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Cal Poly Foundation Board Chair Recognized with Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award

Mar 26, 2019


William H. Swanson Receives Navy’s Highest Civilian Honor


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Foundation Board Chair William H. Swanson has been recognized by Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer with the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

The award is the highest honor the secretary can confer upon a civilian employee. It is granted only to those who have given distinguished or extraordinary service to the Department of the Navy and is reserved for contributions that are so unusual or significant that recognition at the Secretary of the Navy level is deserved.

Cal Poly Seeking Entrants for Annual Community Flower Show

Mar 21, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly is looking for a few good gardeners — and their flowers — for the annual Community Flower Show, to be held Saturday, April 13, as part of the university’s Open House 2019. 

Community members are invited to enter their flower specimens in the show. Those wanting to enter the show can register for the event from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the  Horticulture Unit (No. 48) near the Poly Plant Shop. Entries are due between 7 and 8 a.m. Saturday, April 13.

Cal Poly Research Aims to Promote Healthy Feeding Patterns and Weight Gain for Bottle-Fed Infants

Mar 21, 2019


Qualifying mothers offered $100 and free baby bottles to take part in three-month study

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly is looking for mothers who are bottle-feeding their babies to participate in a three-month study that aims to promote healthy feeding patterns and weight gain for bottle-fed infants. Participants will receive as many free baby bottles as they need and $100.

Eligible participants are mothers, with newborns to 6-month-old infants, who are feeding their babies expressed breast milk or formula.

Cal Poly Wins Medal in National Cheese Competition

Mar 15, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly earned a third-place award for its student-produced Grand Gouda against some of the top cheesemakers in the nation at the 2019 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest. The university also placed fifth with its Smoked Gouda. 

The contest, held every other year in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is the nation’s largest and most prestigious technical cheese judging competition. This year, a record 2,555 entries from 35 states competed for awards in 116 classes of cheese and butter from March 5-7.

Cal Poly Open House Recital Set for April 13

Mar 14, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present an Open House Recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.

The recital, featuring both instrumentalists and vocalists, is one of many scheduled events for Cal Poly’s 26th annual Open House.

The program will include string ensembles, a saxophone quartet, barbershop quartet, jazz combo and brass ensembles.The student performers are from a variety of majors, and all are involved in at least one of the department’s large, premier ensembles, including Cal Poly’s Choirs, Symphony, University Jazz Bands, Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.

Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre to Present Cabaret-Style Showcase on April 12

Mar 14, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre (CPSOT) will present a 1930s and ’40s cabaret-style showcase of works from the “Great American Songbook” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, in Spanos Theatre on campus.

There will be delightful solos, duets and trios — comprising music majors and minors — that will perform works by Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Cole Porter.

The songs will include the beloved “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “The Man That Got Away,” “Paper Moon,” “Embraceable You,” “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor,” “God Bless America” and “Night and Day.”

Seven Cal Poly Scholars Receive $5,000 Scholarships from a Partnership Between Dignity Health and Cal Poly

Mar 14, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Seven Cal Poly students — including one from Paso Robles — were awarded renewable scholarships under a partnership between Dignity Health and the university’s Cal Poly Scholars program.

Under the arrangement, scholarships of $5,000 per year for up to five years were awarded to qualifying students seeking careers in the medical or health fields and who are majoring in biology, biochemistry, nutrition, kinesiology or business. This supplemental funding will offset some of the costs for tuition and housing while students pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Cal Poly Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Identifying Weekend Vandal

Mar 11, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Police Department is seeking the community’s help in identifying the person believed to be responsible for slashed automobile and bicycle tires and other vandalism on campus the weekend of March 9-10.

While investigation the incidents, police have obtained two videos, which appear to show the same culprit.

Cal Poly’s Student Media Groups Win 46 Awards at National Conference

Mar 8, 2019


Accolades Include Best Website and Newspaper in the Country

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Every platform of Mustang Media Group, the Cal Poly Journalism Department’s student-run media organization, received national recognition from three of college media’s most distinguished organizations — California College Media Association (CCMA), Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) and College Media Business and Advertising Managers (CMBAM).

Cal Poly students returned from a joint CCMA/ACP/CMBAM national conference, held Feb. 28-March 3, at the Hyatt Regency, in La Jolla, California, with 46 awards across multiple categories, including Best Website and Best Print Weekly Newspaper.

Cal Poly Aerospace Professor, Students Create Sailplane Flown by Record-Breaking Pilot

Mar 8, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Towed into flight by a crop duster and controlled by a renowned, record-breaking pilot, a sailplane created by a Cal Poly aerospace engineering professor and his students soared 5,000 feet over Castle Air Force Base near Merced in early March.

The plane, named Nixus (“pushing forward” in Latin), is the fourth created by Paulo Iscold, who joined the faculty last year.

“I think it gave Cal Poly a little taste of what we can do,” Iscold said. “This first step is just a small step.”

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