As part of our continued commitment to engage the university community on ways to mitigate the effects of the 2004-05 state budget, everyone is invited to participate in either of two special workshops. The first will take place on Monday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Ursa Major Suite (Bronco Student Center). The second will be on Thursday, March 11, from 2-4 p.m. in the same venue.

The meetings will open with a brief update on the state budget. We will then segue to small groups designed to brainstorm on the following subjects:


  • Generating Revenue – What are some ways to generate revenue beyond what is allocated by the state?
  • Preserving Jobs – What strategies might we consider to reduce payroll costs while preserving jobs?
  • Saving Money – What are some ways to save resources and reduce expenditures?
  • Working Better – What can each of us personally do as we move forward through these budget challenges?

There is no question that these are challenging times for the CSU and Cal Poly Pomona. But with everyone?s participation, we can identify ways to address the fiscal issues that impact our educational mission. Therefore, I am asking all managers and department chairs to provide release time for staff who are interested in participating in these important discussions.

I look forward to meeting with everyone next week as we work together for our students.

Michael Ortiz, Ph.D.