President Ortiz Gives State of University Address at Fall Conference

President Ortiz Gives State of University Address at Fall Conference
Faculty and staff converged to kick off the 2005-06 academic year at Fall Conference.
As a way of celebrating students, President Ortiz introduced a handful of successful Cal Poly Pomona students.

To kick off the 2005-06 academic year, faculty and staff converged on Sept. 19 to participate in Fall Conference. University President Michael Ortiz led the event with his State of the University address during the annual all-university breakfast and convocation in the Engineering Meadow.

In his address, Ortiz provided an outline of the university's progress, upcoming goals and objectives, and shared his vision for Cal Poly Pomona.

“I want Cal Poly Pomona to be recognized for programs of distinction that will serve our students and the state in a learning centered environment. A place where the things we already do well, we'll do better, with the goal of making Cal Poly Pomona the standard bearer for the rest of the state in the success of our students,” he said. “This is the vision that you have shared with me and one that I fully embrace.”

Ortiz also welcomed 47 new faculty members to the campus community at the convocation. He stated that a record freshmen class of 3,000 students will begin their university careers this week.

“These young men and women had many college choices, but they are coming to Cal Poly Pomona because we provide an unparalleled academic experience, designed to position our graduates to enter the workforce and make an immediate impact or pursue an advanced degree,” said Ortiz.

In regard to the prioritization and recovery process, Ortiz said the goal is to reallocate 30 percent of the university's operating budget over a three year period. The benefits of this process would include:

  • Addressing salary compression and teaching loads      
  • Ensuring appropriate staffing      
  • Enhancing student/faculty ratio      
  • Supporting  professional development for all employees      
  • Supporting assigned time for research      

As a way of celebrating students, Ortiz introduced a handful of successful Cal Poly Pomona students who are involved in numerous campus and community organizations in addition to their diligent work toward their degrees.

To read the complete convocation speech, click here. Instructional & Information Technology (I&IT) has produced a Web cast of the address, which can be viewed at

During the morning convocation, the ninth George P. Hart Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership was presented to Emma Gibson, reference librarian and president of the campus's California Faculty Association.

Immediately following the convocation, Staff Council hosted the Service Awards in the Bronco Student Center Ursa Major Suite.

An afternoon symposium, titled “Millennial, Gen-X or Net Students: Enhancing student success for today's Cal Poly Pomona student,” provided workshops and a forum for discussion. The unique challenges of “Educating the Net Generation” were addressed. There were also learning tracks on Creating Campus & Community Learning Environments, Enhancing Student Learning and Creating Instructional Learning Environments.

The annual President's Reception at Kellogg House Pomona concluded the day.

Fall Conference will continue with various division meetings and department open houses throughout the week, leading up to the beginning of fall quarter classes on Thursday, Sept. 22. For a complete listing of Fall Conference events, click here.