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 CI 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 the following: a large dining area (the Lighthouse Cafe) that features a coffee house (the Freudian Sip); a beautiful outdoor space with ample outdoor seating known as the Tree House Courtyard which features preserved sycamore and pepper trees; a game room on the first floor 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; the Coville Conference room which hosts monthly ASI Board of Directors meetings and is ideal for large student group meetings; and the second floor provides additional lounge and study space, two meeting rooms, and houses the offices of Student Government, Student Programming Board, The Nautical yearbook, The CI View newspaper, and ASI career staff.

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:

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Student Union Professional Staff:

Helen Alatorre

ASI Executive Director

Contact Information:
Email:Helen Alatorre
Phone: (805) 437-1629
Fax: (805) 437-2793

Tonee Sherrill

ASI Assistant Director

Contact Information:
Email: Tonee Sherrill
Phone: (805) 437-3273
Fax: (805) 437-2793


Bethany Banuelos

ASI Facility Specialist

Contact Information:
Bethany Banuelos
Phone: (805) 437-8932
Fax: (805) 437-2793

Bethany Banuelos

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