Student Activist Honored by ACLU

April 23, 2015 8:31 AM

student activistThe Sonoma County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has selected Sonoma State University senior Sandy Espino-Valenciano to receive the Mario Savio Student Activist Award.

Espino-Valenciano, a psychology major at Sonoma State, is a volunteer and consultant with the North Bay Immigrant Youth Union where she has advocated for the implementation of the Trust Act and Assembly Bill 60, which requires driver's licenses to be issued to undocumented individuals in California. She has also led community forums as resources for immigrants applying for driver's licenses.

seawolflogo.pngPlayers of the Week
Sonoma State softball player Mayleen Mazon has been named Player of the Week by the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), Hillary Fazekas has been named women's tennis Player of the Week by the Pacific West Conference, and goalkeeper Andrea Mallul has been named the KAP7 Player of the Week by the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) for the week of April 6-12.

wine cocktailsSonoma State University took first and second place in a "friendly" wine mixology competition with Texas Tech.

The schools dreamt up the competition to combat the toll that craft beer and spirits mixology may take on wine market share in the U.S.

"Wine can sometimes be perceived as a bit too snobby," says SSU wine business student Chris Harrison. "By crafting wine cocktails, we can appeal to the come-as-you-are beer and spirits followers."

sustainable enterprise conference logoThe North Bay is a powerful and creative community brimming with opportunities and resources for sustainability, and Sonoma State University's Sustainable Enterprises Conference at Sonoma Mountain Village on April 30 brings together the thinkers and leaders from the community, government, business and the university who are transforming the North Bay into a hub of sustainability and healthy living.

"The Sustainable Enterprise Conference is an accelerator for sustainable businesses," says Bill Silver, dean of Sonoma State's School of Business and Economics. "It is a place where the business community comes together to not only explore new innovations in business practices, but also to create new connections and partnerships."

More than four decades may have passed since man has set foot on the moon, but last year Sonoma State University equipment technician Steve Anderson shot a giant laser at it.

Working in conjunction with a local Sonoma County laser light show studio, Anderson created a 100-Watt laser projector, over 20,000 times more powerful than a typical handheld laser. Anderson demonstrated the laser as part of a visual display the night before the launch of the Orion Spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida on December 5, and participated in the Holidays in Space events later that month.

asian pacific american heritage bannerIn April, Sonoma State University celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage month. Events are held around campus and offer different opportunities to learn about Asian-Pacific American heritage.

April 15: Japanese American Internment and Community Archaeology Panel Discussion
This Japanese American internment and Community Archaeology presentation highlights the results of the four field seasons of landscape archaeology at Amache, Colorado's World War II Japanese internment camp. The panel features former internees, students, volunteers and faculty from multiple research years. Discussions will focus on the impact of collaborative research and the panelist's individual experiences. Cooperage, 7-9 p.m., free.

womens tennis Haithcock.jpgWomen's Tennis: Seawolves Finish Regular Season With 9-0 Sweep Over Holy Names
The Sonoma State women's tennis team wrapped up the 2015 regular season with a 9-0 victory over Holy Names in Oakland on Sunday morning, matching last year's regular season wins total of 16. The Seawolves are 16-7 after winning 10 of their last 12 matches.

organ.pngTwo upcoming choral concerts at Sonoma State University will feature organist Charles Rus, longtime organist with the San Francisco Symphony. The programs include works by Haydn, Duruflé and Britten under the baton of Jenny Bent, SSU choral activities director.

Rus, who played a key role in the selection of the Brombaugh organ in the Green Music Center's Schroeder Hall, made his "Sundays at Schroeder" solo debut in November 2014 performing Baroque and modern selections to a sold-out house.

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