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Rose Float


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. 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. The next area of concentration is acquiring new tools and equipment allowing the program to focus on current trends in planning, building, and execution from our new Rose Float Lab facility that opened in 2021.

As of January 1, 2022, the floats have won 61 awards having won the Award of Merit this year. 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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Last Chance Match
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Lunchtime Power Hour Challenge (Day 2)
The campaign with the most unique donors between 11am-1pm PST on April 21 will receive a $1,000 prize!
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 18
2 Supporting Opps. to Access Recreation (SOAR) 14
3 Burke Thoroughbred Horse Library Fund 13
4 Veterans Resource Center 6
5 Society of Women Engineers 6
6 W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center 5
7 Baseball 3
8 General College of Business Support 3
9 Dr. Steven J. Wickler Scholarship Endowment 2
10 Communication 2
11 Alumni Scholars 2
12 Cal Poly Pomona Travel 2
13 English 2
14 ENV Dean's Initiatives 2
15 Reading, Advising, & Mentoring Program 2
16 Plant Science 2
17 Mechanical Engineering 1
18 Architecture 1
19 General College of Engineering Support 1
20 General Athletics Support 1
21 International Business and Marketing 1
22 Black Alumni & Friends Scholarship 1
23 Collins College of Hospitality Mgmt. 1
24 Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) 1
25 Electrical & Computer Engineering 1
26 Kinesiology And Health Promotion Department 1
27 Pace Setters 1
28 Renaissance Scholars 1
29 University Library Dean's Excellence 1
30 Children's Center & Parenting Student Support 1
31 Rose Float 1
32 Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) 1
33 Animal and Veterinary Science 1
34 Basic Needs Initiative 1
35 Urban and Community Agriculture 1
36 Women's Volleyball 1
37 University Library 0
38 Alumni Association Student Scholarships 0
39 Cal Poly Pomona Steel Bridge 0
40 General CLASS Support 0
41 Economics 0
42 Anthropology and Geography 0
43 History 0
44 Music 0
45 Theatre & New Dance 0
46 Philosophy 0
47 Political Science 0
48 Psychology 0
49 Sociology 0
50 Ahimsa Center 0
51 Accounting 0
52 Aerospace Engineering 0
53 Agricultural Business Management 0
54 AGRIscapes 0
55 Animal and Veterinary Science Equipment 0
56 Apparel Merchandising and Management 0
57 Art Department 0
58 Biological Sciences Department 0
59 Bronco Startup Challenge 0
60 CEIS Dean's Initiatives 0
61 Chemical and Materials Engineering 0
62 Chemistry Department 0
63 Civil Engineering 0
64 Computer Information Systems 0
65 Computer Science Department 0
66 Cultural Centers 0
67 Disability Resource Center 0
68 Doctoral of Education Scholarship 0
69 Donald G. Wells Memorial Scholarship 0
70 Early Childhood Studies Department 0
71 Education Department 0
72 Engineering Technology 0
73 Equity in Business 0
74 Ethnic & Women's Studies Department 0
75 Finance, Real Estate, & Law Department 0
76 General College of Science Support 0
77 Geology Department 0
78 Hilda Solis Scholarship 0
79 Huntley College Dean's Initiatives 0
80 Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering 0
81 Landscape Architecture 0
82 Liberal Studies Department 0
83 Lyle Center 0
84 Management & Human Resources Department 0
85 Math Department 0
86 Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP) 0
87 Men's Basketball 0
88 Men's Soccer 0
89 Men's Track & Field/ Cross Country 0
90 Nutrition and Food Science Department 0
91 Partners In Education (PIE) 0
92 Physics Department 0
93 STEM Success 0
94 Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) 0
95 Technology & Operations Management 0
96 The Male SUCCESS Initiatives (MSI) 0
97 Undocumented Students Services 0
98 Urban & Regional Planning 0
99 Women's Basketball 0
100 Women's Soccer 0
101 Women's Track & Field/ Cross Country 0
102 Womxn’s Resource Center Cares Scholarship 0
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Leaderboard
Lunchtime Power Hour Challenge (Day 1)
The campaign with the most unique donors between 11am-1pm PST on April 20 will receive a $1,000 prize!
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Bronco Racing: Baja SAE 27
2 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 12
3 Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP) 11
4 Women's Volleyball 6
5 Undocumented Students Services 6
6 Partners In Education (PIE) 4
7 Reading, Advising, & Mentoring Program 4
8 Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) 4
9 Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) 3
10 Cal Poly Pomona Travel 3
11 Pace Setters 3
12 Management & Human Resources Department 3
13 Men's Basketball 2
14 General College of Business Support 2
15 W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center 2
16 Accounting 2
17 Alumni Scholars 2
18 Men's Soccer 2
19 University Library Dean's Excellence 2
20 Plant Science 2
21 Renaissance Scholars 2
22 Women's Soccer 2
23 Supporting Opps. to Access Recreation (SOAR) 2
24 General College of Engineering Support 2
25 Art Department 2
26 Area of Greatest Need 1
27 General CLASS Support 1
28 Basic Needs Initiative 1
29 Biological Sciences Department 1
30 Electrical & Computer Engineering 1
31 Urban & Regional Planning 1
32 STEM Success 1
33 Burke Thoroughbred Horse Library Fund 1
34 Communication 1
35 Doctoral of Education Scholarship 1
36 Mechanical Engineering 1
37 Rose Float 1
38 The Male SUCCESS Initiatives (MSI) 1
39 Political Science 1
40 Donald G. Wells Memorial Scholarship 1
41 Liberal Studies Department 1
42 Veterans Resource Center 1
43 Women's Track & Field/ Cross Country 1
44 AGRIscapes 1
45 Chemistry Department 1
46 Children's Center & Parenting Student Support 1
47 Women's Basketball 1
48 Society of Women Engineers 1
49 Marvin J. Malecha Endowed Scholarship 0
50 Other CPP Programs 0
51 Cal Poly Pomona Steel Bridge 0
52 Economics 0
53 English 0
54 Anthropology and Geography 0
55 History 0
56 Music 0
57 Theatre & New Dance 0
58 Philosophy 0
59 Psychology 0
60 Sociology 0
61 Ahimsa Center 0
62 Aerospace Engineering 0
63 Agricultural Business Management 0
64 Animal and Veterinary Science 0
65 Animal and Veterinary Science Equipment 0
66 Apparel Merchandising and Management 0
67 Architecture 0
68 Baseball 0
69 Black Alumni & Friends Scholarship 0
70 Bronco Startup Challenge 0
71 CEIS Dean's Initiatives 0
72 Chemical and Materials Engineering 0
73 Civil Engineering 0
74 Collins College of Hospitality Mgmt. 0
75 Computer Information Systems 0
76 Computer Science Department 0
77 Cultural Centers 0
78 Disability Resource Center 0
79 Dr. Steven J. Wickler Scholarship Endowment 0
80 Early Childhood Studies Department 0
81 Education Department 0
82 Engineering Technology 0
83 ENV Dean's Initiatives 0
84 Equity in Business 0
85 Ethnic & Women's Studies Department 0
86 Finance, Real Estate, & Law Department 0
87 General Athletics Support 0
88 General College of Science Support 0
89 Geology Department 0
90 Hilda Solis Scholarship 0
91 Huntley College Dean's Initiatives 0
92 Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering 0
93 International Business and Marketing 0
94 Kinesiology And Health Promotion Department 0
95 Landscape Architecture 0
96 Lyle Center 0
97 Math Department 0
98 Men's Track & Field/ Cross Country 0
99 Nutrition and Food Science Department 0
100 Physics Department 0
101 Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) 0
102 Technology & Operations Management 0
103 Urban and Community Agriculture 0
104 Womxn’s Resource Center Cares Scholarship 0
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Faculty & Staff 50 Donors Challenge
Thank you Faculty and Staff donors for helping to unlock a bonus gift to the Pace Setters Scholarship fund from Kathy and Ed Harcharik.
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