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Cal Poly’s 26th Annual Open House Set for April 11-13

Apr 9, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s 26th annual Open House welcomes prospective students and their supporters, current students, faculty and staff, alumni, and the San Luis Obispo community to festivities Thursday through Saturday, April 11-13.

Open House celebrates the achievements of past and current Mustangs and provides prospective students the opportunity to take part in campus traditions and show off their school spirit as they prepare for their time at Cal Poly.

Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department to Present ‘Stop Kiss’ May 9-11, 16-18

Apr 8, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department will present Diana Son’s “Stop Kiss” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 9-11 and May 16-18, in the Spanos Theatre on campus.

“‘Stop Kiss’ is a moving story that provides a snapshot of our contemporary landscape,” said Karin Hendricks, assistant professor and director of the play. “Filled with poignancy and humor, the play follows Callie and Sara, two young women in New York who unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss incites a violent, homophobic attack that transforms each of their lives in ways they never could have imagined.”

Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Exhibit 2019 Juried Student Show April 11-May 4

Apr 8, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will present the 2019 Juried Student Show from Thursday, April 11, through Saturday, May 4.

The exhibition features works from every medium, carefully selected from a much larger pool of submissions. This year’s juror was Cal Poly alumnus Doug Highland (Applied Art and Design, ’94), a professor of photography at Cuesta College and a graduate of Cal Poly’s photography program. 

Cal Poly to Present Second Annual Clarinet Festival on May 5

Apr 5, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present all things clarinet at the second annual Clarinet Festival at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.

The performance will include a variety of ensembles from on and off campus, including solos, duos, trios and quintets showcasing a variety of styles and genres of music, including classical, chamber, and jazz. The Wind in the Reeds, a Central Coast community clarinet group, will be a featured guest ensemble.

Cal Poly’s CIE to Host Spring Entrepreneurship Forum Featuring Alumnus, Olympian and Startup Founder Simon Arkell on May 14

Apr 4, 2019


Keynote to include discussion on AI and big data; event will also reveal newest class of student entrepreneurs to join CIE’s Summer HotHouse Accelerator program

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host its annual Spring Entrepreneurship Forum on Tuesday, May 14, to discuss the ever-increasing role of artificial intelligence in the startup world and announce the student-founded startups selected for the CIE’s summer HotHouse Startup Accelerator program.

Attendees will learn about the growing importance of embracing and mastering big data and artificial intelligence in the startup world.

Journalist Ben Bradlee Jr. to Speak April 15 at Cal Poly

Apr 4, 2019


Former Boston Globe reporter-editor to discuss 2016 and 2020 elections and President Trump’s attacks on the media

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Journalism and Political Science departments will host journalist and author Ben Bradlee Jr. for a campus talk about President Donald Trump on Monday, April 15. 

Bradlee will discuss who voted for candidate Trump and why in 2016, the president’s performance in office — especially his repeated attacks on the media as “the enemy of the American people” — and the prospects for the 2020 election. 

The talk will take place at 7 p.m. in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 101, in the heart of campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Cal Poly to Host Two Regional Competitions Attracting More Than 1,300 Students on April 4-6

Apr 3, 2019


ASCE and AISC events will bring civil and environmental engineering students from 19 western universities and colleges in four states to San Luis Obispo

SAN LUIS OBISPO — More than 1,300 civil and environmental engineering students from 19 western universities and colleges in four states will converge on Cal Poly for the annual American Society of Civil Engineers’ Pacific Southwest Conference on April 4-6.

This three-day competition allows students, who hope to design the way people interact with the world, to put their civil or environmental engineering skills to the test. Throughout the conference, students are able to compete in a variety of both technical and non-technical events.

Cal Poly Strawberry Center and California Strawberry Commission Host Second Automation Summit April 3 at Cal Poly

Apr 2, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — The California Strawberry Commission and Cal Poly Strawberry Center will host the second Strawberry Automation Summit at Cal Poly’s Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, April 3.

The summit will highlight the critical work accomplished through the ongoing partnership between the commission and the university. The California Strawberry Commission recently committed up to $5 million over five years to establish and grow the Cal Poly Strawberry Center to support research addressing critical strawberry industry issues. With an original investment of $1 million from the commission in 2014, Cal Poly launched the Cal Poly Strawberry Center, which has grown to 10 acres of farmland and a team of faculty and staff specializing in plant pathology, entomology and automation.

Cal Poly Kennedy Library to Exhibit Innovative Alternative-Energy Prototype Vehicles April 11-June 7

Apr 2, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Kennedy Library will co-host the exhibit “Limitless: The Process of Innovation” from Thursday, April 11, through Friday, June 7. The exhibit showcases the unique work done in the university’s PROVE (Prototype Vehicles) Laboratory — a student-led collective that makes zero-emission vehicles that break world records.

The exhibit features prototype vehicles, projects, student engineers and processes to demonstrate the power of alternative energy through innovative engineering. Student-designed and fabricated projects in development will be on display, including a human-powered biomimetic submarine, a top-speed gravity-powered vehicle, and a fully electric long-range sports car.

Cal Poly’s Annual Tomato Spectacular Plant Sale to be Held April 6-7

Mar 27, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — More than 70 different types of tomato plants will be available at Cal Poly’s annual Tomato Spectacular plant sale (formerly known as Tomato Mania) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, at the Horticulture Unit near the Poly Plant Shop.

Brandywine, Early Girl, Kellogg’s Breakfast, Homestead, and a selection of cherry tomato plants, including Nature’s Bites, are some of the unique cultivars that will be available during the student-run enterprise project — one of several such hands-on courses offered by the university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.

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