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Judy Sakaki, president of Sonoma State University
Sonoma State University

Last week, we talked about Sonoma State’s new approach to remedial learning in English and Math. Today we return to the Rohnert Park campus, to listen in on remarks by SSU President Judy Sakaki. Her address yesterday to the opening convocation for the academic year emphasized plans to broaden access to the school for underrepresented groups. Steve Mencher has more.

Earlier this month, the California State University system announced some significant changes in its approach to teaching, to take full effect in the fall semester of 2018.

The focus is on improving outcomes for students who arrive at school with deficits in English or Math. Steve Mencher sat down with one of the administrators at Sonoma State charged with implementing the new direction.

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Nearly 2,600 Sonoma State seniors walked across the stage at Weill Hall this past weekend to receive their diplomas. It was the University’s largest graduating class in its history and that means even more graduates left commencement with student loan debt. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

Tiffany Camhi

The rise of the do-it-yourself movement, combined with the push in STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math education, has led to a boom in Makerspaces across the country. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports, Sonoma State will be joining the maker community when it opens its own Makerspace on Friday.

Pursuing a Sustainable Economy

Apr 5, 2017

As the annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference marked its 12th year this week, a recurring thread was the many ways these ideas have taken hold in the wider economy.

Asbestos Verdict Fails to Clear the Air at SSU

Mar 28, 2017
Sonoma State Star

For 24 years, Thomas Sargent was an environmental health and safety specialist at Sonoma State. Earlier this month, a Sonoma County civil jury agreed that he'd been harassed and forced to resign under duress in 2015, after complaining about the school's handling of asbestos in Stevenson Hall. But the verdict has not put an end to the concerns, as Steve Mencher reports.

A scholarship program that works specifically with undocumented students who want to attend college has added Sonoma State University to its list of partner schools in California.

Find out more about the Dream.US scholarship program on their website.

Reconciling Faith and Feminism

Sep 22, 2016

Islam vs. Feminism: the False Dichotomy was the topic of a talk given Thursday afternoon at Sonoma State, part of the feminist lecture series there. On her way to the campus, the speaker also visited KRCB to explain her topic and how she came to it.

This issue is hardly limited to Islam, notes Sabina Khan-Ibarra. She also contributed to an anthology that addressed it across multiple faiths.

Tiffany Camhi

Three years ago, some Sonoma State students successfully built and launched a tiny research satellite into space. Now a new team of students is working to get an even smaller satellite into orbit. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.  

Find out more about the project here.

New SSU President Opens the 2016 Academic Year

Aug 22, 2016
Nicolas Grizzle, SSU

  Dr. Judy Sakaki, the newly installed 7th president of Sonoma State University, greeted the campus community yesterday at the annual convocation, which marks the beginning of the new academic year. 

Dr. Sakaki addressed the convocation for more than 30 minutes, during which she also introduced the new members of her administration. You can hear her speech in its entirety below.

A Dark Musical Biography of Jack London

Jul 31, 2016
Sonoma City Opera

  All this week, the North Bay report is revisiting archival stories about lesser known aspects of Jack London’s life and work. We begin today with a look back at the 2006 biographical opera, “Every Man Jack,” composed by Libby Larsen.

Mezzo Soprano Jennifer as Charmian London is featured in this scene from the 2006 Sonoma State production of Every Man Jack below. Jack is played by Rod Gilfrey.

SSU’s Holocaust Grove as a Teaching Tool

Jun 14, 2016
SSU

  The Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Grove on the Sonoma State campus should be more than a reflective space for remembrance, its founders said at a gathering there Tuesday morning:  it can also be an educational resource for young people.

And in the North Bay Report archives, you can also see our 2009 report on the creation of the Memorial here.

Students’ Engineering Creativity on Display at SSU

May 4, 2016
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Sonoma State is primarily a teaching campus, but many students also engage in research projects, including some innovative inventions, that were on display yesterday in the University's newly combined “Symposium of Research and Creativity."

 The possible applications of a mobile solar-powered generator are almost limitless, says co-developer Jarrett Baglietto, especially since their designed their unit with enough storage to drive even some big, power-hungry equipment.

Aging in America is Changing

Feb 24, 2016

  Longevity and the changing nature of retirement was a central topic at the annual Economic Outlook Conference at Sonoma State Wednesday morning. But a short-term look at the local economy was part of the program, too.

 As the remainder of the demographic bulge known as Baby Boomers head into retirement, Age Wave CEO Ken Dychtwald says they are increasingly redefining that that means.

 

CSU Faculty Set April Strike Dates

Feb 8, 2016

  With prolonged contract talks apparently headed for impasse, The California Faculty Association is making plans for a state-wide strike in Mid-April.

Campus Store Offers Student-made Goods

Dec 11, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Creative and entrepreneurial students at Sonoma State now have a new outlet for the goods they make, a student-run store that is now open on their campus. 

Microbes "scrub" winemaking wastewater

Nov 16, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Naturally occurring bacteria are being tested as agents that can clean up waste water from winemaking, and generate a little energy in the process.

The bacteria that are being used in these tests may behave in some unusual ways, but they are naturally occurring and easy to find, says SSU Biology Professor Michael Cohen.

  They are called "electrogenic" microbes due to a bio-chemical process through which they can create a small electric current. Cohen explains how that happens.

  The key factors in creating a sustainable wine business are the same all over the world, concludes a new book, and can also apply to other kinds of businesses.

Strike Vote Next Week for SSU Faculty

Oct 14, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

The California State University system got a 10% boost in its budget this year—a $ 269 million increase—so the faculty statewide are pushing hard for a 5% salary increase. The administration has drawn a line at 2%, leaving the two sides at impasse, and a strike vote set for next week.

SSU professor Andy Merrifield, a member of the CFA’s statewide bargaining team, has been down this road before. But this time he says, the stakes are higher—and he believes the level of public support for the faculty is, too.

Karin Jaffe/SSU

On today’s North Bay Report we hear of a partnership between primate researchers at Sonoma State and keepers at the Oakland Zoo. It's all about making the lives of their lemurs a bit more interesting.

Keep up with the project by reading the "Lab Notes" on the collaboration's Experiment.com page.   

Calculating Residential Water Changes

May 21, 2015

  An easy-to-use computer modeling tool allows homeowners and others to calculate water use and installation costs for building, landscaping or remodeling projects. It’s being developed and tested here in Sonoma County, but is meant to be applicable statewide.

Caravana 43

The 43 Mexican college students who disappeared last fall during a police assault on their demonstration in remembrance of a 1968 student massacre, have been declared dead by government officials, but their families dispute that. They’re now touring the United States to publicize the unresolved disappearance, and a group of them visited Sonoma County Tuesday.

50th Anniversary Anti-War Teach-Ins

Mar 25, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

 

  American involvement in Viet Nam was gearing up 50 years ago, and programs to recall that history are likewise increasing now. At Sonoma State yesterday, that included a series of “teach-ins” that reviewed some of the opposition to that war—and the others that have followed it.

  It was a matter of conscience for many young men to submit to the draft while also opposing it, recalls activist Lee Swenson. These non-violent actions, taken voluntarily by draftees who could have used other resources to avoid conscription, gave moral weight to their stance.

CSU Faculty Ratify New 3-Year Contract

Nov 12, 2014
CFA

  The California Faculty Association, the union that represents professors and instructors for all the California State University campuses, has approved a new contract, following ratification vote by their members last week. That capped a bargaining process that was far less contentious than others over the past decade. Today we take a closer look at the process, and what resulted from it.

The CSU Board of Trustees is expected to also ratify the agreement at their meeting in Long Beach.

Project Censored Releases 2015 Volume

Oct 3, 2014

  Project Censored is out with its latest collection of under-covered news, which includes stories about climate change, corporate corruption, mainstream media errors and omissions, and a nationwide analysis of police-involved shootings.

See KRCB's independent reporting on ocean acidificiation, a two-part story from 2011 that can be found here and here.

Schroeder Hall's Organ Set to Debut

Aug 21, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  The boy pianist from Peanuts gave Schroeder Hall its name, but the intimate new concert space at the Green Music Center is more notably the new home of a remarkable and historic pipe organ.

Opus 9 is a baroque organ, in the style of instruments three centuries older. That’s not a factor in its size, says Sonoma Bach Music Director Bob Worth—it’s descriptive of the sound it produces.

An Opportunity for Children with Autism

Aug 14, 2014

  

  Autism is a mystifying and growing issue for children worldwide. Here in Sonoma County, a unique partnership between the California State University and a local family-oriented non-profit is educating parents, caregivers, and future professionals about the many facets of autism. And they are looking for some additional children to include in the program.

Decoding Malware at Sonoma State

Jul 10, 2014

  To combat computer viruses and other malware, computer science students learn to make their own as part of a rare and controversial class at Sonoma State. We get a peek inside in this archival North Bay Report from May 2007.

Young Chamber Musicians Gather, Perform at SSU

Jul 6, 2014

 For a seventh consecutive year, young musicians and composers from across the country have convened on the Sonoma State University campus for an intensive three-week session of chamber music study and performance. It’s called California Summer Music, and includes a public invitation to attend their concerts, free of change.

Simulating Cuba at the International Model UN

Apr 30, 2014

  Every spring, a group of students from Sonoma State take part in a global simulation of the United Nations, but representing a country very different from their own. The 26 delegates have just returned, bringing back a few honors with them. To get a debriefing on their trip, we hear today from their faculty advisor.

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