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Pianist W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Recital Jan. 7 at Cal Poly

Dec 6, 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Pianist and Cal Poly Music Professor Emeritus W. Terrence Spiller will give a recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, in the Spanos Theatre on campus.
Spiller will perform works by Clara and Robert Schumann, who Spiller calls two of the most important musicians from 19th-century Germany as well as one of the most famous married couples in music history.

Cal Poly Orchesis Dance Company to Present ‘Convergence’ Jan. 14-15 and 20-22

Dec 1, 2021

Kimberly Marquez performs “Concert in Motion,” choreographed by Assistant Director Michelle Walter.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department will present the Orchesis Dance Company’s 52nd annual concert, “Convergence,” on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 14-15, and Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 20-22, in the Spanos Theatre. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. on all days, with a matinee scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15.
The Orchesis Dance Company celebrates its return to the concert stage after live performances were canceled due to the pandemic. In celebration of the theme of convergence, the point at which we come together, performances will include choreography by faculty, student, and guest choreographers in multiple genres.

Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Names Director of New Center for Organic Production and Research 

Dec 1, 2021

Matthew GrieshopSAN LUIS OBISPO — Matthew Grieshop, associate professor of organic pest management and director of the Sustainable Farming and Food Systems academic program at Michigan State University, has been named director of Cal Poly’s new Center for Organic Production and Research. Grieshop will begin in January 2022.
“I am thrilled to welcome Matthew Grieshop to the team as we prepare to launch a unique learning model that will enable research and innovation across disciplines, focusing on real-world issues that directly impact the state’s multibillion dollar organic industry,” said Andrew Thulin, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. 
The Center for Organic Production and Research will integrate the greatest talents in academia, private industry, government and a wide range of disciplines to benefit the organic industry.

Cal Poly to Host Job Fair and Hiring Event Dec. 4-5 to Fill More Than 65 Positions

Nov 29, 2021

Cal Poly will host a Cal Poly Job Fair and Hiring Event on Dec. 4-5 to immediately fill more than 65 positions in custodial, facilities, dining and parking services.
Job seekers are encouraged to come to the Job Fair and Hiring Event prepared to interview on-site. Early applications are encouraged, but laptops and support will also be available to complete applications at the event. Full- and part-time positions are available. Select roles will receive same-day offers and sign-on bonuses.

Cal Poly Annual Poinsettia Sale Begins Dec. 3

Nov 29, 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s annual poinsettia sale, with thousands of plants and dozens of varieties and colors, will kick off Friday Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Poly Plant Shop and will run through mid-December. 

The flowering holiday plants are grown by students who work in the Horticulture and Crop Science Department’s greenhouses. This year’s poinsettia project offers many shades of red, white, pink and other variegated varieties. Sizes range from small plants in four-inch pots to large poinsettias reaching three feet high, in 14-inch pots. Prices range from $8 to $75.

In addition to poinsettias, the Poly Plant Holiday Sale also features student-made wreaths, centerpieces, succulents, ornaments and gifts.

Student Entrepreneurs Win Cash Prizes for Innovative Ideas at Annual Cal Poly CIE Elevator Pitch Competition

Nov 23, 2021

The prize winners at the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) 12th annual Elevator Pitch Competition include, from left, Surya Venugopal, an industrial engineering senior from Cal Poly for XCredit; and Allan Hancock College’s Ruby Ramirez’s for Home Goodies; and People’s Choice winner Sara Dada, a Cal Poly business administration junior, for Beacon.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Cal Poly student and one from Allan Hancock College each won $1,000 at the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) 12th annual Elevator Pitch Competition.
A third student, also from Cal Poly, received the $500 audience choice award at the fast-paced, high-energy competition for Cal Poly, Cuesta College and Allan Hancock College entrepreneurs, held recently in the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center.
Nine finalists, selected from an initial pool of over two dozen applicants, had 90 seconds each to pitch their innovative product, service and startup ideas on Nov. 2.

Cal Poly Ranks First in the Nation in Study Abroad Survey

Nov 15, 2021

Institute of International Education shares data on first day on International Education Week

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly sent the most students on study abroad experiences among master’s-level institutions, according to the Institute of International Education’s annual statistical survey of U.S. campuses for the 2019-20 academic year released today in celebration of International Education Week.

"Study abroad at Cal Poly remains an integral aspect of our students’ degree programs and reflects the global mindset of our students, faculty and staff,” said Cari Vanderkar, Cal Poly’s senior international officer and assistant vice provost for international programs. “We are thrilled by the ranking and look forward to our continued strong participation in study abroad and international education generally as the world navigates out of the pandemic.”

Since 2000, Cal Poly has ranked as a top sender in the nation among master’s-level universities for internationally bound students.

Cal Poly’s yakʔitʸutʸu Residential Community Earns LEED Gold Certification

Nov 12, 2021

exterior of housing complexstudent housing building with Chumash name

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s newest residential community has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for being inclusive, healthy and efficient, and home to cost-saving green building features.

Located off Grand Avenue and opened to students in September of 2018, the $198 million yakʔitʸutʸu residential community includes seven three- to five-story residential buildings, containing a total of 1,475 beds, and an adjacent four-level parking structure — all of which were designed and built with social and environmental sustainability as a primary objective. The complex also celebrates the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini language, land, people, history and future.

Cal Poly Launches Campus Shuttle Program

Nov 2, 2021

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly community members in need of a ride across campus have a new option: Mustang Shuttle, a free convenience shuttle service that gives students and employees a ride on campus in the evenings.
“We are pleased to offer this service to help our campus community members access different parts of campus a little more easily, especially after dark,” said Marlene Cramer, director of the university’s Transportation and Parking Services. “This is part of our continual effort to improve services and access around campus.”
Transportation and Parking Services partnered with SLO Safe Ride to provide shuttle service seven days a week. The service launched Monday, Nov. 1.

Cal Poly Honored Again as a Tree Campus by Arbor Day Foundation

Nov 2, 2021

Cal Poly faculty member Matt Ritter with students holding Tree Campus USA sign in front of trees on Cal Poly's campus.
SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has been again named a Tree Campus that recognizes that trees and green space make colleges and universities more livable and healthy for students and beautiful for the community, the Arbor Day Foundation announced.
The 2020 award (the foundation honors campuses for their previous year’s commitment) recognizes Cal Poly’s best practices in managing one of the largest university urban forests in the nation and the most diverse in the 23-campus California State University. Cal Poly has received the honor for the seventh consecutive year.


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