PolyAlumni E-Newsletter - Cal Poly Pomona
November 2014
In This Issue

Take pride in Cal Poly Pomona and the CSU system as one of 3 million alumni who have shaped the state. The Class of 2015 will surpass the milestone and boast the strongest alumni network in California. Be part of the world’s largest online yearbook.

Graduates from the Collins College of Hospitality Management have a chance to wine and dine in New York. Cal Poly Pomona’s Day of the Dead celebration offers family festivities. The Broncos men’s basketball team will go on the road against a perennial power.

This issue of PolyAlumni spotlights Michele Gendreau, ’83, hospitality management, who helps make a visit to the Disney California Adventure Park that much sweeter for visitors as the general manager of food and beverage.

Alumni Spotlight

Michele Gendreau
83, hospitality management

Michele GendreauVisitors to Disney California Adventure Park get a sweet experience every time.


Michele Gendreau, the general manager of food and beverage, makes sure of it.


The alumna of The Collins College of Hospitality Management oversees a cast of nearly 3,000 members who meet the appetites and satisfy the sweet tooths of thousands of guests a day.


Continue reading about the Michele Gendreau...

In The News
Dean Richard Lapidus, center, at the College of Business Administration complex.

College of Business Administration Among Princeton Review’s Top Schools

Cal Poly Pomona’s graduate business programs have been nationally honored again by the Princeton Review, earning a spot in the “Best 296 Business Schools: 2015 Edition.”

President J. Michael Ortiz

Ortiz Receives Award of Excellence for Service to Hispanic Students

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities honored President J. Michael Ortiz with the President’s Award of Excellence, in recognition of outstanding service to Hispanics and higher education success.

Bryce Stevenson, Aaron Holder and Sam Mosle try samples of beer on tap at Innovation Brew Works at Cal Poly Pomona

Innovation Brew Works Serving Craft Beers

Innovation Brew Works, located in Innovation Village, has begun serving craft beers from local breweries. Guest craft brews come from Dale Bros. Brewery of Upland, Claremont Craft Ales and Ritual Brewing Co. of Redlands. Plans for the campus to brew its own beer are in the works.

To keep up with Cal Poly Pomona news and events, visit PolyCentric.
College Roundup

Horsehill Vineyards Uncorks Its Latest Wine
Club Offers Tour of Manor House Garden
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Visits AGRIscapes Facility

Cal Poly Pomona Broncos vs. Arizona Wildcats Game
Calendar of Sports Events

Business Administration
Graduate Programs Get Princeton Review Honors  
Faculty Spotlight Shines on Dr. Meihua Koo

Collins College of Hospitality Management
The Dish on the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch

Education & Integrative Studies
In Memoriam: Frederick J. Baker

Xpressions of Xcellence Magazine

Environmental Design
Professor Is Finalist for Urban Design Awards

Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
Professor Examines Environmental Movement in Book
Music Professor Records Album of Contemporary Works

In Memoriam: G.S. “Don” Morris

The Impact of GivingCampaign Video
Want to see how the Campaign for Cal Poly Pomona made a difference to students and programs? Check out this video that exemplifies Cal Poly Pomona’s learn-by-doing motto.

President Michael Ortiz and his wife, BettyThe Class of 3 Million

Show your pride in Cal Poly Pomona and the CSU system as one of 3 million alumni who have helped shape the state. The Class of 2015 will surpass the milestone and become the strongest alumni network in California. Join the world’s largest online yearbook and earn a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship.  

"We Are Cal Poly Pomona" websiteWe Are Cal Poly Pomona - Share Your Impact
The We Are Cal Poly Pomona website celebrates the accomplishments of our entire campus community through feature stories and videos. Through the website’s impact map, alumni also can demonstrate how they are making a difference in the United States and around the world. Send in your impact (also called Class Note) and mark it on the map.

Save the Date: Homecoming and Family Weekend
The university will celebrate Homecoming and Family Weekend on Feb. 21.

Urban Regional Planning Alumni Chapter
The Urban Regional Planning Alumni Chapter is seeking to candidates for the alumni chapter executive board. For more information, contact alumni@cpp.edu

Alumni Benefit
Liberty Mutual offers special savings to Cal Poly Pomona alumni on auto and home insurance.1 Click for a free quote.

1Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. Certain discounts apply to specific coverages only. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify. Please consult a Liberty Mutual sales representative for additional information.

Become an Alumni Mentor Today!
The e-mentoring program allows students to receive practical career advice. Students can search for mentors by major, occupation or special interest.

Alumni Email Account For Life Now Available
You've asked, we've listened! You now have access to a free Cal Poly Pomona Alumni Email Account for Life hosted by Microsoft.


November 7 - Day of the Dead
The Latino Professional Alumni Chapter will hold a family friendly Day of the Dead celebration with sweet treats, performances, food, multicultural altars and face painting.

November 9 - Broncos Basketball
The men’s basketball team will visit Tucson, Ariz., for an exhibition battle against the Arizona Wildcats. Hoops fans can order tickets for the game. Before heading to Arizona, the Broncos will play the Stanford Cardinal in Palo Alto. Tickets are available for that game.

November 9 - Collins Alumni Dinner in Manhattan
Collins alumni in the New York City area are invited to a reception with Dr. Lea Dopson, dean of the Collins College of Hospitality Management.

November 18 - College of Engineering Distinguished Lecture
Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president of Shared Services Group Supplier Management organization for Boeing, will discuss innovative engineering and technology from 4 to 6 p.m. in the BSC, Ursa Major.

Class Notes
Show your pride, share your stories.  The new impact map showcases our outstanding alumni. Putting a unique spin on the traditional class notes, it also displays how and where alumni are making a different across the country and around the world.
Cal Poly Pomona is an exceptional university. From its outstanding faculty and staff, and a well-prepared student body, to a large base of successful alumni, there is much we have to be thankful for. Beyond these assets that have helped us earn an international reputation for excellence and enterprise, this university is particularly thankful for a strong foundation of supporters that are so essential for building excellence. Click here to support Cal Poly Pomona.
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