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From the Desk of Dr. Karen Haynes

President's Welcome

This webpage of presidential updates delivers on my pledge of open and clear communication with the Cal State San Marcos campus community. Along with my speeches, open forums, and video messages, these timely web reports will convey my thoughts about pressing issues and recent events directly to all of you, and this new avenue of communications seems fitting for our tech-savvy 21st-century campus! As I am a firm believer in two-way communication, I hope you will send me your thoughts via my e-mailbox. I'm eager to hear what's on your mind and learn which topics you might like me to address in future reports.

September 2, 2015
Kicking off Fall Semester with Cuba...and the Campaign

Leave Your Mark - Class of 2019

Fall semester is under way, and the campus is alive with the energy of more than 14,000 students – our largest student body ever! Here’s a picture of me on September 1st with our energetic first-year students at the annual CSUSM ‘Leave Your Mark’ event. Several exciting things are happening just in the month of September alone, and I wanted to share a few of them with you. (read more)

April 21, 2015
Public Higher Education - The Great Equalizer

Many changes and issues are affecting public higher education in the United States.  That’s why I’m pleased to become a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.  I’ll be offering my thoughts on key issues in public higher education with a blog article every few months for this major national online news outlet, which in 2012 became the first commercially run digital media enterprise in the U.S. to win a Pulitzer Prize.  My inaugural blog article for the Huffington Post came out this week.  Linked below, it offers a look at the unique role of comprehensive regional public universities like Cal State San Marcos. (read more)

April 9, 2015
Fourth Annual Report to Tribal Nations

Built on the land of the Luiseño Indians, CSUSM is proud of its impressive history of engagement and partnership with the local American Indian population.  I delivered my fourth annual Report to Tribal Nations on April 9, in Valley Center at Harrah’s Resort Southern California, and enterprise of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians.  I provided an update to regional tribal leaders, emphasizing the progress the University has made in recruiting, retaining and graduating American Indian students. (read more)

November 20, 2014
2014-2015 Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award

Upon the recommendation of the Faculty Awards Selection Committee (FASC), I am pleased to announce that Dr. Alyssa Sepinwall, professor and graduate studies coordinator in the history department in the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences, is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Harry E. Brakebill Distinguished Professor Award. Dr. Sepinwall’s exemplary and creative teaching has earned her praise from faculty and students. She has taught courses ranging from 100 level GE classes to 600 level graduate courses covering subjects such as history, women’s studies and Jewish studies. (read more)

September 16, 2014
CSUSM Receives Excellence in Diversity Award

It is with great pride that I announce the selection of California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) to receive the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of this national honor, CSUSM will be featured along with 82 other recipients in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s November 2014 issue. 

While I am very pleased we received this honor, I am not surprised. For the last decade, we have worked tirelessly to create a diverse and inclusive environment at Cal State San Marcos. Half of our student body self-identifies as being from an underrepresented student population. We have been successful at closing the achievement gap because our diversity initiatives help ensure student success and prepare them for a diverse working and civic environment. Diversity doesn’t just happen at CSUSM, diversity happens because we develop strategies, craft initiatives and develop partnerships that ensure diversity is part of everything we do. (read more about "CSUSM Receives Excellence in Diversity Award)

May 30, 2014
It's On - CSUSM Holds Commencement, Celebrates

Top: Helicopter dropping fire retardent near campus Bottom Left: President Haynes with students moving out of student housing, Bottom Right Top: Chief of Police Robert McManus and President Haynes. Bottom Right: President Haynes with studentThe days leading up to commencement are often a whirlwind of activity and celebrations. Graduation parties are being planned, caps and gowns are being picked up, and the university is making its final preparations to mark the achievements of students. That was certainly the case at Cal State San Marcos … until the fires.

COEHHS students throwing their caps in the air.As the final chairs were being put in place on Mangrum Field, and the commencement stage was being set, CSUSM was evacuated. The Cocos fires were encroaching, burning through the hillside and toward campus. We thankfully got all staff, students and administration off campus as the fires grew closer. Our emergency response team quickly gathered and set up a command post to monitor the situation. It was Wednesday, late afternoon. (read more about "It's On - CSUSM Holds Commencement, Celebrates")

May 14, 2014
Commencement Update

As a first-generation college student myself, I understand the importance and significance of crossing the stage at Commencement to receive a degree. It not only has special meaning for you but also for your extended family and friends who have supported you in your journey along the way.

Canceling Commencement was not a decision we took lightly and we are saddened by the circumstances. Safety continues to be our first concern.

Our thoughts are with those in our community that are being impacted by the wildfires and we thank our region’s first responders for their dedication and support.

We will continue to keep you updated.

April 16, 2014
A New Beat at CSUSM

Can you feel that? There’s a new beat at Cal State San Marcos, and it’s courtesy of our new

University Student Union (USU). Opened for the start of the Spring 2014 semester, we are officially celebrating the union’s opening over the next two weeks with a variety of activities and events, including the Grand Opening Celebration, which was held outside on a perfect Southern California day in our USU amphitheater.

Hundreds of guests, from CSUSM students, staff and faculty to alumni and community supporters, gathered for a short program, where they heard how a student union has been part of the Cal State San Marcos Master Plan since 1992. But, as I said in my remarks, the real planning for today’s union began in 2006, and it took the foresight of my leadership team and plenty of input from students to get us where we are today — with an amazing space that has quickly become the heartbeat of campus. (read more about "A New Beat at CSUSM")

March 18, 2014
Marching into 2014

Leadership Education and Development Retreat

We are less than three full months into the New Year, but Cal State San Marcos has been full of energy and excitement since the first days of January. Perhaps it has something to do with the new

Student Union that opened just after the semester began. Or maybe it’s because our men’s basketball team won its first-ever Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Division I Conference Championship. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying that CSUSM is the campus to be on right now.

I know this to be true because I have heard it repeatedly as I have met with various groups and delivered remarks across campus and in our community. January started with a lively Q&A session with Vivienne Bennett, chair of the Academic Senate, at the Academic Spring Assembly, where faculty gather to discuss the semester. I followed that with our annual

Faculty and Staff Awards, a celebration of the best of our employees.  It’s always good energy and a good way to start the year. (read more "Marching into 2014")

January 22, 2014
Welcome to Spring 2014

University Student Union

Happy 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. (read more about "Welcome to Spring 2014")