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Cal Poly Pomona Travel

Political Science Professor Renford Reese was first bitten by the travel bug as a college senior at Vanderbilt University. His initial study abroad trip to France, and also Germany fundamentally changed Reese, who has traveled to 104 countries. He now leads annual, short-term study abroad trips to places like Ghana, Mumbai, Brussels and Hong Kong for Cal Poly Pomona students. However, with costs ranging from $2,500 for a two-week trip to Europe and $4,500 for Africa, the experience is out of reach for many students who don’t have the funds.

Dr. Renford Reese hopes to bridge that experience gap with the help of a $100,000 donation he recently made to fund study abroad opportunities for students. The money will fund 20 $500 scholarships over 10 years. Dr. Reese hope to double the fund to $200,000, enough to provide 40 scholarships. 

Your gift on Giving Day to the Cal Poly Pomona Travel fund will be matched by Dr. Reese, making double the impact. 

“The university, the students, the staff and my colleagues – they have given me everything,” said the 54-year-old, who has been at Cal Poly Pomona for 26 years. “And I want to give back to the university what the university has given me. I didn’t want to do it in my will. I wanted to do it while I am still living.”

Reese said that while the gift is targeting the general undergraduate population, he wants to encourage formerly incarcerated students in the university’s Project Rebound program, as well as students in Renaissance Scholars and McNair Scholars to also apply for study abroad travel funds.

“It’s not uncommon for our students to never have imagined that international experience could be a part of their academic career,” Matt Walters, director of the university’s International Center,

An internal source of scholarships like the one Reese is supporting will help those students who might otherwise miss the deadline for these sorts of opportunities, Walters added.

“The most transformative experience for my students has been study abroad. While you might see a student evolve over a semester, when they are abroad, you see students grow and evolve every hour with every activity,” he said. “I know the power of travel, how transformative it is. There is beauty all over the world, and if I can expose students to a fraction of what I experienced by traveling the world, that will be a success.”

The Office of Study Abroad is committed to engaging the campus community in a collective partnership to provide valuable, high-quality and academically-sound study abroad programming that expands opportunities for where, when and how students learn

Read the full story here. 

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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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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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