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Renaissance Scholars Graduates Defy Odds on Road to Success

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.Posted

For many students, just getting through college under the best of circumstances can prove challenging.

It’s an even bigger feat for foster youth often grappling with separation, loss and trauma.

This year, 10 graduates of the university’s Renaissance Scholars program, which serves students raised in foster care, earned their degrees at commencement ceremonies.


Win-Win Partnership: Veteran Needs are at the Center of a Service-Learning Marketing Class

Jason Martinez helps distribute bread during a Sowing Seeds For Life Food Pantry in La Verne May 16, 2018.Posted

A Cal Poly Pomona marketing class helped gather basic necessities for local veterans while gaining hands-on experience in creating and managing marketing outreach plans to support a local organization’s cause.

As part of the Rocket Your Future service-learning course, students in Professor Lydia Chen Shah’s class established a partnership with local nonprofit Sowing Seeds for Life (SSFL), whose goal is to eliminate hunger in the Los Angeles and Inland Valley areas.


Prospective Broncos Get a Chance to Preview Success

Cal Poly Pomona studentsPosted

More than 50 Latino and African-American male high school seniors attended Project SUCCESS Preview Day to learn more about why they should consider becoming Broncos.

The second annual event on May 12 gave attendees an opportunity to hear more about what the university has to offer with a Men of Color Resource Fair, a campus tour and workshops in English and Spanish on topics ranging from financial aid to student life to campus housing.


Cal Poly Pomona Sets Record with 2018 Giving Day

Cal POly Pomona students holding up a sign that says "You Gave $679,462."9Posted May 7

The most generous day of giving in the history of Cal Poly Pomona raised $679,462 on April 24 and 25.

Scholarships, programs, clubs and numerous initiatives across the university received an abundance of support from the 760 people who donated, a 135 percent increase in the number of donors from the previous year’s Giving Day.


PayScale Ranks Cal Poly Pomona among Best Value Colleges

Students make stress readings in their Civil Engineering Lab.Posted May

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 based on in-state tuition, moving up from No. 124 in 2017.

Payscale lists Cal Poly Pomona’s 20-year net return on investment as $551,000. The ranking is based on survey data, cost, average loan amount and typical number of years to graduate. The university ranks No. 127 when comparing out-of-state tuition.


Cal Poly Pomona Reaches Initial Fundraising Goal for New Rose Float Lab

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.Posted

Cal Poly Pomona has reached its initial fundraising goal for the new Rose Float Lab and Design Complex and plans to break ground at the end of 2018. The university is expected to open the new lab in 2020, providing future Rose Float students a space to build beautiful, creative and innovative floats.

Professor Thomas Fenn Receives $200,000 NSF Grant to Study Geochemistry of Ancient Glass in India

Prof. Thomas Fenn with local Tuareg guide in the Southern Sahara, outside of Agadez in Central Nigeria.Posted

Thomas Fenn studies historical long distance trading relationships in Africa using chemical and isotopic evidence from ancient glass beads. The lecturer in the Geography and Anthropology Department recently received a $200,000, three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to extend his…

Carol and Jim Collins Make $10 Million Endowment Gift

Carol and Jim Collins have been long-time benefactors and instrumental in the growth of The Collins College of Hospitality Management. Posted

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.

University Program for First-Year Male Students Earns $100,000 Grant

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.Posted

A university program that helps first-year male Latino and African-American students thrive academically and socially has received a grant to bolster its efforts.

The Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund, through the California Community Foundation (CCF), has awarded the university’s Project SUCCESS program a $100,000 two-year grant.


Help Name Our New Llama

The new llama munches some grass in a Cal Poly Pomona pasturePosted

Cal Poly Pomona has a new llama, and the campus community can help choose its name.

The Department of Animal & Veterinary Sciences purchased the llama to help guard its sheep and goats against coyotes. Llamas place themselves between the flock and coyotes. They also can bite and kick the predators.


Cal Poly Pomona Officially Enters the Race to Space

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.Posted

Cal Poly Pomona has joined the race to become the first university to launch a liquid fuel rocket into space.

Steps away from the mobile rocket lab students will soon haul to the desert for launch testing, University President Soraya. M. Coley led a celebration on Friday of Cal Poly Pomona’s newly expanded rocketry program punctuated by its entry into the “Race to Space.”


Cal Poly Pomona Teams with High School to Start Innovation Lab

A recently signed agreement between Cal Poly Pomona and the Pomona Unified School District will enable the iLab to open a fabrication lab at Ganesha High School that will serve as a work space for both the iLab and high school students.Posted

When Olukemi Sawyerr was tapped in 2015 to get the iLab up and running, her to-do list included finding a space where students could transform their nascent business and product ideas from paper to prototype.

With a lab just big enough for students to meet, Sawyerr began a quest in late 2015 to find a working lab close enough to campus for budding entrepreneurs.


McNair Program’s Success Leads to $1.2 Million Grant Renewal

cNair Scholars attend the 25th Annual McNair Symposium at University of California, Berkeley, where they presented their research. July 2017.Posted

Cal Poly Pomona’s Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program has received a $1.22 million grant renewal.

The five-year 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.


College of Engineering Names Laboratory in Honor of Late Former Dean

Lotte Hohmann, wife of the late Dr. Edward C. Hohmann, speaks to the audience attending the dedication ceremony for Dr. Hohmann.Posted 7

About 100 people attended a laboratory dedication event in honor of the late Edward C. Hohmann, former dean of the College of Engineering. Attendees included family and faculty and staff throughout the university.


University Building its First Liquid Fueled Rocket

Students working after hours at the Liquid Rocket Lab. Students working after hours at the Liquid Rocket Lab.Posted

Thanks to the National College Resources Foundation’s $1.67 million grant, work is well underway at the Cal Poly Pomona Liquid Rocket Lab. A team of more than 70 students and nine faculty advisors are working toward launching a liquid-fueled rocket 45,000 feet to win the top prize at the FAR/Mars Society Launch Contest.


CEIS to Tap $1.1 Million Grant to Fund Scholarships for Special Ed Teachers

Professors Beth Foster, Heather Wizikowski and Joanne Van Boxtel will spearhead the effort to increase the number of special education teachers and prepare fully credential adapted physical educators to teach physical education to students with disabilities. Professors Beth Foster, Heather Wizikowski and Joanne Van Boxtel Posted on

The College of Education & Integrative Studies has received a $1.1 million federal grant to help alleviate the shortage of special education teachers in Southern California.

The U.S. Department of Education grant will offer full-tuition scholarships for new post-baccalaureate students wishing to pursue their first teaching credential in moderate/severe special education or adapted physical education authorization and their master’s degrees in special education or adapted physical education. The grant will potentially fund 63 scholarships over the course of five years.


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