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STS Minor Program Graduates-Spring 2018

STS Minor Programs' Graduation Celebration

May 21, 2018

Congratulations to all of our 48 STS minor program's graduates!  On Friday, May 18th we celebrated the hard work and dedication of the graduating seniors in our 4 STS minor programs.  Each graduate received a cord for graduation and a certificate for completion of their minor.  


25 Under 25 Film Festival May 19th-20th 2018

May 10, 2018

Join Cal Poly student Michael Frank for his creation of a film festival for artists under the age of 25 years old.  May 19 th and 20 th at the Historic Palm Theater in downtown SLO.  For more information and for tickets please visit:


Thursday April 26th Concert in the Canyon

Apr 24, 2018

Concert in the Canyon Thursday April 26th from 7-9pm in Poly Canyon Village.  Featuring MOONSHINER COLLECTIVE.  FREE Tri-tip sandwich and drink with your Poly card.  

ISLA 340's Filmmakers'Showing at SLOIFF

ISLA 340 Filmmakers Showing at SLOIFF

Apr 5, 2018

Cal Poly's ISLA 340's Student Films were showed at the SLO International Film Festival on Wednesday, March 14 th.  Students worked diligently to create their shorts during the quick 8 weeks of the Winter quarter.  Congratulations to all who participated and on your first film shown at a Film Fest!

Firas Fayyad's Last Men in Aleppo Screening with Q&A

Academy Award Nominated Film "Last Men in Aleppo" Screening and Q&A with director Firas Fayyad

Mar 8, 2018

Join the STS program, Cal Poly Journalism and Cal Poly Liberal Arts in a screening of Academy Award nominated documentary "Last Men In Aleppo" followed by Q&A with the director, Firas Fayyad on Saturday, March 17th at 3pm.  $5 for students.  This is a benefit for the White Helmets.  For more information, please visit the SLOIFF website here.

NSF Grant

Dr. Coleen Carrigan wins NSF Career Award!

Feb 19, 2018

Dr. Coleen Carrigan has been awarded NSF Career grant for her program: Valuing the Social in Computer Science and Engineering. The grant will help research to reasons why CSE remains stubbornly segregated when it comes to gender parity.  The goal os this CAREER project is to use ethnography to compare subfields of CSE in which women have different levels of participation.  It investigates the relationship between cultural values, norms and practices. 

Congratulations Dr Carrigan on this great achievement!


STS minor program Alum is accepted into prestigious University of Oxford

Dec 22, 2017

Emma Welden, COMS major and STS minor (SRC), was accepted into the Nature, Society, and Environmental Governance program at Oxford.  Congratulations, Emma!

Cinematography and Sound Design Workshop

Cinematography and Sound Design Workshop

Dec 18, 2017

Join local film professionals, Simo Nylander, cinematographer, and Andy Kulikowski, sound recordist, for a hands-on filmmaking workshop. Learn the technical and artistic aspects of how to set up a scene and tell your cinematic story, including lighting, sound recording, camera angles and movement.

Wednesday, January 10 from 12 – 3 in the ATL, Building 7.

Pixar Writer Karl Iglesias

Screenwriter and Author Karl Iglesias: How To Write For Emotional Impact

Dec 13, 2017

Join the STS minor program on Wednesday, February 7th at 5:00PM in ATL ( building 7) for Screenwriter and Author Karl Iglesias: How to Write For Emotional Impact.  What is the most critical foundation of all Pixar films?  The story's emotional core, also known as "The Heart".  

Learn the tools screenwriters use to hook us into the story, care for the character and inspire us to follow them on a journey of adventure and transformation.  These techniques can also be applied to non-fiction writing and marketing.

This event is FREE and open to the public.  For more information, please email


Casey Reas ART

"Stochastic Confabulation" Art Exhibit by visiting Artist Casey REAS

Oct 30, 2017


Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Exhibit Casey Reas 11/2/17 – 12/1/17

Artist lecture and gallery opening reception set for Nov 2 at 5pm

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will present “Stochastic Confabulation” featuring several of the more recent video projections created by artist Casey Reas, to run Nov. 2 through Dec. 1.

This exhibition will feature three immersive projections which are composed by using “processing,” which is the language of coding that Reas is known for helping to create. Visitors will be invited to sit within the gallery and view the projections individually and as a whole. The sound from each projection will overlap and the viewers are invited to adjust the mixer themselves in order to fine tune their experience.

"Casey Reas is a pioneer in the area of digital fine art and computer programing. His investigations of critical data as visualization and developing visual form are an inspiration to art practitioners, designers and programmers working with interdisciplinary new media around the world. We are honored to have him exhibit his work and speak at Cal Poly."- James Werner, Assistant Professor of Media Arts

About the Artist

The exhibit will open with a talk by Reas at 5 p.m. Thursday Nov. 2 in the Berg Gallery on the ground floor of Architecture and Environmental Design (Bldg. 5) on campus. A reception will follow at 6p.m. in the gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34).

Casey REAS (a k a Casey Edwin Barker Reas, C. E. B. Reas)
Born 1972 in Troy, Ohio. Lives and works in Los Angeles.
Reas' software, prints, and installations have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Recent venues include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent commissions have been awarded by the New World Symphony in Miami and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Reas' work is in a range of private and public collections, including the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Reas is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Media Arts and Sciences as well as a bachelor’s degree from the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. With Ben Fry, Reas initiated Processing in 2001. Processing is an open source programming language and environment for the visual arts. 


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