Pace Setters

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

Fall 2012

Fall Begins in Bronco Style 


Autumn leaves
Autumn leaves at the Aratani Japanese Garden show their Bronco colors.



Our 30th anniversary celebration in April 2012 at Kellogg House Pomona was a wonderful event attended by over 70 Pace Setters members and their guests who were treated to an authentic Santa Maria style BBQ, tours of the house and the basement by our own Ron Simons and Art Parker, and ended with a special organ recital on the magnificent 1925 Wurlitzer pipe organ. Many of us didn't want the recital to end! Take a look at the photos below in
the "Keeping Pace" section. 


As we begin this academic year, our hopes are to continue building community in Pace Setters, with the university and our students, and beyond. Let us share with you some of our plans. You can find more information on these activities in the newsletter.

  • Sept. 21   Pace Setters joined alumni at an Angels game including a pre-game mixer with hot dogs and drinks at the stadium
  • Oct. 14   Pace Setters can volunteer to be a docent at the Claremont Heritage Home Tour  (See below for more details)
  • Oct. 18   our Pace Setters luncheon at The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch
  • Dec. 9  our second annual Kellogg House Pomona Open House and special tour for us with holiday refreshments
  • April 2013  Pace Setters host the CSU-ERFA State Council Meeting at Kellogg West

Still in the planning stages are a Pace Setters scholarship and activities such as a Voorhis campus tour and television show taping. As we become more active we're beginning to explore ways our members can volunteer with Pace Setters, the university and our students, and the neighborhood surrounding Cal Poly Pomona.  


Please help us  by completing a brief volunteer survey to tell us what activities you would be willing to be called upon to volunteer as well as tell us where you already volunteer.


We hope that you are keeping up-to-date with Pace Setters activities and services on our web site


I look forward to seeing you at many of our events this year.





Kathy Harcharik

Pace Setters President, 2011-2013 


Fall Luncheon Features Alumnus and Angel Tim Mead
You could say that Tim Mead is an Angel  - a Los Angeles Angel of Anaheim, that is. A 1980 graduate in communications, Mead began working in professional baseball when he wrote the Angels' organization for a position as an intern. He has been vice president of communications for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for three decades.

On Oct. 18, Pace Setters will enjoy a presentation by Tim Mead at the Fall Luncheon  to be held at The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch. 

Luncheon invitations will be mailed this week.  However, if you wish to purchase your $25 ticket as soon as possible, contact Pam Bedoya in University Advancement at (909) 869-4997.



Volunteer Opportunities

Do you want to make a difference in the campus community or the community-at-large? Below are a few upcoming events that welcome volunteer assistance.

  Matt's Run

  • Matt's Run, Oct. 13

Matt's Run is an event to celebrate the life of Matthew Myers, a young man who lost his life in an accident on the Cal Poly Pomona campus in 2005. Matt was an avid runner, and the run/walk in his honor is designed to bring the community together to keep his memory and passion alive. Register to volunteer at the university-wide event.   


Home tour
  • Claremont Heritage Home Tour, Oct. 14 

Be a docent for the annual home tour, which will highlight examples of Claremont's exceptional residential architecture from Victorian and Gothic to Arts & Crafts and Spanish Revival. Docents will greet visitors, highlight home features and answer questions regarding an assigned area. A brief training held at their assigned home the week prior to the tour. Register online if interested in volunteering.


Volunteer Recruitment Survey

We'd Love To Have You As Part of The Team!


Behind our community of retirees is an active group of individuals who ensure that the Pace Setters community gets the best that we have to offer. We would like you to be a part of the team. Let us know how you want to be involved by completing our volunteer recruitment survey. The survey is designed to create a bank of individuals who could be called upon when assistance is requested by Pace Setters and the university.  




Thanks in advance for your feedback!




We want to know how YOU volunteer in the community or at Cal Poly Pomona!  


Let us celebrate how Pace Setters are making a difference by volunteering their time and skills to improving the surrounding community and/or university. Take a few moments to share your story with us. We will highlight your volunteer experience in the next issue of "P.S."  


Email your volunteer information (300 words or less) to the Editor by Jan. 25, 2013. Photos are welcome!   



Laura Peterson to Help Plan Pace Setters EventsPeterson

Laura Peterson retired last July and didn't waste any time in getting involved right away with Pace Setters. She has volunteered as the organization's first event coordinator. Laura will use her organizational skills from her previous position as senior event planner in the Office of University Events to help enhance and expand Pace Setters special events. Welcome to the team, Laura! 




U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of universities have been released, and once again Cal Poly Pomona is among the top public universities in the West. The university tied for eighth among non-doctorate-granting institutions, and it also drew high marks for the College of Engineering. Among both public and private regional universities, Cal Poly Pomona tied for 34th in the West, an area that comprises 15 states from California to Texas and Alaska to Hawaii. Read more: USNEWS 


STEM program

One of Cal Poly Pomona's most effective STEM student support programs has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) of nearly $600,000 over the next five years. The funding allows the Science Educational Enhancement Services (SEES) to continue supporting academically successful, economically disadvantaged, junior/senior students in the College of Science. The grant also aims to increase graduation rates. Read more: STEM 


Cal Poly Pomona continues to succeed in its green efforts, achieving the honor of being included in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges" for the third time. The goal is to promote and create healthy learning environments for students and staff.  Read more: GREEN


Howard E. Evans has been appointed as the new dean of the College of Extended University (CEU), announced Provost Marten denBoer. His appointment began Sept. 10. Evans served eight years as the founding dean of the School of Engineering and Technology at National University, a private, nonprofit institution based in San Diego. Read more: EVANS  



Food marketing & agribusiness management major Kim Rhode won a gold medal in the women's skeet shooting competition. Her record-setting performance makes her the first American to win individual medals in five consecutive Olympics. Rhode has taken home a medal (two gold, one bronze, one silver) at the four previous games. Read more: RHODE 

The California State University has reached a tentative agreement on a successor contract with the California Faculty Association (CFA). The contract runs through June 30, 2014, and becomes effective upon ratification by CFA members and the CSU Board of Trustees. The tentative agreement calls for no salary increases for 2010-11 and 2011-12 with opportunities to re-open salary and benefits for 2012-13 and 2013-14. Read more: UNION

An online, interactive academic catalog has replaced the old edition, which was available as PDFs or a 600-plus-page book. Click to see the online version



Architecture alumna Juliana Terian, co-founder of Nouvelle View and former chairman of Rallye Automotive Group (NY), has pledged $2.5 million to the College of Environmental Design. It is the single largest cash gift in the history of the college and the sixth highest in Cal Poly Pomona history.

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







A few Pace Setters participated in a special evening at an Angels baseball game planned in collaboration with the Alumni Affairs Office. The exciting game (including pre-game mixer) on Sept 21 against the Boston Red Sox ended in a win for the Angels. Look for more of these types of gatherings in the coming year!



Pace Setters enjoyed a bit of history on April 26 when they were treated to a live organ recital at Kellogg House Pomona by Tony Wilson, an accomplished and widely known theater organ artist, during the Spring Luncheon in honor of the group's 30th anniversary. They also enjoyed a traditional Santa Maria-style BBQ and tours of Kellogg House Pomona. 



  Santa Maria BBQ

  30th Anniversary


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



PAUL F. WEISEND, July 27, 2012
Paul F. Weisend, professor emeritus who founded the contract management program, died July 27 following a long illness. He was 84. Born in Pennsylvania, Weisend served as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and received his juris doctor from St. Mary's University School of Law in Texas. Weisend later earned his master of laws degree from Cornell University Law School in New York. He moved to California in 1968 and began a 24-year teaching career in the College of Business Administration. Read more: WEISEND


Jackson JAMES OLIVER JACKSON, July 16, 2012

James Oliver Jackson, a professor emeritus of biological sciences, died early July 16 on his 72nd birthday. He had a massive stroke two weeks earlier. Jackson, who taught from 1972 to 2005, was a highly active and respected member of the biological sciences department. In addition to teaching microbiology courses, he served as associate department chair and coordinator of the microbiology section for many years. Read more: JACKSON


INA ABELAR, May 14, 2012 Abelar

Ina Abelar, former president of Staff Council and an instructional support technician in the physics and astronomy department, died May 14 at the age of 85. Abelar, who was hired in 1967, formally set up and organized the department's stock rooms. She also developed a Physics Demonstration Manual used by the faculty and played a lead role in building new demonstrations for instructional purposes. Read more: ABELAR


Shafia FRED SHAFIA , April 20, 2012 

Professor Emeritus Fred Shafia, who taught microbiology for more than three decades at Cal Poly Pomona before retiring in 2000, died April 20 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 78. Shafia, a stalwart in the College of Science for 36 years, started his career at Cal Poly Pomona in 1964 after earning his doctorate at the University of Nebraska. Read more: SHAFIA 


TED HUMPHREY, April 16, 2012

Theodore Carl "Ted" Humphrey died from complications of adult onset hydrocephalus on April 16 in Salt Lake City. At Cal Poly Pomona, he established the local chapter of the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, and remained the organization's enthusiastic sponsor for years. For more than 30 years, Mr. Humphrey taught English and folklore at Cal Poly before retiring as professor emeritus in 2003. Read more: HUMPHREY 



A Message From Pace Setters' Treasurer Betty Tracy  Tracy


Pace Setters is really on the move and planning meetings with outstanding programs along with other activities for all of us retirees to enjoy.  We are a liaison between you and the university.  


You may not know that we are a self supporting organization. In the future, we may need to absorb more expenses, as the minimal support we currently receive from the university may be reduced because of CSU budget reductions.


The majority of our income is generated by members' dues and a portion of the dues that members pay into ERFA. I strongly encourage you to join ERFA if you have not done so. In addition to the financial support it provides Pace Setters, members receive very informative newsletters about topics that are pertinent to CSU retirees.    


Pace Setters dues are still only $10 per year and have never

been increased.  It may be time to do so. The Board is looking into various options to cover expenses and we will keep you informed.  In the meantime, keep your annual dues current, join ERFA and enjoy all that Pace Setters has to offer!



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Through Oct. 5 

CalPERS Open Enrollment     

It's not too late to submit changes to your health plan during open enrollment.



Oct. 18 

Fall 2012 Luncheon    

Join fellow Pace Setters at the fall luncheon program at The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch. To purchase your $25 ticket, contact Pam Bedoya in University Advancement at (909) 869-4997.


Pumpkin festival
Oct. 20-21 

Pumpkin  Festival   

The annual festival celebrates 20 years this fall as a family and community tradition. Pick your own pumpkins and enjoy a variety of activities from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Click photo for more info. 

Oct. 27

CSU-ERFA Council Meeting

The upcoming State Council meeting will be held at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Click for more information.   


KHP holidays  

Dec. 9   

Holiday Open House

Join Pace Setters for some holiday cheer and refreshments during a free holiday open house at Kellogg House Pomona. This second annual event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Also enjoy a private tour just for Pace Setters and guests. RSVP your attendance. 


Rose float  

Dec. 26-31    

Rose Float Tradition

Get involved with the 65th Cal Poly Universities' Rose Float by helping with decorations. Visit the Rose Float web site or contact advisor Greg Lehr.  


April 2013 

ERFA Meeting at CPP

Save the date when Cal Poly Pomona hosts the upcoming ERFA State Council meeting at Kellogg West. More information is forthcoming.









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    cpp news

Los Angeles Times 10/01/12 

Honoring the memory of two students that alumnus Frank Brandt never forgot   


Inland Valley News 09/26/12  

Graduate student awarded Hearst Scholarship    


Daily Bulletin 09/21//12 

Cal Poly Pomona opens academic year with new business complex.    





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Cal Poly Pomona  

Cal PERS   



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Welcome to the following new Pace Setters:


Laura Peterson  

Sharon Fradella-Stuewe

Dorothy Davis


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Please make your check payable to the "Cal Poly Pomona Foundation" and mail to the attention of Sharon Joyce.


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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.

c/o Cal Poly Pomona

University Advancement, CLA-5th floor  

3801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona, CA 91768  

(909) 869-4997


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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