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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.

Cal Poly Is First University to Sign Agreement to Assist U.S. Strategic Command in Monitoring Objects Orbiting the Earth

Oct 15, 2019

Accord formalizes a years-long partnership with Vandenberg-based 18th Space Control Squadron that catalogs and tracks more than 23,000 softball-size objects orbiting at up to 18,000 mph

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly, which has been at the forefront of small satellite design, build and monitoring, has signed the first agreement between an academic institution and the U.S. Strategic Command to expand an international program tracking tens of thousands of objects in Earth orbit.

Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department Presents Bawdy Greek Comedy ‘Lysistrata’ Oct. 31-Nov. 3, Nov. 7-9

Oct 9, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department will present a new adaptation of Aristophanes’ famous Greek comedy “Lysistrata” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, Nov. 7-9, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, in the Spanos Theatre on campus.

Cal Poly to Host Nov. 4 Film Screening and Discussion with Journalist John Walcott

Oct 9, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will host a film screening and discussion Nov. 4 with journalist and author John Walcott, whose efforts to guide a team of reporters to pursue the truth during the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq is now at the center of a Rob Reiner film.

Cal Poly to Expand Computing Opportunities to Students with Help from More than $430,000 in Grants

Oct 4, 2019

The funding is part of a $1.55 million National Science Foundation package that is a collaborative effort among half a dozen schools across the nation — including three on the Central Coast

 Data Science Corps, which will fund a Computing for All course that stresses the computational aspects of data analysis and statistical inference.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — With more than $430,000 in grant funds, Cal Poly plans to expand computing class offerings across the campus, a move expected to add needed diversity to computer science courses.


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