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Cal Poly Names Michigan State University Dean as New Provost

May 6, 2020

Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean and professor of MSU’s Honors College, Will Join Cal Poly on Aug. 1

Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean and professor of MSU’s Honors College
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly today announced the appointment of Michigan State University dean and professor Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore as its new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Jackson-Elmoore will begin her new role at Cal Poly on Aug. 1.

Jackson-Elmoore is currently dean of the Honors College at MSU and a professor with affiliations in the School of Social Work and the Global Urban Studies Program. She also currently co-chairs a university level Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee and is a presidential appointee to MSU's Strategic Planning Committee.

At Cal Poly, Jackson-Elmoore will oversee the Academic Affairs division, which includes the university’s six colleges, along with the international and extended education programs, the Kennedy Library and the university’s Office of Equal Opportunity. In addition, she shares oversight of research and economic development; graduate education; financial aid; the registrar; admissions; and enrollment.

Cal Poly Earns 27th Consecutive Best in the West Ranking from U.S. News

Sep 9, 2019

University is the region’s top public-masters once again, while its College of Engineering is the best public program in California and eighth best in the nation

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 27th straight year.

The 2020 guidebook, which ranked 1,921 colleges and universities across the nation, lists Cal Poly in fourth overall in the West — up eight spots from last year’s rankings.

Cal Poly Receives National Science Foundation Grant to Better Understand Structural Behavior During Earthquakes

Jul 31, 2020

Graduate student researcher Jerry Luong makes final adjustments to the axial load system before testing a concrete wall in 2019. The NSF-funded actuator system will enable higher and more consistent application of axial and lateral forces using computerized control of multiple actuators via a new hydraulic pump. Photo by Rory de Sevilla.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly recently received a grant of $340,374 from the National Science Foundation to purchase equipment that will help students and faculty better understand how buildings respond during earthquakes.

Loss of Eelgrass in Morro Bay Estuary May Cause Widespread Erosion

Jul 31, 2020

Morro Bay Estuary

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The large-scale loss of eelgrass in the Morro Bay estuary may be causing widespread erosion, according to a new Cal Poly study.

In recent years, Morro Bay’s iconic eelgrass beds, which provide the estuary’s primary living habitat, experienced a massive die-off, declining more than 90 percent since 2007. Efforts to restore the eelgrass have had mixed success in many parts of the bay, and this seagrass is now only found near the harbor mouth and sporadically in other regions of the estuary.

Bill and Cheryl Swanson Donate $1 million to the JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture at Cal Poly

Jul 27, 2020

Bill and Cheryl Swanson have donated $1 million to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science’s JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture, which will fund the Swanson Center of Effort Conference Hall within the grange building.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Bill and Cheryl Swanson, longtime supporters of Cal Poly, have donated $1 million to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science’s JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture. 

Cal Poly Study Aims to Find Best Ways to Get Away from the Screen and Get Moving

Jul 24, 2020

Sarah Keadle

SAN LUIS OBISPO — With much of the country still staying at home to stop the spread of coronavirus, a new Cal Poly study on how to reduce the time spent in front of video screens is even more applicable than researchers initially thought. 

Cal Poly Announces Completion of Most Successful Capital Campaign in CSU History

Jul 22, 2020

$832 million in philanthropic support will set students up for success now and into the future  

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly is officially announcing the successful completion of its comprehensive philanthropic campaign. The Power of Doing: The Campaign for Learn by Doing raised more than $832 million, the largest fundraising initiative in university and CSU history.

Nearly 75,000 alumni, parents and community members contributed to the record-breaking $832 million. Nearly half of this support is in the form of bequest commitments and will support our students far into the future. 

Private donations raised in 2020 alone totaled more than $156 million, making this fundraising year the most successful on record for Cal Poly, a testament to the value that alumni and donors place on a Learn by Doing education for students. 

Cal Poly Students Create Space Cybercrime Challenge for Virtual DEF CON Hacker Convention

Jul 20, 2020

Students’ Work Also Will Be Featured at California Cyber Innovation Challenge in October

Bree Zedar, a mechanical engineering student, created the storyboards and puzzles for Cal Poly’s DEF CON cyber challenge.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Last summer, it was determined that hackers had breached NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena a year before, stealing data that included information related to a Mars mission. While the hack was discovered before more serious damage could be done, it revealed that the effects of cybercrime could extend even beyond the planet. 

Cal Poly Engineering Professor Will Review Scientific Innovations for National Institutes of Health

Jul 17, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering Professor Eric Espinoza-Wade, who became interested in rehabilitation engineering as a doctoral student designing technology for older adults and later working with stroke victims, will play a vital role in improving the nation’s health by reviewing scientific innovations for the National Institutes of Health.

Cal Poly Partners with Morro Bay in Bloom to Beautify Downtown Morro Bay

Jul 7, 2020

SAN LUIS OBISPO -- Planter boxes brimming with green foliage and blooming flowers now adorn downtown Morro Bay, creating an elegant touch to the classic beach town in a beautification effort done through a partnership including Cal Poly’s Horticulture and Crop Science Department and Morro Bay in Bloom.


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