Happy December! I am Dr. Steven Beazley, president of California Southern University, offering season’s greetings from the beautiful new world headquarters located in coastal Costa Mesa, California. As 2016 draws to a close, we wanted to take the opportunity to reach out to all of CalSouthern’s learners to wish you the happiest of holidays.
I also wanted to take a moment to reflect a bit upon this past year of 2016. It’s been a tremendous year of growth for the university—we’ve welcomed record numbers of new learners, faculty mentors and academic support staff to CalSouthern this year. We have launched new schools of nursing and education as well, led by deans Dr. Judith McLeod and Dr. Elna van Heerden. We are excited to offer a multitude of exciting undergraduate and graduate programs to nurses, educators, and coaches around the world.
Some of my most special moments throughout the year have been getting a chance to meet and hear personal notes of achievements from our current learners and alumni. We received visits from alumni such as Dr. Gregory Mabry who recently shared the news of his nominations to become faculty at West Point and Army Astronaut Candidate to NASA. In addition, Deborah Vinall was awarded the Clinton E. Phillips Scholarship by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)—while Dr. Katheryn Whittaker has accepted the position of president of the California division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
CalSouthern also had the unique opportunity to move its campus to a new 46,000 square-foot worldwide headquarters in Costa Mesa, California. The move helps us to accommodate a future increase in staff and faculty as well as improved learner resources for years to come. I sincerely appreciated the CalSouthern staff, faculty, and learners who attended the November ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Finally, I want to take a moment to acknowledge how much we at CalSouthern recognize, admire and appreciate your dedication to enriching and improving your lives through higher education. We realize the path to your degree is not an easy one. You work hard to balance your personal, professional and academic lives, and make countless personal sacrifices as you progress through your academic program—sacrifices that may seem even greater during the holiday season.
I assure you that these sacrifices are absolutely worth it. The stories I hear from current learners and alumni affirm this. Their lives—and yours—will be forever enriched by the academic experience.We wish you happy holidays, and a prosperous and healthy new year. Please plan to visit the world headquarters if you are in the Southern California area during 2017. We would love to visit with you on your university’s campus.