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Social Sciences Department Newsletter - Fall 2017

Social Sciences Learn by Doing


Cal Poly Engineers Without Borders 2017

Engineers Without Borders: Dr. Brian Pompeii in Malawi

Cal Poly Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Malawi Group continued their fifth year of collaboration with the small community of Kumponda near Blantyre, Malawi. 

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Cal Poly Wins First at CWESS with Research Project

Professor-Student Research Project Wins First Place

Stacey Rucas, with several anthropology-geography students, undertook a research project aimed at testing for evidence of intrasexual competition within female political spheres.

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Learn by Doing Fund

Social Sciences Learn by Doing Fund

The Social Sciences Department launched its Learn by Doing Fund Program, aimed at supporting student projects that adopt Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy. 

Read more about projects supported by the Learn by Doing Fund

James Coleman

Sociology Stalwart James Coleman Retires  

Sociology professor James Coleman retired after a 40-year career with Cal Poly. ​

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Carolyn Dentler

Administrative Support Coordinator Carolyn Dentler Retires

Administrative Support Coordinator, Carolyn Dentler, retired after 10 years with the Social Sciences Department. 

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Jones Receives Lifetime AchievementDepartment Welcomes Dejana Lubura as Administrative Support Coordinator​

The Social Sciences Department was fortunate to hire Dejana Lubura as its new administrative support coordinator.  

Read more about Dejana Lubura

Faculty Activities


Our faculty had a busy year, both in their projects with students and their scholarly activities. 

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Letters from the Field


Social Sciences Department alumna Paige Liss reports on how she is using her knowledge in traditional and unexpected ways.  

Read more about Paige Liss


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