Pace Setters

Keeping Pace with Cal Poly Pomona's Retired Faculty & Staff

Fall 2011 

Welcome to the Inaugural "P.S." Newsletter

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Greetings to Cal Poly Pomona's retired faculty and staff!


I am honored to continue the tradition of remarkable leadership that Pat Hopkins provided as president for the last five years. Fortunately we have the benefit of her experience as our Immediate Past President. We also thank outgoing board members, Joel Carter and Joe Stoddard, for their exemplary service to Pace Setters. This year we introduce our new voting board member, Art Parker (Director). Be sure to meet all of our board of directors  further down in the newsletter.


It is exciting to bring you this inaugural edition of the Pace Setters e-newsletter, allowing us to offer you an improved level of information in a more timely fashion. Thank you, Aida Morad, Ron Simons and Pam Bedoya for making this newsletter a reality. We want to know what you think about it. Just reply to this email and send us your thoughts.


I want to also share with you other possible activities and programs in our horizon. Of course we will continue our successful fall and spring luncheons, and we are also exploring other ideas such as a Pace Setters-sponsored scholarship, annual regional socials, winter and summer no-host wine and cheese hours built Harcharikaround interesting topics and people, university volunteer opportunities, and other new services and activities for our members.


We want your ideas on these or other activities and how Pace Setters can better serve you, the university and our students. Send us your ideas at our Pace Setters email or you can contact me directly.


Looking forward to seeing you at our October luncheon!


Kathy Harcharik

Pace Setters President, 2011-2013


p.s. Have you seen our website lately? Please visit it and send us your thoughts.     

Click on link to subscribe to the "P.S." e-newsletter (published in the Fall and Spring).
Wine & Dine at Oct. 27 Pace Setters Luncheon

Enjoy a special wine and dine program at the Pace Setters lunch meeting at The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch.
Horsehill Vineyards

Horsehill Vineyards won two medals at the 70th annual Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

Pace Setters will learn how Cucamonga Valley wine-making traditions have translated into student learning opportunities through Horsehill Vineyards. Horsehill Vineyards wine is made from grapes grown on the Cal Poly Pomona campus (See "From Vine to Wine" below for history of the wine.) During the reception, Pace Setters will enjoy complimentary Horsehill Vineyards wine as well as other wine selections. Horsehill Vineyards wine will be available for purchase at a generous 50% discount price of only $5 a bottle at the event.


To purchase your $25 ticket for the Oct. 27 lunch, contact Pam Bedoya  in University Advancement at (909) 869-4997.



  • Dan Hostetler: Professor/Chair, Plant Sciences & Technology, and Farm Director, College of Agriculture
  • Danette Cook Adamson: Special Collections & Archives, University Library
  • Special appearance by third-generation vintner Don Galleano  


The College of Agriculture and The Collins College of Hospitality Management partnered to create Horsehill Vineyards wines, featuring prize-winning Zinfandel cuttings from the historic De Ambrogio Ranch in Rancho Cucamonga, which was owned by the Galleano family. Before the ranch was razed for development in 2001, winemaker Don Galleano selected 400 grapevine cuttings to be preserved. He donated these cuttings, some 100 years old, to Cal Poly Pomona. Master Winemaker Jon McPherson of South Coast Winery oversaw the crushing, fermentation and bottling of the wine. Proceeds from the wine support a sustainable culinary garden located near the student-managed and operated Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch, creating valuable farm-to-table lessons for both hospitality management and agriculture students.

Horsehill Vineyards
Horsehill Vineyards wine is made from grapes grown on the Cal Poly Pomona campus.



Horsehill Vineyards Wine   


The Collins College News Release 


"Don Galleano--A Man Outstanding in His Field," Inland Empire Business Journal (April 2006) 


A record 4,000 students walked in the 2011 commencement.  

Click on photo for slideshow by university photographer, Tom Zasadzinski.



Cal Poly Pomona has again placed highly in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of public universities, tying for sixth among non-doctorate-granting institutions in the West. The university also drew high marks for its College of Engineering and its commitment to diversity on campus. Read more: RANKINGS

Following Gov. Jerry Brown's signing of a final budget that cuts state funding for the California State University by $650 million for 2011-12, the CSU Board of Trustees took action to increase tuition by an additional 12 percent -- or $196 per quarter for full-time undergraduates -- effective fall quarter 2011. The annual tuition fee for full-time undergraduates will rise to $5,472. Read more: TUITION

The California State University Board of Trustees heard a preliminary overview of the system's budget request for 2012-13 that will be brought to the board for action at its next meeting in November. It is expected that the state will continue to face severe budget challenges in 2012-13, and national and state economic recovery remains weak with many economists warning of the possibility of a "double dip" recession. Read more: CSU

ASI President Johnathan Jianu made a phone call last summer that was undeniably out of the
ASI president

President Barack Obama spoke with 120 student presidents, including ASI President Jianu.

ordinary. He and about 120 student body presidents - representing 1.8 million college students from universities nationwide - participated in a conference call July 26 with President Barack Obama and members of his staff regarding the debt ceiling. Read more: PRESIDENTS

FALL CONFERENCE 2011:  Catch the Fall Convocation and service awards from Sept. 19 here.   


CSU EMPLOYEE UPDATE: Click here to stay abreast of CSU-related news and updates from the Chancellor's Office. Update is from Sept. 22. 


-- University news and photos courtesy of the Public Affairs Office.  




Funding My Retirement Years Using the 4% Rule 


By Ron Simons

Associate Vice President for Special Projects


Those of us who have finally reached "retirement" status all consider the question, "Will I have enough funds to last me through my remaining years?" One popular formula for computing annual withdrawals from retirement accounts that are invested and remain in a balanced investment fund earning an average of a net 6% return for the life of the fund is referred to as the "4% Rule" plan.  
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To see how the 4% Rule works, click Read more: SIMONS SAYS


2011-2012 Pace Setters BoardBoard
Pace Setters board

Board members pictured: Parker, Bartholomew, Hopkins, Klein, Harcharik, Tracy, Lovewell, Morad, Simons.

The following members currently serve on the Pace Setters Board. 

  • Kathy Harcharik, President and ERFA Representative 
  • Anita Klein, Vice President 
  • Irene Lovewell, Secretary 
  • Betty Tracy, Treasurer
  • Pat Hopkins, Immediate Past President
  • Art Parker, Director
  • Diana Bartholomew, Membership Coordinator  
  • Gene Houser, ERFA Representative

Ex-officio (non-voting) members: 

  • Ron Simons, Campus Administrative Coordinator
  • Aida Morad, P.S. Newsletter Editor


Find out what fellow Pace Setters were up to during Summer 2011:   



building oneIrene Lovewell writes: "Some of us who retired from Evaluations/Records/Information (in the good old Building 1) still meet for lunch in this area about every month. We have done so for over 20 years! Namely, we are Mickey Bakken, Lillian Lauer, Irene Lovewell, Nancy Staudenmayer, Ida Walters, Adrienne Winkels and Marj Zimmerman (who drives all the way from Indio!)" Follow up with Irene Lovewell.



Jim Grizzell, MBA, MA, MCHES, ACSM-HFS, became among the first group to earn the certification as a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) this July. This achievement is considered a milestone in an individual's professional development and a testament to the individual's commitment to continuous improvement in the health education profession. Read More: GRIZZELL

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After retiring from Cal Poly Pomona's College of Engineering in 2001, Carl Rathmann began another career as Dean of the School (now College) of Engineering at Western New England (WNE) College (now University) in Springfield MA. He resides in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Read More: RATHMANN   


Do you have a "Keeping Pace" submission? Please refer to our submission guidelines.  



Alumnus Dennis Ullrich '72 (center) with sons Kyle and Kevin proudly displaying halibut catch weighing over 300lbs.

A Fishy Story 


9th Annual Cal Poly Pomona Salmon Fishing Trip to British Columbia 


The recent Cal Poly Pomona Salmon and Halibut Fishing Trip to the Englefield Lodge on the western shores of the Queen Charlotte Islands in northern British Columbia was an unprecedented fishing success. "The fish were in great numbers, the weather just perfect and the sea conditions were as smooth as glass," says Cal Poly Pomona Associate Vice President and alumnus Ron Simons '64 & '69 who organizes and hosts the event each year.  Read More: FISHING 




Professor emeritus and former chair of the animal & veterinary science department, Eugene Keating died  in Spokane Valley, Wash. He was 83. Read more: KEATING





John W. Francis, attorney and renowned authority on nonprofit organizations, died at his home in San Dimas at the age of 85. Francis had a fascinating career that began in 1960 when he was hired to teach Business Law at Cal Poly Pomona.  Read more: FRANCIS


PATRICIA J. RICHARDS, April 2, 2011 

Patricia J. Richards was a skilled artisan in musical composition, poetry, writing, water colors and ceramics. She died at the age of 87. Throughout her life she was competitive in bridge and tennis. After graduation from Pomona College, she attended the Julliard School of music in New York. She was preceded in death by her husband, actor Addison Richards.



PATRICK SULLIVAN, January 24, 2011

Patrick Sullivan, professor emeritus in the

architecture department and former department chair, died at the age of 66. Sullivan, who received his emeritus award in 2003, served on the dean's advisory board and supported scholarships in the College of Environmental Design. Read more: SULLIVAN 



Faculty and staff emeriti are eligible for free annual parking passes at Cal Poly Pomona.


CLA parking lot
Parking passes for current faculty and staff cost $36 or $96 per quarter, depending on bargaining unit. Daily parking costs $5 M-F.  

Pick up your complimentary parking pass for the 2011-2012 academic year at the campus Cashier's Office (CLA B1-113) or call (909) 869-3180. Please note that emeriti who elect early retirement and may return to active employment are required to purchase a parking decal during the quarter they are employed.


For more info on emeriti privileges, click here.



From: Barbara Peterson Sinclair, President of CSU-ERFA 


Dear Colleagues,


Many of the newspapers in our various towns and cities periodically print information regarding CalPER's pension plans--and they don't always get it right.  As a result, I believe that we as Cal State University retirees might want to respond. Attached is a sample "Letter to the Editor" developed by Bill Blischke and myself that you might want to use as a base. Please feel free to add, subtract, change or rewrite; my goal is to encourage you to respond. You might notice that the sample is relatively short as many newspapers have maximum allowable words but you can certainly ascertain requirements for your local paper and comply accordingly.


CSU erfaIf you do get your letter printed, please send a copy to the CSU-ERFA office (we will want to pat you on the back). Feel free to be in touch if you have any questions.




A Snapshot in Time: 1961

Women were first admitted to the Pomona campus 50 years ago.  


In 1961, 322 women and 2,750 men arrived for classes in the fall, establishing a ratio of roughly one woman to nine men. Male students registered both

women in dorms 1961

The 322 women who joined the Pomona campus in 1961 were outnumbered 9-1 by male students.

pleasure and resentment at the changed atmosphere on campus. According to the faculty, the women students clearly outshined the male students in literary skills and were perceived by some men as an academic threat. Initially women, unlike men, had to conform to a dress code and faced curfew hours. Dr. Mary Etta Murray (later Selle) was the first and only Dean of Women. The campus later adopted the standard operational organization used by all California state colleges and eliminated the different treatment of women students. 

--Courtesy, Cal Poly Pomona
University Library Special Collections   


Oct. 10 - Nov. 4

CalPERS Open Enrollment

During Open Enrollment you may enroll, change health plans, or add eligible family members not currently enrolled. Submit the Health Benefit Plan Enrollment Form to make changes. Please note: retirees must coordinate directly with CalPERS to request changes. Cal Poly Pomona's HR department cannot process  open enrollment transactions for retirees.

pumpkin festival


Oct. 15-16

Pumpkin Festival
Pick your own pumpkins, enjoy rides, games and entertainment plus taste a variety of specialty foods at the 19th Annual Pumpkin Festival, hosted by the College of Agriculture. The festival is free and open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at AGRIscapes. Call (909) 869-2215 for more info.


Oct. 24  

Alumni Association

Golf Tournament 

Join the Alumni Association for a round of golf at Cal Poly Pomona's Annual Alumni Association Golf Tournament at South Hills Country Club in West Covina. Shotgun start at 8 a.m. For more info, click here or call Alumni Affairs at (909) 869-2963.




Oct. 27

Pace Setters Fall Luncheon

Join fellow Pace Setters at the fall lunch meeting at The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch, including a presentation and wine tasting of Horsehill Vineyards university wine.



President's Weekly Message - October 3rd, 2011
Click on video to see President Ortiz's first weekly video message of 2011-2012.



    cpp news

Daily Bulletin 9/18/11 

Student research project focuses on avocados and cholesterol   


San Gabriel Valley Tribune  9/20/11 

President Ortiz lays out higher education's challenges at Convocation 







Welcome to the following new Pace Setters:


Diahann Capen

Steve Iman

John Korey

James Pomerening

George Rainey



Are you a dues-paying member of Pace Setters?


Pace Setters is the official organization for retired Cal Poly Pomona faculty and staff. The annual membership fee (renewed at your anniversary date) is just $10. Your support is the primary funding source for our newsletter and other support operations.

Please make your check payable to the "Cal Poly Pomona Foundation" and mail to Ron Simons.



Do you know a Cal Poly Pomona Pace Setter or retiree who hasn't signed up for the "P.S." e-newsletter yet? (It's published twice a year.) Just click on the "Forward email" link below (under the photo of Billy Bronco) to send them a request to subscribe.  



Did you recently hike the Himalayas or catch a 10-foot marlin? 

How about a personal achievement or newsworthy event you wish to share with fellow Pace Setters? Submissions to the "Keeping Pace" section must be 250 words or less and should be of interest to fellow Pace Setters. Please include your full name, the year you retired and the department you retired from. Photos are also accepted. They should be in a .jpeg format, 72 dpi and approximately 5x7".


What would you like to see in the next issue of P.S.? Email submissions and story ideas to:
Aida Morad, P.S. Editor



For information on the Cal Poly Pomona Pace Setters:

 Kathy Harcharik  

Pace Setters President, 2011-2013 

Click on logo for Pace Setters website.

 Ron SimonsRonSimonsContact

Associate Vice President for Special Projects

Cal Poly Pomona

University Advancement, CLA-5th floor  

3801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona, CA 91768  

(909) 869-4996


For newsletter information and submissions:

Aida Morad 

P.S. Newsletter Editor 


"P.S." is published twice a year - in the Fall and Spring - for members of Cal Poly Pomona Pace Setters and retirees. We may also occasionally send you updates on important news and information.   


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