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Cal Poly’s Latest CubeSat Reveals First High-Resolution Image of the Earth

Nov 20, 2018


DAVE, launched Sept. 15 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, takes photo of Norwegian archipelago using a cell phone camera from a polar orbit 450 km above the planet


SAN LUIS OBISPO — While Cal Poly’s ninth CubeSat tests a way to reduce vibrations aboard orbiting satellites, the softball-sized satellite also has been busy snapping photos of the Earth.

DAVE, or Damping and Vibrations Experiment, launched Sept. 15 from Vandenberg Air Force Base with three other small satellites, or CubeSats, as secondary payload on NASA’s ICESat-2 (Ice Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2) mission.

Cal Poly Floral Design Team Continues Winning Tradition

Nov 19, 2018



SAN LUIS OBISPO — All four members of the Cal Poly Floral Team placed in the Top 10 at a recent annual state design competition, with one student taking second place.

Agricultural science junior Amber Buzzard, from Orange, California, won second place overall and the People’s Choice category at the California State Floral Association’s (CSFA) annual event held Nov. 3-4 in Carlsbad, California.

Cal Poly Undergraduates Are Increasingly Studying Abroad to Enhance Their Educations

Nov 16, 2018


University is third in nation for total number of students and is the best U.S. master’s-level school among students who spend a full academic year studying abroad


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly students are increasingly opting to study abroad, according to an annual statistical survey of U.S. campuses announced this week.  

“Cal Poly is ranked third in the nation — our best showing ever — for master’s institutions for the total number of students we sent abroad in 2016-17,” said Cari Vanderkar, senior international officer and director of the university’s International Center. “About one in four of our undergraduates participate in Study Abroad programs during their time at Cal Poly.”

Cal Poly to Co-Host Health Soils Project Demonstration Field Day Nov. 29 in Paso Robles

Nov 13, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will co-host a demonstration field day on compost application in vineyards, to be held 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 29, at J. Lohr Vineyards in Paso Robles.

Presenters will discuss compost use from a variety of perspectives and showcase the types of soil monitoring taking place at J. Lohr Vineyards as part of a three-year project funded by a $200,000 grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Healthy Soils Program. The project will demonstrate the potential for vineyard soils to capture and store carbon through the use of appropriate land management practices.

Cal Poly Soil Science Team Wins Regional Competition

Nov 9, 2018



SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Soil Judging Team won first place in the Regional 6 Collegiate Soil Judging Competition held Nov. 3 at Bartleson Ranch in Arroyo Grande.

The competition, sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America, challenges students to describe, classify and interpret soils in the field in a competitive setting using standards established by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Cal Poly Fall Jazz Concert Set for Dec. 7

Nov 9, 2018



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s University Jazz Bands will present the annual Fall Jazz Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the Spanos Theatre on campus. 

Known to the world as America’s original art form, jazz has several subgenres, which will be showcased at this concert. “Concert-goers can expect a range from the tasteful and sonically intimate small combo sound, to the powerful and robust sound of traditional big bands with vocalists,” said Dave Becker, acting director of the jazz program.

The concert will feature two big bands and two combos — nearly 40 student musicians from a variety of majors on campus.

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Cal Poly Symphony Opens Season with ‘The Symphony Dances’ Dec. 2

Nov 7, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Symphony will explore the rhythm and vibrancy of dance across the historical spectrum in its Fall Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in Harold J. Miossi Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.
 
The first half of the program features Ottorino Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances,” a 20th-century reworking of 16th-century lute music; Claude Debussy’s sensuous “Sarabande,” orchestrated by Maurice Ravel; and John Adams’ “The Chairman Dances.” 

Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Exhibit ‘New Nature’ by Mark Tribe Nov. 15 to Dec. 7

Nov 7, 2018



Artist talk and reception set for 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29

 
SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will present “New Nature,” a one-take, 24-hour-long video that captures a day and a night in the life of a wild place, by artist Mark Tribe to run Thursday, Nov. 15, to Friday, Dec. 7.
 
Tribe will give a talk about his work at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, in Room 149 of the Dexter Building (No. 34) on campus. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. in the gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building.

Cal Poly Choirs to Present Second Annual ‘Holiday Kaleidoscope’ Dec. 1

Nov 2, 2018


University Choirs to be Joined by High School Choirs as Collaborative Celebration Continues

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Choirs will present the second annual “Holiday Kaleidoscope” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in Harold J. Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

Cal Poly’s PolyPhonics, the University Singers and Chamber Choir will be joined on the concert by three local high school choirs: Cabrillo (Lompoc), Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. Each group will perform some works individually, and the groups will perform a few works together as a combined choir. Additional special guests will be featured, including string and brass players, a guest speaker and something especially for children in the audience.

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble to Feature Armenian Ensemble Dec. 1

Nov 2, 2018


Event to Introduce Acting Director Samuel Shalhoub, Who Will Serve for the 2018-19 Season

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and Chookasian Folk Music Ensemble will perform a program of works from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Spanos Theatre on campus.

The Arab Music Ensemble will begin the program with some of the most celebrated repertoire of the region by composers Zaki Nassif, Rahbani Brothers, Elias Rahbani and Karim Mahmoud of Egypt; plus poetry by Gibran Khalil Gibran.

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