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Cal Poly Ranked Second in Nation Among Master’s Universities for Study Abroad

Nov 20, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Institute of International Education has ranked Cal Poly second among master’s institutions in the U.S. for the number of domestic students studying abroad in the 2017-18 academic year.

Cal Poly Students Create Robot That Can Extinguish Embers from Dangerous Wildfires

Nov 20, 2019


Device is one of more than 20 that will be on display during Nov. 22 Project Expo


SAN LUIS OBISPO — A year after the deadliest wildfire in California history, a team of Cal Poly engineering students has created a robot to detect burning embers and immediately extinguish them with water, potentially protecting residents and their homes.

Cal Poly Architecture Senior Rethinks Love Seat to Win 16th Annual Vellum/CAED Furniture Design

Nov 18, 2019


The competition attracted more than 200 student furniture entries, including tables, chairs, light fixtures, and other furniture design solutions


SAN LUIS OBISPO — An architecture senior from Pacific Palisades won the top prize at the 16th annual Vellum/CAED Furniture Design Exhibition in The Creamery in downtown San Luis Obispo.

Cal Poly and Hancock College Elevator Pitch Winners Hope to Take Ideas to Higher Heights

Nov 15, 2019


Up-and-coming entrepreneurs earn $1,000 for 90-second product proposals at 10th annual contest by Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly business administration freshman and a film student from Allan Hancock College were $1,000 winners at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s 10th annual Elevator Pitch Competition Forum — a fast-paced contest for Cal Poly, Cuesta College and Allan Hancock College entrepreneurs — held recently in the Performing Arts Center on campus.

Cal Poly Students Create Large, Motorized Advent Calendar for Cambria Christmas Market

Nov 14, 2019


Display will be 14 by 25 feet with 25 dates, featuring moving parts, lights and holiday music


SAN LUIS OBISPO — A team of Cal Poly engineering students blasted Christmas music on campus as they brainstormed a large, motorized Advent calendar that will be featured at this year’s Cambria Christmas Market.

“It was a holiday jam,” said Sigrid Derickson, a mechanical engineering senior. “Funny thing is, it happened in March. We were sitting around listening to Christmas music, and everyone probably thought we were a bunch of weirdos.”

Eight months later, their efforts will be a new highlight of the eighth annual market, described as a Central Coast “Winter Wonderland.” Based on Christmas markets in Europe that date to the Middle Ages, The Cambria Christmas Market, housed primarily at the Cambria Pines Lodge, features 2 million lights in dioramas and displays, plus artisan vendors, food, live music and more.

Cal Poly to Host Nov. 19 Tree Planting to Honor Arbor Day and Celebrate Campus Urban Forest

Nov 14, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will host a tree planting ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 19, to honor a century-old arboreal commitment that has created the most-diverse urban campus forest in the nation.

The annual Arbor Day event will take place at 2 p.m. Three trees will be planted on North Poly View Drive, the inner campus loop, near the western end of the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180) and on the south side of Science North (No. 53). 

The university has been recognized since 2014 as an Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA.

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Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach Open to Tours on Nov. 16

Nov 12, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Community members are invited to bring the whole family and tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov.16.

The open house will feature hands-on touch tanks full of live marine creatures, microscopes for viewing ultra-small sea creatures, and many other interactive displays.

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Cal Poly Architecture Students Take First Place, Honorable Mentions in National Steel Design Competition

Nov 7, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly architecture students took first place and two honorable mentions in a national steel design competition with projects for an extensive transit center in Los Angeles, a new neighborhood center in Detroit, and a transportation system for the future.

Cal Poly Values and Salutes its Veterans on West’s One of the Most Vet-Friendly Campuses

Nov 7, 2019


University’s Center for Military-Connected Students is a key to veterans’ success; members will paint landmark Cal Poly P red Nov. 10 to honor counterparts deployed overseas

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s veterans center has helped bolster the university’s standing as one of the most veteran-friendly schools in the western U.S.

This fall U.S. News & World Report named Cal Poly the best public, master’s-level university in the West in its annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook.

Cal Poly’s Administration and Finance Division Earn State Awards for Sustainability Efforts

Nov 7, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Statewide sustainability awards continue to stack up for Cal Poly’s solar farm and other efforts to move the campus toward net zero status.

The university was honored for its innovative sustainability practices with three awards from two statewide organizations between July and October.

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