PolyAlumni E-Newsletter - Cal Poly Pomona
February 2015
In This Issue

New Cal Poly Pomona President Soraya M. Coley charts a course of inclusion and collaboration in her first address to faculty and staff. Coley, the first female president of the university, pledged to be a leader who is “student-centered, faculty- and staff-focused, and community-minded.”

Calling all Broncos! Break out the green and gold and come out for Homecoming 2015 on Feb. 21. Be one of the first 1,000 guests to stop by the Alumni Association tent and make customized Cal Poly Pomona sunglasses, visit the photo booth and pick up green and gold pompoms. This family friendly event includes carnival games, college demonstrations, activity tents, food trucks, live music and a fireworks celebration after the men’s basketball game.  

This issue of PolyAlumni spotlights David Kok, ’14, chemistry, who is first-year graduate student at UC Irvine after tackling difficult assignments on the battlefield as a Marine and in the classroom as a Cal Poly Pomona undergraduate.

Alumni Spotlight

David KokDavid Kok
14, chemistry

David Kok is the first to admit that he doesn’t take a challenge lightly.


“If you tell me I can’t do something, I’m going to push myself as hard as I can to do it,” he says.  And he means it.


The Cal Poly Pomona alumnus (’14, Chemistry) is a first-year graduate student studying materials science and engineering at UC Irvine. Although it’s the beginning of an intense academic endeavor, he’s well-prepared for it.


Continue reading about David Kok...

In The News
Cal Poly Pomona President Soraya M. Coley

Coley Cites Inclusion and Collaboration in First Address to Faculty, Staff

Aiming to keep Cal Poly Pomona on an upward trajectory, new university President Soraya M. Coley charted a course of inclusion and collaboration in her first address to faculty and staff on Jan. 6 in the Bronco Student Center.

A Professor having a discussion with her students

Cal Poly Pomona Again Ranks Among Best Values in Education

Citing quality academics at an affordable price, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine ranked Cal Poly Pomona as one of the best values in higher education in its list of the Top 100 public universities across the country.

Captain Richard Phillips

Captain Who Survived Hijacking by Somali Pirates to Speak on Campus

Tom Hanks portrayed him in a critically acclaimed movie. Now, the real Capt. Richard Phillips will share his story in his own words when he comes to Cal Poly Pomona on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

Participants sign a construction beam used in the Collins College of Hospitality Management's expansion project.

Beam Signing Marks Progress at Collins College Expansion Project

With the help of a forklift to hoist and secure a white metal beam in place, almost 100 supporters and donors of the Collins College of Hospitality Management celebrated the construction of its expansion project.

To keep up with Cal Poly Pomona news and events, visit PolyCentric.
College Roundup

Monthly Sunday Horse Show
Get a Taste of the Farm Store
Registration Starts for Tractor and Car Show

Broncos to Host Green & Gold Alumni Meet

Business Administration
College of Business Administration Dean to Leave Post After Six-Year Stint
Professor Wins Cyber-Security Training Grant

Collins College of Hospitality Management
Professors Use Byte-Size Material to Augment Classroom Lectures
Hospitality Uncorked

Education & Integrative Studies
Job Tips for First Time Teachers and Administrators
Teacher Education Job Fair

The Face of the Future
MOOC Aims to Have 10,000 Students
In Memoriam: Elhami Ibrahim

Environmental Design
Landscape Architecture Students Explore Uncharted Social Territory
Kellogg and Huntley Galleries Unveil New Exhibits, Host Art Events

Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
Master Classes, All-Steinway Benefit, Shpachenko Top Concert Schedule

Geology Collection from Alumnus Contains Hidden Gems for CPP


Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
Interested in learning how to get more out of Microsoft Excel by writing your own programs? Professors Paul Nissenson and Todd Coburn of the Mechanical Engineering Department will teach a free 10-week online course from March 30 to June 6. Anyone can enroll and no prior knowledge of computer programming or engineering concepts is required. Participants who obtain a passing grade in the course will receive a certificate of completion from Cal Poly Pomona.

Survey for Student Veterans
The Veterans Resource Center is establishing a network that will help connect alumni with Cal Poly Pomona’s student veterans. In order to establish a database, student veterans are encouraged to participate in the survey.

President Michael Ortiz and his wife, BettyThe Class of 3 Million

Show your pride in Cal Poly Pomona and the CSU system as one of 3 million alumni who have helped shape the state. The Class of 2015 will surpass the milestone and become the strongest alumni network in California. Join the world’s largest online yearbook and earn a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship.  

Open University Extends Education to Everyone
The public is welcome at Open University. Take college-level courses without going through the process of formal admission to the university. There is a 10% discount to all Cal Poly Pomona Alumni Association members. Open University is a great way to easily access the educational resources available at Cal Poly Pomona.

Tasting & Auction8th Annual Southern California Tasting & Auction
The Rose Garden and Aratani Japanese Garden will again serve as the setting on May 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. for friends and alumni to taste cuisine from some of Southern California’s most popular restaurants, savor a variety of wine and beer, and enjoy auctions and jazz entertainment – all while supporting Cal Poly Pomona. Tickets are $45 until Feb. 28; starting March 1, the regular ticket price is $60.  

Alumni Benefit
Liberty Mutual offers special savings to Cal Poly Pomona alumni on auto and home insurance.1 Click for a free quote.

1Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. Certain discounts apply to specific coverages only. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify. Please consult a Liberty Mutual sales representative for additional information.

Become an Alumni Mentor Today!
The e-mentoring program allows students to receive practical career advice. Students can search for mentors by major, occupation or special interest.

Alumni Email Account For Life Now Available
You've asked, we've listened! You now have access to a free Cal Poly Pomona Alumni Email Account for Life hosted by Microsoft.


February 4 - College of Business Administration Leadership Forum
Captain Richard Phillips, who survived a hijacking by Somali pirates, will recount his ordeal from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major. Registration is required.

February 9 - CSU Alumni Bay Area Mega Mixer
Alumni living in the Bay Area can join fellow CSU alumni at Lucky Strike in San Francisco for a networking reception.

February 19 - Hospitality Career Expo
The expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the Collins College of Hospitality Management’s largest one-day event to gain exposure to hospitality companies.

February 21 - Homecoming 2015
Alumni, family and friends can join the celebration during homecoming festivities. Registration is open.

February 24 - Teacher Education Job Fair
Learn about employment opportunities with school districts, agencies and other educational entities. The job fair will be held in the Bronco Student Center from 3 to 6 p.m.

February 26 - CSU New York/Tri-State Alumni Reception
Join CSU alumni, Chancellor Timothy White and university President Soraya M. Coley at the exclusive University Club of New York.

March 7 - Taste of the Farm Store
Visit the Farm Store and enjoy free samples of all the food items sold in the store from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Class Notes
Show your pride, share your stories.  The new impact map showcases our outstanding alumni. Putting a unique spin on the traditional class notes, it also displays how and where alumni are making a different across the country and around the world.
Cal Poly Pomona is an exceptional university. From its outstanding faculty and staff, and a well-prepared student body, to a large base of successful alumni, there is much we have to be thankful for. Beyond these assets that have helped us earn an international reputation for excellence and enterprise, this university is particularly thankful for a strong foundation of supporters that are so essential for building excellence. Click here to support Cal Poly Pomona.
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