By Jeline Abutin
Cal Poly Pomona will bring all aspects of the campus community together during the fourth annual Homecoming event on Feb. 27.
“It’s the one time of the year where we get to bring the entire campus community in unison,” said Byron Howlett, the dean of students and Homecoming co-chair. “Homecoming is not an event that is just for students, faculty or staff; it’s for all of us. It’s an excellent time to bring in parents and family members of our current students so they can connect with the university as well. It’s also a chance to welcome home our alumni back to campus so that we can reconnect with them and they can reconnect with us.”
ASI created Homecoming in 2013, and in 2014, in recognition of the university’s 75th anniversary, it became an even larger event, according to Howlett.
This year will be the fourth year Homecoming will be celebrated at CPP.
“Homecoming is still a very new event for our campus, so every year it’s growing and something new is happening,” said Susan Ashe, director of Student Conduct & Integrity and Homecoming co-chair of the Programming Committee
An estimated 5,000 people will be attending the event, according to Ashe.
The celebrations will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will continue until midnight.
“These types of events are so important to our campus community because it helps build a connection to campus, it helps to showcase all of the wonderful things that our campus is doing and it gives our students, our faculty, our staff, our alumni, parents and family an opportunity to come and enjoy the Cal Poly Pomona spirit,” said Ashe.
The daylong event will have carnival rides, food trucks, activity tents, a petting zoo and much more.
“There’s so much fun stuff that is going to happen at Homecoming,” said Ashe. “During the daytime, it’s going to be like a carnival in the Bronco Commons. People can ride carnival rides and eat lots of fun carnival food. We’re also going to have a great band.”
The Drums, an indie pop band from Brooklyn, New York, will be performing at this year’s Homecoming, according to Howlett.
Students, faculty, staff, family and friends will also be able to go on three tours throughout the duration of the event, one of which is a tour of the BRIC.
“We also have two other tours that will be happening,” said Ashe. “One is a shuttle that will go from Bronco Commons to Innovation Brew Works. They’ll be giving tours of the brewery to explain how everything works there. We will also have a tram going around campus, similar to the one at Universal Studios. It will be going around the university and will give a lot of fun information about Cal Poly Pomona.”
Besides the various activities Homecoming will offer, the event also gives an opportunity for alumni to reunite.
“A few of our alumni chapters and the cultural centers on campus have been reaching out to alumni and asking them to come back and participate in the event’s festivities to reconnect with the university and to reconnect with each other,” said Melissa Riordan, executive director of Alumni and External Relations for the Division of University Advancement and Homecoming co-chair.
The event will host both alumni reunion tents and alumni tent activities.
“It’s a great opportunity for alumni to see how much the campus has grown and to see how much it has changed,” said Riordan. “It also gives them a chance to engage with one another and to meet some of our future alumni, our students. It’s just a great opportunity to bring them back home.”
All the Homecoming events will lead up to CPP’s men’s and women’s basketball games as well as a Homecoming dance.
The CPP basketball teams will play against Cal State San Marcos, with the women’s basketball game beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s basketball game beginning at 7:30 p.m.
“We end the day by being able to attend both the women’s and men’s basketball game, and then we have a huge fireworks display over the campus,” said Howlett. “Our campus is already gorgeous, but with the fireworks going off over the campus at night, it will be incredible.”
To participate in the tours, the carnival rides, the petting zoo and to attend the basketball games, a wristband will be required.
Students, faculty and staff wristbands will be free; however, Alumni, friend and parent wristbands will be $12.
For more information and to register for the event, visit http://www.cpp.edu/~homecoming/index.shtml
Zoran Liu-Moy / The Poly Post
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