President's Video Update for March 4
In his weekly video message, President Ortiz remembered Ivan Arturo Aguilar, a 21-year-old communication student who died Thursday after he was struck by a motorist while riding his bicycle along Kellogg Drive near the Visitor Information Booth.
Aguilar was involved with several campus organizations, including Hermanos Unidos and The Poly Post. Students, faculty and staff have several ways of remembering him, including sending messages to the family or by assisting his family financially via an online campaign or the university’s Credit Union.
Ortiz expressed thanks to the Pomona Police Department for handling the investigation, which is ongoing, and Counseling and Psychological Services, which responded to the crisis and reached out to witnesses, Hermanos Unidos, The Poly Post and others.
A moment of silence was held to honor Ivan at the beginning of the women’s and men’s basketball games on Friday night. Both teams went on to defeat Cal State Dominguez Hills on senior night.
In other news, highlighted by President Ortiz:
- The basketball postseason begins Tuesday night. The men will host a first-round game against Sonoma State at 7 p.m. at Kellogg Gym. The women’s team also plays at 7 p.m. at Cal State Monterey Bay. If the teams win their first-round games, they advance into Friday’s semifinal round at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.
- Cal Poly Pomona and Mt. SAC co-hosted a track and field meet Saturday at Hilmer Lodge Stadium, where our seniors were recognized. Angela Garcia finished first in both the 100-meter and 200-meter races. Three other competitors also placed first in their event.
- Two track and field distance runners, senior Tiffany Dinh and freshman Calene Morris, earned individual All-Academic honors alongside the team, which was named an All-Academic Team.
- A number of campus groups and student clubs have created a training event to educate participants about our undocumented student community. It will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday in the Bronco Student Center.
- Clay Johnson, an intriguing author and advocate for open source information, will speak on Thursday at U-hour in Ursa Major. Johnson wrote “The Information Diet,” challenging readers to consume information in healthier ways, likening information overload to obesity. The event is free and open to the entire campus community.
- Cal Poly Pomona is once again hosting the Southern California Tasting & Auction, with proceeds benefiting scholarships and academic enrichment opportunities. Tickets are on sale for the May 5 event at a discounted rate through April 14.
To read the entire video message, download a PDF of the transcript.