The search for the next Cal Poly Pomona president, robot competitions, and hands-on learning by landscape architects top President Ortiz’s weekly video update.
President Ortiz is planning to retire at the end of this calendar year, and the committee searching for his successor conducted an open forum Monday morning for the campus community. The event provided an opportunity for the campus to learn about the search process and provide input.
It’s May, and that means it’s time for robots. More than 800 elementary school students came to campus Friday for the College of Engineering’s Robot Rally. On Tuesday, the College of Education & Integrative Studies is holding its Robot Expo for six local schools at Fairplex. The events are designed to get schoolchildren interested in science, math and engineering.
A group of landscape architecture students got some real-world experience when James Becerra, a lecturer in ENV, asked them to design a new courtyard and entrance for a center that helps homeless people in Hollywood. The students presented their visions to the center’s board of directors last week.
In other news:
- The baseball team enters the NCAA postseason with a game against California Baptist on Thursday. The team has 10 All-Conference honorees, including league MVP David Armendariz.
- The men’s track and field 4×100 relay team took first place at this past weekend’s Oxy Invite with a time that ranks 16th nationally and the 4th best in Cal Poly Pomona history.
- The most-viewed speaker in the history of TED.com will speak on campus Wednesday at the College of Business Administration’s leadership forum. Sir Ken Robinson is a leading thinker on creativity and innovation in the workplace.
- Student entrepreneurs will pitch their project ideas in an effort to win $10,000 in seed money at the Bronco Startup Challenge on Thursday.
- Some of the campus’ most talented musicians will perform at the 11th Songwriter Showcase this Thursday and Friday.
- The Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a Spring Festival on Saturday, May 17.
- One of China’s best-known musicians will visit campus on May 18. Grammy-nominated Wu Man has toured with Yo-Yo Ma and even performed at the White House.
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