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Cal Poly University Police Department Officer Receives CSU Life Saving Medal

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.

Cal Poly Float Wins Extraordinaire Award at 2019 Rose Parade®

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.

Cal Poly Named Best in the West by U.S. News for 26th Consecutive Year

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.

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Cal Poly Named California’s Best Public-Master’s University by Forbes

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.

Cal Poly Seeking Entrants for Annual Community Flower Show

Mar 21, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly is looking for a few good gardeners — and their flowers — for the annual Community Flower Show, to be held Saturday, April 13, as part of the university’s Open House 2019. 

Community members are invited to enter their flower specimens in the show. Those wanting to enter the show can register for the event from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the  Horticulture Unit (No. 48) near the Poly Plant Shop. Entries are due between 7 and 8 a.m. Saturday, April 13.

Cal Poly Research Aims to Promote Healthy Feeding Patterns and Weight Gain for Bottle-Fed Infants

Mar 21, 2019


Qualifying mothers offered $100 and free baby bottles to take part in three-month study

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly is looking for mothers who are bottle-feeding their babies to participate in a three-month study that aims to promote healthy feeding patterns and weight gain for bottle-fed infants. Participants will receive as many free baby bottles as they need and $100.

Eligible participants are mothers, with newborns to 6-month-old infants, who are feeding their babies expressed breast milk or formula.

Cal Poly Wins Medal in National Cheese Competition

Mar 15, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly earned a third-place award for its student-produced Grand Gouda against some of the top cheesemakers in the nation at the 2019 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest. The university also placed fifth with its Smoked Gouda. 

The contest, held every other year in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is the nation’s largest and most prestigious technical cheese judging competition. This year, a record 2,555 entries from 35 states competed for awards in 116 classes of cheese and butter from March 5-7.

Cal Poly Open House Recital Set for April 13

Mar 14, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present an Open House Recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.

The recital, featuring both instrumentalists and vocalists, is one of many scheduled events for Cal Poly’s 26th annual Open House.

The program will include string ensembles, a saxophone quartet, barbershop quartet, jazz combo and brass ensembles.The student performers are from a variety of majors, and all are involved in at least one of the department’s large, premier ensembles, including Cal Poly’s Choirs, Symphony, University Jazz Bands, Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.

Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre to Present Cabaret-Style Showcase on April 12

Mar 14, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre (CPSOT) will present a 1930s and ’40s cabaret-style showcase of works from the “Great American Songbook” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, in Spanos Theatre on campus.

There will be delightful solos, duets and trios — comprising music majors and minors — that will perform works by Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Cole Porter.

The songs will include the beloved “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “The Man That Got Away,” “Paper Moon,” “Embraceable You,” “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor,” “God Bless America” and “Night and Day.”

Seven Cal Poly Scholars Receive $5,000 Scholarships from a Partnership Between Dignity Health and Cal Poly

Mar 14, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Seven Cal Poly students — including one from Paso Robles — were awarded renewable scholarships under a partnership between Dignity Health and the university’s Cal Poly Scholars program.

Under the arrangement, scholarships of $5,000 per year for up to five years were awarded to qualifying students seeking careers in the medical or health fields and who are majoring in biology, biochemistry, nutrition, kinesiology or business. This supplemental funding will offset some of the costs for tuition and housing while students pursue a bachelor’s degree.

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