Camarillo, Calif., Sept. 4, 2012 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) invites the public to the opening dedication of Del Norte and Madera Halls on Friday, Sept. 14, at 9 a.m. 

The two new academic buildings – the result of a two-year, $31.7 million state-funded construction and renovation effort – bring long-awaited and much-needed modern instructional and office space to the CI campus.

Del Norte Hall is a new three-story building that houses a 120-seat tiered lecture hall, four 60-seat classrooms, three 40-seat classrooms, and three computer labs with desktop, laptop and iPad technology.

Madera Hall is a renovated two-story building that contains 115 faculty and program offices.  It consolidates under one roof academic programs that were previously scattered throughout several campus buildings.  It also alleviates overcrowded faculty offices, where professors previously shared desks with multiple colleagues.

Both buildings blend historic Spanish-style architecture with 21st Century technology and energy-efficient features. 

“We are excited to share Del Norte and Madera Halls and the growth of our campus with the community at our dedication ceremony,” said President Richard Rush.  “With the addition of these two buildings, we can offer our growing population of students, staff and faculty a more modern, functional, collaborative, convenient and inspiring setting for learning and working.”

The dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony will kick off with remarks from President Rush and leaders from the City of Camarillo and the CI student government.  Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, visitors are invited to tour the buildings and attend “mini-lectures” describing some of CI’s innovative, signature interdisciplinary courses.

To attend, please RSVP by Sept. 12 to Dianne Wei at 805-437-8420 or  Once on campus, please follow signs to the free event parking.  For more information, contact Alissa Larreta, Advancement Events Specialist, at 805-437-8916 or

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