College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Agricultural Media Summit
The Agricultural Media Summit (AMS) is the largest professional gathering of agricultural communications professionals and students in the United States. The focus of the summit is professional development. Students participate in a national competition to assess their skills in news writing, photography, web development, feature writing, graphic design and broadcasting. Many of our students have won national awards for their efforts and have also served as the student interns responsible for the planning and execution of the Summit. The AMS meets in various locations throughout the country. The following organizations meet at the summit: the American Ag Editors Association, the Livestock Publications Council, the Ag Business Council, the Ag Communicators of Tomorrow, and the Ag Relations Council.
ASABE 1/4 Scale Tractor
Students in BRAE Department design and build a ¼ scale tractor for the ASABE (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers) competition in Peoria, IL. The design competition consists of six sections: Design Report, Design Oral Presentation, Safety and Compliance Inspection, Tractor Pull Competition, Maneuverability, and Website Design Competition. This design competition has been a great opportunity for the students, from a variety of majors, to be involved in an engineering design and fabrication project, from beginning to end, and to have their efforts evaluated by a team of industry professionals. In addition to the six basic sections of the design competition, the students have actively marketed for funding to support the project.
Collegiate Turf Bowl Competition
The Turf Bowl presents many real world problems that can supplement the turfgrass management curriculum here at Cal Poly. The Turf Bowl is part of the annual Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) meeting. The competition consists of physical and visual identification of samples, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, essay, short answer, and matching questions. Topics included turfgrass Identification, turfgrass growth and development, turfgrass soils and soil fertility, weed identification and control, turfgrass diseases, turfgrass mathematics, turfgrass insects, irrigation, water management, and business management. Each Turf Bowl team is made up of four students from the school. The students are expected to practice together, as well as work on case-study plans. Students will get to network with other students, university professionals in the turfgrass industry, and golf industry professionals from around the country.
Dairy Challenge Consulting Competition
Student consultation teams visit dairies and assess overall management skills and abilities, the facility design and maintenance, and finances. Students then develop a PowerPoint presentation that includes an introduction to the dairy, an assessment of the dairy operation, and recommendations that will improve the dairy's financial position. Students present their recommendations to a panel of industry experts followed by a question-and-answer session by a panel of judges.
Dairy Quiz Bowl Team
Dairy Quiz Bowl Team measures student knowledge in the areas of dairy foods and production sciences. The Dairy Quiz Bowl team consists of four members who give two oral presentations that exibit the students' knowledge of the dairy industry. The contests are held at the the American Dairy Science Association - Student Affiliate Division (ADSA-SAD) national meetings. In preparation for the Dairy Quiz Bowl, students receive instruction from various Dairy Science courses, such as dairy processing, animal physiology, nutrition, management, and genetics. The ultimate objective is to face off against other univeristy quiz bowl teams to assess what team has the greater depth and breadth of knowledge concerning dairy production and processing.
The Intercollegiate Dressage Team introduces Cal Poly students to the equestrian discipline of dressage and provides a venue for these students to compete as representatives of the school. This group will organize and/or host two to three intercollegiate competitions each year and two to three schooling shows for the public that serve as fundraisers for the group.
The Cal Poly Equestrian Team (CPET) brings together students from a variety of majors and every college who share an interest in riding horses. CPET is made up of students of every riding level, from those with no previous riding or horse-related experience to members who compete at the hightest level of equestrian competition. Although competition through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (ISHA) is a component of the team, members are not required to compete. Many students join CPET just to learn about riding and horses or improve their skill through daily practice and hands-on learning by managing six team horses. Members are responsible for all aspects of caring for the horses on a daily basis including horse nutrition, feeding, grooming, exercising, riding, cleaning stalls, and doctoring.
Since 1990, the Food Distribution Research Society has held annual conferences that include research reports, research updates, and posters. The Student Food Marketing Challenge offers an opportunity for student teams to apply their knowledge of food distribution, economics, management, marketing and/or merchandising to a real-world situation and present at the conference. Teams play the role of consultants over this two day event, competing for the account of a mystery company.
Food Science Scholastic Competition Teams
The Institute of Food Technologists Student Association (IFTSA) hosts an annual National College Bowl Competition in the area of Food Science. The IFT College Bowl is based around the idea of "who knows the most" about the sciences in general, food science in particular, and specific current and professional events or activities in the U.S. and worldwide. The competition is about who can best incorporate the latest and greatest technologies and trends into the manufacture, distribution, and sales of a novel food item. Concepts in food safety, food law, engineering, nutrition, processing, packaging, marketing, and everything else that goes into the development of a successful food product are all addressed. Cal Poly competes against numerous other schools with strong graduate programs and consistently ranks near the top.
Friends of the Farm
Friends of the Farm's (FOF) mission is to provide Learn by Doing opportunities in the area of organic and sustainable gardening, farming, and marketing at the on-campus farm. Program participants serve such needs as enhancing signage and landscaping at the Cal Poly Organic Farm, creating a self-guided tour brochure, managing a membership group of volunteers and donors, offering free to the public tours of the farm, designing and printing an annual program newsletter, hosting free to the public workshops, and leading tours to local sustainable farms.
The program involves students who have taken DSCI 241 - Dairy Cattle Selection, Breeds, Fitting and Showing, or junior college transfer students with judging experience. These students practice twice a week during spring quarter and compete in an intercollegiate judging contest spring quarter. The top student judges continue to practice and then compete in one or two contests during fall quarter, usually as juniors. The senior judging team culminates their judging experience by competing in two contests during fall quarter: The Eastern National, which is held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and the final contest, the National Contest in Madison, Wisconsin.
Dairy Product Judging is an activity where students are taught the fundamentals of dairy food product evaluation in order to compete with students from other universities. The students are taught the sensory characteristics (taste and odor and texture), of traditional diary products: reduced-fat milk, strawberry yogurt, cheddar cheese, vanilla ice cream, cottage cheese, and butter. Students then spend an average of three hours a day practicing the evaluation of commercial dairy products with the team coach. The final objective is to match their evaluations with those of official industry judges. The student with the closest matching score is recognized as the winner.
Judging - Flowers
The National Intercollegiate Floral Crop Quality Evaluation Contest is held each year in April. Cal Poly's flower judging team, consisting of a three-person team plus an alternate, student coach, and coach, participate each year. Flower judging consists of a series of classes (generally twenty-five to thirty) of staged floral items which the judges must tell apart based on cultural perfection standards. Each judge is given three minutes time to evaluate each class. Total scores are tallied giving awards for team as well as individual efforts.
Judging - Horse
Students refine their critical-thinking skills in evaluating horses in various show events and public-speaking skills by justifing their decisions to judges. Competitions are national in scope and numerous universities compete. Cal Poly has been able to compete at two competitions annually. At these competitions, students have the opportunity to interact with industry leaders who help foster their professional communication skills needed for success throughout the students' carreers.
Judging - Soils
Ag Judging - Soils is a national collegiate program in which students describe, classify, and interpret soils in the field in a competitive setting. Students use professional standards (soil taxonomy, soil survey manual, national soils handbook) established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) national soil survey program. Students compete individually and in groups at local, regional, and national competitions. Activities are similar to professional practice in soil science, and is excellent training for future field-oriented soil science professionals.
The logging team educates members and the community on properly managing natural resources. The logging team program gives students hands-on field skills in forestry and forest-related activities and provides services to the community through various means including hosting demonstrations and performing community enhancements. The logging team actively participates in the FFA State Finals held at Cal Poly, Cal Poly Open House, Farm City Nights, and other annual Cal Poly activities in addition to hosting the annual California Conclave, consisting of schools across Cailfornia, Nevada, and Oregon.
Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources & Related Sciences (MANRRS)
MANRRS is a national organization that supports the continued professional and pre-professional development of a diverse group of learners from throughout the USA and territories. The goal is to support students who represent Cal Poly in the career development events at the annual gathering of professionals, graduate students, and undergraduate students in competitive events sponsored by MANRRS. The specific events include the Undergraduate and Graduate Poster Contest, the National Public Speaking Contest, and the Research Discussion Contest.
NACTA Professional Research Conference
The annual NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) Conference provides faculty members and graduate students from across the country the opportunity to share innovative teaching approaches and learning outcomes specific to colleges/departments affiliated with agriculture, food, and environmental sciences. The conference is held in June at institutions from different regions across the country.
The student team works with an actual client to develop a marketing plan. A written executive summary of the plan is sent to the industry judges, and then a live presentation is made. We compete with thirty other universities at a professional convention attended by 1,000 - 2,000 people. We have won eight times in twenty-five years. The resultant public relations value is immeasurable, and industry professionals acknowledge our strong national reputation. This recognition greatly assists us in matching our students with excellent employment opportunities, as well as developing interesting synergies with faculty peers at other universities. This reputation is also an important tool for recruiting new students.
National Collegiate Agriculture Conference
The National Collegiate Agricurture Conference emphasizes the professional growth of the students through participation in the national collegiate leadership seminars and workshops, collegiate leadership competitive events such as poster presentation/marketing, and in collegiate speaking competitions. Students also participate as judges for the National FFA Finals in some of the proficiency award categories, as assistants for the Natrional Finals in FFA speaking and career devlopment events, and in business and award recognition session of the National FFA Organization.
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Academic Quiz Bowl Competition
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Academic Quiz Bowl Competition focuses on questions from the NRPA Council on Accreditation standards which guide the Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration Department in curriculum development, creation of student learning outcomes, and course offerings.
The Nutrition College Bowl is a knowledge-based competition that tests students' knowledge in the area of nutrition including chemistry, biochemistry, food science, microbiology, food safety, food systems management, clinical nutrition, nutrition research, and government policy/regulation. The Food Science and Nutrition Department recruits several senior students each year for the competition. Four senior students are selected to prepare and compete in the current year's competition while two junior-level students are selected to assist in the training which, in turn, prepares them for the following year's competition. Practice and preparation begins towards the end of Fall quarter and continues through Winter quarter. The competition is held in April. This competition provides statewide recognition for the Food Science & Nutrition Department, the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, and the University. Participation is truly "Learn by Doing." Students share their knowledge in the area of nutrition by quickly answering questions that might commonly come up in every day life.
PLANET - Professional Landcare Network (formerly ALCA)
Students with an interest in the lanscape industry attend the largest industry-sponsored event in the country to compete against students from other schools in various landscape events based upon skills and knowledge directly associated with every aspect of the landscape industry. The event usually draws forty to fifty schools and over 300 industry professionals. Along with the competition, students get to interact with industry leaders and companies regarding summer employment, internship and post-graduation career opportunities.
The Cal Poly Polo Team brings students, from different majors, together for the purposes of learning, training, and executing the sport of polo. A varsity team is formed and competes against other colleges in the West Coast Region. The students are responsible for all aspects of the organization including fundraising, equine nutrition, feeding, grooming, exercising, riding, personal fitness, and academic guidelines.
Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit
The Fresh Summit is an annual tradeshow of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA). This tradeshow attracts over 15,000 professionals in the produce industry from around the world. This program gives students and faculty the opportunity to attend this event when it is held in Anaheim, California. Students have the opportunity to network with professionals, see the principles learned in class put into practice, and learn more about career opportunities in the industry. As in many sectors of the agricultural industry, a large share of the workforce in the produce sector is nearing retirement. Finding and developing young talent is a priority for the industry, and bringing students to Fresh Summit helps to match supply with demand.
SAIFD American Institute of Floral Designers Convention & Design
We want to send four students to the annual National American Institute of Floral Designer's Symposium. The students will compete against other schools from the U.S. and Canada in four different catagories: Bridal Bouquet, Bridal Table Centerpiece, Buffet Table Centerpiece, and exact duplication of Napkin Ring design. This competition best exposes students to the intricacies of the floral-design industry.
Sustainable Agriculture/Eco-Farm Conference
Eight students go to the Eco-Farm Conference in Monterey. Students will be picked who have participated in the Organic Enterprise Project and/or the Organic Agriculture class (AG 315) and have demonstrated a particular commitment to or interest in organic agriculture. The Organic Agriculture class has drawn students from all over the University; over the past five years one-third of the students have come from outside the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. By bringing committed students to Eco-Farm, this project will allow students to be exposed to a broader and more diverse network of food and fiber professionals who are involved with sustainable agriculture.
In 1999, a team of students in BRAE 421/422 (Equipment Engineering) designed and constructed a modified competition tractor that has been fondly named "Mustang Fever." In 2004, the team added a second tractor, "Poly Thunder." Cal Poly's Tractor Pull Team members are in charge of the operation, maintenance, and improvement of the tractors. The goal of this activity is to continue to provide the opportunity for the students to apply knowledge and skills attained in Cal Poly coursework in a competitive and exciting environment while demonstrating Cal Poly's Learn by Doing philosophy to literally thousands of spectators. This has been a fantastic opportunity for the students to make engineering judgments, make modifications to the machines, evaluate the performance results, and, on occasion, bring home first-place honors.
The Vet Science program provides the opportunity for students to participate in the management and routine activities of a companion animal veterinary clinic. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the business operations and medical functions of a veterinary clinic. The program will operate several specific vaccination clinics each year.
College of Architecture and Environmental Design
This competition takes place at the annual Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Convention. Prior to the convention, the ABC competition committee distributes the commercial construction building problem to the student teams. This information is used to perform a detailed estimate, schedule, project management, and safety plan package which is brought to the competition. This pre-competition exercise takes over a month for the team to prepare. Competition day is designed to reflect the "real life" preparation and bidding process of a major commercial construction project. As a final assessment, the top teams are asked to prepare a PowerPoint presentation to a panel of judges. In this forum they verbally present their submission, acting as the owner's representative and design professionals.
American Planning Association Conferences
Students choose to attend either the National Conference of the American Planning Association (APA) or the APA California Conference based on their aspirations to become a practicing planner either within the State of California or elsewhere nationally. These conferences not only enhance instruction faculty provide within the curriculum on effective professional practice but give the students valuable experience on how to professionally present themselves and their work through active participation on panels, poster-board sessions, exhibitions, and interactions with professionals in the field.
ARCE/ARCH/CM Annual Field Trip
The annual ARCE/ARCH/CM field trip exposes students to the building industry at the international level. The destination is always a major metropolitan area outside of California and incorporates faculty-guided visits to structures and buildings with major architectural and/or structural significance, major construction sites, and national architectural and structural engineering offices. The goals of the field trip are: 1) to gain an awareness of the how structural engineering is implemented in and how it affects large communities; 2) to understand the differences between and similarities of structural engineering as it is practiced in California versus in other states and countries; 3) to complement concepts learned in the classroom by seeing actual and significant examples; and 4) to develop the students' understanding of themselves as citizens of a much larger world.
Architectural Engineering Institute Student Competition
There are only seventeen accredited Architectural Engineering Programs in the entire nation and Cal Poly has the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Each year, students from these various Architectural Engineering Programs convene at the annual Architectural Engineering Institue (AEI) student conference and competition. The two-day conference consists of professional development presentations, social events, various student competitions, and an awards banquet. The Architectural Engineering Institute, part of the American Society of Civil Engineers, sponsors the competition.
Chumash Show is the All 5th Year Architecture Show to showcase the 5+ years of work by students in the School of Architecture. It has grown to be one of the largest collective shows of student architecture work in the nation. The event is open to the public for two days. The show displays yearlong senior projects and attracts family, friends, prospective employers and the community to observe the hard work and dedication of architecture students.
Collaborative Design Studio: ACSA/AISC Steel Competition
Cal Poly Architectural Engineering, Architecture, and Construction Management students work as multi-disciplinary design teams that compete in the annual steel design comeptition sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and administered by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architects (ACSA). Typically teams are composed of two Cal Poly ARCE students, three architecture students, and one construction/sustainability "consultant." Process begins in early January as, through a series of activities including design meetings and reviews, the participants become collaborators and a team of designers that produce integrated proposals for the AISC Competition in May. Students present their work to visiting practitioners and faculty members four times, at the middle and end of winter quarter, mid-spring quarter, and a final presentation in late May. The program allows students to discover the value of communication, exposes students to a design situation that mimics real-world design situations, and requires a mastery of their "trade" by requiring students to explain technical engineering principles in laymen's terms to non-engineering design professionals.
Developing Nations Design Build Consortium
This program provides students an opportunity to make a difference in the world (in addition to gaining an experience beyond the classroom). The purpose of the project is to aid developing nations, particularly in rural areas, in becoming self-sufficient and sustainable in design standards and construction methods. This self-sufficiency and sustainability are accomplished by planting the seeds of a grassroots information exchange at the actual project site. The program identifies a project in need; then at the beginning of fall quarter a call for interest goes out and a project team is assembled. The project is conducted in a "design office" model in which the advisor and lead student have contact with the client, and the team as a whole "buys into" the solution (design cherets) and how to accomplish it. The team is broken into sub-teams and the sub-teams are given freedom to use their education and resources. Periodic meetings (usually weekly) are required for progress reports, updates, and team building. Funding is sought and, if successful, students travel to the project site.
Enhanced K-12 Teacher Training Using Building Design and Construction Technology
This program partners four to six teachers in training with four to six design, engineering, and construction students in local elementary school classrooms. Lessons incorporating building technology with state standards in math and science will culminate in a sand castle design and construction competition. bringing together Cal Poly's CAED students and COSAM's School of Education students together, the program is meant to enrich K-12 teacher training and stimulate elementary school students' creativity and interest in core topics of math and science using technical practices of building design, engineering, and construction. The program is valuable to both the elementary schools and the Cal Poly students. Some experiences presented elementary school students include:
- Providing real world motivations for learning math and science concepts.
- Introducing students to design processes as a means of problem solving
- Teaching students to be cognizant about space and how they can affect the built environment in which they live
- Introducing students to the engineering disciplines and construction management in the context of building design
- Reinforcing the importance of teamwork and collaboration by describing how they are used in the building design and construction process
International Seismic Design Team
The International Seismic Design Team allows students to apply engineering concepts in the design, analysis, and construction on a tower which will compete at the annual Earthquake Engineering Research Institute's (EERI) Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. The goals of the team include promoting an interdisciplinary project between colleges by recruiting students of various grade levels and majors, passing on learned knowledge from past competitions, improving Cal Poly's reputation in the earthquake engineering discipline, and gaining sponsorships. The team places well at the annual EERI competitions and, with applied knowledge from past competitions and dedication to quality engineering and craftmanship, continues to strive for success.
Landscape Architecture Design Week
Design Week is a one-week interdisciplinary workshop with allied design professionals. Efforts are organized by a faculty sponsor while design professionals (operating on donated time) structure and lead the week's activities. During the workshop, students from the Landscape Architecture Department and College of Architecture and Environmental Design are excused from their major classes. Working in collaborative teams, shoulder-to-shoulder with professionals, students devote class and spare time to a real-life, service-based project. Design Week creates an instantaneous 200-person design force for the community while connecting students and professionals, the department, and the community. At the end of the week, students present their work to the faculty, professionals, and community members.
Low-Income Housing Challenge
A team of students create a complete affordable-housing development proposal which includes site selection, development partnering, demographic/market analyses, building and site design, construction calculations, finance package, development pro-formas, and community participation. There are three submittals: an initial prospectus; a full draft submittal; and a final submittal. A final presentation is then submitted before the judging panel in San Francisco.
The National Association of Home Builder's (NAHB) Residential Construction Competition is one of the highlights at the NAHB International Builder's Show. The purpose of the competition is to engage students in the "real" activities associated with the residential construction industry and to prepare a proposal for a "real" project. Students also have the opportunity to interact with other students and industry professionals from all over the country. The competition consists of teams from universities from around the nation receiving a construction problem to analyze, submit, and present. The teams travel to the International Builders' Show and make an oral presentation, summarizing the proposals and overall management concepts to the five industry professionals making up the judging panel.
Structural Engineering Annual Convention
The Structural Engineering Association of California Annual Convention, held every September, is a gathering of industry practitioners in the design and construction of buildings. It contains an extensive program of technical sessions, vendor displays, and networking events. The Cal Poly ARCE department typically hosts a reception for all Cal Poly graduates that attend this convention. The goal is to provide the students with exposure to the industry in which they are being educated to join. The technical presentations provide updates on the latest design and construction methods used in the industry today. Most topics are based on the structural design, architecture, and construction courses students are currently taking. The convention also provides exposure to the social, political, economic, and regulatory ramifications of projects that do not routinely get covered in classrooms.
In 1987, the Construction Management heads of Cal Poly and Oregon State initiated a student competition between the two universities -- today forty-three universities meet annually to compete in such catagories as Building Information Modeling (BIM), Commercial, Concrete Solutions, Design-Build, Electrical, Heavy Civil, LEED, Marine, Mechanical, Multi-family, Pre-Construction Services, and Determining Project Risk. Construction companies sponsor and present real-world problems for the teams to solve. Each team first meets with the sponsors to receive the problem, then sequesters themselves for the remainder of the day to respond to the requirements of the problem. Teams pour over the plans, specifications, and digital files in order to provide such details as cost estimate, construction schedules, designs, calculations, and answers to sponsors' questions. At the end of the day, all presentation materials are given to the company-problem sponsor then the teams prepare a formal presentation the next day to support their work. The presentations utilize laptops projecting various types of software, some very specific to the construction and architecture disciplines. The presentations are then followed by a question-and-answer period where students display their ability to "think on their feet." This competition provides an excellent opportunity for students to apply knowledge acquired in the classroom to analyze and solve real-life problems. Because of the format of the competition, the teams must be able to work together for a common goal under a pressured environment. To be successful, the students must demonstrate exemplary written, visual and oral presentation skills, capabilities which the Construction Management Department stress in every class we offer.
Student Participation in American Planning Association Conferences
Students in the Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP) will attend either the National Conference of the American Planning Association (APA) or APA California Conference. Attending one of these two conference, which are the premier conferences in the planning profession, gives students an opportunity to professionaly present themselves and their work. They will do this through their participation on panels, poster-board sessions, presentions of their work in exhibit format, and by engaging with representatives of firms at the conference exhibit booths and Job Market. These activities will foster students' abilities to translate what they have learned in the classroom and in their community-based studios to a professional context where they learn to interact and be effective with professional peers.
Urban Land Institute/Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Student Competition
The Competition is sponsored by the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C. every year. It strives to encourage cooperation and teamwork among future real estate professionals and the allied professions, such as architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, engineering, real estate development, finance, psychology, law, and others. This is an ideas competition and part of the Institute's ongoing effort to raise interest among young people in creating better communities, improving development patterns, and increasing awareness of the need for multidisciplinary solutions to development and design. Competing teams must be interdisciplinary and composed of students holding graduate status. The organizers announce a large, urban site that is in need of practicable, innovative solutions that reflect responsible land uses. The solutions are to be multifaceted, incorporating design, planning, market potential and feasibility, and development strategies. Teams are allowed only twelve days to complete a comprehensive proposal for the area. They are empowered to establish land uses, propose public investments, and act as a master planner for projects.
Workshop for Student Leaders
The workshop is held annually at four locations throughout the United States. In the western region, students from twenty-five different universities attend, interact with each other in seminars and group activities, and share ideas and best practices. The President, President-elect, and Executive Director of ASCE attend these workshops and provide executive-level guidance to the students and share the direction and goals of ASCE. The goals are for students to develop leadership techniques, execution of meeting skills, planning practices, and reporting procedures that will facilitate the execution and management of effective student chapters in civil and architectural engineering. Students will leave with a better understanding of a major professional society and the role that it plays in the industry which they are being educated to enter. The interaction with so many other students will provide a sharing of ideas and an exposure to how other campuses deal with issues of common concern.
Orfalea College of Business
American Marketing Association National Conference
Corporations and collegiate clubs from all over the United States attend the national conference. Students engage in several competitions and attend marketing-related conferences with industry panels, such as:
- "Experience Speaks" sessions led by marketing practitioners who share their accumulated wisdom on career paths within marketing;
- Leadership sessions, which AMA student chapter leaders conduct on various aspects of Chapter management;
- An Exhibit session, where AMA chapters demonstrate their successes and Chapter activities in a trade-show style exhibit session.
- The oral component of the annual case competition;
- A Career Corner, similar to a career fair, where speakers and companies will conduct activities like resume reviews, mock interviews, and networking and information sessions;
- An Awards ceremony recognizing the excellent work done throughout the year by AMA collegiate members;
- Numerous networking opportunities.
Cross-Disciplinary California Economy Field Study
Modeled after the successful international China-India business tour, organized by the Orfalea College, this domestic version are day-long bus trips focused either upon a specific geographic area or industry and how it is impacted by (and impacts) the economy of California. Participants will tour selected companies, interact with key management and have the opportunity to observe and participate in Q&A sessions. Students get to see, first hand, how micro and macro economics impact the company/industry/area's financial viability. There will be no requirement that students sign up with/for a course to partake in this experience and out-of-class learning activity.
Draper Fisher Jurvetson Venture Challenge
The Draper Fisher Jurvetson Venture Challenge, held annually in May in Silicon Valley, is a business plan competition, open to teams from California colleges and universities. The lead sponsor is one of the top venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, having invested in companies such as Hotmail and Skype. The prize is up to $250,000 in venture capital funding to the winning venture. In general, the winner of a university's college-level business plan competition is invited to compete at the DFJ competition.
Enterprise Creation Competition
This is a preeminent international undergraduate business plan competition sponsored by Indiana University-Bloomington, Syracuse University, and Ball State University that takes place each spring. This competition gives undergraduate business, economics, industrial technology, and engineering students the opportunity to develop business ventures that demonstrate the ability to be successfully launched. New ventures for the purpose of this competition may be start-up companies, buyouts, expansions of existing companies, or site-specific franchises. Student teams are expected to create and present a plan that illustrates creativity and potential for success. Newly created enterprises also rely as much on presentations of the concept as they do on the detailed business plan and its financial, accounting, management, legal, and ethical projections. All entries are first evaluated based on the written plan, by a preliminary judging panel, made up of venture capitalists, private investors, entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurial support professionals. Nine finalists are then selected and invited to compete at Ball State University in Indiana. Enterprises are then evaluated on both the written plan and the oral presentation.
Federal Reserve Bank Visit
Students have the unique opportunity to see the inner workings and operations of the San Fransisco Federal Reserve Bank to see, first hand, how monetary policy affects the macro-economy. Students will be given a tour of the US 12th district bank (there are twelve Federal Reserve Banks in total) and will meet the economists that work onmonitory policy, particulary those affecting the banking sector in the western United States. A question-and-answer session is held, which is very valuable to students' understanding of the macro-economic factors that influence the financial markets and U.S. monitory policy. This activity provides real-world enrichment that cannot be achieved in the academic setting, following Cal Poly's Learn by Doing mantra.
Graduate Student Competition Programs
This is a consolidation of two previously recognized activities (Graduate Student Business Ethics Competition and International Collegiate Business Policy Competition). The goal for such competitive experiences is multifaceted. They serve to 1) enrich and broaden the educational experience and provide opportunities to collaborate with other institutions. 2) increase awareness of Cal Poly graduate programs and engage external partners. 3) increase participation in external learning and promote the real-life application of theory. 4) encourage students to become partners in discovery and creative activities. 5) act as a bridge between academic experiences and future career demands. Simply put, they offer an excellent opportunity to promote and advance applied learning.
Graduate Student Business Ethics Competition
Each Spring the Center for Ethics and Business at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles holds a three-day business-ethics competition. This is a student team case/presentation competition. Graduate students put together teams of four members and select an appropriate case. Teams work on published cases, problems they have done their own research on, or business and ethical dilemmas that the Center has received from area businesses. Each team prepares a presentation in which students explain the legal, financial, and ethical dimensions of the problem. They then recommend a solution that must pass muster on all three counts. Even though all three areas must be addressed, judges place special weight on the strength of the ethical analysis of the problem and the ethical acceptability of the solution. The idea of the competition is to help students see that it is possible to do business profitably while at the same time acting ethically. Presentations are judged by a combination of men and women from area businesses and university faculty. Teams view themselves as members of a corporation, consulting company, or the like, speaking to a business audience (senior management of a specific company, executives representing an industry, etc.).
Human Resources Games Collegiate Competition
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) professional association invites SHRM student chapters to participate in the annual HR Games. The HR Games is an academic decathlon between SHRM student chapters designed to foster educational competition between universities while providing a way to prepare students for the PHR certification exam. The HR Games consist of a one-day series of Jeopardy-style matches between teams of up to three undergraduate students from various universities. The questions for the matches are divided into categories similar to those used in the PHR certification exam. Winning teams at the state level earn the right to compete at one of six regional competitions throughout the United States. Regional area winners go on to compete against the five other regional championship teams at the SHRM National Conference.
Industrial Technology Racing Division
The Industrial Technology Racing Division is comprised of a team of students representing Cal Poly as professionals who compete in the 24 Hours of LeMons sanction. The 24 Hours of LeMons is an endurance race in which field ranking is determined by the number of laps and not necessarily by track position. The race itself usually consists of two twelve-hour-long days, during which the vehicles must be on the track at all times except for refueling, driver changes, repairs, or penalties. The difficulty is striking the correct balance between power, reliability, thrift, and track competence. Through teamwork, students bring their various skills and knowledge together to build a competitive race vehicle as well as relationships within the community and industry.
International Career Fair
The International Career Fair is an all day event that takes place during winter quarter. This event promotes awareness of career opportunities in the international sector. The International Career Fair provides a two-part benefit to students: First, it benefits the fifteen Cal Poly Students from the College of Business who put on the event. These fifteen students come from all majors within the College of Business (e.g., Management, Finance, Marketing, MIS, Accounting, Economics, etc.) The Fair is a classic Learn by Doing experience for these students. Second, the Fair benefits numerous other students at Cal Poly and other California schools who attend and participate in the event.
International Collegiate Busines Policy Competition Team
The team competes in the International Collegiate Business Policy Competition. The competition involves teams from a number of universities who run virtual companies in a computerized business policy simulation. The first part of the competition is run on an electronically decentralized basis, with the teams submitting their decisions and receiving their results via the World Wide Web. The second half of the competition is completed in San Diego. Teams must develop business plans, develop a business strategy, and then operate a company in competition with other teams, and then make a presentation on their results to a board of directors composed of managers from a variety of private-sector companies. Prizes are awarded to the best teams, who are evaluated on the operation of their companies and their presentations.
Marketing Career Conference
The Marketing Career Conference is typically held the day after the University-wide career conference, and provides students who wish to pursue marketing careers the opportunity to learn from industry professionals as well as meet with recruiters who are specifically recruiting in this field. The career conference also includes booths for each recruiting firm, informational panels, and a keynote speaker to provide valuable career guidance and support.
Marshall International Case Competition
This world class international case competition at USC highlights the strategic challenges and managerial dilemmas faced by global business leaders. Competing teams from domestic and international business schools work under pressure to solve a real business problem, using simulated business conditions such as time-critical deadlines and incomplete information, to formulate workable, action-oriented recommendations. Teams are judged by a panel of industry experts including CEOs, top management executives and consultants. All team members must actively participate in the presentation phase, which is followed by a question-and-answer period. Judges base their decisions on such criteria as the depth and comprehensiveness of analysis, relevance, originality, persuasiveness, and overall presentation.
The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance “Open” (NCIIA) is an annual meeting and competition hosted by the nation’s preeminent organization supporting technology innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education, funding and training faculty and student innovators to create successful, socially beneficial businesses. A team or teams of students from Cal Poly will develop new products and present them in competition with teams from other universities from across the nation for startup financing.
Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (TMA) Project (formerly known as NAIT Convention)
The TMA Project is a three-day event that takes place during Fall quarter. A Robotic Manipulator is built by Industrial Technology, Business and/or Engineering students to be judged on performance, with prizes awarded for design, construction, and poster entries. In addition to participating in robotics competition, students participate other competitions such as welding and Industrial Technology Jeopardy. Students also have the opportunity to attend several technical sessions at the event to maximize their learning about innovations in technology, industry, and business.
The Cal Poly's Packaging Program prides itself in providing the best packaging-related curriculum and research to students from all majors. Each year, students with interest in a Packaging Minor under the Industrial Technology Program, travel to the Pack Expo show. The show is rotated biennially between Las Vegas (odd years) and Chicago (even years) and draws over 22,000 customers/buyers including over 2,000 international visitors from more than seventy-five countries. This show focuses on the latest developments in packaging technology and showcases exhibitors' state-of-the-art advances in packaging machinery, materials, packages and containers, and components. Exhibitors also bring their top technicians and engineers to provide solutions to all types of packaging challenges. Students gain insight into the latest advances in the industry and network and build contacts.
Ray Scherr Venture and Elevator Pitch Challenge
Students in this activity organize, plan, present, and defend an elevator pitch to a panel of judges. Students prepare for this competition by developing a detailed plan to start or expand an entrepreneurial venture. Before the competition, there are extensive coaching sessions with entrepeneurs from around the community as well as successful Cal Poly alums from around the state. Teams present an initial five-minute presentation to a panel of entrepreneurs, investors, and faculty. Teams who make it to the finals refine their presentations in order to make their final pitch to a panel of judges and then defend their analysis during the question-and-answer period that follows. Winners receive cash prizes and possibily venture financing.
Sales Development Program
The Sales Development Program is a ten-week-long program offered during fall and, given demand, winter quarters. Around mid-quarter we host an OCOB sales competition. Winners will have the opportunity to travel to the National Collegiate Sales Competition, all expenses paid. In addition to prizes, competitors have the opportunity to display their talents to recruiters from several top notch firms.
Undergraduate Student Competition Programs
This is a consolidation of four previously recognized activities (Draper Fisher Jurvetson Venture Challenge, Human Resources Games College Competition, Marshall International Case Competition, and the Enterprise Creation Competition). The goal for such competitive experiences is multifaceted. They serve to 1) enrich and broaden the educational experience and provide opportunities to collaborate with other institutions. 2) increase awareness of Cal Poly graduate programs and engage external partners. 3) increase participation in external learning and promote the real-life application of theory. 4) encourage students to become partners in discovery and creative activities. 5) act as a bridge between academic experiences and future career demands. Simply put, they offer an excellent opportunity to promote and advance applied learning.
College of Engineering
Aircraft Construction Club
The club focuses on the aspect of aircraft construction skills, methods, and technologies. The engineering students who helped build and fly an RV-7 airplane, that took flight in 2009, were inspired to attempt the construction of a new human-powered helicopter after hearing a contest sponsored by the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation for such an effort was increasing the prize money from $20,000 to $250,000. The goal is to build and fly a human-howered helicopter for one minute, to a height of three meters within a ten-meter area. This project is planned to continue until the Sikorsky Prize is won.
ASCE Concrete Canoe & Steel Bridge Team
Each year students from the American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter at Cal Poly participate in the ASCE Pacific Southwest Regional Conference held in the spring. Several hundred students from 17 different universities in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii attend the conference along with faculty and other professional civil engineers. The purpose of the event is to broaden the perspective of civil engineering students through professional development activities and project competitions. Two of the main activities at the conference are the concrete canoe and steel bridge competitions. The concrete canoe competition involves the analysis, design, fabrication, and racing of a four person concrete canoe. The canoe team also prepares a twelve-page technical paper that is presented in a professional setting at the conference. The steel bridge competition focuses on the analysis, design, fabrication and erection of a one-tenth scale steel bridge. Aesthetics also plays a role in the judging of the steel bridge. Through both projects, the students learn how to apply, in a hands-on fashion, the engineering knowledge they have gained in the classroom. Also required for the completion of each project are excellent teamwork, communication, project planning, scheduling and budgeting skills.
Students involved in this club will design, build, test, and ultimately enter into competition a human-powered vehicle - specifically an aerodynamically streamlined bicycle. The human-powered vehicle is judged on both design and performance in the annual competition sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Students expand their technical backgrounds as they work with a diverse group of teammates and develop their design-documentation and presentation skills under a challenging schedule.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers is an international organization with professional and student sections. Currently the Cal Poly student section is the fourth largest in the world. Our purpose is to expose the engineering students, not just mechanical engineering students, to the mechanical engineering industry and help students learn more about what career opportunities are available to them as mechanical engineers. We do this through public presentations by industry speakers, informative tours, competitions, etc. We also try to broadcast these presentations to other engineering disciplines because most of these presentations are relevant to the whole engineering college. Our student section also gives back to the community through engineering-related activities.
Assistive Technology Device Program
The Assistive Technology Device Program provides students with a service-learning opportunity to create assistive-technology devices for people with physical and cognitive disabilities which includes adaptive, assistive, and rehabilitative devices. A large focus of this program would be on sensory stimulation and providing new and unique exercise opportunities. The goal of this program is to enable students to develop their skills acquired at Cal Poly with hands-on projects that incorporate community service. Groups of students will be involved in the design, manufacturing, and testing of assistive technology as they partner with individuals from the community with disabilities.
The purpose of the club is to bring students, faculty, and the community together in the promotion and production of biodiesel. The first goal is to build a demonstration pilot-scale biodiesel processor that will take the waste grease from Campus Dining and convert it into a clean-burning renewable fuel. This is a multi-disciplinary project that will enrich students' education into renewable energies and emerging solutions to the energy problems that our generation will face. The club meetings are open to all students and public regardless of financial resources, and we encourage anyone interested in home-brewing biodiesel to attend. This initial project is only the demonstration of a vision to build Cal Poly into a leader in renewable and sustainable energy through full scale production of biodiesel from not only waste grease from campus restaurants but also from crops grown directly on campus which would then be used in the school fleets and possibly even city busses.
Cal Poly Assistive Technology Device Program
This program provides students with a service-learning opportunity to create assistive technology and rehabilitative devices for people with physical and cognitive disabilities. Students will expand upon skills acquired at Cal Poly with hands-on projects that incorporate community service. Students will be involved in the design, manufacturing, and testing of assistive technology as they partner with individuals from the community.
Cal Poly Frame Builders
Designing and building bicycle frames has been part of Cal Poly's Learn-By-Doing tradition for many years. In fact, many significant bicycle companies have been started by Cal Poly alums. Students, senior Frame Builder members, and industry professionals meet to discuss frame designing processes ranging from deciding the type of frame and fabrication process to modeling the frame using different software applications. Students will have shop time where, with senior members, they will learn and practice different fabrication techniques and ultimately build a functioning bicycle frame. Every member of the club comes with a varying skillset when it comes to design and fabriction, which necessitates teamwork to ensure that everyone has the oportunity to create their very own bicycle frame. Once the Cal Poly Frame Builders are successful in creating quality bicycle frames, two to four of the most unique and highest quality frames will be shown at the North American Hand Made Bicycle Show or other cycling related events throughout California and the nation.
The Motion Flight Simulation Lab IRA provides a hands-on opportunity for students studying controls, aerodynamics, and computer science. The physical lab maintained by the IRA contains a flight simulator and computer systems/flight hardware, and is used for individual and team projects, research, and senior projects. During Open House and Build an Engineer Day, IRA members reach out to the community and inspire a new generation of engineers by giving tours of the lab and flights in the simulator.
The Electric Porsche Project is a student project working to restore a donated 1977 Porsche 911 S Targa that has been converted to electric power. The electric technology currently installed is out of date so the Porsche creates “hands-on” experiences for students from all majors to learn about current electric vehicle technology and help restore an iconic sports car. When the Porsche is completed, the Cal Poly Motor Car Association wants to compete in the annual REFUEL race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and show the car at events such as Concours d’Elegances to show the motoring community that sustainable electric technology is possible even in a sports car application. The IRA promotes the Learn By Doing educational philosophy and will inspire future Cal Poly students to continually improve the Porsche as new technologies emerge.
Cal Poly Student Fabrication Labs
The Cal Poly Student Fabrication Labs, run by the Mechanical Engineering Department for the College of Engineering, have been a vital part of Cal Poly's Learn by Doing model for decades. Even though the use of these shops are predominently utilized by students from the College of Engineering, they are open to all Cal Poly students and do attract students from all of the colleges. Many student clubs such as the SAE supported racing clubs, the SCE Steel Bridge Club, the ASME Human Powered Vehicle Club, the Robotics Club, Engineers Without Borders, Engineering World Health, and various engineering courses, that build hardware, rely this critical resource to assure their success.
Collaboration for Holistic Indian Rural Upliftment (CHIRU)
As a multidisciplinary group of students, we intend to remedy the social and economic inequality of clean water distribution in India by recognizing and addressing the present infrastructural and health problems over a five- to ten-year commitment. Through research, travel, and implementation, students will gain a global perspective on contemporary issues facing a different culture. This learn-by-doing project allows students to act as global citizens by taking part in an intercultural exchange and immersing themselves completely in a foreign community. Students and faculty will travel to the village of Sainji, India (Uttarakhand) to improve the lives of villagers and culturally enrich Cal Poly students. All other costs will be covered through other means.
Community Engineering Projects Team
This program provides Cal Poly students the opportunity to practice learned skills while working on engineering-related projects that benefit the local community. Loosely modeled after the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) student organization, the Community Engineering Projects Team is more directly focused on local-community involvement.
Community Service Operations Research promotes the use of Operations Research and Management Science (ORMS) techniques for the improvement of campus-related decisions and community operations. Examples of ORMS techniques include optimization of scheduling, vehicle routing, staffing, waiting lines, and inventory management, as well as efficiency improvement techniques for many other applications. Students work in teams on one or more improvement projects. Prior teams have improved operations using ORMS techniques in organizations such as the Atascadero Unified School District, French Hospital and CAL Fire Department.
Computer Engineering Society - Autonomous Robot Showcase
This project allow students to strengthen their technical knowledge and showcase their skills and talents to public audiences. More specifically, students will design and build autonomous robots for display at Cal Poly's Open House.
One of the main goals of this project is to bring engineers from different disciplines together to plan, manufacture, assemble, and test spacecraft structures, applying the skills and education received in the classroom to a real structure. Eventually, the goal is to work with payload integration, which will provide even more opportunities for engineers from different disciplines to apply their skills. This project hopes to provide Cal Poly with future partnerships in the spacecraft manufacturing industry.
Cal Poly Design/Build/Fly (DBF) is a student-run group that competes every year in the international AIAA DBF competition. Each year, students design, build, and fly remotely piloted aircraft in pursuit of a new challenge.
Engineering World Health
The objective of the Engineering World Health-Cal Poly (EWH-Cal Poly) is to answer the needs of underdeveloped countries through providing and maintaining appropriate medical technology. As a national organization Engineering World Health focuses on partnering with university students to raise awareness and support for these issues. As a local chapter EWH- Cal Poly has five main goals: 1) repair and refurbish used medical equipment, 2) bring awareness to campus, 3) participate in design competitions, 4) invite guest lecturers to speak on various means of impacting developing countries, and 5) assemble build-it kits (small defibrillator or ECG testers that require basic soldering and assembly before being shipped to impoverished hospitals).
The focus of the Engineers Without Borders project is to help disadvantaged communities improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing responsible students and engineers. Projects include serving both the local and international communities, especially in water and wastewater issues. One team of students will travel to Thailand, one to Nicaragua, and one to India.
Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Cal Poly’s mission is to support community-driven development programs worldwide, and is creating a fourth international project team. Through collaboration with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, this team will create more interdisciplinary, leadership and learn-by-doing experiences for student members as well as serve another partner community in need of engineering assistance.
The purpose of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) – General is to support the activities of existing Engineers Without Borders international programs. This will be used to bring the EWB mission and vision to the local San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly communities by providing applicable speakers, events, and activities.
Environmental engineering students have the opportunity to participate in one of two environmental design competitions associated with the course ENVE 471. The first competition is WERC is held in Las Cruces, New Mexico each Spring and draws student groups from across the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Students research and solve a real-world problem and are judged based upon a pilot scale-model system, testing results, a written paper, oral presentation, and poster presentations. The second competition is ASCE Mid-Pacific Conference Water Treatment Competition in which student groups from mid-Pacific region colleges compete to design and build a water treatment system.
The Hybrid Vehicle Develpment Team (HVDT) attracts highly motivated students from verious engineering disciplines. The team's mission is to develop a feasible vehicle platform using the resources currently in place. Their main objective now is to attract sponsorship from external sources in order to develop solutions to the fuel economy and emissions dilemma seen today.
The activity involves students in the design and construction of a hydrogen fuel cell powered golf cart. The completed cart will be used to educate students and the community about the technological aspects of hydrogen energy and the relevance of hydrogen power to the future of the energy and transportation industries. The cart is a multi-disciplinary project in which all students are encouraged to take part.
ICEX-International Computer Engineering Experience
ICEX is a collaborative effort between Cal Poly's Engineering programs and various international partners. It provides an opportunity for students to apply their technical knowledge in an international context and to increase global citizenship across campus. Each year ten students from across the College of Engineering will be selected for program participation via a process involving both applications and interviews. Students will undergo both cultural and technical training, up until their departure for an expedition that takes place during spring break or summer vacation.
IEEE-Consumer Electronics Society - Student Branch
The purpose of the Student Branch of the Consumer Electronics Society is to educate Cal Poly's electronics consumers how to convert wasteful habits of dealing with e-wasted to practicing sustainability and responsibilty by bringing awareness to what happens to e-waste when it's not properly disposed of, the affects it has on the environment, and the people who deal with e-waste. A couple of the society's goals is to design and engineer products with an emphasis on sustainability and to develop effective e-waste management for Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo community.
IEEE-Student Branch Roborodential Competition
The IEEE-SB Project Team will design, construct, and test a robot to be entered into Cal Poly's annual Roborodentia Competition. This Team offers students with a deep interest in the engineering discipline the opportunity to actively pursue their passion. By giving students an opportunity to apply their engineering knowledge outside of the classroom, we are following Cal Poly's motto of "Learn By Doing". The IEEE-SB club is open to all Cal Poly students. The Roborodentia Team is composed of up to ten students from various engineering fields who are selectively chosen by the Project Team Leader. We actively recruit students from Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science. The project Team Leader, who currently sits on the IEEE-SB Executive Board, forms the team in early Fall Quarter. The team has until Cal Poly's Open House weekend, in spring, to complete their robot and enter it in the annual Roborodentia.
We wish to be clear in distinguishing ourselves from IEEE-CS. This other organization is applying for IRA funds in order to host the Roborodentia competition. We are two separate organizations with two separate goals.
International Seismic Design Team
A joint Instructionally Related Activity between the Colleges of Engineering (CENG) and Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED), the International Seismic Design Team allows students to apply engineering concepts in the design, analysis and construction of a tower which will compete at the annual Earthquake Engineering Research Institute's (EERI) Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. The goals of the team include raising funds to travel to the competition, recruiting students from different majors and class standings to participate in all aspects of the design process for the competition, pass on learned knowledge from past competitions and improving the Cal Poly's reputation in the earthquake engineering discipline.
The Medical Design IRA provides students of interdisciplinary backgrounds hands-on experiences in the medical field. This includes identifying medical needs, researching a problem, coming up with a solution, designing a product, and creating a prototype. Research allows students to begin to critically observe and delve into a specific area of the medical field. Students will either present their work at a competition or will directly see if the product is marketable. Medical Design also works to emulate the structure of a start-up medical company, giving students technical experience and insight on the many facets of a new firm.
PolyGAIT RFID Center
Students will travel to two national conferences and perform innovative applied research and development in the area of radio frequency identification (RFID); produce a DVD on RFID and PolyGAIT applied research activities; and develop training modules for students to tutor executives, industry groups, and other academic institutions on hands-on RFID application and development.
The Cal Poly Programming Team prepares for and participates in computer programming contests, particularly the Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest. Preparing for and participating in these contests promotes both technical skill in Computer Science and good teamwork skills. In addition, the Programming Team's participation in and excellent performance at these contests contributes to the recognition of the university and the department as a world leader in student education. Students from a variety of majors participate in Programming Team on their own time and without receiving academic credit for their participation. The Computer Science department provides intensive staff/faculty time and computing facilities as a framework for the student's preparation for and participation in the contests.
Students in the Robotics Club learn the process of robot development, from conception to completion, in a team environment. Specifically, they design, analyze, fabricate, program, test, and document a robot in coordination with other team members. Members learn to communicate with other students from different technical backgrounds in order to integrate all systems into a working, cohesive robot. In order to meet competition deadlines, students learn long-term project management and goal setting. Students will experience first hand the multidisciplinary aspects of robotics. The club provides members with three primary ways to work on robots: workshops, projects, and seminars. The club currently has five major projects: two ground vehicles, a helecopter, an underwater vehicle, and a sphere robot. Members of any experience are welcome to help with any project that they are intersted in. This gives memebers the chance to work in groups to solve technical challenges of all levels. The students leading the projects also gain leadership experience.
The Society of Automotive Engineers' purpose is to advance transportation technology. To do this the Cal Poly chapter designs and builds different race vehicles to compete in the Formula SAE, Baja SAE, and Formula Hybrid competitions each year. These projects provide valuable hands-on learning to members who choose to participate. Also, the Society of Automotive Engineers hosts many guest lectures, career-related speakers, and recruiters at bi-weekly meetings.
This multidisciplinary club interested in space-related projects has recently undertaken the development of high power rockets and rocket engine technology. The club exposes students to rocket design, building and testing, including specialized composite manufacturing techniques required for rocket construction using carbon fiber and fiberglass as well as direct hands-on opportunities to experiment with various techniques for decreasing weight while increasing or maintaining structural strength. A series of high power rockets have been built and flown which have tested recovery mechanisms, telemetry and hybrid rocket engines. All flights are conducted with sponsorship of the Tripoli Rocketry Association to ensure launch requirements are in compliance.
Supermileage Vehicle Team
The Cal Poly Supermileage Vehicle Team is a student organization and a subdivision of S.A.E. (Society of Automotive Engineers) whose goal is to design, fabricate, test, and race an efficient vehicle to compete annually in the Shell Eco Marathon in Houston, Texas. The goals is to design an entirely new "Prototype Vehicle" reaching 2000 miles per gallon, while continuing to modify our existing "Urban Concept Vehicle" to attain 500 miles per gallon. In order to reach these goals we will continue, as we have done for years, to work as a team and with faculty in multiple departments to design the most efficient vehicle possible. The team is mainly Mechanical Engineers, but it is open to students of all majors and has included members in Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Transportation Planning.
Team Tech is a multi-disciplinary team that works with an industry partner and researches, designs, and builds a project of the partner's choice. Every November, the team presents their project at the National SWE Conference in the Boeing Team Tech competition.
Unmanned Aerial Systems
This activity aims to design, build, and fly unique student-team-created projects. A unique aspect of our program is that it is entirely student built and run, brining together the various aspects of Aerospace Engineering from control modeling to aircraft fabrication.
Water, Energy, and Sustainability Training Team (WESTT)
The purpose of the Water, Energy, and Sustainability Training Team is to educate and train students in sustainable water-treatment practices, water-quality analysis, and renewable-energy production through involvement with research on campus which addresses the Grand Challenges for Engineering as defined by the National Academy of Engineering. The program allows undergraduate students the opportunity to gain professional development and training in the fields of solar energy, clean water, and managing the nitrogen cycle, all identified by the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges. This interdisciplinary team initiates undergraduate students to follow a scholar/student model where they will receive in-depth training in analytical procedures for testing water quality and renewable energy production and will conduct and contribute to research that is generally not accessible until graduate status is reached.
College of Liberal Arts
The Anthem - Cal Poly Anthem Poetry Slam (formerly Another Type of Groove)
Another Type of Groove - Cal Poly Annual Poetry Slam attracts the nation's top performance poets to campus and allows students to be exposed to diverse individuals and styles addressing issues such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, identity, class, life, love, etc. Through the exchange of ideas and the dialogue it creates, students create respect for themselves as well as individuals of their community. The annual slam allows aspiring poets and interested audience members to experience the best of contemporary performance poetry.
Byzantium is an award-winning literary magazine, which publishes fiction and poetry by some of Cal Poly's finest student writers. The literary annual receives submissions in the form of contest entries judged by English faculty; the winners and honorable mentions in each category are published in the magazine. Typically, over one hundred entries are submitted, and the annual publishes roughly ten student creations each year. In addition, two English majors serve as student editors for the project, procuring funding, editing the winning entries, organizing a public reading, and selling the magazine. An Art and Design major serves as art director for the project, choosing paper and ink, formatting the magazine, and overseeing its printing. The outcome of this hard work is 400 copies of a 200-page, top-notch literary magazine every year.
Central Coast PRspectives is the Journalism Department's student-run public relations firm that provides the opportunity for students to develop and implement public relations campaigns for non-profits and small businesses on the Central Coast as well as for departments, programs, and student organizations at Cal Poly. CCPR provides hundreds of hours of pro bono public relations work for local clients each academic year. Students can join the firm on a volunteer basis or enroll in the course (JOUR 415). Students who participate in CCPR learn valuable stratigic planning and public relations skills in an actual agency. The agency supports Cal Poly's Learn by Doing philosophy and provides valuable service to local industry.
Student debating has been a part of campus life in San Luis Obispo since the university opened its doors as California Polytechnic School in 1903. In fact, Cal Poly debaters won the school's very first trophy. This impressive silver loving cup is inscribed with the names of the three students who are recognized as Cal Poly's first debate team - H. Floyd Tout, George S. Coonradt, and Charles J. Emmert. Cal Poly Debate offers Learn by Doing opportunities designed to foster improved public advocacy skills, critical thinking, research skills, and their knowledge of issues associated with contemporary socio-political controversies. The program facilitates these goals in two ways: members of the university debate team conduct in-depth research regarding important comtemporary issues, participate in strategy sessions with instructors and other students, and engage in intense oral debates with students from other universities. Students associated with the intramural facet of the program prepare for and participate in public speaking contests and debate competitions involving students from across the university. The more advanced students who serve as contest judges learn to evaluate public advocacy and make carefully reasoned decisions regarding the controversies at hand.
Following the fall 2006 inauguration of the Cal Poly chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, this interdisciplinary journal was established to provide students in History, Graphic Arts, and other majors with a permanent, learn-by-doing project that builds on their experiences in the classroom. This journal is designed and produced entirely by students from start to finish, and solicits original, historically relevant work by students in all disciplines here at Cal Poly and at other colleges and universities.
The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl IRA trains students in moral reasoning through practical application. The annual competition models accepted methods of reasoning recognized by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Students train as teams to develop and present ethical responses to assigned cases before a panel of judges, defending their answers in response to objections from an opposing team and critical questions from the judges.
Latin American Studies Internship Experience
The Latin American Studies Internship Experience (LASIE) sends approximately three to five students annually (more as the program grows) to Latin America for four weeks during the summer to work with local communities in Belize, Brazil, Mexico, or Peru. The internships will be supervised locally by the organization ProWorld, a reputable non-profit organization that currently works with Cal Poly's Peru Study Abroad Program. ProWorld places students and student groups in service-work/community-development internships for two to six. Internships include service in field health clinics, conducting rural health education, counseling in women's shelters, construction of schools, installation of clean burning stoves, supporting projects in primary education, reforestation, and many others.
Every year the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) releases a fictitious legal case. Teams from around the country argue the case in front of volunteer attorneys and judges. The teams must master the Federal Fules of Evidence, common trial objections, and courtroom procedure. This is a unicque and invaluable learn-by-doing experience for students who are thinking about a career in law.
Model United Nations
Model United Nations is a student-run organization open to all majors. It is the only organization on campus devoted to interational affairs and collegiate conference participation. The purpose of the program is to provide students with an understanding of how the United Nations functions and to prepare students for several regional collegiate conferences where UN sessions are simulated.
Moebius, the journal published under the auspices of the College of Liberal Arts, accepts submissions from the entire Cal Poly community. Moebius provides an opportunity to showcase the creative and scholarly activity of the University as a whole. The journal has sections of each issue devoted to articles, essays, and interviews related to the individual theme. In addition, "The Gamut" provides a section for poetry, fiction, and book reviews. Students engage in discovery, apply inquiry, and express their creativity. In addition, they must work in teams, collaborating with others in order to attain mutual goals. The push has been made to switch publication modes, in the foreseeable future, from print to e-publishing; namely via a sophisticated, multimedia website. The articulated vision is for Moebius to become an exciting web-based experience, a portal to a rich array of multi-media content that can be easily accessed and disseminated on campus and well beyond. More, long-term plans involve, for example, the development of smartphone and/or iPod/iPad applications, thus making Moebius highly recognizable and central to the Cal Poly Experience.
The Phoenix Challenge Flexographic Challenge IRA is a team of four or five students and two faculty who compete every year as part of the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) Forum . Students design, prepare files, and print a “real life” package to be judged at the annual four-day event. This FTA Forum is the largest industry and trade association in the packaging printing field and provides students the opportunity to test their skills and knowledge, compete with other college and university teams, and network/interact with industry professionals from around the world. The competition and forum also serve to demonstrate the high caliber of Cal Poly Graphic Communication students to the flexographic and packaging industry.
Student Opera Theatre (formerly Opera Workshop)
Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre singers and instrumentalists are coached in producing solid technique (pleasing sound, good intonation, strong presentation skills) as well as musicianship skills. They then learn stage- and orchestra-pit-performance skills for public presentation through study, analysis and practice of a chosen musical theatre and opera songs, arias, duets, and ensembles. Musical performance, dance, languages, stagecraft, and acting are all necessary facets of opera and theatre performance. Therefore, students utilize instruction from several disciplines of the College of Liberal Arts: Theatre for further help with acting skills; Dance for basic dance techniques and; since many opera works are set to foriegn language libretto, instruction from Modern Language professors is arranged and encouraged. As a result of participating in this program, students not only have better access and acceptance to music graduate programs across the country, but have greater success in job interviews in their chosen field due to increased confidence.
RSVP evolved as a venue for perfoming arts to commingle with new technologies. It grew out of the sound design classes in the Music Department with the primary goals of generating an engaging experience for student creators and a lasting impression on audiences. The production seek to fully engage students in every aspect of the creative process, from inspiration to creation, to realization, production, and documentation. The students hang theatrical lighting instruments, compose music, write scripts, operate sound and light boards, implement new media, dance, and learn puppetry. The production is not limited to music majors; infact, it often attracts a broad variety of majors.
Cal Poly's Shakespeare Press Museum has been made a graphic communication industry central repository for printing industry literature collections as a result of housing one of very few working printing collection and a collection of literature and related publications defining the growth of print media from its inception to the present. The Shakespeare Press Museum provides Cal Poly students with the opportunity to enrich their educational experience as they manage the operation of a working printing museum. The museum provides an interdisciplinary experience that incorporates history, graphic communication, art, and theatre, with aspects of mechanics, chemistry and physics demonstrated in a well-researched historical collection. The collection incorporates traditional signage and graphics as well as multi-media presentations - all designed and produced by students. Tours and presentations to the public are conducted by costumed student actors depicting key historical figures such a Benjamin Franklin and Johann Gutenberg. Students are integrally involved in all phases of the Shakespeare Press Museum, including layout and enhancement of the collection, training of student docents, production of limited-edition books, publicity, and financial management of the museum. The museum provides a valuable experience not only for the students directly participating in the activity, but also for students in a variety of classes including Graphic Communication, Art, History, Theatre, and other majors. The museum also benefits the larger community by offering group tours to elementary schools, groups of senior citizens, and tourists to the Central Coast.
University Graphic Systems (UGS) is a student-managed, student-run printing, imaging, and publishing enterprise on campus. Consisting of fourteen full-time student managers, a full-time professional technician, and over 200 student participants per year, UGS is responsible for printing and binding collateral for the campus constituency. Students learn and perfom all tasks associated with running a real company in the commercial sector including costing, pricing, estimating, budgeting, marketing and sales, production, distribution, quality control, customer service, personnel relations, lean manufacturing, and sustainability. This program is highly respected in the graphic communication industry and management personnel are highly coveted by recruiters in the field.
College of Science & Mathematics
Liberal Studies Arts & Teaching Program
The Liberal Studies Arts & Teaching Program brings a nationally know presenter to provide a performance along with a pre-service teacher training for students and the community. Students visit museums in the Los Angeles and San Fransisco areas and participate in tours of varied cultural and arts experiences that can be applied to the interdisciplinary scope of learning and life-long application in personal education as well as in the K-6 setting.
The Mathematics Department fields a team for the annual Putnam Competition. All undergraduates may compete. The Mathematics Department fields two 3-member teams for the annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), held during a 4-day period in February. This is a contest in which the three team members work together to construct a mathematical model for a real-world problem, often of an interdisciplinary nature.
MEDLIFE is an organization that is committed to providing access to education and healthcare for struggling families everywhere. As a part of this organization, Cal Poly students would plan and fundraise for a one to two week trip over the summer to one of the locations currently in use by MEDLIFE for free medical clinics in South America. Students help set up mobile clinics which travel to different locations each day and assist the local doctos and dentists with patient care. During the year, students would also help the local community byplanning and staffing volunteer events that extend the MEDLIFE mission to underprivileged families in San Luis Obispo.
Student Research Conference
The College of Science and Mathematics Student Research Conference is an annual forum for presentation of undergraduate and graduate student research by students in all departments within the College of Science and Mathematics. Students present posters or short talks describing the research they have carried out as senior projects, independent study or master's theses. This provides an opportunity for students to reflect on their research and discuss it with peers and faculty. It also provides other students with the opportunity to find out about the range of research in the College and possible senior projects. Finally, it provides faculty across departments the opportunity to interact and discuss science and mathematics across disciplines. It has been a college-wide event since 2001.
Student Research Program
Students organize a significant research project with their faculty mentors and research groups that requires independent planning, thinking, and discovery. Many of these projects are conducted during the summers during eight week sessions with students working full time on their research projects. The experience is a special intellectual challenge and is very influential in applications for graduate schools and employment.
Teaching & the Performing Arts (formerly YOPAC)
Cal Poly students studying to be teachers participate in a workshop with a performing artist or teacher/consultant. Students receive materials useful in planning and implementing lessons which promote the artist's field of expertise and use their new knowledge by planning and teaching lessons to children in local schools.
The Annual School of Education Film Event’s purpose is to initiate conversations that are important to educators and the field of education. The film will be used as a way to start conversations about timely issues that need to be addressed in teaching and learning. Some of these issues include technology, diversity, poverty, and violence. The subsequent panel discussion will personalize the message of the film and provide opportunities for audience members to engage in constructive dialogue around the film’s message in relation to the educational community at Cal Poly and the Central Coast.
Arab Music Ensemble
The Arab Music Ensemble performs the art and popular music of a wide range of Arabic-speaking societies as well as selected seminal pieces having widespread popularity in the larger Middle East. Arab art music has intersected historically with the diverse musical traditions of the larger region and has benefited deeply from the contributions of interconnected social groups including men and women of diverse ethnic, religious, and philosophical backgrounds. Students learn about the systems of melodic and rhythmic modes that underscore this music. Performances include the traditional chamber music ensemble as well as the modernly configured orchestra. Students learn traditional and indigenously adapted instruments as well as how to adapt their own instruments to this music. The ensemble also performs folkdance repertoire with dancers who stage colorful, graceful, and lively choreographies. Participation in the ensemble is open to all Cal Poly students and community members whether enrolled or not, and previous experience is not required. Performances include formal concerts at the end of the quarter, usually to a standing-room-only audience, as well as optional concerts for other occasions.
The Cal Poly Choirs perform many programs throughout the school year. The literature is selected from a wide range of repertoire including multi-cultural, jazz and classical. Through their performances, the choir members acquire performance skills, which are applicable not only in music, but other areas of study as well. As performers in a Cal Poly choir, the members serve as an outreach program for the entire university.
The Community-Based Learning program includes all aspects of participating courses which require community service to support the course curriculum. Students are placed with local agencies to provide community service which enhances the learning outcomes of their course. Essential to the Community-Based Learning program pedagogy are the structured reflections facilitated by student assistants. Reflections are led during the sixth and ninth weeks of the quarter with faculty supervision. Reflections draw out the experiences that students have encountered during their community service and the overall course. This supervised process allows students to explore attitudes, values, stereotypes, and community perspectives in a non-threatening small group environment led by peers. The majority of courses also require a paper or project focusing on the experiences gained by the student during their community service.
The Cal Poly Wind Orchestra's goal is to provide an appreciation and understanding of music through the study and performance of the best in wind and percussion literature, and to help each student develop his/her aesthetic potential to the utmost. It seeks to expand knowledge, technique, and skill as wind and percussion performers, to provide an outlet for creativity and self-expression, and to provide the challenges that college students seek -- leadership, teamwork, personal growth, and the opportunity to experience the rewards and sense of pride that go along with outstanding achievement. Goals are acheived by conducting meaningful and effective large ensemble rehearsals along with approproate section rehersals that are in preparation for regular public performances on and off campus. Opportunities expand as many small chamber ensemles are formed from the most advanced musicians. Periodically, Wind Orchestra has performed in major concert halls throughout the world.
Cal Poly Television produces a weekly newscast that synthisizes the curricular and co-curricular experiences of students in the broadcast sequence, as well as interested students from disciplines across campus. Students take this experience and apply it to wide variety of career paths. As the need to produce quailty video programming and content becomes more and more interdisciplinary, the opportunities provided by CPTV have become increasingly valuable. Partnerships developed with Carter Cable and the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education (SLOCOE) now allow CPTV to be seen across campus and San Luis Obispo County.
The Cross Cultural Meetings (CCM) are an on-going, diversity-education initiative focused on opportunity for students to have an authentic dialog about human-relation issues related to diversity. Students having a honest dialog would instill the type of characteristics that the university wants all Cal Poly graduates to possess. It creates a more proactive approach to sustain and promote a supportive campus climate where all students feel welcome. It encourages students to build effective alliances across cultures and promotes positive change and translates the dialog into action.
The program's objective is to produce three faculty-directed theatre productions per year in the Cal Poly's Spanos Theatre. The director, and stage, lighting, and costume designers of each production are faculty members. Students participate as actors, stage managers, or members of the scenic crew who build the sets, costumes, props and run the actual production. Students may receive academic credit for any of these activities. Recent productions include Greek and Shakespearean classics, collaborative pieces involoving other departments, as well as musicals, highly charged contemporary works and Pulitzer Prize-winning plays.
The purpose of the program is to engage Cal Poly students in the research process and develop the skillset necessary to define appropriate protocols and standardized measures for data collection methods and procedures. The Fitness Assessment Team program provides a structured program for Kinesiology and other majors on campus to participate as research assistants on projects directed by the emerging STRIDE Center (Sience through Translational Research in Diet and Exercise). Students have the opportunity to become proficient in multiple health, fitness, and anthropometric assessment protocols and both laboratory- and field-based testing. Additionally, students have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills as they train as project managers for different programs through STRIDE, and translate scientific research findings to create data-collection protocols appropriate for the research project. Faculty advisors serve as mentors to the Fitness Assessment Team members. Research projects include the ongoing FLASH Study -- the proposed study to assess health and fitness of Cal Poly students who reside on campus. Fitness Assessment Team members serve as research assistants in off-campus projects with the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department to collect data annually on the BMI and other health parameters for pre-school aged children and collect data on health parameters of the employees who staff the SLO County Community Health Centers.
Gift of Mobility
Students lead a campus- and community-wide effort to create awareness of the need for wheelchairs worldwide, further awareness that a wheelchair is an affordable relief option for people in developing countries, and demonstrate the hope that a simple mobility device can deliver. Students commit to a year-long educational and fundraising effort. The Benefit raises money to donate wheelchairs to developing countries. Students may travel to that country to distribute the wheelchairs.
The Health Ambassadors program consists of Cal Poly students who are committed to make a positive difference in the lives of San Luis Obispo community members by fostering campus-community outreach and promoting the adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviors by children and their families. These students, who are enrolled in KINE 471, work together to develop a sustainable educational program targeted at local middle and junior high students. Ambassadors act as liaisons between college students and the community, by creating and delivering presentations in local classrooms that teach various aspects of healthy living. Often times, Health Ambassadors work out in the community to support existing STRIDE programs, including Pink and Dude Chefs.
HEAT (Health Enrichment Action Team)
Cal Poly HEAT is a student-coordinated and student-driven leadership program dedicated to providing awareness and education about Wellness/Health Enrichment for Cal Poly students. The mission of the program is to provide outreach, education, and activities on campus and in the community, to help promote a better understanding of the importance of each of the seven realms of wellness: emotional, environmental, life skills/career, intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social. Students in the program complete a nationally recognized program and become Certified Peer Educators. They provide individual, confidential, health-related consultations for students in the areas of wellness, nutrition and fitness, healthy and responsible choices, and risk-reduction behaviors.
KCPR's mission is four fold: 1. Apply Cal Poly's "Learn By Doing" philosophy by maintaining a radio station staffed completely by students twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week; 2. Representation and promotion of music to broaden musical knowledge beyond the scope presented by commercial, profit-driven radio; 3. Connection of students to the local community via public service announcements, KCPR events, and local business sponsorship; 4. Inform the community and students of newsworthy local and worldwide issues and events through daily newscasts and talk radio shows.
Multicultureal & Ethnic Diversity Program: CultureFest
Culturefest is a festival that celebrates and embraces cultural diversity in the Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo communities. Culturefest presents an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and community members to come together and explore issues of identity oppression in a non-threatening environment. The festival, itself, is an exhibition showcasing cultural clubs and organizations both on and off campus. It is the hope of the committee to create a model of diversity that actively engages people who share similar principles of community building -- namely one which is socially just and truly democratic -- in a manner where we can come to appreciate and enjoy the many ways in which different ethnic and cultural groups express and experience life on a daily basis.
Multicultureal & Ethnic Diversity Program: Polycultural Committee
The purpose of the Polycultural committee is to work in collaboration with Admisions and utilize resources from all colleges to assist in the admittance of conditionally accepted students of color increasing the cultural student makeup on campus. Polycultural is an event that takes place each Spring prior to the due date for SIR's (Student Intent to Register) to provide a preview of the campus to conditionally admitted students of color. The weekend's activities include a parents welcome, where campus resource representatives offer information on services; a student welcome where prospective students are greeted by college and department advisors and administrators; an academic panel, and interactions with current Cal Poly students of color. This committee brings a connection to the incoming students providing a "home away from home" environment and life-long connection to the community.
The Mustang Daily is one of only five 5-day-a-week student publications in California. Surviving in the smallest market of any of those daily newspapers, Mustang Daily reaches an estimated 14,000 students per day. In addition to the newspaper operation, Mustang Daily also maintains a nationally-award winning website. The majority of the writing is done by students majoring in Journalism. Students work in various roles including editorial, advertising, photography, graphics, and production, making Mustang Daily the only newspaper entirely run by students.
Open House is an event that happens each Spring just prior to the due date for SIR's (Student Intent to Register) to provide a preview of the campus to all conditionally admitted students and their supporters. Open House is planned by a committee of volunteer students with oversight by staff advisors. Committee responsibilities include planning and implementing event publicity to coordinating on-campus activities and displays. Friday activities include a resource faire, where campus resource representatives offer information on services, a "University Welcome" where prospective students are greeted by university administrators and other keynote speakers, college and department welcomes, presentations for prospective students and parents and interactions with current Cal Poly students. Saturday's activities are open to the public and draw prospective students and supporters in addition to community members and alumni. The purpose of the committee is to work in collaboration with all stakeholders to recruit the highest quality prospective students to register and to promote the university, Cal Poly students, and programs to the San Luis Obispo community and Cal Poly Alumni.
Composed of intermediate to advanced dancers, the Orchesis Dance Company's goal is to produce high-quality presentations of dance at Cal Poly, and in situations where it represents Cal Poly. During Winter Quarter, the Orchesis produces a dance concert with six performances at Cal Poly's Spanos Theatre, composed of works created by students enrolled in Danc 345, and 346, as well as the works of professional guest choreographers involved and the guest works commissioned. The concert usually includes ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical and ballroom dance. The Orchesis performs locally for community and campus events as well as at the regional American College Dance Festival, a four-day festival where students perform a dance previously learned and attend daily dance classes, workshops, lectures, and nightly concerts. Thes are incredible learning opportunities designed to strengthen the technical and artistic base of the students involved.
PolyFit provides students with hands-on experience in the areas of exercise testing and prescription, and health promotion. This is directly in line with Cal Poly's Learn by Doing approach. Students will have the opportunity to become proficient in multiple health, fitness, and anthropometric assessment methods. These include, but are not limited to, assessment of body mass index, body composition, estimated VO2 max, and metabolic health (Fasting total cholesterol and glucose concentrations). In addition, students will have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, to work independently and in a team setting. There is no doubt that students who have participated in PolyFit will be better prepared, more marketable for a job, and proficient in assessments currently used in a health or medical related job.
The Cal Poly Rodeo program has 60 active students who participate in daily practices, compete at intercollegiate rodeos, and help to produce two intercollegiate rodeos at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. The Cal Poly Rodeo program gives students in non-agricultural backgrounds the opportunity to learn about the college rodeo and get a first-hand feel for planning and producing a college rodeo. Cal Poly Rodeo gives people, from all walks of life, the opportunity to work together and enjoy something that many college campuses cannot provide.
For over 60 years, Cal Poly's Rose Float program has been a part of Cal Poly's history, providing an opportunity for Cal Poly students to develop life-long skills through the Learn by Doing process of designing, building, decorating, and ultimately driving the only student-built float in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, thus representing Cal Poly to a worldwide audience of over 100 million viewers. Additionally, competing almost entirely against professionally-built floats, and having won over 50 awards, students strive to deliver an award-winning float which will deliver positive recognition to Cal Poly.
The Cal Poly Symphony (formerly known as the Cal Poly Chamber Orchestra) was formed in 1994 in order to satisfy the newly established Bachelor's degree in Music as well as fulfill the desire of students across campus to have an orchestra experience. The Symphony performs orchestral repertoire and gives a minimum of one concert per quarter. Members of the Symphony may perform as a pit orchestra for the annual Opera production as appropriate and organize into smaller chamber ensembles, such as string quartets, which perform throughout the year for recitals, campus events, and community activities. Guest artists and instrumental specialists are brought into the program periodically to provide master classes and individual instruction for the wide range of student abilities found in the orchestra. This provides an excellent training for both majors and non-majors and develops skills that students will use for the rest of their lives.
The University Art Gallery is a venue for helping to nuture creativity, empathy, innovation, design skills, storytelling, and big-picture thinking. As our economic system moves from manufacturing to knowledge-based industries, right-brain thinking, creative-problem solving, and innovative expression have become important topics for all careers and increasingly valued in the marketplace. The University Art Gallery embraces these ideals by bringing bold thinkers, emerging and established artists, and creative professionals to campus. The Gallery also hosts the creative work of Cal poly students, enabling them to gain valuable experience in the professional presentation of their art.
The University Jazz Bands are Music Department classes taught by Paul Rinzler and William Johnson (MU 170/MU 370 - University Jazz Band; and MU 171/MU 371 - Jazz Combo). These classes are performing ensembles, open by audition to any Cal Poly student. Class time is spent rehearsing repertoire for public performance and teaching fundamentals of jazz.
University Interest - Student Affairs
The Alternative Breaks program, sponsored by The Community CENTER and Student Life & Leadership, will be an integral part of The Community CENTER portfolio of programs. The Alternative Breaks Service Program allows Cal Poly students the opportunity to serve their global community while addressing humanitarian issues through strong direct service, educational workshops, and group reflection during summer, winter, and spring breaks. The Alternative Break Service Program aims to empower Cal Poly students with a sence fo global responsibility and inspire active and conscientious citizenship. The program is open to all students of all colleges and majors. Fundraising opportunities will be provided for students with limited financial resources and to supplement IRA funding. Cal Poly students will engage in community service in locations outside of San Luis Obispo in order to gain a broader world view and a better grasp on issues outside of their own community. Collaborative volunteer excursions will give Cal Poly students a chance to make a lasting contribution and work together to positively affect other communities. This service-learning program offers a chance to raise students' self-awareness, supplement their educational experience with the University, and demonstrate Cal Poly's enthusiasm to make a positive impact outside the San Luis Obispo community.
Can We Talk About Race: Cultural Competence
In collaboration with the Multi-Cultural Center, the current proposal aims to encourage and facilitate conversations about race, racial identity development, oppression, and privilege. Students will be brought together, outside the classroom, for small group discussions of 8-10 individuals each, led by a student (peer) group facilitator trained by Counseling Services staff. Group facilitators will be recruited from students active in Multi-Cultural Center activities. The focus of the discussions will be exploration of one's own cultural and ethnic identity; the effect of race and ethnicity on one's own life experiences; and strengthening of skills for listening, empathy, and conflict-resolution. The groups will use a combination of experiential exercises, such as poem writing, listening skills training, didactic presentation of racial identity development models, group discussion, and videos, such as Last Chance for Eden from Stir Fry Productions.
"Change the Status Quo: A Student's Role in Shaping Society" is an annual conference that brings together students who share a passion for making a difference in their community and the world. The conference encourages students to challenge stereotypes, demand solutions, and use their education to make lasting changes. The conference is designed not only to educate but also to offer tangible ways for students to become a part of the solutions. Workshops will be presented on the struggle of different cultures and organizations for equality, and there will be feature presentations by leaders who have created change in their communities. Students will learn to take the knowledge they gain in their classes and apply it to create positive changes in our community.
The Community CENTER sponsors civic engagement programs that address all levels of community - University, local, national, and global. These programs empower students to impact their communities. Soup and Substance provides an opportunity for dialog between students, faculty, staff, and community members. Many of the presenters at Soup & Substance are university professors, students, and staff members. Soup and Substance has taken place four times per quarter, on Tuesdays, between week four and week eight of the quarter. Topics have included Drug and Alcohol Usage at Cal Poly, Women in Haiti, Women in Hip Hop, Hunger Awareness, Native American Heritage and California, ASI Mayoral Candidates, and Domestic Violence. Soup and Substance is open to the entire campus.
Beyond Shelter is a student volunteer group that works under the umbrella of Student Community Services to address issues of Hunger and Homlessness within San Luis Obispo County. Beyond Shelter members commence planning in early Fall Quarter to hold See the Need - Hunger Awareness Week in mid-November. Activities include speakers, art displays, films, and community forums to raise awareness about hunger locally as well as globally. The group begins planning for Homelessness Awareness Week in early January. The annual Homelessness Awareness Walk is held in April and student sponsor a series of workshops, speakers, community forums, and activities to promote attention to issues of homelessness on both a local as well as national and international level.
The Ally Team's work is designed to combat heterosexism, homophobia, and gender identity oppression and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming campus environment. The Ally Awareness Training Team is comprised of LGBT students and student allies who form a fifteen member outreach group that explores orientation and gender expression in a non-threatening environment. Team members examine the variety of ways LBGT issues impact members of the Cal Poly community, and are then provided with tools to support positive social interaction and climate change both on and off campus. The Ally Team activities include student-facilitated discussions as well as student-planned events on nationally recognized days of awareness such as National Coming Out Day, World AIDs Day, Transgender Awareness Day, Same Gender Handholding Day, and National Day of Silence.
LGBT Programs: CommUNITY Pride Month
CommUNITY PRIDE Month is a series of events designed to educate the Cal Poly community about the issues faced by its LGBT population. PRIDE Month empowers students to develop and sustain a sense of community that supports social justice and to take a proactive approach to creating a campus environment where all students feel welcomed. PRIDE Month events include: a display on Dexter Lawn that engages students in a dialogue on issues of social justice, guest lecturers who enrich the Cal Poly community with education on current issues within its LGBT population, UU hour in which organizations that offer LGBT specific resources are available on campus to share resources and information with Cal Poly students.
The LGBT Peer Counseling and Mentoring Program seeks to diminish the stress of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students at Cal Poly. It also provides services for the friends, roommates, and family members of LGBT persons in their questions and conflicts. Through a variety of social support and educational interactions, students involved in this program will discuss homophobia, self-esteem, coming out, gender identity, and isolation issues. The LGBT Peer Counselors are trained in basic counseling and outreach skills to provide confidential phone and internet counseling through chat services, email, discussion boards, and in-person meetings. The mentoring aspect of the program provides one-to-one relationships between the mentee and an informed, compassionate student or faculty/staff mentor. Mentors provide information about community resources and explore important issues such as coming out to parents.
LGBT Programs: Pride Film Series Committee
The PRIDE Film Series Committee sponsors interactive film experiences throughout the academic year to promote awareness, understanding and campus civility. Films are chosen to spark dialogue about LGBT people and issues. Facilitators are present to answer questions and guide discussion. The film festival, which takes place throughout the year, reduces negative stereotypes about LGBT people, and provides space for the entire campus to share views and opinions. Topics vary, but examples include discussing LGBT issues in K-12 classrooms, the high incidence of homelessness among LGBT youth, LGBT people and adoption, marriage equality, and the marginalization of LGBT people within the civil rights movement of the 1960's. The program is designed to educate and raise awareness among Cal Poly students, staff, and faculty, and to provide student facilitators with public speaking and group presentation experience. Students also plan and publicize each film event. The entire campus is encouraged to attend each viewing.
The Speakers Bureau Outreach Collective is comprised of 25-30 LGBT students who are trained in offering panel discussions and presentations to Cal Poly classes, clubs, and departments as well as community groups. Students in the Speakers Bureau develop valuable public speaking and facilitation skills while offering enrichment to the existing curriculum of a variety of courses offered at Cal Poly. Students have an incredible opportunity for outreach on campus and community wide. The speakers program provides networking, education, and awareness to students, staff, and faculty while building cross-cultural relationships and working to eliminate heterosexism, homophobia, and gender-identity oppression. The program empowers students to develop and sustain a sense of community that supports social justice where all students feel welcomed.
Men and Masculinity Programs, sponsored by The Gender Equity Center and Student Life and Leadership, are an integral part of the diversity of programs offered and needed at Cal Poly. Through Men and Masculintiy Programs (MMP), Cal Poly students gain education and awareness on necessary topics affecting college-aged men. As a direct response to the students' needs at Cal Poly, Men and Masculinity Programs intend to educate students concerning gender identity, sexuality, health, alcohol use, sexual assualt, healthy realationships, and global topics affecting men. The program's mission is to:
- Gain awareness of issues concerning local, national, and global gender topics concerning men and masculinity;
- Identify the negative influences of the media on men and masculinity;
- Define what gender truly is and what healthy masculinity looks like;
- Gain education and awarness on men's health, fatherhood, and relationships;
- Create a community for men that positivley affects the Cal Poly campus through personal example.
During African-American History Month, the committee presents a series of programs highlighting the contributions of African-Americans to American history and society. This program planning process begins months earlier with the committee convening and beginning to work with faculty from Ethnic Studies to jointly identify relevant programs/speakers. These events bring the academic community and the student community together to enhance better understanding and appreciation of the contributions of African-Americans in American history and society. Programs for this month are used to educate, empower and connect all people through the use of film, poetry, literature, art, guest speakers, and focus groups. Recent past activities have included The Langston Hughes Project- a multimedia concert, readings/slides of Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance; a film series including the Legacy of Rosa Parks, forums on inter-racial dating and keynote speakers.
Another Type of Groove - Cal Poly Monthly Spoken word/poetry event attracts national and regional poets to campus and allows students to be exposed to diverse individuals and styles addressing issues such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, identity, class, life, love, etc. Through the exchange of ideas and the dialogue it creates, students create respect for themselves as well as individuals of their community. The poetry sessions allows aspiring poets and interested audience members to experience the best of contemporary performance poetry.
Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month remembers the contributions of notable and ordinary Asian/Pacific Islanders as well as creating awareness within the Cal Poly community that this knowledge is vital to a well-rounded education. This program planning process begins months earlier with the Committee convening and beginning to work with faculty from Ethnic Studies to jointly identify relevant programs/speakers. These events bring the academic community and the student community together to enhance better understanding and appreciation of the contributions of Asians in American history and society. Programs for this month are used to educate, empower and connect all people through the use of film, poetry, literature, art, performances, and discussions. Events include the Lantern Festival involving over 15 Asian-American student organizations. Also Panahon, an evening of music, dance and speakers highlights the Pilipino community.
Latino Heritage Month remembers the contributions of notable and ordinary Latino/as as well as creating awareness within the Cal Poly community that this knowledge is vital to a well-rounded education. Programs for this month are used to educate, empower and connect all people through the use of film, poetry, art, performances and discussions.
Native American Heritage Month remembers the contributions of notable and ordinary Native Americans as well as creating awareness within the Cal Poly community that this knowledge is vital to a well-rounded education. Programs for this month are used to educate, empower and connect all people through the use of film, poetry, art, performances and discussions.
Poly Reps is a voluntary public relations organization of students who assist in the promotion of Cal Poly to prospective students, their parents, alumni, potential donors, and friends of the university. The mission of Poly Reps includes the desire to develop student leaders who practice teamwork, self motivation, and creativity. Any current member of the Cal Poly student body who has one year of school remaining may apply to join the club during the Poly Rep recruitment period. Poly Reps remains the student connection between the Alumni Association and Admissions, in order to help represent the university as a whole and give a positive view to all that Cal Poly has to offer.
Western Regional LBGTQIA Conference Committee
The Western Regional Conference is dedicated to promoting education, leadership, and social development of LGBTQIA and Allied people, building support among populations, and creating coalitions between campuses. The conference accomplishes this through workshops, general sessions, round table discussions, and personal connections created through open discussion. Students will attend from across the state, but the conference committee and many of the attendees will be Cal Poly students from all colleges on the campus.
The Planning committee for Remember Week creates a week of events devoted to raising awareness regarding sexual assault and violence towards women. The week begins by providing survivors with a safe place to share their stories. It is a time to remember those that we, as a community, have lost and to support survivors of sexual assault. The week features activities to raise awareness about this crime that affects everyone on our campus and in our community. There is time for remembering, reflection, and education. Events include self-defense classes, dating violence workshops, and art displays. By the end of the week we celebrate the power we have as women and enjoy the night without the fear of rape during the Take Back the Night Rally. The Run to Remember is a night-time 5K buddy run designed to provide a safe yet fun atmosphere for running at night. The event concludes Remember Week, a week devoted to sexual assault awareness and ending violence against women.
The SAFER program is dedicated to increasing campus awareness and education about sexual violence. The intent of the program is to provide the campus community with comprehensive definitions of sexual assalt and violence, tools to reduce the risk of assault, and the resources and means to seek support. Students involved with the program will implement culturally relevant social marketing campaigns, provide prevention and resource education through learned skills in public speaking, plan and execute events and workshops, and provide peer support. SAFER is responsible for the education of all new residents in University Housing. SAFER provides year-round presentations and workshops to clubs and organizations on campus. SAFER also works closely with the local sexual assault prevention center (The SARP Center) to create a dynamic connection between Cal Poly and the San Luis Obispo community.
The Vagina Monologues is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. Vagina Monologues is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. Vagina Monologues generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sexual slavery.
Women and Gender Programs: Wellness Education Series (formerly Body Image Awareness Week)
Women's Programs and Services Wellness Education Series seeks to educate the Cal Poly community about healthy lifestyle choices in the area of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional well being. The team goals of the wellness series begins with National Love Your Body Day on October 18, where a team of students create and implement activities around concepts of health, body image, perfectionism and self esteem. The team aims to bring more awareness and education about the harmful messages the media gives to girls and women throughout their lives. It allows audience memebers to reject those images and develop a healthier way to define beauty. The wellness series also covers topics such as stress management, health education, positive body image, sex education, and healthy interpersonal relationships.
Women and Gender Programs: Women's History Month
The Women's History Month Committee creates a series of programs that bring awareness and education of poignant local and global topics concerning women and gender. Many of the programs aim to touch on subjects affecting Cal Poly women in the past, present, and future. The committee's goals are to create informative and empowering programs concerning women and gender by collaborating with other departments at Cal Poly. The team aims to increase consciousness and knowledge of women in history, to remember the contributions of both notable and ordinary women, to celebrate the accomplishments of women internationally, and to recognize the extraodinary women here in the Cal Poly community. Programs for this month are used to educate, empower, and connect through the use of film, poetry, literature, art, theatre, guest speakers, panel/roundtable discussions, and focus groups on important issues affecting women.