Campus: CSU East Bay -- March 11, 2005
Cal State East Bay's Concord Campus Receives Award from City
For its contributions to the "economic vitality and betterment of the
community," the Concord City Council presented its Business Recognition Award to
Cal State East Bay's campus in Concord at the March 8 council meeting.
Laura Hoffmeister, Concord mayor, presented the award to Peter Wilson, campus
dean, and Barbara Cella, director of community affairs.
"I'm tremendously pleased to have the campus recognized for its contributions
to the local community," said Wilson. "We've worked closely with the city and
the chamber of commerce to provide educational opportunities to meet local
workforce needs. Frankly, however, I think our greatest potential has yet to
be thought of, much less reached. I look forward to continuing and building on
the relationships we already have."
Functioning as an upper division, graduate, and credential campus with a current
enrollment of 1,500 students, it has produced many of the credentialed educators
now serving the region's school districts. It also has trained numerous
administrators in the area's public, non-profit and private sectors through its
master's programs and has provided specialized training for many of the region's
social services employees.
"We're also working with the city, local community colleges, and university
faculty to develop a strategic plan for future programs and a master plan for
the physical development of our site," Wilson noted.
Cal State East Bay's campus in Concord has enhanced educational opportunities
for the area's "mature learners" with its Osher Lifelong Learning
Institute-SCHOLAR-OLLI-started by emeriti faculty of the university. The
university also has allowed the city to use nine acres of campus land for the
building and operation of Boatright Youth Sports Complex, which provides athletic
programs and leagues for 2,600 young people in the area. Thousands of families
also visit the campus each summer for the free "Concert in the Hills" series,
while many others attend the university's free film nights and lectures there.
Media Contact: Barbara Hudler Cella, Dir. of Community Affairs,