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With it being the holiday season and all, it stands to reason that a veritable grab bag of happenings on both local campuses will be offered up. Santa isn’t known for playing favorites, and therefore we’ll look at goodies from Cuesta and Cal Poly.

Up on 101, Cuesta’s North County Ambassadors are providing assistance to 15 needy families. Launched in 1999, the Ambassador Program consists of more than 40 members countywide. The group focused its giving on re-entry students, most of them heads of households and holding down part-time jobs.

Working in unison with the Food Bank Coalition of SLO County, Associated Students of Cuesta College raised funds and acquired 280 pounds of food. According to Cuesta’s website, Melinda Diaz explained that every donation counted to those people in need throughout the county.

“Each dollar provides us 10 pounds of food—enough for seven nutritious meals,” Diaz said. “We are able to do this because our overhead is less then five percent.”

Students earned a raffle ticket for each can of food donated. The campus drive was part of a larger, county-wide food drive which brought in more than 500 cans. Anyone interested in donating food can go the SLO Food Bank website.

Also at Cuesta, art instructor Marian Galczenski’s mural painting class recently put the finishing touches on a 10-by-84-foot mural on the wall by the college art gallery.

“The theme is vision,” Galczenski said in a press release. “We are the visual arts. It really is a celebration of all the arts. We are in the arts complex here.”

Students began priming the walls in August. Galczenski said the students will finish the mural over Cuesta’s winter break: fine-tuning, adding transitions, and adding their names in places that are “not going to be noticeable, where [viewers] will have to discover it.” This marked the first offering of Galczenski’s ART 235—Mural Painting class.

Over in Mustang country, classical music fans will get a chance to unwind after the holidays with choice selections guaranteed to melt away the frost. The recital, the proceeds of which will go to the Cal Poly Music Department Scholarship Fund, will be performed by Cal Poly Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller.

The recital will be held on Friday, Jan. 6, at 8 p.m. at the Spanos Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts ticket office or by phone at SLO-ARTS.


Intern Jason Keedy compiled this week’s Cougars and Mustangs. Send your collegiate news to

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