WHAT'S UP AT CSU CAMPUSES
PHYSICAL CHANGES IN THE WORKS FOR MANY CAMPUSES
Many CSU campuses are making safety and efficiency a priority in 2013. Recently funded capital projects have been completed or are just beginning this month with lasting impact on both the campus and local community. The Channel Islands Entrance Road is a joint multimodal transportation project completed in coordination with Ventura County. The project involved the construction of a new roadway connecting the campus to Lewis Road, which the county has recently expanded to a 4-lane highway that includes a new 4-lane bridge to the campus across Calleguas Creek. The new entrance includes sidewalks, bike paths, a landscaped median, entry signage and kiosk and street lights. The project also includes two vehicular bridges and two pedestrian bridges crossing Long Grade Creek. The road was made possible by the acquisition in 2007 of agricultural land adjacent to CSUCI. The goal of this $25.2 million project was to meet the campus need for a safe and reliable primary access, promote multimodal commuting and enhance the campus visibility and university identity. The entrance road opened with a dedication ceremony in the spring of 2012 that was hosted by President Dick Rush and attended by county and local officials as well as representatives of Caltrans, the Chancellor's Office, the US Navy and the local Chumash Indian tribe.
The Cal Maritime Academy physical education replacement project began in March. Bonds will finance the estimated $34.7 million project, which will construct a new 38,601 square-foot building at the campus entrance that will include an outdoor aquatics survival training pool. In addition to the 50-meter pool for academics, survival training, athletics, and recreation, the two-level facility includes a variety of training, administrative and support areas. The building will be clad in white precast concrete panels interspersed with translucent glass and visually supported by brick walls which reference the historic building material and color of the main campus. Occupancy is expected in August 2014.
CSU Bakersfield will break ground on construction of the Bakersfield Art Center and Satellite Plant in August 2014. The new art center will replace facilities in the campus core with a new 16,181 square-foot building in the western section of the campus, accommodating 224 full-time equivalent students, and provide lecture, laboratory space and faculty offices. The center will be u-shaped with drawing and photo labs that frame a central courtyard and face the future humanities complex quad to the north. The building interior is designed to provide flexible and functional environments for five programmatic lab areas using indoor-outdoor studio areas, a large covered patio, and exhibit areas that flow into the adjoining courtyard.
CSU Monterey Bay and a local community college are offering a unique three-year computer science degree starting in fall 2013.
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The University Bookstore at Cal State Long Beach has been chosen as the Collegiate Retailer of the Year by the National Association of College Stores (NACS). Awarded biennially, the honor is given to one college store that displays extraordinary leadership and excellence among the nation’s prominent collegiate retailers. PRESS RELEASE »
Customers who line up for sweet corn, ice cream, olive oil and other goods produced by Fresno State students have a new place to shop for their favorite items. The university recently celebrated the grand opening of a new Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market on the campus.
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ANNE FRANK TREE SAPLING
The courage and inspiration of Anne Frank will be honored in mid-April as Sonoma State University plans to plant the sapling taken from the mother chestnut tree that often gave Frank hope as she hid from the Nazis in World War II. FULL STORY »
For the latest information about what the CSU is doing to increase the number of underrepresented students at its campuses, read the latest newsletter here »
CalStateTEACH has been named an Apple Distinguished Program for 2012-2013 for its innovative design and implementation of a one-to-one iPad mobile learning initiative. The program recognizes outstanding schools and programs that are centers of innovation, leadership, educational excellence and exemplary learning environments.