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Cal Poly Report — January 28, 2015


PAC Recognized as 'Most Amazing Campus Arts Center' in the Country

Fish eye view of Harman Hall from stageThe Performing Arts Center was awarded the top spot for Most Amazing Campus Arts Centers by College Degree Search (CDS), a website designed to assist potential and current college students. The PAC was recognized for its “breathtaking Sidney Harman Hall” and the Forbes Pipe Organ. Since its doors opened in 1996, the PAC has been home to local community arts groups as well as Cal Poly’s Music Department and Theatre & Dance Department. Last year, the PAC hosted more than 170 public performances, attended by more than 87,000 patrons. For more information about the ranking, visit the CDS website. For event information, visit the PAC website.  

Warren J. Baker Center Receives LEED Gold Certification

Baker CenterThe Warren J. Baker Center for Science & Mathematics has been awarded gold for being green. The 189,000-square-foot structure, which opened for classes in September 2013, earned LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council earlier in January. LEED — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — is the national benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. Certification means a building has met rigorous standards for sustainability, water and energy efficiency, resource selection and environmental quality. The designation brings the number of LEED-certified projects on the Cal Poly campus to four, representing nearly 30 percent of the campus’ 6 million square feet of building space. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

New Study Sheds Light on Bottle-Feeding Behavior

Parents who are bottle-feeding may be able to decrease their infants' risk for overfeeding simply by using a weighted, opaque bottle. In a Cal Poly study recently published in the journal Appetite, researchers found that the amount of infant formula some mothers fed their babies depended on whether the mothers could see and feel how full the bottle was. Infant overfeeding is widely recognized as a cause of excess weight gain in children 0-2 years old. Infants who gain too much weight are at risk for obesity and metabolic problems later in life. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus to Host U.S.D.A. National Institute of Food and Agriculture on Feb. 3

Sonny RamaswamyThe director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will speak on the future of agriculture from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (Building 7), Keck Lab (Room 2), on campus. Sonny Ramaswamy will present, “Setting the Table for a Flatter, Hotter, More Crowded Earth.” His talk will focus on the challenges that the must be overcome to feed, clothe and shelter a global population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050 without wreaking havoc on the environment. A question-and-answer session and reception will follow his presentation. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly Rededicates California Newspaper Hall of Fame

The California Newspaper Hall of Fame has returned to Cal Poly’s Journalism Department. The Hall of Fame was originally housed in the state Capitol but was moved to Cal Poly’s Graphic Arts Building in 1989 thanks to the efforts of Dick Blankenburg, a former California Newspaper Publishers Association president and retired publisher of the Five Cities Times-Press-Recorder in Arroyo Grande. The Hall of Fame was rededicated Jan. 22 in the newsroom of Cal Poly’s student-run news organization, Mustang News. The display reflects the newspaper industry’s dedication to the education of young journalists and a commitment to remembering its roots through notable journalists. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Faculty & Staff

Dean of Students Office Appoints Assistant Deans for Student Support, Success and Retention

Joy Harkins and Bernard Anderson have been named assistant deans of students with an emphasis on student support, student success and retention. These newly-created positions are funded by the Student Success Fee. Under the direction of Dean of Students Jean DeCosta, Harkins and Anderson will provide direct support to Cal Poly’s six academic colleges. Harkins will support the colleges of science and mathematics, engineering, and architecture and environmental design. Anderson will support the colleges of agriculture, food and environmental sciences; liberal arts; and business. As part of their responsibilities, Harkins and Anderson will ensure student success by facilitating referrals, support and advocacy through nonclinical interventions. They will also provide follow-up services in collaboration with other university departments or individuals, community agencies, parents or guardians, and stakeholders in the students’ success. For more information, visit the Dean of Students Office website.

ARTS Obispo to Honor Two Cal Poly Music Faculty Members Jan. 31

Cal Poly music faculty member Jacalyn Kreitzer and Music Professor Emeritus Clifton Swanson will be honored for outstanding achievement in the performing arts by ARTS Obispo on Saturday, Jan. 31. Kreitzer and Swanson are among five honorees to be feted at the inaugural ARTS Obispo Honors awards presentation held this year at the Camp San Luis Obispo Officers Club. Kreitzer is being recognized in the vocal category, and Swanson is being honored in the instrumental category. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News 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.

Deadline for Learn by Doing Conference Submissions is Feb. 2

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.

Finance Dashboard Workshops to be Held Feb. 18

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

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.

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

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

Student Successes

CRP Students Honored for City of Milpitas Land Use Project

A team of undergraduate students from the City & Regional Planning Department (CRP) received three California American Planning Association (APA) awards for their work on the City of Milpitas land use project. The California APA gave the students its Award of Merit for Academic Excellence. The students’ work also earned the California Northern Chapter APA Award of Academic Excellence and the California Central Coast Chapter APA Award of Academic Excellence. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus Announcements

Vehicle Maintenance, Inspection and Repair Required Annually

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

Graphic Communication to Host Events for 2015 International Printing Week Through Jan. 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:
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 landfills 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

Cal Poly Hackathon to Celebrate Student Design and Creativity Jan. 30-31

The Graphic Communication Department and the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship will collaboratively host the third annual Design & Dev Hackathon from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, and at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, in the Bonderson Project Center (Building 197), Room 104. Doors open at 6 p.m. Jan. 30, with a keynote presentation by Noah Stokes at 6:45 p.m. Following the talk, student team formations and brainstorming sessions will begin. The event inspires the idea sharing and team-building and provides participants with the experience of completing their projects in a competitive environment. There will be 15 mentors and judges helping students throughout the event and providing feedback on finished products. Participation categories include Marketer/Idea Person; Designer/UX and Developer/Engineer. The event is free for students, but registration is required to participate. A number of spots are available for spectators. Registration is also required to attend the pitches segment beginning at 8 p.m. Jan. 31. For more information, visit the Hackathon website.

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. The location will be announced at a later date. 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.

Individual Financial Counseling Sessions Available on Feb. 4

Human Resources is pleased to announce an opportunity for Cal Poly employees to receive individual financial counseling from TIAA-CREF, one of the five CSU sponsored vendors. Counseling sessions are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the Administration Building, Room 124. The sessions will be offered by Michael Johns, financial advisor. To register for an appointment, visit the TIAA-CREF website or call 866-843-5640 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., (EST). Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on department operational needs.

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.

Workshop on Collaborative Advising for Student Success to be Held Feb. 17

Don MaruskaUniversity Advising and Academic Programs & Planning are sponsoring a series of workshops designed to create goals and a shared vision for advising across campus. The first in the series will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. The workshops are open to the campus community including campus leadership, the advising community, faculty, staff and students. Don Maruska will facilitate the event. He is an entrepreneur, business coach, speaker, and author of the books “How Great Decisions Get Made” and “Take Charge of Your Talent.” Over a five-month period, participants will create a shared vision and compelling goals for Cal Poly advising, examine critical issues that need attention, identify options to promote student success that require development and evaluation, and define the direction for a coordinated approach to advising. For more information, contact Beth Merritt Miller at ext. 6-5709. Seating is limited to 150 people. RSVP by Feb. 10.

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 is hosting 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.

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.

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

Beginning Jan. 31, the Orfalea College of Business will sponsor 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.

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

Vanpool Openings

The Cal Poly Vanpool allows riders to earn rideshare credits and save gas money and wear-and-tear on their vehicle. There are vans available for commuters from Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Santa Maria and Templeton. For more information, contact Dominique Bonino, Commuter & Access Services Coordinator at ext. 6-6680. Be sure to ask about a free trial ride.

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.

Bella Montana Faculty and Staff Housing Community

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


Expulsion of U.S. Citizens During the Great Depression the Focus of Jan. 28 Talk

The LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority and Underrepresented Students) program is presenting "Repatriation and Banishment: Great Depression's Expulsion of U.S. Citizens and Its Prolonged Consequences on Three Family Generations" from 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room, 226. The talk will be led by Marla Ramirez, a doctoral candidate in the Chicana and Chicano Studies program at UC Santa Barbara. The talk is part of the LSAMP series STEM Students for Social Change. The presentation will focus on the consequences of the repatriation, or banishment, of one million Mexicans during the early 20th century, 60 percent of whom were U.S. citizens. She will focus on the prolonged legal and social implications of this program, including its impact on descendants of the repatriated, now returning to the U.S. as undocumented immigrants.

Orchesis Dance Company to Present ‘Release’ Jan. 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,” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 29-31, in the Spanos Theatre. 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)

Hofstra University Professor to Talk on Jewish Literature in France Jan. 29

Cal Poly will host Professor Sally Charnow from Hofstra University for a presentation titled "Imagining a New Jerusalem: Jewish Literature and French Ecumenism After the Great War" at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Cotchett Education Building (No. 2), Room 212. Charnow will discuss the rise of Jewish culture in France through the work of Edmond Fleg, a poet, writer and playwright. Fleg's writing explores the moment of encounter between Jewish and Christian texts, and proposed the notion of ecumenism, which aims for the greater unity of varying faiths. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Christina Firpo at or ext. 6-2863.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 end in the UU Plaza. 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. Check-in and same-day registration will begin at 9 a.m. in the plaza, while musical ensembles present pre-race entertainment. 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

Second City Comes to SLO City on Feb. 8

Second City comediansCal Poly Arts is bringing The Second City's 55th Anniversary Tour to campus at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, in the Performing Arts Center. The show is known for cutting-edge comedy, world-famous improv, and developing tomorrow's stars. Many of comedy’s biggest names have hit the road with The Second City Touring Company, including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell and Bill Murray. Tickets range from $20 to $36 and can be purchased at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, by calling ext. 6-4849, or online. (Photo by Kirsten Miccoli)

Screening of 'Underwater Dreams' set for Feb. 9

A screening of the documentary film "Underwater Dreams" will be offered at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, in Chumash Auditorium. "Underwater Dreams" tells the true story of a group of undocumented high school students who built an underwater robot from supplies purchased at Home Depot and that went on to win a high-powered competition, defeating the team from MIT, among others. A panel discussion will follow the film. The screening is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the School of Education website.

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

Memphis marqueeCal 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' set for 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. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for students and are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office. “Los Monologos de La Vagina,” will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in Chumash Auditorium. Tickets for the Spanish production will be sold at the door for $10. Proceeds will benefit the Gender Equity CenterRise, a nonprofit that provides crisis intervention and treatment services to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence; and the new San Luis Obispo chapter of Girls Circle, an extension of Youth in Action. For more information, contact the Gender Equity Center at or ext. 6-2600. 

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble to Perform Feb. 21

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


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Job Vacancies

Executive Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the employment website to view detailed information about the following vacancy and to complete the management application to apply for the position shown below. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please submit all requested application materials as attachments to your online application. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-6574.

#103505 - Executive Director, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Orfalea College of Business (Administrator III). Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 23.

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.

#103525Graphic Designer (Graphic Designer II), University Advancement – Marketing & Communications. $3,717-$5,743 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 3.

#103526Media Production Specialist (Media Production Specialist II), University Advancement – Marketing & Communications. $3,515-$5,429 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Jan. 27.

#103534Payroll Technician, Administration & Finance – Fiscal Services – Payroll Services. $3,101-$4,792 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 3.

#103512Project Manager – Minor Projects (Administrator II), Administration & Finance – Facilities Planning & Capital Projects. Salary commensurate with experience. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 20.

#103532Director of Career Services (Administrator II), Student Affairs – Career Services. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Anticipated hiring range: $95,000 - $110,000 per year. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 20.

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.

There are no new openings at this time.

ASI Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the ASI website to complete an ASI application and apply for positions listed below. For more information, visit the ASI Business Office in UU 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

There are no new openings at this time.