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Highlights from the 1990s


“Our people display a genuine sense of community; an earnest caring about our students and our environment; a dedication to maintain and improve the quality of life at Cal Poly Pomona; and a recognition of our position as a resource for, a partner of, and a leader in, the broader community.”

President Bob Suzuki, Annual Report 1996-97



February 25

The James and Carol Collins Center for Hospitality Management is dedicated.



Basketball player Niki Bracken is named the CCAA’s Female Athlete of the Year.


Hugh La BountySeptember 10

After 14 years as president of Cal Poly and 38 years in total service to the university, President Hugh La Bounty announces his retirement, effective in the summer of 1991. Later the same day, the $4 million addition to the Music Building (24) is dedicated.


September 25

Ground is broken for University Village Phase II. This phase expands student housing by 112 units, accommodating an additional 448 students.



“Tickle Attack” Rose FloatJanuary 1

The Cal Poly Universities team is awarded the Humor Trophy for its “Tickle Attack” Rose Float.


Construction of the Classroom/Laboratory/Administration (CLA) Building March 22

Ground is broken for the Classroom/Laboratory/Administration Building, commonly known as the CLA (98).


April 25

A dedication ceremony is held at the Collins Center to change the name to the Collins School of Hotel and Restaurant Management.


Bob SuzukiMay 15

The CSU Trustees name Bob Suzuki the new president. He will assume office on July 15, succeeding Hugh La Bounty.



Ground is broken for the first phase of the Center for Regenerative Studies.


Bob Suzuki and Bill CosbyApril 29

Bob Suzuki is inaugurated as fourth president of Cal Poly Pomona. At the ceremony, Bill Cosby, a college classmate, is given an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.


May 1

The university is closed for the day because of the Los Angeles riots.


women’s tennis teamMay3

The women’s tennis team wins the Division II national championship.



The Chancellor’s Office reports that Cal Poly Pomona raised $5.5 million in outside support for the year, seventh among the CSUs


The Concrete Canoe team prepares to enter its first national competition.


April 17

The popular band No Doubt performs on campus.



Faculty, administrators and staff begin moving into the CLA Building.



Scenes for the television movie “The Return of I Spy,” starring Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, are filmed on campus. Cosby plays a retired secret agent working as a Cal Poly Pomona language arts professor.



Professor Patricia Hopkins, chair of the marketing management department, spends five weeks in China with 26 students. They stay in houses, dorms and economy hotels, and attend lectures on Chinese life and culture.



I-Poly High School opens on the southwestern end of campus.


Hilda SolisSeptember 24

Assemblywoman and alumna Hilda Solis is the keynote speaker at the Unity of Colors luncheon.



“Inside Cal Poly,” a six-part series, premieres on cable television. The first episode focuses on the lives of student athletes.



The Animal Laboratory (92) is opened. The high-tech $2 million structure has steel doors with card access rather than keys.


student-built solar race car IntrepidNovember

The student-built solar race car Intrepid finishes the World Solar Challenge as the fastest entry from North America in the 1,900-mile race from Darwin to Adelaide through the Australian Outback.




The university commemorates the life of EOP administrator Moses Walters, who died of cancer at 44. “He touched the lives of thousands of students,” EOP Director James Lopez says. “He was a unique man.”


February 8

Cat and dog lovers square off in the Poly Post over which makes a better pet. “It takes courage, maturity and commitment to live with cats, for they demand that you meet them on their terms, not yours,” staff writer Louise Bachman says. Staff writer Jaron Ross counters, “Dogs don’t care if you just ate onions, if you forgot their birthdays, or if you mess up in calculus. They’ll hang around and be your best friend anyway.”



President Bob Suzuki and his wife, Agnes, join hundreds of students in University Park to help kick off Asian Pacific Heritage Week.


Alumni Brick Walk of FameMay

The Alumni Brick Walk-of-Fame connecting the Rose Garden and the CLA Building is dedicated.


Cal Poly Pomona logoJune

The University adopts a new logo created by graphic design student Debora Lem. It features a blended image of the stables arch and the CLA Building.


October 15

More than 600 people attend the Pomona Pride Festival on campus, sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance.



The Home Page Team helps the university start navigating the World Wide Web.


November 9
The university celebrates its first Founders’ Day and dedicates the Center for Regenerative Studies (209).




Faculty are invited to join FACNET, an early email list serving the campus.



The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Resource Center officially opens as one of the the first LGBTQ resource centers in the CSU system. It is soon renamed the Pride Center. 


April 4

Actor George Takei visits the campus to sign his book “To the Stars.”


September 28

Rap star Coolio performs an hourlong set in University Park as part of ASI’s “Back in Session ’95” welcome-back for students.


October 18

The Interim Design Center opens.



About 50 students in the ornamental horticulture and landscape service departments overhaul the backyard of the Kellogg mansion, known as University House.




The Darlene May Gymnasium is dedicated.


The Bronco Access card “one-card system” is introduced.


February 21-22

Students vote, 955-917, to increase fees to expand the University Union.



The CLA Building is used in the film “Gattaca,” starring Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke.



The Instructional and Information Technology division is created, bringing together the Computing Resource Center, telecommunications, instructional technology and academic computing, and the library.



The W.K. Kellogg Foundation provides more than $2 million to restore and expand University House.



Plant Sciences Professor Peggy Perry is the first recipient of the George P. Hart Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership. The award honors the memory of Professor George P. Hart, who served the university for 30 years on the political science faculty and as an associate dean.


September 25

U.S. News & World Report rates the university as the third best-priced university in the West.



The renovated Campus Center (97) reopens. It includes Carl's Jr./Green Burrito, Wok-a-Round, a soup and salad bar, a bakery and coffee bar, and a convenience store.



The Professor for a Day program begins.


August 11

The FDA approves the antifungal agent AmBisome, which Professor Jill Adler-Moore discovered through years of research.


September 12

The Legislature cuts student fees 5 percent, effective next academic year. It is the first decrease since 1984.


September 25

The Poly Post reports that six major construction projects totaling $85 million are planned over the next two years. They include a new science building, a renovated environmental design building and a new engineering building.


Lt. Col. Jim H. JonesOctober 23

Lifelong university supporter Lt. Col. Jim H. Jones, who funded an endowment to perpetuate the annual Ink & Clay competition and exhibit, is honored at Founders’ Day.


Violet Palmer refereeing an NBA gameOctober

Violet Palmer, who played basketball for the Broncos and graduated in 1988, becomes the first woman to officiate an NBA game.



“Countryside Joyride” Rose Float January 1

“Countryside Joyride” wins the Founders Trophy at the Rose Parade.


W.K. Kellogg is posthumously awarded an honorary doctorate.



The CSU receives a 16.4 percent budget increase.


September 1

Alumnus and longtime benefactor Mickey Segal is honored as a Distinguished Alumnus.


September 29

Flags on campus fly at half staff in memory of former President Robert Kramer, who died of cancer at 77. During his tenure from 1966 to 1977, the faculty and student populations doubled, programs expanded, and numerous buildings were constructed.


October 12

President Bob Suzuki hosts his final Coffee Hour, a seven-year tradition of informal get-togethers with the campus community. (The event would later return as Pizza with the Presidents.)


November 12

University House, rechristened Kellogg House Pomona, opens after its $2 million renovation.



Professor Robert Small and his creation, Dr. Bob’s HandCrafted IceCreamHospitality management Professor Robert Small creates Dr. Bob’s HandCrafted IceCream, which gains a passionate following and recognition in judging contests.


Members of the black fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha lead a march through campus to mark the birth of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.


January 15

Professor Emeritus Oliver “Jolly” Batcheller dies at 83. He headed the ornamental horticulture department from 1946 to 1970 before retiring in 1977 and was instrumental in the founding of the Rose Float program.


February 20

Pitcher John Heaton throws the first no-hitter for the Broncos in 19 years.


March 21

Student Mara London and her husband, Keith, claim a $6.6 million Super Lotto jackpot.


Jim and Carol CollinsApril

Jim and Carol Collins donate $10 million to the hospitality program, facilitating the building of a state-of-the-art learning complex.

April 10

Native American arts, crafts and food are featured in the “Healing the Earth Pow Wow.”


April 24

The Black Eyed Peas perform during Bronco Fest.


May 18

Former Lakers star Magic Johnson speaks about his experiences on and off the court in an event sponsored by the Office of Student Life and ASI.


John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative StudiesMay 22

The Center for Regenerative Studies is renamed the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies.

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