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TOP FOUR COLLEGE

SPRING 2016

1-2 News & Notes Advancement update; Calendar of upcoming events; Faculty News 4

Advancement A generous gift from alumni Troy and Basia Gillespie to fund a new viticulture lab at the Center for Wine and Viticulture

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Cover Story Cal Poly Professor Bo Liu receives a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to fund his research related to smart farms

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Learn By Doing Cal Poly students get a firsthand experience of Super Bowl 50; Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture at the historic California Wine Symposium and trade mission in Cuba

10 Student Success Wins for Dairy Science and Agricultural Education and Communication; Students honored by state lawmakers AGRIVIEW is published for alumni and friends by the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES). Dean’s Office 805-756-2161 Communications Team Haley Marconett hmarcone@calpoly.edu | 805-756-2933 AnnMarie Cornejo ancornej@calpoly.edu | 805-756-2427

CAFES Director of Development Named Alexis Bradfield has been named director of development for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. She joined CAFES last May as an advancement coordinator and was recognized as being very personable, adaptive and a quick learner. Prior to joining Cal Poly, the CAFES alumna fine-tuned her listening skills and customercentric approach in the hospitality industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation, parks and tourism administration from Cal Poly. She joins Russ Kabaker, assistant dean of advancement and external relations, and Grant Kirkpatrick, director of development. “I look forward to sharing the amazing Learn by Doing opportunities offered at this university with Cal Poly alumni and industry partners, and helping connect them with ways to further enhance our mission,” said Bradfield. “The hands-on education that Cal Poly provides is truly unique and one that I myself benefited from. I know that only through community support and private donors can we continue to enhance these experiences for students. And our industry partners reap the rewards by being able to hire smart, work-ready students.”

Editor Jo Ann Lloyd jlloyd@calpoly.edu | 805-756-7266 Publication Designer IE Design + Communications, Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences has been ranked one of the top four colleges of agriculture in the nation by Campus Explorer, a website that assists more than 30 million students a year with college planning. LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING

According to Campus Explorer, Cal Poly has everything, including its own creamery, organic farm, and irrigation research center. “If you’re searching for an impressive and more affordable agriculture school, Cal Poly is the place,” states the report. LEARN BY DOING

“Our Learn by Doing philosophy gives our students firsthand experience in the field of their interest,” said Andrew Thulin, dean of Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. “Our classrooms are living laboratories. Our faculty members partner with students, sharing research opportunities and practical experience needed for successful careers.”

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

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April 16: Open House:

ON THE COVER: Professor Bo Liu of the Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering Department is working with undergraduate and graduate students to improve the use of technology in agriculture.

Poly Royal Rodeo and CAFES alumni reception May 6: Students, faculty and staff traveled to Sacramento in January for the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium – the largest industry trade show of its kind in North America.

An Evening of Green & Gold

May 21: Mustang Madness June 11: Spring Commencement C A F E S . C A L P O LY. E D U

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Agriview Spring 2016  

The quarterly newsletter of the Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.

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