Honoring Carmen Works

Resolution on the Matter of Carmen Works

Whereas Dr. Carmen Works, Professor of Chemistry, has served a year-long term as Chair of the Faculty of Sonoma State University;
Whereas Dr. Works met a year full of extraordinary challenges, including but not limited to the wildfires of October 2017, with grace, strength, determination, and positivity during her term as Chair;
Whereas Dr. Works co-chaired the campus task force to write the University’s new Strategic Plan, which promises to provide vision and guidance to the entire campus as it moves forward;
Whereas Dr. Works led faculty efforts in connection with the Fall 2017 WASC reaccreditation visit, working collaboratively with students, staff, and administration towards a very successful accreditation;
Whereas Dr. Works’ finely-honed expertise in chemical reactions has served the Senate well in avoiding any undue explosions, despite not having a fume hood, during its meetings;
Whereas Dr. Works is an exemplary role model for the students of Sonoma State, from starting her academic career as a first-generation college student herself and becoming an amazing and inspiring Latina leader for all of our faculty;
Whereas Dr. Works is a voice for inclusivity in all forms and provides mentorship for students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds;
Whereas Dr. Works has given the Senate gavel a thorough workout whenever possible; and
Whereas Dr. Works encouraged active learning, even including a think-pair-share exercise in her Convocation speech, asking attendees to contemplate the impending solar eclipse (despite its being shrouded by fog);
Now, therefore, be it Resolved, that the Academic Senate of Sonoma State University express its highest regard to our friend, colleague, and generous leader for all of her contributions; and be it further
Resolved, that the members of the Academic Senate look forward to ongoing contributions from Dr. Carmen Works to the life of the University.

Approved by acclamation
05/17/2018