Presidents Address Budget, Course Offerings and Campus Technology at Forum


Presidents Address Budget, Course Offerings and Campus Technology at Forum
Cal Poly Pomona President Michael Ortiz and Associated Students Inc. President Jason Dyogi address students' questions regarding fee increases, course offerings and wireless technology, among other issues at Lunch With the Presidents on April 28.
Nearly 200 students gathered in the Bronco Student Center's Ursa Minor to speak with the presidents and enjoy free pizza and drinks.

Cal Poly Pomona President Michael Ortiz and Associated Students Inc. President Jason Dyogi addressed students' questions regarding fee increases, course offerings and wireless technology, among other issues at Lunch With the Presidents on April 28.

Nearly 200 students gathered in the Bronco Student Center's Ursa Minor to speak openly with the presidents while enjoying free pizza and drinks at the quarterly event hosted by the President's Office and ASI. More than 1,300 pieces of pizza and 400 beverages were served.

In addition, dozens of university representatives were available to answer some of the students' more specific questions.

Ortiz began the forum by turning the tables to ask students what it would take to entice them to attend summer quarter at Cal Poly Pomona. Students recommended the university offer additional upper-level courses and online courses. Some students said they would take summer courses if they were able to receive financial aid for that quarter. Ortiz said he would take all of the information into consideration as he and other administrators look at ways of increasing summer enrollment.

Students asked whether tuition fees would increase next year. Based upon the higher education compact between the governor and the California State University, fees will increase by 10 percent next year, Ortiz explained. Even with the fee increase, Ortiz said, the CSU still offers the most affordable education nationwide.

Referring to the university's budget and infrastructure, Ortiz said Cal Poly Pomona is in the process of identifying where to focus its efforts. “We're going to look at how we reallocate our resources, and through that process, we're going to identify capital uses that need to be addressed,” he said. “I am going to work with deans and University Advancement to generate a comprehensive capital campaign to raise external funds to build the structures we need on the campus.”

Doug Freer, associate vice president for Student Affairs, responded to students' questions about the new parking structure currently under construction. He said that the 2,378-space parking facility is still on schedule to open by Fall 2006.

When one student inquired about having a wireless network available in the Bronco Student Center, Cora Culla, executive director of ASI, was excited to announce that a wireless network will be installed in the building in the next 30 days.

Another issue brought to the forum was campus involvement and school spirit among students. Dyogi challenged students to take advantage of opportunities to get involved on campus.

“Spirit is a two-way street. ASI tries to demolish the student apathy through events like bringing the real Coach Carter on campus, university forums and Pack the Gym Night, but students have to engage in and be supportive of these programs.”

Ortiz added to the sentiment by recommending students go to a campus event sometime to find out what they've been missing.

“Part of school spirit has to be what happens inside of you, not what is going on outside,” said Ortiz.

The next forum, Dinner With the Presidents, will be held in the fall.