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Alumni Q&A - Lance Iunker (Political Science, '15)

Aug 19, 2019

Get to know Lance Iunker, a veteran and political science alumnus as he talks about his service, senior project and life after Cal Poly. 

CLA Athletes Honored at Big West Conference

Aug 14, 2019

Below is a list of Cal Poly student-athletes from the College of Liberal Arts who earned Big West Conference all-academic honors for Winter and Spring Quarters.

Art and Design to Collaborate with College of Architecture and Environmental Design on Los Angeles Art Gallery

Jul 24, 2019

Sara Bartlett, lecturer in Cal Poly Psychology and Child Development Department
Sara Bartlett

The Art and Design Department will collaborate with the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) for a unique opportunity to showcase student and faculty work at the Museum of Architecture and Design in the arts district of Los Angeles.

The Art and Design Department and CAED teamed up to rent a gallery space in Los Angeles for one month from August – September 2019 to display artwork created by students and faculty. Roughly half of the selected work will be from CAED, and half will be from art and design.

To highlight the student-scholar model, faculty are invited to submit creative work paired with an artwork created by a student. Each submission will include one work created by the faculty member, and one created by the student.

“The idea behind it is showing the transference of ideas through teaching,” University Art Gallery Specialist Garet Zook said. “Even though those works may not be identical, and hopefully they aren’t, it shows an influence of the professor on the student, without necessarily determining the outcome.”

This is a rare opportunity for the Art and Design Department to showcase artwork outside of San Luis Obispo county, in the arts district of Los Angeles.

“We might get 700 people coming through the University Art Gallery for a show — but they might get that in a single day here,” Zook said.

The show will be juried by Mimi Zeiger, a Los Angeles-based critic, editor and curator who has covered art, architecture, urbanism and design for a number of publications, including The New York Times and Architectural Review. Zeiger holds a Master of Architecture degree, teaches a Media Design Practices MFA program at Art Center College of Design, and has contributed to and collaborated on projects that have been shown in renown museums across the nation, including the Art Institute Chicago.

Faculty in the Art and Design Department and the CAED are eligible to submit a wide range of work, from design models to paintings to videos.

“This collaboration helps to create a well-rounded show,” Zook said. “I think it’ll create an interesting gallery that forces people to look at design in every aspect that exists.”

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CLA and Industrial Technology Students Win Third at Coca-Cola and Mondelez’s 48-Hour Repack Competition

Jul 19, 2019

Two CLA students were part of the third-place team in the 48-Hour Repack Competition, hosted by the Institute of Packaging Professionals and sponsored by Coca-Cola and Mondelez. 

Political Science Sophomore Sworn in as Assembly Delegate for the Democratic Party

Jul 19, 2019

Political Science sophomore Rob Moore was elected as an Assembly District Delegate for the Democratic Party.

Food Science and Graphic Communication Seniors Publish a Cookbook Featuring Recipes from Pop-Up Restaurant DENCH.

Jul 19, 2019

Food science alumnus Jimmy Wong became a viral sensation when he created a high-class pop-up restaurant, DENCH., in his studio apartment — and he just released a cookbook designed by graphic communication senior Carly Lamera. 

Cal Poly Great Grad from the CLA 2019

Jun 21, 2019

Cal Poly caps the academic year each June with Commencement and a chance to say goodbye and good luck to thousands of graduates who will soon begin careers or move on to advanced studies.

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Advancing Cultural Change: Turning Student Stories into Films

Jun 17, 2019

A Cal Poly research team is turning student stories into films through Advancing Cultural Change (ACC), an interdisciplinary ethnography project aiming to create a more equitable learning environment on campus.  

Shark Tank Features Art and Design Alumna's Toy-Making Company

Jun 17, 2019

ToyBox on Shark Tank
Jenn Chin and her Toybox partner on Shark Tank. Courtesy photo. 


Cal Poly alumna Jenn Chin was featured on Shark Tank as the co-founder of Toybox Labs, a 3-D printer that allows children to design and print toys from home. 

Shaping Glassblowing at Cal Poly

Jun 17, 2019

George Jercich
George Jerich 

Decades ago — before glassblowing was offered as electives or classes at the ASI Craft Center — artist George Jercich came to teach at Cal Poly with a pioneering spirit.

A glass sculpture artist and retired art and design professor, Jercich developed and taught more than 10 classes and 8,000 students in the Art and Design Department over 10 years. He started the first glassblowing class at Cal Poly, which inspired the addition of a studio on campus for students to develop skills in glasswork.

Today, Jercich owns Jercich Glass Studio, in which he creates metalwork, glass and support structures like lamp stands, chandelier frames, installations and garden beds. His work has been shown at many art shows over the decades, from art galleries in town to the San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens.

Jercich was inspired to become an artist by his own professor at San Jose State University as an undergraduate student. This meaningful mentorship changed the course of his career, and it inspired him to provide that same mentorship to students as a professor himself.

“It was an interesting experience, being a seminal figure to artisans who wanted to pursue their particular form of creative expression through the medium of glass,” Jercich said. “And that’s kind of how I came into it too. My instructor did that for me. So, I tried to mentor as many students as I could.”

Jercich’s career has taken him all over the world, from Czechoslovakia to Venice to Southeast Asia. While at Cal Poly, he accompanied students on study abroad trips to Thailand for Pacific Rim Study Group and taught drawing and sculpture abroad.

Jercich has fond memories of students over the years, many of which remind him of his own career as an artist. In particular, he remembers a group of students who created their own glasswork studio after taking his class. Many of them still create glasswork today.

Jercich now works at his home studio on a small farm near Morro Bay. There, he works on his own projects, raises olives, and teaches glass blowing and casting lessons.

“I’ve had a really great run,” Jercich said. “I’m really lucky my career ended up the way it did.”

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