By Julian Mitchell
Welcome back to Cal Poly Pomona for what should be an exciting 2018.
Broncos new and old will be in for a year of change throughout not only campus, but the world abroad as well.
Believe it or not, but the semester conversion is a mere 232 days away.
While that may not seem like it is right around the corner, that countdown clock will continue to march us forward, minute by minute until we arrive at the highly anticipated start of Fall Semester 2018.
Semester conversion is easily the biggest change that our school will experience in recent memory.
Of course this will be accompanied with other changes both small and big.
The landscape of the school will become entirely different as the CLA building is set to be torn down for good.
“You’ve probably seen that the CLA replacement building, in Lot C just south of the CLA, is taking shape,” said President Soraya M. Coley at last year’s Fall Conference.
“The three-story Student Services and Administrative Building is scheduled to be up and running by early 2019.”
Additionally, with the demolition of the old CLA building and the new Student Services building becoming a bigger part of CPP life each and every day, next year CPP will also sport a new logo.
Another big project this year will be the start of construction for the new freshman residential halls.
The project was pending approval of final permits this past December, however no statements have been released about the progress of the developments.
According to Todd London, Director of Housing Operations, the exterior of the new buildings will be completed by July of this year, with an anticipated opening date of July 2019.
Another change will be helping to promote one of the oldest Cal Poly traditions; the Rose Float.
The old Rose Float lab will be replaced by a new and state of the art facility.
“For the first time in 70 years, this complex would afford appropriate protection from weather; better security for the equipment, electronics, and tools; and a space specifically designed to enhance student learning, collaboration and innovation both indoors and outdoors,” as stated in a school release.
The Cal Poly universities joined the Rose Parade for the first time in 1949, debuting with a Rocking Horse float.
This year, the universities went with a “Dreams Take Flight” theme for the float, their 70th entry in the parade.
Other events that took course during the winter break include the launch of CPP’s own space program.
The FAR-MARS Society Launch Contest involves 11 universities in an attempt to launch a liquid fueled rocket into space.
The event will culminate on May 5th as the teams attempt to reach 330,000 feet in orbit.
One of the most anticipated announcements of 2018 will come within the next few months.
Amazon is prepared to announce which city it will locate its second North American headquarters.
The city of Pomona prepared it’s bid for the headquarters, offering land and resources from both CPP’s newly acquired Campus South and the Pomona Fairplex.
2018 will be a whirlwind year for most of us.
With changes affecting all members of the school, students and faculty alike. The changes won’t be sudden, but they will be felt.
The shape and look of campus will slowly turn into something new, and something exciting.
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