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On Pitch: Winners of the Pitch Perfect Video Competition

Cal Poly’s outstandingly creative students were rewarded today for their entries in the Kennedy Library and Orfalea College of Business’ 5th Annual Pitch Perfect Video Competition.

Students were asked to create 60-second videos around the theme “Imagine your Dream Library,” and the winners were selected by a panel of eight judges on their technical merit, imagination and clarity of vision. Orfalea College of Business Dean Dave Christy said each year he is impressed by the incredible level of talent and variety.

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Yerba mate for the world!

What’s green, full of caffeine, and on a mission to rebuild the rainforest? Our Guayaki! Science Cafe guests will tell you, it’s yerba mate!

Last week Cal Poly Science Cafe hosted Ana Yazdi and Michael Newton of Guayaki, who shared this traditional South American beverage with us, as well as its health benefits and the company’s mission to use Guayaki’s success to give back to the environment. They shared hot and cold beverages with the community, and their business model of working with native people in South America to harvest mate sustainably.

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Kennedy Library showcases student art with “This is Poly” photo competition

Talented students are leaving their mark at Kennedy Library with the “This is Poly” photo competition, hosted by SLAC, the Student Library Advisory Council.

The competition was proposed to generate new photography for Kennedy Library’s walls, as well as showcase students’ view of the SLO life, said associate university librarian Sarah Faye Cohen. Students submitted to three categories, “From Cerro to Sea,” “SLO Life,” and “How Do You Do?” which covered the local landscape, day-to-day activities, and Cal Poly’s Learn-by-Doing philosophy.

Winners were unveiled Friday, May 10 at a reception in the downstairs gallery. I couldn’t be more excited to see the breathtaking pictures go up around the library this summer!

The photos from our reception are up on Flickr.

Data Studio celebrates one year pioneering the data frontier

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Cal Poly’s Data Studio celebrated one year since its grand opening at its second annual Data Studio Open House on Friday, May 3. The Data Studio, which helps students pursue data-based research projects, hosted data expert Dr. Melissa Cragin and exhibited projects by undergraduate and graduate students.

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Announcing two of Cal Poly’s Outstanding Student Employees of the Year!

This year, two talented student assistants from Kennedy Library were recognized with honors at Cal Poly’s Outstanding Student Employee of the Year awards reception. Glen Beebe, a programmer in Library Information Technology, was named Cal Poly’s top student employee out of 49 nominees from across campus, and Jennifer Ray, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science (CAFES) librarian student assistant was named second runner up. Three cheers for Glen and Jennifer!

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Conversations with Cal Poly Authors puts morality on trial

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“I believe that my book, Judicial Review in an Age of Moral Pluralism, is the most important book in the history of the world,” said Ronald Den Otter, Cal Poly associate professor of political science, to kick off the Cal Poly Authors discussion last Friday.

He was joking, of course, but as the conversation turned from the book’s origins to the subject matter, it became clear that Judicial Review in an Age of Moral Pluralism tackles crucial questions about the role of the justice system in a diverse society that has differing opinions about right and wrong. Joined by Jude Egan, also an associate professor in political science at Cal Poly, the two discussed the appropriateness and history of judicial review in the United States.

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Cal Poly students create app for fish bowls

Some of the best ideas are born under pressure.

That’s certainly true with Cal Poly 24-hour Hackathon participants Jack Maize, Ali Albiani and Kevin DeBoer, who won an award for best library app. Jack, Ali and Kevin are the minds behind the app concept Fish Bowl, which allows users to reserve Kennedy Library’s fish bowls, the collaborative study rooms on the second floor.

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