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Cal Poly Report — April 27, 2016


Safer Hosts Take Back the Night for Survivors of Sexual Assault on April 28

Safer is participating in the nation’s 41st annual Take Back the Night on Thursday, April 28. The local event will be held at Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo, from 5-8 p.m. This event is free and will feature a downtown march, candlelight vigil, resource fair and artistic performances. Earlier in the day, Safer will host an on-campus march in support of survivors at 11 a.m. The walk will start in the University Union Plaza. The Take Back the Night movement is meant to remember survivors of sexual assault and reclaim the night for individuals affected by violence. It is an avenue for individuals to take a stand against sexual abuse and share support in eliminating these problems in our San Luis Obispo community. For more information about upcoming Safer events and their services, please visit the Safer website,

Deadline for Input on Parking and Commuter Experiences is April 30

The campus community is invited to share experiences, perceptions, ideas and concerns related to campus parking and the university’s transportation system through an online survey available through Saturday, April 30. Cal Poly has hired SP+ University Services to do an operational assessment concerning parking and traffic circulation. Feedback will help the consultant develop recommendations that are customer-focused and meet the daily commuting needs of the Cal Poly community — students, faculty, staff and visitors. Participants who complete a survey will be entered into a drawing for a $250 gift card to the University Store. The survey is found at

Baker Forum to Feature Discussions on Diversity May 6

The 2016 Baker Forum will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. This year’s forum will feature a panel discussion about diversity in higher education and the workforce. The discussion will explore solutions people can pursue individually and collectively. Panel members will share personal and professional experiences, discuss issues relevant to diversity, and answer questions from the audience. Panelists include Cal Poly alumna Silvia Aguilar, mechanical engineer, Platform Products, Lam Research Corp. (Mechanical Engineering, 2013); Margaret Fortune, president and chief executive officer, Fortune School of Education; Blake Irving, chief executive officer and board director, GoDaddy; and Suzanne “Zan” Vautrinot, president, Kilovolt Consulting. William “Bill” Swanson (Industrial Engineering, 1973), retired chairman and chief executive officer of Raytheon Co. and chairman of the Cal Poly Foundation board of directors, will moderate the panel discussion. The Baker Forum is free and open to the public. The forum is named in honor of President Emeritus Warren J. Baker and his wife, Carly, and their decades of service.

Faculty & Staff

Professor Saeed Niku Publishes Book on Engineering Principles in Daily Life

Mechanical engineering Professor Saeed Niku published “Engineering Principles in Everyday Life for Non-Engineers” (Morgan & Claypool Publishers, 2016). The book addresses the engineering principles that engineers use in the design and analysis of products and systems but which also play basic and influential roles in our everyday lives as well. Whether the concept of entropy, the moments of inertia, the natural frequency, the Coriolis acceleration, or the electromotive force, the roles and effects of these phenomena are the same in a system designed by an engineer or created by nature. Learning about these engineering concepts helps us to understand why certain things happen or behave the way they do — they are part of our everyday physical and natural world and are used for society's benefit by engineers and scientists. Dr. Niku's publications include a statics workbook, an introduction to robotic analysis book (in its second edition), and a creative design of products and systems book.

Brett Holman to Become Senior Financial Officer of ITS on May 1

Brett Holman, director of Fiscal Services/University Controller, will transition to Information Technology Services as senior financial officer May 1. In his new role, Holman will be responsible for acquiring, funding and sourcing for ITS and will work to develop business models for ITS services. He will continue to provide Payment Card Industry compliance for the university. Holman is a Cal Poly alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After graduation, Holman moved to Orange County where he became licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and was employed as a tax manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Holman returned to San Luis Obispo and joined Cal Poly in 2002 as the assistant director of Student Financial Services and later advanced to director. In 2014, Holman was promoted to his current position with Administration & Finance.

Christopher Miller Named Performing Arts Center Managing Director

Christopher F. Miller, a veteran of Seattle theater management, was named managing director of the Performing Arts Center. Miller brings more than 31 years of experience in general management, business development, operations, patron service production and facilities management for major performing arts public assembly venues to the position. He begins his new role May 9. Miller last served as a strategic advisor for the Seattle Center and spent 12 years as the general manager of the 2,900-seat Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, home of Pacific Northwest Ballet and Seattle Opera. McCaw Hall is located at the Seattle Center, a 74-acre campus first built for the 1962 World’s Fair that houses many of Seattle’s major cultural institutions. He holds a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in stage management/technical theater from the University of Washington in Seattle and a master of fine arts in performing arts management from New York’s Brooklyn College. Miller will be a key member of Cal Poly’s Administration and Finance Division leadership team, one of four administrative sections at the university.

Human Subjects Committee Quarterly Meeting to be Held May 4

The Human Subjects Committee will hold its quarterly meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4. Researchers who have a project that will require review of the full membership are advised to submit proposed projects in advance of the meeting. For more information or to attend the meeting, contact Debbie Hart at or ext. 6-1508. The location, not yet determined, will be provided with RSVP. The website is

Info Session on Retirement and Medicare to Be Held May 5

Human Resources has teamed up with the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP), a local nonprofit organization, to provide information on retirement and Medicare. Spouses and partners are also welcome to attend. The session will be held Thursday, May 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Kennedy Library, Room 202A. Attendance is subject to your supervisor’s approval and based on your department’s staffing needs. Seating is limited. Reserve space by contacting Human Resources at or ext. 6-5436.

Incorporating Sustainability into the Curriculum, May 6

An interdisciplinary workshop, taught by Dr. John Farnsworth, an environmental studies senior lecturer at Santa Clara University, will explore ways to include a sustainability component to existing courses (as an adjunct learning outcome). The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 6 in Kennedy Library’s Room 202A. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Learning and Technology and the Academic Senate Sustainability Committee. In addition, this workshop will also discuss how a sustainability-across-the-curriculum approach can foster a transformative educational experience within Cal Poly's community. Lunch will be provided. To register, visit

Assessment Planning Workshops Offered for Program-Learning Outcomes

Academic Programs and Planning and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) will offer a workshop series to help participants develop strategies to design, launch and act on assessment plans for program-learning outcomes. The spring workshops will consist of two Wednesday sessions from noon to 3 p.m. in Kennedy Library (Building 35), Room 202A. The first session, Preparing for Assessment, will be offered April 27. The second session, Launching Assessment, will be held May 4. Pizza and salad will be served. Learning from Assessment will be offered in the fall. Programs beginning or undergoing an assessment review cycle are strongly encouraged to nominate a team of two to four faculty and staff members to participate in the workshops and working groups. To register or for more information, visit the CTLT website.

May 13 Workshop to Engage Students Through Guided Inquiry

Chemistry instructor John Hagen will lead the faculty workshop Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 13, in the Kennedy Library, Room 202A. The workshop will help faculty stage lab experiments that engage students in the activuty rather than in following lab directions passively. POGIL labs are also designed to help students understand the connection between the lab and the lecture. For more information or to register for the workshop, visit the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology website.


Johanna Madjedi, former associate vice provost for Information Technology Services, retired March 16 after 24 years of service. Madjedi’s accomplishments include being the founding chair of the California State University Network and Telecommunications Alliance, which developed network architecture standards for the CSU. In this role, she earned the CSU Quality Improvement Function Chair of the Year award. Madjedi also lead the development of a partnership among the City of San Luis Obispo, Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, the CSU and Cal Poly to develop a fiber optic cable ring for educational access around the city. Madjedi started her Cal Poly career as a network engineer and quickly progressed to the role of coordinator for Classroom and Media Services, then to the director of Information Technology Infrastructure and, finally, to associate vice provost for ITS. She was a champion for increased multimedia services in classrooms as well as enhanced wireless services and application access across campus. She plans to keep busy with travel, hobbies and spending time with her family. Madjedi, her husband, Gary, and their son Thomas are all Cal Poly alumni.

Student Successes

Mechanical Engineering Junior Named Outstanding Student Employee of the Year

Andrew Furmidge, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering, was honored by university President Jeffrey D. Armstrong as Cal Poly’s 2015-16 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year. Furmidge, of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., was unanimously selected among 51 student nominees, who work throughout the campus for the university, ASI and Cal Poly Corp., as well as federal work student participants. Furmidge has worked in Aerospace Engineering Department’s wind tunnel since January 2015. His nomination rose to the top because he was described as being supremely competent with a strong work ethic. “Without Andrew, my wind tunnel lab wouldn’t function,” said Graham Doig, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering. “After just a few months, I realized I was able to trust him with almost everything.” Academically, Furmidge has made the Dean’s List in almost every quarter of his education. Also singled out at the April 21 reception were first runner-up Brook Matson, who works for the University Honors program, and second runner-up Thomas McNutt, who is employed by the University Police Department. “Cal Poly has amazing student employees,” said Barbara Rollins, a senior lead financial aid counselor, who helped organize the 22nd annual event that was held at the Albert B. Smith Alumni and Conference Center.

Cal Poly Team Excels at North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge

Cal Poly’s Dairy Challenge Team earned first place — the squad’s fourth consecutive win — at the 15th annual North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge, held April 7-9 in Liverpool, N.Y. Students assessed all aspects of a working New York dairy farm and developed a farm analysis that included a list of recommendations related to facilities, nutrition, financials, reproduction and animal health. They ranked first among eight competing teams that evaluated the same dairy. The team was made up of John Schoneveld, Christine Sousa, Toni Silva and Justine DeVries. Dairy science Professor Stan Henderson coached the team and accompanied the students to the competition. Professor Julie Huzzey was the assistant coach. In addition, Cal Poly students Mark Weststeyn and Randy Edwards attended the Dairy Challenge Academy while at the event. In all, 247 students from 39 colleges across the U.S. and Canada attended the event. The students are training for careers in the dairy industry as farmers, researchers, educators, financial analysts, nutritionists, farm service providers and veterinarians.

Cal Poly Teams Win Silver in National Flexible Packaging Design Competition

Two multidisciplinary teams from Cal Poly tied for second place at the Flexible Packaging Association's Student Challenge that recognizes innovative flexible packaging from across its membership. A team made up of Chris Childers, Benn Harris, Samantha Kin, Kellie Meyer and Huyen Nguyen designed packaging for raw chicken breast meat that can strain juices without spreading bacteria. The other team — Cole Cressman, Victoria Hanna, Tyler Harwood and Carrie Sauer — devised a plastic package that a consumer could use to prepare, consume and store a single serving of rice. Students designed the project as part of an IT 341: Packaging Polymers and Processing course taught by Professor Ajay Kathuria. For more details on the competition, visit

Cal Poly Wins ‘In a Clutch’ at National Chainless Challenge

A clever clutch design allowed Cal Poly to coast to victory in the Efficiency Challenge, one of three “proof of concept” race events at the ninth annual Chainless Challenge, held April 5-7 in Irvine, Calif. The challenge has produced various forms of hybrid bicycles propelled by fluid power rather than traditional spoke and chain mechanism. Engineering students throughout the U.S. take on a variety of challenges to advance the development of human-assisted, fluid-power vehicles traveling on two, three or four wheels without using a mechanical chain drive system. Cal Poly also placed first and second in the sprint and time trial races, respectively. The race scores, combined with scores in the categories of design, innovation, workmanship, reliability, safety and presentation, resulted in a third-place finish for Cal Poly overall, behind the Illinois Institute of Technology and Purdue University. Cal Poly’s team included mechanical engineering majors Megan Buck, Grace Cowell, Benjamin Kraw, Jeffrey Powell and Emmett Ross. The event is hosted and funded by Parker Hannifin, one of the largest companies in the world in motion and control technologies, and the National Fluid Power Association.

Fraternity and Sorority Leaders Win Top Awards at National Conference

Students and staff from Cal Poly’s Fraternity and Sorority Life department, a division of Student Affairs, received multiple awards at the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Conference in April. Kristen Henry — business student, Panhellenic president and member of Alpha Chi Omega — was honored with the Marilyn Fordham Fraternal Values Award, which is given to the undergraduate student in the AFLV West region who exemplifies the values of the association. The Interfraternity Council (IFC), the student governing council that represents 16 fraternity chapters, received an award for Overall Excellence. In addition, IFC was recognized in three of eight areas of work, including council management, public relations, and self-governance and judicial affairs. The Panhellenic Council, the student governing council that represents 10 sorority chapters, also received an award for Overall Excellence. In addition, it was recognized in six of eight areas of work, including council management, membership recruitment, philanthropy and community service, public relations, risk reduction and management, and self-governance and judicial affairs. Kathryn O’Hagan, lead coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life, was honored with the Outstanding Fraternity/Sorority Advisor Award. O’Hagan was nominated by representatives from all three Cal Poly Greek councils — Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, and United Sorority and Fraternity Council — for her contributions and service to students. Hosted by the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values (AFLV), the conference draws more than 300 schools and universities from across the country and showcases cutting-edge fraternity and sorority programs, technology and creative thinking.

Campus Announcements

President’s Community Service Awards to be Presented May 12

The 30th annual President's Community Service Awards will be presented to students, faculty, staff and community agencies from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the Performing Arts Center Lobby. The awards recognize contributions that impact unmet community needs and partnerships built between the university and community agencies. Reservations are requested and can be made by contacting Alexa Lindahl in the Center for Service in Action at or ext. 6-5338. For more information or to make a nomination (deadline is May 2), visit the Dean of Students website.

Celebrate Cal Poly Pay it Forward Week, May 2-6

The Division of Student Affairs invites all to participate in Cal Poly's inaugural Pay it Forward Week, Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6. Pay it Forward Week encourages members of the Cal Poly community to make an immediate impact on the lives of others through random acts of kindness. The division believes these actions are an entry-point to engage individuals in deeper and ongoing opportunities to improve their communities. Throughout the week, take part in a campuswide game of Sneaky Cards, connecting with others through fun, silly and philanthropic challenges. To find a Sneaky Cards distribution office or for a full list of Pay it Forward Week events, visit

Luz Calvo presents ‘Decolonize Your Diet,’ May 2

Luz Calvo, professor of Ethnic Studies at CSU East Bay, will present her talk “Decolonize Your Diet” at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 2 in the University Union (Bldg. 65), Room 220. She will discuss redefining what “traditional Mexican food" means by reaching back through hundreds of years of history to reclaim heritage crops as a source of protection from modern disease development. This event is free and open to the public. For more details, contact Yolanda Tiscareno at or ext. 6-1707.

Catastrophic Leave for Leonor Uritz

Leonor Urtiz, University Housing custodian, has qualified for catastrophic leave.  If you wish to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence, please contact Karen Schmidt, catastrophic leave coordinator, at ext. 6-5935 or

Office of University Diversity & Inclusivity Presents Inclusive Excellence Month

The Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity proudly collaborated with more than 30 student organizations, campus departments and community agencies to present Inclusive Excellence Month in May. The office invites the campus community to explore the events, attend trainings and engage with community members in learning how to become a part of Cal Poly’s inclusivity and diversity efforts. For a list of events, visit For more details, visit the website,, or contact OUDI Program Director Kari Mansager at

Submit an event for Cross Cultural Centers Publication

The Cross Cultural Centers are excited to support Cal Poly departments, clubs and organizations in their efforts to create a more inclusive campus through programming focused on culture, identity, diversity and social justice. Those interested in submitting an event for publication in the center’s online calendar and/or newsletter, visit the CCC website for instructions and submissions.

Faculty and Staff Invited to Join Undocumented Student Working Group

The campus Undocumented Student Working Group is sponsoring a three-part training series for faculty, staff and administrators interested in supporting undocumented students in institutional, academic and social realms at Cal Poly. The first training provides information on how to best support undocumented students in accordance with California and federal law. The second session focuses on the office, department or program level. A third session will cover how to become an effective mentor and proactive ally to this population of students. For more information, visit the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation website (

Prize-Winning Poet Wendy Barker to Read at Cal Poly May 12

Wendy Barker, poet-in-residence at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will read from her most recent work, “One Blackbird at a Time,” in the Bioresource and Agriculture Engineering Building (No. 8), Room 123, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. Barker’s book focuses on teaching great works of literature to college students. “Everyone has been a student,” said English Professor Kevin Clark. "But this book gives you an intimate idea of what it’s like to be a flesh-and-blood teacher living your life in front of a classroom while talking over the most intense aspects of existence." Barker has received several awards for her work, which has been translated into Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Bulgarian. 

Popular Tour of Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach Returns May 14

Bring the kids and a camera to tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14. The spring open house will feature interactive displays, including special touch tanks full of live marine creatures, microscopes for viewing ultra-small sea creatures, a “Discover Scuba” experience and more. Cal Poly professors and students will be on hand to explain their ongoing research into local marine life, including protecting Morro Bay's ecosystem, sustaining local fisheries, and mapping ocean currents on the Central Coast. The pier supports field research for Cal Poly’s Center for Coastal Marine Sciences and the SLOSEA program. Since its donation to the university in 2001 by Unocal, now Chevron Corp., the pier has been used by 2,000 students per year for classes or research activities.

UW’s Daniela Rosner to Speak on Design as Inquiry and Intervention May 16

Daniela Rosner, professor and
co-director of the Tactile and Tactical Design Lab at the University of Washington, will speak from 2:10 to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 16 at the University Union (Bldg. 65), Room 220.  She will discuss experimental collaborations between science, technology and society (STS) scholars and emerging craft communities. She will demonstrate that collaboration enables designers to theorize and imagine design differently while also contributing to investigations in STS. For more details, contact Kayley Weldon at; ext. 6-1525

Cal Poly Packaging Program to Host Seminar in Monterey May 16-18

Cal Poly’s Packaging Program faculty will host freshPACKmoves, an educational seminar focused on fresh produce packaging, Monday, May 16 through Wednesday, May 18 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Monterey, Calif. The event will share insights on packaging innovation, food safety and traceability, sustainable packaging solutions, and cold-chain logistics for fresh perishables. The seminar will feature several industry speakers, including keynote presentations from the leaders of Walmart, Sun World International and Peterson Insights Inc. For more information and registration, visit

Corporate Fraud Expert Aaron Beam to Speak at Cal Poly May 18

Former CFO of Healthsouth Corp. Aaron Beam will discuss fraud and stock at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in the Business Building (No. 3), Room 213. His talk, titled ‘Why Good People Sometimes Do Bad Things,” focuses on his past at Healthsouth and his ethics-first approach to business. Beam, a felon in an approximately $2.7 billion securities fraud who spent three months behind bars in 2005, spends his time speaking about the experience, giving others the opportunity to learn from his mistakes and apply what they learned to their own lives. Staff, faculty and students are invited to this free lecture. RSVP at

Foreign Language Conversation Tables Open, April Through June

German, Russian and Vietnamese conversation tables are open to anyone who would like to learn a language; hear one spoken; or talk about relevant topics, including culture, customs, food or history. Three conversation tables will meet regularly during spring quarter in Kennedy Library (Building 35). Rooms and times as follows:
— Russian Table: 12:10 to 1 p.m. at Julian’s Café; May 4 and 18, and June 1. 
— German Table: 12:10 to 1 p.m. at Julian’s Café; April 27, May 11 and 25.
— Vietnamese Table: 11:15 a.m. to noon in a faculty fishbowl, Room 220A; Thursday, May 5 and 19, and June 2. For more information, contact Rachel Ellersieck at ext. 6-1216 or

Campus Administrative Policies Update

Cal Poly is continuing its review of Campus Administrative Policies. For more information on proposed draft policies, go to the CAP Drafts webpage. As policies emerge in draft form, they will be posted there, for review and comment by the campus community. These draft policies are posted only for review purposes and will not have official status until formal administrative and legal review has been completed..

Red Cross First Aid Courses Offered in May and June

Environmental Health and Safety offers monthly American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) training on campus. To see the course offerings or to enroll, visit the Instructor Led Courses section of Skillsoft, the CSUwide online training program accessed through the Staff and Faculty Training tab on the Cal Poly Portal. Departments may also schedule training for groups of up to 10. Cost is $29 per person, which covers the Red Cross certification fee and course materials. For more details, contact Vivian Longacre at

Cal Poly Foundation Board and Annual Meeting to be Held May 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, May 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.

CIE and Extended Ed Launch Summer Camp for Kids

Launch It! is a five-day summer camp for fifth- through eighth-grade students that will focus on the fundamental building blocks of entrepreneurship in a fun and engaging way. Through hands-on, team-based activities, students will learn about identifying and solving problems, the process of customer development, marketing, basic finance, and how to pitch a product. Two sessions are available, June 13-17 and 20-24. Students will get to experience the Cal Poly campus, the HotHouse downtown, interact with business professionals and young entrepreneurs, and better understand the benefits of a college education. To register, contact Extended Education at ext. 6-2053. For more information, visit the Extended Education website.

Faculty and Staff Discount Available for Kids' STEM Summer Camp

Sessions of Kids Learn STEM summer camp will be offered July 11-15 and 18-22 to fifth- through eighth-grade students. The sessions will explore Chemistry in Action with hands-on experiments in Cal Poly's Learn by Doing Lab from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Discounts are available to faculty and staff, though discounted spaces are limited and will be reserved on a first-come basis. To register, call ext. 6-2053. For more information, visit the Kids Learn STEM website.

Statistics Department Offers Consulting Services to Campus

The Statistics Department provides a statistical consulting service to the university community to facilitate research design and data analysis in a wide variety of disciplines. Consulting will be available through Friday, June 3, by appointment only. The consulting service is intended to support faculty and staff projects and research and provide assistance for students working on senior projects and graduate research. Jeff Sklar will serve as the main consultant. Andrew Schaffner will also consult. They are available to advise on data collection, experimental design, and analysis of research projects. In addition, these consultants will be available to lead seminars or tutorials on requested topics and offer advice on various computer packages currently available at Cal Poly. If there is a special area of statistical inference that is of interest to a group or department, email Faculty, staff and students interested in utilizing the consulting service are encouraged to access the Statistics Department Web page for additional information, including what the client should bring to a consulting session. To schedule a consultation, email

Submission Guidelines 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. To help ensure CPR continues to contain only relevant and approved information, submissions are now 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.


Presentation to be Held April 28 on the Public Image of the Scientist

Leah Ceccarelli, professor of rhetorical theory and criticism at the University of Washington, will present an analysis of the public image of scientists in contemporary culture. Her talk will be from 3:10 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in the PAC Pavilion (Building No. 6). Ceccarelli will present three case studies as a demonstration of how the character of the scientist occupies the role of both hero and fool in public address and contemporary culture. She will argue that understanding the rhetorical possibilities for representing the scientist in contemporary public address can help society select depictions that benefit society and reject depictions that
are harmful. For more information, contact Krista Burke at or
ext. 6-2553.

Renowned Clarinetist to Give Master Class April 28

Gregory Smith, principal clarinetist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will present a master class for Cal Poly music students at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 28, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). The event is free and open to the public. During the class, several of the Music Department's leading clarinet students will perform and be critiqued. Smith is a clarinet professor at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of the Performing Arts. He has been a visiting professor of clarinet at Northwestern University and at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. For more information, contact the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

April 29 Talk Set on How Small Communities Can Save the Planet

Timothy Miller will present an argument for “Ecovillages” and explain how small communities can benefit the environment. The talk will be held from 4 to
6 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 101. Miller teaches religious studies at the University of Kansas and is considered the leading researcher on intentional communities in the world. He is the author of the “Encyclopedic Guide to American Intentional Communities,” “Spiritual and Visionary Communities: Out to Save the World,” and “1960s Communes: Hippies and Beyond.” For more information, contact Stephen Lloyd-Moffett at or ext. 6-2475.

May 5 Talk to Focus on Science of Mother’s Milk

Katie Hinde of Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution and Change will present “Mother’s Milk in Evolutionary, Cultural and Sociopolitical Context,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Bioresource and Agriculture Engineering Building (No. 8), Room 123. She will argue that a multidisciplinary approach to mother’s milk can facilitate optimal health for mothers and their infants. Hinde will also emphasize the role of sociopolitical institutions and the cultural dynamics as essential considerations when approaching the science of motherhood. For more information, contact Stacey Rucas at or ext. 6-1374.

Student A Cappella Ensemble to Perform May 6 and 7 

Cal Poly a cappella ensemble That's the Key will perform its spring concert at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45), Room 218. The group includes 14 students from various majors who sing original arrangements of popular music. Admission is $5 at the door. Proceeds benefit the group's competition and travel fee fund. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

Student Art Exhibit Continues in University Gallery Through May 13

The University Art Gallery is presenting the 2016 Juried Student Exhibition through May 13. The exhibition will feature a wide variety of student work made in Art and Design Department classes. Student photography, video, painting, drawing, graphic design and sculpture are showcased. Located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34), the gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, contact Garet Zook at or ext. 6-1571, or visit the Art Gallery website.

Gender Equity Center Presents Cal Poly’s OWN, May 13

Cal Poly’s OWN (Original Women’s Narratives): PowHerful Voices of Storytelling will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday May 13 at Chumash Auditorium. The play, presented by the Gender Equity Center, highlights the unique experiences of Cal Poly women. It explores identity, social justice and intersectionality. The GEC hopes OWN will empower and inspire students, faculty, staff and local residents in this combination of social justice, stage production, art gallery and resource fair. Admission is $5 (cash only). Tickets can be purchased at the door and during the UU Hour (11 a.m. to noon Thursdays) and in the Gender Equity Center
(UU, Room 217). For more information contact or visit

Pianist W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Beethoven Sonatas May 13

Pianist and Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will give an all-Beethoven recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. Spiller is beginning his survey of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven. The multi-year cycle — to be covered in annual spring recitals — starts off with a program of four sonatas: Opus 2 No. 3 in C major, Opus 26 in A-flat major, Opus 14 No .2 in G major, and Opus 81a in E-flat major ("Les adieux"). Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by calling ext. 6-4849. 

May 14 Jazz Night to Highlight London Tour Repertoire 

The University Jazz Bands will present their annual Jazz Night Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center. The concert will feature repertoire that the University Jazz Band I will perform during its performance tour of London in June. University Jazz Band I will perform Duke Ellington's composition "Caravan.” The band will also perform the raucous and wild "Moanin'.” The University Jazz Band II and two combos will also perform in the concert. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by calling ext. 6-4849. 

Talk with Chicana Novelist, Poet and Professor to be Held May 20

Gloria Velásquez, novelist, poet, Chicana activist, and professor in Modern Languages and Literatures, will discuss her work and inspiration with Robert Inchausti, professor of English, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday May 20, in Kennedy Library, Room 111H.  There will be time for audience questions. Light refreshments will be served. The event is part of the Conversations with Cal Poly Authors series. For podcasts of past conversations, visit the Kennedy Library archive on SoundCloud. For more information, visit the Kennedy Library website

‘No Mas Bebes' Film Screening at Spanos Theatre, May 24

“No Mas Bebes” tells the story of a little-known event in reproductive justice when a small group of Mexican immigrant women sued county doctors, the state and the U.S. government after they were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and early ’70s. Attend the screening Tuesday, May 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Spanos Theatre (No. 44). An open discussion with filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña to follow will offer perspective on questions including: Could history be repeated? How far should medical professionals go to ensure patients fully understand their treatment? How has the discussion of women’s reproductive freedom moved from the language of “choice” to the framework of “reproductive justice”?  For more details, contact: Kayley Weldon at, or ext. 6-1525.

Kennedy Library to Display ‘The Living Library’ Through June 3

An exhibit that showcases Cal Poly’s efforts toward sustainability and resilience will be on display at the Kennedy Library through Friday, June 3. A Student Sustainability Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, April 22, in Kennedy Library’s Second Floor Commons. “The Living Library” highlights the university’s united efforts toward sustainability and resilience through art, architecture, agriculture, engineering, public policy and community service. For more information, visit the Kennedy Library website.

Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center

For the complete schedule and ticketing information, visit the websites for Cal Poly Arts or the Performing Arts Center.


For an overview of up-to-date sports information, photos and videos, visit Students always get in free. Faculty and staff discounts available.

Upcoming Home Games

Saturday, April 30
Softball vs. UC Davis (doubleheader), Bob Janssen Field, 1 p.m.
Track and Field vs. UC Santa Barbara (dual), Cal Poly Track, 11 a.m.

Sunday, May 1
Softball vs. UC Davis, Bob Janssen Field, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 3
Baseball vs. Santa Clara, Baggett Stadium, 6 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.

#104042 – Leadership and Program Coordinator (Student Services Professional II), Student Affairs – University Housing – Residential Life and Education. $3,746 - $5,325 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,746 - $4,121 per month. Open until filled. Review begins April 4.

#104039 – Project Manager – Major Projects (Administrator II), Administration and Finance – Facilities Planning. $3,635 - $11,624 per month. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. Review begins May 20.

#104021 – Project Manager – Minor Projects (Administrator II), Administration and Finance – Facilities Planning. $3,635 - $11,624 per month. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. Review begins May 20.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the Cal Poly Jobs website to complete an application and apply for any of the positions shown below.

#104024 – Full-Time Lecturer in Computer Science, Computer Science Department, College of Engineering, ext. 6-7229. Review begins May 13.

#103929 Full-Time Lecturer - Assistant Director of Forensics, Communication Studies Department, College of Liberal Arts, ext. 6-2554. Review begin date extended to May 12.

#104014 Full-Time Lecturer in Introductory Biology, Biological Sciences Department, College of Science and Mathematics, ext. 6-2949. Review begins May 9.

#104013 – Assistant/Associate Professor in Dairy Foods Manufacturing/Bioengineering
, Animal Science Department, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, ext. 6-1241. Review begins May 22.

Part-Time Lecturer Pools – Pools are opening for the 2016-17 academic year. Visit the Cal Poly Jobs website to search department of interest.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly Corporation is a separate entity operating in concert with the university to provide a diverse range of services and resources to students, faculty and staff. Visit the Corporation website to view job postings and/or apply. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

Contract and Grant Analyst II/III, Sponsored Programs, $44,033-$76,148 per year

Facilities and Equipment Maintenance Technician, Swanton Pacific Ranch, $15.91-$23.87 per hour

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 job openings at this time.