Volume 1, Issue 5 | March 27 - April 8, 2020
After the 'pause': ENV operations and updates
To date, no cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) are linked to Cal Poly Pomona. As a precaution, the College of Environmental Design is following university guidance by physical distancing and transitioning to remote instruction and services. The goal: to further lower the risk of spreading of the virus through person-to-person contact.

ENV remains operational, but all services will be delivered in virtual/remote format through May 31. Read more
cal poly pomona covid-19 updates
All classes, exams and most services are remote/virtual for the remainder of the semester. 2020 Commencement ceremonies are postponed.

  • Update your contact information on BroncoDirect to receive important campus updates.

  • Find emergency housing, meal assistance, resources for parent students, scholarships and more through Bronco Cares Basic Needs.

  • Students can borrow university laptops and mobile hotspots for their coursework if they don't have one to use at home. Email studentsuccess@cpp.edu.

  • Get real-time updates in your timeline. Follow Cal Poly Pomona on its official social accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
env services + events updates
What's open? Learn the statuses of ENV services, spaces and college events here .

  • ENV Student Success Center is open for remote/virtual advising (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Book appointments with advisors Teresa Castaneda and Elizabeth Guevara-Laxamana via CPP Connect.

  • Career advising is available for remote/virtual services (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.). Schedule an appointment with ENV Career Specialist Alie Ivie at via Handshake.

  • Buildings 1, 2, 3, 7, 13 and 89 are closed and locked for the rest of the semester starting Friday, March 27.

  • Job Search Strategies: How to Navigate Workforce Changes in the Present Economy is the first ENV Student Success workshop fully conducted on Zoom. April 7, 12-1 p.m.,https://cpp.zoom.us/j/340166033.

  • MSRS application deadline extension. Prospective regenerative studies graduate students have until April 30 to file their applications.
bookmark | hear from an expert
Dr. Timothy Moody , lead physician of Cal Poly Pomona's Student Health & Wellness Services talks about "hand hygiene" and other preventative measures to stop the spread of germs and other viruses.

The Health Center remains open on campus for scheduled appointments (no walk-ins) and other wellness services.
img | stories in pictures
LA 2451 Kitty Cheung illustration of sugar bush plant

Second-year landscape architecture student Kitty Cheung illustrated the sugar bush ( Rhus ovata ) for lecturer Michael Todoran 's Plant Ecology and Design II (LA 2451) class.

Todoran originally planned a midterm exhibition of his students' plant illustrations (March 11-13) before the transition to remote instruction. (View Cheung's illustration in full .)
comeuppance katie stubblefield

Did you miss seeing St. Broxville - Into the Thicket in the real? The W. Keith & Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery will virtually display pieces every week this semester.

Pictured: "Comeuppance," 2019. (View artist Katie Stubblefield 's artwork in full.)
the divine perception gina m

You can still ponder the wonder and strangeness of childhood, thanks to the Don B. Huntley Gallery's weekly virtual displays of  Through the Toy Shop and Behind the Curtain: The Artistry of Gina M .

Pictured: "The Divine Oracle of Ms. Perception," 2019. A old church lectern, crystal balls and motion-operated lights are some of the pieces in this artwork. (View artist Gina M 's installation in full .)
opportunities | your professional development
2020 cavin family traveling fellowship
Cal Poly Pomona and University of Oregon architecture students graduating in 2020, recent grads and young professionals (age 35 and under) can still apply for the Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship . This year's prize is $15,000, up from $10,000 in previous years.

The 2020 competition will proceed, but the in-person presentations and dinner are cancelled, said Assistant Professor Robert Alexander.

This year's jury is chaired by Julie Smith-Clementi , who with Frank Clementi ('83, architecture) launched in January the new Los Angeles-based practice Smith-Clementi . Both were former partners of Rios Clementi Hale Studios
library research award flyer
The University Library invites students to submit their projects for the Library Research Awards , a contest celebrating the creative use of its resources, collections and services.

$200 will be awarded each for Best Undergraduate Student Project, Best Graduate Student Project and Best Use of Special Collections. Winners will be announced via a Zoom Award Reception on Thursday, May 7.
Now what? Work on your personal brand
Alisande "Alie" Ivie is the college's first ENV Career Specialist. Below, she shares advice on what students can still do to make themselves job- and career-ready in the current economic climate.

Searching for internships and employment opportunities can be challenging, especially under the current circumstances of the pandemic. Most students have concerns that companies are no longer hiring. Therefore, they do not feel the need to apply to various opportunities. However, companies are still hiring. The process may take longer, but be patient. I recommend students to take this time to work on their personal branding.   Read more
uncertainty career
alumni | designing the future
marc fontes 1983 urp alumnus
Marc Fontes ('83, urban and regional planning) is the new executive director of the Economic Development of San Benito County. He was previously at the City of San Ramon in the dual role of economic development director and deputy director of the Redevelopment Agency, playing key roles in projects to attract new retailers, the expansion of a local automobile sales company, and a multi-jurisdictional Tourism Improvement District.

Fontes made headlines in 2004 when, as the manager of business development at the City of Alameda, he and his staff saved 300 biotech jobs .
sabrina swanson schneckloth and john schneckloth 2013 bsla alumni press democrat photo
Sabrina Swanson-Schneckloth and Jonathan Schneckloth (both '13, landscape architecture) are the newest residents of Coffey Park, the Santa Rosa neighborhood they helped redesign in the aftermath of the 2017 Tubbs Fire that razed more than 36,000 acres and killed 22 in Sonoma and Napa counties.

At the time, the couple worked at Firma Design Group, whose employees partnered with neighborhood group Coffey Strong to "reinvent the Entryway." Swanson-Schneckloth had a leading role redesigning the Coffey Park Entryway .

"Inspired...by its resilience and sense of community, they decided to build their first house in Coffey Park," explained an article announcing their move.
atineh movsesian 2019 art history alumna at kellogg gallery
Atineh Movsesian ('19, art history) begins her graduate studies in art history this fall at Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences. Her focus will be on Armenian medieval art and architecture history. She will study under Christina Maranci , an expert on Armenian and Byzantine art and architecture, and one of the world's foremost scholar-advocates of the Cathedral of Mren – a seventh-century Armenian basilica in Turkey.

At Cal Poly Pomona, Movsesian spent her junior and senior years as a University Art Galleries and Collections assistant for Galleries Curator Michele Cairella Fillmore .

"She's been such a supporter of mine even after graduation," Movsesian said. "I have learned so much – and continue to learn – from her. She was not only my boss, but she was my teacher and advisor and she encourages and cheers me on so much since I met her. I'm just so thankful of everything she's done for me."
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