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Spring 2016 Update

By Margaret Chantung

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) welcomed just over 13,000 students, including 172 new transfer students, back to campus on January 25 for the start of the spring semester. Campus highlights this semester include:

Construction of The Sports Center Nears Completion

Construction will wrap up on CSUSM’s new multi-purpose athletics facility, The Sports Center, early this spring. Officially opening in September 2016, The Sports Center will be another hub of student life, bringing all Cougar athletic events to campus. In addition to hosting home games for men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball, the new facility will also be used for campus recreation.

Expansion of the Environmental Leadership Academy to North County

For the first time, Extended Learning is expanding its Temecula-based Environmental Leadership Academy to North San Diego County. The program combines experiential and classroom learning to provide participants with a holistic understanding of climate change, land use, water quality and sustainability in Southern California. Field demonstrations, hikes, interactive group discussions, expert panels, and focused lectures are held on-site at locations that highlight Southern California's varied ecosystems.

New Certificate Programs

This spring, Extended Learning is offering two new and innovative certificate programs: The Business of Hospitality and Business Emergency Preparedness Planning.

The Business of Hospitality is designed for entry and mid-level employees within the hospitality industry as well as anyone interested in a career in the hospitality and tourism field.

Business Emergency Planning is specifically designed to ensure an organization has put into place a process that will mitigate damage to that entity in the event of a disaster, and to allow that entity to recover and resume business in the aftermath of a local or widespread emergency or disaster.

Upcoming Events for the Community

Super STEM Saturday, on Saturday, March 12, kicks off a week of exploration for the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering. The free event for science enthusiasts of all ages, held in partnership with The Classical Academies, includes interactive exhibits, demonstrations, scientist chats and much more.

Discover CSUSM Day, on Saturday, April 9, is an all-campus open house for prospective students, families and anyone else interested in learning about the University and its exceptional facilities and faculty.

Arts and Lectures is a semester-long series of inspiring lectures, thought-provoking cultural events and musical and dance productions. View the upcoming schedule and purchase tickets online.