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Common Read Events

The FYE Common Read Events for 2014-15

What are we reading this year?

Kelsay Timmerman book

Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes
by Kelsey Timmerman

When journalist and traveler Kelsey Timmerman wanted to know where his clothes came from and who made them, he began a journey that would take him from Honduras to Bangladesh to Cambodia to China and back again. Where Am I Wearing? intimately describes the connection between impoverished garment workers' standards of living and the all-American material lifestyle. By introducing readers to the human element of globalization—the factory workers, their names, their families, and their way of life—Where Am I Wearing bridges the gap between global producers and consumers.

Kelsey Timmerman is a freelance writer who focuses on globalization, travel, the outdoors, adventure, and what it means to be a Touron (moron + tourist) in worlds of clashing cultures.  He has spent the night in Castle Dracula in Romania, gone undercover as an underwear buyer in Bangladesh, played PlayStation in Kosovo, taught an island village to play baseball in Honduras, and, in another life, he worked as a SCUBA instructor in Key West, Florida.

Spring 2015 Events

Video Contest: Think Globally, Act Locally

All first year freshmen are invited to participate.

PROMPT: Explore some of the connections between local and global in your life - in your major, your community, your every day experiences

PRIZE: $150 Bookstore Gift Certificate.  Finalist videos will be shown at the Film Festival.

DUE DATE: April 13, 2015 DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 30, 2015 AT 11:59 PM

How to submit: Send an email to including:

  • Name
  • Bronco ID
  • FYE class, if you were enrolled in one this year
  • URL on YouTube or Vimeo where video can be found
  • The following statement, "I agree with the contest format and guidelines posted on the FYE Contest website"

How videos will be judged: Members of the First Year Experience Committee will evaluate the films and choose the winning entry. Videos will be judged on the following:

  • 0-2 points Technical Excellence - all elements (lighting, composition, sound, etc.) support the story, rather than distracting the viewer 
  • 0-4 points Adherence to Theme - follows the prompt
  • 0-4 points Creativity - offers a unique and interesting approach to prompt 
  • 0-4 points Storytelling - forms a coherent and compelling story rather than just a disjointed set of images

Required Format:

Videos should be limited to 3 minutes long.  All videos must be publicly viewable on YouTube or Vimeo. Other formats or submission methods (DVD, USB drive, email, Dropbox) will not be accepted.

Videos must contain only original material. Submissions cannot contain copyrighted music or images, unless you have authorization proof to use them. When filming people, participants must ensure the subjects have given their consent. if the filming is in a public space or a place where the public would expect to have access they do not need to get permission.

Violence, excessive profanity, sexually explicit content, libel and/or attacks on individuals or organizations may not be depicted in any form. Videos should not invade privacy, reveal other people’s personal information or display predatory behavior.  Videos must not contain material that promotes intolerance, harassment, intimidation, racism, hatred or harm against any group, individual or organization or promote discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.

Other Guidelines:

The Office of Academic Programs reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify and delete any entry it deems to be offensive, inappropriate, derogatory and libelous, or not in keeping with the competition theme or that is otherwise not in compliance with the official contest rules.

You will retain all rights to any video you submit -- including ownership if applicable. By entering the competition, you grant Cal Poly Pomona a royalty-free, nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to:

  • Use the video on the Internet in support of our mission.
  • Show the video in exhibits at an event.
  • Keep the files provided, and to archive the images on CD, DVD or in other electronic forms, so that your videos can be used to support our mission and be properly credited.

Film Festival

Enjoy some drinks and popcorn & watch the award winning videos.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
4:00 - 6:00 pm

Bronco Student Center, URSA Minor

Winter 2015 Events

Field Trips

All first year freshmen are invited to participate.
All participants will receive a t-shirt and lunch.

Apparel Walk: Bringing Where Am I Wearing? to Where We Live

January 24, 2015 - Downtown Pomona

January 31, 2015 - Fashion District, Los Angeles

February 7, 2015 - Olvera Street and Chinatown, Los Angeles

Register at:

Fall 2014 Events

Visit by Kelsey Timmerman

Author of Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mr. Timmerman will meet with a First Year Experience class, have lunch with a student club, tour the university, and make a presentation to the campus.

4:00 pm - Presentation
5:00 pm - Q & A followed by book signing (Books will be available for purchase)
Bronco Student Center, URSA Major

Essay Contest

All first-year freshmen are invited to participate, even if you are not in a “First Year Experience” class!  

PRIZE:  $150 Bookstore Gift Certificate. In addition the winner will attend a dinner with the author.

  • Due date: October 26, 2014 at 11:59 pm  DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 28, 2014 AT 11:59 PM
  • How to submit:  Email your essay as a Word .doc or .docx to the Office of Academic Programs ( The subject of the email must be: FYE ESSAY. 
  • How essays will be judged: Members of the First Year Experience committee will evaluate the essays and choose the winning entry.  Review the Evaluation Rubric here (PDF).

Essay Prompt:

Based on the book, Where Am I Wearing, by Kelsey Timmerman

Experts provide suggestions concerning how we can best serve the interests of workers, producers, and consumers of clothing.  Three of the most common are: (a) Let the market operate with little regulation or interference; (b) Guarantee minimum safety, health, and wage standards for workers; (c) Promote domestic manufacture of clothing. 

Using the information that Timmerman provides in his text, explain which of these three suggestions has the most merit, taking into consideration the positive and negative consequences of your choice. Defend your position with examples from the text as well as evidence from other sources.

Required Format:

Use Times New Roman 12-point or Arial 11-point, double-space your essay, and use 1-inch margins. Essays should be about four pages long, plus references if applicable.  

Evaluation Rubric:

An outstanding essay will address all parts of the prompt and fully explore at least one point that differs from the author's perspective. It will be interesting, well organized, free of grammatical and mechanical errors, and cite references. Read the detailed rubric.