Whispering Bench, Cal State San Marcos

The Whispering Bench was created at Cal State San Marcos to honor President Karen Haynes and  First Gentleman  and founding director of ACE Scholars Services Jim Michelson for their 15½ years of leadership at the University. It is located at the center of the campus, and is a 25-foot long concrete elliptical bench. From the inner edge of the seat, the curved bench is exactly 15.5 feet in diameter, representing the 15½ years of Haynes’ presidency at CSUSM.  It is elegant and inviting and has the features a signature acoustical phenomena, which can carry even a faint whisper from one end to the other.


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    Fritzie Urquhart, designer. CSUSM PDC group

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