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Founders' luncheon at CSUB
May 6, 2005
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A Founders’ Luncheon will be held on Friday, May 20, to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the university’s opening in 1970, and to recognize the founding faculty, staff, administration, and community members who were instrumental in its founding. All emeriti faculty, former staff, administrators as well as the public are invited for the celebratory luncheon, which is free. The luncheon is one of many events scheduled during the two-day celebration of the university’s anniversary and inauguration of its fourth president, Horace Mitchell.

“It will be fantastic to bring everyone together,” said founding dean of students and current vice president of student affairs George Hibbard. “It’s nice to recognize the people who were here in the beginning and do it in conjunction with the inauguration. I think we have wonderful community support and a well-educated fantastic faculty. …I look forward to seeing people I haven’t seen for years.”

Marie Covin, an administrative support coordinator, has been with CSUB since 1971 and she’s not ready for retirement just yet. “ I just like to work,” Covin laughed. “I think the event is good for morale and it’s good to recognize those who’ve worked here.”

The luncheon will include remarks from a founding administrator, student, faculty, staff, community member, and emeriti faculty. “This is a campus-wide effort, and everyone’s involved and very excited about this,” said Linda Mikita, a member of the president’s staff and the planning committee. “Founding members will also be sharing old photos. Everyone will be able to see how the campus looked in its earlier stages.” Other events include the unsealing of the CSUB time capsule and the addition of new memorabilia.

The CSUB Chamber Singers will also debut the new fight song and alma mater that were recently added to the CSUB tradition. A special presentation will be made to the two composers who won the song-writing contests in March.

The luncheon will be held at CSUB in Runner Park from noon to 2 p.m. The menu will include a tossed salad, fresh fruit, tri-tip, fried chicken, pasta, and cake. Vegetarian meals will be available upon request.

The celebration continues after lunch, which leads up to Mitchell’s inauguration at 3 p.m. at the CSUB Amphitheatre, and concludes with the Inaugural Ball at 6:30 p.m. at Seven Oaks Country Club.

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