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The men’s basketball team dominated. Photo by Jessamyn Trout.


Homecoming is an important tradition that brings alumni, parents and community members to campus to celebrate the spirit, innovation and uniqueness of CSUSM. University Advancement’s Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving partnered with Associated Students, Inc., USU Advisory Board, Athletics, the CSUSM Greek Leadership Council, Student Life and Leadership, Campus Recreation, and Events and Conference Service to coordinate and celebrate Homecoming Week, Nov. 12-16.

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Foundation Board Chair Jack Raymond; Founder of The Patriots Initiative Greg Hillgren; President Haynes; Major General Anthony L. Jackson USMC (Ret.) and wife Susan; Neil and Clarice Hokanson.
Photo by Jessamyn Trout.

CSUSM and the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation partnered together to cohost a special event on Thursday, Sept. 12 to highlight the importance of supporting veterans through higher education. Major General Anthony L. Jackson, U.S. Marine Corp (Ret.), director of California State Parks was the keynote speaker. Jackson is a member of CSUSM’s Foundation Board. The event also served as the official launch of The Patriots Initiative of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. This new program will raise funds to support the needs of America’s all-volunteer service members, wounded warriors, veterans and their families by providing donors with the most reliable, consolidated directory of effective programs available.

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Yesica Perez Bolaos, Aivan Nguyen, Leslie Camarillo and Flor Fonseca are this year’s President Circle scholarship recipients.
Photo by Anderson Gould.

The President’s Circle is a special giving society comprised of some of the strongest educational advocates in the region. This year’s program, held on Sept.8, focused on the importance of serving first-generation students and included remarks by Vice President of Student Affairs Lorena Meza on her extraordinary educational journey. The next Advancement special event is the Scholarship Donor Reception on Mar. 6, 2014.

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