Jan 23, 2019
Officer Chad Reiley talked a suicidal student off the ledge on the top of a multi-story parking structure in November 2016 incident near Poly Canyon Village residence halls
SAN LUIS OBISPO — A 12-year-veteran of the Cal Poly University Police Department was honored Wednesday by the California State University system for saving the life of a suicidal student in 2016.
Officer Chad Reiley, who has worked in law enforcement for 22 years, is the first UPD officer to receive the inaugural CSU lifesaving medal — the fourth highest award issued by the 23-campus CSU.
Jan 1, 2019
Universities’ Float ‘Far Out Frequencies’ Recognized as California-Grown Certified for the Eighth Consecutive Year
PASADENA, Calif. — Cal Poly universities’ “Far Out Frequencies,” featuring a pair of astronauts and a handful of animated extraterrestrials on an alien planet communicating through music, received the Extraordinaire Award for the most extraordinary float at the 130th Rose Parade® held New Year’s Day.
Sep 10, 2018
Latest ranking follows No. 1 showing in Forbes Best Colleges list
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 26th straight year.
The 2019 guidebook lists Cal Poly in 12th place overall in the West for all regional universities. The Western regional list includes public and private institutions in 15 states that provide “a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs but few doctoral programs.” (Universities that grant doctoral degrees, such as those in the University of California system, are listed in a separate category.)
The U.S. News ranking comes on the heels of Forbes naming Cal Poly the No. 1 public masters-level university in California.
Aug 23, 2018
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has again been named the best public-master’s university in California in the annual Forbes Top Colleges rankings, released this week.
Cal Poly was listed seventh in the state on the America’s Top Colleges list among public universities, behind first-place UC Berkeley and University of California campuses at Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Davis and Irvine — all highly active research institutions that offer doctorate degrees as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Apr 17, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO — A team of four Cal Poly animal science majors took first place at the 2019 Western Section American Society of Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon, held April 5-6 in Moscow, Idaho.
The team, consisting of Selby Boerman of Montague, California; Sarah Dreyer and Kaitlyn McFarlan, both of Exeter, California; and Hannah Neer of Bishop, California, competed in four events, including a written exam, oral presentation, a practicum of eight labs, and a quiz bowl. The topic of the oral presentation was: “How to increase consumer confidence/education in animal agriculture.” Assistant Professor Zach McFarlane of the Animal Science Department coached the team.
Celebrity Gossip Expert and BuzzFeed Senior Culture Writer Anne Helen Petersen to Speak May 8 at Cal Poly
Apr 17, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will host author and Buzzfeed senior culture writer Anne Helen Petersen at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E27.
Petersen’s “Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman” (Plume, 2017) is an analytical look at how female celebrities are pushing the boundaries of what it means to be an “acceptable” woman. The book includes 10 essays, each focusing on a famous woman — in one case, a pair of women — whose behavior provokes public outrage. The subjects include Hillary Clinton, Melissa McCarthy, Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, Caitlyn Jenner, Serena Williams and Lena Dunham.
Apr 17, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Pianist and Cal Poly Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will give an all-Beethoven recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center.
The recital is the fourth in his survey of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven. This year’s program includes Sonata in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1; Sonata in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1; Sonata in G Minor, Op. 49, No. 1; Sonata in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2; and concludes with the thunderous masterwork, Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata.”
Apr 15, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The 24-member Cal Poly Chamber Choir will present a concert of two requiems at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.
The concert will open with the spectacular and rarely performed “Musikalische Exequien” (“Funeral Music”) by Heinrich Schütz. Composed in 1636, the piece is a three-movement monument of the early Baroque Period. Through various scriptural passages and choral texts, the work was composed for the funeral service of Prince Heinrich II “Posthumous” von Reuss, a friend and benefactor of Schütz. “Listeners will be treated to a variety of choral textures in this hauntingly beautiful work,” said Scott Glysson, Cal Poly director of choral activities.
Apr 11, 2019
Mozart and Haydn — and MidAmerica Productions — Bring Distant Choruses Together at Carnegie Hall on May 25
NEW YORK — More than 1,000 miles separate San Luis Obispo, California, and Vancouver, British Columbia. However, choruses from both cities — having traveled nearly 3,000 miles — will convene on the stage of Carnegie Hall at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25, to perform together as part of MidAmerica Productions’ 36th concert season. The performance will feature 34 singers from Cal Poly and will be the second Carnegie Hall performance for Cal Poly Choirs.
Cal Poly Appoints Internationally Renowned Biomedical Researcher as Vice President of Research and Economic Development
Apr 9, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly has appointed Renee A. Reijo Pera, an internationally recognized stem cell biologist, as vice president for Research and Economic Development, effective Aug. 12.
Dr. Pera brings to her new role a proven track record in economic development as well as a strong background in undergraduate and graduate research and commitment to supporting students in their research efforts.
For the past five years, Pera has served as vice president for Research and Economic Development at Montana State University, where she was also professor of cell biology and neurosciences and professor of chemistry and biochemistry.