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Cal Poly Report — February 18, 2015


Cal Poly Rated Most Efficient University in the West by U.S. News
Rating Reflects How Cal Poly Spends to Deliver a Quality Education for Students

Cal Poly is rated the most efficient school among regional western universities in a U.S. News & World Report analysis that compared spending and educational quality. U.S. News looked at the public and private colleges that scored the highest on overall undergraduate academic educational quality — as measured by their position in the magazine’s 2015 Best Colleges rankings — but that spent relatively less on their educational programs to achieve that quality. According to the magazine, schools such as Cal Poly are doing a good job managing their financial resources relative to other institutions that may have far greater resources because of more state funding, higher tuition or a larger endowment. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly Launches Professional Certificate in Business Analytics

The Orfalea College of Business will begin offering a new Business Analytics Certificate Program, a five-course interdisciplinary degree aimed at business leaders who use data to analyze and solve fundamental business problems. The certificate program takes two quarters to complete and will include classes related to statistics, data mining, data management, econometrics, and marketing analytics. Reflecting Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy, courses will give students hands-on experience with the quantitative tools necessary to analyze data sets of all sizes and types, including Oracle programs, SAS Enterprise Miner for data mining, and R programming language for regression analysis. The program aims to make a direct impact on local business leaders who need to visualize and analyze data before communicating insights to a larger team. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Faculty & Staff

Mechanical Engineering Professor Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Saeed Niku headshotMechanical Engineering Professor Saeed Niku was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Scholarship to India to teach, present workshops, and collaborate with the faculty of Apeejay Staya University near New Delhi. Niku presented concepts on quality design, creative design, innovation, entrepreneurship, and robotics to their faculty and students.

University Store Accepting Textbook Adoptions for Spring Term

The University Store is accepting textbook adoption requisitions for spring quarter. Submissions are requested as soon as possible. Early textbook adoptions allow the University Store to obtain more used and rental textbooks, which saves students money.
To submit textbook adoptions:
— Order through the Textbook Adoption website, or
— Email with the following information: ISBN number, author and title of courseware, and whether the book is required, recommended, optional, or a study guide, etc.
For more information or assistance with textbook adoptions, contact a courseware representative at ext. 6-1171.

Play Co-Created by Theatre Arts Professor Performed Internationally

Phil ValleThe award-winning play, "pool '63," written by Theatre Arts Lecturer Philip Valle in collaboration with his wife, Bree, director of the Cuesta College Drama Program, and her students, was performed at the 2015 International University Theatre Festival in Mexico City last week. The play is centered around two girls, one white and one black, at a public pool in Alabama during the racial unrest of the early '60s. Last April, the play was honored with five awards at the 46th annual Kennedy Center festival in Washington, D.C. The play was selected as the United States’ entry at the festival held at the National Autonomous University of Mexico — the first time the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has chosen a college or university theater production to represent the nation at an international event.

International Travel Update for the Campus Community

Faculty, staff and students traveling on official university business internationally are required to complete International Travel Authorization paperwork and secure international insurance through Cal Poly.  All paperwork should be submitted prior to travel with approval received before airfare is purchased.  According to the Chancellor’s Office Memorandum RM 2014-01, high hazard insurance must be secured 30 days prior to travel, and travel requests need to be submitted and approved prior to the 30-day window. Note that high-hazard travel requests with less than 5 business days notice will not be considered.  Travel to war-risk countries must be submitted to the Chancellor’s Office for approval and takes additional time to process.  Standard individual travel should be submitted to the International Center a minimum of 30 days prior to travel; high-hazard travel should be submitted a minimum of 45 days prior to travel, and travel to war-risk countries should be submitted a minimum of 60 days prior to travel.  Additional information about international travel procedures can be found on the International Center website under the International Travel Authorization tab.

Career Services Launches ‘Candid Career’ Online Resource

Using Student Success funding, Career Services recently added another 24/7 online resource to help students explore careers and land a job. Candid Career includes a video library with thousands of informational interviews featuring industry professionals sharing their career experiences and giving advice on how to prepare for their career fields. It also includes career advice videos on topics such as resume writing, interviewing, networking and more. Candid Career can be accessed from the Career Services website by clicking the 24/7 Resources tab. Career Services' online resources can be incorporated into curriculum and class assignments in a variety of ways. For information and suggestions on how to utilize these resources in courses, faculty are invited to consult with career counselor specialist for the respective college.

Finance Dashboard Workshops to be Held Feb. 18

The Administration & Finance (AFD) Business Connection (ABC) will offer a workshop on the use and navigation of dashboards to effectively manage financial resources. The workshop will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18. Dashboards are the official reporting system for end-users of the university’s financial system. Attendees must have security access to the dashboards to take the class. Those who do not have access must fill out a CMS Access Request and allow five business days for approvals and implementation. Each workshop will be limited to 12 participants. The maximum number of attendees for this group has been met. For more training dates and other classes, visit the ABC training calendar. For more information, email

CTLT's Instructional Innovation Showcase Features Innovations in eLearning Feb. 25

The Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology (CTLT) invites faculty and staff to the Winter Instructional Innovation Showcase from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (Building 7). Faculty will share experiences and innovative practices for eLearning pedagogies. Three presentations will be offered. Scott Kelting will present "An Online Year in Review." Ann DeLay will present "A Beginner's Perspective of the Flipped Classroom." Franklin Gaudi will present "Online Problem Sets: Improving Exam Scores through Active Learning." Discussion will follow the presentations. Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. For further information, go to the CTLT website.

Campus Curator to Present Proposed University Art Acquisition Policy 

"Spheres" artwork displayed in front of the Performing Arts CenterKennedy Library is hosting two forums to present the newly drafted University Art Acquisition and Oversight Policy and accept public comment. The forums will be led by campus curator Catherine Trujillo from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 26, at Kennedy Library, Room 202-B, and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad S. The new policy demonstrates a commitment to making the collection available to students and faculty. The revisions also aim to unify the university’s collecting practices and make works of art accessible for teaching and research, and enrich the campus and local communities. As the campus continues to strengthen and develop its art collection in conjunction with the university’s polytechnic identity, a major focus of the collection will be public works of art that reflect the scholarship of the university. The collection encompasses artwork in all forms, including but not limited to paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, architectural elements and installations. To read the draft policy, visit the Administration & Finance website. For more information at ext. 6-6395 or (Photo Credit:
"Spheres" by Ivan McLean, Performing Arts Center public art installation. Photo courtesy Kennedy Library.)

Faculty Applications Available for Cal Poly Global Programs, Summer and Fall 2016

The Cal Poly International Center invites faculty from all colleges to apply to teach in Cal Poly Global Programs during 2016. The programs are led by faculty with strong teaching records who can offer general education or specialty courses appropriate to the specific program. The summer intensive offerings include programs in England, Spain, Peru and Thailand; there is also a fall term offering in Spain. For applications and information regarding qualifications and deadlines, visit the Faculty tab on the Study Abroad website.

Career Services Hosts Industry ‘Meet-ups’ Tuesdays in February

Career Services will host “meet-ups,” where students can hear from professionals about opportunities in industries of interest. The events will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. three Tuesdays in February in Student Services (Building 124), Room 117. Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Faculty and staff are encouraged to share the opportunity with students. Topics include “Careers in Wellness” on Feb. 3, “Helping Careers” on Feb. 10, and “Outdoor Adventure Careers” on Feb. 24. For more information and a list of featured guests for each event, go to the Career Services website.

Applications for Faculty Member Post on Corporation BOD Due March 10

The Academic Senate is seeking nominations from tenured faculty to serve on the Cal Poly Corporation board of directors for the 2015-18 term. A description of the board member's responsibilities is available on the Academic Senate website. Interested faculty should complete an Expression of Intent and Willingness to Serve form available on the site. The completed form must be received by the Academic Senate office by Tuesday, March 10. For more information, call the Academic Senate Office at extension 6-1258.

Grant Applications to Develop New Global Programs Due March 15

The Cal Poly International Center is accepting grant proposals for the 2015-16 academic year, including summer 2016. The grants will fund up to $3,000 to support a faculty member's international travel to develop a new Cal Poly Global Program: a study abroad program led by a Cal Poly faculty member. Grants can help fund visits to single sites or multiple sites within a country or world region. The deadline for emailed proposals is March 15. For more information, including proposal instructions, eligibility information, qualifying expenses, and competitive priorities for funding, visit the International Center's Program Development Grants page.

Grant Applications for Faculty Scholarship Due March 16

The Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities (RSCA) Grant Program, supported by funds from the Provost’s Office, is intended to help faculty remain engaged in their disciplines beyond the classroom and to contribute new knowledge through robust programs of scholarship focused on strengthening California socially, culturally and economically. The annual funds are intended to provide more internal resources to help faculty pursue a broader array of professional activities. The deadline to submit proposals for awards of mini-grants, assigned time, and additional compensation for 2015-16 is 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 16. The RFP has been updated to allow lecturers the opportunity to apply. For application and submission instructions, visit the Office of Research & Economic Development website or call at ext. 6-5153.

Annual Service Awards Luncheon Set for March 17

State, Cal Poly Corporation and ASI employees with milestone service anniversaries in 2014 will be honored at the Annual Service Awards Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in Chumash Auditorium. Organizers are collecting photos of the service award recipients to include in a slideshow. The event will be emceed by Phil Bailey. Please email photos to by March 6. For more information about photos, contact Kaylene Wakeman at ext. 6-2403 or A “Little Italy” buffet will be served, including antipasto salad, caesar salad, chicken penne, cheese tortellini, garlic breadsticks, beverage and dessert. Tickets are $12 and are available from Tracy Watson, ASI, ext. 6-1292; Dawn Rudder, Fiscal Services, ext. 6-5871; Merrie Kay Reis, Corporation, ext. 6-2849; and Cindy Boone, Corporation, ext. 6-2457.

Applications for Learn by Doing Scholar Award Due March 20

A new faculty award, the Learn by Doing Scholar Award, has been established to acknowledge and inspire formal scholarship and research into Cal Poly’s signature pedagogy, Learn by Doing. The inaugural awards will be given in two categories to create an inclusive process that encourages fully-realized as well as emerging scholarship. The Published Research category ($2,000 award) recognizes completed research that has been externally reviewed and shared through publication or presentation. The Planned and In-Progress Research category ($1,000 award) recognizes promising research proposals or research in progress and supports faculty in completing and sharing their findings. Open to all Cal Poly faculty, the awards are sponsored by the Information Services advisory board. Applications will be accepted through March 20. Recipients will be announced in spring 2015. Application procedures and criteria for the award categories are available on the Kennedy Library website.

Student Successes

Hackathon Awards Top Prize to Mental Health Application

the winning Hackathon teamA team of six Cal Poly students received $2,500 and four iPad tablets for their mobile mental health application as top prize winner at Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s 2nd annual Design and Dev Hackathon. The idea behind the winning Optimist software application was to create an app that would make stressed students feel better and also make mental health a more common topic of conversation. More than $7,500 in prizes were awarded at the event, held Jan. 30-31. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Saves Taxpayers Nearly $1.2 Million

The Orfalea College of Business is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC), which has saved clients almost $1.2 million since its inception in 2010. The LITC has provided undergraduate and graduate business students the opportunity to work with underserved communities while enhancing their professional accounting and taxation skills. Since it began, the LITC has assisted approximately 2,880 California clients through consultation, education or direct assistance before the Internal Revenue Service, California's Franchise Tax Board, and U.S. Tax Court. In many cases, the LITC advocates significantly reduced or eliminated a client's tax liability by clarifying applicable legal and tax provisions, establishing substantial economic financial hardship, providing substantiation of client expenses or deductions, filing the proper tax forms, or negotiating settlements. The clinic was conceived as an experiential service-learning project based on Cal Poly's Learn by Doing philosophy. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus Announcements

Learn About CSU Fee Waiver Benefit

The fee waiver program provides eligible faculty, staff and management employees the opportunity to attend classes at CSU campuses at greatly reduced rates. This benefit may also be transferred to eligible dependents. For information regarding eligibility, guidelines, procedures and deadlines, visit the Administraton & Finance website. For more information, contact Terizza Miller at or ext. 6-7354.

Central Coast Printing is the New Cal Poly Business Card Supplier

Contracts and Procurement/Risk and Real Estate Management is pleased to announce that Central Coast Printing is the new Cal Poly business card supplier. Central Coast Printing offers low prices, a web-based ordering system, and additional options when choosing the number of business cards to order. For more information, go to the business card web page on the Contracts and Procurement/Risk and Real Estate Management website.

EBuy System Integrated into Campus Marketplace

Contracts and Procurement/Risk and Real Estate Management is pleased to announce the integration of our current eBuy system into the Campus Marketplace system. The Campus Marketplace is an e-catalog website that features catalogs from participating suppliers with competitively negotiated pricing agreements. This can mean a savings of 17 to 29 percent for many of the supplies you already buy. You will need a ProCard to make purchases on the Campus Marketplace.If you do not have a ProCard, please submit a ProCard application to Jeanette Paolucci at

To learn more about the Campus Marketplace, you may attend an upcoming training session. Sessions will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20; 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27; and 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 6. All sessions will take place in Building 1 (Administration), Room 133. To register, please email your preferred session date to Jeanette Paolucci at

Financial Planning Seminar to be Held Three Times on Feb. 18

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, Feb. 18, in the Administration Building, Room 133. Presented by Valic Financial Advisors, the seminar explores different aspects of sound financial planning. Participants will leave with simple action steps that they can start using immediately to reach their financial goals.  The investment planning seminar including how to determine risk tolerance and time horizon, develop an investment strategy, diversify investment, and plan portfolio reviews to ensure proper allocation. To register, visit the Valic website and use code 4116SAN11AA.

Seminar on Savings Plus to be Held Three Times on Feb. 19

Human Resources will present a financial planning workshop from Savings Plus. The same 45-minute workshop will be led by Ralph Hoskins, certified financial planner, at 11 a.m., and 12:30 and 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in UU 216. The workshops, titled "Put Savings Plus to Work For You," 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. The Savings Plus program is a long-term savings program designed by the State of California to supplement employee retirement income. There are two deferred compensation plans available for eligible employees:  a 401k and a 457. Both plans offer convenient payroll deductions on a pre-tax or after-tax basis, and other benefits. To be eligible to enroll, employees must be a state CalPERS member. No pre-registration is required. To register, call 805-459-2005, email, or visit the Savings Plus Program website. For complex financial planning guidance, one-on-one appointments are also available.

Central Coast Lean Summit Planned for Feb. 19-20

Lean Summit 2015 with morro in backgroundCal Poly's industrial technology faculty will host the fourth annual Central Coast Lean Summit on Feb. 19 and 20 in the Performing Arts Center. The event will feature workshops on lean practices across healthcare, higher education, government and manufacturing. Norbert Majerus, senior master black belt in lean operations at Goodyear, will serve as the event's keynote speaker. Attendees will also be able to network with lean experts from different parts of California and collaborate with faculty. For more information and registration, visit the Orfalea College of Business website.

Training to be Held Feb. 20 for CSUEU Evaluation Process

Human Resources will conduct a training session and overview on the new CSUEU (Employee Union) Employee Evaluation process. The training will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at the Baker Center (Building 180), Room 101. Space is limited. Attendance is subject to departmental staffing needs. For more information, contact Dawn Rudder at ext. 6-5871 or

Open Forum on Registration Changes Set for Feb. 20

Please join the Office of the Registrar for an Open Forum to share information on the Registration Rotation (New Registration) changes that will occur in mid-March. The forum will be held from 10:30 a.m.m to noon Friday, Feb. 20 in Building 192 (Engineering IV), Room 0106. For more information, contact Debbie Arseneau at ext. 6-7717 or

Family Planning Panel to Discuss Issues for LGBTQIA Families on Feb. 26

Faculty, staff, administers and students will participate in the Queer Family Planning Panel presentation from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in UU 220. They will discuss adoption, donors, parenting and other issues related to families in today’s society, including medical and legal options for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex or asexual (LGBTQIA) families. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Pride Center and the Pride Faculty Staff Association.

Feb. 27 Seminar to Discuss Using University Campus Program Funds to Hire Students

The Administration & Finance Division (AFD) Business Connection (ABC) in conjunction with Payroll Services, Academic Personnel and Cal Poly Corporation (CPC) will provide an overview on hiring student employees using University Campus Program (UCP) funds (formerly Cal Poly Foundation). The presentation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 27, in the Baker Center (Building 180), Room 101. The different types of state student classifications and the process to hire each type will be discussed. Information will also be provided about the transition activities occurring in February to move UCP students from CPC payroll to state payroll and the process change timeline for hiring new UCP students. For more information, contact Lori Serna in Payroll Services at ext. 6-5867.

Tickets Available for Feb. 28 RPTA Fundraiser at Santa Margarita Ranch

Road sign with info about the RPTA fundraising eventThe Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration (RPTA) Department will host its annual dinner and auction fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 28, at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. The event includes dinner and silent and live auctions. The fundraiser supports scholarships and department activities such as the RPTA Academic Quiz Bowl team’s attendance at the National Recreation and Park Association Congress. The auction includes items such as an Edna Valley wine tour with SLO Safe Ride and Sunday passes for Savor the Central Coast 2015. Tickets are $25 for students, $40 for alumni, and $50 for friends of the university. To buy tickets, visit the RPTA auction website. For more information, email the planning committee at or visit the group's Facebook page.

OCOB Provides Free Tax Preparation Services to Low-Income Filers through March 14

The Orfalea College of Business is sponsoring a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) clinic to provide free tax return preparation assistance for individuals and families with annual incomes less than $53,000. Cal Poly students and faculty will host clinics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on most Saturdays through March 14. Clinics will be held in the Business Building (No. 3), at the Business and Career OneStop of Five Cities in Grover Beach, and at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. Nearly 100 IRS-certified accounting students will prepare tax returns, including forms 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 540, 540A, 540EZ and some supporting forms. The returns will be reviewed by volunteer CPAs and faculty from the Orfalea College of Business. For clinic times and locations, visit the VITA website.

Santa Clara Ethics Professor to Discuss Software, App Design March 5

Cal Poly will host Santa Clara University Philosophy Professor Shannon Vallor for a talk titled “Ethics for Software/App Design” at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (Building 7). During her presentation, Vallor will address how the absence of ethics can lead app developers to suffer blowback from users, media critics, industry leaders and regulators. Combining these ideas, Vallor will outline emerging ethical issues in app development and discuss how practical judgment and the right training can help developers safely navigate the bridge between ethics and technology. For more information, visit the CLA website.

Cal Poly Symphony to Feature Student Soloists in March 8 Concert

The Cal Poly Symphony’s Winter Concert on Sunday, March 8, will be a collaborative performance celebrating the talents of student soloists and members of the university’s Orchesis Dance Company. It will take place at 3 p.m. in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. The Student Soloist Showcase will include performances by the five instrumentalists and three vocalists who won the Music Department’s Solo Competition. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus Administrative Policies Update

Cal Poly is continuing a comprehensive review of Campus Administrative Policies (CAP), replacing the Campus Administrative Manual (CAM). For more information on CAP and proposed draft CAM policies, go to the CAP Web page.

Search Committees Encouraged to Use Diversity & Inclusivity Lists

The Office of University Diversity & Inclusivity (OUD&I) keeps an updated list of faculty and staff from the diverse faculty and staff associations who have agreed to speak with prospective employees about working and teaching at Cal Poly and provide insight about finding community in San Luis Obispo County. This initiative is beneficial in helping to attract diverse candidates to Cal Poly. OUD&I encourages search committes direct applicants to the website to express Cal Poly's commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community. The list can be found on the OUD&I website under the "Faculty and Staff Resources" tab. For more information about this resource and other efforts from OUD&I, email

UPD Announces New Escort Program for Safety

To enhance safety, the University Police Department offers a walking escort service on campus from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. To request an escort, call ext. 6-STEP (7837). Mustang Patrol will escort the caller to an on-campus residence or vehicle. For more information, call ext. 6-6679.

New Compliance and Safety Training Courses Required for Every Employee

Environmental Health & Safety is joining other CSU campuses to implement a systemwide online compliance and safety training program. Cal Poly employees will receive an email with information on the three classes they are required to complete: Injury and Illness Prevention, Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, and Workplace Ergonomics. The training will be available through CSU-Skillsoft, which offers an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. For more information on accessing CSU-Skillsoft via the Cal Poly Portal, visit the ITS Service Desk website.

Vehicle Maintenance, Inspection and Repair Required Annually

Cal Poly Facilities is providing notification of CSU-mandated requirements regarding campus fleet management. Departments with state-owned vehicles are subject to the CSU motor vehicle policies, whether the department contracts with the Facilities Services Transportation Department or an outside vendor for services. A detailed description of the responsibilities of state vehicle operation is located on the Facility Services website.

Bella Montana Faculty and Staff Housing Community

Visit the Bella Montana Homes website for available homes for sale.


Engineering Student Council Hosts Events for National Engineers Week Through Feb. 20

eWeek illustrated image with sun over mountainThe Engineering Student Council will celebrate National Engineers Week (eWeek), Feb. 17-20 with the theme “Engineering New Horizons,” showcasing applications of the Learn by Doing approach. Highlights include the Bus Bonanza, Build a Bridge contest, Global Development Workshop, Club Showcase, tech talks and more. For more information and a schedule of events, see the Cal Poly News website.

Join the International Center for the Chinese Lunar New Year on Feb. 20

The International Center invites campus to a celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year and welcome the Year of the Goat. The celebration will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in the Rec Center's Multi-Activity Center (MAC). Faculty, students and community members will speak briefly about the history of Chinese residents and Chinese Americans in the San Luis Obispo area and provide personal and cultural stories of the Lunar New Year. The event will include music, art activities and refreshments. The event is co-sponsored by the International Center, the Chinese Cultural Club and the Cal Cal Poly Women's Club. For more information, visit the International Center website.

Guest to Speak on Uganda’s Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project on Feb. 20

Twesigye "Jackson" Kaguri will deliver a talk titled "Uganda AIDS Orphan Project: Using a Holistic Approach to Break the Cycle of Poverty, the Nyaka Case Study" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 20, in the Business Building (No. 3), Room 112. A continental breakfast will be provided at 10 a.m. for the meet-and-greet that precedes the talk. Jackson founded the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project In 2001. The project is best known for operating two primary schools, Nyaka and Kutamba, that offer free education to children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. To ensure enough refreshments are provided:, RSVP to Roger Adkins in the International Center at For more information, visit the International Center website.

Social Justice Conference to be Held Feb. 20-21 

The Student Community Services will host the 13th annual Change the Status Quo conference on campus Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21. The social justice conference will begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 with a spoken-word event and poster session in Room 220 in the UU. Saturday's program, to begin in Chumash Auditorium, will include a keynote address from's lead strategist Greg Thomas and 24 presentations addressing social and environmental issues. The two-day conference is open to the public. Registration is $10 in advance and $15 for same-day registration. Registration fees include breakfast and lunch, access to the keynote address and 24 workshops, a local agency resource fair, and a reusable tote bag. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

University Art Gallery to Feature Interactive Exhibit Feb. 20-March 13

art installationThe University Art Gallery will present “Making Space for Free-Play,” an interactive and collaborative installation by internationally renowned artist Sheila Pepe and Cal Poly students, Feb. 20 through March 13. The exhibit will open with a talk by Pepe at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in the Dexter Building (No. 34), Room 150. A reception will follow in the gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building. “Making Space for Free-Play” creates a place for inspiration and exploration between Pepe and the student participants. Much of the gallery space will be empty when the show opens. The student-audience-turned-participants will slowly transform the space with new pieces during the course of the show, including chair-like sculptures Pepe leads the audience in making with knitted material.

'Los Monologos de la Vagina' to be Feb. 21

The Gender Equity Center will present "Los Monologos de la Vagina," the first Spanish-language production of "The Vagina Monologues," a play about empowerment, sexuality, and women’s experiences. The performance will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in Chumash Auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10. Proceeds will benefit the Gender Equity CenterRise, a nonprofit that provides crisis intervention and treatment services to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence; and the new San Luis Obispo chapter of Girls Circle, an extension of Youth in Action. For more information, contact the Gender Equity Center at or ext. 6-2600. 

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble to Perform Feb. 21

Dancers on stage in front of Arab Music EnsembleThe Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble will be joined by nationally renowned guest artists in a performance of music and dance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The concert, featuring music from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region, will include some of the most celebrated instrumental, vocal and poetic repertoire from the Ottoman era to the present. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by calling ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department website.

Feb. 24 Talk to Feature Dominican History as Revealed in Submerged Caverns

Archeologist John Foster will present “Touching the Taino Underworld: Archeological Explorations of Submerged Caverns in the Dominican Republic” at 7 p.m. Feb. 24, in the Business Building (No. 3), Room 112. Foster will discuss how within a few decades of contact with outsiders, the Taino language and culture were destroyed as a result of conquest, slavery and disease, with only a few details of their existence remaining. A retired senior state archaeologist with the Archaeology, History and Museum Division of the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Foster has worked as adjunct faculty at Indiana University, teaching and assisting in the university’s archeological research in the Dominican Republic. Foster will discuss brief Spanish accounts, the archaeological efforts occurring in the Dominican Republic, and the discovery of elaborate rock art deep within the country’s limestone caves that is believed to depict central elements of Taino cosmology, world renewal and origins. For more information, visit the CLA website.

Theatre & Dance to Present ‘The Other Shore’ Feb. 26-March 7

Shadows of two people shows relation of the other shoreThe Theatre & Dance Department will present Nobel Prize winner’s Gao Xingjian’s “The Other Shore” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 26-28, and March 5-7, in the Spanos Theatre. The play centers on the journey of human experience toward enlightenment, or “the other shore.” Actors use games, sounds, gestures and words to create a series of episodes highlighting the struggle between the human collective consciousness and being an individual. Audience members should be aware that stationary and portable backless padded crates will be used as part of the non-traditional, limited-seating environment. Due to the nature of the play, there will be no late seating. For more information, visit the CLA website.

Wine & Vit to Host Winemakers’ Dinner and Auction on Feb. 28

The Wine & Viticulture Department will host its 20th annual Winemakers’ Dinner and Auction Fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28th, at Greengate Ranch and Vineyard. The event will feature assistant winemakers Chelsea Franchi and Jamie Dowell from Tablas Creek Vineyard and Alpha Omega Winery, respectively. Guests are invited to enjoy a five-course menu paired with wines from the featured wineries. The silent and live auctions will feature vacation packages, wine tasting, and wine from some of California’s premier wineries and several large format bottles. The event supports the Wine & Viticulture Department and Vines to Wines Club for continuing educational trips, guest speakers and scholarships to attend the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento and the American Society for Wine and Viticulture Conference. The theme for this year’s event is Influential Women in the Industry. Tickets are $100 per person and $750 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets, visit the Wine & Viticulture website.

Wind Bands’ Pops Concert Set for Feb. 28

Logo for winter bad concertCal Poly’s Winter Band Concert featuring the 65-member Wind Ensemble and 70-member Wind Orchestra is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. This year the bands will present their biennial “pops concert,” featuring entertaining works from all areas of popular culture written and arranged for the modern concert band. Tickets are $12 and $14 for the public and $9 and $12 for senior citizens and students. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by phone, at SLO-4TIX (ext. 6-4849).

Ballroom Dance Club to Host Eighth Annual Competition on Feb. 28

The Ballroom Dance Club will host its eighth annual “Mustang Ball” Ballroom and Latin DanceSport Competition from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in Chumash Auditorium. More than 150 dancers from across California, Arizona and Nevada have registered to compete at the event, one of the largest annual dance competitions in San Luis Obispo County. Amateur dancers of all levels and ages are invited to sign up and compete. Dancers will compete in six levels of competitions — from newcomer to the highest "open-level" events — in the international and American style ballroom dances. Events also include nightclub dances such as the salsa, hustle, Argentine tango, and lindy hop swing; a formation team competition; collegiate team match; and other special performances. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Last Event in 'Perspectives on Religion and Society' Series to be March 5

The last event in the ‘Perspectives on Religion and Society’ series will be a forum on “ISIS: Islam, Violence and America’s Role” from 11 a.m. to noon March 5, in the Business Building Rotunda (Building 3, Room 213). Through short presentations and open discussion, the panelists will examine the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS), their current state and future. The panelists will be Stephen Lloyd-Moffett (Religious Studies Program), Jnan Blau (Communication Studies Department), Andrew Magnusson (History Department), and Hill Krishnan (Political Science Department). For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly Choirs' Winter Concert to Highlight 'Romance and the Romantics' on March 7

Alumna and acclaimed soprano Kathleen Magee Querec will return to Cal Poly as guest artist in the Cal Poly Choirs' Winter Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center. Titled "Romance and the Romantics," the concert will feature works on the theme of love by composers from the Romantic period of the 19th century and those from the modern era. 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 between noon and 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To order by phone, call SLO-4TIX (756-4849).

'Cal Poly Mustang Marching Band to Perform in Chinese New Year Parade March 7 in San Francisco'

The Cal Poly Mustang Band has again been invited to participate in the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, March 7, in San Francisco. Started in the 1860s by the Chinese community in San Francisco to educate and share their culture with the greater community, the parade and festival have grown to be 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. The band was among 15 marching bands that participated in the parade last year. It was awarded first place in its category. The parade will celebrate the “Year of the Ram” with floats, dragon dancers, and other festive entries. One million attendees are expected to line the parade route, and the event will be broadcast live on local  television stations KTVU Fox 2 and KTSF Channel 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. March 7. For more information, contact the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or


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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.

#103522 – Instructional Support Technician (Instructional Support Technician II), Academic Affairs – College of Science & Mathematics – Physics. $3,748-$5,789 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 23.

#103562 – Degree Progress Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Exempt I), Academic Affairs – Office of the Registrar. $3,897-$6,022 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 24.

#103550 – Office Coordinator (Administrative Support Assistant II), Student Affairs – University Housing – Residential Life & Education. $2,539-$3,922 per month. Closes Feb. 25.

#103551 – Housing Services Support Assistant (Administrative Support Assistant II), Student Affairs – University Housing – Housing & Business Services. $2,539-$3,922 per month. Closes Feb. 25.

#103564 – Front-of-House Supervisor (Instructional Support Assistant II), Administration & Finance – Performing Arts Center. Non-Statutory supervisor/lead as defined by the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act. $2,755-$4,258 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 25.

#103570 – University Scheduling Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Exempt I), Academic Affairs – Office of the Registrar. $3,897-$6,022 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 25.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the online employment 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.

#103433, Tenure-Track Position in Food Science & Nutrition, Food Science & Nutrition Department, College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences,
ext. 6-2205. Review begins March 12.

#103471, Full-Time Lecturer in Physics, Physics Department, College of Science & Mathematics, ext. 6-1752. Review begins March 10.

#103547, Full-Time Lecturer in School of Education, School of Education, College of Science & Mathematics, ext. 6-1503. Review begins March 11.

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.

There are no new openings at this time.