More Staff Intros III


Norma Salcedo joined the team last April and has enjoyed being back in sunny California.  She is currently a Residence Life Coordinator for Vista De Las Estrellas and the Center for Regenerative Studies.  Norma graduated from the University of Kansas where she received her M.Ed in Higher Education Administration and her bachelors in Social Sciences from Cal State University, San Bernardino.  Aside of her RLC duties she co-facilitates the Service Learning Course for the Ethnic & Women’s department.  The diversity among the student, staff, and faculty is among one of the many reasons why she loves Cal Poly Pomona.  She also helps continue the ongoing support of all students at CPP by being involved in the AB 540/Dreamers Campus Committee and being the department’s liaison for the Asian & Pacific Islander Student Center.  Outside of work Norma enjoys spending time with family, working out, cooking, hiking, and watching her favorite TV shows.


Angie Shutt 

Angie recently graduated from USC where she received her Master’s in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs and completed her undergraduate work at California State University, San Bernardino. Angie is the Residence Life Coordinator for Palmitas Hall here at CPP. Her hobbies include Zumba, hiking, shopping, Disneyland, and spending time with family.



Christy Orgeta is currently our Interim Assistant Director for Residence Life. She has been at Cal Poly Pomona since Fall 2010. Christy is originally from …

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College Themed Communities

I knew I was going to love Cal Poly when I accepted the position last year but I never knew how much I was going to love it.  This campus is rich with diversity, initiative, beauty, and passion. I was (and still am) beyond amazed at the dedication the students have for their studies as well as their commitment to making the best out of their time here.

As a Student Affairs professional, our goal is to get students to transition into college and gain meaningful experiences while doing so, right? I know that is my goal! When I learned that University Housing Services received the Kellogg Legacy Grant to support our College Themed Communities (aka CTC–college themed communities throughout the buildings) I realized the opportunity I had to help make a difference in the lives of my students.  With the help of the amazing Christy Orgeta and Keiry Perez (see their bios on this blog, yay!), I was able to make these connections and have my RAs initiate programs and discussions to incorporate the colleges into our building. I am beyond proud of my RAs for reaching out to their professors and showing them that they have initiative and drive to help this CTC succeed. This is when I realized the passion and initiative that the students have here at CPP. They realize they have an opportunity to make a difference and they take it!

There are many CTCs in our residence halls and I would like to showcase …

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Celebrating Each Other

The minute I arrived at CPP I was given the opportunity to be part of our Celebration and Recognition Committee.  As a member of this committee I was able to help plan events to celebrate the hard work of our staff and recognize them for it.  Thus far we have plan potlucks, holiday celebrations, sport outings, and end of the year celebrations.  We LOVE our potlucks.  Each year a new committee is formed with members across our different areas including staff from maintenance, custodial, business services, and residential life.  Collaboration is not a rarity in our department as we strive to maintain our family work environment.

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This year we participated in a float competition during our Division Holiday Party were we had the chance to showcase the artistic talents of our staff (or mainly RLC Andy Garate as he is the artist in the group).  We were only allowed to use recyclable items to create a float that showcased the selected theme: “Goodbye to the Ortizes,” as it was the last event the previous president Ortiz was attending before retiring. Staff from all departments volunteered for hours to make the float a reality.  I’m sure you are asking, you got paid to do arts and crafts? Yes, yes we did J.  Feel free to add arts and crafts to our position description.

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More Staff Intros II


Dr. Reyes Luna is currently the Interim Executive Director for University Housing Services at Cal Poly Pomona University.  Reyes’ accomplishments in Student Affairs and Academic Affairs span over twenty-one years at five different campuses (California Lutheran University, UC Davis, Ohio University, Sonoma State and Cal Poly Pomona).  Reyes is currently finished his Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Cal Poly Pomona University, he attended graduate school at Ohio University (M.Ed. College Student Personnel) and undergraduate school at UC Davis (B.A. Sociology).  Reyes has been working at Cal Poly Pomona University for thirteen years and the last five years as the Director of Residence Life.Reyes

Araceli Guzmán

Araceli is currently the Area Coordinator. She supervises Residence Life Coordinators and oversees after-hour crisis management. She completed her undergraduate degree at UC Santa Barbara where she majored in Global Studies and Spanish. She then fell in love with the idea of always being on a college campus and received her Masters in Counseling-Student Affairs from Cal State Bakersfield. She is a SoCal native and a big foodie who loves to find new places to eat!! She loves working with students and new professionals. She loves empowering them to become leaders of their own path! Araceli


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
outside of …

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