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Cal Poly Achieves Endowment Fundraising Goal of $200,000 with Generous Contribution Match from Quad/Graphics

Jan 25, 2019

Graphic Communication Department Chair Ken Macro, at right, presents a token of appreciation to 2019 Cal Poly Graphic Communication banquet keynote speaker Joel Quadracci.
Quad/Graphics Eric Steinbach Memorial Graphic Communication Endowment to Fund Student Scholarships and Support University’s Graphic Communication Program 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department has met its $200,000 fundraising goal for a new endowment in honor of the late Eric Steinbach, a longtime supporter of the program and the university. 

The department announced this week that it reached its goal thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from Quad/Graphics, which was presented by Quad/Graphics Chairman, President and CEO Joel Quadracci during Cal Poly’s annual International Graphic Communication Week celebration held Jan. 23 at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. The initial $100,000 raised for the endowment came from family and friends of Eric Steinbach, Quad employees; Cal Poly alumni, faculty and staff; and corporations and investment funds.

Cal Poly to Provide Free Tax Preparation for Underserved Communities

Jan 25, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — For the 27th consecutive year, Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business will provide free tax return preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. 

Clinics will be held in San Luis Obispo, Oceano and Santa Maria in February and March.

Cal Poly’s on-campus VITA clinics will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Feb. 2 through March 16. Sessions at the other locations will be by appointment.

Associate Dean Camille O’Bryant Receives Cal Poly Cross Cultural Centers’ First Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award

Jan 23, 2019

College of Science and Mathematics Associate Dean Camille O'Bryant, left, and Jamie Patton, the university’s assistant vice president for Student Affairs — Diversity and Inclusion.
SAN LUIS OBISPO —An associate dean in Cal Poly’s College of Science and Mathematics, recognized as a strong advocate of inclusion and equity efforts for underrepresented students, is the inaugural recipient of the campus MLK Legacy Award.

Camille O’Bryant, who is also a kinesiology professor, received the honor Jan. 16. The award salutes a campus community member who upholds the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by leading with love and hope to create a legacy of diversity, equity and inclusion.

“Camille is a tireless advocate for our students and a staunch supporter of their success, both academic and personal,” said Dean Wendt, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. “I’m incredibly proud that Camille is a member of our college. She daily helps us become a better community.”

Cal Poly University Police Department Officer Receives CSU Life Saving Medal

Jan 23, 2019

Officer Chad Reiley talked a suicidal student off the ledge on the top of a multi-story parking structure in November 2016 incident near Poly Canyon Village residence halls

Cal Poly University Police Officer Chad Reiley pictured with K-9 Brisant.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A 12-year-veteran of the Cal Poly University Police Department was honored Wednesday by the California State University system for saving the life of a suicidal student in 2016.

Officer Chad Reiley, who has worked in law enforcement for 22 years, is the first UPD officer to receive the inaugural CSU lifesaving medal — the fourth highest award issued by the 23-campus CSU.

Cal Poly Architecture Professor Tom Fowler Receives Prestigious CSU Teaching Award

Jan 22, 2019

Tom FowlerSAN LUIS OBISPO — In recognition of extraordinary commitment and dedication, Cal Poly architecture Professor Thomas Fowler has been selected a 2019 recipient of the prestigious Wang Family Excellence Award by the California State University (CSU).

The annual award, established in 1998, recognizes four outstanding CSU faculty members and one staff member who have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements.

For more than 23 years, Fowler has helped shape Cal Poly’s top-ranked public architecture program. He is nationally recognized as an influential innovator in the field of architectural education and has inspired generations of students who have gone on to achieve success in both their personal and professional lives.

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble to Perform Works of Love Feb. 23

Jan 22, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble’s Winter Concert will feature the theme of love at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in Harold J. Miossi Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.

“The deep, passionate love of the works in the concert will be presented in a ‘wasla’ or suite of ‘muwashahat,’ one of the longest continuously performed genres of high art music in the world,” said Samuel Shalhoub, acting director of the ensemble. “The concert will be a celebration of the power of love through music and dance.”

Cal Poly Professor, Air Racing’s “Secret Weapon,” Seeks Another Championship in Abu Dhabi

Jan 17, 2019

Paulo Iscold
Paulo Iscold travels the world with legendary pilot Kirby Chambliss to compete in Red Bull racing series

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Once regarded as the “secret weapon” for airplane racing’s most successful pilot, Cal Poly Professor Paulo Iscold hopes to build on his championship résumé in February when he leads a team at the Red Bull Air Race’s season kickoff in Abu Dhabi.

As a plane designer, the aerospace engineering professor has broken nine world speed records. As the race engineer and team tactician for air racing champ Kirby Chambliss, he modifies planes and provides crucial pilot strategy.

Cal Poly Multicultural Business Program to Host Week of Identity and Diversity Events, Jan. 22-25

Jan 16, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Multicultural Business Program students at Cal Poly will host ID Week, four days of panels, workshops and other events discussing identity and inclusion fromJan. 22-25, culminating in the fourth annual Leadership Beyond the Resume conference.

ID Week, which will feature dialogues facilitated by such student organizations as the Multicultural Business Program, Women in Business, the Hispanic Business Student Association and the Cal Poly Accounting Club, is new this year. Its goal is to provide attendees a better understanding of identity and how it fosters inclusion in the workplace.

Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business, Marketing Evolution Start Student-Run Business Analytics Agency

Jan 16, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business is developing an on-campus business analytics agency thanks to a partnership with Marketing Evolution Inc. and its founder, Rex Briggs, who help Fortune 500 firms improve marketing returns through data analysis.

The student-run agency will give current students the opportunity to deliver innovative, analytics-based solutions to real companies around the world. It will allow for cross-disciplinary cooperation, so students can diversify their knowledge and gain expertise in high-demand subjects including data modeling, automation, artificial intelligence and more.

Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Opens a Manufacturing Lab Available to Entrepreneurs

Jan 16, 2019

HH Annex 1 — The entrance to the HotHouse Annex. The new 4,100 square-foot-space is at 75 Higuera St., in the Pacific Coast Center, in San Luis Obispo.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has opened a new facility to expand opportunities for new products, ideas and companies on the Central Coast.

The new 4,100-square-foot space, named the HotHouse Annex, is at 75 Higuera St., in the Pacific Coast Center, in San Luis Obispo. The space will serve to provide a regional entrepreneurial ecosystem, expand entrepreneurial infrastructure, and promote commercialization of products while continuing the CIE’s mission of developing potential new companies — all to help mitigate the economic impact to the region as Pacific Gas & Electric Co. implements the decommissioning process of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant.


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