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Cal Poly Report — January 14, 2015


CAED Receives $250,000 from William Randolph Hearst Foundation

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation awarded $250,000 to the College of Architecture & Environmental Design to establish the first teacher/student scholar fellowships within the college. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation teacher/student scholar fellowships are intended to foster a culture of intellectual experimentation and curricular innovation that will provide students and faculty in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, architecture engineering, construction management, and city and regional planning with opportunities to further their professional development and enhance the present and future quality of the built environment. For more on the awards, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly to Host NASCAR Star Danica Patrick, GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving Jan. 20

The campus community welcomes NASCAR star and GoDaddy spokeswoman Danica Patrick and GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving to campus Jan. 20 to rally support for STEM (science, technology, math and engineering) and women in technology. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to noon at Chumash Auditorium. Patrick will discuss STEM as well as her experience defying odds in a male-dominated sport. Patrick is an inspirational role model whose sport relies heavily on science and technology. This past season, she had hashtag #STEM prominently displayed on her No. 10 GoDaddy Chevy. In addition, Blake will share his vision for GoDaddy and technology. Since his appointment as CEO in 2013, he has transformed the way GoDaddy represents women in its brand and advertising efforts — as well as promoting causes supporting women in technology. Also, at 10:30 a.m., Patrick will join members of the Cal Poly Racing Team as they display their cars in Mustang Plaza near Mott Athletic Center.

Candidates for Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance to Visit Campus in January

The three finalists for the Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance (AFD) position have been invited to visit campus. Faculty, staff, students and the campus community are invited to attend the Open Forums scheduled as follows:
— Sue Fuciarelli, former vice president for administration and finance, Valdosta State University (Valdosta, Ga.). Jan. 16, 11:10 a.m. to noon, UU Conference Room 204
— Cindy Villa, vice president for business affairs, The University of Texas (El Paso, Texas). Jan. 21, 11:10 a.m. to noon, UU Conference Room 220.
— Jeffrey Kingston, vice president for administration and finance/vice chancellor, facilities planning, development and operations; Chabot Las Positas Community Colleges (Livermore, Calif.). Jan. 23, 10:10 to 11 a.m., UU Conference Room 220.
Resumes of the finalists are available on the AFD website.

Policy for Public Records Requests is Important to Review

The California Public Records Act (PRA) requires Cal Poly to provide the public with access to public records, subject to limited exceptions. Public records are open to inspection during normal office hours. Requests may be made verbally or in writing. A campus employee who receives a request for public records should immediately notify and provide a copy of the request (if written) to the PRA officer for processing. Matthew Roberts, director of administrative compliance services, serves as the campus PRA officer. For more information on PRA requirements, call ext. 6-5447, or email To read more about this Campus Administration Policy (CAP), see CAP 382 on the Administration & Finance website.

Faculty & Staff

CAED Welcomes Assistant Dean of Financial and Data Assessment

Mariam EmyanThe College of Architecture & Environmental Design has named Mariam Emyan (Master's of Business Administration, 2006) as the assistant dean of financial and data assessment. Emyan will oversee the college’s organizational planning, resource management, and program development and assessment. Emyan has more than 10 years of experience working in higher education, spending several years as the director of administrative services for University Advancement, managing financial planning, operations, personnel and institutional reporting. Most recently she served in an advisory capacity to the vice president for University Advancement. Emyan's international work experience includes working for the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more on the appointment, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Industry Veteran Hired to Lead Accounting Center

Sheri BoscaroThe Orfalea College of Business has appointed an experienced industry leader to serve as executive director of the college’s Center for Excellence in Accounting Education. Sheri Boscaro will lead the Accounting Center’s efforts to sustain and enhance the resources of Cal Poly’s accounting program for students, faculty, alumni and future employers. The Accounting Center’s primary goal is to graduate 200 CPA-eligible students per academic year by 2017, roughly double the amount the university prepares today. To accommodate more students, the center will gather support for additional tenured faculty fellowships. The college also plans to increase enrollment in the undergraduate and graduate accounting programs, and to add an accounting minor to allow students from other disciplines to complement their studies with accounting expertise. Boscaro brings more than 16 years of experience in accounting and leadership roles to the position, including leading MGE Underground Inc. as its CFO. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly Engineering Announces Faculty and Staff Awards

The College of Engineering announced recipients of industry and donor-sponsored faculty awards, an endowed professorship and the 2014 Outstanding Staff Awards at the College of Engineering’s winter meeting held Dec. 11.

four members of CENG facultyElectrical Engineering Associate Professor Dale Dolan received the two-year, $40,000 Lockheed Martin Endowed Professorship; Mechanical Engineering Professor Russ Westphal was awarded the $1,000 Raytheon Excellence in Teaching and Applied Research Award. An endowment established by donors Don and Paula Heye made two new college awards possible this year: The Don & Paula Heye Award for Outstanding Club Advisor was presented to John Fabijanic, lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department; and the Don & Paula Heye Award for Outstanding Teaching was presented to Vladimir Prodanov, assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering Department.

Donna Aiken and Cody ThompsonDonna Aiken, administrative support coordinator in Computer Engineering, and Cody Thompson, technical support staff in Aerospace Engineering, received this year’s Outstanding Staff Awards. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Finance Dashboard Workshops to be Held Jan. 21 and Feb. 18

The Administration & Finance (AFD) Business Connection (ABC) will offer a workshop on use and navigation of dashboards to effectively manage financial resources. The workshop will be held twice, at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, and 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. To RSVP for the Jan. 21 class, click here. To RSVP for the Feb. 18 class, click here. For more training dates and other classes, visit the ABC training calendar. For more information, email

Workshop on Grants and the Grant Process to be Held Jan. 22

In collaboration with colleagues from Hanover Research, the Office of Research & Economic Development will present two workshops on writing grant proposals. The workshops will be held Thursday, Jan. 22, in Kennedy Library, Room 511. “How to Build a Competitive Proposal” will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. "How to Respond to Reviewers' Comments" will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Topics for the morning session will include the types of funders and funding, RFP (request for proposal) analysis, concept development, building relationships with program officers, proposal writing, and a hands-on workshop on developing the “DNA” of a proposal. The afternoon session will discuss how to understand reviewer feedback, prepare for (re)submission, address weaknesses, and will include a hands-on workshop on interpreting comments and addressing concerns. For more information on the workshops, visit the Office of Research & Economic Development website. For questions or to reserve a seat, contact Allie Bakaly at or ext. 6-5153.

English Professor to Celebrate Memoir Release With Jan. 31 Reading

Book Cover of "Kaufman's Hill"English Professor John C. Hampsey will launch the public release of his memoir, “Kaufman’s Hill,” with a reading at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, in the Performing Arts Center’s Philips Hall on campus. “Kaufman’s Hill” explores boyhood in the early and mid-1960s in Pittsburgh, Penn. Set in a middle-class Catholic neighborhood dominated by a family of bullies, the narrative occurs just before the heavy influences of the counter-culture take hold, at a time when suburban society begins to encroach on Kaufman’s Hill, the boy’s sanctuary and the setting for many of his adventures. The boy’s world is a mix of exhilarating freedom — due to the absence of parents, teachers and priests — and imminent dangers. His home life is a combination of personal and social struggles during a time of racial animosity and racially related urban violence. The Jan. 31 event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

American Indian and Indigenous Faculty Staff Association Established

President Armstrong has approved establishment of the American Indian and Indigenous Faculty Staff Association. The mission of AIIFSA is to develop and maintain support and recognition of staff, faculty and students, and to empower, enhance and increase the presence and visibility of American Indian and indigenous (AI/I) peoples within the campus community. The group promotes employment, training and advancement of AI/I staff into positions of increased responsibility, as well as the recruitment, retention and promotion of AI/I faculty and students. AIIFSA is committed to establishing diversity and inclusivity and working with other faculty and staff associations on campus. Of particular importance, the group strives to develop effective, ethical, innovative, respectful and culturally appropriate partnerships with tribal communities. AIIFSA will also host speakers and events throughout the year. Allies are welcome. Those interested in joining can contact officers Jenell Navarro,; Doug Piirto,; Kate Martin,; or Francis Villablanca,

Grants Available to Support Faculty Scholarship

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. For application and submission instructions, visit the Office of Research & Economic Development website or call at ext. 6-5153.

Grant Writing Workshop Offered on Thursdays

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 winter. The nine-week program will be held in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 204. The workshop is for faculty and staff interested in research or research administration. It will be team-taught by Sue Tonik, grants analyst in the college, and staff from Grants Development and Sponsored Programs. 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 (requests for proposals); what and what 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. For more information, contact Sue Tonik at or ext. 6-7241.

Nominations for Outstanding Staff Award Due Jan. 23

Staff employees, faculty members, and department or division heads are encouraged to submit nominations for the Outstanding Staff Employee award. The deadline to submit a nomination for the 2014-15 award is Friday, Jan. 23. To be eligible, nominees must be permanent, full-time employees of the university, corporation or ASI, who have completed at least three years of employment as of Dec. 31, 2014 (that is, have begun at least their fourth year of employment). Ten-month employees are eligible. The following are not eligible: employees represented by bargaining unit 3 (faculty), former recipients of the award, and student assistants. The Outstanding Staff selection criteria and nomination form can be found on the Administration & Finance website.

International Center Calls for Proposals for Global Program

The Cal Poly International Center has announced a Call for Proposals for faculty wanting to create a new Cal Poly Global Program or renew an existing program for winter and spring of 2016. Faculty, working collaboratively with the International Center, propose the location, course selection and program-related excursions. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1. For more information, visit the Global Program's section on the International Center website.

Submissions Sought for Learn by Doing Conference: More than a Motto

More than a Motto, May, 2015Cal Poly will hold the inaugural More than a Motto: Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing Conference on May 15 in Chumash Auditorium to showcase and celebrate the university’s unique institutional identity. Current faculty and staff, individually or in teams, and students working with a faculty or staff mentor, are invited to submit conference presentation proposals. Proposals should fit into one of three categories, centered on Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing approach in enhancing both academic and campus life. The categories are: Curricular - Learn by Doing through course design; Research - Learn by Doing through active undergraduate or graduate student involvement in the research process; or Co-Curricular - Learn by Doing through programs focused on student leadership, development and engagement. Submissions accepted for presentation will also be considered for inclusion in the book “More than a Motto: The Meaning Behind Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing Signature,” scheduled for publication in fall 2016. Proposals are due Monday, Feb. 2. For more information and submission guidelines, visit the More than a Motto website.

Nominations Sought for Student Employee Award

Faculty and staff members can show their appreciation for student employees by nominating them for the university's 2014-15 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year (OSEY) award. Nominees must have completed at least six months part-time student employment during the academic year, June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2015. Eligible candidates include state, ASI and Cal Poly Corporation student employees. Nominees can be Federal Work-Study and non-Federal Work-Study students. Cal Poly’s OSEY will be announced in April. The winner is entered into the state competition and may go on to the regional and national competitions. The national winner is announced during National Student Employment Week, the second week of April. To print the nomination form, go to the Administration & Finance website, and scroll down to Student Assistant Forms. Submissions are due to Barbara Rollins in Financial Aid by Friday, Feb. 6.

Kennedy Library Announces New Faculty Award

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 from Feb. 15 to March 20. Recipients will be announced in spring 2015. Application procedures and criteria for the award categories are available on the Kennedy Library website.

Lunchtime Soccer on Thursdays

Looking to shed a few holiday pounds or make some new friends? Join faculty and staff for a pickup game of soccer on Thursdays from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Depending on the weather, games will be held on the field behind the Rec Center or at the turf fields. To join the email list, contact Brian Self at

Catastrophic Leave

Amanda Scudder, custodian, 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 Breanne Bielawa at ext. 6-1585 or to request a donation form.


Mary Fiala has retired after 25 years of dedicated service to Cal Poly, with more than 21 years in the Office of the President handling high-level details and confidential matters critical to the university. She will be missed by many people. 

Student Successes

Society of Women Engineers Wins Outstanding Chapter Award — Again

Cal Poly SWE Chapter president receiving awardThe Cal Poly Society of Women Engineers (SWE) garnered the national Society of Women Engineers highest award for the fourth consecutive year and the 11th time since 2002. The Outstanding Collegiate Section Gold Award is conferred on the collegiate section with the most outstanding overall program for the previous academic year. It was presented to the Cal Poly chapter at the Society of Women Engineers National Conference (WE14) in Los Angeles. In the Team Tech competition, Cal Poly won third place with a project for Walt Disney Imagineering. The team designed and built a navigational subsystem for amusement rides. The system increases ridership-tracking efficiency and enhances passengers’ safety and enjoyment. It is the 13th consecutive year the team has finished in one of the national competition’s top three spots. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus Announcements

Capacity Building Workshop to Meet Thursdays in Winter Quarter

Campus is invited to participate in the continuing Capacity Building workshop series for faculty, staff and students. The weekly workshops will be held Thursdays during winter quarter, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Kennedy Library, Room 511. All are welcome, even if attendance is intermittent. For those who might be new, the workshop is intended to create a safe space to learn about change within ourselves and with respect to the university as an organization. Attendees can learn how to identify their own change models and how they might think differently about internal and external paradigms. The goal is for participants to relate experiences in terms of added "capacity" for the university, which can be expressed differently from person to person. Winter quarter discussions will focus on change in higher education. As part of the exploration, the group will consider the developmental process of education relative to emancipation. The model will be explored from the perspective of students, faculty, staff and administrators. The group will also explore how existing change models can be applied to transformation in education for the individual, the university and higher education. For more information, email Dianne DeTurris at

Nominations Due Jan. 15 for Courtney Elizabeth Smyth Memorial Scholarship

The Courtney Elizabeth Smyth Memorial Scholarship was established in 2000 to honor the memory of a Cal Poly student whose short life was marked by a spirit of resilience in the face of adversity. Each year since its inception, the university has been able to acknowledge a truly unusual student who has overcome personal tragedy or hardship, suggesting an inner strength and a commitment to maintain academic progress. Send nomination letters to Joy Harkins at Student Life and Leadership, UU 217, or by Jan. 15. Letters should include the name of the nominee, a description of the nominee's personal strengths and potential for success, and insight into the character of the nominee and his/her ability to excel under personal adversity.

ABC to Host Open Forums on New Hospitality Policy Jan. 16

The university and auxiliary business units have released a new campuswide Hospitality Policy. The policy details allowable hospitality expenses that may be incurred to conduct an event or activity intended to promote the mission of the university and the allowable funding sources for those expenses. The Administration & Finance Division (AFD) Business Connection (ABC) will provide an overview of the guidelines at an open forum from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, in the Baker Center (Building 180), Room 101. AFD has released a Hospitality Matrix that provides a quick reference to allowable types of events and funding sources, available on the AFD website. For more information, contact Fiscal Services-Accounts Payable at ext. 6-2291.

Seminar on Social Security and Retirement Planning to be Held Jan. 21

A seminar about social security and how it impacts retirement income will be offered three times on Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the Administration Building, Room 133. The times are 11 a.m. to noon, noon to 1 p.m., and 4 to 5 p.m. This seminar will present information on when to claim Social Security benefits, how to maximize benefits, and where Social Security fits in an employee’s retirement income plans. The cost of retirement, an overview of Social Security benefits, and how to bridge the income gap will also be discussed. The seminar will be led by Michael Barragan, financial advisor with Valic. Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. To register for the seminar, go to the Valic website and use the code 4116SAN11AA.

Jan. 22 Presentation to Address Impact of Student Housing South Project

Construction will begin on the Student Housing South project in September 2015. A presentation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the University Police station (Building 36) to educate campus about the anticipated impacts on parking and traffic and the plans to address those challenges. The project is located along Grand Avenue, adjacent to the main entrance to campus. The closure of the surface parking lots along Grand Avenue during construction will limit the amount of parking available in that area and is also likely to affect traffic patterns and circulation. Staff from University Police and the Facilities Planning & Capital Projects Department are also available for campus presentations to interested groups and departments. To schedule a presentation or RSVP for this seminar, contact Cindy Campbell, associate director for University Police, at or ext. 6-6658.

Jan. 22 Financial Planning Seminar Features Benefits of Savings Plus Program

Note corrected date: A financial planning seminar, "Put Savings Plus to Work for You," will be offered twice, at 10:30 a.m. and noon, Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Administration Building, Room 133. The Savings Plus program is a long-term savings program designed by the state to supplement employee retirement income. Seminar leaders will demonstrate the benefits of saving for retirement, how Savings Plus can help people reach their financial goals, details about how to enroll, invest and prepare for retirement. Two deferred compensation plans, the 401K and 457, are available for eligible employees. Both plans offer convenient payroll deductions on a pre-tax or after-tax basis. Employees must be a state CalPERS member to enroll. No pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Ralph Hoskins at or 805-459-2055, or visit the Savings Plus Program website. Personal appointments are also available for complex financial planning guidance.

AIIFSA to Host Expert on Grassland Reservation Food Systems Feb. 3

The American Indian and Indigenous Faculty Staff Association (AIIFSA) will host a talk, "Future Vision: A Healthy and Sustainable Food System" by Lakota Nation member Jim Garrett from 6:10 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3. The location will be announced shortly. Garrett will discuss what tomorrow's grassland community food systems may look like in the context of the grassroots reservation community. He is a U.S. Department of Education Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow and an American Indian College Fund Mellon Foundation Fellow. He is also an accomplished and well-known national and international lecturer on the topics of Northern Great Plains indigenous ecological knowledge, grasslands ecology, intellectual property and land rights issues, and cultural-ecological restoration. Garrett has served as the environmental spokesman for the Lakota Treaty Council, the Si Tanka Wokiksuye Okolakiciye (the Wiping the Tears Ride), and the Maka Luta Tiospaye (a family group of the Lakota Nation). He is an advisor to the Cheyenne River Youth Program in Eagle Butte and has collaborated with the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration on reaching out to Native American tribes in the Missouri River Basin on extreme weather events. He is an instructor at Sitting Bull College in South Dakota. The event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, and the Ethnic Studies and Biological Sciences departments.

Cal Poly Foundation Board to Meet Feb. 7

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

Central Coast Lean Summit Planned for Feb. 19 and 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.

RPTA Hosts Annual Dinner and Fundraiser Feb. 28

Save the Date, Feb. 28, for RPTA fundraiserThe Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration (RPTA) Department is hosting its annual dinner and auction fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 28. The dinner event will be held at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch and and will include both 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. Auction items include an Edna Valley wine tour with SLO Safe Ride and Sunday passes for Savor the Central Coast. The event is open to the public. Keep up with RPTA and the planning process by liking the RPTA Facebook page. For more information, email the planning committee at

Free Legal Consultations Available to Campus Community Winter Quarter

ASI has contracted with San Luis Obispo attorney Jeff Radding to provide free legal advice to the campus community, including currently enrolled students, faculty and staff. Radding will provide a free, 15-minute consultation. Appointments are available between noon and 2 p.m. Jan. 9 and 23, Feb. 6 and 20, and March 6 and 20, in the ASI Business Office, UU Room 212. To schedule an appointment, call the ASI Business Office at ext. 6-1281.

Campus Lost and Found Located in Building 70

Cal Poly's Lost & Found office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and located in Building 70. Found items should be delivered to the office no more than 24 hours after discovery. To contact Lost & Found, call ext. 6-2321. For more information and a list of items that cannot be accepted, visit the Lost & Found Web page.

Bella Montana Faculty and Staff Housing Community

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


Transgender Artist, Educator to Perform at Cal Poly on Jan. 21

Rebecca KingTransgender artist and educator Rebecca Kling will give a performance titled “Trans Form: Exploring Rebecca Kling’s Life as a Transgender Woman” from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, in Chumash Auditorium. In the one-woman show, Kling explores ideas of gender and identity through a combination of personal narrative, storytelling, humor and movement to deliver entertainment with purpose. The production will guide viewers through her childhood, adolescence and adulthood as a transgender woman. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the CLA website.

Orchesis Dance Company to Present ‘Release’ Jan. 23-24 and 29-31

Dancers on stage in a scene from the performanceThe Cal Poly Theatre & Dance Department will present the Orchesis Dance Company’s 45th annual concert, “Release,” Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23-24, and Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 29-31, in the Spanos Theatre. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on all days, with a matinee scheduled at 2 p.m. Jan. 24. The concert will feature 30 students in 11 pieces spanning the genres of modern, jazz, ballet and contemporary dance, set to a range of music from classical pieces to Beyonce and Mumford & Sons. “Release” is a result of a collaborative effort between students, faculty, staff and guest choreographers. Tickets are $20 for the public and $12 for students, senior citizens and children For tickets, visit the PAC Ticket Office or call ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the CLA website. (Photo credit: Kiel Carreau and Kamil Konrad)

Kennedy Library Hosts Talk on Seaweed as Lab Specimen and Art on Feb. 6

an artistic image of seaweedThe Data Studio at Kennedy Library is hosting “The Seaweed Specimen: Ocean to Lab to Art Museum” from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 6, in the library, Room 111H. The presentation features a conversation between Josie Iselin, a photographer, writer, and book designer, and Ruta Saliklis, the director of exhibitions and development at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. They will discuss the nexus where art, the natural world and science converge. Iselin will talk about her art, which she creates by transforming a traditional pressed seaweed specimen into a contemporary portrait format using a flatbed scanner. This is the second STEAM (STEM+Art) presentation hosted by the Data Studio. For more information, visit the Kennedy Library website. (Image: "Palmeria Mollis" by Josie Iselin)

University Art Gallery to Feature Work of Graphic Designer Aaron Draplin Through Feb. 6

Patagonia logo, a client of DraplinThe University Art Gallery will present the work of Aaron Draplin, internationally lauded graphic designer, through Feb. 6. The exhibition features the design work of the Draplin Design Co. (DDC) from Portland, Ore. Under Draplin’s direction, the company has produced numerous award-winning projects and has partnered with clients including Nike, Wired, Ford Motor Co., and the Obama Administration. A wide range of Draplin's work will be on display, including logos, records, posters and clothing. The University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit the CLA website.

The Hot Sardines Jazz Up the PAC on Jan. 14

Cal Poly Arts will bring The Hot Sardines to campus at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, in Spanos Theatre. The Hot Sardines give voice to the history-defining "hot jazz" of the 1920s, '30s and '40s. Their unique repertoire is highlighted by a little glamour, a little grit, a bit of a Parisian accent, a lot of passion, an ensemble of powerhouse musicians and their own tap dancer. Tickets are $36 and $45 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center ticket office from noon to 6 p.m., by calling ext. 6-4TIX(4849) or online at the Cal Poly Arts website.

Music Department to Host First 'Bach Week' Jan. 20-24

Back WeekThe Music Department will present its first “Bach Week” from Jan. 20-24, with presentations and performances on campus and at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. The events have been added to complement the Music Department’s annual “Bach in the Mission” concert, including recitals by musicians from Mensa Sonora California as artists in residence. Faculty members Thomas Davies and David Arrivée will provide an overview of the week's repertoire in the context of Bach's life in “Inside Bach Week,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. “The Baroque Violin” will be held at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Davidson Music Center, Room 218. Guest artists Anthony Martin and David Wilson will demonstrate Baroque performance practice and discuss the Jan. 23 chamber concert, “Before Bach,” set for 8 p.m. in the mission. “Before Bach” will feature music performed on period instruments by members of Mensa Sonora California: Anthony Martin, violin; David Wilson, violin; John Dornenburg, viola da gamba; and Charles Sherman, harpsichord. The week’s concluding event will be “Bach in the Mission V” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Cal Poly’s Early Music Ensemble, members of the Cal Poly Symphony, and faculty members will join the professional guest artists to perform music by Bach, considered the greatest of the Baroque masters. For more information on the events, visit the Bach Week website.

Forbes Pipe Organ to be Featured as Backdrop in Mini-Silent Film Festival on Jan. 25

Christian Elliott sitting at an organCal Poly Arts will present Christian Elliott, organist, as accompaniment to a mini-silent film festival at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, in the Christopher Cohan Center in the Performing Arts Center. The event will feature two comedy shorts — Buster Keaton in “One Week” and “That’s My Wife,” starring the comedy team of Laurel and Hardy — and the 1926 feature “Ella Cinders,” starring Hollywood silent screen legend and Central Coast resident Colleen Moore. The afternoon is a rare opportunity to experience silent films the way they were intended to be seen and heard, including the period-authentic back-drop of a mighty pipe organ. An historic preservationist, Elliott has spent more than 30 years honing his craft as a silent film accompanist, extending the nearly lost art by using original scores issued with the films or historic photoplay assemblages prepared according the historical industry. Student and adult tickets range from $16 to $34 and may be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, by calling ext. 6-4TIX (4849) or online at the Cal Poly Arts website.

Music Ensembles to Perform Chamber Music at Old Mission Church Feb. 6

Several of Cal Poly's finest student music ensembles will perform traditional and contemporary chamber music at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in the Old Mission Church in San Luis Obispo. “A Night at the Mission” will feature performances by a string quartet, saxophone quartet, flute ensemble, clarinet ensemble, trumpet ensemble, brass choir, brass quintet and woodwind quintet. An annual event for many years, the concert has long been a favorite of student performers and audiences alike. Tickets to the performance are $9 for students and senior citizens and $12 for the public. To purchase tickets, visit the Performing Arts Ticket Office or call SLO-4TIX (756-4849). Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the concert.

'Memphis, the Musical' Comes to the PAC on Feb. 9

male lead singerCal Poly Arts will present the Central Coast premiere of the Broadway show, "Memphis, the Musical," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. Inspired by actual events, the Tony Award-winning musical is based on the story of two singers who have an inter-racial affair as rock and roll and prejudice ignite the South. For more information on all Cal Poly Arts events, including audio and video samples, please visit


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Women's Basketball

vs. Long Beach State
Thursday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m.
Mott Athletics Center


vs. Air Force
Friday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m.
Mott Athletics Center

Women's Basketball

vs. CSUN
Saturday, Jan. 17, at 4 p.m.
Mott Athletics Center

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Job Vacancies

State 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.

#103524 – Personnel Analyst, Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Exempt I – College of Architecture & Environmental Design. $3,897–$6,022 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Jan. 21.

#103517 – Orientation Program Coordinator, Student Services Professional II – Student Affairs – New Student & Transition Programs. $3,673-$5,221 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Jan. 21.

#103520 – Special Events Coordinator, Administrative Support Coordinator I – College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences – Advancement Group. $2,846-$4,396 per month. One year appointment with possible renewal. Open until filled. Review begins Jan. 23.

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.

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.

Operations/Loss Prevention Coordinator - University Store. $33,670-$41,262 per year. Review begins Jan. 30.

Research Assistant, Strawberry Research & Education - Horticulture & Crop Science. $16.00 per hour. Six month appointment. Review begins Jan. 23.

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.