College of Agriculture Commencement Program

California State Polytechnic University Pomona 2012 Fifty-sixth Annual Commencement


Dean's Message

CALIFORNIA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, POMONA

Office of the Dean
College of Agriculture

Dear Graduates,

dean lester youngI want to personally congratulate you on the most important achievement in your life. You
have earned a place in society as an educated person – a college graduate in higher education.

Many staff and faculty have worked extremely hard to insure that you received a quality
education which will contribute to your success in the upcoming years. You are now part of a 74 year old legacy which began humbly as a two year agricultural school for young men to a multi-disciplinary polytechnic university of international renown.

Your parents, spouses and family members should be very proud of your accomplishment.
Many of them, of course, have sacrificed and supported you over the years and deserve to be praised and honored. Our staff and faculty did their very best to ensure that you received a quality education that you can be proud of.

You will always be part of our Agriculture Family as you go forth into your respective careers. Do not become a stranger. Please stay connected with us and share your Cal Poly Pomona experiences with others. We look forward to becoming life-long friends and partners with you.

You will now be joining the ranks of the many thousands of College of Agriculture graduates who have preceded you. Let people know you are a Cal Poly Pomona graduate. You are ready to take your place and to begin contributing to the most important industry in the state of California. I want to wish you well as you embark on your life’s next journey.

Best wishes,
Lester C. Young, Ph.D.
Dean


Program

University Quad
8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 10, 2012
Lester C. Young, Dean, Presiding
Dr. Richard Kaae, Mace Bearer

Musical Overture
Processional

The National Anthem Mr. Scott Robinson

Welcome and Introduction of Platform Party

Dean Lester Young
Welcome and Introductory Remarks President J. Michael Ortiz
Presentation of Class Gift Ms. Christine Sesanto
Outstanding Scholar and Presentation of The Julian A. McPhee Honor Award Dean Young, President Ortiz
  • Ms. Samantha Hammergren
  • Ms. Jessica Moody
Honorary Degree Conferral Trustee Monville, President Ortiz

Mr. Ronald Simons

Recognition of Faculty/Staff Awards Dean Young
  • Dr. Oscar Chavez, Teacher of the Year
  • Dr. Nancy Merlino, Advisor of the Year
  • Mrs. Kate Crowe, Staff of the Year
Recognition of Student Awards Dean Young

Mr. Andy Tuy, Student Leader of the Year

Presentation of Candidates for the Master’s Degrees Dr. Marten denBoer
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Conferral of Master’s Degrees President Ortiz
Master’s Hooding and Handshake President Ortiz, Dean Young
Presentation of Candidates for the Baccalaureate Degrees Dean Young
Conferral of Baccalaureate Degrees President Ortiz
Baccalaureate Presentation and Handshake President Ortiz, Dean Young
Closing Remarks Dean Young
Recessional
 

Candidates for the Degree of Master of Science in Agriculture

Mervat Zaki Aljamal
Mirna Carolina Calderon
Michelle Allison Cote
Laura Nicole Estrada
Linda Flores
Ruben Michael Green
Maxwell Bates Johnson
Golandam Khayef
Catherine Shun Ko
Shadi M Lari
Maria Carmelita Gomez Nidoy
Lizett Aguilar Olivares
Temetra A Parker
Matthew E Quist
Yun Shih
Tiffany Linn Shubin
Megan Alyssa Somerville
Julia Ting Young

Baccalaureate Degree Candidates

Jennifer Marie Adams, AHS
Blanca Elena Aespuro, FN §
Pooja Aiyar, AVS
Armin Alavi, PLT
Asia Annette Lella Alexander, AMM †
Leonardo Calungcagin Alon III, AMM
Nicole Michelle Amer, AHS
Jonathan An, AVS
Nogol Andishehjoo, FN
Amee Maree Andrade, AHS
Deanida Wray Andrews, FN
Leeziel Capulong Antonio, FN
Brian Pelante Aranas, AVS
Claudia A Aranda, PLT
Angela Marie Arey, AVS
Karina Arguello, FMA
Engy Assal, AVS
Clarissa Michelle Avilez, AMM
Monica Marie Baker, AVS
Nichole Christine Balandran, FN †
Trisha Balezka Balcorta, AHS
Stephen Michael Baldonado, PLT
Brittany Marie Ball, AVS
Alexis Natalie Banuelos, FN
Cecilia Schreader Barriga, FN
Larissa Therese Beckman, AHS ¶
Joshua Paul Beeman, FMA
Kendall Rose Bell, AVS
Lisa Joanne Bell, AMM †
Whitney Elizabeth Bell, AHS
Dominique Benjamin, FN
Teliah Christine Bertolini, AMM
Holly Noelle Bill, FN
Sarah Elizabeth Bird, AMM †
Brittany Blanco, AHS
Kristin Suzanne Borchardt, AMM
Ryan Rene Borunda, PLT
Rikki Ralene Boswell, AVS
Faleecia May Bouasry, AMM
Lama Bou-dargham, FN
James Wesly Bradley, FN
Therese Nicole Bruno, AVS
Gennifer Lyn Caesar, AHS
Paloma Aranzazu Calvet, FN
Allison Rayleen Campbell, AMM
Melissa Crystal Campos, AMM
Tomas Campos, PLT
Stacie Lynn Carrillo, FST
Alicia Diane Carson, AHS
Iris Chi-Ling Chang, FMA
Kristine Michelle Chapman, AMM
Julia Guadalupe Chavez, AGS
Maggie Mei Chin, AMM
Esther Chow, FST †
Lawrence Chow, FST
Brian Ronald Chun, FST
Wei Chung, FN
Caralee Lauren Churchill, FN ¶
Marcos Jaime Coins, AVS
Jeseline Mae Comicho, FMA

Brandi Kaye Conrad, AGS
Jessica Reed Contreras, FMA
Maria Guadalupe Contreras, AVS
Leslie Anne Tomboc Corpuz, AMM
Lauren Ashley Corralez, AMM
Loree Isabel Correa, AVS
Amber Crisp, PLT
Shawn Alan Croll, FN
Tammy Lynn Crowe, AHS †
Erica Rae Curtis, AHS
Jessica Jean Curtis, AHS
Brianne Marie Cyrus, FN
Tara Anne Del Rosario, FN
Danielle Margarete DeMel, AVS
Jessica Cynthia Dewi, FST
Maria Christina Dia, AMM
Eryn Renee Dinisi, AVS
Tam Doan, FN
Crystal Emily Dominguez, AMM
Krista Marie Dos Remedios, AVS
Courtney Tyne Duffy, AMM
Sara Lynn Eberle, AVS
Jennifer Carole Ek, AVS
Lauren Ashley Ekwall, AVS
Brittany Lynn Elliott, FN
Danielle Nicole Emerson, AVS
Ann-Loraine Guinto Enverga, FN,FST
Margaret Elizabeth Escobedo, AVS
Ronica Lynn Ferrell, AHS
Lissette DelRosario Fitoria, FN
Adriana Alexandra Flores, AMM
Alma Linda Flores, AHS
Pamela Nicole Flores, FN †
Megan Ann Ford, FMA
Kristie Akemi Fujita, AVS †
Jordan Elizabeth Gabel, AHS
Samantha Michelle Gagne, AMM ¶
Courtney Bree Gallagher, AMM
Nicholas Ryan Gallington, PLT
Andrea Renee Garcia, AHS
Annica M Garcia, AVS
Priscilla Garcia, AHS
Lindsay Kay Garrison, AGS
Andrew Michael Genovese, PLT
Sarah Elisha George, AVS
Dahlia Marcell Gerges, FN † 
Adrienne Patricia Gilkes, FST §
Amandine Leilani Gillet, AVS
Lesley Anne Gines, FST
Cesar Mariano Gonzalez, PLT
Marleen Gonzalez, AMM
Christina Alexandra Goschin, AVS
Crystal Alexandra Goss, AMM
Leandra Monique Gossett, FMA §
Christine Anne Gresham, AVS
Christina Lynn Griffiths, FN
Ann Guan, AVS
Jefferey Fernando Guerena, AVS
Gabriela Elizabeth Gutierrez, AVS
Courtney Gail Habegger, PLT †
Samantha Lea Hammergren, AHS §
Tina Hyeyeon Han, FST
Rianna Jolene Harada, AVS
Jade Erica Harb, AVS
Marsha Hardy, FN
Ashley Michelle Harrington, FN
Wilson Hasan, FMA
Olivia Nichole Hernandez, AVS
Crystallynn Giselle Hetlinger, AVS † 
Kelly Lianne Hirchag, AMM
Ying Hsing Ho, FN §
Erika Naomi Hoeft, AMM
Scarlette Hsu, AMM
Hsuan Hu, AMM
Brittany May Hubler, AVS
Amanda Suzanne Hughes, FN
Melissa Tranekaer Hulgreen, AHS §
Rochelle Elizabeth Huls, AVS
Joshua Gregg Iufer, FN ¶
Diego Jaime Lanuza, FN
Esther Leticia Jimenez, AVS
Gabrielle LeMere Kaleff, AHS
Ma Lilibeth G Katigbak, FN
Jennifer Ann Keating, AHS
Connie S Kevari, PLT
Robert Allen Kevari, PLT
Khalid Bashir Khan, PLT
Alexandra Elizabeth Kimbrough, AVS
Jessica Lauren King, AMM
Tomoko Koyashiki, AHS
Noah Grey Kruger-burgess, FN
Shannon Rae Kuklovsky, AVS,MUS

Robert D Kurner, PLT
Michelle Ann Lam, FN
Tina T Lam, AMM §
Wai Hin Lam, AVS
Chelsey Marie Lane, AVS
Frances Emily Le Blanc, AHS
Hyunah Lee, FN
Mari Cynthia Lee, AVS ¶
Monique Queenie Lee, FN
Whitney Morgan Lee DDS, AMM
Joshua Yi-Chang Leng, AVS
Sze Wan Nancy Li, AMM,MKT
Fenny Setiawati Lie, FST
Kristi Lilleste, AMM ¶
Julie Lim, AMM
Serrina Linero, AHS
Icheng Liu, FST
Janice Jessica Lizhar, FST
Chantelly Kariele Llamas, AVS
Graceanne Loflin, AHS
Kimberly C Lucero, FN
Katherine Lindsay Lucot, AVS
Pamela Luncz, PLT ¶
Marilan My Luong, FN
Delbert Kenji Macanas Jr., PLT
Becky Ann Malkin, AHS
Richard M Mann, PLT
Robert James Margala, AMM
James Dean Marin, FN
Verenisse Marron Hernandez, AVS
Marie Elisabeth Martin, AMM †
Ashley Nicole Martinez, PLT
Cory Alyn Martinez, FMA
Jenifer A Martinez, AVS
Lee Marilyn Martinez, AMM
Sarah Elyse Maso, FMA
Jennifer Lynn McBride, AHS
Codylynn Mcclure, AHS
Melanie Kelsey McGrane, AMM †
Daisy Michelle Mejia, AHS
Jacqueline Lisette Mendez, FN
Juan Manuel Mendoza, PLT
Paula Mendoza, AVS
Cecilia Meza, AVS
Karina Venice Mihalko, AHS
Lorrine Mijares, AHS
Christine Elizabeth Mikusky, AMM
Heather Renee Mills, FN
Angela Nicole Mitzner, AVS
Alycia Kaye Monttoya, AMM
Jessica Ann Moody, FN § 
Celine Michelle Morales, PLT †
Roxanne Marie Morales, AHS ¶
Maria Andrea Moran, FN
Annemarie Dougherty Moyer, AVS
Elizabeth Patricia Murdock, AVS †
Hannah Leigh Nesmith, AHS
Hien Loi Ngo, FST †
Jennifer Le Nguyen, AMM †
Jeremiah Tyler Nichols, AVS †
Lizzette Marie Nunez, FN
Erin Elizabeth O’Connell, FST
Christopher Jose Oliva, FN
Erick Alba Oliva, AVS
Erik Shawn M Ongchangco, AVS
Sheena Rene Opstad, AVS
Lillian Lizette Orta, FN
Lillian Janet Ortiz, FN
Melody Michelle Ortiz, AVS
Rielly Mae Orvis, FMA
Jennifer Yuka Osada, AMM
Victoria Elizabeth Pacheco-Taylor, AMM
Tabetha Ashley Paci, AHS
Misha Ann Parfet, PLT †
Ashley Kristina Payne, AMM
Rachel Marie Payne, FN §
Samantha Leigh Pearson, FMA ¶
Nicole Diane Pedroza, AVS
Mallory Rene Peebles, AVS
Alexis Rene Pena, AHS
Consuelo Magos Perez, FN
Alison Dawn Pharis, AHS
Malynn Porayanee, FST
Brandon Wayne Rhodes Potter, AVS
Alexandria Marie Powell, AMM
Aaron A Price, AVS
Jacklyn Denisse Proano, AVS
Julian Ramos, PLT
Melissa Amalia Ramos, AMM
Jasmine Resendiz, AMM
Kimberly Patricia Richartz, PLT ¶
Sonia Inez Rios, PLT

Allyson Denise Rivera, AMM
Ava Roberts, AHS †
Mireya Romero, AMM
Amelia Marianna Roos, AVS
Isaac Rosales, PLT
Lauren P Rosas, AMM
Carolyn Roseann Rubendall, AMM
Jeffrey James Rude, PLT
Carlos Ernesto Ruiz, PLT
Yazmin Angelica Sabido, AMM †
Meredith Aimee Sachs, AVS
Joselyn Bertha Salas, FN
Vanessa L Saldana, FN
Andrea Nicole Salerno, AHS
Lynette Nicole Salgado, AMM
Stephanie Q Sam, AMM
Nadine Nadejda Samarin, AMM
Sovannara Sambo, AMM
Jefferson Lim San, AMM
Bora Santana, FN
Jillian Karly Seidlitz, AVS
Christine Bridget Sesanto, AVS ¶
Shannon Kathleen Shaw, AHS
Tiffanie Renee Shaw, AHS
Almas Hashim Shewa, AMM
Shanna Sakura Silvers, AMM
Brianna Lucia Smith, AVS
Cara Alyse Smith, AVS
Jaclyn Dawn Smith, AHS ¶
Kelsey Darlene Smith, AHS
Samantha Lee Smith, AMM †
Elizabeth Soria, AHS
Gilberto Enrique Soto, FMA
Krystal Jay Sowles, AMM
Jeffrey Daniel Spoelstra, PLT
Natalie Alisha Stanley, AVS
Sarah Anne Sterns, PLT
Melissa Erin Stevens, AVS
Elizabeth LaVonne Stewart, AVS
Stephanie Annerenee Stoeppler, AVS ¶
Tuyet Anh Su, AMM †
Jerid Anthony Suchy, FMA
Yan Sun, AVS
Ashley Lynn Sundquist, FMA
Tammy B Swigart, AHS §
Kathryn Akemi Tanaka, AHS
Yanfen Tang, AMM
Kimberly P Tapia, FN
Ava Beate Taussig, FST
Emily Rae Tears, AVS
Tracy Lou Tiao, AMM ¶
Venty Krisna Tjen, FST
Andrew Susanto Tjo, FN
Maryam Tngrian, AVS
Lydia A Turner, AHS
Andy Ly Tuy, FST
Claire Diana Uke, PLT
Cathryn Rose Ulshafer, FN ¶
Christina Ung, FN
Kaitlyn Faylene Urrutia, AMM
Utami Utami, FST §
Maria Kristina Carmina Valentino, AMM
Evelyn Karen Valverde, AVS
Anthony Alan Van Horn, AVS
Hannah Ruth Van Winkle, AVS
Jessika Elaine Velador, FMA,PHL ¶ 
Kerri Anne Waldo, FN §
Sherry Lee Walti, FN
Nicole Wartman, FN
Kirk Brent Weatherton, PLT
Cody Forte Weiant, FMA
Elyse Ellen Wells-Dahlquist, AVS
Jaimee Leigh Weltmer, AVS
Hana Lynn Wexler, AMM
Jared E White, FN
Yuliany Wijoyo, FST
Courtney Lanai Williams, AVS
JamieLeigh Wong, AMM
Stacy W Wong, AVS †
Stephanie Joan Wong, AVS § 
George Workman, PLT
Amy Wu, AMM
Tony Liang Chun Wu, FN
Jonathan Yang, AVS
Chiman Yeung, AVS
Hui Zou, FMA
Sandra Zwaal, PLT
§ Summa Cum Laude 3.80-4.00 (GPA)
¶ Magna Cum Laude 3.65-3.79
† Cum Laude 3.50-3.64
 President’s Council Scholar
 Ronald E. McNair Scholar
 Keith and Jean Kellogg Honors College
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Abbreviations of Majors

  • AGS Agricultural Science
  • AHS Animal Health Science
  • AVS Animal Science
  • AMM Apparel Merchandising & Management
  • FMA Food Marketing/Agribusiness Management
  • FN Foods & Nutrition
  • FST Food Science & Technology
  • HOR Horticulture
  • PLT Plant Science

Green Honor Cord

The green and maze colored honor cords designate those graduates who have been inducted into Gamma Sigma Delta (International Agriculture Honorary Society) in recognition of their scholarly achievement.


Honorary Doctorate Recipient

RONALD R. SIMONS
“Mr. Cal Poly Pomona”

ron simonsThe license plate frame on Ron Simons’ car says it all: Mr. Cal Poly Pomona. The frame, a gift from a colleague, is an apt description of someone who has been a fixture at the university for more than 50 years, first as a student and then as an administrator.

Ron Simons enrolled at the university before women were admitted in 1961. He was the first student to move into the Alamitos residence hall, the oldest dorm on campus. He met every president in the university’s history and worked for the last four. He portrayed an astronaut on the Cal Poly Universities rose float “Man on the Moon” seven years before Neil Armstrong got there.

It is fair to say that he has seen it all at Cal Poly Pomona – but he is not being honored today for longevity. He is being honored for his lasting impact on Cal Poly Pomona.

While working on his second degree in the mid-1960s, Simons recognized a need for an alumni office, which he mentioned to then University President Robert Kramer. With hardly a pause, Kramer told him the job was his. He had no budget, and his office was nothing more than a converted storage closet, but with persistence, unflagging optimism and a wonderful sense of humor, Simons launched Alumni Affairs. Today, his creation is the division of University Advancement, which has raised tens of millions of dollars to benefit education, thanks to the university’s many generous alumni and friends.

Take a look around campus and you will see the product of Ron Simons’ efforts, but his real legacy lies in the thousands and thousands of lives he has touched: the alumni, today’s graduates, and tomorrow’s students who will reap the benefits of his dedicated service.


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