SAN MARCOS — As students prepared to return to campus, Cal State San Marcos President Karen S. Haynes recently addressed faculty and staff at Convocation on Aug. 27.
The annual event provided an opportunity for the campus community to come together as a whole to celebrate accomplishments and mark the beginning of the new academic year.
Acknowledging that it has been an extraordinarily difficult year of fiscal constraints — budget was reduced by $14 million, staff and faculty took a 10 percent pay cut due to furloughs, and student fees increased by 30 percent — Haynes borrowed a well-known motto from Cesar Chavez declaring, “Si, se peude! – Yes, it can be done!”
Noted highlights of the past year included reaffirmation of accreditation from WASC with special mention of the campus’s First Year Programs, placement on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for the third consecutive year, and the opening of Cal State San Marcos at Temecula.
“We have risen to meet many challenges many times in our short history and we have overcome them in a variety of ways,” Haynes said. “I am confident we will do so again in the year ahead. We will continue to focus on and to mature our five strategic priorities of academic excellence, student life, campus climate, community partnerships, and educational equity.”
Haynes’s complete Convocation remarks can be read or downloaded at