Volume 3, Issue 11 | March 1-14, 2021
Lyle Center prepares for outdoor learning
Lyle Center outdoor classroom area in front of Building 209 cleared
Lyle Center outdoor classroom collaboration with California Conservation Corps Crew 5
Left: Patio area in front of Building 209. Upper and lower right: Crew 5 from the Pomona chapter of the California Conservation Corps
The Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies partnered with the Pomona chapter of the California Conservation Corps to prepare Building 209's patio area for use as an outdoor classroom and learning space for Fall 2021.

The project began in Summer 2020 as part of an integrated plan for the Center's grounds, said Interim Director Pablo La Roche. The Lyle Center team that collaborated with CCC Crew 5 included La Roche, Professor Emeritus Bob Perry, Professor Aaron Fox, site technician Jillian Gomez, administrative coordinator Debbie Scheider and Lydia Olivier ('21, master's in regenerative studies).

The patio was previously paved with urbanite (broken concrete blocks) and featured banana palms planted along the side of the building. The urbanite became uneven over the years, reducing the area’s accessibility and utility. The banana palms were overgrown, requiring significant attention and labor to keep neat.
"With help from the Pomona chapter of the California Conservation Corps, we removed all the vegetation and tore up the urbanite paving," Gomez said. "The paving stones were stockpiled for reuse in other areas, and the banana palms were chopped up and composted. Once the area was clear, the ground was excavated and graded to a proper depth to allow the installation of our new surface material. A base layer of gravel was laid down and compacted, followed by several inches of decomposed granite. This material creates an attractive, smooth, and durable hardscape surface. The area now feels much more open and inviting, and is ready for the next phase of transforming this area into a useful outdoor classroom and learning space."
cal poly pomona updates
Classes and campus services are predominantly remote/virtual in the spring term.

  • Hybrid and face-to-face classes in the fall, and drive-in graduation ceremonies for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 at the Pomona Fairplex: check your inbox for President Soraya Coley's March 1 email regarding fall planning and commencement.

  • Faculty, staff and CPP student employees will be able to receive COVID-19 vaccines starting March 1, said the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Read Safer Return's announcements regarding eligibility of faculty and staff and student employees.

  • Take the Inclusive Campus Survey to help the university better understand your experiences by giving feedback on its diversity and inclusion efforts. Preliminary results will be posted online in May, followed by detailed results and initial recommendations for action in Fall 2021. Read about the survey here, and check your inbox for the survey link sent on Feb. 22 by CPP campus partner Viewfinder.

  • Starting April 8 all students, faculty and staff will be required to have 2-Step Authentication to access Bronco accounts and online services including email, MyCPP, BroncoDirect and Blackboard.

  • Planning a visit to campus? Faculty, students and staff must first complete this checklist.

  • Follow CPP on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (@calpolypomona).
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env updates
Find news and updates in the College of Environmental Design's news section.

  • Buildings 1, 2, 3, 7, 13, 89 and 209 are closed and locked until further notice. Studios and classrooms should not be accessed at this time.

  • 2021 Dale Prize Colloquium is on Tuesday, March 2 at 5 p.m. (PST). This year's theme is "Planning in the Pandemic: Public Health and Social Justice." The 2021 medalists are Nisha Botchwey, Ph.D., MCRP, MPH, Associate Dean of Academic Programs at the Georgia Institute of Technology; and Miguel Angel Vazquez, AICP, Healthy Communities Urban Planner at Riverside University Health System-Public Health. Register here to get the Zoom link.

  • CPP Scholarship Fest is offering thousands of dollars in ENV, cultural, community service and research scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year. Visit www.cpp.edu/scholarships. Applications close on March 2.

  • Nominations for ENV Outstanding Faculty and Staff Advisor are due on Wednesday, March 3. Find the details in your CPP inbox in a Feb. 17 email from the Dean's Office.

  • Faculty and staff who need to access ENV offices must first complete COVID-19 training and notify the Dean's Office and University Police before their campus visit.

  • Follow ENV on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn (@cppenv). ENV Student Success Advising Center is on Instagram (@cpp_envadvising).
interdepartmental | stay in the know
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Professor and Associate Chair Sarah Lorenzen will be honored in the 2019-20 Provost’s Awards for Excellence Symposium, postponed last year due to the pandemic. Lorenzen is the recipient of Excellence in Service Award, in recognition of her tenure as the resident director of the Neutra VDL Research Studio and Residence (VDL) from 2007-2020.

2019-20 Provost’s Awards for Excellence Symposium
Thursday, March 11 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. PST

The annual program, funded by a grant from the $42 million Kellogg Legacy Project Endowment, honors faculty who have earned distinction in the three principal areas of faculty work: teaching, service, and creative and scholarly work.

It was under Lorenzen's watch that VDL was added to the National Register of Historic Places and awarded a National Historic Landmark designation. Her fundraising and grant procurement efforts led to a ten-fold increase in the facility’s yearly revenues. She also oversaw the restoration of the house and worked with well known mid-century furniture and lighting manufacturers to refurnish the house to match the original interiors. Lorenzen also developed an architecture class where she taught students about Richard Neutra's architecture and the history of VDL, and trained them to be docents for weekend tours. One those students, lecturer Noam Saragosti ('14), became her successor after she stepped down as director in March 2020.

Before the pandemic, the house was used for other educational activities in art, design, preservation, and landscape architecture. Lorenzen has organized countless community social, cultural, and educational activities connected to the Neutra House: guided tours, an artist-in-residence exhibition program, and performances such as concerts, recitals, book presentations, and roundtable discussions. Public health conditions permitting, Saragosti is planning for limited public access in the fall, as well as new programming. Find updates at https://neutra-vdl.org
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Associate Professor Rennie Tang on Feb. 24 moderated "Representations of Place, Home, and Security," the second entry in the Spring 2021 program of housing insecurity-themed panels organized by the California Center for Ethics and Policy. The panel drew together Los Angeles-area artists to discuss representations of housing insecurity in film, performance and visual arts. Joining the discussion were Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmakers Rita Baghdadi and Jeremiah Hammerling ("City Rising"); visual artist/educator Alvaro Marquez; and theater-maker Marike Splint, a Fullbright Scholar and faculty member in the UCLA's Department of Theater.
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The department is working on a Curriculum Redesign Study, and needs the insights of current students about their option choices. The goal of the study is to develop revisions using feedback from students about their experiences.

Participants will meet in separate focus groups comprised of 5-8 students in the same option. No faculty will be present in the one-hour group meetings, and feedback will be anonymized before being shared with the department. Each student will receive a $10 stipend. To sign up, email Evan Willoughby ('22, master's in urban and regional planning) at edwilloughby@cpp.edu.
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A group of students in lecturer Eric Carbonnier's Energy Innovations course will share their research findings on kelpcrete at the 9th Annual Student Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Conference on Saturday, March 6.

Architecture students Kristin Lorentzen (B.Arch), Christopher Smith (M.Arch) and Roman Huante (B.Arch, minor in regenerative studies) and chemical engineering student Juan Ruiz's virtual oral presentation will explain how increases in kelpcrete additive also increases thermal performance, with the optimal amount of additive topping at 20%.

Kelpcrete – a portmanteau for kelp and concrete – can be used as a substitute for conventional concrete to lower carbon emissions by increasing thermal performance and lowering embodied carbon energy during production. It is one of the most widely used materials in modern construction that may dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of the construction industry.
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"The Lyle Center Presents: Black Food Matters" is a virtual public lecture inspired by the 2020 book of the same name analyzing Black food culture and the violence and threats it faces.

The Lyle Center Presents: Black Food Matters
Thursday, March 11 | 12 p.m. PST | Zoom link: email crs@cpp.edu

Meet the following experts, educators and activists: Professor Analena Hope Hassberg from Cal Poly Pomona's Department of Ethnic and Women's Studies, whose research investigates food insecurity, food sovereignty and the centrality of food in liberation movements; Gillian Richards-Greaves, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Coastal Carolina University, who studies the cultural expressions of the African Diaspora; anthropological archaeologist Kimberly Kasper, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rhodes College, who researches and teaches on the ecological and cultural legacy of food and medicinal practices; and Florida International University Ph.D. candidate Judith Williams, a former chef and caterer.
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NIGHTFLIGHT | Valerie Cassel Oliver, the curator of contemporary and modern art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will conduct a virtual public interview with Philadelphia-born artist Howardina Pindell on March 11. Pindell's work often focuses on racism, slavery, exploitation and feminism. The Oliver-Pindell talk is the second program of PLATFORM, a CSU-wide art speaker series presented by ConSortiUm, a collaborative group of CSU galleries and museums. Register here.
opportunities | your professional development
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NOW HIRING | Junior Transportation Planner - Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates

Nelson\Nygaard is seeking an entry-level associate for their Los Angeles office.

The junior transportation planner's responsibilities primarily focus on planning for municipalities, agencies, universities and private clients. They'll also get the chance to support day-to-day planning on projects in multiple sectors active transportation, cities and streets, transit, parking and transportation demand management, and emerging mobility.
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NOW HIRING | Entry-level Landscape Architect and Interns - EDSA, Inc.

EDSA, Inc. is a planning, landscape architecture and urban design firm based in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., seeking an entry-level landscape architect to be part of an integrated design team.

The firm is also accepting applications for its three 2021 internship programs: Summer, Summer/Fall, and Virtual Design + Construction (VDC).

See all postings here. Applications are due March 5.
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Learn how reflective practice can help graduating students navigate the complex territory of professional practice. Get the Zoom link and passcode here.

All ENV majors and faculty are invited to “Reflective Practice in the ENV Professions,” a series of ENV professional development workshops offered this semester by URP Professor Richard Willson.

  • Thursday March 4 (12-1 p.m. PST)
  • Thursday, March 18 (12-1 p.m. PST)
  • Thursday, April 8 (12-1 p.m. PST) 
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Stantec, Inc. is an international company that provides consulting services for planning, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects.

Its Equity & Diversity Scholarship program annually awards $200,000 to multiple recipients. Amounts range from $1,500 to $10,000, with 10 paid internships also available to applicants.
American Galvanizers Association Richard L. Brooks Memorial Scholarship

Developed to help future specifiers with the rising cost of college education, Galvanize the Future: A Richard L. Brooks Memorial Essay Contest is available to undergraduate and graduate students studying architecture, civil engineering, structural engineering, construction management, material science, or a related field.

The program is administered by the American Galvanizers Associations. Two scholarships are awarded annually ($2,500 each) for the top essays submitted. Winners will be announced in May.
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Established by the Accessibility Professionals Association to honor Jim Boyce for his contributions to the field of accessibility compliance, his memorial scholarship encourages students to make accessibility a part of their career development and to promote accessibility in the built environment.

The scholarship is open to students enrolled in accredited programs in architecture, landscape architecture, civil engineering, construction management, interior design, and other degree programs closely related to accessibility/universal design. Find the application and submission requirements here.
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AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships benefit underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students studying photography, illustration and design disciplines in U.S. colleges and universities. Scholarship awards start at $2,500.

The program's main goals are to increase diversity in the creative professions, and to foster social and environmental responsibility.

These annual scholarships encourage social and environmental responsibility and cultural awareness in the next generation of artists and designers. In addition to talent, scholarship recipients are selected for their demonstrated commitment to giving back to the larger community through their work.
ON THE GRID is produced by the College of Environmental Design (ENV) at Cal Poly Pomona.
Masthead design by Maribel Ruiz ('22, architecture).
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