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Cal Poly Research Finds Reslient Algae May Help Abalone During Ocean Acidification 

Aug 3, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — New research from Cal Poly and California Sea Grant sounds a hopeful note for the resilience of California abalone in the face of ocean acidification. The study, conducted by Cal Poly biologist Jennifer O’Leary, focuses on crustose coralline algae and their effects on abalone’s ability to reproduce. 

“This research is novel in that it shows that some critical interactions between species can be maintained, even for sensitive species,” O’Leary said. “This is good news for California abalone, as loss of the algae would mean catastrophic declines in abalone replenishment.” 

Members of Inaugural Cal Poly Spanish-language Debate Team Ranked as World Finalists

Aug 3, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Spanish-language debate team members Megan Boyd and Yessenia Sanchez finished as finalists at the Campeonato Mundial Universitario de Debate en Español (CMUDE).

Held July 15-24 at the University of Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala City, CMUDE is the largest international Spanish-language university debate competition. Throughout the 10-day competition, Boyd, a biology senior from Lake Forest, Calif., and Sanchez, a business senior from Hollister, Calif., competed with about 300 other participants from around the world.

Cal Poly Makes Money Magazine’s 2017 List of ‘Best Colleges for Your Money’

Aug 2, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO – Money magazine has named Cal Poly to its list of 2017-18 Best Colleges for Your Money, based on educational quality, affordability and graduate earnings.​

Cal Poly is one of 19 California State University campuses included in Money magazine’s list, the fourth annual value ranking of schools. Cal Poly was listed at 104 out of 711 U.S. universities and colleges.

Cal Poly Graphic Communication Department Receives Two Cutting-Edge Kongsberg Digital Cutting Tables

Aug 2, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department received two Kongsberg digital cutting tables from Esko Graphics, which will allow students to further explore finishing and packaging technologies both in the classroom and in graphic communication clubs. In addition to these two machines, Esko donated tooling for the two tables, training, software, installation and delivery. The approximate value of the Kongsberg configuration as equipped is $185,000.

Cal Poly to Host Free Teachers Summit on July 28

Jul 21, 2017


Third annual summit will bring together educators from across the state for day of learning led by and for teachers

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly invites local teachers to join colleagues across the state at the third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit on July 28. The free day of learning is open to all California educators; registration is still open.

Cal Poly Names Dean Wendt to Lead College of Science and Mathematics 

Jul 18, 2017


Alumnus will succeed Dean Phil Bailey, who is retiring after nearly 50 years at the university

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly Provost Kathleen Enz Finken today announced that Dean Wendt, a biology professor and currently the university’s dean of research, will become dean of the College of Science and Mathematics effective July 1.

Wendt will succeed current Dean Phil Bailey, who is retiring after 48 years as a professor and administrator at the university, including 34 at the helm of the College of Science and Mathematics.

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Cal Poly Shines in Latest PayScale.com Return-on-Investment Report

Jul 18, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — A Cal Poly education pays dividends for decades, according to the latest PayScale.com ranking of return on investment among the nation’s top colleges and universities.

Cal Poly ties for No. 29 for all institutions nationally in the 2017 rankings, up from No. 32 a year ago, with California residents netting 20-year return on investment of nearly $680,000, according to the online salary, benefits and compensation information company.

Cal Poly Freshman Named Treasurer of California FFA State Officer Team 

Jul 18, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly freshman Armando Nevarez, a bioresorce and agricultural engineering major, has been elected treasurer of the California FFA State Officer Team. He will serve alongside five colleagues in 2017-18, traveling the state and representing the organization.

Nevarez, a first-generation college student form Holtville, California, will take a year off from his studies at Cal Poly to fulfill his duties as a state officer. He was elected to the position April 24 in front of more than 7,000 people at the FFA state conference held at Fresno’s Selland Arena after an intense five-day interview process.

Cal Poly Receives STARS Silver Rating for Sustainability Achievements

Jul 18, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has earned a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

This is the first time the university has applied for a STARS rating. Recognizing the value of the STARS framework, Cal Poly pursued the rating to establish benchmarks for its sustainability efforts. Cal Poly rated highest in the areas of curriculum, campus engagement, planning, and water and greenhouse gas emissions management. 

Donation Funds HD Upgrade to Student-Run TV Studio at Cal Poly

Jul 18, 2017


Retired Raytheon CEO Bill Swanson and wife, Cheryl, give $100,000

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Thanks to a $100,000 donation to the Cal Poly Journalism Department from Bill and Cheryl Swanson, the university’s student-run television studio will be outfitted with the latest cameras, switchers and other equipment, allowing students to broadcast in high definition.

“We chose to make this donation because we believe in Learn by Doing, and Cal Poly students deserve the best,” said Bill Swanson, chairman of Cal Poly’s Foundation Board and retired chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Raytheon Company.

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