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“Coeds” on Campus: The Power of Language, Discrimination, and Integration

This post is written by Soquel Filice (HIST ’15), a Student Assistant in Special Collections and Archives. This is the third and final post in a series she wrote about the history of women at Cal Poly for Women’s History Month. Read her previous posts here and here.

Women students return to Cal Poly, 1956 (University Archives Photograph Collection, University Archives, ua-pho_00000673-A)

Women students return to Cal Poly, 1956 (University Archives Photograph Collection, University Archives, ua-pho_00000673-A)

September 1956 was a momentous time for women at Cal Poly. Finally, they were re-allowed to take classes alongside of the men on campus and participate in what we would consider the “full college experience.” Read more

Mustang Basketball – A History of Excellence

This post is written by Alex Thomas (HIST ’16), a Student Assistant in Special Collections and Archives (you can see more of Alex’s work here and here). Alex writes today about the Cal Poly Men’s Basketball Team’s past history and history in the making.

Keith Wheeler, Class of 1984. (University Archives Photograph Collection, University Archives, ua-pho_00000832)

Keith Wheeler, class of 1984, might have the same look on his face now if he heard of Cal Poly’s historic NCAA Division I win against Texas Southern on March 19, 2014. In Poly’s previous record season of 1981, Wheeler played with Kevin Lucas (#32) and Jim Schultz (#14). Schultz and Wheeler still hold first and second place all time for number of career assists, and Schultz’ record of 295 assists for the ’81 season hasn’t come close to falling. Lucas held the record for most points in a season – 579 – until 1991, and he remains second-place all-time. Read more

The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Yes, I read and liked Eat, Pray, Love like the rest of female America of a certain age. But I also enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert’s earlier fiction, especially Stern Men, set in the world of Maine’s lobster fishing industry. Read more

The start of a great student collaboration: Watch our Vines!

Even though May 9th is a while away, Ali and I are excited for the Open Science Cafe Event featuring New York Times Graphics Director, Steve Duenes. We are so excited that we have been working on some fun Vine videos in preparation for the event.

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Karen Lauritsen named one of 50 influential movers and shakers in libraries

Last week Library Journal announced their annual cohort of Movers and Shakers, and Kennedy Library’s Karen Lauritsen was among the group of 50 people selected from more than 225 nominations received from throughout the country.

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Waiting in the wings: Women and their supporting roles at Cal Poly, 1930-1956

This post is written by Soquel Filice (HIST ’15), a Student Assistant in Special Collections and Archives. This is the second in a series of stories she is writing about the history of women at Cal Poly for Women’s History Month. Read Soquel’s first post here and her third and final post here.

How can Mr. McPhee say that he is educating men for the ‘real world’ if they never learn to deal with any women except me?

- Margaret Chase, Cal Poly Administrator, 1908-1946

As mentioned in my previous blog post, the California government decided to ban women from Cal Poly because of lack of funding for additional women’s facilities and home economics department, which most women students enrolled in. What is very interesting about this legislation is that in 1937 it was repealed, but women were not allowed to enroll in classes again until 1956. Why was this? Read more

6th Annual Pitch Perfect Awards: Student videos explore entrepreneurial library ideas

Everyone gathered around the screen in the atrium on Tuesday, March 11. Most were students, looking excited and nervous. Others were library staff and professors, looking happy and excited. Off to the side were five huge checks to be handed out. This event was a viewing party and check ceremony for the winners of the 6th Annual Orfalea College of Business and Kennedy Library Pitch Perfect Video Competition. Read more