Sonoma State

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.

Analyzing 'The Good Company'

Apr 29, 2014

When a Sonoma State economics professor set out to identify and profile examples of honorable and successful businesses, he first had to assess the qualities necessary to be a “good company.”

  While size  and growth do not disqualify a company from being "good,"  SSU business professor Robert Girling notes that some laudable businesses do choose, quite consciously, not to grow beyond a certain point.

Entreprenoma's Market Day Debuts

Apr 8, 2014

  A first-time event debuts on the Sonoma State campus today. It’s  a showcase for student-developed products, services and businesses, called Market Day. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson talks with the man behind the event.

Market Day is being held in the Student Recreation Center on the Sonoma State campus, 10 am to 2 pm today.

Historical Context for Occupy's Tents

Mar 13, 2014

  The most visible and enduring images of the Occupy protests were the communities of tents that sprang up in public spaces across the county, including the lawn outside Santa Rosa’s City Hall.  Whether by design or out of necessity, those encampments were part of a much longer history of outdoor protests in America, as we’re about to hear.

University of Colorado history professor Phoebe Young will be speaking at Sonoma State Friday at noon on “The Occupy Movement, Outdoor Politics and the History of American Camping.” More details here.

An Upbeat Economic Forecast for 2014

Feb 20, 2014

On today’s North Bay Report, we heard from California State University Chancellor Timothy White, who was the keynote speaker at Sonoma State’s annual Economic Outlook Conference yesterday. Another regular feature at the event is the regional economic analysis and forecast delivered by Economics professor Rob Eyler. He predicted solid growth for California in 2014, with North Bay counties doing a bit better than the state as a whole.

New Chancellor Shares Vision for CSU Schools

Feb 19, 2014

The new head of the California State University system is out to boost access for students, and increase the number of degrees conferred, but he isn’t counting on a big surge in additional funding from the state to do so.

Despite the jump in tuition costs for CSU schools over the past few years, Chancellor Timothy White says it remains a highly affordable avenue of higher education for many students and their families.

SSU Tables "Success Fee" Idea

Feb 19, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Sonoma State University’s top administrators have dropped a proposal to charge students a new, $500 per year “Success Fee.” The decision was announced by SSU President Ruben Armiñana in a memo to the University’s student, faculty and staff this afternoon which stated that the idea would not be pursued “at this time.” [See the full memo text below]

$1M Gift Boosts SSU's Wine Business Institute

Jan 9, 2014
Wine Business Institute

  Since it was created in 1995, the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State has grown to be a busy part of the University’s Business School. It now has more than 150 full-time students and many more participating in specialized professional development programs. This week, the Institute announced a financial boost that will help it grow further, and that’s the subject of today’s Exchange.  

Natural Sounds Inspire SSU Fall Dance Concert

Nov 21, 2013
Photo courtesy of SSU Dept. of Theatre Arts & Dance

The Sonoma State University Fall Dance Concert, "Soundscape Project," features natural sounds collected from SSU's Fairfield Osborn Preserve, a 411 acre nature reserve on Sonoma Mountain, and movement largely inspired by dancer improvisation. KRCB speaks with choreographer Kristen Daley and dancer Vanessa McCormick.

All Eyes Up for Comet ISON

Nov 3, 2013
Image courtesy of NASA

With the days getting shorter and the nights longer, it’s a good time to look up into the night sky. Astronomers are growing excited about the appearance of a new comet – Comet ISON – which will soon be passing within an astronomical whisker’s distance of the sun. 

Entrepreneurship at Sonoma State

Jun 3, 2013

The new Entrepreneur in Residence at Sonoma State University hasn’t been residing there long, but he’s hoping to make his presence felt in short order. He spoke with KRCB's Bruce Robinson.

  Not everyone thinks they are entrepreneurial, yet Mark Nelson believes the seeds for that approach to life lie in each of us—and is it more necessary now than ever to nurture them.


A key part of the entrepreneurial spirit is a willingness to take chances, says Nelson, and in the new economy, that’s becoming increasingly essential.