|Students sit on each other during the “Making Connections Mixer” at BroncoFusion, an introduction to campus life for new students.|
Cal Poly Pomona welcomed more than 1,000 new students to campus on Sept. 22 at BroncoFusion, a daylong orientation that included mixers, workshops, campus tours, open houses, a BBQ dinner and entertainment.
Coordinated by the division of Student Affairs and sponsored by all divisions, the Office of the President and Associated Students Inc. (ASI), the event was held in the Bronco Student Center, the Engineering Meadow and Horseshoe Hill.
“It was exciting to see the whole campus community come together to provide this kind of welcome event for our new students,” says Jennifer Schufer, who co-chaired BroncoFusion with Rebecca Gutierrez Keeton. “And we were pleased that this year we had a larger percentage of the incoming class participate and an increase in attendance at almost all of the activities offered.”
Freshmen learned about key academic support services, received their Bronco Access Cards, bought books and explored ways to get involved on campus. Many attended workshops that covered such topics as “Advice on Advising,” “Navigation 101,” “Academic Success Through Time and Stress Management” and “Library 101.”
University President Michael Ortiz welcomed the students, as did Interim Provost and Academic Affairs Vice President Tomas Morales and ASI President Jason Dyogi.
BroncoFusion culminated with a live evening concert by hip-hop recording artist BLASTMASTER KRS-ONE. More than 1,000 new and returning students attended the free performance sponsored by ASI B.E.A.T.
“It is clear that this program helps new students feel welcome at Cal Poly Pomona,” says Gary Fredericksen, interim vice president for Student Affairs. “Thank you to everyone across the entire campus community who helped out.”