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Cal Poly Graduating College of Architecture and Environmental Design Students Invite Public to View Exhibits

May 14, 2019


Exhibitions Slated for May 24 and 25 and June 7


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly fifth-year architecture and landscape architecture students will cap off a year of intensive research and design work by showcasing about 190 thesis projects to the public in late May and early June.

The showcase — one of California’s largest student design and architecture exhibitions — is produced by graduating seniors in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. The college is host to the No. 1 ranked architecture and landscape architecture programs on the West Coast, according to the most recent DesignIntelligence survey.

Four Student Entrepreneur Teams Split More Than $30,000 in Cal Poly’s Innovation Quest

May 13, 2019


The 2018-19 campuswide competition that is led by Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship seeks to help budding students blossom into entrepreneurs

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Buteo, a student innovation project that is developing a bird detection and deterrent technology for berry crop farmers, took first place at Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s (CIE) 14th annual Innovation Quest (iQ) competition.

The team of six Cal Poly students received the Innovation Award and $15,000 for technology that uses autonomous fixed-wing drones to help vineyard managers and berry farmers protect their crops from birds and gain quantifiable feedback on the health of their vines.

Cal Poly Symphony Concludes Season with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Café Musique on June 8

May 8, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Symphony will pair the art of tango with personal struggles against fate in its Spring Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in Harold J. Miossi Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center

For the first half of the program, the orchestra will be joined by guest ensemble Café Musique for performances of two tangos — Jacob Gade’s “Jalousie” and Carlos Gardel’s “Por una Cabeza,” the latter that was featured in the 1994 film “True Lies” — both arranged by Tim Simonec, a notable film score composer. 

Cal Poly’s Polyrhythmics to Perform on Campus June 4

May 8, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Polyrhythmics, Cal Poly’s percussion ensemble, will give its annual concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center.

“This year’s concert is a mallet percussion extravaganza and will include quartets, quintets and sextets that run the gamut of expressiveness and creativity,” said music faculty member John Astaire, director of Polyrhythmics. 

The concert will also feature a Stomp-like number that puts to musical use waste management items — including a kitchen sink.

Cal Poly Named a Top Producer of 2018-19 Fulbright U.S. Scholars

May 8, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has again been named a top producer of U.S. Fulbright scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The distinction was in the Master’s Colleges and Universities category for the 2018-19 academic year. 

Cal Poly’s latest Fulbright scholars are Nayree Barnett and Erica Jorgenson, both staff members in the university’s International Center, and Professor Peggy Papathakis of the Food Science and Nutrition Department in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. 

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Cal Poly to Host May 14 Presentation on NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory

May 7, 2019


Since its launch in 1999, the observatory has been NASA’s flagship mission for X-ray astronomy, providing images of the cosmos that cannot be seen by the human eye


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will celebrate the 20th anniversary of NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory with a talk showcasing some of the imagery of the universe and the scientific discoveries made because of the orbiting telescope at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, in Spanos Theater on campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Rodolfo Montez Jr., an astrophysicist from Massachusetts-based Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, will give an overview of the scientific discoveries enabled by Chandra — from objects in our own solar system to those at the farthest reaches of the universe.

Cal Poly Political Science Major Selected for Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s Congressional Internship Program

May 7, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — A political science major seeking a career in public service is Cal Poly’s 2019 representative to the Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program, which gives students the opportunity to work and study in Washington, D.C.

Christine Lam will spend two weeks in August training at the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay, followed by 11 weeks in the nation’s capital working full time in the office of a congressional representative. Her studies include classes in American politics (with an emphasis in public policy) as well as science and risk communication.

Cal Poly Student Project Turns into Business Helping Parkinson’s Patients

May 7, 2019


The Gaitway is an affordable device that interrupts the sudden onset of immobility in patients, preventing falls


SAN LUIS OBISPO — A student project to help a local military veteran has become a business designed to help patients with Parkinson’s disease overcome a debilitating and dangerous symptom known as “freezing of gait.”

De Oro Devices, based in San Luis Obispo, recently edged out six other startups for a $100,000 investment during the second annual Central Coast Angel Conference Pitch Competition held in April. De Oro Devices founder Sidney Collin, who graduated from Cal Poly in March with a biomedical engineering degree, said the product will formally launch in September, allowing Parkinson’s patients everywhere to walk uninterrupted.

Cal Poly Campus Health & Wellbeing to Host New Farmers’ Market on Campus Beginning May 7

May 3, 2019


Cal Poly’s Campus Health & Wellbeing department will host the first Cal Poly Farmers’ Market, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, on Mustang Way on campus. The market will occur bi-weekly (first and third Tuesdays of the month) from May through November of this year and will feature San Luis Obispo County farmers and Cal Poly vendors.

Campus Health & Wellbeing aims to ensure that all students, staff, and faculty have access to local, seasonal, and nutritious foods through this locally hosted market.

Cal Poly Announces New Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign

May 3, 2019


The Power of Doing: The Campaign for Learn by Doing sets $700 Million Goal by 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly today officially launched The Power of Doing: The Campaign for Learn by Doing, the largest fundraising initiative in university history, geared toward supporting the philosophy that has come to define a Cal Poly education.

Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong formally announced the launch of the $700 million comprehensive philanthropic campaign at this year’s Evening of Green & Gold, an annual event recognizing the university’s leading volunteers and supporters.

“This is a pivotal time in Cal Poly’s history, when we are charting our future while staying true to the core tenets that have always defined who we are,” Armstrong said. “The Power of Doing campaign ushers in a new era for Cal Poly that will bring a renewed sense of commitment and excitement to the university while ensuring that our reputation for excellence continues for many generations to come.”

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