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Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering Professor Earns Statewide Teaching Award

Jan 6, 2020



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Brian Self, a Cal Poly mechanical engineering professor who has championed active learning techniques, is one of four faculty members in the California State University system to earn the Wang Family Excellence Award, taking the CSU’s sole Outstanding Faculty Teaching honor.

Cal Poly Float Wins Director Award at 2020 Rose Parade®

Jan 1, 2020


Universities’ Float ‘Aquatic Aspirations’ Recognized as California-Grown Certified for the Ninth Consecutive Year


PASADENA, Calif. — Cal Poly universities’ playful “Aquatic Aspirations” received the Director Award for the most outstanding artistic design and use of floral and non-floral materials at the 131st Rose Parade® held New Year’s Day.

The float, which features a submarine exploring a sunken shipwreck that is also home to a colorful array of marine wildlife, was designed and built by teams of students from Cal Poly and California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. It is the seventh time in 72 appearances that a Cal Poly float has featured an ocean-related design — this year celebrating the parade’s theme, “The Power of Hope.”

Cal Poly to Present Faculty Bass Recital on Jan. 17

Dec 19, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Music Department faculty member and string bassist Ken Hustad will present a recital with guest performers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45).

Cal Poly to Host USA Pentathlon National Qualifying Event on Jan. 18 and 19

Dec 19, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Top athletes from across the country will compete for a spot on the USA Pentathlon 2020 Olympic team at Cal Poly in January.

The university will host the final national qualifying event Jan. 18-19 for up to 50 athletes competing in the modern pentathlon. This is the second of two qualifiers; the first took place in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Dec.14-15. The top four men and four women will be named to Team USA.

Cal Poly Student Team Wins Convention Management Competition

Dec 19, 2019



Interdisciplinary team creates an annual convention for home share and vacation rental owners to improve their homestay business

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A proposal to create an annual convention for home share and vacation rental owners to enhance their knowledge, network and property-management skills led to a first-place win for a team of Cal Poly students from the Experience Industry Management Department.

Cal Poly Experience Innovation Lab Receives $500,000 Donation from George P. Johnson

Dec 19, 2019


The partnership is an investment in the future of experience marketing and design

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The future of experience marketing and design is in expert hands as the world’s leading experiential marketing agency — George P. Johnson (GPJ), part of the Project Worldwide agency network — pledged $500,000 to the development of an experiential learning lab at Cal Poly.

Cal Poly’s Annual Bach Week Jan. 21-25 Will Showcase the Masterpiece Mass in B Minor

Dec 16, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present Bach Week from Tuesday through Saturday, Jan. 21-25, with presentations and performances on campus and at the First Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo. 

Students in Cal Poly College Prep Programs Advance to Higher Education at Rates Higher Than National Average

Dec 16, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Local high school students who participated in Cal Poly TRIO pre-college preparation programs advanced to institutions of higher learning at higher rates than those at TRIO programs nationally.

Cal Poly Contributes to Study on Ways to Increase Sea Otter Population

Dec 16, 2019


California could triple the southern sea otter population by recolonizing San Francisco Bay

SAN LUIS OBISPO —Sea otters frolicking offshore amid kelp beds and rocky shoals has become an iconic image of the California coastline. But researchers say it may draw away attention from the value of other habitat — estuaries — that could truly help the endangered species in its recovery.

Cal Poly Float Entry Gets an Early Slot in the 2020 Rose Parade

Dec 13, 2019


‘Aquatic Aspirations’ will be the second float and fourth overall participant in the 131st annual parade, which begins at 8 a.m. Jan. 1


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly universities’ “Aquatic Aspirations” will be the second float to roll down Colorado Boulevard on Jan. 1 at the 2020 Rose Parade.

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