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Greg Kamansky gathered his thoughts, waited a moment and said the word that was unspoken for so long but so true and on the minds of Cal Poly Pomona fans and supporters.
“Redemption!” the Broncos men’s basketball coach exclaimed after his
team defeated No. 2 Indiana University of Pennsylvania 65-53 for the NCAA
Division II Championship on March 27 at the MassMutual Center.
It was one year ago that the Broncos lost in the NCAA title game, losing on a last-second, desperation 3-pointer from Findley’s Tyler Evans in overtime.
There would be little doubt about this
contest as the men’s basketball team was out to claim its first NCAA championship and the 14th NCAA title in school history.
The Broncos, who finished the season 28-6, took control from the outset as it scored the game’s first eight points and never trailed against a team that entered play on a 15-game winning streak. For the game, the Broncos held the Crimson Hawks to their lowest scoring effort on the season and 25 points below the season average.
The Broncos became the first unranked team to win the championship since North Alabama in 1979. They also became just the third school to lose a national title and win the following year.
“I am so proud of our team’s effort because it took our best game of the year to defeat a team that presents so many weapons,” Kamansky said. “That we held them to 53 points and stopped their big guns speaks volumes about our guys.
“But it’s more than just defense. We hit shots during the entire Elite Eight, and we showed improvement from the foul line the last two games. It takes a team to win here, and I can’t say enough about how they mesh together and play unselfishly.”
Rose Float Makes History
“Jungle Cuts,” the Cal Poly Universities’ entry
in this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade, made history by winning two major honors: the Bob Hope Humor Trophy and the Viewers’ Choice Award.
The float, depicting a monkey barber shop replete with a menagerie of customers wearing mullets, beehives and mohawks, drew loud cheers as it ambled down Colorado Boulevard. It was also a favorite of the judges, who awarded it the Bob Hope Trophy as the most comical and amusing entry in the parade.
“Jungle Cuts” made history the day after the parade by winning the Viewers’ Choice Award, which is voted on by the public. The float received 20,788 votes in the online poll sponsored by KTLAChannel 5, edging out “FFA Today,” a floral tribute to the Future Farmers of America. This is the second straight Viewers’ Choice Award for the Cal Poly float.
Farm Store to Sell University Wine
Cal Poly Pomona’s Horsehill Vineyards wine, made from grapes grown on campus, is now available at the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch.
The Collins College of Hospitality Management and the College of Agriculture partnered with master winemaker Jon McPherson at South Coast Winery in Temecula to produce and bottle the rosé for the university.Roughly two-thirds of the 2008 harvest yielded 328 cases of Horsehill Vineyards Zinfandel Rosé.
The 2008 Zinfandel Rosé won the Gold Medal, Best of Class in the Best Rosé Limited Production category at the 70th annual Los Angeles International Wine& Spirits Competition. The 2008 Horsehill Vineyards Zinfandel received a bronze medal in the category Limited Production Zinfandel from 2007 or Later.
Aerospace Program Receives
$1.2 Million Award
The College of Engineering has received $1.2 million in federal funding — totaling $5 million over six years — to continue upgrading its aerospace engineering laboratories and equipment.
The funding primarily will go toward work on the supersonic and subsonic wind tunnels, which can simulate airflow for aerodynamic testing. Through a partnership with the Air Force, the college received the equipment on a longterm loan for academic projects and research. In addition, the wind tunnels are available to companies in the aerospace industry and other universities for research, as well as to K-12 students for tours to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.
Over the last six years, the grant has also
allowed the aerospace engineering program to
expand its research in unmanned aerial vehicles, aerospace structures and structural dynamics, and spacecraft and rocket development.
University Receives National
Honor for Service
Cal Poly Pomona has been named to the 2009
President’s Higher Education Community Service
Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a
university can receive for its commitment to
volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual award, recognized colleges and universities for their impact on issues such as poverty, homelessness and environmental justice.
At Cal Poly Pomona, the Center for Community
Service-Learning coordinates a number of ongoing
volunteer activities, such as the Homework Help Center at the Pomona Public Library, the Youth Storytelling Mentorship Program at the Boys &
Girls Clubs of Pomona Valley, and JusticeCorps internships at self-help legal access centers. The annual volunteer fair last spring drew 42 community organizations and 350 students.
Windfall Gift Adds to
University’s Equine Legacy
Audrey Deardorff, a successful horse breeder and owner, wanted to ensure that her passion for equine education and activities would continue after her death. She died in 2005 at the age of 82 and left her horse ranch to Cal Poly Pomona, knowing that the university would preserve her legacy.
The university recently received the windfall gift, which is valued at nearly $3 million, and includes 6 acres of land, stables, a barn, three houses and a horse arena in Norco.
For more than 50 years, Deardorff raised and bred hundreds of thoroughbreds and racing quarter horses. The Deardorff Ranch is home to a private riding school that trains numerous young people in the art of English riding.
Business Complex to
The College of Business Administration will celebrate its groundbreaking of a new business complex on April 29 at 10 a.m. in the W.K. Kellogg Rose Garden.
The new business complex will include three buildings and a courtyard. Amenities include lecture halls with tiered seating, the 200-seat Gregoire Family Auditorium and classrooms with the latest in instructional technology.
The two-year project is funded by voterapproved California Proposition 1D (the Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006) as well as contributions from foundations and private donors.
Alumni and the community are invited to attend the groundbreaking. The event features refreshments provided by Einstein Bros. Bagels, which will open a cafe in the complex. For more information, call (909) 869-3006.