Message From the Dean
What's New in the College of Ag
Agreescapes Breaks Grounds
New Faces among the Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff Achievements
Student Achievements and Activity
The beginning of the New Millennium
is developing as a bright sunrise for the College of Agriculture.
Over the past few years we have undergone a transformation from
a small production based college into a more modern, urban inclusive
college of agriculture. The inclusion of the food industry, as
part of our corporate base, has enabled the college to embrace
everything, literally, from the farm to the plate.
Even though the college is the only four-year agriculture program
south of the Tehachapies, we have not made our presence known
across the state. We have proven our potential and have contributed
to the leadership on campus. Indeed, we continue to operate our
700-acre farm in the middle of three freeways and 13 million people.
Our presence defines the open, green space environment of the
Education remains the keystone of our Strategic Plan and the primary
function of the college. The education component includes both
undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as professional programs.
The primary role of each faculty member has always been that of
a teacher, but now we are also assessing the quality of student
learning. The university as a whole has embraced the concept of
the extended university, delivering programs external to the university
proper. Our faculty have actually led in this development providing
telecommunications courses used at other California universities,
and WEB courses, which allow students to do their lessons when
their schedules allow.
Our education programs continue to include the typical agricultural
production majors, such as agronomy, soil science, irrigation
science, and animal science, while enhancing related programs
such as food science and technology, food marketing and agribusiness
management. Additional programs for the urban environment include
horticulture, nutrition, and apparel merchandising and management.
Masters and professional programs are being enhanced to provide
manager level personnel capable of assisting businesses in their
All of the faculty contribute to teaching, advising, and scholarly
activity which includes all aspects of the faculty responsibilities-teaching
quality, learning assessment, application of new technologies,
basic and applied research. Creation and distribution of new knowledge
has always been a critical component of academic life at universities.
Last fall we announced a $5 million award from the State to the
four CSU Colleges of Agriculture for the purpose of stimulating
research that would enhance California agriculture. This allocation
has allowed the college to stimulate research through existing
faculty, providing release time and summer salaries, enhance start
up packages for new faculty, upgrade equipment, and provide laboratory
improvements to enable more participation. The end result has
been the creation of exciting new projects with California food
and agriculture companies, resulting in grant and contract matches
of $1.8 million. Industry white papers communicating the results
for immediate use will occur each year.
Two of our biggest projects, AGRIscapes and CAVSE took giant steps
forward this year. After twelve years of effort provided by Professors
Dan Hostetler, Peggy McLaughlin and Ed Barnes, development of
a very positive partnership with the Sanitation District, and
working with the University to establish agriculture sites on
the master plan, AGRIscapes finally broke ground in mid-June.
The construction is scheduled to be completed in spring 2001.
That is just around the corner! The initial phase will include
an education center, recycling education center, classrooms, office
space, and a larger farm store with nursery. They remain in need
of plant materials, irrigation materials, green houses, and financial
support. Plans include the creation of a Web page to keep you
informed of our progress. Congratulations to the Department of
Horticulture, Plant & Soil Science for their vision and hard
After five years of preparation, the Department of Animal and
Veterinary Science finally received help to get the start-up funds
for the CAVSE project. The initial idea was created by Professor
Emeritus Duane Sharp, and the recent development efforts have
been continued by Professors Cedric Matsushima, Leo Abenes and
Ed Fonda. To successfully complete this project, we must obtain
greater funding. The first project, which is the keystone of the
CAVSE project, is the Necropsy Pavilion. It contains a necropsy
unit, conference room, classrooms, faculty offices, large and
small animal clinic, biotechnology teaching and research laboratories,
reproductive physiology laboratory and pavilion to support our
animal science, pre-veterinary medicine and veterinary health
science programs. It would also serve as the site to enable us
to participate with the WUHS College of Veterinary Medicine. Congratulations
are extended to the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences.
When we started to work with Sacramento legislators, we found
that many didn't know anything about our college. The same was
true in Washington; so we spent four days there meeting people
and sharing our programs, goals and visions. As we go into the
new legislative cycle, we hope to attract financial support as
well. We Need You! Your contacts with our legislators and producer
organizations will convince them of our current contributions
to the region and our potential for the future. We need these
partners to successfully attract funding for our needed facilities.
Whether student, faculty, staff, alum, or corporate partner, you
are all friends of the College of Agriculture. The college greatly
appreciates your support and interaction. Come by for a visit.
We are always happy to see you and share our accomplishments.
The many stories included in the magazine demonstrate how far
we have come in achieving high quality education for our students.
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Mr. Harold O. Wilson, hired by Julian
McPhee in 1936 and a key player in the negotiations to obtain
the W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Ranch for the Pomona Campus, passed
away on May 6, 2000. Mr. Wilson joined Cal Poly SLO to teach in
the area of meat animals and, by 1946, had risen through the ranks
to become Dean of the Voorhis Campus. Mr. Wilson returned to the
SLO campus in 1950 to serve as executive dean. He was eventually
appointed as administrative vice president and retired from that
position in 1974. Following retirement, he served a six-year term
on the California Post Secondary Education Commission.
The Celebration of Harold Wilson's life held at the Madonna Inn,
San Luis Obispo was a fitting tribute attended by more than 220
for a Santa Maria style barbecue. Voorhis era friends and associates
of Harold's who participated in the Celebration included: Lucille
Larro; Ted Canham, former Chair of Fruit Industries Department;
Henry and Bette House, '43 Dean of Students; Alan West '53, Ken
and Betty Danielson '46, Vern '39 and Jeanne '46 Frederick; Allen
and Barbara Gardener '39, Seldon Kempton '52, Jim Knadler '46,
Bob and Mary Kennedy, President Emeritus; Joseph Randolph '51
and Thelma Brooks Randolph '50; Lillian Roach, widow of Hal Roach;
Ron and Dorthy Squires '47; and Emile and Helen (McPhee) La Salle.
The BBQ was hosted by the Wilson family and Alex and Phyllis Madonna.
Sons Lynn and Bruce and their mother, Harold's widow Aileen as
well as all the grandchildren were in attendance. President Kennedy,
Ted Canham, Seldon Kempton, and Emile La Salle were among those
who spoke in celebration of Harold's life.
If you would like to help celebrate Harold's life, a tax deductible
gift to the Harold O. and Aileen Wilson Agricultural Education
Scholarship Endowment is a good way. Your gift will be matched
50 cents on the dollar by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Legacy
Grant. Just enclose your check made payable to the University
Education Trust and send it in the return envelope provided.
E-Coli Research Makes National Headlines
During the 1998 spring quarter, Dr. A. S. "Narain" Naidu,
Director of the Center for Antimicrobial Research, obtained a
two-year, $369,000 grant from the Farmland National Beef Packing
Company, L.P., to conduct a research project to determine the
potential for using activated lactoferrin in the prevention of
bacterial contamination of beef. Less than a year later, Dr. Naidu
announced a major discovery that promised to protect consumers
from more than 30 different kinds of harmful bacteria including
E. coli. The announcement was made at a USDA-sponsored conference
on foodborne bacteria held in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 29, 2000.
Details of the discovery made headlines all over the country and
was a featured story on California Heartland, a weekly television
program which reaches over 600,000 viewers and airs on California
Dr. Naidu became aware of lactoferrin's ability to eliminate E.
coli 0157-H7 in humans approximately 12 years ago. His research,
however, did not focus on the application to beef until he joined
Cal Poly Pomona's College of Agriculture. Lactoferrin is a protein
in mammalian milk that is credited with protecting infants from
bacteria while their immune systems are developing. By discovering
how to activate the lactoferrin molecule, scientists were able
to mimic its function on meat samples.
Essentially, Dr. Naidu's research involved applying an activated
form of lactoferrin, a protein derived from cow's milk, to meat
tissue surfaces contaminated with high concentrations of bacteria.
It is hoped that a spray can be developed and applied to meat
during the packaging process. Consumers would, no doubt, be more
comfortable with this process than with the irradiation of beef,
and the spray would have an added advantage-it will keep meat
safe long after it is bought or opened. In addition, it would
be far more economical than radiation devices which are very costly.
Obviously, additional testing is needed and the effectiveness
of the spray on other products, like poultry and pork, still needs
to be explored; however, this has proven to be an exciting breakthrough,
the results of which will have far reaching benefits for both
industry and consumers.
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On Wednesday, June 14, 2000 nearly 100 representatives from the
campus, agriculture industry, and the Los Angeles Sanitation District
participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for AGRIscapes. As you
may recall, AGRIscapes will serve as a community resource where
people will come to learn about issues relating to agriculture,
food production and the urban environment. Programs for schoolchildren
and teachers, docent-led tours, casual strolls around the grounds
and shopping at the Farm Store will provide the community an opportunity
to study the issues, to see and experience the biological systems
upon which we depend for the quality of our lives, and to come
to a greater understanding of the amazing system which produces
the most plentiful and healthful food supply in the world.
After several false starts, the architectural drawings were completed
and the bid awarded. Construction began on Phase I during the
2000 summer quarter. Phase I will include a visitors center, recycling
education center, farm store, ornamental horticulture unit and
office building-a total of about 15,000 square feet. The Horticulture/Plant
and Soil Science Department hopes to begin moving into the new
facility by spring 2001.
Dr. Peggy McLaughlin, Horticulture/Plant & Soil Science Department,
completed a major conference on school gardens in March 2000.
The conference focused on the implementation of the Garden in
Every School Project from the Department of Education. The H/PSS
Department has been named as a regional education center for the
program. They will be providing workshops and training for K-12
teachers in implementing agricultural programs in classroom education.
This will be a valuable component of AGRIscapes and goes along
with the mission of providing agricultural literacy to the public.
Thanks to the generosity of Ms. Kay Skeeters, owner of Ojai Valley
Farms, a beautiful chestnut stallion worth $250,000 was donated
to the W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center this past year. Buckingham
Bey V, or "Buck" as he is called by the students and
faculty at the Center, is a very successful show ring performer
especially in the English and Liberty Divisions. He is a two-time
winner at Scottsdale, qualified for the National Championships,
and is a nominated Breeders' Sweepstakes and National Show Horse
sire. Not only will he serve to promote the Center and the University
wherever he performs, but revenues from stud fees and, eventually,
from the sale of his foals are expected to be a significant source
of income for the Center each year. In addition and very important
to the Center, Buck will help improve the quality of the Center's
Buck performed for the first time on campus during the University's
Founders' Day held on April 7. At that time the University also
celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Cal Poly Pomona herd. A
special horse show was presented by the students, and it concluded
with Buck's performance. He proved himself to be a magnificent
show horse; in fact, he brought the audience to their feet, cheering
According to Prof. Bill Hughes, Associate Director of the W. K.
Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, "Kay Skeeter could have sold
Buckingham Bey, but she believes in Cal Poly and she believes
in our program
" He added, "Buckingham Bey will
be promoting the university all over the country, generating stud
fees and drawing attention to our program. He is the most exciting
thing to happen to the Horse Center in years."
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Through the efforts of Prof. Bill Hughes, Associate Director of
the W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, Sundowner Trailers agreed
to be a corporate sponsor for the Center and supplied a six-horse
trailer for their use. The trailer has a retail value of $35,000
and was designed by Prof. Hughes and Mr. Don Daniels, National
Sales Manager for Sundowner Trailers.
To help celebrate the 200th anniversary of the death of our nation's
first President, CPP Magnolia, an 8-year-old Arabian gelding from
the Center valued at $12,000, was presented to the Mount Vernon
Ladies Association to be used in a re-creation of President George
Washington's farm at his Mount Vernon, VA home. Dr. Russ Mawby,
chairman emeritus and trustee of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation
in Battle Creek, MI, was instrumental in making arrangements for
the donation. The Kellogg Foundation again made it possible for
Cal Poly Pomona's Arabian horse program to participate in a major
new event, as Washington's first horse was an Arabian.
Last year we announced the Agriculture Research Initiative (ARI),
a program that was proposed by Chancellor Charles Reed, approved
by the State Legislature, and funded for a total of $5 million
to be used by the four CSU campuses with agriculture programs
(Chico, Fresno, Pomona and San Luis Obispo). Cal Poly Pomona received
$0.91 million for an in-house competitive grants program in the
College of Agriculture and competed for additional funds (another
$1 million) administered by the California Agricultural Technology
Institute (CATI) at CSU Fresno. Proposed projects must enhance
California agriculture in specified areas and require industry
or corporate partners.
This year those who formed partnerships with Cal Poly-Pomona included
Dupree, Inc., EPT Corporation, Farmland National Beef Packing
Company, Harvest Research and Investment, Inc., IAMS, Novocell,
Inc., OH Kruse Milling, Purina, Rainbird, Ready Pac, The Almond
Board, The California Egg Commission, and The Pear Board. These
collaborations were initiated by individual faculty members, by
Cal Poly administrators or by representatives of industry. Consequently,
our research programs at Cal Poly have evolved to meet industry
demands in congruence with the goals of the Agricultural Research
Initiative (ARI). We continue to seek partners and those interested
in obtaining the request for proposals (RFP) for ARI funds should
Dr. Gail G. Muir was hired last September to coordinate the ARI
program for the College. Prior to joining the College, Dr. Muir
served as the Director, Center for Effective Teaching and Learning
at the University of Texas, El Paso, where her duties included
working with faculty to plan, implement and evaluate faculty development
programs; writing calls for proposals and promotional materials;
and coaching faculty in evaluating and documenting teaching effectiveness.
Dr. Muir was no stranger to the CSU having taught at CSU Chico
for seven years before moving to Texas. Dr. Muir earned her Ph.D.
(Human Ecology, Textiles/Apparel) and M.S. (Human Ecology, Textile
Science) degrees at Kansas State University.
The W. K. Kellogg Foundation and Cal Poly Pomona are proud to
announce that Mary Jane Parkinson is revising and updating her
historical work, The Kellogg Arabian Ranch - The First 50 Years
(60 years - 2nd edition). This edition contains new material,
photographs, personal recollections and color photographs that
have become available in the last quarter century. The volume
observes the 75th anniversary of the Kellogg/Cal Poly herd. The
narrative takes the reader from W. K. Kellogg's first purchases
of Arabian horses in 1925 to the last Arabian horse events of
the millennium year. Alumni of the Arabian horse program are invited
to contribute their reminisces to the author who may be contacted
at 619-588-5678 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Price and
publication date to be announced.
"Learning has just begun; it's fun, it's exciting and will
continue throughout your life," was the message to June graduates
from Mr. Jack Parnell, this year's commencement speaker. One of
Washington, D.C.'s most dynamic speakers, Mr. Parnell is a self-employed
Government Relations Consultant representing broad base agriculture
and agribusiness clients at the U.S. Congressional and Executive
level. He serves on the board of directors of Farmers Insurance
Group, Inc., Los Angeles, and the California State Air Resources
Board in Sacramento. As time permits, he is active on the national
professional speaking circuit.
Mr. Parnell began his career as a private business entrepreneur.
He founded Parnell Ranch, a purebred angus cattle and farming
operation. He was also a purebred cattle auctioneer, and founder
and Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Commerce.
In 1984 Gov. Deukmejian appointed Mr. Parnell to serve as Director
of Fish and Game and also as a board member of the Pacific Fisheries
Management Council and Advisory Board of Air Quality and Fuels.
From 1987-89, Mr. Parnell served as Secretary, Department of Agriculture
as well as Vice-Chairman for Commodity Credit Corporation appointed
by President George Bush. He was also a member of the U.S. Trade
Representative's Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee,
appointed by President Reagan. In 1989 he was appointed by President
George Bush to serve as Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
and as Vice Chairman for the Commodity Credit Corporation.
In his closing remarks Mr. Parnell stated, "Knowledge alone
is not enough to achieve success." The key to success requires
that you, "always think well of yourself; always do more
than expected; remember you only have one chance to make a first
A 1960 graduate who majored in Ag. Business Management, Norman
A. Dierker is currently Director of Marketing and Sales for DECCO,
ELF-ATOCHEM North America, Inc., a Fortune 500 Company and the
14th largest industrial multinational corporation in the world.
Mr. Dierker spends much of his time traveling to corporate offices
all over the U.S., Europe, China, Australia, Central and South
America, as well as other countries in Asia and Africa. Mr. Dierker's
other claim to fame is his participation in the building of the
famous CP sign on the hill during the early years of the campus.
Mr. Dierker has maintained his relationship with the college by
guest lecturing for the Food Marketing & Agribusiness Mgmt./Ag.
Education Department. He participated in the Professor for a Day
activity during Founder's Day in 1997. He is a current member
of the FMAM Advisory Board as well as the Development Focus Group,
a fundraising branch of the Advisory Board. He has employed College
of Agriculture graduates and three of his children have received
degrees from Cal Poly Pomona.
The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) was on campus on August
7-8, 2000 to film a half-hour special called "Trust Your
Locomotion." They spoke with Biological Sciences Professor
Don Hoyt and Animal & Veterinary Sciences Professor Steven
Wickler about the research they have been conducting on how equine
muscles function. The results of their research should be generally
true of all terrestrial locomotion which means that it could be
applied to humans as well as horses. A direct medical impact would
be in the area of robotics, specifically, biomedical robotics,
which would be very important in terms of generating systems for
The Natural Color Resource Center was involved in the planning
and presenting of an international symposium on Natural Food Colorants
on July 23-24, 1999 in conjunction with the national annual meeting
of the Institute of Food Technologists. Eighteen internationally
renowned scientists were invited to cover and update the current
knowledge about specific colorants derived from natural sources.
The symposium drew over 200 attendees from around the world. Dr.
Gabriel Lauro, Director, has edited an international text entitled,
Natural Food Colorants which represents contributions from fifteen
internationally renowned experts, each in a specific area of natural
The Apparel Technology & Research Center had the distinct
honor of being part of a VIP tour and reception for Lon Hatamiya,
Secretary of the California Trade and Commerce Agency, and his
assistant, Jon Kinoshita. The Center also had the pleasure of
hosting a tour of the factory for President Suzuki and Dee Dee
Myers, Trustee for the CSU system. Ms. Myers is the former press
secretary to President Clinton.
The College of Agriculture celebrated the 50th anniversary of
AG Field Day on April 1, 2000. Approximately 800 students representing
35 high schools from across the State of California participated
in agriculture contests and FFA meetings. Approximately 100 high
school agriculture teachers were also in attendance. Participants
were treated to a pizza lunch and were given shirts and caps bearing
a specially designed Ag Field Day logo commemorating the 50th
anniversary. Prof. Flint Freeman has coordinated this event for
the past 21 years.
Dr. Edison I. Cabacungan, chair of the Food Marketing & Agribusiness
Mgmt./Ag. Education Department, is working with Food Industry
Business Roundtable (FIBR), the USDA Foreign Ag Service, the U.S.
Dept. of Commerce, and the Export-Import Bank on a Food Industry
Export Workshop to be held on Friday, November 3, 2000, at the
Cal Poly Pomona Kellogg West Conference Center.
Dr. Terrance Fujimoto, Hort./Plant & Soil Science Dept., will
be assisting the Rose Float Committee with the growing of flowers
needed for the University's entry into next year's Rose Parade.
This endeavor will be supported with funds from an endowment established
in memory of Prof. Tom Yoshikawa, former Rose Float advisor.
The Animal Health Science Program at Cal Poly Pomona, in collaboration
with the Animal Technology Program at Mt. San Antonio College,
submitted a proposal for a USDA, CSREE higher education grant,
"Enhancement of Veterinary Technology in Collaborative Programs,"
and were awarded a total of $209,931. These funds will assist
the programs with the purchase of new equipment, remodeling costs,
retention of a RVT for three years, hiring of student assistants,
and travel costs.
Beginning this fall, you will be able to enroll in the first of
four equine and animal science certificate courses using streaming
video via the Internet. AVS 355 (Equine Nutrition) and AVS 201
(Animal Diseases) will be offered in the fall; Equine Exercise
Physiology (AVS 435) will be offered winter 2001; and Equine Reproduction
(AVS 499) in spring 2001. To register contact Kari Lenggiere at
909-869-2224; FAX 909-869-4856; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College of Agriculture's Center for Turf, Irrigation and Landscape
Technology (CTILT) is now offering irrigation training courses
through December 1, 2000. If you want to know more about basic
sprinkler irrigation design or system troubleshooting, drip irrigation,
or irrigation scheduling and efficiency, contact Diahann Harris
in the Ag. Engineering/Irrigation Science Department at 909-869-2220,
or her at e-mail email@example.com.
The mission of the College of Agriculture is to educate
students in the application of science, technology, and management
to the production, processing, and utilization of food, fiber,
human and natural resources in an interdependent global economy.
In spite of the attention sometimes placed on achievements in
research and fundraising, our primary mission remains the education
of our students. True to the "polytechnic" nature of
this University, we have continued the traditional hands-on, experiential
approach to learning that makes us unique among most universities.
If we do our job correctly, our students will not only acquire
the necessary knowledge about their chosen field, but they will
know how to apply it to real-world situations. While the familiar
classroom setting is still the rule, technology has and continues
to change how material is presented and gives us the ability to
reach out to communities far beyond the boundaries of Cal Poly
Pomona. Course content, too, constantly changes as we strive to
meet the needs of our ever-changing student body and a world in
a constant state of flux.
Ongoing scholarly activity, such as basic and applied research,
allows the faculty to help students develop a love of learning
as well as problem solving skills. In addition, students gain
an enhanced respect for faculty and their role as educators.
A few years ago, the faculty decided to develop a number of core
courses designed to give incoming students a solid foundation
upon which to build their education and to offer upper division
students additional challenges. They range from a basic orientation
course, developed by Dr. Peggy McLaughlin (Hort./Plant & Soil
Science), to classes that tackle ethical issues (Ethical Issues
in Agriculture taught by Dr. Marvin L. Klein, Food Marketing &
Agribusiness Mgmt.) and explore professional growth and leadership
development in the context of food/agriculture careers. This is
an attempt to arm the students with the everyday skills they will
need to complete their degree program and to develop critical
thinking and problem solving skills that will be needed for successful
careers and personal/professional growth. In the "Development
of Leadership Skills" class taught by Prof. Flint Freeman
(agricultural education coordinator) and Dr. Peggy McLaughlin,
students are also given an opportunity to practice social and
interpersonal skills as this course culminates in a formal dinner
for the students and special guests representing industry and
university administration. A few courses offered in recent years
have also been extremely successful as general education courses-Agriculture
and the Modern World, Nutrition, Science and Health, and Insects
and Civilization-attracting hundreds of students each quarter
and giving us an opportunity to educate students outside of the
College about the importance of agriculture in feeding and clothing
High school and transfer students from community colleges still
constitute the major portion of our student body; however, re-entry
students-individuals who are seeking a career change; parents
who have raised their children and now have the time to pursue
a career; retirees realizing a life-long dream--are growing in
number. Technology also has allowed us to reach beyond our boundaries
and offer classes to young people in high schools and at other
CSU Campuses. For the last few years, the College has worked with
Wilson High School in Los Angeles, to offer a program which brings
junior-level students to campus in the summer to acquaint them
with college life and to work with faculty members to complete
individual research projects. The W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse
Center continues to offer equine workshops and seminars for the
public and others connected with the horse industry. Every year,
the Southern Region Supervisor for the Department of Education
brings FFA students and agriculture teachers to our campus for
leadership conferences. In addition, the demand for workshops
and seminars for international visitors has increased tremendously.
This past summer, two such workshops were offered-one for agriculture
teachers from Korea who were interested in horticulture, and one
for a group of government officials and veterinarians from the
Peoples' Republic of China who wanted to expand their knowledge
of beef cattle reproduction and nutrition. An additional workshop
for a similar group from China, covering swine nutrition and poultry,
is planned for September.
The typical, familiar classroom and laboratory will, no doubt,
be with us always, but instructors now have new and creative ways
to present their material. Power point presentations have become
commonplace as well as interaction with instructors and classmates
via e-mail. Web based courses are already being offered and will
continue to be developed as funds become available; these classes
will make it easier for students to juggle their education with
jobs and family responsibilities. As Dean Wayne Bidlack explains,
"Support courses rely on the WEB for communication with students
for questions/answers and discussion, for support material related
to class lectures, demonstration materials which repeat what was
shown in class, and work assignments and their submission for
grading." For his Insects and Civilization class, Dr. Richard
Kaae placed all of his support materials on a CD ROM which was
available to the students for purchase. During the 2000 summer
quarter, this same course was presented over the WEB and had an
enrollment exceeding 150 students. In addition, the use of telecommunications
courses has been ongoing for more than five years. Currently,
equine science courses are exchanged between U.C. Davis, Cal Poly
SLO and Cal Poly Pomona through a television studio, allowing
Involving our students in grant-funded research also presents
unique opportunities for learning. They participate in the intellectual
development of grant proposals, the design and conducting of experiments,
and the presentation and publishing of the results. Our animal
science and farm laboratories, internships/cooperative education
experiences and participation in various local, regional, state
and national competitions continue to provide opportunities for
our students to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to real
life situations. For example, our close ties with the USDA's Natural
Resource Conservation Service through Mr. Mon Yee, our USDA liaison,
have enabled a number of students and graduates to take advantage
of internships and employment within the USDA. In addition, the
ability of our students to consistently place in the top ten,
or in many cases in the top three, in national competitions (NACTA,
ALCA, NAMA) would indicate that we are on the right track.
Academic departments use a variety of tools to help them determine
whether or not they have been effective in providing their students
with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their chosen
fields. In 1999, a faculty committee reviewed these materials
and made recommendations for each department to enhance their
feedback and, thus, their ability to maintain a current and useful
curriculum. Capstone courses, exit interviews/exams, and employer
and alumni surveys are the most common tools used. Although they
are not perfect, they are still a source of valuable information
that is critical to the self-evaluation process.
Technology will continue to impact how we teach and our audience
will continue to grow as we attempt to educate the public as well
as our immediate constituency about agriculture policy and issues.
In connection with that, agriculture literacy will be a major
focus of our AGRIscapes facility currently under construction
as well as the proposed CAVSE project (Center for Animal and Veterinary
Science Education). Research, too, will play a greater role not
only in terms of the education of our students but in the quest
for additional resources. According to agriculture education coordinator,
Prof. Flint Freeman, however, the strength of our academic programs
will always depend on ". . . the positive interaction of
the three most important elements in education: the student, the
instructor, and the course content." To this end we will
rely more and more on input from our alumni and industry representatives
to evaluate and improve upon the quality and effectiveness of
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Dr. Fernandez left Madison, Wisconsin, to join the Animal &
Veterinary Sciences Department at Cal Poly Pomona in the Fall
of 1999. While in Madison, he served as a NIH post-doctoral research
associate at the Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center at
the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Fernandez earned his Ph.D. in
animal science/physiology from the University of Kentucky, Lexington.
His area of interest in terms of research is neuroendocrinology
of growth and reproduction. Dr. Fernandez is dedicated to enhancing
the quality of our AVS teaching program and has added strength
to the areas of endocrine/reproductive physiology. He is also
committed to the improvement of our stock and the efficiency of
our Beef Unit operation. Currently, he is working with Department
Chair, Dr. Edward Fonda, to redesign the old poultry unit into
an animal biotechnology teaching/research facility.
After serving as an assistant professor at Kansas State University
for five years, Dr. Foster accepted an offer to join the Animal
& Veterinary Sciences Department at CPP. Dr. Foster has a
Ph.D. in animal nutrition from Michigan State University and a
D.V.M. from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University
of Illinois. Since his arrival last fall, Dr. Foster has proven
himself to be a very effective teacher and researcher. His current
research/scholarly activity is in the area of endocrine regulation
of food intake in controlling obesity. He has contributed teaching
expertise to the Animal Health Science program. He has become
involved with a number of student clubs and activities, and served
as interim university veterinarian.
During the winter quarter, Mr. Jack Havens was appointed to replace
Dr. Lloyd McCabe as the Southern Region Supervisor for the State
Department of Education (DOE). The Southern Region is the largest
of the six regions in the State, both geographically and in terms
of numbers of students served. Mr. Havens will serve as the liaison
between the teachers in his region and the DOE, interpreting policies,
monitoring expenditures to be sure that funds are spent correctly,
and helping teachers with special funding needs. Mr. Havens earned
his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Cal Poly SLO. He has 20 years experience
as a high school Ag teacher.
On July 1, 2000, the College appointed Dr. Greene to work with
the Food Marketing & Agribusiness Management/Ag. Education
Department to create a California Policy Institute and to develop
and teach courses for the Department. The Institute would deal
with topics ranging from land, water and air policies to legislative
directives and statewide educational programs on agricultural
literacy. In addition, Dr. Greene will work part-time with University
Advancement's government relations staff to support university
and systemwide initiatives. Dr. Greene holds a Ph.D. from USC
in Political Science: Comparative Public Policy, International
Relations and Political Theory.
Administrative Support Assistant in the Dean's Office is our newest
staff member who is the Dean's Office receptionist and gives primary
support to the Associate Dean, Dr. John Trei. Nadine brought with
her nearly 10 years experience as an administrator in the credit
and general affairs office of the Sumitomo Corporation of America.
Information Technology Consultant, uses his extensive knowledge
of computers to help students, faculty and staff in the College.
David has a M.S. in Management Science from CSU Fullerton. Before
coming to Cal Poly Pomona, his positions included systems analyst,
instructor and information technology consultant at community
colleges and at CSU Dominguez Hills. Dean's Office
Administrative Support Coordinator, who reports directly to the
Dean, replaced Marilyn Bess who retired earlier in the year. Previously,
Sharon worked as a district, then general manager, for Aramark,
a $6 million international corporation with a major focus on food
and support service management. Dean's Office
Instructional Support Tech III, is in charge of coordinating research
plots, trials, student projects and production enterprises for
the department as well as the upkeep and maintenance of the agronomy
instructional laboratory. George, who has over 30 years of hands-on
management experience in specialized agriculture, was the senior
agricultural technician at U.C. Riverside before coming to Cal
Poly Pomona. Horticulture, Plant & Soil Sciences
Equipment Tech III, supervises the tractor shop facilities and
maintains the farm equipment fleet. Jorge, who received his technical
training in Mexico and the U.S., has over 20 years experience
troubleshooting, diagnosing and repairing mechanical problems
in trucks and tractors. Horticulture, Plant & Soil Sciences
Crop Tech II, assists Mr. Pool with the coordination of production
enterprises, student projects, trials and research plots for the
department. He also supervises the farm staff in the maintenance
of major areas of the agronomy instructional laboratory. Stan
earned a B.S. in agronomy from Cal Poly Pomona. Before coming
to Cal Poly, he was the correctional farm supervisor at the James
Musick Facility in Irvine for eight years. Horticulture, Plant
& Soil Sciences
Instructional Support Assistant, provides support for all of the
scientific laboratory classes in the department. Nancy received
her B.S. in Food Science & Nutrition from Chapman University
in 1993. She has been working in the food industry for about nine
years specializing in the area of quality assurance. She has served
in positions at Seven Up/RC Cola (lab technician) and Miller Brewing
Company (chemist/microbiologist). Food, Nutrition & Consumer
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Recipient of the Wang Family Excellence and Teacher of the Year
Last May, Dr. Steven J. Wickler, professor, Animal & Veterinary
Sciences, became the second Cal Poly Pomona professor to receive
the Wang Family Excellence Award. Dr. Wickler, who was recognized
for his teaching in the area of applied sciences, was one of five
CSU recipients; each received a $20,000 cash award. This prestigious
award was established last year by CSU Trustee Stanley Wang to
annually recognize five faculty members/administrators from among
the 23 CSU campuses. In June, Dr. Wickler was presented with the
1999/00 Teacher of the Year Award during the College of Agriculture's
commencement ceremony. Dr. Wickler is a past recipient of both
the Advisor and Teacher of the Year Awards and was selected as
the University's Outstanding Professor in 1994.
According to Dr. Edward Fonda, Chair of the Department, "Dr.
Wickler is an extraordinarily effective teacher who is compassionate,
benevolent and intellectually curious. His commitment to his students
inspires them to learn, to engage in research, and to seek advanced
degrees." Animal science major, Teresa McCaffray, feels that
Dr. Wickler is one of the finest professors in the college. "His
enthusiasm for teaching is obvious during his lectures; his tone
of voice, body language and humor all portray an image of a teacher
who enjoys what he is teaching and wants you to as well."
Fellow colleague, Dr. Cedric Matsushima, stated "Dr. Wickler
is truly one who believes in experiential learning by students
Explains Dr. Cogger, this year's Advisor of the Year, "He
has a way of getting our students involved . . . and is always
ready to seize the 'teaching moment.' These moments arise regularly
whether it is during the post mortem on a cow, the spaying of
a cat, or the running of a horse on the high-speed treadmill while
collecting oxygen consumption data." Dr. Fonda adds, "Our
students are indeed fortunate to have the opportunity to interact
and learn from such an outstanding faculty member."
The recipient of the 1999/00 Mack
H. Kennington Advisor of the Year Award has the "patience
of a saint" and advises students with true compassion and
a sincere desire to help. His expertise in the use of computers
is willingly shared with students within and outside of the College
of Agriculture. As evidence of this, Dr. Edward Cogger, professor,
Animal & Veterinary Sciences, has served as a thesis committee
member for students in animal science, biological sciences; food,
nutrition and consumer sciences, and those involved in the Center
for Regenerative Studies. His computer skills and his knowledge
in the area of statistics play an important role in assisting
graduate students with the successful completion of their research
projects and graduate theses. According to Dr. Steven J. Wickler,
past recipient of both the Advisor and Teacher of the Year Awards,
Dr. Cogger "arrives early, leaves late, works on weekends
and his door is always open." Colleagues agree that he demonstrates
the same personal concern and attention to the student who needs
assistance with class scheduling as he does for the student who
needs help with a complicated research project or poster presentation.
According to former student and Equine Research Center Technician,
Holly Greene, "In my six years of employment at Cal Poly
Pomona, I have found Dr. Cogger to be one of the hardest working
and dedicated professors on campus."
For the first time in the history
of the College, a staff member was recognized during commencement
for contributions toward furthering the College mission. Mrs.
Rhonda Ostrowski, Recruitment Coordinator for the College of Agriculture,
was selected by a committee of her colleagues to be the first
staff member to receive the Staff of the Year Award. According
to Janet Mundy, Administrative Assistant to the Dean,
". . . Rhonda is one of the best things that has ever happened
to the College of Agriculture
" She not only administers
the College's recruitment activities, but her peers throughout
the university frequently call upon her as a resource person,
advisor, and mentor. She is co-advisor to Ag Council and works
closely with that group on the College's annual Career Fair. She
has served as an active member of many university-wide committees
and activities, and has proven to be a knowledgeable and articulate
spokesperson for the University as well as for the College of
Agriculture. Thanks to her efforts, enrollment in the College
of Agriculture has been increasing steadily since her arrival
Drs. Wayne Bidlack and Mark Meskin coordinated the second successful
conference on phytochemicals in the fall of 1998. Following the
conference, they served as editors along with S. T. Omaye and
D. Topham on Vol. 2 of a text entitled Phytochemicals as Bioactive
Agents, a scientific update on phytochemicals based on the most
current information. The same individuals also edited Vol. 1,
Phytochemicals: A New Paradigm: both Vols. 1 and 2 were published
by Technomics Publishing Co., Lancaster.
Dr. Anahid Crecelius, chair and professor, Food, Nutrition &
Consumer Sciences Department, was awarded a distinguished achievement
award for 2000 by the Southern California section of the Institute
of Technologists last May. The award honors those who have made
significant contributions to improve the health and welfare of
Dr. Cynthia Regan, Apparel Merchandising & Management program,
received a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) invitational
fellowship. She traveled to Japan in July to conduct planning
research on "Design Decisions that Impact Apparel Semi-Automatic
and Automatic Equipment Needs."
Dr. A. S. Naidu, Director of the College of Agriculture's Center
for Antimicrobial Research, edited a book, Natural Food Antimicrobial
Systems, for the CRC Press. Published in June, the book addresses
advances in the technology of food safety.
Dr. G. Duane Sharp, professor emeritus, Animal & Veterinary
Sciences, was selected by the National Association of Colleges
and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teacher Recognition Committee
to receive the NACTA Teacher Fellow Award. The award honors those
who represent the very best in the post-secondary teaching of
Mr. Jerry Liberatore, farm manager, W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse
Center, was elected president of Zone 8 of the Intercollegiate
Horse Show Association. He will preside over the schools in California,
Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. He was also named Coach
Sportsman of the Year at the 2000 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association
Dr. Martin Sancho, Food, Nutrition & Consumer Sciences, was
one of seven Cal Poly Pomona faculty selected to participate in
the Fulbright International Faculty Development Seminars 2000.
Dr. Sancho attended seminars on "Economic Reform, Regional
Integration, and Democratization in Chile and Argentina"
at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales in both Argentina
Prof. William Hughes, Food marketing, Agribusiness Management/Ag.
Education, and associate director of the W. K. Kellogg Arabian
Horse Center, judged the prestigious U.S. National Arabian Horse
Show in October, which included 2,000 horses, 3,500 class entries
and contestants from as far away as Australia and Brazil. This
is the third time Prof. Hughes has judged this event. In September,
he served as a lecturer at the International Arabian Horse Association
(IAHA) Judging School in Austin, Texas and as an evaluator in
the IAHA Judges Evaluation program. Prof. Hughes is second vice
president of the IAHA, an organization of about 35,000 members.
Last October, Dr. Gregory Partida, Horticulture/Plant & Soil
Science Department, was awarded the California Avocado Society
Oliver Atkins Award of Excellence and Service. The award recognized
Dr. Partida's many years of dedicated service to the avocado nursery
industry. For several years, Dr. Partida and his staff have been
showing avocado growers throughout California and abroad how to
prune avocado trees, using Cal Poly Pomona's method of avocado
canopy management to lower costs and increase fruit production.
On Sept. 18, Dr. Art Parker, FMAM professor, was presented with
the George P. Hart Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership. Dr.
Parker, a two-time recipient of the College of Agriculture's Advisor
of the Year Award, was recognized for his leadership in the community
as well as on campus. He has taught in the College of Agriculture
since 1976 and has served on his department's curriculum committee
and on the University's Academic Senate. Off campus, he heads
the finance committee and the stewardship committee for his church.
In addition, he is a board member of the Claremont Community Foundation.
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Balancing school, extracurricular activities, work and family
responsibilities are something that last year's student leaders
do very well. Foods and nutrition major Cheryl Guinotte and animal
science student Teresa McCaffray not only excelled academically,
but served as presidents of their respective student organizations,
inspiring and motivating their colleagues to become involved in
club activities and community service. Under Teresa's leadership,
the Pre-Vet club membership has swelled to 60 active members and
fundraising for club activities has been very successful. Other
activities included assistance with Ag Field Day activities, authoring
and presenting a research poster at the 16th Equine Nutrition
and Physiology Symposium held in Raleigh, NC, serving as the Department's
yearbook editor, and assisting with veterinary procedures and
maintenance at the Veterinary Clinic. In addition, Teresa is supporting
herself and, therefore, is required to work many hours at a local
Phi Upsilon Omicron Honorary Society established a record of outstanding
community service thanks to the leadership of club president Cheryl
Guinotte. Their activities included providing Christmas baskets
to battered women at the House of Ruth and nutrition education
to Cal Poly students at the University's Wellness Center. Their
most significant achievement was their Teen Power 2000 - Career
and Health Seminar for at-risk 16 year olds held on April 21.
The entire junior class of North High School in Riverside (50
students) participated. Cheryl has continued to work with two
of the students from this project. In addition, she has served
as a mentor to fellow students and conducted a scholarship workshop
for all the foods and nutrition majors. Cheryl has received a
number of awards for academic excellence including American Association
of Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarship ($1,000), American
Dietetic Association Scholarship, Mead Nutritionals/Bristol-Myers
Squibb Scholarship ($2,000), California Dietetics Association
($1,000) and the Gwen La Bounty Scholarship ($1,000). To help
support her family and her education, she works with Dr. Marie
Caudill as a research assistant on an NIH sponsored project and
works off-campus in the evenings and weekends. Cheryl received
her undergraduate degree in foods and nutrition in June; she was
accepted into the graduate program and began her coursework during
the 2000 summer quarter.
CPP's ALCA Team nearly defeated long-time rival Cal Poly SLO when
they captured 2nd place at the first ALCA (Assoc. of Landscape
Contractors of America) Student Career Day Nat'l Championship
of the 21st century. Twelve ornamental horticulture and landscape
irrigation science students, guided by advisors Dr. Fred Roth
and Prof. Eudell Vis, competed against over 50 colleges and were
tested on both theoretical and applied knowledge.
At the prestigious Scottsdale All Arabian Horse Show in Arizona,
Cal Poly Pomona students, supervised by Dr. Cal Kobluk, Director
of Equine Sciences, and horse center trainer, Mark Stinson, came
away with 19 awards including one reserve championship, three
first place awards and five top 10 selections.
The College of Agriculture's Beef Show Team received 12 firsts,
two seconds and a third place award at the Great Western Livestock
Show in Tulare, CA, and 1st and 2nd place awards at the Arizona
National Livestock Show in Phoenix.
First place awards for the In-hand and Reasons division at the
Morgan Grand National Horse Show were captured by CPP's Intercollegiate
Horse Judging Team.
Thirty-two students representing a variety of majors in the College
of Agriculture captured the four-year school and the overall sweepstakes
awards at the 2000 NACTA Judging Conference hosted by the University
of Minnesota, Crookston. Advisors and coaches for our teams included
Profs. Emeritus Drs. Duane Sharp and Robert Tullock, Dr. Fred
Roth and Prof. Dan Hostetler.
Ag Council President and a senior majoring in food marketing and
agribusiness management, along with Dr. Arthur Parker, professor
in the Food Marketing & Agribusiness Mgmt./Ag. Education Department,
traveled to the Philippines last January to observe facilities
and discuss possible avenues of collaboration with Central Luzon
State University. They met with students and officials of the
University as well as with the mayor of the neighboring city of
Munoz and with officials of the Department of Agriculture in Manila.
It is expected that joint research projects will also result from
their visit. The University is well known for its research in
the areas of fresh water aquaculture (especially tilapia) and
the carabao (also known as water buffalo).
Three students from the College of Agriculture participated in
the prestigious McNair Scholars Program. The program is named
after Ronald E. McNair,an African-American astronaut who died
on the space shuttle Challenger in 1986. The grant was awarded
to the University's Learning Resource Center and funded a five-week
program which provided valuable research opportunities to underrepresented
minority undergraduates. The students and their research topics
were: Brenda Burns (The impact of folic acid fortification on
folate status in low-income women of childbearing age); Ammie
Eggleston (Anatomical distribution of leptin in the hypothalamus
of cattle, pigs, sheep and rats); and Naomi Johnson (Assessing
the methods used to entice a cat to start eating a less palatable
Agricultural Biology students Janel Freeman, Tim O'Neill, and
agronomy major Sherry Schiliskey together received scholarships
totaling $10,000. Janel was awarded the prestigious Entomological
Society of America Scholarship; Tim and Sherry were selected to
receive the Pesticide Applicators Professional Association Scholarships.
Agronomy major Catherine Hagerty, with support from her department,
dean's office, the Research & Sponsored Programs office, and
Extended University, spent three weeks in Nigeria on a project
for the International Foundation with Agricultural Development.
She was accompanied by Ms. Grace Akpu, CEO of Bountiful Harvest.
Cal Poly Pomona's Scolinos Field Renovation
After years of reduced budget, the varsity baseball team's field
was uneven, bumpy and in dire need of a major face-lift. A call
for help went out from the Athletic Department to Cal Poly Pomona
professor and Turfgrass Specialist, Dr. Kent Kurtz (HPSS Dept.)
With his 35 years of experience, 60 of his students and baseball
coach Mike Ashman, the call was answered. The project also required
a cooperative effort between the turfgrass industry, Cal Poly
Pomona alumni, Landscape Services, Facilities Mgmt. and the Athletic
Department. 3,000 pounds of ryegrass and fertilizer were donated
by Scotts and, after 2 months of work, the field finally reopened
in January 2000. The baseball team was thrilled! According to
Dr. Kurtz, "This project was a wonderful learning experience
for our students since it emphasized the need for dedication,
commitment and cooperation with many individuals to work and succeed".
The Cal Poly Pomona way-"learn by doing" is well and
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Thank you Alumni, from your college:
Mary Jane Seely
Minh Hai Nguyen
This past summer some of the Founding Fathers of the Animal Science
Department got together to celebrate the 50th Wedding Anniversary
of Wesley and Pat Combs. They were: Jim Oxley, Gene Starkey, Alton
K. (Casey) Brown, Wes Combs, Chair 1953-59, Williams Hugh 1953,
and Ray House (Wes Combs' class mate).
Please meet Bruce Campbell, our new
partner and the Director of Planned Giving for the University.
As a boy growing up, the Campbell home was visited often by then
Congressman Jerry Voorhis because Bruce's father was the leading
proponent and Washington D.C. advocate for housing cooperatives
which was a passion of Jerry's. So Bruce, who is an attorney and
financial planner, is no stranger to our Voorhis heritage. Coming
from a similar post at the Alzheimer's Association, he brings
a wealth of experience to our goal of building the 21st Century
Endowment for the College of Agriculture. We asked him to write
this article for AgriColumn to stimulate your thinking about planned
giving to your College of Agriculture.
The College of Agriculture created
a lot of change as it transforms into a more modern, urban-based
agriculture college. That change has been based on thoughtful
planning. Now, have we as individuals also done our own personal
Planning can make all the difference. We plan our vacations, our
day, our meals and so on, but do we really plan the legacy we
want to leave. Our planning does make a difference. It is relatively
easy in this age of the "new economy" to forecast the
difference we can make, maximize our investments and save taxes
in the process.
Failing to plan. We are not alone, a recent article I read reviewed
the number of Americans who have a will. The head line was "Many
Americans Lag in Estate Planning". Signaling that many Americans
are behind the eight ball in estate planning, a new study has
found that more than 40 percent of adults age 35 and older don't
have a will.
Of those with a will, only 49 percent did any estate planning
before writing it, according to a survey of 664 adults for brokerage
firm U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray. In addition, 26 percent of those
who had wills hadn't reviewed them in at least five years, the
firm reported. According to survey results, 31 percent of respondents
believed that less than 20 percent of their estate would go to
taxes, if the distribution of their assets were left to the government,
while studies show that up to 50 percent can go to taxes if no
estate planning is done, US Bancorp Piper Jaffray said.
"It doesn't matter if you have $250,000 or $2.5 million in
assets," said Patty Peterson, Vice President of Business,
Retirement and Estate planning. "If you don't plan how your
money will be distributed upon your death, a large portion of
your estate could end up going to the government."
Politics aside, the newspapers are beginning to get the picture.
Without planning, a large portion of our estates could end up
going to the government. While we do not have all the answers,
we do know that a good plan includes family, school, church, and
social causes. We know that wills, living trusts, charitable trusts,
annuities, exchanges, retirement plans all have a place, and just
naming them is mind boggling. We have now added staff that is
available to work with our alumni, parents, and their professional
advisors to obtain solutions and think through plans. A call to
Bruce Campbell on campus at (909) 869-3108 is an easy start to
making that plan and a difference.
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