Architecture graduate Fred Sweeney is the new president of the Cal Poly Alumni Association.
Sweeney earned his bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly in 1974 and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. He led the $1.5 million fundraising campaign for the George Hasslein Endowed Chair in the college.
Sweeney heads the firm PMSM Architects in Santa Barbara, where he lives; he’ll serve as the alumni association’s president until June 2012.
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He takes over for outgoing president John Sweeney, who has served since 2008. (The two Sweeneys are not related.)
In his presidency, Fred Sweeney will also lead the 22-member board of directors.
Sweeney said his goals include putting the university’s alumni association on par with those of other top universities, making the CPAA board more reflective of Cal Poly’s six colleges and all of its alumni, and developing a financially sustainable association.
For details on the Cal Poly Alumni Association, visit www.alumni.calpoly.edu.
— Nick Wilson
The San Miguel Unified School District hosts its back-to-school night fundraiser dinner Tuesday, welcoming parents and students into the 2010-11 school year.
The fiesta dinner offers takeout or eat-in meals from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Lillian Larsen school cafeteria, 1601 L St. in San Miguel.
The cost is $8 per person for four enchiladas, rice, beans, a beverage and dessert. Proceeds benefit student programs.
For tickets, call Meg Brooks at 467-3816 or Ann Granados at 467-3216, ext. 110.
— Tonya Strickland
Donors who give blood will get a bowl of chowder from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Sea Chest Restaurant and Oyster Bar, 6216 Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria.
Salad, bread and soda will also be served at the ninth annual blood drive sponsored by The Sea Chest crew, Sons of the American Legion and legion Post No. 432.
Donations take about 45 minutes, mostly for paperwork. The actual blood-draw takes five to eight minutes, after which donors are asked to stay for observation for about 15 minutes. Donors should be at least 17 and weigh more than 110 pounds. Those under 18 need a permission slip.
“It’s for a great cause, saving lives,” said organizer Steve Kniffen. Call him at 927-3266 for details or a reservation.
— Kathe Tanner
The Fix 46 group, which advocates improvements to Highway 46, plans to meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Elks Lodge at 14th and Park streets in Paso Robles. A video will be shown on progress by roadwork crews. Those with questions can call Mary Chambers at 239-2888.
— Tonya Strickland
Homeowners, disabled veterans and eligible nonprofit organizations still have time to file claims for property tax exemptions and receive partial credit, according to county Assessor Tom Bordonaro.
Homeowners can receive an exemption of up to $5,600 and fully disabled veterans up to $155,333 if they file by Dec. 10. Those amounts are less than they would have received if they had filed by the early deadline of Feb. 16.
Nonprofit organizations can receive up to 90 percent of the full exemption if they file by Dec. 31.
For eligibility requirements and claim forms, call 781-5643 or go to www.slocounty.ca.gov/Assessor.
— Bob Cuddy