SSU professor and NI vp with new equipment
SSU engineering science professor Farid Farahmand and National Instruments VP of R&D Jin Bains with recently donated equipment.
Photo by Nicolas Grizzle

Affectionately known as "Pixies," two National Instruments PXI units will be put into use by Sonoma State University students right away thanks to donation to the engineering science department. "I can definitely use them with what I'm working on now," said SSU student Jon Poorazzo, who is designing RF antennae.

Sonoma State University's engineering science department has received a donation of $20,000 worth of equipment from National Instruments. The new equipment will be particularly useful in lab classes, which the department is focusing on increasing.

saharamer.jpegDr. Sahar Amer, author of "What Is Veiling," [UNC Press, 2014] speaks about the veil, one of the most visible elements of the Muslim faith, at Sonoma State University April 14.

Known by a variety of names, like hijab and burqa, the covering worn by some Muslim women is one of the least understood practices of Islam. Amer, who herself veiled for a short time in her 20s, brings context and a contemporary look at the phenomenon. She explains the origins of veiling in Islamic thought as well as the creative, thoughtful and sometimes subversive reasons behind women's choice to don the veil (or to remove it) in the 21st century.

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Softball: Seawolves Take First Place in CCAA After Series Win vs CSU San Diego Tritons Sonoma State softball took three of four games against CSU San Diego over the weekend, highlighted by Amanda Llerena's spectacular complete game shutout for Sonoma's 3-0 win in game one.

Game two ended with a bang as the Seawolves rallied on two outs to bring home five runs in the sixth inning for a 6-3 win. Game three saw no shortage of base runners for the Seawolves, with six runs scored in the third inning for a 7-6 win. The momentum ran out in game four however, as the Tritons scored early and held the lead, handing the Seawolves a 2-3 loss.

The series win jumps the Seawolves to first place in the CCAA with a record of 9-2, and a league-best 17-4 record overall.

Baseball: Seawolves Go 3-1 Against CSU San Bernadine Coyotes
The Sonoma State baseball team pounded the CSU San Bernardino Coyotes over the weekend, nabbing three wins in the four game series.

ssumobilescreenshot.jpegSonoma State University has updated its SSU Mobile iPhone app with new features and a fresh, modern look.

While not as in depth as other university apps, SSU's app is unique in that it was created entirely by students, with almost no cost to the university. "It's helpful, it's useful and it's different than a Web page," says Ali Kooshesh, chair of SSU's computer science department. "The features are designed to provide information easily."

Those features include a directory of faculty and staff, who can be called simply by tapping the phone number on the screen, right in the app. Another feature is the news feed from Sonoma State's News Center, placing the most recent articles at the top of the list.

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There are 1,100 empty pairs of shoes scattered in the grass outside the library, each representing a life on a college campus lost to suicide last year. Sonoma State University senior Ben Teurlay has been collecting the shoes since October as part of his In Your Shoes project to highlight suicide prevention as part of Mental Health Awareness Week on campus.

Teurlay partnered with Sonoma State's Counseling and Psychological Services to present the powerful exhibition three days on campus during the week. Wednesday features a walk and readings from students sharing their experiences with suicide. Sharing stories is an important factor in combating the stigma of suicide and mental illness, says Teurlay. In Your Shoes features facts and statistics about suicide on posters around the exhibition, and tips on how to help someone in a time of need.

"I've always felt that if I can make an impact on one student's life, then I've made a difference," says Teurlay.

abigailadams.jpgAs the calendar flips to March, Sonoma State University celebrates women throughout history who have stood up to make a difference. There are several events around campus this month that offer exciting opportunities to learn about and experience some of the obstacles women face throughout their lives both historically and currently.

Sonoma Film Institute Celebrates Women Directors
When compiling the list of films to be shown for the spring semester, the Sonoma Film Institute noted that its strongest films shared something in common: women were calling the shots. The timing coincided well with upcoming women's history month in March.

"I am especially excited about 'Que Caramba es la Vida,"' says SFI director Eleanor Nichols. "It is such a joyfully exuberant crowd-pleaser that I am completely baffled that no other theater in the county has chosen to show it."

The Sonoma Film Institute celebrates women filmmakers in March with screenings of two current international features, Doris Dörrie's "Que Caramba es la Vida" and Talya Lavie's "Zero Motivation." All screenings are in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, on the Sonoma State University campus, $5-$7 (SSU students free). For more information, or to receive a complete schedule of SFI events, visit or call (707) 664-2606.

March 6 at 7 p.m., March 8 at 4 p.m.: "Que Caramba es la Vida"
"Que Caramba es la Vida" is a lively documentary on the female mariachi singers of Mexico City who are breaking down barriers to follow their passion. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.This screening is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association, Sonoma County Chapter.

March 13 at 7 p.m., March 15 at 4 p.m.: "Zero Motivation"
Winner of the top prize for narrative world cinema at the Tribeca Film Festival, "Zero Motivation" (2014) is a dark comedy portraying the power struggles of three female conscripts at a remote army base in the Israeli desert. The film is in Hebrew with English subtitles.

Maria Hurtado (right) leads a pack of Seawolves in the 1500-meter run on Saturday.
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Women's Track and Field: After Seven Year Hiatus, Seawolves Take Third Place At Humboldt Meet

Competing in its first official meet in seven years, the Sonoma State women's track and field team earned a third place finish in the Humboldt State Invitational at Redwood Bowl in Arcata on Saturday.

The Seawolves took part in eight of the 18 events, scoring 50 points to finish ahead of San Francisco State (39) and the College of the Redwoods (19). Five-time defending CCAA champion Chico State ran away with the team title, garnering 240 points and finishing ahead of host and runner-up Humboldt State, which scored 100 points.

In the field events, Claudia Serrano earned top finishes for the Seawolves in the discus (fifth place) and shot put (10th) with throws of 28.46 meters and 8.01 meters, respectively. Alyssa Garcia had a team-best 24.77-meter throw in the javelin event.

Softball: Seawolves Beat CSU San Bernardino in Weather-Shortened Game
Just as the Sonoma State softball team scored four runs in the fifth inning, the sky opened up and drenched the field, ending the game as the Seawolves beat CSU San Bernardino 5-0. The second game was cancelled. The Seawolves improve to 6-1 in the CCAA and 14-3 overall.

Daniel Caresio had two hits and an RBI in Sunday's loss against Chico.
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Sonoma State University's baseball team got a taste of the big leagues this weekend, playing at Raley Field in Sacramento, home to the San Francisco Giants AAA affiliate club the River Cats. But the Seawolves lost the fourth annual Capital City Clash against Chico State, 2-7.

In last year's Capital City Clash, with the CCAA regular season championship on the line, the Seawolves pulled out a dramatic, come from behind 10-7 win. Over the past 38 years, Sonoma State has an 81-94 record against Chico State in baseball, including splitting this year's series, 2-2.

With the loss, Sonoma State falls to 2-6 in CCAA play and 5-9 overall. The Wildcats improve to 5-2 in conference play and 6-4 overall. The Clash series is now 2-2 between the two squads.

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