Campus: Cal Poly Pomona -- October 8, 2004
Mr. And Mrs. Hae Park Give $1 Million Toward Alumni Office
At Cal Poly Pomona Collins School Of Hospitality Management
Cal Poly Pomona is grateful local entrepreneurs Hae and Shina Park have pledged
$1 million to create an Alumni Office at the Collins School of Hospitality
Management at Cal Poly Pomona.
"Mr. Park's time at Cal Poly Pomona created a lasting, positive experience that
has translated into a long-term relationship with the university," said Cal Poly
Pomona President J. Michael Ortiz. "The Parks have been incredible supporters.
It's because of their kindness and generosity that the Collins School will have
the resources it needs for continued outreach to other students and alumni."
Establishing an Alumni Office to encourage and maintain relationships with past
and present students has special meaning to Mr. Park. As a former Cal Poly Pomona
student, he struggled with his English when first attending the university.
Despite the challenges, he never gave up working toward his degrees. For that,
he credits his mentor, Dr. Donald Lundberg, who encouraged him to continue his
education and provided support and guidance along the way.
After graduating with a bachelor's in hotel and restaurant management in 1978
as well as a master's in business administration in 1984, Park went on to own
and manage Cal Pacific Realty, which operates Bel Air Swap Meet, Pro Swap Meet
and a number of other properties.
"I am truly grateful for the education and guidance I received from Dr. Donald
Lundberg while attending the Collins School of Hospitality Management," said Mr.
Park. "I now own and manage a successful real estate development business. It's
now time to invest in whoever needs our help and support."
Earlier this year, the Parks established a $20,000 endowed memorial scholarship
in honor of Lundberg, who taught at Cal Poly Pomona from 1973-83.
The $1 million gift will be matched by longtime university benefactors James and
Carol Collins. In addition, the University Educational Trust will add $5,000,
yielding a $2,005,000 endowment. The Collins School will establish the Alumni
Office within the academic year under the direction of a full-time staff member.
"This gift represents an ideal example of a bond between a faculty member and a
student. It is given in memory of Dr. Donald Lundberg, who mentored Mr. Park while
he was a student," said Dr. Bob Small, interim dean of the Collins School. "With
Mr. and Mrs. Park's generous gift we can ensure that the essential relationships
between students, alumni and faculty will be developed and nurtured."
The Parks are residents of Rancho Cucamonga and have two children. Their son,
Eugene, is a junior at the Collins School. They also have a daughter, Eunice, a
junior at Rancho Cucamonga High School.
Media Contact: Uyen Mai, (909) 869-5331,