Campus: Cal Poly Pomona -- February 27, 2004
$300K State Department Grant Allows Cal Poly Pomona
To Assist Russian University In Curriculum Development
The Collins School of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona will help a
Russian university develop its hospitality curriculum thanks to a United States
Department of State grant of $299,804.
The three-year grant allows groups of instructors from Petrozovadsk University
in Russia to take educational visits to the Collins School in order to develop
14 courses in tourism as well as hospitality and restaurant management at
their northwestern Russia campus. Other objectives include acquiring new
library material; improving faculty English language skills; establishing
Internet-based distance learning and continuing education seminars.
From Jan. 9 through March 25, an inaugural group of four Russian professors
is participating in a program at Cal Poly Pomona that familiarizes them with
the university's courses, provides tours of local hospitality and tourism
businesses, and introduces them to hospitality leaders and entrepreneurs.
Trips include a visit to the Hollywood Walk of Fame to watch a star unveiling,
a meeting with Hilton Hotel executives, a tour of the South Hills Country Club
and cooking classes. In March, they will also create a Russian-themed lunch
special for the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch, a unique academic experience in
which students manage and operate a fine dining restaurant at the Collins
The first group of Petrozovadsk educators are: Elvira Pavlova, chair of the
tourism department; Evguenia Sokolova, chair of the foreign language
department; and professors Alexandre Konovalov and Yelena Pavlova. Leading
their 10-week program is Cal Poly Pomona lecturer Marie Royce.
The partnership between Cal Poly Pomona and Petrozovadsk University was made
possible through the State Department's Freedom Support Educational Partnership
Program, created in 1982 to encourage cooperation between academic institutions
Through the U.S. Department of State, the university has also worked with
the State Engineering University of Armenia to develop continuing education
and educational administration and New Bulgarian University in Bulgaria to
develop public administration and public policy programs.
Currently celebrating its 30th year of excellence, The Collins School of
Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona is the largest and oldest hospitality
program in California. Ranked among the top three undergraduate hospitality
management programs in North America, Collins School students receive a
superior education in this state-of-the-art facility, where they learn to
apply hospitality management theories and concepts to real-word settings.
Part of this unique academic experience includes managing and operating the
fine-dining Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch.
Media Contact: Uyen Mai, (909) 869-5331.