The latest online edition of CLA's Impact Magazine

Student Success

25 Under 25 Film FestivalJournalism Student Starts Film Festival for Young Filmmakers

Journalism senior Michael Frank created a film festival to showcase work created by young filmmakers. The festival, named 25 Under 25, brought in 180 submissions from young filmmakers across California. 

Read more about the 25 Under 25 film festival


Political Science Junior Elected ASI PresidentPolitical Science Junior Elected ASI President

Political science junior Jasmin Fashami was elected ASI President for the 2018-19 school year 

Read more about the ASI president-elect


Cal Poly Art and Design Student Anna Teiche in front of her commissioned piece in Baker CenterArt and Design Student's Work Permanently Displayed in Baker Center

Art and design senior Anna Teiche left her mark on the Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics through a unique art installation that honors Dr. Phil Bailey, emeritus dean for the College of Science and Mathematics. 

Read more about the commissioned piece


CLA Student Award Recipient Jasmin VieraCLA Seniors Recognized with University and College Awards

Outstanding students receiving awards for the 2017-18 academic year were honored at a reception on Friday, June 15.  

Read more about the outstanding seniors


Cal Poly Great Grad Marcos Ramierz-Santos, a psychology majorPsychology Major Recognized as Cal Poly Great Grad

Psychology major Marcos Ramirez-Santos was recognized as the Cal Poly Great Grad from the CLA. Cal Poly Great Grads show the strengths, struggles and accomplishments of the class of 2018.  

Read more about CLA's great grad


Cal Poly Spanish-language Civic Debate Team at Los Legados de ValladolidCal Poly Hosts First Spanish-language Civic Debate on a U.S. University Campus

Titled “Los Legados de Valladolid,” which translates to “Legacies of Valladolid,” the topic argued in competition was whether the rise of nativism, an extreme form of patriotism, is a threat to universal human rights. 

Read more about the Spanish-language debate


English major Morgan CondictEnglish Major Wins Cal Poly's American Poets Contest

English major Morgan Condict won Cal Poly’s Academy of American Poets Contest for his poem “To an Old Coworker,” which investigates the homelessness crisis in San Francisco through a compelling, personal perspective.

Read more about the poetry contest


Philip AbarquezPolitical Science Major is Cal Poly's 2018 Panetta Representative

Political science junior Philip Abarquez has been selected as one of 26 students from the state of California as a 2018 representative to the Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s Congressional Internship Program.

Read more about the Panetta internship



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Music senior Taylor O’HanlonMusic Senior Plays Trumpet for 'Kinky Boots'

Cal Poly music senior Taylor O’Hanlon seized a last-minute opportunity to play trumpet in the national-touring production of the Broadway show "Kinky Boots" on Jan. 30.

Read more about the production



Disney Imaginations Design Competition Students Make Semifinals in Disney Imaginations Design Competition

A group of Cal Poly students made it to the semifinals of the 27th annual Disney Imaginations Designs Competition for their theme park design.

Read about Disney Imaginations Design Competition



CLA students honored at state capitolCal Poly Students Honored by Lawmakers at State Capitol

Nineteen Cal Poly students, including five from the College of Liberal Arts, were recognized for their awards and other accomplishments by state lawmakers on the floors of the state Assembly and Senate in Sacramento on Feb. 12.

Read more about the students honored


Bianka PantojaMustang Media Group Earns 25+ Awards

Mustang Media Group, the Cal Poly Journalism Department ’s student-run media organization, has received more than 25 awards in the span of five months.

Read more about Mustang Media Group's awards



Cal Poly Art and Design RAWArt and Design Student Magazine Expands Production

The magazine began as a class assignment in professor Lana Caplan’s ART 329 Editorial Photography with a group of only eight students. It has since grown into a student-run magazine where students handle all aspects of creating and publishing a magazine.

Read more about the art and design magazine


Ameristar Student Packaging Competition Cal Poly entry SticKitPackaging and Design Students Stand Out Among the World’s Best

Teams of Cal Poly packaging, business, and design students received two of the top three awards at the 2017 World Packaging Organisation (WPO) WorldStar International Packaging Design Student Competition.

Read more about the WorldStar Competition


Communication Studies Senior Conducts Research at Carnegie MellonCommunication Studies Senior Conducts Research at Carnegie Mellon University

Communication studies senior Allie Blaising was one of 20 students in the U.S. selected as research intern in the Human Computer Interaction Lab at Carnegie Mellon University last summer.

Read more about the research at Carnegie Mellon


New Queer Studies Minor Launch PartyNew Queer Studies Minor Launched

The Women’s and Gender Studies Department launched a new queer studies minor. Students and faculty gathered in the Robert E. Kennedy Library atrium on Oct. 4 for a launch party to celebrate and speak about the significance of the new minor.

Read more about the new queer studies minor


Cal Poly radio station KCPRKCPR is No. 1 

KCPR was recognized this fall as the No. 1 college radio station by Great Value Colleges.  

Read more about KCPR's ranking


Political Science Students Draft a BillStudents in New Political Science Course Draft a Bill

Students enrolled in a new political science course are drafting a bill that will be sent to the State Legislature in hopes of passing the bill into state law. The class, California Bill Project, is taught by professor Chris Den Hartog, with help from former Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian.

Read more about the California Bill Project


CLA Athletes Honored at Big West ConferenceCLA Athletes Honored at Big West Conference

Junior golfer Sophie Bergland was named to the 2017 Big West Conference Spring All-Academic Team, softball player Sierra Hyland was named Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year for a second time, and more student-athletes were placed on the All-Academic Team by the Big West Conference.

Read more about the Big West Conference


Cal Poly Journalism Senior was crowned Miss California 2017Cal Poly Journalism Senior Crowned Miss California 2017

Cal Poly journalism senior Jillian Smith was crowned Miss California 2017 and awarded with over $25,000 in scholarships for continuing her education on July 1 in Fresno, California.

Read more about Miss California


Members of Inaugural Cal Poly Spanish-language Debate Team Ranked as World FinalistsMembers of Inaugural Cal Poly Spanish-language Debate Team Ranked as World Finalists

Two Cal Poly Spanish-language debate team members finished as finalists at the largest international Spanish-language university debate competition  in Guatemala City this summer.

Read more about the Spanish Debate Team


Cal Poly Ethnic Studies and Sociology Student Receives CSU Trustees’ AwardEthnic Studies and Sociology Student Receives CSU Trustees’ Award

A Cal Poly ethnic studies and sociology student from Santa Maria has received the 2017 California State University Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Read more about the CSU Trustees' Award


Cal Poly Art and Design Videos Art and Design Students Defining Words With Videos 

Art and Design Students from the Art 383 Digital Video course worked closely with representatives from to develop creative videos that illustrate the proper use of a word through a unique story.

Read more about the videos


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.

Read more about Cal Poly MUN


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. 

Read more about the debate team


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.  

Read more about the Lovecraft Fellowship



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



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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