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Cal Poly to Host Two Regional Competitions Attracting More Than 1,300 Students on April 4-6

Apr 3, 2019


ASCE and AISC events will bring civil and environmental engineering students from 19 western universities and colleges in four states to San Luis Obispo

SAN LUIS OBISPO — More than 1,300 civil and environmental engineering students from 19 western universities and colleges in four states will converge on Cal Poly for the annual American Society of Civil Engineers’ Pacific Southwest Conference on April 4-6.

This three-day competition allows students, who hope to design the way people interact with the world, to put their civil or environmental engineering skills to the test. Throughout the conference, students are able to compete in a variety of both technical and non-technical events.

Cal Poly Strawberry Center and California Strawberry Commission Host Second Automation Summit April 3 at Cal Poly

Apr 2, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — The California Strawberry Commission and Cal Poly Strawberry Center will host the second Strawberry Automation Summit at Cal Poly’s Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, April 3.

The summit will highlight the critical work accomplished through the ongoing partnership between the commission and the university. The California Strawberry Commission recently committed up to $5 million over five years to establish and grow the Cal Poly Strawberry Center to support research addressing critical strawberry industry issues. With an original investment of $1 million from the commission in 2014, Cal Poly launched the Cal Poly Strawberry Center, which has grown to 10 acres of farmland and a team of faculty and staff specializing in plant pathology, entomology and automation.

Cal Poly Kennedy Library to Exhibit Innovative Alternative-Energy Prototype Vehicles April 11-June 7

Apr 2, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Kennedy Library will co-host the exhibit “Limitless: The Process of Innovation” from Thursday, April 11, through Friday, June 7. The exhibit showcases the unique work done in the university’s PROVE (Prototype Vehicles) Laboratory — a student-led collective that makes zero-emission vehicles that break world records.

The exhibit features prototype vehicles, projects, student engineers and processes to demonstrate the power of alternative energy through innovative engineering. Student-designed and fabricated projects in development will be on display, including a human-powered biomimetic submarine, a top-speed gravity-powered vehicle, and a fully electric long-range sports car.

Cal Poly’s Annual Tomato Spectacular Plant Sale to be Held April 6-7

Mar 27, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — More than 70 different types of tomato plants will be available at Cal Poly’s annual Tomato Spectacular plant sale (formerly known as Tomato Mania) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, at the Horticulture Unit near the Poly Plant Shop.

Brandywine, Early Girl, Kellogg’s Breakfast, Homestead, and a selection of cherry tomato plants, including Nature’s Bites, are some of the unique cultivars that will be available during the student-run enterprise project — one of several such hands-on courses offered by the university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.

Cal Poly Foundation Board Chair Recognized with Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award

Mar 26, 2019


William H. Swanson Receives Navy’s Highest Civilian Honor


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Foundation Board Chair William H. Swanson has been recognized by Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer with the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

The award is the highest honor the secretary can confer upon a civilian employee. It is granted only to those who have given distinguished or extraordinary service to the Department of the Navy and is reserved for contributions that are so unusual or significant that recognition at the Secretary of the Navy level is deserved.

Cal Poly Seeking Entrants for Annual Community Flower Show

Mar 21, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly is looking for a few good gardeners — and their flowers — for the annual Community Flower Show, to be held Saturday, April 13, as part of the university’s Open House 2019. 

Community members are invited to enter their flower specimens in the show. Those wanting to enter the show can register for the event from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the  Horticulture Unit (No. 48) near the Poly Plant Shop. Entries are due between 7 and 8 a.m. Saturday, April 13.

Cal Poly Research Aims to Promote Healthy Feeding Patterns and Weight Gain for Bottle-Fed Infants

Mar 21, 2019


Qualifying mothers offered $100 and free baby bottles to take part in three-month study

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly is looking for mothers who are bottle-feeding their babies to participate in a three-month study that aims to promote healthy feeding patterns and weight gain for bottle-fed infants. Participants will receive as many free baby bottles as they need and $100.

Eligible participants are mothers, with newborns to 6-month-old infants, who are feeding their babies expressed breast milk or formula.

Cal Poly Wins Medal in National Cheese Competition

Mar 15, 2019



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly earned a third-place award for its student-produced Grand Gouda against some of the top cheesemakers in the nation at the 2019 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest. The university also placed fifth with its Smoked Gouda. 

The contest, held every other year in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is the nation’s largest and most prestigious technical cheese judging competition. This year, a record 2,555 entries from 35 states competed for awards in 116 classes of cheese and butter from March 5-7.

Cal Poly Open House Recital Set for April 13

Mar 14, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department will present an Open House Recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.

The recital, featuring both instrumentalists and vocalists, is one of many scheduled events for Cal Poly’s 26th annual Open House.

The program will include string ensembles, a saxophone quartet, barbershop quartet, jazz combo and brass ensembles.The student performers are from a variety of majors, and all are involved in at least one of the department’s large, premier ensembles, including Cal Poly’s Choirs, Symphony, University Jazz Bands, Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.

Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre to Present Cabaret-Style Showcase on April 12

Mar 14, 2019


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre (CPSOT) will present a 1930s and ’40s cabaret-style showcase of works from the “Great American Songbook” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, in Spanos Theatre on campus.

There will be delightful solos, duets and trios — comprising music majors and minors — that will perform works by Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Cole Porter.

The songs will include the beloved “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “The Man That Got Away,” “Paper Moon,” “Embraceable You,” “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor,” “God Bless America” and “Night and Day.”

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