Cuesta College’s production of “Refried Elvis” received six national awards at the regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Hawaii. It’s the second time in recent years the San Luis Obispo community college’s drama department has received such honors.
Cal Poly student Mick Bruckner has filed a Title IX complaint against communication studies lecturer Michael Winn for a series of insensitive remarks while Bruckner was a freshman student in his Communication Studies 101 class.
Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Margaret Fortune, the leader of a network of charter schools in Northern and Southern California, will be the keynote speakers of three spring graduations June 11-12 at Cal Poly. Panetta was Bill Clinton’s chief of staff from 1994-96 and started the The Panetta Institute for Public Policy at CSU Monterey Bay. Fortune was recently named a trustee emerita of the CSU system and has served as an education adviser to two California governors, Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Bill Nye, the Science Guy, visited Cal Poly on Monday to discuss the LightSail project. The solar-powered, lightweight spacecraft is on track to eject from a small satellite in 2017 as part of a mission planned by the Planetary Society, of which Nye is the executive director. Cal Poly is helping to coordinate the project.
Cuesta College celebrated the graduation of 1,013 students at its 51st annual commencement ceremony on Friday in San Luis Obispo. The college handed out more than 1,300 associate degrees to grads ranging in age from 15 to 67.
Arroyo Grande High School senior Jared Springer, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2014, was told by Lucia Mar Unified School District representatives late last week that he would not be allowed to attend prom with his classmates on Saturday because a broken hip had kept him out of classes for three weeks. The district has since issued an apology, and is working with non-profit organization Brighten A Corner Ministry to organize a private prom for Springer.
Arroyo Grande High School senior Jared Springer received a public apology from Lucia Mar Unified School District Superintendent Raynee Daley on Tuesday. Springer wasn't allowed to go to the high school's prom because of his medical absences.
William and Linda Frost, both California State University graduates, have pledged to donate $20 million to help fund the planned new Science & Agriculture Teaching and Research Complex at Cal Poly, estimated to cost $57 million.