been included in W.W. Norton's Postmodern American Poetry Anthology (2nd edition) that also includes the works of renowned poets Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, Denise Levertov, Amira Baraka, Charles Olson, and Barbara Guest.
"I'm very honored to be included in the anthology." Conoley said. "It was a lovely surprise."
Three of her poems were chosen: "Native," "This Land Is My Land," and "[My name is the girl with one glass eye said bitterly]".
Edited by Paul Hoover, poet and professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University, the anthology features 114 poets, 557 poems, and 15 poetics essays, and includes important recent movements such as Newlipo, conceptual poetry, and Flarf.