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Cal Poly Eligible for Grant Opportunities Related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Sep 2, 2020

University designated a Minority-Serving Institution by Department of Education

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has received approval from the Department of Education to be designated a minority-serving institution during the 2020 fiscal year. 

Cal Poly applied for and received a designation as an Asian American-, Native American-, and Pacific Islander-serving institution. This designation allows Cal Poly faculty and staff to apply for federal grant funding that is reserved specifically for certain minority-serving institutions, as well as funding that may be put toward strategic planning, faculty development and endowments.

Cal Poly Collaboration Introduces Breakthrough Technology for e-Scooters to Increase Pedestrian Safety

Aug 31, 2020

Cal Poly Collaboration Introduces Breakthrough Technology for e-Scooters to Increase Pedestrian Safety

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. —The Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub (DxHub), powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), developed a proof-of-concept for potential technologies to address e-scooter issues with sidewalk riding. 

The team developed breakthrough technology using readily available electronic parts that cost under a dollar and demonstrated that e-scooters could be inexpensively and easily modified to enhance safety.

Cal Poly to Require COVID-19 Test for All Students Living On Campus for Fall 2020

Aug 28, 2020

SAN LUIS OBISPO — In consultation with the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department, Cal Poly announced today that the university will require a negative COVID-19 test from all students living on campus for the Fall 2020 quarter, taken within the 72 hours prior to arriving on campus.

Two Cal Poly Students Awarded Pre-Doctoral Fellowships Aimed at Preparing Future CSU Faculty Members

Aug 27, 2020

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Two Cal Poly students have been selected as pre-doctoral fellows through the California State University’s Sally Casanova Scholars Program, designed to increase the pool of potential CSU faculty.  

Graduate student Ashlee Hernandez in the School of Education’s Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs program and America Romero, a fourth-year psychology major, were admitted to the program.

Cal Poly TRIO Achievers Awarded Multiyear Department of Education Grant

Aug 18, 2020

SAN LUIS OBISPO –– Cal Poly’s TRIO Achievers, federally known as Student Support Services, recently secured a new five-year grant totaling $1.72 million from the Department of Education. 

The multiyear federal grant allows the program to continue its annual mission of supporting at least 258 first-generation, low-income students, as well as students with disabilities, through the 2024-25 academic year.

Cal Poly Receives National Science Foundation Grant to Better Understand Structural Behavior During Earthquakes

Jul 31, 2020

Graduate student researcher Jerry Luong makes final adjustments to the axial load system before testing a concrete wall in 2019. The NSF-funded actuator system will enable higher and more consistent application of axial and lateral forces using computerized control of multiple actuators via a new hydraulic pump. Photo by Rory de Sevilla.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly recently received a grant of $340,374 from the National Science Foundation to purchase equipment that will help students and faculty better understand how buildings respond during earthquakes.

Loss of Eelgrass in Morro Bay Estuary May Cause Widespread Erosion

Jul 31, 2020

Morro Bay Estuary

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The large-scale loss of eelgrass in the Morro Bay estuary may be causing widespread erosion, according to a new Cal Poly study.

In recent years, Morro Bay’s iconic eelgrass beds, which provide the estuary’s primary living habitat, experienced a massive die-off, declining more than 90 percent since 2007. Efforts to restore the eelgrass have had mixed success in many parts of the bay, and this seagrass is now only found near the harbor mouth and sporadically in other regions of the estuary.

Bill and Cheryl Swanson Donate $1 million to the JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture at Cal Poly

Jul 27, 2020

Bill and Cheryl Swanson have donated $1 million to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science’s JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture, which will fund the Swanson Center of Effort Conference Hall within the grange building.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Bill and Cheryl Swanson, longtime supporters of Cal Poly, have donated $1 million to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science’s JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture. 

Cal Poly Study Aims to Find Best Ways to Get Away from the Screen and Get Moving

Jul 24, 2020

Sarah Keadle

SAN LUIS OBISPO — With much of the country still staying at home to stop the spread of coronavirus, a new Cal Poly study on how to reduce the time spent in front of video screens is even more applicable than researchers initially thought. 

Cal Poly Announces Completion of Most Successful Capital Campaign in CSU History

Jul 22, 2020

$832 million in philanthropic support will set students up for success now and into the future  

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly is officially announcing the successful completion of its comprehensive philanthropic campaign. The Power of Doing: The Campaign for Learn by Doing raised more than $832 million, the largest fundraising initiative in university and CSU history.

Nearly 75,000 alumni, parents and community members contributed to the record-breaking $832 million. Nearly half of this support is in the form of bequest commitments and will support our students far into the future. 

Private donations raised in 2020 alone totaled more than $156 million, making this fundraising year the most successful on record for Cal Poly, a testament to the value that alumni and donors place on a Learn by Doing education for students. 


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