Staff Appreciation Day Celebrates Campus 'Champions'

Staff Appreciation Day Celebrates Campus 'Champions'
Staff members learn about keeping fruit trees healthy and productive on Staff Appreciation Day in 2006.
Staff members perform at last year's variety show.

An entertaining lineup of events is scheduled for Cal Poly Pomona's Staff Appreciation Day on June 19. Organized by the Staff Council, the celebration is a way to thank staff members who have worked tirelessly to make the university one of the premier CSU campuses.

This year's theme is “We Are the Champions.” The daylong affair features a morning motivational speaker, tours, workshops, lunch and a staff-led variety show.

Keynote speaker Paul Caligiuris kicks off the day's activities at 8 a.m. at the Campus Center Marketplace. The celebration's theme is especially fitting in this Olympics year. From 1984-97, Caligiuri was a member of the U.S. National Soccer Team and participated in two World Cups and the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.

Free tours and workshops begin at 9:30 a.m. Staff members are invited to tour the Arabian Horse Center and Bio-Trek. Workshops will be offered on rose garden maintenance, recycling, financial planning and Louisiana-style cooking. Those interested in the workshops must contact Alma Pettengill at

Following the activities is a free lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Engineering Meadow. It will be catered by Kellogg West courtesy of President Ortiz, the President's Cabinet and Cal Poly Pomona Foundation. Those attending are encouraged to RSVP at to indicate a preference for the Santa Maria tri-tip or vegetarian southwestern stir-fry.

During the luncheon, an awards ceremony will be held to honor the 2007-08 recipients of the Outstanding Staff Awards.

The awards recipients are:

  • Mark Bailey, College of Engineering   
  • Mike Candelaria, Distribution Services   
  • Sandi Davis, Office of the President   
  • Brett Roth, Foundation Dining Services   

Staff Appreciation Day will wrap up with the ever-popular Variety Show at the University Theatre. Curtains rise at 2 p.m. This year's show includes new acts as well as some favorites from the past.

To RSVP for the luncheon, visit: Those interested in the workshops must contact Alma Pettengill at

For more information, please call Debra Matheson at (909) 869-3273 or visit