University launches recognition of 50th anniversary with commemorative website

California State University, Stanislaus will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a series of activities and special events through 2010. As an initial tribute to its half-century of higher education service, the University has launched a commemorative website this month titled "Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence 1960-2010."

Founded as Stanislaus State College in 1957 as the 15th campus in the California State University system, the new college conducted its first classes at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in 1960 and then moved to the current CSU Stanislaus site in Fall 1965. Since opening in 1960 with 756 students and gaining university status in 1986, CSU Stanislaus has awarded more than 37,000 degrees and seen its enrollment grow to nearly 9,000 students.

"California State University, Stanislaus takes great pride in its rich history and in providing thousands of students with degrees that have helped them realize the American dream," CSU Stanislaus President Dr. Hamid Shirvani said. "Our 50th Anniversary gives us the opportunity to celebrate that history along with our present-day achievements.

"During this time of celebration, we welcome alumni, friends, and former faculty and staff to visit CSU Stanislaus and witness the rich heritage forged by the University in just 50 years," Shirvani continued. "CSU Stanislaus and its students are an important part of the state's promise for the future and commitment to higher education in the Central Valley. Over the next 50 years, the University will continue to develop as one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the United States."

Featured on the University's 50th Anniversary website at www.csustan.edu/50th are photos and highlights from each decade of CSU Stanislaus history, a gallery featuring each of the presidents, and an interactive site for alumni and others affiliated with the University to share memories and photos about experiences and favorite moments from the past.

Special events and programs, capped by a gala celebration in 2010, will be held over the next two years to mark the University's 50-year milestone. Alumni are encouraged to loan CSU Stanislaus memorabilia (photos and film, old uniforms, programs, awards, etc.) to the University that can be displayed during the 50th festivities. They can make arrangements to do that by sending an e-mail to 50th@csustan.edu.