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Patricia M. Troxel, English Dept. 1956-2013

May 7, 2013


Patricia M. Troxel, highly respected and dearly loved artist, teacher and friend, died Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the culmination of a fierce four-year-plus battle with breast cancer.

English Student Julia Barabas chosen as Inaugural Winner

May 6, 2013


The English Department is pleased to announce that Julia Barabas was chosen as the inaugural winner of the department's American Scholar Prize. She will be presented with her award at the English Department Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, June 16.

Teaching Assistance Program in France Chooses Two Students from the CLA

May 6, 2013


Congratulations to Christopher Hughes (MLL '13, Linguistics minor) and Paige Smith (ENGL '13, French minor). Both soon-to-be Cal Poly graduates have been selected to teach in France for the next academic year through theTeaching Assistant Program in France. Smith's assignment will be in Tours and Hughes' will be in Besançon. 

Cal Poly LGBTQIA Faculty Staff Association Receives Grant From SLO County Community Foundation

May 6, 2013


Grant will help support roundtable discussions and educational presentations by Dr. David Halperin on "gay counter-acculturation"

The Cal Poly LGBTQIA Faculty Staff Association has received a $1,000 grant from the San Luis Obispo Community Foundation (SLOCCF).  This grant will be used to help support a series of roundtable discussions of Dr. David Halperin's book, How To Be Gay as well as to help host educational presentations on gay counter-acculturation by Dr. Halperin on the Cal Poly campus on 14-15 October 2013.

Cal Poly History Alumna Maria Quintana, named Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow

Apr 30, 2013


The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is pleased to announce that Cal Poly alumna Maria Quintana has been named a 2013 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow.

History Lecturer Kathleen Cairns Publishes Fourth Book

Apr 17, 2013


Kathleen A. Cairns, history lecturer at Cal Poly, has just published her fourth book, "Proof of Guilt: Barbara Graham and the Politics of Executing Women in America" through University of Nebraska Press. The book uses Graham's case as a touchstone to explore the anti-death penalty movement of the late 1950s and '60s. A "femme fatale" during her 1953 Los Angeles murder trial, Graham had morphed into the victim of a punitive and arbitrary justice system by the time of her 1955 execution at San Quentin.

2013 Landwehr Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced

Apr 5, 2013


Cal Poly’s English Department is proud to announce that English majors Whitney Lenet of Cayucos and Ian Delaney of Walnut Creek have won the 2013 Al Landwehr Creative Writing Contest.

History Professor Kathleen S. Murphy Awarded ACLS Fellowship

Apr 3, 2013


California Polytechnic State University Assistant Professor of History Kathleen S. Murphy has received a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) for the 2013-2014 academic year.  The award supports research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences that the Council considers to be particularly promising.  Murphy received the fellowship to support her research into the history of science of the slave trade. 

English Graduate and SLO High School Teacher Receives Hero Award

Mar 27, 2013


A San Luis Obispo High School teacher has received the California Arts Council’s first ever Hero Award. James Bruce, who teaches English at the school, received the award Monday during the California Poetry Out Loud state finals in Sacramento.

Cal Poly Orchesis Dance Company Gives ‘Gala Performance’ at Regional Dance Festival

Mar 21, 2013


Cal Poly’s Orchesis Dance Company was selected from among a diverse group of regional collegiate dance companies to perform in the Gala Performance at the recent American College Dance Festival.

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