Comprised of more than 35 departments and programs, the Division of Student Services provides a broad range of services and support to CSULB’s 35,000 students. The division is characterized by a student-centered approach to programming and is recognized throughout the western region of the country for its ability to deliver outstanding services to an increasingly diverse campus community.
Key among the components of the division’s success are the development and implementation of its programs, as well as the oversight of its budget, personnel and facilities. Just as financial and human resources are essential to implementing programs, without adequate or adequately managed facilities the programs will not be successful.
The span of control and responsibility for facilities within the Division of Student Services is broader than generally known. There are division operations in more than 45 buildings on campus as well as two off-campus facilities. This article offers a glimpse into four of these areas.
A quality venue with exceptional service has been the goal for The Pointe since it opened in 1995. Designed to enhance programming options in the Walter Pyramid, The Pointe offers a first-class conference venue and frequently brings students, faculty, staff and the extended campus community to the Pyramid complex.
The variety of events hosted in The Pointe ranges from weddings and bar mitzvahs, conferences, lectures and retreats to sports banquets, seasonal celebrations and pre-game receptions. Campus offices host many events in The Pointe.
The 12,000 sq. ft. Pointe offers numerous meeting options. The large Pacific Sunset multipurpose meeting room and the smaller Frank Bowman Summit Room accommodate the needs of a variety of groups. Food service in The Pointe is provided by The Grand at Cal State Long Beach.
Among the unique features of The Pointe is its beautiful gallery with a long, curved wall. The wall features gradated colors and large photographs of the Helen Borcher flowering peach trees that grace the campus and are a highlight of CSULB’s beautiful grounds.
Concurrent with the beginning of the spring 2007 semester on January 29, two coffee houses opened in the residence hall complexes. Each coffee house is at the approximate center of a cluster of residence halls, with the larger being in Los Alamitos Hall and the other in Parkside Commons Office Building.
The Parkside Commons Coffee House opened on January 29.
The coffee houses offer a variety of interior seating options and open onto patios with exterior seating. Both sites feature projected entertainment centers with large flat screen TVs and a wireless environment.
The coffee houses are designed to be multipurpose in nature. Featuring Seattle’s Best Coffee, the houses offer an after-hours dining option for residents, a place to meet and socialize with other students, an opportunity to meet with faculty-in-residence and a spot to get away and unwind.
Located at the corner of State University Drive and Merriam Way, the Student Health Center has a long history at CSULB. The Health Center began in the kitchen of an apartment building way back in 1949 as a quiet little health service and has grown into today’s vibrant, accredited program.
Supported by campus-based student fees, the Health Center as we know it today is the third student health facility to be occupied at CSULB. The multi-level structure was constructed in 1958, a north wing was added in 1975 and major building renovations and updates were conducted in 1998-99. The building is 18,142 sq. ft. in size.
Student Health Center
The scope and quality of health services provided at CSULB would not be possible without the facility in which the center is housed. Student Health Services focuses on providing medical services and health promotion. An ADA-accessible pharmacy with privacy window, a laboratory with licensed clinical laboratory scientists, ADA-accessible restrooms, a state-of-the-art Health Resource Center, an ADA-accessible front counter area, diagnostic x-rays and full electronic charting are among the services the center offers. Student Health Services is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. and is a member of the American College Health Association.
All currently enrolled students are eligible for services at the Health Center. Students on leave from the university and students taking classes through University College and Extension Services can receive services for a nominal fee.
University Student Union
Constructed in 1971 and expanded in 1997-98, the University Student Union is financed by campus-based student fees. Presently, the USU is more than 180,000 sq. ft. in size. On any given academic day, the USU is alive with student activity. It is used heavily by individual students who come to the USU to socialize, eat, study, relax or swim in the lounge areas, food areas, swimming pool, patio areas and Games Center.
Located in the heart of the campus, the USU provides the campus community with 41,474 sq. ft. of conference and meeting space as well as a variety of services and activities. Services are provided by an Information Center, ASI Communications, the Computer Center, the Conference and Events Center, Elektric Hair, KBeach Radio and the Union Weekly newspaper. Offices housed in the building include the USU’s administrative offices and all of the Associated Students government and business offices. Activities and events range from the USU Program Council’s noon concerts and sneak preview movies to workshops, motivational speakers and Poet’s Lounge.
Other offices housed in the USU include the Beach Pride Center, the Center for Scholarship Information, College Beat Television, the Greek Office, the Lois J. Swanson Leadership Resource Center, the Maxson Student Organization Center, the Office of Alumni Relations, the Office of Equity and Diversity, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Student Life and Development, the University Interfaith Center and a University Police substation.
The University Student Union's outdoor swimming pool is open to the campus community.
Current food vendors in the USU include Carl’s Jr., Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, El Pollo Loco/Foster’s Freeze, Robek’s Juice, Round Table Pizza and Subway.
As the university looks ahead to the 60th anniversary of its founding, members of the campus community can take great pride in many achievements. Among them are the university’s diverse and high-achieving student population, its distinguished and hardworking faculty and staff, its effective and visionary administration, and its beautiful grounds and facilities.
In the Division of Student Services, the breadth and scope of its programming, the quality of its employees and its well-managed and well-maintained facilities greatly enhance the learning environment for CSULB’s students.
While these are just a few of the many outstanding facilities that are a part of the Student Services Division and the campus, the facilities described above add significantly to the quality of campus life for all members of the university as CSULB strives to become one of the nation’s great universities.