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Cal Poly Report — April 8, 2015


Cal Poly Announces New Location, Expansion Plans for SLO HotHouse Programs

Cal Poly leased a 15,000-square-foot space in downtown San Luis Obispo to relocate and expand its SLO HotHouse — a collaborative effort with the city and local business community aimed at supporting promising innovators and entrepreneurs and building a unique and passionate startup culture in San Luis Obispo. The university recently signed a 10-year lease on the space along the 800 block of Higuera Street, directly above the Ross Dress for Less store. The SLO HotHouse programs, currently housed in a roughly 6,000-square-foot space on Morro Street in downtown, will be shifted to the new location gradually beginning in June and through early fall. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Philosophy Professor to Testify on the Ethics of Autonomous Weapons at United Nations

Patrick LinPatrick Lin, associate philosophy professor and director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group, is scheduled to speak at the United Nations' Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) meeting of experts April 16 in Geneva, Switzerland. The five-day meeting is focused on the legality and ethics of lethal autonomous weapons systems, otherwise known as "killer robots." Lin has also advised the U.S. Department of Defense, CIA, National Academy of Sciences, Google and others on robot ethics, especially related to national security issues. The testimony demonstrates a growing interest in technology ethics as advances in science and engineering continue to outpace law and policy.

Campus Completes 12 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Twelve electric vehicle (EV) charging stations have been completed on campus, funded by a grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The charging stations are located at two sites: the first (lowest) level of the Grand Avenue parking structure next to the Performing Arts Center, and the H2 parking lot near Kennedy Library. The fee to utilize the charging stations is based on the campus kilowatt-per-hour rate for the first four hours. To encourage turnover and promote availability of the spaces throughout the day, the charging fee increases to a per-minute rate after that. Vehicles using the EV spaces will be required to display a valid Cal Poly parking permit and have an active charging session engaged. To join the program, visit the Chargepoint website. For more information, call Dominique Bonino, Commuter Services coordinator at ext. 6-6680.

Record Number of Applications for 2015-16 School Year

A record number of applicants have applied for the 2015-16 school year. More than 55,000 undergraduates applied for fall admission, up from nearly 52,000 last year. The university received 46,796 freshman applications and 8,247 transfer submissions, compared with 43,812 freshman and 7,884 transfer applications last year. Cal Poly expects to bring in 5,450 new students in fall 2015, including freshmen and transfers. The number of freshman applicants has nearly doubled in the last decade, when 23,691 sought admission in 2005. Transfer applicants have more than doubled in the same period, from 4,047 to 8,247. Enrollment for fall 2014 was 20,186 students; of those, 19,246 were undergraduates. Applicants who were admitted have until May 1 to confirm their acceptance. For more information, see the article in The Tribune.

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

Alcohol Service Request Trainings to be Held April 9 and 15

Administrative Compliance Services is offering two training sessions for those who plan events with catering and alcohol services. The trainings will be held from 2:10 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 9, (in Baker Science, Building 180, Room 107), and Wednesday, April 15 (in Building 53, Science North, Room 213). The focus will be how to submit an Alcohol Service Request form via the portal using eForms. For more information, email or call ext. 6-5447.

Faculty Workshop on International Opportunities to be Held April 14

International, Graduate & Extended Education will offer the Faculty International Opportunities Workshop at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in Science (Building 52), Room E46. The workshop will provide an overview of opportunities to teach, conduct research, consult and participate in faculty seminars abroad. Topics will include major sources of international funding, such as the Fulbright Scholar Program; grant programs that support international activities; opportunities to teach abroad in Cal Poly partner programs; how to develop a Cal Poly Global Program (a study abroad program led by one or more Cal Poly faculty members); and opportunities for faculty members to participate in short international faculty seminars sponsored by partner organization CIEE, the Council on International Educational Exchange. Light refreshments will be served.

Open Forums Set for Open Forums Set for Assistant Director, Cross Cultural Centers

Three finalists for the assistant director for Cross Cultural Centers position have been invited to visit campus. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the candidates' Open Forums scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. in UU 220 on Monday, April 20; Tuesday, April 21; and Wednesday, April 22. For more information, contact Joy Harkins at ext. 6-6749.

Nominations Sought for Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy

Nominations are being accepted for the Provost’s Leadership Award for Partnership in Philanthropy. The award recognizes a current or former faculty member’s superior achievement in fundraising. The recipient will receive campuswide recognition. The ddeadline is 5 p.m. Friday, April 17. Faculty, staff and students are eligible to submit nominations. Email nomination materials to Delores Lencioni, Office of the Provost, at Questions may be directed to Lencioni at ext. 6-2187. For more information and the nomination form, visit the Provost’s 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.

Date Change: Collaborative Advising for Student Success, Workshop II, Moved to 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 date change is intended to allow the smaller work group to complete its recommendations and options, which will be included as part of the agenda for Workshop II. This iterative process will help the entire group to 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.

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops Scheduled for Spring and Summer

The schedule for spring and summer employment equity facilitator workshops has been released. The workshops will be held in Fisher Science (Building 33), Room 290 as follows: from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 10; 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.

Grant Writing Workshop to be Offered Spring Quarter

The College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, the Grants Development Office, and Sponsored Programs will offer a workshop on grant writing from 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays this spring. The nine-week program begins April 2 and will be held in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 215. The workshop is for faculty or staff interested in research or research administration. The seminar will be a hands-on overview covering grant writing and research administration. Topics will include sources of funding, types of awards (grants, contracts and gifts), marketing ideas, how to approach sponsors, reading RFPs (request for proposals), what to include and not to include, abstracts, budgets and justifications, indirect costs, payroll and purchasing, and intellectual property and review processes. Writing and analysis will be done every week, and participants may bring their own examples for assistance and critique. By the end of the quarter, participants will be able to complete the majority of a proposal and will have knowledge of related contacts and resources at Cal Poly. The workshop will be team-taught by Sue Tonik, CAFES grants analyst, and staff from Grants Development and Sponsored Programs. For more information, contact Tonik at or ext. 6-7241.

Student Successes

Ag Science Major Wins Public Speaking Contest at National Conference

Angelica AldanaAgricultural science major Angelica Aldana won the national undergraduate prepared public speaking contest at the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Science conference (MANRRS) in Houston, Texas. Aldana’s winning speech focused on how the past efforts of historical figures such as Cesar Chavez paved the way for minorities in agriculture, and how the next generation of agriculturists and professionals must continue that endeavor. Three Cal Poly students, all members of the Cal Poly Latinos in Agriculture club, attended the three-day MANRRS conference from March 26-28: Karina Salomon, Mo Tehrani and Aldana. Tehrani competed in an impromptu competition and placed in the top 15 nationwide. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Mustang Band Takes First Place in Chinese New Year Parade

The Cal Poly Mustang Band took first place in the marching band category of the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade on March 7 in San Francisco. Started in the 1860s by San Francisco’s Chinese community to educate and share their culture with the greater community, the parade and festival have grown into the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. The parade was named one of the top 10 parades in the world by the International Festivals and Events Association. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus Announcements

April is Pride Month at Cal Poly

Pride Month Banner: Once Upon a Pride April is Pride Month, a month-long 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

Statistics Department Offers Consulting Services to Campus

The Statistics Department provides a statistical consulting service to the university community to facilitate research design and data analysis in a wide variety of disciplines. Consulting will be available through Friday, June 5, by appointment only. The consulting service is intended to support faculty and staff projects and research and provide assistance for students working on senior projects and graduate research. Steve Rein will serve as the main consultant. John Walker will also consult. They are available to advise on data collection, experimental design, and analysis of research projects. In addition, these consultants will be available to lead seminars or tutorials on requested topics and offer advice on various computer packages currently available at Cal Poly. If there is a special area of statistical inference that is of interest to a group or department, email Faculty, staff, and students interested in utilizing the consulting service are encouraged to access the Statistics Department Web page for additional information, including what the client should bring to a consulting session. To schedule a consultation, email

One-on-One Financial Counseling Available April 8

Human Resources has arranged for individual financial counseling sessions between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 124. The sessions are by appointment only and subject to supervisory approval and department operational needs. The sessions will be presented by Michael Johns, a financial advisor with TIAA-CREF. To register, visit the TIAA-CREF website or call 866-843-5640 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday (ET).

CSULA Professor to Discuss the Rhetoric of Borders on April 9

Robert DeChaine, professor of liberal studies and communication studies at CSU Los Angeles, will present “Critical Studies in the Rhetoric of Borders: Opportunities and Challenges” at 5:10 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the Computer Science Building (No. 14), Room 249. An increasingly prevalent subject of public discourse, the border is often linked to concerns about immigration and national security, generally regarded as a geographically fixed delineator of national territory and political sovereignty. DeChaine will discuss how borders function rhetorically as symbolic and affective markers of citizenship, identity, belonging and social-cultural power. He will also examine the symbolic and psychic functions of borders, discussing how border rhetoric invokes the logic of unity versus division and inclusion versus exclusion to shape public perception of what he refers to as the “true American” citizen.

Kennedy Library to Present Interactive Workshop on Appropriate Technologies April 10

Lonny Grafman with students working on a project on a tableThe Kennedy Library will present an interactive workshop on “Appropriate Technologies, Near and Far,” featuring Humboldt State University Professor Lonny Grafman from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, in the second floor café lounge. Appropriate technology is technology designed to be appropriate to its context. It is often developed using open source principles and emphasizes choice, people, scale and sustainability, among other considerations. It can be found in developed and developing countries. The presentation is an Open Science Café event in which Grafman will engage participants in a local needs assessment followed by a quick co-design to model the collaborative process of designing appropriate technology. He will also describe examples of past projects. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Volunteers Sought for Second Cal Poly Canyon Clean Up Day April 11

The College of Architecture & Environmental Design (CAED) is calling on volunteers for Canyon Days 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11. Canyon Days 2 is part of an overall restoration and sustainability effort by the CAED to revitalize Poly Canyon and repair damage caused by recent vandalism. Volunteer jobs include painting; installing railing in the Bridge House; finishing repairs on Fratessa Tower and the Pole House; installing signage; and preparing for Open House, April 17-19. Lunch and music will be provided. There will be a shuttle service from the H4 parking lot off Village Drive. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Tomato Mania is Coming to Campus April 11-12

A variety of types of tomatoes in several bowls and on a tableMore than 65 varieties of tomato plants will be available at the annual Tomato Mania plant sale Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12, at the Poly Plant Shop. Moonglow, Beefsteak, Shady Lady, Alaskan Fancy, and a selection of cherry tomato plants are just some of the varieties that will be available. Tomato Mania is an annual student-run enterprise project. The 2015 program is directed by a team of six students who have grown more than 5,000 tomato plants from seed to provide home gardeners with quality plants that will produce fresh tomatoes throughout the summer. The Poly Plant Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., located on Via Carta Road in Building 48.

Annual Al Smith Day Celebration set for April 12 at Swanton Pacific Ranch

Swanton Pacific Railroad (engine)The annual Al Smith Day celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch in Davenport, Calif., 10 miles north of Santa Cruz. There will be train rides, tours and demonstrations of the ranch facilities, and a Santa Maria-style barbecue. Attendees can ride the Swanton Pacific Railroad. The one-third scale, steam-powered train will offer free rides from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The barbecue lunch will be served around noon. The event honors College of Agriculture alumnus Al Smith, who left the 3,200-acre, $20 million Swanton Pacific Ranch to Cal Poly after he died in 1993. The ranch serves as an extension of Cal Poly’s instructional programs in agriculture, forestry and other disciplines. Tickets include the barbecue and unlimited train rides. The event sells out every year. Prior to April 2, tickets are $25 for adults; $15 for youth (4 to 10 years); children 3 and under are free. After April 2, tickets are $35 for adults; $20 for youth. For a schedule of events and the registration form, visit the Swanton Pacific Railroad website. For more information, contact Ed Carnegie at 805-995-3659 or

Natural History Museum Archaeologist to Discuss America’s Missions April 13 

David Hurst Thomas, curator of anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History, will present “Reharvesting Ramona’s Garden: Romance and Reality in America’s Mythical Mission Past” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. The history of the Franciscan and Jesuit missions of America’s Spanish borderlands is steeped in nostalgia and romance, perpetuated by mainstream narratives. Thomas will discuss how the perceived romanticism has shaped views of the archaeological record and will delve into the most recent archaeological evidence from across the Spanish borderlands to offer a more historically appropriate perspective on the missions’ heritage. For more information, visit the College of Liberal Arts website.

Computer Science Professor to Talk on Data Security Crisis April 16

Zachary Peterson in front of block wallZachary N. J. Peterson, assistant professor of computer science and a faculty member with the university’s Cybersecurity Center, will present “Cyber CSI: Working to Solve the Data Security Crisis” from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 16, in the Kennedy Library, Room 111-C. Peterson will discuss the security implications of data storage systems and issues with encrypting mobile device data. He will address the challenges of digital forensics, a branch of forensic science encompassing the recovery and investigation of material found in digital devices, often in relation to computer crime. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Jeanine Scaramozzino at or visit the Kennedy Library website.

April 16 Reception to Honor Outstanding Student Employees to be Held

Nominees for Cal Poly's Outstanding Student Employee of the Year (OSEY) will be recognized at a reception from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 16, at the Albert B. Smith Alumni and Conference Center (Building 28). President Armstrong will give remarks and congratulate each of the 37 student nominees. The 2014-2015 OSEY will also be announced. The event is open to the campus community. Student employees, supervisors, and supporters of student employees are encouraged to attend. The reception will celebrate the important achievements, contributions and exceptional service student employees provide to the university. For more information, contact Barbara Rollins at

Central Coast Lean Hosts Workshop on ‘Liberating Structures’ to be Held April 17

Central Coast Lean, a research and community outreach program of the Orfalea College of Business, will host a workshop titled “The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures” from  8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the Monday Club in San Luis Obispo. The workshop aims to provide efficient business strategies designed to streamline meetings, decision-making and leadership for intelligent growth. Keith McCandless, specialist in business strategy and organizational development, will facilitate the workshop. The presentation will also contain a Learn by Doing component that addresses specific challenges from audience members. The presentation will benefit leaders in higher education and various community organizations. For pricing details and registration, visit Central Coast Lean website.

Cal Poly’s 2015 Open House Features New and Traditional Events April 17-19

A variety of new and traditional events will be featured April 17-19 at the 2015 Open House. For highlights, visit the Cal Poly News website. For more information, visit the New Student & Transition Programs website.

Kennedy Library to Present Conversation About RFID on April 20

Kennedy Library will present a conversation on “Living with an Internet of Things: RFID and Our Future,'featuring Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor of RFID Journal from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday, April 20, in the second floor café lounge. Many believe that radio frequency identification (RFID) will radically transform information technology and the way we do business in the near future. It is a key enabler of the Internet of Things, allowing companies to track and manage parts, containers, tools, finished goods and other real-world objects in real time, with little or no human intervention. Roberti, Founder and Editor of RFID Journal is the world’s leading RFID expert. Participants will also have the opportunity to experiment with RFID technologies during a hands-on meet and greet before the event. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Retirement Income Strategies Seminar to be Held Three Times on April 22

Human Resources is offering a seminar on investment planning three times, from 11 a.m. to noon, noon to 1 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, in UU 218. Presented by Valic Financial Advisors, this seminar addresses the five risks associated with retirement, including longevity, healthcare, inflation, investment and withdrawal, and explains how the income planning process can help manage those risks. It is ideal for employees approaching retirement. To register, visit the Valic website and use code 4116SAN11AA.

Financial Advising Seminar to be Held Three Times on April 23

Human Resources will present a financial planning workshop from Savings Plus. The same 45-minute workshop will held three times, at 11 a.m., and 12:30 and 3 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in UU 216. Titled "Put Savings Plus to Work for You," the workshops demonstrate the benefits of saving for retirement, how Savings Plus can help you reach your financial goals, and details about how to enroll, invest and prepare if you are near retirement. There are two options available for eligible (CalPERS) employees: a 401k and a 457 plan. Both offer convenient payroll deductions on a pre-tax or after-tax basis and other benefits. The seminars will be led by Ralph Hoskins, certified financial planner. No pre-registration is required. If you are unable to attend and want additional information, contact Hoskins at 805-459-2005 or, or visit the Savings Plus website. One-on-one appointments are available for complex financial planning guidance.

Entrepreneurship in Food, Wine Industry to be the Focus of April 22 Forum

“Eat More Innovation: Food & Wine for Entrepreneurs” is the title of the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship’s spring forum set for 4:30 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Performing Arts Center. The forum will explore the dynamic world of food and wine and is designed for local business owners and young entrepreneurs exploring the food and wine industry. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with a panel of entrepreneurs who have aligned their passion for great taste with business practices, innovation and success. The P.E.N. (Pitches, Exhibits, Networking) portion of the evening will feature an interactive exhibit of projects in the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences. Attendees will have the chance to compete for prizes. The forum is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is required. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website. For tickets, visit the registration site.

Presentation on Surviving an Active Shooter to be Held April 23

George Hughes, chief of University Police, will present “Seconds to Save Lives: Surviving an Active Shooter Incident” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. April 23, in Chumash Auditorium. The program will provide an overview of proactive safety measures for an active shooter situation, how law enforcement responds, and what people on campus can do to increase personal safety. The event is open to faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the University Police Department at ext. 6-6654, or email

Cal Poly Corporation Board Meeting to be Held April 24

The Cal Poly Corporation board of directors will hold a regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 24, in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Conference Room 124. It is open to the public. For more information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the agenda, contact Ann Roy at ext. 6-1131.

California Secretary of Agriculture to Keynote Cal Poly Resilient Food Systems Conference Set for 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 Cal Poly’s Multi-Use Activity Center in the ASI Recreation Center. Conference attendance is free and open to the public, however registration is requested. Tickets are required for Friday’s lunch and for the Saturday afternoon reception. Detailed 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 Week flyerThe Office of University Diversity & Inclusivity announced the inaugural Inclusive Excellence Week, formerly the Diversity Colloquium, the week of May 8-16. The week will include programs and events that bring awareness to many aspects of diversity, in an effort to foster a welcoming and inclusive campus climate for faculty, staff and students. Events will feature speakers and performances sponsored by departments across campus. To sponsor an event or program, contact Annie Holmes at


Career Services Offers Resource to Help Find Summer Workers

Career Services will offer the SLOCAL Summer Jobs program to help 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.

Pick-Up Soccer

Ready to enjoy the great spring weather, shed a few pounds and make some new friends? Play faculty/staff pick-up soccer on Thursdays from 12:10 to 1 p.m. The games are usually played on the field behind the Rec Center and tennis courts but the locations is changed occasionally. To be added to the email list, email Brian Self or Rachel Henry at

Special Offered April 9 on Slices of Winning Pizza

student sitting on stack of pizza boxesCiao! will feature a special purchase offer from 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, April 9, to introduce the pizza that took first place in the January pizza contest. The winning recipe is the Philly cheese steak pizza submitted by Sarah Nimroozi. Customers who buy a slice will get $1 off a slice of any other pizza. Nimroozi will sign pizza boxes during the special offer. Her recipe took first place out of 98 submissions. The pizza will be featured on the Ciao! menu through spring quarter. Nimroozi is a first-year industrial engineering major from Orange County.

Bella Montana Faculty and Staff Housing Community

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The Pride Center to Host Screening of the Movie 'Pride' on April 9

The Pride Center will screen the move “Pride” from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the UU Plaza. The film is about gay activists in the United Kingdom who help workers from the National Union of Mineworkers during a lengthy strike in 1984. The screening is part of the monthly movie series, OUTtakes, which showcases films created by or about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) community. The screening will include a free barbeque. For more information, email

St. Lawrence String Quartet to Concert to April 9

St. Lawrence String Quartet will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the Spanos Theatre. One of the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation, the group is known for its interpretive spontaneity and fierce musical commitment. The musicians will perform their “Haydn Discovery Session,” an in-depth exploration of the famed composer’s extraordinary string quartets. Tickets are $45 for the public and $36 for faculty, staff and students. For more information, visit the Cal Poly Arts website.

Students Team Up with Opera San Luis Obispo in ‘The Merry Widow’ April 10-11

promotional art for 'The Merry Widow'Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre (CPSOT) and Opera San Luis Obispo (OperaSLO) are partnering in opera education to present Franz Lehar's romantic operetta "The Merry Widow" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11, in Spanos Theatre. In the co-opera productions, students sing lead, comprimario and ensemble roles; half the orchestra members are students; and the dancers, chorus, stage managers, assistant director, assistant producer, makeup, costume designers and stage craftsmen are students. "The Merry Widow" enables all CPSOT singers to be on stage, rather than a select few. The opera will be conducted by Music Professor David Arrivée. Bay Area opera performer and director Ross Halper, known affectionately as "opera's mad genius," directs and stars in the production. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by calling 805-756-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department website.

An Afternoon with Radio Pesonality Ira Glass on April 12

Cal Poly Arts is presenting "Reinventing Radio: An Afternoon with Ira Glass" at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at the Performing Arts Center. Glass, the award-winning creator and host of the public radio show “This American Life” will talk about his program and how it's put together: what makes a compelling story, where they find the stories, and how he and his staff try to push broadcast journalism to do things it doesn't usually do. He will include memorable moments from past shows and what was behind them. Tickets range from $40 to $58 for the public and $32 to $46.60 for faculty, staff and students. For more information, visit Cal Poly Arts website.

Zombie Apocalypse Best-Seller Max Brooks to Speak on April 14

Max BrooksBest-selling author Max Brooks will speak about his newest book, “The Harlem Hellfighters,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at Spanos Theatre. Brooks is credited with helping propel zombie-lore from a niche sub-culture fascination to mainstream pop-culture obsession. His work has also inspired the U.S. military to examine how they may respond to potential crises. Brooks has been invited to speak at the Naval War College, the FEMA hurricane drill at San Antonio, and the nuclear Vibrant Response war game. Brooks will appear as part of the San Luis Obispo Library Foundation’s new book and author series, launched last year as a fundraiser to support San Luis Obispo County public libraries. For more information, visit the Performing Arts Center website.

Grammy-Award Winner Lila Downs to Perform April 14

Grammy-winner Lila Downs will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in the Performing Arts Centers Cohan Center. With a smoky voice and a multicultural vision, the performer has become one of the most innovative masters of Mesoamerican music on both sides of the border. A pre-show lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. Tickets range from $30 to $56 for the public and $24 to $44.80 for faculty, staff and students. For more information, visit the Cal Poly Arts website.

Adonis Puentes & The Voice of Cuba Orchestra to Appear on April 17

Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba will deliver the rhythm and sounds of Cuban music to Spanos Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday, April 17. His rich voice will be surrounded by all-acoustic orchestra featuring syncopated Cuban rhythms, deep bass lines, jazzy horn arrangements, and melodic piano and guitar. Tickets $38 for the public and $30.40 for faculty, staff and students. For more information, visit the Cal Poly Arts website.

Open House Concert Set for April 17

Open House ConcertThree Cal Poly music ensembles featuring more than 100 of the university’s finest student musicians will perform at this year’s Open House Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The ensembles include the Cal Poly Symphony, Cal Poly Wind Ensemble and University Jazz Band I. Tickets to the concert are $12 and $14 for the public and $9 and $12 for senior citizens and students. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by phone by calling SLO-4TIX (756-4849). For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website.

Poly Royal Rodeo to Ride Again April 17-18

Competitor on horseback with two people by his side and a crowd in the backgroundThe 75th annual Poly Royal Rodeo will be held during Open House. Gates open at 6 p.m. Friday, April 17, and at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Fun for the whole family, the event will feature performances by eight teams, including Cal Poly's winning rodeo team, which has earned 44 national titles since 1986. General admission tickets are $10; children 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased through the Cal Poly Ticket Office.

Music Department to Present Open House Recital April 18

Open House Recital studentsMusic Department will present an Open House Student Recital at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218, on campus. The recital is one of many events scheduled for Cal Poly’s 22nd annual Open House. The repertoire will be varied, illustrating different genres and styles. Several of the performers will present works that will also be on their upcoming senior recitals. The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Music Department website.

'The Bobs' A Cappella Group to Perform on April 18

The a cappella group The Bobs will display their vocal mastery and irreverent sense of humor at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Spanos Theatre. Regarded as a band without instruments, The Bobs use just their voices and body percussion to fill a room with an orchestra of harmonious sound and comedy, performing unique covers and original tunes. Tickets range from $38 for the public and $30.40 for faculty, staff and students. For more information, visit the Cal Poly Arts website.

Music Department to Present All-State Music Festival Concert April 19

The Music Department will host the Cal Poly All-State Festival Concert, featuring some of the state’s best high school musicians, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in the Performing Arts Center’s Harman Hall. The concert will also feature the winner of the festival’s solo competition, accompanied by pianist and Cal Poly Music Department faculty member Susan Azaret Davies. Tickets to the concert are $12 and $14 for the public and $9 and $12 for senior citizens and students. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by phone by calling SLO-4TIX (756-4849).

Paul Taylor Dance Company to Return to the PAC on April 25

The Paul Taylor Dance Company (PTDC) will return to the Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 25. The performance will feature a contemporary dance program with a range of emotions and vitality, including a good dose of wicked humor. A free pre-show lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in the Philips Lecture Hall. The lecture will be led by Moon Ja Minn Suhr, emeritus professor of dance and a member of PTDC. Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $24-$50 and may be purchased in advance at the Cal Poly Ticket Office. For more information, go to the Cal Poly Arts 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.

Tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach on May 16

Bring 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.


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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.

#103603 – Planner/Estimator/Scheduler, Student Affairs, University Housing. $3,907-$6,034 per month. Open until filled. Review begins April 8.

#103606 – Degree Progress Evaluator (Student Services Professional II), Academic Affairs, Office of the Registrar, Evaluations. Up to three positions available. $3,673-$5,221 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,673-$3,922 per month. Open until filled. Review begins April 9.

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.

There are no new openings at this time.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly Corporation is a separate corporation 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.

There are no new openings at this time.

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.

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