CLASS Connection - June 2021
Congratulations to the CLASS of 2020 & 2021
Congratulations Class of 2020 & 2021! Celebrations for the 2020 and 2021 graduates were held at the Pomona Fairplex May 20 - 23. We were thrilled to celebrate this achievement with our graduates and their family and friends. You are always going to be a part of the Bronco community!

Graduates, the college would like to celebrate your career success and share it with our community. We hope you will stay in touch with us and let us know what you are doing! Please fill out our alum online form today!
Graduate Spotlight - Cesar A. Cruz Amaya
Cesar A. Cruz Amaya is graduating with a B.A. in English Education from the Department of English and Modern Languages. During his time as a CLASS student, Cesar was a member of the PolyTransfer and worked to help transfer student's transition to CPP be seamless. He is an employee of the BRIC, a member of the Undocumented Broncos, and has presented research at conferences on his research and stories of undocumented students. Learn more about Cesar and his time at CPP, his appreciation for his parents, partner, and the femtors that helped him achieve this goal.
Never Give Up: Student Parent Advocates for Her Community
Having her daughter, Lillian, only further motivated CPP graduate Rosalia Armas to earn her college degree.
Justine Hawelu, Music Industries Studies Major, Wins AIMP Scholarship
Justine Hawelu hasn't let the pandemic slow her down. Recently, she was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) Linda Komorsky Liker AIMP Scholarship.

Previously, Hawelu was awarded the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) President's Innovation Award (PIA). Hawelu was among 33 recipients across the nation to have received this award. Hawelu was also featured as a panelist for the 2020 NAMM genNEXT webinar Students & Faculty Speak Out Career Prospects and Concerns. 

Currently, Hawelu is interning as a Floor Director at the virtual music venue The Den.

Click the buttons below to read the press release about her scholarship award. You can also get to know more about Justine and her path to music.
CPP Bands Produce New Arrangement
of Alma Matter
During the Spring 2021 semester, the Cal Poly Pomona University Bands joined forces (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Bronco Pep Band) to produce a new arrangement of the CPP Alma Mater Song. Dr. Rickey Badua, Associate Professor of Music & Director of Bands, appointed Dr. Evan Ware, Assistant Professor of Music & Composition, to arrange the CPP Alma Mater for our university bands and we are delighted to share this virtual performance with the Cal Poly Pomona campus community as we look forward to a brighter future!
Model UN Wins Distinguished Delegation Award at New York National Conference
The Model Organization of American States Successfully Completes Second Year Virtually
CLASS Awards $217,100 in Scholarships
Dr. Riveire Wins "Outstanding Professor of The Year Award" from the American String Teachers Association
Photo: Dr. Janine Riveire, professor of music and director of orchestras (second from left) accepts award for Outstanding Professor of the Year from the Greater Los Angeles Section of the California chapter of the American String Teachers Association (Cal-ASTA).
"This award comes at a time when our state is in need of over a thousand new music teachers, and I am so proud that while our program at CPP is small, we have music alumni in schools all over Southern California that are making a difference in children’s lives through music, and contributing to their early literacy and other academic achievements. It means so much to me that my work with our future music teachers, and through reviving our orchestra and strings education here at CPP, is recognized. 
There is still so much to do! The children of our community need more music and arts in their school curriculum, as part of early brain development, early social-emotional learning, and as an essentially human way of understanding the world around them."
- Dr. Janine Riveire, Professor of Music