The award-winning Rose Float, Homecoming and hall of famers topped President Ortiz’s first video message of the year.
The Cal Poly Universities’ Rose Float took home the Crown City Innovation Award for its 2014 entry, “Bedtime Buccaneers.”
It was the 66th consecutive year that Cal Poly has entered a float in the parade, and the students continued the tradition of designing and building floats that have won awards for their imagination and innovation. They were among the first – if not the first – to use hydraulics, computer-controlled animation and fiber optics on floats during the 1970s and 80s.
This year, the students animated some of the floral decorations that covered the float, making them ripple like waves. CSU Chancellor Tim White and his family joined President Ortiz and his wife, Betty, in Pasadena to watch the float go down Colorado Boulevard.
Homecoming weekend, which is open to the campus community and their families, is coming up on Feb. 7-8. Friday night festivities will include a bonfire, ice skating and a fashion show. On Saturday, the activities will include carnival rides, sporting events and a homecoming dance.
On the university’s 75th anniversary, it’s appropriate to honor those who have made Cal Poly Pomona a special place.
During homecoming weekend, the athletics department will welcome five new members to its Hall of Fame, as well as honor its 51 current members.
Two weeks later, the College of Engineering will induct its inaugural class of 22 members to its Hall of Fame. Photos and biographies of the member will hang on the walls of buildings 9 and 17.
To read the entire video message, download a PDF of the transcript.