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Cal Poly’s 2022 Incoming Class is Once Again Most Diverse in University History

Nov 7, 2022

As Cal Poly Seeks to Mirror California’s Demographics, University Initiatives Lead to Continued Improvement Over Last Five Years

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly announced today that its 2022 incoming class is again the most diverse in the university’s history.

Following the official fall census count, the university confirmed the incoming class includes the highest-ever percentages of women; students from partner high schools; first-generation students; Asian students; and Hispanic/Latino students. The class is extremely high-performing, with the GPA of the incoming class of first-time, first-year students being the highest in Cal Poly’s history.

This year’s numbers continue a trend of Cal Poly’s incoming student classes being increasingly diverse. For the last five years, each incoming class has been the university’s most diverse ever.

Cal Poly President Emeritus Warren J. Baker, Who Led University for More Than 31 Years, Has Passed Away

Oct 8, 2022

Second-longest serving leader guided the Learn by Doing campus from 1979 to 2010

Cal Poly President Emeritus Warren J. Baker in 2010

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Warren J. Baker, Cal Poly’s president emeritus and its eighth overall and second-longest serving leader, died Friday, Oct. 7. He was 84.

Baker’s leadership was instrumental in transforming Cal Poly into one of the highest-ranked public master’s polytechnical institutions in the nation.

"The Cal Poly community has lost a true champion of Learn by Doing and a leader who helped architect what our university is today — a campus in high demand among California’s and the nation’s best and brightest students and a producer of thousands of Day-One-ready graduates poised to address the world’s most pressing problems,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “While we are tremendously saddened by the passing of Warren Baker, we are so grateful for the 31 years of leadership he provided to Cal Poly.”

It was “almost by accident’’ that Baker became a university president, let alone stayed at Cal Poly for 31 years, retiring in 2010. He had served in various capacities as teacher, researcher, engineering practitioner and university administrator for more than 40 years.

“I accidentally got into this at a relatively young age, when I tried out being a dean at a college of engineering,” he said in 2010 on the eve of his retirement. “I really thought that I would not stay in the academic world. I didn’t have a plan to be a university president.”

Cal Poly, Madden Family Announce Plans for John Madden Football Center

Oct 1, 2022

Planned facility will serve as headquarters for Cal Poly Football Program 
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly and the family of alumnus and NFL Hall of Fame coach and commentator John Madden are pleased to announce the John Madden Football Center, a new home for Cal Poly Football. 
Led by President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and Head Football Coach Beau Baldwin, Cal Poly has worked for the past few years with John Madden and his son, Mike, to envision a new headquarters for the university’s football program. Thanks to the Madden family’s support and engagement, in two years, Cal Poly football fans will see the center come to life beyond the south end zone at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. 
The project was publicly announced by Virginia Madden, John Madden’s wife and Cal Poly alumna, along with her sons, Mike and Joe, and grandson, Jack, at halftime of Cal Poly's Big Sky Conference football game Oct. 1 against Sacramento State. John Madden, who played football and baseball at Cal Poly in the late 1950s before embarking on a long coaching and broadcasting career in the NFL, passed away in December at 85.

Cal Poly Earns 30th Consecutive Best in the West Ranking in U.S. News and World Report

Sep 12, 2022

The Cal Poly campus with Bishop Peak in the background.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly, the Golden State’s first public polytechnic school that launched its renowned Learn by Doing education in 1903, has been named the best public, master’s-level university in the West for the 30th straight year in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges guidebook.
The 2023 guide, released Sept. 12, assessed an all-time high 1,500 U.S. bachelor’s degree-granting institutions on 17 measures of academic quality. It lists Cal Poly as No. 2 overall in the West — the same as last year — and as the region’s top-ranked public master’s-level university.
In addition, Cal Poly was again named No. 1 in the West for Most Innovative Schools; several Cal Poly College of Engineering programs were ranked among the best in the nation for masters-level educational institutions; and the university was for the third straight year 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 Annual Poinsettia Sale Starts Dec. 3

Nov 30, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s annual poinsettia sale, with thousands of plants and dozens of varieties and colors, will kick off this weekend and be held over two days: Saturday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Poly Plant Shop. Each sale date will offer similar varieties and availability.

The flowering holiday plants are grown by students who work in the Plant Sciences Department’s greenhouses. This year’s poinsettia project offers many shades of red, white, pink and other variegated varieties. Sizes range from small plants in 4-inch pots to large poinsettias reaching 3 feet high, in 14-inch pots. Prices range from $10 to $100.

In addition to poinsettias, the Poly Plant Holiday Sale also features student-made wreaths, centerpieces, succulents, ornaments and gifts. Customers are encouraged to bring their own boxes and wagons for transporting larger purchases.

Christine Theodoropoulos, Dean of Cal Poly’s Renowned College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Announces Retirement 

Nov 28, 2022

Christine Theodoropoulos, dean of Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental DesignNational Leader in Architectural Education is First Woman to Serve as Dean for the College

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Christine Theodoropoulos, dean of Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED), has announced her plans to retire from the university.

Theodoropoulos joined Cal Poly in 2012 as the first woman to serve as dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. She is the second-longest-serving dean in the college’s 75-year history and the longest serving dean among the current leadership of Cal Poly’s six academic colleges.

Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, Cal Poly’s provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, shared the news of Theodoropoulos’ impending retirement with the campus community Monday.

Cadence Empowers Future Engineers Through Computational Software Donation to Cal Poly

Nov 17, 2022

New partnership offers students, faculty and staff access to the most advanced electronic design software for training and research
Executives from Cadence Design Systems Inc. visited Cal Poly's campus Nov. 9 to meet with university officials, who expressed their gratitude for the sizeable computational software donation. The group at Engineering Plaza included, from left, Daniel Marrujo; Zack Smith, Cal Poly’s vice president for development and alumni engagement; Michael Jackson; Charlie Schadewitz; Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong; Dale Dolan; James Chew; Jojo Chang; Charles Chadwell; Amy Fleischer, dean of the College of Engineering; Chris Lupo; and David Junkin.   Photo by Dennis Steers, Courtesy of Cal Poly
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly announced an agreement with Cadence Design Systems Inc., one of the leaders in the electronic design automation (EDA) software, to provide students, faculty and staff access to a vast array of its computational software products.
The agreement aims to empower students to explore the development of advanced electronics, utilizing new design methods, allowing them to enter professional life with hands-on experience using widely utilized software.
“This donation provides a great opportunity to offer our students, faculty and staff access to advanced technology from Cadence,” said Amy S. Fleischer, dean of the College of Engineering. “The world-class Cadence computational software significantly enhances our Learn by Doing approach, allowing our students to work with the actual software they would use in their professional lives.”

Cal Poly Students Win Cash Prizes for Their Innovative Ideas at CIE’s 13th Annual Elevator Pitch Competition

Nov 14, 2022

Prize winners Owen Works and Camille Boiteux with their awards at CIE’s 13th Annual Elevator Pitch Competition.Prize winners Owen Works and Camille Boiteux with their awards at CIE’s 13th Annual Elevator Pitch Competition.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Two Cal Poly students won $1,500 at the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s (CIE) 13th annual Elevator Pitch Competition, a fast-paced, high-energy competition for student entrepreneurs, held Nov. 2 at the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. 

Ten finalists, selected from an initial pool of 50 applicants, had 90 seconds each to pitch their innovative products, services and startup ideas. They were evaluated by a panel of judges on four criteria: how well was the problem or opportunity explained; was the idea innovative; was the direction was clear; and was the pitch persuasive.  

Industrial engineering senior Owen Works from Victoria, British Columbia, received the $1,000 first-place prize with his pitch for DrinkWise, a temporary tattoo that gives users real-time measurements of their blood alcohol concentration, or BAC. 

Cal Poly Campus Dining to Host ‘Thank-Ful’ Event on Nov. 16

Nov 9, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Campus Dining will be one of 300 college campuses across the nation participating in Thank-Ful, an event on Wednesday, Nov. 16, intended to bring together the Cal Poly community through giving back and giving thanks.

Thank-Ful is a lunchtime celebration that will feature such activities as a “Friendsgiving-” themed lunch, Teaching Kitchen, free food samples, donation and gratitude tables supporting Cal Poly’s Food Pantry and much more. The event will take place at Campus Market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We love having the opportunity to give back to our community through food and share gratitude with our students, faculty and staff,” said Campus Dining Director Jess Dozier.

Cal Poly Symphony to Feature Madrone String Quartet on Dec. 4

Nov 3, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Symphony will begin its concert season with the Madrone String Quartet at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

The Madrone String Quartet will join the symphony for a collaborative season opener that features side-by-side performances, captivating chamber music and Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.”

The concert will begin with a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis,” for double string orchestra and solo string quartet. This antiphonal work will feature the strings of the symphony, separated into two groups, and the Madrone String Quartet. The guest artists will then perform Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 6 in F Minor, Op. 80.

After intermission, the concert will conclude with Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, “From the New World,” which he wrote during his stay in New York City as director of the National Conservatory of Music. Known for incorporating folk songs and dances of his native Bohemia, Dvořák was eager to encourage American composers to find their own voice. Symphony No. 9 reflects his exploration of African American spirituals and Native American and American folk music he encountered during his stay. It is, as he put it, his “impressions and greetings from the New World.”


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