2005 Rose Queen and Court Visit Cal Poly Universities' Rose Float Project

2005 Rose Queen and Court Visit Cal Poly Universities' Rose Float Project
Members of the Cal Poly Pomona Rose Float team stand with the 2005 Rose Queen and her court at the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch.
Rose Queen Ashley Moreno blows out the candles on a birthday cake during a luncheon for her and her court at the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch on Nov. 18. Moreno turns 18 Nov. 22.
The Rose Queen and her court tour the Rose Float Lab during their visit.

The Cal Poly Universities Rose Float has always been a special part of the university, but recently it received the royal treatment.

The 2005 Rose Queen and Tournament of Roses Royal Court visited Cal Poly Pomona on Nov. 18 to learn more about the long-standing Cal Poly Universities Rose Float tradition, see the progress on the 2005 float, tour the Rose Float Lab, as well as meet the campus community.

Newly crowned Rose Queen Ashley Moreno and the six princesses also attended a special luncheon with faculty, staff and students at The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch.

“This is a beautiful campus, and this visit is something I know well remember forever,” said Rose Queen Moreno, who added, “Which reminds me I need to take care of my college applications!”

The six princesses also introduced themselves. One in particular may find her visit with Cal Poly Pomona to be much more long-lasting.

“I'm interested in architecture, and I'm particularly interested in the Cal Poly Pomona program,” said Princess Megan Sheehan, a 17-year-old senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. “I may be seeing you again!”

Rose Queen Moreno, who was surprised with a birthday cake to celebrate her 18th birthday next week, is a senior at La Canada High School. Also in the court are Alaire Hanashian, a 17-year-old senior at Temple City High School; Kara Murphy, a 17-year-old senior at La Canada High School; Lisa Pallay, a 17-year-old senior at Blair Magnet High School; Allison Pedro, a 17-year-old senior at Flintridge Preparatory; and Jennifer Propper, a 16-year-old senior year at Mayfield Senior School.

“This is our 57th year with the Rose Float, so we're proud of this tradition and anticipate carrying it on into the future,” said University President Michael Ortiz, who noted the year-long endeavor engages faculty, staff, students and community volunteers. “This effort involves such a large number of people, and truly shows this institution's borders do not end.”

The 2005 Cal Poly Universities float, “Elefun Time,” marks the 57th consecutive time students from the Pomona and San Luis Obispo campuses will provide an entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

“Elefun Time” depicts a family of elephants enjoying a country joy ride to the song “The Baby Elephant Walk.” The eldest son leads the pack on a scooter while his younger brother tags along on a tricycle. Their mother and father ride tandem, pulling their young daughter in a wagon. Nearby, several mice children are also at play with their mother watching carefully from their tree stump home.

The float entry was designed to match the Pasadena Tournament of Roses 2005 theme, “Celebrate Family.” In considering the parade theme, the students wanted to create a float that would also celebrate their love of laughter.

About two dozen students from Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo work on the Rose Float year round. The two campuses, located approximately 225 miles apart, manage to coordinate the effort to complete the float for each parade. Throughout the 12-month period, both student committees work closely together on the design and construction of their respective portion to ensure the float is built to specification.

Students from the two universities have designed, constructed, decorated and financed entries to the Tournament of Roses Parade every year since 1949. Involvement in this project highlights the Cal Poly Universities' learn-by-doing philosophy as students develop these decorative floats from design conception to welding together steel and pasting petals to driving the contraption down Colorado Boulevard.

To learn more about the Rose Float project or becoming a volunteer, visit www.cpp.edu/~rose_float or contact Janetta McDowell, Rose Float senior coordinator in the Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers, at (909) 869-3642.