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Poly @lumni E-Newsletter SEPTEMBER 2009

As a new freshmen class steps onto campus this month, it’s the perfect time for alumni to reach out to old acquaintances and meet new friends. There are several such opportunities at upcoming networking events and mixers, including the Alumni Association’s annual golf tournament in October that will raise money for student scholarships. This issue of Poly @lumni spotlights Dr. Guillermo Camacho ’93, biological sciences, who has built a successful dental practice in West Covina and mentors youth to pursue their dreams.


Dean Andy FeinsteinEvening at the Ball Park
September 25 – The College of Business Administration Alumni Chapter is sponsoring its annual Evening at the Ball Park for an evening of networking, great food and baseball at Angel Stadium. The $40 ticket price includes a private reception with a barbecue dinner and a seat in the field box level ($63 value). Please RSVP by September 11. Read more...

Collins College Alumni Chapter Mixer at Zucca Ristorante
September 28 – Join Collins College alumni for a mixer at Zucca Ristorante at 7 p.m. Each month the chapter will host a mixer at a location that is owned, managed by or employs Collins College alumni. Zucca is at 801 South Figueroa in Los Angeles and is managed by Collins graduate Perry Shindler. For questions or to RSVP, contact Jason Farned at jasonfarned@aol.com or (909) 910-9050. If you would like to host a mixer at your location, contact Steven Senft at ssenft@hrec.com or (310) 795-4533.

Graduate & Professional School Fair
October 1 – Thinking about graduate school? The Career Center is hosting this free event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Quad. Parking is $5. For more information, contact the Career Center at (909) 869-2342 or visit http://dsa.csupomona.edu/career/default.asp.

Fall Career Day
October 15 – Bring your resume and dress to impress. More than 200 prospective employers will participate in the Fall Career Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Quad. Parking is $5. For more information, contact the Career Center at (909) 869-2342 or vtmoy@csupomona.edu. Or visit http://dsa.csupomona.edu/career/default.asp.

Annual Alumni Association Golf Tournament
October 16 – Join the Alumni Association for a round of golf at its annual Cal Poly Pomona Alumni Association Golf Tournament. Help recognize outstanding student leaders and provide scholarships to deserving students. This year’s golf tournament will be held at Coyote Hills in Fullerton. Read more...

Matt's Run
October 17 – The 4th Annual Matthews Myers 5k Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m. at the Arabian Horse Center. This event will help support the Matthew Myers Memorial Fund. Proceeds help fund scholarships to Cal Poly Pomona students determined to walk their course in the midst of difficulties.To register, donate or learn more, visit www.mattsrun.org.

17th Annual Pumpkin Festival
October 17-18 – The College of Agriculture is hosting the 17th Annual Pumpkin Festival at AGRIscapes, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities include a pick-your-own pumpkin from the patch, insect fair, petting zoo, face painting, child-size hay maze, horse rides, entertainment, pancake breakfast (Saturday morning), and a variety of food and game booths sponsored by student clubs. Cal Poly Pomona grown produce will be available from the Farm Store. Admission is free. For more information, call the festival hotline at (909) 869-2215 or visit www.csupomona.edu/~agri/news/pumpkin.shtml. Proceeds help support farm laboratories and student activities, including participation in regional, state and national competitions, attendance at professional meetings, and field trips.

Collins College Alumni Chapter Speed Networking Event
October 20 – The Collins College Alumni Chapter is hosting a speed networking event at Buca di Beppo in Claremont at 6 p.m. This event is designed to give current Collins College students a chance to meet with industry professionals. RSVP by October 16 to Jason Farned at jasonfarned@aol.com or (909) 910-9050.

Student/Alumni Spotlight

Guillermo J. Camacho
’93, Biological Sciences

Guillermo J. CamachoA child of immigrants who emigrated from Mexico when he was 3, alumnus Dr. Guillermo J. Camacho was told by a school counselor that he should be a social worker rather than a dentist. Undaunted, he entered Cal Poly Pomona, taking the first step to achieving his difficult goal.

“In high school, I knew our family was among the poorest people,” Camacho says. “I wanted to change that and go into a career the opposite of that. For me, the key was to stay focused.”

Now a neuromuscular cosmetic dentist with his own practice in West Covina, he routinely encourages other first-generation college students to also pursue their dreams. Read more...

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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Cal Poly Pomona Among
Top Universities
Cal Poly Pomona is again ranked as one of the best public universities in the Western United States, tied for eighth among non-doctorate granting institutions, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2010 rankings of "America's Best Colleges." Among both public and private universities with undergraduate and master's programs, Cal Poly Pomona tied for 32nd in the West. Read more...

Cal Poly Pomona Trains Soldiers for Afghan Farming Mission
Members of the California National Guard's 40th Infantry Division were on campus for just four days of instruction, but the knowledge they gained -- and the ties they forged with the university -- could change lives in war-torn Afghanistan. Read more...

Broncos earn Division II ADA Academic Achievement Awards
Twenty-two Cal Poly Pomona student-athletes have been awarded the 2008-09 Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Awards by WeatherPORT. The Academic Achievement Awards is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level. "Our student-athletes honored by the Division II Athletics Directors Association are truly the epitome of achievement," says university Athletics Director Brian Swanson. Read more...

President Mike OrtizPresident Named to Bipartisan Commission on No Child Left Behind
President Michael Ortiz has been selected to again serve on the national Commission on No Child Left Behind, a bipartisan panel composed of educators, policy experts and business leaders who are assessing how to improve student performance, teacher and principal effectiveness, and school accountability and standards. Read more...

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Family Fun Days in Downtown Pomona
Family Fun Days provides free arts-centered activities for children and their families every fourth Saturday afternoon at the Cal Poly Downtown Center. Enjoy healthy snacks, music, face painting, story circles, community wellness resources, family reading tips and a variety of other activities. Each Family Fun Day offers a different theme with fun and creative activities. Read more...

2010 Canadian Salmon & Halibut Fishing Trip – Now discounted!
Having just returned from the sold out 2009 Canadian fishing trip, Ron Simons is pleased to announce plans for a summer 2010 trip. The dates are set for July 31 to August 5, 2010. Most important, next year’s trip will be discounted $500 per person, from $4,295 to just $3,795. (Additional discounts are available for a three-person room/boat arrangement.) Read more....

Network on the INSIDE TRACK
Come network on every second Tuesday, third Monday and fourth Wednesday of each month. Sponsored by the College of Business Administration Alumni Chapter, INSIDE TRACK benefits those who are developing business, seeking employment or just want to make great contacts. Just bring your energy and business cards to this monthly professional and social networking event. To see the locations for events in September and October, visit http://cba.csupomona.edu/alumni/inside_track.aspx.

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