President's Message: Building Healthy Communities — A Lasting Legacy
The dreams of East Bay families, leaders, and educators for a college of their own became a reality 50 years ago, this fall. On Sept. 25, 1959, the newly chartered State College for Alameda County — now Cal State East Bay — welcomed its first 293 students to classes in temporary quarters at Sunset High School in Hayward. In the half century since, CSUEB has grown to more than 14,000 students and expanded its reach to include Hayward and Concord campuses, an Oakland professional center, and an innovative online campus.
Today, more than 100,000 CSUEB alumni, students, faculty, and staff form a powerful and passionate community that contributes inestimably to the economic vibrancy, workforce vitality, and overall health of the region we serve. This issue of Cal State East Bay Magazine highlights one of these three distinguishing hallmarks of the dynamic regional university we have become — our role in building healthy communities.
Our cover story illustrates the surprisingly broad scope of our contributions to community health, profiling a handful of the many CSUEB alumni, faculty, and students who work tirelessly to improve the physical, mental, and intellectual quality of life throughout our region. Reading about Meg Styles ’08, who traded in a commercial real estate career to put a dent in the global nursing shortage through her own foundation, reminds us of the cogency of our mission to prepare “students who are socially responsible contributors to their communities, locally and globally.” And Assistant Professor Nidhi Mahendra Gupta’s groundbreaking Alzheimer’s research offers another striking example of local work with worldwide implications.
Despite the daunting times, the University remains resolute in its vision for the future. This issue’s “Looking Ahead” story announces the next steps in our roadmap to becoming a center of innovation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. These include a comprehensive fundraising campaign to help underwrite this bold vision, including plans for a world-class STEM education complex. And, in recognition of steadfast friends who have supported our vision and work with generous financial contributions, we have included a special honor roll of private support section.
As you can see, this is not only an inspiring, but also a transformative time at Cal State East Bay. From modest beginnings, the University has evolved into a true regional leader and steward with a profound legacy of building healthy communities. Join me in delving into and reflecting upon this remarkable trajectory.
Mohammad “Mo” Qayoumi