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Cal Poly Campus Dining to Switch to Compostable Paper Straws

Sep 10, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Campus Dining is making the switch to paper straws beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, taking another step toward the university’s zero waste goal.

The move away from plastic straws to a more recyclable alternative supports Cal Poly’s commitment to sustainability as the university works toward diverting 80 percent of its consumer waste away from landfills by 2020.

Cal Poly Week of Welcome Set for Sept. 16-23

Sep 10, 2018

WOW Kicks-off academic year with educational presentations and activates 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Nearly 5,500 freshmen and transfer students are expected to kick off Cal Poly’s 2018-19 academic year by participating in the university’s Week of Welcome — known as WOW — from Sunday to Sunday, Sept. 16-23.

New Cal Poly students will move into campus residence halls Friday through Saturday, Sept. 14-15; continuing students will move in Sunday through Wednesday, Sept. 16-19.

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Cal Poly Named Best in the West by U.S. News for 26th Consecutive Year

Sep 10, 2018

Latest ranking follows No. 1 showing in Forbes Best Colleges list

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly has been named the best public, master’s-level university in the West by U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook for the 26th straight year.

The 2019 guidebook lists Cal Poly in 12th place overall in the West for all regional universities. The Western regional list includes public and private institutions in 15 states that provide “a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs but few doctoral programs.” (Universities that grant doctoral degrees, such as those in the University of California system, are listed in a separate category.)

The U.S. News ranking comes on the heels of Forbes naming Cal Poly the No. 1 public masters-level university in California.

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Cal Poly Music Department Presents ‘Brahms Songs’ Oct. 6

Sep 6, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present “Brahms Songs,” a faculty lecture-recital at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.

 David Arrivée will begin the presentation with a talk about Johannes Brahms and his compositions. Katherine Arthur, soprano, and Paul Woodring, piano, will perform two sets of eight Brahms songs. Between the sets, Woodring will perform the Intermezzo in A Major, one of Brahms best-loved short piano pieces.

Cal Poly to Host Demo Day Event on Sept. 14

Aug 30, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) will host its annual Demo Day on Friday, Sept. 14, at the Fremont Theater in downtown San Luis Obispo.
The event culminates CIE’s 2018 HotHouse Summer Accelerator program — an intense 13-week program that helps students and recent graduates who have developed new products and ventures. Representatives of the eight participating companies will give demonstrations and pitches and answer questions about their entrepreneurial efforts.

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Cal Poly Music Department Faculty Recital Set for Sept. 29

Aug 28, 2018

Event to Feature Violinist Brynn Albanese
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present a faculty recital with violinist Brynn Albanese at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in the Davidson Music Center on campus.
Albanese, applied violin and viola instructor for the Music Department, will perform an eclectic mix of solo violin works as well as duos with faculty members Ken Hustad (bass) and John Astaire (percussion). She will also perform with guest guitarist Jack Cimo.

Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute Offers 27 New Cyber Certification Courses

Aug 28, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI) at Cal Poly has partnered with Stronger International and Mile2 to announce 27 new cutting-edge courses available to anyone working in the fast-changing field of cybersecurity.
The Stronger and Mile2 classes will be offered online, onsite at the CCI or remotely across California to professionals — from foundational to expert-level cyber security courses in Mile2’s renowned cyber range. 

Cal Poly Professor Receives CSU Honor for Innovation and Leadership

Aug 28, 2018

Zoë Wood sparked interest in computer science by integrating art, reaching out to women and finding a lost World War II plane
SAN LUIS OBISPO -- Professor Zoë Wood, who has worked to increase the number of women studying computer science, designed curriculums for all levels of computer science education, and helped students find a lost World War II plane near Italy, has been honored with a 2018 Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award by the California State University Chancellor’s Office.

Cal Poly Seeks Volunteers for Program Aimed at Easing College Transition for Out-of-State Students

Aug 24, 2018

Cal Poly’s Local Connections program is seeking local residents with a desire to support out-of-state students and provide a home-away-from-home on the Central Coast.
Originally created in 2014 by Cal Poly parents Scott and Julia Starkey, the program connects students with San Luis Obispo residents to offer a local support system as they transition to life at Cal Poly. The program also provides a meaningful way for local residents to volunteer their time, make lifelong connections with participating students, and give back to their local community.

Cal Poly Professor Works to Protect Koalas in Australia

Aug 24, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Professor Greg Brown, whose research is focused on community engagement and participation, is working with a team of researchers from three universities and four local governments in New South Wales, Australia, to protect koalas, which are a nationally threatened species.
Brown, who heads Cal Poly’s Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department, said the overarching goal of the research is to identify locations that provide high koala conservation value and also have community support for conservation. The Australia Koala Foundation estimates there are less than 80,000 koalas today, down from millions in the last century. Human development and encroachment are the key drivers for the current decline in koalas, Brown said.


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