Corporation Corner

Throughout the year Cal Poly Corporation staff spend thousands of hours leading projects, developing and streamlining programs, policies, concepts and services, and creating awareness of this work – all focused on delivering continuous improvement and an elevated experience for our students, faculty and staff. Corporation Corner is our opportunity to keep you apprised of that work, to update you and offer insight into what is happening at the Cal Poly Corporation as we Deliver the Difference to Cal Poly.

Letter from the CEO

In January I could not have imagined I would be issuing my final update as Cal Poly Corporation CEO in the midst of a global pandemic. I could not have foreseen that all in-person events would be canceled, spring quarter meal plans refunded, Campus Dining closed for...

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Work Continues Through COVID-19

Since early March the Corporation has been working closely with university partners to ensure that all essential services could continue as safely and seamlessly as possible. Campus Dining adapted new safety protocols, the University Store increased online sales,...

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Face Coverings Now Required on Campus

As of June 18, 2020, the California Department of Public Health has mandated that people must wear face coverings when outside their homes in specific circumstances. There are also exceptions to the new rules. The state mandate applies to the Cal Poly campus and...

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Cal Poly Corporation names new CEO

Cody VanDorn was named the next chief executive officer of the Cal Poly Corporation in early June following a nationwide search. VanDorn has served as the executive director of Strategic Business Services at Cal Poly for the last five years. During that time, he led...

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CPC Welcomes new Board Members

“The Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors appointed three new members during its annual meeting on Friday, June 12. The new appointees include the university’s vice president for Research and Economic Development, an esteemed community business leader and an...

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CPC Thanks Outgoing Board Members

The Corporation Board of Directors said good bye and thanked three outgoing board members with gifts and commendations during the annual meeting on Friday, June 12. Deputy Athletics Director Nick Pettit served as the vice chair on the CPC Board for the last five...

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Vista Grande Construction Updates

The new Vista Grande dining complex is scheduled for completion at the end of July. Plans are well-underway to move Campus Dining staff and operations into the new facility beginning in August to get it ready for food production work in whatever capacity is needed...

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Help is Available

The past four months have brought unprecedented change to our campus and our lives. We are all working through this COVID-19 outbreak in our new capacities, many working remotely from home as we continue to support the university. This is a stressful time and CPC...

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Building 19 Renovation

Building 19, the building that has served as Cal Poly’s primary food service and production facility for the past 60 years is in line for a major renovation. Following the opening of Vista Grande this summer, staff will begin the process of decommissioning Building 19...

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Mustang Station Patio Renovation

Facilities Operations and Capital Projects has wrapped up work on a new Mustang Station patio that features outdoor televisions and electric heaters along with a fireplace and comfortable seating. Very close to and complimentary to the patio project, ASI’s Alley...

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Poly Access

Poly Access, the University Store’s course materials program, was rolled out as a pilot program during winter quarter. Developed by the University Store and implemented with support and involvement of many campus partners, the program provides access to course...

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Pouring Rights Contract

Cal Poly has a new pouring rights contract with Coke that will double the benefit to the university. Corporation staff worked with Cal Poly’s chief procurement officer as well as staff from CSU East Bay and Stanislaus to execute a multi-campus Master Enabling...

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USA Pentathlon National Qualifier

On January 18 and 19 Cal Poly hosted the USA Pentathlon National Qualifier which determined the four women and men named to the 2020 Team USA. This event came to fruition following three months of long hours and dedicated work from the team in Conference and Event...

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University Diversity Updates

Board member and vice president of Student Affairs, Keith Humphrey gave an update on the CPX diversity and inclusion survey results and what the next steps are for the university. The CPX campus dialogue in November helped to provide a deeper dive into the CPX data...

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Construction Updates

The Vista Grande Dining Complex is scheduled for completion spring 2020. At that time, building 19 will be decommissioned and will undergo a complete renovation. The University Store will also be renovated in partnership with Follett and as part of the larger...

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Facilities and Administrative Rate Proposal

The Sponsored Programs Office has engaged Huron Consulting to assist with development of the campus Facilities and Administrative (F&A) rate proposal. The proposal and negotiation will determine the rate that Cal Poly can apply to externally-funded grants and...

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