Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies

Randall Lewis Fellowship

Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies Randall Lewis Lyle Center Fellowship

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The Randall Lewis Lyle Center Fellowship is seeking dynamic and engaged Cal Poly Pomona students to work on site participating in the regular site maintenance and regenerative food production activities at the grounds of our 16-acre living laboratory at the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies.    

This will involve such activities as weed control, walkway clearance, fence repair/replacement,  seed planting, transplanting, harvesting, pruning of fruit trees, hauling mulch and compost, irrigation troubleshooting, pest management and other tasks associated with regenerative architecture and the regular maintenance of the grounds as needed. 

Randall Lewis Fellowship Fall 2023: Applications due on Friday, August 18, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. (PST).

Fellowship Application


The number of fellowship positions are based on renewed funding availability.


volunteer event group participants March 12 2022

The Spring 2023 application period for the Randall Lewis Lyle Center Fellowship is now open.  

Fellowships are for the entire academic semester (10 hours/week for a 15-week period), with fellows each receiving fellows each receiving a $2,400 stipend.This opportunity is open to all Cal Poly Pomona undergraduate and graduate students.






Spring 2023


Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. (PST)

Jan. 23, 2023

May 12, 2023


Module - Randall Lewis Fellows Content

Each semester, the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies names 2-6 Cal Poly Pomona students as Randall Lewis Fellows. The program is open to all majors, providing hands-on opportunities for students to apply classroom theory to real-world community programs such as The Poly Pantry, an initiative under the university's Broncos Care Basic Needs program. 

Randall Lewis Fellows Fall 2022 cohort group photo

Pictured, left to right:

Michael Zullo – Plant Science

Ethan Van Beek - Architecture

Odin Metzger - Hospitality Management

Jennifer Pihlak - Master's in Regenerative Studies

Blake Kissee - Enviromental Engineering

Sasha Colbert - Master's in Landscape Architecture

Tristen Anderson - Plant Science

Lina Luu - Master's in Regenerative Studies

Shaun Haverstack - Master's in Regenerative Studies             

Audrey Snyder - Master's in Regenerative Studies   

Gabriel Manzano - Master's in Architecture     

Lina Luu - Master's in Regenerative Studies   

Blake Kissee - Environmental Engineeering         

Arthur Levine - Master's in Regenerative Studies    

Shawn Haverstick - Master's in Regenerative Studies   

Lina Luu - Master's in Regenerative Studies   

Gabriel Manzano - Master's in Architecture   

Arthur Levine - Master's in Regenerative Studies  

Audrey Snyder - Master's in Regenerative Studies  

Blake Kissee - Environmental Engineeering   

Ryan Lutz - Master's in Regenerative Studies   

Kevin Corona - Agribusiness and Food Industry Management

Whitney Doyle - Master's in Regenerative Studies

Shawn Haverstick - Master's in Regenerative Studies   

Lina Luu - Master's in Regenerative Studies   

Gabriel Manzano - Master's in Architecture   

Ryan Lutz portraitRyan Lutz (’23, geography; minor in regenerative studies)

What motivated you to apply for the Fellowship program?

My life experience has taught me how important proper nutrition is, and has also made me aware of some of the help our planet needs in response to our existence on it. On every level I want the work I choose to do to have a positive impact on the world. Food insecurity and poor nutrition are very real problems which permeate our society, and my hope is that not only can the work I have done and will do here at the Lyle Center provide some needed short-term sustenance for some of my fellow Broncos and their families through the Poly Pantry program, but also that I will come away with valuable fundamental regenerative agriculture skills and practices to replicate and scale to solve real-world problems. 

What achievement(s) are you most proud of from your time at the Center? What would be your advice for other CPP students interested in applying to be Fellows?

While some very tangible results were manifest this summer, I believe the most important achievements resulting from this fellowship of which I am most proud are the intangible: building working relationships with people, and the privilege of working on campus, outdoors, since May. There were a few hot days, but it was worth it to be outside working with my hands.

I think if you're interested in applying to be a fellow based on what you've read about the experience, you'll probably really enjoy it and should apply. The weeding really isn't  that bad. Besides, it's a pretty chill place to spend a morning--working outside, getting exercise--all while making a positive difference.


Kevin Corona portraitKevin Francisco Corona (’23, agribusiness and food industry management)

“I am currently an undergraduate but foresee attending graduate school at Cal Poly Pomona. During the Spring of 2021, I spent most of my time contemplating issues I would like to address and target as a discipline. Some of the issues involve world hunger, sustainability, and education. Fortunately, I received an email from the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies with an opportunity to be involved as a fellow for a Fellowship program in the Summer of 2021.

When I first received the email, I applied with no hesitation because the description of the program altered a connection to what I envision and aspire for in the future of society and our only home, Earth.

The Fellowship program at Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies is all about sustainability which motivated me to apply. During my time as a Fellow, I worked on several projects that involve clearing weeds, starting seedlings, fixing a shed house, harvesting apples and blackberries for The Poly Pantry, running drip irrigation systems, and forming/clearing land for a garden. Working on these projects helped me reflect on what it takes to manage and maintain the earth and humans because the Lyle Center in a way is its own village that is responsible for maintaining a diverse ecosystem and its staff/students by also letting nature do its work without disrupting the process. Largely, the achievement I am most proud of from my time at the Center is getting started with arable land to grow food and feed students in the Fall of 2021.

If future Cal Poly Pomona students seek interest in the program and intend on applying, I advise them to impart their knowledge with the center and enjoy the workspace around them because it truly does feel as if you are working in a village located in the forest!"

Investing in Sustainability Education

Randall Lewis translates his interest in sustainability by investing in several significant initiatives at the College of Environmental Design and the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies.

With support from Lewis, the Center In 2020 launched the Randall Lewis Lyle Center Fellowship. This program awards $2,400 to each recipient and the opportunity for Cal Poly Pomona students to participate in the food production activities on the 16-acre site "living laboratory" and assist with the renovation of the vegetable garden area to grow food for the Poly Pantry. Other activities for fellows include conducting research, design, data collection and analysis, ideation, and project development at the Center.

Among other programs and initiatives, Lewis funded the Upland Unified School District Gardens Program (2017-2020), an internship opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students that tied together nutrition, food gardening and public schools.

In the 2021-22 academic year, he sponsored the creation of a new course, Sustainable Cities (URP 5900), offered by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. This lab/project course will give ENV graduate students and undergraduate seniors the chance to work on a housing and sustainability report, and resource and policy guidance for the Pomona area.