At the Service Awards ceremony, the bios of four staff members were accidentally overlooked. In order to celebrate this achievement, the bios are now posted on PolyCentric.
Rachiel Lucero 35 years
Rachiel is currently the Director of the Office of Events & Special Projects. This office oversees and assists with several university wide events throughout the year. She is a consummate professional and will work around the clock to ensure that every detail is perfect.
In fact, if you have ever enjoyed a Sunday afternoon at The Cal Poly Pomona Tasting and Auction; felt the exhilaration and emotion of participating in Matt’s Run; or enjoyed a magnificent firework display at the 75th anniversary or homecoming – you have Rachiel Lucero to thank.
From groundbreakings to ribbon cuttings, Rachiel has played an important role in the planning and execution of campus events at Cal Poly Pomona for 35 years.
Thanks to Rachiel’s vision and can do attitude, we also have the Alumni Brick Walk behind the CLA. In 2002 she oversaw the renovation of the CPP letters on the hill- which our students continue to keep painted.
Rachiel has been an important part of the campus’s history and traditions.
Her can-do approach and willingness to create an experience through an event has left an indelible mark on countless alumni, donors and community members.
Bruce Wilson 30 years
Chief Bruce Wilson was a top gun long before he arrived at Cal Poly Pomona. By the tender age of 19 he was a member of an Army M60 battle tank crew that qualified as Top Gun in the U.S. Army’s European area of operations, while stationed in Germany.
On leaving the service he was an EMT saving lives, then after a short stint at Pomona PD, he joined Cal Poly Pomona PD. Bruce has served as a patrol officer, a field sergeant, a lieutenant and finally as interim chief of police, a job he was well suited for since along the way he has helped train 5 police chiefs.
Helping people in need is the part of the job that Bruce loves most. One of the things that Bruce feels proudest about is helping with Matt’s Run, hoping that his assistance eases some of the pain that Matt’s family feels.
One of his mentors, Terry Allen, taught him to always treat each contact as an opportunity to build a positive relationship.
Bruce celebrates 30 years of service to the campus community, and this fall he will also celebrate 37 years of marriage to his wife Gayle.
Hany J. Farran 30 years
Dr. Farran has served 30 years at Cal Poly Pomona in the Department of Civil Engineering. He was at West Virginia University for 10 years prior to coming to Cal Poly. He has also served as an adjunct professor for the Graduate Program in Aerospace Engineering for the past 28 years. He is a registered professional engineer in California and West Virginia with 125 publications.
Dr. Farran has brought an externally funded research contract to Cal Poly Pomona from the California Department of Transportation to study long-span suspension bridges and cable-stayed bridges. He has been on visiting professorships and sabbaticals at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, MIT, the Auckland Institute of Technology in New Zealand, Stanford University and Cal Tech.
Dr. Farran was the first faculty member to conduct a study abroad program for the College of Engineering in the United Kingdom in 2007 teaching courses in Bridge Engineering and visiting sites in England, Scotland and Wales.
Dr. Farran has also served as a public speaker all over the world and the United States promoting Civil Engineering Infrastructure and American technology.
Mary Stegemann 30 year award
Mary is a graduate of Cal Poly, Pomona with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology. She also holds a Single Subject Teaching Credential which she also obtained from CPP. Mary coordinates the Motor Development Clinic on campus which is one of many service learning sites at Cal Poly Pomona.
The Motor Development Clinic is a program for children who have motor skills difficulties and at the same time is a training program for university students. Mary has helped to serve over 5000 children from the surrounding community and has assisted in the training of over 1300 university students. The Motor Development Clinic is a nationally known program and Mary is very dedicated to continue the great legacy of the Motor Development Clinic which was established in 1979 by Dr. Barney Anooshian, Dr. Perky Vetter and Dr. Don Morris.