March 2018 Newsletter
Open House • Poly Royal Rodeo • Local Lodging Deals • Spring Break • What 2017 Meant to Me • With Us • Stand Out • Asian Pacific Islander Life • Black Academic Excellence Center • Commencement Emails • Upcoming Events • Important Dates and Deadlines • Important Campus Phone Numbers
This annual event showcases the Cal Poly campus to new students, their families, and the community while offering a glimpse to life as a Mustang.
Open House weekend begins with Campus Preview Night at the world-famous Downtown San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market on Thursday, April 12th from 6pm-9pm. Explore downtown San Luis Obispo and gain a glimpse into life at Cal Poly and on the Central Coast.
The weekend continues on April 13th for Admitted Students' Preview Day. We kick off the day with our University Welcome where we hear from campus leaders, first-year students, and faculty about their Mustang Legacies. Continue throughout the day experiencing Cal Poly’s “Learn by Doing” philosophy through sessions from your academic college and interactive classrooms and experiences. In the evening, we invite you to engage with other prospective students as well as current Cal Poly students at Friday Nite Invite. Additionally, parents and supporters are invited to join New Student & Transition Programs for Coffee House in learning about what’s next for new students on their Cal Poly journey.
Join us in Celebrating the Mustang Legacy as Open House concludes Saturday, April 14th with the Poly Royal Parade, Campus Showcase, Poly Royal Main Stage and other premier special events including Poly Royal Rodeo, Poly Royal Truck & Tractor Pull and more as the campus community comes together to celebrate.
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The 78th annual Poly Royal Rodeo will once again be staged in Spanos Stadium. The rodeo will be held April 13-14 with two back-to-back evening performances followed by a headline concert Saturday night.
The rodeo is part of the annual Open House event. Tickets are available at https://tickets.calpoly.edu. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Cal Poly Rodeo Program. College rodeo athletes from all over the West Coast will compete for a championship in events such as barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding and steer wrestling. The rodeo will also include stunts, clown acts and calf dressing. The venue allows for a capacity of 11,000 spectators each night. The rodeo starts at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, and will include kid-friendly activities. Children under 10 get in free. Tickets for the April 13 rodeo are $20 for students, $25 for general admission and $40 for chair-back seats. The final rodeo event at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, will include a live post-show concert, with the headliner to be announced soon. Tickets to Saturday's rodeo are $10 for children 2 to 10, $25 for students, $30 for general admission, and $50 for chair-back seats. Admission is free for children under 2.
Spend Spring in SLO with these Local Lodging Deals!
In many ways, spring is the most beautiful time to visit San Luis Obispo.
Emerald green grasses cover the surrounding open space, the weather is warm and the skies are clear, and our local lodging properties are eager to host you in San Luis Obispo!
Treat yourself to a SLO getaway with several deals just for Cal Poly parents and supporters.
And don’t forget to start planning early for the bustling and spirited Cal Poly Open House Weekend, April 12-14. See a list of all local lodging properties and build your itinerary today.
Spring break is a great time for students to get some much needed rest between quarters. However, with the break only being a week long, it’s hard to determine how your student should spend their time. Check out these top tips for spring break from University Parent:
1. Your student needs the break
Sometimes the break can be used for just that – a relaxing break from school work and college life. Spring break doesn’t have to be packed full with activities and traveling. Allow your student to get the rest and recuperation that they need before starting another quarter.
2. Spring break can be meaningful
Cal Poly’s Alternative Breaks program offers service trips during the major academic breaks where students can travel and engage in service activities around the country and the world.
3. A vacation doesn’t need to break the bank
Your student can still travel and experience new things during the break without spending a lot of money. Consider day trips and family activities in your hometown. If your student is staying in SLO over the break, check out a list of fun, sober activities around town they can do HERE.
4. Spring break is great for family time
Spring break is a great time to connect with family members that many students haven’t seen since the winter break. You can also get some great family time in without going far or planning large vacations. Simple things like family dinners or game nights can help students reconnect and rest at the same time.
From agricultural adventures in Africa to designing donuts on Foothill Boulevard, Cal Poly students, alumni and faculty share how last year changed them for good. Check out Cal Poly Magazine’s Year in Review which includes Year in Quotes, A Year of Results, and Headlines of 2017!
In January, CASE District VII awarded Cal Poly Magazine its Gold Award for outstanding work in the field of digital college and university magazines in the organization’s West Coast region. This marks the publication’s fourth CASE award, including two other regional awards and one from the international organization
Cal Poly has launched a new research and resource center dedicated to preventing harm and lives lost to hazing, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual assault, hate and bias, and other forms of violence on college campuses. With Us: the National Network for Peer Accountability was established by Cal Poly to inspire peer-led acts of accountability that promote health and safety, prevent violence and empower proactive intervention to help others. With Us is developing a national network of education and prevention partners to create safer campus communities. The center will support students and educators in prevention efforts by developing and sharing bystander intervention research, resources and education. The new center grew out of Aware Awake Alive, a nonprofit organization aimed at preventing alcohol poisoning. With Us has broadened the mission to include other critical campus-based social issues such as hazing, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual assault, hate and bias, and other forms of violence. More information is available at www.withus.org.
Stand Out is a California Central Coast peer group, providing a safe and confidential space, without judgment. They supply support and information for parents and guardians of LGBTQ+ identified youth, regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof. They believe in meeting people where they are at and will help you navigate your journey of acceptance.
The group meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 6-8:30 p.m. at the GALA Center at 1060 Palm Street San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.
Stand Out can be reached via email at email@example.com or via Facebook at @Stand Out LGBTQ+ California Central Coast Parent/Family Support Group.
Cal Poly offers a safe space for students of all religions, races, and ethnicities to celebrate their identity, culture, and heritage. Students have various opportunities to connect with other students of their identity, to celebrate their cultural holidays, and to engage in cultural and religious practices and traditions throughout the academic year. Similarly, city of San Luis Obispo as a whole is an open and warm community that welcomes Cal Poly students to their home away from home. For Asian Pacific Islander students particularly, there are several student organizations, on-campus centers, and other programs to connect with and call home:
Social, Political, and Faith-based Organizations:
- Chinese Cultural Club
- Chinese Students’ Association
- Hmong Student Association
- Hui O Hawai’i
- Japanese Student Association
- Korean American Student Association
- Pilipino Cultural Exchange
- Taiwanese Student Association
- Thai Vietnamese Student Association
- MultiCultural Center
- Cross Roads: Mixed Race Dialogue – A place for mixed race students to build community and share experiences on campus and in our communities
- Gatherings: A Space for Women of Color – A biweekly hangout with women from diverse backgrounds with good food, fun activities, and powerful discussions
- Men of Color Dialogue – Men of Color strives to help male-identified students of color navigate Cal Poly. The meet ups include conversations on topics that impact students’ identities and the challenges men of color face, in hopes of forming a tight-knit community
- Asian Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association
- Dream Center
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.
The Black Academic Excellence Center (BAEC) program is committed to supporting the advancement and excellence of Black students and Black student groups within the Cal Poly community. By fostering an inclusive environment, providing academic support, and promoting a positive self-image, their goal is to empower Black students to take full advantage of all the opportunities presented while actively engaging with Black history and culture. Having a holistic college experience is important to Cal Poly so BAEC encourages students to contact them with any questions or concerns. As part of Student Academic Services and Student Affairs, BAEC contributes to the University's commitment of supporting diversity for a more inclusive and welcoming campus for all students, staff, and faculty.
BAEC collaborates with the Admissions Office, University Housing, and the College Advising Centers, Dean of Students, faculty and staff to assist students in their transition from high school to Cal Poly and provides the following services:
- Personal advising
- Academic advising
- Computer lab
- Presentation help
- Conference room
- Testing supplies
- Study space
Parents, supporters, family, and friends can sign up for Spring Commencement 2018 information emails HERE to stay in the loop about commencement ceremonies, regalia, parking, tickets, and more.
Contact the Commencement Office at 805-756-1600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 1 | Muslim Women Speaking Panel | 11m-12pm | UU 204
March 1 | Cal Poly Student Instrumental Recital | 11am-12pm | Building 45 Room 218
March 1 | Eddie Izzard “Believe Me” Tour | 7:30-10pm | Performing Arts Center
March 1 | The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui | 8-10:30pm | Spanos Theatre
Additional shows: March 2, 3, 8, 9, 10
March 2 | Smile and Nod Extended Season | 7:10-10pm | Performing Arts Center
Additional shows: March 3
March 2 | Cal Poly Just Jazz Concert | 8-10pm | Performing Arts Center
March 2 | Men’s Baseball vs. Pacific | 6pm
March 3 | Cal Poly Wind Bands’ Winter Concert | 8-10pm | Performing Arts Center
March 3 | Men’s tennis vs. Santa Clara | 1pm
March 3 | Men’s Baseball vs. Pacific | 1pm
March 3 | Men’s Baseball vs. Pacific | 4pm
March 4 | Men’s Baseball vs. Pacific | 1pm
March 4 | Men’s Tennis vs. Saint Mary’s | 11am
March 4 | Men’s Tennis vs. UC Santa Cruz | 3pm
March 4 | SLO Youth Symphony Spring Concert | 4-7pm | Performing Arts Center
March 6 | Thriving from Classroom to Newsroom | 6:10-9:30pm | Building 52 Room E27
Presenting film "Latinos Beyond Reel" and panel discussion to follow
March 6 | Yamato | 7:30-10pm | Performing Arts Center
March 7 | Farmers for America Screening | 7-9pm | Building 7 Room 1 & 2
March 7 | The Ten Tenors | 7:30-10pm | Performing Arts Center
March 8 | Poly Gives (Cal Poly Day of Giving) | 11am-1pm | UU Plaza
March 8 | John Salmon Piano Recital | 7:30-8:30pm | Building 45 Room 218
March 9 | Softball vs. North Dakota | 3pm
March 9 | Softball vs. Marist | 5:30pm
March 10 | Softball vs. Marist | 12:30pm
March 10 | Softball vs. North Dakota | 5:30pm
March 10 | El legado de Valladolid, Spanish Language Invitational Debate | 7am-10pm | Multiple on campus locations
The Legado de Valladolid/Legacy of Valladolid, will be the first Spanish language university debate to be held on the West Coast.
March 10 | Communication Career Symposium | 10am-2pm | UU 220
A networking event for Communication Studies Majors, as well as any other students looking to go into related fields.
March 10 | Men’s Lacrosse Game | 11am-4pm
March 10 | SLO Symphony Classics IV | 8-10pm | Performing Arts Center
March 11 | Softball vs. Santa Clara | 12:30pm
March 11 | Men’s Lacrosse Game | 11am-4pm
March 11 | MET Live in HD: La Boheme | 2-6pm | Performing Arts Center
March 12 | Men’s Baseball vs. New Mexico | 6pm
March 13 | The Sound of Music | 7-9pm | Performing Arts Center
March 13 | Cal Poly Vocal Student Recital | 7:30-8:30pm | Building 45 Rom 218
March 15 | Mustang Media Group Housing Fair | 10:30am-1pm | UU Plaza
March 15 | Cal Poly Student Instrumental Recital | 11am-12pm | Building 45 Room 218
March 15 | Men’s Tennis vs. UTSA | 10am
March 15 | Men’s Tennis vs. Idaho | 2pm
March 16 | Men’s Baseball vs. San Diego State | 6pm
March 16 | Last day of Winter Quarter 2018 classes
March 16 | Morgan’s Journey | 9:30-10:30am and 11:30am-12:30pm | Spanos Theatre
Additional shows: March 17
March 16 | Improvised Shakespeare Company | 8-10pm | Spanos Theatre
March 16 | Symphony Winter Concert | 8-10:30pm | Performing Arts Center
March 17 | Men’s Baseball vs. San Diego State | 6pm
March 17 | Cal Poly Choirs’ Winter Concert: Lux Perpetua | 8-10pm | Performing Arts Center
March 17 | Women’s Beach Volleyball vs. TCU | 9am | Pismo Beach
March 17 | Women’s Beach Volleyball vs. Arizona | 1pm | Pismo Beach
March 18 | Calmus | 3-5pm | Performing Arts Center
March 18 | Men’s Baseball vs. San Diego State | 1pm
March 20 | Rocket Man: Astronaut, Captain Scott Kelly | 7:30-9pm | Performing Arts Center
March 22 | Men’s Baseball vs. Dartmouth | 6pm
March 23 | End of Winter Quarter 2018
March 23 | Track and Field Cal Poly ShareSLO Invitational | 1-4pm
March 23 | Men’s Baseball vs. Dartmouth | 6pm
March 24 | Men’s Baseball vs. Dartmouth | 12pm
March 24 | Track and Field Cal Poly ShareSLO Invitational | 10am-4pm
March 25 | MET Live in HD: Semiramide | 2-6pm | Performing Arts Center
March 25 | Men’s Tennis vs. Boise State | 12pm
March 26-30 | Academic holiday – Spring Break
March 28 | Women’s Tennis vs. Hawai’i | 12pm
March 30 | Women’s Tennis vs. Long Beach State | 12pm
March 30 | Softball vs. UC Riverside | 1pm
March 30 | Softball vs. UC Riverside | 3:30pm
March 31 | Softball vs. UC Riverside | 1pm
March 31 | MET Live in HD: Cosi fan tutte | 9:55am-1:30pm | Performing Arts Center
February 20-March 7 | Spring Quarter 2018 registration (1st round, 16 units)
March 1| Seventh installment of housing payment plan and dining payment plan for 2017-18 due. Charge of $25 for late payment
March 1 | Third installment of housing and dining payment plan due for new Winter/Spring 2018 residents.
March 1 | 2018-19 campus housing application/payment opens for current freshman. Current freshman can secure housing by applying and paying the initial housing payment or marking paid by Financial Aid. Payments are accepted as space allows.
March 8 | 2018-19 campus housing application/payment opens for all continuing Cal Poly students. Secure housing by applying and paying the initial housing payment or marking paid by Financial Aid. Payments are accepted as space allows.
March 8-14 | Spring Quarter 2018 registration (2nd round, 22 units)
March 9 | Fees past due (if not financial aid deferred) for Spring 2018 classes
March 14 | Spring Quarter 2018 Housing License Agreement due
March 15-28 | Spring Quarter 2018 open enrollment for all students
March 16 | Last day of classes for Winter Quarter 2018
March 16 | Last day to withdraw from course(s) for Winter Quarter 2018 for emergency reason by 5:00 pm
March 16 | Last day to submit paperwork for Cal Poly coursework (substitutions, concentration declarations, ICS statements, etc.) in order to affect Academic Progress level for Fall 2018 registration (received in the Office of the Registrar by 5:00 pm).
March 19-23 | Winter Quarter 2018 finals
March 22 | Classes cancelled (“dropped”) for Spring 2018 if fees past due (financial aid deferred accounts exempt)
March 23 | End of Winter Quarter 2018
March 24-April 1 | Academic holiday
March 26 | 1st financial aid disbursement for Spring 2018 classes
March 27 | Financial aid deferred fees due for Spring 2018 classes
March 27 | Housing room assignments for Spring Quarter 2018 are available via the online application system
March 28-30 | Charges are posted and payment is due for Spring quarter 2018 campus housing (pay via Portal/Money Matters tab)
March 30 | 1st direct deposit refund for excess financial aid
March 26-30 | Academic holiday – Spring Break, no classes. Residence halls and apartments remain open. University Housing administrative offices are open.
March 29 | Academic holiday – Cesar Chavez's birthday observed. Campus administrative offices closed
April 1 | Final installment of housing payment plan and dining payment plan for 2017-18 due. Charge of $25 for late payment (see fee schedules for payment amount).
April 1 | End of Housing License period for Winter quarter 2018 Residence Halls, Cerro Vista Apartments, and Poly Canyon Village Apartments.
April 1 | Beginning of Spring quarter 2018 license period for Residence Halls, Cerro Vista Apartments, and Poly Canyon Village Apartments. New Students begin moving in at 3 p.m.
April 2| All grades for Winter Quarter 2018 finalized
April 2 | First day of classes for Spring Quarter 2018
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Financial Aid Office | (805) 756-2927
Health Services | (805) 756-1211
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