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January 5, 2007
DH 07 JH02
Contact: Joanie Harmon-Whetmore
Ribbon Cutting for Newly Expanded Loker Student Union at CSU Dominguez Hills to be Held Jan. 25
Carson, CA - The reopening of the newly expanded Loker Student Union (LSU) will begin on Jan. 16,
when limited services will be open to the public, including access to the bookstore, ASI, Office of
Student Life, Multicultural Center and Loker Student Union Administrative Offices plus lounge space
in the remodeled portion of the building. A Ribbon Cutting Celebration on Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m. kicks
off the Grand Opening, with festivities during the week of Jan. 29-Feb. 2 that will introduce the new
spaces and services to the CSU Dominguez Hills campus.
“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 Associated Students,
Inc., 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 initially 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, adjustments to the hours will
be evaluated during the LSU’s first year of operation.
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 a move of the
facility 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit http://usu.csudh.edu/lusu/.
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