Alumnus Recognized for Steady Commitment to Cal Poly Pomona

Alumnus Recognized for Steady Commitment to Cal Poly Pomona
Police Chief Michael Guerin and President Ortiz present Ziad Alhassen with a certificate for his support of the university.
Guerin takes Alhassen on a tour of the new police building. Alhassen has donated vehicles to the police department.

August 14, 2007 has been distinguished as “Ziad Alhassen Day” for the alumnus' long-term commitment to the university.

Cal Poly Pomona President Michael Ortiz and Police Chief Michael Guerin presented Alhassen with the recognition and certificate that day at the new Police and Parking Services Building.

“Cal Poly Pomona relies on the support of friends and alumni to elevate our educational programs,” Ortiz said. “Ziad has been an extraordinary friend, an alumnus who has given back to make a difference in the lives of our students.”

Alhassen graduated in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He has fond memories of his formative years at Cal Poly Pomona where he also lived and worked while he attended classes.

“Cal Poly played a big role in my academic career and my life's career,” Alhassen said. “The learn-by-doing philosophy has helped me succeed throughout my life.”

Since he graduated, about 30 members of his family, including his son, have also graduated from Cal Poly Pomona.

“I like to support the university, because I want to give back what I have received,” he said.

In addition to serving in an advisory role on the President's Council, Alhassen has donated numerous times to the university.

The successful owner of Clippinger Chevrolet in West Covina has generously donated vehicles to the Cal Poly Pomona University Police Department.

Alhassen also donated the green and gold Gem Electric Car that Ortiz can often be spotted in wheeling around campus.