Loker Student Union Reopens With Ribbon Cutting on Jan. 25
To kick off the long-awaited reopening of the newly expanded Loker Student Union (LSU), a Ribbon Cutting Celebration will take place on Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m. Activities during the week of Jan. 29-Feb. 2 will introduce the new spaces and services to the CSU Dominguez Hills campus, with limited services open to the public, including access to the bookstore, Associated Students, Inc. (ASI), Office of Student Life, Multicultural Center, and Loker Student Union Administrative Offices plus lounge space in the remodeled portion of the building.
“After months of waiting and anticipation, we are thrilled to be able to welcome the campus community into what we feel is an incredible facility that has the potential to change the student experience here at CSUDH,” says Kim Clark, executive director, LSU.
Approximately 35-40 student employees will be hired to help run the 120,000 square feet of new vendor space, lounge and study seating, and event facilities. The LSU features a 500-seat ballroom, conference rooms, a fine dining restaurant, a sports bar, lounge and study areas, and new office space for ASI, the Multicultural Center, Office of Student Life, and Toro Productions, as well as student organizations and campus chapters of the Greek organizations. Other new amenities to the campus include a branch office of Schools Federal Credit Union and a full service ATM. New food vendors include Heavenly Fish Palace, Villa Italian Kitchen, Tully’s Coffee, and Surf City Squeeze, joining returning vendors Subway and Dragon Express.
During the academic year, the LSU will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Modified hours of operation will occur during non-academic periods, such as winter and summer sessions and spring break. According to Clark, the hours will be evaluated during the LSU’s first year of operation and adjustments may be made.
Longtime friend and supporter of CSUDH Katherine B. Loker is expected to attend the Ribbon Cutting and will have an office in the building. She and her husband, the late Donald P. Loker, were instrumental in establishing the original LSU fund raising campaign in 1968, and her $4 million gift was instrumental to the expansion project.
A fire in September of 2003 gutted the University Bookstore, forcing the facility to move to a temporary location on campus. In November 2004, the CSU Board of Trustees approved the sale of $24 million in bonds to support the $34.3 million project. Construction began in January 2005, with architects Cannon Design working to double the facility's size.
“This has been a facility missed by many for the past 24 months,” says Richard Chester, director, Campus Dining and Commercial Services. “A lot of time and consideration have gone into the design and programming of our new LSU. Its reopening will bring back that common meeting place where the entire campus can reconnect, with exciting programming spaces and high energy décor. Our new LSU will be a building for the whole University once again.”
Clark is enthusiastic about introducing the new Union and its services to the campus and
the surrounding community after 13 years on campus, having worked her way up from serving as LSU’s associate director to her current position.
“We were able to see where the original Union fell short in serving the campus as it grew,” she says after overseeing the two-year expansion project. “It was exciting to be able to work with designers who could accommodate these needs, and do it with a sense of style.
“I’m anxious for people to see what they’ve been waiting for,” she enthuses.
For employment opportunities, facility reservations, and other information about the LSU, contact Jaime Leal, assistant director, 243-3559, email@example.com; or visit http://usu.csudh.edu/lusu/.
- Joanie Harmon-Whetmore
Photos above: An excited crew welcomes the spring semester with the expanded Loker Student Union. The CSUDH Toro and Theresa Cuarenta, assistant to the Athletics Director celebrate with
(L-R) Bill Kirchinger, director, University Bookstore; Janaii Downs, sophomore (Sociology);
Amber Armenta, freshman (Undeclared); Khila Washington, senior (Public Administration/Criminal Justice); Tawny King, sophomore (Kinesiology); Richard Chester, director, Campus Dining and Commercial Services; Randy Zarn, associate vice president of Student Life; Kim Clark, director, LSU; Diego Lopez, junior (Liberal Studies); Pauline Dixon, sophomore (Communications/Theatre Arts); and Ivy Bennett, senior (Psychology). Photo by Joanie Harmon-Whetmore
The gleaming windows of the expanded Loker Student Union provide great views of the campus from the upper floors. Photo by GK
Group seating throughout the LSU welcomes students to study or socialize in comfort. Photo by GK
The state-of-the-art Dominguez Ballroom has seating capacity for up to 1,000 guests, a built-in stage, and audio and visual technology for polished presentations. Photo by GK