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Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and Chookasian Armenian Folk Ensemble to Perform Concert on Feb. 19

Jan 26, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and Chookasian Armenian Folk Ensemble will perform a program of music and dance from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, in the Performing Arts Center on campus.
The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble, which is a combined orchestra and choir with vocal and instrumental soloists, will be joined for the second time by the internationally acclaimed Chookasian Armenian Folk Ensemble. The group consists of artistic director John Chookasian on clarinet, Barbara Chookasian on vocals and hand drum, Frank Giordano on guitar, John Martin on hand drum, Ishmael on qanun, and Paul Ohanesian on oud.

Cal Poly Winter Jazz Concert on Feb. 18 to Feature Guitarist Pat Kelley and Cuesta Jazz Ensemble

Jan 26, 2022

Pat Kelley
SAN LUIS OBISPO — World-renowned guitarist Pat Kelley will perform with the Cal Poly Jazz Ensembles and Cuesta Jazz Ensemble for the Cal Poly Winter Jazz Concert at 7:30 Friday, Feb. 18, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center.
Kelley, who recently relocated to the Central Coast, has enjoyed a successful career in Los Angeles as a studio and touring musician, recording artist, composer, producer, arranger, vocalist, recording engineer and educator. He taught guitar at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California for 24 years. Two of his books, “Arpeggios for the Evolving Guitarist” and “Melodic Minor Guitar,” are part of the school’s instructional series. Kelley was also on the faculty of the Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Jazz Camp, Guitar College Summer Guitar and Bass Camp, the University of Tulsa Summer Jazz Camp, and Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub Collaborates with San Luis Obispo County on Launch of Web App to Prevent Opioid Overdose Deaths

Jan 25, 2022

Team of Cal Poly students design web app with free delivery of naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal medicine

SAN LUIS OBISPO — In an effort to reduce the number of opioid-related deaths in San Luis Obispo County, local health officials, in collaboration with the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub (DxHub), powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), and a team of university students are releasing a new app that could save lives.

Using the Naloxone Now app, community members can find the nearest location to get naloxone — an opioid overdose reversal medicine — or have naloxone delivered to their door at no cost.

Cal Poly Vice President for Student Affairs Receives CSU’s Wang Family Excellence Award

Jan 24, 2022

Keith Humphrey honored for work supporting campus community and CSU System
Keith HumphreySAN LUIS OBISPO — The California State University (CSU) has honored Cal Poly Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey with the Wang Family Excellence Award. Chancellor Joseph I. Castro will present Humphrey with the award in the Outstanding Staff Award category at the CSU Board of Trustees’ Jan. 25 meeting, along with four additional CSU faculty recipients.
The award, established in 1998 by CSU Trustee Stanley T. Wang and his family, recognizes one CSU administrator and four faculty members each year for their exemplary achievements and contributions to the CSU. The recognition includes a one-time award of $20,000.
As part of the award nomination process, Humphrey was lauded for his student-focused leadership, care and service throughout his nine years as Cal Poly’s vice president for Student Affairs.

Cal Poly to Implement Inaugural #CaliforniansForAll College Corps Program

Jan 21, 2022

University is one of 45 institutions named as partners in Governor’s Service Learning Initiative
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has been selected as one of 45 higher education institutions to implement the statewide #CaliforniansForAll College Corps program on its campus.
#CaliforniansForAll College Corps is an initiative by Gov. Gavin Newsom that aims to provide 6,500 college students statewide with service-learning opportunities over the span of two academic years to tackle statewide challenges in climate action, K-12 education, and food insecurity. All told, the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps program is the largest state-level investment in a college service-based program in state history and includes state-funded opportunities for AB 540 eligible Dreamers.
The implementation of the program on Cal Poly’s campus will be a collaborative effort between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.

Cal Poly to Again Provide Free Tax Preparation for Underserved Communities

Jan 20, 2022

VITA program accounting students have prepared basic forms for community members on campus annually since 1992; additional Saturday clinics will be held in Oceano and Santa Maria

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business is once again providing free tax return preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Cal Poly’s on-campus VITA clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Jan. 29 through March 12.

This year, all community members are required to schedule an appointment at

More than 50 Cal Poly accounting students will prepare tax returns as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance grant program, which is sanctioned by and coordinated with the Internal Revenue Service and California Franchise Tax Board. These IRS-certified students will prepare returns while Orfalea College of Business faculty and volunteer certified public accountants review and file the returns. Student VITA volunteers will prepare basic forms for local individuals and families earning less than $58,000. These include 1040, 1040A, 10 40EZ, 540, 540A, 540EZ and some supporting forms.

Cal Poly Mustang Marching Band to Perform in Chinese New Year Parade on Feb. 19 in San Francisco

Jan 18, 2022

The Mustang Marching Band, seen here in 2020 will perform along the 1.3-mile route of the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco on Saturday, Feb. 19.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Mustang Marching Band has been invited for the seventh time to participate in the Alaska Airlines Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, Feb. 19, in San Francisco.

The Mustang Marching Band first performed along the 1.3-mile of the Chinese New Year Parade in 2014 and was among the 15 marching bands that participated. It has been awarded first place in the adult marching bands category at each appearance. The band’s more than 220 members, from academic disciplines across the Cal Poly campus, perform for nearly 50 occasions on campus each year, including athletic events and university functions such as December’s in-person recognition ceremony at Alex G. Spanos Stadium honoring the graduates of the Class of 2020. 

Cal Poly Vice President for Student Affairs Named Board Chair of Local Medical Center

Jan 4, 2022

Keith Humphrey to Lead Sierra Vista’s Governing Board of Directors in 2022
Keith HumphreySAN LUIS OBISPO –– Cal Poly Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey has been named incoming chair of the Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center board of directors.
Humphrey, who has been a member of the Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center Board since 2016, currently serves as the governing body’s vice chair. His one-year term as board chair began Jan. 1.
Humphrey previously served as a member of the Community Counseling Center of San Luis Obispo board of directors from 2017 to 2018.

Cal Poly to Exhibit a Curated Selection of Artifacts by Renowned Architect Julia Morgan

Jan 4, 2022

Julia Morgan’s “assignment sketch” of an interior elevation, created while studying at École des Beaux-Arts, circa 1900. Image courtesy of Julia Morgan Papers, Special Collections, California Polytechnic State University.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design is proud to announce “Julia Morgan, Architect: Challenging Convention,” which will open to the public Saturday, Jan. 15, and run through Friday, Feb. 11.
The exhibit features curated artifacts from Special Collections and Archives at Cal Poly’s Kennedy Library and highlights original drawings, photographs and correspondences from Morgan’s personal and professional papers.
“Julia Morgan was revered for her versatility and the lasting value of her architecture,” said Jennifer Shields, associate professor of Architecture, who co-curated the exhibit with Director of Special Collections Jessica Holada. “This exhibit will illuminate her study and practice, highlight her innovative designs, and reveal her relationships with her contemporaries, her influences, and those she influenced.”

Cal Poly Float Wins Animation Award at 2022 Rose Parade®

Jan 1, 2022

Stargrazers float
Universities’ ‘Stargrazers’ Recognized for How the Float’s Moving Parts Meshed to Create an ‘Animation Performance … Better Than a lot of The Professional Floats’

PASADENA, Calif. — Cal Poly universities’ Stargrazers float that brings to life a scene from the classic Mother Goose rhyme “Hey diddle, diddle” received the Animation Award at the 133rd Rose Parade® held New Year’s Day.

The honor, announced two hours before the start of the parade, recognizes the most outstanding use of animation, said Regina Chapuis, the Cal Poly SLO team president. It’s the first time that the schools earned the designation since the award names were changed in 1984. 


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