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Cal Poly Universities’ Rose Float Wins Past President Award

Dec 31, 2017

Cal Poly Universities’ Rose Float Wins Past President Award “Dreams Take Flight,” the Cal Poly Universities’ 2018 Rose Float, wins the Past President Award in the 129th Rose Parade on Jan. 1. The Past President Trophy honors the most outstanding innovation in the use of floral and non-floral materials. The Cal Poly Universities’ float is the only entry that is designed and built entirely by students. Covered in more than 42,000 fresh flowers, the 54-foot long float features three young animals flying high above twinkling stars and puffy clouds at...


Cal Poly Pomona Officially Enters the Race to Space

Dec 08, 2017

Cal Poly Pomona Officially Enters the Race to Space Cal Poly Pomona has joined the race to become the first university to launch a liquid fuel rocket into space. Steps away from the mobile rocket lab students will soon haul to the desert for launch testing, University President Soraya. M. Coley led a celebration on Friday of Cal Poly Pomona’s newly expanded rocketry program punctuated by its entry into the “Race to Space.” “Thanks to the generosity of our donors, expert faculty, strong industry partnerships and some of the finest students you...


McNair Program’s Success Leads to $1.2 Million Grant Renewal

Nov 30, 2017

McNair Program’s Success Leads to $1.2 Million Grant Renewal Cal Poly Pomona’s Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program has received a $1.22 million grant renewal. The five-year grant, furnished by the U.S. Department of Education, will support the program’s goal of increasing the number of students from underrepresented and low-income groups who pursue graduate degrees. Winny Dong, program director and a materials engineering professor, says the program could not exist without external funding, which helps pay for individual student...


College of Engineering Names Laboratory in Honor of Late Former Dean

Nov 28, 2017

College of Engineering Names Laboratory in Honor of Late Former Dean About 100 people attended a laboratory dedication event in honor of the late Edward C. Hohmann, former dean of the College of Engineering. Attendees included family and faculty and staff throughout the university. The Dr. Edward C. Hohmann Laboratory, in the chemical and materials engineering department, honors a leader who served at Cal Poly Pomona for nearly four decades. A fundraising initiative, led by alumni and faculty who worked with him, raised $100,000 to rename the lab. The initial...


University Building its First Liquid Fueled Rocket

Nov 17, 2017

University Building its First Liquid Fueled Rocket Thanks to the National College Resources Foundation’s $1.67 million grant, work is well underway at the Cal Poly Pomona Liquid Rocket Lab. A team of more than 70 students and nine faculty advisors are working toward launching a liquid-fueled rocket 45,000 feet to win the top prize at the FAR/Mars Society Launch Contest. Currently, the team is preparing for its first engine test on Dec. 9 – flowing inert liquid nitrogen through the engine. Typically, a project of this magnitude would take 5 to...


New Director Leading Governmental Relations

Nov 09, 2017

New Director Leading Governmental Relations With more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit and university settings, Frances Teves is leading Cal Poly Pomona’s governmental and community relations effort. As director, Teves joins the senior leadership team in the Division of University Advancement. Teves comes from Cal State Fullerton, where she served as the chief of operations for university advancement and managed the Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation Board of Governors. Prior to this role, she served as Fullerton’s...


CEIS to Tap $1.1 Million Grant to Fund Scholarships for Special Ed Teachers

Nov 08, 2017

CEIS to Tap $1.1 Million Grant to Fund Scholarships for Special Ed Teachers The College of Education & Integrative Studies has received a $1.1 million federal grant to help alleviate the shortage of special education teachers in Southern California. The U.S. Department of Education grant will offer full-tuition scholarships for new post-baccalaureate students wishing to pursue their first teaching credential in moderate/severe special education or adapted physical education authorization and their master’s degrees in special education or adapted physical...


Cal Poly Pomona Launches Effort to Ease Food Insecurity of Students

Nov 02, 2017

Cal Poly Pomona Launches Effort to Ease Food Insecurity of Students In the days leading up to the August test run of a new mobile food pantry on campus, Sara Gamez hoped the word of the new service would reach students. Gamez, associate director for Student Support & Equity Programs, wondered whether students would show up. Do they read their emails in the summer? It turns out they did. Volunteers prepared 400 bags of non-perishable food items and toiletries for about 200 students. All of the prepared bags were taken, she said. “We had to close off the...


Cal Poly Pomona, Fairplex, Pomona and Los Angeles County Announce Proposal for Amazon’s Second HQ

Oct 16, 2017

Cal Poly Pomona, Fairplex, Pomona and Los Angeles County Announce Proposal for Amazon’s Second HQ Cal Poly Pomona, Fairplex, Pomona and Los Angeles County have made a proposal to Amazon for Pomona to be the new home for the internet giant’s second headquarters. Supported by a coalition of business, education and health care institutions, transportation and government agencies and utilities, the proposal, called Amazon PolyPlex, highlights education, innovation and commerce. “By joining forces with Fairplex, the City of Pomona and the County of Los Angeles, we are proposing the opportunity...


Doug Nelson to Lead University Development

Sep 18, 2017

Doug Nelson to Lead University Development Doug Nelson, an experienced fundraiser and leader with more than 20 years of experience, is the new associate vice president for university development. Working closely with the college deans and campus development officers, Nelson will help direct Cal Poly Pomona’s fundraising efforts and strengthen college advisory boards. “Doug understands the importance of building meaningful relationships with campus and community leaders as we secure investments for ideas included in our new strategic...