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Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Wells Fargo in the USU.

A ribbion-cutting ceremony for a full-service Wells Fargo Bank was held on September 4.

Spotlight on University Student Union

The University Student Union continues to expand to meet the ever-growing needs of CSULB students. Efforts of USU staff have yielded exciting results. This year, the USU added to its commercial success as it welcomed a Wells Fargo Bank, the only full-service bank in any student union on a California State University campus. In January 2009, a Sbarro’s Pizza and a frozen yogurt vendor will open. Sbarro's menu offerings will feature pizza, pastas and an array of salads; and the addition of the yogurt vendor will bring the popularity of self-serve frozen yogurt to the campus.

"Students asked for more diverse and healthier food options and for banking services and I am pleased to say that the USU responded to their needs.”
- Dave Edwards

“These additions comprise the largest growth in the USU’s food and commercial services in more than 10 years,” says USU Director Dave Edwards, who also serves as associate executive director for the Associated Students, Inc. “I am extremely excited about these new vendors. About a year ago, the students specifically asked for more diverse and healthier food options and for banking services on campus. I am pleased to say that the USU responded to their needs.”

“During the 2007-08 academic year, students were surveyed about what they would want to see at the USU,” said Lisa de la Loza, assistant director for commercial services. Based on those surveys and a request for proposals (RFP) process, many vendors who fit the students’ criteria visited campus and eventually submitted proposals.

USU exterior entrance

Portico entrance to the University Student Union.

Vendors’ proposals and business plans were reviewed by a committee of students and staff. The group chose the vendors they believed best suited the USU and CSULB. Their findings were approved by the USU Board of Trustees.
“It worked out for the best,” de la Loza said. “It was based on student surveys, student requests and student committees. Students selected vendors they thought would be the best fit.”

The new vendors are located in suite 214 in the south plaza area of the USU. “What an exciting time to be in the USU,” Edwards said. “In keeping with its ever-changing offerings of student programs and services, the USU is expanding its commercial opportunities with services that are sure to be popular with students.”

For information about the University Student Union, visit www.csulb.edu/studentunion or call (562) 985-4834