Cal Poly students are preparing for Saturday's Fall Commencement, a tradition that started in 1955.
Although Fall Commencement started in the '50s, there were only two ceremonies that decade. It returned to Cal Poly in 1984 with only 262 graduates that December. This ceremony marks the 30th consecutive year the university has held Fall Commencement.
The Colleges and Universities that dot the Central Coast do far more than create an educated populace, they also account for a major portion of the area’s economy.
A recent study took a look at one university in particular—Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo—and found when you tabulate all of the various economic interactions that institution, its students, faculty and staff have with the surrounding area, the sum of those accounts for 12 percent of the entire county’s economic output.
When you first step on to the Cal Poly Research Pier in Avila Beach, you can barely see the university's facility a half-mile away.
“It is unique, I don’t think that there’s another structure like it along the entire west coast of the United States," said Dean Wendt, Director of the Cal Poly Center for Coastal Marine Sciences. "Things that people need to do on a ship sometimes can be done right from the end of our pier, last year about 1200 students took coursework out at the pier.”
A Cal Poly fraternity is on suspension while the university investigates a reported sexual assault.
According to a university crime alert email sent out to the campus community, a woman reported being assaulted at the Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) fraternity house on Foothill Boulevard during a Halloween party on Saturday.
The woman said she believes she was drugged.
"When the survivor awoke a white male with blond hair and blue eyes with the first name of Jake was engaging in sexual activity without her consent," the letter stated.
A pair of Cal Poly alums are donating the largest single gift in Cal Poly history to the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences.
Peter and Mary Beth Oppenheimer are giving the school $20 million to go toward a variety of University initiatives. President Jeffrey Armstrong says those include the creation of a new Agricultural Events Center, an equestrian pavilion, and a new farm store.
In addition, the Oppenheimers are helping to feed Cal Poly students who are food insecure.
An official Cal Poly Greek system event last Halloween season caused reaction over what many saw as a racially insensitive party theme. In response, an effort on campus this year has a very different approach.
Cal Poly's University Diversity and Inclusivity (UDI) staff members partnered with the Cross-Cultural Centers to make a video called "My Culture is Not a Costume."
It features some faculty and students, including members of Greek life and Cal Poly athletics.
A new Gallup poll shows hacking is the number one crime concern for Americans. Nearly 7 in 10 surveyed say they're most worried about having their credit card information stolen by hackers at retail stores.
Second on the list—at 62 percent—are those concerned about having their computer or smartphone hacked and that information stolen by unauthorized persons.
A pair of Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering alums are the winners of this year's Tech Pitch competition held last night at the Alex Madonna Expo Center in San Luis Obispo.
It was 22-year-old Justin Russo who gave the presentation for his company's removable LiftGator device designed for pickup trucks. He runs Superior Solutions Manufacturing with fellow Cal Poly grad Marty Affentranger. Their device is a product out of the HotHouse incubator. The Lift Gator makes it easy to load heavy items into truck beds.
Cal Poly University is hosting its first Art Galley of the new school year, "Photography now" , which exhibits modern photography with a vintage twist and highlights the work of nine San Jose State photographers, most of whom attended galleries opening.
The artwork is a mix of old photography that dates back to the infancy days of before the civil war to more modern images that we're used to today.
A record-breaking number of registered students were enrolled as Cal Poly's fall quarter got underway this September. For the first time in history, more than 20,000 students are enrolled at the university.
The previous peak enrollment at Cal Poly was prior to the recession at 19,777. It dropped as low as 18,360 in 2010 and completely rebounded this fall with 20,102, a 2.4 percent increase of 2013's 19,623.
Cal Poly President Jeffery Armstrong says the school is currently experiencing an upward trend with an improved state economy.
Last month a group of Cal Poly students worked to test elements of a high-tech spacecraft they're working on with Stanford University. But, a communications glitch forced a trip back to the drawing board.
On Tuesday night however, the students enjoyed the thrill of success.
Doug Stetson, the LightSail program manager for the Planetary Society, said the test involved, "simulating all of the activities that the spacecraft will conduct when it's on orbit after launch."
Monday was the first day of the academic year for Cal Poly students.
Incoming freshmen will be happy to learn that Cal Poly ranks No. 3 in California for having the highest paid graduates of any public 4-year degree programs. The school ranks just behind UC Berkeley and UC San Diego according to PayScale.com.
Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong says the overall financial situation for the university is on a good upward trend, following years of budget cuts during the recession.