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Cal Poly Report — March 4, 2015


Cal Poly Annual Report Inaugural Edition Available

Cover image from 2014 Annual ReportThe 2014 Annual Report highlights some of this year's greatest successes, including stories of impressive people across the Cal Poly community and new goals that the university is working to achieve in the near future. As we continue to focus on student success in all we do, please know that it is only possible through the tireless efforts and support of faculty, staff, donors, volunteers, alumni and friends. Thank you for all that you do as we reach for an even brighter future. To read more, visit the 2014 Annual Report website.

Submission Guidelines Revised for Cal Poly Report

Cal Poly Report (CPR) is Cal Poly's official employee newsletter, designed to communicate information about officially sanctioned university news or events to faculty, staff and administrators. A new policy has been developed to help ensure CPR continues to contain only relevant and approved information. Beginning with the March 11 issue, CPR submissions will be required to come from, or be approved by, the employee designated to approve submissions in the respective colleges, units and work areas. A list of designated approvers is available on the Cal Poly Report index website. Entries submitted by those other than the designated approver must be accompanied by an approval form signed by the unit's approver. The approval form is available online in fillable pdf format and a Microsoft Word format. CPR is published weekly during the school year, except during academic breaks, and monthly in the summer. The deadline for each weekly issue is 12:30 p.m. the Thursday prior to publication.

Documentary on Freida Caplan, Recipient of 2014 Honorary Doctorate, to Premier March 11 on Campus

Frieda CaplanThe Center for Expressive Technologies, in conjunction with the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, will host the world premiere screening of the documentary “Fear No Fruit” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the Spanos Theatre. A panel discussion with director and producer Mark Brian Smith and documentary subject Frieda Caplan will immediately follow the screening. “Fear No Fruit” explores the rise of Caplan, the first female entrepreneur of the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. Caplan transformed American cuisine during the 1960s by introducing more than 200 exotic fruits and vegetables to U.S. supermarkets. Tracking the story of the now 91-year-old Caplan, the documentary culminates at Cal Poly’s 2014 commencement ceremony, during which Caplan received an honorary doctorate. Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for the public and are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by calling ext. 6-4849 (SLO-4TIX). For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Faculty & Staff

Quarterly Meeting for Human Subjects Committee to be Held March 4

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

Faculty and Staff Invited to Study Abroad Fair on March 11

Campus is invited to the USAC Study Abroad Fair from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, on the lawn in front of Building 52 (across from Lucy’s). The event is part of the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) annual board of directors meeting that the Cal Poly International Center will host March 11-13. Cal Poly sends about 150 students abroad on USAC programs each year, and faculty members are regularly chosen as visiting professors for summer and semester programs at USAC sites. A nonprofit consortium based in Reno, USAC has 33 member universities in the U.S. and supports affordable, high-quality academic programs in 26 countries. Language specialty programs are available in Asante-Twi, Basque, Chinese, Czech, French, Gaelic, German, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai. 

Grant Writing Workshop to be Offered Spring Quarter

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 spring. The nine-week program begins April 2 and will be held in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 215. The workshop is for faculty or staff interested in research or research administration. 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 (request for proposals), what to include and 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. The workshop will be team-taught by Sue Tonik, CAFES grants analyst, and staff from Grants Development and Sponsored Programs. For more information, contact Sue Tonik at or ext. 6-7241.

Applications Due March 10 for Faculty Member Post on Corporation Board

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

Service Learning Course Redesign Proposal to be Presented March 11

Service Learning Faculty Fellows for the 2014-15 academic year will present their service learning course redesign proposal from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (Building 7), Service Learning Showcase. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is organized by the Center for Community Engagement and Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology. For more information, contact Anurag Pande, the faculty liaison for Service Learning, at, or Brad Kyker, in the Center for Community Engagement, at

Nominations Accepted Through March 11 for Outstanding Faculty Advisor

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

Grant Applications to Develop New Global Programs Due March 15

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

Grant Applications for Faculty Scholarship Due March 16

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

Annual Service Awards Luncheon Set for March 17

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

Workshop on Collaborative Advising for Student Success to be held March 20

University Advising and Academic Programs & Planning are sponsoring the second in a three-part series designed to create goals and a shared vision for advising across campus. The Collaborative Advising for Student Success (CASS) Workshop II will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 20, in Chumash Auditorium (left). 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.” RSVP for the CASS Workshop II by Wednesday, March 11, to Carrie Canine at

Applications for Learn by Doing Scholar Award Due March 20

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

Guideline Compliance Required for all Research

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

Human Subjects Research Committee Seeks New Members

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

International Travel Update for the Campus Community

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


Previously Announced Retirements:
Cindy Campbell, associate director of University Police, will retire after 34 years at Cal Poly. A celebration in honor of her dedicated service will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 20, in the Performing Arts Center Lobby.   

Catastrophic Leave

Jacquelyn Belknap, a lecturer in the English Department, 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 Susan Bratcher at ext. 6-5850 or to request a donation form.

Michell Gipson, administrative support coordinator I, College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, Agriculture Operations, 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 Christine Cobb at ext. 6-5158 or to request a donation form.

Student Successes

SWE Students Visit Local Elementary Schools

Cal Poly students conducting game that shows how, properly constructed, paper can hold up a bunch of books.Students from the Society of Women Engineers visited elementary schools in the Lucia Mar school district to generate an interest in STEM (science, techology, engineering and math) fields in young learners. The Cal Poly students got more than 640 elementary school students involved in real-life applications of STEM concepts and demonstrated how the problem-solving can be challenging and fun. In the demonstration pictured, student teams built paper structures to stand up under the weight of the greatest number of books. For more on this story, read The Tribune.

Cal Poly Students Win Second Consecutive Local CFA Institute Research Challenge

CFA team students and faculty advisorsA team of students from the Orfalea College of Business won the local CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute Research Challenge for the second consecutive year. Finance seniors Erin Averill, Robert Ricci, Divyan Waland, Aaron Hay and Nate Fisher represented Cal Poly at the event in Los Angeles. The Cal Poly students competed against teams from the College of the Canyons, Claremont Graduate University, UC Santa Barbara and USC. The competitors were charged with analyzing and making buy/sell/hold recommendations for The Walt Disney Co. The Cal Poly team will advance to the Americas Regional competition in April in Atlanta, where it will compete against universities from the U.S., Canada and Latin America. The students were advised by Finance Area Chair Cyrus Ramezani, San Luis Obispo financial advisor Phillip Cohl, and finance alumni David Larsen and Scott B. Kirk.

Debate Team Garners Third Place at Championship Tournament

A duo from the Cal Poly Debate Team placed third in the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association’s Spring Championship Tournament at Moorpark College on Feb. 21. Brandon Bartlett (English) and Euni Kim (Communication Studies), both in their first year at Cal Poly, placed third after arguing the merits of nuclear weapons. The Cal Poly team consists of 16 students making up eight teams that compete in intercollegiate debate tournaments. The Debate Team will host the United States Universities Western Region Championship Tournament March 20- 22. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Chris Skiles at or John Patrick at

Campus Announcements

Information Services Catalog Now Available

Service Catalog Web page on open laptopInformation Services (IS) is pleased to announce a new Service Catalog that highlights some of the technology offerings that are available on campus. For a link to the catalog, go to the Service Desk website and click the icon in the lower left corner. IS will continue to expand the Service Catalog to make it easier for users to find assistance online. For more information or to provide feedback, contact the Service Desk from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at or ext. 6-7000.

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

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

March 11 Training on New Evaluation Process

Human Resources and the CSU Employee Union will conduct an informational session and overview on the new employee evaluation process from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (Building 7), Room 1. Attendance is subject to departmental staffing needs. For more information, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-7232.

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

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

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

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

Open Forum for Year-End Planning set for March 13

The Administration & Finance Business Connection (ABC) will present information and timelines on year-end close planning from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 13, in the Baker Center (Building 180), Room 101. The session is important for faculty and staff who are responsible for managing departmental budgets on behalf of the university, Cal Poly Corporation or Cal Poly Foundation. Topics will include:
— Year-end close planning and timeline.
— Expenditure transfers – payroll and non-payroll.
— Budget transfers.
— Release time.
— Cash posting orders (CPO).
— Software purchases and annual reporting.
Most of the presentation will be a review for those who have been involved in prior year-end close processes. New information for the 2015 year-end close will include:
— 2015 timeline.
— Changes for University Campus Programs now being processed in PeopleSoft.
For more information, contact Dawn Rudder at or ext. 6-5871.

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

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

Estate Planning Seminar to be Held March 18

Estate Planning graphicHuman Resources will offer a seminar on estate planning Wednesday, March 18. The seminar will be held three times, from 11 a.m. to noon, noon to 1 p.m., and 4 to 5 p.m. in UU 218. It will be presented by Michael Barragan, financial advisor with Valic, one of the five CSU-sponsored vendors. The seminar will help attendees plan for unanticipated disabilities or injuries and arrange for the distribution of assets at death. Estate planning is important for everyone – not just the wealthy, retired, or elderly. Good estate planning often means more to families with modest assets because they can least afford any losses. To register, go to the Valic website and use registration code 4116SAN11AA.

Seminar on Savings Plus to be Held Three Times on March 19

Human Resources will present a financial planning workshop from Savings Plus. The same 45-minute workshop will be held at 11 a.m., and 12:30 and 3 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in UU 216. The workshop, titled "Put Savings Plus to Work For You," demonstrates the benefits of saving for retirement, how Savings Plus can help you reach your financial goals, and details about how to enroll, invest and prepare if you are near retirement. The Savings Plus program is a long-term savings program designed by the state of California to supplement employee retirement income. There are two deferred compensation plans available for eligible employees: 401k and 457 plans. Both plans offer convenient payroll deductions on a pre-tax or after-tax basis, and other benefits. To be eligible to enroll, employees must be a state CalPERS member. Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. To register, call 805-459-2005, email, or visit the Savings Plus Program website. For complex financial planning guidance, one-on-one appointments are also available.

Information Session on Retirement and Medicare to be Held March 25

Human Resources has partnered with the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program, a local nonprofit organization, to provide an information session on retirement and Medicare. Spouses and partners are welcome to attend. The session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the Kennedy Library, Room 202A. Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, contact Human Resources at or ext. 6-5436. 

Inaugural Inclusive Excellence Week to be Held May 8-16

Inclusive Excellence Week flyerThe Office of University Diversity & Inclusivity announced the inaugural Inclusive Excellence Week, formerly the Diversity Colloquium, the week of May 8-16. The week will include programs and events that bring awareness to many aspects of diversity, in an effort to foster a welcoming and inclusive campus climate for faculty, staff and students. Events will feature speakers and performances sponsored by departments across campus. To sponsor an event or program, contact Annie Holmes at

Learn About CSU Fee Waiver Benefit

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

Central Coast Printing is the New Cal Poly Business Card Supplier

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

EBuy System Integrated into Campus Marketplace

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

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

Campus Administrative Policies Update

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

UPD Announces New Escort Program for Safety

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

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.

Have Extra Intra-Campus Envelopes

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

Sidewalk Sale at University Store March 3-5

The University Store will kick off March Madness with a sidewalk sale March 3-5. Save up to 75 percent on your favorite Cal Poly apparel, supplies and more.

Bella Montana Faculty and Staff Housing Community

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


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

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

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

Choirs guest performer headshotAlumna and acclaimed soprano Kathleen Magee Querec will return to Cal Poly as guest artist in the Cal Poly Choirs' Winter Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center. Titled "Romance and the Romantics," the concert will feature works on the theme of love by composers from the Romantic period of the 19th century and those from the modern era. Tickets to the concert are $12 and $14 for the public and $9 and $12 for senior citizens and students. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To order by phone, call SLO-4TIX (756-4849).

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

The Cal Poly Mustang Band has again been invited to participate in the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, March 7, in San Francisco. Started in the 1860s by the Chinese community in San Francisco to educate and share their culture with the greater community, the parade and festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. The parade was named one of the Top 10 parades in the world by the International Festivals and Events Association. The band was among 15 marching bands that participated in the parade last year. It was awarded first place in its category. The parade will celebrate the “Year of the Ram” with floats, dragon dancers, and other festive entries. One million attendees are expected to line the parade route, and the event will be broadcast live on local  television stations KTVU Fox 2 and KTSF Channel 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. March 7. For more information, contact the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or

Theatre & Dance to Present ‘The Other Shore’ Through March 7

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

Cal Poly Symphony to Feature Student Soloists in March 8 Concert

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

Cal Poly Arts Brings ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ to Cohan Center on March 11

“Nice Work If You Can Get It” is a madcap Broadway musical that combines laughter, romance and high-stepping dance in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the Cohan Center. A free pre-show lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. The 1920s-era feel-good musical is complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and classic Gershwin hits, including “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and  “Who Could Ask for Anything More.” For more information, visit the Cal Poly Arts website.

University Jazz Bands to Perform ‘Just Jazz’ March 13

Performer on his instrumentCal Poly’s jazz bands will display the innovation of jazz and its tradition during the "Just Jazz" concert at 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, in the Spanos Theatre on campus. The concert will feature the best student jazz musicians at Cal Poly in two big bands and two jazz combos. The big bands’ “wall of sound” comes from four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, a rhythm section and vocalist. Selections will include traditional swing dance music, blues, Latin jazz and funk. Student compositions will also be highlighted. Tickets are available online at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by calling ext. 6-4849 (SLO-4TIX). Discounts are offered to patrons who purchase tickets to four or more events. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

University Art Gallery to Feature Interactive Exhibit Open Through March 13

Guests exploring the artThe University Art Gallery will present “Making Space for Free-Play,” an interactive and collaborative installation by internationally renowned artist Sheila Pepe and Cal Poly students, through March 13. “Making Space for Free-Play” creates a place for inspiration and exploration between Pepe and the student participants. Much of the gallery space will be empty when the show opens. The student-audience-turned-participants will slowly transform the space with new pieces during the course of the show, including chair-like sculptures Pepe leads the audience in making with knitted material.

Hawaiian Music Group to Perform on March 14

Cal Poly Arts will host Hawaiian music group Hapa at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 14, in the Spanos Theatre. The group features guitarist Barry Flanagan and lead singer Kapono Na'ili'ili in a mellow fusion of traditional Hawaiian sound and folksy rock combined with harmonies and fluid guitar. Faculty and staff can get a 20 percent discount by selecting the student option when purchasing tickets. For more information, visit the Cal Poly Arts website.

Students to Partner with Opera San Luis Obispo in ‘The Merry Widow’ April 10-11

promotional art for 'The Merry Widow'Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre (CPSOT) and Opera San Luis Obispo (OperaSLO) are partnering in opera education to present Franz Lehar's romantic operetta "The Merry Widow" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, in Spanos Theatre. In the co-opera productions, students sing lead, comprimario and ensemble roles; half the orchestra members are students; and the dancers, chorus, stage managers, assistant director, assistant producer, make-up, costume designers, and stage craftsmen are students. "The Merry Widow" enables all CPSOT singers to be on stage, rather than a select few. The opera will be conducted by Music Professor David Arrivée. Bay Area opera performer and director Ross Halper, known affectionately as "opera's mad genius," directs and stars in the production. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by calling 805-756-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department website.

Stage Tribute to the Beatles to be March 16

The multimedia spectacular, “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles,” is a musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band. The theatrical event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 16, in the Cohan Center and is filled with classic Beatles hits, including “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together,” “Hey Jude,” and many more. For more information, visit the Cal Poly Arts website.

Music of Nat King Cole to be Performed on March 19

Master pianist Ramsey Lewis and guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli will pay homage to Nat King Cole at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the Cohan Center. A free pre-show lecture led by Music Professor Paul Rinzler will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the PAC Pavilion. With a smoky sound and smooth vocals, King Cole spawned a string of solid hits including “Unforgettable,” “Smile,” “Nature Boy,” and “Route 66.” Lewis and Pizzarelli have crafted a tribute to the titan of 1950s vocal pop, his hits and those singular tracks of sophisticated cool jazz that have influenced their own careers. Faculty and staff can get a 20 percent discount by selecting the student option when purchasing tickets. For more information, visit the Cal Poly Arts website.

Poly Royal Rodeo to Ride Again April 17-18

Competitor on horseback with two people by his side and a crowd in the backgroundThe 75th annual Poly Royal Rodeo will be held during Open House. Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday, April 17, and at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Fun for the whole family, the event will feature performances by eight teams, including Cal Poly's winning rodeo team, which has earned 44 national titles since 1986. General admission tickets are $10; children 5 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased through the Cal Poly Ticket Office.


For an overview of last week's action, upcoming competition, up-to-date sports information, photos and videos, visit Students always get in free. Faculty and staff discounts available.

Women's Basketball

vs. UC Santa Barbara
Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m.
Children 13 and younger get in free if they wear a jersey.


Mustang Classic Tournament
— vs. Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Double header
Thursday, March 5, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
— vs. Utah
Friday, March 6, at 2 p.m.
— vs. San Diego
Friday, March 6, at 4:30 p.m.
— vs. Sacramento State
Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m.

vs. Bryant
Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m.

Job Vacancies

Employment Opportunities

The complete listing of staff and management vacancies is posted on the Cal Poly Jobs website. To apply, go online and complete the application form. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-2236.

#103544 – Operations Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Exempt I), Academic Affairs, College of Science & Mathematics, Biological Sciences. $3,897-$6,022 per month. Open until filled. Review begins March 9.

#103575 – Web and Social Media Communications Specialist I/II (Public Affairs/Communications Specialist I/II), College of Science & Mathematics, Dean Operations. PA/CS I: $2,923–$4,512 per month; PA/CS II: $3,515-$5,429 per month. Open until filled. Review begins March 12.

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.

#103539Assistant/Associate Professor of Viticulture in Wine & Viticulture, Wine & Viticulture Department, College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences,
ext. 6-7308. Review begins March 26.

#103563Assistant Professor of Philosophy-Ethics, Collective Moral Responsibility, Continental Philosophy, Philosophy Department, College of Liberal Arts, ext. 6-2041. Review begins April 16.

#103569 - Full-time lecturers in Chemistry & Biochemistry, Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, College of Science & Mathematics, ext. 6-2694. Review begins April 3.

#103469 – Engineering Librarian, Library, Academic Services Department, Library,
ext. 6-2374. Review begins April 6.

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.

Administrative Assistant, full-time, $14.30 per hour. Position open until filled. Review begins March 6.

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.