Welcome to Pace Setters

Pace Setters

Pace Setters is the official organization for retired faculty and staff of Cal Poly Pomona, including the Foundation, ASI and the Cal Poly Pomona Federal Credit Union.

Pace Setters develops programs and activities for the benefit of its members, striving for the following:

  1. Assisting members to meet and confer for the exchange of professional information and entertainment.

  2. Promoting the goals of the university and to engage in projects, programs and activities to further these goals.

  3. Establishing and maintaining appropriate communications and other mutually beneficial relationships between the university, the Foundation, Associated Students Inc., the Credit Union and their retirees.

Upcoming Events! Watch for details

Upcoming events include a Wine Tasting Seminar with Dr. Ernie Simpson on February 20, 2015 (see announcement below). Also in the works is Huntington Gardens Tour--probably sometime in March. Our next Spring Luncheon Meeting is being planned for April 30, 2015. Details for all these events will be published when available.

Wine Tasting Seminar with Dr. Ernie Simpson, February 20, 2015, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

The Chemistry of Wine with Dr. Ernie Simpson


Collins College of Hospitality Management

Bldg. 79A, Wine Lecture Auditorium, Room #1263

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona,

CA 91768-2557

Dr. Ernie Simpson, member of Pace Setters and the American Chemical Society (ACS), will give a presentation to both groups about wine and wine making, descriptions of the composition of grapes and wine, laboratory methods for analysis of grapes and wines, some potential health aspects of wine, and wine tasting/appreciation/food pairing. Wine samples will be offered to demonstrate the different components of wine and wine varieties.

After the main talk, 3:00-4:15, there will also be older red wines available for auction and limited tasting for extra fees to help raise money for the Pace Setters Scholarship.

Cost: $15 donation. Includes main lecture, wine samples, and cheese and crackers. Proceeds of Pace Setters member donations go to the Pace Setters Scholarship. Make checks payable to: Cal Poly Pomona Foundation. On the note line add: “Fund Pace Setters Scholarship”

Reservations: Strongly recommended as space is limited to the first 75 who register. Download registration form and additional information from San Gorgonio Section ACS website at http://sangorgonio.sites.acs.org.  Reservation must be prepaid by check and mailed to Dr. J. Ernest Simpson, 226 Cucamonga Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711-5015. Reservations must be received no later than February 6, 2015. If you have questions, please contact Ernie Simpson at jesimpson@cpp .edu.

All seminar attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

Luncheon Meeting Featuring Dr. Aubrey Fine, October 23, 2014

The Pace Setters October 23 luncheon featured a presentation by Professor Aubrey Fine, psychologist and Cal Poly Pomona education professor, on some interesting facts and heart-warming personal stories about the roles of animals in our lives. His presentation was titled: More Than Puppy Love: Roles of Animals in our Lives and Therapy. Professor Fine is one of the nation's leading pioneers on using therapy animals to help treat children with emotional, social, or physical problems. Dr. Fine has a newly published book: Our Faithful Companions. Proceeds from the book go to student scholarships.

President Ortiz spoke giving parting remarks including a lot of interesting history behind his presidency. Highlights included $161 Million capital campaign and new construction of the College of Business building, residential suites, and BRIC (Bronco Recreation and Intramural Center). Plans are to increase the residential space by 1600 more students. In recognition of his service to the university and Pace Setters, Kathy Harcharik presented Dr. Ortiz with a lifetime membership to Pace Setters.

Huntley Gallery Tour - August 20, 2014

Huntley tour groupPace Setters had a private tour of the new Don B. Huntley Gallery on August 20. The Gallery featured Don Huntley's exceptional western art collection. Mr. Huntley has donated over 100 pieces of art to Cal Poly Pomona and select pieces are on display at different times of the year. Michele Cairella Fillmore, the new curator and director of the Kellogg University Art Gallery as well as the Huntley Art Gallery led the tour and shared interesting facts about the collection and how Mr. Huntley obtained most of the art work. She told us about future plans for both galleries, and concluded our tour with a visit of a storage area where other pieces of western art are stored. It was an interesting behind the scenes look at the Huntley Gallery.

Members enjoyed the tour so much that many signed up for the Art Gallery mailing, and were enthusiastic about a future event where we could tour both Galleries at the same time.

Photos from Arabian Horse Show and Equine Center Tour, April 6, 2014

On April 6, 2014, 20 Pace Setters and family members attended the Arabian Horse Show followed by a tour of the Arabian Horse Center.

Kelly Pina, Administrative Support Coordinator of the WK Kellogg Arabian Horse Center led the tour. Kelly is with a mare called Tatiana who seemed to be one of her favorites.
Pace Setters enjoying the tour of the Arabian Horse Center


Scholarship News


A big THANK YOU to everyone who supported our first two Pace Setter Scholarships! Since our presentations at the luncheon meeting in April we almost have enough support for two more scholarshipsl. The winners will be selected late March and announced at the April general meeting.  As a reminder, the scholarships will go to an undergrad or graduate student who has a record of some campus volunteer involvement and a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.  The recipient will be screened by the Financial Aid Office and selected by two Pace Setters, one of whom will be a Board member.

Your general donations to Pace Setters are always welcome and we thank all of you who help out in this way.  If you want your donation to support the Pace Setter Scholarship then when you make your check out to Pace Setters/Cal Poly Pomona Foundation you must indicate “scholarship” on the memo line.  We are looking into ways to raise funds in addition to donations but in the meantime, we appreciate your participation in this effort. 

Students interested in applying for a Pace Setters scholarship can contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.



Pace Setters
c/o University Advancement Office, CLA-5th floor
Cal Poly Pomona
3801 W. Temple Ave, Pomona CA 91768

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