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It’s already June, and just because graduation is at hand doesn’t mean the news is slowing down on either Central Coast college campus.

Mark your calendars, local lumberjack lovers, because Cal Poly student Walter Page will be in the national spotlight when the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Western Collegiate Qualifier airs on ESPNU on June 24 at 3:30 p.m. Page advanced to the collegiate championship after a dominating performance during the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Western Collegiate Qualifier at Cal Poly in March. Page also received a $1,000 scholarship from STIHL.

Cal Poly has a new top official. Betsy Kinsley will become the new chief of staff for the university’s president office. Kinsley, 35, has been chief of staff for President Stephen Weber at San Diego State University since 2008. Kinsley succeeds Dan Howard-Greene, who retired as chief of staff in December after 16 years. Her appointment is effective July 11.

This sounds like a fun party. Cal Poly Arts has been recommended for a grant of $25,000 to support the 2011 La Guitarra California Festival, a three-day event that celebrates all aspects of guitar artistry.

The festival runs Sept. 9 to 11 and features more than 20 artists in concert, such as Pepe Romero and the SF Guitar Quartet, and a special guest lecture by Central Coast maestro Dr. Craig Russell.

Speaking of music, the Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble will perform in concert June 3 at 8 p.m., and the Cal Poly Wind Bands will perform June 4 at 8 p.m. Both musical events will happen on campus.

Over at the community college, Cuesta named its 2011 Outstanding Athletes of the Year: Alexandria Bernard and Eric Marsh. Bernard took top female honors after leading the Cougars’ water polo team into its Western State Conference Championship game. Bernard was named the 2010 Western State Conference Player of the Year and was also selected to the 2010 All America Water Polo First Team.

The athlete also competed on the school’s swim team, set a school record in the 50-freestyle, and qualified in three events for the 2011 CCCAA State Swim and Dive Championships. She earned her All-America honors for the 50-freestyle, which made her only the second Cuesta women’s aquatics athlete to earn All American in both water polo and swimming.

Marsh took home the men’s title after leading the Cougars’ water polo team to a Western State Conference title and into the CCCAA Regional Playoffs. Marsh was named the 2010 Western State Conference Player of the Year and was selected to the 2010 All American Water Polo First Team. He led the team with 58 assists and 61 steals and was second with 65 goals.

Intern Kai Beech compiles Cougars and Mustangs. Send items for consideration to cougarsandmustangs@newtimesslo.com.

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