March 19, 2015

Contact: Brennan Crilly

Cal Poly Open House 2015 to Feature New and Traditional Special Events

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Community members are invited to experience a variety of thrilling family-friendly activities April 16 through 19 at Cal Poly’s Open House 2015.

Events include:
Poly Royal Rodeo
Friday, April 17, 6 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, 5 to 7 p.m.
Rodeo Unit
The Poly Royal Rodeo features all the traditional rodeo events and bears the honor as the oldest rodeo in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) circuit. All West Coast universities have been invited to participate.

Cal Poly Solar Decathlon & CAED Student Showcase
Friday, April 17, noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Building 5, Room 105 (Berg Gallery)
See Cal Poly’s interdisciplinary designs of an energy-efficient and innovative home for the Solar Decathlon 2015 national competition, the CAED Student Showcase featuring creative work from five departments, and the Robert Hifumi Odo Display. Nearby, tour the previous Solar Decathlon House that earned third place.

Solar House Tours
Friday, April 17, noon to 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
C-7 Parking Lot, near California Blvd.
Tour Cal Poly’s Solar Decathlon House that earned third place nationally.

Open House Concert
Friday, April 17, 8 to 10 p.m.
Performing Arts Center — Harman Hall
Enjoy an evening of live entertainment by three of the Music Department’s finest instrumental ensembles: University Jazz Band, Symphony and Wind Ensemble.

Morning Cup with President Armstrong
Saturday, April 18, 8 to 9 a.m.
Bldg. 108, Front Lawn (Sequoia Hall)
Enjoy your morning cup of coffee and breakfast treats with Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. Arriving early for this festive and casual event will also ensure the best seats and vantage point for the parade.

Cal Poly Computer & Electrical Showcase
Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mott Athletics Center
Participate in a variety of games and activities presented by more than 15 student clubs. Many of the activities are geared to a K-12 audience and are designed to spark interest in technical majors and careers in technical fields. Visitors can also attend Roborodentia XX, a live-action autonomous robot competition.

Design Village 2015: Clockwork
Saturday, April 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Poly Canyon Experimental Structures Lab
Design Village is an annual architectural competition hosted by Cal Poly. It is held in the Experimental Structures Lab in Poly Canyon. This year’s theme, “Clockwork,” highlights the dramatic complexity of a complicated but precise system that relies on various integrated components. Beyond the attention to precise mechanical detail implied by the title, “Clockwork” explores the changing perceptions of time and space and the dialogue between organic systems and the technological ones developed to situate humanity within the environment. “Clockwork” invites participants to consider these ideas as they design, construct and inhabit temporary structures in the natural environment of Poly Canyon.

Truck & Tractor Pull
Saturday, April 18, noon to 4 p.m.
Field across from Crops Unit
The Cal Poly Tractor Pull Club hosts the loudest event on campus! This student run event hosts more than 40 competition pulling trucks and tractors. Tickets are $10, and concessions are available — including earplugs! Proceeds benefit the Tractor Pull Scholarship Fund, which awarded more than $25,000 in scholarships to actively involved students!

Music Department Student Recital
Saturday, April 18, 2:10 to 3 p.m.
Music Building 45 — Room 218
Music Department instrumental, piano and vocal students perform varied repertoire, illustrating various genres and styles, with works from all eras of classical, ethnic, and popular music.

CAFES Alumni & Friends Reception
Saturday, April 18, 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Rooftop Pavilion, Building 11
Join us for the CAFES Alumni & Friends Reception during Open House to catch up with alumni, friends and faculty and hear what’s new in the college. Sample Cal Poly-made products and wine, and talk to current students about their Learn By Doing experiences. Then, head over to the 75th annual Poly Royal Rodeo to see Cal Poly student-athletes compete.

College of Engineering Alumni Beer and Wine Garden
Saturday, April 18, 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Engineering Plaza
Cal Poly Engineering Alumni are invited to relax and socialize with fellow alumni, faculty and staff after Open House. Enjoy local wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres. Cost is $20 per person and includes a commemorative glass.

Cal Poly All-State Festival Concert
Sunday, April 19, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Performing Arts Center — Harman Hall
The annual concert features California’s finest high school musicians, chosen by audition. Come and enjoy an afternoon of music making as these young professionals display skills far beyond their years.

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