CSUSB Traditions and Landmarks
California State University, San Bernardino has a rich 50-plus year history that includes a fast increase in enrollment from 230 to over 20,000 students. Many campus traditions and landmarks have been established as a result of our fast expansion. Students who wish to make a difference and create new traditions should join the Associate Student's Incorporated, the student body's voice. Traditions at CSUSB convey the tale of the university's legacy, commemorate its past, and unite generations of Coyotes in a common experience that transcends time, culture, and trends.
“San Bernardino, Our Alma Mater” originally was composed by Dr. Loren Filbeck (professor emeritus of music) in 1988 and debuted on October 27, 1990, at the university’s Silver Anniversary Gala. Today, it is a campus tradition for the graduating class to sing the alma mater at the close of the commencement ceremonies.
Originally adopted by a student vote in 1966 the official colors of CSUSB were brown and light blue to reflect the mountains and sky that makeup the campus' backdrop. In 1996, the administrative council changed the school colors to black and blue and in 2008 we adopted "Coyote Blue" as the official name to our shade of blue!
In 1984, after years of unofficially having a St. Bernard as a mascot, students took to the polls and voted to name the Coyote as the official mascot. Today, Cody can be found all over campus taking selfies and making students smile at different programs and events. Keep up with him and his whereabouts on Instagram @codythecoyote65!
First-Year Experience and the Associated Students, Inc. co-host our annual New Student Convocation. First-year Coyotes are invited to a celebration with motivating speakers, thrilling awards, and more! First-year students will also meet peers from their selected college and learn how to maximize their college experience!
Coyote Cares Day brings together CSUSB students, faculty, staff and alumni to volunteer each year, to complete a day of volunteer service in local communities that benefit local nonprofit organizations and community agencies as a way of thanking the community for its support of the university and its mission.
A celebration for the end of the school year; our annual Coyote Fest is an end-of-the-year party with carnival games, rides, interactive activities, and live entertainment from both alumni and current CSUSB students! This is event is free for all CSUSB students, faculty, staff and community members of all ages!
Despite the fact that it is unclear where the coyote hand signal originated, it has become a way of life for our students to display their Coyote Pride on a daily basis. Consider snapping a photo around campus and remember to show your school spirit by using our hand sign and posting it on social media with the hashtag #CoyotesUp!
The Hall of Fame Courtyard in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, located outside the Social and Behavioral Sciences building displays bricks purchased by students, faculty, and alumni to commemorate their time at the college. The purchase of a commemorative brick aids the CSBS Scholarship Fund.
The annual Employee Appreciation Picnic acknowledges and recognizes Cal State San Bernardino faculty, staff, and administrators for their contributions to the institution. Along with activities and prizes, faculty, staff, and administrators enjoy picnic activities, games, and competition to see who can raise the most donations for our Food Pantry.
Homecoming is a celebration of Coyote pride and spirit. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni of CSUSB come together to breathe black and blue. Our Homecoming is jam-packed with traditional events, competitions and activities and is unique in that our homecoming game is not a traditional Football game but a women's Volleyball game! #GoYotes!
Students who will be residing in the university's residence halls and apartments throughout the academic year will be officially welcomed on "Move-In Day," which marks the beginning of Welcome Week. The week includes a variety of events designed to assist students in adjusting to college life.
Summer Movies on the Lawn is an annual event held on the lawn of the John M. Pfau Library. The annual summer series, which is free to the public, showcases a variety of blockbuster films. Students, alumni, faculty, and staff enjoy concessions, and moviegoers bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy their movie experience.
Wednesdays in July mark the start of the annual Summer Wednesdays concert series at CSUSB. Musical styles ranging from Latin dance to vintage rock 'n' roll to rhythm and blues to 1980s and '90s favorites are showcased every Wednesday in the Summer. The music is usually held on the Lower Santos Manuel Student Union - East patio area, and free to the public and local community.
Art student Mark Petherbridge created and built our university mace with the guidance of art professor Roger Lintault. The mace's head is constructed of silicon bronze and contains the university's logotype surrounded by educational insignia. The rosewood shaft is accented with laminated maple strips. Less than 27 inches long with bronze point.
Wild Song is the name of a bronze sculpture that lies outside the west entrance of the Santos Manuel Student Union-South, a gift to the institution by the SMSU and Associated Students Inc. in honor of the university's 50th anniversary. On June 3, 2016, it was formally unveiled during a ceremony.