FALL CONFERENCE 2005 – A Message From President Michael Ortiz

FALL CONFERENCE 2005 - A Message From President Michael Ortiz
University President Michael Ortiz invites all faculty and staff to this year's Fall Conference.

Greetings …

Welcome to the 2005-06 academic year!

I hope that all of you had an enjoyable summer and are ready for the arrival of nearly 20,000 students next week, including over 3,000 freshmen.

I want to invite each of you to attend a great series of Fall Conference events next week. It all begins on Monday, Sept. 19, at 8:00 a.m. with the all-university breakfast and Convocation in the Meadow (adjacent to the engineering laboratory). The morning will feature my annual state of the university address — one that will include my vision for this university as well as recognition of outstanding faculty, staff and students.

Monday afternoon (1:30-4 p.m.) will feature a special symposium open to all faculty and staff entitled: Millennial, Gen-X, or Net Students: Enhancing Success for Today's Cal Poly Pomona Students. At 1:30 p.m. in the Ursa Major Suite of the Bronco Student Center, the opening session begins with a video presentation by Diana Oblinger, vice president of EDUCAUSE. This unique event has been specifically designed to explore the many ways we support student learning throughout the university, as well as learn new ways to advance student success.

Fall Conference 2005 will also include the 2005 Service Awards at 10:30 a.m. (Ursa Major) and the Presidents Reception at 4 p.m. (Kellogg House Pomona). There will be open houses in select departments in conjunction with BroncoFusion, Cal Poly Pomona's annual event to welcome new students.

Another addition to Fall Conference week is a special Constitution Day Symposium. Undergraduate Studies will host “Constitution Jeopardy” to give students, faculty and staff the opportunity to test their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution in a light-hearted manner. The event will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at noon in room P2-7, hosted by Doug Glaeser (director of Government & External Affairs), and Elizabeth Bergman (Political Science). Categories will include “The Supremes,” “The West Wing,” and “Freedom's Just Another Word.” Prizes will be awarded to all participants.

For more information about Fall Conference, please visit www.cpp.edu/~fallconference.

I look forward to seeing all of you on Monday morning!

Mike Ortiz