The CSUSM Veterans Center is located adjacent to Markstein Hall. The current Veterans Center replaced a smaller facility which opened in Craven Hall in 2008 (it is the second vet center in the CSU).
Featuring an office, student work area, kitchen, lounge and event space, the Center is a place where military-affiliated students can receive support in achieving their academic and career goals with services tailored to their unique needs.
CSUSM's new Veterans Center was built and designed by 60 Stevens Institute of Technology students as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's 2013 Solar Decathlon, a biannual competition in which university teams from around the globe compete to design energy-efficient solar homes. The Stevens team took fourth place with their home, named Ecohabit, competing against 18 other universities from the Czech Republic, Canada, Austria and the United States.
Stevens has donated their houses to organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. This time, they wanted to donate it for use by a veteran. CSUSM was recommended to them and at our suggestion, it was decided to make it a Veterans Center to serve all veterans on campus (rather than a student house for one Veteran to live in)