In his weekly video update, President Ortiz highlights distinguished alumni, the baseball team’s accomplishments, and a recent honor given to the campus for its sustainability efforts.
Cal Poly Pomona earned a gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The university is the highest-rated CSU campus in the group’s STARS program and ranks third among all California universities and colleges.
Last week, the Alumni Association honored nine people with the Distinguished Alumni Award. The organization also presented its first Outstanding Teacher Award to Professor Margie Jones from The Collins College of Hospitality Management.
Meanwhile, the baseball team is headed back to the playoffs after defeating Chico State on Sunday. They close out the regular season with a nonconference game on Tuesday afternoon, then head to Stockton for the CCAA Tournament that begins on May 8.
In other news:
- The university community won back the “Out for Blood” Challenge trophy from Mt. SAC by collecting 409 pints during the October and April blood drives.
- The university will host two panel discussions on April 29 at the Bronco Student Center on Asian American issues. President Emeritus Bob Suzuki and a panel of university leaders will speak from 1 to 3 p.m. on the challenges faced by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in higher education. From 3 to 5 p.m., writers Andrew Lam and Gary Pak will discuss the impact of war on the Vietnamese and Korean communities during panel discussion on Asian American literature.
- Catherine Lhamon, the assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will visit May 1 to raise awareness about campus sexual assault. At noon, the campus will host “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” to highlight men’s role in preventing violence.
- On May 2, the campus will host Ability Ally Training to support people with disabilities and promote awareness.
- The Office of Student Life and Cultural Centers is preparing its cultural celebrations.
To read the whole video message, download a PDF of the transcript.