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Cal Poly Rose Float Reveals its 2023 Float Design: The Road to Reclamation

Sep 16, 2022

The entry by students from Cal Poly and from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona will feature a colorful forest floor of giant snails, mushrooms and fungi upon a fallen tree branch to illustrate next year’s parade theme of ‘Turning the Corner’

 A rendering of Cal Poly universities 2023 Rose Parade float, “Road to ReclamationSAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly students have shifted their sights from the heavens to a forest world of gigantic snails, mushrooms and colorful fungi for their 74th entry in the upcoming Pasadena Rose Parade.®

The 2023 Tournament of Roses theme is “Turning the Corner,” which symbolizes the positive change and unlimited potential that each new year can bring. The Cal Poly float, “Road to Reclamation,” will demonstrate that through these vibrant revitalizers a new start can come from unlikely places — by transforming a dead tree branch into a catalyst for new life.

For students, it also represents their efforts to fully reclaim the Learn by Doing education that is the hallmark of Cal Poly, as well as the seven-decade partnership with California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, representing their schools in the 134th annual Pasadena classic.

Mechanical engineering student Benjamino Cruz, a four-year member of the Cal Poly team, submitted the original concept for “Road to Reclamation.” Cruz is the team’s construction chair.

The 23-foot-tall float features an enormous purple snail scanning paradegoers from its perch atop a 16-foot red-capped mushroom at the end of the float. Another mega-snail watches baby snails playing chase, while a third snail, its 6-foot-tall, coiled shell in shades of brown and gold, scouts the route at the front of the float.

Two Cal Poly Students Awarded Pre-Doctoral Fellowships Aimed at Preparing Future CSU Faculty Members

Sep 14, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Two Cal Poly students have been selected as Sally Casanova Scholars through the California State University’s Pre-Doctoral Program, designed to increase the pool of potential CSU faculty.

Third-year graduate student Jacob Campbell in the higher education counseling and student affairs program and Jennifer Luevano, a second-year graduate student in the nutrition program, were admitted to the program.

“This is an excellent opportunity for upper-division and graduate students to explore a doctoral program,” said Amanda Lathrop, interim dean for Graduate Education at Cal Poly. “Jacob and Jennifer will be supported by a faculty mentor who will help them prepare for the next steps in their academic careers.”

Cal Poly Extends Mustang Shuttle Hours

Sep 14, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly community members will have an easier time getting around campus during the day this fall, thanks to a new campus partnership.

Starting with the 2022-23 academic year, Mustang Shuttle, a free shuttle service for students and employees, will run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in addition to its current evening hours from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The daytime shuttle will run Monday through Friday; the evening shuttle runs seven days a week.

Mustang Shuttle’s extended hours will increase convenience and help enhance accessibility across campus. The shuttle is accessible to those with disabilities.

Cal Poly to Debut Outdoor ‘Generosity’ Mural with Artist’s Talk, Ribbon-Cutting Sept. 30

Sep 13, 2022

Muralist Oscar Pearson with mural volunteers Assistant Professor Briana Ronan, School of Education and advisor for Spanish Authorization for Bilingual Educators (SABE) program; and Cal Poly alumnus Oscar Velasco (History, ’19 / Social Science Credential Program, ’22) and current curriculum and instruction master's student.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will debut its first commissioned outdoor mural, titled “Generosity,” with an artist’s talk and ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Sept. 30, on campus.

Central Coast-based artist Oscar Pearson painted the mural, located in the newly renovated Via Carta Plaza adjacent to Campus Market. He will give a talk at 11:10 a.m. Sept. 30 in Room No. 0001 in the Advanced Technology Laboratories Building (No. 7). The ribbon-cutting will follow the talk at 12:10 p.m. near the Campus Market on Via Carta. All are welcome to the talk and ribbon-cutting.

To help beautify, inspire and grow the collection of campus public art, the Cal Poly Corporation commissioned the mural following a thorough proposal process that included a selection committee comprised of Cal Poly students, faculty and staff and a member of the community.

Cal Poly Plans Sept. 29 Grand Re-Opening of Renovated, Renamed Cal Poly Book Store

Sep 13, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Following an extensive remodel, Cal Poly’s newly renamed Mustang Shop will host a Grand Re-Opening Celebration for the campus community from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.
Following years of collaboration with the Cal Poly Corporation and the university, Follet Higher Education has completed the renovation and has more additions coming this academic year.
“The new Mustang Shop will offer a fresh perspective for new students and a fun introduction to Cal Poly for their supporters,” said Andrea Burns. Cal Poly Corporation associate executive director. “We are so excited to continue to make improvements that enhance the student experience.”

Cal Poly Public Health Student to Receive CSU Trustees’ Award and $7,000 Scholarship

Sep 12, 2022

Nathalie Zamora, a first-generation student from Monterey Park, California, hopes to become a physician

Nathalie Zamora
SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly public health senior with a concentration in culture and society in health who plans to become a medical doctor has received a 2022 California State University Trustees’ Scholar Award for Outstanding Achievement.
The Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented annually to one student from each of the CSU system’s 23 campuses. Like her counterparts throughout the state, Nathalie Zamora of Monterey Park, Calif., was selected for superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service and financial need.
The 21-year-old will receive a $7,000 scholarship as one of the state’s William Randolph Hearst Scholars. She and the other awardees will be publicly recognized during the CSU Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Cal Poly Wins First-Ever Grant on Space Cybersecurity from US National Science Foundation

Sep 12, 2022

Study to anticipate novel cyberattack scenarios and gaps in space law and ethics
Patrick LinSAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to study outer space cybersecurity, both technical and policy dimensions. The two-year project is the first that the NSF has funded on the subject. 
With interdisciplinary scholars and prominent expert consultants, the new project will generate novel scenarios for space cyberattacks while identifying and analyzing gaps in space law and norms that might allow for misunderstandings and conflict in the already contested but vital domain of outer space.
According to the project’s principal investigator Patrick Lin, director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group and philosophy professor at Cal Poly, it is now urgent to study space cybersecurity given a perfect storm of factors.

Cal Poly’s Upward Bound Program Awarded New Five-Year Federal Grant

Sep 6, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Upward Bound program recently received a new five-year federal grant totaling $2.3 million that will help fund the program through the 2026-27 academic year.
The five-year grant will award more than $460,000 annually to the program, representing a $62,000 annual increase to its previous federal grant award.
The pre-college outreach program provides a variety of services to students with historically excluded backgrounds at four local high schools — Nipomo, Ernest Righetti, Pioneer Valley and Santa Maria. Upward Bound’s services include after-school workshops, peer tutoring, academic advising, cultural and educational field trips, and a six-week residential Summer Academy on Cal Poly’s campus for 10th through 12th grade students.

Cal Poly Director of Jazz Studies and Guests to Give Recital Oct. 6 on Campus

Sep 6, 2022

Arthur White
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Arthur White, Cal Poly’s director of jazz studies, will present a jazz recital with guests at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center.

White will play saxophone with guest musicians Henry Johnson, guitar; Jo Ann Daugherty, piano; Dale Black, bass; and Thomas Taylor, drums.
The program will feature original compositions by White and Johnson.

Cal Poly CIE to Host Demo Day Entrepreneur Event on Sept. 13

Aug 31, 2022

Cal Poly engineering senior Evan Lalanne pitches his startup X-Adapt.Cal Poly's top innovators showcase their startups after three months of intensive growth.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) will showcase seven startups at its annual Demo Day in-person at SLO Brew Rock and online via YouTube Live on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

The event culminates the CIE’s 2022 Summer Accelerator program, an intensive 13-week program that helps Cal Poly students and recent graduates develop their startup ideas into scalable businesses. Representatives from each startup will pitch their business ideas and present what they’ve accomplished with the help of dedicated CIE mentors and staff.

“This year’s cohort is coachable, curious, professional and eager to add their own chapters to Cal Poly and the CIE’s history of entrepreneurial success,” said Jose Huitron, the CIE’s director of student innovation programs, who oversees program delivery and mentorship to student-led ventures. “I’m looking forward to Demo Day and the students showing the community what’s possible when you embrace entrepreneurship and innovation to bring ideas to life.”


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