A $7.7 million grant, a successful fundraising campaign and the election of a student to a statewide organization highlighted President Ortiz’s weekly video update.
The university’s Center for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching has won a $7.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will help Cal Poly Pomona promote a new model of science education in the Pomona Unified School District.
Meanwhile, the Annual Fund completed an ambitious online campaign last week to raise $75,000 in 36 hours. By the end of the first hour, the campaign was already one-quarter of the way toward the goal. Ultimately, donors exceeded the goal, raising $83,000 for programs across campus.
President Ortiz also recognized political science major Devon Graves, who was elected chair of the California State Student Association. He will lead CSSA board meetings, attend CSU Board of Trustees meetings and serve as an advocate for students with the state Legislature.
In other news:
- CSU Trustee Pete Mehas died Sept. 28. Mehas, who was from Fresno, championed students all across the state and had visited Cal Poly Pomona in June.
- The Arabian Horse Center welcomed back its alumni this past weekend and also held a special Sunday horse show.
- Students can enjoy food and explore ways to get involved on campus during the Student Life and Cultural Fest on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
- The annual Hot Dog Caper on Thursday, Oct. 10, will feature a “diamond” hunt in honor of the university’s 75th anniversary. The “diamonds” can be traded in for prizes.
- NASA astronaut Story Musgrave will speak Friday, Oct. 11, at a free lecture entitled, “Design a Life for Yourself.”
- Want VIP parking? Every month, the president’s office and Parking & Transportation Services will choose two parking pass holders to receive VIP parking in either Lot C or Lot J. Just “like” the Parking & Transportation Services page on Facebook, follow them on Twitter or take a short survey. More information is available on its website.
- The men’s cross-country team took first place at the Pomona Pitzer Invite, led by brothers John and Ryan Carrell, who finished in first and third place respectively.
To read the entire video message, download a PDF of the transcript.