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Four Cal Poly Students Recognized at CSU Student Research Competition

May 19, 2022

Clockwise from top left are Tanvi Gehani, Jacob Campbell, Issac Ho and Savannah Weaver
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Four Cal Poly students were awarded first- or second-place prizes at the 2022 California State University (CSU) Student Research Competition. Cal Poly, Fullerton and Sacramento State were the most recognized universities in the competition, with four awardees each.
“Our students were phenomenal representatives of Cal Poly at the competition, and I am thrilled they have been recognized at the CSU level for the quality of their work,” said Jane Lehr, director of the Office of Student Research at Cal Poly. “This event is an amazing opportunity for our students to share their work and show what makes research at Cal Poly such a great experience.”

Cal Poly Campus Dining Wins Silver Award in National Food Service Competition

May 19, 2022

A student walks across the crosswalk in front of the Vista Grande dining complex
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) has recognized Cal Poly Campus Dining’s Vista Grande Dining Complex as a silver tier recipient of the 2021 Loyal E. Horton Dining Award for Retail Sales – Single Concept/Multiple Concepts/Marketplace.
“Vista Grande was designed to create an environment of community with menus that appeal to all tastes and dietary needs, and it’s an honor to be recognized for that,” said Andrea Burns, Cal Poly Corporation’s associate executive director, commercial services. “It’s great to be acknowledged for the uniqueness of Vista Grande, with its focus on sustainability, nutrition and amazing food, as well as its success and impact on campus.”

Cal Poly University Art and Design Department to Exhibit the 2022 BFA Senior Showcase

May 17, 2022

Opening reception and awards set for 5-7 p.m. May 27; exhibition runs through June 12

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts seniors present the 2022 BFA exhibition, titled “Dearest,” showcasing work from studio art and photo and video concentration students. These emerging artists use a wide variety of mediums, concepts and technical skills to engage in the thought and conversation of contemporary art.

Participating artists include Justin Ayers, Sierra Brill, Ariella Cohen, Zayn Compton, Fernanda Dávila, Areli Enriquez, Cristina Golubovich, Manasi Gopisetty, Kevin Patrick Kerr, Haley Kerrigan, Andrew Larochelle, Olivia Leigh Andersson, Jett Solana, Riley Staal, Lauryn Sugai, Willa Westneat, Siena Wigert and Mac Wilkinson.

“It's really exciting to be a part of this group of artists,” Brill said. “We’ve been working side by side through our time at Cal Poly, and I’ve witnessed so much growth within the individuals and the art being made. I can’t help but feel proud when I look forward to ‘Dearest,’ because all the work in the show will be an artifact of the experiences and effort that we’ve put into making this community our own.”

Cal Poly to Host Job Fair and Hiring Event May 21 to Fill More Than 65 Positions

May 16, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly will host a Job Fair and Hiring Event on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to immediately fill more than 65 positions in communications, administrative support, custodial, facilities/trades, dining and other areas across campus.

The Job Fair will take place on the Cal Poly campus in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL), No. 7. Complimentary parking is available for attendees.

Full and part-time positions are available. Job seekers are encouraged to come prepared for potential on-site interviews. Some select roles will also receive same-day offers and sign-on bonuses.

Cal Poly’s Horticultural and Crop Science Department Changes Name to Plant Sciences to Better Reflect the Program’s Academic Mission

May 12, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Horticulture and Crop Science Department has formally changed its name to the Plant Sciences Department. The agricultural and environmental plant sciences major will also be renamed to reflect predominant employment opportunities more accurately for graduates and prospective students.

The department, which was formed in 2002, offers curriculum that is designed to train plant scientists who are ready upon graduation to make informed decisions and recommendations regarding sustainable farming or horticultural practices that maximize plant production and protection while minimizing economic, environmental and social impacts. The name change enables the program to clearly convey its academic mission and broaden recruitment of applicants who may or may not have a background in agriculture and allow them to be successful in robust careers throughout California and beyond.

Cal Poly Journalism Department Granted Full Accreditation Status

May 9, 2022

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Journalism Department has received full accreditation, joining 117 other programs around the world to receive such validation. The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC), the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities, voted 18-0 at its April 29 meeting in Chicago in favor of the Journalism Department receiving full accreditation.

“This accomplishment represents years of hard work by the faculty and staff to meet the rigorous demands of the accrediting process,” department chair Brady Teufel said. “In recognizing Cal Poly as one of the best universities to learn journalism and public relations, the council affirmed that we’re succeeding in our mission to provide students with an education that covers fundamental skills and concepts along with problem solving, critical thinking and innovation.”

Cal Poly Symphony and Choirs to Perform Groundbreaking Works from Early 20th Century on June 5

May 6, 2022

Cal Poly Symphony and Cal Poly Choirs perform at the PAC

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Symphony and Cal Poly Choirs will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem” and William Grant Still’s “Afro-American Symphony” at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

Both momentous works were composed in the 1930s and addressed issues of that time that are equally relevant today. The groups will be joined by guest soloists Amy Goymerac, soprano; and John Buffett, baritone.

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and Zaryab Ensemble to Perform Concert on June

May 6, 2022

The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble  and  the Zaryab Ensemble perform at the PAC

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble will be joined by the Zaryab Ensemble for its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in Spanos Theatre on campus.

The ensembles will perform both separately and as a combined group in the concert.

The Zaryab Ensemble will begin the program with Iranian and Tajik music under the artistic direction of Neema Hekmat. The group, based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento metropolitan area, includes internationally acclaimed Nasser Sabouri on vocals, Nariman Assadi on tombak and daff, Azadeh Nemat Gorgani on piano, Maruf Noyoft on robab and vocals, and Hekmat on santur.

Cal Poly’s ‘RSVP XXVII: Multimedia Showcase’ Set for May 31 and June 2

May 3, 2022

 Electronic Music Showcase.

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Music Department’s student production ensemble RSVP will present “RSVP XXVII: Multimedia Showcase” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, May 31 and June 2, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center.

Students from the Music Department’s Sound Design classes have been collaborating with members of the Composition Forum Club, a group dedicated to learning about music composition; dancers from the Theatre and Dance Department; and guest visual artists to premiere original interdisciplinary works for fixed and live interactive media.  

This year’s production will deliver a multistylistic experience with the theme of “The Myriad.”

Cal Poly Students’ Sustainable Packaging Design for San Luis Obispo Business Wins First Place in National Competition

May 2, 2022

Cupcake packaging boxes with specialized labels


SAN LUIS OBISPO — After a year of research and development, a team of Cal Poly students gained hands-on experience designing new sustainable packaging and labels for a San Luis Obispo-based gourmet cupcake and dessert business — and took first place for its effort.


Seven graphic communications students participated in the Phoenix Challenge, a yearlong project in which students help a local small business rebrand and market itself with materials using the flexographic print process, a technique that uses a flexible plate to print on a variety of materials.

The students, Naomi Furuya, Mandy Ko, Isabel Lao, Kaitlin Sakae, Ashley Rubens, Madeline Wales and Sadie Curdts, won first place at the college-level competition in March against teams from across the U.S. This year’s theme was sustainable packaging for sustainable business, and the students focused on helping a local small business reduce packaging costs and make their brand stand out.


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