June 2017 Newsletter

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Save the Date – Mustang Family Weekend 2017

Make sure to mark your calendars for October 20-22nd for Cal Poly’s 2017 Mustang Family Weekend! Scheduled halfway through fall quarter, Mustang Family Weekend allows families the opportunity to come back to campus and reconnect with the Mustang community for an exciting weekend filled with Learn by Doing experiences and Cal Poly festivities. Jam-packed with academic lectures, interactive presentations, and awesome performing arts and athletics events, this is one weekend you don’t want to miss. Registration opens summer 2017!

For more information about Mustang Family Weekend, CLICK HERE

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How to De-Stress Before Finals Week 

As spring quarter finals approach, your student may be feeling a heightened amount of stress regarding classes, tests, and projects. Cal Poly offers several different resources to help minimize students’ stress levels and promote healthy study habits. 

  • Relaxation Room: Students can prepare and de-stress for finals in the Relaxation Room and Study Space that has blankets, beanbags, tables, mats, pillows, and electrical outlets. 
    • Wednesday, June 7th – Thursday, June 15th 6am-midnight at the Rec Center Training Room (043-0109)
  • Dogs at the Library: Students are invited to the library lawn to pet and cuddle with therapy dogs to help de-stress and take a study break! 
    • Monday, June 12th 1-3pm at the Library Lawn 
  • Finals Study Lounge: The Performing Arts Center opens up as additional study space for students. 
    • Monday, June 12th 9am-4pm at the PAC 
  • Counseling Services is available for your student during regular business hours and a 24-7 line is offered (805-756-2511). To learn more about self-care tips to offer your student, CLICK HERE.

For a full list of all the academic resources that Cal Poly offers such as study sessions, supplemental workshops, and tutoring, CLICK HERE.

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Prepare for On-Campus Move-Out 

Move-out weekend will be a busy time on Cal Poly’s campus, so get prepared ahead of time by doing the following steps:

You can find all of these materials and instructions HERE

Remember that students must be out of their room/apartment by noon on their move-out date:

Sunday, June 18th by Noon: Move-out for freshmen students in Residence Halls, Cerro Vista Apartments, and Poly Canyon Village Apartments 

Tuesday, June 20th by Noon: Move-out for continuing and transfer students in Cerro Vista Apartments and Poly Canyon Village Apartments 

IMPORTANT: During finals week, “Quiet Hours” in the residence halls are extended to 23 hours per day. Out of respect for students who are still studying for finals, the university highly encourages students to move out of their room/apartment within 24 hours of their last final exam. 

For more information about the on-campus housing calendar, CLICK HERE

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Spring Commencement is Right around the Corner! 

We’re excited to celebrate a record number of over 4,500 graduating students this spring! 

Commencement Guidebook App 

Get ready for Spring Commencement 2017 by downloading the official Cal Poly Commencement Guidebook! This app contains important information for grads and guests such as parking and shuttle maps, assembly site information, commencement events, and many other helpful tips. CLICK HERE to download the app. 

To manually access the free app, search for 'Guidebook' in the Apple, Google, or Amazon app stores. Once downloaded, search for 'Cal Poly Commencement' and download the guide.

Commencement Info Booth | Every Thursday in May and June, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | UU Plaza 

The Commencement office will be hosting a weekly info booth throughout the month of May and June prior to Commencement. Students can stop by to ask questions, get information, and pick up a free snack! Please note: There will be no info booth on Thursday, June 8th. 

Commencement Center | June 5-16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | University Store 

Students who were unable to attend the Commencement Fair can purchase all their graduation items at the Commencement Center.

Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremonies | June 17-18 | Spanos Stadium

Graduates will celebrate being Mustangs Forever at their assigned ceremony times, based on programs of study, as listed below:

Saturday, June 17, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. | College of Liberal Arts and Orfalea College of Business

Saturday, June 17, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. | College of Architecture & Environmental Design and College of Engineering

Sunday, June 18, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. | College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences and College of Science & Mathematics

For more information about participating in our Cultural Commencement ceremonies, CLICK HERE!

For more information on Spring 2017 Commencement, CLICK HERE. Also, don’t forget to ‘like’ the Commencement Facebook page to get the latest updates! 

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Graduate Status Report Outcomes for 2015-2016 Graduating Class 

Career Services conducts an annual survey of the activities of its most recent graduates, which is compiled into the Graduate Status Report (GSR). This includes information on career outcomes related to employment and admissions to graduate or professional schools. Outcomes from the 2015-2016 graduating class are now available online HERE. The following are some notable university-wide highlights:

  • 94% are positively engaged 
  • 73% of students secured full-time work 
  • 99% of students employed found their jobs within nine months of graduation 
  • Starting median salary is at $60,000
  • 96% of students found jobs related to their major 
  • 35% of students secured their positive outcomes through Career Services 

For more information about the GRS and to view the full outcomes, CLICK HERE

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Summer Institute Gives Incoming Freshmen a Head Start


Cal Poly's Summer Institute (SI) is an academic orientation program held annually for newly admitted freshmen. This program provides incoming freshmen with a mini-quarter of academic and social activities that will undoubtedly put them on the right track for a successful transition to Cal Poly. Summer Institute provides the following: 

  • Six units of courses, which will put your student a step ahead for fall quarter 
  • An opportunity to become familiar with campus facilities and services
  • An opportunity for your student to meet and network with academic advisors, faculty, and students in their field of study
  • An on-campus living experience
  • A chance for your student to get to know the SLO area before fall comes around

This year's program is scheduled for July 29 through August 22, 2017.

For more information about Summer Institute and to apply, CLICK HERE

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Resource Spotlight – Safer

Cal Poly has a variety of great resources for a diverse student body. Each month we will highlight one that may be beneficial or of interest to your student.

Safer is Cal Poly’s confidential advocacy, education and support resource for addressing sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Some of the reoccurring events and resources they offer include the following:

Safer Leadership Training: An interactive and discussion-based training to inform students about types of violence, consent, disclosures, bystander intervention, gender socialization, county resources, and more.

Men and Masculinity Program: A program dedicated to engaging male-identified students regarding sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence through education, advocacy, and involvement. The Men & Masculinity Program is one of the first of its kind in the CSU system!

Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking Awareness Months: Hosted in April, October, and January, these awareness months offer several events such as film screenings, educational presentations, awareness and activity booths, self-defense classes, and more. 

Education presentations: Safer offers presentations, workshops, and other educational events for many groups in the Cal Poly community including classrooms, University Housing, Athletics, Greek Life, clubs, and more. Any group on campus is welcome to schedule a tailored presentation from Safer. 

Confidential crisis counseling: Safer offers confidential crisis counseling for victims, survivors, friends, family, and loved ones affected by sexual violence. Appointments are available by scheduling ahead of time or on a walk-in basis.

For more information on Safer, including resources for parents and supporters, CLICK HERE. To sign up for Safer’s monthly newsletter, CLICK HERE. To sign up for the Safer Sun newsletter tailored to victims/survivors, CLICK HERE

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Upcoming Events – June

Thursday, June 1st 11am-1pm at the UU Plaza
     Commencement Info Booth 

Thursday, June 1st 11am-12pm at the H.P. Davidson Music Center (045-0218)
     Cal Poly Student Instrumental Recital
     Additional shows: Thursday, June 8th 

Friday, June 2nd 7-10pm in Chumash Auditorium (065-0205)
     Brock Center Celebrates 30 Years 

Friday, June 2nd 8-10:30pm at Spanos Theatre (044-0227)
     Jazz Night Concert

Friday, June 2nd 8-10pm at the PAC (006-0218)

Saturday, June 3rd 12-5pm at the Equine Center 
     Cal Poly Performance Horse Sale 

Saturday, June 3rd 7-10am at 180-0101
      Smile and Nod Improv Show

Thursday, June 8th 7:30-9pm at the H.P. Davidson Music Center (045-0218)
     Cal Poly Student Vocal Recital 

Thursday, June 15th 11am-1pm at the UU Plaza
     Commencement Info Booth

Saturday, June 17th and Sunday, June 18th at Spanos Stadium
     Spring Commencement

Saturday, June 24 10-11am and 2-3:30pm at Spanos Theatre (044-0227)
     “Encore” CORE Dance Studio Recital 

Sunday, June 25 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Spanos Theatre (044-0227)
     Class Act Dance Annual Recital 

For Athletic event tickets, CLICK HERE. For Performing Art Center event tickets, CLICK HERE.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

June 1 | Commencement Info Booth 11am-1pm in the UU Plaza 
June 9 | Last day of spring quarter classes 
June 12 – 16 | Spring Quarter finals
June 15 | Due date for incoming students to sign up for Student Life Orientation (SLO) Days
June 15 | Commencement Info Booth 11am-1pm in the UU Plaza 
June 15-16 | Graduation portrait photos; visit Ultimate Exposures to schedule a sitting 
June 17 – 18 | Spring Commencement 
June 18 | Freshmen must vacate their rooms and apartments by noon
June 20 | Continuing and transfer students must vacate their apartments by noon 
June 22 | First five week, eight-week, and 10-week summer terms begin
July 17 – 18 | SLO Days Session 1
July 20 – 21 | SLO Days Session 2
July 22 – 23 | SLO Days Session 3 
July 25 – 26 | SLO Days Session 4 
July 27 – 28 | SLO Days Session 5
July 27 | Second five-week summer term begins 
July 29 – August 22 | Summer Institute 
July 31 – August 1 | SLO Days Session 6 (Mustang Express and TRIO Achievers Session)
August 2 – 3 | SLO Days Session 7 
August 5 – 6 | SLO Days Session 8 
August 8 – 9 | SLO Days Session 9 (Summer Institute and Educational Opportunity Program Session)
August 10 – 11 | SLO Days Session 10
August 12 – September 8 | Quarter Plus program 
August 14 | SLO Days Transfer Student Session 

For more important dates, deadlines, and calendars, CLICK HERE

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Important Campus Phone Numbers

Admissions | (805) 756-2311 
Career Services | (805) 756-2501 
Commencement | (805) 756-1600
Counseling Services | (805) 756-2511
Disability Resource Center | (805) 756-1395
Financial Aid Office | (805) 756-2927 
Health Services | (805) 756-1211 
Mustang Success Center | (805) 756-6211 
Parent & Family Programs | (805) 756-6700
Student Accounts | (805) 756-1428 
University Housing | (805) 756-1226 
University Police Department | (805) 756-2281

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