Aurora by Catherine DaleyThree sculptures have been installed in Sonoma State University's Student Center to inspire students and create a sense of space in the university's newest building.

Aurora II: Redux, a three-part sculpture by Sonoma State alum Catherine Daley, hangs at eye-level to the second floor. Its clear tubes wafting in the circulated air of the Student Center evoke the dance of the northern lights.

Child learning to ride bicycle with adult instructorThe Cycle Without Limits summer bike and swim camp at Sonoma State University will teach children with special needs how to ride bicycles June 15-19. These children often have a history of difficulty learning how to ride a bike using traditional methods.

The annual camp features instruction through United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay using specially designed pneumatic trainer bikes that allow children to master the skills of riding a two-wheeler while providing extra stability during the learning process. Most campers learn to ride in less than one week's time.

vagina monologues cast Sonoma State University's Vagina Monologues club raised $8,500 with its performances this semester to support sexual assault awareness.

With the dedication of 38 Sonoma State students the club donated the proceeds from three sold-out performances at Sonoma State to Verity, is a nonprofit dedicated to educating the community about and ending sexual violence.

archer shooting two arrowsSonoma State's archery club has come a long way since starting by shooting at (and sometimes missing) an arrow net in the school's field house. The club won a silver medal in the USA Archery National Collegiate Championship this weekend, it's first national medal since the club began only three years ago. And three of SSU's six archers were named to the USA Archery Collegiate All American Team.

More than 250 archers from 34 schools participated in the tournament at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. Sonoma State's won silver in the barebow men's team category, shooting with a traditional one-piece style bow. The team just missed a bronze medal in the barebow mixed team, falling to Stanford in the third-place match.

wine glassSonoma State University announced the first French Language Certificate for Wine Business in the United States.

"Many students in our classes are now studying both French and wine business," says Sonoma State French language professor Suzanne Toczyski. "Since France is perceived to be the one of the greatest wine countries in the world, there seemed to be a natural synergy."

erik greeny
Erik Greeny has been selected as Vice President for University Development at Sonoma State University.

Greeny, who has been interim Vice President for University Development at Sonoma State for the past three years, joined the university in July 2009 as Associate Vice President for University Development. In this role he has overseen and coordinated $35 million in private philanthropic giving. Before coming to Sonoma State he was a veteran academic fundraiser with broad experience in principal gifts, major gifts and all facets of university development work.

Woman performing experiment near treeSonoma State University has launched the new Center for Environmental Inquiry to play a leading role in the study of emerging environmental challenges in the region.

The center will oversee and expand activities at SSU's three nature preserves--the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve, Fairfield Osborn Preserve, and Los Guillicos Preserve--while also increasing access to resources and technology for students, faculty and regional employers.

mike thompsonSonoma State University awards degrees to the Class of 2015 at its 54th annual commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 16.

Approximately 2,000 are expected to walk for their diplomas with their families and friends watching that day. This year, the California State University system celebrates its three million graduates and is commemorating the milestone by connecting alumni from all 23 campuses with a virtual yearbook at

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