Camarillo, Calif., Aug. 1, 2012 – This month, CSU Channel Islands commemorates the 10th anniversary of its opening, when Ventura County’s century-long dream of a leading, public four-year university finally became a reality.  Beginning in August and throughout the 2012-2013 academic year, CSU Channel Islands will observe this milestone with a yearlong celebration highlighting achievements of the past decade, its role and support for the public good, and the bright future ahead.

“The people of this region built this University.  CI’s 10th anniversary is a testament to their vision and commitment,” said President Richard R. Rush.  “I believe we’re delivering on their dream.  Together, we’re tackling the problems of today, preparing the leaders and innovators of tomorrow, and contributing to the vitality of our region for generations to come – and our work is only just beginning.”

Over the past 10 years, CI has graduated more than 6,800 students, earned national accolades, and developed a unique and close-knit culture that places the student at the center of the learning experience.  It also has established itself as a caring and committed contributor to the region by providing new educational opportunities for residents, enhancing the economy and workforce, and partnering with the community to address philanthropic and environmental concerns.  Moreover, it has thrived in an era of severe state budget cuts by pursuing innovative partnerships and grant solutions.

CI will kick off its 10-year anniversary celebration by inviting the public to join more than 4,000 students and their families in a Welcome Ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the South Quad.  In addition to food, speakers and entertainment, the event offers opportunities to learn more about CI’s achievements and future plans and to interact with CI’s President, administrators, faculty, employees, students and their families.  Throughout the year, the University also will host a number of anniversary-themed public events, including concerts, speakers’ series, and fun, educational family activities.

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About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CI's strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master's degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more about CI by visiting CI's Social Media.

The California State University (CSU) will reach a significant milestone of 3 million alumni during commencement in spring 2015 and has launched the world’s largest yearbook. The Class of 3 Million online yearbook is an interactive platform where alumni can create a profile and connect with the millions of other alumni from the 23 CSU campuses across the state. Alumni who sign up for the yearbook will also be entered into a special contest to win one of three $10,000 scholarships for a current or future student, sponsored by Herff Jones. For more information about the yearbook and the Class of 3 Million, visit https://classof3million.calstate.edu/