PolyAlumni E-Newsletter - Cal Poly Pomona
May/June 2018
In This Issue

Thanks to 760 donors who made contributions on Giving Day last month, Cal Poly Pomona celebrated the most generous day of giving in the history of the university. In total, $679,462 was raised to support scholarships, programs, clubs and other initiatives.


The university also recently honored its Distinguished Alumni award winners, an annual tradition that recognizes alumni from each college and athletics. Distinguished Alumni are chosen based on outstanding achievement in their profession, service to their community or contributions to Cal Poly Pomona.

Alumni Spotlight

2018 Distinguished Alumni

Nine Distinguished Alumni recipientsNine Cal Poly Pomona graduates with exceptional accomplishments have been honored as the recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2018.


The award is the highest honor given by the Alumni Association and recognizes individuals who demonstrate distinguished professional achievement, community involvement and service to the university.


Continue reading about the 2018 Distinguished Alumni...

In The News
Students holding up a sign that says "You Gave $679,462"

Cal Poly Pomona Sets Giving Day Record

The most generous day of giving in the history of Cal Poly Pomona raised $679,462. Scholarships, programs, clubs and numerous initiatives across the university received an abundance of support from 760 donors who made a total of 835 gifts.

Students make stress readings in their Civil Engineering Lab.

PayScale Ranks Cal poly Pomona among Best Value Colleges

PayScale names Cal Poly Pomona one of the nation’s “Best Value Colleges” in its 2018 College ROI Report. The university is ranked No. 96 nationally, moving up from No. 124 in 2017.

winners of the 2018 Provost’s Awards for Excellence are Mingheng Li, Felicia Friendly Thomas and Alexander Rudolph

Provostís Award Winners for 2018

A champion for diversity in science, a recognized expert on mentoring, and an advocate for sustainable engineering solutions comprise the winners of the 2018 Provost’s Awards for Excellence.

Students with mentors

Students and Alumni Connect through New Mentoring Program

Cal Poly Pomona is seeking alumni to share a bit of their time, along with their insights and experiences, with current students through the new Bronco Mentoring Program.

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

Bronco Baseball Finishes Season with Doubleheader Sweep
Men’s Track & Field Takes 3rd at CCAA Championships, Martin Sets Record
Women’s Track & Field Finishes 6th at CCAA Championships 
Broncos Drop Wild Postseason Matchup with Chico State 4-3

Business Administration
In Memoriam: Ralph Henry Miller
Realtor Selling His Way Toward FRL Degree
AMA Case Study Team Ties for Third in Nation
2015 Distinguished Alumna Named Chipotle Chief of HR

Collins College of Hospitality Management
Lesley Butler Receives Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award

Education & Integrative Studies
CEIS Podcast Debuts its Second Season
Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Olivia Chilcote

Formula SAE Finishes Michigan Event in Top Third

Environmental Design
Alumna Awarded for Water- and Carbon-Neutral Housing Design

Extended University
Alumni Can Receive Tuition Discount

Huntley College of Agriculture
USDA-Cal Poly Pomona Agreement Brings Agency Internships & Expertise to Students
College Holds First Workshop on Food Labeling Regulations
Petting Farm Receives New Trailer, Thanks to Donors
College Honors Arborist at Farm to Table Dinner
AMM Students, Alums Show Off Latest Designs at Fashion Show
Food Science & Technology Students Shine In Product Development Competitions

Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Iris Levine Named Dean of CLASS
Four Music Students Win Top Singing Honors
Geography Professor Wins Prestigious Prize for Book on Camping
Music Education Student Featured in CPP Magazine

Discovery Camps for Kids Return in Summer


Bronco Digital MagazineBronco Digital Magazine: Dreams Ignite at Liquid Rocket Lab
Check out the latest issue of Bronco Digital Magazine, which blends video, stories and interactive graphics to showcase Cal Poly Pomona’s rocketry team, alumni success stories and undergraduate research. Visit http://broncomag.cpp.edu to read the spring 2018 issue.

Kidís University (Summer Camp)
The Childrenís Center and ASI Campus Recreation have teamed up to host Kidís University at the BRIC. Registration is open for campers ages 6 to 12. Sessions will include pool, recreation, arts and drama activities.

College of Engineering 2019 Hall of Fame Call for Nominations
The College of Engineering is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors and preserves the outstanding accomplishments of our distinguished alumni. Visit the website for more information or to submit a nomination. Self-nominations are welcome.

Free to alumni and students, Portfolium provides students and alumni with the ability to create, manage and personalize their own interactive collection of projects, work samples, skills, activities and accomplishments. Portfolium is already being used by companies to find and hire students and alumni. 

Stay Connected via Instagram
Follow the Cal Poly Pomona Alumni Association and learn about contests, events and how to get involved by using the Instagram account @CPPAlumni and #CPPAlumni.

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

Cal Poly Federal Credit Union is offering CPP Graduates and Alumni a 1% Cash Back Bonus2 on a new or used auto loan. Finance a new or used vehicle loan or refinance an existing auto loan that you have at another lender and you’ll get a GREAT RATE and 1% of the loan amount in CASH! Click to apply.

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.

2There are a few conditions that apply, including a minimum loan amount of $10,000.


May 29-June 1 Cultural Center Graduation Celebrations
The Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers will be honoring our 2018 graduates at the Lavender, Pan-Asian, Pan-African, Raza, Undocugrad and Native American celebrations. More information can be found at the Cultural Celebration Website.

June 1 Project Symposium & Showcase
Approximately 500 College of Engineering students will present the results of their individual or team-based efforts to solve engineering challenges. Alumni and guests are welcome to attend the presentations.

Through 9/20 Art Exhibit - Morocco: Crossroads & Meeting Ground
In summer 2017, 14 members of the Cal Poly Pomona community traveled to Morocco for intensive study and immersive site visits. In the exhibit, youíll see their photographs, a sound installation and objects stitch together layers of the countryís rich history, art and culture. The exhibit is on view in the Don. B. Huntley Gallery (University Library, fourth floor).

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 difference across the country and around the world.
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