Milestones

1911

  • Nancy Ann Donohoo Taylor (Taylor Ranch) stipulates in her will that her assets be sold and one-third of the proceeds be used to found a university in Ventura County. Taylor’s three surviving children successfully contest their mother’s will; property reverts to Edward, Charles and Alice Taylor Grubb

1965

  • State Senator Robert J. Lagomarsino co-authors Senate Bill 288 (PDF, 170KB) with Assemblyman Burt Hansen, calling for establishment of a four year college in Ventura County
  • Governor Pat Brown signs a bill authorizing $20,000 for an advance acquisition site study for a state college for Ventura County

1969

  • CSU purchases 425 acres in Simi Valley for future Ventura County University

1974

  • UC/CSU Ventura Learning Center opens. Joyce M. Kennedy hired on a two-month contract to identify postsecondary educational needs of Ventura County.

1975/6

  • Governor Jerry Brown signs SB 928 authorizing sale of 425 acre Simi Valley site ($3,050,000)

1983

  • Ventura Learning Center changes name to University Center at Ventura

1985

  • Senator Gary Hart introduces SB 1103 to authorize new site selection study for Ventura County; $250,000 is appropriated for the study. Gov. Deukmejian signs into law.

1986

  • Gov. Deukmejian includes $19 million in proposed budget for the purchase of CSU off campus sites – Ventura and San Diego

1987

  • Governor signs budget; minimum of $7 million allocated for Ventura
  • New search process commences
  • Negotiations for Lusk property abandoned

1988

  • With strong community support, CSU Board of Trustees authorize negotiations for a portion of Taylor Ranch for CSU Academic Center. The jointly administered UCSB/CSUN University at Ventura is dissolved. CSUN Ventura Campus moves to expanded quarters at 2151 Alessandro Dr., Ventura.

1990

  • Acquisition of the Taylor Ranch site is abandoned after public outcry. CSU establishes 35-member community panel to evaluate alternative campus locations.

1991

  • CSU Board of Trustees authorizes negotiations to acquire a portion of the Duntley-Chaffee property in Camarillo (Central Avenue). (Purchased in 1996 through condemnation.)

1992

  • Congressman Robert J. Lagomarsino chooses Cal State Northridge, Ventura Campus as a repository for documents relating to his career in public service.

1995

  • (May) Chancellor Barry Munitz speaks at rally to mark acquisition of Camarillo (Central

    Avenue) site and attends unveiling of sign at Central Avenue and Beardsley marking site of proposed CSU campus.

1996

  • (Jan.) J. Handel Evans appointed Planning President to assist in the development of the Ventura County campus of CSU.
  • (March) Passage of statewide school bond (Proposition 203) funnels almost $1 million to Ventura campus (CI) for planning.
  • (July 10) CSU Trustees approve the naming of the 23rd campus - California State University Channel Islands. (A panel of community leaders was formed and submitted the name recommendation of California State University Channel Islands which was then presented to the CSU Board of Trustees for approval.)
  • (Sept.) CI Foundation formed with first organizational meeting held September 1996
  • (Sept.) Formal approval of Foundation as a non profit organization confirmed July 1997
  • (Sept.) First meeting of full Foundation Board members held February 11, 1998
  • (July-Nov.) Governor Wilson appoints a Task Force of community leaders to recommend re-use of the Camarillo State Hospital facility upon closure of the hospital. The first recommendation of the Task Force was the conversion of the facility into a public university.

1997

  • (Feb.) CSU Channel Islands Steering Committee was formed and the first meeting held February 25, 1997.
  • (July) Needs Assessment Analysis finalized – “An Assessment of Higher Education Needs in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties - (NCHEMS report).”
  • (Sept.) SB 623 (O’Connell) approved – transfer of Camarillo State Hospital property to the California State University.
  • (Sept.) CSU Board of Trustees delegate to the Chancellor the authority to pursue and accept conveyance of the former site of the Camarillo State Hospital to the CSU subject to certain conditions.
  • (September) CSU Trustees approve moving the CSU Northridge extension facility to the proposed CI campus.
  • (Oct.) State approves $607,000 in additional start up funds for CI

1998

  • (Jan.) CI administration (President Evans and staff of four) moves from the Alessandro Street (Ventura) location to the Administration Building on the former Camarillo State Hospital site. (The facility is in “warm shut-down” from July 1997 to June 1998.)
  • (Feb.) CSU Channel Islands Academic Advisory Council formed and first meeting held February 4, 1999. (The name was subsequently changed to CSU Channel Islands University Planning Council in July 2000.)
  • (June) EIR Report "CSU Channel Islands Master Plan" published and public hearings held.
  • (July) Governor Wilson approves permanent base operating budget for CI of $5.2 million.
  • (Aug.) "Green Campus" concept proposed for CI
  • (Aug.) Workshop: "Growing a Green Campus" held June 11, 1999
  • (Sept.) Governor Wilson approved SB1923 (Jack O’Connell) establishing the CI Site Authority to facilitate and provide for the financing and support of the transition of the site for use as a campus.
  • (Sept.) CSU Board of Trustees approves EIR and acquisition and reuse of the (former Camarillo State Hospital) facility as CSU’s 23rd campus.
  • (Oct. 1) Conveyance of former Camarillo State Hospital property to the CSU.
  • (Oct. 1) Conveyance ceremony celebrating the conveyance of the property by Anne Sheehan, Secretary, State and Consumer Service Agency and Acceptance of conveyance of property on behalf of the California State University by Chancellor Charles B. Reed.
  • (Nov.) CSU Trustees approve budget including $6.5 million for conversion including $11.3 million for renovation and Phase I conversion for Bell Tower building to ready it for incoming CSUN extension students for fall 1999.

1999

  • (Jan.) Ventura County and Cal Trans identified funds (approximate total $60 million) for road improvements which will benefit CI including reconstruction of the interchange at Lewis Road and Highway 101 and the widening of Lewis Road from Pleasant Valley to Hueneme Road.
  • (Feb.) Ventura County Transportation Commission allocates approximately $3.2 million to CI for a range of advanced transportation programs meant to minimize pollution and traffic (i.e., bus shuttle, electric bicycles, bike lanes, fuel efficient vehicles.) These grants will assist in furthering development of the “green” campus.
  • (Feb.) First meeting of the CSU Channel Islands Site Authority held February 1, 1999.
  • (March)Dolphins” adopted as the mascot for CSU Channel Islands upon the recommendation and unanimous vote of CSUN Ventura Campus Associated Students on February 18, 1999.
  • (May) Portion of CALSTART $1 million federal grant award helps create a network of advanced transportation systems at CI using electric vehicles, shuttle buses and a bicycle lending program to assist in our goal as a green campus.
  • (May) CSU Board of Trustees approve a resolution directing that a new campus, California State University Channel Islands, be established as a comprehensive university in the California State University system subject to certain conditions being met, i.e., establishment of CI is recommended by CPEC; the Chancellor is assured that all relevant trustee policy requirements have been met; the 2000-2001 budget request for $10 million and the 2001-02 budget request for $3 million for a combined permanent cost of $13 are approved; and senior academic staff are selected and hired.
  • (July) Initial facility renovation project (Bell tower) of 100,000 gross square feet to accommodate relocation of existing CSUN off campus center completed.
  • (July) Governor Wilson approves permanent $2 million increase in CI’s operating budget.
  • (July) CSUN at Channel Islands (formerly CSUN Ventura Off Campus / Extension Center) moves to the CI campus in July as tenants and students begin fall classes in the Bell Tower building in August.
  • (Sept.) John Spoor Broome donates $5 million for the new CI Library.
  • (Sept.) CSU Trustees approve naming the John Spoor Broome Library at CSU Channel Islands in recognition of Mr. Broome.

2000

  • (March) Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) published
  • (March) Martin V. (Bud) Smith establishes a $5 million endowment to CI for business related studies. Gift includes establishing endowments: $1 million for scholarships for students; $2 million for the betterment of the faculty; $1 million for a chair to study land use; and $1 million at the discretion of the President.
  • (April) Needs analysis prepared for the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) published, “Planning for a New University in Ventura County,” calling for opening of the new university in fall 2002, with first freshman class to arrive in Fall 2003.
  • (May) CSU Trustees approve naming of the Martin V. Smith Building for Business Studies at CSU Channel Islands in honor of Mr. Smith.
  • (May 10) CSU Board of Trustees approve the joint powers authority “CI Financing Authority” for financing activities at CI
  • (June) Opening of President’s Garden on CI campus June 4, 2000, to celebrate Founding of President’ Circle (200 founding members – tile wall unveiled).
  • (June) CSU Channel Islands Site Authority approves the Supplemental EIR, the Specific Reuse Plan and the Campus Physical Master Plan
  • (June) Escrow closed on purchase of 35 acre parcel adjacent to campus from the Operating Engineers Trust for $142,000 made possible through a grant from the Wallis Foundation. This land purchase is in keeping with working toward our goal of a green campus by acquiring more open space.
  • (July) Governor Davis approves $10 million state budget allocation for fiscal year 2000-2001 for CI, which will enable the hiring of the initial planning faculty.
  • (July 19) CSU Board of Trustees concurred with the findings in the Final Environmental Impact Report for CI, approved the Specific Reuse Plan (which authorizes building 900 homes on 150 acres on the east campus), and approved the initial Campus Physical Master Plan for development of CI over the next 25 years.
  • (Sept. 16) The first President’s Dinner is held on campus in the North Quad Dining Hall with 500 guests in attendance. The evening’s honorees include: John S. Broome, Martin V. Smith and Carolyn Leavens.
  • (Nov. 3) California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) approval of the establishment of CSU Channel Islands.

2001

  • (Jan. 8) CI Site authority approves schematics for east campus 900-unit faculty and staff housing complex. First phase of 200 housing units to be completed by August 2002. McLarand, Vasquez, Emsiek and Partners, Inc., Architects.
  • (Feb.) A $50,000 grant was awarded to CALSTART to assess CI campus transportation needs including parking, shuttle systems on campus, bicycle and scooter utilization alternate fuel technologies, inc.
  • (Feb.) Land swap bill, Senate Bill 323 co-authored by Sen. Jack O’Connell, Assemblywoman Hannah Beth Jackson and Assembly Speaker Hertzberg introduced. This bill, if approved, will allow 75 acres of land adjacent to the campus to be swapped for 117 acres of land owned by the state along Central Avenue. This property would provide land for a better entrance and roadway to the campus and other planning in university growth.
  • (March 6) CSU Board of Trustees appointed Richard R. Rush as President of CSU Channel Islands. Dr. Rush will succeed J. Handel Evans who has served as the university president since 1996. Dr. Rush will begin his new duties on June 18, 2001.
  • (March 21) CSU Board of Trustees approve financing plan for CSU Channel Islands.
  • (March 25) Grand opening of Robert Lagomarsino Archives Library
  • (April 27) Tribute dinner held at the Mandalay Beach Resort/Embassy Suites in Oxnard for J. Handel and Carol Evans. Over 450 guests attend with Jack O’Connell as the master of ceremonies.
  • (June 5) Lord Norman Foster, Foster and Partners Architects, visits campus and unveils plans for John Spoor Broome Library.
  • (June 18) President Richard R. Rush assumes Presidency of CI.
  • (Juyl 10-11) CSU Board of Trustees approves schematic design for CI John Spoor Broome Library.
  • (Aug.- Oct.) First 13 planning faculty members arrive.
  • (Sept. 26) CSU Board of Trustees approves schematic design forCI Science Building
  • (Oct. 1)WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) announces eligibility approval for CI.
  • (Oct. 1) Governor Davis approved SB 323 (O'Connell) Land Swap bill (Chaptered 10-01-01) Central Avenue property for 75+ acres adjacent to campus
  • (Oct. 27) Second annual President’s Dinner is held in the North Quad Dining Hall with 450 guests in attendance. The evening’s honorees include Laura McAvoy, Joyce Kennedy and Jack O’Connell.
  • (Nov. 18) Martin V. (Bud) Smith, developer and philanthropist dies.

2002

  • (March 13) CSU Board of Trustees approve CSU Channel Islands Academic Master Plan
  • (March) Robert & Norma Lagomarsino announce $1 million gift to the library archives
  • (April 19) First presidential inauguration is held for Richard R. Rush on the Bell Tower center lawn with over 1200 guests in attendance. A luncheon reception for over 250 VIP guests is held in the North Quad Dining Hall.
  • (Aug. 16) Opening ceremonies for the University are held with Governor Gray Davis in attendance. Over 1,000 guests attend the ceremony on the South Quad Lawn. Breakfast reception for over 250 VIP guests is held in the North Quad Dining Hall.
  • (Aug. 17) Third annual President’s Dinner is held in the North Quad Dining Hall with 450 guests in attendance. The evening’s honorees include: Robert & Norma Lagomarsino, Patricia Richards, and J. Handel Evans.
  • (Aug. 24) First official day of classes for the fall semester with approximately 500 transfer students.
  • (Nov. 19) Preparatory Review Report is submitted to WASC.

2003

  • (Jan. 27) First day of spring semester classes.
  • (Feb. 5-7) First WASC site visit to the campus.
  • (May 8) Inaugural Honors Convocation Ceremony is held in Conference Hall One with faculty and administration in full regalia.
  • (May 23) Inaugural CI Commencement Ceremony is held on the South Quad Lawn. Three transfer students are honored as the first to graduate from CI. CSUN-CI students also graduate. Commencement speaker is Debra Farar, Chair of the CSU Trustees. Lagomarsino Award is presented to Carolyn Leavens.
  • (Aug. 13) Ground breaking ceremony is held for the first phase of student housing, Anacapa Village.
  • (Aug. 25) Inaugural freshman class students begin at CI.
  • (Sept. 5) Ground opening ceremony is held for the new Science Building, Aliso Hall.
  • (Nov. 1) Fourth annual President’s Dinner is held at Mandalay Beach Resort with over 400 guests.

2004

  • (Feb. 2) First day of classes for the spring semester
  • (May 7) Second Honors Convocation Ceremony is held in Salon A near South Quad
  • (May 29) Second Commencement Ceremony is held with over 5,000 guests in attendance. Commencement Speaker is: Richard West, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer for the CSU.
  • (June) History and Psychology undergraduate degrees approved for launch
  • (July 20) Educational Effectiveness Report is submitted to WASC
  • (Aug. 29) First on-campus student housing, Anacapa Village, opens for 450 students
  • (Oct. 13-15) Second WASC site visit to the campus
  • (Oct.) Economics and Chemistry undergraduate degrees approved for launch; master’s in Biotechnology/Bioinformatics, Business, and Education approved for launch
  • (Oct. 30) Fifth annual President’s Dinner is held at Mandalay Beach Resort with over 400 guests in attendance. Lagomarsino Award is presented to the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce.
  • (Nov. 3) CSUN@CI alumni dedicate a dolphin sculpture by artist Bud Bottoms to The Hub park

2005

  • (Jan. 24) First day of classes for the spring semester
  • (Jan. 24) Dedication ceremony held for a dolphin fountain and sculpture installed in the Science Hall Plaza. "Aspirations" was designed by Santa Barbara artist Bud Bottoms.
  • (Feb. 25) Candidate for Accreditation Status granted by WASC
  • (May 6) Third Honors Convocation Ceremony held in Salon A near South Quad
  • (May 21) Third Commencement Ceremony held with over 8,000 guests in attendance.  Approximately 787 students are eligible to graduate, which includes CI undergraduate and credential students, as well as approximately 50 students who are members of the final CSUN at Channel Islands class.  Jack O'Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction is the Commencement Speaker.  First honorary doctorate degrees are presented to: John Spoor Broome, Doctor of Humane Letters; and Robert J. Lagomarsino, Doctor of Laws. 
  • (Aug. 29) First day of classes for the fall semester
  • (Oct. 1) Sixth Annual President's Dinner is held at the Mandalay Beach Resort with over 450 guests in attendance. Lagomarsino Award is presented to: Patricia Richards.
  • (Oct. 7) Ground breaking ceremony for the John Spoor Broome Library with over 400 guests in attendance.
  • (Dec. 12) Capacity and Preparatory Report is submitted to WASC

2006

  • (Jan. 23) First day of classes for the spring semester
  • (Jan. 31) The CSU Board of Trustees authorize naming of the University's first school as the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics
  • (Feb.) Groundbreaking ceremony is held for the second phase of student housing, Santa Cruz Village.
  • (March 6-8) Third WASC site visit to the campus
  • (May 5) Fourth annual Honors Convocation ceremony is held in Salon A near South Quad
  • (May 20) Fourth annual Commencement Ceremony is held in the South Quad with author David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize Winner, as the Commencement Speaker. The first group of master’s students graduate.
  • (June 19) First annual CI Dolphin Golf Classic is held at Spanish Hills Country Club and Saticoy Country Club to benefit athletics with over 144 golfers participating
  • (Aug. 28) First day of classes for the fall semester
  • (Oct. 7) Seventh Annual President's Dinner is held at the Ronald Reagan President Library with over 450 guests in attendance. Lagomarsino Award is presented to Linda Dullam.
  • (Nov) Prop 1D is approved by California voters. CI is allocated $62 million for campus improvement projects.
  • (Dec. 17) Educational Effectiveness Report is submitted to WASC

2007

  • (Jan. 22) First day of classes for the spring semester
  • (Mar. 14-16) Fourth WASC site visit to the campus
  • (May 4) Fifth annual Honors Convocation Ceremony is held in Salon A near South Quad
  • (May 17) Fifth annual Commencement Ceremony is held in South Quad with inaugural freshman class graduating. Commencement speakers include members of the inaugural freshman class: Jessica LaRoe, ASI President, and Tamara Gershater.
  • (Jul. 17) Letter received from WASC notifying the University of initial accreditation being granted for the maximum of seven years, effective May 17, 2007.
  • (Jul. 26) A time capsule dedication ceremony is held in conjunction with freshman orientation. Various items reflecting the University’s history are placed in the capsule which will be encapsulated in the John Spoor Broome Library. Over 200 students, parents, faculty, and staff, witness the dedication.
  • (Aug. 26) Grand opening ceremony for the second phase of student housing, Santa Cruz Village, opened and able to accommodate 450 freshmen students.
  • (Aug. 27) First day of classes for the fall semester
  • (Sept. 29) Eighth annual President's Dinner is held at the Olivas Adobe Historical Park. The Lagomarsino Award is presented to Dr. Mark Lisagor

2008

  • (Jan. 24) Ground breaking ceremony for the Martin V. Smith Center for Integrative Decision-Making.
  • (April 4) Grand opening and dedication of the John Spoor Broome Library
  • (May 2) Sixth annual Honors Convocation Ceremony is held on the JSB Library Plaza
  • (May 17) Sixth annual Commencement ceremony is held in South Quad
  • (Aug. 25) First day of classes for the fall semester
  • (Oct. 3) Ninth annual President's Dinner is held at the John Spoor Broome Library. The Lagomarsino Award is presented to William Kearney
  • (Oct. 11) Land swap adding another 153 acres to the University is completed. A total of 833 acres now comprise the campus.

2009

  • (Jan. 20) First day of classes for the spring semester
  • (April 3) Grand opening of the Martin V. Smith Center for Integrative Decision-Making.
  • (April) 360 acres of land adjacent to Calleguas Creek and University Drive, formerly a county park, is transferred to the campus. 1,193 acres now comprise the campus.
  • (May 1) Honors Convocation Ceremony held at the outdoor plaza of the John Spoor Broome Library
  • (May 16) Seventh commencement ceremony held in the South Quad
  • (Aug) New formal and spirit logos launched
  • (Aug. 24) First day of classes for the fall semester
  • (Aug. 31) Fourth annual Dolphin Classic golf tournament, Spanish Hills Golf & Country Club
  • (Oct. 3) Tenth annual President's Dinner is held in the North Quad of the campus. The Lagomarsino Award is presented to Wayne Davey

2010

  • (Jan. 25) First day of classes for the spring semester
  • (Feb. 26) Campus Reading Celebration with Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus
  • (Feb.) Launch of the California Institute for Social Business; first Yunus Social Innovation Medal awarded to Steven Hilton
  • (March 18) Grand opening and dedication of the new Student Union;
  • (April) Designation by the U.S. Department of Education as an Hispanic Serving Institution
  • (April 30) Honors Convocation Ceremony held at the outdoor plaza of the John Spoor Broome Library
  • (May 15) Eighth commencement ceremony held in the South Quad. Inaugural Nursing class graduates.
  • (July 9) Announcement of partnership agreement with Cottage Health System for Nursing program in Santa Barbara. Cottage will support with $6 million over 10 years.
  • (July 26) Named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • (Aug. 30) First day of classes for the fall semester
  • (Sept. 1) $1.1 million grant received for Student Support Services
  • (Oct. 11) Ground breaking ceremony for Del Norte Hall
  • (Oct. 23) Eleventh annual President's Dinner held at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort. The Lagomarsino Award is presented to Mark Hartley.
  • (Oct. 29) CI receives $6 million U.S. Department of Education HSI Grants for Project Islas and Project Vista
  • (Nov. 16) Launch of the Henry L. “Hank” Lacayo Institute for Workforce & Community Studies
  • (Nov. 19) Ground breaking ceremony for new entrance road to University

2011

  • (Jan. 22) First day of classes for the spring semester
  • (March) Launch of the Institute for Global Economic Research
  • (March) WASC approval for undergraduate and graduate degrees in business to be offered in Santa Barbara
  • (May 21) Ninth commencement ceremony is held in the South Quad. Jack O’Connell awarded honorary doctorate degree
  • (June 6) Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for Second Consecutive Year
  • (July 25) Named a Great College to Work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education for a second consecutive year.
  • (July 27) Sustainability Efforts Earn a Silver Rating from STARS
  • (Aug. 8) Awarded $1.86 million Stem Cell Research Training Grant
  • (Sept. 2) Awarded NASA Grant to Teach Climate Science in Local High Schools
  • (Oct. 2) 12th Annual President’s Dinner held with Robert J. Lagomarsino Award presented to the Martin V. & Martha K. Smith Foundation and Smith Family.
  • (Oct. 5) Awarded $6 million Federal Grant to Encourage Science and Math Graduates.
  • (Oct. 12) Named a Military Friendly School

2012

  • (Feb.) Partnership established with the National Park Service for Santa Rosa Island to serve as research station – A California State University Channel Islands Undergraduate Research Campus.
  • (March) CI and Cottage Hospital Launch Santa Barbara County’s First Bachelor Degrees in Nursing.
  • (May 11) Dedication of new entrance road (University Drive)
  • (May 19) 10th Commencement ceremony held in South Quad. Honorary Doctorate Degrees presented to Hank Lacayo and Kathy Ireland.
  • (June 5) Partnership with Santa Barbara City College brings new bachelor’s and MBA programs to Santa Barbara.
  • (July) Named a Great College to Work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education for a third consecutive year.
  • (Aug. 24) CI Celebrates 10th Anniversary milestone during Convocation and year-long celebration as A Decade of Distinction.
  • (Aug. 27) First day of classes for the fall semester.
  • (Sept. 14) Dedication of Del Norte and Madera Halls. The $31.7 million project is the first state-funded construction on campus in more than a decade. Del Norte is a new three-story building featuring 120-seat lecture hall and three computer labs. Madera Hall underwent extensive renovation that preserved 80 percent of the original building and made room for 115 new faculty and program offices.
  • (Sept. 21) Dedication of the Peace Pole located in the Central Mall.
  • (Oct.) Named a Military Friendly School for a second consecutive year.
  • (Oct. 6) 13th Annual President’s Dinner held with Robert J. Lagomarsino Award presented to Mike Curb.

2013

  • (Jan. 17) First day of classes for the spring semester.
  • (March 14) Chamber Mega Mixer and 10th Anniversary Exhibit Unveiled in John Spoor Broome Library.
  • (April) Arbor Day Foundation named CI a first-time recipient of its “Tree Campus USA” designation.
  • (April) Named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for Fourth Consecutive Year
  • (April) CI participates for the first time in the City of Ventura’s Corporate Games, with over 80 employees competing over a six-week period in the division made up of the largest organizations in Ventura County. Biology lecturer Tom Schmidhauser earns a bronze medal for the 5k race in his age category.
  • (April 3) CI is presented with keys to the Channel Islands Boating Center at a public ceremony attended by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors and federal agencies.
  • (May 2) Springs Fire arrives burning all surrounding hillsides and requiring a campus evacuation and closure for two days.
  • (May 18) 11th Commencement celebrated with two commencement ceremonies in the South Quad. An honorary doctorate degree was awarded to Lou Cannon, considered the foremost biographer of Ronald Reagan and a former White House correspondent.
  • (July) Named a Great College to Work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education for a fourth consecutive year.
  • (Oct.) Named a Military Friendly School for a third consecutive year.
  • (Oct. 5) 14th Annual President’s Dinner held with Robert J. Lagomarsino Award presented to Steve Blois.
  • (Nov. 25) Announcement of $100,000 sponsorship gift from Union Bank.

2014

  • (Jan. 21) First day of classes for the spring semester
  • (Feb.) CI earned top national honors with a gold award from the Collegiate Advertising Awards for its “Together We Innovate – Join Us” total advertising campaign for colleges and universities with 5-10,000 students.
  • (March 14) Groundbreaking ceremony held for Sierra Hall, a three-story, 68,000 square foot cutting-edge science lab and instruction building located at the corner of Los Angeles Avenue and Ventura Street.
  • (April)The Princeton Review names CI as one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green” universities in this year’s “Guide to Green Colleges.”
  • (May 17) 12th Commencement celebrated with two ceremonies in the South Quad with over 1,600 students participating and 12,000 parents, families and friends in attendance.
  • (Aug. 25) First day of classes
  • (Oct.) CI recognized by Washington Monthly as one of the top universities with “Bang for the Buck” rating.
  • (Nov. 24) CI breaks ground on the third phase of student housing – Santa Rosa Village which will provide 600 beds for freshmen students.
  • (Nov.) CI is one of eight CSU campuses selected to participate in a $4.6 million CSU Stem Collaborative grant.
  • (Nov.) Two new grants totaling more than $4.3 million from the U.S. Department of Education will help CI and regional community colleges collaborate to increase the readiness and success of transfer students.
  • (Nov.) CI’s Four Mission Pillars Mortar Board earns national award.
  • (Dec.) CI named one of the nation’s top universities for Hispanic students by BestColleges.com, an independent, research-based college-planning website for students and families.
  • (Dec.) A study by the National Survey of Student Engagement shows that CI students are overwhelmingly engaged and satisfied by their educational experience.
  • (Dec.) Military Advanced Education magazine names CI as a Top School in Military Advanced Education’s 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities for the fourth year in a row.

2015

  • (Jan.) CI named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth year in a row.
  • (Jan.) CI partners with the City of Camarillo and Chamber of Commerce to serve as a host town for the Special Olympics World Games.
  • (March) CI receives $230,000 grant to expand the University’s co-teaching program.
  • (March) CI’s Division of Student Affairs is named one of the “15+ Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs 2015” by a national research and policy center based in Ohio.
  • (May) President Rush signs the American College and Universities Presidents’ Climate Commitment.
  • (May 16) 13th Commencement celebrated with two ceremonies in the South Quad. An honorary doctorate degree was awarded to William "Bill" Kearney.
  • (July) CI receives approval from the Western Association for Schools and Colleges for its first doctoral program, a Doctorate of Education or Ed.D.
  • (July) The University receives reaccreditation for nine years by the Western Association for Schools and Colleges.
  • (July) CI is named a STARS Gold Institution by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
  • (Aug. 24) First day of classes
  • (Aug.) CI gets $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help low-income, first generation students or students with disabilities.
  • (Aug. 20) President Richard R. Rush announces his retirement. Upon serving 15 years as CI’s President, his last day in office will be Aug. 7, 2016.
  • (Sept.) GRAMMY® award-winning trumpet player Chris Botti performs at President’s Concert. Rabobank receives CI’s Robert J. Lagomarsino Award.
  • (Sept. 15) Grand opening of Sierra Hall, a three-story, 68,000 square-foot building designed to house the University's science programs.
  • (Sept. 17) United Way of Ventura County awards President Richard R. Rush their Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • (Sept.) CI among seven universities honored as the "2015 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs at Minority-Serving Institutions" by The Ohio State University Center for Higher Education in partnership with Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and the American College Personnel Association.
  • (Sept.) A $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will enable CI to start a program called Project OLAS (Optimizing Learning, Achievement and Success), an initiative designed to help students navigate the first two years of college.
  • (Oct.) CI one of seven universities nationwide to be named an affiliate of The GRAMMY Museum’s® exhibitions, research programs, internship programs, collaborative marketing and a number of other immersive educational experiences.
  • (Oct.) CI's chapter of the Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society garners the highest national honor as Exemplary Chapter of the Year for the second consecutive year, as well as Exemplary Chapter Award for the third consecutive year, and Advisor of the Year for the second consecutive year.
  • (Oct.) CI’s Four Pillars chapter for the Mortar Board honor society named for a second consecutive year among the nation’s top chapters for 2015 with the Silver Torch Award, presented to outstanding Mortar Board chapters that exemplify the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service.

2016

  • (Jan.) CI’s Division of Student Affairs is one of 19 universities and colleges in the nation as one of the “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” for a second year in a row by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, in partnership with the Center for Higher Education Enterprise at Ohio State University and the American College Personnel Association College Student Educators International.
  • (Feb.) CI among 44 colleges and universities chosen from across the nation to participate in a three-year project to “Re-Imagine the First Year of College” in partnership with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
  • (Feb.) A grant for $3,045,000 from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine will fund 10 CI graduate students per year with paid internships over the next five years.
  • (Feb.) CI’s 2025 Vision Plan earns the American Association of University Administrators, John L. Blackburn Award, which recognizes outstanding examples of university leadership that demonstrates creative solutions to common problems in higher education.
  • (March 9) CSU Trustees appoint Erika D. Beck, Ph.D., as President of CSU Channel Islands. Dr. Beck will assume her duties on Aug. 8, 2016.
  • (April) CI launches first student-run radio station: Dolphin Radio.
  • (April) VC STEM network piloted by CI joins US2020 national STEM mentoring network.
  • (May 14) Sara Miller McCune awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the annual SAGE Student Research Conference.
  • (May 16) 14th Commencement ceremony held with more than 2,200 students eligible to graduate, which is CI's largest class to date. Mark Lisagor awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
  • (July) Proposal to launch Mechatronics Engineering announced. Once approval has been received from the Chancellor's Office the program will begin to accept applications for fall 2018.
  • (July) Sierra Hall wins "Best Project" award from Engineering News-Record.
  • (Aug. 8) President Erika D. Beck assumes her duties at CSUCI.
  • (Aug. 30) University Glen and Town Center acquired by global real estate company for $81 million.
  • (Sept. 29) Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Muhammad Yunus, names CSUCI Professor Andrea Grove as chief editor of the International Journal of Social Business.
  • (Oct. 19) For the the 6th year in a row, CSUCI named to the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
  • (Oct. 24) U.S. Department of Education awards CSUCI $6 million grant to promote STEM education.
  • (Nov. 2) CSUCI hosts grand opening of Santa Rosa Village (third phase of on-campus student housing) and the expansion of Islands Café.
  • (Dec. 30) CSUCI launches nationwide search for next Provost.

2017 

  • (Jan. 5) CSUCI receives a grant for almost $250,000 from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to develop a four-year teacher preparation program. 
  • (Feb. 3) Nursing program ranked 11th out of 127 in the state of California.
  • (March 6) Campus earns 5th consecutive designation as Tree Campus USA
  • (March 30) CSUCI appoints Geoff Chase as Provost
  • (April 13) The Division of Student Affairs wins national award for 3rd year in a row for the "Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs" by Diversr: Issues in Higher Education, in partnership with the Center for Higher Education Enterprise at Ohio State University and the American College Personnel Association College Student Educators International.  
  • (May 5) The investiture of President Erika D. Beck as CSUCI's third President is held on campus.
  • (May 5) Computer Science students place 3rd in national NASA Swarmathon competition. 
  • (May 15) CSUCI receives $100,000 endowed Nursing scholarship from Grossman Community Foundation.
  • (May 20) 15th Commencement ceremony held with more than 2,200 students eligible to graduate, which is CSUCI's largest class to date.  Joe Mendoza awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
  • (May 22) Santa Rosa Village (third phase of on-campus student housing) earns national award for sustainability - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. 
  • (June 1) Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics accredited by the national Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.
  • (June 12) CSUCI's Teaching & Learning Innovation earns a New Media Consortium Center of Excellence award.
  • (July 12) National Science Foundation awards CSUCI grant of $1,176,577 for a joint project entitled, "California Coast Noyce Mathematics Partnership."
  • (July 18) CSUCI will welcome first Mechatronics Engineering students in fall 2018.
  • (July 19) CSU Board of Trustees approve next phase of the east campus development - CI Vision 2025 Plan - giving a green light to development of 32 acres of the University Glen residential community. 
  • (Sept. 19) CSUCI named the 9th safest campus in the nation.