mikeharrishoops.jpgMike Harris recorded team-highs of 12 points and six rebounds and Andy Mitchell came off the bench to drop in 10 points as the Sonoma State men's basketball team pulled away late for a 61-56 victory over Holy Names in a non-conference game Tuesday night at the Wolves' Den. The Seawolves have won five straight games, improving to 6-1 this season. The Hawks dip to 2-9.

It wasn't easy for Sonoma State against Holy Names, but the Seawolves were able to grind out the win after sinking nine of their last ten free throws in the final minute. SSU shot 26.9 percent from the field in the first time and went into the locker room down, 21-22. The Seawolves came out stronger in the second half, using an 8-0 run with 14:10 remaining to take a 39-35 lead they would never relinquish.

fforfake.jpgThe Sonoma Film Institute announced today its spring 2015 slate of screenings. This semester celebrates international cinema with a slate of women directors, the latest in American Independent cinema and the Orson Welles Centenary.

The season kicks off with the North Bay premiere of the Australian film "Charlie's Country." David Gulpilil ("Walkabout," "The Last Wave") won a Best Actor prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival as an aging Aboriginal who abandons his remote community in order to live a traditional lifestyle.

SFI Celebrates Women's History Month in March with the Sonoma County premieres of Ana Lily Amirpour's stylish and spellbinding Persian take on the vampire, "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night"; Doris Dorrie's stirring music documentary on female mariachi bands singing their hearts out in Mexico City's Garabaldi Plaza, "Que Caramba es la Vida"; and Talya Lavie's hilarious portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female soldiers in a remote Israeli desert outpost, "Zero Motivation."

Students and faculty who were affected by Thursday's campus closure are receiving detailed instructions regarding alternative final exam options. Students will be contacted by their instructors and have been assured that they will be given options to complete the final exam. Students will not be penalized if they must wait until the beginning of Spring semester to complete their finals. Students who live in campus housing and have makeup exams scheduled for Monday, Dec. 15 may remain in their residence hall rooms through the weekend.

Left to right, Brad Bollinger, editor in chief, North Bay Business Journal; William Silver, dean, School of Business and Economics, SSU; Ray Johnson, director, Wine Business Institute, SSU; George Christie, president and CEO, Wine Industry Network at the WINnovation award ceremony in Santa Rosa this month.

Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute was honored this month with the inaugural WINnovation Award at the North Coast Wine Industry Expo.

The awards highlight companies "developing innovative products or services that contribute to the advancement of the North American wine industry," says the Wine Industry Network (WIN), who sponsored the expo.

Sonoma State is launching an executive wine MBA in March, the first of its kind in the country but not the first the school has offered. "The Executive Wine MBA launching in March is the first to be held in Sonoma and on campus, but it is actually our third cohort of the Executive Wine MBA," says Annemarie Brown, director of marketing and external relations for SSU's School of Business and Economics. The first two were in Napa, and the second group is still in progress.

flood.jpgA powerful storm is expected to hit Sonoma County today, bringing an estimated three to five inches of rain and very strong winds. A flash flood watch and a high wind watch have been issued by the National Weather Service. Localized flooding, standing water, small stream flooding, power outages and downed trees are likely to occur on and around the Sonoma State campus. SSU Police & Safety Services and Facilities Services are working together to provide 24 hour staffing to ensure that hazards are identified and addressed in a timely manner.

SSU's emergency notification system, campus email and social media will be used to communicate important messages to faculty, staff and students in the event of a significant emergency. Updates will also be made to the 24 hour emergency hotline at 1 (888) 533-5388. To subscribe to the emergency notification system, please be sure that your mobile phone is entered in your My SSU account. For more information, visit SSU Emergency Management.


Senior Ashley Robinson aims for a kill in SSU's match against SW Minnesota State Thursday
Photo by Tyler Lobe, SSU Athletics

The Sonoma State Seawolves suffered a tough loss Thursday to end their historic run to the NCAA Div. II volleyball championships.

SSU, which took the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and NCAA Div. II West Region pennants lost in five sets (26-24, 25-23, 21-25, 20-25, 6-15) to No. 4 Southwest Minnesota State in the quarterfinal match of in Knights Hall on the campus of Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. in its first ever appearance in the championship tournament.

The Seawolves finish the season with a 23-7 record while the Mustangs improve to 25-9 and advance to a semifinal matchup with Grand Valley State on Friday.

The year is 1848 and a hydra is roaming the grounds of Sonoma State University. "It's a wonderful beast, kind of a dragon with 10 heads," says coordinator Christine Renaudin of the Second Year Research and Creative Experience class, or SYRCE (pronounced "seer-say").

Indeed, the course is multi-headed, with many disciplines hosting a "273" course number: American multi-cultural studies, art, Chicano and Latino studies, communications, English, modern languages and literature, music, philosophy and theater arts and dance. The theme this year is a "time machine" set to 1848: students are charged with presenting an aspect of 1848 life, whether that be in the arts, culture or another facet.

The variety of projects the idea has spawned is impressive: a life-sized recreation of Thoreau's cabin; paintings; networked text installations; tri-fold posters; presentations; performances; and even a short play are some of the results. The symposium is open to the public in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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