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Mock Trial Advances to Nationals

Mar 2, 2016

Cal Poly’s Mock Trial Team A received an honorable mention at the regional competition with a record of 4-3-1. They were given an open bid to the national opening round championship series. On the team, Deeksha Kohli received an All Region Attorney Award. Rod Rahimi and Chloe Loomer received All Region Witness Awards. In addition, Cal Poly Team B received an honorable mention at the regional competition with a record of 4-4. On the team, Erin Chazer received an All Region Attorney Award. Congratulations to the Mock Trial team and good luck at Nationals!

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Campaigns 2016: Two Great Forums for Cal Poly Students

Feb 22, 2016

March 3rd

Join us for these two exciting events!

Governed Through Choice

Feb 22, 2016

Dr. Jennifer Denbow, and interlocutor Dr. Brian Beaton, engaged in a lively and engaging discussion of Dr. Denbow’s new book Governed Through Choice. Dr. Denbow’s book centers around the argument that having more choices doesn’t necessarily make us more autonomous or free. Using reproductive politics, politics and law to investigate the interconnections between technology, communities of expertise, and law and policy, Dr. Denbow and Dr. Beaton explored competing traditions of autonomy and the use of technology and information, particularly as it applies to instances of reproductive health.

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Conversations with Cal Poly Authors

Feb 5, 2016

Event: Conversations with Cal Poly Authors
Date: Feb 19
Time: 10-11:30
Location: Kennedy 111H

24th District Congressional Debate at Cal Poly

Jan 19, 2016

Evaluate your choices for representative

Candidates for the 24th Congressional District will discuss the major issues facing Central Coast constituents. The debate will be moderated by Randol White of KCBX FM. Audience members will have an opportunity to submit questions.

"Scientists at War" Library Conversation

Nov 10, 2015

Dr. Shelley Hurt (POLS) and Dr. Sarah Bridger (HIST) talked with a standing room only audience about Dr. Bridger’s new book, Scientists at War, as part of the Kennedy Library’s Conversations with Cal Poly Authors series.

Sarah Bridger and Shelley Hurt: Book discussion

Nov 3, 2015

Sarah Bridger, assistant professor in history, and Shelley Hurt, associate professor of political science, will discuss Bridger’s book Scientists at War: The Ethics of Cold War Weapons Research.

Ms. Kelli Seybolt Talks About Employment

Oct 20, 2015

Ms. Kelli Seybolt joined a university-wide group of students and faculty to discuss careers for Cal Poly students in Washington, DC. Ms. Seybolt, who serves as director of International Affairs and Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard, was the CLA Honored Alumna in 2014.

Ms. Seybolt talked with students about how to leverage internships and first employment positions to create a professional network to help locate and secure future jobs. She also emphasized the importance of tailoring resumes for the screening process and how to locate jobs and internships through USAJobs. Students participated in a lively Q&A session, followed by a lunch, hosted by POLS Alumna Shari Mullins.

Guest Speaker: Jeff Smith

Oct 15, 2015

Author of Mr. Smith Goes to Prison, Jeff Smith will be coming to Cal Poly for a conversation about criminal justice and prison reform in the United States.

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New Student Welcome!

Aug 5, 2015

This fall, we welcomed 104 first year, 12 transfer and 11 graduate students to the department of Political Science. Of the over 1,100 applicants to the department, these students represent the best of the best with an average incoming high school GPA of 3.78 and with a wealth of diverse experiences and interests. Classes have started for the fall quarter; the faculty and staff of the department are excited to see these students start their Cal Poly Political Science experience.

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