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Pianist W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Beethoven Sonatas May 13 at Cal Poly

Apr 14, 2022


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Pianist and Music Professor Emeritus W. Terrence Spiller will give an all-Beethoven recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center.

The recital is the sixth in his survey of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven. For this year’s program, Spiller will perform two of Beethoven's most famous “named” sonatas: “The Tempest,” and the mammoth “Hammerklavier.”

Spiller retired from full-time teaching in March 2021, but he continues to teach applied piano in the Music Department.

Cal Poly Named a Top Producer of 2021-22 Fulbright U.S. Scholars

Apr 14, 2022


Three Cal Poly Scholars Awarded Fulbright Scholarships for 2022-23

Michael Lucas with some of his students in Slovakia

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 2021-22 academic year.

Cal Poly’s 2021-22 Fulbright scholars are Barry Jones, emeritus professor from the Construction Management Department, and Michael Lucas, emeritus professor from the Architecture Department.

Lucas taught in the Institute for Aesthetics and Arts Culture at University of Prešov in Slovakia with courses on Embodied Aesthetics and the Built Environment. He researched the wooden churches in the villages of the local Carpathian Mountains, which have survived wars and social change for 300 years.

Annual CSU Student Research Competition to Include 10 Student Projects from Cal Poly

Apr 13, 2022


Researchers Patrick Perrine and Trevor Kirkby

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Ten student research projects from Cal Poly have been selected to represent the university at the annual California State University (CSU) systemwide competition April 29-30.

The delegates were chosen from 39 projects involving 57 Cal Poly undergraduate students, graduate students and recent alumni. Cal Poly’s Academic Senate Grants Review Committee selected the 10 projects to move forward at the university’s internal competition.

San Francisco State University will host the 36th annual CSU Student Research Competition in a virtual format. The systemwide competition will showcase the innovative research and creative activities of undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in the full range of academic programs offered by the CSU.

Cal Poly Physics Faculty and Students Take Part in New Study That Reveals Progress on Unlocking Mystery of Neutrino Particles

Apr 13, 2022


The answers would ‘tell us about how the universe works at the deepest levels and inform how to extend the laws of physics’

The CUORE crystal array of 1,000 tellurium dioxide crystals

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Physicists searching for answers about the really big things we see in the universe and, more importantly, the infinitesimally small have made progress unlocking the mysterious behavior of neutrinos. And Cal Poly faculty and students are playing a part.

A study recently published in the journal Nature describes how they have implemented stringent limits on the strange possibility that the neutrino is its own antiparticle.

“This is an amazing Learn by Doing experience for students over the years,” said Tom Gutierrez, a Cal Poly physics professor and one of the study’s co-authors, “and it has been an honor to be a part of a cutting-edge project of this kind with so many amazing colleagues from around the world.”

Cal Poly Choirs to Perform on May 12 with Chanticleer

Apr 11, 2022


Event will feature Nico Muhly’s ‘Beauty of the Day’
 
Chanticleer
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer and two Cal Poly Choirs will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center.
 
The concert is titled “Beauty of the Day,” after Nico Muhly’s composition of the same name. The work will be performed by the combined choral groups. 
 
Chanticleer has been hailed as “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker and is known around the world as an orchestra of voices. Founded in San Francisco in 1978 by singer and musicologist Louis Botto, the group has sold more than a million recordings and performed thousands of live concerts to audiences worldwide. 

Cal Poly Women’s Chorus and Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble to Present ‘Slavic Sounds’ Concert on May 7

Apr 11, 2022


The Cal Poly Women's Chorus
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Women’s Chorus and Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble will present a concert titled “Slavic Sounds,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo.
 
The Cal Poly Women’s Chorus will begin the program with repertoire in various styles and genres, including arrangements of traditional Cuban and Latvian folk songs and pieces with a message of social justice.
 
The special guest ensemble Kitka will perform selections from a variety of cultures and languages, as well as arrangements of traditional folk music from Bulgaria and the greater Eastern European region.

Cal Poly Awarded California 100 Grant to Evaluate Future of Agriculture and Food Systems in the State

Apr 7, 2022


University to join top research talent from across the state as sole CSU in the California 100 Initiative

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences announced that it has received a research award from California 100, an ambitious statewide initiative to envision and shape the long-term success of the state in collaboration with 18 research centers and institutes across California.]

The California 100 research award, which includes a $90,000 grant along with technical assistance from the Institute For The Future, will enable the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences to evaluate current facts, origins and future trends in which food systems will play a part in California’s next century.

Cal Poly Safer Program Commemorates 25th Anniversary in April

Apr 5, 2022


Confidential support program to host noted author April 11 and present annual Take Back the Night event April 28

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Safer program, the university’s primary confidential support, education and advocacy resource for sexual assault, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual exploitation and harassment, is commemorating its 25th anniversary this month. The program is also recognizing Sexual Assault Action Month, which is in April.

Safer's Sexual Assault Action Month, themed Rooted in Community, will focus on community healing and activation. The month will feature a conversation with Tarana Burke, activist, author and founder of the #MeToo movement, at 5 p.m. Monday, April 11. Safer will cap Sexual Assault Action Month by hosting Take Back the Night on Thursday, April 28. The annual event will feature live music, food, art, a candlelight vigil and a solidarity march. Admission is free to both events.

Cal Poly to Present ‘Addressing Racism and Diversity in Music Institutions’ Webinar on April 28

Mar 29, 2022


Panel speakers Stephanie Shonekan and Keith Jackson

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present a panel discussion webinar titled “Addressing Racism and Diversity in Music Institutions” at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, April 28.

This is the third in a series of presentations with guest panelists Stephanie Shonekan, associate dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of music at the University of Missouri (MU), and Keith Jackson, dean of the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University (WVU). Cal Poly Director of Jazz Studies Arthur White will again moderate the discussion.

Cal Poly Awards Over $108,000 in Grants for Student Research Projects

Mar 29, 2022


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has awarded more than $108,000 to support 33 student research projects through the university’s Baker/Koob endowments, which support hands-on, project-based learning opportunities for individual students and groups. Student projects will be focused on issues including space exploration, machine learning and climate change.

Students from four of Cal Poly’s six colleges were awarded funding and will work with faculty advisors to complete their projects. For many, the projects will serve as part of senior projects or master’s theses.

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