Living the Pup Life

The puppy life here leaves our dogs spoiled from all the love they receive due to our residents. Before I start talking about my loveable Shiba, I’m going to introduce a few of the other dogs we have on campus.

First up is the dog who has been at Cal Poly the longest—Dr. Watson, also known as Doc Wat or simply Watson. Approximately, four years old, Dr. Watson lives with his mother, Jazmin Rew-Pinchem who is the Residence Life Coordinator Luntanas (Montanas and Luna). He is the mascot for our service-learning and social justice themed buildings, and his side gig is showing his old soul and laying besides his mother while she crochets. He is a chill dog, very loyal, and loves 1-on-1 attention.



Living also in the Suites, Jack, an eight month old puppy resides in buildings, Bonita and Sol. Besides working towards becoming a trending meme on the interwebs, Jack is practicing to be a doggy David Beckham. Jack loves all beings—dogs and humans alike. You can always depend on this hyper baby boy to welcome you with kisses.


Next up, is Leo, aka “mop” dog. Leo is around two years old. His momma, Jocelyn, and I found him at an animal shelter an hour away from Pomona. Mommy Jocelyn knew she had found her baby boy after seeing him on the shelter’s YouTube. We do not know what …

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More Staff Introductions!

Keiry PerezKeiry

Keiry was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, but grew up in southern California. She is happily engaged to Gary Ewing and they plan to get married in spring 2015. Keiry loves interior design, road trips, going on runs, sp ending time with family and friends, and going to the movies. She has 4 Chihuahua dogs which she loves to death – Belle, Doppey, Chunky and Arley! Keiry values family, honesty and commitment.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and her master’s in Public Administration from Cal Poly Pomona. Keiry also earned her associates in Interior Design from Mt. San Antonio College.  Keiry is the Programming Coordinator here in UHS.




Michael J. AmesquitaMichael

Michael completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in Secondary Education Social Sciences.  His graduate degree is in Higher Education Administration Student Affairs from The George Washington University where he was also the Assistant Director of Summer & Conference Housing before joining CPP in the fall of 2014.  In his free time, Michael loves to play in sports leagues such as volleyball, kickball, and softball.  He also is an active member of the local masonic lodge and on the leadership team for Affirmation, a national non-profit.  Michael is the RLC for Casa de Cedritos.




Jocelyn BravoJocelyn

Jocelyn recently graduated with …

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Being a California Transplant

One of the things I’ve learned in the past couple of months as I’ve transitioned to working for Cal Poly Pomona is that much like Texas; the Golden State, is its own entity. The California “state of mind” is no myth and the networks and connections here in Higher Education are more intertwined than a Shona Rhymes TV drama.

Working for Cal Poly Pomona has been a great stepping stone of introducing me into this new adventure I’ve deemed my path to becoming a “California Transplant”


The biggest question I had to explain to those around me who are unfamiliar with how Southern California operates asked, “Where is Pomona? What’s in Pomona?”

To try and make it easier one may want to reference LA because it’s in the greater LA area.

“I live outside of LA”


2Once that happens, the cynics will automatically go to one thing…

“Oh well good luck with sitting in traffic!”


And while SoCal traffic is something that is very real, it’s not the end of the world. I would suggest avoiding certain highways during certain hours, but it’s not as bad as it sounds. Also, there are ways of getting around town on side streets and there are some great apps out there that help you get there fast!

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Meet some of our staff!


Scott Hoffman

Scott joins us from Boston, Massachusetts where he received a master’s degree in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University. A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Scott is a die-hard New York Mets fan and spends way too much time playing video games.  Scott has served as the Residence Life Coordinator for Encinitas Hall during the 2014-2015 school year.





Jason M. Lu

Jason completed his undergraduate degree at UC Irvine in Information and Computer Science. His graduate degree is in Student Affairs at New York University. He has worked in University Housing Services for 5 years and loves Cal Poly Pomona. In his free time, he loves to workout by going to Zumba!  Jason is currently the Interim Coordinator for Residential Education and Leadership.




Jazmin Rew-Pinchem

Jazmin is in her 3rd year in the Residence Life Coordinator position here at Cal Poly Pomona. She completed her undergrad work at San Jose State University. She graduated with her Masters from University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom. Originally from Southern California, Jazmin is very grateful in her current role to bring her life experiences and grow professionally. She enjoys working with the diverse student population and uses her teaching experience to help students explore life-long lessons
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#cppreslife Bucket List



I have worked with UHS for almost three years and as I close my term with the Residence Life Time at CPP, I want to make sure I maximize all of the awesome opportunities there are on-campus. In the time that I have been here, I have had so many wonderful opportunities that have truly made my experience unforgettable. Below you will find my bucket list from my time here at CPP – I hope it inspires you to make your own!

-Help out with the Rose Float
-Serve Hot Dogs at Hot Dog Caper
-Watch the sunset from CRS
-Participate in Matt’s Run
-Go to Cross Cultural Retreat
-Stop and smell the roses in the Rose Garden
-Enjoy the view from the top of the CLA tower
-Hike to the CPP letters
-Participate in an altar for Dia de los Muertos
-Make it to 2 am during ExtRAvaganza celebration during RA Training
-Join a campus affinity group
-Root for the Broncos at an Athletics event
-Volunteer with the Center for Community Engagement
-Enjoy a fancy dinner at the student run Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch
-Get certified in all of the campus ally programs (Safe Zone Ally, DREAMers Ally Network (AB 540), Ability Ally)
-Buy pumpkins …

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75th Anniversary – Homecoming Weekend

We just finished our once-in-an-instutition’s-lifetime 75th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend.  Homecoming definitely is not something we usually do, so we went all-out for some amazing fun!  Rather than me type about it, why don’t you watch these amazing videos that our campus put together!

Don’t miss the fun video

President’s Weekly Message – February 10, 2014

2014 Homecoming Photo Slideshow

2014 Homecoming and Family Weekend Draws Crowds



One of my favorite things about working at Cal Poly Pomona is how supportive they are with being involved, especially at the regional level.  For the past three years, I have been on the Executive Committee for the Western Association of College University Housing Officers (WACUHO).  I was the Junior Technology Coordinator, last year I was the Senior Technology Coordinator, and this year I am the Member-at-Large, South.

One of the fun things about being on Exec is travelling to different campuses in the Fall and Winter for our meetings.  Ten professionals from across the Western region meet to discuss the business of the association, determine long-term goals, approve budgets, and plan for the WACUHO Annual Conference and Exposition (WACE).  This has afforded me the opportunity to work with so many amazing people in our region, as well as have a vast network of professionals to bounce ideas off of, and to learn about best practices from other schools.  One of my proudest accomplishments while I have been on Exec was a revamp of two WACUHO websites!  The main website at and our Leadership Manual at  This definitely made the organization more efficient from its older designs, and helps us operate with a easily searchable wiki.

The best part however was developing lifelong relationships with the people I have served with on Exec.  Every year, I am proud to serve in this amazing volunteer organization where people from all different types of institutions come …

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