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From the Desk of Dr. Karen Haynes

Welcome to Spring 2014

January 22, 2014
University Student UnionHappy New Year! I hope that you enjoyed the holiday season and that you were able to relax and spend time with loved ones.

This week not only marks the beginning of the spring 2014 semester, it also marks a significant time at Cal State San Marcos as we open our new University Student Union. Staff and administrators moved in over the holiday break, and the finishing touches are being in put in place, but the building’s opening has already leant new energy to our campus. I invite you to explore all of the Union’s offerings in person or online.

Speaking of going online, my website has a new look and feel. The updated portal now features a video welcome message and easier navigation. Throughout the year, there will also be additional videos highlighting university events, my speeches and other important and relevant topics.  The current video highlights the 10th anniversary of the Whiteness Forum at CSUSM, a relevant topic given we just honored the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.  Going forward, my site will also host blog posts, pictures from events, and updates on campus news. It will be another way for me to communicate with the campus, to share my thoughts and to give you a glimpse of what the life of a university president is like.  

As we move through the semester and toward commencement, campus will be alive with numerous activities. Our athletics teams will continue to compete for national recognition. We’ll host Super STEM Saturday in March, and our Arts & Lectures program will bring renowned artists and educators to campus. We’ll also hold diversity forums on campus for students, staff and faculty, as well as a symposium on student research.

As we get closer to commencement, there will be many more events, and several of them can be found on the commencement web page. If you are scheduled to graduate, I suggest checking the page often to stay up to date on deadlines and information.

I wish everyone a successful and rewarding spring semester!

President Karen S. Haynes, Ph.D.