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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.”

Seven Cal Poly Scholars Receive $5,000 Scholarships from a Partnership Between Dignity Health and Cal Poly

Mar 14, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Seven Cal Poly students — including one from Paso Robles — were awarded renewable scholarships under a partnership between Dignity Health and the university’s Cal Poly Scholars program.

Under the arrangement, scholarships of $5,000 per year for up to five years were awarded to qualifying students seeking careers in the medical or health fields and who are majoring in biology, biochemistry, nutrition, kinesiology or business. This supplemental funding will offset some of the costs for tuition and housing while students pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Cal Poly Police Seek Public’s Assistance in Identifying Weekend Vandal

Mar 11, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Police Department is seeking the community’s help in identifying the person believed to be responsible for slashed automobile and bicycle tires and other vandalism on campus the weekend of March 9-10.

While investigation the incidents, police have obtained two videos, which appear to show the same culprit.

Cal Poly’s Student Media Groups Win 46 Awards at National Conference

Mar 8, 2019

Accolades Include Best Website and Newspaper in the Country

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Every platform of Mustang Media Group, the Cal Poly Journalism Department’s student-run media organization, received national recognition from three of college media’s most distinguished organizations — California College Media Association (CCMA), Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) and College Media Business and Advertising Managers (CMBAM).

Cal Poly students returned from a joint CCMA/ACP/CMBAM national conference, held Feb. 28-March 3, at the Hyatt Regency, in La Jolla, California, with 46 awards across multiple categories, including Best Website and Best Print Weekly Newspaper.

Cal Poly Aerospace Professor, Students Create Sailplane Flown by Record-Breaking Pilot

Mar 8, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Towed into flight by a crop duster and controlled by a renowned, record-breaking pilot, a sailplane created by a Cal Poly aerospace engineering professor and his students soared 5,000 feet over Castle Air Force Base near Merced in early March.

The plane, named Nixus (“pushing forward” in Latin), is the fourth created by Paulo Iscold, who joined the faculty last year.

“I think it gave Cal Poly a little taste of what we can do,” Iscold said. “This first step is just a small step.”

Cal Poly Construction Management Students Win Top Honors at National Competition

Mar 6, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly construction management students earned top honors and took home more trophies than any other university at the 2019 Associated Schools of Construction regional competition in Reno, Nevada. Five out of a dozen Cal Poly teams placed in the top three spots in their respective categories.

Cal Poly students earned firsts in the Concrete, Heavy Civil and Mixed Use categories; and third in the Commercial and Project Management categories. Concrete and Project management were national awards, while Commercial, Heavy Civil and Mixed Use were regional honors.

Cal Poly Team Hopes to Shape California’s Cybersecurity Policy with $150,000 Hewlett Grant

Mar 1, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — A $150,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will allow a Cal Poly team to work with public and private entities to research and suggest policy options on cybersecurity while providing technical assistance to address a major cyberthreat.

California, which has the world’s fifth largest economy, is especially vulnerable to cyberattacks that threaten economic security, public health and safety, said Martin Minnich, program manager at the California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI).

Cal Poly Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, CPX, Launches with Listening Sessions and Universitywide Survey 

Feb 28, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has announced that the first phase of the university’s yearlong diversity and inclusion initiative CPX — Cal Poly Experience — will begin with listening sessions in March, followed by a campuswide survey in April. 

CPX is a 12-month call to action that includes a series of initiatives developed to achieve diversity and inclusion goals on campus. CPX is about achieving a better understanding of the cross section of people’s identities, experiences and challenges in order to create meaningful solutions.

“Cal Poly is dedicated to cultivating a more inclusive, equitable and diverse environment so that every member of the campus community feels welcome and knows they belong,” President Jeffrey D. Armstrong said. “To reach our goals, we need and want input from every single student, faculty and staff member so that we can create a campuswide plan for actionable change.”

Cal Poly Center for Sustainability to Hold March 12 ‘Nutrient Logic’ Seminar for Growers

Feb 22, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Center for Sustainability will host a lunchtime seminar by Steve Trotter titled “Nutrient Logic for Soil Health: Managing Nutritional Programs in Declining Soil and Water Conditions,” from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in San Luis Obispo.

Soil plays a critical role in plant health and immunity. One of the best tools for promoting soil health is an understanding of soil nutrition. Trotter’s presentation will examine basic factors involved in appropriate nutrient management to improve soil function. Topics will include supporting soil biomass function, identifying limiting factors such as soil physical properties’ critical nutrient relationships, and biostimulant and catalyst tools.

Cal Poly Names Philip Williams as New Dean of College of Liberal Arts

Feb 19, 2019

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Dr. Philip J. Williams, professor of political science and director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, has been named as the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Cal Poly, Provost Kathleen Enz Finken announced today.

Williams succeeds Interim Dean Kathryn Rummell, longtime chair of the English Department, who has led the college since August after the retirement of previous dean Doug Epperson.


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