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Why else would the college offer Student Success workshops available to all students each semester?

On Oct. 4, come to N2802 on the North County Campus from noon to 1 p.m. to listen in on “Beyond Google—Impressing Your Teacher and Getting That A!” And as much as people say “Cs get degrees,” they secretly all want As.

On Oct. 5, go to room 3219 from 10 to 11 a.m. for “Bringing it All Together: Thematic Studying for Better Test Results!”

Oct. 11 brings “Overcoming Procrastination” from 1 to 2 p.m. in room 3219. And if you finish that workshop and realize you shouldn’t have put off attending the first group in October, behold the power of second chances: “Beyond Google” will enjoy an encore from 11 a.m. to noon in room 3219.

For more information, call Academic Support at 546-3148.

Over at Poly, innovation has arrived. The college announced a Sept. 28 grand opening for its Small Business Development Center for Innovation.

The center—part of a network led by the regional office at UC Merced—promotes “the development of technology-focused organizations and will help create and retain jobs on the Central Coast by providing high-quality business assistance to start-ups and established companies.”

Local dignitaries and representatives (Congresswoman Lois Capps, state Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong, and the like—you know the type) were scheduled to attend.

Speaking of luminaries and bigwigs, Deborah Read was recently named vice president for university advancement and CEO of the Cal Poly Foundation.

Read will come from Ohio’s University of Dayton to officially start at Poly on Jan. 1.

The foundation aims to raise private funds to support university programs. The college reports that fundraisers brought in philanthropic gifts to the tune of $25 million in fiscal year 2010-22, so Read will be in charge of coordinating an auxiliary group that brings in large chunks of change.

She’s replacing Robert Koob, the Cal Poly provost who’s worn the interim VP and CEO hats since spring 2010, when Sandra Ogren retired.

Here’s to hoping she manages to find a San Luis Obispo version of Bruce Wayne, whose vast wealth can benefit the school in addition to his Batman-like activities. Actually, that would be awesome for many reasons, not the least of which is that the Central Coast would get a superhero.

Mission Man? Tolosa Woman? Obispo Boy? ∆


Executive Editor Ryan Miller compiled this week’s Cougars and Mustangs. Send your college news to

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