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California State University, East Bay (informally referred to as Cal State East Bay, CSU East Bay, East Bay, and CSUEB) is a public university in the eastern region of the San Francisco Bay Areamarker. The university, as part of the 23-campus California State University system, offers over 100 areas of study. Cal State East Bay has been designated as a "top–tier" institution among master's–granting universities in the west by U.S. News & World Report.

Founded in 1956, Cal State East Bay has a student body of over 13,000. The university's largest and oldest campus is located in the Hayward Hillsmarker, with additional campus-sites in the cities of Oaklandmarker and Concordmarker. Cal State East Bay is one of only a handful of universities in the California State University system to operate on the quarter system.

With multiple campuses across the region, the university adopted a new, broader mission to serve the eastern San Francisco Bay Area in 2005. To reflect the university's more widespread objective, the school changed its name from California State University, Hayward to California State University, East Bay that same year.


The university was established in 1956 as State College for Alameda County, with its primary mission to serve the higher education needs of Alameda and Contra Costa 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, Californiamarker. The campus was moved to Hayward before plans were finalized due to the efforts of State Assembly member Carlos Bee and other boosters from the Hayward community. At the time of its opening in 1959, classes were held on the campus of Hayward High School. With the addition of the school, higher education in the San Francisco Bay Area became more accessible. To the south was San Jose State College (now San Jose State Universitymarker) serving the South Bay counties. To the west was San Francisco State College (now San Francisco State Universitymarker) serving San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. Chabot Collegemarker, a part of the California Community College system, opened nearby in Hayward in 1961.

The university has undergone numerous transitions in its history, making name changes accordingly. 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. The school was granted university status in 1972, changing its name to California State University, Hayward. In 2005, the university implemented a new, broader mission to serve the eastern San Francisco Bay Area and adopted the name California State University, East Bay. The proposal to rename the campus to California State University, East Bay was approved by the California State University Board of Trustees on January 26, 2005.


CSUEB student housing district, facing east, showing both old and new facilities

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

California State University East Bay 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 Amphitheatremarker 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. California State University, East Bay's Associated Student Incorporated 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– )


A view of the San Francisco Bay Area as seen from California State University, East Bay

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 California State University, East Bay Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dave Eshelman(retired June 2007), holds annual performances in Yoshi's at Jack London Squaremarker in Oakland and frequently tours Europe and parts of South America. The Biotechnology Program developed at California State University, East Bay affords the university a status as the center of research and development in the Life sciences, Bioinformatics and technologies for the Eastern San Francisco Bay Area.

California State University, East Bay 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.

California State University, East Bay 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, Berkeleymarker, San Francisco State Universitymarker and San José State Universitymarker. 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

Pioneer Amphitheatre

The September 1995 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 California State University, East Bay College of Business and Economics is ranked as the up and comers of the 25 schools to watch by Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technologymarker (MIT), and Stanford Universitymarker. 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. East Bay is one of the most diverse state universities in the country.

Demographics of student body
African American 12.6%
Asian American 27.7%
White American 23.0%
Hispanic American 13.7%
Native American 0.7%
International 5.9%
Ethnicity unreported/unknown 16.4%

Associated Students Incorporated

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'. In 2008, the administration again did not allow ASI to hold a referendum on increasing student fees to fund athletic scholarship for a move to Division II sports. Again, it substituted 'alternative consultation'.

MascotThe 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.

Greek letter organizations

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

  • ΣAΦ (Sigma Alpha Phi)ΣAΦ
  • 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

MascotThe 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.


California State University, East Bay 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 California State Universities like San Francisco State University and Sonoma State University.

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 III. In 1979 and 1980 the women's cross country team won AIAW Division III national championships. In 1989 the women's soccer team won the NCAA Division II National Championship.

Hall of Fame

The California State University, East Bay Athletics Hall of Fame includes Major League Baseball players, 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 and events; held the school record in the 1 mile, , and runs, 1964-66
  • Jim Moran, Track & Field, Basketball 2-time National Champion, 3 Time All-American High Jump, 1981-85
  • Susan B. Neuman, Former US Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education 2001-2003, prominent literacy researcher and educator at University of Michigan; MA in Education, 1974; Honorary Doctoral Degree in 2002
  • 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
  • Randy Ready, Major Baseball Player 13 seasons, professional coach
  • 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

Notable people




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  3. CSUEB News and Events, January 27, 2005, "It's Official: CSU Trustees Vote Unanimously To Change University Name to 'Cal State East Bay'", accessed December 19, 2007
  4. Media - Department of Communication, accessed December 19, 2007
  5. Welcome to Associated Students Incorporated (ASI), accessed December 19, 2007
  6. CSUEB Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame , accessed December 20, 2007

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