researchsymposium.jpgSonoma State University features presentations from several research groups each year, and now they've combined may of those groups into one event. The public is invited to attend the first Sonoma State University Research Symposium, featuring interdisciplinary presentations from students and faculty, on April 15 at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

"This is part of a larger effort to get students more involved in research, particularly with faculty mentors," said Daniel Smith, director of SSU's Office of Undergraduate Research and coordinator of the University Research Symposium.

mariagitin.jpgOn April 21, Penngrove native Maria Gitin will read from her memoir, "This Bright Light of Ours: Stories from the Voting Rights Fight," as part of Sonoma State University's Africana Lecture Series.

Gitin's memoir details the dramatic but little known Freedom Summer of 1965. Her book is based on her letters home and more than 30 interviews with Black activists she re-contacted four decades later.

Gitin will speak about her intensive training, being arrested and being chased by the Ku Klux Klan, and what it was like to be a young woman in the civil rights movement. She will share first person accounts from Black activists she knew and worked with including Charles Bonner, a Sonoma State alumnus and Selma student activist.

caravana.jpgParents and supporters of the 43 Ayotzinapa students kidnapped and disappeared in Iguala, Mexico last September are holding a press conference at noon, followed by a public forum at 12:30 p.m. on April 7 in the Student Center Ballroom C. The event is sponsored by the Chicano and Latino Studies Department (CALS). The public is welcome to attend.

SSU is one of three stops in Sonoma County that is part of a national tour to draw awareness about the missing students.

With the arrival of the group known as Caravana 43, it will be six months since 43 students from the Rural Teachers' College of Ayotzinapa went missing after being attacked by local police. They were on their way to peacefully protest education policy in Mexico.

cannesoutside.jpgSonoma State University senior Alex Bretow was working on the set of a new Steve Jobs biography film when he got the email on March 16: "Congratulations, you've been officially accepted into the Cannes CMF program!" Says Bretow, "I literally ran outside and was jumping up and down."


When the producer/director called his filmmaking partner and fellow SSU student, writer/producer Mary-Madison Baldo, she had a similar reaction "I literally screamed," she says. "I was home for spring break, so I tripped up the stairs yelling, 'Mom!' She came out of her bedroom in a panic because she thought that I had hurt myself or something."

Both are appropriate reactions to finding out you've had not one, but two films selected for the most prestigious film festival in the world this May.

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From microwaved lipstick to an alarm clock that wakes you up with the scent of bacon, contestants on the TV show Shark Tank have been pitching their ideas to millionaire investors for six seasons, and now it's coming to Sonoma State University.


The Seawolf Sharktank Experience gives students a chance to work with faculty in Sonoma State's School of Business and Economics to build a business plan based around an original idea or product. The top projects are chosen to compete against three other California State Universities in the finals at Chico State on April 24.

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Baseball: Ryan Luna Throws No-Hitter It was all zeroes on the scoreboard as Sonoma State pitcher Ryan Luna walked off the mound at the end of SSU's 7-0 win against the CSU Stanislaus warriors in the second game played Friday afternoon at Sonoma State. Luna's no-hitter is the first for the program since former SSU pitcher Aaron Damm held UC San Diego hitless back on April 30, 2005. The Seawolves took three of four against Stanislaus over the weekend, setting season highs for runs (15) and hits (21) in a 15-5 victory Saturday in Turlock.


Softball: Seawolves fall to Humboldt State, Maintain Lead in CCAA
Despite two losses to Humboldt State University on Saturday in Arcata, Sonoma State's softball team maintains its first place standings in the CCAA by one-half game over Cal State Monterey Bay. The Seawolves are 22-6 overall, 14-5 CCAA. Keeley Ray had an outstanding effort at the plate throughout the series, going seven for eight in the opener with a triple, a stolen base, an RBI and five runs scored.

Art by Sarah NewcombSonoma State University's annual Juried Student Exhibition runs March 26-April 12 in the University Art Gallery on campus. This year's exhibition features over 40 works of art selected by two jurors--Amy Owen, curator of di Rosa in Napa, and artist Chris Thorson.

Owen is curator to di Rosa's 217-acre art preserve and gallery and is the former senior exhibitions manager at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Thorson is a sculptor who specializes in capturing how objects hold cultural significance.

climatelogo.pngOn April 8 Sonoma State University is hosting the Sonoma County Adaptation Forum, the nation's first county-level climate adaptation forum. The focus is on keeping Sonoma County vibrant and resilient in a changing climate, and attendees will learn how to make climate friendly decisions and share what they have learned with others to explore new and innovative solutions for adapting to climate change.

"We know that the future is likely to bring more droughts, floods and fires," said Susan Gorin, Chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. "The forum will bring together policymakers across the county to discuss how we can make our community resilient and safer in light of these challenges."

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