Featured FeaturedThe AstronautOn the eve of his first mission to space, alumnus and NASA astronaut Victor Glover reflects on the lessons he learned at Cal Poly and why it’s still important for humankind to reach for the stars. FeaturedTaking FlightThrough tragedy, triumph and everything in between, trace the roots of Cal Poly’s reputation for excellence in aeronautics and aerospace. FeaturedHomeroomAlumni educators share their perspectives on this uncharted school year as the nation debates a return to the classroom. FeaturedThought LeadersCal Poly’s new class of faculty examine their fields of study through a lens of diversity, inclusion and equity. Polytechnic Masked Up for Move-In Corpse Flower in Bloom Best in the West Yet Again WOW Goes Virtual Biggest Summer Ever The Winds of Change Swanton Faces Flames The Quarterly About CampusNot Kitten AroundStudents step up to care for dozens of furry friends in the Cal Poly Cat Program amidst the pandemic. How I Learn by DoingMy First PatientBiology graduate Justin Chan reflects on a life-changing opportunity to work with Cal Poly’s cadaver lab on his way toward a career in health care. Five QuestionsFive Questions with Kim BisheffHow does misinformation spread so easily online? A journalism faculty member breaks down the dangers of this modern phenomenon. SpacesThe Perfect BlendFaculty in the wine and viticulture blending lab go above and beyond to ensure students have the full winemaking experience. From the PresidentPlanning for Success in a Year of ChallengesPresident Armstrong on how the university is planning to address the triple challenge of a global pandemic, a crisis of racial injustice and a major recession. Editor's DeskLook UpWhen the challenges we face feel too big to handle, take a moment to look up and find examples of hope in our community. Big Picture A Gang Goes Walking On any other year, a wayward group stranded in the middle of a campus road in September would mean a gaggle of WOWies had lost their sense of direction. But in 2020, a few animals have made 1 Grand Avenue their humble abode in the absence of the usual campus commotion. Our photographer Joe Johnston has spotted an abundance of deer, squirrel and this gang of wild turkeys that faced no traffic whatsoever while crossing near the Construction Innovation Center. Alumni AlumniEver ForwardThrough his non-profit, alumnus Ashanti Branch has created what he always needed as a kid: a supportive space for boys in middle and high school. AlumniAlumni UpdatesUpdates and announcements from your friends and classmates. AlumniTaking a Different RouteAn alumnus reflects on the 50th anniversary of his experience at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. AlumniPerspectives from the EpicenterOne alumna reflects on what it felt like to live through the United States’ first large-scale coronavirus outbreak in New York. Latest News Redefining Home Architecture alumni work to give others a home — while creating their own An Evolving Estuary A Cal Poly study finds large-scale loss of eelgrass in Morro Bay Estuary may cause widespread erosion Teaching New Teachers How teaching credential candidates adapted to virtual learning Shark Spotting Student researchers develop drone and AI tech to protect beachgoers Three. Two. One. Hack! Cal Poly students create space cybercrime challenge for virtual DEF CON hacker convention Rewind Snapshots of FallScenes from a quarter unlike any other as the campus community adapts to life in a pandemic. The Last PandemicA century before COVID-19, Cal Poly learned hard lessons facing its first global pandemic.Creating CommunityFor this professor, bringing students together was part of his job. Then the coronavirus pandemic nearly emptied campus.Rising to the MomentHow has the Cal Poly community handled the challenges of a global pandemic? Mustangs faced the crisis with courage, creativity and a willingness to try something new.Fighting Fires with Social MediaWildfires spread quickly, but so do tweets. Alumnus and Cal Fire Chief Jonathan Cox explains why he uses social media to communicate in a crisis.