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Cal Poly Wine & Viticulture Program Elevated to Department Status

Cal Poly’s College of Food, Agriculture & Environmental Sciences (CAFES) today announced that its popular Wine & Viticulture Program has become an official department within the college.

The designation as a department reflects the rapid growth of the program. With 250 students, Cal Poly’s Wine & Viticulture Department is the largest of its kind in the nation. In addition, the department is enrolling more than 90 new students this year, the largest incoming class in its history.

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Cal Poly Announces 2013 'Great Grads'

A Cal Poly degree doesn’t just prepare a graduate to succeed in one chosen profession; Cal Poly’s comprehensive, Learn by Doing education gives grads the tools they need to think beyond the boundaries of individual disciplines, solve complex problems and soar to new heights personally and professionally.
As the university prepares to bid farewell to the more than 4,000 members of the Class to 2013 at two commencement ceremonies June 15 and 16, we highlight six graduates who embody the Cal Poly mission of producing the whole-system thinkers who will be tomorrow’s leaders.Eric Labossiere-Duarte

Eric Labossiere-Duarte, College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences

The College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences selected Eric Labossiere-Duarte, a recreation parks and tourism administration major. Duarte, who hails from Santa Maria, Calif., is passionate about building community, helping others, and providing transformative experiences.
His desire to bring more cross

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Cal Poly Professor Partners with S.F. Giants to Evaluate Junior Giants Program

Brian Greenwood, an associate professor in Cal Poly’s Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration (RPTA) Department, was recently approved to continue his third year of a research partnership with the San Francisco Giants Community Fund to evaluate its flagship program, the Junior Giants.

The Junior Giants is a free baseball program providing opportunities for children in underserved communities to stay active in the summer in an environment that promotes healthy choices, character development, and violence prevention.

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Cal Poly Professor Receives American Dairy Products Institute Award of Merit

Phil Tong, director of the Dairy Products Technology Center at Cal Poly, was recognized with the Award of Merit from the American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI).

The award was established to recognize those who have made a significant difference in the processed dairy products industry. Tong was recognized for the depth and breadth of his career accomplishments, which includes research, academia, training, publishing and television.

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Cal Poly Launches Master’s Program in Dairy Products Technology

Cal Poly today announced the opening of an innovative, industry-focused master’s degree program in Dairy Products Technology.

The one-year program will provide students with the skills and credentials needed to become leaders in the fast-growing dairy manufacturing sector. Graduates will find employment opportunities with large cheese and yogurt producers, fluid milk operations, and whey processors.

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Cal Poly Workshop to Highlight New Methods for Assessing Agricultural Nutrient Levels May 17

The Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences’ Center for Sustainability and the Cal Poly Compost Project will host a special public workshop titled “Understanding & Testing Agricultural Nutrients” Friday, May 17, on campus.

The event is part of the center’s ongoing training in nutrient cycling in soils and will be presented in collaboration with the Coastal San Luis and Upper Salinas – Las Tablas RCDs (resource conservation districts).

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Cal Poly Workshop to Highlight New Methods for Assessing Agricultural Nutrient Levels May 17

The Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences’ Center for Sustainability and the Cal Poly Compost Project will host a special public workshop titled “Understanding & Testing Agricultural Nutrients” Friday, May 17, on campus.

The event is part of the center’s ongoing training in nutrient cycling in soils and will be presented in collaboration with the Coastal San Luis and Upper Salinas – Las Tablas RCDs (resource conservation districts).

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Wine and Viticulture Receives $1 Million

Winegrower and visionary Jerry Lohr understands the value of Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy. Since his winery’s inception in 1974, Lohr has hired countless Cal Poly graduates as winemakers, viticulture scientists, interns and marketers, and today he is taking that support a step further by awarding the university’s hands-on Wine and Viticulture program a $1 million donation to kick-start the fundraising for its new $8 million Wine and Viticulture Innovation Center.

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Dairy Science to Receive $5 Million from Leprino Foods

Cal Poly’s Dairy Science Department will receive $5 million from Denver-based Leprino Foods Company. The pledge will be paid over the next two years and will support an endowed faculty position, cover costs to remodel dairy science teaching laboratories and provide initial start-up costs for a new master’s degree program. The first of its kind in the United States, the new Master of Professional Studies in Dairy Foods degree program will include classroom study, hands-on production and an industry externship. Graduates of the program will be well prepared to enter California’s dairy foods industry.

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RPTA Student Lands NASCAR Mentorship

Cal Poly students are known for taking their hands-on learning experience and parlaying it into exciting real-world jobs. One career-minded student, Kimberly Saavedra, stepped up to the podium when she turned an internship with NASCAR, one of the most popular sports in the United States, into a full-time seasonal position with the stock car auto racing sanctioning body.

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Students Win National Marketing Competition

Cal Poly’s National Agricultural Marketing Association (NAMA) Team earned first place at the 2011 National Agri-Marketing Association student marketing competition in Kansas City, Mo., April 13 and 14. Of the 30 teams at the annual competition, Cal Poly edged out Purdue University, to take first place for the eighth time in 22 years.

“The team’s achievement is a testament to the quality of their dedicated teamwork, our faculty and the department as a whole,” said Brandon Banner, Cal Poly’s graduate student adviser.

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