Fall Conference Kicks Off Academic Year

Fall Conference Kicks Off Academic Year
University President Michael Ortiz gives his annual state-of-the-university speech.
Hundreds of people attended Fall Convocation.
Dr. Francis Flores, chair of the Academic Senate, speaks during the Fall Convocation.

Classes may begin Thursday, but the symbolic start to the academic year occurred Monday morning when President Michael Ortiz welcomed the university community back during Fall Convocation.

During his annual state-of-the-university speech, Ortiz offered praise to faculty and staff and outlined ambitious goals for Cal Poly Pomona.

“Building a greater sense of community has been a goal of mine since I arrived,” Ortiz said. “But more importantly, it's your goal too. We take this time to celebrate the achievements of our outstanding faculty and staff.”

Ortiz touched on numerous subjects such as fostering a more learning-centered environment, technological advancements in teaching, enrollment growth and the Prioritization and Recovery Planning initiative, which affects all aspects of the campus.

To read Ortiz' speech visit: https://www.cpp.edu/~fallconference/.

On Monday afternoon, Fall Conference included a special a symposium titled “Student Success in a Learning-Centered University.” The symposium, which attracted about 150 people, opened with a keynote presentation by noted educator John Tagg, author of “The Learning Paradigm College.”

A panel discussion followed with input from the audience about the university becoming a more learning-centered institution. The symposium launches a month-long focus in October on Cal Poly Pomona's learning-centered community. There will be workshops for the entire campus community Monday through Thursday each week during October.

Also Monday to a standing-room only crowd at the Bronco Student Center, the Staff Council gave nearly 200 people pins to honor their service at the university. Employees who were celebrating 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service were recognized.

The Staff Council also organized a welcome reception for new staff members. New staff members were given a brief overview of the university and a Staff Council laptop bag with coupons to Los Olivos and Kellogg West. The new staff was also encouraged to explore the campus and take of advantage of its resources like the Farm Store, credit union and fitness center.

“Cal Poly Pomona is a wonderful place to work and there are so many ways to get involved,” Staff Council President Becky Pepping told the new hires. “We want you to get involved and feel like a part of this community.”

The day was capped off at a reception catered by Kellogg West at the Manor House. Ortiz and his wife Betty Ortiz greeted a few hundred people at their campus home.

Fall Conference continues Wednesday, with a full day of events for new students during BroncoFusion. For more information visit: https://www.cpp.edu/~broncofusion/

Direct links to Fall Conference video feeds can be found as these links:

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