PolyAlumni E-Newsletter - Cal Poly Pomona
December 2014 / January 2015
In This Issue

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recognizes retiring university President Michael Ortiz with a proclamation for his 42 years of dedicated and outstanding service to higher education, the Cal State University system and Cal Poly Pomona.

Volunteers are sought to host a dinner for students in their home or at a restaurant. Captain Richard Phillips will speak at the College of Business Administration Leadership Forum. Alumni, family and friends are invited to celebrate Bronco pride at a day full of fun and activities at Homecoming 2015.

This issue of PolyAlumni spotlights Ronald W. Gregoire, ’71, accounting, who used his business acumen to start an automotive empire. For his contributions to Cal Poly Pomona, Building 163 at the College of Business Administration has been named “Ronald W. Gregoire Hall.” 

Alumni Spotlight

Ronald W. Gregoire
’71, accounting

Ronald W. GregoireWhen Ronald W. Gregoire totals up his ledger, he will find that the pluses overwhelmingly outnumber the minuses.


The 1971 Cal Poly Pomona accounting graduate can certainly mark this achievement in the plus column: Building 163 at the College of Business Administration has been named “Ronald W. Gregoire Hall” and is the first donor-named building on campus. 


Gregoire gave the initial $1 million in 2001 that planted the seed for the concept and encouraged others to give. Overall, he has contributed $2.5 million for construction of the project.


Continue reading about Ronald W. Gregoire...

In The News
Cal Poly Pomona President Michael Ortiz receives a proclamation commending him for his lengthy career of outstanding service in higher education from Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis.

President Ortiz Commended for Service to the University

Retiring President Michael Ortiz has been commended for his service to higher education, the Cal State University system and Cal Poly Pomona. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recognized him with a proclamation for his 42 years of dedicated and outstanding service to education.

Cal Poly Pomona students walking together

Study Ranks Cal Poly Pomona High in Diversity Among Graduates

In further affirmation of Cal Poly Pomona’s mission of diversity, the university ranked first in awarding architecture undergraduate degrees to minorities and also finished high in four other categories, according to research compiled by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.

A Cal Poly Pomona graduate holding a diploma during Commencement

Cal Poly Pomona, Students Climb “Social Mobility Index”

The “Social Mobility Index” examined five criteria when ranking U.S. colleges and universities: tuition cost, the percentage of the student body from low-income households, graduation rate, salaries of graduates, and the size of a school’s endowment. When combined, they placed Cal Poly Pomona fourth in the nation.

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

Discarded Produce Helps Save Money, Puts Livestock in Hog Heaven
Internship at Kellogg Co. Gives Student Much Food for Thought

Alumni Basketball Ticket Discount
Assistant Coaches Elevate Track & Field Program
Broncos Place 16th at National Championships

Business Administration
Alumnus Issues Challenge after Building Is Named in His Honor
Global Banking Opportunity Yields Dividend for Economics Student

Collins College of Hospitality Management
Hospitality Uncorked 2015

Education & Integrative Studies
Teaching Credential Students Gain Real-World Experience
Education Job Events for Winter 2015
Inaugural Workshop to Offer Insights on Graduate and Law School

$2.5-Million Grant to Target Minority Graduate Studies in Water Conservation

Environmental Design
Undergraduate Architecture Program Receives More High Rankings
Photography Students Make Debuts at Credit Union Exhibition

Letters, Arts and Social Sciences
Campus Celebrates the Arrival of New Steinway Pianos
Cal Poly Pomona’s CSU Trustee Scholar Keeps a Dream Alive

Exploring Mosquito Genomes to Stop Spread of Malaria
Ewers Stepping Out of Research Role and Returning to Classroom


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.  

"We Are Cal Poly Pomona" websiteWe Are Cal Poly Pomona - Share Your Impact
The We Are Cal Poly Pomona website celebrates the accomplishments of our entire campus community through feature stories and videos. Through the website’s impact map, alumni also can demonstrate how they are making a difference in the United States and around the world. Send in your impact (also called Class Note) and mark it on the map.

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.


January 17 - Joan Kahn: A 15-Year Survey and Abstract Mystique
An opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. The gallery will be open from January 17 to April 8.

January 30-31 and February 6-7 - Student Alumni Network Dinners
Alumni are sought to host a dinner for students in their home or at a restaurant. The program gives alumni the opportunity to mentor students and to network.

January 29-February 7 - ‘No Exit’ Performances
The Theatre and New Dance department presents “No Exit” by Jean-Paul Sartre and directed by Anthony Solorzano. All performances start at 8 p.m.

February 4 - College of Business Administration Leadership Forum
Captain Richard Phillips, who tried to thwart pirates and was later rescued, will speak at 6 p.m. in BSC, Ursa Major. Registration is required. The event is free; parking is $6.

February 21 - Homecoming 2015
Alumni, family and friends can celebrate Bronco pride at a day full of fun and activities at Cal Poly Pomona.

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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