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Cal Poly Spring 2019 Great Grads

Jun 7, 2019


Six Outstanding Graduates Look Back on Struggles and Accomplishments and Forward to Their Futures

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly caps the academic year each June with Commencement and a chance to say goodbye and good luck to thousands of graduates who will soon begin careers or move on to advanced studies.

More than 5,100 graduates are eligible to take part in Commencement on June 15 and 16. They will leave to address the world’s problems with innovation, creativity and confidence earned through their Learn by Doing education.

Each of this year’s graduates has a unique story of success and perseverance, along with thoughts on how their university experience has shaped them as they prepare to make their way in the world.

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

May 10, 2019



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 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’s Concrete Canoe Team Takes Second Overall, First Place in Final Product at National Competition

Jun 13, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s concrete canoe team finished second overall at the recent National Concrete Canoe Competition held at the Florida Institute of Technology.

Cal Poly, the reigning champion the previous two years, took first in the final product category while winning four of the five races at the Melbourne, Florida, event. The team was edged out in two other key parts of the competition: design paper (third) and oral presentation (fourth), both won by this year’s champion, The University of Florida.

Cal Poly Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremonies Set for June 15 and 16

Jun 13, 2019


University will host evening ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday

SAN LUIS OBISPO — More than 5,100 students are eligible to graduate in two ceremonies at Cal Poly’s spring commencement Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16. The three-hour ceremonies will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Spanos Stadium.

The Class of 2019’s 5,135 graduation candidates is about 7 percent larger than last year’s 4,803.

Cal Poly Choral Conductor and Students to Travel to Kenya in July

Jun 11, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Scott Glysson, Cal Poly director of choral activities, will travel to Kenya from July 1-8 to lead a choral conducting workshop in Nairobi at the invitation of the Kenyan government and Kenyatta University. Six Cal Poly students will accompany him and perform with members of Kenyan choirs.

This will be a return visit to Kenya for Glysson, who first traveled there in September as a U.S. representative in the American Choral Directors Association International Conductors Exchange Program. During his weeklong stay, Glysson ran a conducting workshop for 120 Kenyan choral directors and conducted an all-Kenyan choral/orchestral performance of Vivaldi’s “Gloria.”

Cal Poly Collaborates with Amazon Web Services to Launch Initiative for Harnessing Satellite Data to Solve Global Challenges

Jun 10, 2019


Satellite Data Solutions Initiative to Operate Through Digital Transformation Hub at Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly today announced the Satellite Data Solutions (SDS) Initiative built on Amazon Web Services to harness data from Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites to address the planet’s most critical challenges. These challenges include forecasting natural disasters and assessing their impact, helping relief workers seek alternative access routes for delivering cargo or medical supplies, and weather tracking in order to alert ships and aircraft.

The initiative, which was announced at the AWS Public Sector Summit 2019 in Washington, D.C., is part of the Digital Transformation Hub (DxHUB) that was formed by Cal Poly and AWS to solve real-world challenges by providing innovation guidance to public sector organizations and their experts while offering Cal Poly student’s hands-on learning experience.

Cal Poly Honor Choir Festival Concert Set for June 29

Jun 7, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — High school singers from throughout the state will combine with Cal Poly singers for the second annual Cal Poly High School Honor Choir Festival Concert at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church.

This year, the festival will feature a chamber women’s chorus of 16 singers. Established by Cal Poly Director of Choral Activities Scott Glysson, the festival provides an opportunity for talented high school singers to perform great music alongside collegiate singers and work with accomplished conductors.

Cal Poly Announces HotHouse Summer Accelerator Program’s 2019 Cohort

Jun 7, 2019


Seven new startups of students and recent graduates will begin intense three-month session designed to help companies find their strides


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has accepted seven startup companies into the 2019 HotHouse Summer Accelerator program. The intense 12-week program is designed for students and recent graduates who have developed new ventures and need funding and CIE resources to help launch their companies.

The program provides these teams with $10,000 in capital, plus hands-on strategic business guidance from faculty and mentors, dedicated office space in the HotHouse, and weekly programming. Accelerator companies will also receive training, introduction to investors and resources to help advance their startups.

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