North Coast Current

North County colleges’ coronavirus reality: Remote classes, canceled graduations

The spread of the coronavirus has forced California State University San Marcos to cancel all university-sponsored events, including May graduation ceremonies. (CSUSM public relations photo by Alan Brown)

Chase Spear

March 18, 2020

As the number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to grow, North San Diego County colleges have enacted precautionary changes to their campus operations.

Ellen Neufeldt begins tenure as Cal State San Marcos’ fourth president

CSU San Marcos President Ellen J. Neufeldt meets with members of the academic senate April 12 during her tour of the campus. She officially took office July 1. (CSUSM photo by Andrew Reed)

North Coast Current

July 7, 2019

California State University San Marcos’ new president officially took office July 1. She replaces Karen Haynes, who retired in June.

Local college executives see more room for women in higher-ed leadership

California State University San Marcos President Karen Haynes retired in June after more than 15 years leading the institution. (CSUSM photo)

Lauren J. Mapp

June 28, 2019

California State University San Marcos President Karen Haynes retired in June after five decades of working in higher education. Among her accomplishments over the years, she cites being able to lead two universities as a president. Haynes said this is a rarity in both the number of years served and for a woman to work in two presidential roles in academia.

CSU San Marcos to run active-shooter drills Jan. 6

North Coast Current

January 4, 2016

California State University San Marcos will run active-shooter training drills Jan. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in conjunction with North County law enforcement, fire and medical agencies, the university has announced. The drills — which include agencies such as the San Marcos Fire Department, San Diego...

A new arena: NCAA transition at San Marcos going smoothly, but not without initial hurdles

Cal State San Marcos is set to become an NCAA Division II institution following its application in February 2014. (Photo by Troy Orem)

Patrick Carr

November 7, 2015

On a hot, sunny day, a breeze whips up a large cloud of dust in a construction lot on the campus of Cal State San Marcos. The curved, grey, unfinished building sits on the lot. It only stands out because there’s a lot of construction going on in the area. Otherwise, the grey blob with some white...

UPDATE: No gunman at Cal State San Marcos

North Coast Current

August 20, 2014

An updated safety alert posted by California State University San Marcos on Aug. 20 states there was no reported gunman on campus after all. As of 9:45 a.m., the campus lockdown was cleared, according to the alert. No weapons were found when authorities contacted the suspect. According to Twitter r...

Growing CSUSM campus enters its 20s

Academic Hall (center) and Craven Hall, pictured Feb. 22, were two of the first buildings completed on the campus at CSUSM. They were both completed in fall 1992. (Photo by Scott Allison)

Alex Groves

March 1, 2013

At the time of its creation in 1989, CSU San Marcos was the first comprehensive university to be built in the nation in more than 20 years. It couldn’t have come soon enough for many North County community members, who had felt that a university was sorely needed for students in their area for a long...

CSUSM deemed safest university campus in state

January 15, 2013

For the second year in a row, California State University San Marcos has been scored the safest four-year university in California in’s annual Safest Schools report, CSUSM officials announced. “Student safety and campus crime are sometimes overlooked during the college evaluation...

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