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Cal Poly Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremonies Set for June 15 and 16

Jun 13, 2019


University will host evening ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday

SAN LUIS OBISPO — More than 5,100 students are eligible to graduate in two ceremonies at Cal Poly’s spring commencement Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16. The three-hour ceremonies will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Spanos Stadium.

The Class of 2019’s 5,135 graduation candidates is about 7 percent larger than last year’s 4,803.

Cal Poly Choral Conductor and Students to Travel to Kenya in July

Jun 11, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Scott Glysson, Cal Poly director of choral activities, will travel to Kenya from July 1-8 to lead a choral conducting workshop in Nairobi at the invitation of the Kenyan government and Kenyatta University. Six Cal Poly students will accompany him and perform with members of Kenyan choirs.

This will be a return visit to Kenya for Glysson, who first traveled there in September as a U.S. representative in the American Choral Directors Association International Conductors Exchange Program. During his weeklong stay, Glysson ran a conducting workshop for 120 Kenyan choral directors and conducted an all-Kenyan choral/orchestral performance of Vivaldi’s “Gloria.”

Cal Poly Collaborates with Amazon Web Services to Launch Initiative for Harnessing Satellite Data to Solve Global Challenges

Jun 10, 2019


Satellite Data Solutions Initiative to Operate Through Digital Transformation Hub at Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly today announced the Satellite Data Solutions (SDS) Initiative built on Amazon Web Services to harness data from Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites to address the planet’s most critical challenges. These challenges include forecasting natural disasters and assessing their impact, helping relief workers seek alternative access routes for delivering cargo or medical supplies, and weather tracking in order to alert ships and aircraft.

The initiative, which was announced at the AWS Public Sector Summit 2019 in Washington, D.C., is part of the Digital Transformation Hub (DxHUB) that was formed by Cal Poly and AWS to solve real-world challenges by providing innovation guidance to public sector organizations and their experts while offering Cal Poly student’s hands-on learning experience.

Cal Poly Spring 2019 Great Grads

Jun 7, 2019


Six Outstanding Graduates Look Back on Struggles and Accomplishments and Forward to Their Futures

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly caps the academic year each June with Commencement and a chance to say goodbye and good luck to thousands of graduates who will soon begin careers or move on to advanced studies.

More than 5,100 graduates are eligible to take part in Commencement on June 15 and 16. They will leave to address the world’s problems with innovation, creativity and confidence earned through their Learn by Doing education.

Each of this year’s graduates has a unique story of success and perseverance, along with thoughts on how their university experience has shaped them as they prepare to make their way in the world.

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Cal Poly Honor Choir Festival Concert Set for June 29

Jun 7, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — High school singers from throughout the state will combine with Cal Poly singers for the second annual Cal Poly High School Honor Choir Festival Concert at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church.

This year, the festival will feature a chamber women’s chorus of 16 singers. Established by Cal Poly Director of Choral Activities Scott Glysson, the festival provides an opportunity for talented high school singers to perform great music alongside collegiate singers and work with accomplished conductors.

Cal Poly Announces HotHouse Summer Accelerator Program’s 2019 Cohort

Jun 7, 2019


Seven new startups of students and recent graduates will begin intense three-month session designed to help companies find their strides


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has accepted seven startup companies into the 2019 HotHouse Summer Accelerator program. The intense 12-week program is designed for students and recent graduates who have developed new ventures and need funding and CIE resources to help launch their companies.

The program provides these teams with $10,000 in capital, plus hands-on strategic business guidance from faculty and mentors, dedicated office space in the HotHouse, and weekly programming. Accelerator companies will also receive training, introduction to investors and resources to help advance their startups.

Cal Poly to Host Paradise Students, 28 Other Teams at Statewide Cybersecurity Championship June 21-23

Jun 6, 2019


Paradise Students, Who Lost Their School in the Devastating Camp Fire, Will Compete for the First Time


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — For the third straight year, Cal Poly will host hundreds of high school and middle school students and test their ability to solve cybercrimes in the California Cyber Innovation Challenge (CCIC) on June 21-23.  

For the first time, students from Achieve Charter School of Paradise, California, will take part — less than a year after the Camp Fire destroyed more than 18,800 structures in Butte County last November, including the students’ homes and school. The team is comprised of six middle school students.

Cal Poly Architecture Students Finish Work on Vision for Rebuilding in Paradise

May 30, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Small-scale models of buildings are taking shape inside faculty member Stacey White’s third-year architecture studio class, where students are wrapping up an intense, six-month project to envision how the fire-ravaged town of Paradise, California, could rebuild.

The students’ work, which started less than two months after the Camp Fire devastated the Northern California town last November, culminates with one last trip to Paradise on June 2-3 to present their final projects to the community, followed by a presentation at Cal Poly on June 4 and a trip to speak at the AIA Conference on Architecture on June 6.

“The students are so invested,” said White who, along with faculty member Kent Macdonald, has led the students as they took their ideas from a conceptual phase to a fully designed building. “It’s not theoretical. When they design these projects, they're picturing the people they’ve met from Paradise and doing what they can to make them proud.”

Cal Poly Art and Design Seniors Showcase Their Work in University Art Gallery Exhibit Through June 14

May 29, 2019


Gallery opening reception set for 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 31

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will present “What the Wall Said,” featuring multi-disciplinary works by students graduating from the Art and Design Department, to run May 31 through June 14.

Graduating seniors with concentrations in studio art, photography and video, and graphic design will display their most accomplished and current work.

Cal Poly to Launch Campus Community Garden for Students, Faculty and Staff

May 29, 2019


Groundbreaking for the Food Pantry Garden set for Tuesday, June 4

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will host a groundbreaking for its new organic campus community garden at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, near the Health Center and Recreation Center climbing wall.

The 1,200-square-foot Food Pantry Garden, sponsored by Cal Poly’s Campus Health & Wellbeing Department along with the Honors Program and Facilities’ Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability Department, will be open for 2019 plot applications starting in June. Any student, staff or faculty member interested in a garden space can apply.

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