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Making History



The 77th annual Poly Royal Rodeo made history in April, entertaining a sold-out crowd of supporters at Cal Poly’s Alex G. Spanos Stadium. The move to a larger venue put Cal Poly’s rodeo program on the map as the largest collegiate rodeo in the nation – captivating more than 12,000 spectators.

To watch a time-lapse video of the stadium’s conversion, visit

In less than 96 hours the stadium was converted from a football stadium to a rodeo arena and back again. The transformation included 1,500 sheets of plywood, 2,000 cubic yards of dirt and dozens of volunteers working through the night. In May, Cal Poly’s Poly Royal Rodeo was named the College Rodeo of the Year for the West Coast Region — a testament to the hard work and dedication demonstrated by the team, Coach Ben Londo and the program’s sponsors who worked tirelessly to make the move to Spanos Stadium a reality. The program’s new venue aligns with the momentum the program has seen in recent years under Londo’s leadership.

Mark and Mike Zohns (wearing Hawaiian leis) celebrating the launch of the Mark and Mike Zohns Out-of-the-Classroom Experiences Endowment with their families.



“The Cal Poly Rodeo program has been building momentum for the last three years,” Londo said. “It has always been a well-known program; now it’s on everybody’s radar. The caliber of our athletes continues to grow, and because of the continuous support of our sponsors, we will be able to give our students even more support in the coming years.”

To make gift or to learn more about the program, contact: Grant Kirkpatrick, senior director of development, 805-781-2173 or

Celebrating a Legacy Retired professors Mark and Mike Zohns, both recipients of Cal Poly’s Distinguished Teacher Award, dedicated a combined 65 years of teaching to Cal Poly in the BioResource and Agricultural Engineering, and Horticulture and Crop Science Departments, respectively. To honor their passion for teaching, the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences launched the Mark and Mike Zohns Out-of-the-Classroom Experiences Endowment. The fund will support future generations of students participating in experiential activities. More than 200 alumni, students, faculty and friends gathered during Open House weekend in April to celebrate the brothers’ contributions to Cal Poly, pledging more than $17,000 to the endowment. To donate, visit

Mark Zohns, who advised the Agricultural Engineering Society for all but one of his more than 30 years at Cal Poly, also co-advised the Tractor Pull Club. On April 8, he participated in the decommissioning of Poly Thunder – a longstanding competitive tractor built as a senior project in 1999 by Myles Anderson, Russ Angold and Bobby Pierce and used in competitions throughout the state for the last 18 years. In the past two decades, more than 100 Cal Poly students sat in the driver’s seat, participating in tractor pull competitions in front of a combined 450,000 spectators. Mustang Fever will be replaced with new tractor Mustang Legacy, which was debuted at Dixon May Fair in Dixon, California, taking first place on its maiden run.

Cultivate Summer 2017  

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