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Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design to Hosts Annual Design Village Competition April 26-28 in Poly Canyon

Apr 22, 2019

The annual competition will include 14 four- and two-year colleges and universities

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A temporary community of unique, student-built shelters will spring up in Poly Canyon April 26-28 during Cal Poly’s Design Village competition, hosted by the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

One of the college’s largest and most-anticipated events, the annual competition draws nearly 400 students from 14 schools throughout the Golden State to participate in Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy as they design, build and inhabit structures in rural Poly Canyon, located about a mile from the heart of campus.

Cal Poly Team Wins 2019 Regional Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon 

Apr 17, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A team of four Cal Poly animal science majors took first place at the 2019 Western Section American Society of Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon, held April 5-6 in Moscow, Idaho.

The team, consisting of Selby Boerman of Montague, California; Sarah Dreyer and Kaitlyn McFarlan, both of Exeter, California; and Hannah Neer of Bishop, California, competed in four events, including a written exam, oral presentation, a practicum of eight labs, and a quiz bowl. The topic of the oral presentation was: “How to increase consumer confidence/education in animal agriculture.” Assistant Professor Zach McFarlane of the Animal Science Department coached the team.

Celebrity Gossip Expert and BuzzFeed Senior Culture Writer Anne Helen Petersen to Speak May 8 at Cal Poly

Apr 17, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will host author and Buzzfeed senior culture writer Anne Helen Petersen at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E27.

Petersen’s “Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman” (Plume, 2017) is an analytical look at how female celebrities are pushing the boundaries of what it means to be an “acceptable” woman. The book includes 10 essays, each focusing on a famous woman — in one case, a pair of women — whose behavior provokes public outrage. The subjects include Hillary Clinton, Melissa McCarthy, Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, Caitlyn Jenner, Serena Williams and Lena Dunham.

Pianist W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Beethoven Sonatas May 17 at Cal Poly

Apr 17, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Pianist and Cal Poly Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will give an all-Beethoven recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center.

The recital is the fourth in his survey of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven. This year’s program includes Sonata in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 1; Sonata in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1; Sonata in G Minor, Op. 49, No. 1; Sonata in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2; and concludes with the thunderous masterwork, Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata.”

Cal Poly Chamber Choir to Perform Works in the Requiem Tradition on May 11

Apr 15, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The 24-member Cal Poly Chamber Choir will present a concert of two requiems at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

The concert will open with the spectacular and rarely performed “Musikalische Exequien” (“Funeral Music”) by Heinrich Schütz. Composed in 1636, the piece is a three-movement monument of the early Baroque Period. Through various scriptural passages and choral texts, the work was composed for the funeral service of Prince Heinrich II “Posthumous” von Reuss, a friend and benefactor of Schütz. “Listeners will be treated to a variety of choral textures in this hauntingly beautiful work,” said Scott Glysson, Cal Poly director of choral activities.

Cal Poly and Vancouver, B.C., Choral Groups Find Common Ground in Music

Apr 11, 2019

Mozart and Haydn — and MidAmerica Productions — Bring Distant Choruses Together at Carnegie Hall on May 25

NEW YORK — More than 1,000 miles separate San Luis Obispo, California, and Vancouver, British Columbia. However, choruses from both cities — having traveled nearly 3,000 miles — will convene on the stage of Carnegie Hall at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25, to perform together as part of MidAmerica Productions’ 36th concert season. The performance will feature 34 singers from Cal Poly and will be the second Carnegie Hall performance for Cal Poly Choirs.

Cal Poly Appoints Internationally Renowned Biomedical Researcher as Vice President of Research and Economic Development

Apr 9, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly has appointed Renee A. Reijo Pera, an internationally recognized stem cell biologist, as vice president for Research and Economic Development, effective Aug. 12.

Dr. Pera brings to her new role a proven track record in economic development as well as a strong background in undergraduate and graduate research and commitment to supporting students in their research efforts. 

For the past five years, Pera has served as vice president for Research and Economic Development at Montana State University, where she was also professor of cell biology and neurosciences and professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

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. 


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