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Cal Poly ROTC Advances to Western Regional Competition

Nov 2, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly ROTC took first place at the regional 2018 Ranger Challenge at Camp San Luis Obispo on Oct. 27-28, advancing the cadets to the next competition at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Seattle, Washington, in January to compete against the University of Hawaii and the University of Montana.

This is the first time in six years that the Cal Poly ROTC team has advanced to the next stage of the competition.

“The amount of effort put forth by the cadets this year has been incredible, and the results bear testimony to their mental and physical toughness,” said Capt. Dominic Senteno, the team’s cadre advisor.

Cal Poly Welcomes Back Diversity Specialist Kimberly McLaughlin-Smith on Nov. 8

Nov 2, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will welcome Kimberly McLaughlin-Smith, a diversity specialist at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, back to campus Nov. 8 to lead further conversations around diversity, inclusion, community-building and allyship.

Students, staff, faculty and the San Luis Obispo community are invited to attend an event from 8:30 to 11 a.m. titled “Allyship: Making it Work on Your Campus and In Our Community.”

McLaughlin-Smith will provide a guide to lasting allyship — being willing to use your privilege to take on the task of fighting and speaking up for those who have experienced oppression — through empathetic listening and learning useful to everyone in an inclusive climate.

Cal Poly Researchers Investigate Healthiest Ways to Breast and Bottle-Feed

Nov 1, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly professor Alison Ventura and her students are working to decode the unspoken mysteries between a mother and her baby. With a total of $2 million in multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health, the research team will study how interactions between mothers and babies may affect babies’ risk for overfeeding and later obesity.
“An infant’s first year is a critical period for growth and development that sets the stage for later eating behaviors, dietary preferences, and obesity risk,” said Ventura, a faculty member in Cal Poly’s Kinesiology and Public Health Department. “We hope that our research can add to the growing body of knowledge regarding how to ensure that all babies — regardless of whether they are breast or bottle-fed — have the healthiest start, and to ensure that all mothers can feel confident and supported when feeding their infants.”

Cal Poly Bandfest Concert with New Director of Bands Set for Nov. 30

Oct 31, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Nearly 300 students will perform at Cal Poly’s annual Bandfest at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in Harold J. Miossi Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

The show will feature the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble in an evening of works ranging from the sensitive to the powerful.

The concert will begin with Jack Stamp’s “Gavorkna Fanfare.” Other works on the program include José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana’s “Sit de Plata,” and Percy Grainger’s “Colonial Song.” The Cal Poly Chamber Winds will present Gordon Jacob’s setting of English folk songs, “Old Wine in New Bottles.”

Cal Poly Announces $100,000 Grant from Silicon Valley Foundation to Help Fund Research and Training at California Cybersecurity Institute

Oct 31, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A $100,000 grant from the Silicon Valley Foundation will help Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) protect critical infrastructures with multiple initiatives, beginning with a Nov. 4 hackathon focused on the “internet of things.”

The grant, received at the recommendation of Cisco Systems, Inc., through its Advanced Security Research Program, will help the CCI promote cybersecurity for both private and public infrastructure. Critical infrastructure, deemed vital to the United States’ economic well-being, health and security, includes sectors in financial services, government facilities, healthcare and agriculture, among others.

Cal Poly CIE Welcomes Three Professors to the Faculty Fellows Program

Oct 30, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has named three professors to its multidisciplinary cohort of Faculty Fellows, a program that is helping build the entrepreneurship culture at Cal Poly.
Three of Cal Poly’s six colleges are represented in this new group of fellows: Bo Liu of the BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; Erik Sapper of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department in the College of Science and Mathematics; and Michael Whitt of the Biomedical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering.

Guest Flutist to Present Lecture-Recital on ‘Suppressed Music’ Nov. 9 at Cal Poly

Oct 29, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Suzanne Snizek, associate professor of music at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, will present a lecture-recital from 10:10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus. 
Titled “Suppressed Music,” the presentation will cover a sampling of composers who have been threatened, imprisoned, killed and/or had their work denied performance by governments for political or religious reasons. Because of this, the composers have remained largely unknown. The program will primarily draw from the periods of World War I and World War II.

Cal Poly Center for Service in Action Launches Make-a-Difference Month

Oct 29, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO –– Cal Poly’s Center for Service in Action is designating the month of November as Make a Difference Month.
In response to increased demand, the center is extending Make a Difference Day — its traditional day of service — into a month-long service event for local organizations and community members. Make a Difference Day is a nationally designated service day in which local residents are matched with community service opportunities at nonprofit organizations throughout the Central Coast.

Cal Poly and Industry Leaders to Host Hackathon at California Cybersecurity Institute Nov. 3-4

Oct 29, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) will host a hackathon focused around the “internet of things,” sponsored by security and technology industry leaders Arlo and Bugcrowd, Nov. 3-4, at Camp San Luis Obispo.

Cal Poly students will compete against skilled “white hat” hackers from government organizations and the cybersecurity industry at the hackathon in “Red Team vs. Blue Team” training exercises. The CCI will also showcase a mock city complete with a staged hospital and business that participants will hack into and protect during the training scenarios.

Cal Poly’s Mustang Media Group to Host San Luis Obispo Mayoral Candidate Open Forum Oct. 30

Oct 25, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — San Luis Obispo mayoral candidates Heidi Harmon and T. Keith Gurnee will participate in an open forum hosted by Mustang Media Group, the Cal Poly Journalism Department’s student-run media organization, from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the University Union Plaza on campus.
“The Mustang Media Group team is thrilled to host our first completely student-run mayoral forum with incumbent Heidi Harmon and T. Keith Gurnee. Both candidates have a connection to Cal Poly and are campaigning on issues that deeply affect the campus community,” said Austin Linthicum, business administration junior and editor-in-chief of Mustang Media Group.


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