Cal Poly Students to be Honored at State Capitol on March 9

Twenty Cal Poly students who have received state and national awards and other honors will be recognized for their accomplishments by state lawmakers at the Capitol in Sacramento on March 9. Among the cohort, business administration seniors Chris Bet and Emily Mallet will be honored.

Bet is a business management major in the Orfalea College of Business. His hometown is Woodside. He headed an interdisciplinary team of Cal Poly students that captured second among universities at the 2015 National Association of Home Builders Residential Construction Management Competition in Las Vegas. Some 54 teams participated, representing association student chapters at universities, community colleges and high schools across the country.

Mallet is a business administration major in the Orfalea College of Business. Her hometown is Stockton. Mallet and her teammates took second in the structural design portion of the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters Student Competition. The students were challenged with using corrugated fiberboard and other paper materials to create a family of products that would help their university recruit new students. The team incorporated San Luis Obispo’s iconic hills throughout their cardboard series of products, in addition to the Cal Poly logo and Mustang mascot.

“These students are indicative of our Learn by Doing philosophy and reflect what their peers are also accomplishing at Cal Poly,” said university President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “We want to honor these representatives of our six colleges for their success in the classroom and for their extracurricular activities throughout the community.”

The group will be introduced on the floors of the Senate and Assembly by local representatives Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian and Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning. In addition, the students will meet with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. They also will greet family, friends and alumni at two receptions in the Sacramento area March 8-9.

The group also includes: statistics major Jimmy Wong, who took second at last month’s National Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition; Delany Bales, a mechanical engineering major and member of Cal Poly universities’ award-winning 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade float; and liberal arts major Gabrielle Amar, who was selected for a Clinton Foundation internship in 2014.

State lawmakers will also honor Dr. Philip Bailey, the longtime Cal Poly faculty member who has headed the university’s College of Science and Mathematics since 1983. Bailey will receive a joint Senate-Assembly resolution for his nearly 50 years of service at Cal Poly.

The resolution is co-sponsored by Assemblyman Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, who graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in business administration; Sen. Monning, D-Carmel, whose district includes San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz counties and portions of Monterey and Santa Clara counties; Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Modesto, who attended Cal Poly; and lead sponsor Sen. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield.

“This resolution honoring Dr. Bailey is special because Sen. Fuller is from outside our district,” Armstrong said. “Usually, resolutions come from local representatives.”

Fuller’s sister, Elaine Rathbun, is a Cal Poly alumnus who thinks highly of Bailey and urged the senator to sponsor the resolution.

Bailey, the senior science dean in the California State University system, joined Cal Poly’s faculty in 1969. He has taught almost every term since then.

He campaigned for the Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics — the second-largest building on campus — for 17 years before construction began in 2010. Every niche of the 189,000-square-foot structure, which opened for classes in September 2013, reflects this vision, from the study areas with couches and room for up to 400 students to the terraces that boast some of the best views on campus.