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November 8, 2021

Cal Poly Honors Wins 1st Place at the National Collegiate Honors Council Newsletter competition! 

In June 2021 we submitted our Fall 2020 & Spring 2021 Newsletters to the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) annual newsletter competition. Friday we found out we won 1st place!! NCHC represents Honors programs nation-wide which means we were competing with schools all over the US. Congrats to the following Honors students who worked hard last year to put together our winning Newsletters.

Hailey Baldwin 
Jaclyn Charbonneau
Christine Evans
Shreya Hambir 
Gillian Ippoliti 
Kayla Itagaki 
Caden Kerr
Julia Kyrzan 
Ashley Miller 
Corrine Nepaial 
Ashley Pagsibigan
Ava Schafbuch 


TODAY! Cal Poly in Europe Summer 2022, Information Session!!

NEW for summer 2022 is the study abroad program "Cal Poly in Europe - Environment and Society.  Co-led by Professors Tom Trice (HIST) and Gregg Fiegel (CE), this program features a transnational experiential learning adventure that encourages students to approach some important issues faced by individuals, groups, and entire societies, past and present.   At this information session, Professors Trice and Fiegel will be available to talk about the program and answer questions.  A representative from the International Center will on hand to discuss application procedures, eligibility, etc.  View full program details here

When: TODAY, Monday November 8th; 4:00 to 5:00pm
Where: Honors Commons (Library, room 510) 

Have you participated in Study Abroad?

We are seeking an Honors student who has studied abroad to be on our Track Experience Panel on November 17th @ 6:30pm. The panel is an opportunity for other students to learn more about our Track options. If you are willing to be a panelist please email Corrine Nepaial ( by this Wednesday.

Need help with registration?

Student Assistants are available to provide drop-in advising in the Honors Commons during the days and times listed below. You can also reach out to any of the Student Assistants directly to set up a zoom advising session. You can find the contact information for our Student Assistants AND Dr. J's Office hours on our Leadership Team page.

Student Assistant Peer Advising Drop-in Hours:

Tuesdays 2:00-4:00pm (Kayla)
Wednesdays 2:00-4:00pm (Claire)
Thursdays 2:00-4:00pm (Corrine)

Register for an Honors Seminar (HNRS 299) this Winter22!!

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity for Honors students! Our 1-unit HNRS 299 seminars are filling up! If you are interested in enrolling in a seminar but can't during first pass of registration due to your unit load, email Dr. J (! Remember these Credit/No Credit seminars are designed to be interesting and engaging and appropriate for any major. 

First year students this is a good way to make progress on your required Honors electives while building your Honors community!! Don't delay!

Consider HNRS 265 in Winter22!

HNRS 265 - Research and Information Skills for Honors Students. Click HERE to Learn More about this 2-unit Honors class! For more information about this course email Tess Loarie (, the Learning Assistant for the course. This is a great course to take to fulfil an Honors Elective requirement!

Are you planning to take HNRS 361 or 461 next quarter?

If you completed your Track experience (and already received approval by completing the Form in Module 4.4 of the Student Handbook) you can enroll in HNRS 361. If you have completed (or almost completed) your Senior Project in your major you can enroll in HNRS 461. Both of these courses are asynchronous. Enrollment is by permission only. Please email for a permission number.

Have you completed a Co-Curricular Experience?

To learn more about how to satisfy the Honors Co-Curricular Experience click on the Co-Curricular Experiences link under Current Students on our website.

RE: SLO Hacks!

Do you like free food? Prizes? Want to learn how to code? Then come to SLO Hacks’ first hackathon of the year, RE: SLO Hacks! This free event is open to all majors and experience levels. Beginners are welcome! Come enjoy free food, participate in coding workshops, make new friends, and build a project that could win prizes! Join them on Sunday, November 14, 2021 from 8am to 8pm on campus at the Advanced Technology Lab (Building 7). 

Sign up link: 

Save the Date! Student Panel on Honors Track Experiences!

Check out the Current Students tab!

We have added a Current Students tab to the Honors website. Here you can find a link to the Canvas Student Handbook, the Tentative Course Offerings and more. You can also now find Honors Requirement Checklists. Download and keep track of your progress in the program!


Baker-Koob Endowments to support hands-on, project-based learning opportunities for individual students and groups at Cal Poly. Due November 12th 2021 by 5pm.

Learn about the Donald A. Strauss Scholarship Foundation scholarship program


See Module 2.8 of the Student Handbook for more information about Honors required Co-curricular experiences. Please see the Co-Curricular Experiences link under the Current Students tab for the steps to take to fulfill this requirement. Below are new opportunities that you can consider for fulfilling these requirements.



Apply to be a Poly Rep!
Poly Reps are the Official University Ambassadors and campus tour guides for Cal Poly. If you Apply to be a Poly Rep and are selected you can count this as your Leadership Co-Curricular experience! Applications DUE NOVEMBER 8TH!

Honors Program Information!

Phone: 805-756-7029
Honors Commons
Location:5th Floor Library (room 510).
Hours:  Monday 9am to 3pm; Tuesday - Friday: 9am to 4pm

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