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Cal Poly Report — January 21, 2015


Top NASCAR Star Visits Campus to Support STEM and Women in Technology

Danica Patrick with members of the Cal Poly Racing TeamNASCAR star and GoDaddy spokeswoman Danica Patrick visited campus Tuesday, Jan. 20, with GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving to rally support for STEM (science, technology, math and engineering) and women in technology. Patrick discusssed STEM and her experience defying odds in a male-dominated sport in an open forum moderated by KSBY-TV anchor Jeanette Trompeter (B.S., Journalism, 1987) in Chumash Auditorium. Patrick also visited with members of the Cal Poly Racing Team, who displayed their cars in Mustang Plaza, across from Mott Athletic Center.

Fall 2014 Admissions and Enrollment Statistics Now Available

The Fall 2014 Admissions and Enrollment InfoBriefs are now available on the Institutional Research (IR) website. The briefs are two-page summaries of fall 2014 admissions and enrollment statistics. Contact the IR office with any questions about the information contained in the reports. Feedback regarding these publications is appreciated.

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. Sue Fuciarelli, former vice president for administration and finance, Valdosta State University (Valdosta, Ga.) has already visited. Faculty, staff, students and the campus community are invited to attend the remaining Open Forums scheduled as follows:
— 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.

Faculty & Staff

Finance Dashboard Workshops to be Held Jan. 21 and 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 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 more information or to reserve a seat, contact Allie Bakaly at or ext. 6-5153.

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 for nominations for the 2014-15 award is Friday, Jan. 23. To be eligible, nominees must be permanent, full-time employees of the university, Cal Poly 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.

Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors Meeting to be Held Jan. 30

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

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. “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.

Deadline for International Center Global Program Proposals is Feb. 1

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.

Feb. 2 Deadline for Learn by Doing Conference: More than a Motto Submissions

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.

Feb. 6 Deadline for Nominations for Student Employee Award

Faculty and staff members can show their appreciation for student employees by nominating them for the 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 advance to regional and national competitions. The national winner is announced during National Student Employment Week, the second week of April. To print the nomination form, visit the Administration & Finance website, and scroll down to Student Assistant Forms. Submissions are due to Barbara Rollins in Financial Aid by Friday, Feb. 6.

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.

Institutional Research Publishes 2014 Statistical Profiles in New Portlet

The Office of Institutional Research (IR) has published a new “portlet” in the My Cal Poly Portal. Included in the portlet is a link to the Cal Poly Statistical Profiles previously available in the IR Zimbra briefcase but now available to all Cal Poly faculty and staff via the IR portlet. The Statistical Profiles have been updated with fall 2014 data and include six years of trend data at the university, department and program levels. Information about content and definitions is available in the “Statistical Profiles Inventory” and “Profile Definitions and Explanations” documents at the root level of the file structure. For a pdf with the steps to add the portlet to your portal and access the files, contact IR at ext. 6-2204 or

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

Teresa Lowry, administrative support coordinator ll in the Office of the Registrar, 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, Helen Bailey at ext. 6-6313 or to request a donation form.

Virginia McMunn, in student academic services, 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 Judy Holloway at ext. 6-5112 or to request a donation form.

Student Successes

OCOB Students to Provide Free Tax Preparation for Underserved Communities

The Orfalea College of Business is again sponsoring a program to provide tax return preparation assistance at no charge for individuals and families with annual incomes less than $53,000. The program helps community members and students avoid unnecessary tax fees and tax preparation costs before the April 15 filing deadline. Nearly 100 Cal Poly accounting students will prepare tax returns as part of the annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, sanctioned and coordinated by the Internal Revenue Service and California Franchise Tax Board. The IRS-certified students will prepare the returns while Orfalea College of Business faculty, and volunteer CPAs will review and file them. Cal Poly’s VITA clinic runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Jan. 31 through March 14. No appointments are needed; people will be served on a first-come basis. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus Announcements

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 is scheduled to 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) about the anticipated impacts on parking and traffic and plans to address those challenges. The project is located along Grand Avenue, adjacent to the main campus entrance. The closure of the 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.

SWE Hosting Evening with Industry on Jan. 22

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is hosting Evening with Industry (EWI) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. Faculty and staff are invited to join students as they network with industry representatives during a social hour and sit-down dinner. The event coincides with the Winter Career Fair. Immediately following dinner, SWE will present awards to the Most Supportive Professor and noteworthy supporters. Tickets are $40 and are available in the SWE office in the Bonderson Project Center (Building 197), Room 212. For more information, contact Alexandray Wong at

Reps from to be on Campus Jan. 23 to Discuss Personalized or Group Training

Faculty and staff are eligible for free use of and its training services to enhance skills in multiple subject areas. representatives will be on campus to explain how to tailor training for your personal learning style and enhance your team’s training goals. The presentation will be held from 1:10 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in Engineering IV, (Building 192), Room 106. training modules can be reached from the Staff and Faculty Training tab in the My Cal Poly Portal. The login is integrated with each person’s Cal Poly user account. Built-in tools are available to customize training, track progress and measure goals. Tools are also available to help organize and promote training for groups.

Graphic Communication to Host 2015 International Printing Week Jan. 26-30

Since 1984, Cal Poly has marked International Printing Week with an annual week-long lecture series, banquet, career day and related events. This year’s theme is “Graphic Communication and Gen Z.” The week’s programs include:
Monday, Jan. 26: Business and Printing Technology Day
Tuesday, Jan. 27: Design and Web Media Day
Wednesday, Jan. 28: Packaging and Printed Electronics Day
Thursday, Jan. 29: Alumni and Advisory Board Day
Friday, Jan. 30: Career Day
For program details and information on attending the week’s events, visit the Graphic Communication Department website.

Jan. 29 and 30 Sessions to Explore Ways to Decrease Trash to Landfill

Sessions will be held to brainstorm new processes to help divert campus-generated trash away from landfills, as required by the systemwide CSU Sustainability Guidelines published in May 2014. The sessions will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, and Friday, Jan. 30. The new CSU policies require 50 percent of total solid waste be diverted away from landfill by 2016 and 80 percent by 2020, which will require a complete redesign of recycling and waste management programs and significant changes in campus food service and procurement. The informational sessions will be held to review the guideline requirements and to solicit ideas, processes and personnel to help achieve the increased diversion rate. For more information, contact Kevin Shaw at ext. 6-5206 or

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, in Science North (Building 53), Room 215. Garrett will discuss what tomorrow's grassland community food systems might look like in the context of the grassroots reservation community. Garrett 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.

Entrepreneurship Forum to Discuss Startup Funding on Feb. 3

Finding funding for early-stage startups is the focus of a Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum scheduled from 4:30 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center Pavilion. The forum will also engage community business owners who are exploring finance options to expand established companies. The PEN (Pitches, Exhibits and Networking) portion of the evening will simulate a trivia game show, centered around important vocabulary and information in the startup funding world. Attendees will compete with each other while learning about core finance and emerging ways of funding a startup. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

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. 19-20

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 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 on select Fridays. Appointments are available between noon and 2 p.m. Jan. 23, Feb. 6 and 20, and March 6 and 20, in the ASI Business Office, UU 212. To schedule an appointment, call the ASI Business Office at ext. 6-1281.

Presentation on 'Surviving a Shooter Incident' set for April 23

The campus community is invited to attend “Seconds to Save Lives: Surviving an Active Shooter Incident,” presented by George Hughes, chief of University Police, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 23, in Chumash Auditorium. The purpose of this program is to educate the campus community on the proper response to an active shooter situation, how law enforcement responds, and what can be done to mitigate injury and the loss of life. For more information, contact the University Police Department at ext. 6-6654 or email

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 is 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.

Red Radish Grand Opening set for Jan. 27

Red Radish logoRed Radish will celebrate its Grand Opening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 27. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held to inaugurate Cal Poly's newest restaurant, including door prizes and raffle drawings for free salads.

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 KlingTransgender 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 Cal Poly Ticket Office or call ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the CLA website. (Photo credit: Kiel Carreau and Kamil Konrad)

'Particle Fever' Film to be Presented with Q-and-A on Jan. 27

The Cal Poly Women in Physics Club (CPWPC) is sponsoring a free public screening and Q-and-A session for the documentary film “Particle Fever” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, in Spanos Theatre. The film follows the story of six scientists seeking to unravel the mysteries of the universe, documenting the successes and setbacks in the discovery of the last predicted particle in the Standard Model of particle physics, considered one of physic's most significant and inspiring breakthroughs. Directed by Mark Levinson, a physicist turned filmmaker, produced by David Kaplan and edited by Walter Murch, "Particle Fever" is a celebration of discovery, revealing the human stories behind this epic discovery. For more information, visit the group's Facebook page or contact Katherine Combs at ext. 6-1250 or

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, the 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. The group's 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 Cal Poly 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' Through Jan. 24

Back WeekThe Music Department will present its first “Bach Week” through Jan. 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. “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.

Winter Events for Hearst Lecture Series set to Start on Jan. 23

Chris ReedAn associate professor of landscape architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design will kick off Cal Poly’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design’s Winter Hearst Lecture Series at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in the Business Building Rotunda (Building 3, Room 213). Reed is the principal of Stoss Landscape Urbanism in Boston. His research interests include the impact of ecological sciences on design thinking and city-making strategies informed by landscape systems and dynamics. He is the first of five speakers to be featured in the Hearst Lecture Series winter quarter. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News 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 organist Christian Elliott as accompaniment to a mini-silent film festival at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan 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 backdrop of a mighty pipe organ. A 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 Cal Poly Ticket Office, by calling ext. 6-4TIX (4849) or online at the Cal Poly Arts website.

Influential Philosopher to Talk Jan. 29 at Cal Poly

Philosopher Bas van Fraassen will give a presentation titled “Hempel’s Dilemma,” at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Room 135. Van Fraassen is widely considered one of the most significant philosophers of the last 50 years. His views on the nature of science have been especially influential. During his lecture, van Fraassen will present a new paper that deepens his theory of “constructive empiricism” and his opposition to scientific realism. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Another Type of Groove Celebrates Black History Month Feb. 4

Judah 1Spoken word artist David M. Oliver, whose stage name is Judah 1, will perform at Cal Poly’s next Another Type of Groove: Spoken Word Poetry event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, in Chumash Auditorium in the University Union on campus. The event is sponsored by the MultiCultural Center and celebrates Black History Month. Judah 1 began writing poetry and songs at the age of 7. After his best friend committed suicide at age 15, Judah 1 has made it his mission to teach young men know how to use the power of their voices, the power of community, the power of faith, and the power of knowledge. For more information, For more information, contact Que Dang at or ext. 6-6256, or visit the Cal Poly News website.

Roberta Flack at the PAC on Feb. 4

Roberta FlackFour time Grammy Award-winning songstress Roberta Flack will appear at the Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4. She will perform some of her most memorable hits, including “Killing Me Softly,” “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “The Closer I Get to You.” Tickets range in price from $40.80 to $91 and may be purchased in advance at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office. To order tickets, call ext. 6-4TIX (4849) or order online.


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 Cal Poly Ticket Office or call SLO-4TIX (756-4849). Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the concert.

Run for Music' to Take Place Feb. 7

Run for MusicThe third annual “Run for Music” 5K/10K will take place on campus at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, to raise funds for Cal Poly’s instrumental ensembles. The run will begin and conclude at the UU Plaza. Check-in and same-day registration will begin at 9 a.m. in the plaza, while musical ensembles present pre-race entertainment. Online registration is preferred in advance; however, participants may also sign up on the day of the run for an additional cost. Registration fees range from $15 to $35 in advance and from $20 to $40 the day of the race. Registration fees cover the entry fee, post-race refreshments, race-day entertainment, and a T-shirt. Competitors will be eligible for prizes donated by local sponsors. Proceeds will go toward sponsoring Cal Poly’s spring chamber music series and purchasing new equipment for the bands. For more information and to register, visit the Run for Music website, or send questions to

'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, visit the Cal Poly Arts website.




'Vagina Monologues' on Stage for 12th Annual Run Feb. 13-15, 'Los Monologos de la Vagina' to be Feb. 21

The Gender Equity Center will present the 12th annual production of “The Vagina Monologues” and the first Spanish production of “Los Monologos de la Vagina,” a play about empowerment, sexuality, and women’s experiences. The English production will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, in the Performance Arts Center. “Los Monologos de La Vagina,” will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in Chumash Auditorium. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for students and are available at the PAC Ticket Office. 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 San Luis Obispo chapter of Girls Circle, part of the One Circle Foundation. 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. Highlights will be works by artists such as Ismail Haqqi Bey of Turkey; Riyad Al-Sunbati of Egypt; and Fairuz, the Rahbani Brothers, Ziad Rahbani, and Marcel Khalife of Lebanon. The show will begin with a musical suite featuring classical Ottoman-based genres alternating with instrumental improvisations, followed by contrasting upbeat songs that culminate in a Turko-Arabic dance. The second half will include a duo, additional solo improvisations, and the full ensemble leading a dabke or Levantine line dance. Acclaimed guest artists will include Egyptian violinist Adel Eskander Guirguis, Assyrian qanun player Ishmael, Lebanese accordionist Elias Lammam, and Syrian percussionist Faisal Zedan. San Luis Obispo dance directors Saundra Sarrouf and Jenna Mitchell will lead their troupe in folkdances. Cal Poly music professor, composer and performer Ken Habib will direct the 35-member Arab Music Ensemble. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by calling ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department website.


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