Several buildings and landmarks on campus will be illuminated with blue light starting at dusk Friday, May 22, in an effort to recognize and thank all health care workers who have been providing support, guidance and care for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The lights will continue to light up several spots each evening through May 31, including the south side of the Cal Poly Recreation Center, the Performing Arts Center, and Grand Avenue entrance to campus.
The “Light it Blue to Thank You” effort is a joint project between Cal Poly’s Facilities Management and Development department, Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo, and Associated Students, Inc.
In addition, the Facilities team painted the Cal Poly “P” blue on May 21. It will remain blue through the light-up effort.
The lights also symbolize appreciation for everyone who helped prepare the Cal Poly Alternate Care Site at the Recreation Center, the more than 600 community medical volunteers who are signed up and trained to run the ACS if it’s ever needed, and about 50 additional county personnel who work occasionally at the ACS or perform an administrative function.
The lights also recognize the many “essential personnel” who continue to keep the university’s campus clean, safe and operational for students and staff during this pandemic challenge.
The symbolic thank-you extends not only to the campus community, but also to the entire San Luis Obispo city and county community.