Student Union Statement of Purpose:

The Student Union serves to foster community and enhance student learning and development on the CI campus by providing exceptional services, supporting holistic programming, creating regular opportunities for staff development, and maintaining an environmentally responsible facility.

History of the Student Union:

In 2006 students approved a referendum to increase their fees to fund a new Student Union; the referendum was approved by 73 percent of the voting student body. The planning and construction of the building was a collaboration between students, staff, and faculty. The Union is located in the center of the campus in what was formerly the University library. During construction sustainability was a major priority; much of the building consists of the re-use of the existing building where the University was able to recycle 540 tons of concrete and 42 tons of steel.

The building is equipped with green technology such as lighting control and sustainable flooring material. The Student Union includes a large dining area that features a coffee house, the Freudian Sip, and dining, the Lighthouse Cafe. A Tree House Courtyard which features preserved sycamore and pepper trees. A game room with flat screen TVs, pool tables, shuffle board, table tennis, air hockey and gaming consoles. Lounge areas located in the East Wing and the Tree House Lounge. Offices of the Student Government, Student Programming Board, the Nautical yearbook, the CI View newspaper, and ASI staff.

Student Union Organizational Chart:

ASI Staff Organizational Chart (PDF, 99.4KB)

Our Sustainability Efforts

The CI Student Union Building was designed in consideration of sustainability from the start of the project, through design, and now, selecting furniture and finishes. The most sustainable feature is the adaptive re-use of a large portion of the existing structure, extending the life of resources used in its initial construction. This is augmented by retention of mature trees, minimized footprint, and efficient structural, mechanical, and lighting systems. The final sustainable touch is the selection of building finishes and furnishings.

For more on Student Union sustainable practices, review our Celebration of Excellence Poster. Student Union Sustainability Poster (PDF, 453.87KB)

Student Union Staff:


Alyssa Alvarado: Ask Alyssa how she can help you today.



Nsomah Apambire: Ask Nsomah how she can help you today.



Sarah Carpenter (Student Union Student Supervisor): Ask Sarah how she can help you today.


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Karina Casarez: Ask Karina how she can help you today.



Heidi Mercado: Ask Heidi how she can help you today.


ASI Student Staff:


Annie De Bruyn (ASI Graphic Design Assistant)



Shaylyn Noel (ASI Project Assistant)


ASI/Student Union Professional Staff:

Cindy Derrico: Associate Vice President for Student Affairs HRE & ASI



Genesis DeLong: ASI Assistant Director


Gary Gordon: ASI Interim Assistant Director



Diana Ballesteros: ASI Facility Specialist


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Bethany Banuelos: ASI Student Programs Coordinator


Annie Block-Weiss: ASI Administrative Support Coordinator


Beatriz Ortiz: ASI Graduate Student Assistant