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Celebrating Our Past
Transforming Our Future

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Welcome to Cal State San Bernardino’s 50th anniversary website, created to help alumni, faculty, staff, students and community friends celebrate this important milestone in the life of our university.

With the theme of “Celebrating Our Past, Transforming Our Future,” the 50th anniversary is being observed throughout the academic year from September 2015-June 2016. The occasion offers us the opportunity to celebrate our strengths, to build the reputation of the university in the region that is important to its success, and to set the stage for future initiatives.

Timeline

1960

Governor Brown signed legislation creating a state college to serve San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

State Senator Stanford Shaw introduced legislation for San Bernardino-Riverside State College.

1961

Legislature appropriated funds to purchase college site.

1962

Dr. John Pfau was appointed President.

1963

College site chosen -- 26 sites originally considered. The original name San Bernardino-Riverside State College was changed to California State College at San Bernardino. College site forms an irregularly shaped polygon containing 430 acres at an elevation of 1554 feet.

The land for the projected campus of CSUSB was purchased in 1963, and since the initial purchase of 430 acres included 50 acres of vineyards, it seemed that the college was about to enter the wine business. The area south of the playing fields was once a part of the vineyards owned by the Ellena Brothers of Cucamonga.

Library collection was being assembled and stored in a warehouse at 731 South Lugo.

1964

Groundbreaking began on the initial buildings for the new Cal State campus. Initial Buildings: Library--52,000 volumes, 13 general classrooms. Cafeteria Complex, Bookstore, Science Labs, Activity Rooms. Mail/Receiving, Faculty and Administration Offices, Admissions and Records, Duplication.

Groundbreaking: Construction on first 3 buildings and parking for 285 cars began at an estimated cost of $1,275,000. Only 13 acres of the 430 acres site were developed during the first project.

1965

CSCSB’s first parking area accommodated 320 cars. By 1970 there were parking spaces for 1904 cars. By 1980, 2604 spaces; 1990, 3306 spaces.

The college officially opened with 293 students, 90 freshmen and the rest juniors. There was a faculty and staff of 93.

Library opened in one of 3 initial buildings.

The Communique was first published November 9, 1965. It became the official ASB newspaper when student government was formed in January 1966.

State College Parkway, the four-lane thoroughfare linking the college to the Barstow Freeway, was officially opened.

1966

Students voted to have a paw print as student newspaper logo.

School colors of brown and blue were voted upon in student elections in 1966. Brown was chosen because it was most prevalent natural color of the area -- symbolic of mountains and desert.

A yearbook, T Tauri, presented “historical records relating opinions and impressions as well as activities of students and faculty during first year.”

1966

Dr. Pfau was inaugurated as Cal State's founding President.

International student advisors Don Woods and John Hatton issued campus's first visa documentation.

First Student Pep Rally -- President John M. Pfau was on hand to award letters to CSUSB's first "undefeated" football team and cheers were led by Theta Psi Omega cheerleaders and song girls. Following the bonfire and rally, everyone adjourned to the mall for an outdoor dance. The steps of the college library served as a bandstand.

1967

The Physical Sciences and Biology buildings were built and opened.

Mrs. Aleta Lorber named Senior Woman of the Year.

The San Bernardino Chamber of Commerce honored seven of Cal State's graduating seniors at a luncheon at the Holiday Inn. James K. Guthrie, publisher of the Sun-Telegram and a member of the College Advisory Board, spoke briefly and President Pfau responded. Students honored were: Geraldine Brame, Charlene De Branch, Aletha Lorber, Claudia Peterson, Carl Sundin, Clemens Tarter and Dorothy Wissler.

263 students attended first summer session.

1967

The first graduating class was composed of 59 members, 5 graduating with honors. Chancellor Dumke delivered the Commencement address. Although the sky remained overcast, the outdoor ceremony escaped the hazards of rain and heat. Honors were announced by Dean Scherba for Geraldine Ruth Brame, Charlene Kaye DeBranch, Aleta Lorber, Dorothy Wissler and Claudia Peterson -- all married women. The President’s Reception afterwards added an especially cordial touch for the many visitors to our campus. Mrs. Lila Fleming in the Activities and Housing Office managed many of the arrangements for this.

CSCSB offered 14 majors to the 1002 students who enrolled. Enrollment had increased 67% in one year.

1968

First Sunday guided tours of the campus were started. The tours were conducted by one of four students specially trained and outfitted with blazers for this purpose.

Alumni Association published first issues of its newsletter Panorama. Alumni held its first meeting October 25, 1968.

Heating and Air Conditioning operations opened, providing utility services for all campus buildings through an underground utility tunnel system.

Construction began on 10,830 square-foot Physical Plant Building and 29,000 square-foot shops and yard, which were completed in February, 1969.

1968

Physical Education Building completed at cost of $1.2 million. Its 36,000 square-feet included 1450 seat gymnasium; 1 regulation and 2 practice basketball courts, activity room; classrooms, offices and a locker room; and a 75’ x 45’ pool with depths from 4 to 13 feet, and 2 one-meter and 1 three-meter diving boards.

Groundbreaking for Library Building.

CSCSB began its fourth academic year with its third name. The first name, San Bernardino-Riverside State College, gave way to California State College at San Bernardino when the college opened in 1965. The “at” gave way to a comma to make the names of the 19 Cal State colleges as consistent in style as possible.

1969

The college’s third annual commencement, and first to be held indoors, began at 8 p.m. in the CSUSB Gym. Some 122 degree candidates, out of 185 eligible to march, participated in the ceremony. “There Once Was a College at Camelot,” the Commencement address, was given by Louis H. Heilbron, former chairman of the California State Colleges Board of Trustees. The faculty marshals were Dr. Ronald Barnes, Dr. James Crum and Dr. Russell DeRemer.

1970

The college’s authorized enrollment was 2240 students. Although no graduate degrees would be awarded as yet, 250 students were enrolled in the fifth-year teaching credential program or in scattered courses, which carried graduate and upper-division credit.

Operation Second Chance, first of its kind in San Bernardino, was constructed to give “minority youth an opportunity to study and work in an intensive, tutored summer session.” The six-week program was held at CSCSB for the first time in 1970.

Ethnic studies options within the fields of history and sociology were introduced providing students the opportunity of concentrating in either Mexican-American or Black Studies.

1971

With construction completed on the five-story library-classroom building, the library collection was moved to the campus's newest and largest structure.

1972

The college became a residential campus with the opening of dormitories in Serrano Village. The institution also initiated its first graduate program, an M.A. in education.

Opening of Commons Building, which served as general dining for the campus. Built at a cost of $1.3 million, the two-level structure seated more than 600.

1974

Federally funded educational opportunity programs, including Upward Bound, were launched on campus to enhance the college-going rate of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

1975

College celebrated its 10th anniversary and groundbreaking for the Creative Arts Building.

Receiving, Mail and Campus Stores building completed, covering an area of 3200 square-feet.

43 of the original 93 faculty and staff were still on campus.

1976

Construction began on the $860,576 Student Union. All costs were paid from student fees and the sale of revenue bonds, which were repaid from future student union fees.

1977

The library acquired its 250,000th volume.

1978

15,000 square-foot Student Union Building officially opened. The union housed a multi-purpose room for dances, lectures, films, etc.; student government offices, and school newspaper office; a “noisy room” which had two billiard tables, pinball machine and ping pong tables; a vending machine room and snack bar; a lounge with fireplace and outdoor patio.

1979

The Fine Arts Building was remodeled during the 1978/1979 academic year to include ceramics, sculpture, woodworking, furniture design and weaving studios.

1980

Panorama Fire destroyed the Shipping and Receiving Warehouse on campus and severely damaged the cooling towers on the Heating and Air Conditioning Building.

CSCSB celebrated its 15th anniversary by hosting its first Open House in a major effort to draw community attention to the campus.

The Children’s Center opened on campus with the benefit of federal community development grants awarded to the city and county of San Bernardino.

1981

The movie "Buddy, Buddy" was filmed on campus featuring actors Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.

Robert O'Brien of the Sociology Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor for the year.

1982

Dr. Anthony H. Evans appointed President of California State College, San Bernardino as it enrolls 5600 students in 36 undergraduate majors and 8 graduate degree programs. Library holdings numbered 340,000 volumes and the campus housed 23 air-conditioned buildings.

Dr. Frederick Newton of the Psychology Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor for the year.

Board of Trustees named John M. Pfau Library in honor of the retiring founding president.

1983

Dr. Frances Berdan of the Anthropology Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor for the year.

President Evans was inaugurated as the second President of the college.

President Evans appointed a 12-member task force to discuss the issue of bringing intercollegiate athletics to CSCSB as a means of enhancing student development.

Students approved a referendum by a 2-to-1 vote to double their instructionally related activities fee to $20 to fund an intercollegiate athletics program at Cal State.

1984

The coyote became the official mascot for Cal State San Bernardino following an extensive survey by an ad hoc study committee.

Cal State San Bernardino consisted of: 24 buildings, an enrollment of 6400, 410,000 books, 254 faculty and 39 B.A., 9 M.A. and 14 teaching credentials. Library Associates was organized into a governing board and held its first meeting in the spring.

California State College, San Bernardino officially became a university when the California Postsecondary Commission ratified the CSU Board of Trustees’ earlier action to certify the institution had met necessary requirements to be a university in the CSU system. The next day the campus held ceremonies to change the sign at the main entrance to the university.

1984

First NCAA-sponsored athletic contest involving CSUSB was a 4-3 men's soccer victory over the University of Redlands.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association accepted Cal State San Bernardino as a member of Division III and authorized the school to compete in eight intercollegiate sports.

CSUSB’s 49th major, a B.A. in Communication, was approved and introduced.

Dr. Robert Blackey, professor of history and a member of the Cal State faculty since 1968, chosen as the Outstanding Professor for 1984.

Dr. Robert Blackey of the History Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor for the year.

1985

Dr. Richard Rowland of the Geography Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor for the year.

Ruben Mendoza and Tim Stretch of the men's tennis team qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament and made it to the quarterfinals in doubles.

Summer session had a record enrollment of 1425 students enrolling in five sessions or attending special workshops in August.

Outstanding Student Award given for the first time.

Institute for Applied Research founded in the School of Business and Public Administration.

1985

Five mobile units, located between Student Services Building and the Child Care Center, opened to provide temporary faculty offices.

Enrollment of 6519, an 11.5% gain over fall 1984, was the greatest increase in one quarter in the history of university.

Advising Center established.

Library received a 60-day free trial of Info trace, an automated reference database system, which had access to information from 1000 periodicals (from 1982-1985) and two newspapers (past 60 days).

1985

Special Convocation marked the 20th anniversary of the campus.

Volleyball team hosted its first tournament, which was co-sponsored by the Soroptimist Club of San Bernardino. Participants included CSUSB, Whittier, Claremont and Master Colleges.

$135,000 purchased equipment for Instructional Fixed Television Source (ITFS), allowing the university faculty to teach -- via television -- to students in the Coachella Valley.

Faculty Computer Users Committee established to determine the computer needs of faculty and to make recommendations for a five-year plan.

1986

The Coachella Valley Center opened when CSUSB established a satellite campus at the College of the Desert. The university offered junior, senior and graduate-level classes in 15 different programs.

Dr. Diane Halpern of the Psychology Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor for the year.

First Homecoming Weekend celebrated around Coyote basketball.

3007 students signed up for classes in university’s first computer-assisted registration (CAR).

1986

Six concerts comprised the university’s first Summer Entertainment Series.

Spring enrollment was 6338 students, a 13.8% increase over spring 1985.

7444 students enrolled at CSUSB, a 14% increase above the official student population for fall 1985.

20th Commencement graduated 1170.

50th degree program, a B.S. in foods and nutrition, offered.

1986

Construction began on the $2.3 million, two-story Faculty Office Building, designed to accommodate 81 faculty plus administrative offices for the Schools of Education, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

KSSB University radio station began broadcasting.

1987

Greek Life began on campus: 300 students enrolled in 3 sororities (Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi, Alpha Delta Pi) and 2 fraternities (Delta Sigma Phi, Sigma Chi Omicron)

Census date recorded an enrollment of 8376 students, an increase of 12.5% over fall 1986. The campus became the leader in the CSU for enrollment growth this year.

Dr. Margaret Atwell in Education named Outstanding Professor.

Groundbreaking held for 3863 square-foot addition to the Bookstore.

1369 seniors and graduate students were part of the class of ‘87.

Coachella Valley Center enrolled 403 students, representing an increase of 70% over the previous fall.

Dr. Margaret Atwell of the Education Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor for the year.

1988

Dedication ceremony held for Coachella Valley Center; 400 students were enrolled in 51 sections of classes, offered through an instructional television hook-up with the San Bernardino campus.

Men's golf finished in third place at the NCAA Div. III national championship. Women's volleyball advanced to NCAA Div. III West regional title match.

Lynda Warren, psychologist, earned the Outstanding Professor distinction.

University implemented its second joint Ph.D. program with Zagazig University in Egypt.

Linda Warren of the Psychology Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor for the year.

1989

Men's basketball became the first CSUSB team to host NCAA tournament playoff game, losing in the Div. III West Regional in the first round.

The university made a major change in its curriculum with a shift from 5 units course credits to 4 units course credits.

English faculty Dr. Helene Koon named Outstanding Professor.

Honors Program inaugurated to enhance diversity on campus.

Library signed a contract with NOTIS Systems to be beta test site for KEYNOTIS, an integrated online public access catalog.

Helene Koon of the English Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor for the year.

1990

Celebrating its 25th anniversary year, the university Library acquired its 500,000th volume.

President Evans marshaled a task force on campus safety.

The university announced its decision to move to Division II level NCAA competition in fall 1991 and affiliate with California Collegiate Athletic Association.

1990

The long anticipated construction of a $20 million classroom/student service/faculty office building, University Hall, commenced.

Men's basketball won NCAA Div. III West Regional and finished fourth in the NCAA championship tournament.

Dr. Robert Cramer of the Psychology Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

1991

Student, Val Limar, starred in “Ethel,” a hit musical based on the life of the blues singer Ethel Waters.

Men's basketball repeated the Western Regional championship and finished sixth in NCAA championship tournament.

Dr. Loralee MacPike of the English Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

University Hall building opened.

1992

The Foundation Building and Jack H. Brown Hall were completed.

Coyote Athletics moved up to NCAA Division II and joined the CCAA with eight teams. Men's soccer gave CSUSB its first championship and hosted the West Regionals.

An electron microscope was acquired by the university through a federal award announced by Congressman George Brown.

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities laud CSUSB's mentoring role with the Hillside-University Demonstration School as a model partnership and gave it the Christa McAuliffe Award.

1992

“A Warring Absence,” an original play written by theatre arts alumna Jody Duncan and professor emeritus Bill Slout, performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of a national theater award for the work.

The Social Work graduate program received national accreditation.

Dr. Gloria Cowan of the Psychology Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

1993

Jack H. Brown Hall opened and was named for a $1 million personal contribution by the CEO, president and chairman of the board of Stater Bros. Markets.

A $1 million grant was provided by a Japanese university to construct the Yasuda Center for Extended Learning.

Dr. Ward McAfee of the History Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

The Student Union opened its doors.

A large addition to the Coyote Bookstore was opened in the fall.

1994

A society of international scholars, the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Phi Beta Delta, launched for International Programs on campus.

The graduate and undergraduate programs in the College of Business and Public Administration became the only ones in the Inland Empire to be accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.

Dr. Ed White of the English Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

1995

Coussoulis Arena, the new campus arena with seating for more than 4,100 people for basketball and volleyball, opened as part of the new health and physical education complex. The state-of-the-art facility became the Inland Empire's largest indoor arena.

The Yasuda Center for Extended Learning was dedicated.

The City of Palm Desert donated 200 acres of land for the establishment of a permanent branch campus of Cal State San Bernardino in the Coachella Valley, kicking off a public-private fundraising drive for construction funds.

Mary Smith of the Marketing Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

1996

Home to priceless Egyptian, Etruscan and Asian antiquities, Cal State San Bernardino’s 4,000-square-foot Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum opened.

Campus began honoring faculty, staff, students and community members for promoting diversity and multiculturalism.

The university officially changed its school colors from blue and brown to Columbia blue and black.

Dr. Adria Klein of Advanced Studies was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

David Riefer of the Psychology Dept. was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

1997

Albert K. Karnig became the university’s third President as 13,280 students enrolled in more than 70 graduate and undergraduate programs.

The brass-tipped clock tower on the new Student Union addition saluted the Classes of 1994 and 1995 for gifts that made the campus centerpiece possible.

Dr. Terry Rizzo of the Kinesiology and Physical Education Departments was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year and honored with the Golden Apple Award.

Scott Householder of the golf team became the university's first national champion, capturing medalist honors in the NCAA Div. II championships. The team finished third in the tournament.

1998

Dr. Cynthia Bird of the Accounting and Finance Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

Dr. Renee Pigeon of the English Dept. was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

Biology professor Stuart Sumida led the CSU system’s involvement in the restoration of “Sue,” the largest T-rex fossil ever unearthed, by involving Cal State San Bernardino students on summer sojourns to the Chicago Field Museum, where the relic was displayed.

Women's basketball posted a 23-6 record to advance to NCAA West Region semifinals. Golf placed third in NCAA national championship.

The International Institute was founded on campus.

1999

The Pfau Library was designated as a United States Government Documents depository.

Students on Cal State’s Model United Nations/Arab league teams, coached by political scientist Ralph Salmi, brought honor to the university by winning three top awards for their performance in these international relations competitions. They repeat their wins in 2000 and 2001.

The five academic schools, along with Extended Education, become designated as colleges.

Women's water polo program established, giving CSUSB 11 NCAA-sponsored sports teams. Men's basketball won NCAA West Regional and advanced to NCAA Elite Eight Quarterfinals.

1999

Dr. Stuart Sumida of the Biology Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

David Reifer of the Psychology Dept. was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

CSUSB named a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education, facilitating the university’s receipt of a $2 million grant to provide off-campus courses to historically under-served students in outlying locations. Part of the grant also spurred a major, $1.5 million campus-wide scholarship fund drive, the first the university had ever undertaken.

2000

The first of three buildings for the Palm Desert satellite campus broke ground. Building named for Mary Stuart Rogers, whose family was a longtime benefactor.

Locally, to better meet the needs of surrounding communities, the university created the Community-University Partnership, Water Resources Institute, Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship and other outreach units.

Men's basketball earned first CCAA title, advanced to NCAA West Region semifinals.

2000

David Riefer of the Psychology Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

Dr. Laura Kamptner of the Psychology Dept. was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

University named the National Center for Excellence in Distance Learning with a $5 million grant to develop distance education courses for the civilian work force of the U.S. Navy.

The Corporation Yard/Administrative Services addition was completed, providing much needed shops, warehouses, and administrative offices in the departments of Duplicating, Receiving, Mail Services, Physical Planning, and Development, Physical Plant, Environmental Health and Safety, and Public Safety/Parking Services.

2001

As Cal State broke ground for the first of three privately-funded buildings for its Palm Desert branch campus, the tallest structure under construction on the main campus raised its highest beam for the new home of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

With an enrollment in excess of 14,000, the university offered 42 baccalaureate degree programs, 15 teaching credential fields, 21 master’s degree programs, and had approximately one quarter of the student population doing post-baccalaureate study.

More than 33 fully accessible and air-conditioned buildings existed on campus; Pfau Library held 640,000 books and bound periodicals; more than 130 student clubs and organizations chartered here.

2001

Women's volleyball made first NCAA Div. II tournament appearance. Men's basketball won second straight CCAA title and advanced to West Region title game.

With 15,000 students and 2,000 faculty and staff, the CSUSB celebrated its 35th anniversary and stature as the largest university in the Inland Empire.

Sanders McDougall of the Psychology Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

Zahid Hasan of the Mathematics Dept. was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

First honorary doctorate awarded to Benson Harer, M.D., whose collection of Egyptian antiquities have been loaned to the RV Fullerton Museum on campus.

2002

New Arrowhead Village student housing on campus dedicated in a ceremony.

A $3.1 million federal grant awarded to CSUSB for computer security on campus.

Peter Robertshaw of the Anthropology Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

Dr. Margaret Doane of the English Dept. was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

Men's basketball captured third straight CCAA title, won NCAA West Regional for the first time and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight quarterfinals for second time. Team earned No. 1 ranking in the national poll for the first time in school history. Women's volleyball won the first CCAA title and hosted NCAA Pacific Regional. Men's baseball won its first CCAA championship.

2002

The Mary Stuart Rogers Gateway Building opened as the first structure at the new permanent location of Cal State San Bernardino's Palm Desert Campus.

The largest classroom building on the San Bernardino campus, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Building, opened for students.

The College of Education earned the distinction of accreditation from the National Council on Teacher Education.

The Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization at CSUSB was developed through a partnership with the Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology (CCAT) in San Diego, CA.

2002

The second building of the Palm Desert campus broke ground, bearing the name of Indian Wells Center for Excellence.

Honorary doctorate given to Ali Razi, member of the CSU Board of Trustees.

A $3 million gift from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians was designated to enhance the Student Union expansion and scholarships.

History professor Robert Blackey honored with the Wang Family Award, a prestigious CSU recognition bestowed on a single faculty member in the 23-campus system.

2003

Women's volleyball won the second straight CCAA crown, and hosted the Pacific Regional for second straight year.

Dr. Fred Jandt of the Communication Studies Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

Dorothy Ingrahm was given the distinction of an honorary doctorate at Commencement.

The Sunday New York Times carried a front page feature about the Cal State San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus.

Jeffrey Thompson of the Biology Dept. was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

2003

The Old Waterman Canyon Fire spread quickly through the San Bernardino Mountains and destroyed a modular building on campus while damaging two others and burning the landscaping around campus. The university closed for two days.

Enrollment showed an increase of nearly 25 percent over the previous six years with nearly 17,000 students on campus.

A new annex to the science buildings broke ground on campus.

CSUSB launched the Inland California Television Network (ICTN), providing the first cable television program offering live, local news to 15 Inland Empire communities Monday through Friday. The newscast also was carried on satellite television and continued into 2005.

2004

Women's soccer advanced to the NCAA Far West Regional for the first time since program began in 1988. Men's basketball tied the CCAA record with its fifth-straight conference title and hosted the NCAA West Regional.

The university positioned itself as a leader in studying and understanding the Middle East, hosting three conferences in 2003-2004 that focused on issues in the region.

Dr. Richard Fehn of the Biology Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

Women's volleyball won its third-straight CCAA title, captured the Pacific Region title for first time and became the first CSUSB team to host a national championship tournament.

A new Literacy Center was established on campus based upon a donation from Watson Associates.

Dr. Lanny Fields of the History Dept. was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

2004

CSUSB's Model United Nations and Model Arab League teams continued to dominate their competition and rank among the nation's elite. Coached by political science Ralph Salmi, the university's Model U.N. team won Outstanding Delegation honors for the ninth year in a row, while the Model Arab League team won Outstanding Delegation honors for the 14th consecutive year.

California State University, San Bernardino was re-accredited by WASC, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, for the maximum 10 years -- a remarkable accomplishment given that CSUSB was the first California State University campus to go through the new accreditation process.

Brie Harris named the NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball Player of the Year. CSUSB became only the second university to have players earn back-to-back AVCA player-of-the-year honors in the NCAA Division II since the inception of the award, following Kim Morohunfola's honor as national player of the year in 2003.
Honorary doctorate bestowed upon Florentino Garza.

2004

Cal State San Bernardino student Corey Jackson, a political science major and local community activist, was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California State University Board of Trustees, becoming just the second CSUSB student to serve on the 24-member board.

The Indian Wells Center for Educational Excellence and the Indian Wells Theatre opened as the second of three major construction projects at the Palm Desert Campus.

A new student recreational center broke ground near the tennis courts.

The university purchased the student housing complex developed across the street from the campus on Northpark Boulevard.

Institute of Child Development and Family Relations opened an infant/toddler center.

2005

The RVF art Museum acquired a 2500-year-old Egyptian mummy lid to add to the rich Harer Collection of artifacts.

Dr. Margaret Doane of the English Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

Tanya Zeferjahn became Coyotes' first cross-country runner to compete in the NCAA Div. II national championship. Women's volleyball won the NCAA Pacific Regional for the second straight year and advanced to the quarterfinals. Men's basketball captured an unprecedented sixth-in-a-row CCAA championship. Baseball advanced to CCAA championship tournament for the fourth time in 5 years.

"Ethel," the highly acclaimed one-person play celebrating the life of legendary actress and blues singer Ethel Waters was performed in the Barnes Theater.

Dr. Eugene Wong of the Psychology Dept. was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

2005

The university hosted its 19th consecutive Environmental EXPO Earth Day celebration, drawing some 10,000 visitors. The event was recognized in 2004 with an award for environmental education from California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Already recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2004 as one of the Top 100 American universities for entrepreneurs, CSUSB's Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) program was listed among the Top 75 in the nation and Top 26 regionally in 2005.

Coyote’s Aaron Rice named CCAA Player of the year.

Stater Bros. Markets' CEO Jack Brown and restrauteur Bing Wong given honorary doctorates at Commencement.

University celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Library dedicated the acquisition of its 750,000th volume, a map of the historic Santa Fe Railroad.

2006

Singer Harry Belafonte speaks in SUEC on “The State of the Union Address: Where Does American Stand in the Eyes of the World Today and in the Future.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the official opening of the new Chemical Sciences Building, including the 3,000-sq.-ft. Natural History Museum.

The CSU Board of Trustees names the 3rd building at PDC the Palm Desert Health Sciences Center to recognize the $4.5 million gift from the city to help construct that building.

2006

As part of its 40th anniversary celebration, the campus honors past Associated Student Inc. Presidents and former members of the SU Board with a black tie gala at SU; the event also includes silent and live auctions to raise endowment funds, and the unveiling of portraits of the 3 campus Presidents by artist Tom Pinch.

Groundbreaking is held for the Palm Desert Health Science Building at PDC, the 4th structure built there with donated funds, with the attendance of Palm Desert Mayor Jim Ferguson.

Dr. Paul Dixon of the Physics Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

Gerald Thrush of the Biology Dept. was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

2007

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the official opening of the Student Recreation and Fitness Center.

Activist Gloria Steinem speaks and signs books at SUEC during “An Evening with Gloria Steinem.”

Coyote Radio Live debuts on local TV Channel 3.

The campus receives a $1 million gift from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to create an endowment to support the Institute at CSUSB. The campus unveils a new University logo featuring an outline in blue of the S.B. Mountains.

Dr. Lloyd Peake of the Management Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

Dr. Sunny Hyon of the English Dept. was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

2008

The College of Education Building opens for business.

The campus opens East Campus Circle and the rest of North Campus Circle, completing the new CSUSB interior perimeter road, which now terminates at a new entrance with traffic signals on the southeast edge of campus, at the corner of Northpark Blvd., Little Mountain Dr., and East Campus Circle.

Stuart Sumida becomes the 4th CSUSB faculty member to receive a $20,000 Wang Family Excellence Award. Elsa Ochoa-Fernández, Dir. of the International Institute (1991-08), retires.

The campus begins offering a B.A. degree in Arabic Language and Culture. Sodexo Inc. assumes operation of the Commons and the Coyote Café in SU.

2008

Robert A. Blackey is honored at the Faculty Awards Luncheon in UC as the first 40-year employee on campus.

The campus receives a gift from Inland Communities Corp. of 2 parcels of land, including 4 acres north of Badger Hill to be used for faculty housing, and 235 acres at the base of Badger Canyon to be known as the Akkad Natural Preserve, bringing the total campus area to 680 acres.

Masaaki Yoshino, Pres. of Yasuda Women’s University, Hiroshima, Japan, visits CSUSB to celebrate 20 years of cooperation between the two campuses.

The University received the prestigious Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification for excellence in curricular engagement and outreach and partnerships.

Dr. Yuchin Chien of the Psychology Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

Dr. William Green of the Political Science Dept. was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

2009

Blues musician B. B. King and Gregory Adamson perform in the Arena.

To honor the 25th anniversary of the establishment of intercollegiate athletics, the campus establishes a Coyote Athletics Hall of Fame, with 5 members being inducted at SUEC.

CSUSB’s Coyote Radio is recognized by the website mtvU.com as one of the top 25 college radio stations in the U.S.

Dr. Janet Kottke of the Psychology Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

Kimberly Cousins of the Chemistry Dept. was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

2010

Activist Angela Davis speaks in SMSUEC on “Activism and Diversity in Higher Education: How Change Happens.”

The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship receives the Entrepreneurship Education Award for “Outstanding Entrepreneurship Program” from the U.S. Assoc. for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Dr. C.E. Tapie Rohm of the Information and Decision Sciences Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

Dr. Eric Newman of the Marketing Dept. was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

2011

In November, 2011, CSUSB opened the Murillo Family Observatory, the Inland Empire's first teaching observatory, allowing researchers, students, and the public to study the night sky. Standing atop Badger Hill, the Murillo Family Observatory features a telescope in each of the two 40-foot towers alongside an observation deck.

On its cover, European CEO magazine features Jean Stephens, who earned her M.B.A. from CSUSB in 1991.

Dr. Stephen Tibbetts of the Criminal Justice Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

Dr. Mary Texeira of the Sociology Dept. was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

2012

The university’s fourth president, Tomás D. Morales, takes office in August.

The university officially opens the Veterans Success Center.

Dr. Todd Jennings of the Educational Psychology and Counseling Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

Dr. Amanda Wilcox-Herzog of the Psychology Dept. was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

2013

CSUSB is ranked No. 1 in California as a military-friendly public university by Military Advanced Education magazine.

A one-day conference for pre-med and pre-health students is organized solely by CSUSB students to address issues of health disparities in the inland region and how students can apply for medical school.

Juan Delgado of the English Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

Dr. Janelle Gilbert of the Psychology Dept. was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

2014

Alumna Amy Brophy Laughlin is one of five educators named a 2015 California Teacher of the Year.

CSUSB’s fall student enrollment reaches 18,952, the highest in the university’s history. That number includes the Palm Desert Campus, which also set an enrollment record with 1,093 students.

Dr. Cynthia Crawford of the Psychology Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

Dr. Larry Mink of the Chemistry Dept. was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

2015

For the first time in the university’s history, June commencement will be held off campus at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

The CSUSB Cyber Security Center hosts its inaugural Cyber Security Summit drawing more than 300 participants.

Dr. Kenneth Shultz of the Psychology Dept. was chosen as the Outstanding Professor of the year.

Dr. Thomas Long of the History Dept. was honored with the Golden Apple Award.

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