In creating a university from an abandoned military base, the first leaders of Cal State Monterey Bay did a remarkable job of repurposing former military facilities into usable space for the many activities of a campus community.

Our campus has long since reached the point, however, that we need buildings that are designed to meet our evolving needs, that do justice to the quality of our programs, and that reflect the pride we feel in our campus. Certainly, the Chapman Science Academic Center and the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library were great steps forward. And in a few days, we will be celebrating another milestone; formal groundbreaking for the Business and Information Technology Building will be held at 3 p.m. on Nov. 12.

This building has taken a long path toward construction. Although it was originally approved in 2008, funding from the CSU was delayed as the state faced the financial setbacks of the Great Recession. Meanwhile, plans for the building evolved from being focused primarily on information technology to being a joint endeavor with the School of (now the College of) Business.

When it opens in 2015, the building will house the College of Business and the School of Information Technology & Communications Design and will provide much-needed relief to our campus space crunch. It will include eight classrooms, twelve laboratories, faculty and administrative offices, conference rooms, student study areas and a graduate lounge.

The building is designed to reflect best practices in student learning. It also shows the ongoing commitment of our campus to sustainability through its innovative uses of natural light and energy- and water-saving features. We expect the Business and Information Technology Building, once completed, will receive LEED Gold certification, the first such designation on our campus.

During Chancellor Timothy White’s recent campus visit, he talked about the likelihood that future growth of the CSU would not be evenly distributed. Smaller campuses with more potential capacity, such as ours, are likely to see faster growth.

Of course, many possible budget and local infrastructure issues could impact that scenario over time. Still, it is good to be on a campus that is clearly on an upward trajectory, and this groundbreaking will provide tangible evidence of that.

Day of Service and Learning: On-line registration begins today for the Investiture Day of Service & Learning to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. Our Service Learning program has made connections with more than 30 community partners to provide a wide range of worthwhile opportunities for students, faculty, staff and friends on that day.

Our campus commitment to community service truly sets us apart. I am pleased that we have been able to organize this special day as part of the investiture ceremonies and I look forward to joining the students, faculty, staff and friends who will be making time in their busy schedules to participate.

Inter-Garrison Road opening: Monterey County has scheduled the opening of Inter-Garrison Road through to Reservation Road for today, Nov. 1. As most of you know, the campus has taken a series of steps to slow and to divert through-campus traffic in anticipation of this action by the county. Drivers, bikers and pedestrians should be particularly careful in the coming weeks as we all get accustomed to the new traffic patterns.

As always, I welcome your comments on this newsletter or on any issues facing the university. You may direct them to president@csumb.edu.