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Cal Poly Police Department Report Alcohol Enforcement Program Results in 2021-22

Jun 15, 2022


SAN LUIS OBISPO — To help increase student safety and reduce alcohol-related accidents, the Cal Poly Police Department, in conjunction with California Alcoholic Beverage Control agents, conducted alcohol enforcement and education programs from September 2021 through June 2022 as part of an annual grant. 
 
The enforcement was on campus as well as residential and business areas directly south of and west of the campus. 

Cal Poly to Host CSUs Summer Algebra Institute for Local Students June 13-July 15

Jun 9, 2022


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Office of Admissions has received a grant award from the California State University Office of the Chancellor to serve as a host site for the CSU’s Summer Algebra Institute (SAI) program.

Seventy seventh- and eighth-grade Central Coast students have been selected to participate in a free, five-week math enrichment program that also includes college readiness activities and Learn by Doing workshops. Participants will learn skills and techniques to improve their knowledge of mathematics and quantitative reasoning and participate in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) activities to further conceptualize the real-world application of mathematics.

Six Outstanding Cal Poly Graduates Ready to Embrace a Future Shaped from Learn by Doing

Jun 7, 2022


Representatives of the university's six colleges target careers in the tech sector, entrepreneurship, teaching, veterinary care and architecture. Some raced through college in 2-1/2 years, another needed seven years but paid his own way and earned four degrees in the process. And one is among the youngest graduates in Cal Poly history

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The final two years of school for Cal Poly’s Class of 2022 included course quizzes and exams along with an acquaintance named COVID that required testing of a different kind.

These were interesting times and posed unique challenges for the nearly 5,500 eligible to take part in this weekend’s six commencement ceremonies, June 11-12. The graduation candidates were attracted to the university for its Learn by Doing philosophy. They leave Cal Poly fortified by that ethos, ready to start careers or move on to advanced studies.

Meet six outstanding members of the Class of 2022 — graduates prepared to bring to the world what they brought to their studies: curiosity; the ability to take on tough assignments; determination to do their best; and leadership and teamwork.

Cal Poly Spring 2022 Commencement Set for June 11-12

Jun 2, 2022


Almost 5,500 grads and 50,000 family, friends and supporters expected at six college celebrations at Spanos Stadium

Three distinguished alumni will receive honorary degrees

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Nearly 5,500 Cal Poly students are eligible to be honored in this year’s six spring commencement ceremonies Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

The 2022 commencement will feature each Cal Poly college hosting an in-person celebration. This year’s ceremonies will be held at 8:30 a.m., 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. each weekend day. An estimated 50,000 guests are expected across all the ceremonies.

While masks and distancing will not be required in the stadium, COVID-19 remains on people’s minds. The Class of 2022 began their campus experience in the fall of 2018 as most previous freshmen classes had. However, their sophomore year was upended by the rapid spread of coronavirus. As the pandemic forced students home and classes online, with a steady transition back to on-campus living and in-person learning over the last two years, these graduates have proved their mettle.

“Succeeding in higher education and earning a degree is a mammoth achievement even under the best of circumstances — to say nothing of navigating the obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. But Cal Poly students are up to the challenge, and this weekend we will celebrate that success for several thousand new graduates,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong.

“The skills and knowledge they leave Cal Poly with will help them reach the summit of their career goals and foster their transformation into industry standouts and future leaders. Our faculty pushed them to be the best students, and we feel it will help them find success in whatever they choose to do.”

Cal Poly Campus Dining Wins Silver Award in National Food Service Competition

May 19, 2022


A student walks across the crosswalk in front of the Vista Grande dining complex
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) has recognized Cal Poly Campus Dining’s Vista Grande Dining Complex as a silver tier recipient of the 2021 Loyal E. Horton Dining Award for Retail Sales – Single Concept/Multiple Concepts/Marketplace.
 
“Vista Grande was designed to create an environment of community with menus that appeal to all tastes and dietary needs, and it’s an honor to be recognized for that,” said Andrea Burns, Cal Poly Corporation’s associate executive director, commercial services. “It’s great to be acknowledged for the uniqueness of Vista Grande, with its focus on sustainability, nutrition and amazing food, as well as its success and impact on campus.”

Four Cal Poly Students Recognized at CSU Student Research Competition

May 19, 2022


Clockwise from top left are Tanvi Gehani, Jacob Campbell, Issac Ho and Savannah Weaver
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Four Cal Poly students were awarded first- or second-place prizes at the 2022 California State University (CSU) Student Research Competition. Cal Poly, Fullerton and Sacramento State were the most recognized universities in the competition, with four awardees each.
 
“Our students were phenomenal representatives of Cal Poly at the competition, and I am thrilled they have been recognized at the CSU level for the quality of their work,” said Jane Lehr, director of the Office of Student Research at Cal Poly. “This event is an amazing opportunity for our students to share their work and show what makes research at Cal Poly such a great experience.”

Cal Poly Rodeo Team Advances to the National Finals

May 19, 2022


 Aimee Davis, West Coast region goat tying winner; Gravely Speth, West Coast region reserve champ breakaway roper; Sierra Spratt, West Coast region all-around cowgirl; and Madison Camozzi, West Coast Region reserve champion barrel racer.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Eleven members of the Cal Poly Rodeo Team qualified to compete in the 73rd annual College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming on June 12-18, following their performance at the West Coast Regional Finals held May 13-15 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
 
Student-athletes who advanced to the finals on are: Aimee Davis of San Luis Obispo and Sierra Spratt of Phoenix in goat tying and breakaway roping; Tyree Cochrane of San Luis Obispo in breakaway roping; Madison Camozzi of Petaluma, California, in barrel racing; Gracely Speth of Guadalupe in breakaway roping; Quintin McWhorter of San Luis Obispo in saddle bronc riding and team roping; Karson Mebane of Bakersfield in saddle bronc riding; Pierce Wold of Wilton, California, Tanner Patino and Cutter Machado of Santa Maria in team roping; and Cole Tart of San Luis Obispo in bareback riding. 

Cal Poly University Art and Design Department to Exhibit the 2022 BFA Senior Showcase

May 17, 2022


Opening reception and awards set for 5-7 p.m. May 27; exhibition runs through June 12

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts seniors present the 2022 BFA exhibition, titled “Dearest,” showcasing work from studio art and photo and video concentration students. These emerging artists use a wide variety of mediums, concepts and technical skills to engage in the thought and conversation of contemporary art.

Participating artists include Justin Ayers, Sierra Brill, Ariella Cohen, Zayn Compton, Fernanda Dávila, Areli Enriquez, Cristina Golubovich, Manasi Gopisetty, Kevin Patrick Kerr, Haley Kerrigan, Andrew Larochelle, Olivia Leigh Andersson, Jett Solana, Riley Staal, Lauryn Sugai, Willa Westneat, Siena Wigert and Mac Wilkinson.

“It's really exciting to be a part of this group of artists,” Brill said. “We’ve been working side by side through our time at Cal Poly, and I’ve witnessed so much growth within the individuals and the art being made. I can’t help but feel proud when I look forward to ‘Dearest,’ because all the work in the show will be an artifact of the experiences and effort that we’ve put into making this community our own.”

Cal Poly to Host Job Fair and Hiring Event May 21 to Fill More Than 65 Positions

May 16, 2022


SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly will host a Job Fair and Hiring Event on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to immediately fill more than 65 positions in communications, administrative support, custodial, facilities/trades, dining and other areas across campus.

The Job Fair will take place on the Cal Poly campus in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL), No. 7. Complimentary parking is available for attendees.

Full and part-time positions are available. Job seekers are encouraged to come prepared for potential on-site interviews. Some select roles will also receive same-day offers and sign-on bonuses.

Cal Poly’s Horticultural and Crop Science Department Changes Name to Plant Sciences to Better Reflect the Program’s Academic Mission

May 12, 2022


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Horticulture and Crop Science Department has formally changed its name to the Plant Sciences Department. The agricultural and environmental plant sciences major will also be renamed to reflect predominant employment opportunities more accurately for graduates and prospective students.

The department, which was formed in 2002, offers curriculum that is designed to train plant scientists who are ready upon graduation to make informed decisions and recommendations regarding sustainable farming or horticultural practices that maximize plant production and protection while minimizing economic, environmental and social impacts. The name change enables the program to clearly convey its academic mission and broaden recruitment of applicants who may or may not have a background in agriculture and allow them to be successful in robust careers throughout California and beyond.

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