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Cal Poly Report — February 25, 2015


Agricultural Communications Program Ranks in the Top 10 Nationwide

The agricultural communication bachelor’s degree has been ranked eighth best in the nation based on a study by researchers at the University of Arkansas. The peer-reviewed study examined 40 such programs across the nation. The program prepares students to become professional communicators in agriculture by encouraging them to enroll in diverse courses such as digital communication, graphic design, journalism and technical agriculture. In the fall, a new course focusing on digital video and social media management will be offered to prepare students for emerging careers in online and visual communication strategies. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly Receives National Award for Efforts to Increase Number of Physics Teachers in U.S. High Schools

Cal Poly is among 11 universities in the nation honored for helping to reduce the critical shortage of physics teachers in U.S. high schools. The Physics Teacher Education Coalition’s 5+ Club awards recognized the university and other institutions that had at least five physics teacher graduates in the 2013-14 academic year. Cal Poly had five grads — the largest in the school’s history. The inaugural awards were presented at PhysTEC’s 2015 conference in Seattle in February. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly Harvests First Strawberry Crop

Director Gerald Holmes, Professor Kelly Ivors and Research Associate Ryan Brantley with Cal Poly’s first strawberry harvest. The first crop of strawberries planted on university farmland was harvested by the Cal Poly Strawberry Sustainability Research and Education Center on Feb. 18. Although the strawberries are just beginning to ripen, the first harvest produced about 80 pounds, which was sold at the campus farm stand. Once production ramps up in late March and early April, the Cal Poly-branded fruit will also be sold in local grocery stores such as Vons and at multiple campus locations.

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. Beginning with the March 11 issue, CPR submissions will be required to come from the employee designated to approve submissions in the respective colleges, units and work areas. A list of approved 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 designated person. 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

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 on Feb. 26 and March 1 

"Spheres" artwork displayed in front of the Performing Arts CenterKennedy Library will host 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 St. 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, 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.)

Guideline Compliance Required for all Research

In response to federal requirements, Cal Poly has established policies and procedures for protecting people and animals involved in research projects, for addressing instances of scientific fraud, and for regulating the export of materials and information that are considered relevant to national security. All faculty, staff and students should be aware of these policies and follow designated procedures when conducting research. Information on all policies governing research at Cal Poly can be found on the Grants Development website.

Human Subjects Research Committee Seeks New Members

Due to the number and variety of research projects involving human subjects at Cal Poly, the Human Subjects Committee is seeking new members. Consistent with federal regulations and the Cal Poly Policy on Human Subjects in Research, membership includes representatives of various races, cultural backgrounds and genders, from a range of campus departments involved in human-subjects research. The committee will consider any interested staff or faculty member but currently has a need for candidates who represent the following disciplines: food science, medicine and education. For more information, contact Dean Wendt, dean of research, via Debbie Hart, at or ext. 6-1508.

Human Subjects Committee Quarterly Meeting to be Held March 4

The Human Subjects Committee will hold its quarterly meeting of the full membership at 10:30 a.m. March 4. Researchers who have a project that will require review of the full membership are advised to submit their proposed projects in advance of the meeting. For more information, contact Dean Wendt, dean of research, via Debbie Hart, at or ext. 6-1508. RSVP to Debbie Hart. The location will be provided with RSVP.

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.

Nominations Accepted Through March 11 for Outstanding Faculty Advisor

The Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award recognizes one faculty member annually who has had a positive influence on students through academic advising. The award recipient will receive a $1,200 cash stipend and be recognized at Fall Conference in addition to having his or her picture and award citation posted in the Kennedy Library. The deadline for all submissions is Wednesday, March 11. The nomination should describe the nominee’s academic advising services, activities, and interactions as distinct from the nominee's teaching responsibilities, and include any special activities that relate to student development. Faculty, staff and current students are eligible to nominate faculty for this award. However, at least one letter must come from a current student, and no self-nominations will be recognized. Nomination information and the electronic nomination form can be found on the Academic Advising website.

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. Phil Bailey will be the master of ceremonies. 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.

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.

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.

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.


Cindy Campbell will retire after 34 years at Cal Poly. Campbell is the associate director of University Police and has held that position for almost 20 years. She has had a significant impact on parking and transportation at Cal Poly. Campbell is the former chair of the board of the International Parking Institute and has been a leader in the parking and transportation sector nationally and globally. She also enhanced the careers of countless Cal Poly employees and students through training and professional development courses she taught on campus and in the CSU/UC systems in the areas of tactical communication and conflict resolution. A celebration in honor of her dedicated service will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 20, in the Performing Arts Center Lobby.   

Catastrophic Leave

Lori Ann Walters, administrative support coordinator I, 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 Joy Sisler at ext. 6-5755 or to request a donation form.

In Memoriam

ronald Dale Regan, circa 1996Ronald Dale Regan, emeritus department head of the Ornamental Horticulture (OH) Department in the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences from 1977 to 1991, died Feb. 9. During his tenure, Regan integrated progressive scientific methods into the curriculum, including applications for tissue culture; shared his expertise, nursery management, with generations of students; and developed lasting connections with alumni and industry, including the California Association of Nurserymen. He also worked to develop renewable sources of funding, including the first OH endowment and the first endowed professorship. At his retirement, the Ron Regan Endowment was established in his honor. A tree, planted in his honor, is located outside the Campus Market, near the Horticulture & Crop Science Department. Those wishing to donate to his endowment can contact the Advancement Office in the College Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St., in San Luis Obispo.

Campus Announcements

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. Eventsw will feature speakers and performances sponsored by departments across campus. To sponsor an event or program, contact Annie Holmes at

Panel to Discuss LGBTQIA Family Planning Issues 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.

CPAA Announces Alumni Family Camp

Alumni employees can take advantage of a new vacation program, an all-inclusive family camp at UC Berkeley's Lair of the Golden Bear in Pinecrest, Calif., the week of June 20-27. The camp offers a chance to reconnect with nature, family and fellow alumni while enjoying outdoor recreation and adventure. Cal Poly alumni and their families will receive a 20 percent discount off published rates. Space is limited. Registration is required by March 1 by calling 510-900-8255. For more information, visit the Cal Poly Alumni Association website.

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.

Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Intervention Workshops to be Held in March

Counseling Services will offer trainings to educate the campus community about how to respond to a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aid will help attendees recognize the signs of addiction and mental illnesses, implement a five-step action plan to assess a situation and provide help, understand the impact of mental and substance use disorders, and identify local resources. The course will be delivered in two sessions on two successive days:
— from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, and Thursday, March 12.
— from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17.
— from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is an intensive, interactive and practice-dominated course designed to help people recognize risk and learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. ASIST will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, and Thursday, March 19.

Reservations are required. Attendees must attend both days of each respective training. For more information, contact Hannah Roberts, community prevention and intervention coordinator, at

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

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.

Campus Administrative Policies Update

Cal Poly is continuing a comprehensive review of Campus Administrative Policies (CAP), replacing the Campus Administrative Manual. For more information on CAP and draft 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.

Have Extra Intra-Campus Envelopes

Distribution Services redistributes intra-campus envelopes. If your department has envelopes that are not being used, Distribution Services asks you to bundle them and leave them with the regular mail drop. They will be picked up during a regular mail run.

Bella Montana Faculty and Staff Housing Community

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


‘California State of Mind’ to be Screened Feb. 25

Cal Poly will host award-winning filmmaker Sascha Rice for a screening of her latest documentary, “California State of Mind,” from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center Pavilion. A discussion with Rice and Political Science Professor Michael Latner will follow the screening. Outlining the turbulent years of the 1960s, the documentary tracks the climactic story of California Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown’s rise up the political ladder. Brown initiated historical legislation that reshaped the state, including The Fair Housing Act, The Fair Employment Act, The Master Plan for Higher Education, Highway Expansion and The California Aqueduct. Rice tells the story through her perspective as filmmaker and Brown’s granddaughter, and shows a man’s tenacity in overcoming obstacles that led to the making of a new political dynasty after his son, Gov. Jerry Brown, was elected as California’s governor in 1975, and again in 2011. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News 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.

Talk on Vietnam War Memories to be Held Feb. 27

George Washington University Professor Ronald Spector will speak on “The Vietnam War: War Memories and Memory Wars” at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in the Bioresource & Agricultural Engineering Building (No. 8), Room 123. Addressing the larger issue of “memory wars,” Spector will discuss the importance of knowing how past events should be understood, remembered, celebrated and deplored. With the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, and the U.S. government’s plans to commemorate its history, the debates connected to the war have been reignited.

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

Cal Poly Symphony to Feature Student Soloists in March 8 Concert

collage with photos of symphony performersThe 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.

University Jazz Bands to Perform ‘Just Jazz’ March 13

Cal Poly’s jazz bands will display the innovation of jazz and its tradition during the Just Jazz concert at 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, in the Spanos Theatre on campus. The concert will feature the best student jazz musicians at Cal Poly in two big bands and two jazz combos. The big bands’ “wall of sound” comes from four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, a rhythm section and vocalist. Selections will include traditional swing dance music, blues, Latin jazz and funk. Student compositions will also be highlighted. Discounts are offered to patrons who purchase tickets to four or more events. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406.

University Art Gallery to Feature Interactive Exhibit Open Through March 13

Guests exploring the artThe 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.


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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.

#103543 – Director, Disability Resource Center and Testing Services (Administrator II), Student Affairs, Disability Resource Center, Testing. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Anticipated starting annual salary range: $66,000 to $102,000. Open until filled. Review begins March 18.

#103537 – Resource Sharing and Collection Specialist (Library Services Specialist II), Academic Affairs, Library, Information Resources and Archives. $3,101-$5,111 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,101-$3,411 per month. Open until filled. Review begins March 9.

#103571 – HR Assistant (Administrative Support Assistant II), Administration & Finance, Human Resources. $2,539-$3,922 per month. Open until filled. Review begins March 4.

#103555 – Assistant to the Assistant Dean of Advancement & External Relations (Administrative Support Coordinator II), College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, Advancement Group. $3,115-$4,817 per month. Open until filled. Review begins March 4.

#103542 – Accounts Payable Technician (Accounting Technician II), Administration & Finance, Fiscal Services, Accounts Payable. $3,010-$4,653 per month. Open until filled. Review begins March 5.

#103553 – Administrative Support Coordinator II, College of Architecture & Environmental Design, Construction Management. $3,115-$4,817 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 17.

#103576 – Administrative Assistant (Confidential Office Support II), Office of the Provost. $2,277-$5,062 per month. Open until filled. Review begins March 13.

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.

#103470, Assistant/Associate Professor of Fermentation Science in Wine & Viticulture, Wine & Viticulture Department, College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, ext. 6-7308. Review begins April 17.

#103541, Wine & Viticulture Department Head (Tenure-Track) in Wine & Viticulture, Wine & Viticulture Department, College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, ext. 6-7308. Review begins April 17.

#103540, Full-Time Lecturer in English, English Department, College of Liberal Arts, ext. 6-5850. Review begins March 23.

#103538, Full-Time Lecturer in Management, Management Area, Orfalea College of Business, ext. 6-2676. Review begins April 15.

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.

Employee Development Specialist (30-32 hours per week), Human Resources. Salary $41,002-$64,220 per year, prorated based on 30-32 hours.

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.