Santa Rosa Village and New Islands Café

Santa Rosa Village

Camarillo, Calif., Nov. 2, 2016 — CSU Channel Islands (CI) will formally unveil Santa Rosa Village and the newly-expanded Islands Café with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 7.

CI President Erika D. Beck will host the ceremony for the newest student residence hall on campus and the renovated Islands Café.

Santa Rosa Village was constructed using CI’s distinctive California Mission-style architecture while including 21st century amenities such as suites with inviting living rooms and communal kitchens. Common areas have flat screen TVs, refrigerators, microwaves, toasters, Keurig machines, kitchen tables, chairs and a sink.

Santa Rosa stands four stories high and can accommodate 600 students. An outdoor courtyard connects living areas and a common laundry area. The building is energy-efficient and meets CAL Green standards.

CI Campus Architect and Senior Director of Planning, Design & Construction John Gormley said he wanted to foster a sense of community in the spacious residence hall.

“The focus is on the freshman experience, where social engagement is a key element in the design concept,” Gormley said.

For a virtual tour and how to apply for housing, visit http://www.csuci.edu/housing/.

Islands Café expanded its menu to include a broad variety of healthy, tasty offerings such as Asian dishes; artisan pizzas; local produce, sushi and breakfast all day. There are also gluten-free options for pizza, pasta, bread and cookies.

The café’s service has doubled and it offers both indoor and outdoor seating. For a one-time $5 fee, diners get a reusable take-out container. Each time they return, they can exchange their dirty container for a clean container.

“The response to the expanded facility has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Dave Nirenberg, Senior Director of University Auxiliary Services. “Our intention was to provide the ‘wow’ factor for our customers and that was the comment most heard as students, faculty, staff and visitors entered the facility during the opening weeks.”

Executive Chef and Director of Food Services Peter Maher said the public is welcome at the café, which is open seven days a week. An all-you-can-eat lunch is $9.25 and an all-you-can-eat dinner is $11.25. For weekly menus and hours, visit http://uas.csuci.edu/hospitality/hospitality-locations.htm.

Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road with bus service to and from the campus.  Riders should board the CI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

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