Issue 2 Stories

Community Connections in the New Collaboration Room

Conservation, Collaboration, and Community are the cornerstones of Cal State East Bay’s Concord Campus.  Creating spaces on campus that reflect the culture of the campus and connect to the community continued this fall when the Ridgeview Room officially opened.

The Ridgeview Room is a converted a classroom where “students, faculty and community can meet and work together” says Cecilia Zefeldt, operations coordinator and lead contact in the transition of the room. 

Kathy Cutting, sustainability champion, and Concord staff chose the wall art in the room.  Kathy felt it was important to connect the space to Mt. Diablo and the beautiful views from the campus.  She selected photos by local photographer Bill Karieva.  Bill’s collection of photographs capture local flowers, plants, animals, and insects native to Mt. Diablo.  “My hope is that the (photography) helps develop a deeper connection to the local community and stewardship mentality,” Kathy says.

The bright airy room was an immediate hit with students who use it to study, watch movies and host club meetings.  When the room opened one student exclaimed:“I can’t believe this is for us.”

Local community meetings connecting Save Mt. Diablo, the Audubon Society, and Cal State East Bay; Osher Lifelong Learning, The National Park Service, and University Leadership are just a few of the connections happening in the new Ridgeview Room. 

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