UHS’ Community Garden: “Vista Farm”

UHS’ Community Garden: “Vista Farm”

University Housing Services (UHS) is dedicated in upholding their “Housing Green Initiatives.” UHS upholds the green commitment in the following ways:

  • To support Cal Poly Pomona’s Climate Commitment
      • Promote sustainable practices in the residential communities and within the UHS department
      • Build awareness among residents and staff through the development, creation and implementation of educational programs for residents and staff
      • To partner with the campus community in achieving these goals

During Cal Poly Pomona’s Earth Day Celebration, UHS encouraged residents to plant vegetables and fruits in our newly established Community Garden. UHS Community Garden, also known as “Vista Farm,” is currently located behind University Housing Services (Building 59). Feel free to stop by our Vista Farm anytime and witness the growth of our vegetables and fruits for yourself!

And the award goes to…

And the award goes to…

Little could be better than seeing one of your colleagues recognized for something they truly deserve. I am happy to announce thatResident Life Coordinator Chelsea Navarro was awarded the Staff Award for Civic Engagement! There are none more dedicated to service and volunteering  than Chelsea. She is the epitome of a Servant Leader. She gives countless hours to those less fortunate and has coordinated multiple projects in and out of University Housing to give back to the community. Chelsea is a truly inspiring colleague and friend whom I am grateful to work with.

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Take a look here for the Polycentric article that recognizes Chelsea’s award and all the other deserving Faculty, Staff and Students:

http://polycentric.csupomona.edu/news_stories/2013/04/2013-civic-engagement-awards.html

-Xander 🙂

Academically Speaking…

Academically Speaking…

The Academic Initiatives (AI) committee consists of staff and student leaders of the Residence Life Team. Our mission, as Academic Initiatives of UHS, is to honor our UHS mission, more specifically: “Opportunities for growth, leadership, and academic achievement”. We want to ensure our residents that not only is UHS a safe, respectful, and diverse environment, we are also an environment that presents an equal amount of opportunity for learning, socially and academically. What our residents may do in the comfort of their own study environments on campus can also be achieved in their residence halls and their suites.

CPP Housing Academic Initiatives are resources and programs in Cal Poly Pomona residential communities that promote academic enhancement & excellence”, so we look at what research says students need to be successful, and then we apply our findings to our communities. For example, we know that students in study groups are more successful academically in college. As a result, Academic Initiatives work on a method to get the information to the residents and offer a common location for residents to get it done. In addition, AI assists residents by bringing academic resources such as tutoring to our residence halls since residents spend most of their time in their residence hall or suite. We also have the advantage of having access to majority of the first year class here at CPP; and research shows that if first year students develop a habit in utilizing academic resources early in their undergraduate career, they are …

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Hiking with the Encinitas Staff

Hiking with the Encinitas Staff

Today I spent my morning with my amazing staff! For our spring retreat we wanted to do something different, fun, and healthy. So what’s healthier than hiking?

Bright and early on Saturday morning we had breakfast (banana French toast made by my RA) with fresh squeeze Cal Poly orange juice. We headed to Sapphire Falls, ready for our adventure! All six of us were excited and had a lot of energy; especially after we had our amazing breakfast.

We were told it would only take us about an hour to do the hike; well we were in for a rude awakening! It was a TWO hour steep climb, but NOT once did any of my staff members complain. In the contrary, they encouraged each other and stayed together until we reached the top. After we reached the top, we went down through a different trail trying to find the waterfall but instead we just found the creek. My staff was so determined to find the water fall we continue to climb up the creek for another 30 minutes. Sadly, we were still not close to the waterfall. They wanted to continue until we reached the waterfall but we had to return to cover duty.

Before we left, all five of my staff members decided to jump into the freezing water and swim around. I couldn’t help but get a little bit emotional to see how close all five of them have become and how much they’ve grown in just a …

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