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Cal Poly Update - August 2011

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Cal Poly MBA Students Learn by Doing in China

mba studentsStudents and faculty from the Orfalea College of Business MBA program recently returned from a 14-day Learn by Doing tour of China that included stops in the cities of Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing.

Read more about their trip



SLO for the Cone Zoneroad contruction

Construction around campus continues, with our new Rec Center opening in winter 2012 and the new Center for Science and Mathematics slated for 2013. Click on the links below to find out more about the projects and view slideshows.

Rec Center Expansion
Center for Science and Mathematics


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Chapter BBQs, Volunteering, Baseball and Moredon oberhelman

Aug. 11 - Meet the new Athletics Director Don Oberhelman (pictured right) and hang out with fellow CP Alums at this month's Rawhide Baseball game in Visalia, Calif. Click here to view the calendar listing.

Aug. 31 - Join the Graphic Communications Alumni Chapter and Visual Media Alliance for an evening of networking and socializing at the South Beach Harbor Community Room on San Francisco's Embarcadero. Enjoy free appetizers, free parking, no host bar and views of the San Francisco Bay. For directions and information, visit the GrCAC website.

sf giantsSept. 10 - Join the San Francisco/San Jose Alumni Chapter when the SF Giants face the LA Dodgers. Pre-game tailgate and reserved Cal Poly sections in AT&T Park. More information.

Oct. 8 & 9 - Join Cal Poly alumni across the state to welcome recent graduates to their community. Cal Poly's "Welcome to the Real World" offers alumni of all ages the opportunity to connect, network and mentor each other. Click here to find an event near you.

Oct. 13 - 15 - Homecoming Tailgate BBQ, Winetasting, Football fun for the whole Cal Poly family. Visit for more details.

2012 Travel - CPAA Travel programs include May trips to England's Cotswald or Normandy and Paris, as well as fall trips to the Grand Danube, and Italy's magnificent Lake District.

Visit the Cal Poly Alumni Association Events Calendar for more upcoming events and details on the travel programs.

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Passings: George Ramos

George Ramos (B.S., Journalism, 1969) died recently at age 63. A longtime reporter, editor and columnist at the Los Angeles Times, Ramos played a key role in a groundbreaking series on Latinos in Southern California that won the paper a Pulitzer Prize in 1984. He later joined the journalism faculty at Cal Poly.

Read more about Ramos in the Los Angeles Times

Google Gets Punch'd and more Alumni in the News

Cal Poly’s Learn By Doing philosophy led former student Reed Morse to a full-time career with Google after his senior project "Punchd" was acquired earlier last month. The app features virtual punch cards as a way of creating a business loyalty program. Morse now works full-time at Google’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters with a core team of five people, four of whom also graduated from Cal Poly (Xander Pollock, co-founder and designer; Niket Desai, co-founder and product lead; Matt Joanou, marketing and sales lead; and Kareem Nassar and Nat Welch, both engineers). Read the full article on the Mustang Daily website.

For more Cal Poly Alumni in the News, click here

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Sept. 3 Cal Poly Football at San Diego State - Tailgate and Game

Join Cal Poly alumni, families and fans at Qualcomm Stadium when the Mustangs face the San Diego Aztecs. Tickets are now available for the pre-game tailgate hosted by the Cal Poly Alumni Association and Cal Poly Athletics. Buy tailgate and game tickets.

Visit Cal Poly Athletics for news and fall game schedules.

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Students SOAR Back to School

Cal Poly's orientation program, SOAR, is happening this week! Incoming freshman and transfer students are introduced to the business side of being a student. The program also offers sessions on course registration, academic advising, responsibilities as a student and more. SOAR also provides parents of incoming students with tools to help their transition.

Tune in to Poly Live to watch episodes from SOAR coverage.

For more news from Cal Poly, visit the Cal Poly News website.

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