Author Archives: Melanie Johnson

Melanie is a communications specialist in the Office of Public Affairs and a Cal Poly Pomona alumna. The areas she writes about include ASI, University Library, CLASS, The Collins College of Hospitality Management, the College of Agriculture, student affairs, foundation, CEU, and events. Her other duties include CyberNews.

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Local student receives prestigious scholarship

Turlock resident Edwin Betady, a Merced College student, plans to continue his education at Cal Poly Pomona this fall after receiving the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship. The extremely competitive award provides recipients with fully-paid tuition and guaranteed employment with the Department of Defense.

This story appeared in the Turlock Journal on June 30.

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Why the popularity of solar in the Inland Empire is good news for green energy’s future

Cal Poly Pomona’s GRID Team students volunteer to install solar power to a low-income household in Rialto (see caption under the article’s photo). A total of 20 students from the university gave back to their local communities by participating in the annual Solar Spring Break, which brings solar power to underserved communities free of charge.

This story appeared in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on June 29.

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Ex-congressman to lead California Fresh Fruit Association

The Fresno-based California Fresh Fruit Association names George Radanovich, a former U.S, congressman, president effective Aug. 1. His predecessor, Barry Bedwell, will go on to head the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation. The foundation offers a leadership program in partnership with Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fresno State and UC Davis.

This story appeared in The Packer on June 27.

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Cal Poly Pomona has three draftees on Day 3 of MLB draft

Day 3, the busiest day of the MLB draft, featured the final 30 rounds and all of the players from the Inland Valley and San Bernardino County to be drafted were college players, pitchers, or both. Cal Poly Pomona, which made the NCAA Division II World Series for the second straight year, had three more players go.

This article appeared in The Sun on June 11.