Welcome Back! - January 2021
In Memoriam: Dr. Wayne Rowe

Dr. Wayne Rowe was born November 1, 1937, in Los Angeles. Dr. Rowe was a Communication professor at Cal Poly Pomona, where he taught for 27 years until his retirement in 2017.

He instructed courses in film photography, digital photography, and photographic lighting. He also developed a popular general education course, “Understanding and Appreciating the Photographic Image.”

Dr. Wayne inspired students to explore the depth and breadth of photography and understand its role in shaping and influencing America’s culture and conscience.
CLASS Act: Dean Levine Sets High Bar
for Herself and Others
For Dean Iris S. Levine, who had begun playing piano at age 5 and relished spending her teenage summers at a music camp in Maine, “anywhere” meant the University of New Hampshire, which was near home and had a celebrated music program.

The experience there set her on a path that has led to unquestioned renown, nationally and beyond, as a longtime Cal Poly Pomona professor of choral music, the chair of the university’s music department and, since 2018, dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS). Levine is also the founding artistic director and conductor of the acclaimed women’s choir VOX Femina Los Angeles, an all-female chorus established in 1997.
Student Spotlight: Rosalia Armas Selected as Part of Inaugural #RealCollege Student Leadership Advisory Council
Rosalia Armas, an undergraduate student in the Department of Sociology, is part of the inaugural #RealCollege Student Leadership Advisory Council. Rosalia is one of 23 students from around that nation. The #RealCollege movement is a five-year effort to center college students as humans first and increase the availability of supports for their basic needs.

The #RealCollege SLAC gives students who are making “good trouble” to improve higher education a key to the room where real systemic change happens.

Congratulations on this milestone moment, Rosalia! We can’t wait to see all the great things you do in your new role. 
Important Dates, Deadlines, and Spring Updates
February 5, 2021: Add/Drop Period Ends
February 12, 2021: Deadline to pay any outstanding fee balance for spring 2021
March 2, 2021: Last day to submit application for Scholarship Fest
March 12, 2021: Last day to apply for spring 2021 graduation
The CLASS Student Success Center spring drop-in hours are Mon.-Tues. from 10am-12pm and Wed.-Thurs. from 2pm. - 4pm. To join, use the Zoom ID: 874 5281 6301.
CLASS Scholarships
The Cal Poly Pomona General Scholarship Application is now open for the 2021-2022 academic year! To apply, visit the Bronco Scholarship Portal (BSP) and complete the general application. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have questions that are not on the list, please contact us at scholarships@cpp.edu or 909-869-3700.

You can also attend our free CLASS Scholarship Application Zoom tutorial on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Register online!
Ahimsa Center Celebration to Recognize Donors
On behalf of the Cal Poly Pomona President Soraya M. Coley and Provost Sylvia Alva we invite you to a virtual celebration of the establishment of the Shri Shantinath Endowed Chair in Ahimsa Studies and the appointment of Tara Sethia, Professor of History, as the inaugural chair. The event will be held on February 19, 2021, from 5:00 P.M. - 6:15 P.M. to recognize the donors—Prem and Sandhya Jain, Jasvant and Meera Modi, and Bipin and Rekha Shah—for their generous gift and vision to advance the ideas of peace and nonviolence.
Listen Up! CPP Music Couches Podcast
Coming Spring 2021
The Cal Poly Pomona Department of Music #CPPMusicCouches Podcast program is a student internship program with goals of reviving the art of listening and providing a close-up look at the department community members, faculty, staff, alumni, students, and guest composers and performers. It’s like sitting on the famous music couches and talking with friends!

The podcast intern for the 2020/21 Academic Year is Henry Ly, a Music Industry Studies major who will graduate in Spring 2021. Episodes will be released during the spring semester.
California Center for Ethics and Policy Updates
CCEP Awarded 20K Grant to focus on Housing Insecurity
The California Center for Ethics and Policy was awarded 20k from the California Humanities through the Humanities for All Project Grant. The CCEP's grant will go toward creating projects related to housing insecurity. CCEP projects include panel series and a podcast that will bring together experts, artists, philosophers, and advocates to share their housing insecurity knowledge. 

Securing this grant has been a collaborative effort that has made it possible to win this award and create the podcast and panel series. The Project Director is Brady Collins, the Humanities Advisor is Cory Aragon, the Seminar Instructor is Michael Woo, and I am the web coordinator, designer, and curator for all online content for the project.
CCEP Kicking Off with Housing Justice Speaker Panel
The California Center for Ethics & Policy is kicking off the spring semester with the first event taking place this Friday, January 29, 2021, at 1:00 P.M. This year's annual theme is California Housing Insecurity. Register for free at Eventbrite.
Wind Ensemble Adapts to New Ways
of Sharing Music
Being able to prepare and execute a concert is fundamental for a musician. "Music is a performing art and is most rewarding when done live in person, rehearsing with each other, and performing for others," said Professor Rickey Badua, director of bands and instrumental music, and conductor of the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band.
Our CLASS Faculty Experts
Dr. Tom Keith's Documentary "Bullied"
to Premiere on Amazon Prime
Dr. Tom Keith, an adjunct member of the Department of Philosophy and a renowned documentary filmmaker, will have his most recent film, Bullied (2019), premiere on Amazon Prime in February 2021. Dr. Keith’s documentary explores the reasons, consequences, and solutions to bullying. The documentary debuted in 2019 at numerous festivals and won many awards, including the Best Social Issue Feature Film at the Anaheim International Film Festival.

Dr. Keith’s previous work includes The Empathy Gap: Masculinity and the Courage to Change (2015), The Bro Code: How Contemporary Culture Creates Sexist Men (2011), and Generation M: Misogyny in Media and Culture. 
Washington Post Features Dr. Chaturvedi's Research
The Washington Post featured the research of Dr. Neil” Chaturvedi, associate professor of political science, and his colleague Chris Haynes in “Cozying up to Trump may have hurt Perdue and Loeffler in the Georgia run-off.” They found that Republicans risk little in terms of their base support by distancing themselves from Trump and may even gain support among independents. “By embracing Trump and Trumpism, with or without him on the ballot, the Republican Party might find itself losing more votes than it wins,” they wrote.
Dr. Conway-Gomez Appointed to Executive Director of CLAG
Kristen Conway-Gomez, Geography and Anthropology professor and department chair, was appointed Executive Director of the Conference of Latin American Geography (CLAG), effective January 1, 2021, for a three-year term.

Kristen has been active in this organization in various roles since 2009 and is excited by the opportunity to contribute to the vibrancy of Latin American geography in a new capacity.
Dr. Brian Kim to Speak About the Value of Diversity
The Office of Academic Innovation's Learn Through Discovery Hatchery Speaker Series will feature our Philosophy professor Dr. Brian Kim.

Dr. Kim will speak about the value of diversity on Friday, February 5, 2021, at 1:00 P.M.

Zoom meeting ID: 928 2719 3299
Protecting the Wetlands
Assistant Professor Dr. James J.A. Blair's research and advocacy work is part of the recently launched book "Andean Salt Flats." His chapter discusses the need to strengthen global climate action and local environmental justice in the context of a potential boom in lithium mining for electric vehicle batteries and renewable energy storage. The book's introduction is available for download in English or Spanish

In addition to the new book, his local partners in Chile made this documentary "Salares Andinos" (The Water is Worth More than Lithium) English. Watch the trailer
Alumni Spotlight: Mel Balderama, Owner of
Mel's Boozy Bites
CLASS alumna Mel Balderama ('20, Communication) did not let the pandemic stop her from starting her own business. Balderama took her love for food and created Mel's Boozy Bites, a charcuterie board service that delivers tasty combinations and has been a tremendous success!

Mel's Boozy Bites was featured on KTLA News.

We are excited to see what else Mel's Boozy Bites has in store!