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Cal Poly Professor, Air Racing’s “Secret Weapon,” Seeks Another Championship in Abu Dhabi

Jan 17, 2019



Paulo Iscold travels the world with legendary pilot Kirby Chambliss to compete in Red Bull racing series

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Once regarded as the “secret weapon” for airplane racing’s most successful pilot, Cal Poly Professor Paulo Iscold hopes to build on his championship résumé in February when he leads a team at the Red Bull Air Race’s season kickoff in Abu Dhabi.

As a plane designer, the aerospace engineering professor has broken nine world speed records. As the race engineer and team tactician for air racing champ Kirby Chambliss, he modifies planes and provides crucial pilot strategy.

Cal Poly Multicultural Business Program to Host Week of Identity and Diversity Events, Jan. 22-25

Jan 16, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Multicultural Business Program students at Cal Poly will host ID Week, four days of panels, workshops and other events discussing identity and inclusion fromJan. 22-25, culminating in the fourth annual Leadership Beyond the Resume conference.

ID Week, which will feature dialogues facilitated by such student organizations as the Multicultural Business Program, Women in Business, the Hispanic Business Student Association and the Cal Poly Accounting Club, is new this year. Its goal is to provide attendees a better understanding of identity and how it fosters inclusion in the workplace.

Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business, Marketing Evolution Start Student-Run Business Analytics Agency

Jan 16, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business is developing an on-campus business analytics agency thanks to a partnership with Marketing Evolution Inc. and its founder, Rex Briggs, who help Fortune 500 firms improve marketing returns through data analysis.

The student-run agency will give current students the opportunity to deliver innovative, analytics-based solutions to real companies around the world. It will allow for cross-disciplinary cooperation, so students can diversify their knowledge and gain expertise in high-demand subjects including data modeling, automation, artificial intelligence and more.

Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Opens a Manufacturing Lab Available to Entrepreneurs

Jan 16, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has opened a new facility to expand opportunities for new products, ideas and companies on the Central Coast.

The new 4,100-square-foot space, named the HotHouse Annex, is at 75 Higuera St., in the Pacific Coast Center, in San Luis Obispo. The space will serve to provide a regional entrepreneurial ecosystem, expand entrepreneurial infrastructure, and promote commercialization of products while continuing the CIE’s mission of developing potential new companies — all to help mitigate the economic impact to the region as Pacific Gas & Electric Co. implements the decommissioning process of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant.

Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Exhibit ‘Télévoix’ Jan. 17 to Feb. 8

Jan 14, 2019



Artist lecture and gallery opening reception set for Jan. 17

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will present “Télévoix,” an art installation featuring photos, videos and sculptures by artist Victoria Fu, to run Jan. 17 through Feb. 8.

The exhibit will open with a talk by Fu at 5 p.m. Thursday, January 17, in Room 159 in the Dexter Building (No. 34) on campus. A reception will follow from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the gallery.

Cal Poly to Present Free ‘Night at the Mission’ Chamber Concert Feb. 8

Jan 10, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Several of Cal Poly’s finest student music ensembles will perform traditional and contemporary chamber music at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

“A Night at the Mission” will feature performances by a chamber wind ensemble, woodwind quintet, saxophone quartets, a large clarinet ensemble and a brass choir. This annual event has long been a favorite of student performers and audiences alike.

Cal Poly Float Wins Extraordinaire Award at 2019 Rose Parade®

Jan 1, 2019


Universities’ Float ‘Far Out Frequencies’ Recognized as California-Grown Certified for the Eighth Consecutive Year

PASADENA, Calif. — Cal Poly universities’ “Far Out Frequencies,” featuring a pair of astronauts and a handful of animated extraterrestrials on an alien planet communicating through music, received the Extraordinaire Award for the most extraordinary float at the 130th Rose Parade® held New Year’s Day.

Cornel West to Headline Second Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Event Jan. 16 at Cal Poly

Dec 20, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Renowned educator, philosopher, author and activist Cornel West will be the keynote speaker for Cal Poly’s second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. in Chumash Auditorium. West is slated to speak around 7:30 p.m.

Hosted by Cal Poly’s Cross Cultural Centers, the dinner honors King’s legacy by inspiring transformational change and raising awareness about the lives and experiences of people of color at Cal Poly.

“We are honored to welcome Dr. West to our campus for this amazing event,” said Keith Humphrey, Cal Poly’s vice president for Student Affairs. “This annual dinner is a celebration of Cal Poly’s diverse campus community and helps create a constructive and inclusive dialogue about the responsibilities each of us has in creating an equitable and socially just environment for all members of our campus community.”

Cal Poly Partners with SLO NOOR Foundation to Provide Mobile Health Clinic in Northern Santa Barbara County

Dec 19, 2018


Mobile health unit will provide free women’s health and newborn care to uninsured families in Santa Maria and Guadalupe

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly recently partnered with the SLO NOOR Foundation to provide free medical care to uninsured mothers and infants in Santa Maria and Guadalupe in a mobile clinic four days a week. Services will include obstetrics and gynecology, women's health, family medicine, nursing and pediatrics.

Local nurses, doctors, physician assistants, social workers and Dignity Health medical residents are helping staff the Mobile Health Unit, which is funded by private donations. Patients may receive care in the repurposed RV in English, Spanish and Mixtec languages. (Mixtec is spoken by about half a million people in the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Puebla and Guerrero, as well as in California.)

Cal Poly to Present Bach Week Jan. 22-26

Dec 19, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present Bach Week from Tuesday through Saturday, Jan. 22-26, with presentations and performances on campus and in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. 

Bach Week features a range of events, including a chamber music performance on period instruments, collaborative performances of large vocal and instrumental works by students and professionals, two master classes, and a guest lecture or “Akademie.” The free demonstrations and lectures provide additional context for the performances. New this year is a cello chamber concert and an expansion of the Friday chamber concert.

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