PolyAlumni E-Newsletter - Cal Poly Pomona
APRIL 2018
In This Issue

Spring has arrived at Cal Poly Pomona, bringing a full calendar of events for alumni. At the Spring Career Fair, alumni are invited to meet and network with students, peers and employers. If you enjoy great food, wine and beer, you’ll want to attend the Cal Poly Pomona Tasting & Auction, which raises money for academic programs. Registration is also open for this summer’s Discovery Camps, which immerses kids in computers, robotics, science, imagination and entrepreneurship programs.


This issue of PolyAlumni spotlights Randy Choi, whose inventive T-shirt caught the eyes of a few Shark Tank judges.

Alumni Spotlight

Randy Choi, ’95, marketing

Randy ChoiNot everyone gets to combine what they love to do with what they feel called to do, but Randy Choi does just that every day.


Choi (’95, marketing) co-founded Thompson Tee with his business partner Billy Thompson in 2011, and while the road to taking a company from a startup to a multimillion dollar enterprise hasn’t been easy, the pair has found success thanks to their grit, hard work and an appearance on a little entrepreneurial competition show called “Shark Tank.”


Continue reading about Randy Choi...

In The News
Carol and Jim Collins

Carol and Jim Collins Make $10 Million Endowment Gift

Carol and Jim Collins have made a $10 million leadership gift, the largest single donation ever to The Collins College of Hospitality Management, to establish the Carol and James A. Collins Excellence Endowment.

Sabrina Huynh, Lindsay McClain, Vanessa Castro and Kiara Franco

Research & Creative Activities Conference Showcases Work of More than 300 Students

Over 300 students participated in the 6th Annual Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Conference (RSCA), discussing their recent work in 135 oral presentations, 59 posters and one music performance.

Rob Strauss, a project archivist, was hired in October as part of a federal grant the University Library’s Special Collections and Archives received for a project that involves processing close to 600 boxes or archival materials.

Library Special Collections to Tap Federal Grant for Archival Project

Researchers wanting to know more about the history of wine in Southern California or delve deeper into the early roots of the university or the Pomona Valley will soon have easily accessible collections to peruse.

Mayra Chan working at the Veterans Resource Center

Veterans Center, New Campus Ethics Center Collaborate on Code of Values

Respect. Excellence. Commitment. Integrity. Teamwork. These are the five values that the staff of the university’s Veterans Resource Center (VRC) has identified as their central professional ideals.

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

Kamansky Earns Coach of the Year, CCAA All-Conference Teams Announced
Women’s Track & Field Wins Two Events at Invitational
Men’s Track & Field Earns Six Top Performances at Stanislaus
Baseball Splits Double-Header with UCSD

Business Administration
CBA Alumna is Riverside’s Citizen of the Year
Video: See the Value of a MBA Degree
Netherlands-Bound Student Shares Winning Supply Chain Experience

Collins College of Hospitality Management
Anonymous Donors Make Major Impact with $1.1 Million Bequest

Education & Integrative Studies
Future Teachers Receive Top Fellowship Award

Engineering Professor’s 5G Solution to Increase Data Speeds to be Published in Journal

Environmental Design
Landscape Architecture Ranked Top 10 Nationally by DesignIntelligence
Art Department Recognized as Top 10 in California

Extended University
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Huntley College of Agriculture
Tickets on Sale for 2018 Farm to Table Spring Harvest Dinner
Cal Poly Pomona Teams Shine at Turf Bowl
Li Appointed Director of Research and Graduate Studies
Food Science Graduate Student to Present at CSU Competition
Singh Appointed New Chair of HNFS
Orange County Businesswoman to be Honored at Cal Poly Pomona

Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Dance Program Invited to ACDA Adjudication Conferences

Research into Food’s Effect on Circadian Rhythms May Have Uncovered a “Fat Switch”
Undergrads get Experience with Big Data Security Thanks to NSF REU Grant


Discovery Camps for Kids & Teens this Summer
The Discovery Camps at Cal Poly Pomona are once again offering summer sessions in computers, robotics, science, imagination and entrepreneurship. Early Bronco registration discounts are available.

Video: 'Let's Talk Taxes' Financial Literacy
In April, the Cal Poly Federal Credit Union discusses basic taxation concepts through the lens of paycheck deductions. Learn about gross pay, net pay and standard paycheck withholding.  While visiting this site, you can explore the complete list of other financial topics available.

Cal Poly Pomona Food & Cultural Tour of Normandy, France
The Collins College is sponsoring its 11th Cultural Tour of Europe, visiting the Normandy region of France. The tour will be led by Robert Small, emeritus professor and former dean of The Collins College, who has led Collins/Cal Poly Pomona trips to France, Italy, and Spain. Visit the link for more information and how to reserve your space for this trip of a lifetime. Only a few spots remain!

Give Back and Become a Mentor Today!
We are seeking mentors to guide, lead and inspire current Cal Poly Pomona students. Make a difference by signing up today. For more information about the program and signing up are on the Bronco Mentoring Program website.

Career Center Clothes Closet Clothing Drive
The Career Center Clothes Closet provides students with professional clothing for interviews, career fairs and conferences. Professional clothing donations should be in ready to wear condition with no stains, odors, tears or missing buttons. For questions, contact the Career Center at 909-869-2342 or email career@cpp.edu.

Looking to Improve Your Project Management Skills?
The College of the Extended University’s Project Management Professional (PMP) Certificate can develop and improve your project management skills for your organization. The program covers the concepts, theory, practical material, and ethics as set forth by the Project Management Institute (PMI). This class is designed for those with some project management experience and those who are just entering the field. It can also assist with preparing for the PMI exam.  The next online course begins May 2. Registration is now open.

Enjoy Student-Grown Fruits & Vegetables in Poly Pack
If you like fresh, locally-grown produce, sign up for Poly Pack, the Huntley College of Agriculture's community-supported agricultural program. Poly Pack is available for pickup every other Thursday in the University Quad from noon to 2 p.m. or at The Farm Store from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The large pack is about 15 pounds of produce for $25. The student half-pack is about 12 pounds of produce for $15. For more information, contact Mary Romo at 909-869-6971 or mmromo@cpp.edu.

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.


Through April 12 Art Exhibit: “Positively 4th Street”
Built in 1931, the 4th Street Viaduct spans the Los Angeles River, supporting railroad tracks and industry. Its Gothic Revival architecture contrasts with the unadorned flood-control channel beneath it. “Positively 4th Street: An Encounter with Los Angeles’ Fourth Street Viaduct” features painter Roderick Smith, essayist and poet DJ Waldie and urban planner and painter Richard Willson, a URP professor at Cal Poly Pomona. Their work is on view in Huntley Gallery (University Library, room 4435).

April 14 Farm to Table Spring Harvest Dinner
Enjoy a gourmet meal prepared by local chefs using produce grown by Huntley College of Agriculture students. The evening also will feature the presentation of the Jim Hicks Agricultural Achievement Award.

April 19 Pasadena Angels Workshop
Looking for investors? Cal Poly Pomona alumni are invited to the Pasadena Angel Investment Workshop. The event includes a presentation on the anatomy of a pitch as well as a 90-second pitch competition.

April 21 Cal Poly Pomona Night at Angel Stadium
Thank you to all those who purchased tickets. Tickets are now completely sold out. We look forward to seeing you at the ballpark!

April 23 39th Annual Golf Classic
This long-standing traditional event, now nearing 40 years, provides support for all Cal Poly Pomona student-athletes and the athletic program at Cal Poly Pomona. The event includes a full day of golf and the four-person team scramble has most recently been held at Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier, California. The main focus of the tournament is to raise funds which are directed into scholarship support for the student-athletes at Cal Poly Pomona. Register today!

April 24 & 25 CPP Giving Day
For 36 hours, we invite you to show your Bronco pride and support student success. Donations of all amounts can make an impact, and there are a number of opportunities to make your gift count for double.

April 26 Alumni, Student, Employer Career Networking Breakfast
Start a job search by joining employers, students and alumni for an informal networking breakfast. Visit the website for more information or to register visit.

April 26 Spring Career Fair
Meet with more than 200 employers from various industries. Employer booths will be categorized by industry. Each section is color coded and alumni will be provided a map to help navigate the event.

May 6 Tasting & Auction
Early bird tickets for the Cal Poly Pomona Tasting & Auction are on sale for $75 until April 2. The event features delicious food from some of the region’s most popular restaurants, great wine, craft beer, live entertainment, and live and silent auctions.

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.

May 23 Cal Poly Pomona Night at Dodger Stadium
Thank you to all those who purchased tickets. Tickets are now completely sold out. We look forward to seeing you at the ballpark!

Class Notes
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