Fall Convocation with Dr. Michael Ortiz - 2012


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>> GOOD MORNING EVERYONE AND THANK YOU, DAVID!TO YOUR SPEECH I SAY,
AMEN.NOW YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE IN YOUR SEATS AND YOUR
SEATBELTS ARE BUCKLED.YOUR TRAY TABLES MUST BE STOWED
AWAY AND LOCKED, BECAUSE I AM ABOUT TO MAKE A HISTORIC
STATEMENT.WHAT I AM AeOUT TO SAY HAS NEVER EVER BEEN STATED IN THE
HISTORY OF CONVOCATION AT CAL POLY POMONA.ARE YOU READY?
HAPPY WEDNESDAY![LAUGHTER][APPLAUSE]IN ALL CERIOUSNESS, THIS IS A
HAPPY DAY.IN SEPTEMBER OF 1972, THE THREE WOMEN ON THE SCREEN -- NANCY
DAUGHERTY, SANDI DAVIS AND DELIA LEON WERE BEGINNING THEIR
FIRST YEAR AS UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEES.I'D LIKE TO SAY THAT THEY WENT
TO CONVOCATION, BUT THAT YEAR IT APPEARED PRESIDENT ROBT
KRAMER DELIVERED HIS MESSAGE EXCLUSIVMLY TO DEANS, DIRECTORS
AND DEPARTMENT CHAIRS AT KELLOGG WEST.BY THE WAY, BREAKFAST WAS $1.75
AND YOU COULD BUY YOUR TICKETS AT THE DOOR.[LAUGHTER]
I DON'T KNOW EVERYTHING HE SAID THAT DAY BUT I CAN GUARANTEE
YOU ONE THING -- MY SPEECH TODAY WILL BE FAR MORE INTERESTING --
THIS IS A SPECIAL DAY FOR NANCY, SANDI AND DELIA BECAUSE
THEY ARE EARNING THEIR 40 YEAR PINS AT THE SERVICE AWARDS
CEREMONY.[APPLAUSE]THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE ACCOMPLISHMENT AND WORTHY OF
A CELEBRATION.AS YOU CAN TELL BY MY FULL HEAD OF DARK HAIR, I WAS JUST
A SMALL CHILD IN 1972.[LAUGHTER]BUT TODAY I AM PROUD TO BE PART
OF ONE OF THE BEST LEGACY EVENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION.
I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN ME AND THE LEADERSHIP OF STAFF COUNCIL
LATER THIS MORNING WHEN WE RECOGNIZE ALL OF THE HONOREES.
I CAN ALSO GUARANTEE THAT THE FAIR BREAKFAST WE GOT TODAY WAS
FAR SUPERIOR TO THE $1.75 MODEL OF 1972.[APPLAUSE]
AS ALWAYS, I WANT TO SAY THANK OUR TEAM AT KELLOGG WEST, UNDER
THE CULINARY LEADERSHIP OF JOSE RODRIGUEZ, FOR PREPARING TODAY'S
MEAL.AND, A SPECIAL THANKS TO DAN HOSTETLER FOR PROVIDING THE BEST
ORANGE JUICE IN THE LAND FROM THE FARM STORE.NEXT MONTH MY FIRST LADY
WILL BE GETTING HER 30-YEAR PIN -- AS WE CELEBRATE OUR 30TH WEDDING
ANNIVERSARY.[APPLAUSE]I HAVE BEEN HAPPY TO SHARE HER
WITH YOU FOR NINE OF THOSE YEARS.SHE NEVER TIRES OF SINGING YOUR
PRAISES.PLEASE JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING YOUR FIRST LADY AND MINE, BETTY
FAYE.[APPLAUSE]AND IF ANYBODY WONDERS WHAT PREOCCUPIES OUR TIME AWAY
FROM THE UNIVERSITY, LET ME DIRECT YOUR ATTENTION TO THE SCREEN.
OUR GRANDSON, CARTER PATE GUYOTTE, IS NOW SEVEN MONTHS
OLD, SO IF I'M GOING TO HAVE ANY INFLUENCE ON HIM, I BETTER
GET BUSY.THIS WEEKEND I'M GOING TO GIVE HIM A SECOND LESSON ON HOW TO
DRIVE BRONCO 1.[APPLAUSE]I KNOW THAT ALL OF YOU ARE
ANXIOUSLY WAITING FOR THE DAY WHEN MY CONVOCATION NEWS ON THE
BUDGET SKEWS MORE TO THE POSITIVE THAN THE NEGATIVE.
WELL YOU AND I BOTH!BUT KEEPING YOU INFORMED, GOOD
NEWS OR BAD, HAS BEEN AMONG MY HIGHEST PRIORITIES.
ALMOST EVERY WEEK THROUGHOUT THE ACADEMIC YEAR, I APPEAR ON YOUR
THAT NOT ONLY ADDRESSES WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING IN SACRAMENTO AND
THE CHANCELLOR'S OFFICE, BUT EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, I SHARE
THE SUCCESS STORIES OF OUR FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS.
OUR APPROACH HAS BEEN DIFFERENT FROM MANY OTHER CAMPUSES, AND
THE FEEDBACK HAS BEEN POSITIVE.WHILE NOBODY LIKES BAD NEWS,
EVERYONE SEEMS TO APPRECIATE A TRANSPARENT ASSESSMENT OF OUR
SITUATION, UNDERSTANDING THE REAL CHALLENGES WE FACE.
SO WHERE DO WE STAND TODAY?WELL, NOT FAR OFF FROM WHERE I
LEFT YOU IN JUNE.THE BUDGET THAT WAS SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR IN LATE
JUNE HAD A FEW NEW WRINKLES, INCLUDING A TRAILER BILL THAT ADDRESSED
THE POSSIBILITY OF BUYING OUT THE SCHEDULED STUDENT TUITION
INCREASE FOR THIS YEAR.BUT AS FAR AS THE CSU IS CONCERNED, EVERYTHING
IS PREDICATED ON WHAT HAPPENS ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6.
PROPOSITION 30 IS THE LEAD INITIATIVE ON THE BALLOT, AND
IT WILL HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON US.IF THIS MEASURE PASSES, OUR
FUNDING SITUATION WILL BE MORE SOLIDIFIED THAN IT HAS BEEN IN
SEVERAL YEARS.IT WILL ALLOW US TO TRULY PLAN ON AREAS RANGING FROM
ENRNLLMENT TO INSTRUCTION TO PERSONNEL.THE PASSAGE OF PROPOSITION 30
WOULD BE A HUGE WIN FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE STUDENTS.
BUT IF IT FAILS, THE CSU WOULD RECEIVE ANOTHER $250 MILLION
CUT.THAT EQUATES TO ROUGHLY $12 MILLION DOLLARS TAKEN FROM CAL
POLY POMONA.TODAY IS A CALL TO ACTION.WE NuED EVERYONE, AND I MEAN
EVERYONE, 4O UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT OF THIS MEASURE AND TO
VOTE ACCORDINGLY.EVERY FACULTY MEMBER, STAFF AND STUDENT, EVERY
ALUMNUS, EVERY FRIEND, EVERY PARENT.ANYBODY WHO CARES ABOUT THE
FUTURE OF EDUCATION IN CALIFORNIA -- FROM K-12 TO THE
COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO OUR FOUR- YEAR PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES --
EVERYONE NEEDS TO LOOK CLOSELY AT PROPOSITION 30 AND ITS IMPACT
ON THE STATE.LATER TODAY, THE CSU BOARD OF TRUSTEES WILL ANNOUNCE THE
HARD OUTCOMES IF PROPOSITION 30 FAILS.ONE OF THOSE COULD INCLUDE A
FIVE PERCENT MIDYEAR INCREASE IN STUDENT TUITION.WE NEED TO SHARE
THOSE REALITIES WITH ANYBODY AND EVERYBODY.OUR LEADERSHIP IN ASI WILL
BE WORKING HARD ON THE STUDENT VOTE.THEY ARE ALREADY PLANNING ON A
POLLING BOOTH ON CAMPUS AS WELL AS VOTER REGISTRATION
OPPORTUNITIES.IN FACT, THEY ARE CURRENTLY STAFFING A BOOTH IN THE
FOYER OUTSIDE URSA MAJOR.THERE ARE ROUGHLY 450,000
STUDENTS IN THE CSU, AS WELL AS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF FACULTY
AND STAFF.THAT IS A SIGNIFICANT VOTING BLOCK.EACH OF YOU HAS THE POWER
TO IMPACT THIS ELECTION -- ONE WAY OR THE OTHER.ON NOVEMBER 6, LET'S
HOPE THAT EVERYONE ON CAMPUS IS WEARING ONE OF THOSE STICKERS.
ON A RELATED NOTE, EACH OF YOU RECEIVED A MESSAGE FROM THE
CHANCELLOR'S OFFICE THIS SUMMER OFFERING SOME DRACONIAN
PREDICTIONS, INCLUDING CUTS TO COMPENSATION.DEE DEE, I AM SORRY, IT
WON'T HAPPEN AGAIN.NOW LISTEN TO ME CAREFULLY.I WANT ALL OF YOU TO
RELAX.UNLESS SOMETHING HAPPENS BEYOND MY CONTROL, I HAVE NO REASON TO
BELIEVE THAT WE WILL HEAD DOWN THAT PATH.FOR MANY YEARS, WE HAVE BEEN
EXTREMELY PRUDENT WITH OUR SPENDING.EACH OF YOU HAS SHOULDERED THE
LOAD WHILE WE LIMITED NEW HIRES.OUR PROCUREMENT SPENDING IS WAY
DOWN.AND, OF COURSE, WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY COMPENSATION
INCREASE FOR OVER FIVE YEARS.THE RESULT IS THAT WE ARE
PREPARED FOR ANY REASONABLE SCENARIO.SO TAKE A DEEP BREATH -- SMILE
-- AND KEEP UP YOUR GREAT WORK.THAT BRINGS MY BUDGET MESSAGE TO
A CLOSE.[APPLAUSE]BUT LET'S KEEP TALKING ABOUT THE GOOD STUFF.
IN THE MIDST OF THE WORST FISCAL ERA SINCE THE GREAT
DEPRESSION, WE CONTINUE TO MAKE GREAT PROGRESS ON THE $150
MILLION DOLLAR COMPREHENSIVE CAMPAIGN.IT REMAINS ONE OF THE MOST
IMPORTANT THINGS WE ARE DOING FOR THIS AND FUTURE GENERATIONS
OF CAL POLY POMONA STUDENTS.SO LET ME DIRECT YOUR ATTENTION
TO THE BIG SCREEN TO FIND OUT WHERE WE ARE TODAY IN THE
CAMPAIGN.[APPLAUSE]AS YOU CAN SEE, WE HAVE RAISED
OVER $106 MILLION DOLLARS.THE CAMPAIGN REMAINS A SOURCE
OF PRYDE ACROSS CAMPUS.ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS MADE
IT SPECIAL ARE THE GIFTS WE HAVE RECEIVED FROM RETIRED MEMBERS OF
THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY.LAST YEAR I SHARED THE STORY
BEHIND THE ALAN FELZER SCHOLARSHIP, NAMED AFTER THE
LATE PROFESSOR IN ELECTRONIC AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING.
EARLIER THIS YEAR, PETER CASTRO, PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, SIGNED A $1.5 MILLION DOLLAR BEQUEST --
THE LARGEST GIFT EVER TO THE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE -- TO ENDOW
TWO SCHOLARSHIPS, AS WELL AS ESTABLISH AN ENVIRONMENTAL
SCIENCE SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE.THE FUNDS ARE DESIGNED TO
INSPIRE ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS STUDENTS TO PURSUE
RESEARCH PROJECTS THAT BENEFIT THE NATURAL WORLD.THE
SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM WILL BRING IN VISITING
FACULTY FOR TEACHING AND RESEARCH.ANOTHER GREAT STORY IS GEORGE
AND BERIT SCHMITZ.GEORGE WAS A LONGTIME FACULTY MEMBER IN PLANT AND
SOIL SCIENCES, DATING BACK TO THE 1960S.HE PASSED AWAY IN 2008, BUT
HIS WIDOW, BERIT, WORKED WITH OUR TEAM IN ADVANCEMENT TO ESTABLISH
AN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP HONORING GEORGE.IN ADDITION, THE COUPLE PLANNED
TO LEAVE AN ADDITIONAL GIFT,RESULTING IN A $400,000 GIFT
FROM BERIT'S ESTATE.THESE ARE JUST THREE EXAMPLES
OF PEOPLE WHO ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT CAL POLY POMONA AND OUR
STUDENTS.I WANT TO HONOR AND THANK THE FELZERS, PETER CASTRO, AS WELL
AS THE SCHMITZ FAMILY, FOR ADVANCING OUR ACADEMIC MISSION.
[APPLAUSE]
FRIENDS IN THE COMMUNITY.THIS WEEK AT THE CSU BOARD OF
TRUSTEES MEETING, WE PRESENTED SCHEMATIC DESIGN PLANS FOR A
$10 MILLION BUILDING EXPANSION OF THE COLLINS COLLEGE.
THE 15,000-SQUARE-FOOT FACILITY WILL FEATURE TWO, TWO-STORY
BUILDINGS AND WILL BE GOLD LEED CERTIFIED OR HIGHER.
THIS PROJECT WILL BE BUILT EXCLUSIVELY WITH NON-STATE
PRIVATE FUNDS, THANKS TO GENEROUS GIFTS FROM JIM AND
CAROL COLLINS, ANDREW AND PEGGY CHERNG, COLLINS ALUMNUS EUGENE
PARK, THE MARRIOTT FOUNDATION,AND RICHARD AND MARY ALICE
FRANK.WE EXPECT TO BREAK GROUND ONE YEAR FROM NOW WITH A COMPLETION
TARGET OF SPRING 2015.I'D ALSO LIKE TO SHARE THAT
CONSTRUCTION HAS STARTED ON THE NEW BRONCO RECREATION AND
INTRAMURAL COMPLEX, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE OPEN IN THE FALL
OF 2014.THE NEW FACILITY WILL ENCOMPASS 120,000 SQUARE FEET AND
INCLUDE BASKETBALL AND RACQUETBALL COURTS, A ROCK CLIMBING WALL,
AN OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOL AS WELL AS AN INDOOR JOGGING TRACK.
IT WILL ALSO PROVIDE STUDENTS MORE THAN 200 EMPLOYMENT AND
INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND IS ON TRACK -- NO PUN INTENDED --
TO BE A HIGH-EFFICIENCY, LEED GOLD-CERTIFIED FACILITY.
THE NEW BRIC IS COMPLETELY FUNDED BY THE BRONCO STUDENT
CENTER FEE, BUT STUDENTS WON'T PAY ANYTHING ADDITIONAL UNTIL
IT'S OPEN FOR BUSINESS.HOW MANY OF YOU WERE AT CONVOCATION FOUR YEARS
AGO?RAISE YOUR HANDS!WELL IF YOU WERE THERE, YOU CERTAINLY REMEMBER
THIS AMAZING MOMENT.>> [UNINTELLIGIBLE]THIS WAS THE GUN THAT SHE USED
IN ALL FOUR OLYMPIC GAMES.I HEARD FROM A NUMBER OF
FRIENDS, ASKING WHAT WE COULD DO TO HELP.SHE
HA[ BEEN AN EXTRAORDINARY]AMBASSADOR TO CAL POLY POMONA.
WE WERE ABLE TO REACH OUT TO THE REPRESENTATIVE.WILL YOU JOIN US?
THANKS TO THE SUPPORT OF ANONYMOUS DONORS TO THE UNIVERSITY, AND HER
LONGTIME RELATIONSHIP, WE HAVE A SPECIAL SURPRISE.ON BEHALF OF THE
COMMUNITY, WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT YOU WITH A BRAND NEW COMPETITION
SHOTGUN.MAY YOU ALWAYS FIND A GOLD IN YOUR SIGHTS.
>> JUST -- THANK YOU SO MUCH.I AM SPEECHLESS AT THIS POINT.
I HOPE THAT I CAN WIN AS MANY MEDALS WITH THAT ONE AS THEY DID
WITH THE OTHER.THANK YOU.[APPLAUSE]>> WELL, KIM WAS QUITE PROPHETIC
THAT DAY.AS YOU'VE CERTAINLY HEARD, SHE MADE OLYMPIC HISTORY LAST
MONTH IN LONDON, WINNING A GOLD MEDAL IN THE WOMEN'S SKEET SHOOTING
COMPETITION.HER RECORD-SETTING PERFORMANCE MADE HER THE FIRST AMERICAN
TO WIN INDIVIDUAL MEDALS IN FIVE CONSECUTIVE OLYMPICS.
KIM MISSED ONLY ONE OF 100 SHOTS, TYING A WORLD RECORD AND
SETTING THE OLYMPIC MARK.AND THE GUN THAT GOT HER THE
GOLD?YOU GUESSED IT, THE VERY ONE WE PRESENTED TO HER FOUR YEARS AGO!
I SPOKE WITH KIM IN MID-AUGUST AFTER SHE GOT BACK FROM
ENGLAND, AND SHE WANTED ME TO SHARE TWO THINGS.THE FIRST IS THAT SHE
IS JUST TWO COURSES SHY OF HER DEGREE IN VOOD MARKETING AND PLANS ON
ENROLLING THIS QUARTER.AND THE OTHER IS HOW SHE VALUES
THE LOVE AND SUPPORT THAT CAL POLY@POMONA HAS EXTENDED TO HER
THROUGH THIS JOURNEY AND HOPES TO BE ON CAMPUS VERY SOON.
SPEAKING OF SUCCESS STORIES, LET ME NOW SEGUE TO THE
UNIVERSITY'S HIGHEST PRIORITY --THE GRADUATION INITIATIVE.
I WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT OUR GOAL IS NOT MERELY TO MOVE
STUDENTS QUICKLY TO GRADUATION,BUT TO ENSURE STUDENT LEARNING
AND SUCCESS.I AM PLEASED TO SAY THAT THE STEPS WE HAVE TAKEN ARE
BEARING FRUIT.ONE WAY TO HELP ENSURE SUCCESS IS TO UNDERSTAND WHICH
STUDENTS ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY AND THE SOURCE OF THAT DIFFICULTY.
WE HAVE A POWERFUL NEW TOOL TO DO SO -- THE STUDENT SUCCESS
DASHBOARD.THIS USER-FRIENDLY DATABASE ALLOWS US TO IDENTIFY PATTERNS
OF PERFORMANCE AND TO THEN ACT ON THOSE PATTERNS.I ENCOURAGE YOU TO
VISIT THE DASHBOARD TO GET A PICTURE OF HOW WELL YOUR DEPARTMENT IS
SERVING YOUR STUDENTS.THE GRADUATION INITIATIVE IMPLEMENTED TWO
PROJECTS THIS PAST ACADEMIC YEAR TO INCREASE STUDENT SUCCESS.
DORA LEE AND ROSE KUKLA IN STUDENT AFFAIRS LAUNCHED MYBAR,
A RECORD OF STUDENTS' CLUB MEMBERSHIPS, LEADERSHIP ROLES,
CAMPUS EMPLOYMENT AND OTHER ON- CAMPMS ACTIVITIES.
STUDENTS CAN USE THIS "CO- CURRICULAR TRANSCRIPT" TO GAIN
AN ADVANTAGE FOR INTERNSHIPS,GRATUATE SCHOOLS, AND JOBS
WHILE ADVISORS CAN USE IT TO EVALUATE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT.
TO IMPROVE STUDENTS' PROGRESS IN THE CLASSROOM, ACADEMIC
DEPARTMENTS WERE INVITED TO EXPLORE WAYS TO BOOST STUDENT
PERFORMANCE WITHOUT SACRIFICING STANDARDS.I W@NT TO THANK STEVE
MCCAULEY IN PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY, CHRIS CHEN IN MECHANICAL
ENGINEERING,AND ZEKEE ALIYAZGOGLU IN ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER
ENGINEERING, AND MEMBERS OF THEIR DEPARTMENTS FOR CRITICALLY
ASSESSING HOW TO IMPROVE THEIR STUDENTS' SUCCESS IN SO-CALLED
BOTTLENECK COURSES.THIS FALL, THESE DEPARTMENTS WILL APPLY WHAT THEY
HAVE LEARNED AND WILL SHARE THEIR FINDINGS WITH THE UNIVERSITY
COMMUNITY.AS YOU CAN SEE, THE GRADUATION INITIATIVE IS TRULY MOVING
FORWARD.BY ANALYZING AND ACTING ON DATA,BY FOSTERING STUDENT
ENGAGEMENT AND BY PROVIDING SUPERB TEACHING AND ADVISING, WE CAN
SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE STUDENT SUCCESS, BUT WE NEED THE ENTIRE
UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY --STUDENTS, STAFF AND FACULTY --
TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS MOST SIGNIFICANT ENDEAVOR.IN THE COMING YEAR,
ENROLLMENT SERVICES TOGETHER WITH THE ADVISING TASK FORCE WILL SET UP
AN EARLY ALERT SYSTEM TO IDENTIFY AND CONTACT STUDENTS
WHO ARE AT RISK ACADEMICALLY.A COMMITTEE OF FACULTY, STAFF
AND STUDENTS LED BY DALE TURNER OF PHILOSOPHY IS EXPLORING THE
IDEA OF LEARNING COMMUNITIES TO INCREASE STUDENTS' ACADEMIC AND
SOCIAL CONNECTION WITH THE CAMPUS.THE COMMITTEE THAT LED THE YEAR
OF ADVISING IS ANALYZING THE COMMENTS IT RECEIVED DURING
NUMEROUS MEETINGS WITH GROUPS ON CAMPUS AND WILL SOON SHARE
ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS.ALL OF THESE EFFORTS WILL NEED
YOUR IDEAS, YOUR INPUT, YOUR PARTICIPATION.SO PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO
CHECK OUT THE GRADUATION INITIATIVE WEBSITE, SHARE YOUR
IDEAS AND JOIN IN THE PROCESS.IT TRULY IS A TEAM EFFORT.
LAST MARCH, THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING HOSTED THE PACIFIC
SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE AND COMPETITION.THE EVENT INCLUDED ABOUT 1,000
CIVIL ENGINEERING STUDENTS FROM 18 UNIVERSITIES IN CENTRAL AND
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, SOUTHERN NEVADA, ARIZONA AND HAWAII.
OUR STUDENTS WERE STELLAR,PLACING FIRST IN THIS REGIONAL
COMPETITION AND LATER FIRST NATIONALLY.IN JANUARY, WE DEDICATED OUR
ENGINEERING WIND TUNNEL COMPLEX.SUPPORTED BY MORE THAN $3.5
MILLION DOLLARS OF EXTERNAL FUNDING, THIS INSTRUMENT IS A
MAJOR ASSET FOR TEACHING AND RESEARCH IN THE COLLEGE.
OUR CYBER DEFENSE PROGRAM IN THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
ADMINISTRATION RECEIVED A SIGNIFICANT BOOST IN MAY.
WE RECEIVED A GIFT OF NEARLY $350,000 FROM SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA EDISON, WORLD WIDE TECHNOLOGY AND CISCO TO
ESTABLISH THE SCE VIRTUAL INFORMATION ASSURANCE LABORATORY.
CIS PROFESSOR DAN MANSON'S CYBER TEAM ALSO DELIVERED IN THE
FIELD, CAPTURING ITS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE WESTERN REGIONAL
COLLEGIATE CYBER DEFENSE CHAMPIONSHIP IN MARCH.FACULTY IN THE COLLEGE
OF SCIENCE WERE AWARDED ALMOST $5 MILLION IN NATIONALLY
COMPETITIVE GRANTS, AND PUBLISHED 75 PEER-REVIEWED
PAPERS, INCLUDING TWO IN THE PRESTIGIOUS JOURNAL NATURE.
IN ADDITION, DEMONSTRATING THE TEACHER-SCHOLAR MODEL, STUDENTS
IN SCIENCE WERE AUTHORS ON 35 PEER-REVIEWED PAPERS AND 128
OTHER PUBLICATIONS.THE COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN RECEIVED A
MARVELOUS GIFT FROM AN ALUMNA TO LITERALLY ADVANCE THE COLLEGE.
THIS PAST YEAR, ARCHITECTURE ALUMNA JULIANA TERIAN, CO-
FOUNDER OF NOUVELLE VIEW AND THE FORMER CHAIR OF THE RALLYE
AUTOMOTIVE GROUP, PLEDGED $2.5 MILLION TO ENV.BUT SHE ALSO MADE
ANOTHER REMARKABLE DONATION, WHICH WILL PRODUCE A NEW BIANNUAL
MAGAZINE FOR THE ENV COMMUNITY AS WELL AS DEVELOP A NEW WEB PRESENCE.
THE FIRST EDITION OF LINK MAGAZINE, EXPECTED TO BE
RELEASED IN EARLY NOVEMBER, WILL HELP ELEVATE THE WORK OF OUR
FACULTY, ALUMNI AND STUDENTS IN THE DESIGN FIELDS, CREATING A
RICHLY DESER PRESENCE FOR OUR PROGRAMS.DR.IRIS LEVINE
OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC, WON THE WOMEN IN THEATRE'S RED
CARPET AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE THEATRICAL ARTS
IN THE GREATER LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY.THIS AWARD WEND TO DR.
LEVINE AS CO-FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF VOX FEMINA
LOS ANGELES, A WOMAN'S CHORAL GROUP WHICH GIVES VOICE TO A
MYRIAD OF WOMEN'S ISSUES WORLD- WIDE.LAST MONTH, THE WORLD WATCHED AS
THE NASA ROVER, CURIOSITY,LANDED ON MARS.THE NEARBY JET PROPULSION
LABORATORY WAS A MAJOR PLAYER IN THIS HISTORIC PROJECT.
OF THE 17 CSU ALUMNI WORKING ON THE PROJECT AT JPL, ALMOST HALF
WERE CAL POLY POMONA GRADUATES.[APPLAUSE]THE ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS
INVOLVED HAD A VARIETY OF ROLES IN THE EFFORT, WHICH EARNED THE
TEAM A CALL FROM PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA.THE BRONCO EIGHT INCLUDED
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER EKKO BURT,SOFTWARE ENGINEERS QUY HO AND
MICHAEL KYYAHNAN, INTEGRATION AND TEST ENGINEER JOSE GUZMAN,
DESIGN ENGINEER ALFRED KHASHAKI, SENIOR MECHANICAL
ENGINEER TED ISKENDERIAN, EDL ACTIVITY LEAD MARTIN GRECO AND
MISSION PLANNER PETER ZAYPRASEUTH.WHEN I ARRIVED ON CAMPUS TEN
YEARS AGO, I WAS IN THE MARKET FOR A NEW CAR.AFTER DRIVING ON SOUTH
CAMPUS DRIVE, I THOUGHD ABOUT BUYG A TANK.BUT NOT ANYMORE.
OVER THE SUMMER WE HAVE SEEN A COMPLETE RENOVATION TO SOUTH
CAMPUS, ALL THE WAY FROM TEMPLE TO RIDGEWAY.WHILE THE ASPHALT WAS
HOT, THEY ALSO APPLIED A NEW SURFACE ON TEMPLE AVENUE, FROM VALLEY T
UNIVERSITY AVENUE.WHAT A CHANGE!OUR TEAM IN FACILITIES
ERE CITY OF POMONA AND O PUBLIC AGENCIES TO MAKE THIS
HAPPEN AT NO COST TO CAL POLY POMONA.[APPLAUSE]I KNOW I SPEAK FOR
SUSPENSION SYSTEMS ABROSS CAMPUS!WHEN I SA+THANK YOY.
SPEAKING OF CONSTRUCTION, TWO HIGH-PROFILE ENTITIES WILL GET
A FACELIFT THIS YEAR.NOT A BUILDING OR FACILITY, BUT
THE UNIVERSITY LOGO AND WEB PRESENCE.THESE ARE TWO SEPARATE
INITIATIVES THAT ARE RUNNING ON PARALLEL TRACKS UNDER THE
STEWARDSHIP OF OUR COMMUNICATION PROFESSIONALS AND WEB TEAMS IN
I&IT.OUR CURRENT UNIVERSITY LOGO WAS DEVELOPED IN THE EARLY 1990S
WITH A DIRECT LINK TO A CERTAIN BUILDING ON CAMPUS.
SEE IF YOU CAN GUESS WHICH ONE?[LAUGHTER]SINCE THE FUTURE OF THAT
BUILDING IS LESS THAN BRIGHT,IT'S ONLY APPROPZIATE THAT WE
DEVELOP A NEW CAMPUS IMAGE THAT BETTER REPRESENTS OUR COMMUNITY.
WE ENGAGED A TALENTED GROUP OF STUDENTS IN OUR ART PROGRAM,
UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF PROFESSOR BABETTE MAYOR, TO
DEVELOP SOME MODELS.OVER THE SUMMER, THOSE IDEAS WERE VETTED BY A
NUMBER OF CONSTITUENTS, INCLUDING ALUMNI,FACULTY, STUDENTS AND EVEN
THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.A LOT OF WORK REMAINS, BUT WE EXPECT TO INTRODUCE
OUR NEW LOGO LATE IN THE YEAR.THE NEW WEBSITE WILL BE THE
OUTCOME OF A PROCESS THAT ACTUALLY BEGAN LAST WINTER, WHEN
THE IT GOVERNANCE WEB COMMITTEE BEGAN WORK ON A USABILITY
ANALYSIS OF OUR HOME PAGE AND OTHER HIGH-PROFILE(SITES.
THIS WAS DONE FROM THE PERSPECTIVES OF CURRENT AND
FUTURE STUDENTS.YOU SEE, STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS,
ARE THE SINGLE HIGHEST PRIORITY WHEN IT COMES TO THE WEB.
JOSH KELLER IN THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER E PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS
DECIDE NOT TO APPLY TO A COLLEGE BECAUSE OF A BAD EXPERIENCE ON
THE COLLEGE'S WEBSITE."WE ARE NOW MOVING FORWARD ON A
SITE REDESIGN THAT WILL ALLOW FOR A CAMPUS-WIDE CONTENT
MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.THE FIRST PHASE WILL INCLUDE THE HOME PAGE AND THOSE
SITES WITH HIGH STUDENT DEMAND,INCLUDING FINANCIAL AID,
ADMISSIONS AND THE REGISTRAR.THIS PROJECT WILL BE DONE
SYSTEMATICALLY, SO DON'T EXPECT EVERY SITE ON CAMPUS TO CHANGE
OVERNIGHT.BUT WE ARE GOING TO GET THERE.A UNIVERSITY WITH THE NATIONAL
PRESTIGE OF CAL POLY POMONA DESERVES A STELLAR WEB PRESENCE.
I LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING NEWS OF THE PROGRESS IN THE MONTHS
AHEAD.THE CAL POLY POMONA FOUNDATION WILL INTRODUCE QDOBA MEXICAN
GRILL TO THE BRONCO STUDENT CENTER THIS OCTOBER.ALSO, THE COMPLETION
OF THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION COMPLEX IS
ACCOMPANIED BY THE NEW EINSTEIN BROS BAGELS AND PONY EXPRESS.
ONE OF THE REAL STRENGTHS OF THE UNIVERSITY IS OUR STELLAR
GROUP OF STUDENT ATHLETES.THEY WIN ON THE PLAYING FIELD
AND THEY ARE ALSO STARS IN THE CLASSROOM.FOUR TEAMS HAD CUMULATIVE
GRADE- POINT AVERAGES NORTH OF 3.0.CROSS-COUNTRY AT@LETES TIFFANY
DINH AND DIANA ZAPATA, WOMEN'S BASKETBALL STANDOUTS ROSSLYN
BEARD AND MEGAN FORD, CLARK SELTERS FROM MEN'S CROSS
COUNTRY, AND MICHELLE NAVA FROM THE WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM ALL
EARNED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA HONORS.AND FIVE STUDENT ATHLETES WERE
NAMED TO THEIR RESPECTIVE NATIONAL ALL-AMERICA TEAMS,
INCLUDING TIFFANY DINH, MEGAN FORD, LUIS GONZALEZ IN MEN'S
SOCCER, GEOFF BROUSSARD MN BASEBALL AND JACOB DEAVERS IN
MEN'S TRACK AND FIELD..WE CONTINUE TO MAKE GREAT STRIDES IN CONTRACTS
AND GRANTS.THE TOTAL GRANT AND CONTRACT EXPENDITURES EXCEEDED $13
MILLION DOLLARS.OF SPECIAL NOTE WAS A THREE- YEAR, $1.5 MILLION GRANT
RENEWAL FOR STEM CELL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH FROM THE CALIFORNIA
INSTITUTE FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE.BUILDING ON A PREVIOUS GRANT,
THE AWARD WILL INCREASE OPPORTUNITIES FOR BOTH SCIENCE
AND NON-SCIENCE MAJORS TO LEARN ABOUT STEM CELLS IN THEIR
COURSEWORK.THE GETTY FOUNDATION ALSO AWARDED A $140,000 GRANT TO THE
COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN TO FUND A FACULTY/STUDENT TEAM
TO PLAN AND PREPARE AN EXHIBIT ON THE POSTWAR HOUSE IN SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA.AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE ARE A LEARNING-CENTERED, STUDENT-
FOCUSED UNIVERSITY.AND OUR PRIMARY CONSTITUENTS HAVE FACED AN
ONSLAUGHT OF RISING COSTS ALMOST EACH AND EVERY YEAR.
WHILE WE DON'T CONTROL TUITION,WE HAVE BEEN ASKING HOW WE CAN
USE TECHNOLOGY TO OFFSET SOME COSTS.CAL POLY POMONA CONTINUES TO
OFFER INNOVATIVE AND AFFORDABLE COURSE MATERIAL OPTIONS.
OUR CAMPUS HAS TWO EXCITING NEW PROGRAMS FEATURING DIGITAL
TEXTBOOKS FOR THE FALL QUARTER.AS PART OF THE CSU RENT DIGITAL
PROGRAM, THE BRONCO BOOKSTORE IS OFFERING STUDENTS OVER 400
TITLES AT 60% OR MORE OFF THE NEW BOOK PRICE WHEN THEY RENT
E-BOOK VERSIONS.I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT CAL POLY POMONA IS ONE OF 25
UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY PARTICIPATING IN AN E-BOOK PILOT
PROGRAM THAT WILL SUPPLY UP TOTH TWO NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS,
EDUCAUSE AND INTERNET2.RATHER THAN PURCHASING THE BOOK,
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN PARTICIPATING CLASSES WILL HAVE
THE E-BOOK AUTOMATICALLY LOADED INTO THEIR BLACKBOARD CLASS
SITE.THROUGH THIS PILOT PROGRAM, THE BETA-STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE FREE
E-BOOKS.WE WILL EVAeUATE THE PROGRAM OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEAR TO
DETERMINE IF A CAMPUS SITE LICENSE IS APPROPRIATE.
SINCE MY ARRIVAL, WE HAVE SPENT A PORTION OF CONVOCATION
CELEBRATING AND RECOGNIZING THE EFFORTS OF OUR FACULTY, STAFF
AND STUDENTS.BUT EVERY YEAR WE FEEL THE LOSS OF FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES
WHO PASSED AWAY.LET'S TAKE A FEW MOMENTS AS WE SHARE THE NAME AND FACE
OF A MEMBER OF OUR FAMILY WHO WILL NOT BE WITH US TODAY --
GREG CARR - LANDSCAPE SERVICES OUR EDUCATIONAL MODEL TRULY
VALUES THE INPUT AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF STUDENTS.I AM PROUD TO INTRODUCE
THE TWO INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL LEAD OUR STUDENT BODY THIS ACADEMIC YEAR.
PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING ASI PRESIDENT CHRIS OSUALA AND VICE
PRESIDENT CHRISTINE HALL.[APPLAUSE]IT IS ALSO MY PLEASURE TO
INTRODUCE NEW OR NEWLY APPOINTED MEMBERS OF OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM.
LET ME WELCOME A COUPLE OF DEANS WHO HAVE RECENTLY BEGUN
THEIR APPOINTMENTS.IN THE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE WOULD
YOU PLEASE WELCOME DR.BRIAN JERSKY.[APPLAUSE]BRIAN JOINS THE
UNIVERSITY FAMILY AFTER HAVING SERVED ON THE FACULTY OF MACQUARID
UNIVERSITY IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA.AND IN THE COLLEGE OF THE
EXTENDED UNIVERSITY, I AM PLEASED TO INTRODUCE DR.
HOWARD EVANS.MOST RECENTLY, HOWARD SERVED AS DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC
DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH AT THE INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
MANAGEMENT IN SAN DIEGG.ON THAT NOTE, I ALSO WANT TO
THANK MANDAYAM SRINIVAS IN SCIENCE AND JERRY CHESSER IN THE
CEU FOR THEIR STELLAR LEADERSHIP DURING THESE TRANSITIONS.
WE HAD EXPECTED TO HAVE A NEW DEAN NAMED FOR THE COLLEGE OF
LETTERS, ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, BUT THAT SEARCH
PROCESS WILL CONTINUE THIS YEAR.INTERIM DEAN SHARON HILLES HAS
AGREED TO STAY AT THE HELM FOR THIS COMING YEAR.THANK YOU, SHARON.
TODAY, WE BEGIN THE ACADEMIC YEAR WITH 32 NEW FACULTY AND 17
NEW STAFF.DR. FRON FREEMONT WILL SERVE AS THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR
ADVANCEMENT NEXT MONTH.[APPLAUSE]ALONG WITH HIS DAY JOB, HE HAS
HAD THE MONDAY MESSAGE, THE CAMPAIGN DATA, THE CAMPAIGN
VIDEO, AND MANY OTHER EVENTS.HIS FINGERPRINTS ARE ALL OVER
THIS CAMPUS IN TERMS OF HIS CONTRIBUTION AND I WISH HIM ALL
THE BEST IN HIS NEW ROLE.HE WILL BE MISSED.TODAY WE BEGIN THE ACADEMIC
YEAR FACULTY AND 17 NEW STAFF.AS IS OUR PRACTICE, THEY MAY
HAVE A NAME TAG AND GREEN RIBBON UNDER THEIR FALL CONFERENCE CAN.
THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO IDENTIFY EACH OF THEM AND PERSONALLY
WELCOMM THEM TO CAMPUS.LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE
STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED.NEW FACULTY AND STAFF HAVE A
NAMETAG AS WELL AS A GREEN RIBBON UNDER THEIR FALL
CONFERENCE PIN.THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO IDENTIFY EACH OF THEM AND
PERSONALLY WELCOME THEM TO CAMPUS.LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WOULD YOU
PLEASE STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED.[APPLAUSE]FOR ME, THE BEST PART OF
CONVOCATION IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE THE GREAT WORK AND
ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF OUR FACULTY AND STAFF.IN JUNE, PROVOST DENBOER
INTRODUCED THE 2012 CLASS OF THE PROVOST'S AWARDS, DESIGNED
TO RECOGNIZE OUTSTANDING FACULTY ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE AREAS OF
TEACHING, SERVICE, AND SCHOLARLY AND CREATIVE ACTIVITIES.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE THREE DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS OF THE
ACADEMY, LET ME DIRECT YOUR ATTENTION TO THE SCREEN.
(VIDEO)I WANT TO RECOGNIZE TREVOR@ HENDERSON, ALONG WITH THE TEAMS
>> I USED TO THINK THAT TEACHING WAS ABOUT PRESENTING THE
CHEMISTRY AND SEEING IF THEY LEARNED IT.NOW I SEE THAT IT IS LIKE
DEVELOPING PEOPLE.IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT TEACHING CHEMISTRY.
IT IS TEACHING PEOPLE TO BECOME THE PROFESSIONALS THEY'RE GOING
TO BE.>> I THINK IT WILL BE HIS TEACHING STYLE AND THE WAY THAT
HE INTERACTS.>> I THINK THE DOCTOR GETS TO KNOW THE STUDENTS AS A
PERSON,AND HE COMES UP WITH A STRATEGY TO HELP THEM START A QUARTER,
PUT AN END TO A QUARTER, AND ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS.>> I THINK THAT THE
TEACHING IS WHAT WE DO.REALLY EXCELLENT TEACHERS TO
INSPIRE, SOMEHOW.WE REACH FOR THEM AS THEY DO THEIR WORK.
>> WATCHING HIM TEACH IS MORE OF AN ART FORM.ATHLETE PERFORM.
EVEN IF YOU CANNOT DO IT AS WELL AS HE CAN, IT IS WORTH A SHOT.
PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO RELATE TO IT.>> I THINK THAT HE BRINGS
ENJOYMENT TO THE CLASSROOM AND BRINGS FUND TO LEARNING.
>> YOU ARE REMEMBERED BY THE IMPACT THAT YOU MAKE ON PEOPLE.
EVERY STUDENT THAT BENEFITED FROM SOMETHING I DID, THAT IS
REMEMBRANCER ENOUGH.>> SERVICE IS WHAT MAKES THE UNIVERSITY RUN.
ONE OF MY GOALS WAS NOT JUST TO TEACH MY CLASS IS, BUT GET
INVOLVED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CURRICULUM ACROSS THE
CAMPUS.IF YOU DO NOT KEEP THINGS FRESH,THERE ARE THINGS THAT PEOPLE DO
NOT REALIZE ARE VITAL TO KEEPING THE UNIVERSITY UP TO DATE AND
CURRENT WITH THE WORLD AND IN SERVING THE NEEDS OF OUR
STUDENTS.>> PERSONALLY, THAT DRIVE TOWARDS SERVICE HAS MADE A BIG
DIFFERENCE IN MY EXPERIENCE HERE.>> AS THEY SAID, IF IT IS NOT
MEET, WHO.IF NOT NOW, WHEN?THAT IS MY PHILOSOPHY TOWARDS
LIFE.>> THIS IS AN EXAMPLE FOR OTHER STUDENTS TO GET INVOLVED.
>> WHEN IT COMES TO A FACULTY MEMBER, IT IS ABOUT WHAT SHE IS
REALLY WORTH.WHAT WE ASPIRE TO BUT DO NOT ALWAYS REACH.
SOMEONE THAT STUDENTS CAN RELY ON.SOMEONE THE FACULTY CAN RELY ON.
SOME OF THE COLLEGE RELIES ON.>> OUR STUDENTS ARE THE
SOLUTION.IF THEY DO NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD, NO ONE ELSE IS
GOING TO.BUT FOR THEM TO DO THAT, WE HAVE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR
THEM.>> IT IS EXCITING, AND GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THIS CUTTING
EDGE WORK, THEY WILL NEED IT.>> THE MONEY THEY BROUGHT IN HAS
HELPED IN TERMS OF PURCHASING EQUIPMENT, PURCHASING SUPPLIES.
$15 MILLION IS WHAT SHE HAS PERSONALLY BROUGHT IN IN APPLIED
RESEARCH.>> DOING THINGS TO HELP PEOPLE.IS NOT JUST THE MONEY OR THE
NAME.SHE HAS A REALLY GOOD HEART.>> ONCE I SEE HOW MUCH IT HELPS
PEOPLE, WHAT IS BETTER?>> SHE IS A ROLE MODEL FOR HER
STUDENTS AND FOUR OTHER FACULTY AS WELL.SHE DOES EVERYTHING SO WELL.
TO WORK WITH PEOPLE LIKE THAT,IT IS INSPIRING.>> IT CHALLENGES YOU TO
THINK CRITICALLY, BE CREATIVE, GET OUTSIDE THE BOX.
TOGETHER IT KEEPS YOU ENERGIZED AND ASKING THE NEXT QUESTIONS.
>> I TEACH HERE, AT CAL POLY POMONA.>> I TOUCH LIVES, INSIDE AND
OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM.>> I AM A TEACHER SCHOLAR.[APPLAUSE]
I WANT TO RECOGNIZE TREVOR HENDERSON, ALONG WITH THE TEAMS
IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MEDIAVISION, FOR PULLING THIS
VIDEO TOGETHER --CELEBRATING THE WORK OF THE ACADEMY IS AT THE CORE OF
THIS HONOR.ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON, OCTOBER 25, WE WILL HOLD A RECEPTION
FOR THESE THREE DISTINGUISHED FACULTY MEMBERS.DETAILS WILL BE
FORTHCOMING,BUT I HOPEuYOU HOLD THE DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR.
I SPOKE EARLIER ABOUT THE GRADUATION INITIATIVE.WHEN IT COMES TO
TURNING OUR STUDENTS INTO ALUMNI, &EW THINGS HAVE A GREATER IMPACT
THAN THE QUALITY OF ADVISEMENT.I AM ALWAYS PROUD TO RECOGNIZE
THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE BEE-(OUTSTANDING ADVISORS VOICE OVER
VIDEO)(LISTEN FOR RECEIVING TENURE --DR.JASCHA POLET - GEOLOGICAL
SCIENCES)MARIA RIVERA DUNCANS, --COLLEGE OF INTEGRATED STUDIES.
EACH YEAR, SELECT UNIVERSITY FACULTY ARE CONFIRMED BY THEIR
COLLEAGUES TO EARN THE RIGHT OF TENURE, THUS BECOMING LIFETIME
MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY FAMILY.IN 2012, 27 INDIVIDUALS RECEIVED
THIS HONOR, WITH SOME ALSO EARNING PROMOTION TO PROFESSOR
OR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR.LET'S ACKNOWLEDGE THEM NOW
(TENURE AND PROMOTION VOICE OVER VIDEO)(LISTEN FOR OUTSTANDING PROGRAM
- CREDENTIAL SERVICE O CEIS)CONGRATULATIONS TO EACH OF YOU
ONE MF MY FAVORITE DAYS OF THE YEAR IS STAFF APPRECIATION DAY.
NOT ONLY DOES IT GIVE US A CHANCE TO HONOR ALL STAFF, BUT
WE ALSO GET TO HEAR ABOUT FOUR SPECIAL INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR
EXTRAORDINARY IMPACT ON OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR DEPARTMENTS.
IT'S VERY HUMBLING WHEN YOU LEARN HOW THESE PEOPLE HAVE
DEDICATED THEHR LIVES TO CAL POLY POMONA.JOIN ME IN SALUTING THE
2011-12 OUTSTANDING STAFF.(OUTSTANDING STAFF VOICE OVER
VIDEO)[APPLAUSE]LAST YEAR, I SPENT SOME TIME IN THIS SPEECH ADDRESSING
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS.FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS WE HAVE
RELIED ON OUR SAFETY ALERT SYSTEM TO ALERT YOU IN THE EVENT
OF AN EMERGENCY.A SPECIAL TASK FORCE WAS CREATED TO REVIEW OUR
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION PROTOCOL.LET ME DIRECT YOUR ATTENTION TO
THE VERY BOLD IMAGE ON THE SCREEN ABOVE.THIS IS ALERTUS, A NEW
PROTOCOL BY WHICH WE CAN POP AN EMERGENCY MESSAGE ON TO EVERY DESKTOP
COMPUTER ON CAMPUS.EVERY OFFICE, EVERY CLASSROOM AND EVERY LAB
COMPUTER.WE CONDUCTED A PILOT STUDY IN MAY AND FOUND THAT THE DESKTOP
MESSAGE CAN ARRIVE FASTER THAN CAMPUS PHONES OR EVEN EMAIL.
AND HERE'S THE PART THAT MADE ED BARNES HAPPY.THE ENTIRE SOFTWARE
PACKAGE WAS DONATED TO THE UNIVERSITY,INCLUDING A LIFETIME OF PATCHES
AND UPGRADES.AS I SPEAK, OUR TEAM IN I&IT IS WORKING ON GETTING THIS
INSTALLED ON EVERY POSSIBLE MACHINE.WE EXPECT TO BE DONE IN THE
COMING WEEKS.OW PROUD TO ANNOUN 16TH RECIPIENT OF THE GEORGE P.
HART AWARD.THE HART AWARD RECOGNIZES FACULTY MEMBERS WHO ARE REGARDED
AS ROLE MODELS AND LEADERS, ON CAMPUS AND IN THE COMMUNITY.
OUR 2012 HONOREE HAS TAUGHT FOR 25 YEARS AT THE U.IVERSITY,
ESTABLISHING HER AS A CAMPUS LEADER OF MANY TALENTS.
ON THE DEPARTMENT LEVEL, SHE SERVED AS CHAIR AND GRADUATE
COORDINATOR, OVERSEEING SIGNIFICANT GROWTH OF THE PROGRAM AND MAJOR
RESTRUCTURING OF THE UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE MAJORS.
ON THE COLLEGE LEVEL, SHE SERVED AS A CHAIR OF THE RTP COMMITTEE
AND THE FIRST COLLEGE ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE.SHE HAS BEEN AN ACADEMIC
SENATOR, SERVING ON THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND THE
COMMITTEE.OUR RECIPIENT WAS ALSO THE FACULTY CO-CHAIR
FIRST UNIVERSITY BUDGET COMMITTEE.SHE ALSO CHAMPIONS JUSTICE AND
AND UNDERGRADUATE ECONOMICS CLASSES.ADVOCATE, AND SHE HAS DEVOTED
AN EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNT OF TIME AS A MENTOR FOR JUNIOR FACULTY.
WHAT IS ALSO UNUSUAL IS THAT SHE CANNOT BE HERE TODAY, BUT
TECHNOLOGY IS A MARVELOUS THINED FROM OUR BUREAU OFFICE AT SAINT
BASIL'S CATHEDRAL IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN MOSCOW.
MAUREEN BURTON.CONGRATULATIONS MAUREEN!(BURTON VIDEO)
>> THANK YOU.I AM HUMBLED AND THRILLED TO BE THE 2012 RECIPIENT FOR
OUTSTANDING FACULTY LEADERSHIP.I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
COMMITTEE OF THE PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS FOR SELECTING ME.
IT IS AN HONOR TO BE PART OF SUCH A DISTINGUISHED GROUP.
I WAS A FACULTY MEMBER WHEN GEORGE RECRUITED ME, AND I
SERVED UNDER HIM.GEORGE NATURE FACULTY GOVERNMENTS WERE NECESSARY TO
MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF THE INSTITUTION.BY THIS, I BELIEVE GEORGE
BELIEVED IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ESTABLISH CURRICULUM AND THE
ENVIRONMENT.HE LEADS A TIRING LEGACY OF FACULTY GOVERNMENTS THAT IS SO
APPARENT ON OUR CAMPUS.NOT ONLY WAS GEORGIA FACULTY
ADVOCATE, BUT HE WAS AN DESPITE THE CHALLENGES, HE
ALWAYS TREATED OTHERS WITH RESPECT, COMPASSION, AND
CIVILITY.TODAY WE HAVE UNPRECEDENTED CHALLENGES.ISSUES, PRIMARILY LIKE
THE BUDGET CRISIS THREATEN THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION AND MISSION
AND INTEGRITY OF THE INSTITUTION.IN THIS ENVIRONMENT, FACULTY ARE
STRUGGLING TO MAINTAIN ACT OF SCHOLARLY AND PROFESSIONAL
LIVES.IN THIS SITUATION, WHAT WOULD GEORGE DO?I HAVE CONCLUDED THAT
GEORGE WOULD CHALLENGE FACULTY TO COLLABORATE IN A COLLEGIAL REAL
WAY WITH ALL CONSTITUENCIES OF THE UNIVERSITY, INCLUDING
FACULTY, ADMINISTRATORS,STUDENTS AND THE COMMUNITY AT
LARGE TO FIND SOLUTIONS THAT MAXIMIZE STUDENT LEARNING
OUTCOMES AND INTELLECTUAL LIFE OF THE UNIVERSITY.POOR GEORGE, IT WILL
BE CRITICAL OF THE DOMINANT ROAD A FACULTY AND SHARED GOVERNANCE BE
PRESERVED AND STRENGTHENED.MOREOVER, I BELIEVE GEORGE WOULD
BE PRO-ACTIVE IN REPELLING THE NATIONWIDE ATTACKS ON ACADEMIC
FREEDOM OF RECENT YEARS.AS WE ALL FEEL OVERWHELMED BY
THE NATURE OF THE CHALLENGES WE FACE, GEORGE ALSO WOULD HAVE
FELT OVERWHELMED.HOWEVER, WERE THERE WHEN THE FACULTY AS I DO, I KNOW
CURRENT CAMPUS LEADERS LOOK TO THE LEGACY OF GEORGE AND WILL STRIVE
TO LIVE UP TO THE IDEALS AND VALUES HE EMBRACED.THANK YOU AGAIN FOR
THIS WONDERFUL BOARD.I CANNOT STRESS HOW -- HOW HUMBLED AND THRILLED I
AM A TRUE RECEIVE IT.[APPLAUSE]-- TO RECEIVE IT.IN JUNE OF 2011, WE
ANNOUNCED THE INAUGURAL GRANT RECIPIENTS OF THE KELLOGG LEGACY PROJECT
ENDOWMENT.A DIRECT OUTCOME OF THE $42 MILLION GIFT FROM THE W.K.
KELLOGG FOUNDATIWN, THE ENDOWMENT IS DESIGNED TO STRENGTHEN STUDENT
SUCCESS PROGRAMS, IMPROVE SUPPORT FOR FACULTY TEACHING AND SCHOLARLY
WITH OUR EXTERNAL COMMUNITIES.OUR INTENT IS TO DISTRIBUTE
EARNINGS FROM THE ENDOWMENT AND MAKE ANNUAL AWARDS TO PROJECTS
BUT IN 2012, ENDOWMENT EARNINGS WERE NEGATIVELY IMPACTED BY THE
PERFORMANCE OF WALL STREET.THE UNIVERSITY HAS A FIDUCIARY
RESPONSIBILITY TO MAINTAIN THE VALUE OF THE ENDOWMENT AND
ENSURE SUSTAINABILITY.AS SUCH, WE ELECTED TO SUSPEND
FUNDING OF NEW PROGRAMS AND FOCUS RESOURCES ON THE MULTI-
YEAR PROPOSALS THAT WERE APPROVED LAST YEAR.WE DID RECEIVE THE NEXT $8
MILLION INSTAL THE FIRST YEAR ALLOWED FOR 25 UNIQUE PROGRAMS TO
RECEIVE FUNDING.I WAFT TO TAKE A FEW MOMENTS AND CELEBRATE THE
OUTCOMES OF A HANDFUL OF TNSTITUTE FOR QUALITY EDUCATION GRADUATED 830
ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED AND UNDERSERVED PARENTS FROM ITS
PARENT ENGAGEMENT IN EDUCATION PROGRAM.THIS HAS SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCED
THE SAN GABRIEL, POMONA AND CHINO VALLEY AREAS.- THE AFRICAN AMERICAN
AND NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENT SUCCESS INITIATIVES CONTINUE TO ENHANCE
EXPERIENCE OF ALL STUDENTS BY AMERICAN STUDENTS.AFRICAN AMERICAN AND
NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENTS.- SUPPORT FOR THE BOOTS TO
BRONCOS VETERAN TRANSITION HAS THE ARTICULATION OF MILITARY
TRAINING AND EXPER GREATER FOCUS ON THIS AND OTHER
ISSUES RELATING TO THE REINTEGRATION OF VETERANS INTO
THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY.THEY CERTAINLY DESERVE IT.
- WE HAD A PHENOMENAL YEAR WITH PUBLIC SPIS, CORNEL WEST,
TEMPLE GRANDIN AND RICHARD SAUL WURMAN.THE KELLOGG DISTINGUISHED
PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES OFFERED TWO UNIQUE PRESENTATIONS INCLUDING
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES STER DR.WILKERSON.ALL OF THE APPEARANCES
WERE PUT ONLHNE FOR PUBLIC VIEWING.I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE
ONGOING EFFORTS OF EVERYONE INVOLVARING NEW OUTCOMES THROUGT
E COURSE OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR.LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME, I
LAUNCHED A CAMPUS DIALOGUE FOCUSED ON WHAT TEACHING WILL
LOOK LIKE IN THE COMING DECADES AND WHETHER WE ARE READY FOR
THAT CHALLENGE.THIS LED TO A SERIES OF EVENTS AND CONVERSATIONS, ONES
THAT INCLUDED NATIONALuEXPERTS ON WELL AS THE INVENTIVE PRACTICES
OF OUR OWN FACULTY.THE CAPSTONE EVENT OCCURRED LAST
TOOK PART IN THIS CONFERENCE,PRESENTATIONS BY SEVEN OF OURE
INNOVATIVE FACULTY MEMBERS ON PRESENTATIONS BY SEVEN OF OUR
INNOVATIVE FACULTY MEMBERS ON TEACHING PRACTICES RANGING FROM
THE USE OF SKYPE TO SOCIAL PROUD OF THE WORK OF EVERYONE
ON THE TRACK.THE POLY TEACH COMMITTEE, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF DEAN
MICHAEL IN ADDITION, THE KELLOGG DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC LECTURE
SERIES WILL HOST EDUCATOR AND ENTREPRENEUR SALMAN KHAN ON
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, RIGHT HERE IN URSA MAJOR.FOR THOSE OF YOU
UNFAMILIAR WITH MR.KHAN, HE IS THE FOUNDER OF THE KHAN ACADEMY, A
NONPROFIT WITH THE MISSION OF PROVIDING FREE,HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATION TO
ANYONE, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.THE ACADEMY IS RETHINKING THE
WORLD OF EDUCATION, WITH MORE THAN 3,000 INSTRUCTIONAL
VIDEOS, 300 EXERCISES, AND 3.7 MILLION UNIQUE USERS PER MONTH.
THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FROM SOMEONE
ON THE FOREFRONT OF THIS NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL
MOVEMENT.AS YOU KNOW, WE ARE DOING THINGS A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY THIS
WEEK.INSTEAD OF HOSTING A GET- TOGETHER LATER AT THE MANOR
HOUSE, BETTY AND I INVITE YOU TO ADMINISTRATION COMMUNITY, AS
WELL AS DONORS AND ALUMNI, FOR A SPECIAL EVENT THIS FRIDAY AT 3
P.M.TOGETHER, WE WILL HOST THE DEDICATION CELEBRATION FOR THE
CODLEGE'S BEAUTIFUL NEW COMPLEX.AFTER I AM DONE THIS MORNING, WE
WILL SEGUE INTO THE EVERYONE NEEDS TO STICK AROUND
JUST TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO SAY ABOUT SANDI.
AND THIS SATURDAY YOU CAN SHOW YOUR BRONCO PRIDE AND CELEBRATE
CAL POLY POMONA DAY AT THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY FAIR.
LAST YEAR, WE HAD MORE PARTICIPANTS ON OUR DAY AT THE
FAIR THAN ALL OF THE OTHER UNIVERSITIES COMBINED.STUDENTS, FACULTY AND
STAFF WILL RECEIVE FREE ADMISSION WHEN THEY SHOW THEIR BRONCO ID CARD
AND A PRINTABLE COUPON.JUST VISIT POLYCENTRIC FOR MORE
DETAILS.A YEAR FROM NOW, WE WILL BEGIN OUR 75TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR, ONE
OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT MILESTONES A UNIVERSITY CAN
EXPERIENCE.TEAMS FROM ACROSS CAMPUS HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR WHAT WILL
BE ACROSS THE ENTIRE 2013-14 YEAR.EVERY COLLEGE AND DIVISION IS
REPRESENTED, SO REACH OUT TO YOUR COLLEAGUES AND LEARN MORE
ABOUT THE PLANS.IT WILL BE AN INCREDIBLE YEAR.AS WILL THIS ONE.
THIS IS MY TENENT THAN I WAS BA.T'S AN HONOR AND RESPONSIBILITY THAT I
TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY.BUT WHAT MAKES THE EXPERIENCE SO
SPECIAL IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LONGSIDE THE BEST FACULTY
AND STAFF IN HIGHER EDUCATION.IF YOU SEE ME WITH A SIGN THAT
SAYS WILL WORK FOR FOOD, PAY ATTENTION.I ALSO WANT YOU TO KNOW I DO
NOT HAVE ANY THE LIST AND DID NOT SIT BECAUSE I HAVE LOST A LITTLE
WEIGHT.I AM MORE PROUD TO SERVE AS YOUR PRESIDENT THAT I WAS EVEN BACK
THEN.WHAT MAKES THE EXPERIENCE SO SPECIAL IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO
WORK ALONGSIDE THE BEST FACULTY AND STAFF AND HIGHER EDUCATION.
FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART,COMMITMENT TO OUR STUDENTS AND
THE MISSION OF THIS GREAT UNIVERSITY.AND, AS A RESULT OF OUR
COLLECTIVE EFFORTS, WE WILL HAVE A TERRIFIC YEAR.THE HERO.
THANK YOU.[APPLAUSE]