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Cal Poly Symphony to Feature Student Soloists and Music of Mexico at March 11 Concert

Feb 17, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Symphony’s Winter Concert will showcase the talents of student soloists at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11, in Miossi Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

In addition, the symphony will perform four works by Mexican composers: Arturo Márquez’ “Danzon No. 9” and “Conga del Fuego Nuevo,” Blas Galindo’s “Poema de Neruda,” and Silvestre Revueltas’ “Sensemayá.”

Cal Poly Logging Team Takes First Place in Timbersports Competition

Feb 16, 2022

Cal Poly Loggers with award

The Cal Poly Loggers, an intercollegiate team of male and female students involved in traditional forestry field skills, took first place at the Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference and Exhibition in Anderson, California. In addition, Kelly Schwenger, second-year forest and fire sciences major, earned top women’s competitor at the event.

Seven teams representing four western states competed in traditional timber sports Feb. 10-12. This was Cal Poly's first competition since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Students competed in events including underhand chopping, single bucking, double bucking, jack and jill, stock saw, choker setting, axe throw and speed axe.

Cal Poly to Host 20th Change the Status Quo Conference Feb. 26

Feb 15, 2022

Hoda Katebi Will Deliver Keynote Speech at Annual Social Justice Leadership Event

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Iranian-American writer, abolitionist organizer, and creative educator Hoda Katebi will serve as this year’s keynote speaker to kick off Cal Poly’s 20th annual Change the Status Quo (CSQ) Social Justice Leadership Conference on Saturday, Feb. 26.

Hosted by the university’s Center for Service in Action, the annual conference aims to empower attendees to use Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing spirit to challenge social norms, ask critical questions, demand solutions and make lasting social change. The event is open to all college and high school students and the general public.

2022 Poly Royal Rodeo Celebrates 80 Years of History at Cal Poly

Feb 14, 2022

A student competitor smiles during a past rodeo event.
The 80th annual Poly Royal Rodeo is returning to its roots to commemorate eight decades of history at the Cotton Rosser Rodeo Complex on campus.
The Poly Royal Rodeo Finals, open to the public, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, and will be followed by a concert by a headlining country music band, which will be announced soon. Tickets go on sale March 1.
The Poly Royal Rodeo is the marquee event on campus during Cal Poly’s annual Open House. The event will feature the top collegiate rodeo athletes from around the West Coast who have advanced to the championship performance from the weekend’s earlier rounds. Athletes will compete for a championship title in events such as barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, tie down roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding and steer wrestling.

Two Cal Poly Studies Reveal Strategies to Keep the Pounds Off

Feb 9, 2022

Over 6,000 study participants, who lost more than 50 pounds and kept the weight off more than three years, offer tips to succeed

SAN LUIS OBISPO — About one in five Americans who have lost weight have kept those pounds off long-term. A new Cal Poly study powered by machine learning reveals some secrets to how people lose weight and keep it off: persevering despite setbacks; regularly looking back at what their life was like before the weight loss; and remaining focused on their health.

The findings, published today (Feb. 9) in Obesity: The Journal of The Obesity Society, are from the first large-scale study that allowed weight loss maintainers to identify in their own words what helped them succeed. The more than 6,000 participants were WW members who had lost more than 50 pounds on average and kept it off for more than three years. They answered open-ended questions about their motivations (in the past and present) and strategies for maintaining weight loss and the resulting lifestyle changes. Researchers then used machine learning to group responses by topic.

SLO High Advances to State Robotics Finals at Cal Poly-Hosted VEX ‘Tipping Point’ Tournament

Feb 8, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A robotics team from San Luis Obispo High School won skills champion at the 2022 California Central Coast VEX “Tipping Point” Tournament on Feb. 5 at Cal Poly, edging out 31 teams from 17 high schools from around California in the skills category to advance to the state championship.

The 11th annual robotics contest, a regional qualifier held at Cal Poly for the state championship, was co-sponsored by Cal Poly’s Society of Women Engineers and the SLO-Botics robotic team.

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.


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