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Bastyr University Opens Campus in Sorrento Valley

Bastyr University, which claims to be the largest accredited university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., is expanding on its Kenmore, Wash., campus by opening locally at 4106 Sorrento Valley Blvd.

More than 17 degree and certificate programs are offered in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and whole-food nutrition.

In San Diego, nearly 50 naturopathic doctoral students will make up the inaugural class, according to the university.

“We received a large number of applications from prospective students interested in studying at Bastyr University California,” said Bastyr University President Daniel K. Church. “This enthusiasm is a strong indicator of the need for a science-based naturopathic institution like ours in the area.”

Moira Fitzpatrick, Bastyr University California vice president, added that the university looks forward to strengthening the connection between the allopathic and integrative medicine community.

“Together we can be a powerful force in bringing quality, preventive and acute care to people in San Diego and in other parts of the world,” said Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. and naturopathic doctor who will be in charge of the local campus.

Bastyr University California received accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, making it the only accredited naturopathic medicine institution in California.

— Julie Gallant


Construction Begins on SpringHill Suites Hotel

GF Real Estate Group has broken ground on a new $40 million SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel in downtown Oceanside. A statement from the Colorado-based developer said the 149-room hotel, being built at 110 N. Myers St., is scheduled to open in January 2014.

The five-story hotel will include a street-level seafood restaurant and a roof-top swimming pool.

GF Real Estate Group is a subsidiary of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, managing the tribe’s national investments and operating companies. Its portfolio includes retail, office, residential and hospitality assets in California and five others states.

SpringHill Suites is a mid-priced Marriott brand geared to business and leisure travelers, with suites larger than traditional hotel rooms, the statement said.

— Lou Hirsh


North Island Credit Union Names New CEO

North Island Credit Union named Stephen O’Connell as its new president and chief executive officer, succeeding John Tippets, who retired.

O’Connell most recently was the chief operating officer at California Credit Union, with $1.1 billion in assets and based in Glendale.

O’Connell has about 18 years’ experience in leadership positions in the financial services industry, and joined CCU 10 years ago as its chief financial officer.

He’s also spent some years working for a Los Angeles bank in finance roles, according to NICU.

North Island is the area’s fourth largest credit union with $1.1 billion in assets, 10 branches, 80,000 members, and 290 employees.

— Mike Allen


Contractor Gets Task Order For Base HQ Renovations

A&D General Contracting Inc. of Santee has been awarded a $10.4 million task order for repairs to a headquarters building at Naval Base Point Loma.

A U.S. Defense Department statement said the order, under a previous multiple-award construction contract, calls for numerous interior and exterior repairs to the base’s Third Fleet Command headquarters Building C-60. Renovations will be made to ventilation systems, restrooms, a roof and security-related systems.

Eight options are being awarded, including renovating two lobbies and replacing elevators and mechanical doors. Work is expected to be completed by September 2014.

Six proposals were received for the task order by the contracting entity, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest in San Diego.

— Lou Hirsh


Sabre Springs Plays Host To New Bakery-Cafe

Nutmeg Bakery & Cafe, in the Sabre Springs neighborhood near Poway, celebrated its grand opening recently.

The business at 12640 Sabre Springs Parkway offers locally sourced baked goods, and offers gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options.

Shirin Soroushian is the owner.

— Brad Graves


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