Many Stories, But a Shared Belief

A message from the vice president for university advancement

Scott WarringtonCOne of the most pleasant parts of my job is the opportunity to meet so many alumni and friends of the university. I get a chance to update them on developments around campus, but even better, I get to hear about how significant Cal Poly Pomona has been in their lives. Their stories always inspire me.

The Annual Report of Giving is a chance for you to hear some of these stories.

Don Brinkerhoff is one of the most successful landscape architects you will ever meet, but if it weren’t for one of his professors who lined up a scholarship for him, Don might have been forced to drop out of college. That life-changing event happened six decades ago, but it resonates with Don just as strongly today, which is why he decided to establish a scholarship for future landscape architects.

Chevy Goldstein, who passed away in 2007, was a remarkable chemistry professor who inspired both students and colleagues. Her sister, Dina Perry, is honoring her legacy in ways that advance knowledge and reward dedication.

The university’s learn-by-doing approach to education has prepared generations of students to enter the professional world ready to contribute. Alumni Jack Kulp and Lance Calvert can both attest to the value of hard work and a hands-on education.

Our faculty distinguish themselves in the classroom every day. Robert Palmer, Walter Coombs and Ernest Cioffi left their mark in retirement as well. Their gifts are a tribute to their profession.

Businessman and former educator Ta Siu discovered Cal Poly Pomona through the annual Southern California Tasting & Auction. He knows the life-changing impact that teachers can have, which is why he supports the Partners in Education program.

The name Kellogg is synonymous with Cal Poly Pomona, so it’s no surprise — though it is a great benefit — that the company is helping to develop the College of Agriculture’s food technology laboratory.

These stories are bound by a common theme: benefactors who believe in this university’s transformative power. Several have experienced it themselves, and all of them want the future members of our community to experience it as well. Their confidence in this university is an unequivocal vote for the future.

During our 75th anniversary celebration, I can think of no better commitment.

Scott C. Warrington
Vice President for University Advancement
(909) 869-4997