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

Jan 16, 2019



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.

Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Exhibit ‘Télévoix’ Jan. 17 to Feb. 8

Jan 14, 2019



Artist lecture and gallery opening reception set for Jan. 17

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will present “Télévoix,” an art installation featuring photos, videos and sculptures by artist Victoria Fu, to run Jan. 17 through Feb. 8.

The exhibit will open with a talk by Fu at 5 p.m. Thursday, January 17, in Room 159 in the Dexter Building (No. 34) on campus. A reception will follow from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the gallery.

Cal Poly to Present Free ‘Night at the Mission’ Chamber Concert Feb. 8

Jan 10, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Several of Cal Poly’s finest student music ensembles will perform traditional and contemporary chamber music at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

“A Night at the Mission” will feature performances by a chamber wind ensemble, woodwind quintet, saxophone quartets, a large clarinet ensemble and a brass choir. This annual event has long been a favorite of student performers and audiences alike.

Cornel West to Headline Second Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Event Jan. 16 at Cal Poly

Dec 20, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Renowned educator, philosopher, author and activist Cornel West will be the keynote speaker for Cal Poly’s second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. in Chumash Auditorium. West is slated to speak around 7:30 p.m.

Hosted by Cal Poly’s Cross Cultural Centers, the dinner honors King’s legacy by inspiring transformational change and raising awareness about the lives and experiences of people of color at Cal Poly.

“We are honored to welcome Dr. West to our campus for this amazing event,” said Keith Humphrey, Cal Poly’s vice president for Student Affairs. “This annual dinner is a celebration of Cal Poly’s diverse campus community and helps create a constructive and inclusive dialogue about the responsibilities each of us has in creating an equitable and socially just environment for all members of our campus community.”

Cal Poly Partners with SLO NOOR Foundation to Provide Mobile Health Clinic in Northern Santa Barbara County

Dec 19, 2018


Mobile health unit will provide free women’s health and newborn care to uninsured families in Santa Maria and Guadalupe

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly recently partnered with the SLO NOOR Foundation to provide free medical care to uninsured mothers and infants in Santa Maria and Guadalupe in a mobile clinic four days a week. Services will include obstetrics and gynecology, women's health, family medicine, nursing and pediatrics.

Local nurses, doctors, physician assistants, social workers and Dignity Health medical residents are helping staff the Mobile Health Unit, which is funded by private donations. Patients may receive care in the repurposed RV in English, Spanish and Mixtec languages. (Mixtec is spoken by about half a million people in the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Puebla and Guerrero, as well as in California.)

Cal Poly to Present Bach Week Jan. 22-26

Dec 19, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present Bach Week from Tuesday through Saturday, Jan. 22-26, with presentations and performances on campus and in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. 

Bach Week features a range of events, including a chamber music performance on period instruments, collaborative performances of large vocal and instrumental works by students and professionals, two master classes, and a guest lecture or “Akademie.” The free demonstrations and lectures provide additional context for the performances. New this year is a cello chamber concert and an expansion of the Friday chamber concert.

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Cal Poly Orchesis Dance Company to Present ‘Tabula Rasa’ Jan. 18-19 and 24-26

Dec 19, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department will present the Orchesis Dance Company’s 49th annual concert “Tabula Rasa,” Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18-19, and Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 24-26, in the Spanos Theatre on campus. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. on all days, with a matinee scheduled at 2 p.m. Jan. 19.

“Tabula Rasa,” titled after a Latin phrase that is often translated as “blank slate,” will transform the Spanos Theatre stage into an open space. This year’s concert is conceived and directed by Associate Professor Christy McNeil Chand and assisted by Professor Diana Stanton and faculty member Michelle Walter.

Pianist W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Benefit Recital Jan. 11 at Cal Poly

Dec 12, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Pianist and Cal Poly Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will give a benefit recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in the Spanos Theatre on campus.

 The first half of Spiller’s program will feature works by three distinctly different composers: J.S. Bach, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and Béla Bartók. The first work is one of Bach’s most popular suites, the “English Suite in G Minor,” BWV 808. The second work is the poetic “Notturno,” by Mendelssohn-Hensel, Felix Mendelssohn’s brilliant and prodigiously talented sister. The first half will close with Bartók’s early 20th-century work, “15 Hungarian Peasant Songs.” 

Cal Poly Employees Donate Toys and More to Jack’s Helping Hand

Dec 12, 2018



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Children with cancer and other physical and medical needs in the community will receive gifts donated by Cal Poly employees. Faculty, staff, Associated Students Inc. and Cal Poly Corporation employees donated more than 240 toys and $485 in gift cards during a Dec. 6 holiday reception hosted on campus by Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong and his wife, Sharon, and online through an Amazon “wish list.” 

The gifts were donated to San Luis Obispo nonprofit Jack’s Helping Hand, which provides assistance and programs to children with cancer, disabilities, other illnesses and special needs. 

Cal Poly’s 10th CubeSat Mission to Blast Off From New Zealand on Dec. 12

Dec 12, 2018



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s milestone 10th CubeSat mission will launch today (Dec. 12) from New Zealand to study radio wave interference in the ionosphere — the first time NASA CubeSats will have a dedicated ride to orbit on a commercial launch vehicle.

ISX , or Ionospheric Scintillation explorer, is a three-unit CubeSat, a class of mini-satellites (built in 10-centimeter units), that is about the size of a loaf of bread. The four-hour launch window begins at 8 p.m. PST from Rocket Lab’s private orbital launch site, Launch Complex 1, on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula.

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