Resolution on the Matter of Richard J. Senghas

Whereas Dr. Richard J. Senghas, Professor of Anthropology, has served two consecutive year-long terms as Chair of the Faculty of Sonoma State University;

Whereas Dr. Senghas has worked tirelessly to keep communication between faculty and administration collegial during his terms as Chair;

Whereas Dr. Senghas’ finely honed expertise in discourse analysis has served the Senate equally well in parsing the obscure complexities of both CSU system policies and SSU campus practices; and

Whereas Dr. Senghas has endeavored to incorporate the Green Music Center facility and programming into the academic program of the University; and

Whereas Dr. Senghas has taught the Senate that the “c” in “schedule” is silent; and

Whereas Dr. Senghas served on the search committee for a new President, led the Senate during a period when the faculty were preparing for a possible strike, and counseled members of the community on the matter of possible asbestos exposure; and

Whereas Dr. Richard J. Senghas has single-handedly brought hats back in style; and

Whereas Dr. Senghas’ expertise in the linguistics of signed languages enabled him to interpret and deconstruct senators’ eye rolls and arm crossing from across the Student Center Ballroom;

Therefore be it

Resolved, that the Academic Senate of Sonoma State University express its highest regard to our colleague and generous leader for all of his contributions; and be it further

Resolved, that the members of the Academic Senate look forward to ongoing contributions from Dr. Richard J. Senghas to the life of the University.