Student Success

Ameristar Student Packaging Competition Cal Poly entry SticKitArt and Design Students Help Cal Poly Sweep Awards at 2017 Ameristar Packaging Competition

Four teams of Cal Poly students took first-, second- and third-place awards and an honorable mention in the 2017 Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) Ameristar Student Packaging Competition.

Read more about the Ameristar Competition

 

Cal Poly Great Grad CLAPsychology Student Cameron Andrews is Cal Poly Great Grad from CLA

"Cameron Andrews found Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy to be a 'tremendous catalyst' as he pursued a psychology degree."

Read more about the 2017 Cal Poly Great Grad from CLA

 

Cal Poly CLA Outstanding SeniorsCollege of Liberal Arts Recognizes Outstanding Seniors

Each year, the College of Liberal Arts, its departments and the university recognize outstanding students for their academic performance as well as contributions beyond the classroom. 

Read more about the 2017 student award-winners

 

Cal Poly President's Diversity AwardsCLA Students and Faculty Among President's Diversity Award Winners

Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong awarded individuals and organizations with the faculty, staff and student President’s Diversity Awards in May.

Read more about the President's Diversity Awards

 

Collegiate Learning Assessment Plus Cal PolyThree Top Collegiate Learning Assessment Plus Scorers are from CLA

Three of the top four on-campus Collegiate Learning Assessment Plus scorers were students from the College of Liberal Arts.

Read more about the Collegiate Learning Assessment

 

SLO HotHouse AcceleratorsThree CLA Start-ups Accepted to SLO HotHouse Accelerator Program

Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) accepted seven start-up companies into this year’s SLO HotHouse Summer Accelerator program, and three were developed by CLA students.

Read more about the Accelerator Program

 

Cal Poly MUNCal Poly Students Participate in Model United Nations Conferences

Nine Cal Poly students participated in Model United Nations (UN) conferences across the country and abroad in 2017, going to New York, Berkeley and Brazil.

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MMG with awards Mustang Media Group Earns Numerous Awards at National Contests

Mustang Media Group (MMG), the Journalism Department's student-run news organization, won numerous awards at both the College Media Business and Advertising Managers Annual Content and the Midwinter National College Media Convention.

Read more about the Mustang Media Group Awards

 

Maryam Quasto 2017 Panetta Representative Political Science Major is Cal Poly’s 2017 Panetta Institute Representative

As the 2017 Cal Poly Panetta Institute Representative, Maryam Quasto will be working full time for 11 weeks in Washington D.C. in the office of a congressional representative.  

Read more about the Panetta Insitute representative

 

Marissa Ahmadkhani AAP winner  English Grad Student Wins Cal Poly’s Academy of American Poets Prize

Cal Poly Master in English student Marissa Ahmadkhani won the university’s Academy of American Poets (AAP) contest for her poem “Only Half,” which investigates her Iranian heritage.

Read more about the AAP winner

 

Marissa Ahmadkhani AAP winner  Cal Poly Debate Team One of the Top in Nation

For the fourth consecutive year, the Cal Poly Debate Team is one of the top-ranked teams in the nation. 

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English MA Student Wins Lovecraft FellowshipEnglish Master's Student Wins Prestigious Fellowship

English Master's student Ian Fetters (English, '15) has been awarded the S.T. Joshi Endowed Research Fellowship to study the literature of horror-fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft.  

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CSU Research CLA DelegatesThree CLA Students to Represent Cal Poly in CSU Research Competition

Three students from the College of Liberal Arts will represent Cal Poly at the 31st Annual CSU Research Competition.  

Read more about the CSU Research Competition

 

Mock TrialCal Poly Mock Trial Team Earns Bid to Compete at National Championship

A mock trial team from Cal Poly earned a bid to compete at the National Championship Tournament (NCT) in Los Angeles April 21-23. This is the first time that a Cal Poly team has earned a spot in the prestigious national tournament. 

Read more about Mock Trial

 

Students honored by lawmakersCal Poly Students Honored By Lawmakers at State Capitol

Twenty Cal Poly students, including three from the College of Liberal Arts, were recognized for their awards and other accomplishments by state lawmakers on the floors of the Assembly and Senate in Sacramento on Feb. 13. 

Read more about the honored students

 

TAGA ConferenceCal Poly Team Wins Grand Prize at TAGA Conference

A team of students from Cal Poly’s Graphic Design Department won the Grand Prize Award at the Technical Association of Graphic Arts (TAGA) Annual Technical Conference.   

Read more about Cal Poly's TAGA win

 

CLA AthletesTwo CLA Athletes Named to All-BigSky Conference First Team 

Chris Santini and Joe Protheroe were both named to the All-BigSky Conference first team last fall.   

Read more All-Big-Sky Conference First Team Athletes from CLA 

 

Ethics BowlPhilosophy Department Sends Team to National Competition

Five Philosophy students went to Dallas, Texas to compete in the intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, a philosophy competition for colleges and universities with the best analytical and argumentative teams in the country.  

Read more about the Ethics Bowl

 

Unite Cal PolyHundreds Attend Unite Cal Poly Event

The inaugural Celebration of Inclusivity and Diversity, Unite Cal Poly featured critically-acclaimed socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell and alternative-soul musician Allen Stone.  

Read more about Unite Cal Poly

 

TedxPsychology Major Organizes TEDx Event

Cameron Wiese organized TedXCalPoly 2016, an event featuring talks from Cal Poly students and professors, as well as a host of other accomplished individuals from across the country.  

Read more about the TEDx Event

 

Amanda LovelyMustang Minute: Amanda Lovely From Cal Poly Women's Basketball

Amanda has played in 55 games over the past two years, with career totals of 512 points and 488 rebounds while also making the Big West Conference All-Academic Team as a psychology major from Palo Alto.  

Read more about Amanda Lovely

 

Solar SPELLStudents Build Solar-powered Digital Libraries for use in the Pacific Islands

Cal Poly students designed and assembled solar-powered digital libraries for use in remote areas lacking educational resources.  

Watch the video about the Solar SPELL Project

 

White House InternJournalism Student Visits Vice President Biden for Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign

Journalism major, Kelly Jacobs, was invited to the White House and Vice President Joe Biden’s residence for a meeting about the next steps in the nationwide sexual assault awareness campaign, It's On Us.  

Read more about Jacobs' campus impact

 
Sociology Major Pioneers Drone Defense System

Sociology Major Pioneers Drone Defense System

Luke Fox’s philosophy is simple: rid the cyber world of its criminals.

Read more about Fox's creation

 

 
LAES major interns at Disney

Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Major Interns at Disney

Fourth-year Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Major, Ciera Dixon, spent Fall Quarter 2016 interning for the Technology and Operations department at The Disney ABC Television Group in Burbank, California.

Read more about Dixon's achievement

 
GRC student rocks with Green Day

Graphic Communications Student Rockin' with Green Day

Gwendolyn Giles is a third year Graphic Communications (GRC) major at Cal Poly with an extraordinary hobby.

Read more about Giles' hobby

 
Cal Poly English Major Takes Part in Prestigious Internship in the U.S. Congress

Cal Poly English Major Takes Part in Prestigious Internship in the U.S. Congress 

English major Miguel Contreras spent the past summer working in Washington, D.C. Contreras was able to gain valuable work experience with the office of Representative Loretta Sanchez, the congresswoman who represents his home district in Orange County.

 
English Major Wins $1,000 for Original Song

English Major Wins $1,000 Award for Original Song

Last Fall, Maria Woodson, fourth-year English major at Cal Poly, won $1,000 for an original song competition.

Read more about Woodson's inspiration

 
Graphic Communication Students Win Phoenix Challenge Packaging Competition

Graphic Communication Students Win Phoenix Challenge Packaging Competition

Cal Poly graphic communication students were the 2016 overall champions for their point of purchase (POP) display, wedge-shaped beverage container, and shrink sleeve at the Phoenix Challenge Flexo Packaging Competition.

Read more about Cal Poly's Phoenix Challenge win

 

VR HeadsetExpressive Technology Studios at the heart of campus will transform student learning

A gift from a generous donor kick-started construction plans for an exciting new building that will place Cal Poly liberal arts under the same roof as science, mathematics and agriculture.  

Read more about the Expressive Technology Studio

 
Changing the world

Changing the World in Minor (And Major) Ways 

Cyberwarfare. Climate change. Health inequalities. Risk communication. Cal Poly looks to equip students with the tools and skills to tackle these significant challenges with the College of Liberal Arts’ new Science, Technology & Society (STS) Minors Program.

Read about Cal Poly's new STS Program

 

Mills selected for Pancetta InternshipCal Poly Sociology Senior Selected for Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s Congressional Internship Program

Malcolm Mills, a sociology major from Rancho Cucamonga is Cal Poly’s 2016 representative to the Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s Congressional Internship Program.

Read more about Malcolm Mills

 
Cal Poly wins in design competition

Cal Poly Students Sweep National Packaging Design Competition

Four teams of Cal Poly students took home first-, second- and third-place awards and an honorable mention in this year’s Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) Ameristar Student Packaging Awards Competition.  

Read about the packaging competition

 
Senior Project Helps Cal Poly Contribute to Peace in Congo

Truth in Fiction: Cal Poly Senior Explores Immigration Issues in Short Story 

Brenda Dorantes, whose parents are immigrants, hoped to use her senior project to immerse readers in the personal aspects of the hotly debated subject.  

Read about Brenda Dorantes's short story
 

 

Ethnic Studies major raises HIV/AIDS awareness

Ethnic Studies Major Raises Awareness of HIV/AIDS Issues and Receives Student Trustee's Award 

Ethnic studies senior Mario Espinoza has been active on campus through MEXA and PRISM, working to raise awareness and understanding for minority and LGBTQIA communities.

Read more about Mario Espinoza's campus activism and his Student Trustee's award

 

History Majors — Past and Present — Help Unearth Hollywood’s Ancient Egypt

History Majors — Past and Present — Help Unearth Hollywood’s Ancient Egypt

The excavation of an Egyptian sphinx made worldwide headlines when it was unearthed on the Central Coast.

Read about Hollywood's Ancient Egypt

 

International Student-Athlete Looks Back at Cal Poly Years - Alberto Ganis

International Student Athlete Looks Back at Cal Poly Years

During his two years at Cal Poly, Alberto Ganis embodied the words of NBA small forward Kevin Durant: “I’m a basketball player. That’s what I do and what I love, but that’s just not all who I am. I’m talented in a lot of different areas.”

Read about Alberto Ganis

 
Senior Project Helps Cal Poly Contribute to Peace in Congo

Purchasing Power Senior Project Helps Cal Poly Contribute to Peace in Congo

For nearly 25 years, war — funded by “conflict minerals” — has ravaged the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where more than 5.4 million people have died. With the help of advisor Professor Shelley Hurt, Katie Hoselton used her senior project to create a campaign of change on Cal Poly's campus.

Read about Katie Hoselton's senior project

 
Water crisis forecast takes first place at competition

Cal Poly Student's Water Crisis Forecast Research Takes First Place at Competition 

For nearly 25 years, war — funded by “conflict minerals” — has ravaged the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where more than 5.4 million people have died. With the help of advisor Professor Shelley Hurt, Katie Hoselton used her senior project to create a campaign of change on Cal Poly's campus.

Read about water forecast
 

Graphic Communication Students excel at book design

Cal Poly Graphic Communication Students Honored for Book Designs 

Cal Poly graphic communication students took home top awards for their book design work from the Publishing Professionals Network (PPN) on May 20.

Read more about the book design


 

LAES Major Interns at Clinton Foundation - Gabrielle Amar

Liberal Arts and Engineering Major Interns at Clinton Foundation 

Last fall, liberal arts and engineering studies major Gabrielle Amar joined the Clinton Foundation as an intern, ready to take on the foundation’s mission to solve some of the world’s most daunting challenges through the Clinton Climate Initiative sector.

Read more about Gabrielle Amar's Internship

 
Fialta

Fialta

The breezy sounds of local San Luis Obispo band Fialta are drifting across the nation. The self-professed “Central Coast indie pop” group are multi-faceted artists — balancing day jobs with writing, composing and performing music inspired by literature and the world around them.

Read more about Fialta

 

Students take top honors at research competition

Cal Poly Students Take Top Honors at CSU Research Competition  

Five Cal Poly students took top honors at the recent 2015 California State University (CSU) Research Competition held May 1-2 at CSU San Bernardino

Read more about the research competition



 

Graphic Communication students win awards in competition

Cal Poly Graphic Communication Students Win Awards in Packaging Challenge 

Cal Poly graphic communication students won two awards for a pop-up mailer at the annual Phoenix Challenge Flexo Packaging Competition on May 2.

Read more about the packaging challenge



 

History student studies at prestigious institute

Cal Poly History Student to Attend Prestigious Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute

Cal Poly history junior Madeleine Aitchison will attend the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for summer 2015.

Read more about the Summer Institute
 

 
2015 American Scholar prize winner

Cal Poly English Department Names 2015 American Scholar Prize Winner 

Cal Poly English junior Abigail Johnson was named the 2015 American Scholar Prize winner for a literary essay she wrote. She will receive her award and $500 at the English Department commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 14.

Read more about the American Scholar Prize winner

 

Journalism recognized with top honors

Cal Poly Journalism Recognized With National Top Honors

Cal Poly Journalism’s Mustang News won a multitude of awards from the College Media Business and Advertising Managers, California Newspaper Publishers Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Read more about journalism honors

 

Debate brings home championship titles

Debate Team Brings Home Championship Titles From California Cup Sweepstakes 

The Cal Poly Debate Team brought home top honors, emerging with several strong performances at the California Cup, which took place from March 27-29.Cal Poly debaters were challenged by the most reputable debate programs in the state and nation.

Read more about debate championship

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