Cal Poly Pomona and American Red Cross Come Together


Cal Poly Pomona and American Red Cross Come Together
President Bob Suzuki shakes hands with American Red Cross Regional Chief Executive Officer Jay Olmstead after signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

Just one week before a symbolic groundbreaking event in Los Angeles, members of the Cal Poly Pomona community and senior leaders from the American Red Cross (ARC) came together to identify collaboration opportunities between the two new partners.

The event on Monday, June 9, at the Kellogg West Conference Center featured comments from Cal Poly Pomona President Bob Suzuki and ARC Regional Chief Executive Officer Jay Olmstead. Faculty and staff from the university participated in an open dialogue with Red Cross colleagues on opportunities surrounding research, work-study and internships, employment, curriculum and training programs, shared facilities and support services.

The discussion concluded with the formal signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by Suzuki and Olmstead, noting that the two organizations will explore joint research, education and training programs that benefit both sides, ones that may create additional curriculum and degree programs.

Joining the meeting was President designate Michael Ortiz, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Tomás Morales, as well as Deans Wayne Bidlack (Agriculture), Ed Hohmann (Engineering), Harold Schleifer (University Library) and Donald Straney (Science).

The Red Cross Los Angeles office will be the site of a virtual groundbreaking on Monday, June 16, at 10 a.m. ARC President and College of Science commencement speaker Marsha Evans will be on site to answer questions. The new ARC facility, which will be one of the largest blood processing plant in the world, will be located in Cal Poly Pomona?s new Innovation Village. The physical ground breaking will take place later this fall.