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Foundation 411 is the podcast for all things Cal Poly Pomona Foundation. The purpose of this podcast is to provide news to staff members regarding all things Foundation-related from important announcements to lighthearted stories and commentary.
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In this month's episode, our guest is Director of Information Technology, Randy Townsend, who's retiring after 15 years of service.  We sit down and talk with him about his history with the Foundation and talk about his plans for retirement. We also announce our July birthdays and introduce our new Human Resources Director, Shari Benson!
In this episode, we share part 2 of excerpts from the Foundation Town Hall meeting that took place on June 10, 2021. The meeting excerpts include the Q&A portion where employees submitted questions for Executive Director Jared Ceja to answer. 
In this episode, we share part 1 of excerpts from the Foundation Town Hall meeting that took place on June 10, 2021. The meeting excerpts include updates to Dining and Hospitality Services, our Foundation Spotlight segment on the TRIO Precollege programs, and an overview of the Return to Campus plan.  This episode also recognizes June birthdays. 
In this month's episode, our guest is Arielle Torrez!  We sit down and talk about her history with the Foundation Marketing department, what she's been up to outside of work, and learn more about her involvement with the Hot Dog Caper. We also have departmental updates from Dining Services and Staff Council and celebrate our May birthdays!
Can you believe it's been one year since we started this podcast? In this month's episode, our guest is Adriana Carreon-Ducoulombier as we sit down for our podcast's first in-person conversation! We talk about her history with the Foundation Real Estate department, what she's been up to in the past year, and the exciting things coming her way later this year. We also celebrate our April birthdays.
Ep. 19 | Maria Nino

Ep. 19 | Maria Nino

2021-03-1915:18

In this month's episode, our guest is Maria Nino. We talk about her transition from Dining Services in to Grants & Contracts, what she's been up to in the past year, and what she's looking forward to ahead. We also celebrate our March birthdays and talk about the Virtual Breakroom.
In this episode, we share part 2 of excerpts from the Foundation Town Hall meeting that took place on February 10, 2021. The meeting excerpts include employee-submitted questions for Foundation Executive Director and CEO, Jared Ceja. We also include questions that were submitted during the meeting, itself. 
In this episode, we share part 1 of excerpts from the Foundation Town Hall meeting that took place on February 10, 2021. The meeting excerpts include addressing changes to the Daily Health Screening form, an overview of the Foundation's budget, and employee-submitted questions  for Foundation Executive Director and CEO, Jared Ceja. This episode also recognizes February birthdays. 
Ep. 16 | Aaron Neilson

Ep. 16 | Aaron Neilson

2021-01-2013:43

It's our first episode of 2021! In this episode, we sit down and talk with Director of Dining Services, Aaron Neilson. We learn about Aaron's path to the Foundation and what he's looking forward to most when we're safely out of the pandemic.  This episode also has a departmental update from the Bronco Bookstore as well as January birthdays. 
It's our last episode of 2020! In this episode, we share the last part of the Q&A session from the Foundation Town Hall meeting that took place on November 5, 2020.  We also include a few newly recorded questions that were answered by Executive Director, Jared Ceja.  This episode also has departmental updates from Dining Services as well as December birthdays. 
In this episode, we share excerpts from the Foundation Town Hall meeting that took place on November 5, 2020. The meeting excerpts include an introduction of Foundation's new Director of Financial Services and CFO Joanne Mathew, a financial update of the Foundation, and employee-submitted questions  for Foundation Executive Director and CEO, Jared Ceja. This episode also has departmental updates from Dining Services and the Bronco Bookstore, as well as November birthdays. 
In this episode, I had the opportunity to meet Stephanie Pastor and April Jimenez-Valadez. Stephanie and April both work within the university, are both serving on Staff Council, and have recently been made members of our Foundation board of directors. I was fortunate enough to sit down with them in a group conversation on zoom and learn more about each of them and their roles in the university. 
In this episode, we first recognize our September birthdays in building 55. Afterward, I sit down and have a zoom chat with Julie Ballesteros from accounting. I learn about her role in the Foundation, what she does in her spare time, and the what big things she has in store for her on the horizon.
Ep. 10 | Jessica Lopez

Ep. 10 | Jessica Lopez

2020-08-2713:35

In this episode, we have a departmental update from Dining Services. Afterward, I sit down and have a zoom chat with Jessica Lopez. We learn about her role in the Foundation and how she and her family have been doing during the pandemic. 
Ep. 9 | Debbie Poe

Ep. 9 | Debbie Poe

2020-08-1314:211

In this episode, we give our a shoutout to our Building 55 summer birthdays and I sit down and talk with former Executive Administrative Assistant Debbie Poe, who retired almost two years ago after working for over 21 years in the Foundation.
Ep. 8 | Al Padilla

Ep. 8 | Al Padilla

2020-07-3018:12

In this episode, we have departmental updates from Employment Services and Innovation Brew Works. Then, Al Padilla joins Arielle Torrez and myself for a chat. We check in with Al on how home and work life have been before discussing the return of Dodgers baseball.
Ep. 7 | Juan Robles

Ep. 7 | Juan Robles

2020-07-1621:44

I’m joined by Arielle Torrez as we check in with Juan Robles from IT. The three of us make recommendations on various small business restaurants in our hometowns that we’ve been supporting through the past few months. Before we get to that, we took some time to check in with Juan. We talked about how work has changed for him since the start of the working-from-home shift, but we also find out what he’s been up to outside of work.
In this bonus episode, I had the pleasure to sit down and talk with Chief Financial Officer and Senior Managing Director David Prenovost who just retired after working for 20 years in the Foundation. We talked about his career in the CSU system, the people he’s had the opportunity to work with, what he’s learned through it all, and what he was most proud of. David also shares with us his plans in retirement. The conversation was originally recorded on June 17, 2020.
In this episode, we have an update from Innovation Brew Works followed by a collection of excerpts recorded from the virtual retirement party of Chief Financial Officer & Senior Managing Director David Prenovost and Director of Real Estate and Facilities Management Sandy Acton. Excerpts include remarks from Clint Aase, Dave Laxamana, Randy Townsend, and Paul Storey. Finally, we hear closing words of appreciation from David and Sandy.
Bonus | Sandy Acton

Bonus | Sandy Acton

2020-06-2529:06

In our second bonus episode, Darren Isomoto sits down and talks with Sandy Acton, Director of Real Estate Development and Facilities Management just before her retirement from Foundation after 12 years. She shares with us stories of her experiences working in Foundation, how things have changed over the years, what she's learned through it all, and what she plans to do in retirement. The conversation was originally recorded on June 15, 2020.
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