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Cal Poly Opens New Welcome Center

Apr 30, 2019


The space is the first on campus to showcase the university’s updated branding


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly visitors have a new first stop when they arrive on campus: the university’s Welcome Center. 

Cal Poly President Jefferey D. Armstrong and San Luis Obispo’s civic leaders cut the ribbon to officially open the new space in the yakʔitʸutʸu housing community on Grand Avenue. San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Debbie Arnold presented Cal Poly with a special proclamation commemorating the event.

The 3,200-square-foot space serves as a one-stop shop for newcomers taking tours or finding events at Cal Poly. The center includes a 142-seat auditorium that will be used for presentations.

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Student-Run Succulent Plant Sale to Be Held May 10-11 at Cal Poly

Apr 29, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — More than 100 varieties of succulents will be available at Cal Poly’s Succulentopia plant sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 10, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Horticulture Unit near the Poly Plant Shop.

More than 4,000 plants will be available for purchase. Five students are involved in the student-run project, which is one of several hands-on experiences offered by the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences’ Horticulture and Crop Science Department.

Student succulent manager Karianne Rydberg, a senior agricultural and environmental plant sciences major who oversaw the student production team, said the experience gave her greenhouse management skills that she will use in her career after she graduates in June.

Cal Poly Student Team Wins Prestigious Helmut Kipphan Cup at Graphic Arts Conference

Apr 29, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly won the Kipphan Cup, for the second time in three years, at the annual conference of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA), held March 17-20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Cal Poly’s TAGA team, comprised of 25 graphic communication students, was awarded the top prize for its technical journal, a high-quality student-produced publication that showcases a range of complex printing processes. Scoring is based on technical writing, design, production quality and the quality of an online supplement.

UC Berkeley Professor to Give Talk on Gay Shame, Queer Hate and Direct Action on May 14 at Cal Poly

Apr 26, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — UC Berkeley Gender and Women’s Studies faculty member Eric Stanley, Ph.D., will visit Cal Poly on May 14 to give a talk, “Is Love a Necessary Revolutionary Affect? Gay Shame, Queer Hate and Direct Action in Silicon Valley.”

Stanley, who uses the gender-neutral pronouns they/them, will lead a discussion of Gay Shame, a queer direct action group based in San Francisco, and its work confronting the hyper-gentrification of the Bay Area propelled by the tech industry.

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble to Perform Works That Evoke Spring on May 25

Apr 26, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble’s Spring Concert will celebrate seasonal themes at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in the Spanos Theatre on the Cal Poly campus.

“Our program is blooming with themes of spring,” said Samuel Shalhoub, the ensemble’s acting director. “From exciting travels and warm sunny days, to occasional rainstorms and moonlit nights, prepare to be carried away in an evening of popular Lebanese music, amusing bits of theatre and energetic dances.”

CSU Gender, Race & Sexuality Undergraduate Conference Accepts Five Papers from Cal Poly

Apr 22, 2019


Event is Set for April 26 at Fresno State University

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Five Cal Poly student were accepted to present at the first Gender, Race and Sexuality Undergraduate Conference that will be hosted Friday, April 26, at Fresno State University.

The student-run conference, which is the first of its kind in women’s and gender studies, allows an opportunity for Cal Poly student activist-scholars and faculty to interact with students and faculty in similar departments across the 23-campus California State University system. Topics to be discussed at the conference include cultural representation, history, literature, film, social media, politics and the CSU system, according to the Fresno State website.

Cal Poly Students to ‘Take Back the Night’ April 25 for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Apr 22, 2019


Safer’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month Concludes with Annual Community Event  

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Safer invites the San Luis Obispo community to its annual Take Back the Night Rally from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in Mission Plaza downtown.

The free event is designed to empower survivors of sexual violence, honor victims, and build a strong network of supporters.

Take Back the Night is Safer’s last event of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, an effort to raise awareness about sexual assault on campus and the resources Safer provides to students. The event will feature live music by the Dudeo Perez band from San Luis Obispo, student speakers and performances, interactive exhibits and installations, a march through downtown San Luis Obispo, and a resource fair with representatives from community and campus organizations. The event will conclude with a candlelight vigil led by Mayor Heidi Harmon, followed by a moment of silence to honor those who have lost their lives to sexual and gender-based violence.

Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design to Hosts Annual Design Village Competition April 26-28 in Poly Canyon

Apr 22, 2019


The annual competition will include 14 four- and two-year colleges and universities

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A temporary community of unique, student-built shelters will spring up in Poly Canyon April 26-28 during Cal Poly’s Design Village competition, hosted by the College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

One of the college’s largest and most-anticipated events, the annual competition draws nearly 400 students from 14 schools throughout the Golden State to participate in Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy as they design, build and inhabit structures in rural Poly Canyon, located about a mile from the heart of campus.

Cal Poly Team Wins 2019 Regional Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon 

Apr 17, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — A team of four Cal Poly animal science majors took first place at the 2019 Western Section American Society of Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon, held April 5-6 in Moscow, Idaho.

The team, consisting of Selby Boerman of Montague, California; Sarah Dreyer and Kaitlyn McFarlan, both of Exeter, California; and Hannah Neer of Bishop, California, competed in four events, including a written exam, oral presentation, a practicum of eight labs, and a quiz bowl. The topic of the oral presentation was: “How to increase consumer confidence/education in animal agriculture.” Assistant Professor Zach McFarlane of the Animal Science Department coached the team.

Celebrity Gossip Expert and BuzzFeed Senior Culture Writer Anne Helen Petersen to Speak May 8 at Cal Poly

Apr 17, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will host author and Buzzfeed senior culture writer Anne Helen Petersen at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E27.

Petersen’s “Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman” (Plume, 2017) is an analytical look at how female celebrities are pushing the boundaries of what it means to be an “acceptable” woman. The book includes 10 essays, each focusing on a famous woman — in one case, a pair of women — whose behavior provokes public outrage. The subjects include Hillary Clinton, Melissa McCarthy, Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, Caitlyn Jenner, Serena Williams and Lena Dunham.

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