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2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Centers and Institutes


Craig Walters, Director

AGRlscapes is an education and demonstration center devoted to food, agriculture, and the urban environment. The Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch serves as the major marketing outlet for Cal Poly Pomona produced fruits, vegetables, nursery products and meats. This 40-acre complex provides educational opportunities for students within the College of Agriculture in the areas of marketing, production, merchandising and promotion of agricultural products. It also provides the campus and surrounding community with a valuable educational tool to learn about agricultural products and their impact on daily lives.

Ahimsa Center

Tara Sethia, Director

The Ahimsa Center in the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences focuses on interdisciplinary teaching and learning about nonviolence and its applications at various levels: personal, familial, communal, national and international. The educational programs and outreach initiatives of the Center aim to foster synergistic interactions among students, scholars, educators and the community for the study of nonviolence in thought and action. For more information contact the director, Dr. Tara Sethia, at (909) 869-3868 or by e-mail tsethia@cpp.edu.

Apparel Technology and Research Center (ATRC)

Peter Kilduff, Interim Associate Dean

The Apparel Technology and Research Center (ATRC) provides outreach services to the apparel and sewn products industry. The Center offers resource information, on-line education, consulting and referral services for technical manufacturing processes, apparel enterprise operation, sourcing, etc. through the ATRC website http://www.cpp.edu/~agri/apparel-technology-research-center/index.shtml. The ATRC is a self-supporting center funded by industry.

California Center for Ethics and Policy (CCEP)

Michael Cholbi, Director

The mission of the California Center for Ethics and Policy (CCEP) is to provide programs that stimulate engagement with, and informed dialogue concerning, ethics and policy challenges where California has the opportunity to exercise national and global leadership. CCEP aims to catalyze community investigation of such challenges in the ultimate hope of identifying reasoned, evidence-based solutions that honor the ethical values and heritage of the people of California. Investigating these ethics or policy challenges in light of California’s specific historical and social setting makes CCEP unique among ethics or policy centers associated with institutions of higher education, few of which adopt such a regional focus. CCEP will thus advance democratic participation and active citizenship, empowering the region’s residents to shape their shared future.

Cal Poly English Language Institute (CPELI)

Deborah Detzel, Director

The Cal Poly English Language Institute (CPELI) specializes in English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instruction and in academic preparation for international students who plan to continue their higher education in the United States. The ELS program consists of five levels of instruction, from beginner to advanced. The courses are designed to develop the language and study skills necessary for success in an American college or university. Students receive such training on how to: study, take a test, use a computer, research and organize ideas and how to behave in the academic environment. CPELI provides students with basic computer training, TOEFL preparation, and credit-bearing classes for upper-level students. At CPELI the focus is on the student, so staff members are always available to advise students on housing, health insurance, immigration laws, registration requirements, and college placement.

Center for Antimicrobial Research and Food Safety (CARFS)

Shelton Murinda, Director

The Center for Antimicrobial Research and Food Safety (CARFS), participates in research involving microbial foodborne pathogens of public health and economic significance with an emphasis on pathogens associated with muscle foods (meat and meat products). Research focuses on isolation, identification and characterization of pathogens using conventional and molecular-based methods (genetic fingerprinting) and development of on-farm and processing-plant based interventions. Emergence of new foodborne pathogens, increased consumer awareness, and federal recommendations on food safety/public health issues redefine the rules of microbial pathogen quality control in the food industry. CARFS (formerly Center for Antimicrobial Research CAR) was established to meet these corporate demands. The Center’s on-farm food safety goals will be linked to regional/Homeland Security efforts. Future research will also target discovery and application of natural antimicrobial agents.

Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation was formerly established at the College of Business Administration in May 1996. CEI seeks to foster entrepreneurship in both the local and global community; to provide increasing entrepreneurial opportunities for Cal Poly Pomona students; and to deliver innovative entrepreneurship courses to graduate, undergraduate, and extension students. If provides a dynamic combination of education, research, and outreach programs to address the developing needs of entrepreneurs and growth companies. Entrepreneurial ventures and emerging firms are a leading source of new jobs in the United States. Visit the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation website at cba@cpp.edu.

Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (CEMaST)

Laurie Riggs, Director

CEMaST endorses the principle that all school children deserve to receive a comprehensive mathematics and science education that is taught by a caring, competent teacher who uses strategies that best address each student’s learning style or needs. This involves creating high-quality and meaningful professional development opportunities that offer research-based approaches to mathematical and scientific content and conceptual understanding while fostering effective and dynamic teaching strategies. Emphasis is placed on teacher competencies that enhance literacy for English language learners. CEMaST faculty believe that effective teaching is not only a research-based science, it is also a lifelong process, and students should receive instruction that meets their needs regardless of ethnicity, culture, or gender. It works with local schools and districts to develop programs and obtain funding to implement innovative programs, improve teaching techniques, and provide professional development opportunities for teachers of mathematics and science from preschool through grade 12.

For information, visit http://www.cpp.edu/~cemast/ or contact the CEMaST office at (909) 869-4063.

Center for Information Assurance (CIA)

Daniel Manson, Director

The Center for Information Assurance (CIA) in the Cal Poly Pomona College of Business Administration (CBA) provides advanced research and knowledge in audit, security, and computer forensics. Visit the Center for Information Assurance website at cba@cpp.edu

Center for Turf, Landscape and Irrigation Technology (CTILT)

_______________, Director

The Institute has recently expanded to include expertise in turf and landscape, and has been renamed the Center for Turf, Landscape and Irrigation Technology (CTILT). CTILT provides a focal point for research, and community outreach in the areas of turfgrass, ornamental plant materials, landscape irrigation technology, landscape operations, sportturf and golf course management and preservation of natural resources. The Center will have state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, research, and demonstration for undergraduate, graduate, and professional landscape educational programs.

John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies

Pablo La Roche, Director

The mission of the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies is to advance the principles of environmentally sustainable living through education, research, demonstration and community outreach. The Center uses the term “regenerative” to emphasize the development of systems that restore and revitalize themselves, ensuring a sustainable future. It offers unique interdisciplinary education through its Master of Science degree program, and its undergraduate minor program, which prepare students to integrate regenerative theories and practices into a wide variety of professional fields. Students have the option of residing and/or working at the Center. The Lyle Center has earned an international reputation for its innovative educational programs, and has hosted visiting scholars and students from around the world.

The Lyle Center pursues a comprehensive and ambitious research agenda, focusing on issues of sustainability. It serves as a living laboratory and center for research related to environmental design, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy production, aquaculture, landscape ecology, and human communities.

Situated on 16 acres within the Cal Poly Pomona campus, the Lyle Center is designed to demonstrate regenerative living. Tours are available where students, policy-makers, and the community can observe regenerative design strategies in practice and learn about innovative technologies. The Center showcases a wide array of regenerative principles, including passive-solar building design, solar energy technology, organic agriculture, and native plant community restoration.

The Lyle Center is actively involved in the community, participating in service-learning projects, sustainable community development efforts, and community educational programs. In addition, the Center periodically offers workshops related to regenerative living for community members, professionals, and policy makers.

If you would like to make a reservation for a visit or tour, please contact us at (909) 869-5155 or by email crs@cpp.edu. For information on current activities, visit our website at www.cpp.edu/crs.

Motor Development Clinic

Elizabeth “Beth” Foster, Director

Sascha Hoemke, Coordinator

The Motor Development Clinic (MDC) is designed to provide three services:

  1. A movement program for children who are experiencing movement problems.
  2. Instructional concepts and materials for parents that enable them to supplement the clinic’s movement program at home.
  3. A valuable learning experience for graduate and undergraduate students at Cal Poly Pomona specializing in Adapted Physical Education and related fields.

The basic underlying theme of the Motor Development Clinic is inclusion. The clinic exposes the child to various movement experiences that may also develop such areas as movement confidence, social interaction skills, and enjoyment while participating in movement activities. Due to the clinic experience and personal improvement in motor skills the child may then transfer these skills into his or her own school’s physical education program.

The MDC provides a service learning component for many of the adapted physical education courses in the undergraduate pedagogical kinesiology option in the Kinesiology and Health Promotion (KHP) Department, the added authorization for APE program in the Department of Education and the graduate program in KHP. However, students majoring in psychology, liberal studies, and other related fields have also used the clinic as their service learning site. Many of these students are combining their major area of study with adapted physical education as part of their course work. The benefits of the clinic to the university is therefore two-fold: a valuable service learning experience and a site for providing teaching opportunities in adapted physical education. For the community children, the clinic offers a place to learn valuable motor skills through the academic year or the summer programs.

Professional Development Institute (PDI)

The PDI exists to provide professional development for the hospitality industry and to expand the College’s outreach to community constituents by providing customized professional development programs and advisory services for hospitality industry members. This includes, but is not limited to, executive training, corporate consulting, association support, research & analysis, conferences and seminars, symposia, and certification programs.

The Real Estate Research Council (RERC)

The Real Estate Research Council of Southern California is the oldest non-profit real estate data organization in the United States. Founded in 1939, the RERC produces a quarterly publication, The Real Estate and Construction Report, which includes data on the economy and real estate markets in the seven urban Southern California counties, and presents the report at a quarterly luncheon. The senior real estate faculty direct students who participate in the data-gathering and analysis for the preparation of the quarterly report. Members of the RERC include major development companies, financial institutions, appraisers, investors, mortgage bankers, and other firms and individuals interested in Southern California real estate. RERC is coordinated by faculty in the Finance, Real Estate, and Law Department. Visit The Real Estate Research Council website at http://www.cpp.edu/~rerc/.

W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, Arabian Horse Program

Jéanne Brooks, Director

The oldest campus tradition is the Arabian horse show, first started by W. K. Kellogg in 1926, and continued after his ranch became a university campus. Public performances are given on the first Sunday in October through May at 2 p.m. The program, featuring the Arabian as an English, western, stock, trick and jumping horse, is planned and produced by students working with horses they have trained.

The shows are designed to promote interest in the Arabian breed and point out the horse’s versatility, beauty, and intelligence, as well as to offer valuable experience for students in handling horses. The Arabians are utilized in the animal science courses related to the ever-expanding field of light horse production, research and training. The Kellogg Ranch has been one of the world’s outstanding Arabian horse breeding farms, and the university continues the breeding program today, perpetuating the Arabian and making valuable blood lines available to the public. The Kellogg Arabians are a noted attraction for thousands of Southern Californians and tourists who view the show each year.