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Cal Poly’s 2022 Incoming Class is Once Again Most Diverse in University History

Nov 7, 2022

As Cal Poly Seeks to Mirror California’s Demographics, University Initiatives Lead to Continued Improvement Over Last Five Years

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly announced today that its 2022 incoming class is again the most diverse in the university’s history.

Following the official fall census count, the university confirmed the incoming class includes the highest-ever percentages of women; students from partner high schools; first-generation students; Asian students; and Hispanic/Latino students. The class is extremely high-performing, with the GPA of the incoming class of first-time, first-year students being the highest in Cal Poly’s history.

This year’s numbers continue a trend of Cal Poly’s incoming student classes being increasingly diverse. For the last five years, each incoming class has been the university’s most diverse ever.

Cal Poly President Emeritus Warren J. Baker, Who Led University for More Than 31 Years, Has Passed Away

Oct 8, 2022

Second-longest serving leader guided the Learn by Doing campus from 1979 to 2010

Cal Poly President Emeritus Warren J. Baker in 2010

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Warren J. Baker, Cal Poly’s president emeritus and its eighth overall and second-longest serving leader, died Friday, Oct. 7. He was 84.

Baker’s leadership was instrumental in transforming Cal Poly into one of the highest-ranked public master’s polytechnical institutions in the nation.

"The Cal Poly community has lost a true champion of Learn by Doing and a leader who helped architect what our university is today — a campus in high demand among California’s and the nation’s best and brightest students and a producer of thousands of Day-One-ready graduates poised to address the world’s most pressing problems,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “While we are tremendously saddened by the passing of Warren Baker, we are so grateful for the 31 years of leadership he provided to Cal Poly.”

It was “almost by accident’’ that Baker became a university president, let alone stayed at Cal Poly for 31 years, retiring in 2010. He had served in various capacities as teacher, researcher, engineering practitioner and university administrator for more than 40 years.

“I accidentally got into this at a relatively young age, when I tried out being a dean at a college of engineering,” he said in 2010 on the eve of his retirement. “I really thought that I would not stay in the academic world. I didn’t have a plan to be a university president.”

Cal Poly, Madden Family Announce Plans for John Madden Football Center

Oct 1, 2022

Planned facility will serve as headquarters for Cal Poly Football Program 
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly and the family of alumnus and NFL Hall of Fame coach and commentator John Madden are pleased to announce the John Madden Football Center, a new home for Cal Poly Football. 
Led by President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and Head Football Coach Beau Baldwin, Cal Poly has worked for the past few years with John Madden and his son, Mike, to envision a new headquarters for the university’s football program. Thanks to the Madden family’s support and engagement, in two years, Cal Poly football fans will see the center come to life beyond the south end zone at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. 
The project was publicly announced by Virginia Madden, John Madden’s wife and Cal Poly alumna, along with her sons, Mike and Joe, and grandson, Jack, at halftime of Cal Poly's Big Sky Conference football game Oct. 1 against Sacramento State. John Madden, who played football and baseball at Cal Poly in the late 1950s before embarking on a long coaching and broadcasting career in the NFL, passed away in December at 85.

Cal Poly Earns 30th Consecutive Best in the West Ranking in U.S. News and World Report

Sep 12, 2022

The Cal Poly campus with Bishop Peak in the background.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly, the Golden State’s first public polytechnic school that launched its renowned Learn by Doing education in 1903, has been named the best public, master’s-level university in the West for the 30th straight year in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges guidebook.
The 2023 guide, released Sept. 12, assessed an all-time high 1,500 U.S. bachelor’s degree-granting institutions on 17 measures of academic quality. It lists Cal Poly as No. 2 overall in the West — the same as last year — and as the region’s top-ranked public master’s-level university.
In addition, Cal Poly was again named No. 1 in the West for Most Innovative Schools; several Cal Poly College of Engineering programs were ranked among the best in the nation for masters-level educational institutions; and the university was for the third straight year ranked as the top school in the West 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 Rose Float Seeks Design Ideas for its 2024 Rose Parade® Entry

Jan 26, 2023

Email submissions due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 for Cal Poly universities’ 75th entry in the New Year’s Day classic

2023 Cal Poly universities award-winning float in Rose ParadeSAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Rose Float is calling for design ideas for its entry in the 135th Rose Parade® in 2024 — the milestone 75th year for the Cal Poly universities’ program.

The winner of the 2024 Rose Float Concept Contest will see their design come to life as a 55-foot-long animated mechanical wonder, every inch bedecked in flowers, colorful vegetables and fruit as well as other organics, including tiny seeds and exotic floral material from land and sea.

The float will be showcased before of a crowd of 700,000 Pasadena parade goers and an international television audience in the tens of millions. The winner also can choose between two tickets to the 110th Rose Bowl Game or $500.

Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. The float will roll down the 5.5-mile-long parade route Monday, Jan. 1, 2024, and then will be on display at FloatFest, the 2-mile showcase of Rose Parade® floats, after the two-hour event concludes.

Cal Poly Named a 2022 AASHE Sustainability Award Winner

Jan 24, 2023

University is among six California State University campuses honored for combined efforts to improve how climate change is taught to students
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly is among six California State University campus partners to share global recognition for their efforts to reshape how the system teaches its nearly half a million students about climate change.
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education — the leading organization for the advancement of sustainability in colleges and universities across 48 states, a U.S. Territory, nine Canadian provinces and 20 countries — bestows its prestigious awards on the institutions and individuals that help lead higher education to a sustainable future.
In 2022, AASHE announced 12 winners from 430 entries in five categories. The CSU entry received the coveted Campus Sustainability Achievement Award. Entries were judged on overall impact, innovation, stakeholder involvement, clarity and other criteria specific to each category.

Cal Poly Mustang Marching Band to Perform in Chinese New Year Parade on Feb. 4 in San Francisco

Jan 24, 2023

The Cal Poly Mustang Marching Band performed in the Alaska Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco in 2022.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Mustang Marching Band has been invited for the eighth time to participate in the Alaska Airlines Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 4, in San Francisco.

The Mustang Band first performed along the 1.3 miles of the Chinese New Year Parade in 2014 — one of 15 marching bands that participated. It has been awarded first place in the adult marching bands category multiple times. 
The band’s more than 210 members, from academic disciplines across the Cal Poly campus, perform for nearly 50 occasions on campus each year, including in support of athletic events and university functions.

Cal Poly Winter Jazz Concert on Feb. 24 to Feature Cuesta College’s Voce

Jan 24, 2023

Cuesta College's vocal jazz group, Voce
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Winter Jazz Concert will feature guest ensemble Voce, Cuesta College’s vocal jazz group, and world premieres from the Cal Poly jazz program at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.
Cal Poly’s Jazz Ensemble, Vocal Jazz Ensemble (MOSAIC) and Voce will perform works by Thad Jones, Duke Ellington, John Beasley, KNOWER and others. The Cal Poly groups are led by Director of Jazz Studies Arthur White; and Voce is directed by Cuesta College Music Department Chair John Knutson.
Voce has performed at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention, the Montreux Jazz Festival and the International Association for Jazz Education Convention.

Cal Poly and Stanford Project Awarded Grant to Support Student-Led Ethical Technology Research

Jan 23, 2023

Funding From Public Interest Technology University Network Supports Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Technology Development

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly students, faculty and staff collaborating on a project to bring together diverse scholars from around the world studying ethical technology have received a grant from the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN).

The project, “Learning Across Domains: Developing an Inclusive Pipeline of Global Experts Skilled at Examining Ethical Risks and Social Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technologies,” is run through Global Alliance on Ethics and Impact of Artificial Intelligence (GAEIA), a global research and innovation platform connecting academia, industry and intergovernmental organizations in confronting some of the most important opportunities and challenges facing humanity today.

The grant of over $89,000 is part of $2.3 million awarded to 18 universities and colleges in PIT-UN to bolster efforts to embed diversity, equity and inclusion in technology development. The announcement was made at the PIT-UN annual convention in New York City. Cal Poly is also providing funding for the project to bring the total amount to over $103,000.

Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts and Office of University Diversity and Inclusion Host Seventh Annual Social Justice Teach In on Feb. 9

Jan 19, 2023

Claude Steele
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Over 40 talks and workshops centered around social justice and equity will be offered during Cal Poly’s seventh annual Social Justice Teach In on Thursday, Feb. 9. Hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, the Teach In features presentations by students, staff, faculty and community leaders, whose diverse voices will share their expertise in a multitude of fields, working to create a just society for all.
All events are open to the public, and attendees can register for sessions on a wide range of topics, including “Muted Voices in Virtual Meeting: How to Address DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) in Virtual Meetings,” “Artistic Activism to Disrupt the Single Story of Incarcerated Populations,” and “ANDOR: Writing Resistance in the Star Wars Universe.” Five presentation tracks are focused on specific topics to help attendees identify sessions that best match their interests, including pathways to Hispanic-serving institutions; diversity, equity and inclusion in engineering; reproductive justice; pop culture and media; and restorative justice: beyond incarceration.


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