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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.

Longtime Cal Poly Supporters Pledge $1.5 million to Support J.G. Boswell Agricultural Technology Center

Jul 18, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Jim and Michelle Marderosian, longtime supporters of Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and key leaders in the citrus industry, have pledged $1.5 million to the college’s new J.G. Boswell Agricultural Technology Center.

The gift will fund a new plant pathology lab that will be used to diagnose and explore plant diseases and disease control strategies.

Cal Poly Announces New Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Inclusion

Jul 18, 2017


Josephine De Leon will lead efforts to foster an inclusive campus climate

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has named Josephine (Jozi) De Leon as vice president and chief officer for diversity and inclusion.

De Leon will serve as the campus leader of inclusivity and diversity initiatives at Cal Poly. In her role, she will report directly to President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and will function as a leading voice on matters of equality, diversity and inclusion. De Leon will start at Cal Poly on July 10.

Cal Poly Announces Scott Dawson to Return as Orfalea College of Business Dean

Jul 18, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly announced today that former Orfalea College of Business Dean Scott Dawson will return to the position effective June 1.

“We are pleased that Scott will return as part of our leadership team and that the Orfalea College of Business’ students, faculty and staff will once again benefit from his visionary leadership and commitment to Learn by Doing,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong.

Cal Poly Research Finds Mothers Distracted During Breast and Bottle Feeding

Jul 10, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Mothers are distracted nearly half the time they’re breast or bottle feeding their infants, according to a study by Cal Poly kinesiology Professor Alison Ventura published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

More than one in four mothers reported distractions from electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablets and televisions.

Cal Poly Student Researchers Help Locate WWII Wreckage Near Malta

Jul 10, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — A new autonomous underwater vehicle and mapping technology developed by engineering students from Cal Poly and Harvey Mudd College helped lead to the discovery of “historically significant” remains of a missing World War II plane found off the coast of Malta.

The wreckage was of the Fairey Swordfish, a biplane torpedo bomber used by the Royal Navy in the 1930s and during World War II. A small group of Swordfish bombers played a role in the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck in 1941. These rare planes were an important part of the war efforts in the Mediterranean waters around Malta.

Cal Poly Packaging and Design Students Earn National Awards at 2017 Ameristar Student Packaging Competition

Jul 5, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — For the second consecutive year, four teams of Cal Poly students took first-, second- and third-place awards and an honorable mention in the 2017 Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) Ameristar Student Packaging Competition.

Cal Poly Concrete Canoe Team Wins National Title

Jun 26, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s concrete canoe team — and its canoe named Meraki — was named the national champion at the American Society of Civil Engineers Concrete Canoe Competition, held June 17-19 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo.

The national title included a $5,000 award.

North Hollywood High School Wins California Cyber Innovation Challenge Competition at Cal Poly

Jun 26, 2017


Coast Union High School in San Luis Obispo County Recognized as Best New Cyber Team

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After two days of intense competition among 16 high school cybersecurity competition teams, North Hollywood High Team Togo won the second annual California Cyber Innovation Challenge, held at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. More than 100 student competitors completed timed cybersecurity challenges designed to replicate the many different threats that cybersecurity professionals face, from attacks on critical infrastructure to attempted breaches of consumer data on connected devices.

Student competitors expressed interest in a wide variety of careers, from medicine to aerospace engineering to public service, while acknowledging that cybersecurity will play a key role in all of these fields. Informed by this new understanding of the wide variety of careers that require cybersecurity knowledge, student competitors are already looking ahead to the 2018 innovation challenge. Kai Schelly, a competitor on the North Hollywood Togo Team, said, “We have a responsibility as reigning champs to keep this going, because all these other schools are stepping up their game.”

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