model un studentsA group of 24 Sonoma State University students earned a third place delegation award at the National Model United Nations Conference last week in New York City.

The students, led by political science professor Cynthia Boaz, participated in the program with more than 4,000 students from 400 universities across the globe. This year, Sonoma State represented Nigeria, which presented a variety of difficulties because of the nation's controversial politics and ongoing national issues. The team handled it well, earning Sonoma State's 10th award in the past five years.

clothesline project shirts on clotheslineSexual assault is hard to talk about, especially for survivors. But when one in five women are sexually assaulted in college, the topic must be addressed. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Sonoma State University is holding several events to initiate conversation about the uncomfortable subject.

Visually, banners are up on light poles around campus and student-made shirts decrying sexual violence are hanging up in the Student Center plaza as part of the clothesline project from April 6 to 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The shirts were made by students over the past 10 years, many of whom are survivors of a sexual assault.

diamandopoulos.jpgDr. Peter Diamandopoulos, the fourth president of Sonoma State University, passed away on April 1. Information from his obituary in the New York Times is below.

You Are Here dance project.jpgSonoma State University has selected the recipients of the Green Music Center Academic Integration Project awards for 2015. The overriding goal is to fund proposals that demonstrate tangible connections between the academic program and the GMC. The scope of projects is deliberately broad to allow for creative proposals that go beyond using the GMC as a standard lecture theatre. In total, $105,000 was awarded to ten projects.

Project: Instrumental Music Methods Outreach
Professor: Dr. Andy Collinsworth
Summary: To purchase several musical instruments necessary for training students in the Sonoma State University Music Education program how to play and teach a variety of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. To establish a link between students in the SSU Music Education program and students and teachers from area elementary school music programs.

tennisone.jpgWomen's Tennis: Seawolves Celebrate Senior Day With Sixth Straight Win
The Sonoma State women's tennis team closed out the home portion of their schedule with a commanding 8-1 win over CSU Stanislaus at home on Sunday. The win was the 10th in 11 home matches this season for Sonoma State as the 24th-ranked Seawolves won their sixth straight and improved their record to 14-6 on the year.

Baseball: Seawolves Lose Series to UC San Diego Tritons
Despite an early first-inning lead, the Sonoma State baseball team struggled to muster up enough runs for the win as they lost to the Tritons 3-4 at home Sunday. The Seawolves' record dropped to 11-13 in the CCAA and 17-16 overall.

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.

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