Rose Float
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The Cal Poly Rose Float has been jointly created at the Pomona and San Luis Obispo campuses since 1949. It is the only student-built float in the annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. Cal Poly students have been building rose floats for over 70 years. Student Don Miller deserves credit for getting Cal Poly into the annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. His family, long-time residents of Pasadena, had a history of involvement with the parade. As a proud Cal Poly student, Don Miller had openly spoken about his belief that Cal Poly could create a Rose Parade float.

 

2020 Rose Float "Aquatic Aspirations" - Winner of the Director Award

2019 Rose Float "Far Out Frequencies" - Winner of the Extraordinaire Award

2018 Cal Poly Rose Float "Dreams Take Flight" - Winner of the Presidents Award

2017 Cal Poly Rose Float "A New Leaf" - Winner of the Founders Trophy

 

The Cal Poly floats have led in introducing technology to the Parade, including the first use of hydraulics for animation in 1968, the first use of computer-controlled animation in 1978, the first use of fiber optics in 1982, animated deco in 2014, and the first to create a color-changing floral effect in 2017. As of January 1, 2020, the floats have won 60 awards. This program is one of the longest consecutive running self-built entries in the parade, as well as the only "self-built" float designed and constructed entirely by students year-round on two campuses. They compete against professional float builders who manufacture entries for sponsors, many of them with development budgets approaching $1 million. This tradition continues today and marks the partnership between the two campuses.

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Lunchtime Power Hour Challenge
The campaign with the most donors between 11am and 1pm today will win $1000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Liquid Rocket Lab 18
2 Broncos Care Basic Needs Program 9
3 Huntley College of Agriculture 8
4 Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) 7
5 University Library 6
6 Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP) 5
7 Renaissance Scholars (RS) 5
8 College of Business Administration 4
9 College of Education & Integrative Studies 4
10 Collins College of Hospitality Management 3
11 College of Letters Arts & Social Sciences 3
12 College of Science 3
13 General Funds 2
14 WK Kellogg Arabian Horse Center 2
15 College of Environmental Design 2
16 Veterans Resource Center 2
17 Disability Resource Center 2
18 American Society of Civil Engineers 1
19 Women in Engineering 1
20 Clothes Closet 1
21 Children's Center 1
22 Bronco Dreamers Resource Center 1
23 Alumni Association Student Scholarships 1
24 College of Engineering 0
25 Bronco Athletics 0
26 2020 Senior Class Gift 0
27 Cultural Centers 0
28 Learn Through Discovery 0
29 Pace Setters Scholarship 0
30 Rose Float 0
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Leaderboard
The Night Owl Challenge
The campaign with the most donors between 8pm on Wednesday and 8am on Thursday will win $1000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP) 28
2 Renaissance Scholars (RS) 15
3 Broncos Care Basic Needs Program 10
4 College of Engineering 6
5 College of Environmental Design 5
6 College of Business Administration 5
7 Collins College of Hospitality Management 4
8 Bronco Dreamers Resource Center 4
9 College of Science 3
10 Huntley College of Agriculture 3
11 Veterans Resource Center 2
12 Alumni Association Student Scholarships 2
13 College of Letters Arts & Social Sciences 2
14 College of Education & Integrative Studies 1
15 Bronco Athletics 1
16 Women in Engineering 1
17 General Funds 1
18 University Library 1
19 Rose Float 1
20 Clothes Closet 1
21 Disability Resource Center 1
22 Liquid Rocket Lab 1
23 Pace Setters Scholarship 0
24 Learn Through Discovery 0
25 2020 Senior Class Gift 0
26 American Society of Civil Engineers 0
27 Children's Center 0
28 Cultural Centers 0
29 Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) 0
30 WK Kellogg Arabian Horse Center 0
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Leaderboard
Lunchtime Power Hour Challenge #2
The campaign with the most donors between 11am and 1pm today will win $1000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Broncos Care Basic Needs Program 16
2 Renaissance Scholars (RS) 5
3 College of Engineering 4
4 Huntley College of Agriculture 4
5 College of Letters Arts & Social Sciences 4
6 WK Kellogg Arabian Horse Center 4
7 Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) 3
8 Women in Engineering 3
9 College of Business Administration 3
10 College of Science 3
11 Veterans Resource Center 2
12 College of Education & Integrative Studies 2
13 Disability Resource Center 2
14 Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP) 2
15 Bronco Athletics 1
16 University Library 1
17 Bronco Dreamers Resource Center 1
18 American Society of Civil Engineers 1
19 Collins College of Hospitality Management 1
20 2020 Senior Class Gift 0
21 Clothes Closet 0
22 General Funds 0
23 College of Environmental Design 0
24 Alumni Association Student Scholarships 0
25 Children's Center 0
26 Cultural Centers 0
27 Learn Through Discovery 0
28 Liquid Rocket Lab 0
29 Pace Setters Scholarship 0
30 Rose Float 0
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