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Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Host Elevator Pitch Competition Forum on Nov. 7 at the Performing Arts Center

Oct 23, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host the ninth annual Elevator Pitch Competition Forum, a fast-paced contest for Cal Poly and Cuesta College entrepreneurs, Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Performing Arts Center on the Cal Poly campus.
 
The forum — free, open to the public — will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students will have 90 seconds each to pitch their cutting-edge innovations and business ideas. Judges will select two winners; one from Cal Poly and another from Cuesta. Each winner will receive $1,000. The audience will pick an overall “audience choice” winner that will receive $500.

Cal Poly to Host Oct. 23 Tree Planting to Honor Arbor Day and Celebrate Campus Urban Forest

Oct 23, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will host a tree planting Wednesday, Oct. 24, to honor the university’s commitment to its trees in what is the nation’s most-diverse urban campus forest.
 
The event will take place at 11 a.m. at the northwestern side of the Fisher Science Hall (No. 33) near North Perimeter Road near the heart of campus.
The university has been recognized since 2014 as an Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA. It hosts its annual Arbor Day celebration each autumn because it is the ideal time of year to plant trees on the Central Coast.

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Cal Poly Cybersecurity Expert Becomes a Fellow at Influential D.C. Think Tank

Oct 23, 2018


Associate Professor Zachary Peterson uses games to recruit and retain cybersecurity students

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly engineering educator was selected as one of 17 new cybersecurity fellows by an influential Washington, D.C.,-based think tank because of his use of fun and engaging games to draw students to the increasingly important cybersecurity field.
 
As a fellow with New America Foundation, Zachary Peterson, an associate professor in the computer science and software engineering department, will support the organization’s positions with research and personal input.

From Eelgrass to Mudflat: New Cal Poly Research Dives into Morro Bay Mystery

Oct 23, 2018


Morro Bay’s eelgrass beds nearly disappeared from 2007 to 2017; new study helps explain why levels remain low

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Water-quality conditions in some parts of Morro Bay estuary may be the key factor preventing eelgrass recovery after a recent decline, according to a new Cal Poly study and published in the journal Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science.
 
“The study shows that in many parts of the bay, environmental conditions likely limit eelgrass growth,” said ecologist Jennifer O’Leary, who started investigating the eelgrass collapse as a California Sea Grant extension specialist based at Cal Poly. (O’Leary is now Africa Oceans strategy director with The Nature Conservancy).

Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department to Present ‘Trust Fall’ Nov. 1-3, 8-10

Oct 18, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department’s fall production, “Trust Fall,” is an original play written by Cal Poly Professor Al Schnupp. Performances, held in Spanos Theatre on campus, are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3 and 8-10.
 
Schnupp’s “Trust Fall” is the classic story of Daedalus and Icarus, retold in a bold, twisted, contemporary style with a cast of eccentric characters. Daedalus is a gifted sculptor and celebrated inventor who designed the labyrinth. The real source of Daedalus’ inspiration, however, is his saucy and clever model, Lydia. His son, Icarus, is a sweet and insightful simpleton who loves chickens. His prickly agent, Takus, is a slick but ineffective capitalist. His most loyal customer, the kinky King Minos, plagues him with unusual demands. An arrogant artist and lovesick princess round out the cast.

Cal Poly Experience Industry Management Department Named Third Best in Nation

Oct 18, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Experience Industry Management Department has been named the third best department in the nation for the study of parks, recreation and leisure, according to a new report by higher education research firm College Factual. 
 
Cal Poly’s Experience Industry Management Department is the first of its kind in California, encompassing a program that mirrors a national shift that blends sports, tourism, travel, lifestyle, conventions, meetings, events, experiential marketing, adventure, outdoor experiences, destination marketing, hospitality, community recreation and related industries.

Cal Poly Announces New Endowment to Support Education in Graphic Communication

Oct 16, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has established an endowment in honor of the late Eric Steinbach, former president of publishing solutions for Quad/Graphics Inc. and a member of the university’s Graphic Communication Department advisory board for 24 years. Steinbach passed away unexpectedly in February 2018.

The Quad/Graphics Eric Steinbach Memorial Graphic Communication Endowment supports education in the Graphic Communication Department. Funds from the endowment will be used to provide annual scholarships for students studying graphic communication management and/or technology and to provide resources for program development related to curriculum, laboratories, and faculty and staff. 

Cal Poly Low Income Taxpayer Clinic to Attend Session of U.S. Tax Court

Oct 16, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Representatives from the Cal Poly Low Income Taxpayer Clinic will attend the Trial Calendar Call for the U.S. Tax Court at the federal courthouse in Fresno on Monday, Oct. 22.

Cal Poly accounting students, under the direct supervision of attorney and LITC Executive Director Lisa Sperow, will assist unrepresented tax court petitioners with their pending cases. The Cal Poly LITC is unique as the only LITC within a business college in the nation permitted to participate in the U.S. Tax Court’s Calendar Call Program. 

Cal Poly to Host Succulent Plant Sale Oct. 19 and 20

Oct 15, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — More than 125 varieties of succulents will be available at Cal Poly’s Succulentopia plant sale from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Horticulture Unit near the Poly Plant Shop.
 
Varieties include Crassula, Echeveria, Sedum, Sedeveria, Aloe, Gasteria, Haworthia, Kalanchoe, Graptopetalum, Graptoveria, Senecio, Agave, Peperomia, Aeoniums, Callisia, Cyanotis, Adromischus, Sempervivum, and Orostachy, among others. More than 2,500 plants will be available for purchase.

Cal Poly Researchers to Assess LGBTQ Mental Health Services in San Luis Obispo County

Oct 12, 2018


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Queer Community Action, Research, Education, and Support (QCARES) team, led by Cal Poly psychology Professor Dr. Jay Bettergarcia, received a $25,000 grant from San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) to evaluate mental health services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGTBQ+) individuals in San Luis Obispo County.

QCARES is contracted to assess the quality of local services offered and to identify the barriers to mental health care for the LGBTQ+ community. The grant represents the first time San Luis Obispo County MHSA funds have been used to target LGBTQ+ mental health and wellness.

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