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Happy holidays! This year’s Rose Float “Dreams Take Flight” will make its big debut on January 1, 2018 at the Rose Parade.   To learn more about the float visit the Rose Float website and be sure to tune in to support your alma mater as the float makes its way down Colorado Boulevard.


Get ready to put on your Cal Poly Pomona T-shirts and sweatshirts for Homecoming 2018. Renew acquaintances and network with fellow Broncos while enjoying carnival rides, a petting zoo, food trucks, athletic events and live performances.


This issue of PolyAlumni spotlights Bill Jacobson who has shown great generosity for students and the Rose Float program by offering his ranch as an annual meeting grounds for students in the program.

Alumni Spotlight

Bill Jacobson, ’61, animal husbandry

Bill JacobsonA couple of times a year, Bill Jacobson opens his Paso Robles ranch to students involved with the Rose Float.


The committee chairs from Cal Poly Pomona and San Luis Obispo hold an annual retreat on Jacobson’s 411-acre property in winter. At the end of spring quarter, a larger retreat for all of Rose Float team members takes place to give the students an opportunity to meet and bond before several months of hard work to bring the annual parade entry to life.


Continue reading about Bill Jacobson...

In The News
Rose Float preparations

Bringing a Rose Float to Life

Did you know that the design and building process of the Rose Float begins in March? Bringing the Rose Float to life takes months of hard work, ending in a grueling but fun two weeks in late December when flowers and dried material are added to a complete, but naked, float.

Cal Poly Pomona President Soraya M. Coley, Theresa Price of NCRF, engineering professors, students, and local leaders celebrate the expansion of the university’s rocketry program by unveiling the new Mobile Operation Center Assembly Trailer to be used for rocketry field work.

University Officially Enters the Race to Space

Thanks to the National College Resources Foundation’s $1.67 million gift, Cal Poly Pomona has joined the race to become the first university to launch a liquid fuel rocket into space.

McNair Scholars

McNair Program’s Success Leads to $1.2 Million Grant

The five-year, $1.2 Million grant, furnished by the U.S. Department of Education, will support the program’s goal of increasing the number of students from underrepresented and low-income groups who pursue graduate degrees.

Men's soccer team celebrating after a win

Top 10 Cal Poly Pomona Moments in 2017

From plans to construct new facilities to triumphs on the sports field, 2017 offered tons of opportunities to feel that Bronco pride. Cal Poly Pomona soared in the rankings, celebrated a record number of graduating students and announced plans to enter the race to space. Here’s a list of 10 of the top happenings on campus in 2017.

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

Monso, Ghantos and Najera Named D2CCA All-Americans
Women’s soccer Lands Three on the All-West Region Team
Adam Reeves and Coaching Staff Named Regional Staff of the Year
Men’s Basketball Remain Perfect in CCAA with 66-55 Win Over Humboldt
Men’s Soccer Exits NCAA Tournament with 1-0 Loss to #3 Charleston

Business Administration
Professor Recognized as Cybersecurity Difference-Maker
InfoSec Chief Organizes Campus Cyberfair for 13th Consecutive Year
Classroom Set to Receive Technology Makeover
Service-learning to return to the CBA during upcoming winter and spring quarters
December student newsletter highlights CBA fall achievements
Student Innovation Lab Hosts Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
Skip Paige (’90, business administration) Retires as Goldenvoice COO

College of the Extended University
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Collins College of Hospitality Management
Sustainability Innovation Award Received for New Building
Collins Welcomes Two New Tenure-Track Faculty Members

Education & Integrative Studies
New Book by CEIS Professor Presents the Value of Animal-Assisted Education
CEIS Launches Podcast Series on Innovations in Education
CEIS to Tap $1.1 Million Grant to Fund Scholarships for Special Ed Teachers
Joint Advisory Council Meets for First Time to Receive Input from Graduates

College of Engineering Names Laboratory in Honor of Late Former Dean
Celebration of Life for William "BIll" Hauser

Environmental Design
Artist Lecture: Jim Morphesis at the Kellogg University Art Gallery

Huntley College of Agriculture
Donation From Alumnus, Wife, to Create Career Counseling Position
“Perfect Horse” Author Shares How Arabians Were Rescued, Brought to Pomona
Course Gives Students Hands-On Training in Crop Production
College Honors Benefactor’s Memory with Tree Planting
Huntley College Staffer Aids Hurricane Relief

Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
First Female CPP student selected for Sacramento Semester Program
Dr. Boyraz Receives Award

Marine Biologist Discovers Three New Species of Sea Slugs
2018 AAAS Pacific Division Meeting to be Held at Cal Poly Pomona


Save 10% on Open University Course Tuition
Are you a graduate student looking to complete degree prerequisites? Looking to transition into another career? Want to explore personal academic interests? Open University is for you!

You can use your alumni association 10 percent discount to take classes for academic credit at Cal Poly Pomona through our Open University program. Open University is open to anyone who wants to take a college course without being admitted to the University. Sign up today.

Campus Master Plan Webpage Launches
The Campus Master Plan process aims to establish campus priorities and offers students, faculty, staff and university stakeholders an opportunity to have a say about what is important to them. Campus community members can go to the website and get an update on the process, view feedback from previous workshops or find out about the next opportunity to get involved and make their voices heard.

Cal Poly Federal Credit Union Launches Decemberís Financial Literacy Video
The Credit Union hosts a monthly video on a variety of financial topics. December’s educational focus is on preparing for a job interview.  You can view this informative and entertaining video.

Career Center Clothes Closet Clothing Drive
The Career Center Clothes Closet provides students with professional clothing for interviews, career fairs and conferences. Donations are accepted year round, but we will be conducting an end of Fall Quarter Clothing Drive for November until the end of January 2018. For more information, visit here. For questions or to make arrangements to drop off donations, contact the Career Center at 909-869-2342 or email career@cpp.edu.   

Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering Magazine
The College of Engineering’s 2017-18 edition of its annual Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering Magazine is now available. Connected by the university’s “Learn by Doing” ethos, the magazine features stories of exceptional alumni, students and faculty. The magazine is available online here.

Fresh Produce Boxes
The Huntley College of Agriculture is selling fresh produce boxes, called Poly Packs. The boxes are priced at $25 and contain 12 to 13 pounds of fresh-picked fruit, vegetables, herbs and other produce grown on campus. Boxes will be available bi-weekly from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the University Quad. To order, visit the website. For more information, contact Mary Romo at 909-979-6971.

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.

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.


March 3 Homecoming 2018
Break out the green and gold and celebrate your Bronco pride while reconnecting with classmates. Save the date for Homecoming to enjoy carnival rides, a petting zoo, food trucks and live performances.

April 21 Cal Poly Pomona Night at Angel Stadium
Alumni and friends can attend Cal Poly Pomona Night at Angel Stadium. Admission includes a one-of-a-kind Cal Poly Pomona/Angels baseball cap. Tickets go on sale in February.

May 7-11 Professor for a Day
The Alumni Association’s Professor for a Day Program offers alumni a chance to give back by teaching a class and participating in a luncheon. Volunteers are urged to register.

Through February 1, 2018 Art Exhibit - Jim Morphesis: Passion and Presence, Memento and Myth
Jim Morphesis’ six bodies of artwork are a purposeful voyage through art historical disciplines of visual expression, while crossing through the self-imposed straights of auto reflection and the human collective’s conscientiousness. The exhibition is on view in The Kellogg University Art Gallery (Building 35-35A).

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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