The Clarke History
UNIVERSITY STUDENT UNION TIME LINE
July 1, 1989
California State University San Marcos was founded by an act of Governor George Deukmajian and the approval of the Trustees of the University.
First students enroll at CSUSM.
Associated Students organized. The AS Board served as the initial advisory board to the President regarding the establishment of a University Student Union fee.
The University Student Union fee measure was passed by the student body.
January 13, 1993
Ken Simms, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, in the Chancellor’s Office writes the campus to clarify issues of ownership and governance regarding the University Student Union.
January 27, 1993
The Associated Students are advised of the policy issues related to the ownership and governance of the University Student Union.
February 1, 1993
President Bill W. Stacy established the Student Union Advisory Board to begin the process of envisioning and planning the University Student Union.
The Student Union Advisory Board continues gathering information from the University community regarding the programs and spaces desired in the University Student Union.
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Kellogg provide a gift of $50,000 to launch the planning effort for the University Student Union.
President Stacy, wishing to accelerate the planning process, proposes the establishment of an "Executive Committee" to guide the process. He was persuaded to abandon this idea in favor of maintaining the Student Union Advisory Board as the primary planning unit for the University Student Union.
A proposal for phase one of the University Student Union was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Kellogg. This initial phase consisted of an 81,400 square foot facility.
Widom Wein Cohen appointed to conduct feasibility study and provide conceptual drawings.
The Student Union Advisory Board was converted to the Student Union Board of Directors upon the selection and approval of the first six students to fill the Board seats.
The new Board began the process of developing Articles of Incorporation and bylaws in order to form a corporation and apply for auxiliary organization status in the CSU.
The Board began a process to determine if it should continue its process of Incorporation or seek affiliation with an existing CSUSM auxiliary.
Widom Wein Cohen presented their design concepts for the University Student Union to the Board.
After reviewing options regarding incorporation vs. affiliation, the Board voted unanimously to proceed with incorporation.
The Board adopted the following mission statement: "The Student Union serves as the center of the campus community by developing, managing, and maintaining facilities which enhance the quality of campus life and supports the educational mission of the University through social, recreational, cultural and educational programs."
Board reconsidered incorporation decision and voted to be maintained as an unincorporated advisory body to the President. President accepted recommendation.
February 4, 2000
Board approved new Board structure for recommendation to President.
(8 voting students, 7 voting others, 1 non-voting) to be effective June 1, 2000.
February 15, 2000
New Board structure approved by President Gonzalez, to be known as the University Student Union Advisory Board (USUAB).
Board decided to structure fee increase in two referendum measures.
Board prepares for marketing student forums to discuss fee increase referendum.
October 9-10, 2000
Clarke Field House/University Student Union fee increase referendum vote.
October 11, 2000
Fee referendum passes.
Chancellor's Office approves Student Union fee increase.
Worked with Chancellor's Office to finalize financial pro forma.
Finalized building cost estimates and developed time line for construction.
January 29-30, 2002
Chancellor's Office approved construction project and agreed to issue the bonds.
Commercial paper was issued enabling University to sign construction contract.
Bonds issued for long term financing.
March 11, 2002
Construction scheduled to be complete.
M. Gordon Clarke Field House/University Student Union opens for use by campus community.