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President’s Video Update for Oct. 20

Oct 20, 2014

President’s Video Update for Oct. 20 An upcoming lecture by influential labor organizer Dolores Huerta, a new honor for the College of Business Administration, the opening of an on-campus gastro pub and the roll-out of expanded Wi-Fi access on campus are discussed by President Michael Ortiz in his weekly video message. Dolores Huerta, known for her work alongside Cesar Chavez as well as her feminist activities, will visit Cal Poly Pomona on Thursday as part of the Kellogg Distinguished Public Lecture Series. Her lecture begins...


Cal Poly Pomona Earns High Ranking Among Western Universities

Sep 09, 2014

Cal Poly Pomona Earns High Ranking Among Western Universities Cal Poly Pomona has earned another top ranking among the best public universities in the West, according to the 2015 compilation by U.S. News & World Report. The university is ranked No. 4 on the list of non-doctorate-granting public institutions in the West, two spots higher than its placement last year. Cal Poly Pomona is the second-highest ranked California State University campus. “Our learn-by-doing approach, quality education and affordable tuition fees make us one of the top...


College of Business Administration Receives $5.3-Million Bequest from Alumnus

Sep 05, 2014

College of Business Administration Receives $5.3-Million Bequest from Alumnus Larry Taff (’80, accounting) has spent his 34-year career climbing the corporate ladder to become a C-suite executive with Arthur Andersen and The Shidler Group. Yet for Taff, being successful also means improving other people’s lives. In college, that meant helping his friend and roommate Mitchell Hill (’80, economics) become focused on his studies and land a job with Arthur Andersen. Later in life, it meant serving as a mentor for more than a decade with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America...


University Exceeds Its Goal of Raising $150 Million

Jul 01, 2014

University Exceeds Its Goal of Raising $150 Million The day after wrapping up its 75th Anniversary, Cal Poly Pomona has another reason to celebrate. The Campaign for Cal Poly Pomona has surpassed its $150 million target, bringing in more than $160 million in donations, bequests and pledges — a record fundraising effort for the university. “Launching a major campaign in the depths of a recession required a deep belief in the transformative power of a Cal Poly Pomona education,” says University President Michael Ortiz. “Exceeding our goal...


Student Organized Concert at Glass House to Raise Funds for Steinway Initiative

May 19, 2014

Student Organized Concert at Glass House to Raise Funds for Steinway Initiative Big things often have small beginnings, as music major Prisilla Contreras Soto has discovered. Contreras Soto was planning a senior project to raise money in support of the music department’s All-Steinway School Initiative. She thought she might hold a bake sale and a small on-campus concert. But she reconsidered after talking with music department faculty. “They told me those were just too small,” she says. “I needed to think a lot bigger.” Instead, Contreras Soto wound up creating a group...


Collins Expansion Plans Taking Shape

Apr 25, 2014

Collins Expansion Plans Taking Shape The highly anticipated building expansion for The Collins College of Hospitality Management will begin construction this summer. The 12,100 square-foot building is expected to be completed by late 2015 and provide essential space for classrooms, group study rooms, a student commons and faculty offices. With preparations in full swing, plans for the building have changed because of escalating construction costs and an unfavorable bidding climate stemming from an uptick in construction projects...


A Delicious Way to Support Cal Poly Pomona

Apr 04, 2014

A Delicious Way to Support Cal Poly Pomona Supporting higher education and student scholarships will take on a delicious flair at Cal Poly Pomona’s Southern California Tasting & Auction. The seventh annual event will be held Sunday, May 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the scenic W.K. Kellogg Rose Garden and Aratani Japanese Garden. During the fundraising event, guests will have the opportunity to sample food and beverages from a wide variety of restaurants, wineries and breweries. They will also have the opportunity to vote for their...


Collins College Faculty Join to Support Campaign

Mar 27, 2014

Collins College Faculty Join to Support Campaign The Collins College of Hospitality Management has come a long way since 1973, when it began as a program in the College of Business Administration. Its growth has been fueled in large part by the generosity of donors. When the college’s assistant and associate professors learned of the faculty/staff giving campaign, they came together to show their support in a big way: 100 percent participated. Associate Professor Margie Jones, the peer ambassador to the group, brought the campaign to...


Students Give Thanks for PIE Fellowships, Encouragement

Mar 20, 2014

Students Give Thanks for PIE Fellowships, Encouragement When credential student Annmarie Thompson took the stage to accept her Partners in Education (PIE) Fellowship, her son came bounding up with her. Giggling and jumping around the podium, the 7-year-old brought lighthearted laughter to what was otherwise an emotional acceptance speech. “This award means a lot to me as a single mother,” said Thompson, pausing to collect herself. “I was worried I would not be able to finish getting my credential.” Because students continue to pay tuition fees but...


Edison Gives Engineering a Big Boost

Mar 12, 2014

Edison Gives Engineering a Big Boost Edison International has donated $100,000 to Cal Poly Pomona’s Women in Engineering Program to provide greater opportunities for female students, who are gaining in numbers in the traditionally male-dominated discipline because of such efforts. The Women in Engineering Program serves female undergraduate and graduate students, as well as female faculty in the College of Engineering. It provides mentoring, guest speakers and support services, as well as outreach to girls in K-12 schools to...


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