California State University, Fullerton, commonly known as CSUF, CSU Fullerton, or Cal State Fullerton, is currently the largest California State University campus. The University is located in the city of Fullerton, in Orange County, California, USA.
The University was originally named Orange County State College. Classes began with 452 students in September, 1959. The name of the school was changed to Orange State College in July 1962. In 1964, the name of the school was changed for a second time to California State College at Fullerton. In June 1972, the final name change occurred and the school became California State University, Fullerton.
On July 12, 1976, Edward Charles Allaway, a paranoid schizophrenic campus janitor, shot nine people, killing seven, in the University Library (now the Pollak Library) on the Cal State Fullerton campus.
Today, the University is growing rapidly. The Performing Arts Center was built in January 2006, and recently in the summer of 2008, the newly constructed Steven G. Mihaylo Hall as well as the new Student Recreation Center have opened its doors. In the fall of 2008, the Performing Arts Center was renamed Joseph A.W. Clayes III Performing Arts Center, in honor of a $5 million pledge made to the University by the trustees of the Joseph A.W. Clayes III Charitable Trust. Since 1963, the curriculum has expanded to include lower-division work and many graduate programs, as well as numerous credential and certificate programs.
During the fall 2007 semester, Cal State Fullerton continues to have the highest enrollment of the 23 California State University campuses with an enrollment of over 37,000 students. It is the second largest university in the state of California, second in enrollment only to UCLA.
Beginning in August 2007, CSUF celebrated 50 years. Year-long celebration information and event photos are available online at the 50th Anniversary website, as well as a photo gallery from past decades. Although the University was established in 1957, the first students were not admitted until 1959. The twenty-fifth anniversary of the University actually was celebrated in 1984, twenty-five years after the first students were admitted.
Cal State Fullerton was built on the site of former citrus groves and bounded on the east-side by the 57 Freeway, built in honor of 1957 opening and to provide transportation to the campus. The campus is located just on the outskirts of the urban area of northeast Fullerton, bordered by State College Blvd (vertically adjacent to downtown Anaheim near Disneyland) and Nutwood Ave. Busstops for OCTA public transit are located on both State College and Nutwood, as well as nearby Placentia Ave. Parallel to State College is Commonwealth Ave, which leads to the closest suburban residential areas near the campus and a host of grocery stores and fast food restaurants along East Chapman Ave.
Although established in the 1950s, much of the construction took place in the late 1960s, under the supervision of noted artist and architect Howard van Heuklyn, who gave the campus a striking, futuristic architecture (buildings like the Pollak Library south, Titan Shops, Humanities, McCarthy Hall). This was in response to the numerous Googie buildings in the Fullerton community. The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Collection in the Pollak Library is a special collection at Fullerton.
The campus also is home to the renowned Fullerton Arboretum, located in the north part of the campus. It has gained nationwide fame in recent years for Arboretum's highly successful efforts in breeding the Titan Arum plant, which the school has been sponsoring in honor of its sports team, the Titans. As of 2006, the Arboretum has been successful in producing four blooming specimens. The Arboretum is also known for its collection of rare trees from across the world, its extensive water gardens which are home to dozens of turtles and exotic waterfowl. The Heritage House is located at the Fullerton Arboretum; it's an immaculately-preserved Victorian-styled farm house built in 1894 by a local doctor, George Clark, and relocated to its current 26 acre (105,000 m²) preserve in 1972.
As the campus began to grow, at least one portion of the campus has been under construction since 1972. Since 1993, the campus has added the College Park Building, Steven G. Mihaylo Hall, University Hall, Titan Student Union, the Student Recreation Center, the Nutwood Parking Structure, the State College Parking Structure, Dan Black Hall, Joseph A.W. Clayes III Performing Arts Center West, Phase II Housing, the Grand Central Art Center , Pollak Library North, and the satellite Irvine campus.
In addition, the Fullerton Marriott is a full-service hotel opened in 1989 on the southeast corner of the main campus in a project involving the Marriott Corporation, the city of Fullerton and the University. The CSUF Titan Shops is renowned within the campus bookstore circuit for its innovation in rental books, electronic books, and sales from educationally priced Apple Computer and Dell products, including software. Online at www.titanbookstore.com It was the first campus bookstore to begin a textbook rental system as a way of cutting costs to students.
Cal State Fullerton participates in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. They have 13 national championships in eight different sports. (1970, Women's NIT Basketball; 1971, 1972, 1974 Men's Gymnastics; 1971 Cross country team; 1973 Women's Fencing; 1989, Men's Bowling; 1979, Women's Gymnastics; 1979, 1984, 1995, 2004 Baseball; 1986; Softball) Facilities
The Sports Complex is a multipurpose stadium created in conjunction with the Fullerton Marriott and the City of Fullerton. The complex provides a 10,000-seat stadium, the Goodwin Baseball Field that seats more than 4,000, two lighted softball diamonds and a lighted track. The Titan Gymnasium can hold about 4,000 people for the school's home basketball (men’s and women’s), wrestling, women’s gymnastics and women’s volleyball events. It also holds an outdoor swimming complex, racquetball courts, weight-training facilities, a gymnastics practice facility, facilities for wrestling, fencing rooms, and dance studios.
Baseball is Cal State Fullerton's strongest athletic program; the Titans have won four national championships in the College World Series since 1979 and are consistently rated among the nation's elite baseball programs. It is the home of four-time NCAA Men's Baseball College World Series champions, 1979, 1984, 1995, and 2004. Home games are played on campus at Goodwin Field. The team is currently coached by Dave Serrano. As of the end of the 2007 season, there had been 43 MLB players that have also played for the school.
In 1978, the Men's Basketball team - coached by Bob Dye - made it to the Elite 8 in basketball in the NCAA Tournament and were considered the year's Cinderella story as a #7 seed (out of 8). The team defeated New Mexico at Tempe, AZ, and then defeated USF before losing to Arkansas in regionals at Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fullerton was led by Greg Bunch, a CSUF Hall of Famer. Since then, the team has been to the NIT three times. In 2008, the team finished the season 24-9, defeated UC Irvine 81-66 in the Big West Conference Championship. They qualified for their second NCAA tournament (first in 30 years), where they faced the (#3) Wisconsin Badgers as a #14 seed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, losing the game 71-58.
The CSU Fullerton Football program, discontinued in 1992, set NCAA Division 1-A records for most fumbles (73) in a single season and Most Fumbles Lost (41) in a single season. Several Titans moved on to the NFL, including NY Giants standout Mark Collins. It also produced three remarkable Canadian Football League players: Mike Pringle who is the league's all-time leading rusher, Damon Allen, the league's all-time leading passer and the CFL's all-time leading passer, and Allen Pitts, the league's all-time leading receiver. It is also noteworthy that there is a current effort, including a petition, to reinstate the football team.
The Dance Team that performs at games is also successful at the competitive level. From 2000-06 they have won the Universal Dance AssociationNational Championship for 6 out of 7 years.
Because of the proximity to California State University, Long Beach, the schools are considered rivals. The rivalry is especially heated when it comes to baseball with Long Beach State also having a competitive college baseball program. This of one of few sports where at least two teams from the Big West Conference appear in the NCAA national tournament.
Fight on Titans, All in the Game!
Fight on Titans Glory and Fame!
Fight team fight and play with all your might!
'Tis for the mighty Titans, fight, fight!
Now we're out to conquer or die!
Win you Titans, hear our battle cry!
Never give in, fight them and win for dear old Fullerton!
Near the center of a campus lays a scale replica of Michaelangelo's David that lays broken. It was brought onto campus by a professor in 1988 after the statue had broken apart during the 1987 Whittier-Narrows earthquake. This structure was made out of white marble Its original meaning was intended to be "no man-made structure can withstand the power of nature." However, its upwards-facing buttocks is softly rubbed in a clock-wise motion by students for general good luck.
Every Fall, ASI Productions dumps three tons of faux snow into the campus quad and students are welcome to sled down the stairs in the paradoxical California sun and wintry surroundings.
There is a fairly large population of rabbits that inhabit northeastern portion of campus that appear during the night. It is tradition for lovelorn students to touch the ears or tails of the rabbits, although the suburban rabbits are particularly elusive. This is said to make the object of a person's affection reciprocate that sentiment.
The campus is monitored at all hours by a State of California Police Station with a jurisdtiction of the campus, president's residence, Irvine campus, and neighborhoods surrounding these areas.
The Community Service Officers (CSOs) are civilian student assistants that are employees of the University Police Department. The program is overseen by a sworn Police Officer with the rank of Corporal and is an essential component of the Administrations Division of the University Police Department. CSOs are tasked with such duties as securing buildings, unlocking doors for classes, bookstore loss prevention, traffic control, campus patrols, and many other duties.
The escort service provided by the CSOs is for members of the campus community (students, faulty/staff, and visitors) who are disabled or are in fear for their safety when walking alone at night on campus to or from their car or classroom.