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Cal Poly Named Best in the West for 29th Consecutive Year by U.S. News

Sep 13, 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO —Cal Poly has been named the best public, master’s-level university in the West for the 29th straight year in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges guidebook.

The 2022 guide, released Sept. 13, provides data on more than 1,800 colleges and universities and rankings for more than 1,400 institutions. It lists Cal Poly as No. 2 overall in the West — up one from last year — and as the top-ranked public university in the region.

In addition, several Cal Poly College of Engineering programs were ranked among the best in the nation for masters-level educational institutions, and the university was ranked as the top school in the West 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 Public Policy Graduate Student Receives CSU Trustees’ Award

Sep 13, 2021

Christine Lam of San Francisco will receive a $6,000 scholarship

Christine Lam
SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly public policy graduate student from San Francisco has received a 2021 California State University Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement — CSU’s highest award for students.

Christine Lam, 22, was selected as Cal Poly’s awardee, the Trustee Wenda Fong and Daniel Fetterly Scholar, for her academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service and financial need. She will receive a $6,000 Trustees’ Award scholarship as part of her recognition. 

Cal Poly City and Regional Planning Courses Recognized by American Planning Association for Work with Village of San Martin

Aug 30, 2021

 A rendering by Cal Poly students of a concept for San Martin’s main intersection, which includes a proposed roundabout, horse sculpture, train station and a linear park on the right.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Fifty Cal Poly city and regional planning (CRP) students will be honored for proposals that may ease urban encroachment on farmland around a Santa Clara County community.

Their work in the village of San Martin, a community of about 7,000 residents in the southern end of Santa Clara Valley, about 20 miles south of San Jose, received two awards from American Planning Association California chapters: an Academic Award for Excellence from the Central Coast Section; and an Empowerment Award of Excellence from the Northern Section.

The APA is a national organization, representing 40,000 urban planning professionals in 47 chapters, with 22 divisions that embrace the wide range of land-use planning responsibilities. The student awards for the Northern Section will be presented in November in San Francisco at the annual Northern Division gathering. 

Cal Poly Posts First-Ever Livestream of Rattlesnakes

Aug 26, 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Biological Sciences Department researchers have set up the first livestream of rattlesnakes in the wild. During daytime hours, viewers can see expectant mother snakes at a large communal nest on California’s Central Coast, and, in days, their pups.

“Rattlesnakes are portrayed on television programs as bloodthirsty, aggressive beasts; nothing could be further from the truth,” said biology Professor Emily Taylor, who leads the research team. “I hope that by watching rattlesnakes behaving as they actually do, with mothers taking care of their pups and even babysitting for each other, people might think better of rattlesnakes.”

Taylor expects the pups to be born in the next few days and to remain at the rookery with their mothers through mid to late September.

Cal Poly to Host Campus Comeback Sept. 18-28 for Returning Students

Aug 26, 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Student Affairs division will host Campus Comeback, a series of campuswide events to be held Sept. 18-28 to help returning students re-engage with the Cal Poly community.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many students have been away from the Cal Poly campus for more than a year, while others haven’t had the opportunity to experience it at all. Campus Comeback will offer a wide selection of opportunities to help students find their sense of community, get familiar with the physical campus and surrounding area, and connect with faculty, advisors and support services. Students will also have opportunities to learn about and sign up for clubs and organizations, meet classmates, locate key campus resources, and attend in-person social events.

Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch Receives $4.7 Million Grant to Assist with Post-Fire Recovery Efforts, Increase Fire Resilience Strategies

Aug 19, 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch was recently awarded a $4.7 million grant from Cal Fire’s Forest Health Program to assist with post-fire recovery efforts.

The grant is the second of two Cal Fire grants, totaling nearly $9 million, recently awarded to further the ranch’s efforts to bring about sustainable, long-term solutions to the management and stewardship of working landscapes.

The grant funding comes one year after the CZU Lightning Complex Fire swept through Swanton Pacific Ranch in Davenport, California, destroying many of the structures and much of the surrounding forest. 

Cal Poly’s Education Talent Search Secures New Five-Year Federal Grant

Aug 19, 2021

Program supports local students seeking to attend college

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) program recently received a new five-year federal grant that will serve 500 local junior high and high school students per year.

The federally funded pre-college program supports sixth- through 12th-grade students in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties who want to pursue higher education at a community college or university with counseling, as well as information about college admission requirements, scholarships, college entrance exams, and more.

All told, the five-year grant will award $277,375 to the program on an annual basis through 2026.

Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is Headed to Paso Robles

Aug 12, 2021

CIE extends two of its flagship programs to North County entrepreneurial facility, THE SANDBOX Paso Robles

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation for Entrepreneurship (CIE) is expanding — bringing its Incubator program and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to THE SANDBOX Paso Robles, a resource center for North County entrepreneurs.

The two programs have been at the forefront of technology, innovation and economic development in San Luis Obispo County. The CIE will host an open house for its new partnership with the facility at 1345 Park St. from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1. RSVP on Eventbrite at

Cal Poly Provost Inducted into National Distinguished Service Honor Roll

Aug 10, 2021

Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, Cal Poly’s provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, is one of 16 individuals inducted into the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Distinguished Service Honor Roll

The Distinguished Service Honor Roll was established in 2013 to recognize the organizations’ most impactful service leaders. The association recognized Jackson-Elmoore for her over 20 years of service to the Urban Affairs Association. She was elected to the governing board of the UAA, served on the Bylaws Committee and was senior associate editor of the Journal of Urban Affairs for nearly 10 years.

“I am humbled to have been selected for this honor and to be recognized along with my colleagues — with whom I have been proud to serve alongside, and whose collective contributions to the field and the association I truly respect,” Jackson-Elmoore said.

Cal Poly Enology Professor Awarded Prestigious Italian Wine Ambassador Certification

Aug 3, 2021

Cal Poly Associate Professor Federico Casassa during a pinning ceremony hosted by Vinitaly International Academy in Verona, Italy, in June.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Federico Casassa, associate professor of enology in Cal Poly’s Wine and Viticulture Department, was named an Italian Wine Ambassador by Vinitaly International Academy — making him one of only 240 such ambassadors in the world today.

Casassa, who has taught winemaking since his arrival at the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences in 2015, sought the certification to broaden his knowledge of the diversity of Italian wines. His scholarly research, which is assisted by his undergraduate and graduate students, focuses on wine chemistry and biochemistry and on the chemical and sensory aspects of winemaking, particularly in red wines.


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