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Cal Poly Named One of Nation’s Best Values by Kiplinger’s Finance Magazine

Jan 8, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly was named a 2018 best-value college by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, placing 27th in the nation and sixth in the state among public universities and colleges in the magazine’s annual ranking.

Kiplinger’s, a personal finance and business forecasting organization, ranked the top 300 best-value colleges and universities “based on quality and affordability” from data culled from nearly 1,200 public and private four-year institutions across the nation.

Trombonist Ralph Sauer to Present Master Class Feb. 3 at Cal Poly

Jan 8, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Ralph Sauer, principal trombonist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 32 years, will present a brass master class for Cal Poly music students at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.

The master class is free and open to the public. During the class, several of the Music Department’s leading brass students will perform and be critiqued.

Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Exhibit the Work of a Collective of Veteran Artists Jan. 16-Feb. 9

Jan 8, 2018


Artist Lecture and Gallery Opening Reception Set for Jan. 16 

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will present “Taking Place,” a self-selected body of work by current and former military members who comprise an artist collective, from Tuesday, Jan. 16 to Friday, Feb. 9.

Cal Poly Float Wins Past Presidents Trophy at 2018 Rose Parade®

Jan 1, 2018


Universities’ Float ‘Dreams Take Flight’ Honored as California-Grown Certified for the Seventh Consecutive Year

PASADENA, Calif. — Cal Poly universities’ milestone 70th float, “Dreams Take Flight,” received the Past Presidents Trophy for the most outstanding innovation in the use of floral and non-floral materials at the 129th Rose Parade® held New Year’s Day.

The float, designed and built by teams of students from Cal Poly and California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, invited onlookers to take flight on the airplane wings of a trio of cuddly critters — a koala bear, sea otter and red panda. It celebrates the 2018 parade theme, “Making A Difference,” honoring those individuals in our communities who act in selfless, generous and kind ways to benefit others.

Cal Poly Assistant Professor Takes on Vexing Global Problem of Dying Forests

Dec 21, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — An increasing body of peer reviewed science shows that forests worldwide are dying at an accelerated pace from prolonged exposure to drought and heat — along with other factors such as land use and wildfire — creating a global challenge. Cal Poly Assistant Professor Richard Cobb, whose research is focused on forest health, recently published findings from an international research study that he hopes will help address the issues resulting from future forest die-offs and lead to better forest management.

Cobb, who teaches in Cal Poly’s Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department, headed a collaboration of 20 researchers in the U.S. and internationally, in an effort to tackle the problem. They determined that having a strong framework of questions to ask and data to collect may help identify management tools that could potentially help minimize future forest mortality rates in some areas — despite the great diversity of forests around the world.

Cal Poly Emergency Management Director Graduates from FEMA Executive Academy

Dec 20, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Anthony J. Knight, Cal Poly’s director of emergency management, recently graduated from a Federal Emergency Management Agency executive academy designed to give him tools, resources and insights to prepare for and respond to all types of disasters.

Knight, who has been with Cal Poly’s Department of Emergency Management since April 2016, graduated Dec. 7 from FEMA’s National Emergency Management Executive Academy at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland. 

Cal Poly Honors Faculty, Staff for $32 Million in Research Grant Spending in 2016-17

Dec 19, 2017


Holders of two patents also honored, along with two faculty members who secured a combined $30 million in external funding over their careers at the university

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly honored university researchers who spent more than $32 million in research funding; obtained 310 new grants valued at nearly $22 million; and secured two patents in the 2016-17 fiscal year.

The patented inventions include an improved statistical method for more accurate assessment of recycled plastic content for manufacturing as well as a specialized filter designed to work with a portable water-treatment bag.

Cal Poly to Present Bach Week Jan. 16-20

Dec 18, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present Bach Week from Tuesday through Saturday, Jan. 16-20, 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. 

Cal Poly Art and Design Professor to Discuss ‘Lives Well Lived’ Jan. 19

Dec 18, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — A discussion about the feature documentary “Lives Well Lived,” by filmmaker Sky Bergman, Cal Poly professor in the Art and Design Department, will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in the Advanced Technologies Lab Keck Lab (Building No. 7) on campus.

Bergman will be joined by Debra Valencia-Laver, associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts, in a lively dialogue about Bergman’s experience producing and directing the film.

Cal Poly Fall 2018 Enrollment Applications Top 65,000 to Set Another School Record

Dec 15, 2017


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly received a record number of applications with more than 65,000 first-time freshmen and transfer students seeking to enroll for the 2018-19 school year.

“This is the largest undergraduate applicant pool in Cal Poly history with 65,507 undergraduates submitting on-time applications,” said James Maraviglia, associate vice provost for marketing and enrollment development. “This includes 54,732 first-time freshmen and 10,775 upper-division transfer students seeking to attend Cal Poly.”

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