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Cal Poly Students Win National Award

KCOY

November 2, 2012

Congratulations going out to a couple of Cal Poly Students who've won first and second place in the national 2012 Leading Edge Competition. According to the school, "the entries for Challenge 1 and Challenge 2 portions of the competition were submitted in spring 2012. The winners were just recently announced. Challenge 1 was for third- and fourth-year students. They were charged with designing a zero-net energy, mixed-use building of approximately 40,000 square feet containing 12 units of co-housing, a yoga studio, exercise gym and meeting space plus three units of office/retail space, a landscaped courtyard with bicycle parking, and other outdoor amenities. Cal Poly junior Derek McFarland, advised by Professor Margarida Yin, took second place in Challenge 1. Challenge 2, for first- and second-year students, was to design a co-housing community aimed at baby-boomer retirees, emphasizing vitality and incorporating elements devoted to recreation, technology and a wellness center. Specifically the students were challenged to design a zero-net energy, six-unit townhouse-style residential building with an outdoor children's play yard and an internet café/juice bar open to the public. Natalie Abbott, a junior from San Luis Obispo, won first place in Challenge 2. She was advised by professors Howard Weisenthal and Barry Williams.

For more information visit the Web site at! ›

In Wake of Hurricane Sandy, Free Webinar Explores Strategies for Unified Emergency Messaging

University Business

November 5, 2012

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, college administrators, campus safety directors, and CTOs are invited to attend a free one-hour webinar on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 1:00 PM eastern entitled "Unifying Existing Communication Channels Into a One-Click ENS." Used by more than 800 schools around the country, e2Campus is the leading safety communication solution for schools. The e2Campus 360 Safety Suite includes uAlert, uTip, uSafe, uConference, Hotline and the Multimodal Showcase. The award-winning flagship service, uAlert, is the first and most trusted unified emergency notification system in education. Higher education clients include large universities such as Arizona State, Penn State, and Cal Poly as well as smaller colleges with less than 100 students. K12 clients include large school districts such as St. Tammany Parish Public School System to small private day schools.

For more information visit the Web site at! ›

Elect Maldonado

The Tribune

November 5, 2012

I am a 21-year-old Cal Poly student and when I read the news about the paralysis that is occurring in Congress at the expense of the people, it becomes clear to me that we need a new voice in Washington. Abel Maldonado is a moderate Republican who knows working solutions to real-world problems. Abel puts people first and will work with both parties to pass the best solutions to our nation’s troubles. He has proven this during his tenure in the state Legislature where he crossed party lines to pass a budget and prevent California from falling further in debt. This was a tough choice that took courage to make and cost him the support of many in his party. This is a stark contrast to Congresswoman Lois Capps, who rarely votes against her party and continues to spend excessive amounts of money on programs that have failed to achieve their goals. These programs cost the taxpayer and have not improved the economy, the national debt, or the chances of my generation finding a job after graduating from college. It is time to elect a representative who will save any chance my generation has at a better future.

For more information visit the Web site at! ›

Umpqua Bank to Open New Agriculture and Commercial Banking Center in California’s Central Coast

Daily Finance

November 5, 2012

Umpqua Bank, a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation (NAS: UMPQ) , has hired Mark Pearce as senior vice president and manager of its new Central Coast, Calif. commercial agriculture center. A California native and long-time resident of the Central Coast, Pearce has more than 20 years of experience in agricultural finance and is a leading authority in the industry. He has deep knowledge of production agriculture and the region, and will focus on expanding Umpqua's investments in agriculture and commercial business financing throughout the Central Coast…Pearce is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where he earned a Bachelor of Science in agricultural business management. He attended the Pacific Coast Banking School and holds a Chartered Financial Consultant designation from The American College in Bryn Mawr, Penn.

For more information visit the Web site at! ›

Not wowed by WOW

The Tribune

November 5, 2012

Every year I am appalled at the Cal Poly activities “introducing” new students to the campus. Instead of having some civilized events where students can become acquainted with the campus environment, they throw them into a mob that results in “fewer arrests,” (SLO is so proud) but more ER visits. This is probably the first time away from home for some freshmen. They must think they have been thrust into Dante’s Inferno. Shame on you Cal Poly and other colleges like you.

For more information visit the Web site at! ›

Dairy job brought Kings to SLO

The Tribune

November 4, 2012

"My parents were told not to rent a house in the Hawthorne district (in San Luis Obispo) because the kids were tough … the Rizzolis and the Cattaneos,” recalled legendary Hawthorne Elementary School teacher Clara Baldridge in 2008… Then, Clara’s mother got to “cook for the cowboys” in the cafeteria at Cal Poly. The family got to live above the cafeteria, which was across from the football field and was later converted into a girls dormitory… “One day she announced we were taking a field trip to Cal Poly. It turned out to be agreat delight. One by one, we entered Cal Poly’s ice cream manufacturing building and were given vanilla ice cream cones. So many times over the years, that wonderful day has come back with all its magic.”

For more information visit the Web site at! ›

Local schools flooded with records requests

Santa Maria Times

November 4, 2012

Parents, students and others are flooding school and district offices with requests for records needed to qualify for federal work and citizenship allowances for undocumented children.
The Santa Maria-Bonita and Santa Maria Joint Union High School districts had processed 1,855 requests for student records as of Wednesday; 1,025 of those were from the high school district and 830 from Santa Maria-Bonita, which operates elementary and junior high schools…Dolores Vasquez, a volunteer, said she attended the presentation to help students understand the resources that are now available, resources she said that were not available for her.
“I know I struggled a lot,” she said. Vasquez, 23, is a second-year student majoring in civil engineering at Cal Poly. She said she immigrated to Los Angeles with her mom and dad from Oaxaca, Mexico, in the 1990s when she was 6 years old. Her father came first and, after trips to and from Mexico, he returned to escort Vasquez and her mom to Los Angeles permanently.

For more information visit the Web site at! ›

Thank you for memorials

The Tribune

November 4, 2012

Three and a half years ago, we lost our son and brother, Christopher Meadows, in an accident at Oceano Dunes. As many remember, Chris was killed while going to someone’s aid as a volunteer for the Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue unit on May 24, 2009. Some have called him a hero, but he was quite simply doing what he loved. He was doing what he had signed up to do. What is most amazing to us about this tragedy is how this community has responded. The outpouring of support you have unselfishly given to keep Chris’ memory alive is truly unbelievable. Remembrances in Chris’ honor have been created at the Sheriff’s Department, Search and Rescue, Cal Poly and most recently, on Highway 101, a portion of which was dedicated as the Christopher Meadows Memorial Highway was dedicated Friday at the Madonna Inn.

For more information visit the Web site at! ›

October’s weather can get real screwy

The Tribune

November 3, 2012

Looking back at this October, we found a mixed bag of weather conditions. San Luis Obispo County can experience wide fluctuations in temperatures at this time of the year. October can easily produce triple-digit temperatures in the coastal valleys and even along the beaches…The first day of October saw high temperatures reach the low 100s in many parts of the county. On Oct. 2, Cal Poly, home for climatology for San Luis Obispo, hit 96, breaking the record of 94 degrees set in 1995. In 1987, a scorching heat wave developed in California, and San Luis Obispo was the warmest location for the nation, with 111 degree temperatures recorded at the airport for two days in a row. Because of the warm overnight temperatures, many Cal Poly students who lived in the red brick dorms on campus slept outside, including me. The air conditioners were not operating and the dorms quickly warmed up like an enormous brick oven.

For more information visit the Web site at! ›

Walk brings awareness to deadly disease

NBC News

November 2, 2012

Cal Poly has one of the highest rates of students with eating disorders in the country and on Saturday, people were taking a stand against the deadly disease. The first National Eating Disorder Awareness Walk (NEDA) was held at Mitchell Park in San Luis Obispo. The goal of the event is to raise awareness, let people know where and how they can get help, and what treatment options are available. For some of the participants, eating disorders have impacted them personally. Cal Poly student and walk coordinator Emily Marr says, "It's really scary when you have an eating disorder to go seek treatment, so id rather have treatment find them, so it's easier for them to know where to go and find help and that there is people on campus that have this and would love to talk to them about it. And sometimes you just need that student interaction or somebody that knows about it and who has experience to be able to talk to them and get them to be able to go into treatment."

For more information visit the Web site at! ›

Atascadero Unified School District Board candidates discuss dwindling funding

The Tribune

November 2, 2012

Shrinking school budgets and a long slate of school improvement projects are among the issues facing Atascadero Unified School District Board of Trustees candidates this election season. Of the four candidates running for three board member seats, three are incumbents with deep roots in the community. The other, a relatively recent transplant to Atascadero, is the only candidate to currently have a child in the Atascadero school system. His opponents are all parents of district graduates… Dana Cummings: As cofounder and executive director of Association of Amputee Surfers, or AmpSurf, Dana Cummings has plenty of experience balancing budgets, coordinating volunteers and solving problems… “There has to be a way that we can maintain that same level of education and maintain our school year,” said the candidate, whose 8-year-old daughter attends Santa Margarita Elementary School. He proposes bringing in student teachers from Cuesta College and Cal Poly. Another idea involves instituting split-grade classrooms so multiple instructors can teach to their strengths.

For more information visit the Web site at! ›

San Luis Obispo Businessman, Greg Hind, Dies

KCOY

November 2, 2012

The San Luis Obispo is mourning the loss of a community servant and businessman, but more importantly a friend to all. Greg Hind owned GH Sports, a store that sold sports apparel and accessories in downtown San Luis Obispo. Hind won a gold medal in the Pan American Olympic Games back in 1967 in water polo. Hind also gave back to the community through his works at the Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly and many other events. He was 66 years old.

For more information visit the Web site at! ›

Movember Mustache Competition

November 2, 2012

The Examiner This year Cal Poly is hosting its second annual Movember Mustache Competition. The event, held by Cal Poly's Gender Equity Center, allows for men and women alike to "Learn By Growing" and come out to support Prostate Cancer Awareness and men's health! The event itself will end in a judging ceremony that will crown the winners of: Best Mustache, Best Effort Mustache, Best Fake Mustache, Most Funds Raised for Movember. The last category is in regards to the Prostate Cancer Awareness portion of the event. Students are encouraged to raise as many funds as they can in the month of November in order to support the cause. The site Movember and Sons has kick-started the initiative to raise money for both Prostate and Testicular cancer, and Cal Poly students are already taking advantage of the resources provided by the site. One student, whose page is titled "Extraterrestrimo's's Mo Space" has already gotten a head start in trying to fund-raise for the cause.

For more information visit the Web site at! ›

San Luis Obispo Names Next Natural Resources Manager KCOY

11/2/12

The city of San Luis Obispo has named Bob Hill as the city's next Natural Resources Manager. Hill will take over for Neil Havlik who retired back in June after 16 years of service with the city. According to the city Hill currently serves as the Executive Director for the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. In his capacity as Executive Director, he worked closely with the City on major land preservation and habitat restoration projects, including the Froom Ranch acquisition. Mr. Hill has worked for the Land Conservancy since 2001 in various capacities. Mr. Hill moved to San Luis Obispo in order to attend graduate school at Cal Poly, where he earned a Master's in City and Regional Planning. His graduate project entailed a study of conservation priorities for the City of San Luis Obispo's Greenbelt Protection Program. Mr. Hill will take over a robust Natural Resources Program, which includes an inventory of over 6,000 acres of open space land within the City and in its greenbelt, and an additional 3,000 acres of farm and ranch land protected through conservation and agricultural easements.

For more information visit the Web site at! ›

Cal Poly’s 15th Annual CultureFest Set for Oct. 14

October 14, 2012

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly’s MultiCultural Center and Dean of Students Officewill host the 15th annual CultureFest from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at San Luis Obispo’s Mitchell Park, showcasing the cultural diversity within the university and San Luis Obispo community.

This annual festival celebrates and advocates cultural diversity through student displays, performances, music, food and more. This year’s theme is “Cultivating Culture.”

This free, family-friendly event also features a children’s area with games and crafts.

The Multicultural Center promotes a campuswide community that represents and celebrates the diversity of Cal Poly’s student body. It aims to empower students with the resources, skills and opportunities necessary for academic achievement, leadership development and purposeful civic engagement while providing them with a safe and welcoming home away from home.

For more information visit the MultiCultural Center Web site at! ›

2011 (Click to Expand)

WOW Hits the Streets of Downtown San Luis Obispo

Sept. 22, 2011

KCOY
Sept. 16, 2011
Downtown San Luis Obispo was inundated with thousands of potential customers, Friday. About 4,000 new Cal Poly students took a tour of the city for 'SLO BOUND' which is an annual event for the week of welcome. The event is designed to introduce the students to their new community. The event started at Mitchell Park, traveled to downtown San Luis Obispo, and ended at Mission Plaza

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Check out the coverage of WOW!

Sept. 16, 2011

Check out the coverage of WOW on the WOW press page!

Read the story here! ›

Poly's WOW to include presentation about sex

Sept. 09, 2011

The Tribune
September 9, 2011
Cal Poly's annual Week of Welcome orientation this year will offer a presentation on the distinction between rape and drunken sex, in response to three highly publicized alleged sexual assault cases this year. The presentation by Brett Sokolow, managing partner of the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management, was planned in response to the two sexual assault reports on campus and a third at the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house near campus this spring.

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2011/09/08/1748863/polys-wow-to-include-presentation.html#storylink=misearch!

Pride Center is Hiring!

Sept. 07, 2011

The Pride Center is hiring! 6 new PAID internship positions:

Residential Life Specialist (2 positions available)
Ally Education Specialist
Outreach Specialist
Professional Development Specialist
Marketing Specialist

Check out Mustang Jobs for more details on each position ›

Pride Center's Monthly Newsletter

Sept. 2, 2011

The Pride Center is hiring! 6 new PAID internship positions:

Residential Life Specialist (2 positions available)
Ally Education Specialist
Outreach Specialist
Professional Development Specialist
Marketing Specialist

Check out Mustang Jobs for more details on each position ›

President's Interfaith & Community Service Challenge

Aug. 25, 2011

Cal Poly is one of 250 colleges and universities nationwide that will participate in President Barack Obama's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, which calls on institutions of higher education to commit to advancing interfaith and community service initiatives over the course of the 2011-2012 academic year.

The challenge is an initiative of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. "The act of service can unite people of all faiths, or even no faith, around a common purpose of helping those in need," the president said in a nationwide address. Cal Poly will meet Obama's yearlong challenge by increasing efforts to address domestic poverty and educational opportunities through community service opportunities targeting these issues. The initiative will be spearheaded by The Community Center in Dean of Students Office .

Read the press release here ›

Pride Center in Paso Robles Press!

Aug. 16, 2011

The Pride Center is recognized for their Ally Training in the Paso Robles Press.

Read the article here! ›

Alternative Breaks in NASPA Newsletter!

Aug. 16, 2011

The Community Center's Alternative Breaks program is featured in NASPA's Region VI Summer Newsletter.

Take a look at pages 9 and 10 to read the article. ›

Poly Live Episodes now online!

July 20, 2011

The first three episodes of Poly Live are now available on our website and on iTunes! Click here to watch the show and learn about academic advising, healthy lifestyles and clubs and recreation!

Thanks to the Gender Equity Center

June 13, 2011

Letters to the Editor 6/13 (Sixth item)
The Tribune
June 13, 2011
Generous donation
The North County Women's Shelter and Resource Center would like to thank the Cal Poly Gender Equity Center and the cast and directors of the "Vagina Monologues" for their generous donation of $2,700. Each year, these young people produce a very professional performance of this thought-provoking production and donate the proceeds to local agencies serving victims of violence...Jennifer Adams, Executive director of the North County Womens Shelter and Resource Center http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2011/06/12/1639872/letters-to-the-editor-613.html#storylink=misearch

Cal Poly's class of 2011

June 13, 2011

Cal Poly's class of 2011: The future is theirs
The Tribune
June 12, 2011

More than 4,000 students were congratulated with joyful cheers as they move on to their next step in life after receiving their diplomas from Cal Poly on Saturday. The university hosted two separate ceremonies at Cal Poly's Spring Commencement. http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2011/06/12/1638985/cal-polys-class-of-2011-the-future.html#storylink=misearch

Gender Equity Center Student Wins Contest

June 09, 2011

Roses are red, violets are blue, English student Kathryn Sugar won Cal Poly's 2011 Academy of American Poets Contest for her poem "Communion."

Her poem is in the voice of a mother whose child has been kidnapped and possibly murdered: "My Christina imagines she's a chrysanthemum, begging for blossom from the clay cavity cradling her."

Award-winning poet Eleanor Lerman judged the contest. http://www.newtimesslo.com/news/6198/cougars-and-mustangs/

Greek Life News

June 09, 2011

"In Greek life news, fraternities and sororities at Cal Poly showcased their humanitarian sides and participated in friendly competition to raise more than $5,600 and needed items for local charities during Greek Week 2011.

Members of 25 fraternities and 14 sororities collected 200 pints of blood for United Blood Services...raised $3,500 for the Lucia Mar School District and $2,100 for CAPSLO Head Start; and collected more than 4,900 toiletry items for the North County Women's Shelter. They also visited fifth- and sixth-graders at eight elementary schools throughout southern San Luis Obispo County to promote healthy living habits and the importance of education." http://www.newtimesslo.com/news/6198/cougars-and-mustangs/

Alternative Breaks Service Program

June 01, 2011

Serve your global community during your academic break in New York or New Orleans!

Learn more at ›

Cal Poly fraternities and sororities give back

May 26, 2011

Read this article on how Cal Poly fraternities and sororities donate time and money to local kids.

Cooking in the Canyon!

May 25, 2011

Students who live on campus are invited to attend a cooking workshop in Poly Canyon Village at 7 p.m. tonight, May 25, to learn how to cook delicious Lakota Fruit Pie and Fry Bread. The event will be hosted by American Indian Student Association (AISA), and students should arrive early to reserve their own cooking station.

Sex Talk-Going Beyond Condoms: A Workshop for Men

May 16, 2011

Come and participate in this workshop and discussion on men's sexual health. Have questions? Join us on Wednesday May 18 from 7-9 p.m. in UU 204 (Left Wing of Chumash) and get answers.

Guest presenter, Osvaldo Del Valle, is a Learning Communality Coordinator with University Housing and has extensive knowledge on college men and masculinity.

Topics could include anatomy, testicular exams, masturbation, "prince alberts" and the culture of men talking about sex.

Disclaimer: this is a workshop for men only

Cal Poly Open House Photos

May 11, 2011

Check out the photo slideshow from Open House 2011 here!

Cal Poly Week of Welcome Supermarket Spree

May 05, 2011

SAN LUIS OBISPO-It's time again for the annual Supermarket Spree fundraising event to benefit Cal Poly's Week of Welcome (WOW) Orientation Program. It will take place at Spencer's Fresh Market on May 16 at 7 p.m., and is open to Cal Poly students and community members.

Supermarket Spree is designed to help raise money for the WOW program and to foster better relations between university students and local businesses. The money that is raised through this fundraiser will be used for Orientation Leader appreciation, as well as new equipment and materials for the Week of Welcome program.

Spencer's Fresh Market is sponsoring the fundraiser for the third year, along with various other local businesses and the WOW program looks forward to selling even more tickets than last year. There are two three-minute, $300 shopping sprees awarded to two individuals. One spree winner will be chosen from a drawing of all the tickets sold, while the other will be awarded to the person who sells the most tickets. Three thousand dollars was raised last year. Tickets can be purchased in the WOW office which is located in the University Union on campus Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Jason Mockford, Assistant Coordinator of Cal Poly's Orientation Programs, at 805-756-2477 or jmockfor@calpoly.edu

Cal Poly Week of Welcome Student Leaders Give Back

May 04, 2011

SAN LUIS OBISPO, May 3, 2011-Cal Poly's Week of Welcome (WOW) orientation program will have several hundred WOW leaders attend the annual Day of Service event on May 21 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

By volunteering, the WOW leaders will contribute to various San Luis Obispo agencies focusing on environmental projects. WOW Executive Board member and Campus and Community Relations Committee Co-chair Lauren Peters says, "Our goal is to promote the value of doing community service and to change the community's perspective of Cal Poly students into a more positive light. We want to be more visible in the community and remind leaders that as students we are a part of the community too."

Day of Service is coordinated through Cal Poly's Student Community Services (SCS) organization, along with other service events throughout the year. The goal of WOW Days of Service (one in fall, winter and spring) is to support the community, enrich a student's college experience and provide opportunities on how students can make a difference in service.

Peters adds, "I hope that the WOW leaders have a really positive experience in the community and that they can carry on that interest to their WOWies in the fall. This is also an opportunity for WOW leaders to realize that there are so many places they can volunteer around San Luis Obispo and it's as easy as finding it through SCS."

The Week of Welcome program is looking forward to many more community service projects, all coordinated through SCS. According to the California average for the value of a volunteer dollar, every leader that participates will save the agency $23.29, thus with three hours of community service, every leader will save $69.87 in services.

For more information, contact Jason Mockford, assistant coordinator of Cal Poly's Orientation Programs, at 805-756-2477 or jmockfor@calpoly.edu

Unmasking "Isms..."

May 02, 2011

Tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Building 53, Room 215 guest speakers Dr. Jane Lehr, Dr. Chris Bickel, Dr.Camille O'Bryant, and Dr. Nicole Jacobs present Unmasking "Isms..." a Panel and Discussion on classism, racism, sexism, heterosexism, etc. and how they all intersect today.

Cal Poly's Americorps Program

April 28, 2011

Volunteer Infrastructure Project is recruiting full-time members!

Volunteer Infrastructure Project members serve at local non-profit agencies and receive a monthly living allowance. Members gain marketable skills and receive specialized trainings and professional development opportunities.

Please click to see the recruitment flyer ›

Apply to be an SCS Program Director

April 27, 2011

Apply to be a program director with Student Community Services for the 2011-2012 school year today! Click Here for the application. (pdf)

Program Directors are volunteer leaders who direct/co-direct a program within Student Community Services and aim to develop a clear set of goals for their program that includes volunteer recruitment and networking, event planning, community partner collaboration, and promoting the core values of SCS. Directors are responsible for attending weekly SCS meetings Mondays at 6 p.m., managing program budget, meeting with Co-Directors and Director Coordinators, and attending office hours (minimum 2 hrs/wk) in a shared, high energy office environment. Prior volunteer experience is recommended but not required. Directors can expect to dedicate approximately 5hrs/wk which includes office hours and volunteer events. Go to scs.calpoly.edu for more information.

Applications are due Friday, May 6th by 5 p.m. and can be emailed to scs@calpoly.edu or submitted to the SCS Office in UU 217. Group interviews will be conducted the following weeks, May 9th-20th.

Email scs@calpoly.edu for questions or call 805-756-5834.

Intersections Week

April 27, 2011

Come join Dean of Students Office for the first annual Intersections Week. This week will bring together programs within Dean of Students Office to show the connections and common ground that we all share as students and young adults in today's society. It will offer fun awareness activities and ways for you to get involved on campus and in the community! Check out the flier here.(pdf)

MONDAY, MAY 2
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Building 53, Room 215


Unmasking "Isms..." Panel and Discussion
With Guest Speakers:
-Dr. Jane Lehr
-Dr. Chris Bickel
-Dr.Camille O'Bryant
-Dr. Nicole Jacobs
Interactive discussion on classism, racism, sexism, heterosexism, etc. and how they all intersect today.

TUESDAY, MAY 3
11:00 - 1:00 p.m.
UU Plaza

UU Plaza Booth- Stop by the booth and learn how you can get involved with Dean of Students Office!

THURSDAY, MAY 5
11:00 - 1:00 p.m.
UU 204 (Chumash Wing)

Cal Poly & Censorship Discussion
Looking at the history and harm associated with censorship with an emphasis on the Cal Poly context and analyzing if the university is fulfilling its values or needs to expand its values.

FRIDAY, MAY 6
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
UU 216

Coffee and Careers: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
With Guest Speaker:
-Lisa Boutelle Lazzara

SATURDAY, MAY 7
11:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Building 33, Room 286

Cross Cultural Connections
Hate Crimes: Continuing the discussion of recent crims in Arroyo Grande and discussing what causes hate crimes
With Guest Speakers:
-Dr. Jean Williams
-Dr. Jane Lehr

Intersections is brought to you by: Multicultural Center, Safer, Gender Equity Center, Student Community Services, Pride Center, Women's Programs, Men & Masculinity Programs, WOW, Open House, Student Life amp; Leadership, and Cal Poly

Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month Kick-off

April 27, 2011

Monday, May 2, 7-9 p.m.
Chumash Auditorium
Kicking off Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the MCC will be hosting Korean rapper, Lyricks, to perform! Rapping on topics ranging from religion to personal struggles and enlightenment, this will be a fun and empowering show you won't want to miss!
http://studentlife.calpoly.edu/multicultural/events/spring.asp

Lantern Festival

April 27, 2011

This year's annual Lantern Festival event highlights cultural awareness by bringing cultural Greeks, student clubs and the San Luis Obispo community together for an afternoon of performances, food, and fun. Come join us in the University Union Plaza from 3-7 p.m. this Saturday, April 30. This event is free for everyone.
http://studentlife.calpoly.edu/multicultural/events/spring.asp

Clothesline Project

April 26, 2011

This week we are hosting our very own clothesline project! Today was the first day and all in all was a successful trial run. Tomorrow and Wednesday we will be on Dexter Lawn from 11-1 p.m. On Thursday we will be in the UU from 11-1 p.m. At that time we will also be passing out candy with stickers advertising our amazing Take Back the Night. If you are available during the times the clothesline is on Dexter come out and hang out at the booth!

Cal Poly 2011 Open House Slideshow

April 25, 2011

This week we are hosting our very own clothesline project! Today was the first day and all in all was a successful trial run. Tomorrow and Wednesday we will be on Dexter Lawn from 11-1 p.m. On Thursday we will be in the UU from 11-1 p.m. At that time we will also be passing out candy with stickers advertising our amazing Take Back the Night. If you are available during the times the clothesline is on Dexter come out and hang out at the booth!

Soup and Substance in Cal Poly Report

April 20, 2011

Click here to read this week's issue of the Cal Poly Report.

"Soup & Substance" Continues the Hate Crimes Discussion at Noon on April 21 Written comments from the March 29 Forum on Hate Crimes are now posted verbatim online.

Continuing the discussion, a special "Soup & Substance" will be held at noon on Thursday, April 21 in UU-220. Panelists include John Shoals, Cal Poly graduate and Mayor of Grover Beach; Camille O'Bryant, department head of Kinesiology; and Martha Cody, director of Employment Equity. Co-sponsors are the Office of Inclusive Excellence, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, and Dean of Students Office . Enjoy a hot bowl of soup until it runs out.

Contact inclusive@calpoly.edu for more information.

Cal Poly's Open House in the News

April 18, 2011

Future students catch a glimpse of campus life during Cal Poly's Open House
KSBY
April 16, 2011
The third day of Cal Poly's 18th Annual Open House wrapped up tonight. The annual event brought more than 7000 people to San Luis Obispo this weekend. This year's theme was Polywood. Today, parents and students were able to check out booths from more than 200 campus groups. http://www.ksby.com/news/future-students-catch-a-glimpse-of-campus-life-during-cal-poly-s-open-house/

PHOTOS: Cal Poly Open House
The Tribune
April 16, 2011
Cal Poly's Open House ended Saturday with a heavy flavoring of agricultural events. Prospective students and their families were on campus and in town to learn about the school and acquaint themselves with the campus. http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2011/04/16/1565844/photos-cal-poly-open-house.html#storylink=misearch

Cal Poly Open House 2011 (Photo Gallery)
The Tribune
April 16, 2011
NOTE- Cal Poly mentioned in the captions of the photos. Photo Gallery

Soup & Subtance

April 18, 2011

There are two Soup and Substances this week for you to attend!
The first is tomorrow April 19th 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in bldg 33 (Fisher Science) room 286 and we will be talking about urban poverty with speakers from the Alternative Breaks Program.

The second is Thursday April 21st 12-1 p.m. in UU 220. We'll be continuing the discussion of hate crimes from earlier this quarter. Panelists will include John Shoals, Cal Poly graduate and Mayor of Grover Beach; Camille O'Bryant, Department Head of Kinesiology; and Martha Cody, Director of Employment Equity. Co-sponsors are the Office of Inclusive Excellence, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, and Dean of Students Office .

This is at a later time to accommodate the ASI Presidential Candidate Forum which you should also attend from 11-12 p.m. in the UU Plaza! Food will be served as usual.

Cal Poly Open House

April 18, 2011

Cal Poly Open House kicks off tonight, 7000 people expected
KSBY
April 14, 2011
Cal Poly's open house kicks off tonight with the theme of "Polywood". And because the university is playing the role of host to thousands of guests; it just might be a little difficult to find an empty hotel room near Cal Poly this weekend.

You can read the article here ›

Open House News

April 18, 2011

'PolyWood' Hits San Luis Obispo
KCOY/KKFX
April 13, 2011
Cal Poly is getting ready to roll out the red carpet, for tens of thousands of people. The annual Open House kicks-off Thursday, and the theme for this year's event is "PolyWood".
You can read the article at KCOY, New Times, and CalCoastNews.

Cal Poly to honor Barclay's retirement at parade
The Tribune
April 14, 2011
For the past 32 years, Ken Barclay has focused on what goes on outside of the classroom at Cal Poly to help create a safe, enjoyable and vibrant campus community. Barclay, 66, will be honored as the grand marshal of Saturday morning's Poly Royal Parade, celebrating his retirement in June as the director of the university's Dean of Students Office program.

You can read the article here ›

Cal Poly Report

April 14, 2011

The April 13 issue of Cal Poly Report is now available.

Click here to read this week's issue.
A shorter, printable PDF version is also available here.
Visit the Cal Poly Report Index to view recent back issues of the HTML version by clicking here.

Cal Poly Report is published every Wednesday, except holidays and academic breaks. E-mail submissions with any links and photos to polynews@calpoly.edu by 4 p.m. on the Friday before publication and include the words "For Cal Poly Report" in the subject line. Submissions received after the deadline will be held for the next edition.

SAFE ORGANIZATIONS

April 14, 2011

SAFE Organization is an outreach program created by SAFER, the sexual assault risk-reduction resource at Cal Poly, to give student-run organizations the opportunity to take an active role in education and awareness based programming that helps reduce sexual assault and rape within the Cal Poly community.

How do you apply?
Please see the attached form and carefully read the instructions below. All applications are due to the Gender Equity Center, UU217, by Monday April 18th.

To earn a title as a SAFE Organization...

You must have a minimum of 5 people from your organization attend 3 or more of SAFER's designated SAFE Organization events. The five people attending each event do not have to be the same every time. In fact, we encourage you to alternate participants so a larger number of individuals take part in our activities during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. A sign in sheet will be present at each event. Each person attending an event on behalf of an organization will have to sign the sheet in order to receive credit for attending.

OPEN HOUSE NEWS

April 12, 2011

The Tribune
April 12, 2011
A multitude of events is planned for this weekend's "Polywood"-themed Open House at Cal Poly - including the annual parade, tractor pull and design competition. The 18th annual Open House runs Thursday through Saturday, featuring numerous activities open to the public, including events for families.

Read the article here ›

OPEN HOUSE IN SF GATE ARTICLE

April 08, 2011

Cal Poly's Open House was in the SF Gate!

Read the article here ›

PRIDE CENTER'S LGBTQIA ORGANIZATION SOCIAL

April 04, 2011

Pride Center's LGBTQIA Organization Social is tomorrow, Wednesday, April 6, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Bishop's Lounge!

What's going to happen is one of the student assistants of the Pride Center is going to introduce the various LGBT organizations and their allied resources on campus. For the most part it's going to be a real relaxed informal social with free food! There's also going to be a trivia game with a prize. Hope to see you there!

DIRECTOR OF Dean of Students OfficeIN TRIBUNE!

April 04, 2011

Congratulations to Ken Barclay, Director of Dean of Students Office for making the Tribune!

Check it out here ›

RESUME WRITING WORKSHOP: APRIL 1ST

March 30, 2011

Resume writing workshop this Friday, April 1st from 11-12 p.m. in UU 216. Charlotte Rinaldi will be having a casual workshop and will provide a great space for any questions you may have concerning resume writing. Bagels and coffee will also be provided!

COSAM ACTIVITIES FOR OPEN HOUSE

March 30, 2011

The College of Science and Mathematics E-Newsletter is now online! We hope you will take a few minutes to enjoy this update. In this edition, you'll find news about:

-Construction progress on the new Center for Science and Mathematics, plus links to photos and video
-University Open House activities Saturday, April 16
-The Cal Poly Pier Open House Saturday, April 23
-A prestigious international math conference coming to campus this summer
-Today's students
-Recognition for the college's science teacher training program
-Outstanding alumni
-Real world hands-on research on recent tsunami impacts, Antarctica, weight gain in pregnancy, medical testing and more.

Click to read the E-newsletter on the college web site. ›

PUBLIC INVITED TO OPEN HOUSE CAMPUS SHOWCASE

March 28, 2011

"The public is invited to experience Cal Poly on Saturday, April 16, at the Campus Showcase, part of the university's 18th annual Open House. Open House gives admitted and current students, their supporters, alumni and the San Luis Obispo community the opportunity to visit and learn about the university April 14-16."

Check out more information about Open House Campus Showcase in the Cal Poly Report ›

Also take a look at the press release ›

SCS WINTER QUARTER NEWSLETTER PUBLICATION!

March 28, 2011

Check out Student Community Services' Winter Newsletter

Here ›

PUBLIC INVITED TO EXPERIENCE OPEN HOUSE SHOWCASE

March 09, 2011

SAN LUIS OBISPO - The public is invited to experience Cal Poly on Saturday, April 16, at the Campus Showcase, part of the university's 18th annual Open House.

Open House gives admitted and current students, their supporters, alumni and the San Luis Obispo community the opportunity to visit and learn about the university April 14-16.

The Campus Showcase will begin at 9 a.m. with the Poly Royal Parade, which kicks off at Grand Avenue and Perimeter Road and travels north toward Via Carta, ending at Dexter Lawn. Seating is available along the route.

Opening Ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. on Dexter Lawn. Activities following Opening Ceremonies include a Kids' Fair, live music, the Cal Poly Tractor Pull, the Cal Poly Rodeo, the Open House Concert and many other events. More than 200 student clubs and organizations will offer educational, informational and concession booths from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parking is free and open to all visitors. Tune your radio to 1610 AM for Open House traffic and parking information.

Join the Open House Committee and student clubs for the Farmers' Market Club Preview in downtown San Luis Obispo on Thursday, April 14. Friday, April 15, provides conditionally admitted students and their supporters the opportunity to meet college deans, tour the campus and get acquainted with the resources available to Cal Poly students.

Open House is planned by a committee of student volunteers working under Dean of Students Office 's Orientation Programs in collaboration with the community, student clubs, faculty and staff.

In addition to Open House, Cal Poly's Orientation Programs coordinate Student Orientation & Advising Resources (SOAR) and Week of Welcome (WOW) for new students and their families.

For more information about Cal Poly's Open House weekend, visit http://orientation.calpoly.edu/openhouse or call the Open House office at (805) 756-7576.

SLL DIRECTOR NAMED OPEN HOUSE GRAND MARSHAL

March 09, 2011

Ken Barclay will be honored April 16 in the Poly Royal Parade

March 9, 2011
SAN LUIS OBISPO - Ken Barclay, longtime director of Cal Poly Dean of Students Office who plans to retire this year, will serve as the 2011 Open House Grand Marshal.

Barclay will be honored Saturday, April 16, during the Poly Royal Parade.

As director, Barclay oversees a variety of student programs that provide students with opportunities to develop leadership skills, set goals, make decisions, share in group dynamics, experience diversity and work independently to reach goals. His approach allows students to be intricately involved with the creation, implementation, and assessment of each program.

Barclay has worked on many significant projects in his 32 years at Cal Poly, including passage of the student vote to build a recreation center and the establishment of the Multicultural Center.

"As someone who has been very involved in the past with Poly Royal and Open House, this is especially very meaningful to me," Barclay said. "I thank all who were involved in selecting me for this honor."

Cal Poly's 18th annual Open House will take place April 14-16. The event allows admitted and current students, their supporters, alumni, and the San Luis Obispo community to spend the weekend exploring all that Cal Poly offers.

Cal Poly opens its campus to the public April 16 for the Poly Royal Parade, starting at 9 a.m. The parade kicks off at Grand Avenue and Perimeter Road and travels north toward Via Carta, ending at Dexter Lawn. Seating is available along the route.

Activities following the parade include a Kids' Fair, live music, the Cal Poly Tractor Pull, the Cal Poly Rodeo and more.

For more information about Cal Poly's Open House weekend, visit http://orientation.calpoly.edu/openhouse or call the Open House office at (805) 756-7576.

WOMEN'S HERSTORY WEEK - FEBRUARY 28 - MARCH 4

February 24, 2011

Women's HERstory week - February 28 - March 4

Women's HERstory week is February 28 - March 4!

Tuesday March 1st
12-2 p.m. in Chumash Auditorium: Take it SLO Perfomance: Cal Poly's Exclusive A Capella Group
8-10 p.m. at Outspoken Cafe: Women's Poetry Reading and Discussion

Wednesday March 2nd
11-1 p.m. in UU 220: Minervana; Student Stage will dance, sing, and recite empowering lines from plays. Student art will also be displayed.
7:30-10 p.m. in Chumash Auditorium: Another Type of Groove: AMAZING Spoken Word Poetry

Thursday March 3rd

11-1 p.m. in UU 220: Racialized "Bioterror" and Femiinzed Nationhood: Manufacturing Risk in the US Bioterrorism Discourses by Gwen D'Arcangelis

Friday March 4th
11-12 p.m. in The Gender Equity Center: Coffee and Careers with Dr. Jodi Jaques

Check out the brochure here ›

ANNOUNCING THE CAL POLY GENDER EQUITY CENTER

February 18, 2011

Women's HERstory week - February 28 - March 4

Take a look at the NASPA Region VI newsletter (pdf) on page 15 for information about the new Gender Equity Center!

"Christina Kaviani, M.A., & Veronica Heiskell, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, ckaviani@calpoly.edu & vheiskel@calpoly.edu The Cal Poly Women's Center is undergoing a name change to become The Gender Equity Center on February 14th, 2011. As The Women's Center, we were comprised of two programs, Women's Programs & Services and SAFER, our sexual assault education and risk-reduction program. We were primarily a staff of women, and the majority of our activities and programs addressed women's issues. As a Women's Center, other genders may not feel comfortable entering the office and getting involved with our center.

As part of our name change, we are increasing the inclusivity of our center to people of any gender identity and adding additional programming to also address men and masculinity. As The Gender Equity Center, we are now comprised of three programs: Women's Programs, Men and Masculinity Programs, and SAFER. We have a mixed-gender staff, and we are launching new activities and programs that will welcome people of any gender or gender identity.

In choosing our new name, we chose the word equity over equality. Equity acknowledges the differences that exist between individuals and refers to fairness and justness between all genders, while equality only refers to exact division between genders. We strive for equity and fairness, not sameness."

Click here to check out their website! ›

MULTICULTURAL CENTER PRESENTS A POWWOW

February 09, 2011

County Roundup: Cal Poly
The Tribune
Feb. 8, 2011
In celebration of Cal Poly's Native American Heritage Series, Cal Poly's MultiCultural Center will collaborate with the American Indian Student Association to present a powwow. The free and open-to-the-public event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Room 220 of the University Union on campus.
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2011/02/08/1475657/slo-county-roundup.html

WOW LEADERS GIVE BACK!

February 18, 2011

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Cal Poly's Week of Welcome orientation program had 34 student leaders donate their time to the San Luis Obispo community January 22 in the program's annual Day of Service event...

Click here for the full DOS Press Release ›

CHECK OUT AMERICORPS NATIONAL AMERICORPS PSA

January 14, 2011



In case you haven't seen this...check out the great National AmeriCorps PSA featuring our own Megan Mastache and there is a cameo from another former member, Paul Watkins.

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CAL POLY FIELD HOCKEY TAKES NATIONAL TITLE

December 03, 2010

The Cal Poly Field Hockey team might find themselves with a smaller roster than in past years, but in no way have they found themselves short on talent. Though the team lost seven seniors and five underclassmen, the Mustang still managed to produce four of the top five point scorers in the Western Collegiate Field Hockey Conference in junior Mallory Wilson (13 goals, 11 assists), senior Alex Dunn (16 goals, 4 assists), sophomore Chelsea Burton (9 goals, 6 assists), and senior Susie Condon (11 goals, 1 assist). The team's rookie goalkeeper, junior Kelsey McFadyen, along with senior defenders Sara Adams and Amber Zimmermann also kept Cal Poly's defense at the top of the league by allowing only 3 goals during the season.

Finishing their regular season 15-0, Cal Poly hosted the WCFHC Championship tournament on November 20. After defeating #4 seed USC in the Conference semifinals 1-0, Cal Poly advanced to play UC San Diego in the championship game. The Mustangs battled during 70 minutes of intense competition, finishing 1-0 over San Diego and claiming the title of WCFHC Champions, which also earned them a spot in the first ever National Championship tournament.

With a record of 17-0, Cal Poly Field Hockey was seeded as the #1 team in the national tournament and found themselves in a pool with the University of North Carolina and long-time rivals UC Santa Barbara. The tournament, put on by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association in Goleta, began on Friday, December 3 with Cal Poly facing UC Santa Barbara. With an assist from Burton, senior and co-president Condon scored during a short corner, giving Cal Poly their first win of the weekend.

Pool play for Cal Poly resumed on Saturday with a morning match against the University of North Carolina. This was the first game in the team's history against a team from the East Coast, where field hockey has traditionally been more popular. Not intimidated by the reputation of UNC, Cal Poly recorded a 2-0 victory with goals by Wilson and an assist by freshman Amanda Collins.

After winning the pool, Cal Poly benefited from a quarterfinal bye and faced UC Santa Barbara once again in the semifinal match. Wilson recorded the first goal for Cal Poly with another assist by Collins. Santa Barbara then evened the score with a penalty stoke against McFadyen. With less than one minute of regulation time left in the game, Cal Poly earned a short corner against the Gauchos. With the fans, players, and coach Rose Hall all on the edge of their seats, Condon drove the ball from the outside of the penalty circle toward the goal, where sophomore Lauren Church finished with a perfectly executed deflection that found the back of the cage. After celebrating their semifinal win, the Mustangs turned their focus to the championship game.

The final match of the championship tournament was a rematch of the WCFHC championship with Cal Poly once again facing UC San Diego. In the first 35 minutes of play, Cal Poly found that they had a few opportunities to score but could not capitalize. The second half was controlled by the Mustangs, with play rarely leaving San Diego's half of the field. Despite the dominant play by Cal Poly, regulation time ended with the score tied at 0-0.

Tournament rule then pinned the Mustangs against UC San Diego in a 15-minute, 7 v 7 golden goal overtime period. With the first eleven minutes remaining scoreless, Cal Poly moved to end the tournament and bring home the championship title. The last ball moved the length of the field with touches by five of Cal Poly's six field players. Wilson and Dunn found themselves in a 2 v 1 situation against a UC San Diego defender, with Wilson controlling the ball. Passing to Dunn to beat UC San Diego's last defender, Dunn went against Sarika Tandon, San Diego's goalkeeper, who had a conference-leading save percentage of 90.48. Dunn shot the ball just out of reach of Tandon's left leg and found the bottom right corner of the cage. With less than four minutes to go in overtime, Cal Poly had earned the first ever Collegiate Club National Championship title.

Along with the National Championship title, Sara Adams, Lauren Church, Susie Condon, and Mallory Wilson were also named to the All-Tournament Team, with Adams receiving Defensive Player of the Tournament honors.

The team now begins a rest period and resumes practices in winter quarter for tournament play.For more on Cal Poly Field Hockey, visit www.calpolyfieldhockey.com.

MEN'S SOCCER CLUB B-TEAM WINS OPEN DIVISION

December 03, 2010

The Cal Poly Men's Soccer Club sent two teams to NIRSA's National Tournament this year, which took place in Phoenix, Arizona. The A-Team competed in the Championship Division, finishing second in their pool, while the B-Team entered the Open Division.

The B-Team first competed against Boston College and earned a 2-0 victory. Later that day, the team took on returning champions James Madison University and defeated the Dukes 3-2. The Mustangs played their final pool match against Fort Lewis and recorded a 4-0 win. Finishing first in their pool, the Mustang B-Team advanced to the Championship bracket of the Open Division.

In their first bracket match, the Mustangs faced the University of Colorado and advanced with a 2-0 victory. The next day, the team battled against the University of Miami in the division semifinals. With a 2-1 victory, the Mustangs headed to the Division Championship where they would again face James Madison University. After 90 minutes of play, the match was tied at 1-1 and headed into overtime. Ending James Madison's conquest for back-to-back championships in the Open Division, Cal Poly pulled ahead 2-1 and earned the Open Division Championship title.

Meanwhile, the A-Team competed in the Men's Championship Division, finishing in the top 8 in the nation. The team was eliminated from play after losing in penalty kicks to the University of Missouri 9-8.

Edward Melgarejo and Erik Harnisch were both named to the Open Division All-Touranment Team and Brian Romag was named Division MVP.

For information on Cal Poly Men's Soccer Club, visit www.calpolysc.com.

MEN'S SOCCER CLUB B-TEAM WINS OPEN DIVISION

December 03, 2010

The Cal Poly Men's Soccer Club sent two teams to NIRSA's National Tournament this year, which took place in Phoenix, Arizona. The A-Team competed in the Championship Division, finishing second in their pool, while the B-Team entered the Open Division.

The B-Team first competed against Boston College and earned a 2-0 victory. Later that day, the team took on returning champions James Madison University and defeated the Dukes 3-2. The Mustangs played their final pool match against Fort Lewis and recorded a 4-0 win. Finishing first in their pool, the Mustang B-Team advanced to the Championship bracket of the Open Division.

In their first bracket match, the Mustangs faced the University of Colorado and advanced with a 2-0 victory. The next day, the team battled against the University of Miami in the division semifinals. With a 2-1 victory, the Mustangs headed to the Division Championship where they would again face James Madison University. After 90 minutes of play, the match was tied at 1-1 and headed into overtime. Ending James Madison's conquest for back-to-back championships in the Open Division, Cal Poly pulled ahead 2-1 and earned the Open Division Championship title.

Meanwhile, the A-Team competed in the Men's Championship Division, finishing in the top 8 in the nation. The team was eliminated from play after losing in penalty kicks to the University of Missouri 9-8.

Edward Melgarejo and Erik Harnisch were both named to the Open Division All-Touranment Team and Brian Romag was named Division MVP.

For information on Cal Poly Men's Soccer Club, visit www.calpolysc.com.

HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE!

December 03, 2010

The Holiday Gift Drive is currently happening! Come by the Student Community Services (SCS) office (UU 217), pick up a gift tag and help fulfill the holiday wishes of a local youth.

Student Community Services (SCS) hosts an annual Holiday Gift Drive for underprivileged children and teenagers in San Luis Obispo County. Last year, SCS provided 450 gifts for children and families in the San Luis Obispo community. Students, faculty staff and community members participate in the annual drive.

Gifts cost between $15-$20 and the deadline to bring them back to the SCS office is December 8th.

For more information contact Owen Martin at ocmartin@calpoly.edu or (805) 756-5120.

STUDENTS ORGANIZE FUNDRAISER SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS

November 03, 2010

KSBY
Nov. 28, 2010
Some local students hope a breakfast fundraiser Sunday morning will help bring awareness to a need on the Central Coast. Six Cal Poly students organized the fundraiser with some help from Applebees in San Luis Obispo. The money will go toward SARP...
http://www.ksby.com/news/students-organize-fundraiser-to-help-victims-of-sexual-assault/

SEE THE NEED: HUNGER AWARENESS WEEK - CALENDAR

November 16, 2010

SCS is looking forward to SEE the NEED: Hunger Awareness Week this coming week! Here is our Calendar of Events! We encourage you all to come/participate in as many activities as possible:

Sunday, November 14th:
Canned Food Drives - 10am to 1pm, 1pm to 4pm shifts at Albertsons, Vons, Ralphs, Scholaris, Food4Less, and Spencers Serving Dinner at Maxine Lewis - cooking starts at 1pm and serving starts at 5pm

Monday, November 15th:
Clothing Collection Boxes at Dexter Lawn - Donate your Old Clothes all Week Long Canned Food Drive Challenge - Competition between Colleges on Dexter Lawn - Donate a Canned Good "DIVE" film screening - 7pm UU221, San Luis Lounge

Tuesday, November 16th:
Soup and Substance - 11am UU 204 World Hunger Dinner Banquet - 7pm UU 220

Wednesday, November 17th:
Breakfast at Prado Day Center - 8am 30 Hour Famine starts - come by UU217 for a waiver

Thursday, November 18th:
End of 30 Hour Famine, Lunch for Participants on Dexter Lawn 11am to 1pm

Friday, November 19th:
Boys and Girls Club Carnival - in Paso Robles at 3pm End of Canned Food Drive Challenge and Clothing Drive

Saturday, November 20th:
Canned Food Drives - 10am to 1pm, 1pm to 4pm shifts at Albertsons, Vons, Ralphs, Scholaris, Food4Less, and Spencers

LAST SOUP AND SUBSTANCE OF THE QUARTER!

November 16, 2010

Come to the last Soup and Substance of the quarter tomorrow Nov 16th 11am-12pm in UU204! We'll be discussing food deserts as a part of Student Community Services See the Need Week, a hunger awareness week. Dr. Bohr of the Social Sciences Department will present. This Soup and Substance is sponsored by the Student Quality Advisory Committee. Food will be served.
See you tomorrow!

CAL POLY VOLUNTEERS HELP 'MAKE A DIFFERENCE'

November 10, 2010

Santa Maria Times
Oct. 28, 2010
A group of Cal Poly student volunteers descended on the Dana Adobe last Saturday as part of the university's contribution to the nationwide Make a Difference Day efforts.
http://www.santamariatimes.com/extra/publications/the_adobe_press/
article_7a0c609a-e2ce-11df-bea5-001cc4c03286.html


ALSO, Five Cities Times Press Recorder, Oct. 29, 2010
http://www.timespressrecorder.com/articles/2010/10/29/news/
fivecities/news09.txt


ALSO, Adobe Press, Oct. 29, 2010
http://www.theadobepress.com/articles/2010/10/29/news/nipomo/news06.txt

CAL POLY STUDENTS TAKE PART IN MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY

October 26, 2010

KSBY
Oct 23, 2010
Dozens of Cal Poly students gathered on campus this Saturday to help make a difference. It was part of the United Way's Making a Difference Day, a national day of service. For this year's project, Cal Poly students joined I-Care International.
http://www.ksby.com/news/cal-poly-students-take-part-in-make-a-difference-day/

WOMEN'S PROGRAMS AND SERVICES HOSTING LUNCHEON

October 22, 2010

Cal Poly News
Oct 20, 2010
The Women's Programs and Services Department invites the campus community to a luncheon and discussion on issues facing women. The luncheon and networking session is set for Thursday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center lobby. Discussion panelists are Christina Firpo of the History Department; Joan Kennedy, president of the CSUEU; Camille O'Bryant, department chair for Kinesiology; and Faith Minimaugh, Cal Poly Women's Basketball coach.
http://www.calpolynews.calpoly.edu/cpreport/10_reports/Oct_20.html

CAL POLY GROUPS HOST MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL

October 20, 2010

KSBY
Oct 17, 2010
Cal Poly students were working to bring the community together at the 13th annual Multicultural Festival. Around 45 different groups took over Mitchell Park to celebrate the diverse cultures they say, are not always so apparent in San Luis Obispo.
http://www.ksby.com/news/cal-poly-groups-host-multicultural-festival/
ALSO, The Tribune, Oct. 18, 2010:
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2010/10/17/1332566/photo-dancing-through-cal-polys.html

ENGAGING INCOMING STUDENTS IN COMMUNITY SERVICE

October 20, 2010

Student Affairs West Newsletter
Oct 19, 2010
At Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo, CA), incoming students have the opportunity to attend Week of Welcome (WOW) – an interactive, fun-filled, and informative orientation program. The program introduces students to Cal Poly and their new community. In addition to the academic-related component, WOW participants can choose from a range of activities – from hypnosis to kayaking...
http://www.naspa.org/regions/regionvi/newsletters/Winter%202010.pdf

CAL POLY STUDENTS HIT THE BEACH!

October 18, 2010

Five Cities Times Press Recorder
Oct 15, 2010
Artists showed off their building skills in Pismo Beach last Sunday during the Castles for CASA charity event benefiting a group that works with foster children. The Zeta Theta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta at Cal Poly hosted the event for Court Appointed Special Advocates, the sorority's national charity that works with children in the San Luis Obispo County foster care system. Members of Cal Poly's Greek community and clubs created sandcastle masterpieces for the fundraiser.

Check out the article here ›

CULTUREFEST PLANNED IN MITCHELL PARK

October 18, 2010

Five Cities Times Press Recorder
Oct. 15, 2010
Cal Poly’'s MultiCultural Center and Dean of Students Office will host the 13th annual CultureFest from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in San Luis Obispo's Mitchell Park to showcase the cultural diversity within the university and community.

Check out the website here ›

COUNTY ROUNDUP: CAL POLY!

October 18, 2010

The Tribune
Oct 14, 2010
Cal Poly is hosting the 13th annual CultureFest from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in San Luis Obispo's Mitchell Park. The communitywide festival will celebrate and advocate cultural diversity through activities including student displays, performances and music. It's sponsored by the university's MultiCultural Center and Dean of Students Office.

Check out the website here ›

COUNTY ROUNDUP: CAL POLY!

October 18, 2010

The Tribune
Oct 14, 2010
Cal Poly is hosting the 13th annual CultureFest from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in San Luis Obispo's Mitchell Park. The communitywide festival will celebrate and advocate cultural diversity through activities including student displays, performances and music. It's sponsored by the university's MultiCultural Center and Dean of Students Office.

Check out the website here ›

NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY EVENT ON OCT. 11

October 11, 2010

Cal Poly Pride Center
Oct 7, 2010
This year we are having a guest speaker presenting on "The Intersection of Racism and Heterosexism." The presentation description is: "I can't hide the fact that I'm a person of color, you get to choose to come out or not." "I thought my Black friends would be more accepting once I came out because they understand oppression, but I was wrong." Comments like these speak to the need for us to engage the intersections of Racism and Heterosexism. Are they the same thing? What are the similarities and differences? This workshop is designed to engage these questions. Please join the Pride Center and Dr. Washington Monday night from 7-9pm to dialogue about this issue. We will be in San Luis Lounge (UU 221). Snacks will be provided.

NATIVE AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER COMING TO CAL POLY

October 11, 2010

Cal Poly News
Oct 7, 2010
SAN LUIS OBISPO - In celebration of Native American Heritage month, the Cal Poly MultiCultural Center will present photographer Peggy Fontenot on Nov. 8 to display and discuss her works.

Read the full story here: ›

PLAY LOTERIA IN THE PLAZA NOV. 2

October 11, 2010

Cal Poly News
Oct 7, 2010
SAN LUIS OBISPO - Cal Poly's MultiCultural Center and Dean of Students Office will present Loteria with a Dia De Los Muertos Twist in celebration of Latino Heritage Month from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 2 in the University Union Plaza.

Read the full story here: ›

LATINO HERITAGE FASHION SHOW, OCT 27

October 11, 2010

Cal Poly News
Oct 7, 2010
SAN LUIS OBISPO - Cal Poly's MultiCultural Center and Dean of Students Office will present a Latino-inspired fashion show in celebration of Latino Heritage Month on Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. in UU 220.

Read the full story here: ›

CAL POLY TO HOLD 13TH ANNUAL CULTUREFEST

October 11, 2010

Cal Poly News
Oct 5, 2010
SAN LUIS OBISPO - Cal Poly's MultiCultural Center and Dean of Students Office will host the 13th annual CultureFest from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17 in San Luis Obispo's Mitchell Park to showcase the cultural diversity that exists within the university and community.

Read the full story here: ›

ABSINTEE BALLOTS MAILED FOR NOVEMEBER

October 11, 2010

KKFX
Oct 5, 2010
SAN LUIS OBISPO - More than 50 percent of all registered voters in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties are getting vote by mail ballots for the November General Election.

Read the full story here: ›

WOW SLIDESHOW!

October 05, 2010

WOW Photo Slideshow!

Check out the slide show of the week!: ›

CAL POLY STUDENTS IMPACT LOCAL LANDS

September 30, 2010

The Land Conservancy
September 29, 2010
Over 130 Cal Poly freshmen started their college careers working without pay for The Land Conservancy. As participants of the university's Week of Welcome (WOW) program, approximately 2,300 of the incoming freshmen enrolled at Cal Poly participated in community service activities with nonprofit organizations throughout San Luis Obispo County..

Click here for full article: ›

NO ARRESTS MADE DURING DUI CHECKPOINT

September 21, 2010

KSBY
September 19, 2010
The Cal Poly University Police Department says it made no arrests during a DUI checkpoint set up on the campus overnight. The checkpoint lasted from 7:00p.m. to 1:00a.m. and was set up on northbound Grande Avenue...

The full article can be found here: ›

Also, The Tribune, Sept. 19, 2010: ›

CAL POLY WELCOMES ITS CLASS OF 2014

September 21, 2010

The Tribune
Sept. 18, 2010
Thousands of new students kicked off their Cal Poly experience with a rally that served as a "get-to-know-you social" at the university's Lower Sports Complex...

Check out the article here: ›

WOW KICKS OFF WITH WOW-O-RAMA!

September 16, 2010

Leading up to the first day of school at Cal Poly last year the San Luis Obispo Police Department and Cal Poly Police were kept busy by Poly students that were misbehaving after a few drinks. Week of Welcome festivities kicked off Wednesday night at the university with the first day of class on Monday...

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CAL POLY HOLDS A QUIETER WELCOME!

September 16, 2010

The widespread partying that took place before Cal Poly classes began last year won’t repeat this week if university officials can help it. A change in scheduling of the university’s Week of Welcome orientation activities this year is part of an ongoing effort to discourage student drinking and misbehavior. WOW activities are scheduled from Wednesday through Sunday this week...

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CAL POLY REPORT IS BACK!

September 15, 2010

Cal Poly Report is back to its weekly schedule! The September 15 issue of Cal Poly Report is now available.

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Cal Poly Report is published every Wednesday, except holidays and academic breaks. E-mail submissions with any links and photos to polynews@calpoly.edu by 4 p.m. on the Friday before publication and include the words "For Cal Poly Report" in the subject line. Submissions received after the deadline will be held for the next edition.

WOW ANNOUNCES 2010 THEME!

August 27, 2010

This year’s Week of Welcome orientation for Cal Poly will stress the importance of "diversity and respect, health and safety, and positive community relations," according to university officials. WOW is scheduled for September 15 thru 19.

VOLUNTEER WITH STUFF THE BUS!

August 03, 2010

August 13-20th
Monday-Friday (August 13 & 16-20), 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday (August 14 & 15), 9:00-5:00 p.m.

United Way will be recruiting volunteers to be at Office Max stores' entrances during the times above. Two volunteers will provide shopping lists to customers. Additional volunteers will be in the actual school bus collecting the donated items and sorting them. Three drivers will be needed to bring the bus to the Office Max parking lots each day, and to take the bus at the end of each day to a secure location. Ultimately at the end of the event, each bus will be taken to a place where the supplies can be distributed to the appropriate schools and teachers.To sign up or ask questions email stuffthebus@unitedwayslo.org.

POLY LIVE!

June 21, 2010

Poly Live is a live webcast that answers new students' questions about academics and life at Cal Poly. There will be an episode each week on a different topic. The first episode of Poly Live is coming up this Thursday, June 24 from 5-6 p.m. If you have questions related to academic advising, please send them ahead of time to orientation@calpoly.edu (subject: Poly Live), or bring them to the live chat channel during the show.

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UNITED WAY AWARD

June 21, 2010

On Thursday June 17th, Heather Demosthenes from the Community Center in Dean of Students Office was awarded the United Way Emerging Leader Award from United Way at their Annual Recognition Event. She also received a Certificate of Recognition from Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee. The Emerging Leader Award pays tribute to an up and coming student or young professional that demonstrates strength of character through their energy, generosity, creativity and ability to motivate others to participate in community service and philanthropic activities.

GLOBAL SERVICE LEARNING

June 09, 2010

Dean of Students Office's Lori Atwater was featured in Cal Poly Magazine regarding her Global Service Learning trek to the UAB. Congrats Lori!

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VIDEO CONTEST

June 08, 2010

Please visit the link below to view, rate and comment on CCVC Member Christina Bearce's entry in the AmeriCorps Week Video Contest!

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FEATURED GRAD

June 02, 2010

Congratulations to MCC Diversity Advocate, Saba Abuhay for being one of the featured graduates in the "Grads in Demand" article in the Cal Poly Report.

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GREEK LIFE NEWS

June 02, 2010

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WOW BOARD 2011

June 02, 2010

Congratulations to the seven student coordinators selected for WOW Board 2011! Thank you to ALL of the individuals willing to take the time and make the commitment to apply for WOW Board.

Aneliese (Ana) Baugus, Biological Sciences, Senior
Rachel Bodily, Liberal Studies, Junior
Matt Lomeli, Agricultural Sciences/Teaching Credential, Graduate Student
Lauren Peters, Liberal Studies/Biology (Minor), Senior
Cassie Pitkin, Kinesiology, Senior
Brendon Soltis, Computer Science, Senior
Laura Worsham, Accounting/Mathematics (Minor),Senior

Thank you to all of you (current Team, leaders in training, and Friends of WOW) that submitted your recommendations for selection and to our selection panel - Drew Shelburne, Melody Shirazi, Kelsey Hayes, Matt Justus, and Jason Mockford

NEXT THURSDAY'S EVENTS

May 05, 2010

BBQ Lunch (Source: Pride Center)
Theta Chi Co-Presents a BBQ Lunch on Thursday May 13th, from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Dexter Lawn. A $2 donation for meal goes to AIDS Support Network.

Transgender 101 Workshop (Source: Pride Center)
The Pride Center presents a Transgender 101 workshop on Thursday May 13th, from 2-4 p.m. in the University Union, Room 219.

The Dollhouse: Drag Show and Benefit (Source: Pride Center)
Delta Lambda Phi presents The Dollhouse: Drag Show and Benefit on Thursday May 13th at 8 p.m. at Downtown Brew. Advance tickets are $12 from Boo Boo Records and Ticketweb.com, or $15 at the door.

AmeriCorps at Farmer’s Market (Source: AmeriCorps)
At Farmer's Market on Thursday, May 13th, there will be a booth to help represent and promote AmeriCorps from 5:00pm – 9:00pm at Higuera St., Downtown San Luis Obispo

BE COMFORTABLE IN YOUR GENES

May 05, 2010

Be Comfortable in your Jeans is a campaign to promote positive body image and self love. You can donate your uncomfortable jeans to local non-profits & shelters May 3-5 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Mott Lawn

ANOTHER TYPE OF GROOVE

May 05, 2010

On Wednesday, May 5th from 7:30 -10 p.m. at the PAC Pavilion, Another Type of Groove (ATOG) presents the founder of ATOG, spoken-word poet Mark Fabionar. Fabionar is a former member of the Sacramento Poetry Slam Team and the founder of “The Inflection Point Project.” He has a released book and CD titled “Back Home: A Clean Purple Haze and Radical Spaces of Possibility.

FOOD DRIVE

May 05, 2010

On Friday, May 7th there will be a Food Drive for the Food Bank Coalition for SLO County at 1010 Murray Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405.

16TH ANNUAL LANTERN FESTIVAL

May 05, 2010

This annual event, hosted by Chi Delta Theta and Omega Xi Delta, highlights cultural awareness by bringing cultural Greeks, student clubs and the San Luis Obispo community together for an afternoon of performances, food, and fun. This event is on Saturday, May 8th from 3-7 p.m. at the University Union Plaza and is free for everyone.

PRIDE WEEK KICKOFF

May 05, 2010

University Housing Co-Presents Pride Week Kickoff on Sunday, May 9th at 8 p.m. in the Sequoia Lounge.

PRIDE WEEK KICKOFF

May 05, 2010

May 10th- 14th is AmeriCorps Week: Getting Things Done.

SERVING BREAKFAST

May 05, 2010

On Monday, May 10th AmeriCorps will be serving breakfast at Prado Day Center from 8-9:30 a.m. at 43 Prado Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

RAINBOW TIE DYE

May 05, 2010

University Housing Co-Presents Rainbow Tie Dye on Monday, May 10th from 4-6 p.m. at North Mountain Lawn.

FILM

May 05, 2010

Spectrum Presents the film A Queer Guide to Entering the Workforce on Monday, May 10th from 6-7 p.m. in Building 52, Room C-36.

SQUARE DANCING

May 04, 2010

LGBT hosts a square dancing workshop on Monday, May 10th from 7-9 p.m. in University Union, Room 207 (Chumash Right).

BREAKING THE SILENCE

May 04, 2010

Soup Substance Presents, Breaking the Silence: Transgender Voices in the SLO Community on Tuesday, May 11th from 11 a.m.- Noon in the University Union, Room 220.

PRESENTATION OF PROCLAMATION

May 04, 2010

On Tuesday, May 11th there will be a Presentation of Proclamation by the Board of Supervisors from 1:15-2:00 p.m. at 1055 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (right on the corner of Santa Rosa and Monterey, across the street from the Court House).

COOKING IN THE CANYON

May 04, 2010

University Housing Co-Presents, Cooking in the Canyon on Tuesday, May 11th at 7 p.m. in the Poly Canyon Village Large Conference Room.

LET'S GET IT ON!

May 03, 2010

Pride Center presents Let’s Get it On, a safe sex workshop on Tuesday, May 11th from 7-8:30 p.m. in Building 53, Room 213.

ALLY TRAINING WORKSHOP

May 03, 2010

On Wednesday, May 12th from 12-2 p.m. in University Union, Room 219, there will be an Ally Training Workshop.

SERVING DINNER

May 03, 2010

On Wednesday, May 12th AmeriCorps will be serving dinner and dessert at Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter from 5-7 p.m. at 750 Orcutt Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

IF WALLS COULD TALK 2

May 03, 2010

Women’s Programs Co-Presents the film If These Walls Could Talk 2 on Wednesday, May 12th, from 7-9 p.m. in University Union, Room 220.

GAY, STRAIGHT, OR TAKEN

May 03, 2010

University Housing Co-Presents: Gay, Straight or Taken on Wednesday, May 12th, from 8-10 p.m. in Yosemite Main Lounge.

GAY, STRAIGHT, OR TAKEN

April 22, 2010

Dozens of people donned their running, or walking gear for this year's Run to Remember. The event is now in its eighth year. It is a 5K run through the Cal Poly campus and it is for a good cause. All of the money raised benefits the Sexual Assault Free Environment Resource Center, or SAFER.


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ALLY TRAINING

April 20, 2010

This quarter's Ally Training will be held:

Monday, April 26 from 10-12(UU 218) and 2-4 (UU 216)

Wednesday, May 12 from 10-12 (UU 219)

Thursday, May 13 from 2-4 (UU 219) TRANS 101 Special Ally training session

Thursday May 20 from 10-12 and 2-4 in UU 219.

Interested? Please RSVP with preferred session time to CalPoly.Ally@gmail.com.

PRESS COVERAGE

April 20, 2010

Cal Poly Plans Open House with a Parade, Rodeo, Tractor Pull and More


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KSBY OH PREVIEW

April 15, 2010

KSBY covered a snippet on Open House


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SLO Tribune OH Preview

April 15, 2010

The SLO Tribune wrote a nice profile on the Grand Marshal, President Warren Baker


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MUSTANG DAILY OH PREVIEW

April 15, 2010

The Daily wrote a nice profile of Open House


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OPEN HOUSE PRESS RELEASES

February 16, 2010

Below are PDF Documents of Press Releases for Open House


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CAL POLY CELEBRATES V-DAY

April 15, 2010

Cal Poly Women’s Programs and Services held its first V-day event to highlight the global movement to end violence against women and presented scenes from the upcoming Vagina Monologues Wednesday afternoon...


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WOW DAYS OF SERVICE

February 10, 2010

SAN LUIS OBISPO – More than 60 student leaders from Cal Poly’s Week of Welcome orientation program donated their time to the San Luis Obispo County community Jan. 30 in one of the program’s three annual Days of Service.

Students volunteered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prado Day Center in San Luis Obispo, One Cool Earth on the Cal Poly campus, and the Boys and Girls Club of Paso Robles. And they coordinated a generous donation from the Home Depot in San Luis Obispo to the Prado Day Center, a day shelter for San Luis Obispo’s homeless residents.

The event was aimed both at providing service to the community and at previewing two bigger Days of Service that will involve new Cal Poly students during the upcoming spring and fall quarters. WOW strives to show students ways they can become involved in the community through service programs and give them a chance to see how their work benefits the San Luis Obispo area.

Cal Poly Student Community Services works with WOW to coordinate the service days. Community service is integrated into every level of the program. The state’s official estimate for an hour of volunteer work is about $20.25, bringing the value of the WOW group’s effort to nearly $5,000.

For more information, contact Jason Mockford, assistant coordinator of Cal Poly’s Orientation Programs, at 805-756-2477 or jmockford@calpoly.edu.

WINTER 2010 PRIDE NEWSLETTER

February 09, 2010

The Winter 2010 Pride Center newsletter is now up!


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CANDLELIT VIGIL FOR HAITI

February 08, 2010

Watch a video on the recent event


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STUDENT-HELD CANDLELIGHT VIGIL

February 08, 2010

Students held a candlelight vigil for those in Haiti on Wednesday January 27.


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NEW CLUBS STEP TO THE MUSIC

February 08, 2010

A demonstration of the dance stepping was held in celebration of Black History Month for February’s Soup and Substance held in the University Union...


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DANCING FUNDRAISER

February 03, 2010

Taking Cal Poly’s motto in a new direction, the campus Open House Committee is hosting a fundraiser, Learn By Dancing.


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WATER SKI TEAM HONORED

February 03, 2010

This year, Cal Poly was nominated and chosen out of 108 teams to accept the renowned Team of the Year award.

Jenny Waits was also nominated for Female Athlete of the Year with high scores in tournaments and winning the women's overall score in division 2 at Nationals 2009.

Team of the Year: This award goes to the team that personified all that NCWSA stands for this season and the team that stood out among their peers as a model of organization and performance.

Female Athlete of the Year: This award is for the greatest performing male and female athlete in the NCWSA for ALL of the 2009 calendar year, this includes the Spring AND Fall of 2009. This award should be based on only scores acheived in NCWSA events.


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WOMEN'S CLUB WATER POLO HONORED

January 19, 2010

See full news story from San Luis Obispo's KSBY news


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2010 OPEN HOUSE THEME ANNOUNCED

January 06, 2010

Cal Poly Open House Announces Theme for 2010 Weekend, Set for April 15-17

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Prospective students, alumni and the community are invited "To Cal Poly and Beyond" during the 2010 edition of the university's annual Open House celebration. The event weekend is set for April 15-17.

Open House gives admitted students and their supporters, along with current students, the opportunity to experience the vast possibilities that Cal Poly and the San Luis Obispo community offer.

Prospective students get a chance to experience college life. On Thursday, April 15, visitors "Prepare to Launch" their college careers by visiting farmers market in downtown San Luis Obispo, where they can browse through many Cal Poly club booths.

On Friday, April 16, students will “Blast Off” into the realm of academia as they learn about course work, hear from college deans and talk to faculty and current students.

Finally, Saturday, April 17 showcases the campus as students "Shoot for the Stars" and learn how they can enrich their college experience. The Campus Showcase event (which is also open to alumni and members of the local community) will features special events such as the Poly Royal Parade, rodeo, tractor pull, Kids Fair, and information and concessions booths from more than 200 student clubs and organizations.

For more information about Cal Poly's Open House weekend, visit http://orientation.calpoly.edu/openhouse or contact Jason Mockford, assistant coordinator of Orientation Programs at (805) 756-2477.

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SEE THE NEED

November 30, 2009

See the Need Week
Student Community Services’ (SCS) annual See the Need Week drew attention to the very serious hunger and homelessness issues worldwide and in San Luis Obispo. The week was filled with many different events, including speeches from experts, hunger demonstrations and meals at local shelters


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Holiday Gift Drive

November 30, 2009

Holiday Gift Drive 2009
The Holiday Gift Drive is in full swing. We are serving 5 agencies that provide services for local under-privileged/at risk youth. Attached you will find an informational letter and a flier. Please take a moment to email them to any contact that you feel would be interested in participating in the gift drive.


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ATOG Presents Buddy Wakefield

November 23, 2009

Another Type of Groove Presents Two Time Slam Champion Buddy Wakefield

SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly MultiCultural Center brings back local favorite and two-time Individual World Grand Slam Champion Buddy Wakefield for December’s Another Type of Groove on Wednesday, December 2 from 7:30-10:00pm in Chumash Auditorium.

Buddy Wakefield has been featured on NPR, the BBC, and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Wakefield was recently signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records, which released his 2009 album Live at the Typer Cannon Grand.

In 2004 and again in 2005, Buddy Wakefield won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship title, becoming the first poet to win the title two consecutive years. Wakefield has been a member of several slam poetry teams, including Team Seattle in 2006 and 2007.

Wakefield continues to make his living through his poetry and performance. In addition to touring the country solo, Wakefield has also been a core member of several traveling poetry groups, including 2007's Solomon Sparrow's Electric Whale Revival, 2008's Junkyard Ghost Revival, and 2009's Elephant Engine High Dive Revival, where he shared the stage with poets such as Derrick Brown, Anis Mojgani, Andrea Gibson, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, and others.

Another Type of Groove is a spoken word poetry event held the first Wednesday of each month throughout the school year. It is intended to create a place for the interchange of ideas, beliefs and personal expression. Each event is free and open to the public and features a highlighted poet as well as an open mic opportunity for interested students, staff, faculty, and community members.
Archives - Dean of Students Office- Cal Poly
The MultiCultural Center cultivates a campuswide community that represents and celebrates the diversity of Cal Poly’s student body.

For more information, contact Josue Urrutia at 805-756-1405 or mcc@calpoly.edu, or visit the MultiCultural Center Web site at http://multicultural.calpoly.edu.

Make A Difference Success

October 28, 2009

More than 500 Make A Difference
More than 500 Cal Poly students and county residents sported working gloves, power drills and dirt-covered sweats to volunteer their time during various Make A Difference Day events Saturday.

Wellness Fair Success

October 21, 2009

More than 200 show up at Wellness Fair
Lining the pathway next to Dexter lawn, six booths were set up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate the Wellness Fair, hosted by Cal Poly’s Women’s Programs and Services.


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WOW Changes

October 21, 2009

Freshmen will get shorter WOW next year
Due to recent concerns that this past Week of Welcome (WOW) program was associated with an increase in alcohol consumption, citations and arrests, Vice President of Student Affairs Cornel Morton, who has been at Cal Poly for seven years, said the week before school this year was the worst in terms of alcohol use that he has seen.


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Love Your Body

October 21, 2009

Wellness Fair promotes positive body images.
Cal Poly’s Women’s Programs and Services will host day two of the “Love Your Body” event today at 11 a.m. with a Wellness Fair on Dexter Lawn.


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Culture Fest

October 19, 2009

Cal Poly celebrates diversity with Culture Fest. Some students at Cal Poly spent the day celebrating diversity. It was all part of Sunday's 12th annual Culture Fest hosted by Cal Poly's Multicultural Center.


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CCVC Recruitment

October 11, 2009

Cal Poly’s AmeriCorps Program Central Coast Volunteer Corps is recruiting part-time and full-time members.
The term of service is January 1 to October 31, 2010. Central Coast Volunteer Corps members serve at local non-profit agencies and receive a monthly living allowance. Members gain marketable skills and receive specialized trainings and professional development opportunities. Part-time Members serve 900 hours and receive a $2362 Education Award upon successful completion of the program. Full-time Members serve 1700 hours and receive health insurance, childcare Reimbursement, and a $4725 Education Award upon successful completion of the program. Both part-time and full-time members are eligible for loan forbearance. For more information, contact Jesse Torrey, Program Coordinator, Central Coast Volunteer Corps at 805.756.5338 or email jtorrey@calpoly.edu. Potential placement sites include: Senior Nutrition, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Non-Profit Support Center, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Transitions– Mental Health Association, Independent Living Program (ILP), Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention (SARP) Center.


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Historic Theater Event

October 11, 2009

Cal Poly is to participate in a historic theater event about the Laramie crime that happened 10 years ago.


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"The Laramie Project: 10 years later"

October 11, 2009

A theater group will perform an epilogue to a highly acclaimed stage play at a local university....Director of Cal Poly Arts, Steve Lerian said, "It's interesting to learn about the people of Laramie through this project and the fact that many have grown, some are in denial.


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SLO County Round Up

October 10, 2009

The Cal Poly MultiCultural Center’s 12th annual CultureFest is set for Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in San Luis Obispo’s Mitchell Park. CultureFest is an annual celebration of diversity and culture within the Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo community.


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CCVC Recruitment

October 06, 2009

Central Coast Volunteer Corps Recruitment Flier. Term of Service: January 1st to October 31st 2010.


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Cal Poly's WOW Comes to SLO

September 09, 2009


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WOW Begins at CP and in SLO

September 16, 2009

More than 3,500 new students fanned out across San Luis Obispo on Tuesday on the first day of Cal Poly’s annual Week of Welcome...


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WOW Starts for CP Students

September 15, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009 Reported by: Stacy Daniel

Businesses in San Luis Obispo prepare for thousands of incoming students as they take part in Cal Poly's Week of Welcome...


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A New Flavor for This Year

September 10, 2009

SAN LUIS OBISPO – This year Cal Poly's Women's Programs and Services will be making changes to become a more dynamic, fun and motivating program. Women’s Programs and Services is enthusiastic to begin a new year of entertaining events aimed at educating our community on issues concerning women at Cal Poly and across the globe. We are excited to introduce a new member to our Dean of Students Office team. Christina Kaviani is the new AmeriCorps Promise Fellow who will serve as the Assistant Coordinator of Women’s Programs and Services. She recently graduated from Cal Poly with a Masters in Education, specializing in guidance and counseling. Christina has volunteered for over two years with the SARP Center and has years of experience working with young women. Her goals for this upcoming year include;

– Create more awareness and action with Women’s Programs & Services
– Increase collaborations with more events on and off campus
– Increase male involvement in Women’s Programs & Services
– Have more interactive and fun activities for all our events

Throughout this year Women’s Programs and Services will be holding many special events, workshops, and ongoing groups in order to raise awareness and broaden knowledge of women’s issues. These programs are designed to provide students with tools which facilitate emotional, physical, and mental health. Please mark your calendars for our first event, Love Your Body Day on Oct 19th and 20th. Following this event will be the world renowned Vagina Monologues. We are geared for a very fabulous round of events from start to finish.

Cal Poly Women’s Programs and Services challenges and supports students while providing opportunities for connection, collaboration, and community in which all women and men are welcome. Christina has an open door policy and encourages people to visit Women’s Programs in University Union Room 217 during the start of the school year and throughout.

Please visit the Women’s Programs and Services website for further information on how to get involved.


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Another Type of Groove: 2009-10 Season

September 08, 2009

SAN LUIS OBISPO – In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, the Cal Poly MultiCultural Center’s Another Type of Groove presents Chicano spoken word poet and activist Tomás Riley at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in Chumash Auditorium.

Riley’s performance poetry career began in 1994 as a member of the Taco Shop Poets, an eminent Chicano spoken word collective that balanced poetry with live music and grassroots politics. As a member of the Taco Shop Poets and as a soloist, Riley has performed at more than 200 venues across the country. His work has been described as a meld of Chicano bilingualism and conscious cultural politics set to a soundtrack of hip hop, jazz and indigenous ceremony.

Riley was featured on HBO’s documentary “Americanos: Latino Life in the United States” and in the PBS series “American Family.” His poetry has been anthologized in “Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam” and in “Chorizo Tongue Fire: The Taco Shop Poets Anthology” in addition to appearing in many other publications, both in written and audio formats. Riley is director of Residencies at Youth Speaks, a literary arts organization for teen writers in San Francisco.

Another Type of Groove is a spoken word poetry event held the first Wednesday of each month throughout the school year. It is intended to create a place for the interchange of ideas, beliefs and personal expression. Each event is free and open to the public and features a highlighted poet as well as an open mic opportunity for interested students, staff, faculty, and community members.

The MultiCultural Center cultivates a campuswide community that represents and celebrates the diversity of Cal Poly’s student body.

For more information, contact Josue Urrutia or Saba Abuhay at 805-756-1405 or mcc@calpoly.edu, or visit the MultiCultural Center Web site.


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CP Service Learning Awarded

September 03, 2009

Cal Poly was ranked as one of the Best Colleges according to 2010 U.S. News and World Report for its Service Learning program. Service Learning uses a learning strategy that incorporates community service with instruction and reflection exercises to enhance learning experiences and teach civic responsibilities and strengthen student-community bonds. Service Learning creates a hands-on approach to learning and which coincides well with Cal Poly’s motto “Learn by Doing”. In the 2008-2009 school year Cal Poly had 38 Service Learning courses with 1,396 students volunteering 15,617 hours.

WOW Fact Sheet

September 11, 2009

Dates New Student Orientation: Tuesday, Sept. 15 – Saturday, Sept. 19

WOW Personnel
45+ hours of leader training
680 trained student volunteers
6 Executive Board Members – Student Coordinators
2 Professional staff members
2 Graduate Assistants

New Students
3,500 expected WOWies
312 WOW groups

History 1957 – Original Welcome Week was established. WOW celebrated its 50th anniversary two years ago!
What is now known as Week of Welcome began in the early 1960s.
See http://orientation.calpoly.edu/wow for additional WOW history.

On-Campus Participation 200 Student Clubs
26 Campus Resources
6 Colleges

Community Participation
75 local business sponsors
34 off-campus businesses offering discounted activities for WOW participants

Success and Wellness Awareness Topics
Social and Intellectual Awareness:
Campus: Diversity, Involvement/Opportunity
Community: SLO Introduction, Sustainability, Laws/Rules, Community Service, Arts and Culture
College Life: Residence Hall Life, Relationships, Campus Culture
Physical Awareness:
Topics: Personal Safety, Sexual Awareness, Sexual Assault, Violence & Its
Consequences, Drugs and Alcohol, Driving/Biking Under the Influence
Mental and Emotional Awareness:
Topics: Positive Body Image, Eating Disorders, Emotions: Anxiety and Stress,
Abuse and Addiction, Depression, Self-harm and Suicide, Emotional Wisdom

WOW HIGHLIGHTS 09

September 10, 2009

Tuesday, September 15

College Connections: Academic Success (Campuswide, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
This is an opportunity for students to spend a day with their respective college and meet the dean, faculty, and current students in their departments for a personal academic introduction to Cal Poly. Preface discussion groups will take place in conjunction with academic activities.

WOW Kick-Off and Opening Ceremonies (Dexter Lawn & O’Neill Green, 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
New students will be introduced to Cal Poly in a rally-like setting. They will hear from special guest speaker Paul Wesselmann and then meet their WOW groups, with whom they will spend the rest of the week!

Wednesday, September 16

Campus Classroom Tour #1 (Campuswide, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
WOW leaders will lead a tour for their WOWies around campus to show them where their classes will be and also to introduce the new students to the Cal Poly campus.

PREFACE: The Cal Poly Shared Reading Program (Various location campus-wide, 9:00 a.m. – 10 a.m.)
The Cal Poly PREFACE Committee and WOW have teamed up for the shared reading program known as PREFACE. All new students will participate in a book discussion with trained volunteer discussion facilitators. PREFACE creates common intellectual ground where incoming students, faculty, staff, and volunteers can meet and hold a college-level discussion before starting classes. This year’s Preface book is Flight by Sherman Alexi.

Respect Workshop #1 (University Union Building 65, Chumash Auditorium, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
WOW Groups will participate in a new, interactive workshop that will set the tone for inclusive excellence, respect, and appreciating diversity as a member of the Cal Poly community.

WOW Day of Community Service (Various locations in San Luis Obispo County, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
Wednesday begins the first of the Days of Community Service. Over 60 WOW groups will volunteer at various locations throughout the community. The day will provide students with a way to give back to the community they have been introduced to all week where they will spend the next few years of their lives.

St. Jude’s Letter Writing Campaign (Location TBD, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.)
WOW groups will be addressing letters to recipients asking for donations to St. Jude’s hospital. "St. Jude’s is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay." WOW Groups will have the opportunity to help families receive the care they need!

WOW-A-RAMA (Sports Complex, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.)
This is the Central Coast’s largest get-to-know-you social. Thousands of students will mingle as they play games and interact with one another. This event is great to watch, whether you are in the midst of the action or observing from afar. Picture thousands of people moving and shaking, dancing and jumping, yelling and screaming! The event will also be emceed by special guest and Cal Poly WOW alumnus Frank Warren.

Thursday, September 17

Campus Classroom Tour #2 (Campuswide, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
WOW leaders will lead a tour for their WOWies around campus to show them where0 their classes will be and also to introduce the new students to the Cal Poly campus.

Awareness Program: Personal Responsibilities (Performing Arts Center, Harman Hall, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
With college comes a great deal of freedom and opportunity, and with that comes a great deal of responsibility. Students will be introduced to topics dealing with the choices they may be faced within college and how they can be successful at Cal Poly. The first of the awareness presentations will provide awareness regarding drug and alcohol use, the choice of whether or not to have sex, safe sex, personal safety, sexual assault and drunk driving. Students will have the opportunity to consider their own personal decisions and how these choices affect their lives and the lives of others.

Respect Workshop #2 (University Union Building 65, Chumash Auditorium, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
WOW Groups will participate in a new, interactive workshop that will set the tone for inclusive excellence, respect, and appreciating diversity as a member of the Cal Poly community.

WOW Day of Community Service (Various locations in San Luis Obispo County, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
Thursday is the second of the Days of Community Service. Over 40 WOW groups will volunteer at various locations throughout the community. The day will provide students with a way to give back to the community they have been introduced to all week where they will spend the next few years of their lives.

St. Jude’s Letter Writing Campaign (Location TBD, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.)
WOW groups will be addressing letters to recipients asking for donations to St. Jude’s hospital. "St. Jude’s is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay." WOW Groups will have the opportunity to help families receive the care they need!

Friday, September 18

Campus Classroom Tour #3 (Campuswide, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
WOW leaders will lead a tour for their WOWies around campus to show them where their classes will be and also to introduce the new students to the Cal Poly campus.

Awareness Program: SLO Life and Respect (Performing Arts Center, Harman Hall and University Union, Chumash Auditorium, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
This presentation is about getting acclimated to Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo life. Students will learn about what the university and the town have to offer while hearing about diversity, academics and community awareness from current students and the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

SLO Bound (Downtown San Luis Obispo, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
WOW offers a unique opportunity for new students to get to know the San Luis Obispo downtown area. Dozens of SLO businesses have cooperated to welcome WOWies into SLO’s downtown district. The event starts off with a picnic at Mitchell Park. WOW groups then venture into participating businesses on a scavenger hunt downtown before finishing up by meeting more businesses in a carnival-like setting at Mission Plaza.

Spoken Word Poetry (Spanos Theater, 6:30 and 9:00 p.m.)
Come and find out how words will change the world at WOW's Spoken Word Poetry event, showcasing three nationally recognized poets: Steve Connell, Sonya Renee and Sekou. This is an undeniably phenomenal event that is sure to keep you entranced from beginning to end.

Saturday, September 19

Awareness Program: Coping with Stress (Performing Arts Center, Harman Hall, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
Saturday concludes the Awareness programming with a workshop on the emotional wellness of incoming students, Coping with Stress. Stress is a natural part of college life, and every student will experience various levels of stress throughout his or her time at Cal Poly. Students will have the opportunity to explore their personal stressors, learn about resources available to them and find comfort in the commonalities Cal Poly students share.

WOW Day of Community Service (Beach Clean-Up, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Saturday concludes the last of the Days of Community Service. Over 100 WOW leaders and Wowies will volunteer at various beaches throughout the county for a county-wide beach clean-up organized by ECOSLO of San Luis Obispo.

WOW Block Party (Dexter Lawn, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Over 150 student-run clubs and organizations join forces with Dean of Students Office and ASI to take over the street with information booths, club performances, games, giveaways and live music in the 5th annual Block Party!


For more information on this year’s Preface book "Flight" visit the website. ›

PREFACE 09

September 09, 2009

SAN LUIS OBISPO – The Cal Poly PREFACE committee and the Week of Welcome Orientation Program will host the eighth annual PREFACE book discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 9 a.m. The trained faculty, staff, and community members volunteer as discussion facilitators and will meet on campus with new students to discuss this year’s selected book, Flight by Sherman Alexie.

PREFACE offers new Cal Poly students the opportunity to make friends, break the ice and talk about something they have in common: reading. It is a way for students to share in a college level discussion with their peers and understand Cal Poly’s academic expectations before beginning fall classes.

New students are expected to finish reading Flight before the end of summer. When students arrive on campus for WOW, they meet with their WOW group and PREFACE volunteer facilitator to discuss the book. During the discussion, volunteer facilitators and students talk about the plot, themes, and issues that are presented in the book and relate them to college life as well as to the intellectual expectations of college.

PREFACE offers new students and community members a chance to meet and become connected there by enhancing community relations. This year, PREFACE will host “Literature to Life” who will perform Flight. A Literature to Life Performance is a verbatim theatrical adaptation of significant American literature brought to life by professional actors. View the PREFACE Web site www.preface.calpoly.edu for special event times and dates.

“It's interesting to discuss many of life's challenges during PREFACE discussions and how they affect everyone differently. It gives me a new perspective toward certain issues. PREFACE is like breakfast – the best way to start your college career.” says Paul Foster, a past WOW leader.

“Every year students tell us how much they enjoyed discussing the book with their peers and hearing varied interpretations and perspectives of the book. Students also appreciate the additional PREFACE programming that compliments the book reading experience,” said Patricia Ponce, PREFACE program coordinator.


For additional information, visit the website here ›

SLO Bound 09

September 08, 2009

SAN LUIS OBISPO – On Friday, Sept. 18, as many as 5,000 new students and their Week of Welcome leaders will take to the streets of downtown San Luis Obispo for SLO Bound, an annual Cal Poly Week of Welcome event that introduces the university’s new students to their new community. The theme for this year is “SLO Necessities!”

After seeing a presentation entitled “SLO Life & Respect” about Cal Poly, the community, college life, respect and diversity, the new students get on buses and head downtown. The event begins at 11 a.m., when the first wave of new Cal Poly students and their WOW leaders arrive at Mitchell Park for a zero-waste picnic that includes group pictures, music, giveaways and booths promoting San Luis Obispo businesses.

From Mitchell Park the new students will travel through downtown, getting a tour of more than 90 downtown businesses! The WOW groups will then go to Mission Plaza to experience another wave of San Luis Obispo businesses in a carnival-like setting before heading back to campus. This is where the new students receive their traditional SLO Bound t-shirts which are sponsored by many SLO businesses.

SLO Bound provides an opportunity for new students to discover what the San Luis Obispo community has to offer while learning about how to respect the community. The event also provides exposure for local businesses both downtown and in the surrounding areas as a chance to introduce themselves to thousands of students. “SLO Bound is a great experience because it gives the new students a chance to actually experience the San Luis Obispo downtown in an energetic and exciting environment,” says WOW leader Jodi Hammerwold.

SLO Bound is part of WOW’s community orientation programming which includes a presentation, the event on Friday, September 18, and community service events. The community orientation ends on Saturday, Sept. 19, with WOW’s Days of Community Service throughout SLO County.

For more information, please contact Jason Mockford at (805)756-2477.

WOWies' Day of Service

September 03, 2009

SAN LUIS OBISPO – On Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday Sept. 16, 17, and 19, from noon to 5 p.m., about 700 new Cal Poly students will kick off their Cal Poly careers by helping their new community as part of the Week of Welcome’s sixth annual WOW Day of Service. This year’s service opportunities span three different days to give groups more opportunities to serve.

New Cal Poly students and WOW leaders will volunteer throughout San Luis Obispo to clean up local garden projects, collect canned food for populations in need, and provide staffing for local public programs. The goal of WOW Days of Service is to provide support the community and to begin enriching new students’ college careers by showing them how to make a difference while at Cal Poly. It is also a way to further introduce new students to the San Luis Obispo community.

WOW continually strives to show new and continuing students many different ways they can become involved with community service programs and to show how their work benefits the San Luis Obispo area.

Cal Poly’s Student Community Services organization works with WOW to coordinate the annual WOW Days of Service event as well as other service events throughout the year. Not only do leaders volunteer with their WOW groups, but WOW and SCS coordinate two other days of service – one in winter for WOW Team who train the leaders and another for WOW Leaders in Spring. Community service is integrated into every level of the program.

Student coordinator Jessica Hahn says that WOW Days of Service introduce new students to the community by showing them different organizations they can get involved with. "Participating in community service during the first week in a new community is a great way for students to feel involved in their new home." Local organizations are grateful of student participation in projects outside the scope of their everyday activities as well.

For more information, contact Jason Mockford at (805) 756-2477.

WOW Sustainability

September 02, 2009

SAN LUIS OBISPO – In a continuing effort to diminish the Cal Poly Week of Welcome Orientation Program’s environmental impact on the community, Week of Welcome is striving towards less paper, food, and material waste in every level of its programming.

WOW sustainability begins with the Week of Welcome Executive Board who has been constantly making decisions throughout the year in favor of more sustainable solutions and practices for training of the WOW leaders and also for welcoming new Cal Poly students.

Educating leaders and new students is a foundational step towards becoming more sustainable. During training, the leaders were encouraged the think sustainably by participating in a recycling drive and accessing supplemental training materials online as opposed to being offered printed materials. The WOW Website has many useful tips and resources for WOW leaders, new students, and their families. Also, there will be informational displays up during the WOW orientation week about ways to be more sustainable during meals and everyday life.

Another aspect of WOW’s continued sustainability is eliminating excess paper usage. Last year, WOW replaced its printed schedule booklet of events with an online schedule and posters placed around campus. This year WOW will further limit the paper handed out to new students and the WOWies will receive flash hard drives with information about campus resources that will completely replace the paper packet that was offered previously. Not only will the flash drive help WOW use less paper, but the incoming students can use them in their academic studies as well.

As for the WOW promotional items given to the WOWies, the flash hard drives will be given out with reusable grocery bags and reusable water bottles. Not only will these attempts at sustainability help reduce waste during WOW, but they will also help Cal Poly and the community save money by eliminating excess efforts and costs.

WOW also provides a zero-waste meal for the new students and WOW leaders during the downtown SLO Bound event on Friday of the Week. This is the fifth year of the zero-waste lunch during WOW’s SLO Bound event.

Each year, WOW continues to promote the trend of sustainability at Cal Poly by incorporating new ways to market and get information to WOWies and WOW leaders.

WOW Promotes Respect & Awareness

September 01, 2009

SAN LUIS OBISPO – This year’s Cal Poly Week of Welcome (WOW) Orientation Program presents students with an Awareness and Respect series, developed based on a success and wellness model for college students. Despite the fun, seemingly carefree environment the new students experience during the week, the orientation program takes a serious tone to educate new students on issues they may face in their transition to college.

The WOW Awareness series spans four days, and covers issues including campus life, the community, diversity, respect and inclusion, body image, alcohol, and stress. The Awareness and Respect series will be kicked off on Wednesday, Sept. 16 with a new component this year called Respect Workshops. Each new student will go through the workshop, which includes a brief video, activity and discussion setting the tone for inclusive excellence, respect and appreciating diversity as a new member of Cal Poly.

The next component of the series, the “Personal Responsibilities” presentation, will take place Thursday, Sept. 17, with presentations in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The presentation focuses on some topics that students may encounter such as drugs and alcohol, sexual awareness and personal safety.

The Awareness presentations continue Friday, Sept. 18, taking place in Harman Hall and in Chumash Auditorium. This awareness session, “SLO Life and Respect,” addresses a student’s role in the San Luis Obispo community, respect and diversity.

The series concludes on Saturday, Sept. 19 in Harman Hall, with the “Coping With Stress” presentation, which informs students about stress, depression, body image and eating disorders.

WOW’s Awareness program not only informs new students about some of the issues they may face in college, it helps new students understand the issues, introduce them to local resources available to them, and facilitate a smooth transition into college. The program provides a way for the university and the city to showcase resources and organizations that support students.

Ashley Goliti and Jodi Hammerwold, the Awareness committee chairwomen, worked this year to integrate a tone of respect into all components of the week. “We really wanted to take into account issues and events that had taken place on our campus this year in hopes of establishing a new, more respectful and inclusive tone for entering students,” said Goliti.

For more information about WOW programs, contact Jason Mockford at (805) 756-2477.

Week of Welcome Orientation Program

August 31, 2009

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Beginning September 15, WOW will welcome thousands of new students to San Luis Obispo.

The Week of Welcome program takes place Sept. 15 through Sept. 19, and it will introduce approximately 4,200 new students to the Cal Poly campus and San Luis Obispo. WOW helps students make connections with peers, faculty and staff, student clubs and SLO businesses to ease the transition to college life. Additionally, the orientation program informs the new students about issues students may face during their college years and healthy ways to handle these issues.

WOW is a nationally recognized program for its quality of programming, quantity of leaders and unique style!

WOW participants can look forward to various activities including a trip to downtown San Luis Obispo called SLO Bound, a day dedicated to academics, awareness sessions on issues relevant to college life, multiple days of community service, and respect workshops.

For more information, please contact Jason Mockford at 805-756-2477.

WOW Promotes Respect & Awareness

September 01, 2009

SAN LUIS OBISPO – This year’s Cal Poly Week of Welcome (WOW) Orientation Program presents students with an Awareness and Respect series, developed based on a success and wellness model for college students. Despite the fun, seemingly carefree environment the new students experience during the week, the orientation program takes a serious tone to educate new students on issues they may face in their transition to college.

The WOW Awareness series spans four days, and covers issues including campus life, the community, diversity, respect and inclusion, body image, alcohol, and stress. The Awareness and Respect series will be kicked off on Wednesday, Sept. 16 with a new component this year called Respect Workshops. Each new student will go through the workshop, which includes a brief video, activity and discussion setting the tone for inclusive excellence, respect and appreciating diversity as a new member of Cal Poly.

The next component of the series, the “Personal Responsibilities” presentation, will take place Thursday, Sept. 17, with presentations in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The presentation focuses on some topics that students may encounter such as drugs and alcohol, sexual awareness and personal safety.

The Awareness presentations continue Friday, Sept. 18, taking place in Harman Hall and in Chumash Auditorium. This awareness session, “SLO Life and Respect,” addresses a student’s role in the San Luis Obispo community, respect and diversity.

The series concludes on Saturday, Sept. 19 in Harman Hall, with the “Coping With Stress” presentation, which informs students about stress, depression, body image and eating disorders.

WOW’s Awareness program not only informs new students about some of the issues they may face in college, it helps new students understand the issues, introduce them to local resources available to them, and facilitate a smooth transition into college. The program provides a way for the university and the city to showcase resources and organizations that support students.

Ashley Goliti and Jodi Hammerwold, the Awareness committee chairwomen, worked this year to integrate a tone of respect into all components of the week. “We really wanted to take into account issues and events that had taken place on our campus this year in hopes of establishing a new, more respectful and inclusive tone for entering students,” said Goliti.

For more information about WOW programs, contact Jason Mockford at (805) 756-2477.

DAY OF SERVICE

April 24, 2009

SAN LUIS OBISPO - On Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., over 250 Leaders-in-Training involved with Cal Poly's Week of Welcome Orientation program will donate their time to the community as part of a tri-annual Day of Service.

The Leaders-in-Training will volunteer throughout San Luis Obispo working with various organizations such as Cal Poly Organic Farm, The Environmental Center of SLO Country, Morro Coast Audubon Society, One Cool Earth, Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School, San Luis Obispo County Parks Trail Day: Santa Margarita Lake, and Transitions Mental Health & Growing Grounds Farm. The goal is to provide community service and preview to a bigger Day of Service that happens during the Fall with new students. WOW continually strives to show students ways they can become involved in the community through community service programs, and how their work benefits the San Luis Obispo area.

Cal Poly's Student Community Service organization works with WOW to coordinate the annual event. Community service is integrated into every level of the program. Not only do the Leaders-in-Training benefit, local organizations are grateful of student participation in projects outside the scope of their everyday activities as well. The estimated cost per hour that each volunteer saves the organizations is approximately $20.25 which amounts to a total of more than $18,000 saved in one day.

SLL Serves the Community

July 21, 2009

SAN LUIS OBISPO - On Saturday, January 24, 2009 sixty-four leaders from various Cal Poly leadership organizations including WOW, Open House, the Multicultural Center, Women's Center, Student Community Services, the Pride Center, and AmeriCorps joined forces to give back to the community. The Day of Service took place at El Chorro Regional Park at the AIDS Support Network Memorial Grove.

When the day began, the memorial needed some attention. Weeds blemished the path, overgrowth cluttered the gazebo, but the leaders from the various Cal Poly programs took charge. As the day progressed, the students saw the results of their hard work and watched the transformation of the memorial. Kaitlin Hill, a WOW team member stated, "It is a step toward becoming a better person. Each weed pulled is a step towards a better you and a better world for everyone."

The Dean of Students Office organizations united as a team to accomplish the task at hand. Throughout the day, the students’ positivity and energy kept spirits high. At Cal Poly, each organization usually works separately, but during this Day of Service each organization worked literally hand-in-hand to complete the job.

At the end of the day, many shared the same feelings of accomplishment that Patty Lopez from the Multicultural Center expressed, "I think the best part of today was seeing the difference between now and then. It's just so beautiful now. I have a new appreciation and respect for the community. It was so good to be working with everyone and that I was able to be a part of the change.” These Cal Poly leaders were thrilled to give back to the San Luis Obispo Community, and will undoubtedly continue serving and using their energy for good. For more information on Dean of Students Office , see http://studentlife.calpoly.edu .

WOW Recruitment & Spring Training

July 21, 2009

SAN LUIS OBISPO — With spring quickly approaching, the time has come once again for WOW to begin their annual Spring Training. Each year the WOW Team trains over six hundred student volunteers to be WOW Orientation Leaders in the fall who lead groups of incoming students around Cal Poly and the surrounding San Luis Obispo community. Leaders help the students become better connected in their new home with activities such as campus tours, awareness presentations, a trip downtown, and community service.

The WOW program has incorporated numerous changes for Spring Training as well as for the week. Spring Training will run from April 4 through June 2. For the first time ever potential orientation leaders will initially meet on a Saturday where inspiring activities await. Thereafter, meetings are every Tuesday night from 7-10 p.m. in Chumash Auditorium and will cover some of the following topics: communication skills, group facilitation, event planning, community orientation, campus knowledge and awareness, working with parents and families, and a success and wellness series discussing social issues.

During the first week of spring quarter the WOW Team set up an information tent in the UU and on Dexter Lawn recruiting students interested in being a leader. The WOW Team will be a key resource for answers to any questions or concerns of potential Orientation Leaders. The dates and times on the tent are as follows:

• Monday, March 30 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the UU Plaza
• Wednesday, April 1, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the UU Plaza
• Wednesday, April 1, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Dexter Lawn
• Thursday, April 2, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the UU Plaza
• Thursday, April 2, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Dexter Lawn
• Friday, April 3, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the UU Plaza

With its new fusion of tradition and renovation, WOW leaders are looking forward to yet another exciting year of orientation! More information can be found on the WOW Website at http://orientation.calpoly.edu/wow.

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