Student Success – Cultivate Spring 2020

Definition of Success

1 a: degree or measure of succeeding b: satisfactory completion of something c: the gaining of wealth, respect or fame 2: a person or thing that succeeds

First Place Win

A proposal to create an annual convention for home share and vacation rental owners to enhance their knowledge, network and property-management skills led to a first-place win for a team of Cal Poly students from the Experience Industry Management Department. The five-person team won at the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) annual student competition for the proposal, the “Home Sharing Proposal Experience (HSX).” The Cal Poly team included senior recreation, parks and tourism administration majors Morgan Cutter, Luke Haley and Olivia Larsen; Courtney Frickman, a senior business administration major with an event planning and experience management minor; and Chrissy Baur, an exchange student from Germany. They were advised by Assistant Professor Kevin Lin. The team later got to present their proposal at the PCMA Convening Leaders Conference in San Francisco.


Viewers Choice

Kimura Yamamoto, a graduate student studying agricultural education, won the viewers choice innovative poster award at the Western Region American Association for Agricultural Education Research Conference in September 2019 in Anchorage, Alaska. Research topics included agricultural education, communication and leadership.


Food Challenge Win

A team of students won first place at the Food Distribution Research Society’s National Student Food Marketing Challenge in Seattle, Washington, in October 2019. Agricultural communication senior Emma Manoukian and agricultural business seniors Victoria Cohen, Katie Kelley and Anna Hilbert created a market plan addressing specific challenges for an agribusiness company that was selected prior to the competition. The team presented their findings to representatives of the company. Assistant Professor Cristina Connolly advised the team. Seven universities from across the country, including Cal State Chico, Fresno State, University of Delaware, University of Missouri-Columbia, Arkansas State University, and Texas A&M, competed in the contest. After three rounds of presentations between the student teams and the client, the Cal Poly team won first. This is the second consecutive year that Cal Poly has taken top honors at the competition.


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