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California State University, Hayward

California State University, East Bay

California State University, East Bay (also known as CSUEB, Cal State East Bay, and formerly known as California State University, Hayward) is a campus of the California State University system. Founded in 1957, the university has expanded to two major campuses, with the main campus located in Hayward, a secondary, independent branch, in Concord, as well as the Oakland Professional Development & Conference Center in Oakland.


In its lifetime, the university has had four names. It was initially named State College for Alameda County, with its primary mission to serve the higher education needs of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. To the south was San Jose State College serving the South Bay counties. To the west was San Francisco State College serving San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. Its construction was part of the California Master Plan for Higher Education as proposed by Clark Kerr and the original site for the school was Pleasanton, California. The campus was moved to Hayward before plans were finalized due to the efforts of Assemblymember Carlos Bee and other boosters from the Hayward community. At the time of its founding in 1957, classes were held on the campus of Hayward High School. Chabot Community College opened nearby in Hayward in 1961.

In 1961, the school was moved to its present location in the Hayward Hills and renamed Alameda County State College. In 1963, the name was changed to California State College at Hayward, and when it was granted university status in 1972 the name was changed to California State University, Hayward.

Name change

The California State University Board of Trustees approved a proposal to rename the campus to California State University, East Bay on January 26, 2005. The name was chosen to reflect the university's new, broader mission to serve the region of the greater East Bay. In contrast, it is important to note that all the other 22 CSUs have equally new, broader missions, but none have chosen to change their names.

Some students and alumni expressed outrage at the name change. While all 23 CSUs serve a region, nineteen are named for the city or county where the main campus resides. Two of the four remaining CSUs have pseudo place names and one (the California Maritime Academy) has no place name. The name change proposal was largely in response to a market survey of private donors. By comparison, all ten UCs, including UC Merced, younger than CSUEB, are named for the city and/or county of the main campus.. The campus' Associated Student Board went so far as to proclaim "no confidence" in University President Norma S. Rees.


CSUEB's main campus is located in Hayward. Warren Hall, its signature building on top of the Hayward hills, overlooks the scenic eastern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area. The building is visible from cities throughout the Bay Area, serving as a landmark for Hayward and the surrounding East Bay. CSUEB also has a campus in Concord in Contra Costa County, and a professional development center in Oakland. Continuing education programs are available at all three locations.

CSUEB is also known for its Solar Energy Project. Solar panels were installed on four campus rooftops and are used to generate supplemental power during peak periods and is one of the largest photovoltaic systems in Northern California. Since its completion in 2004 the University has received recognition on a regional and national level for the project; those include:

  • A $3.4 million rebate from PG & E, the largest rebate issued to date for solar power installation.
  • The 2004 Business Environmental Achievement Award from the Hayward City Council.
  • The 2004 Green Power Leadership Award at the National Green Power Marketing Conference.
  • A 2005 Exceptional Project Award from the Western Council of Construction Consumers.

Since 2004, the Pioneer Amphitheatre on campus has been home of the KBLX Stone Soul Picnic, a day long festival of R&B, soul and Urban Adult Contemporary music, featured performers have included Ronald Isley, The Whispers, Teena Marie, the late Rick James, and The O'Jays. CSUEBs ASI also hosts concerts with artists like Lupe Fiasco and Guapele.



On May 17 2006 Mohammad Qayoumi succeeded Norma S. Rees as president of the university. Qayoumi is the first Afghan-American to lead a major American university.

  • Fred F. Harcleroad (1959–1967)
  • Ellis E. McCune (1967–1990)
  • Norma S. Rees (1990–2006)
  • Mohammad Qayoumi (2006– )


The university is best known for its College of Business and Economics; a strong Education Department, where a large percentage of California teachers receive their certification; and the thriving Music Department where the CSUEB Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dave Eshelman(retired June 2007), holds annual performances in Yoshi's at Jack London Square in Oakland and frequently tours Europe and parts of South America. The Biotechnology Program developed at CSUEB affords the university a status as the center of research and development in the Life sciences, Bioinformatics and technologies for the East Bay.

CSUEB also participates in the Internet2 project, a collaboration led by over 200 U.S. universities, private industries, and governments to develop advanced network technologies for research and higher education in the 21st century.

CSUEB offers 38 undergraduate degree programs and 28 Masters degree programs in addition to its teacher education program. The university also has a doctoral program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) held in cooperation with the University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco State University and San José State University. The academic departments of the University are organized into four colleges:

  • College of Business and Economics
  • College of Education and Allied Studies
  • College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • College of Science

Academic achievements

The 1995 September issue of Success Magazine reported the university as one of the 25 best business schools for entrepreneurs. The ranking was based on four key criteria: qualifications of faculty, entrepreneurship curriculum, academic standards and student scores, and quality and depth of resources. The CSUEB College of Business and Economics is ranked as the up and comers of the 25 schools to watch by Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Stanford University. CSUEB has been noted for its fine collection of faculty members. In 2002, Professor Roger Baldwin received the prestigious Peet award for his superior lectures on American History.

The University was also ranked 8th among Top Regional Public Schools in the West in U.S. News and World Report's 1999 America's Best Colleges guidebook. In 2003, the College of Business and Economics was ranked by BusinessWeek as one of the Top Business Schools in the West. The Princeton Review selected California State University, East Bay, as a "Best in the West" college in 2005.

Student life

The university's Department of Communications publishes a weekly newspaper called The Pioneer, its name referring to the school mascot, Pioneer Pete. The paper is staffed by faculty and students.


CSUEB holds concurrent membership in NCAA Division III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The men's and women's basketball, cross country and golf teams compete in the California Pacific Conference of the NAIA. The baseball, softball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's water polo, women's swimming, and women's volleyball teams compete in NCAA Division III as independents. In 2009, the athletic program will be moving up to Division II and join the California Collegiate Athletic Association with other nearby CSU campuses like San Francisco State and Sonoma State.

National Championships

In 1972 and 1981, the women's outdoor track and field team won national championships. The first was an outright championship, and the second was as a member of the AIAW Division 3. In 1979 and 1980 the women's cross country team won AIAW Division 3 national championships.

Hall of Fame

The CSUEB Athletics Hall of Fame includes a Major League Baseball player, an Olympian, several national record holders, and many All-Americans.

  • Joe Morgan, Hall of Fame Baseball Player, 1990
  • Frank Amdur, Water Polo, Swimming, 4-time Division II All-American Water Polo, 1975-78
  • Michele Aubuchon, Track & Field, Cross Country 2-time All-American Cross Country, National Champion 10,000 Meters, 1979-81
  • Delphina Banks-Jones, Track & Field 3-time Division II All-American 200 Meters, 1981-84
  • Kermit Bayless, Track & Field 3-time All-American 400 Meters, 1969-72
  • Greg Blankenship, Football, Track 2-time All-American Football & Track, National Champion Hammer, 1972-76
  • Kim Bodily, Swimming All-American 200, 500 Meters Freestyle, 1972-74
  • Barbara Brand, National Collegiate Taekwondo Champion 1984, Silver Medal U.S. Nationals 1982 & 1984, California State Champion from 1981 through 1987, 1981-87
  • Don Chu, Assistant Men's Track & Field Coach and Athletic Trainer, coached 8 National Champions and 25 All-Americans in the long jump, triple jump, and high jump in NCAA Division II Track and Field, 1972-83
  • Edward Ray Clark, Track & Field, 4-time All-American 100 Meters, 1974-77
  • Michael Dean, Basketball, holds seven school records including most points in a season (656) and most points in a game (45), NAIA All-American, 1997-99
  • Willie Eashman, Track & Field All-American Division I & Division II 1500 Meters, 1969-72
  • George Fernandez, Soccer Division II All-American, 1979-83
  • Glenna Ford, Track & Field 2-time National Champ Discus, 1981-83
  • Douglas Garner, Track and Field 2-time National Champion Triple Jump, 1977-79
  • Dave Haber, Track & Field 3-time National Champion, 4-time All-American High Jump, 1975-78
  • Jana Wilson Halle, Men's and Women's Diving, All Conference honors on the 3-meter springboard while a member of the men's swimming and diving team, as a diver for the women's swimming and diving team, Wilson was the 1978 Golden State Conference runner-up in 1-meter and 3-meter diving. 1973-77
  • Rhonda Colvin Hopson, Women's Track and Field 8-time All-American Hurdles, NCAA II record holder in 100 meter hurdles, 1988-92
  • Marilyn King, Track and Field, Volleyball, Basketball three-time Olympian, 3-time All-American Pentathlon, 1971-74
  • Jay Kleven, Baseball, two-time First Team All Far Western, 1967-71; MLB catcher with New York Mets
  • Kathy Koudela, Track and Field-Cross Country, two-time All-American in cross country and track and field, 1982-84
  • Sandy Labeaux, Football, Track & Field All-American & National Champion Division II 400 Meters, 1979-82
  • John Lodin, Track & Field, Cross Country All-American in the 3-mile and 6-mile events; held the school record in the 1 mile, 2 mile, 3 mile and 6 mile runs, 1964-66
  • Jim Moran, Track & Field, Basketball 2-time National Champion, 3 Time All-American High Jump, 1981-85
  • Bernard Oliver, Football Division II All-American, rushed twice for 1000 yds, 4,135 career, 1967-70
  • George Osterberg, Men's Swimming, 7-time NCAA Division II All-American and school record holder in the 100 backstroke, 1977-81
  • Diane Oswalt-Jones, Track & Field, 3-time National Champion Discus, 1982-85
  • Debi "Cis" Schafer, Track & Field, Volleyball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Softball, Member of 1972 Track & Field Championship Team, 2 Time National Champion 800 Meters, 1971-74
  • Jim Santos, Track & Field coach, first coach to win National Championship in both Men's & Women's Track & Field, 1970-79
  • Mark Sawyer, Track & Field 3-time Division II All-American, National Champion Hammer, 1975-78
  • Lori Stilson, Women's Swimming & Diving Three-time NCAA Division II All American in 1 and 3 meter diving
  • Cathy Sulinski, Women's Track & Field and Basketball 4-time AIAW Division I All-American and 2-time National Champion in the javelin, 1977-79
  • Barbara Pickel Whitfield, Track & Field, Volleyball, Basketball Member National Championship Team 1972, 1971-74
  • Rolf Wiedermeyer, Tennis, 4-time Division II All-American Singles, 1982-85
  • Colette Winlock, Track & Field 2-time All-American Long Jump and 400 Meter Hurdles,, 1975-78

Mascot The mascot of the university is the Pioneer. At the inception of the athletic program in 1961 the student body chose a spacesuit clad Space Pioneer as the mascot. In the years since the mascot was shortened to the Pioneers and took a more terrestrial image; first as a frontiersman with a coonskin cap and then as a forty-niner who is reminiscent of Yosemite Sam. In the 1980s the student body voted to change the mascot to the Vampires, but the decision was overturned by then-president Ellis McCune.

In 2005 there was talk of changing the mascot along with the university's name change. The original plan was to unveil the new mascot by the end of the 2004-2005 academic year. However, there was little student support for a mascot change; a majority of the students and faculty were in favor of keeping the Pioneer as the school mascot while supporting a redesign of the Pioneer image. A final decision on whether or not to keep the Pioneer as the mascot of the university was to be reached before the 2006-2007 academic year.

Associated Students Inc.

Associated Students Incorporated (ASI) is a student-run and student-owned organization that represents the student body at California State University, East Bay. Elected by the California State University, East Bay student body, the 15-member ASI Board of Directors is the governing body of Associated Students, Inc. The Board makes policy and oversees the fiscal responsibility of ASI. Additionally, the Board assists the University in planning, implementing, and evaluating campus programs, events, and curriculum. ASI currently has four departments: ASI Presents, ASI Business Office, Student Government, and the Early Childhood Education Center. In 2007 the University administration did not allow ASI to hold a student referendum on increasing student fees to fund a recreation and wellness center. It substituted 'alternative consultation. Again, in 2008, the administration did not allow ASI to hold a referendum on increasing students fees to fund athletic scholarship for a move to Division II sports. Again, it substituted 'alternative consultation'.

Greek letter organizations


  • ΑΚΩ (Alpha Kappa Omega)
  • ΑΦΑ (Alpha Phi Alpha)
  • ΔΧ (Delta Chi)
  • ΔΣΦ (Delta Sigma Phi)
  • KAΨ (Kappa Alpha Psi)
  • IΦΘ (Iota Phi Theta)
  • ZXE (Zeta Chi Epsilon)


  • AKA (Alpha Kappa Alpha)
  • (Alpha Phi)
  • ΔOX (Delta Omicron Chi)
  • ΔΣΘ (Delta Sigma Theta)
  • ΓΦΔ (Gamma Phi Delta)
  • KΞ (Kappa Xi)
  • ΣΓΡ (Sigma Gamma Rho)
  • ΣΣΣ (Sigma Sigma Sigma)
  • ΘΛΨ (Theta Lambda Psi)
  • ZΦB (Zeta Phi Beta)

Co-ed fraternities

Notable people




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