Pace Setters

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

Spring 2012

Pace Setters Celebrates 30th Anniversary


The beautiful Jacaranda trees bloom just in time for Commencement

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


I am pleased to tell you about our 30th anniversary festivities on April 26, 2012. We will celebrate the event with a luncheon at Kellogg House Pomona with an authentic Santa Maria style BBQ, tours of the house by our own Ron Simons, and end with a special organ recital on the magnificent 1925 theater-style Wurlitzer pipe organ. Mark your calendars now!


We hope you enjoy this second edition of our new e-newsletter, and find that it offers you an improved level of information in a more timely fashion. You can also stay up-to-date with Pace Setters activities and services on our web site.   

Be on the lookout for even more activities and services from Pace Setters. Below are photos taken at the Holiday Open House at Kellogg House Pomona in December. What a fun and festive time we had! We are also initiating a Need a Ride program for those of us who would like transportation to a Pace Setters event, and we plan on organizing a screening of a television program. Watch for information on these and other events and services in the near future. Harcharik


I look forward to seeing you at our 30th anniversary celebration on April 26!


Kathy Harcharik

Pace Setters President, 2011-2013 

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Keeping Pace with Pace Setters: A Brief History

As the official organization for retired faculty and staff of Cal Poly Pomona, including the Foundation, ASI and the Cal Poly Pomona Federal Credit Union, Pace Setters was the brainchild of President Hugh O. La Bounty, who wrote to retired faculty and staff in February 1981:

"In an attempt to better serve your needs, and those of the university, I have decided to establish an organization for retired faculty and staff with Dr. C. Edwin Harwood as the interim chair. Many of you have demonstrated a sincere and continued interest in the affairs of Cal Poly Pomona, and I believe the advice and contributions such an organization can make to this university are invaluable."
 Read more: HISTORY


Anniversary Lunch Features Organ Recital at KHP

Kellogg House Pomona was renovated in 1998 by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to bring the house back to its 1920's glory days when Kellogg family used the home as their winter retreat. During the renovation, the home's original pipe organ from the Skinner Company had been replaced by a contemporary 1925 theater-style Wurlitzer Pipe Organ, which was previously installed in Ontario's Granada Theater. Read More: Organ  


Join fellow Pace Setters for the 30th anniversary celebration on April 26! 


University to Honor Ron Simons with Honorary Doctorate
Simons Rose Float Early Years
Simons is the "Man on the Moon" in the 1962 Rose Parade.

"Mr. Cal Poly" AKA "Dr. Cal Poly"

Ron Simons, whose six-decade affiliation with the university as a student and administrator has rightfully earned him the nickname "Mr. Cal Poly," will soon have a new title: Dr. Ron Simons.  
Cal Poly Pomona will award him an honorary degree at commencement this spring in recognition of his contributions to the university, which include invigorating the Rose Float program and establishing the alumni association.  

"Ron Simons is one of this university's treasures," says President Michael Ortiz. "He served all five of Cal Poly Pomona's presidents in one capacity or another and was instrumental in the university developing its own identity after it formally split off from San Luis Obispo. And perhaps most important of all, he has been a wonderful colleague, mentor and friend for innumerable members of the campus community throughout the years." 


President's Weekly Address - January 30, 2012
President Ortiz congratulates Ron Simons in his Jan. 30th weekly video address.
State funding support for the California State University will be cut by an additional $100 million for this year, on top of a $650 million reduction already in place, as a result of lower-than-projected state revenues. The additional cut reduces CSU funding to $2 billion and represents a 27 percent year-to-year reduction in state support. Read more: BUDGET
Arabian Horse Library
The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library opened its doors to the public Feb. 1, providing a permanent home for the university's extensive Arabian horse collection. Read more: KELLOGG LIBRARY


The College of Business Administration will fast track its plans to create a West Coast cybersecurity league thanks to a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation awarded to Cal Poly Pomona and a consortium of western colleges. Read more: CYBER    



Cal Poly Pomona reached a historic milestone on March 28 when it surpassed $100 million in donations and pledges just 18 months into the public phase of its ambitious comprehensive fundraising campaign.  Read more: CAMPAIGN 


Cal Poly Pomona has been named one of the best values in higher education, ranking 91st in Kiplinger's annual rankings of the top 100 public colleges and universities that blend excellence and affordability. Read more: BEST VALUES

Brian Jersky, former dean of the School of Science at St. Mary's College of California, has accepted the position of dean of the College of Science at Cal Poly Pomona. His appointment begins June 11, 2012. Read more: JERSKY

It's foal season at Cal Poly Pomona's W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center. So far this spring, six fillies and one colt have come into the world, and five more babies are on their way. Helping the mares through pregnancy and introducing the new foals to the world is a devoted group of about 90 students in the Foal Watch program. Read more: FOALS


The California State University and the California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) have reached agreement on a new three-year contract. The contract, which is retroactive to July 2011 and extends until June 2014, includes salary reopeners for fiscal years 2012-13 and 2013-14, but not for the current fiscal year. Read more: CSU  


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






When Bob Stumpf retired in 2003, he didn't expect to fill his retirement days by raising chickens in his backyard. He writes, "However, I am tending to chickens every day and I enjoy it. Fortunately we have neighbors who like fresh eggs in trade for checking on their feed when we are on vacation. Thus I now have a hobby in my retirement." Read More: STUMPF    




Keeping up with the Millers from the Pacific Northwest, who recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary: Crane Miller is a retired geography professor from the Geography Department, and Barbara Miller is a retired administrative assistant from the College of Business Administration. Barbara writes about their retirement adventures: "We have been living in Sequim, Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula since 2006. We are in a rain-shadow with the same amount of precipitation as Los Angeles. We are known as the city with the 'blue hole.' Life is very good here."  Read More: MILLER 



Pace Setters learned about the university's wine production and the wine-making traditions of the Cucamonga Valley at the Oct. 27, 2011, luncheon. Presentations were made by Dan Hostetler, Professor/Chair, Plant Sciences & Technology, and Farm Director, College of Agriculture; and Danette Cook Adamson, Special Collections & Archives, University Library.  Click here to read about the Cucamonga Valley wine industry, as presented by Danette Cook Adamson.   

Fall luncheon





Nearly two dozen Pace Setters and guests attended the holiday open house at Kellogg House Pomona in December. Each year, the historic home gets decked out for the holidays and opens its doors to the public for a special open house. This time, Pace Setters joined in on the fun and were treated to a private tour of the beautiful 1920s home.


Holiday open house 


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



ThackerANDY THACKER, March 31, 2012  

Andy Thacker, professor emeritus in the international business and marketing department, died March 31 in his home in Seabrook, Texas. He was 73.  During his tenure at Cal Poly Pomona, Thacker helped build the IBM professional sales program into one of the strongest in the nation. Read more: THACKER



EDGAR PIERCE, January 9, 2012  

Edgar C. Pierce, former director of the news and publications department, died Jan. 9 at the age of 89. Pierce had a 40-year career in live television production, broadcast advertising and public relations, and was a charter member of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters. Read more: PIERCE



JACK FULBECK, December 25, 2011
English Professor Emeritus John Frederick Fulbeck, a prolific poet who joined Cal Poly Pomona when it was still part of San Luis Obispo, has died at 95. 
Read more: FULBECK



JERRY DIMITMAN, December 14, 2011

Professor Emeritus Jerry Dimitman, one of the pillars of the biological sciences department, died at the age of 91. He taught at Cal Poly Pomona for 35 years and was the second person to serve as department chair. He retired in 1983.  Read more: DIMITMAN



MARJORIE FRANCIS, December 3, 2011

Marjorie Francis died peacefully in her sleep at Montclair Hospital. Marjorie was the only child of ray and Lillian Driver. Her family moved from Canada to Alhambra when she was 9 years old. Marjorie loved to cook and turned this interest into a career in food services at Cal Poly Pomona, where she was in charge of the cafeteria for many years. While at Cal Poly, Marjorie and John Francis met and married in 1969. They had many happy adventures traveling the world together. John and Marjorie retired from Cal Poly Pomona in 1983. 

ROBERT E. WILLARD, October 17, 2011 

WillardRobert Edward Willard, professor emeritus in the College of Business Administration, died Oct. 17 in San Diego. The longtime Cottonwood, Ariz., resident was 80 years old. Read more: WILLARD 



LYNNE EMERY, March 12, 2011

Lynne Emery, a former professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Health Promotion, and a pioneer among women faculty on campus, has died after a long battle with cancer. Read more: EMERY 



. . . The average CalPERS member receives 50% of their pay in retirement?  


New CalPERS Computer System more Efficient and Secure


In September 2011 CalPERS launched a new computer system that replaced 49 legacy systems with one web-based platform. This new platform made my|CalPERS available to the internal staff and business partners and provided many benefits to members including:

  • Greater information security by reducing the use of Social Security numbers.
  • Greater data integrity and accuracy since data sources do not require manual updates.
  • More efficient service. CalPERS call center staff has access to current account data all in one place.
  • A foundation for future upgrades and enhancements.

Read more: CalPERS 


A Snapshot in Time: 1957

First Commencement Ceremonies Held at the Kellogg Campus     


Rose Garden graduation
The graduating class of 1957 included coincidentally  57 men. (Women didn't join the campus until several years later.)

Classes moved from the overcrowded Voorhis Unit in San Dimas to the Kellogg campus in fall 1956 with 508 students and 110 staff. Graduation ceremonies on the Kellogg campus were first conducted in the Rose Garden in 1957 when fifty-seven men graduated. Previously, students had been required to finish their classwork at San Luis Obispo and attend the graduation ceremony on that campus. Cal Poly faculty members were not invited to attend graduations or permitted to walk in any academic procession until the mid-1960's because President Julian McPhee was opposed to the idea.


--Courtesy, Cal Poly Pomona
University Library Special Collections   



April 21 

CSU-ERFA Council Meeting    

The upcoming State Council meeting will be held at Cal State Long Beach. Click here for more information.


Fall 2011 Luncheon

April 26 

30th Anniversary Celebration    

Join fellow Cal Poly Pomona retirees at this special bi-annual luncheon program, highlighting the 30th anniversary of Pace Setters. The special event will be held at Kellogg House Pomona. To purchase your $25 ticket, contact Pam Bedoya in University Advancement at (909) 869-4997.


Tasting & Auction
May 6

Southern California Tasting & Auction 

Savor fabulous wines and enticing cuisine samples from some of Southern California's most popular restaurants, while enjoying lively musical and auction entertainment. This 5th annual university-sponsored fundraiser benefit Cal Poly Pomona and its 21,000 students with scholarships and academic enrichment opportunities. Click photo for more info. 



May 12

Strawberry Festival Tractor & Car Show 

View classic and antique cars while celebrating strawberry season at the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch. Enjoy lots of family fun such as tractor and horse rides, petting zoo, music, food, as well as picking strawberries right from the patch.   

Click photo for more info. 


June 8-10 


The 56th annual Commencement Ceremonies will be held in the University Quad as follows:  

  • June 8: CEIS, ENV
  • June 9: Business, Engineeing, Collins College
  • June 10: CLASS, Science, Agriculture  
Click photo for more info.  







President's Video Address ... April 2, 2012
President Ortiz's Video Address - April 2, 2012





Lack of transportation should not keep you from attending a Pace Setters event.

Contact Ron Simons if you need a ride to an upcoming gathering. He may not personally chauffeur you to the event, but he'll do his best to see if someone from your area can offer you a lift.  






    cpp news

L.A. Times  4/1/12 

Fundraising Campaign Paying off for Cal Poly Pomona  


Walnut Patch  3/21/12 

Cal Poly Pomona Honored for Community Service  


Daily Bulletin 3/9/12 

Architecture students envision a redesigned San Bernardino   





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Welcome to the following new Pace Setters:


Vicki Dewar-Callari

Donald Hoyt

Felicia Olatunji



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 the attention of 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.  



Tell us about your recent adventures! 

Do you have a personal achievement or newsworthy event you wish to share with fellow Pace Setters? Submissions to the "Keeping Pace" section must about 250 words and should be of interest to fellow Pace Setters. Please include your full name, the year you retired and from which department. Photos are also welcome. 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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