Campus: CSU, Stanislaus -- September 6, 2000

Fall Classes Startup Begins University's 40th Anniversary

California State University, Stanislaus will mark its 40th anniversary with more students and a new honors program as the 2000-01 school year opens with the startup of Fall semester classes on Thursday, September 7.

Rated as one of the top universities and best higher education bargains on the West Coast by U.S. News & World Report for the sixth straight year, CSU Stanislaus will welcome nearly 6,800 students. University officials report that application and admission activities are again at an all-time high with a few days remaining before classes get under way, the ninth straight year of marked enrollment growth.

The University's 40th Anniversary celebration gets under way on Saturday, September 2 with a full day of activities. Moving-in day for student residents of The Village, the on-campus residential facility that is at capacity, on Saturday will feature the second annual Convocation ceremony in the afternoon and a free concert featuring the Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Amphitheatre. The special concert featuring one of the top musical groups in Northern California will be capped by a fireworks show.

One of the University's top new academic offerings is a much improved Honors Program featuring additional scholarship support for students who have demonstrated that they are outstanding scholars and are seeking challenges in their coursework as well as opportunities to do research. That the University has enrolled an all-time high of nearly 600 first-time freshmen students is a good indication that more scholarship opportunities are available, noted Ed Aubert, Director of Admissions and Records.

Dr. James Tuedio, Coordinator of the honors program's curriculum development process and a Professor of Philosophy, said plans call for a startup group of about 30 freshman and 30 juniors, including community college transfers, with the number of students in the program expected to increase to about 300 within five years. Students are being encouraged to apply from across the whole spectrum of majors served by the campus.

In addition, a Liberal Studies major that provides strong appeal for the University's biggest program - teacher education - is moving into its second year. The new major blends Liberal Studies and Teaching Credential courses in streamlining the path for students seeking careers in education. Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music major programs are also in place for the second year.

At CSU Stanislaus-Stockton, more than 1,000 students are expected to take classes this Fall. Those taking full-time class loads are up 11 percent. Classes are also offered at the Tri-College Center on the Merced College campus. CSU Stanislaus is offering teacher education classes on site as well as televised distance learning courses, teaming with the University of California, Merced, and Merced College to offer academic programs at the Center.

Work is well under way on the three-story, $26 million Mary Stewart Rogers Educational Services Gateway Building at the Turlock campus. Scheduled for occupancy by Fall 2001, it will house all student services, administration and a number of support staff offices in a "one-stop" location. Remodeling work is also being completed on the food service center in the Main Dining Hall.

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