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

Save the date. Fall Luncheon Meeting is October 22, 2015. Program to be announced. Also watch for announcements about other events being planned.

2015 Scholarship Recipients

Thank you to all Pace Setters who have donated to our scholarship fund!  We were able to present two deserving students with $500.00 scholarships at the Spring Luncheon meeting. 

Miwa Ishisaka and Brianna Haigler

Breanna Haigler is a junior majoring in Industrial Engineering.  Some of her Cal Poly activities include secretary of the Bronco Pep Band and several leadership positions in Women in Engineering.  She completed an internship with Mattel and learned of their philanthropic work thus altering her career goals to include engineering and helping others. Miwa Ishisaka is a junior majoring in Plant Science with a minor in Agronomy.  She has actively participated in the Los Rancheros Club in Agronomy and the Ag Bio Club including events such as the Insect Fair, the Pumpkin Festival and the Strawberry Festival.  She has interned at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and will be interning at the Huntington Gardens this summer.  She plans on attending graduate school with the goal of breeding new varieties of flowers and improving flowers immunity toward different flower pathogens.

Luncheon Meeting featuring Dr. Dan Manson, April 30, 2015

The Spring luncheon meeting featured Dr. Dan Manson talking about the history of the nationally recognized Cyber Security program at Cal Poly Pomona. We also awarded our second round of Pace Setters Scholarships. Ernie Simpson gave a report about the recent Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association (ERFA) meeting. Retired faculty are strongly encouraged to join ERFA to receive quality information at a very reasonable cost.

Kathy Harcharik & Dan Manson

The turnout for the Spring luncheon was very good as was the food and commaraderie

Scholarship recipients Miwa Ishisaka (Plant Science) and Brianna Haigler (Industrial Engineering) with Phil Rosenkrantz--one of Brianna's current instructors!

Art Parker & Ralph Miller

Remembering Board Member Bob Stumpf (1937-2015)

We are sad to report that Bob Stumpf, Pace Setters Board Member and Newsletter Editor, passed away on April 18, 2015, after a series of battles with cancer. An excellent tribute was published in Polycentric and shows what a great person he was in all areas of his life. Bob will be greatly missed.

Huntington Gardens Tour, March 12, 2015

Fifteen Pace Setters, spouses, and friends attended a lovely tour of Huntington Gardens on March 12, 2015. The weather was great. We took the private tour before the gardens opened to the public followed by a fun lunch at one of the many cafés on the grounds. Our group was divided up between two docents who gave us terrific tours. Both docents were captivating story-tellers weaving history, human interest, and details about each part of the gardens.
We did not tour inside any of the buildings but the tour did include the history behind many of the museums and libraries. Most of us were surprised at the impact the Huntington family had on the growth and development of Los Angeles as well as the evolution of the Huntington Gardens. Everyone enjoyed the tour. –Reported by Phil Rosenkrantz


Wine Tasting Seminar with Dr. Ernie Simpson, February 20, 2015

The Chemistry of Wine
with Dr. Ernie Simpson

Collins College of Hospitality Management

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Dr. Ernie Simpson is a Pace Setter, Chemistry Professor Emeritus, Basketball Referee and a Wine Connoisseur - a true Renaissance man! He led a delightful wine tasting for several Pace Setters joined by members of the American Chemical Society. A part of the proceeds were donated by Ernie to the Pace Setters Scholarship Fund.

Participants can now, with the aroma wheel in hand, describe wines using the proper terminology, making it easier to understand and converse about wines. We learned basic winemaking, corks vs screw tops, oaked vs unoaked, health benefits, wine composition and much, much more.

We tasted two whites, two reds and two dessert wines in addition to three reference wines. They included a lovely Cabernet Sauvignon that sold for $125.00 a bottle and delicious dessert wines from Quady Winery. (Andrew Quady is a Cal Poly graduate!).

The wine tasting was followed by an auction of several of Ernie’s favorite wines, a special tasting and an optional no-host dinner. Thank you Dr. Simpson for sharing your wine knowledge with Pace Setters!

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 Information


Pace Setters offers one or more $500.00 scholarships annually--usually selected in March and awarded at the Spring luncheon meeting in April or May.  Students who are interested must meet the following criteria: a 3.0 or higher GPA, be a full time student, have campus volunteer involvement, be a continuing student, from any college or major,  be a California resident, and a U.S. Citizen. 

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 appreciate your participation in this effort. 

Students interested in applying for a Pace Setters scholarship can contact the Financial Aid Office for more information (Updated 5/10/2015 PRR)



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

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