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News & Events Archive ~ 2014-2015

2015 Cal Poly Commencement Ceremony


Mustangs Forever celebrates the spirit and pride of being a Mustang, now and forever during the ceremonies on June 13th in the Recreation Center Main Gym.

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Cal Poly Open House


Open House is an annual Cal Poly event that showcases the campus to admitted and current students, their supporters, alumni, and the San Luis Obispo community. The three-day event is the culmination of an entire year of hard work and dedication by a committee of student volunteers working under New Student and Transition Programs, in collaboration with the community, student clubs, faculty, and staff.

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Alumni and Friends Reception at 2015 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium



Cal Poly’s Wine & Viticulture Department invites you to a reception on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Vines Restaurant in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sacramento.

The Wine & Viticulture Department Alumni & Friends Reception, held in conjunction with the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium, will be celebrating the program’s new status as a department. Come enjoy wine and appetizers while networking and mingling with other alumni, current students, and staff and faculty members.


Unified 2015
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Garagiste Wine Festival Presents $20,000 Donation to Cal Poly WVIT Program









US premier artisan wine festival supports education for aspiring winemakers; festival announces Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture program continues as beneficiary for 2015.

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015 the Garagiste Festival presented a check for $20,000 to the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture department from proceeds raised at its 2014 Garagiste Festivals. It also announced that the Cal Poly program will continue to be a beneficiary of the festivals in 2015, including the upcoming ‘Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure,’ scheduled for March 27th – 29th in Solvang.

To read full article please visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/01/prweb12460333.htm



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Assembly Bill-1989 "Approved by Governor"


On Monday, July 22, 2014 Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation allowing students in winemaking and brewing programs to sip and spit alcohol in an educational setting. Cal Poly administration, the Wine and Viticulture Department, and our students enthusiastically support this historic action. This bill will allow our department to provide a more comprehensive curriculum and better prepare students to enter the industry.

We are excited to see the positive impacts of this legislation on our campus. Follow the links to the KSBY Story and The Press Democrat Article to learn more about Assembly Bill 1989.

Check Out Our 2014 Summer International Wine Institute Blog


Follow our Wine and Viticulture students as they travel along the West Coast this summer. We will be exploring the wine regions of the Central Coast, Central Valley, Napa, Sonoma, Oregon, and Washington State. Students from Switzerland and Australia will be joining us on our journey and we cannot wait share our “Learn by Doing” philosophy with them.

You can keep up with our students by visiting the 2014 Summer Internation Wine Instittue Blog. Sign up for updates and check back often to see our latest adventures.

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One Step Closer to Passing the "Sip and Spit" Assembly Bill 1989


Assembly Bill 1989 was presented to the Senate Governmental Organization Committee on Tuesday, July 24. If AB 1989 becomes a law, students in winemaking and brewing programs will be allowed to taste, but not consume, alcohol for educational purposes. Dr. Jim Cooper and senior Wine and Viticulture student, Shannon Leary, testified in front of the committe on behalf of Cal Poly and our department. The bill passed through the committee with a 6-0 vote and enjoys widespread support at the Capitol.

The passing of this bill is integral in the growth of the Wine and Viticulture Department, it will increase four year graduation rates, and allow our students to continue to be leaders in one of California's most important industries. We are optimisitic about the future of the bill and the impact it will have on our curriculum.

Follow the link in the San Luis Obispo Tribune to learn more about the bill and the impact it will have on our students.

Check Out Pictures from our Visit to the Capitol









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