Cultivate Fall 2020

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Dean Andrew J. Thulin

That word has taken on new significance over these past nine months as we’ve faced the impacts of a global pandemic, wildfires and societal change.

In this issue you’ll read about the devastating effects of the fire that ran through Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch in August. The fire destroyed not only the natural landscape – centuries old forests and fields – but also historic buildings, trains and records. But out of this damage has arisen vast opportunity for new hands-on learning experiences, research projects, and a reimagining of the ranch for now and into the future. That’s resilience.

You’ll also hear about how our students, faculty and staff have pivoted to virtual or hybrid learning, creating experiences that are more compelling and engaging than we could have imagined. That, too, is resilience.

Finally, I want to say farewell to longtime executive associate dean Richard Cavaletto. Richard has served Cal Poly for 30 years — through times both down and up — with his hallmark collegiality and wise counsel. Please join me in wishing him well as he embraces his next chapter.

We are resilient because we are supported by a vast network of supporters like you.

We are resilient because we are Mustangs.

May you all stay healthy and well.



College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences


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