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Cal Poly Earns 28th Consecutive Best in the West Ranking from U.S. News

Sep 15, 2020

University is again the West’s top public-masters. College of Engineering remains best public program in California and No. 8 in the U.S. Undergraduate teaching and veterans programs recognized

SAN LUIS OBISPO — For the 28th straight year, 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.

The 2021 guide, released Sept. 14, provides data on more than 1,800 colleges and universities and rankings for more than 1,400 institutions. It lists Cal Poly in third overall in the West — up one from last year and an improvement of nine spots from 2019’s rankings.

In addition, several College of Engineering programs were ranked as the best in the nation among public educational institutions, and Cal Poly was ranked as the top western school for veterans among public and private institutions that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees.

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’s California Cybersecurity Institute Hosts 400 Middle School and High School Students at Virtual California Cyber Innovation Challenge

Oct 16, 2020

Two Southern California high schools were top finishers among nearly 80 teams from throughout the state

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Two teams from Southern California high schools earned top honors at the fourth annual California Cyber Innovation Challenge — the cybersecurity championship for the Golden State — that was hosted earlier in October by Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI).

Cal Poly Sets Virtual Bandfest for Nov. 15

Oct 16, 2020

SAN LUIS OBISPO —Nearly 300 Cal Poly students will virtually present the annual Bandfest concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15.

Cal Poly’s Wind Ensemble, Mustang Marching Band and Wind Orchestra will perform works ranging from the sublime to the evocative. Bandfest will begin with the Wind Orchestra’s performance of Julie Giroux’s “One Life Beautiful” and John Philip Sousa’s “Hands Across the Sea.” The Wind Ensemble will continue with Jennifer Jolley's “Lichtweg” and Richard Strauss’ “Serenade for Winds,” Op. 7.

Cal Poly Collaborative Seeks Pandemic Stories from Underrepresented Community Members

Oct 16, 2020

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A group of Cal Poly faculty and staff members have established the Central Coast Public Humanities Collaborative to support storytelling projects that cultivate greater understanding of communities on the Central Coast, especially from those whose voices have not been heard historically. 

Startup Companies Complete Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s Incubator Program at Cal Poly

Oct 15, 2020

Trio of companies plan to remain in SLO County as they continue to grow and develop

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Three startup companies with more than a dozen employees and nearly $1.7 million in venture capital funding have completed the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s (CIE) HotHouse Incubator Program. All three companies plan to continue to grow their ventures in San Luis Obispo County.

Cal Poly Presents ‘Addressing Racism and Diversity in Music Institutions’ on Nov. 5

Oct 12, 2020

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present a virtual panel discussion titled “Addressing Racism and Diversity in Music Institutions” at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5.

The guest panelists will be Stephanie Shonekan, associate dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of music at the University of Missouri (MU), and Keith Jackson, dean of the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University (WVU). Cal Poly Director of Jazz Studies Arthur White will moderate the discussion.

Cal Poly Alumnus Selected for CSU Program to Support Doctoral Studies and Prepare for Faculty Opportunities

Oct 9, 2020

Gabriel Medina-Kim

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Gabriel Medina-Kim, who graduated from Cal Poly in June 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and minors in gender, race, culture, science and technology and women’s and gender studies, was selected to the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) through the California State University (CSU) earlier this year.

Cal Poly Coalition Aims to Make the University a National Leader in Research, Training in Ethical Technology

Oct 7, 2020

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly researchers have formed an interdisciplinary coalition that aims to work together in order to create the standards and become a key provider of training in the growing field of ethical technology, with the hope of becoming a leading university and example in what they are defining as a new profession and academic field.

Cal Poly Solar Plant Receives EPA Sustainability Honor

Oct 7, 2020

The university, which has aims to become a net-zero carbon campus by 2050,
also received two state honors for planning innovations 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s commitment to environmental sustainability, as it marches toward a carbon-neutral future, was recognized with a trio of national and state awards.

Cal Poly is among only six organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for direct project engagement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The awards were presented in late September.


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