CSU Summer Arts program highlights activities

Campus quad in the early morning on a summer dayEspecially on foggy days, visitors can be excused for thinking that CSU Monterey Bay’s campus is quiet during the summer. But don’t let the outward appearance fool you – there’s really a lot going on.

CSU Summer Arts returns to campus with a lineup of 16 classes and dozens of public events.

Well-known artists, actors, musicians, filmmakers, writers and dancers will conduct intensive two-week workshops during a pair of sessions in July. Approximately 400 students have registered for the classes; in addition, dozens of public performances and events will be held during the month. For a schedule, click here.

And, as usual during the summer, conferences, teacher training programs, Upward Bound and other outreach activities for youngsters and high school students, reading camps, sports camps, swimming lessons . . . even university classes – are all here.

The Imagine College Summer Scholar Institute, a grant-funded program for students from Monterey, Seaside and Marina high schools, returns for its sixth year at CSUMB. Three weeklong sessions will be held in June; attendees can choose to take classes in kinesiology, creative writing, filmmaking or social justice.

Other high school students are attending a summer math academy, where they take algebra classes part of the day and participate in leadership development activities. About 120 students are on campus in these two programs alone.

Teachers will also be here during the summer, attending their own “camp.” The Pacific Advanced Placement Institute will hold its annual summer program at CSUMB for the fourth straight year. More than 350 high school teachers will share best practices in teaching advanced placement classes in art history, biology, calculus, Chinese, Japanese, physics, studio art and other courses.

The sports-minded set – from third graders to high school seniors – will be on campus attending baseball, softball, volleyball, basketball, water polo and soccer camps. Swimming lessons are also available at the university’s aquatics center.

The Center for Reading Diagnosis and Instruction will offer a camp of another kind. A weeklong reading camp will be held in late July for kindergartners through eighth-graders. And the center is offering summer tutoring sessions throughout June and July.

Girls, Inc., an organization that encourages healthy, smart choices in food and life, will be on campus for a week in mid-June.

Upward Bound will host 90 high school students for six weeks in June and July. The students will take college-level classes, learn about the college application process, and spend a week visiting other college campuses.

The younger set – more than 250 fourth- through eighth-graders – will be on campus during July to participate in the Junior Otter program. The migrant students take language arts and math classes and work with staff members from El Teatro Campesino.

University students also come to campus over the summer. New-student orientation for freshmen and transfer students will bring hundreds of students and their parents to campus June 13 through 23.

Also serving university students is the Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s annual weeklong leadership seminar. Student body presidents and other elected student leaders from the 23 California State University campuses, Dominican University of California, Saint Mary’s College of California and Santa Clara University come to CSUMB to hone their leadership skills and develop strategies for addressing campus, community and national problems.

Construction continues on two projects – the new home of the College of Business and the School of Information and Communication Design, and a student housing complex. Demolition of unused structures from the university's days as an Army base is taking place at several sites around campus.

By mid-August, it will be time to gear-up for the fall semester, which will start Aug. 25. Students will move into the residence halls Aug. 22-24.