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Cal Poly Named California’s Best Public-Master’s University by Forbes

Aug 7, 2017


Business magazine also calls Cal Poly a Best Value school whose graduates are among the highest-earners educated in public institutions in the U.S.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly is the best public-master’s university in California, and its graduates are among the highest-earning in the nation, according to Forbes’ 2017 Top Colleges rankings.

Cal Poly was listed seventh in the state on the America’s Top Colleges list among public universities, behind first-place UC Berkeley (29th overall) and University of California campuses at Los Angeles (48th), Santa Barbara (83rd), San Diego (93rd), Davis (102nd) and Irvine (106th) — all highly active research institutions that offer doctorate degrees as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees. 

Cal Poly Research Finds Reslient Algae May Help Abalone During Ocean Acidification 

Aug 3, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — New research from Cal Poly and California Sea Grant sounds a hopeful note for the resilience of California abalone in the face of ocean acidification. The study, conducted by Cal Poly biologist Jennifer O’Leary, focuses on crustose coralline algae and their effects on abalone’s ability to reproduce. 

“This research is novel in that it shows that some critical interactions between species can be maintained, even for sensitive species,” O’Leary said. “This is good news for California abalone, as loss of the algae would mean catastrophic declines in abalone replenishment.” 

Members of Inaugural Cal Poly Spanish-language Debate Team Ranked as World Finalists

Aug 3, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Spanish-language debate team members Megan Boyd and Yessenia Sanchez finished as finalists at the Campeonato Mundial Universitario de Debate en Español (CMUDE).

Held July 15-24 at the University of Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala City, CMUDE is the largest international Spanish-language university debate competition. Throughout the 10-day competition, Boyd, a biology senior from Lake Forest, Calif., and Sanchez, a business senior from Hollister, Calif., competed with about 300 other participants from around the world.

Cal Poly Makes Money Magazine’s 2017 List of ‘Best Colleges for Your Money’

Aug 2, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO – Money magazine has named Cal Poly to its list of 2017-18 Best Colleges for Your Money, based on educational quality, affordability and graduate earnings.​

Cal Poly is one of 19 California State University campuses included in Money magazine’s list, the fourth annual value ranking of schools. Cal Poly was listed at 104 out of 711 U.S. universities and colleges.

Cal Poly Graphic Communication Department Receives Two Cutting-Edge Kongsberg Digital Cutting Tables

Aug 2, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department received two Kongsberg digital cutting tables from Esko Graphics, which will allow students to further explore finishing and packaging technologies both in the classroom and in graphic communication clubs. In addition to these two machines, Esko donated tooling for the two tables, training, software, installation and delivery. The approximate value of the Kongsberg configuration as equipped is $185,000.

Cal Poly’s Collegians Celebrate 50-Year Reunion with Concert Aug. 26

Jul 24, 2017


Performance Will Also Honor the Band’s Founding 80 Years Ago

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Collegians Alumni Big Band will celebrate its 50-year reunion — and the 80th anniversary of the band’s founding — with a performance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, in the Madonna Inn Ballroom in San Luis Obispo.

Cal Poly to Host Free Teachers Summit on July 28

Jul 21, 2017


Third annual summit will bring together educators from across the state for day of learning led by and for teachers

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly invites local teachers to join colleagues across the state at the third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit on July 28. The free day of learning is open to all California educators; registration is still open.

Cal Poly Receives CSU-Record $110M Gift from Alumnus William L. Frost

Jul 18, 2017


Donation, among the largest ever in California public higher education, will transform the College of Science and Mathematics’ undergraduate research program

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Demonstrating unprecedented support for the nation’s largest public university system and specifically for undergraduate research, California State University alumni William and Linda Frost have given a CSU-record $110 million to Cal Poly’s College of Science and Mathematics.

The gift is among the largest ever to public higher education in California.

Cal Poly Names Dean Wendt to Lead College of Science and Mathematics 

Jul 18, 2017


Alumnus will succeed Dean Phil Bailey, who is retiring after nearly 50 years at the university

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly Provost Kathleen Enz Finken today announced that Dean Wendt, a biology professor and currently the university’s dean of research, will become dean of the College of Science and Mathematics effective July 1.

Wendt will succeed current Dean Phil Bailey, who is retiring after 48 years as a professor and administrator at the university, including 34 at the helm of the College of Science and Mathematics.

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Cal Poly to Build Solar Farm as Part of Net Zero Plan

Jul 18, 2017


18.5-acre facility to generate up to 25 percent of university’s electricity, produce $17 million in savings

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will break ground this summer on a solar farm that will generate renewable energy, create Learn by Doing opportunities for students and save the university millions of dollars.

The facility, to be erected adjacent to Highway 1 on the western side of the Cal Poly campus, will be financed, designed, constructed and maintained by REC Solar, one of the nation’s largest solar providers. REC Solar, headquartered in San Luis Obispo, was founded by Cal Poly graduates in 1997.

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