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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 College of Engineering Receives Transformational Gift to Create The Noyce School of Applied Computing

Jun 14, 2022

New interdisciplinary program is made possible by donations from Robert N. Noyce Trust, in honor of Intel-founder and Silicon Valley icon Robert N. Noyce
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly is pleased to announce the establishment of The Noyce School of Applied Computing, a new interdisciplinary school (the first of its kind at Cal Poly) combining three departments under one umbrella — Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Software Engineering, and Computer Engineering — to create interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities for departments and faculty doing applied computing across the university in fields such as statistics.

The Noyce School is made possible by donations received from the Robert N. Noyce Trust — with its current intention to make a future eight-figure bequest to Cal Poly's College of Engineering. Robert N. Noyce was a co-founder of Intel and inventor of the integrated circuit, which fueled the personal computer revolution and gave Silicon Valley its name. Nicknamed the "Mayor of Silicon Valley," Noyce’s impact on the field of computing and society at large cannot be overstated.

The creation of The Noyce School (pending California State University Board of Trustee approval) will among other things provide faculty with additional resources for teaching and applied research and undergraduate students in computing with opportunities to further their interests in teaching and learning. Students will also benefit from industry opportunities for paid internships and opportunities for mentors to provide guidance and counseling along the way.

Cal Poly Vice President Keith Humphrey Named Aspen Institute Senior Impact Fellow

Sep 29, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Aspen Institute has named Cal Poly Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey an inaugural Aspen Index Senior Impact Fellow. Humphrey is one of 25 college and university presidents and vice presidents hand selected for this role.

The Aspen Index Impact Fellowship brings together senior fellows and current leadership educators and undergraduate students from around the country to advance the future of youth leadership development. In his role, Humphrey will help advance an agenda focused on research, interventions and strategies to enhance the quality and access to youth leadership programs nationally, with a goal of exposing more than 50% of youth to high-quality leadership programs within the next five years.

Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Exhibit ‘Mixtape’ by Collective of Los Angeles-Based Artists

Sep 29, 2022

Show opens Oct. 6; gallery reception and artist talk set for Oct. 20

Ricardo_Harris-Fuentes artwork

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery presents “Mixtape,” an exhibition featuring 11 artists from the L.A. chapter of Tiger Strikes Asteroid, from Oct. 6-28. A gallery reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 20, with an artist talk at 6 p.m.

“Mixtape” is a group exhibition composed of members from the Los Angeles chapter of Tiger Strikes Asteroid, an artist-run collective of five spaces in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Greenville, South Carolina.

Cal Poly Receives $2.89 Million Grant for Undergraduate Regenerative Medicine Program

Sep 28, 2022

Professor Kristen Cardinaland biomedical engineering student Squeaky Buentipo
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will receive $2.89 million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to fund an undergraduate program focused on regenerative medicine.

The initiative is part of CIRM’s statewide Creating Opportunities through Mentorship and Partnership Across Stem Cell Science, or COMPASS program. CIRM’s mission is to accelerate world-class science to deliver transformative regenerative medicine treatments in an equitable manner to a diverse California and world. Its governing board has approved more than $46 million to help fund COMPASS programs throughout the Golden State.

Regenerative medicine seeks to develop any sort of medical treatment — drugs, engineered stem cells and devices — to help people regenerate parts of their bodies. Cell and biologic therapies represent the future of medicine, and after years of promise, the field is starting to realize its potential, as evidenced by the growth in the biotech sector and the large number of clinical trials currently ongoing for cell and tissue-engineered therapies in the nation.

Cal Poly Music Faculty Showcase Set for Oct. 21 During Mustang Family Weekend

Sep 22, 2022

head shots of Cal Poly music faculty performers

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly music faculty will present a showcase recital at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.

The event is part of Cal Poly’s Mustang Family Weekend and will feature several of the Music Department’s applied faculty, who are recognized across the region for their expertise in solo and chamber ensemble performance. They will present intimate works that highlight their artistic achievements.

Faculty performing solos include guitarist James Bachman, who will play “Retrato Brasileiro” by Baden Powell; Keith Waibel, who will perform a movement from Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Suite No. 2 in D Minor” on bass clarinet; and W. Terrence Spiller, who will play Frédéric Chopin’s “Ballade in A-flat major,” Op. 47.

Cal Poly Music Department to Host andPlay duo for ‘Collaborating with Technology’ Presentation on Oct. 20

Sep 22, 2022

Maya Bennardo, violin, and Hannah Levinson, viola of the band andPlay

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Music Department will host andPlay duo — Maya Bennardo, violin, and Hannah Levinson, viola — for a talk and concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center.

Titled “Collaborating with Technology,” the presentation will feature pieces the duo commissioned by Bethany Younge, Lester St. Louis and David Bird, which showcase three different ways of incorporating technology into performance.

Based in New York City, Bennardo and Levinson first played to an eager crowd on Fire Island in the summer of 2012 and have since commissioned more than 40 works.

Cal Poly Study on Mothers’ Mobile Device Use and Infant Development During First-Year Postpartum Receives $2.7M Grant

Sep 21, 2022

Cal Poly Professor Alison VenturaSAN LUIS OBISPO — A $2.7 million grant-funded study — awarded to a research team led by Cal Poly Kinesiology and Public Health Professor Alison Ventura — aims to better understand how mothers’ use of technology may impact development during an infant’s first year.

The federal funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (one of the National Institutes of Health) will support a five-year study involving four university staff and about 20 undergraduate students. The study will begin this fall.

“Maternal Technology Use During Feeding and Infant Self-Regulation and Growth” will look at current uses of digital devices such as cell phones, tablets, computers and video streaming platforms and whether a mother’s use of them influences feeding interactions, emotional and social behavior, growth outcomes, and other areas of child development.

Cal Poly Adds Two Outdoor Community Spaces to Enhance Campus Experience

Sep 19, 2022

an outdoor community space with overhead lights and shade cover outside the Performing Arts Center

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has completed two new outdoor community spaces, along with its first commissioned outdoor mural, to help beautify the campus and create places for campus community members and visitors to enjoy.

The two outdoor spaces, one in front of the Performing Arts Center (PAC) and the other outside Campus Market in the Via Carta corridor, as well as the mural were commissioned and created by the Cal Poly Corporation.

“These new outdoor spaces provide a real sense of community,” third-year business administration student Emmanuel Rivera said. “The great additions really help improve the campus. We really are so blessed as students to live on such a beautiful campus like Cal Poly.”


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