|President Michael Ortiz and Victor Covarrubias stand in front of Covarrubias Circle, the road that runs directly in front of the CLA Building. Covarrubias bid $3,500 on the street name.|
The road that runs directly in front of the CLA Building has been re-named Covarrubias Circle. It was unveiled at a dedication ceremony on Feb. 15.
Victor Covarrubias was the winning bidder in a live auction for the street naming last March at Founders' Celebration, University Advancement's annual fundraising gala. Covarrubias, a member of the University Educational Trust and president of Victor Buick GMC Inc. in Corona, bid $3,500 on the street name. The funds went toward much-needed student-athlete scholarships.
Nearly 50 faculty, staff and students attended the 10th annual Bronco Circle Naming Unveiling Ceremony, hosted by the Athletic department. President Michael Ortiz and Athletic Director Brian Swanson thanked Covarrubias for his continued support.
“Your support is translating not only on the field but in the classroom as well,” Ortiz said to Covarrubias.
This fall quarter, the Broncos had 29 student-athletes make the Dean's List and 113 of the 214 student-athletes (53 percent) earned grade point averages above 3.0. Cal Poly Pomona's student-athletes had a 2.92 overall grade point average.
The university began dedicating the circle in 1997 to support student-athletes and scholarships. The street was previously named Fredericksen Lane after Gary Fredericksen, former interim vice president for Student Affairs, and his wife, Ardyn.