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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.

Cal Poly Construction Management Students Capture Historical Win at Regional Competition

Feb 18, 2021


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly students brought home 11 trophies from this year’s annual Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 6 and 7 Student Competition, breaking their record set just last year when they won 10 awards, including six first-place trophies.

Cal Poly Extended Education Offers AWS Training to Grow California’s Cybersecurity and Cloud Workforce

Feb 18, 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO  Cal Poly Extended Education has entered a partnership with two statewide programs to further an initiative to deliver cybersecurity and cloud skills training from Amazon Web Services (AWS) to upskill and reskill the current and future workforce of California through training collaborations, targeting communities and corporations across the state.

Cal Poly Marketing Professors Lead Research That Finds Broad Impacts from Political Polarization

Feb 18, 2021

Study finds polarization increasing in corporate brands that voters believe best mirror their political leanings

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Political polarization has far-reaching impacts on American life, harming consumer welfare and creating challenges for leaders, from politicians and policymakers to corporate executives and marketers, says a study led by a pair of Cal Poly professors.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Donation Will Upgrade Cal Poly’s Parallel Computing Lab, Encouraging More Ambitious Projects and Research

Feb 15, 2021

The $100,000 gift will upgrade the only lab of its kind in the 23-campus California State University system

Professor Jonathan Ventura demonstrates virtual reality technology that will be enhanced by Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.’s $100,000 donation.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A donation from Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. will significantly upgrade Cal Poly’s parallel computing lab, allowing students to be more ambitious with senior projects, theses and research that require large amounts of storage and computation power.

Cal Poly Architectural Engineering Faculty Member Earns National Achievement Honor

Feb 1, 2021

 Cal Poly CAED/Josef Kasperovich
SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly architectural engineering faculty member was honored for excellence and innovation in teaching by the American Concrete Institute (ACI), a leading professional organization in the global concrete industry.

Cal Poly’s Change the Status Quo Conference on Feb. 27 to Feature Poet, Activist Sonya Renee Taylor

Feb 1, 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO –– Award-winning performance poet and activist Sonya Renee Taylor will deliver the keynote address for the 19th annual Change the Status Quo (CSQ) Social Justice Leadership Conference at Cal Poly, to be held virtually from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 27. 

Cal Poly Food Science and Nutrition Professor Earns Prestigious CSU Award

Jan 26, 2021


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Aydin Nazmi, a professor in Cal Poly’s Food Science and Nutrition Department and a leader of university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is one of four faculty members from across the California State University (CSU) system to earn the Wang Family Excellence Award.

Nazmi earned the award in the Outstanding Faculty Service category in recognition of his achievements and contributions to the CSU. 


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