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Quad/Graphics Eric Steinbach Memorial Graphic Communication Endowment to Fund Student Scholarships and Support University’s Graphic Communication Program

Apr 8, 2019

Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department has met its $200,000 fundraising goal for a new endowment in honor of the late Eric Steinbach, a longtime supporter of the program and the university.

The department reached its goal thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from Quad/Graphics, which was presented by Quad/Graphics Chairman, President and CEO Joel Quadracci during Cal Poly’s annual International Graphic Communication Week celebration held Jan. 23 at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo.

The initial $100,000 raised for the endowment came from family and friends of Eric Steinbach, Quad employees; Cal Poly alumni, faculty and staff; and corporations and investment funds.

Proceeds from the Quad/Graphics Eric Steinbach Memorial Graphic Communication Endowment will be used to award student scholarships and for graphic communication program development. Steinbach, formerly president of publishing solutions for Quad, served on Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department Advisory Board for 24 years and was an advisor to faculty and a mentor to many students. He was also instrumental in developing resources for the construction of a computer management lab at Cal Poly.

“Eric touched so many lives during his time at Quad, and many more at Cal Poly and throughout the graphics communication community,” Quadracci told more than 200 attendees at the celebration, including Cal Poly faculty, staff, administrators and industry leaders. “This endowment allows his incredible printing industry legacy to continue for generations to come. I’m particularly proud that so many of our employees chose to contribute to the endowment. Their support symbolizes the respect they had for Eric — a man whose business acumen was only overshadowed by his genuine desire to help others.”

Quadracci addressed several topics at the banquet during an on-stage interview conducted by Cal Poly Professor Emeritus Harvey Levenson, former head of the Graphic Communication Department. Quadracci spoke about Eric Steinbach and his commitment to the printing industry, Quad’s corporate culture and its commitment to gender equity and diversity, and where the graphic communication industry is heading and how students can prepare themselves to successfully help companies address the present and future communication needs of society.

Ken Macro, department chair of Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department said, “It is an honor and a privilege to have Mr. Quadracci here for this momentous occasion. His tribute to Eric Steinbach’s contribution to the industry and education is commendable and will be forever memorialized here at Cal Poly. Many thanks to Quad/Graphics and to the Steinbach family.”

LAES Collaborates with Orchesis Dance Company to Create Immersive Video Projections

Mar 27, 2019

A group of Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies (LAES) students created immersive video effects for the Theater and Dance Department’s annual Orchesis Dance Company performance.

One of the core aspects of the LAES major is project-based learning. In LAES 301 and 302, students are divided into teams and paired with a client to work on a quarter-long project.

In fall 2018, Orchesis director and dance Professor Christy McNeil Chand had an idea for an opening video sequence for their January production, Tabula Rasa. 

LAES co-director and Professor David Gillette introduced Orchesis as a client for his project-based learning class, and over the course of a quarter, a team of 10 students worked to develop this opening sequence.

The team used multiple projector screens that spanned across Spanos Theater to create an immersive environment for the audience. From raindrops dripping on leaves to bird sounds to fire and lightning, the video highlighted natural life cycles to fit with the theme of Tabula Rasa, or blank slate.

“It looked like you could have been in a ride at Disney,” Chand said. “It felt like you were not just watching a film. It looked like you were surrounded in this magical space.”

Additionally, the team created title slides that projected in between dance numbers, indicating the beginning and end of each piece. These slides kept the audience out of their paper programs and immersed in the show in front of them.

While the project was artistic in nature, the team used technical aspects like video editing and theater projection software to assure the project ran smoothly. Students also created a model of Spanos Theater and used a mini projector to test the project before the large-scale video projected on opening night.

“On the surface, the video work looks like it was just aesthetics and art,” Gillette said. “But to get that to work on seven different screens with all of these different systems was a lot of math and mechanics.”

LAES senior Gabriella Santiago took the two-part course for the second time in the fall and helped lead the team of students who were taking the class for the first time.

“I think it was a really neat opportunity to collaborate with another department like that,” Santiago said. “I’m glad the LAES has opportunities to collaborate on projects, because it turns out really cool. LAES people have a mixed grab-bag of many skills and abilities. You can get something really cool out of that.”

Professor Gillette said the technical skills taught in LAES courses can positively impact other areas in the liberal arts, hence the collaborative nature of the project. The LAES program recognizes the interdisciplinary nature of careers outside of the college environment and strives to equip its students with a variety of skills to encourage collaboration.

“Students had to approach the project as engineers to figure out the technical components of getting it to function, and at the same time, they had to approach it as artists to figure out what was interesting and beautiful and persuasive and engaging,” Gillette said.


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Third Annual Inclusion Starts with Me Teach-In Attracts Nearly Double the Attendees

Mar 15, 2019

As part of the university’s continuous commitment to diversity and inclusion, the third Inclusion Starts with Me Teach-In was held Thursday, Feb. 21 in collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts, the Office of University Diversity & Inclusion (OUDI), and Academic Affairs.

Teach In session

Some of the topics designed to inform and inspire attendees were:

  • "Listen to the Youth! Black and Latino Male High School Students Describe Culturally Sustaining Teaching"
  • "Genetic Ancestry, Intelligence, and Milk: Debunking the Myth of Biological Race"
  • "Crazy Rich Asians Discussion: Asian American Representation in Rilm and Popular Culture"
  • "Does Size Really Matter? Debilitating Discourses of Size and Health"
  • "Let's Talk About Sex! What Do Biologists Have to Say About Sex and Gender?"


In addition to workshops, other events took place throughout campus, including  an art-as-activism feature event in the UU Plaza and a keynote speech by Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor in the African American Studies Department at Princeton University, in Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

With over 1,950 attendees, participation this year was nearly double from last year. Students from almost every major on campus participated in at least one Teach In workshop or lecture. 

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Mustang Media Group Receives 46 Awards

Mar 12, 2019

Mustang Media Group (MMG), 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). Every platform of MMG earned awards on behalf of the organization, and several students were recognized for their personal accomplishments. 

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

“We are thrilled that Mustang Media Group placed in every platform among the top student media in the country,” said Editor-in-Chief Austin Linthicum, a junior majoring in business administration. “From our brand new website and updated newspaper format to social media and business strategy, we are honored to place first in the country and look forward to continuing to innovate in the future.”

Student achievements spanned every channel in Mustang Media Group — Mustang News, KCPR-FM and business entities, including print, mobile, web, social media, broadcast TV, radio, advertising, design, sales, and public relations and marketing — and are a testament to the organization’s collaborative integration.

“Mustang Media Group’s recognition among the best student media in the country reflects the growth and integration of the editorial, advertising, broadcast, and radio branches of the student-run media organization,” Mustang Media Group general manager Paul Bittick said. “Our hardworking students are the best in the nation and so deserving of these honors.”

For the first time, the national conference brought together both the editorial and business teams in one location. More than 50 Mustang Media Group staff members attended sessions throughout the weekend. Editor-in-Chief Linthicum, civil engineering major and Advertising Manager BJ Drye, Social Media Manager Lauren Arendt and PR Director Claire Blachowski, both journalism majors, led sessions at the convention.

ACP/CMBAM Best of Show Awards

  • Best Website (first place)
  • Best Print Weekly Newspaper (first place)
  • Best Multimedia Package (first place)
  • Best Broadcast Program (third place)
  • Best In-depth News Special Section (sixth place)

CMBAM Media Company of the Year

  • Media Company of the Year (second place)

2018-19 CMBAM Awards

  • Best Audience Engagement Strategy (first place)
  • Best Sales Strategy of a Special Section (first place)
  • Best Training Program (second place)
  • Best Self-promotional and Marketing Strategy (second place)
  • Best College Media PR/Marketing program (second place)
  • Best Special Event (second place)
  • Best Radio Underwriting (second place)
  • Best Self-promotional Audio Ad (second place)
  • Best Self-promotional Audio Ad (third place)
  • Best College Media Sales Program (third place)
  • Best Digital Sales Strategy (honorable mention)

2018-19 CMBAM Individual Awards

  • Best Sales Manager, Bianka Pantoja (Arvin, CA) (first place)
  • Best Designer, Shea Irwin (San Diego, CA) (second place)
  • Best PR/Marketing Manager, Claire Blachowski (Orange, CA) (third place)

2018-19 CCMA Awards

  • Best Newspaper Website - Large School (first place)
  • Best Online Online Ad Campaign (first place)
  • Best Mobile Site/App (first place)
  • Best Feature Story (first place)
  • Best Multimedia Presentation (first place)
  • Best Photo Illustration (first place)
  • Best Illustration/Cartoon (first place)
  • Best Social Media for Single Event (first place)
  • Best Ad Campaign (first place)
  • Best Newspaper Inside Page/Spread Design (first place)
  • Best Sports Story (second place)
  • Best Online Ad (second place)
  • Best Arts and Entertainment Story (second place)
  • Best Podcast (second place)
  • Best News Video (second place)
  • Best Overall Newspaper Design (second place)
  • Best Advertising Special (second place)
  • Best Color Ad (third place)
  • Best News Photograph (third place)
  • Best Non-breaking News Story (third place)
  • Best Newspaper (third place)
  • Best Black & White Ad (third place)
  • Best Interactive Graphic (third place)
  • Best Use of Social Media for Single Story (third place)
  • Best Online Infographic (honorable mention)
  • Best Headline Portfolio (honorable mention)

Last year, Mustang Media Group received 26 state and national awards in news, advertising, multimedia, design and special editions. Mustang Media Group holds past Online Pacemaker Awards from 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2014.

ACP’s Pacemaker Awards, collegiate journalism’s preeminent awards, are granted by the Associated Collegiate Press, a national college media association, and have been presented annually since 1927. Mustang Media Group was not able to accept the Pinnacle and Pacemaker Finalist Awards at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention, Oct. 25-28, 2018, in Louisville, Ky, due to California’s travel ban, but accepted the awards at the March 2 presentation in La Jolla, CA.

Associated Collegiate Press is a national nonprofit member association of collegiate journalism and student media leaders with over 650 members. CMBAM is a national awards competition founded in 1972, focused on business and advertising, and has over 125 member schools nationwide. The California Collegiate Media Association is composed of staff, advisers and supporters of college news media in California.

The state and national awards are presented by ACP, CCMA and CMBAM to the best college media programs and individual work in the country, and allow student work submissions from any college media organization. The organizations recognize outstanding work in advertising, broadcast, design, online media, photo, sports and writing categories, as well as organizational achievement for newspapers, stations, magazines, websites and yearbooks of 2018-19.

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Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Senior Ryan Vannucci Wins 2 AVA Digital Awards

Mar 5, 2019

The California Cybersecurity Institute was honored in the AVA Digital Awards for their informative videos made by Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies senior Ryan Vannucci.

The Cybersecurity Institute is a private-public partnership that collaborates with many departments within the state of California to inform the public on cybersecurity and technology use. They make tutorials, host events, and create content to help make information about cyber more accessible and to increase digital literacy. One of the many mediums they use to inform their audience on cyber is video.

“We try to take the mystery off of cyber issues,” Cyber Security Institute Program Manager Martin Minnich said. “We try to show the real world scenario so people can understand how it affects them.”

Vannucci, who serves as CCI’s videographer, directed, filmed and edited a video about Oblong Technology for Student Use. The video explains to viewers an interactive software that was made to streamline work collaboration on devices, and it walks students through ways they can use the software on campus.

“I think cyber is an awesome area of study that definitely needs more recognition,” Vannucci said. “People just don’t really know how important cybersecurity is, so the fact that CCI is an education and training complex for cybersecurity is awesome and super important in a world that’s becoming more and more digital.”

Vannucci also won an award for producing a video of the annual High School State Cybersecurity Championship hosted by the CCI. The video captured inspiring moments of high school students experiencing the joy of learning and working with technology.

From storyboarding to gathering on-camera talent to directing to editing, Vannucci planned every step of the production process to create videos that made the technology more comprehendible for the public.

“It’s been nice to see my work pay off in certain ways,” Vannucci said. “Not only for me, but for the CCI. It shows what we can do, that we’re unique in our positioning and our capacity.”

Vannucci’s videographer position comes with a challenge: He must present information about technology in a way that is comprehendible to viewers and tells a lasting story. This challenge, Vannucci said, is what motivates him to film.

“He is a testament to how great Cal Poly is at producing the next generation of the work force — day one ready,” CCI Program Manager Minnich said.


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Art and Design Senior Places Second in Walt Disney Imaginations Design Competition

Feb 28, 2019

Art and design senior Kyle Branch’s team placed second in Walt Disney Imagineering’s 28th Imaginations Design Competition.

The Walt Disney Imaginations Design Competition invites students to showcase their ideas for themed Disney attractions. This year’s competition prompted teams to create an experience exploring a natural or ancient wonder of the world.

From a young age, Branch knew he wanted to work in the theme park industry. He seized the opportunity to enter the competition the moment he met the junior-standing requirement for competition entry.

“I was probably a freshman in high school when I found out about the competition, and I knew that as soon as I was eligible, I would enter,” Branch said. “And I did.” Branch’s team designed an experiential resort called Port Pharos, which was based on the historical lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt. Combining ancient Egyptian mythology with the history of the lighthouse of Alexandria, Branch’s team’s design placed second out of more than 250 total entries.

Branch’s team was composed of students from three different states and time zones, which posed a challenge. However, Branch said that despite these work challenges, the team’s similar vision and passion for the theme park industry motivated them to stay on track.

“We still found time to talk every week about our progress and give each other feedback,” Branch said. “It’s been a really great team environment."

After the team was declared finalists, the team was paired with a mentor from Walt Disney Imagineers. Their mentor gave them feedback on their projects and helped them complete their vision before the final competition in early February.

“To me, what has always been special about theme parks and Disney parks specifically is how you can walk into the park in modern day and suddenly you’re transported back in time, or to another planet, and really become immersed in that different place,” Branch said.

Branch has internship experience at Universal Creative and is a leader in the Cal Poly Amusement Park Engineers and Designers Club. When he joined, he was the only liberal arts major in the club. Since then, he has watched the club grow and even served as its president last academic year.

Branch said his Art & Design professors have supported his dream of working in theme parks and have allowed him to pursue projects in class that will help him achieve this goal.

Upon graduating in the fall, Branch said he hopes to continue working in the theme park industry and creating stories through immersive design.

“I think the idea of being transported somewhere else can appeal to people of all ages,” Branch said. “It can appeal to not only kids, but also kids at heart, and to families as a whole. I’ve experienced firsthand how impactful being put in that environment can be on having a shared experience with friends and family."


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Cal Poly Women's Basketball Senior Spotlight: Katie Nunnelley

Feb 27, 2019

Patience has paid off for Katie Nunnelley.

Now Cal Poly’s top rebounder, Nunnelley began last year poised to play substantial minutes in the Mustangs’ frontcourt rotation. She would soon feel immense pain, however, in her right knee.

Due to the formation of a sub-chondral cyst, “basically there was a bubble in my bone, and so it would lock into a 90-degree angle and I couldn’t move out of it,” she recalls. “So, I couldn’t play defense, basically, and my jumping really hurt, so we tried to rehab it. I got a cortisone shot; I tried to do everything I could to be able to play last year, but it was too painful, and so we just decided to cut it short and schedule surgery.”

Nine months after undergoing surgery last May, the senior ranks eighth in the Big West Conference in rebounding, averaging 6.2 per game.

“I was very motivated to come in and do everything I know how to do that I hadn’t really gotten the chance to do before,” Nunnelley said. “So I was really confident in just the sense I was ‘coming back for vengeance,’ basically, and to redeem my (junior) season of not being able to play.”

After playing mostly as a backup her first three years, Nunnelley has started all 20 games in 2018-19.

“It’s different being the starter,” Nunnelley said. “It’s fulfilling to just feel like I finally am in a place where I thought I would be earlier but unfortunately my season was cut short last year. I get to do all the things I knew I could’ve done.”

Her season has included a career-high 21-point output against San Francisco on Nov. 18, along with a career-best 17-rebound effort vs. Sacramento State Nov. 11.

“Before the season began, she was still experiencing so much pain with remnants of her surgery that I thought we were going to be a couple weeks away from her actually being able to participate,” Mustang head coach Faith Mimnaugh said. “I don’t know what triggered the different pathway for her, but she’s been a real warrior for us. ‘Grit’ is probably the one word I would use to describe Katie. She’s gritty to the core, and that’s made a huge impact. She’s probably got more scabs left on the floor than anyone other than Dye. They’re probably competing for who’s shed the most blood on the floor. She’s definitely a gritty kid.”

Mimnaugh identified Nunnelley’s rebounding potential early on after she arrived on campus from Anderson Union High in Shasta County.

“She gave me the idea of watching film on my own teammates and where the ball came off when they miss,” Nunnelley remembered. “And I would get in the gym and shoot with Dye and lots of people, and rebound for them and see where their shot went off. I just got really good at kind of reading whose shot was going where. That was helpful, and on defense just boxing out. I’m a very aggressive player and very physical, and I love doing that part of the game defensively: boxing out and going and getting it. But the offensive rebounding, I definitely studied for that.”

In discussing Nunnelley’s knack for rebounding, Mimnaugh references former leading rebounder Taryn Garza.

“She’s always had that same instinct,” Mimnaugh said. “She doesn’t mind banging bodies, and that was one component that really stood out for Katie when we were watching her — that she was aggressive and had a real nose for the ball and was a tough kid.”

Fellow senior Devin Stanback, also a starter in the Mustang post, has enjoyed the returned presence of Nunnelley from a passing standpoint as well.

“It’s been so fun because last year she didn’t really get the chance to play,” Stanback said. “We had formed this really good chemistry going in, and then she got injured. So being able to play with her and have this high-low game that we didn’t have last year is so fun.”

Meanwhile Nunnelley is also averaging a career-best 6.8 points.

“She’s somebody who’s always been reliable as far as bringing the ball up and making good decisions,” Mimnaugh said. “Pretty much from the get-go, she’s always been a great offensive rebounder, but she’s grown into the decision-making component.” During the offseason leading into 2017, Mimnaugh remembers Nunnelley practicing shooting a thousand jump shots per day. “She really took to heart that she was going to be a major scorer for us, and unfortunately the injury knocked her out of that running last year, and it’s impacted her somewhat this year — but the work that she put in has given her the confidence and the technique, the muscle memory to be an effective scorer.”

After not attempting a 3-point shot through her first two seasons, Nunnelley has made 6 of her 16 looks from behind the arc the last two years, and is shooting free throws at a .795 rate in 2018-19 (fifth in the conference).

“She’s got excellent pivot-work so she can go inside, she can knock down 3s; we have full confidence if she takes a 3 that she’s going to knock it down,” Mimnaugh commented. “She’s just such a hungry offensive rebounder that she comes up with hustle play after hustle play. She’s really helped us in the scoring department, but it doesn’t have to be her main thing because she’s being asked to do so many other things on the court.”

Off the hardwood, Nunnelley is a Dean’s List student majoring in Sociology, with a concentration in criminal justice.

“I really put a lot of work into it,” the 2017 Big West All-Academic honoree said of balancing school and sports.

Although she may attend grad school and pursue an MBA, Nunnelley is interested in perhaps ultimately entering the fields of forensic psychology or becoming a juvenile probation officer.

“I’ve always been really interested in the minds of criminals and how that works, and I’m very good at reading people,” she explained, “so I just felt like, especially with those two interests put together, I’d hope to be a good profiler or someone who could analyze crimes, and thought that could be a good fit for me.”

One of her favorite courses at Cal Poly has been SOC 402, Crime and Violence. “I loved that class,” she said. “I was just mesmerized by the material.” Having earned Big West Commissioner’s Highest Honors in 2018, Nunnelley is currently working on her senior project, which will focus on police training.

“I just feel like she’s been a warrior on the court and a warrior in the classroom,” Mimnaugh said. “Having that type of maturity — to be able to take care of all aspects as well as deal with the injury and recovery the way she has — she’s just been so impressive as a woman, and if she gets into law enforcement in some phase, they’re going to get a great one.”

“I think when it comes to leadership, she does a great job with being direct, and with a future possibly leaning toward law enforcement, I think that aligns really well with where she’s going,” Mimnaugh added. “So I’m just really excited with what lies before her in the future because she’s so bright and works so hard.”

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CLA Athletes Honored at Big West Conference

Feb 26, 2019

Miranda Daschian (Cross Country/Psychology)

Miranda Daschian won the 2018 Big West individual cross country championship, earning the medalist plaque with a victorious 6-kilometer performance of 21 minutes, 23.1 seconds in Brea. While crossing first at the Conference Finals, she also led the Mustangs to the team trophy by scoring 33 points.

Daschian went on to advance to the NCAA Championships in Wisconsin. At the National Finals in Madison, she came in 112th place, covering the Badgers’ Zimmer Championship Course in 21:09.5.

Named 2018 Big West Athlete of the Year after collecting conference athlete-of-the-week awards on both Sept. 4 and Oct. 2, Daschian also garnered USTFCCCA Scholar-Athlete accolades.

An Atascadero native and transfer from Cuesta College, Daschian was selected as Cal Poly’s overall 2019 Big West Scholar-Athlete of the Year, becoming one of 18 combined individuals from the conference’s 2,500 student-athletes selected to be honored at the annual March banquet in Anaheim.

A Psychology major with a minor in Ethnic Studies, Daschian (who has earned Dean’s List honors every quarter at Cal Poly) is scheduled to graduate Summa cum laude this upcoming December. Her research positions are with Dr. Julie Rodgers (Psychology) and Dr. Sarah Keadle (Kinesiology), while interning with Not Your Average Nutritionist under Libby Parker, R.D.

Joe Protheroe (Football/Sociology)

Cal Poly senior fullback Joe Protheroe, a Sociology major, earned seven All-America awards and landed on the All-Big Sky Conference first team for the third time after a record-breaking year on the football field.

In becoming the most decorated Mustang football player in Cal Poly football history, Protheroe was named an All-American by Associated Press, STATS Inc., the Walter Camp Foundation, HERO Sports, Phil Steele, the FCS Athletics Directors Association and Athlon Sports.

The Clayton Valley Charter High School graduate rushed for 1,810 yards during the 2018 season and 4,271 yards in his Mustang career, both school records.

Protheroe, who finished fourth in balloting for the 2018 Walter Payton Award which goes to the offensive player of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision, surpassed the 200-yard mark in rushing three consecutive times late in the season, four for the year and five times in his Mustang career. They are among 23 career 100-yard performances, including the final nine games of the 2018 season. All of those accomplishments are school records.

Protheroe, who was named the team's most valuable player in December, carried the ball 861 times in his collegiate career, another record. He finished No. 1 in the Big Sky and FCS with his 1,810 yards and averaged 35.5 carries and 183.1 yards over eight conference games.

Adlee Van Winden (Volleyball/Child Development)

Senior outside hitter Adlee Van Winden was named First Team All-Big West after averaging 2.92 kills per set, second most on the team to help the Mustangs volleyball team to its second straight conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance.

She was also named to the Pacific North AVCA All-Region First Team as well as an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American.

Van Winden, a Child Development major who will graduate in June, finished her career having started every match in her four years and is fifth in program history in career kills (1,372) and eighth in career kills per set (3.46).

Madilyn Mercer (Volleyball/Art & Design)

Sophomore middle blocker Madilyn Mercer was named to the First Team All-Big West after leading the conference in blocks (1.12 per set).

She started every match this past season for the Mustangs and was a key part in the Mustangs’ second straight Big West title and NCAA Tournament run.

Mercer, who is an Art & Design major, was also named to the Big West All-Academic Team.

Additional CLA Academic and Athletic Honors

The following Cal Poly student-athletes from the College of Liberal Arts were honored on the 2017-18 Big West Conference or Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (men’s and women’s swimming) All-Academic Team for the winter and spring quarters. To be eligible, student-athletes must be a sophomore academically, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and must have competed in at least 50 percent of their team’s scheduled events.

  • Madilyn Mercer, Art and Design, Women’s Volleyball
  • Miranda Daschian, Psychology, Women’s Cross Country
  • Casey Sublette, Journalism, Football


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Cal Poly Art Historians Contribute to World-touring Getty Exhibition

Dec 20, 2018

Two Cal Poly art and design professors contributed to the world-renown touring art exhibition The Renaissance Nude, currently on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Featuring more than 100 works by some of history’s best-known artists — Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Dürer, and others, The Renaissance Nude is the first exhibition of its kind to focus on themes of nudity, morality and beauty from the period in depth. From paintings to sculptures to drawings to prints, the exhibition brings together a wide range of objects from the Renaissance period. The exhibition will be on display at the Getty from Oct. 30, 2018 – Jan. 27, 2019 before it tours internationally.

Professor Thomas Depasquale was one of the key developers of the exhibition and contributed his expertise in Italian Renaissance art. For five years, Depasquale worked closely with the Getty’s Senior Curator Emeritus Thomas Kren to bring the exhibition together from its inception. Depasquale also contributed as an art historian to its accompanying catalog, The Renaissance Nude, which is available for checkout at Robert E. Kennedy Library.

“Tom DePasquale played an important role in the exhibition, especially in its formative phase,” curator Kren said. “Hired as a research assistant, he helped me to conceptualize the show and to devise the organization of art works within the galleries, which was fundamental to the exhibition’s argument and the public’s experience of it.”

Art and Design Department Chair Giancarlo Fiorenza also contributed his expertise to the exhibition’s accompanying publication. Fiorenza will travel to the Getty to give lectures to the public and attend conferences surrounding The Renaissance Nude.

“Both Giancarlo and Tom have both been generous and accessible colleagues,” Kren said. “The Getty feels fortunate to have had such outstanding scholars of the Italian Renaissance nearby to work with.”

Students in Depasquale’s class ART 371 Topics in Renaissance Art learned about the exhibit and its themes throughout fall quarter. Along with students in the Italian studies program, the students had the opportunity to travel on a field trip to the Getty in Los Angeles to view the exhibition for themselves.

“That, for me, is one of the great satisfactions,” Depasquale said. “Having been a part for many years of the planning of this exhibition, I’ve learned a tremendous amount about art that I didn’t know before. My understanding of the period, culture and art has expanded enormously thanks to the work on the show. And what do you do with that? You only get satisfaction out of that if you can teach it, if you can pass it on to other people. For me, the biggest reward is to be able to pass on this fascinating aspect of art to my students.”

And his students have responded enthusiastically. Many opted to attend the voluntary field trip to enhance their understanding of the topics discussed in class.

“It’s a wonderful learning experience for all involved: those involved in the show, and those who are seeing it,” Fiorenza said. Some of the exhibition talks, including one given by Fiorenza, are available online. Learn more on the Getty’s website.


Story originally appeared in the Art and Design Department fall 2018 newsletter

Julie Garcia Named Interim Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

Nov 20, 2018

Julie A. Garcia has been appointed interim associate vice president (AVP) for Diversity and Inclusion for Cal Poly's Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI), effective June 29. Garcia, who has served as associate chair for the Psychology and Child Development Department since 2014, has been involved in diversity and inclusion work throughout her 11 years at Cal Poly.

In her role as AVP, Garcia will lead the BEACoN mentoring program, the Collective Impact initiative, and help with strategic planning around campus-wide diversity and inclusion efforts.

As associate chair, Garcia facilitated the internship program, took a leadership role in department diversity efforts and a successful program review, and introduced a new course, "The Social Psychology of Prejudice." At the college level, she served on the College of Liberal Arts Faculty Diversity Committee. University-wide, Garcia has she has led trainings for the Center for Teaching Learning and Technology and was selected as the faculty speaker for the TEDxSLO conference, where she gave a talk on tangible ways people can challenge their implicit biases.

Garcia has also led numerous Cal Poly faculty and staff associations, including serving as past president of the Chicanx Latinx Faculty and Staff Association, and a founding member of the Pride Faculty and Staff Association.

On the national level, Garcia has served as a member and chair on diversity committees for Divisions 8 and 9 of the American Psychological Association.

Garcia's teaching and research excellence have been acknowledged at Cal Poly. She received the California Faculty Association Distinguish Educator Award in 2011, and the College of Liberal of Arts Richard K. Simon Outstanding Scholarship Award in 2012. Garcia's research on stereotyping, prejudice, intergroup relationships, social identity and underrepresentation in STEM has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation.

Garcia earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from California State University, San Bernardino and her master's and doctorate degrees in social psychology from the University of Michigan. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, and a visiting professor at the University of Michigan. She joined Cal Poly in 2007 as an assistant professor, was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2011, promoted to full professor in 2016, and selected as a faculty associate with OUDI from 2017-18.

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