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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 Students Creating Prosthetics for Boy Who Lost Fingers in Fiery Crash

May 29, 2019


10-year-old Julian Reynoso of Los Angeles will receive two prosthetic hands on campus June 8


SAN LUIS OBISPO — While the wounds on 10-year-old Julian Reynoso’s hands are healing from a deadly drunken driving accident, a team of Cal Poly engineering students is working to restore the boy’s quality of life by creating a pair of prosthetic hands that will help him be a kid again.

“He couldn’t play with Legos, he couldn’t do all the simple things that I enjoyed in my childhood,” said Ryan Kissinger, co-lead of the Hands for Julian team. “So, the scope of the project is restoring that for him.”

Cal Poly Power of Doing Campaign Takes First Public Steps with Major Gifts, Groundbreaking

May 10, 2019



University starts work on largely donor-funded multidisciplinary complex, announces two gifts totaling $60 million

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Power of Doing: The Campaign for Learn by Doing has taken the first major steps of its public phase as Cal Poly has begun work on a multidisciplinary complex and announced two major donations totaling $60 million.

Cal Poly launched the capital campaign — the largest fundraising initiative in university history, with a goal of $700 million by 2021 — in support of the university’s signature hands-on learning approach. Today the university announced the first two gifts of the initiative’s public phase:

Cal Poly Rose Float Launches Concept Contest for 2021 Float; Deadline is Feb. 6

Jan 28, 2020


Winning concept will form the basis for Cal Poly universities’ 73rd float entry in the annual New Year’s Day parade

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Rose Float is accepting submissions for its Rose Float Concept Contest, which will help shape the entry in next year’s Rose Parade®. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.

Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department Presents Iconic American Classic ‘Our Town’ Feb. 27-March 1, March 5-7

Jan 27, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department will present Thornton Wilder’s  Pulitzer Prize-winning American play “Our Town,” a poetic look at life in the small town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire.

Cellist Barbara Spencer to Perform with Guests Feb. 23 at Cal Poly

Jan 27, 2020



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Music Department faculty member and cellist Barbara Spencer will present a recital with guest performers at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus. 

Cal Poly Study Identifies the Top Strategies for Successful Weight Loss Maintenance

Jan 23, 2020



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Just in time for the New Year, a new Cal Poly study shows that if you want to lose weight and keep it off, building healthy dietary, self-monitoring and psychological coping strategies may be the keys to success.

Cal Poly to Again Provide Free Tax Preparation for Underserved Communities

Jan 22, 2020


Accounting students with VITA program have prepared basic forms on campus annually since 1991; additional Saturday clinics will be held in Oceano and Santa Maria 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — For the 29th consecutive year, Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business is providing free tax return preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Cal Poly’s on-campus VITA clinics will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Feb. 1 through March 14.

Cal Poly Philosophy Professor Awarded Grant to Study Predictive Policing

Jan 22, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly philosophy Professor Ryan Jenkins received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the ethics of using artificial intelligence to assist police officers in anticipating crime before it happens.

Researchers from Cal Poly, (including philosophy professors Patrick Lin and Keith Abney), and the University of Florida have partnered to conduct the study, which was awarded a total of $509,946 to fund three years of research.

Cal Poly Ethnic Studies Chair Denise Isom Receives Cross Cultural Centers’ Annual MLK Legacy Award

Jan 17, 2020



SAN LUIS OBISPO — The recipient of the 2020 Martin Luther King Legacy Award is a department chair who works with determination and devotion to create a more just, equitable and diverse Cal Poly campus.

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