Campus: CSU, San Bernardino -- January 25, 2001


Permanent CSU Building To Be Named
"Indian Wells Center for Educational Excellence"

The City of Indian Wells will be honored with the naming of the second permanent building in the new complex of California State University, Serving the Desert Communities. The structure will be called the "Indian Wells Center for Educational Excellence," announced Dr. Albert K. Karnig, president of Cal State, San Bernardino. The CSU Board of Trustees approved the naming at its quarterly meeting in Long Beach on Wednesday, January 24.

Indian Wells donated $5 million toward construction of the second building on December 21, 2000. The gift will be allotted in four segments: The city immediately disbursed $2 million, and the balance will be paid in $1 million installments over the next three years, according to Dr. Karnig.

"The generosity and foresight of the City of Indian Wells in making this gift is self-evident," said Dr. Karnig. "Its leaders recognize the tremendous value of this permanent campus to the future of the whole valley."

The first building of the new campus, at Cook Street and Frank Sinatra Drive in Palm Desert, is under construction, and is due to open in 2002. Cal State, San Bernardino is spearheading the public-private consortium to build the complex, which will eventually replace its current temporary facilities in Palm Desert.

The CSU trustees also voted to name a 300-seat lecture hall and theater in the complex the "Indian Well Hall."

Indian Wells Mayor Ed Monarch said the city's donation would help the regions young people and ultimately its economy. "Although our community does not have many children, we share a common responsibility and must insure that the region has the necessary facilities of higher education to prepare our youth for the future," Monarch said.

Cal State officials say the city's contribution is part of a continuing effort to bring a public four-year institution to the region.

"The university is forging new territory with this campaign," said Jo Ann Hankin, vice president for University Advancement. "We are appealing to individuals, corporations, foundations and local governments to support establishing the first permanent program leading to a four-year college degree in the low desert."


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