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Grimmway Farms Donates $5 Million to Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences to Establish the Center for Organic Production and Research

Nov 13, 2020

Donation will bring industry and academia together to solve challenges and prepare future leaders in organic production and soil health

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly is set to change the landscape of organic agriculture with a $5 million donation made to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences by Grimmway Farms, the global leader in organic produce and the world’s largest producer of carrots. 

With this gift, Cal Poly will expand its emphasis on applied research in organic production and soil health by providing a unique, collaborative platform for academia, industry and government from across California and beyond to come together to advance the organic industry.

Cal Poly Earns 28th Consecutive Best in the West Ranking from U.S. News

Sep 15, 2020

University is again the West’s top public-masters. College of Engineering remains best public program in California and No. 8 in the U.S. Undergraduate teaching and veterans programs recognized

SAN LUIS OBISPO — For the 28th straight year, 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.

The 2021 guide, released Sept. 14, provides data on more than 1,800 colleges and universities and rankings for more than 1,400 institutions. It lists Cal Poly in third overall in the West — up one from last year and an improvement of nine spots from 2019’s rankings.

In addition, several College of Engineering programs were ranked as the best in the nation among public educational institutions, and Cal Poly was ranked as the top western school 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 Names Michigan State University Dean as New Provost

May 6, 2020

Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean and professor of MSU’s Honors College, Will Join Cal Poly on Aug. 1

Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean and professor of MSU’s Honors College
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly today announced the appointment of Michigan State University dean and professor Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore as its new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Jackson-Elmoore will begin her new role at Cal Poly on Aug. 1.

Jackson-Elmoore is currently dean of the Honors College at MSU and a professor with affiliations in the School of Social Work and the Global Urban Studies Program. She also currently co-chairs a university level Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee and is a presidential appointee to MSU's Strategic Planning Committee.

At Cal Poly, Jackson-Elmoore will oversee the Academic Affairs division, which includes the university’s six colleges, along with the international and extended education programs, the Kennedy Library and the university’s Office of Equal Opportunity. In addition, she shares oversight of research and economic development; graduate education; financial aid; the registrar; admissions; and enrollment.

NASA Astronaut Victor Glover Provides Inspiration to Black Cal Poly Students From Space

Jan 14, 2021

The greatest challenges in life, the Cal Poly engineering grad says, come from within 

Cal Poly Team Working on Cross-Disciplinary Data Science and Analytics Effort

SAN LUIS OBISPO — As the nation grapples with a tumultuous year, marred by racial divide, violence and intense political division, astronaut Victor Glover, a Cal Poly alumnus, spoke to Black students from space, reassuring them of a better future on Earth. 

Cal Poly Team Working on Cross-Disciplinary Data Science and Analytics Effort

Jan 12, 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A group of Cal Poly faculty from all six colleges is working to support collaborative data-driven, cross-disciplinary research and to expand on-campus educational opportunities in the areas of data science, data analytics and data literacy. 

Cal Poly to Host Guest Presenters for ‘Entrepreneurship in Music’ Webinar on Feb. 11

Jan 11, 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present a webinar titled “Entrepreneurship in Music” with guest panelists sharing methods for beginning and sustaining a career in music at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11.

Cal Poly’s 12th CubeSat Mission Will Wing Its Way Into Space on Jan. 13 in a Novel Way

Jan 11, 2021

ExoCube 2 is among 10 small satellites flying aboard Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket that takes off under the wing of a Boeing 747 before being dropped and fired into orbit

Virgin Orbit teammates complete a dry run of the payload encapsulation process last August inside its ‘Nebula’ payload processing facility ahead of the company’s Launch Demo 2 mission. The payload has 10 small satellites, called CubeSats, including Cal Poly’s 12th CubeSat, ExoCube 2. Virgin Orbit is gearing up for ELaNa 20, the Jan. 13 Launch Demo 2 flight from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly CubeSat will ride on Wednesday Jan. 13 aboard Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket on its second attempt to reach space.

The rocket includes nine other NASA-sponsored small satellites on the space agency’s next Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) mission. This is the first payload carried by Virgin Orbit’s rocket that will be carried aloft under the wing of a modified Boeing 747 to an altitude of 35,000 feet, released and fired into orbit.

Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering Students Advance to Semifinals in NASA Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge

Jan 6, 2021

The team of eight seniors is working on a prototype to harvest water on other planets that could lead to extended manned space exploration missions

 Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge.SAN LUIS OBISPO — For the second straight year, a team of Cal Poly mechanical engineering seniors has advanced to the semifinals of a NASA challenge to develop a device to harvest water from ice on the moon and Mars that could pave the way for extended manned space missions.

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announced that Cal Poly was among a dozen teams from universities across the nation named to the next round of the 2021 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts — Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge. The finalists will design, build and test prototype systems capable of extracting water from ice deposits buried beneath simulated lunar or Martian soil.

Cal Poly University Students Hold Rose Float Design Competition

Dec 24, 2020

Creativity flourishes in contest featuring concept, design and decoration plans but no construction in advance of national New Year’s Day TV special highlighting the work of the student float builders

Strength in Numbers

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly universities Rose Float teams got back to the business of designing a parade float despite the worldwide COVID pandemic that forced the cancellation of the 2021 Rose Parade®.

Cal Poly Shares Details of Winter Quarter Operations

Dec 17, 2020

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly today is sharing details of its winter operations plan, which staggers the return of on-campus students during the first week, requires more frequent student COVID-19 testing, increases on-campus isolation capacity, and includes an all-virtual finals week.


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