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CLA Weekly Announcements Oct. 10-16

Oct 10, 2016

Office of Diversity and Inclusivity Welcome Reception
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12
University Union Plaza
The Office of Diversity and Inclusivity welcomes back students with activity booths, performances, food and beverages. Everyone is welcome.

Watercolor Wednesday
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12
Kennedy Library (Bldg. 35), Atrium

The Cal Poly Stressbusters invite you to stop by and paint your stress away for free. Supplies are provided and this event is open to everyone.

CLA Weekly Announcements Oct. 3-9, 2016

Oct 3, 2016

Russian and German Conversation Tables Now Open

The Russian Conversation Table will be meeting from 12:10 – 1 p.m. at Julian’s Café in Kennedy Library every other Wednesday starting Oct. 5.
The German Conversation Table will be meeting from 12:10 – 1 p.m. at Julian’s Café in Kennedy Library on opposite Wednesdays starting Oct. 12. No
prior knowledge of either language is required. For more information, contact Dr. Angelica Browne at 


TEDxCalPoly organizers are looking for interesting and/or interactive student projects for the event on Friday, Oct. 21. In addition to live speakers, the event will include
a student showcase, which offers project exposure, resume building and networking. If you know of any CLA student projects that embody the theme, Plot
Twist, please send your suggestions and contact information to Makenzie Lary at

Cal Poly Choirs Kick Off 2016-17 Season on Oct. 29

Sep 30, 2016

Cal Poly’s choral ensembles of 2016-17 will be introduced in a concert featuring various styles — from 18th century motets to folk songs and spirituals — at 8p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Performing Arts Center.

PolyPhonics, the University Singers and the Early Music Ensemble will present the “New Beginnings; New Horizons” fall concert, which begins conductor Thomas Davies’ final year as director of choral activities and vocal studies at Cal Poly. He and his wife, Susan, are in their 34th year of teaching at Cal Poly.

Cal Poly Student Press to Mark 100th Anniversary

Sep 29, 2016

First Mustang Media Hall of Fame inductees include ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Journalism Department is planning a two-day celebration in honor of the 100th anniversary of the student press on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14-15.

The weekend festivities will culminate with a Spotlight Gala at the
Embassy Suites by Hilton in San Luis Obispo starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Ben Bradlee Jr., former deputy managing editor of the Boston Globe, will give the keynote address. The journalist and author led the paper’s 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning series on abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. His team’s investigation was the basis for the movie “Spotlight,” winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Picture.

Cal Poly Music Department Announces 2016-17 Event

Sep 27, 2016

The Cal Poly Music Department will start its 2016-17 season with the Cal Poly Choirs’ Fall Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday,
Oct. 29, in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center.

Music Professor Thomas Davies will celebrate his final year as director of choral activities and vocal studies with a “Year of Thanksgiving”
concerts. The Oct. 29 concert is aptly titled “New Beginnings … New Horizons.”

Additional season highlights will include faculty member John Astaire performing his first solo percussion recital Nov. 4 in the PAC Pavilion.
The recital will feature works by modern composers Iannis Xenakis and Louis Andriessen, plus Poul Ruders’ “Towards the Precipice,” a rarely performed piece that Astaire called “massively intense.”

Cal Poly Bachelor’s Degree Grads' Median Salaries Rank 10th in Nation Among Public Universities on Survey

Sep 27, 2016

Cal Poly bachelor’s degree graduates rank 10th in the nation among public universities for median salaries, according to’s 2016-17 College Salary Report.

Early career graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly earn an average of $59,300, up from last year's $57,800, while graduates in mid-career earn $102,000, an increase from 2015’s $99,500, according to the report released Sept. 20.

Cal Poly also ranked third in the state among public universities behinds UC Berkeley (26th) and UC San Diego (36th).

On the list for bachelor's-only graduates, Cal Poly moved up 19 places from last year on the full list of 963 public and private universities. It tied for 49th place with three private schools — Loyola University, Northwestern University and Yale University — and two public universities — Michigan Technological University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“This new ranking recognizes that a Cal Poly education continues to be among the best in the nation,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “Our graduates hit the ground running from the first day of their careers.

CLA Weekly Announcement Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2016

Sep 26, 2016

News & Announcements:
Vietnamese Language Table Now Open
The Vietnamese Language Table will meet every Friday from 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Kennedy Library (No. 35, Rm. 220A) beginning Friday, Sept. 23. Prior knowledge
of Vietnamese is not required. Contact Margaret Bodemer at  with questions.

Register Now for Fall 2016 ‘UndocuAlly’ Training Sessions
“UndocuAlly” is a three-part training series that is designed to build campus capacity to support undocumented students. It is offered by the Undocumented Student
Working Group. Faculty, staff, administration and students are welcome. Learn more. 

CLA Weekly Announcement Sept. 19-Sept 25, 2016

Sep 19, 2016

News & Announcements:

Welcome Back!

Welcome back CLA faculty and staff! General CLA announcements and upcoming speaker and event notifications will be sent to CLA faculty and staff each Monday while classes are in session. Please submit information for inclusion to Rachel Schultz, CLA communications specialist, by 5 p.m. on the Thursday prior, or complete a Promotion Request Form.


Week of Welcome for new students Sept. 18-25

Week of Welcome will run through the first two days of classes and end Sunday, Sept. 25.


Kennedy Library Renovations

Kennedy Library went through renovations over the summer, including an expansion of the 24-hour room, the addition of more fishbowl study spaces and more. See the new floorplans, the renovation timeline and the before-and-after image gallery here.


Cal Poly Collegians Alumni Big Band to Play at Madonna Inn Aug. 27

Aug 5, 2016

'Almost-Golden' Reunion to Feature 20 Alumni Musicians

Cal Poly Collegians Big Band 2015

The Cal Poly Collegians Alumni Big Band will celebrate its “almost golden” 49-year reunion with a performance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, in the Madonna Inn Ballroom in San Luis Obispo.

Cal Poly Graphic Communication Institute Offers Its First Bilingual Workshop to the Printing Industry

Jul 19, 2016

The Graphic Communication Institute (GrCI) at Cal Poly will offer a two-day workshop, “Color Management and Press Optimization,” Aug. 22-23 at Cal Poly.

Presented in English and Spanish, this workshop will provide participants with in-depth knowledge of how color management, quality control and press efficiency are connected.


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