Recognitions and Awards

June 29, 2021

Two SSU students recently took home a first-place award at the 35th Annual CSU Student Research Competition for their work in a project that uses sound to help biologists monitor biodiversity in an area over time. Alex Dewey and Jonathan Calderon Chavez’s machine learning work earned them first place in the Engineering and Computer Science (Mixed) category. Their algorithm utilizes machine learning to recognize and categorize recordings, such as human sounds, animal sounds, and nature sounds like rain and wind.

This work is also part of a larger project and partnership called Soundscapes to Landscapes, which includes Sonoma State and provided the sound recordings. The two computer science students got involved through a computer vision course with Assistant Professor of Computer Science Gurman Gill, Ph.D., and completed the work under SSU Geography, Environment & Planning Department Professor and Soundscapes to Landscapes team member Matthew Clark, Ph.D.

To learn more about Alex and Jonathan’s work and how it contributes to the Soundscapes and Landscapes project, visit the recent article on big ideas within the CSU.


SSU and California wine leaders advance industry diversity with launch of Wine Business Institute’s Inclusive Excellence Program

SBE studentSonoma State University School of Business and Economics has teamed up with top wine industry brands to launch The Wine Business Institute’s Inclusive Excellence Program. With a commitment of nearly $1,000,000 from the wine industry-leading brands, the innovative program establishes a cohort of students from underrepresented backgrounds who, through scholarships, internships, and mentoring programs, will be guided toward successful executive-level careers in wine business.
The WBI Inclusive Excellence Program is the most recent initiative launched at SSU by wine industry partners. In 2017, the WBI Board of Directors, including firms such as F. Korbel & Bros. and started the Wine Industry Scholars Program, which in four years has raised more than $2.2M in scholarships and academic support for first-generation, low-income students with family links to the wine industry and established SSU’s Center for Academic Access and Student Enrichment. Read more about WBI's Inclusive Excellence Program  →


SSU named one of the “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs for 2021” by Diverse magazine

Photo of SSU employeesFor the third year in a row, College Student Educators International (ACPA) and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine have named Sonoma State University one of the “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs for 2021.”

SSU was selected from hundreds of higher education institutions throughout the nation to receive the award for its emphasis on organizational structure, workplace diversity, staffing practices, and workplace climate and environment. Additional categories included salary and benefits, staff training, and educational and professional development opportunities. Read more about this award →