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Cal Poly's Organic Farm is Ranked 6th in the Nation!
A ranking by Online College Plan placed Cal Poly's Organic Farm as 6th of 60 college farms surveyed. To read how the rankings were determined, and to view the rankings, please visit Online College Plan.

Cal Poly Floral Design Team Ranks Second in the Nation!
The Cal Poly Floral Design Team ranked second in the nation at the American Institute of Floral Designer’s (AIFD) 2017 Student Floral Design Competition held July 1-5 in Seattle. Senior Dawn Mones, an agricultural and environmental plant sciences major from Kapaa, Hawaii, won high honors at the event with the overall highest student score for the competition. Mones placed first in the wedding bouquet category and second in the fashion flowers and people’s choice categories. Students competed in the competition’s four categories: interpretative, fashion flowers, wedding and sympathy. Alumna Sara Do placed fifth in the fashion flowers competition and sixth in the wedding bouquet category. Do, from San Gabriel, California, graduated from Cal Poly in spring 2017 with a degree in agriculture and environmental plant sciences. Kristen Cotter, a senior agricultural and environmental plant sciences major from Palos Verdes Estates, California, placed sixth in the wedding bouquet category. The three-member team was led by Cal Poly Lecturer Melinda Lynch and alumna Katie Noonan. “I am proud of the hard work that these students put in to prepare for the competition and I am thrilled for Dawn’s accomplishments,” Lynch said. The student AIFD maintains chapters at 15 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada.

Want a Job? Major in Agriculture!
A new 2015 report published by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Purdue University, highlights the need for graduates in agriculture and the shortage of students majoring in fields related to plant science. To quote from the report, "Plant science graduates at all degree levels will find excellent career opportunities. They will find many opportunities for plant geneticists, plant pathologists, and insect biologists to develop higher-yielding crops adapted to less-than-optimal growing conditions. Demand also will be strong for expertise in production of sustainable products made from wood and other biomaterials." Opportunities will also increase for students majoring in water management, human and animal nutrition, agricultural technology and sustainable agriculture. Read the report "Want a Job? Major in Agriculture." Also, explore career opportunities at Seed Our Future, a joint effort of universities and the agricultural industry to support interest in and an appreciation for horticulture.

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Cal Poly's Annual Open House, April 12-14

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 Club 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 and 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 and Tractor Pull and more as the campus community comes together to celebrate.


HCS Fall Newsletter (PDF)

Catch up on the Fall, 2017 issue of the HCS Department newsletter to learn about student and faculty activities, new initiatives, and student, faculty and alumni success.