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August 22, 2000

CSUS President to Announce Initiatives for 2000-01

California State University, Sacramento President Donald R. Gerth will announce several new initiatives, including an ambitious building program to accommodate a booming student enrollment; a plan for a Year of Unity; and a reaffirmation of University efforts toward strengthening the economic, civic and cultural development of the Capital Region.

The announcements will be part of his annual fall address to faculty and staff at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 24 in the Music Recital Hall. The address is part of a variety of activities that kick off the start of school, with classes beginning Aug. 28.

Other start of the semester activities include residence hall move-in Aug. 24-27, a new student convocation, an on-campus job fair, and new student workshops on time management and personal finance.

The President's speech, an annual tradition, will review campus accomplishments over the past year, as well as outline the major challenges for the new academic year.

Enrollment on campus continues to grow, with an anticipated 25,500 students from throughout the state, nation and 124 countries taking classes. Assisting those students in the completion of their graduation requirements in a timely manner will be the focus of campus discussion in the coming year.

Campus expansion plans call for six new campus buildings in the next few years including space for regional and continuing education, studio and office space for Capital Public Radio and a 1,300 seat performing arts venue. Gerth also will initiate a study of how the University can step up its electronic distribution of its curriculum to better serve the region.

In addition to new buildings, Gerth says the campus must revisit its capacity to meet the needs of students from throughout the Capital Region. Over the next 20 years an additional one million people may be living within the service area of the campus. Dealing not only with enrollment, but also with the rich ethnic and cultural diversity that growth will bring means continuing challenges for the University, Gerth says.

The campus community also will reaffirm the values associated with a diverse and pluralistic student body and faculty. Gerth will outline a series of initiatives for a Year of Unity.


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