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Washington, Sacramento Internships Blaze Political Path for Former ASI Leader

Aug 23, 2017

Washington, Sacramento Internships Blaze Political Path for Former ASI Leader Before being part of ASI leadership at Cal Poly Pomona, Gabriel Smith got a rude awakening in politics. Smith (’17, political science) went to Washington, D.C., to work as an intern for Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-El Monte. He had a $300 Greyhound bus ticket, one suit and no place to live. He found a temporary home at a shelter that had an old-fashioned press and dry-cleaning system he used to keep his suit ready for work. There he was, a graduate of Citrus College interning side by side with...


Julie Lappin Named Chief of Staff at CSUSB

Mar 02, 2017

Julie Lappin Named Chief of Staff at CSUSB Julie Lappin, director of governmental and external affairs at Cal Poly Pomona, has accepted a position at Cal State San Bernardino as the Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President in the Office of the President. Her last day at Cal Poly Pomona is March 16. As director, Lappin coordinates the governmental and external relations activities for the campus, and she serves as the primary liaison between the Office of the President and all local, state and federal governmental officials and...


Scholar to Study Operations and Leadership at Cal Poly Pomona

Dec 08, 2015

Scholar to Study Operations and Leadership at Cal Poly Pomona Cal Poly Pomona will host a higher education leader this year as she studies the university’s work in government and external relations, strategic initiative setting and implementation to gain insights she can take back to her home institution. For the 2015-2016 academic year, Monique L. Snowden, vice president for Institutional Planning and Effectiveness at Fielding Graduate University, will be an American Council on Education Fellow at Cal Poly Pomona. She will shadow various campus...


A Message from the CSU: Help Recognize CSU Legislative Supporters

May 01, 2015

A Message from the CSU: Help Recognize CSU Legislative Supporters Annual state budget deliberations are in full swing in Sacramento, and advocates for CSU are working to ensure that the university’s doors are open for tens of thousands of qualified students. Since the Governor proposed his budget in January, the CSU has asked the legislature to #standWithCSU and provide at least $97 million in increased investment to the university. We are thrilled to report that 83 of the 120 legislative members have signed letters in support of this additional...


U.S. Agriculture Secretary Makes Visit to AGRIscapes Facility

Oct 13, 2014

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Makes Visit to AGRIscapes Facility U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack toured the AGRIscapes facility on Friday, visiting the Farm Store and receiving presentations from students and faculty from the College of Agriculture. It was the first time an agriculture secretary has visited Cal Poly Pomona, and Vilsack was greeted by President Michael Ortiz, Provost Marten denBoer, College of Agriculture Dean Mary Holz-Clause, the agriculture department chairs, and other university officials. “The purpose here was to acquaint him...


Legislators Pay Tribute to Cal Poly Pomona’s 75th Anniversary

Aug 13, 2014

Legislators Pay Tribute to Cal Poly Pomona’s 75th Anniversary Amid a packed house in the California state Senate, lawmakers honored Cal Poly Pomona’s landmark 75th anniversary with a resolution commending the university’s numerous achievements and contributions to higher education. Flanked by Senate Republican leader Bob Huff and Sens. Carol Liu and Norma J. Torres, university President Michael Ortiz accepted the commendation during a ceremony on Aug. 11 at the Capitol building in Sacramento. The resolution cites Cal Poly Pomona’s “academic excellence...


Solis’ Journey: From Cal Poly Pomona to Washington D.C.

Feb 27, 2014

Solis’ Journey: From Cal Poly Pomona to Washington D.C. Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, a Cal Poly Pomona alumna and currently a scholar-in-residence, sat down for a video interview with political science Professor Renford Reese to talk about her life and political career. During the interview, Solis reminisces about growing up as the daughter of immigrants in La Puente, and studying at Cal Poly Pomona. She also discusses her political career, which began when she ran for local office. Solis then won election to the California State...


Governor Appoints Student to State Commission

Jan 24, 2014

Governor Appoints Student to State Commission A Cal Poly Pomona student has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve on a state-level financial aid commission. Devon Graves will be one of only two students serving the California Student Aid Commission, which was created in 1955 to be the principal state agency administering financial aid programs for students attending public and private universities, colleges and vocational schools within the state. Its mission is to "make education beyond high school financially accessible to all...


Former Labor Secretary to Serve as Scholar-in-Residence

Dec 06, 2013

Former Labor Secretary to Serve as Scholar-in-Residence (Editor’s note 11/26/13: the story has been updated to clarify Secretary Solis’ start date.) Alumna and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has returned to Cal Poly Pomona to serve as a scholar-in-residence starting Nov. 18. “This is a rare opportunity to have someone with Hilda’s long record of experience in public service come and be part of our learning community,” Cal Poly Pomona President Michael Ortiz said. “That she is one of our alumnae makes it all the more...


Political Science Major Leading Students in Higher Ed Advocacy

Oct 21, 2013

Political Science Major Leading Students in Higher Ed Advocacy Devon Graves, a third-year political science student, was elected chair of the California State Student Association (CSSA) this summer.