annual fall address is Aug. 29
President Gerth's fall address to the campus community will be
at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 29 in the Music Recital Hall. A gathering
for coffee and conversation at 9:30 a.m. will precede the address.
message from the Aug. 26 CSUS Bulletin
to the 2002-03 academic year. As we begin this semester, there are
many new people on campus to get to know. We have been very successful
in our new faculty and staff recruitment. Those of you who served
on our search committees have said how impressed you have been with
the caliber of candidates we are attracting. As I am getting acquainted
with our new faculty and staff, I concur with those sentiments.
I hope we will all make them feel welcome.
As you stroll about campus you see many new students-we clearly
have become a campus of choice. Our planned capacity on campus is
about 32,000 students, and at our current rate of growth we will
reach that limit in a few years. This year we have been funded for
an increase of about 500 students and to stay within our budget,
we have had to be careful in managing our growth. This was accomplished
primarily by adhering to our application deadlines.
It is clear from the numbers that we will need to plan well to maintain
access and quality. We will do that by addressing physical needs
for access to campus for those coming by car and by alternative
means of transportation. Our new parking facility on the east side
of campus is ready, and this will add some relief. This year we
have a new "surge" building to provide additional classroom
space and faculty offices. We also are nearing completion of the
building which will be the new home of the College of Continuing
Education, which is attracting increasing numbers of students. We
will soon begin work on a building on the south of campus near the
Folsom Boulevard entrance for our Capital Public Radio studio.
One of the things which enables us to maintain our margin of excellence
beyond what state resources provide is the generosity of our donors,
many of whom are alumni, faculty and staff. Late in the spring semester
we received some welcome financial gifts in the form of two bequest
commitments to endow two academic chairs, each funded at more than
$1 million. These include an anonymously funded chair in public
policy and administration and the T. A. Ryan Chair in Criminal Justice.
The latter was funded by a distinguished professor emerita of the
University of South Carolina, who attended this campus and is grateful
for the experience her time here provided in shaping her career.
I would also like to thank the many alumni, faculty and staff who
continue to contribute generously to making this a better place
for our students.
Over the coming year I would ask that we focus on our future, not
just life as it has been. We should consider the ways in which the
forces of globalization and technology could reshape the structure
of our previously geographically defined universities. We should
look at how campus life might be. It will be a challenging and stimulating