Campus Updates

Mercury removal in process

The Sonoma State University Phyical Education Weight room was found to contain traces of mercury last summer after the school was replacing the carpet.  Testing is now over in the Sonoma State Physical Education 6 Weight Room funded by the Athletic Department and work has begun on the weight room. 

“The work is now underway to remove the padding in the gym and ensure the space is cleared of mercury,” says Craig Dawson, director of Energy/Environmental Health & Safety at Sonoma State University. “We are still doing everything we can to have this room back in use by mid-January to avoid any additional impacts to the use of the space by our students, athletes, faculty, or staff.”

No new leads in body found at SSU

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s office is steadily investigating the murder of Kirk Kimberly, whose body was found by a SSU landscaper in a makeshift grave on Nov. 2 by the Green Music Center.  The Sheriff’s Office concluded that the crime was a homicide as Kimberly’s body was stabbed multiple times. Kimberly was an 18-year-old recent Rancho Cotate High School graduate. 

Investigators are looking for a white Cannondale mountain bike and a Bose Soundlink III speaker box as part of the investigation. Kimberly is thought to have been traveling on the bike before his death. The Bose speaker is something that Kimberly was often in possession of and detectives believe the speaker and the bike may help lead to a suspect in the murder of Kimberly. If you have any information please contact Detective Joe Horsman at 707‑565‑2185.

Police continue investigation for GMC assault

The Sonoma State STAR reported in an issue earlier this semester about a sexual assault that occured after the Chris Young concert on Sept. 24 that brought thousands to the Green Music Center. Sonoma State Police and Safety Services are still seeking help from the community in identifying the man who is a person of interest in the on-going investigation. The assault took place on the Weill Hall lawn around 9 p.m..  The suspect is described as a white, male adult between 20-25 years of age, 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 190 pounds.  The victim did not know her attacker.  Anyone with any further information is urged to contact Sonoma State Police and Safety Services at 707-664-4444.