In 1996, Cal Poly Pomona established, with matching funds from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the university's first $1 million endowed chair, named for Hugh O. La Bounty, the third president of Cal Poly Pomona. This endowed Chair is a university-managed fund in which the principal, held in perpetuity, produces income that will be used for providing distinguished visiting professors from academe, business, industry, the arts, and government, to serve as valuable links with the world and expose Cal Poly Pomona students to a variety of experiences, views, and opinions. The endowed Chair honors La Bounty's commitment to excellence in education during his 38 years of service at Cal Poly Pomona.
In 2008, the Faculty Center for Professional Development was asked to ensure that the La Bounty Endowed Chair funds are used regularly for the purpose for which they were intended. We accomplish this by administering a yearly, campus-wide, competitive call for proposals. Proposals are welcomed from any faculty, staff, or student group.
The 2012-2013 La Bounty Program is a collaboration among the University Library, the Political Science Department, I&IT, the Kellogg Legacy Speaker Series, the Career Center, and Computer Information Systems. This series focuses on thoughtful presentations on technology, information literacy, and life-long learning, and will include the PolyTeach campus event in April 2013.
October 9, 2012, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Library 4829: Frank Flores
Frank Flores, Vice President of Northrup Grumman, will share the latest in cutting-edge developments at one of the leading aerospace engineering manufacturers in the United States, his experiences working closely with Cal Poly Pomona, a “champion school” from which Northrup Grumman heavily recruits college graduates, and his wisdom about being a lifelong learner after college has become a distant memory.
November 13, 2012, 12:00 - 2:30 pm, Ursa Major BSC: Sal Khan
Sal Khan is the founder of Khan Academy, a website that provides thousands of educational videos on a wide range of topics, used by students of all ages, including self-paced lifelong learners, and was recently featured on the cover of the Chronicle of Higher Education . Khan's process of partnering with schools to flip the traditional classroom lecture and enabling teachers to provide more one-on-one interaction with their students has been hailed as the future of education. Click the link above to go to the event calendar to print out a free ticket.
March 7, 2013: Clay Johnson
Clay Johnson, co-founder of Blue State Digital, which managed President Barack Obama's online campaign for the presidency in 2008, and author of the provocative new book, The Information Diet , likens the modern epidemic of information overload to ever-increasing obesity rates. “As we industrialized our food companies, we've industrialized our media companies,” he said in a recent webinar. As a solution, Johnson advocates wellness based on conscious consumption of high quality information.
April 12, 2013: PolyTeach
This event will allow students and faculty to showcase their innovative uses of technology for learning. A planning team consisting of representatives from the College of Business Administration, the College of Environmental Design, the College of Education & Integrative Studies, eLearning, and Central Academic Affairs is working out the details!
May 8 & 9, 2013: Tiffany Shlain
Tiffany Shlain is the founder of the Webby Awards and an award-winning filmmaker. In her documentary, “Connected,” Shlain takes viewers on a personal journey, starting with her love/hate relationship with technology as an ever-present force in 21 st century life. We are pleased to be hosting both a movie screening as well as a lecture.
La Bounty came to Cal Poly Pomona in 1953 as a faculty member in the English department. He headed the social science department from 1958-62. He served as the executive dean of both Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo until 1966 when the campuses separated. He was named vice president for academic affairs at Cal Poly Pomona, serving until 1975. He held the office of executive vice president in 1976-77. He became the president of the university in 1977 and served until 1991.
For more information about the La Bounty Endowed Chair program, please contact:
Victoria Bhavsar, Ph.D.
Faculty Center Program Coordinator
Bldg 1, 227-C