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Cal Poly to Co-Host Health Soils Project Demonstration Field Day Nov. 29 in Paso Robles

Nov 13, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will co-host a demonstration field day on compost application in vineyards, to be held 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 29, at J. Lohr Vineyards in Paso Robles.

Presenters will discuss compost use from a variety of perspectives and showcase the types of soil monitoring taking place at J. Lohr Vineyards as part of a three-year project funded by a $200,000 grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Healthy Soils Program. The project will demonstrate the potential for vineyard soils to capture and store carbon through the use of appropriate land management practices.

Cal Poly Fall Jazz Concert Set for Dec. 7

Nov 9, 2018

A photo from last year’s Fall Jazz Concert, with Paul Rinzler directing.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s University Jazz Bands will present the annual Fall Jazz Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the Spanos Theatre on campus. 

Known to the world as America’s original art form, jazz has several subgenres, which will be showcased at this concert. “Concert-goers can expect a range from the tasteful and sonically intimate small combo sound, to the powerful and robust sound of traditional big bands with vocalists,” said Dave Becker, acting director of the jazz program.

The concert will feature two big bands and two combos — nearly 40 student musicians from a variety of majors on campus.

Cal Poly Soil Science Team Wins Regional Competition

Nov 9, 2018

 Coach Daniel Johnson, Riley McFarland, Angel Ramirez, Abigail Gnewuch, Blake Toney, Katie White, Manfred Mayer, Janelle Rey, Braden Povah and Professor Gordon Rees.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Soil Judging Team won first place in the Regional 6 Collegiate Soil Judging Competition held Nov. 3 at Bartleson Ranch in Arroyo Grande.

The competition, sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America, challenges students to describe, classify and interpret soils in the field in a competitive setting using standards established by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Cal Poly Symphony Opens Season with ‘The Symphony Dances’ Dec. 2

Nov 7, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Symphony will explore the rhythm and vibrancy of dance across the historical spectrum in its Fall Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in Harold J. Miossi Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.
The first half of the program features Ottorino Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances,” a 20th-century reworking of 16th-century lute music; Claude Debussy’s sensuous “Sarabande,” orchestrated by Maurice Ravel; and John Adams’ “The Chairman Dances.” 

Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Exhibit ‘New Nature’ by Mark Tribe Nov. 15 to Dec. 7

Nov 7, 2018

Video still of “New Nature” provided by the artist.
Artist talk and reception set for 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will present “New Nature,” a one-take, 24-hour-long video that captures a day and a night in the life of a wild place, by artist Mark Tribe to run Thursday, Nov. 15, to Friday, Dec. 7.
Tribe will give a talk about his work at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, in Room 149 of the Dexter Building (No. 34) on campus. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. in the gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building.

Cal Poly Choirs to Present Second Annual ‘Holiday Kaleidoscope’ Dec. 1

Nov 2, 2018

University Choirs to be Joined by High School Choirs as Collaborative Celebration Continues

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Choirs will present the second annual “Holiday Kaleidoscope” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in Harold J. Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

Cal Poly’s PolyPhonics, the University Singers and Chamber Choir will be joined on the concert by three local high school choirs: Cabrillo (Lompoc), Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. Each group will perform some works individually, and the groups will perform a few works together as a combined choir. Additional special guests will be featured, including string and brass players, a guest speaker and something especially for children in the audience.

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble to Feature Armenian Ensemble Dec. 1

Nov 2, 2018

Event to Introduce Acting Director Samuel Shalhoub, Who Will Serve for the 2018-19 Season

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and Chookasian Folk Music Ensemble will perform a program of works from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Spanos Theatre on campus.

The Arab Music Ensemble will begin the program with some of the most celebrated repertoire of the region by composers Zaki Nassif, Rahbani Brothers, Elias Rahbani and Karim Mahmoud of Egypt; plus poetry by Gibran Khalil Gibran.

Cal Poly ROTC Advances to Western Regional Competition

Nov 2, 2018

Cal Poly ROTC team members.
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

Kimberly McLaughlin-Smith
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

Alison VenturaSAN 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.”


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