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Alumni Center Reopens

After serving as a COVID-19 testing site for 15 months, the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center has returned to regular business.
By Tobin Vaughn

The Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center is back in business. As of Dec. 1, alumni and other university visitors may schedule events and arrange entrance to the building that has served most of the past 15 months as a COVID-19 testing site for San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency.

“We were happy to assist our local health professionals in providing an important community service during a time of great need,” said Alumni Center Assistant Director Brandon Harrison. “Now, we are thrilled to be fully reopened and looking forward to getting back to business as usual.”

The county began operating its free public testing at the site on Sept. 14, 2020. Except for a few days in late July and early August, 2021, when testing needs decreased and fewer sites were open, the county offered its walk-up service Tuesdays through Saturdays most weeks. The on campus county-operated testing site closed on Nov. 30.

At its busiest as recently as August, the county staff was performing an average of approximately 1,000 COVID-19 tests daily on the ground floor at the 55th Street and Hardy Avenue location. Over the course of its 15-month operation, the county estimates its testing site administered almost 200,000 COVID-19 tests.

Call first

The Campanile Foundation and SDSU Alumni staffs have been working on the center’s second floor since the university reopened for the fall 2021 semester. As the building is reopened to the public, campus COVID-19 protocols will be observed and monitored by staff members.

The building’s main entrance on 55th Street will now serve as the primary point of entry during business hours although doors will remain locked for an undetermined duration. To request building access, call the SDSU Alumni main number at 619-594-ALUM (-2586).

To learn more about reserving event spaces, visit the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center website or inquire at