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Cal Poly Names New Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

Jul 1, 2020

Paulette Granberry Russell, MSU’s chief diversity officer and National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education president, will lead Cal Poly’s diversity efforts

Paulette Granberry Russell
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly has named Paulette Granberry Russell — current president of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and director of Michigan State University’s Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives since 1998 — as its new vice president for diversity and inclusion.

Granberry Russell will begin her new role at Cal Poly on Aug. 31 and will oversee the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI), which leads the university’s efforts to build diversity and promote inclusion throughout the campus community and aligns universitywide efforts in order to achieve inclusive excellence. OUDI is the epicenter of the university’s efforts to continue to improve its campus climate and attract a more diverse student body and workforce.

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 Earns 27th Consecutive Best in the West Ranking from U.S. News

Sep 9, 2019

University is the region’s top public-masters once again, while its College of Engineering is the best public program in California and eighth best in the nation

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 27th straight year.

The 2020 guidebook, which ranked 1,921 colleges and universities across the nation, lists Cal Poly in fourth overall in the West — up eight spots from last year’s rankings.

Cal Poly Hosts Viewing of Rare Corpse Flower Bloom

Jul 6, 2020

The giant, stinky bloom will be the first ever at Cal Poly 

Corpse Flower

SAN LUIS OBISPO — It’s big, it’s rare, and it smells like rotting flesh. For the first time ever, a Titan Arum, or corpse flower, will bloom at Cal Poly. 

A corpse flower’s bloom can grow more than 10 feet high and four feet in diameter. 

The plant grows from a large underground stem and sends up one leaf a year, which can reach over 10 feet tall. After 10 or more years, instead of making a leaf, the plant sends up a huge maroon funnel, called the spathe, with tiny flowers on a huge spike.

Reservations Now Available for Student-Run Succulentopia Plant Sale at Cal Poly

Jun 24, 2020

SAN LUIS OBISPO — More than 100 varieties of student-grown succulents are now available for purchase at Poly Plant Shop at Cal Poly. The succulent plant sale, typically held during spring quarter in the college’s Horticulture Unit near the Poly Plant Shop, was moved to a reservation-based system to meet state physical distancing guidelines for COVID-19.

Cal Poly Political Science Student Accepted to Panetta Congressional Internship Program

Jun 23, 2020

Imahn Daeenabi

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Imahn Daeenabi, a third-year political science major from Menlo Park, California, will serve as Cal Poly’s 2020 representative to the Panetta Institute’s Congressional Internship Program. 

After a two-week training period at the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay, Daeenabi will work in the capitol office of a California congressional representative in Washington, D.C., for 11 weeks in the fall.

Cal Poly Aerospace Engineering Professor Breaks Three U.S. Records with Unique Glider Plane

Jun 22, 2020

Pilots Alan Coombs and Jim Payne celebrate after breaking records with Iscold’s plane in Minden, Nevada, this month.

MINDEN, NEVADA — A unique sailplane designed by Cal Poly aerospace engineering faculty member Paulo Iscold broke three U.S. national soaring records this month. 

And Iscold has more records in his sights. “Our radar is now 100 percent focused on the weather,” he said. “We will chase good weather during the summer.”

A sailplane — or glider — soars without the benefit of engine power.

Cal Poly Construction Management Students Complete Senior Project to Enhance University’s Rodeo Program

Jun 12, 2020

Cal Poly construction management students Ryan Fiorio (left) and Timothy Smith collaborate on building a rodeo observation deck in the rodeo arena designed to record the practice runs of student riders. 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Two Cal Poly construction management students are putting the finishing touches on their senior project, a rodeo observation deck designed to record the practice runs of student riders.

Cal Poly Partnership Introduces Technology to Reduce Pesticide Use

Jun 9, 2020

SAN LUIS OBISPO — An advanced method of treating citrus before it leaves San Luis Obispo County will eliminate more than 700,000 gallons of pesticide per year currently being used to control agricultural pests. 

The wash line is the latest Learn by Doing enhancement made possible by the continued partnership of Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and Bee Sweet Citrus, a prominent citrus packing and shipping company based in the Central Valley.  

Cal Poly Partnership with Air Force Research Laboratory Will Direct $2.5 Million to Aerospace Engineering Department

Jun 9, 2020

Funding Aims to Boost Mini-Satellite Program for Space Exploration

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly’s partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory will direct roughly $2.5 million to enhance the university’s Aerospace Engineering Department and boost its mini-satellite program, which was the catalyst for a substantial expansion of space research two decades ago.


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