Student Success – Spring 2023

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

The Cal Poly Dairy Judging Team placed second overall at the Southwest Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo in Fort Worth, Texas, in January. The team consisted of fourth-year animal science major Ashley Waymire, fourth-year agricultural business major Katey Diniz and third-year agricultural business major Zoe Bitter. They were coached by Lecturer Morgan Wonderly and Emeritus Professor Stan Henderson.


A team of agricultural business students won second place at the National Grocers Association Case Study Competition held in Las Vegas, Nevada, in February. The team, consisting of fourth-year agricultural business majors Simran Kurse, Charlotte Courts, Shay Warren, Camille Harteker, and Sophia Pinto competed against 11 other collegiate teams from around the country. The team, advised by Associate Professor Ricky Volpe, was tasked with creating a plan to assist Dierbergs, an independent supermarket chain operating 26 stores in the greater St. Louis area, with attracting and retaining Gen Z in the workforce. They devised a four-initiative solution called Dierberg’s Direction, aimed at providing upward potential and a greater sense of fulfillment for younger workers in the stores, commissaries, and corporate offices.


A group of students from the Food Science and Nutrition Department attended the California League of Food Processors Expo in Sacramento, the largest event of its kind in California, to meet with food processors and make new connections while learning about the latest products and services available to the food processing industry. Students highlighted the Cal Poly program while attending educational seminars and networking.


Nineteen Cal Poly students representing all six Cal Poly colleges were recently recognized for their hard work and accomplishments by state lawmakers on the floors of the State Assembly and Senate in Sacramento. Fourth-year animal science major Ashley Waymire and fourth-year bioresource and agricultural engineering major Fiona Plunkett were a part of the group honored for their achievements. 


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