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Country Artists Casey Donahew and Chancey Williams to Perform at Poly Royal Rodeo April 13

Feb 1, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Texas country music sensation Casey Donahew will bring his legendary live show to the headline concert at the 79th annual Poly Royal Rodeo at Cal Poly’s Alex G. Spanos Stadium. He will perform after the rodeo Saturday, April 13.

Donahew has risen from a favorite in the Texas music scene to a national sensation, with 16 No. 1 singles, all released independently of major record labels.

A second concert has been added to the weekend’s festivities. Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band will take the stage Friday, April 12, after the rodeo — as well as playing an opening set before Donahew’s Saturday performance.

Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department Presents Shakespeare’s Timeless Classic ‘The Tempest’ Feb. 28-March 2, 7-9

Jan 31, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department will present William Shakespeare’s final play “The Tempest” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 28-March 2 and March 7-9 in the Spanos Theatre on campus. 

“‘The Tempest’ is Shakespeare’s last known solo play; considered by many one of his best,” said Josh Machamer, chair of the Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department and director of the production. “A distant island, a storm, a shipwreck, and some magic — in this reimagining of Shakespeare’s classical play, all is not what it seems. Plots of revenge are hatched, young love blossoms, and those that are lost become found.”

Author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor to Speak Feb. 21 at Cal Poly

Jan 28, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will host public speaker and author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Miossi Hall in the Performing
Arts Center.

An assistant professor at Princeton University, Taylor specializes in the subjects of black politics, social movements and racial inequality in the United States. Her most recent book “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation,” is a stirring and insightful analysis in which she surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and the persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and black unemployment. In this context, she argues that the new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for black liberation.

Cal Poly Named a Most Promising Place to Work in Student Affairs for 2019

Jan 28, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education have again named Cal Poly one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs for 2019. The university previously earned the distinction in 2017.

Cal Poly was selected from hundreds of higher education institutions across the country to receive the award for its focus on workplace diversity, staffing practices and workplace environment. Additional categories included family friendliness, salary and benefits, and professional development opportunities.

Cal Poly Achieves Endowment Fundraising Goal of $200,000 with Generous Contribution Match from Quad/Graphics

Jan 25, 2019



Quad/Graphics Eric Steinbach Memorial Graphic Communication Endowment to Fund Student Scholarships and Support University’s Graphic Communication Program 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department has met its $200,000 fundraising goal for a new endowment in honor of the late Eric Steinbach, a longtime supporter of the program and the university. 

The department announced this week that it reached its goal thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from Quad/Graphics, which was presented by Quad/Graphics Chairman, President and CEO Joel Quadracci during Cal Poly’s annual International Graphic Communication Week celebration held Jan. 23 at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. The initial $100,000 raised for the endowment came from family and friends of Eric Steinbach, Quad employees; Cal Poly alumni, faculty and staff; and corporations and investment funds.

Cal Poly to Provide Free Tax Preparation for Underserved Communities

Jan 25, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — For the 27th consecutive year, Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business will provide free tax return preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. 

Clinics will be held in San Luis Obispo, Oceano and Santa Maria in February and March.

Cal Poly’s on-campus VITA clinics will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Feb. 2 through March 16. Sessions at the other locations will be by appointment.

Associate Dean Camille O’Bryant Receives Cal Poly Cross Cultural Centers’ First Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award

Jan 23, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO —An associate dean in Cal Poly’s College of Science and Mathematics, recognized as a strong advocate of inclusion and equity efforts for underrepresented students, is the inaugural recipient of the campus MLK Legacy Award.

Camille O’Bryant, who is also a kinesiology professor, received the honor Jan. 16. The award salutes a campus community member who upholds the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by leading with love and hope to create a legacy of diversity, equity and inclusion.

“Camille is a tireless advocate for our students and a staunch supporter of their success, both academic and personal,” said Dean Wendt, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. “I’m incredibly proud that Camille is a member of our college. She daily helps us become a better community.”

Cal Poly University Police Department Officer Receives CSU Life Saving Medal

Jan 23, 2019


Officer Chad Reiley talked a suicidal student off the ledge on the top of a multi-story parking structure in November 2016 incident near Poly Canyon Village residence halls

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A 12-year-veteran of the Cal Poly University Police Department was honored Wednesday by the California State University system for saving the life of a suicidal student in 2016.

Officer Chad Reiley, who has worked in law enforcement for 22 years, is the first UPD officer to receive the inaugural CSU lifesaving medal — the fourth highest award issued by the 23-campus CSU.

Cal Poly Architecture Professor Tom Fowler Receives Prestigious CSU Teaching Award

Jan 22, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — In recognition of extraordinary commitment and dedication, Cal Poly architecture Professor Thomas Fowler has been selected a 2019 recipient of the prestigious Wang Family Excellence Award by the California State University (CSU).

The annual award, established in 1998, recognizes four outstanding CSU faculty members and one staff member who have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements.

For more than 23 years, Fowler has helped shape Cal Poly’s top-ranked public architecture program. He is nationally recognized as an influential innovator in the field of architectural education and has inspired generations of students who have gone on to achieve success in both their personal and professional lives.

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble to Perform Works of Love Feb. 23

Jan 22, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble’s Winter Concert will feature the theme of love at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in Harold J. Miossi Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

“The deep, passionate love of the works in the concert will be presented in a ‘wasla’ or suite of ‘muwashahat,’ one of the longest continuously performed genres of high art music in the world,” said Samuel Shalhoub, acting director of the ensemble. “The concert will be a celebration of the power of love through music and dance.”

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