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History Alumna Sophie Rosales History Alumna Teaching English in Vietnam

Sophie Rosales went from student to teacher just one year after graduating from Cal Poly. As an English Teaching Assistant in Vietnam, Rosales has taken her education and career worldwide and hopes to continue with a career path in diplomacy.  

Read more about Rosales and her work

 

KCPR general managers at 50th anniversary event Cal Poly Radio Station KCPR Celebrates 50 Years

A weekend of events to mark the 50th anniversary of campus radio station KCPR-FM kicked off on Friday, Oct. 12, with a concert at SLO Brew Rock. The 400-plus attendees included Cal Poly alumni, students, and local music lovers. 

Read more about KCPR's 50th anniversary

 

Psychology Alumna Nikki Petkopoulos

Recent Journalism Grad is Finalist for CSU Media Arts Festival Award

Recent Cal Poly grad Nikki Petkopoulos (Journalism, ’18) is a finalist for the prestigious CSU Media Arts Award for her film Young American which tells the story of a biracial college student. 

Read about Petkopoulos and the Media Arts Festival

 

 


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Psychology Alumna Leah Thomas

Psychology Alumna Earns Top Presentation at CSU Research Competition

Leah Thomas (Psychology, ’17) earned the top presentation in the Behavioral and Social Sciences category at the CSU Research Competition.  

Read about Thomas and the CSU Research Competition

 

Gretchen Bataille

Alumna Awarded Albert Nelsen Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

Gretchen M. Bataille (M.A., Education, ’67; English, ’66) was awarded the Albert Nelsen Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who for her leadership in higher education. 

Read about Bataille and her award

 

Brownieland Pictures Viral Video "Every Opportunity"

Alumna's Video Production Company Produces Viral Video with Important Message

“Every Opportunity” was created to show teachers and parents how systematically ignoring children and not hearing their voices can have disastrous effects. 

Read about Brownieland Pictures and watch the viral video

 

Alumni Invited to Become CLA Social Media Ambassadors

Become a CLA Social Media Alumni Ambassador

Share your love for your alma mater! CLA Social Media Alumni Ambassadors help promote the College of Liberal Arts by liking posts and sharing content from and to CLA accounts. 

Become an Alumni Social Media Ambassador

 

Wyatt Oroke, History Alumnus Recognized on the Ellen Show

History Alumnus Recognized on The Ellen Show for Work as Teacher

Wyatt Oroke (History, ’13) was recognized on The Ellen Show for his dedication as an eighth grade humanities teacher at City Springs Elementary and Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Read about Wyatt Oroke

 

Chris Trapani, CLA Honored Alumni 2017

CLA Honored Alumnus 2017 

The College of Liberal Arts recognizes Chris Trapani (Political Science, '90) as its 2017 Honored Alumnus. 

Read about the 2017 Honored Alumnus

 
Bill and Cheryl Swanson

Donation Funds HD Upgrade to Student-Run TV Studio

Thanks to a $100,000 donation from Bill and Cheryl Swanson, the university’s student-run television studio was outfitted with the latest cameras, switchers and other equipment.

Read about the Swanson's HD upgrade donation

 
Spring 2017 Alumni Update

Alumni Update Spring 2017 

From new jobs to writing awards, read about what several CLA alumni have been up to recently.

Read the latest news from CLA alumni

 
Nwaba, Cal Poly CLA alumn signs with Lakers

Sociology Alumnus is First Mustang to Sign With NBA

David Nwaba, 24, is the newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers and the first Cal Poly alumnus to sign with the NBA.

Read more about Nwaba

 

Alumna works for rights of homeless

Alumna Working for Rights of Homeless

Alexa Arndt is putting her political science education to work on behalf of the homeless and those living in poverty. Arndt has already worked with a number of reputable organizations including the New York Legal Assistance Group and Homeless Advocacy Project, among others. 

Read about Arndt

 

TrackPacer

Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Alumna Transforms the Way Runners Train

Runners are always attempting to break their personal records. Alexandra Kline (Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies, ’15) came up with TrackPacer – an idea that could transform the way runners train.

Read about TrackPacer

 

Mustang News 100 Years Celebration

Journalism Department Celebrates 100 Years of Mustang News

The Cal Poly Journalism Department celebrated the 100th anniversary of its student press Oct. 14-15 with "100 Years of Delivering the News," two days of events that included a Spotlight Gala and a department open house.

Read about the centennial celebration

 

Matt Berger with daughter building a skateboard

The (SK8)Maker Movement: Cal Poly Alumnus Launches Book and Class on How to Build a Skateboard

Berger turned his passion for making things into a part-time gig with his DIY brand, SK8Makers, launching woodworking classes that lead students through the process of building a handmade skateboard. 

Read about Nwaba

 

Alumna transforms preschool lab

Learn by Playing

When children in the Cal Poly Preschool Learning Lab climb to the top of their new playground equipment, they can see all the way across the campus. Through the eyes of a 4-year-old, it’s a little bit like climbing a mountain

Read about the preschool lab transformation

 

Alumna makes huge difference for refugees

Opportunity of a Lifetime

Last December, Mehra Gharibian spent his winter break in Nicosia, Cyprus, at the Hope for Children refugee shelter. He was motivated to do so by the recent Iraqi and Syrian refugee crises, which had touched him on a personal level. 

Read about the difference Gharibian made

 

Cal Poly Alumnus, Cousineau, Received Prestigious TAGA Michael H. Bruno Award

Cal Poly Alumnus Paul Cousineau Received Prestigious TAGA Michael H. Bruno Award

Paul Cousineau won the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA)'s highest honor, the Michael H. Bruno Award, one of the most prestigious in the graphic communication industry.

Read about Paul Cousineau's TAGA Award

 
Alumna cookbook

Alumna Rediscovers San Luis Obispo Through a Culinary Palette 

Cal Poly graduate Kendra Aronson believes that the food you eat connects you to a long line of individuals who grow, produce and cook that food. Her new cookbook, celebrates the farms, farmers and chefs who grow and prepare food on the Central Coast.

Read more about the SLO Farmers' Market Cookbook

 
lasting legacy

Lasting Legacy

With a glance at the past and a look forward, you can begin to wonder what mark you’ll leave on this world. Three families chose to leave their legacies at Cal Poly — and invest in the future of our students — by making planned gifts to areas they are passionate about.

Read more about the legacy of our alumni

 

making headlines

Making Headlines

David Kerley III (Journalism, ’79) was named the 2015 College of Liberal Arts’ Honored Alumnus. Kerley is a correspondent for ABC News based in Washington, D.C., and contributes regularly to all ABC News broadcasts, including “World News Tonight,” “Good Morning America” and “Nightline.”

Read more about the honored alumni award

 
alumna bridges cultural differences

Cal Poly Alumna Bridges Cultural Differences With Middle East Photo Series 

For nearly 15 years, the United States has been embroiled in conflict in the Middle East. Media portrayals and stereotypes have accentuated cultural differences and heightened prejudices.

Read more about Heather Finnecy's photography of the Middle East

 
Mikaela Vournas's research gets awards

Cal Poly Alumna's Undergraduate Research Awarded Top Honor at Social Sciences Conference 

Cal Poly 2014 social sciences graduate Mikaela Vournas recently received the Charles McCall Best Undergraduate Paper Award at the 40th annual California State University (CSU) Social Science Student Symposium.

Read more about Mikaela Vournas's research

 

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