By Julian Mitchell
Although 2018 will be a year of firsts for our university, 2017 has kept everyone waiting for changes, updates and progress on this year’s campus-wide projects.
Semester conversion, perhaps the biggest change coming to our campus, has definitely left many people wondering how it will affect them and how the university could function differently after the conversion.
“We have a very ambitious agenda this year, and some of the things we’re asking won’t be easy, but I am hopeful that we have the confidence and determination to deal with the challenging times,” President Soraya M. Coley said at the 2017 Fall Conference.
Yes, the adjustments and changes across the campus will be challenging in the course of the next year.
Semester conversion will not be an easy task, and even the administration knows it.
However, they have been providing excellent resources at every turn to help us along the way.
Throughout the past year, the school has provided a number of university wide workshops to help assist with semester conversion, providing tips and strategies for how to make it through the changeover and beyond.
The university has assured students that all needs shall be met, and students will be able to graduate on time with the classes they need.
If that’s not enough, the countdown clock on the school’s website will serve as the ever friendly reminder that Fall Semester 2018 is right around the corner.
Additionally, the school will undergo more than an extended fall term next year and will be sporting a new logo due to the construction projects that have been ongoing across campus.
Construction has been a long-term battle for students attending CPP in the past few years or maybe even decades.
While we know that construction will help our the university in the long run, some of us will never get to reap the benefits because we will have graduated before it is finished.
In the end, construction improvements such as the second parking structure, new Student Services building and new freshman residence halls are what will make CPP greater long-term.
Another thing to look forward to is the university’s usage of the Lanterman Property in Pomona that was acquired a few years ago.
The property, a few blocks from campus, is approximately 300 acres in size, and includes pre-existing structures.
While it has officially been referred to as “Campus South” it’s still uncertain as to what the property will be used for.
One exciting prospect for Campus South is the possible location for a second Amazon North American Headquarters.
Amazon, which announced the request for an additional headquarters location in October, would get approximately 150 acres for use.
Although there is no anticipated announcement from Amazon until 2018, Pomona City officials feel confident that the Lanterman site will more than reach the requirements from Amazon, such as space for construction and access to an educated work force.
“We know that there will be intense competition,” Fairplex President and CEO Miguel A. Santana said.
“However, we are confident that our Amazon PolyPlex bid will stand out among the best of them. We check off all the boxes.”
While there have been a few bumps in the road and parking complications this year at Cal Poly Pomona, we have still had an excellent year overall.
Bronco Fusion and the Hot Dog Caper went over splendidly as usual and Pizza with the President addressed the more serious issues at the core of students’ worries.
Many students had questions about the upcoming Semester Conversion and there are now resources available on the university’s website that are readily available to student.
These resources can help students in their academic planning for the next two quarters and upcoming semesters.
While 2017 may not have been the year everyone would have liked it to be with the construction, difficulty parking and a few still unanswered semester conversion questions, it has brought about many other positive changes that will benefit the campus for years to come.
Courtesy of Cal Poly Pomona
The Student Services Building will house the main administration offices including Financial Aid, Registrar’s and Cashier’s Offices
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