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Cal Poly Float Wins Extraordinaire Award at 2019 Rose Parade®

Jan 1, 2019


Universities’ Float ‘Far Out Frequencies’ Recognized as California-Grown Certified for the Eighth Consecutive Year

PASADENA, Calif. — Cal Poly universities’ “Far Out Frequencies,” featuring a pair of astronauts and a handful of animated extraterrestrials on an alien planet communicating through music, received the Extraordinaire Award for the most extraordinary float at the 130th Rose Parade® held New Year’s Day.

Cal Poly to Implement Out-Of-State Fee to Improve Access for Low-Income and First-Generation California Students

Sep 13, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly today announced that it will implement a new fee aimed at increasing access to academically qualified low-income and first-generation undergraduate students in California. The funds will improve the quality of the university’s Learn by Doing education by creating greater access to Cal Poly for a broader range of qualified prospective students, resulting in a more diverse and intercultural on-campus experience for all students. 

The Cal Poly Opportunity Fee will be assessed on all newly enrolled out-of-state undergraduate students starting in fall 2019 and will be phased in over four years. All current students will be exempt from the fee. 

The new fee will result in the expansion of the Cal Poly Scholars program and provide financial assistance for high-achieving California students who meet Cal Poly’s rigorous academic admission requirements but can’t afford to attend the university. 

Cal Poly Named Best in the West by U.S. News for 26th Consecutive Year

Sep 10, 2018


Latest ranking follows No. 1 showing in Forbes Best Colleges list

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly has been named the best public, master’s-level university in the West by U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook for the 26th straight year.

The 2019 guidebook lists Cal Poly in 12th place overall in the West for all regional universities. The Western regional list includes public and private institutions in 15 states that provide “a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs but few doctoral programs.” (Universities that grant doctoral degrees, such as those in the University of California system, are listed in a separate category.)

The U.S. News ranking comes on the heels of Forbes naming Cal Poly the No. 1 public masters-level university in California.

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Cal Poly Named California’s Best Public-Master’s University by Forbes

Aug 23, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has again been named the best public-master’s university in California in the annual Forbes Top Colleges rankings, released this week.
 
Cal Poly was listed seventh in the state on the America’s Top Colleges list among public universities, behind first-place UC Berkeley and University of California campuses at Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Davis and Irvine — all highly active research institutions that offer doctorate degrees as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Cal Poly Architecture Professor Tom Fowler Receives Prestigious CSU Teaching Award

Jan 22, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — In recognition of extraordinary commitment and dedication, Cal Poly architecture Professor Thomas Fowler has been selected a 2019 recipient of the prestigious Wang Family Excellence Award by the California State University (CSU).

The annual award, established in 1998, recognizes four outstanding CSU faculty members and one staff member who have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements.

For more than 23 years, Fowler has helped shape Cal Poly’s top-ranked public architecture program. He is nationally recognized as an influential innovator in the field of architectural education and has inspired generations of students who have gone on to achieve success in both their personal and professional lives.

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble to Perform Works of Love Feb. 23

Jan 22, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble’s Winter Concert will feature the theme of love at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in Harold J. Miossi Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

“The deep, passionate love of the works in the concert will be presented in a ‘wasla’ or suite of ‘muwashahat,’ one of the longest continuously performed genres of high art music in the world,” said Samuel Shalhoub, acting director of the ensemble. “The concert will be a celebration of the power of love through music and dance.”

Cal Poly Professor, Air Racing’s “Secret Weapon,” Seeks Another Championship in Abu Dhabi

Jan 17, 2019



Paulo Iscold travels the world with legendary pilot Kirby Chambliss to compete in Red Bull racing series

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Once regarded as the “secret weapon” for airplane racing’s most successful pilot, Cal Poly Professor Paulo Iscold hopes to build on his championship résumé in February when he leads a team at the Red Bull Air Race’s season kickoff in Abu Dhabi.

As a plane designer, the aerospace engineering professor has broken nine world speed records. As the race engineer and team tactician for air racing champ Kirby Chambliss, he modifies planes and provides crucial pilot strategy.

Cal Poly Multicultural Business Program to Host Week of Identity and Diversity Events, Jan. 22-25

Jan 16, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Multicultural Business Program students at Cal Poly will host ID Week, four days of panels, workshops and other events discussing identity and inclusion fromJan. 22-25, culminating in the fourth annual Leadership Beyond the Resume conference.

ID Week, which will feature dialogues facilitated by such student organizations as the Multicultural Business Program, Women in Business, the Hispanic Business Student Association and the Cal Poly Accounting Club, is new this year. Its goal is to provide attendees a better understanding of identity and how it fosters inclusion in the workplace.

Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business, Marketing Evolution Start Student-Run Business Analytics Agency

Jan 16, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business is developing an on-campus business analytics agency thanks to a partnership with Marketing Evolution Inc. and its founder, Rex Briggs, who help Fortune 500 firms improve marketing returns through data analysis.

The student-run agency will give current students the opportunity to deliver innovative, analytics-based solutions to real companies around the world. It will allow for cross-disciplinary cooperation, so students can diversify their knowledge and gain expertise in high-demand subjects including data modeling, automation, artificial intelligence and more.

Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Opens a Manufacturing Lab Available to Entrepreneurs

Jan 16, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has opened a new facility to expand opportunities for new products, ideas and companies on the Central Coast.

The new 4,100-square-foot space, named the HotHouse Annex, is at 75 Higuera St., in the Pacific Coast Center, in San Luis Obispo. The space will serve to provide a regional entrepreneurial ecosystem, expand entrepreneurial infrastructure, and promote commercialization of products while continuing the CIE’s mission of developing potential new companies — all to help mitigate the economic impact to the region as Pacific Gas & Electric Co. implements the decommissioning process of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant.

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