Home Built by Stevens Institute of Technology Students will Support Veterans in their Transition to Academic Success at California State University San Marcos

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California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is celebrating its newly opened Veterans Center with an official ribbon cutting ceremony. The new 1,000-square-foot energy-efficient building was donated by Stevens Institute of Technology students who designed and built it for the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon.

Veterans Center Ribbon Cutting at Cal State San Marcos

New building built by Stevens Institute of Technology students will support veterans in their transition to academic success

WHAT:     

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is celebrating its newly opened Veterans Center with an official ribbon cutting ceremony. The new 1,000-square-foot energy-efficient building was donated by Stevens Institute of Technology students who designed and built it for the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon.

WHO:        

Dr. Timothy P. White, Chancellor, The California State University
Dr. Karen Haynes, President, California State University San Marcos
Dr. Michael Bruno, Dean, Stevens Institute of Technology
Jon Keith Barnes, CSUSM Student Veteran
Other guests include elected officials, regional military leadership, student veterans and university faculty and staff.

WHEN:     

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 12:00 PM

WHERE:    

California State University San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos            
The Veterans Center is located adjacent to Markstein Hall, behind Science Hall I.
Recommended media parking is Lot H, located off of Palm Canyon Dr.

WHY:     
CSUSM, located close to Camp Pendleton and several other military installations, has the highest percentage of student veterans per capita of any California State University (CSU) campus. About 11 percent of Cal State San Marcos students are veterans, service members, reservists or dependents/spouses, and that number is expected to grow as more military personnel retire or discharge and seek opportunities in the civilian world.

The new CSUSM Veterans Center replaces a smaller facility which opened in Craven Hall in 2008. Featuring an office, conference room, kitchen, lounge and event space, the Center will be a place where military-affiliated students can receive support in achieving their academic and career goals with services tailored to their unique needs. Staff will assist students to navigate the admissions process, access their GI benefits, register for courses, access campus resources and get involved in leadership and social activities.

In addition to serving veterans, the Center will also be an excellent vehicle for advancing knowledge of energy use patterns and weather and temperature influences to maximize energy-efficiency. CSUSM plans to engage its science and technology students in data monitoring, collection and analysis, working with their Stevens counterparts to study how technology, design and engineering can drive sustainability.

CONTACT:    
Margaret Chantung (CSUSM) - 760-750-4011 (office) or 760-525-0910 (cell)
Danielle Woodruffe (Stevens Institute of Technology) – 201-216-5139 (office) or (732)-853-3334 (cell)

About Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,300 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to four national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense, maritime security, STEM education and coastal sustainability. The university is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM’s alumni stay in the region. The University was also named a 2014 Great College to Work For by the Chronicle of Higher Education. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.

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Stevens Institute of Technology
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