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Grimmway Farms Donates $5 Million to Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences to Establish the Center for Organic Production and Research

Nov 13, 2020


Donation will bring industry and academia together to solve challenges and prepare future leaders in organic production and soil health

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly is set to change the landscape of organic agriculture with a $5 million donation made to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences by Grimmway Farms, the global leader in organic produce and the world’s largest producer of carrots. 

With this gift, Cal Poly will expand its emphasis on applied research in organic production and soil health by providing a unique, collaborative platform for academia, industry and government from across California and beyond to come together to advance the organic industry.

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 Rose Float Students to Feature in National New Year’s Day Broadcast

Dec 3, 2020


Though the 2021 Pasadena classic has been canceled due to COVID-19, students from 
both polytechnic universities will still play a part in the annual celebration

The 2020 Cal Poly Rose Float, “Aquatic Aspirations.” Photo from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Tournament of Roses, unable to host the traditional Rose Parade® in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced it will produce a New Year’s Day celebration to be broadcast in its place — featuring students from both Cal Poly universities.

Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Welcomes Five New Faculty Fellows

Dec 2, 2020


New cohort includes faculty from English, journalism, philosophy, psychology and experience industry management disciplines

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship has added five faculty to its interdisciplinary cohort of faculty fellows. 

This newest group of CIE Faculty Fellows bolsters an interdisciplinary community that is committed to being a resource for the university as it evolves its role in innovation, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization and regional economic development. They join 24 previously appointed faculty fellows who connect students to Cal Poly’s highly regarded and nationally recognized entrepreneurship program.

Cal Poly Ranks Second Nationally in Study Abroad Survey

Nov 18, 2020


University is lauded for total numbers of students and is best U.S. master’s-level school among students studying abroad on mid-length programs 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly students are increasingly opting to study abroad, according to the Institute of International Education’s annual statistical survey of U.S. campuses for the 2018-19 academic year.

Five Cal Poly Architecture Seniors Earn Honors at Steel Design National Competition

Nov 12, 2020


Students were singled out among some 900 counterparts from more than 50 universities in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Two teams of Cal Poly architectural engineering and architecture students earned honorable mentions in a national steel design competition sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

Cal Poly Study Shows Noise and Light Alter Bird Reproduction

Nov 12, 2020


Landmark study seen as first step toward a larger goal of developing a sensitivity index for human-generated light and noise among North American bird species as human impacts — including climate change — affects species’ success amid decades of population declines

The northern cardinal has a relatively low frequency song and delayed breeding in response to noise pollution, according to a new landmark Cal Poly study

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Looking for a bird’s-eye view of human impact? A new Cal Poly study published in the journal Nature provides the most comprehensive picture yet of how human noise and light pollution affect birds throughout North America, including how these factors may interact with or mask the impacts of climate change.

Cal Poly to Launch Initiative Tackling Issues, Envisioning Smart Communities

Nov 10, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — A team of Cal Poly faculty members have begun work to pilot the Smart Campus Initiative with the use of a digital twin for Cal Poly’s campus. A digital twin is a virtual representation of an area, which uses real-time data to enable better understanding of the area and its constituents and provide that information for informed decision-making on issues including campus space management, student activities, and classroom scheduling.

Cal Poly’s Mustang Media Group Wins 19 National Awards

Nov 3, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Mustang Media Group, the Cal Poly Journalism Department’s student-run integrated media organization, recently won 19 national awards at the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) and the College Media Association (CMA) virtual awards ceremony. 

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