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June 2013

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PUBLISHED BY: Cal Poly Pomona Foundation. Inc. Ph: 909-869-2912 Fx: 909-869-4549

WHAT YOU SPEND ON CAMPUS … STAYS ON CAMPUS Surplus funds generated by all Cal Poly Pomona Foundation operations go back to the University to provide financial and facility resources to benefit students, faculty and staff.

Farewell, Kim! Dining Services Administrative Assistant Kim Spector has said goodbye to the Foundation after 10 years of service. Kim’s last day was on Wednesday, May 22. The Foundation said farewell with appetizers, a cake, and a goodbye gift. Thank you for all your years of hard work, Kim. We’ll miss you!

Congratulations, Jill!


Congratulations to former Payroll Specialist Jill Burke and her husband on their new baby girl, who was born on Tuesday, May 21, 2013!

Congratulations, President J. Michael Ortiz! President J. Michael Ortiz always displays leadership, efficiency, and passion in all the projects he commits to. He is truly deserving of the 2013 Pomona Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award, which he will receive on June 13 at Kellogg West during the Pomona Chamber of Commerce’s Awards Banquet and Officer Installation Dinner. This award is given each year to an individual who has consistently played a vital leadership role in community service organizations and in the business community. On behalf of the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, congratulations!

CPP Student Intern Receives Scholarship Cal Poly Pomona student Steven Saunders, who works at Cushman & Wakefield as a brokerage intern on the team that leases Innovation Village, was selected to receive the 2013 Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) scholarship award for $2,500. The Orange County & Inland Empire Chapter of the SIOR in conjunction with the SIOR Foundation awards these scholarships to local university students. They are offered in the spring and fall to upper level students enrolled in business and real estate courses. Steven was given this award in recognition of his studies in finance, real estate, and law at Cal Poly Pomona. He accepted his award in late May at an event held at the Ritz Restaurant and Garden in Newport Beach. Steven is on track to work as a commercial broker upon his graduation in the spring of 2014. Congratulations, Steven!


A Note of Gratitude ... Dear Paul, Thank you for your generous participation in the 6th annual Southern California Tasting & Auction! The event on Sunday, May 5th was the best yet due in large part to your generous donation and participation as a sponsor. Over 700 people attended this year’s event. Many first-timers took the time to tell President Ortiz how excited they were to be able to attend. We even had several newcomers bidding on live and silent auction items. Our primary goal continues to be bringing both new people to campus and reengage alumni who have not returned to campus since graduating. We have to say this year’s event accomplished that goal again. Certainly our partner’s comments tell the story: • • •

“…Best organized event we have ever participated in; count on me next year…” “…I am marking this on my calendar every year…” First-time attendee and sponsor. “The guests at this event are the best we have had the privilege of serving in 15 years of participating in these types of events…” Firsttime partner.

Your personal support meant this year’s event was a success. All of us at Cal Poly Pomona want to take this time to say thank you for caring about our students and the university. Sincerely, Scott C. Warrington Vice President for University Advancement


American Red Cross Needs Your Help! The American Red Cross has an immediate need for blood donations – especially from donors with O Negative and B Negative blood types. •

Volunteer blood donors of all blood types are continuously needed to maintain a strong and stable blood supply. Donors with type O negative and B negative blood are especially needed now as hospital distributions of these blood types are outpacing donations.

Every day, the Red Cross must collect more than 1,200 pints of blood for patients at more than 160 local hospitals and trauma centers. The need for blood is constant and every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Patients receive blood and platelets for many different reasons. Perhaps it’s a premature baby, a family member with cancer or a friend involved in a car accident who needs blood. Whatever the reason, a shortage in the supply means that blood may not be available when it’s needed most.

Please help us help those in need by scheduling an appointment now. You can make an even greater impact by bringing a friend or family member to donate alongside you.

How to Donate Blood •

To find a nearby blood drive, go to or call 1-800 RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in CA), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The Red Cross is grateful to those who commit to helping save lives!


The Poly Trolley Makes Its Debut! The Poly Trolley food truck made its official debut on Tuesday morning, May 28 in front of the CLA building. The truck was strategically placed in this area, as it is a common pathway that students take from the parking lot. The Poly Trolley was then moved to a few other areas around campus during the afternoon. The week before its official launch, the Poly Trolley had a soft opening in front of the Foundation building. It also made its way to Kellogg West after the May 23rd Board of Directors meeting. Since the truck has been in full operation, feedback has been positive overall. A CPP Dining Facebook follower commented that she purchased a “delicious BBQ pork slider,” while a CPP Facebook follower said that she “LOVED” the food. “The overall customer reaction has been very positive! We have been receiving lots of positive feedback about our menu and the fact that we are located here on campus,” states Anthony Duran who works on the Poly Trolley. “The guests love that our menu board has pictures of our items and they get excited to taste some samples while they are in line.” According to Anthony and Jennifer Waggener, who also works on the Poly Trolley, the soyrizo burrito has been the most popular breakfast item, while the Angus beef slider has been the most popular afternoon item. Be sure to follow the Poly Trolley on Twitter @polytrolley; feel free to tweet your experience and photos!


Cinco de Mayo at Los Olivos On Thursday, May 2, Los Olivos hosted their 13th annual Cinco de Mayo luncheon. It was a festive event; Los Olivos staff wore celebratory attire, including sombreros and chili necklaces in honor of the holiday. A live mariachi band and dancers entertained the crowd and added to the overall experience. And of course, there was a variety of delicious food, including shrimp ceviche, taquitos, pozole, and churros.


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Food Truck Fanfare

With the launch of Foundation Dining Services’ Poly Trolley, we’ve been given the opportunity to serve up some unique ways to market this innovative new service to Cal Poly Pomona. By: Lily Ly & Darren Isomoto

With the popularity of food trucks exploding in the past four years along with the growth of social media, it only made sense to pair the two in an effective way to reach out to our audience. To do this, we turned to the popular photo sharing mobile app known as Instagram. We used Instagram as the platform to launch our #PolyTrolley Instagram Contest. To enter, participants had to find one of our Poly Trolley Truck Cutouts around campus or download one online. The simplistic, hand-drawn cutout invited participants to showcase their own rendition of the then, unannounced image of the Poly Trolley by coloring and creating their own design. Since the Poly Trolley has the unique ability of being the only “dining venue” to venture anywhere on campus, participants were asked to hold the cutout in front of their favorite spot on campus, snap a picture, upload and hashtag it on Instagram for a chance to win prizes. Over the course of just a couple days, the contest received 30 individually created entries of the Poly Trolley cutout at various points on campus. It was a success not only in the impressive amount of entries we received but in the way that the contest encouraged Cal Poly Pomona students to conceptualize the food truck that, in return, was created to be exclusively for they themselves. Our judging panel selected six winning entries to each win a $10 bronco gift card. These winners are identified by their Instagram usernames: @Chavita_18, @cynruby, @Kozet626, @ladyloveface, and @Midfighter27. With the use of hashtags and the unique concept, the promotion sparked more conversation, wonder, and ultimately, hype for the debut of the Poly Trolley’s image. Engaging students in promotions that require them to do more than just enter their name gives them a sense of pride in welcoming something so new to their campus.


Poly Trolley Instagram Winners ...

@ladyloveface snapped a great shot that displays the Bronco Student Center and the Bronco Bookstore.

@Chavita_18 drew his favorite cartoon characters from the show Adventure Time on the Poly Trolley cutout.

@cynruby captured a comical moment of her friend and Poly Trolley cutout inside of Los Olivos.

@Midfighter27 captured a heartwarming moment of a mother duck and her ducklings.

@Kozet626’s bright, highlighted Poly Trolley cutout certainly stands out.


Derek Davis Employee Profile

Title: Information Systems Analyst Job Description: Support of Foundation M.I.S. department in keeping all Information Systems working properly Length of Employment: It is going on 6 months; my employment started January 22, 2013. What I like about my job: The working atmosphere is very warm and friendly Career goal: Learn as much as I can, achieve some additional certifications in my field, and just to enjoy my job Length of commute: 1 hour and 15 minutes (one way) I have a talent for ... paying attention to detail. My biggest challenge: learning the shortest walking distance between two points on the campus when working on information system issues. My biggest achievement: Marrying my wife Favorite childhood memory: Really…they say that memory is the first thing to go…now what was the question? Favorite food on campus: I haven’t tried everything yet but I am partial toward Subway No one would ever guess ... that I am a retired United States Marine. On weekends, I love to ... spend time with my family.



Foundation Supports Lavender Graduation The Foundation often sponsors and celebrates various diverse groups on the Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) campus. We recently donated a gift basket filled with Bronco Gear and Farm Store product to the Lavender Graduation Celebration. The Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers annually hosts the Cultural Celebrations, including the Lavender event. Numerous campuses nationwide conduct this celebration, which honors lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and ally students for their achievements and contributions to the university. The first Lavender event took place at the University of Michigan in 1995 with only three graduates. By 2001, there were over 45 Lavender Graduation Ceremonies at colleges and universities nationwide. The color lavender is very significant to the LGBT community. It is the combination of the pink triangle that gay men were forced to wear in concentration camps and the black triangle designating lesbians as political prisoners in Nazi Germany. The LGBT civil rights movement took these signs of hatred and blended them to create a symbol of pride. The Lavender Graduation Celebration will take place on Thursday, June 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major AB. The month of June is Gay Pride month, which makes this celebration all the more meaningful to the LGBT community and their supporters.

Foundation Sponsors Barkada Event The Foundation actively supports numerous groups on the Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) campus. We recently sponsored Barkada’s 23rd annual Pilipino American Cultural Night (PACN) event, which took place on Friday, May 3. Barkada is CPP’s Filipino club whose aim is to promote recognition and better understanding of the Filipino culture at CPP and the surrounding community. Barkada has been an outlet for its CPP members through the four aspects of academics, social, sports, and culture. These four aspects allow the members to express themselves in different mediums. PACN is one of Barkada’s biggest events representing various issues that affect the Filipino/Filipino-American community. Through the art of theater and traditional Filipino cultural dance, these two mediums weave together a story that captivates the audience and presents issues that are relevant to today’s Filipino/Filipino-American community performed by an all-cast of CPP students. The Foundation has a long history of supporting culturally-diverse CPP groups.


Bronco Bookstore Receives Award After concluding their annual Grad Fair in late April, the Bronco Bookstore was recognized by the vendor University Frames, Inc. for being the nation’s most successful Grad Fair event of 2013 in terms of diploma frame sales. According to the President of University Frames, Inc. Diane Winn, they have never had a store sell over 300 diploma frames in just one day. Although Cal Poly Pomona was grouped with universities more than double its student population, more frames were sold in one day than any of the dozens of grad fairs that University Frames, Inc. attended this spring. This was the first year that the Grad Fair Excellence Award was distributed, and it was exclusively given to the Bronco Bookstore.

Community Service Awards On Wednesday May 1, the Pomona Unified School District held a Recognition Ceremony. Executive Director Paul Storey and his Executive Assistant, Anne McLoughlin, represented the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation and received a Community Service Award for our contributions to the Kellogg Polytechnic Elementary School. The Foundation was nominated by Principal Selene Amancio to thank us for the school supplies we donate each fall through the C.A.R.E.S. (Community Assistance Reinforcing Educational Success) Program. The event was held at the Conference Center at The Village @ Indian Hill, a Pomona Unified School District property, and was attended by Board of Education members, Pomona Police and representatives of local government and legislative offices. The certificates of acknowledgement came not only from the School District, but the City of Pomona, California Assemblypersons Curt Hagman (55th District) and Norma Torres (52nd District) and California Congressional member Gloria Negrete McLeod.


Innovation Village Gets New Plants This past winter, the Innovation Village perimeter landscape lost a large amount of plant material due to the cold weather. The project was initially designed to hold many plants native to the area with the notion that the plants were natural to the region and would need less irrigation. Unfortunately, some of the plants could not handle the cold air that we received this past winter. Therefore, we have replaced those that have died with different plant material. The project looks much better with a new set of thriving, verdant plants.

Foodie Fan Winner Foundation Dining Services hosted the “Foodie Fan Giveaway” sweepstakes on Facebook. It was the largest sweepstakes ever held on the CPPDining Facebook page ( The main objective of the sweepstakes was to increase the amount of “likes” on the CPPDining Facebook page. Each page “like” equals one Facebook user, so an increase in page “likes” translates to an increase in audience size; as a result, the CPPDining’s Facebook page would then connect with more people through wall posts, photos, and videos. Contest participation required Facebook users from the campus community to perform two easy steps to enter. First, the user must “like” the CPPDining Facebook page. Second, users must “like” the official sweepstakes wall post found on the page. Third-year biology major Cynthia Palma was chosen at random to win the grand prize reward: a brand new Apple iPad 16GB WiFi model. The sweepstakes ran from May 1-15 and surpassed goals by receiving 442 entries. Additionally, the CPPDining Facebook page’s audience increased by 15% through obtaining 359 new page “likes.”


CPPF’s Los Olivos Receives Honorable Mention in National Competition Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Inc.’s (CPPF) Los Olivos Dining was recently recognized by the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) for the 2013 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards. The annual Loyal E. Horton award is a prestigious honor that is named after a NACUFS founder, past president, and highly regarded innovator. The award celebrates and recognizes exemplary campus dining services throughout the country. CPPF entered Los Olivos Dining under the “Residential Dining Concepts” category, which was open to all-youcan-eat campus facilities. Applicants were required to focus on a number of topics, including the facility’s menu, merchandising and presentation, marketing habits, nutrition and wellness, student roles, and sustainability. Applicants had to send a comprehensive book filled with detailed descriptions, examples, photographs, and marketing materials. Los Olivos personnel and the CPPF marketing department worked on the project for over a month. CPPF competed against a number of prestigious schools throughout the country, many which are double CPP’s student population. We are also the only west coast university to be recognized. CPPF has been invited to NACUFS’ national conference held in Minneapolis in mid-June. All entries will be on display during the event and CPPF will receive an Honorable Mention award plaque. Dining Services Interim Director Aaron Neilson and Marketing Director Edwin Santiago will attend the national conference to accept the award.


Collins College Students get the Learn-By-Doing Experience at Kellogg West In the continuing efforts to provide Collins College students with a whole new facet of hospitality services, Kellogg West (KW) Director Cameron Edmonds and Collins College Assistant Professor Patrick Lee recently scheduled hands-on activities for students enrolled in the HRT 498 course. These students were able to experience the daily operations of KW lodging and conference services. On the lodging side, students spent multiple hours observing and practicing housekeeping guestroom cleaning services including making beds, taking out the trash, and restocking guest amenity items. It truly was a case of “do what I do” and not just “what I say.” Feedback was positive; students said that their experiences had given them a better appreciation of the hard work involved in such a job, and that it would help them be better managers in the future. Food & Beverage Manager Oscar Villanueva gave the students hands-on experiences in conferencing dining services, including the setup of refreshment breaks, lunch service preparation, and other various aspects of banquet services. Just as it was on the lodging side, students exercised the learn-bydoing method; they set up these services in both the dining room and conference areas. Plans for continuing these types of student experiences are already in the works for fall 2013 Collins College classes, with the goal being to increase the number of student activities and experiences at Kellogg West.


University Village Announcements ... •

We are at 100% occupancy for the academic year.

We currently have a waiting list of 128 males and 60 females.

We are excited to announce that we just received an approval to offer alternative housing, which means we will house students on the waiting list at the Shilo hotel for the fall quarter.

William “Beau” Keen will be joining Foundation Housing Service as the new Residential Education Specialist for Phase I. Beau comes to us from Purdue University, where he was a Residence Education Coordinator for the past two years. Beau earned his Master of Education in College Student Personnel from Western Carolina University.

Current Phase I Graduate Complex Coordinator Geovanna Rojas has accepted the position of Community Development Specialist. She just graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a master’s degree in College Counseling and Student Development. “Geo” did her undergraduate work at UCLA.

Graduate intern Karen Beckers will be leaving for a fulltime position at Azusa Pacific University as a Research & Planning Analyst. Karen earned her master’s in College Counseling and Student Development from APU this year, and her bachelor’s degree from UCLA.

The University Village welcomes Michele Lee, who serves as the ACUHO-I Graduate Intern for the,summer. Michele graduated from Smith College and is currently a graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at New York University. She works as a Resident Director at the Pratt Institute in New York.

Current Resident Advisor Elizabeth Wenzel will be starting her master’s program in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Interpersonal Communication at Cal State Fullerton starting fall of 2013. She will be a Student Coordinator at the Village for the upcoming academic year.

Our current Phase II Graduate Complex Coordinator Brad Penna, along with his wife and a couple friends (one whom is a Cal Poly Pomona student), have a band called Spoon to the Moon. They released their debut album titled Olivia on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. You can check their website for more details at

Brad’s band Spoon to the Moon


New Form for Drivers on Foundation Business Everyone who drives on Foundation business is subject to certain Foundation policies. To help remain within those policies, Foundation has combined the two previously used forms into one comprehensive form entitled “APPLICATION TO DRIVE VEHICLES FOR CAL POLY POMONA FOUNDATION (FOUNDATION) BUSINESS.” Below is a sample of the new two-page Foundation Driver Application, which is available in the FORMS section of the Employment Services website and is available as a fillable PDF.


The new two-page Foundation Driver Application must be completed by all new employees who are required to drive on Foundation business. Employees CANNOT drive any Foundation vehicles or privately-owned vehicles on Foundation business until THEY ARE APPROVED by Employment Services as a Foundation Driver. If only Foundation vehicles will be driven, the new Foundation Driver Application will be completed once for approval. If the Foundation Driver Application was not approved, a new Foundation Driver Application will have to be completed and submitted to Employment Services for approval. If only privately-owned vehicles will be driven on Foundation business, the new Foundation Driver Application must be completed annually and submitted to Employment Services for approval. For more information, please contact Letty Vasquez at or Nora Fernandez at


Foundation Launches Payment Card Industry (PCI) Training Program The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council developed global standards for all merchants and organizations that store, process or transmit payment card data to help prevent identity theft. These standards are known as Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), which are enforced by the major payment card companies. To help minimize identity theft concerns, on May 1, 2013, Foundation formally launched the PCI Training Program. All Foundation payment card handlers employed with Foundation are required to complete PCI Training every twelve (12) months. While a few employees have already experienced PCI training in the prior months, approximately 400 Foundation employees were assigned PCI Training this month. Employment Services will continue to assign PCI Training through Target Solutions to all new employees who handle payment cards for customers for any Foundation transaction. Generally, PCI Training is completed following the below outline: •

Employees receive an email from Employment Services with login instructions for Target Solutions, an online training program and a well-known Learning Management System.

Employees log into Target Solutions, locate and access the document entitled “Policy ReviewPCI Training.” Once located, the employee will read and sign under either Option 1 or Option 2. Option 1 declares PCI Training was completed within the last twelve (12) months and Option 2 declares PCI Training will be completed within the next thirty (30) days.

Employees access PCI Training Video from link provided on Policy Review-PCI Training document in Target Solutions or from PCI link on Employment Services homepage.

Employees view PCI Training Video. At the conclusion of the video, Employees will complete an electronic form to email their Supervisor to indicate training was completed.

For questions regarding PCI Training, please contact Letty Vasquez at or Angelique Hernandez at A sincere “thank you” goes to Letty Vasquez for putting this program in place.


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