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Cal Poly Earns 27th Consecutive Best in the West Ranking from U.S. News

Sep 9, 2019


University is the region’s top public-masters once again, while its College of Engineering is the best public program in California and eighth best in the nation

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 27th straight year.

The 2020 guidebook, which ranked 1,921 colleges and universities across the nation, lists Cal Poly in fourth overall in the West — up eight spots from last year’s rankings.

Cal Poly Students Creating Prosthetics for Boy Who Lost Fingers in Fiery Crash

May 29, 2019


10-year-old Julian Reynoso of Los Angeles will receive two prosthetic hands on campus June 8

Ryan Kissinger tests mechatronics with Julian at the boy’s home in Los Angeles.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — While the wounds on 10-year-old Julian Reynoso’s hands are healing from a deadly drunken driving accident, a team of Cal Poly engineering students is working to restore the boy’s quality of life by creating a pair of prosthetic hands that will help him be a kid again.

“He couldn’t play with Legos, he couldn’t do all the simple things that I enjoyed in my childhood,” said Ryan Kissinger, co-lead of the Hands for Julian team. “So, the scope of the project is restoring that for him.”

Cal Poly Power of Doing Campaign Takes First Public Steps with Major Gifts, Groundbreaking

May 10, 2019


CP-Campaign-3 — Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong with campaign co-chairs, university officials, and other supporters, during the announcement for the public phase of The Power of Doing campaign.
University starts work on largely donor-funded multidisciplinary complex, announces two gifts totaling $60 million

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Power of Doing: The Campaign for Learn by Doing has taken the first major steps of its public phase as Cal Poly has begun work on a multidisciplinary complex and announced two major donations totaling $60 million.

Cal Poly launched the capital campaign — the largest fundraising initiative in university history, with a goal of $700 million by 2021 — in support of the university’s signature hands-on learning approach. Today the university announced the first two gifts of the initiative’s public phase:

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Cal Poly Engineering Faculty Members Adapt Courses, Shift Focus to Coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020


Multiple faculty members in the spring quarter will encourage their students to help with ventilator shortages, design medical products, and publish analysis of biological data related to worldwide health crisis

Paul Anderson, a faculty member in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, grades exams at his home while sitting next to his son Samuel. This spring, Anderson and his students will analyze molecular, genetic and evolutionary aspects of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. Karla Carichner’s biomedical engineering class will design medical products needed to combat coronavirus.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — As soon as Eric Paton heard there was a shortage of hospital ventilators worldwide amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Cal Poly lecturer reached out to students he knew could help and designed a course to address the challenge.

Cal Poly Student Affairs Professionals Recognized by Industry Associations

Mar 4, 2020


 Top row – Soukita Thipsouvanh, Laura Hunkler, and Erika Wagner. Bottom row – Denise Lazar, Jack Sandoval, and Melinda McCann.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Several Cal Poly Student Affairs professionals were recognized recently by industry peers for their contributions to advancing social justice, orientation and transition programming, leadership and service, and student conduct.

Staff members in Career Services, New Student and Transition Programs, the Office of the Dean of Students, and University Housing received awards from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA), respectively.

Cal Poly Construction Management Students Set New Team Record at Regional Competition

Mar 4, 2020


Cal Poly construction management first-place Commercial team members are (back row) Skylar Shrank, Tyler Morales, Shaina Suanico and Andrew Kline (coach). In the front row are Marco Reza (co-captain), Will Myers, Avery Spector (captain), Parker Doshier and Sophie Stewart. High-resolution image available upon request.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly construction management (CM) students brought home 10 awards, including six first-place trophies, in their best showing ever at the 2020 Associated Schools of Construction Region 6 and 7 Student Competition.

The Cal Poly teams earned more than twice as many awards as their nearest competitor with six first-place trophies, two second-place awards, one third-place award, and an award for best presentation at the competition, held in early February in Sparks, Nevada.

Country Singer Carly Pearce to Perform April 18 at Cal Poly

Feb 28, 2020


Concert is Part of 2020 Poly Royal Rodeo

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Carly Pearce, a nominee for the Country Music Association’s 2019 new artist of the year, will take the stage as the headline musical performance during the 80th annual Poly Royal Rodeo Saturday, April 18, at Cal Poly’s Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Pearce will perform after the Poly Royal Cinch Chute Out.

16 Cal Poly Students to be Honored by Lawmakers at State Capitol on March 2

Feb 27, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Sixteen Cal Poly students will be recognized for their awards and other accomplishments by state lawmakers on the floors of the state Assembly and Senate in Sacramento on Monday, March 2.

Cal Poly Students Imagine New Uses for Harford Pier in Avila Beach

Feb 24, 2020


Cal Poly architecture and architectural engineering students connect their cardboard models of the Harford Pier. On Feb. 28, their drawings and models will be on display for the campus community and public to view.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — From picnic areas to paddle-in camping sites, Cal Poly students are envisioning what amenities could be added over, under and on top of the Harford Pier in Avila Beach.

Nearly 250 Cal Poly architecture and architectural engineering first-year students are involved in a project this winter quarter to analyze, imagine and design new uses for the 1,320-foot-long pier, in part by adding 20 feet on each side of it. 

Their work — including drawings and 30-foot models — will be available for the public to view from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 in three locations in the Architecture and Environmental Design Building (No. 5): the Berg Gallery and the Neel Resource Center, both located on the ground floor, and the college’s lobby, in Room 212. 

Cal Poly Choirs’ ‘Traditions’ Concert to Feature Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble on March 15

Feb 20, 2020


PolyPhonics, Cal Poly’s premiere choir, will conclude the March 15 program.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — All four of Cal Poly’s choral ensembles will perform at the Cal Poly Choirs’ winter concert, “Traditions,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

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