Much to be Thankful for

President Rush pauses for camera

It’s now November and CSUCI has much to be thankful for in 2007. Our inaugural freshman class graduated in the spring; the University earned initial accreditation for the maximum period allowed of seven years; campus infrastructure improvements continue at a brisk pace with the opening of the second phase of student housing, Santa Cruz Village; the Lewis Road expansion and a new campus parking lot were completed; a new bookstore location and renovated dining facility were opened; a ground breaking for the Martin V. Smith Center for Integrative Decision-Making is scheduled; and construction progress of the much anticipated John Spoor Broome Library will be cause for celebration in early 2008.

In this edition of Current, you’ll read stories of how the University spent its summer completing numerous projects, continued efforts to advance the University, staff accomplishments, and academic research conducted by faculty.

During this new academic year the campus welcomed more than 3,590 students to CSUCI, where new academic programs for communication, early childhood studies, and nursing will continue to meet the needs of our community, region, and state.

There is still much work to be done. However, with the continued support of donors, alumni, and the surrounding communities that the University serves, CSUCI faculty and staff will continue their quest to provide students an education at the highest level of excellence in the future and for generations to come. The perseverance that our students and graduates have demonstrated at Cal State Channel Islands will serve them well as they continue their studies, attend graduate school, or enter the workforce with the tools and skills needed to succeed in today’s changing world.

I invite you to celebrate the tremendous accomplishments and milestones that together we have achieved during the past five years as you are an integral part of CSUCI’s past, present, and aspirations for future success. Thank you for your ongoing support and participation at your University.

Sincerely yours,

Richard R. Rush

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