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Cal Poly Earns Fifth ‘Most Promising Place to Work in Student Affairs’ Honor

Feb 7, 2022

University is one of three California campuses to receive 2022 recognition
SAN LUIS OBISPO — For the fifth time since 2017, Cal Poly has been named one of the “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs” by ACPA-College Student Educators International and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
The university is one of 15 higher education institutions nationwide (and the lone California State University campus) to receive the honor, which recognizes ongoing commitments to workplace diversity and staffing practices through key factors including family friendliness, salary and benefits, and professional development opportunities, among others.

Cal Poly Wind Bands Concert to Feature Percussionist John Astaire on Feb. 26

Feb 2, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Winter Wind Bands Concert will feature the Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

The concert — the second in the bands’ season series — is titled “Afterimage.” Director of Bands Christopher J. Woodruff said, “Like a flash of light against our retina, life events can leave impressions. Music is way we can share those impressions with others and extend those moments across time. The program will explore this idea through works expressing joy and wonder.”

Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts to Host Sixth Annual Social Justice Teach In Feb. 17

Feb 2, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts will host the sixth annual Social Justice Teach In on Feb. 17, featuring over 40 virtual and in-person talks and workshops centered around social justice and equity. Presenters include students, staff, faculty and community leaders, representing the diverse voices needed to foster diversity of thought and create a just society for all.

Attendees can register for sessions across a wide range of topics, including: “Strategies to Combat Systemic Racism and Microaggressions in SLO County,” “Health Inequities and the COVID-19 Pandemic” and “Standing in the Gap: How Faith Shapes LGBTQ Identity and Political Development.” Four are focused on specific topics to help attendees identify sessions that best match their interests: “Equity-Minded Education,” “Self-Care and Community Well-Being,” “Art and Creative Efforts,” and “DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) and STEM.”

Cal Poly Extends Mustang Shuttle Hours to Improve Service and Access Around Campus

Feb 2, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly community members now have increased access to Mustang Shuttle with two additional hours of service, running past midnight.

Mustang Shuttle, a free convenience shuttle service that gives students and employees a ride across campus every evening, will run from 5:30 pm. to 12:30 a.m. through the end of winter quarter. The change in schedule took place on Feb. 1.

With the switch to Daylight Saving Time the shuttle will run from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. during spring quarter effective March 28.

Cal Poly Rose Float Seeks Design Ideas for 2023 Rose Parade Entry

Feb 2, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Rose Float is looking for design ideas for its entry in the 134th Rose Parade®.

The winner of the 2023 Rose Float Concept Contest will have their design showcased in front of a crowd of 700,000 Pasadena parade goers and an international television audience in the tens of millions. The winner also will have a choice between two tickets to the 2023 Rose Bowl football game or $500.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4. The winning concept will roll down the 5.5-mile-long parade route Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. (The parade traditionally takes place on New Year’s Day but is held on Jan. 2 in years when New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday.)

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and Chookasian Armenian Folk Ensemble to Perform Concert on Feb. 19

Jan 26, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and Chookasian Armenian Folk Ensemble will perform a program of music and dance from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, in the Performing Arts Center on campus.
The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble, which is a combined orchestra and choir with vocal and instrumental soloists, will be joined for the second time by the internationally acclaimed Chookasian Armenian Folk Ensemble. The group consists of artistic director John Chookasian on clarinet, Barbara Chookasian on vocals and hand drum, Frank Giordano on guitar, John Martin on hand drum, Ishmael on qanun, and Paul Ohanesian on oud.

Cal Poly Winter Jazz Concert on Feb. 18 to Feature Guitarist Pat Kelley and Cuesta Jazz Ensemble

Jan 26, 2022

Pat Kelley
SAN LUIS OBISPO — World-renowned guitarist Pat Kelley will perform with the Cal Poly Jazz Ensembles and Cuesta Jazz Ensemble for the Cal Poly Winter Jazz Concert at 7:30 Friday, Feb. 18, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center.
Kelley, who recently relocated to the Central Coast, has enjoyed a successful career in Los Angeles as a studio and touring musician, recording artist, composer, producer, arranger, vocalist, recording engineer and educator. He taught guitar at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California for 24 years. Two of his books, “Arpeggios for the Evolving Guitarist” and “Melodic Minor Guitar,” are part of the school’s instructional series. Kelley was also on the faculty of the Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Jazz Camp, Guitar College Summer Guitar and Bass Camp, the University of Tulsa Summer Jazz Camp, and Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub Collaborates with San Luis Obispo County on Launch of Web App to Prevent Opioid Overdose Deaths

Jan 25, 2022

Team of Cal Poly students design web app with free delivery of naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal medicine

SAN LUIS OBISPO — In an effort to reduce the number of opioid-related deaths in San Luis Obispo County, local health officials, in collaboration with the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub (DxHub), powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS), and a team of university students are releasing a new app that could save lives.

Using the Naloxone Now app, community members can find the nearest location to get naloxone — an opioid overdose reversal medicine — or have naloxone delivered to their door at no cost.

Cal Poly Vice President for Student Affairs Receives CSU’s Wang Family Excellence Award

Jan 24, 2022

Keith Humphrey honored for work supporting campus community and CSU System
Keith HumphreySAN LUIS OBISPO — The California State University (CSU) has honored Cal Poly Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey with the Wang Family Excellence Award. Chancellor Joseph I. Castro will present Humphrey with the award in the Outstanding Staff Award category at the CSU Board of Trustees’ Jan. 25 meeting, along with four additional CSU faculty recipients.
The award, established in 1998 by CSU Trustee Stanley T. Wang and his family, recognizes one CSU administrator and four faculty members each year for their exemplary achievements and contributions to the CSU. The recognition includes a one-time award of $20,000.
As part of the award nomination process, Humphrey was lauded for his student-focused leadership, care and service throughout his nine years as Cal Poly’s vice president for Student Affairs.

Cal Poly to Implement Inaugural #CaliforniansForAll College Corps Program

Jan 21, 2022

University is one of 45 institutions named as partners in Governor’s Service Learning Initiative
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has been selected as one of 45 higher education institutions to implement the statewide #CaliforniansForAll College Corps program on its campus.
#CaliforniansForAll College Corps is an initiative by Gov. Gavin Newsom that aims to provide 6,500 college students statewide with service-learning opportunities over the span of two academic years to tackle statewide challenges in climate action, K-12 education, and food insecurity. All told, the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps program is the largest state-level investment in a college service-based program in state history and includes state-funded opportunities for AB 540 eligible Dreamers.
The implementation of the program on Cal Poly’s campus will be a collaborative effort between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.


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