Giving Report 2016


Annual Giving Report

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences is proud to share its second annual report highlighting the many ways the community has made an impact this year. It is our hope that the 2015-16 Giving Report will bring to life the many ways our supporters have influenced our students — and the opportunities that remain.

As a state university, Cal Poly relies heavily on our donors to continue to offer the Learn by Doing opportunities that make our students shine and prepare them for the complex industries that await. Every dollar counts. We thank you for your contributions.


Message from The Dean

Dear Friends,

On behalf of Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, thank you.

Every gift, large and small, makes an enormous impact on our students, faculty and sta , and ensures our Learn by Doing legacy thrives. In total, your tremendous generosity added up to $16.8 million in private donations, enabling students to receive a hands-on education and faculty to develop cutting-edge solutions to industry problems.

Looking forward, we’ll continue to focus on enhancing the college’s infrastructure. With several key capital projects underway — including the Boswell Ag Tech Center, Center for Wine and Viticulture, and Plant Sciences Complex — our financial need is greater than ever. We are poised to take the college to next level – and beyond. We hope you’ll be our partner in that vision.

Warmest Regards, 

Andrew J. Thulin | Dean


Swanton Pacific Ranch Endowment

Upon her first visit to Swanton Pacific Ranch, Cal Poly Provost Kathleen Enz Finken knew that it was a priceless attribute to the university’s Learn by Doing philosophy.

Presqu’ile Winery

Presqu’ile Winery, located in the Santa Maria Valley of Santa Barbara County, has formed a key partnership with Cal Poly: investing in the next generation of wine industry leaders.​


Boswell Ag Tech Center​

Momentum is growing to build Cal Poly’s Boswell Ag Tech Center as critical donors continue to step forward to pledge support for the construction of the planned multidisciplinary undergraduate research and technology center in the heart of campus.

Young Alumi Reinvest in their Alma Mater

Cal Poly alumni Lauren Layne (Corkins), 32, and her husband, Sandy Layne, 39, have both committed scholarship bequests to their respective colleges — knowing that their financial support will directly impact future generations. 

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