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Professor’s Scholarship Leaves Legacy of Giving

Professor’s Scholarship Leaves Legacy of Giving

When Professor Richard Santillan created a scholarship in the 1990s, he started something much more than meets the eye.

The Richard and Teresa Santillan Community Service and Activist Scholar Award was the first scholarship in the ethnic and women’s studies (EWS) department. There are now six scholarships, plus book grants.

S. Terri Gomez, department chair, says that this is because of Santillan’s influence.

“He was the first faculty member in our department to have the idea to support our students in that way. He’s been a real role model for us,” Gomez says. “All of our faculty members give monthly to our scholarship fund, in large part because of the example that he has set.”

A $300 scholarship doesn’t seem like much, but Gomez says that the scholarship is about more than money.

“It sends our students the message that we understand the obstacles they face, particularly financially,” she says. “We want to honor their struggle and honor what they’re doing here.”

Scholarship recipient Cynthia Velásquez says that the award offered not only financial assistance but also delivered a moment of validation.

“I felt honored to be recognized for my community service,” she says. “I know that I shared this honor with amazing activists who unconditionally shared their love and passion for their community.”

Santillan’s commitment hasn’t stopped there. He recently pledged $50,000, which will help the department in many ways, including continued funding for scholarships and programs that enrich the curriculum.

Former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Serves as Scholar-in-Residence

Former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Serves as Scholar-in-Residence

Alumna and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis returned to Cal Poly Pomona to serve as a scholar-in-residence. Solis consulted with faculty and mentored students in the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences, and made presentations that benefitted the campus and surrounding communities.

Cyber Security Competition Draws New Sponsors

Cyber Security Competition Draws New Sponsors

The Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition once again challenged students to test their cyber security skills. This year, first-time sponsors Facebook,
Tesla Motors and Raytheon, along with the Department of Homeland Security, Juniper Networks and Fire Eye, provided financial assistance, equipment, software, and offered internships to the competitors. Cal Poly Pomona’s team took the top spot, beating UC Berkeley and Mt. San Antonio College and earning a spot at the national competition.

Collins College Ranked Among Top Hospitality Graduate Programs

Collins College Ranked Among Top Hospitality Graduate Programs

The Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education ranked The Collins College of Hospitality Management ninth among the top 26 hospitality and tourism graduate programs. Based on assessments from 2002 to 2012, the college’s ranking factored in curriculum, student body, resources and faculty.

Sustainability Efforts Worthy of the Gold

Sustainability Efforts Worthy of the Gold

Cal Poly Pomona has received a gold rating from the Association for the Advancement 
of Sustainability in Higher Education,
the premier organization for advancing sustainability on college campuses. Cal Poly Pomona is the top CSU on the list and the third-highest ranked California school. Only 58 colleges and universities have achieved a gold designation of the nearly 500 worldwide that are part of the program.

Record Grant for Science Education

Record Grant for Science Education

The National Science Foundation awarded $7.7 million to Cal Poly Pomona’s Center
 for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, whose mission is to improve teaching and learning of science and mathematics from kindergarten through graduate school. It is the largest grant Cal Poly Pomona has ever received.

Architecture Students Sweep Statewide Design Competition

Architecture Students Sweep Statewide Design Competition

Students Kristy Yeh, Gabby Uvidia and Celia Bentsen swept a statewide design competition in February, taking home awards for first, second and third place. The Coalition for Adequate School Housing Student Design competition asked participants to submit design concepts for a K-12 educational facility, such as an elementary or high school. This marks the second year that Cal Poly Pomona students have captured the top three spots in the competition.

Model U.N. Team Earns Highest Honors

Model U.N. Team Earns Highest Honors

The National Model United Nations Team won an Outstanding Delegation Award at the annual national conference in New York in April, and two students won honors for their position paper. The team played the role of the Philippines during the conference, which simulates committee sessions, debate, and diplomatic negotiations that occur at the United Nations. The team award represents the best performance by Cal Poly Pomona students in the conference since 2008.

Women’s Basketball Team Makes It to Final Four

Women’s Basketball Team Makes It to Final Four

After capturing its second west Region Title in four years, the women’s basketball team advanced to the Final Four in the NCAA Division II Tournament. From viewing parties to live tweeting, the entire campus community cheered on the team as it played in Erie, Pa.