lynn.jpgKim Jenderseck (Anderson Valley HS), Patty Halpin (Ukiah HS), and Laura Herman (Willits HS) look on as Prof. Lynn Cominsky explains the data analysis software.

It was time for Mendocino County teachers to learn about science and they were thrilled to begin.

SSU's i3 Project Director Susan Wandling and STEM Director Lynn Cominsky met with teachers recently from six Mendocino County high schools for a one-day Learning by Making teacher institute hosted by Willits High School.

Subsequent sessions will be held throughout the year at other partner schools. The session allowed teachers to complete data analysis of experiments they designed at the one-week Institute in June at Mendocino County Office of Education in Ukiah.

nprhome.pngAn NPR radio segment with Dean can be found at

jamesjosephdean.jpegJames Joseph Dean's new book Straights: Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture is an in-depth look at the changing nature of sexual expression in America.

Dean, an Associate Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University, argues that "heterosexuals can neither assume the invisibility of gays and lesbians, nor count on the assumption that their own heterosexuality will go unchallenged. The presumption that we are all heterosexual, or that there is such a thing as 'compulsory heterosexuality,' he claims, has vanished.

health.jpgLow cost physical examinations and health appraisals for well adults and children are available through the SSU Nursing Department's Family Nurse Practitioner Program on Tuesdays from Oct. 21 - Dec. 9.

The exams are supervised by nursing faculty and performed by family nurse practitioner students who are registered nurses enrolled in the Master's nursing program.

copelandcreek.jpgInnovative ideas and approaches to engaging students in local watershed management challenges are being funded for a third year by the WATERS Collaborative at SSU, reports Claudia Luke, WATERS Coordinator and SSU Preserve Director. Funds come from a unique partnership with the Sonoma County Water Agency.

Faculty from environmental studies and planning, geography, chemistry, and biology are funded to work with their students on five regional watershed management projects.

Two additional fall projects, undertaken by faculty in philosophy and mathematics & statistics, are made possible through the "Sustainability in the Classroom" Grant Program awarded by WATERS in collaboration with the Sustainable SSU and GMC Academic Integration last spring.

safetyalert.pngPolice Services is hosting a Campus Safety Week from Oct. 13-16 on the SSU campus. Each day features a different theme, with events scheduled to highlight the importance of a daily message. Campus and community groups will be tabling each day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 13 is the kickoff day with a lecture by SSU Police Chief Nate Johnson at 2 p.m. in the Alexander Meeting Room in the Student Center on how to detect warning signs of an attack and how to mentally prepare for an active-shooter situation. Representatives from the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety, Sonoma County Sheriff's Department, Rancho Adobe Fire and AMR ambulance company are scheduled to attend.

See the guidelines for handling an active-shooter scenario at

lobofest.jpgThe office of Campus Life is continuing to connect Sonoma State through spirit, tradition and community by hosting four new on-campus events throughout the 2014-2015 school year. The first event, Big Night, took over an entire parking lot with a carnival atmosphere, and the next one is going to be just as big. LoboFest runs from Oct. 8-15 with a variety of events for students, staff and faculty.

Some of LoboFest's events include:

"Big Boo" at SSU - Monday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. Grand Ballroom, Student Center
Lea DeLaria, also known as "Big Boo" from the hit TV series "Orange Is the New Black," is coming to Sonoma State with a comedic talk her experiences being a "professional lesbian."

"It Takes a Village to Make a Village" (Out of Cardboard Boxes). Everyone Invited.

cardboardchallenge.pngSonoma State University Children's School preschoolers, local K-12 students and students, faculty and staff will come together on Friday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Stevenson Quad as they "make a village" out of cardboard boxes as part of the Global Cardboard Challenge. The entire community is invited to participate.

An annual event by the Imagination Foundation, the event was inspired by the viral short film "Caine's Arcade," which documents nine-year-old Caine Monroy's hand-made cardboard arcade and poignantly demonstrates the power of a child's imagination. The film got close to 4.5 million views and sparked a global initiative to encourage children to create.

Sonoma State University joins the other 22 California State University (CSU) campuses in accepting applications for admission to the fall 2015 term now through Nov. 30. Students intending to apply for fall admission should visit the recently updated website to complete the online application.

High school seniors, community college transfer students and others applying for admission as undergraduates are especially encouraged to apply by the end of November. After that date, most CSU campuses will stop accepting applications. CSU Mentor is the best systemwide source for updated information on applying to campuses and programs.

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