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Cal Poly's attempts to make good on its Learn By Doing philosophy lead it to continuously improve the school and offer more that will help its students keep up in this extremely competitive world. Among the latest scholarly additions to the school is Kyle Hofer, former director of business analytics at Insight Investments, who has been named the director of Cal Poly's Orfalea College of Business's new Master of Science in business analytics program. The program, which begins in the fall, focuses on data analysis as a tool for decision-making in an economy ruled by data. With so much data being collected every second, from search engines to social media, this field is invaluable to businesses. Hofer's duties include recruiting, admitting, and supporting students, as well as building relationships with industry partners. The more of these relationships Cal Poly has access to, the more opportunities students will have for hands-on industry experience, which Cal Poly of course prides itself on its ability to offer. Congratulations to Hofer on this position, we here at Cougars and Mustangs look forward to hearing (and writing about) the great things that come out of your new program!

In other Mustangs news, alumnus William L. Frost and his wife, Linda, have pledged $20 million to the school toward the construction of a planned multidisciplinary undergraduate research and technology center on campus. The planned Science & Agriculture Teaching and Research Complex has an estimated cost of $57 million and would feature at least 64,000 square feet of research labs and technology space for various Cal Poly college programs. The hope is that such a large pledge will attract further donations to get the funding into gear. This isn't the first donation the Frosts have made either. Among others benefiting from their continued generosity, each summer, more than 150 students receive stipends funded by the Frosts and others to engage in original research with faculty mentors. Such generosity is greatly appreciated and helps make Cal Poly the incredible learning institution it's known for being. Thank you!

As the quarter's close quickly approaches, this is a final heads up to any extracurricular groups or projects and suchlike making plans for the summer. Even when school is not in session, Cougars and Mustangs is! So don't forget to send your collegiate news!

Contributor Lola White-Sanborn has slowly been collecting data too ... on the crypozooligical fauna of the Central Coast. Send her your collegiate news via cougarsandmustangs@newtimesslo.com, and any shaky cam footage you have claim to.

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