2003-04 Academic Year Opens With Fall Conference

2003-04 Academic Year Opens With Fall Conference
Faculty and staff gather during Fall Conference and Convocation 2002.
Julio Fonseca carries balloons with him as he receives his 10 years of service pin from Ray Inge during the 2002 Service Awards in the University Theatre. This year's awards ceremony will be in the Bronco Student Center.

As the summer wraps up and a new academic year begins, the Cal Poly Pomona campus will once again come alive with the hustle and bustle of university life. This week, new students will move into the residence halls, faculty will prepare for the beginning of classes and numerous campus events will kick off Fall Quarter.

The university continues its tradition of celebrating past accomplishments, honoring faculty and staff and previewing the academic year at Fall Conference 2003. The annual event begins with an all-university breakfast and Convocation on Monday, Sept. 22, at 8:30 a.m. in the Engineering Meadow, just west of the Aratani Japanese Garden. The Convocation features President J. Michael Ortiz?s inaugural State of the University address and the presentation of the George P. Hart Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership.

The Service Awards immediately follow the Convocation at 10:30 a.m. in the Bronco Student Center Ursa Major Suite (formerly the new Multipurpose Room), while the annual President's Reception concludes the day at 4 p.m. at the Manor House.

This year?s Convocation and Service Awards are available for viewing via live video streaming. Produced by Instructional & Information Technology (I⁢), the Webcast can be viewed at video.cpp.edu. Viewing requires use of Microsoft Windows Media Player?, with a free version of the player downloadable at the Web site.

Fall Conference will continue on Tuesday, Sept. 23, with various division meetings and department open houses throughout the day.

BroncoFusion, a daylong event to welcome new students to campus, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Bronco Student Center and University Park. Thousands of incoming students will connect with faculty, staff and other students, get a head start on finding their classes, learn about key academic support services, buy books and explore ways to get involved. The day?s events also include a welcome mixer, interactive workshops, campus tours and open houses. Hosted by the Office of the President, the divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs and Associated Students Inc. (ASI), the inaugural event will culminate with a welcome address from President Ortiz followed by a barbeque dinner and evening concert open to the campus community. Hip-hop recording artist Common of MCA Records will perform live at 6 p.m. on the grassy hill east of Union Plaza. The free performance is sponsored by ASI.

All members of the campus community are invited to help greet the 1,400 students who are expected to participate in the daytime events and the 2,300 commuter and residential students expected to attend the evening festivities.

For more information and a complete schedule of Fall Conference 2003, visit www.cpp.edu/%7Epublic_affairs/fallconference. For more information about BroncoFusion, visit www.cpp.edu/broncofusion.

All of these events will build up to the first day of classes on Thursday, Sept. 25.

Hip-hop recording artist Common will perform live during BroncoFusion on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. on the grassy hill east of Union Plaza.