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Open House 2020 Schedule

Schedule subject to change

Thursday, April 16 - Department Special Activities

Event Time Location

University Art Gallery Exhibit Opening Night

Join the Art and Design Department for the opening night of the 2020 Juried Student Show. The show highlights work made in the department during the last calendar year. Each year the very best student works of art are shown in the mediums of painting, graphic design, sculpture, illustration, photography, video and digital arts. 

5-7p.m. Bldg. 34, Rm. 171 (University Art Gallery)

Friday, April 17 -  Department Special Activities

Event Time Location

Graphic Communication Department Tours

Take a tour of our Graphic Communication Department labs and see hands-on activities demonstrated by students and faculty in the department. See examples of student projects and displays.

9-10 a.m. and 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Bldg. 26, Rm. 201

Journalism Department Tours

Take a tour of the Journalism Department's student-run news room, TV station, radio station, and public relations agency. Learn how students in the major and from across campus gain valuable Learn by Doing experiences. 

9:30 -10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Bldg. 26, Rm. 226

University Art Gallery Exhibit

The 2020 Juried Student Show highlights work made in the Art and Design Department during the last calendar year. Each year the very best student works of art are shown in the mediums of painting, graphic design, sculpture, illustration, photography, video and digital arts. The University Art Gallery is open Tues-Sat. 11a.m-4p.m.

11 a.m.–4 p.m. Bldg. 34, Rm. 171 (University Art Gallery)

Friday, April 17 - College of Liberal Arts Events

Event Time Location

Ambassadors' Information Table

Not sure how to plan your day? Stop by and talk to a CLA Ambassador to find out more about events and activities planned throughout Open House.

8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Mustang Way

CLA Ambassadors' Information Sessions

Learn more about the College of Liberal Arts, including majors, minors, faculty and collaborative programming.

10-11 a.m. and 12 - 1 p.m. Bldg. 26, Rm. 104


Advising Center Open Office Hours

Visit professional advisors and learn more about specific majors, minors and course requirements.

9 a.m.–12 pm. and 1–4 p.m.  

Bldg. 47, Rm. 22B

College Welcome

Hear from deans, students and faculty about experiences and opportunities available to students in the College of Liberal Arts.

1 – 2:15 p.m. Performing Arts Center (Harold Miossi Hall) 

Department Information Sessions

Meet the department chair, faculty and staff while learning more about major-specific opportunities and offerings.

2:30 - 4 p.m. Guests will be escorted by a department representative from the PAC to the designated location.

CLA First Generation Student and Family Session

Come meet with deans and academic advisors to hear about opportunities for first generation college students. Also hear from current first generation college students as they share their experiences transitioning to college life. 

6-7 p.m. Bldg. 52, Rm. E03

Saturday, April 18 - College Events

Event Time Location

Mustang News Live: Open House Broadcast

The show will be live-streamed at and will feature interviews with various school officials and students.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dexter Lawn

Listen to KCPR 91.3FM and Tour the Station 

Celebrate 50 years of KCPR by listening at or use the iHeart Radio App on your smartphones. And you can always tune your radios in the SLO area to 91.3FM!  

11 a.m.-1 p.m. iHeart Radio or

CLA Department Exhibits

Learn more about departments' major, minor and concentration offerings as well as career opportunities for various degree paths.

11 a.m.–1 p.m. Bldg. 26, Rm. 204

Shakespeare Press Museum Demonstrations

The Shakespeare Press Museum welcomes students of all majors and any individuals who are interested! It is one of the three Graphic Communication clubs, and contains rare letterpress equipment, over 500 fonts of handset type, and a variety of printing papers. The museum prints holiday greeting cards, wedding invitations, bookmarks, posters, and personal projects. Come visit the museum for a tour and print your own cards!

11 a.m.–1 p.m. Bldg. 26, Rm. 116

Theatre Stagecraft Open Lab

Stagecraft is a course designed to allow students (majors and non-majors) the opportunity to engage in the construction, painting, lighting, and backstage running of a theatrical production. This is a hands on lab course where students are taught to use power tools, lumber, steel, color, and texture to create imaginative worlds, brought to life by lights, sound, and actors for a public audience.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Bldg. 45, Rm. 206

University Art Gallery Exhibit

The 2020 Juried Student Show highlights work made in the Art and Design Department during the last calendar year. Each year the very best student works of art are shown in the mediums of painting, graphic design, sculpture, illustration, photography, video and digital arts. The University Art Gallery is open Tues-Sat. 11a.m-4p.m.

11a.m.-4p.m. Bldg. 34, Rm. 171 (University Art Gallery)

Hands-on Activities

  • Acceptance Celebration: Celebrate your acceptance to Cal Poly with photo opportunities and plenty of excitement.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bldg. 26, Rm. 213
  • Art and Design Color Break: Take a break from Open House craziness, chill out with some color pencils, and discover your inner artist.

11 a.m.–1 p.m. Bldg. 26, Rm. 212B
  • Mustang News Front Page Story: See yourself on the front page of Mustang News! Newly admitted students can get their photo and a story on a mock edition of Mustang News. 

11 a.m.–1 p.m. Bldg. 26, Rm. 226
  • Screen Print Your Own T-Shirt: $10

      Open House CLA T-shirt Design 2018 Open House T-shirt Mockup 2018

11 a.m.–1 p.m. Bldg. 26A

The Literary Life: Cal Poly English

Learn how you can be part of the FreeLit Project -- free, diverse, accessible textbooks for your literature classes, made by English majors here, for English majors here! Plus, see how we're celebrating Walt Whitman's Bicentennial Birthday: watch videos made by Cal Poly English majors about Whitman's life and work. These videos are featured at the Walt Whitman Birthplace and Museum in Long Island, NY, and they'll also be played at our own Cal Poly birthday celebration for Whitman, planned and run by English majors! Want to get a Master's Degree, too? Learn about our new BA + MA Blended Program – the only English Blended Program in the CSU! And, be sure to follow us on social media: just search Cal Poly English on IG, FB, and Twitter.  

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bldg. 26, Rm. 212D

Ethics Bowl Collaborates with Debate Team for a Mock Debate

Cal Poly’s nationally recognized Ethics Bowl Team goes toe to toe with our equally distinguished Debate Team in a Mock Debate. The Ethics Bowl Team and the Debate Team will host a mock debate that covers a wide range of topics from felon voting rights to robust consent to the integrity of zoos. The Debate Team and Ethics Bowl Team will field audience questions and will also provide information about the Communications Department and Philosophy Department. All are welcome to the event to put Cal Poly’s nationally acclaimed debate teams to the test!

12-2 p.m. Bldg. 26, Rm. 103

Model UN and Resiliency Project

Model United Nations embraces the Cal Poly Learn by Doing approach as students not only learn about the UN and international affairs, but also take on the roles of international diplomats and simulate UN committee sessions. The program provides opportunities to learn about world affairs, sharpen negotiation and consensus-building techniques, meet with students from universities throughout the world, and participate in collegiate conferences.


The Resiliency Project is a student-driven research project about how people experience adversity, and how they maintain or regain physical and emotional wellbeing. We are seeking essays and short videos in which people tell their stories of resiliency. Email for more info.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bldg. 26, Rm. 220

Ethnic Studies Hip Hop Throne

One of the most popular courses in the Ethnic Studies catalog is our Hip Hop Politics and Poetics class. You can imagine that the topic alone would be a draw for many, but the real strength of the course is the professor who Teaches it. One of Dr. Jenell Navarro's areas of scholarship is Indigenous Hip Hop, and she approaches this course from a framework that includes the history, critical gaze, and cultural agency of Hip Hop, while employing a transnational lens, and using Cal Poly's Learn by Doing tradition. Students in the course put on a Hip Hop symposium, and last year she partnered with the library to put together an exhibit entitled: "Don't Believe the Hype: The Radical Elements of Hip Hop." The Hip Hop Throne on display here at Open House was one of the most popular pieces in the exhibit and is available for you to take your photo on.  

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bldg. 26, Rm. 221

Career Forum - "Where Do We Go From Here?"

An alumni panel on careers for Liberal Arts majors.


1-2 p.m. Bldg. 26, Rm. 103

Music Department Open House Recital

The recital, featuring both instrumentalists and vocalists, is one of many scheduled events for Cal Poly’s 27th annual Open House. The student performers are from a variety of majors, and all are involved in at least one of the department’s large, premier ensembles, including Cal Poly’s Choirs, Symphony, University Jazz Bands, Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Music Department staff member Paul Woodring will accompany the soloists. Visit the Music Department's calendar website or call 805-756-2406 for more info.

2-3 p.m. Bldg. 45, Rm. 218

Poly Royal Alumni Beer and Wine Garden

Make plans to reconnect with classmates while enjoying a fantastic selection of beer and wine at the Poly Royal Alumni Beer and Wine Garden. 

2:30-5 p.m. O'Neill Green

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