Thank you for your support of our 2020 National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) team here at Cal Poly Pomona. Unfortunately, we are writing to notify you that the competition was cancelled this year due to the rising concerns with COVID-19 (more details here).
While the students, advisers, and I all understand that the health and wellbeing of our communities are paramount, we are incredibly disappointed that we will not compete this year. The advisers met and spoke with the team last night; students were sad and frustrated, some in tears. I told the team the following: “I recently spoke with a professor at another university who was unfamiliar with NCLC. I told him about the incredible amount of dedication Cal Poly Pomona students put into preparing for their competitions; I told him about the incredible sacrifices the students make to succeed at NCLC; I told him about the incredible amount of stress students go through to memorize plant lists, practice for events on weekends and evenings. This professor asked ‘Why? Why are your students so dedicated?’, and I simply responded, ‘Because they are incredible.’”
We would not be able to provide this opportunity for our students without your generosity. Your donation helps our students have these hands-on experiences that provides the proven “learn-by doing” approach. Our students are prepared to make an immediate impact in the ever-changing workplace because of these experiences.
We plan to participate in the 2021 National Collegiate Landscape Competition which will be held at Virginia Tech March 10-13 next year. We want to be respectful of your support, and ask that you would consider allowing us to allocate your donation to our participation in the NCLC as needed. This situation is very fluid so we would ask that any donations be for the benefit and support of our NCLC efforts without regard to a year or specific date. If this is a concern, the university can certainly issue you a refund for your donation.
We will keep you posted as we plan for our participation in NCLC 2021. I told the students last night, “What do we do now? We can dejectedly call it quits for a few months and try to regroup in the fall. Or we can take this opportunity to start strong for 2021 --- keep studying, keep practicing, and if you’re graduating, find recruits to carry-on your legacy. Let’s get ready!”
Please let me and Professor Tracey Takeuchi know if you have any questions.
-Aaron Fox, Phd
-Tracey Takeuchi, MS