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Summer Fun

Finals are over, spring semester is in the rearview mirror and California sunshine is everywhere. It's summertime for CSU students and faculty​a time to unwind and recharge. Yet even in the summer, CSU campuses remain active and energized, and while COVID-19 might have disrupted that energy in 2020, history says we'll be back! Take a look at some of the past summertime activities and community engagement that define a California State University experience.​

CSU Channel Islands has held Island View Orientation (IVO) for incoming freshmen and transfer students

Channel Islands

CSU Channel Islands has held Island View Orientation (IVO) for incoming freshmen and transfer students and their families since 2002 (photo from 2019). This summer, IVO continues but with a twist. Given the circumstances of COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, the student orientation experience for fall 2020 incoming students, parents and families is taking place virtually.

John D. Ibson, professor of American studies and cofounder of the queer studies minor, accepts the inaugural Harvey Milk Day “Ho 

Chico

A hundred years ago, Chico Normal School students started taking summer school classes near Mount Shasta, a few hours north of Chico. The classes began in 1919 after students threatened not to attend classes on campus because of the extreme summer heat. Lectures were held outdoors in tents and activities included exploring the local area like this class did in the summer of 1920. During the six-week sessions, students also gained teacher-training experience by educating local children at the nearby grammar school.

Photo:​ courtesy of Meriam Library Special Collections

A hundred years ago, Chico Normal School students began taking summer school classes near Mount Shasta. 
Since 2014, Wildcat Wilderness Orientation has built an on-campus community and given incoming students a look into college life 

Since 2014, Chico State's Wildcat Wilderness Orientation has built an on-campus community and given incoming students a look into college life, as they participate in student-led outdoors treks (like this visit to the Subway Caves at Mount Lassen) and work through trials in small groups to learn teamwork, time management, leadership, social competence, responsibility and flexibility. Most importantly, facing these obstacles as a team creates strong bonds that last well after they return home from the adventure. (This year’s trips were canceled due to COVID-19, but the program plans to resume next summer.)

John D. Ibson, professor of American studies and cofounder of the queer studies minor, accepts the inaugural Harvey Milk Day “Ho 

Fresno

The Fresno State Dairy Processing Unit produces more than 65 flavors of premium ice cream. Customers can purchase Fresno State ice cream at the Gibson Farm Market or at a number of locations off campus.

The Fresno State Dairy Processing Unit produces more than 65 flavors of premium ice cream. 
Manny Luna jumps into the residence hall pool during a Water Olympics competition 

Each year, students at University Courtyard are welcomed to the new school year with several activities designed to help them meet each other and form friendships before hitting the books. Here, Manny Luna jumps into the residence hall pool during a Water Olympics competition.

John D. Ibson, professor of American studies and cofounder of the queer studies minor, accepts the inaugural Harvey Milk Day “Ho 

Fullerton

Cal State Fullerton partners with GEAR UP as students hike at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary on June 27, 2014. The organization works with schools, local school districts, local colleges and universities and community associations to engage students, parents, teachers, faculty and administrators and actively  infuse junior high and high school campuses with a college-going culture. Its services are designed to increase the number of students progressing on to higher education and equip them with skills needed to be successful in the academy and beyond.

students hike at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary on June 27, 2014.  
Brynn Campos, middle left, celebrates with her teammates after correctly solving a polynomial equation at CSUF 

Brynn Campos, middle left, celebrates with her teammates after correctly solving a polynomial equation at CSUF’s Mathematics Intensive Summer Session (Project MISS). This summer program gives high school students the opportunity to sharpen algebraic and precalculus concepts and get ready for their next year of math, as well as prepare for the rigors of university-level math and related majors.

John D. Ibson, professor of American studies and cofounder of the queer studies minor, accepts the inaugural Harvey Milk Day “Ho 

HumbolDt

Summer can also be a time of service. HSU Spanish major Andrea Santamaria spent part of her 2019 summer cataloging the library in San Juan Teitipac, Mexico.

Spanish major Andrea Santamaria spent the summer cataloging the library in San Juan Teitipac, Mexico. 
Professor Jianmin Zhong, Ph.D., oversees students performing summer research. 

Professor Jianmin Zhong, Ph.D. (far right), oversees students performing summer research, July, 2015. 

John D. Ibson, professor of American studies and cofounder of the queer studies minor, accepts the inaugural Harvey Milk Day “Ho 

Monterey Bay

Students put down the books and take in the sun at Fort Ord Dunes Park, which is located conveniently close to campus.

Students put down the books and take in the sun at Fort Ord Dunes Park, which is located conveniently close to campus. 
Fort Ord Dunes State Park is not only home to sun and sand—bright wildflowers also bloom along the hills. 

Fort Ord Dunes State Park is not only home to sun and sand—bright wildflowers also bloom along its hills.

 

Northridge

All is quiet at the Ralph Prator fountain on the west side of campus. Prator served a 10-year term as the first president of what later became CSUN.

Ralph Prator fountain on the west side of campus. Prator served a 10-year term as the first president of what later became Cal S

Summer Breeze, an Arabian mare, gets a cooling rinse from Emily Flack during a horse-washing session for Horse Campers 

Pomona

Summer Breeze, an Arabian mare, gets a cooling rinse from Emily Flack during a horse-washing session for Horse Campers at Cal Poly Pomona’s WK Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, June 27, 2017.

The center also offers all students a place and opportunity to fulfill their dreams and goals and understand issues and perspect 

John Plemmons, Chris Van Norden and Austin Zendejas harvest sweet corn at Spadra Farm near CPP, July 18, 2017.

John Plemmons, Chris Van Norden and Austin Zendejas harvest sweet corn at Spadra Farm near Cal Poly Pomona 
A student strolls by the Old Library building (currently Lassen Hall) on her way to class, 1964. 

Sacramento

A student strolls by the Old Library building (currently Lassen Hall) on her way to a summer session class, 1964.

The center also offers all students a place and opportunity to fulfill their dreams and goals and understand issues and perspect 

Sacramento State’s summer session catalog from 1985 shows off some of the decade’s most tubular hairstyles.

Sacramento State’s summer session catalog from 1985 shows off some of the decade’s most tubular hairstyles. 
Girl Scouts from throughout the Inland region learn about information and technology at Cal State San Bernardino 

San Bernardino

Girl Scouts from throughout the Inland region learn about information and technology during Cal State San Bernardino’s GenCyber summer camp​ ​June 24, 2015.

The center also offers all students a place and opportunity to fulfill their dreams and goals and understand issues and perspect 

Tiffany Talaver, education specialist/visitor services for the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art at CSUSB, helps Vincent Valdez sculpt an animal figure during the museum’s Summer Egyptian Workshop for Kids, July 8, 2015.

Tiffany Talaver, education specialist/visitor services for the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art helps sculpt an anima 
Students in a San Diego State surf class hang loose before hitting the waves. 

San Diego

Students in a San Diego State summer surf class hang loose before hitting the waves.

The center also offers all students a place and opportunity to fulfill their dreams and goals and understand issues and perspect 

Members of SDSU’s Aztec Adventures Outings hike out to a waterfall. The program provides high-quality programs, services and facilities that inspire active, healthy living and enhance the campus experience.

Members SDSU’s Aztec Adventures Outings hike out to a waterfall.  
The sun sets on another great day during San Francisco State’s GatorFest!

San Francisco

The sun sets on another great day during San Francisco State’s GatorFest! and Welcome Days 2018, a unique weeklong series of events focused on new students and their families and guests.

John D. Ibson, professor of American studies and cofounder of the queer studies minor, accepts the inaugural Harvey Milk Day “Ho 

San José

Environmental Studies students at San José State​ apply a basecoat of paint in 1970 to plywood frames that will house solar energy panels atop the three dormitories on campus.

Environmental Studies students at SJSU apply a basecoat of paint to plywood frames that will house solar energy panels 
Members of the San José State campus community show off a 1974 summer bulletin. 

Members of the SJSU campus community show off a 1974 summer bulletin.

John D. Ibson, professor of American studies and cofounder of the queer studies minor, accepts the inaugural Harvey Milk Day “Ho 

San Luis Obispo

A watershed management summer intern at Swanton Pacific Ranch takes a measurement at one of the ranch’s creeks in 2019. Interns get hands-on experience in areas such as photo-monitoring methods, hydrologic instrumentation, survey channel morphology and analyzing acquired field data. Project work can include in-stream flow measurements, geomorphic data collection and analysis, sediment source surveys, stream channel surveys, water temperature data collection and analysis, maintenance or decommissioning of flumes and equipment, water quality and weather data processing and GIS mapping.

A watershed management summer intern at Swanton Pacific Ranch takes a measurement at one of the ranch’s creeks in 2019. 
Students from the biology, marine science and animal science departments take part in a Cal Poly Scientific Diving Course 

Students from the biology, marine science and animal science departments take part in a Cal Poly Scientific Diving Course in 2019. Students learn both the theoretical and practical aspects of diving. In the classroom, they study diving physics and physiology, decompression theory, the history of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences and underwater data collection techniques. In the field, students make multiple dives, applying techniques in low-visibility navigation, search and salvage and deep and night diving, and employing specialized skills for sampling and identifying local fish, invertebrates and algae. (Photo: Joe Johnston)

 

Stanislaus

The Sequoia Lake Gazebo on a summer day, a popular location for weddings and other community functions.

The Sequoia Lake Gazebo on a summer day, a popular location for weddings and other community functions.

SHARE YOUR SUMMER PHOTO

Do you have a great summer photo? Email a JPG or TIFF to precord@calstate.edu and it will be submitted to CSU Dominguez Hills' Digital Collection Database for archival.

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