Students Showcase Real-World Projects in Senior Experience Program Trade Show


Media Contact: Margaret Lutz |

What:  California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Spring Semester Senior Experience Trade Show

When: Thursday, May 13, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Where:  California Center for the Arts, Escondido - 340  Escondido Blvd.

More than 200 business and community leaders are expected at the CSUSM Senior Experience Trade Show tomorrow, May 13 starting at 7:00 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd.

Senior level business students from CSUSM will be on hand to display and discuss the "real world" projects they have been working on for the past semester, projects ranging from customer analysis to marketing to business operations. Nearly fifty companies participated, including Baker Electric, Bell Rock Growers, Inc., the Escondido Public Library, Heaviland Enterprises, Inc., Independent Energy Solutions, Kaiser Permanente, the San Diego Botanic Garden, Submarina, Inc., and Vista Industrial Products, Inc.

A required course for all business majors at CSUSM, Senior Experience puts student teams to work on real world business problems for both profit and non-profit organizations. Students gain by working as consultants on rigorous, real-world projects that require teamwork and application of classroom knowledge. Businesses gain by receiving concentrated attention from bright, energetic teams that provide a fresh, independent look at their projects. Each student team works under the supervision of a faculty member.

Local business leaders are invited to attend and admission is free. For more information, contact Jim Hamerly, Senior Experience Program director, at 760-750-4266 or email:


  • 17 years
  • More than 5,000 students participated
  • More than 1,200 projects completed
  • More than 1.4 million hours of service to the community

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.