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Cal Poly Presents Annual Fall Jazz Concert with New Director on Nov. 22

Oct 22, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A new era for jazz at Cal Poly begins with the first student concert of the 2019-20 academic year as the new director of jazz studies leads three ensembles in concert. The Cal Poly Jazz Ensembles will present the annual Fall Jazz Concert with new director Arthur White at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in Spanos Theatre on campus.

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble to Perform with Guest Artists at Nov. 16 Concert

Oct 22, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and guest artists will perform a program of music and dance from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in Spanos Theatre on campus.

The Arab Music Ensemble is a multi-instrumental orchestra and choir with vocal and instrumental soloists. Its membership represents a range of majors on campus and professions off campus. 

Dance Work ‘FLEX’ about Filipino Migration to be Performed Nov. 14 at Cal Poly

Oct 22, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Central Coast native Jay Carlon will bring his dance and theatre piece about his family’s Filipino migration story to Cal Poly’s Spanos Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14. A discussion, moderated by Professor Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns from UCLA’s Asian American Studies Department, will follow the performance.

Cal Poly Student-Run Succulentopia Plant Sale Set for Oct. 25-26

Oct 22, 2019

Members of the succulent enterprise have worked for months propagating succulents for this weekend’s sale. The student team manages every aspect of the event, from greenhouse management to promotion and sales.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — More than 150 varieties of succulents will be available at Cal Poly’s Succulentopia plant sale from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Horticulture Unit near the Poly Plant Shop.

Cal Poly Bandfest Concert with Boston Brass Set for Nov. 15

Oct 18, 2019

Nicholas P. WaldronSAN LUIS OBISPO — Nearly 300 Cal Poly students will be joined by Boston Brass at the university’s annual Bandfest concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

The show will feature Cal Poly’s Wind Ensemble, Mustang Marching Band and Wind Orchestra. The Wind Orchestra will be conducted by Nicholas P. Waldron, Cal Poly’s new associate director of bands (pictured). Director of Bands Christopher J. Woodruff will conduct the Wind Ensemble. The evening will feature works ranging from the sublime to the powerful.

Boston Brass to Present Nov. 14 Master Class at Cal Poly

Oct 18, 2019

Members of Boston Brass
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Internationally known touring ensemble Boston Brass will present a master class for Cal Poly music students at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.

Musicians Jeff Conner and Jose Sibaja, trumpet; Chris Castellanos, horn; Domingo Pagliuca, trombone; and William Russell, tuba, will work with Cal Poly brass students. Student soloists and chamber groups will perform and then receive input from the professionals.

Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Exhibit ‘Infographics for Social Change’

Oct 18, 2019

Artist lecture and gallery opening reception set for Nov. 7

Photo courtesy of Jessica Bellamy

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will present “Infographics for Social Change” by artist Jessica Bellamy, to run Nov. 7 through Dec. 6.

The exhibit, featuring the artist’s design work in both printed and projected form, will open with a talk by Bellamy at 5 p.m.Thursday, Nov. 7, in Room 107 of the Baker Center (Bldg. 180) on campus. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. in the gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34).

Cal Poly Engineering Students Take on New Challenges Posed by Disabled Veterans

Oct 18, 2019

Seniors will work through 2019-20 school year with vets through Quality of Life Plus program created by Cal Poly alumnus

Army medic Peter Way was wounded by shrapnel while serving in Afghanistan in 2003. He endured 12 years of complications from his injuries before electing to have his right leg amputated above the knee. In January 2014, he was matched up with Rory, a black Labrador provided by America’s VetDogs. Rory, trained to calm vets, even waking them during nightmares that are common amongst those with post-traumatic stress disorder, is Way’s constant companion. The retired major has asked Cal Poly students to creating a more accessible vehicle ramp to assist Rory getting in and out of Way’s truck.

SAN LUIS OBISPO —Years after being wounded by a rocket-propelled grenade, Peter Way was dangerously close to becoming another suicide statistic. But a dog named Rory helped the Army veteran regain his life.

Cal Poly Unveils Results of Campus Climate Survey and Shares Next Steps

Oct 17, 2019

CPX Initiative Will Create an Action Plan to Improve Campus Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

President Armstrong at the CPX-Strategic Diversity Leadership Institute on Oct. 17.
SAN LUIS OBISPO ­— Cal Poly unveiled the results of its campuswide Cal Poly Experience (CPX) survey today, as the university enters the second phase of an ongoing diversity and inclusion initiative that began in early 2019.

The survey results provide the university with a comprehensive picture of the experiences of Cal Poly students, faculty and staff; highlight areas for improvement; and lay out a clear path forward. The results reflect feedback given last spring from about 41% of students, 61% of faculty, and 60% of staff members — nearly 11,000 campus community members. The survey’s executive summary and full report are now available online at  

“Today is an important step in helping us accelerate our efforts to create a campus where all members of our community feel respected and have equitable access to a Cal Poly education,” Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong said. “We can’t move forward with this important work unless we know how we’re doing as a community and where we need to improve. This survey is another step toward our shared goal of creating a Cal Poly that is truly for all.”  

World-Renowned Italian Pianist Gloria Campaner to Perform Nov. 13 at Cal Poly

Oct 15, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will host world-renowned Italian pianist Gloria Campaner for a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.


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