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Cal Poly Report — April 29, 2015


Future Enrollment Proposals Unveiled as Part of Master Plan Update

As part of the master planning process, Cal Poly has released conceptual maps that reflect physical needs of the campus based on two potential scenarios for future enrollment. The master plan will set the locations, sizes and types of land use and facilities needed to support the university’s Learn by Doing mission. The information and maps under consideration are simply ideas and concepts; they do not represent specific proposals. The university will continue to engage the community and solicit input regarding the various concepts, including during two public open houses are set for:
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 7, in the Kennedy Library Atrium
10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 9, in the San Luis Obispo City County Library, 995 Palm St.
For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website, the Master Plan Update website, or view the concept maps.

CRP Professor Working with U.N. Habitat Committee on Cities and Climate Change

Michael BoswellCity & Regional Planning Professor, Michael R. Boswell was selected to participate in Guidelines for City Climate Action Plans, sponsored by U.N.-Habitat, a United Nations program designed to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements and adequate shelter for all. The meeting took place in Oslo, Norway, in conjunction with the U.N.-Habitat 2015 Cities and Climate Change Initiative advisory committee meeting. Boswell was chosen based on his expertise in local climate action planning, including greenhouse gas emissions reduction and climate adaptation planning and policy. Boswell recently authored what is considered the leading text in the field, “Local Climate Action Planning,” with City & Regional Planning Professor Adrienne Greve and subject area expert Tammy Seale. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Schedule Announced for More than a Motto Conference May 15

More than a Motto: Cal Poly's Learn by Doing ConferenceFaculty and staff are invited to register for events scheduled during More than a Motto: Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing Conference Friday, May 15. The conference will include a welcome by President Armstrong; a keynote speech on Learn by Doing by alumnus and Web developer Noah Stokes; concurrent conference sessions presented by faculty, staff and students; and a wine reception during which Learn by Doing Faculty Scholar award recipients will be announced. For the full schedule, visit the conference Web page. The sessions are free, but due to anticipated demand and limited seating, registration is required for the individual events and presentation sessions, except the poster session. Seats can be reserved on the conference registration site.

Submission Guidelines Revised for Cal Poly Report

Cal Poly Report (CPR) is Cal Poly's official employee newsletter, designed to communicate information about officially sanctioned university news or events to faculty, staff and administrators. A new policy has been developed to help ensure CPR continues to contain only relevant and approved information. Submissions are now required to come from, or be approved by, the employee designated to approve submissions in the respective colleges, units and work areas. A list of designated approvers is available on the Cal Poly Report index website. Entries submitted by those other than the designated approver must be accompanied by an approval form signed by the unit's approver. The approval form is available online in fillable pdf format and a Microsoft Word format. CPR is published weekly during the school year, except during academic breaks, and monthly in the summer. The deadline for each weekly issue is 12:30 p.m. the Thursday prior to publication.

Faculty & Staff

Economics Professor Selected as CSU Lead Faculty for Proven Practices

Solina LindahlSolina Lindahl, an economics lecturer, has been selected as a Lead Faculty in the 2015-16 Proven Practices course redesign program, part of the Course Redesign with Technology initiative sponsored by the CSU Chancellor's Office. Lindahl is one of 15 Lead Faculty selected and the first Cal Poly faculty member to earn the honor. The designation will allow her to mentor CSU economics faculty in course redesign. The selection was based on her demonstrated effectiveness improving student success in her microeconomics course (Economics 222). Lindahl redesigned the course with the help of two Promising Practices course redesign grants. Details of her redesign, “Hybrid and Flipped: Using Affordable Technology to Improve Effort and Engagement by Lowering the Cost of ‘Learn By Doing,’” are available on her e-portfolio website. In the first three years of the course redesign initiative, 22 Cal Poly faculty have been awarded $286,000 in grants. For more information, contact Patrick O’Sullivan, campus coordinator for the CSU course redesign grant programs, at

Director of Women’s Engineering Program Receives National Award

Helene fingerHelene Finger, director of the Cal Poly Women’s Engineering Program, won an award from The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for efforts to promote women in engineering and computer science. The DuPont Minorities in Engineering Award recognizes the contributions of individuals who have made significant progress increasing diversity in engineering or engineering technology programs. It comes with a $1,500 honorarium and will be presented June 14 at the ASEE annual conference in Seattle. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

April 30 Symposium to Discuss Available Obesity-Related Research Funding

The Cal Poly Center for Solutions Through Research in Diet & Exercise (STRIDE) is currently accepting applications for its Seed Funding Initiative, which supports research that advances knowledge and practice in obesity prevention and treatment. The Seed Funding Symposium will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the Kinesiology Building (43A), Room 458. The symposium will present information about the funding and last year's inaugural research projects. Eligible faculty members may receive up to $5,000 for 15 months to produce work leading to an external research grant proposal. The most successful seed funding proposals will demonstrate scientific merit, interdisciplinary approaches, student involvement, potential for external funding, and relevance to STRIDE's mission and values. More information about the funding objectives and eligibility is available on STRIDE's website.

Two Instructional Innovation Showcases Remaining in Spring Quarter

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology (CTLT) will host two more Instructional Innovation Showcases in spring quarter. In each session, a faculty member will relate the value of metacognitive activities to enhance students’ skills as independent, self-directed learners. Sessions will provide practical methods and materials for applying the ideas in class. A new format this quarter offers short mid-day sessions. Sessions are coined "A Slice of Inspiration," and attendees will be offered a slice of pizza or pie, depending on the time of the session. Both sessions will be held in Kennedy Library, Room 202A, as follows:
— “Cognitive Wrappers: Transforming Exams Into Learning Experiences,” presented by Jennifer Mott, Mechanical Engineering, from 2:10 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 6;
— “Learning Contract and Learning Portfolios: Promoting Self-Directed Learners,” by Lindsey Higgins, Agribusiness, from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 12.
For more information, visit the News and Events tab on the CTLT website, or contact CTLT at ext. 6-5570 or

Training for Charter or Shuttle Bus Requests to be Held April 30

The Contracts and Procurement office will host a training on how to request charter or shuttle bus service at 2:10 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 133. The bus process applies to all campus departments, clubs, athletics, club sports and most events. The new bus quote request form has many features that are not being fully utilized. Attendees will learn how to complete a bus request form to get the most accurate and timely quotes for a trip. All aspects of the process will be covered, from filling out the form to paying the final invoice. To register, email

Collaborative Advising for Student Success, Workshop II, to be Held May 7

Collaborative Advising for Student Success, Workshop II, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 7, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (Building 7). The format is intended to allow a smaller work group to complete its recommendations and options, which will be included as part of the agenda for Workshop II. The iterative process will help the entire group create goals and a shared vision for a university advising model that can best support student success. For more information, contact Carrie Canine at or ext. 6-5709.

Respondents Needed for Survey on Undergraduate Research Experiences

Faculty, advising staff and students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields are being asked to complete a survey that will help educators understand how undergraduate research is conducted on campus.The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. The deadline to participate is May 22. To participate, visit the Undergraduate Research website. Faculty and staff members can also participate in an open-ended, half-hour video interview. The survey and interview are confidential. The survey is being conducted by a team from Cal Poly LSAMP, the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority and Underrepresented Student Participation in STEM. LSAMP is a statewide project to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups graduating from the CSU with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathmatics disciplines. To participate, contact Noya Kansky at For details about the project, visit the LSAMP website.

Faculty and Staff Discount Available for Kids' STEM Summer Camp

Two sessions of Kids Learn STEM summer camp will be offered July 13-17 and 20-24, available to fifth- through eighth-grade students. The sessions will feature hands-on learning about forensics in a Learn by Doing Lab from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Discounts are available to faculty and staff, though discounted spaces are limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, call ext. 6-2053.

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops Scheduled for Spring and Summer

The spring and summer employment equity facilitator workshops will be held in Fisher Science (Building 33), Room 290, as follows: from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, May 8; 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 8; 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 7; and 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12. Martha Cody, director of equal opportunity, will lead the workshops. She will be joined by Jen Myers from Academic Personnel and Chrystal Pope or Taj Knudsen from Human Resources. They will answer questions and provide information on the faculty and staff recruitment processes. Ethan Kuster will be available to answer questions about institutionally sponsored H-1B visas for foreign faculty and staff. To enroll, contact Kuster at or ext. 6-7387. For more information, visit the website for the Office of Equal Opportunity.

Catastrophic Leave

Kathryn Logan, political science lecturer in the College of Liberal Arts, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Andrea Nash at ext. 6-2985 or to request a donation form.


After 18 years of service, Ron Weaver, senior manager of business and finance for the Cal Poly Corporation, will retire on April 29. He started at Cal Poly Corporation in 1996 as an accounting analyst for investments. He has been an integral part of the corporation’s investment and treasury function during his tenure, including being part of the group that developed Cal Poly’s first facilities investment fund. He also helped establish a VEBA trust (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association) trust for the corporation, a tax-free post-retirement medical expense account for retirees and their eligible dependents. Inquiries related to those areas of responsibility can be directed to Joe Alves, financial services manager.

Previously Announced Retirements
Sharon Andresen is retiring after 31 years of service to Cal Poly. A celebration in her honor will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m Wednesday, April 29, in Kennedy Library, Room 511. 

Doug Piirto is retiring after 30 years of service to Cal Poly. A reception will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, in the Performing Arts Center Lobby. Appetizers and beverages will be served. No RSVP is necessary.

Student Successes

AgBusiness Majors Take First in National Agri-Marketing Competition

Winning NAMA student teamThe National Agricultural Marketing Association (NAMA) Team earned first place for the second consecutive year at the annual National Agri-Marketing Association student marketing competition in Kansas City, Mo., April 15-17. Of the 27 teams competing, Cal Poly edged out the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the four other finalists. For the competition, students chose a product and developed a plan to successfully bring it to the marketplace. The in-depth marketing plan had to include a market analysis, business proposition, financial evaluations and action plan. Teams submitted a written plan summary prior to the competition and then made a formal presentation of their plan to a panel of judges consisting of marketing and agribusiness professionals. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Statistics Student Named SAS Student Ambassador Program

Isabel LittonA fourth-year Cal Poly statistics student was named an SAS Student Ambassador — one of seven in the nation and only two in California — for innovative use of analytics in research. Isabel Litton presented her research at the SAS Global Forum, a gathering of more than 5,000 business and information technology SAS software users, held April 27 in Dallas. Her presentation, “Tweetomatic: An Automated Approach to Batch Processing of Tweets,” described how to automate data retrieval from Twitter “through an algorithm that assesses the rate of Tweets for the specified topic to simplify downloading large amounts of data.” The competitive program is designed to recognize and support students around the world who are using SAS technologies in innovative ways that benefit their respective disciplines. SAS is a software suite that can access and analyze data from a variety of sources. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

AgBusiness Student Recognized as 2014-15 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year

Taylor Patterson, a senior majoring in Agricultural Business, was selected as Cal Poly’s 2014-15 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year.  Originally from San Diego, Patterson was unanimously selected among 37 student nominees. An employee at ASI Recreational Sports for more than three years, she was described as organized, adaptable, sincere, charismatic, pleasant and driven. Patterson is also involved in the Cal Poly community as a Poly Reps Ambassador, a member of the Agricultural Business Marketing Club and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Campus Announcements

Journalism Alumna to Speak on Careers in Journalism and Sexism in Media April 29

Cal Poly will host alumna Stacey Anderson (B.S., Journalism, 2006), pop listings critic for The New York Times, for a discussion of careers in journalism from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E27. Part of the KCPR Speaker Series, Anderson will discuss her professional experiences, opportunities open to journalism graduates, and sexism and elitism in the media industry. Anderson has worked as the senior associate editor of music for the Village Voice, a weekly columnist for Rolling Stone, contributing writer for SPIN and NBC’s Nonstop Sound Blog, and freelance writer for Nylon Magazine. While at Cal Poly, Anderson was KCPR's general manager. The event is free and open to the public.

Facilities Launches Project Portlet

The Facilities Project Portlet has been introduced to provide up-to-date status information on active projects through the Cal Poly portal. Information will include estimated costs and funding source information (a chart-field). For instructions on how to use the portlet or add a customized tab, visit the Administration & Finance website. For more information, contact Jessica Hunter at 756-7568 or

Career Services to Launch Professional Clothing Closet Project

Faculty and staff are invited to donate work-appropriate attire for the Clothes Closet Project that will be launched with a clothing drive in May. The effort will support students who cannot afford professional clothing for career fairs, interviews, or their first week of work, affecting their chances for success. Donate new, clean or gently-used clothing at Career Services (Building 124). For more information, call ext. 6-2501 or visit the Career Services website.

Campus Dining Launches Wellness Wednesday with Q-and-A from Registered Dietitian

Campus Dining will host a Q-and-A session with Cal Poly’s registered dietitian Megan Coats every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Campus Dining Facebook page. Coats will cover nutrition and dietary topics, including questions about creating balanced meals, tips for vegetarians, and how to have healthy breakfasts, all while dining on campus. She has a background in nutrition education and support. For more information, visit the Wellness Wednesday website or the Campus Dining Facebook page.

April is Pride Month at Cal Poly

Pride Month Banner: Once Upon a Pride April is Pride Month, a monthlong celebration of Cal Poly's lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) community sponsored by Cal Poly's Pride Center. The goal is to spark dialogue that promotes awareness of LGBTQIA identities and reduce stereotypes. Pride Month includes educational and social events that are open to all members of the Cal Poly community. Follow Pride Month activities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #CPpridemonth. Learn more about Pride Month and opportunities to get involved by visiting the Pride Center website. For more information, email

Bike Month to Feature Bike Fairs on May 6 and 28

Celebrate Bike Month at events across the county May is Bike Month, and the Cal Poly community can celebrate at two bike fairs, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 and 28, in Via Carta Mall Plaza, by the Campus Market. Sponsored by SLO Regional Rideshare, the bike fairs will feature complimentary brunch, free bike registration, a bike fix-it station hosted by Cal Poly Wheelmen, a SLO Transit bike rack demonstration, raffle prizes, give-aways, bike safety information and more. For more information on Bike Month events throughout the county, visit the SLO Regional Rideshare website. For more information, contact Commuter & Access Services at ext. 6-6680 or

Cal Poly Foundation Board to Meet May 2

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will hold a meeting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 2, in the Keck Lab in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (Building 7). It is open to the public. For more information or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-7147.

Public Events to be Held May 6 for Hospitality Executive-in-Residence

Jim RogersThe Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration Department, in conjunction with Martin Resorts, will host Jim Rogers, CEO of Kampgrounds of America (KOA), as an executive-in-residence during National Tourism Week, May 4-8. Rogers is known nationally for his work in the hospitality industry and has appeared on the CBS reality show “Undercover Boss.” Rogers will lecture in classes and share his hospitality expertise and experience in management concepts and practices with faculty, students and administrators. Public events on Wednesday, May 6, include a coffee and conversation gathering from 8 to 9 a.m. at the SLO Hot House, 955 Morro St., San Luis Obispo. An evening lecture will include a keynote presentation “Undercover Boss Show and Tell” at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's Philips Hall, preceded by a reception at 5 p.m. in the PAC Lobby.

Using Robots to Detect Pipeline Leaks to be Presented by Research Scholar on May 5

The Cal Poly Research Scholars in Residence Program will sponsor a presentation by George Alers on the development of robots to examine high-pressure natural gas lines for deterioration and leaks at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, in Kennedy Library. Alers will discuss current uses of the technology and contributions Cal Poly graduates have made in the field. Alers is a retired research scientist and a Research Scholar in Residence. The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Allie Bakaly at ext. 6-5153, or visit the Office of Research & Economic Development website.

‘Spring into Wellbeing’ Meeting Set for May 7

The campus community is invited to participate in the “Spring into Wellbeing” meeting from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 7, in the Recreation Center's Multi-Activity Center. Attendees will learn about the Campus Wellbeing Program, campuswide wellbeing initiatives, and how to become a wellbeing champion. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required by Monday, May 4. For more information, visit the Campus Wellbeing website.

'Biopolitics of Immortality' the Subject of Presentation on May 7

Tim Dean, professor of English and comparative literature at SUNY (State University of New York), Buffalo, will present “Who Wants To Live Forever? Henrietta Lacks and the Biopolitics of Immortality” at 2:10 p.m. Thursday, May 7, in Science North (Building 53), Room 215. Dean is one of the most important, provocative and widely read voices in contemporary queer theory, synthesizing psychoanalytic, historical, ethnographic and scientific approaches to the field of sexuality. Dean's work also explores the aesthetics of sexuality — as well as the sexuality of aesthetics — across genres, from modernist poetry to pornography. His talk on the (in)famous case of Henrietta Lacks and "the biopolitics of immortality" promises to challenge attendees to discover new ways in which their fields of inquiry intersect and speak to one another. The talk is free and open to the public.

California Secretary of Agriculture to Keynote Cal Poly Resilient Food Systems Conference May 8-9

Agriculture Secretary Karen RossThe Center for Sustainability will host the Resilient Food Systems Conference on Friday and Saturday, May 8-9. The event will bring together leaders in the food and agriculture sectors to discuss current initiatives on better health, thriving communities and resilient food systems. The keynote speaker will be Karen Ross, California’s secretary of agriculture. The conference will take place in the Multi-Use Activity Center in the ASI Recreation Center. Admission is free and open to the public; however, registration is requested. Tickets are required for Friday’s lunch and for the Saturday afternoon reception. Agenda information, exhibitor and sponsor forms, and registration links are available on the Center for Sustainability website.

Inaugural Inclusive Excellence Week to be Held May 8-16

Inclusive Excellence May 8-16The Office of University Diversity & Inclusivity (OUDI) will sponsor Inclusive Excellence Week May 8-16. The week will include programs, speakers and events to increase awareness of various aspects of diversity and foster a welcoming and inclusive campus climate for faculty, staff and students. To view the schedule of events, visit the OUDI website. For more information, contact Annie Holmes at

Spring Exhibit to Feature Intersecting Identities Through June 5

The Kennedy Library, in collaboration with the MultiCultural Center, will present “I Am Cal Poly: Campus Stories About Identity,” an exhibit designed to engage visitors in conversations about the meaning of intersecting identities, from April 17-June 5. The exhibit features student stories told through photos and personal narratives. It was inspired by artist and UCSB faculty member Kip Fulbeck. The exhibit is accompanied by portions of Fulbeck’s multiracial identity project, a traveling exhibit titled “kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa.” Fulbeck will be the featured speaker at a reception for both exhibits from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, in the library’s second floor cafe area. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Career Services Offers Resource to Help Employers Find Summer Workers

Career Services will offer the SLOCAL Summer Jobs program to help employers find temporary and part-time workers during the summer months. SLOCAL Summer Jobs will be advertised on MustangJOBS April 6-17, before registration begins for summer classes — a prime time to hire student employees for summer 2015. For more information, visit the Career Services website.


Cal Poly to Host Bullying and Harassment Expert on April 30

Dorothy EspelageA national expert on bullying and harassment will present “Bully Prevention: Promoting Healthy Behaviors and Positive School Climate” from 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in Chumash Auditorium. Dorothy L. Espelage, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, will discuss the pervasiveness of bullying and harassment in the U.S., exploring why such a culture has continued to grow and offering ideas on what leads to bullying behaviors on university campuses. In addition, Espelage will outline her efforts to develop programs that reduce bullying and create safe spaces for children and youth. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Kennedy Library to Present ‘Historic San Luis Obispo Shared Through GIS’ April 30

Natural resources and environmental sciences lecturer David Yun, San Luis Obispo’s geographic information services supervisor, will present “Historic San Luis Obispo Shared Through GIS” from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 30, in the Kennedy Library, Room 111-C. Yun will discuss how the scanning of historic maps and documents using GIS tools has provided new ways to visualize and connect to information from the past. He will also demonstrate online mapping and Web apps to show users how to find and view historic buildings, chart the growth of San Luis Obispo over the decades, and compare side-by-side maps of San Luis Obispo today with how it appeared more than 100 years ago. For more information, visit the Kennedy Library website.

A Family of Celtic Fiddlers to Come to the PAC on May 3

MacMaster and Leahy on their fiddlesCal Poly Arts will present the electrifying fiddle players Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy in a Celtic showcase, "Visions of Cape Breton and Beyond," at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in the Performing Arts Center. A free pre-concert lecture will be led by Professor Mitchell Wolf at 6 p.m. in the PAC's Philips Lecture Hall. The musical prodigies met as teenagers and found individual career success before they reconnected, married and had a family. The couple now tours with their six children and are joined by Celtic dancers and singers from their hometowns of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and Lakefield, Ontario, Canada. Tickets range from $24 to $48 and are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office.

Theatre & Dance Department to Present 'Spike Heels' May 7-9, 14-16

woman's legs in red spike heelsThe Theatre & Dance Department will present “Spike Heels” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 7-9 and 14-16, in the Spanos Theatre. A contemporary spin on George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” Theresa Rebeck’s serio-comic “Spike Heels” explores the complexities of relationships and power dynamics of the characters Georgie, Andrew, Edward and Lydia. Andrew has taken on Georgie as a pupil of sorts, lecturing her about language, introducing her to culture, and securing her a job in the firm of his best friend, Edward. Georgie and Andrew’s relationship disrupts his engagement to Lydia, while Edward’s treatment of Georgie exposes much about Andrew’s intentions. The characters surprise themselves and each other as vulnerabilities, passions, emotions and lust push them to their breaking points. Tickets are $20 for the public and $12 for students, faculty, staff and seniors. For more information, visit the CLA website. For tickets, visit the Cal Poly Ticket Office.

That’s the Key A Cappella Ensemble to Perform May 8-9

Cal Poly a cappella ensemble That’s the Key will perform its Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, and 6 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. The group has performed at numerous events this academic year, including the San Luis Obispo Farmers Market and Alpha Kappa Psi’s charity ball for clean drinking water around the world. The ensemble also competed in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella West Quarterfinal in San Diego in January. That’s the Key includes 17 students from various majors who sing original arrangements of popular music. Admission at the door is $5. Proceeds fund the group’s competition and travel fees for the upcoming academic year. For more information, visit the Music Department website.

The Piano Guys Added to Cal Poly Arts Offerings on May 13

Cal Poly Arts will present The Piano Guys at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, in the Performing Arts Center. The Piano Guys feature four dads who became an Internet sensation through their series of strikingly original self-made music videos that blend classical and pop music. Tickets range from $40-$70 and can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office.

May 14 Music Faculty Recital to Feature John Astaire, Guest Vocalist Inga Swearingen

Astaire with Sweringen in backgroundMusic faculty member and percussionist John Astaire will present a recital with vocalist Inga Swearingen at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14, in the Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. The recital is the culmination of a song cycle project in which Astaire and Swearingen gathered songs spanning centuries and genres. The songs may be separated by time or genre but linked by mood and memory. Both Astaire and Swearingen are Cal Poly music alumni. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

University Art Gallery Features Student Work Through May 15

Kendra Dimino with "The Teflox Galaxy, Best of Show in photography categoryThe University Art Gallery will present the Annual Juried Student Exhibition through May 15. The show features the best photography, graphic design, video, painting, drawing and sculpture made in Art & Design Department classes. Fifty artworks are on display, culled from 150 entries by judges Kara Suzuki, a Cal Poly graphic designer, and David Prochaska, a Cuesta College art instructor. Many entries showcase Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy. Awards were announced at the April 16 reception. The University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery is on the ground floor of the Dexter Art Building (No. 34). (Pictured is Kendra Dimino with “The Teflon Galaxy,” which won Best of Show in the photography category.)

Music Department to Present an Evening of Woodwind and String Chamber Music May 15

The Cal Poly Music Department will present an evening of woodwind and string chamber music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, at the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church. Several Cal Poly music ensembles will perform a variety of traditional and contemporary repertoire featuring woodwind and string instruments. The concert will include performances by a woodwind quintet, saxophone quartet, string quartet, flute trio, clarinet trio, and clarinet ensemble. The concert is free and open to all. The United Methodist Church is at 1515 Fredericks St. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406. 

Tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach on May 16

child pointing at star fish in touch tanksBring the kids and the camera and tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 16. The spring open house will feature interactive displays, including special touch tanks full of live marine creatures, microscopes for viewing ultra-small sea creatures, a “Discover Scuba” experience, and more. Cal Poly professors and students will be on hand to explain their ongoing research into local marine life, including protecting Morro Bay's ecosystem, sustaining local fisheries, and mapping ocean currents on the Central Coast. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Noir Saxophone Quartet to Perform May 16

Noir Saxophone QuartetThe Cal Poly Music Department will present a recital by the Noir Saxophone Quartet at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, in the Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. The quartet includes performers on soprano, tenor, baritone and alto saxophones, including music lecturer Laura Kramer. The repertoire ranges from Bach to Ellington, including standard pieces and new music written for the saxophone quartet idiom. The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Music Department website.

Percussion Ensemble Polyrhythmics to Perform May 19

Performer on instrumentPolyrhythmics, Cal Poly’s percussion ensemble, will give its annual concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. This year’s concert will feature a blend of styles, including full percussion arrangements of jazz-fusion drummer Bill Bruford’s compositions “Beelzebub” and “Hells Bells”; a marimba quartet by Australian composer Nigel Westlake, titled “Omphalo Centric Lecture”; and Steve Reich’s modern classic, “Pieces of Wood.” The recital is free. For more information, call ext. 6-2406.

Cal Poly Brass Groups to Perform ‘All That Brass!’ on May 21

Brass EnsembleThe Cal Poly Brass Ensembles, featuring many of the university's top brass players, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in the sanctuary at the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church. The concert, titled “All That Brass!” will feature Cal Poly’s Brass Choir and Trumpet Ensemble performing compositions and arrangements by composers J.S. Bach and Chris Hazell. Highlights will include Hazell’s joyful “Three Brass Cats” and “Infinite Ascent.” The church is located at 1515 Fredericks St. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website.

Early Music Ensemble to Present ‘The Glory of Venice' on May 22

picture of the city of Venice with "Glory of Venice" captionThe Early Music Ensemble will present its annual spring concert, "The Glory of Venice," at 8 p.m. Friday, May 22, in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. The concert will feature 15 student musicians performing works from 1530-1630 — the years that Venice was a major music center. The choir will sing from various locations in the mission church, demonstrating how music was performed in St. Mark's Venetian cathedral. Sacred music, madrigals and street songs will all be featured. Music Professor Thomas Davies will conduct the ensemble. Paul Woodring, music staff member, will accompany the ensemble. Tickets are $14 for the public, $12 for seniors and $9 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office. For more information, visit the Music Department website.

Arab Music Ensemble to Perform May 23

The Arab Music Ensemble and guest artists will perform a diverse program of music and dance from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 23, in the Spanos Theatre on campus. The concert will feature some of the most celebrated instrumental, vocal and poetic repertoire composed and performed by artists such as Tatyos Efendi from modern-day Turkey, Fairuz and the Rahbani Brothers from Lebanon, and Farid Al-Atrash from Syria. Tickets are $12 for the public and $9 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office.


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Friday, May 1

Baseball vs. CSUN, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 2

Softball vs. Long Beach State (Doubleheader), Bob Janssen Field, noon.
Football, Spring Game, Alex G. Spanos Stadium, 1 p.m. (admission is free).
Baseball vs. CSUN, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 3

Softball vs. Long Beach State, Bob Janssen Field, noon.
Baseball vs. CSUN, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Job Vacancies

Employment Opportunities

The complete listing of staff and management vacancies is posted on the Cal Poly Jobs website. To apply, go online and complete the application form. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236.

#103594 – Assistant Director, International Recruitment and Admissions (Administrator I), Academic Affairs, International Center. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Anticipated hiring range: $60,000-$65,000 per year. Open until filled. Review begins May 8

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the Cal Poly Jobs website to complete an application and apply for any of the positions shown below. Submit all requested application materials as attachments to your online application, unless otherwise specified in the ad.

Part-Time Lecturer Pools – Pools are opening for the 2015-16 academic year.  Visit the Cal Poly Jobs website to search department of interest.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly Corporation is a separate entity operating in concert with the university to provide a diverse range of services and resources to students, faculty and staff. All positions have excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement, paid sick leave/vacation and holidays. To view job postings and/or apply, visit the Corporation website. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

Software Engineers, Project Jupyter, Physics Department, $70,000-$84,396 per year.

Sponsored Programs Manager, Sponsored Programs, $54,912-79,560 per year.

Assistant Supervisor, Starbucks, University Union, $10.54-$15.28 per hour.

ASI Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the ASI website to complete an ASI application and apply for positions listed below. For more information, visit the ASI Business Office in UU 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

There are no new openings at this time.