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Cal Poly Choirs to Present Virtual Concert on June 8

May 26, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Choirs will present a virtual concert that will include a special set to recognize graduating seniors at 7 p.m. Monday, June 8.

The choirs will perform selections they have been working on through online rehearsals this quarter and works they were going to perform at the Winter Concert, which was canceled due to the shelter-in-place order. There will also be a post-concert talk.

Cal Poly Announces Virtual Summer Accelerator Programs for 2020 Cohort

May 26, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — As California universities take their classes, incubator programs and even graduation ceremonies virtual, Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is also taking its signature 12-week summer HotHouse Accelerator program virtually with eight new startups.

Media Alert — Cal Poly Thanks Health Care Workers, Other Essential Employees with ‘Light It Blue to Thank You’ Effort

May 22, 2020


The Grand Avenue entrance to Cal Poly is illuminated with blue lights to thank health care and other essential workers.
What: In an effort to recognize and thank all health care workers who have been providing support, guidance and care for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other essential employees, several buildings and landmarks on the Cal Poly campus will be illuminated with blue light starting tonight (Friday, May 22). 

The lights also symbolize appreciation for everyone who helped prepare the county’s Alternate Care Site at the ASI Recreation Center on campus; the more than 600 community medical volunteers who are signed up and trained to run the ACS if it’s ever needed to treat COVID-19 patients; and about 50 additional county personnel who work occasionally at the ACS or perform an administrative function.

The lights also recognize the many “essential personnel” who continue to keep the university’s campus clean, safe and operational for students and staff during this pandemic challenge, as well as those serving the entire San Luis Obispo county community. 

Cal Poly Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty, Staff and Students Produce Hand Sanitizer for Campus Use

May 20, 2020


Biochemistry major Julia Gibbs, left, with chemistry assistant professor Scott Eagon, prepare to produce hand sanitizer in Cal Poly’s Baker Center for Science and Mathematics on May 15, 2020.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — When hand sanitizer started flying off local shelves about two months ago, Cal Poly chemistry assistant professor Scott Eagon decided to turn a difficult situation into a hands-on learning opportunity for several students, and help the community in the process.

“There have been times recently when it’s been difficult to obtain sanitizer, and we wanted to help the local community as much as possible,” said Eagon, who led a group of students and staff in producing two kinds of hand sanitizer for Cal Poly’s campus community.

Cal Poly Study Finds Online Exercise Information Often Inaccurate

May 14, 2020


Much of the free advice online doesn’t follow national guidelines

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The shelter-at-home order has turned many fitness-minded people into their own personal trainers, scouring the internet for the best information on how to stay physically fit. However, a new Cal Poly study finds that much of the online advice could be more helpful if it adhered more closely to national physical activity guidelines.

Cal Poly’s ‘RSVP XXV: Call and Response’ to be Presented in Virtual Episodes June 4-6

May 11, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department’s student production ensemble RSVP will present “RSVP XXV: Call and Response” in three video episodes starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 4-6.

Cal Poly Study Finds Climate Change May Threaten Local Endangered Lizard

May 5, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — An iconic local lizard in the Carrizo Plain may be threatened by climate change, according to a study by Cal Poly, York University in Canada, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The team of scientists found that soaring summer temperatures force blunt-nosed leopard lizards into underground burrows for much of the day, where they cannot mate, feed or defend their territories.

Cal Poly Architectural Engineering EERI Seismic Design Team Wins Second Place

Apr 29, 2020


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SAN LUIS OBISPO — A team of Cal Poly architectural engineering (ARCE) students placed second in the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Seismic Design Competition (SDC) in early March in San Diego.

The Cal Poly team competed against 46 other university teams from throughout the U.S. and countries such as Canada, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Malaysia, Mexico, Turkey and Romania.

Cal Poly Honored Again by Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA

Apr 16, 2020


The campus, with one of the largest urban forests in the U.S., first received the honor in 2014

SAN LUIS OBISPO — For the sixth consecutive year, Cal Poly has been named a Tree Campus USA for its commitment to urban forest management, the Arbor Day Foundation announced.

The 2019 award — the foundation honors campuses for their previous year’s commitment — recognizes Cal Poly’s best practices in managing one of the largest and most diverse university urban forests in the nation.

Cal Poly to Hold Virtual Tomato Spectacular Sale, with Plant Pickups, Beginning April 17

Apr 16, 2020


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s annual Tomato Spectacular plant sale will go on — with plants available for purchase online and scheduled pick-up times on campus. 

More than 70 different types of tomato plants will be available at the annual Tomato Spectacular sale. Online ordering will begin Friday, April 17, at www.polyplantshop.com and will continue until plants are sold out.

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