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SSU Welcomes Largest Student Population in Its History as Fall 2014 Semester Begins

Poised to become a showcase for innovation and a model for a 21st century public university, Sonoma State University welcomes the largest number of students in its history to the Rohnert Park campus as classes begin on Aug. 19 for the fall 2014 semester. 
More than 9250 students are enrolled for the Fall 2014 term, topping last fall's enrollment record of 9120, reports Sean Johnson, Director of Institutional Research. Johnson expects the figure to rise near or above the 9300 level by the University's fall census date in September. 
The largest freshman class - 1850 students - is also arriving on campus as well as approximately 800 transfer students. Primarily living in the residence halls, the freshmen arrive for Move-In weekend this Saturday and Sunday to begin their college career. To make their transition to college life easier, the University has arranged a series of Seawolf Welcome Week activities through the end of September. The schedule can be found at
SSU Seawolf Week schedule:
Saturday, Aug 16: Evasions Mentalist Duo @ 9 p.m; Student Center Ballroom 
Sunday, Aug 17: Big Nite @ 9 p.m.-1Midnight; Parking Lot D, Student Center and Rec Center
Monday, Aug 18: Sonfest @ 3-5 p.m.; Seawolf Plaza
Tuesday, Aug 19: Comedy Show & Pizza Feed @ 7 p.m.; Seawolf Plaza (Comedy show in Student Center Ballroom)
Wednesday, Aug 20: CultureFest @ 7 p.m.; Person Theatre
Thursday, Aug 21: Text Wars @ 7:30 p.m.; Student Center Ballroom
Friday, Aug 22: Big Screen Movie featuring "Neighbors" @ 8:30 p.m.; Sauvignon Green
Saturday, Aug 23: PULSE feat. DJ Earworm @ 10 p.m.; Student Center Ballroom (Welcome Back dance) 
More events can be found at
"These events are designed to be fun, engaging and interactive to help the students get to know each other, get a taste of the year to come and to start to build the Seawolf Community," says Mo Phillips, Associate Director of Student Development.
The campus community gathers for the annual University Fall Convocation on Monday, Aug. 18 beginning at 9 a.m. in Evert B. Person Theatre. SSU president Ruben Arminana will discuss the state of the university followed by Provost Andrew Rogerson, Senate Chair Richard Senghas and other faculty, student and staff speakers. Speeches will be available online after the event. Complete details can be found at
The University has forged a new identity during the last few years thanks to the opening of the Green Music Center and the Student Center. That transformation continues as the campus plans to remodel the former Student Union and the University Commons to boost classroom capacity for instruction and to create new hubs for international education and for wine business education, a program for which SSU is already a recognized world leader.
The 250-seat Schroeder Hall also opens to great fanfare with a weekend of free concerts in late August providing a new stage for music department concerts and classes.
To increase the public visibility of SSU as a campus committed to international and global education, a new International Center located on the ground floor of the former Student Union, will be dedicated on Sept. 22.
Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator magazine, recently made a $3 million gift to the University through the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation to support the construction of the new home for SSU's Wine Business Institute in the former University Commons. Construction will begin in 2015 for the Wine Spectator Learning Center.
"The University's six-county service area is transitioning from a largely rural economy and community to one that is increasingly more socially and culturally diverse, economically innovative, and globally connected," says SSU president Ruben Arminana.
"New academic initiatives are being developed to educate and support an increasingly diverse generation of students for success in a world that is multicultural and globally interdependent."
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