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Feb. 5, 2004
DH 04 TK010
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367
tknox@csudh.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Cal State Dominguez Hills Ushers in Toro Days

Annual activities enhance school spirit

Carson, CA – A campus-wide stampede of excited Toro students is expected as California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), ushers in the 2004 version of Toro Days, a ritual of activities and events designed to welcome students to campus for the spring semester on Monday, Feb. 9.

“Our primary intent is to provide connection opportunities for new and current students, and secondly we want to provide a fun, interactive event that promotes school spirit and an elevated sense of community and belonging,” said Marco Dowell, director of Student Life.

“Students who connect with the University and who are actively involved in campus life beyond the classroom tend to have higher grade point averages, matriculate at higher rates, and are considered more employable than those students who don’t connect with student groups and University personnel and services,” Dowell said. “Considering the diversity of our students, an elevated sense of community is one of those unique qualities that can further set the Dominguez Hills college experience apart from that of other institutions of higher learning. We want our campus community to interact and connect during Toro Days 2004, so everyone is invited to come to the Fun House!”

Toro Days kicks off with a free pancake breakfast on Monday, Feb. 9, and will culminate with men’s and women’s basketball games on Friday, Feb. 13. CSUDH students will be treated to a full compliment of activities during the week, including a Greek showcase, African drumming, Langston Hughes poetry readings, a chili cook-off and a W.E.B. Dubois lecture series. The Loker University Student Union will be the site for various activities including, a talent show and viewing of the movie “Gothika.”

Other activities include a gong-style campus talent show and a blood drive to give students an opportunity to donate blood for use by the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children’s Hospital.

Please call Asucena Cervantes Davila, coordinator for the CSUDH Office of Student Life, at (310) 243-2081 for a complete listing of Toro Days activities.

Cal State Dominguez Hills offers 43 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s along with multiple-subject and single-subject teaching credentials. We take pride in being the university where dreamers become achievers. Visit the university Web site at www.csudh.edu for complete information on campus curriculum and activities.

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