Grand Reopening Ceremony Announced for CSUSM at Temecula

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) has announced that it will be hosting a Grand Reopening Ceremony on Monday, October 18 for its off-campus center, CSUSM at Temecula, which relocated this fall to a remodeled 15,000 square foot facility at 43890 Margarita Road.

Slated to start at 4 p.m. with facility tours, this by invitation-only event will include complimentary refreshments and appetizers; and a brief program with speakers from CSUSM, the City of Temecula, the Temecula Valley Unified School District, and the Temecula Higher Education Foundation Board; and an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Originally opened in August of 2008 at the Paul Goldring Garrett Institute for Higher Learning, CSUSM at Temecula offers select degree and non-degree programs, certificate instruction, and personal enrichment courses designed to help serve the higher education needs of Southwest Riverside County. Currently there are 115 students enrolled in nursing or kinesiology degree programs with another 50 in professional development and non-degree programs. A Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration and an M.B.A. program will begin being offered this spring with other new degree and non-degree programs under development for the future.

The center is being operated using a self-support model without state dollars and is going strong thanks to $470,000 raised from private donations.  The Temecula Valley Unified School District is leasing the 15,000 square foot facility to the university for only one dollar a year under a ten-year lease.  The City of Murrieta approved a $200,000 grant of redevelopment funds and the City of Temecula approved a $3,000,000 redevelopment grant to pay for building renovations and the ongoing development of the center.

Highlights of the new facility include eight classrooms and a student lounge; a biology wet lab; a kinesiology training room; as well as two mock hospital rooms outfitted with state-of-the-art simulation manikins.

"The public-private partnerships that have brought CSUSM at Temecula into existence represents the power of a shared vision and the motivation of many people who are eager to continue to transform a region with opportunities for public higher education," said CSUSM President Karen S. Haynes.

"The City of Temecula is honored to have California State University San Marcos here and is very excited that this public-private partnership was able to move quickly and solidify CSUSM in this region," commented Council Member and Higher Education Subcommittee Member Mike Naggar. 

"CSUSM is a wonderful educational facility and partner. This expansion will offer Temecula Valley residents even more educational choices within the City," said Council Member and Higher Education Subcommittee Member Chuck Washington.

What: CSUSM at Temecula Grand Reopening Ceremony

When: October 18, 2010 from 4 to 6:00 p.m.

Where: CSUSM at Temecula, 43890 Margarita Road, Temecula

About CSUSM at Temecula
Founded in 2008, California State University San Marcos at Temecula is Southwest Riverside County's first public university campus, serving to expand educational access to the region. CSUSM at Temecula offers select upper-division undergraduate/graduate, credential, certificate and lifelong learning opportunities. Students benefit from sophisticated technologies, small class sizes, and talented faculty committed to teaching and research. CSUSM at Temecula is a resource for business, industry and community colleges, with academic programs designed to meet the regional education and workforce training needs. The campus is conveniently located off the I-15 freeway in the heart of Temecula.

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.