|Hae and Shina Park, owners of the Bel-Air Swap-Meet in Bloomington, have pledged $1 million to create an Alumni Office at the Collins School of Hospitality Management.|
Cal Poly Pomona is grateful local entrepreneurs Hae and Shina Park have pledged $1 million to create an Alumni Office at the Collins School of Hospitality Management.
“Mr. Park's time at Cal Poly Pomona created a lasting, positive experience that has translated into a long-term relationship with the university,” says President Michael Ortiz. “The Parks have been incredible supporters. It's because of their kindness and generosity that the Collins School will have the resources it needs for continued outreach to other students and alumni.”
Establishing an Alumni Office to encourage and maintain relationships with past and present students has special meaning to Mr. Park. As a former Cal Poly Pomona student, he struggled with his English when first attending the university. Despite the challenges, he never gave up working toward his degrees. For that, he credits his mentor, Donald Lundberg, who encouraged him to continue his education and provided support and guidance along the way.
After graduating with a bachelor's in hotel and restaurant management in 1978 as well as a master's in business administration in 1984, Park went on to own and manage Cal Pacific Realty, which operates Bel-Air Swap-Meet, Pro Swap-Meet and a number of other properties.
“I am truly grateful for the education and guidance I received from Dr. Donald Lundberg while attending the Collins School of Hospitality Management,” says Mr. Park. “I now own and manage a successful real estate development business. It's now time to invest in whoever needs our help and support.”
Earlier this year, the Parks established a $20,000 endowed memorial scholarship in honor of Lundberg, who taught at Cal Poly Pomona from 1973-83.
The $1 million gift will be matched by longtime university benefactors James and Carol Collins. In addition, the University Educational Trust will add $5,000, yielding a $2,005,000 endowment. The Collins School will establish the Alumni Office within the academic year under the direction of a full-time staff member.
“This gift represents an ideal example of a bond between a faculty member and a student. It is given in memory of Dr. Donald Lundberg, who mentored Mr. Park while he was a student,” says Bob Small, interim dean of the Collins School. “With Mr. and Mrs. Park's generous gift we can ensure that the essential relationships between students, alumni and faculty will be developed and nurtured.”
The Parks are residents of Rancho Cucamonga and have two children. Their son, Eugene, is a junior at the Collins School. They also have a daughter, Eunice, a junior at Rancho Cucamonga High School.