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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 Center for Sustainability to Hold March 12 ‘Nutrient Logic’ Seminar for Growers

Feb 22, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Center for Sustainability will host a lunchtime seminar by Steve Trotter titled “Nutrient Logic for Soil Health: Managing Nutritional Programs in Declining Soil and Water Conditions,” from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in San Luis Obispo.

Soil plays a critical role in plant health and immunity. One of the best tools for promoting soil health is an understanding of soil nutrition. Trotter’s presentation will examine basic factors involved in appropriate nutrient management to improve soil function. Topics will include supporting soil biomass function, identifying limiting factors such as soil physical properties’ critical nutrient relationships, and biostimulant and catalyst tools.

Cal Poly Names Philip Williams as New Dean of College of Liberal Arts

Feb 19, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Dr. Philip J. Williams, professor of political science and director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, has been named as the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Cal Poly, Provost Kathleen Enz Finken announced today.

Williams succeeds Interim Dean Kathryn Rummell, longtime chair of the English Department, who has led the college since August after the retirement of previous dean Doug Epperson.

Cal Poly Choirs' 'All of Us' Concert Tackles Issues of Diversity and Inclusion on March 16

Feb 15, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Choirs’ Winter Concert, “All of Us,” is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

The concert theme is diversity and inclusion, and the program will include positive and uplifting musical selections. Works by J.S. Bach, Benjamin Britten, Moses Hogan, Jake Runestad, John Rutter and others will be performed. The concert will also include selections from the Tony Award winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen” and “The Greatest Showman,” the 2017 musical film.

‘And Then They Came for Us’ Documentary to Screen at Cal Poly Feb. 20

Feb 14, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly English Department and College of Liberal Arts will host a screening of the award-winning documentary “And Then They Came for Us” from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Room 2 in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7) on campus.

In 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, paving the way to the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese-Americans.

“And Then They Came for Us” features activist, producer, and Sacramento State Professor Emeritus Satsuki Ina, Ph.D.; actor and activist George Takei; and others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs by Dorothea Lange. “[Internment] was a failure of American democracy, and yet because most Americans are not aware of that dark chapter of American history, it’s about to be repeated,” Takei said. The documentary retells the difficult story and follows Japanese-American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban.

'San Francisco Symphony Member to Perform at March 10 Cal Poly Wind Bands Concert

Feb 11, 2019


Jessica Valeri to be Featured on Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 3

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Winter Band Concert will feature the 50-member Wind Ensemble and 55-member Wind Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in Harold J. Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

The concert — the second in the bands’ season series — is titled “Time in Space.”

The Cal Poly Wind Orchestra will open the program with music from the long-running British science fiction TV show, “Doctor Who,” followed by works from the expanded wind band repertoire, including Claude Debussy’s “Girl With the Flaxen Hair” and John Mackey’s “The Rumor of a Secret King.”

San Francisco Symphony Horn Player to Present Master Class March 9 at Cal Poly

Feb 11, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Jessica Valeri, a horn player with the San Francisco Symphony, will present a master class for Cal Poly music students at 3:10 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.

The event is free and open to the public. During the class, several of the Music Department’s leading horn students will perform and be critiqued.

Valeri has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 2008. She was previously a member of the St. Louis Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the Grant Park Orchestra and the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. She spent many years freelancing in the Chicago area where she performed with a variety of groups, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and the International Contemporary Ensemble.

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