Jean Kellogg Recognized for Supporting the Honors Program

Jean Kellogg Recognized for Supporting the Honors Program
Jean Kellogg was honored Nov. 2 for supporting the university's Honors Program.
There are 270 students in the honors program, which has been renamed the Keith & Jean Kellogg Honors College.
Kellogg, President Michael Ortiz, Provost Tomas Morales and several students participated in the ceremony near Building One.

More than 100 people gathered Nov. 2 at Cal Poly Pomona to honor Jean Kellogg for a generous bequest from the W. Keith Kellogg II Trust to the Honors Program. The program has been renamed the Keith & Jean Kellogg Honors College in recognition of their support.

Mrs. Kellogg and her late husband W. Keith Kellogg II have been longtime supporters of Cal Poly Pomona.

“This is not the first gift from Jean and Keith Kellogg,” university President Ortiz said at the dedication ceremony for the college. “Many students have gone on to finish their degrees because of the Kelloggs' financial support.”

W. Keith Kellogg II is the namesake and grandson of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg, one of the university's primary founders. A gift of 825 acres in 1949 by W.K. Kellogg eventually led to what is now Cal Poly Pomona.

Aside from sharing a name, the younger Kellogg also became a major benefactor of the university. He and his wife have contributed generously to the university over the years, including a key gift to support the University Art Gallery. The gallery was named in their honor in 1992.

The Kelloggs have also assisted the President's Council Scholars program, which was previously funded through annual contributions to the President's Council. Thanks to the impetus of their gifts, these scholarships are now supported by individual or family donations and have established a significant endowment fund.

“Today's dedication of the Dr. Keith and Jean Kellogg Honors College is an academic landmark in the history of this institution,” Provost Tomas Morales said during the ceremony.

Established in 2003, the honors program is designed for ambitious, goal-oriented students who love to learn and share ideas in a close-knit academic community. When the program first began it had about 60 students. Now there 270 students enrolled.

The Keith & Jean Kellogg Honors College provides opportunities for students to challenge themselves with more rigorous course material and to network with others who also seek such challenges. Students enrolled in the program experience smaller classes (about 20-25 students), special mentoring relationships with faculty, summer research opportunities and involvement in community service. Additional advising is also provided to those students who wish to compete for national academic recognition and fellowships, such as Fulbright, Truman, Marshall and Rhodes scholarships.

“The honors program has been a gateway for us to succeed,” said Julia Cheng, a senior accounting major and president of the Beta Alpha Psi chapter at Cal Poly Pomona.

Cheng and Matthew Troncale, a senior majoring in communications and President's Council Scholar, both believe the honors program has helped them gain academic success because of the dedicated faculty, smaller class sizes and the tight community of students.

“This is definitely an exciting moment for the honors students,” Troncale said during the ceremony. “This critical funding gives the program more legitimacy and better standing in the academic community.”

Sara Garver, who is a geography professor and interim director of the Keith and Jean Kellogg Honors College, said the endowment will help create more opportunities for students. She expects students to have more opportunities to research and travel to conferences to showcase their research.

In addition to their continuous support of Cal Poly Pomona, the Kelloggs have been longtime philanthropists in their community, having supported the Scripps Clinic & Research Foundation and most recently the CSU San Marcos Library. The facility, which opened in spring 2004, was named the Kellogg Library thanks to their donation.