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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:

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.

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble to Host Iranian and Tajik Guest Artists in March 14 Concert

Feb 20, 2020


The Arab Music Ensemble performs at past concerts.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and guest artists will perform a program of Arab, Iranian and Tajik music that includes popular dance from the Eastern Mediterranean at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, in Spanos Theatre on campus.

Cal Poly Alumnus to Discuss Journey From the Fields to Apple Inc. on March 12

Feb 20, 2020


Enrique Diaz speaks to younger students about STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) careers and the importance of going to college.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly alumnus and former undocumented immigrant will discuss his journey from 6-year-old field worker to 46-year-old retired Apple engineer in a presentation at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 12 in the Advanced Technologies Laboratory (No. 7) on campus.

San Luis Obispo High School Wins Central Coast VEX ‘Tower Takeover’ Tournament at Cal Poly

Feb 18, 2020


Team will advance to state finals held March 7 in Bakersfield

 Bryce North-Wilson, Alex Reading and Sahil Gavandi, who served as driver and programmer on the team.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — A robotics team from San Luis Obispo High School won the 2020 California Central Coast VEX “Tower Takeover” Tournament — a regional qualifier held at Cal Poly for the state championship — edging out 40 other teams from nearly 20 high schools across the Golden State.

Poly Royal Rodeo Celebrates 80 Years on April 17 and 18 at Cal Poly

Feb 14, 2020


Tickets available Saturday, Feb. 15

Rodeo
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The 80th annual Poly Royal Rodeo will once again be staged in Cal Poly’s premiere arena, Alex G. Spanos Stadium, bringing a lively performance to commemorate eight decades of history.

Flutist Marley Eder to Present a Free Workshop March 6 at Cal Poly

Feb 12, 2020


Marley Eder
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will host flutist Marley Eder for a performance workshop at 3 p.m. Friday, March 6, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.

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