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The Bishop Peak Portrait Project

Professor's Photos Capture 365 Days of Bishop Peak

Graphic communication professor Brian Lawler captured 365 days of Bishop Peak in a photo series inspired by his daily bicycle commute. The display will be permanently housed in Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (building 180).

Learn more about the photos on display


Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, CLA Associate Dean for Diversity and Curriculum

CLA Associate Dean for Diversity and Curriculum Featured in Cal Poly Magazine's "My 2017"

Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, associate dean for diversity and curriculum in the College of Liberal Arts talked with psychology senior and CLA Student Diversity Committee member Marcos Ramirez-Santos about diversity initiatives that are shaping campus.    

Watch the video of their conversation


Jason Peters, Cal Poly English professorCal Poly English and Agriculture Professors Win USDA Grant

English Professor Jason Peters and Yiwen Chiu, a professor in Cal Poly’s Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences Department, have been awarded a $140,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Read more about the USDA grant award


Modern Languages and Literatures Department Gets New NameModern Languages and Literatures Department Gets New Name

In fall 2017, the department officially changed its name to World Languages and Cultures to adapt to current changes and trends among language departments in universities across the country.

Read more about the new department name


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Laura Krifka Cal Poly Art and Design

Art and Design Lecturer Receives Teacher-Artist Grant

Laura Krifka from the Art and Design Department received the 2017 Artist-Teacher Grant from the Davyd Whaley Foundation to help her direct more time to her studio work.   

Read more about the Krifka's grant award 


Catherine Waitinas, Cal Poly 2017 Learn by Doing Scholar

English Faculty Member Earns 2017 Learn by Doing Scholar Award

Catherine Waitinas, an associate professor in the English Department, earned the 2017 Learn by Doing Scholar Award.   

Read more about the Learn by Doing Award


Cal Poly CLA Librarian

Students Hone Research Skills with Help from College Librarians

Kennedy Library offers a variety of resources for students to use, including the one-on-one guidance from expert librarians.  

Read more about college librarians


Martin Mehl Receives Effective Practice Award

COMS Lecturer Receives Effective Practice Award

Martin Mehl, senior lecturer in communications studies, along with Luanne Fose from the Cal Poly Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology, were officially recognized with the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) 2017 Effective Practice Award for their digital mentorship pedagogy.  

Read more about Mehl's Effective Practice Award


Davies Retires

Beloved Music Professor Retires After 34 Years

After 34 years at Cal Poly, Thomas Davies, beloved member of the Music Department, retired in June 2017. 

Read more about Davies


Kathleen Murphy

History Professors and M.A. Student Awarded Fellowships

History Department professors Sarah Bridger and Kathleen Murphy and M.A. student Crystal Smith were recently awarded fellowships.  

Read more about the fellowships


Latner Receives Voting Rights Fellowship

Political Science Professor Receives Voting Rights Fellowship

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the nation's leading science-based policy advocacy organization, has awarded associate professor of political science Michael Latner its Voting Rights Kendall Fellowship. 

Read more about Latner's fellowship

Bittick Named Journalism Educator of the Year

Paul Bittick Recognized as Journalism Educator of the Year

The California Journalism & Media Affiliates recently named Paul Bittick, Cal Poly’s Mustang Media Group general manager, as the 2017 Journalism Educator of the Year in the 4-Year Division. 

Read more about Paul Bittick's award


Professor Receives NSF Award

Professor Awarded NSF Grant to Host Data Science Workshop

Brian Beaton, director of the Center for Expressive Technology, was awarded nearly $25,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to host a two-day workshop entitled "Social Facets of Data Science." 

Read more about Data Science's Impact at Cal Poly 


Professor, Students Conduct Research in Peru on Improved Biomass Cookstoves

Professor, Students Conduct Research in Peru on Improved Biomass Cookstoves

Cal Poly Geography Professor James Keese and students traveled to Peru in March 2016 to conduct a follow-up study on a clean-burning cookstoves project.

Read about Improved Biomass Cookstoves



English Professor Lisa Coffman's Poem Read on National Radio ShowEnglish Professor’s Poem Read on National Radio Show

Adjunct Professor of English Lisa Coffman’s poem “Everybody Made Soups” was recently read on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. 

Read about Lisa Coffman’s Poem on NPR

Visiting Professor, Gilda Ochoa, with students

Visiting Professor Examines Diversity and Education at Cal Poly

During her time in Cal Poly’s Ethnic Studies Department in winter 2016, Visiting Professor Gilda L. Ochoa encouraged students to look at existing educational systems through a lens of racial and cultural sensitivity.

Read more about Gilda Ochoa's visit to Cal Poly

Generous donation to preserve printing history

Cal Poly Graphic Communication Receives $2.3 Million to Preserve Printing Industry History

Well-known printing industry expert Raymond J. Prince has donated $2.3 million to Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department to preserve the history and knowledge of the printing and imaging industry.

Read about the generous donation

 Michael Miller

Remembering a Giant: Michael Barton Miller

Michael Barton Miller — Art & Design Department professor, artist and friend — passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, at the age of 65, after a two-year battle with brain cancer. His wisdom, humor, kindness and love for different people and cultures touched the lives of all he encountered.

Read more about Michael Barton Miller

English Professor Brings Dramatic Literature Back to Campus

English Professor Brings Dramatic Literature Back to Campus 

“My mother tongue is performance,” said Ryan Hatch, one of the newest additions to Cal Poly’s English Department faculty. A self-described lover and critic of the theater, Hatch has known for a long time that the art of performance would be at the center of his intellectual and scholarly work.

Read more about Ryan Hatch

WSECS Program Brochure

WSECS Conference 

Cal Poly's College of Liberal Arts welcomed one of the most prestigious 18th-Century conferences early this year. The Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (WSECS) Conference gathered scholars from across the world to share their research.

Read more about the WSECS Conference

Professor oversees French Advanced Placement Tests

Cal Poly Professor to Oversee French Advanced Placement Exams 

Brian G. Kennelly, Cal Poly professor in the Modern Languages & Literatures Department, was named the 2015-16 chief reader designate by the College Board to oversee the French Language and Culture Advanced Placement exams.

Read more about this achievement

Middle school technology arts program launched

Cal Poly Center for Arts Education, YMCA Launch Middle School Technology Arts Program

CCCAE is committing $10,000 to help start a Y.I. in San Luis Obispo to teach students the basics of graphic design and how to create films and produce magazines. The program will begin this summer for sixth- through eighth-grade students.

Read more about the technology arts program

Hopper to study at Institute for Advanced Study

Cal Poly History Professor Selected at Scholar Institute for Advanced Study 

Cal Poly History Professor Matthew Hopper was selected as a fall 2015 scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. as well as the Cambridge Visiting Research Fellow.

Read more about the Institute for Advanced Study and Cambridge Visiting Research Fellow

Cal Poly professor awarded Fulbright

Cal Poly English Professor Emeritus Awarded Fulbright to Teach in Bulgaria 

Cal Poly English Professor Emeritus Carol MacCurdy was selected to receive a 2015-16 Fulbright Award which offers scholars the opportunity to research and teach in a variety of disciplines in more than 155 countries

Read more about the Fulbright Award 

Psychology professor awarded STEM research grant

Cal Poly Psychology Professor Receives $100,000 STEM Research Grant

Cal Poly psychology Professor Julie Garcia received a $100,000 grant for the project “Identity Threats in Higher Education: Implications for College Outcomes of Under-Represented Students of Color.”

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Professor writes book

Cal Poly History Professor Releases New Book ‘Scientists at War’

Cal Poly History Professor Sarah Bridger released her latest book, “Scientists at War: The Ethics of Cold War Weapons Research.” 

Read more about this book

professor awarded NSF grant

Professor Awarded $152,000 NSF Grant for Research of Connections Between Slavery and Science  

Cal Poly History Professor Kathleen Murphy received National Science Foundation grant for more than $152,000 for her project “Exploring the Use of British Slave Trade Ships to Gather Biological Specimens and Data.”

Read more about the NSF grant

Professor in Residence

English Professor Named the 2015 CSU Bakersfield Writer in Residence  

Cal Poly English Professor and author John Hampsey has been named the 2015 CSU Bakersfield (CSUB) Stiern Library PG&E Writer in Residence. As part of the writer-in-residence program, Hampsey will deliver a reading for the CSUB university community.

Read more about the writer in residence program

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