Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- June 19, 2001

Cal Poly Grad Singled Out For Community Service, Leadership

A Cal Poly graphic communication graduate from Paso Robles has racked up an impressive list of honors and awards recognizing her academic achievement, outstanding community service and leadership skills.

Cheryl Bloch was named the College of Liberal Arts' Outstanding Senior of the Year for Academic Excellence and was honored at Cal Poly's Commencement on Saturday (June 16).

The 1997 Paso Robles High School grad also received a 2001 President's Community Service Award in the Senior Recognition category for her longtime involvement with such community organizations as the March of Dimes, the Cancer Society and the American Lung Association.

Bloch volunteered as a sign-language teacher and teacher's aide in local elementary school classrooms. She also spent numerous hours helping local elementary and high schools with such activities as Week of Giving and canned food drives as well as tutoring students and helping in the library.

"Not only has Cheryl 'gone the extra mile' as a volunteer," said Graphic Communication Department Head Harvey Levenson, "she has also excelled as a student and a leader."

Bloch shared a first prize at the recent California State University Student Research Competition.

For the past two years, Bloch presided over the Graphic Communication Department's student chapter of the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA), an international research organization with more than 20 student chapters worldwide. This year Cal Poly's chapter won several awards at TAGA's annual conference, including first in the electronic research journal category and second place for a printed journal. The chapter was named the Best Student

Organization in Cal Poly's College of Liberal Arts.

At the TAGA conference, Bloch won a third place for a research paper on the quality capabilities of graphic arts companies.

"Cheryl combines leadership and scholarship with a caring and understanding of the importance of giving back to the community," Levenson said. "She embodies the best of Cal Poly students, and her accomplishments over the last few years have provided me with one of the most satisfying experiences of my 18 years at Cal Poly."

At the end of July, Bloch will begin working at a print brokerage firm in Vallejo. She hopes to continue her education in graduate school in the near future.

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