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CSU Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell, Senator Alan Lowenthal, and CSU Chancellor Charles Reed show off the state legislature's resolution recognizing the CSU's 50 years of education and service. CSU Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani appears in the background.
CSU Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell, Senator Alan Lowenthal, and CSU Chancellor Charles Reed show off the state legislature's resolution recognizing the CSU's 50 years of education and service. CSU Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani appears in the background.

The California Assembly's resolution lauds the CSU's commitment to providing high-quality, affordable education over the past half-century.
The California Assembly's resolution lauds the CSU's commitment to providing high-quality, affordable education over the past half-century.

Cal Poly Pomona Communication Arts students prepare paste-up layouts in 1971, well before the advent of desktop publishing software.
Cal Poly Pomona Communication Arts students prepare paste-up layouts in 1971, well before the advent of desktop publishing software.

The humble site of California Maritime Academy in 1946.
The humble site of California Maritime Academy in 1946.

California Maritime Academy's T.S. Golden Bear, with a clear view of the Carquinez Strait and Bridge in the 1980s.
California Maritime Academy's T.S. Golden Bear, with a clear view of the Carquinez Strait and Bridge in the 1980s.

California Maritime Academy's campus a bit later, in the 1980s.
California Maritime Academy's campus a bit later, in the 1980s.

Cal Maritime and the Carquinez Bridge in 1996, with full-grown palm trees lining Morrow Cove.
Cal Maritime and the Carquinez Bridge in 1996, with full-grown palm trees lining Morrow Cove.

California Maritime Academy as it appears today, situated on Morrow Cove in Vallejo, CA.
California Maritime Academy as it appears today, situated on Morrow Cove in Vallejo, CA.

Alex Haley, author of Roots, and James Rosser, President of CSU Los Angeles.
Alex Haley, author of Roots, and James Rosser, President of CSU Los Angeles.

CSU Fresno course registration in the 1960s.
CSU Fresno course registration in the 1960s.

CSU Fresno students in the 1970s.
CSU Fresno students in the 1970s.

CSU Fresno students in the 1980s.
CSU Fresno students in the 1980s.

CSU Fresno students in the 1990s.
CSU Fresno students in the 1990s.

A duet serenades fellow students at CSU Dominguez Hills.
A duet serenades fellow students at CSU Dominguez Hills.

Students inspect a machine in a machine shop at San Diego State University in 1976.
Students inspect a machine in a machine shop at San Diego State University in 1976.

B.B. King performs at CSU San Bernardino in November 2009.
B.B. King performs at CSU San Bernardino in November 2009.

1960s-era Home Economics students at San Diego State University compare cutout lampshade designs.
1960s-era Home Economics students at San Diego State University compare cutout lampshade designs.

A CSU Fresno cheerleader supports the Bulldogs, circa 1990.
A CSU Fresno cheerleader supports the Bulldogs, circa 1990.

Two students dressed in character prepare for CSULB's 49er Days, a bygone campus festival revisiting the California Gold Rush.
Two students dressed in character prepare for CSULB's 49er Days, a bygone campus festival revisiting the California Gold Rush.

Joan Baez performs for San Diego State University students in the Peterson Gym in 1964. Image courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Joan Baez performs for San Diego State University students in the Peterson Gym in 1964. Image courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

The CSU Fresno cheer and pep squad, circa 1960.
The CSU Fresno cheer and pep squad, circa 1960.

San Diego State University's 1963 homecoming queen and her court. Image courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
San Diego State University's 1963 homecoming queen and her court. Image courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Construction on CSU East Bay's Warren Hall and Library began in 1969 at the center of campus.
Construction on CSU East Bay's Warren Hall and Library began in 1969 at the center of campus.

The CSU Sacramento Hornet mascot waits for a game to start.
The CSU Sacramento Hornet mascot waits for a game to start.

This San José State University student sports an afro-the hairstyle that defined a decade!
This San José State University student sports an afro-the hairstyle that defined a decade!

Roommates at San Francisco State University relax in their dorm room in the 1970s.
Roommates at San Francisco State University relax in their dorm room in the 1970s.

A budding scientist at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo adjusts an electron microscope.
A budding scientist at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo adjusts an electron microscope.

Students wait in line to register for classes at Alameda State College, now CSU East Bay, in 1962.
Students wait in line to register for classes at Alameda State College, now CSU East Bay, in 1962.

CSU Fresno students enjoy dorm life in the 1980s.
CSU Fresno students enjoy dorm life in the 1980s.

A chemistry professor helps his student run an experiment in a CSU Channel Islands laboratory.
A chemistry professor helps his student run an experiment in a CSU Channel Islands laboratory.

A ''business machines'' class at San José State University teaches students how to use calculators efficiently.
A "business" machines class at San José State University teaches students how to use calculators efficiently.

San Diego State University students and faculty protest budget cuts in 1992. Image courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
San Diego State University students and faculty protest budget cuts in 1992. Image courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Students run an experiment and take notes in a chemistry lab at San José State University.
Students run an experiment and take notes in a chemistry lab at San José State University.

An aerial view of Bixby Ranch, the future site of CSU Long Beach, in 1947. The Veterans Affairs Hospital is seen along Bellflower Blvd.
An aerial view of Bixby Ranch, the future site of CSU Long Beach, in 1947. The Veterans Affairs Hospital is seen along Bellflower Blvd.

The San Diego State University Committee Against the Draft protests war in the 1970s. Image courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
The San Diego State University Committee Against the Draft protests war in the 1970s. Image courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Four students hang out in a CSU Channel Islands dorm room.
Four students hang out in a CSU Channel Islands dorm room.

San Diego State University students peruse card catalogs in the library.
San Diego State University students peruse card catalogs in the library.

Chancellor Dumke addresses CSU graduates in 1962.
Chancellor Dumke addresses CSU graduates in 1962.

Formal groundbreaking for the CSU East Bay campus began February 22, 1961, in Hayward Hills.
Formal groundbreaking for the CSU East Bay campus began February 22, 1961, in Hayward Hills.

An aerial shot of Fort Ord, which was redeveloped to become the site of the CSU's Monterey Bay campus.
An aerial shot of Fort Ord, which was redeveloped to become the site of the CSU's Monterey Bay campus.

A faculty protest at CSU Dominguez Hills.
A faculty protest at CSU Dominguez Hills.

A young woman receives instruction on keyboarding before personal computers were popularized.
A young woman receives instruction on keyboarding before personal computers were popularized.