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Cal Poly Named Best in the West by U.S. News for 25th Straight Year

Sep 13, 2017


College of Engineering Also Lauded in Publication’s 2018 Annual Best Colleges Guidebook

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — For the 25th consecutive 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 2018 guidebook lists Cal Poly in 11th place overall in the West for regional universities.

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Cal Poly Receives CSU-Record $110M Gift from Alumnus William L. Frost

Jul 18, 2017


Donation, among the largest ever in California public higher education, will transform the College of Science and Mathematics’ undergraduate research program

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Demonstrating unprecedented support for the nation’s largest public university system and specifically for undergraduate research, California State University alumni William and Linda Frost have given a CSU-record $110 million to Cal Poly’s College of Science and Mathematics.

The gift is among the largest ever to public higher education in California.

Cal Poly to Build Solar Farm as Part of Net Zero Plan

Jul 18, 2017


18.5-acre facility to generate up to 25 percent of university’s electricity, produce $17 million in savings

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will break ground this summer on a solar farm that will generate renewable energy, create Learn by Doing opportunities for students and save the university millions of dollars.

The facility, to be erected adjacent to Highway 1 on the western side of the Cal Poly campus, will be financed, designed, constructed and maintained by REC Solar, one of the nation’s largest solar providers. REC Solar, headquartered in San Luis Obispo, was founded by Cal Poly graduates in 1997.

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Cal Poly Dairy Judging Team Takes First Place at National Competition

Sep 22, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO —The Cal Poly Dairy Judging Team won first place in oral reasons and fourth place overall in the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Fourteen teams representing the top dairy and animal science college programs throughout the nation, including universities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Virginia and Indiana, competed in the All-American Dairy Show Youth Judging Contest on Sept. 18.

Cal Poly’s Baker Center Wins Prestigious 2017 Livable Buildings Award

Sep 22, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics received the 2017 Livable Buildings Award from UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE) for a sustainable design featuring high-quality work and study spaces.

The award — the only building industry honor that includes feedback from occupants in its selection criteria — recognizes buildings that demonstrate exceptional performance in occupant satisfaction, resource efficiency and overall design.

“Receiving CBE’s Livable Building Award is a tremendous honor,” said Dean Wendt, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. “So many faculty, staff, students and administrators contributed to making the Baker Center a welcoming space for the entire university community, and this award is a wonderful testament to their hard work and dedication.”

Cal Poly to Celebrate 20 Years of CultureFest on Oct. 14

Sep 18, 2017


Cal Poly’s MultiCultural Center will celebrate 20 years of CultureFest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in the University Union Plaza on campus.

The public is invited to the free, family-friendly event designed to promote cultural awareness and inclusivity to the communities of Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo.

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Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts Dean to Retire

Sep 14, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly today announced that Doug Epperson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will retire in August 2018.

“Under Dean Epperson's leadership, the College of Liberal Arts has achieved a new level of excellence,” said Kathleen Enz Finken, Cal Poly’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “He has been instrumental in understanding and promoting the critical role of the arts, humanities and social sciences in our polytechnic environment.”

NASA Scientist to Speak at Cal Poly Following End of Cassini Mission

Sep 13, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — A planetary scientist who has worked with NASA on the Cassini mission to Saturn — one of the most successful planetary missions ever — will speak at Cal Poly’s second annual Ross and Sue Benitez Space Exploration Forum from 7-8:30 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Spanos Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

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Cal Poly Professors Awarded $140,000 USDA Grant to Teach Environmental Science Communication

Sep 13, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Yi-Wen Chiu, an assistant professor in Cal Poly’s Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department, and Cal Poly English Professor Jason Peters have been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Cal Poly Strawberry Center Among Researchers Named in $4.5 Million Grant

Sep 13, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Strawberry Center, along with a team of scientists throughout California and Florida, has been awarded a grant to identify strawberry plants with natural disease resistance.

The $4.5 million grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was awarded to improve the disease resistance and sustainable production of strawberries throughout the nation.

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