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Cal Poly Report — Dec. 14, 2016


Counting Down to Rose Parade and Cal Poly Universities 'A New Leaf' Float

With the 128th Rose Parade just weeks away, Cal Poly students are gearing up for the final push, including a second technical inspection and Decorations Week, before millions of people watch the float roll down Colorado Boulevard on Jan. 2. The parade will be broadcast on multiple channels – to an international audience estimated at more than 100 million – including ABC, NBC and Univision. Josh D'acquisto, the Rose Parade float advisor, recommends tuning into the Hallmark Channel, Home & Garden Television (HGTV) or Los Angeles-based station KTLA, which all offer commercial-free coverage — and a better (and longer) opportunity to see the float in all its glory. Deco Week in Pasadena, from Monday, Dec. 26 to Saturday, Dec. 31, is also fast approaching. Though volunteer slots to help decorate the float are already filled, students will accept walk-ins as long as there is space and availability. The student-built entry features an animated family of chameleons exploring the wonders of a vibrantly colorful world around them. "This is the home stretch and I feel really good," said design chair Zach Cooperband, a math and architectural engineering senior. Several moving parts posed engineering challenges for the team, including the need to raise and lower one of the smaller chameleons and a branch to fit under a freeway overpass on the parade route. In addition, "the big chameleon is an intricate mechanism that changes color," Cooperband said. Cal Poly Rose Float will update its Facebook page if any volunteers cancel shifts during Deco Week. Learn more at

Faculty and Staff Contribute Toys and More to Jack's Helping Hand

Cal Poly faculty, staff, ASI and Corporation employees donated nearly 250 toys and about $150 in gift cards at a Dec. 8 holiday campus reception. The toys will be distributed to children in the community through Jack's Helping Hand. The local nonprofit assists children with cancer and special needs who have unmet physical, mental and medical needs. Many of the toys were wrapped and given to children at an annual pediatric cancer Christmas party at the Madonna Inn on Monday, Dec. 12, sponsored by Jack's Helping Hand and the Central Shores Oncology Nursing Society. Any extra toys will go to an annual pediatric cancer camp, Camp Reach for the Stars, sponsored by Jack's Helping Hand. It is held the first weekend of June at Camp Yeager. Families will receive a stuffed animal on their bed when they arrive to camp, and other toys can be used as bingo prizes for the children during camp. In addition, any extra small toys will be used in a treasure chest at SLO Oncology Hematology, where the cancer patient gets to pick a small toy after they get poked with a needle for labs or chemotherapy. Jack's Helping Hand was founded by Paul and Bridget Ready in memory of their son Jack, whose three-year struggle with a rare form of brain cancer ended in 2004. During Jack's treatments, the Readys realized that many families of children with disabilities require assistance to meet their children's special needs. They created Jack's Helping Hand to assist. Read more here.

Cal Poly Salutes Its Best-in-U.S. Urban Forest With Fall Arbor Day Planting

Cal Poly, recognized as an Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA, hosted a Dec. 7 tree planting to honor the university's commitment to its trees on what is the nation's most-diverse urban campus forest. The half-hour event on a drizzly day was coordinated by Ron Hostick, who manages Landscape Services that maintains the campus' 320 landscaped acres, and Matt Ritter, a biology professor and director of the Cal Poly Plant Conservatory. "It's our Tree Campus USA Arbor Day celebration," Hostick said, "because fall is the best time to plant trees." Students from Jessica Adinolfi's Botany 121 class, introduction to plant biology, helped plant a pair of valley oaks (Quercus lobata), in the greenbelt between the second and third floors of Faculty Offices North building (No. 47). Ritter, a renown expert and author on trees, observed that the rainy season of the Central Coast (and other Mediterranean climates) is a more ideal time for planting than during the spring Arbor Day celebrations found elsewhere in the state and nation. Cal Poly was first named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for 2014. It is unique among the nearly 300 other Tree Campus USA universities, Ritter said. "This is a special campus because we have so many different species, which beats any other campus in the United States," he said. Hostick added that a complete inventory of campus trees was completed for maintenance purposes last year. "I have 6,600 trees inventoried in the campus core alone," he said. "Cal Poly has the largest variety of tree species on a university campus in the nation. Of the 6,600, we have 547 varieties. We have 215 single-tree species. The coastal live oak (Quercus agrifolia) is the most common, with 563 trees." Read more here.

Holiday Cheer: Annual Poinsettia Sale at Poly Plant Shop Ends Dec. 16

Time is running out to take advantage of the annual poinsettia sale. Plenty of plants in dozens of varieties and colors are available through Friday, Dec. 16. Sizes range from plants in 4-inch pots to large poinsettias reaching 4 feet tall with prices from $5 to $50. The holiday plant tradition features colorful blooms grown by students in the Poinsettia Agriculture Enterprise Project. This year's poinsettia project offers more than 15 red, eight white and 17 variegated varieties. In addition, student-made wreaths, centerpieces, succulents, ornaments and gifts are available in the Poly Plant Shop building (No. 48) on Via Carta Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call ext. 6-1106 or visit the Poly Plant Shop website.

New(er) Faculty Community Breakfast is Dec. 16

All newer faculty — both tenure-line faculty and lecturers — are invited to the Fall Quarter Community Breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, the last day of finals week, at the Advanced Technology Labs building (No. 7). The session will provide coaching and advice for preparing Working Personnel Action Files (WPAF) in anticipation of the January submission deadline. A quick overview about Affordable Learning Solutions will also be presented by Kennedy Library.  A hot breakfast catered by Splash Café will be provided. To help with the catering order, please register by 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 at

Nearly 900 Expected to Walk at Fall Commencement on Dec. 17

Approximately 900 students are eligible to graduate in three ceremonies at the 33rd annual fall commencement Saturday, Dec. 17. Ceremonies are set for 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the main gymnasium in the ASI Recreation Center. They will include a retrospective slideshow of the graduating students during the processional, the "proud pinning" ceremony and a celebratory surprise. In addition, a large LED screen will be set up to project the ceremony for all guests to see. "For the first time, undergraduates will adorn Cal Poly green gowns which embrace and enhance the spirit and pride felt at commencement," said Anthonia Edgren, who is helping to organize the event. "Master's degree candidates will continue to wear the traditional black gowns." The 90-minute ceremony will be live-streamed online with closed captioning for those unable to attend. About 15,000 visitors are expected to attend commencement ceremonies and other campus events. The theme for this year's commencement is "Mustangs Forever." The keynote speaker is Twesigye Jackson Kaguri (pictured), the Uganda-born co-author of "The Price of Stones: Building a School for My Village." In 2001, Kaguri founded The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in response to the devastating effects of AIDS in his hometown. Read more here. Due to the volume of traffic associated with the events, Parking Services will have additional staffing throughout campus to facilitate traffic flow and parking. For more details on parking, visit the Parking Services website  

CSU Mourns Passing of Former Chancellor Charles Reed

California State University announced the passing of former CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed on Dec. 6. He served as the system's sixth chancellor from 1998 until his retirement in 2012 and held the title of chancellor emeritus. "Our thoughts and prayers are first and foremost with Charlie's family and loved ones," said Chancellor Timothy P. White in a statement. The full announcement is available here. Reed was 75. Read more about his legacy.

Time Running Out for Time[scape]lab Art Show That Ends Dec. 16

University Art Gallery's imaginative end-of-the-year show, Time[scape]lab and the artist collaborative's body of work titled "Confabulatores Nocturni," concludes Friday, Dec. 16. Time[scape]lab is made up of architects Brian and Katherine Ambroziak, professors who teach at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville's College of Architecture and Design, and Andrew McLellan, who has degrees in architecture and creative writing. The artists' work features a significant bias towards the act of writing and collage.  Their methods of representation rely heavily on two-, three- and four-dimensional montages to provide a fragmented reading open to personal interpretation, the development of various time signatures from a single vantage point, the application of time-based media that allow for further transformation of the image and the application of sound. The gallery is free and open to all from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery is in the Dexter Building (No. 34), Room 171. Read more here.

A Little Stuffing and Holiday Tuneage, Courtesy of Cal Poly Alumni

'Tis the season for two holiday-flavored alumni stories as fall quarter winds down and the holidays come into brighter focus. Library Archives shared anecdotes from two well-known alums: Weird Al Yankovic and Sophie Huchting Cubbison for their penchant for music and food, respectively. For the past 60 years, Cubbison is one of the reasons a key dish is served for dinner between Thanksgiving and New Year's: Mrs. Cubbison's stuffing. She parlayed a talent for baking and her degree (home economics, 1912) into a successful company that still bears her name. "Mrs. Cubbison's" pre-packaged stuffing and dressing mixes are a fixture in grocery stores throughout 11 Western States. She and her husband, Harry, opened a bakery in Los Angeles. The company's stuffing line was launched in the 1950s. Before her death in 1982, she created two endowment funds for Cal Poly. Since then, the Sophie C. Cubbison Discretionary Endowment has grown to more than $171,000; the Sophie C. Cubbison Food Science and Nutrition Endowment has grown to nearly $24,000. Interest from both endowments continues to aid departments and education. Read more here. As for Weird Al, on Dec. 9, the world-famous parody artist and inaugural member of the Mustang Media Hall of Fame tweeted a photo of the Dean's Honor List certificate he earned for summer quarter 1978: "Be it known by this certificate that Alfred M. Yankovic is honored for academic achievement in the top 15 percent of students in the School of Architectural Design." Yankovic, who has sold more than 12 million albums, recorded more than 150 parody and original songs, and performed in excess of 1,000 live shows, quipped on Twitter: "Something to fall back on in case this whole 'music' thing doesn't work out." And while he obtained his degree (landscape architecture, 1980) at Cal Poly, he also nurtured his passion for music at KCPR radio station. He recorded his first parody, "My Bologna" (a parody of The Knack's "My Sharona"), in what he referred to in October at the Journalism Department's centennial gala as the "World Famous Studio 229" (or men's restroom) in the the Graphic Arts building in September 1979. Later, that year, Yankovic and fellow KCPR DJs recorded a 24-minute holiday show, "Journey to the North Pole with Weird Al." The show starts at 9:39. Listen to it here.

Wassailing Student Songsters Brighten the Dec. 14 Night With Christmas Carols

It came together quickly and late in the day Dec. 14, when a couple of dozen students took to campus on a mission that didn't involve tests, projects or a visit to the Starbucks' UU queue. The 26 choir members, directed by Elaine Fisher, who is studying architecture, music and theater, decided to have some fun by wassailing across Cal Poly's campus. One caroler donned a Santa hat. Two wore seasonal sweaters. Many more wrapped scarves around necks to ward off the evening chill. After rehearsing eight songs in the Davidson Music Building (No. 45), the carolers began the wassailing … making stops at UU Plaza, the Einstein bench outside the Baker Center and Kennedy Library, among others. The word wassail — derived from the Old Norse ves heill meaning "be well, and in good health" — came to mean the wishing of good fortune on your neighbors in 19th century England, Time magazine reported. No one's quite sure when the custom began, but it did result in the song, "Here We Come-A-Wassailing" — sung as carolers wished good cheer to their neighbors in hopes of getting a gift (such as "figgy pudding") in return. Perhaps because of youthful spontaneity, the latter tune was not performed on the group's quest to spread holiday cheer and help ease the pressure of finals and end-of-quarter projects for their counterparts weighed down by heavy backpacks and knitted brows. But it didn't matter. The dulcet tones were enough to surprise passers-by at the UU Plaza. Some slowed with curious stares. Others stopped to listen — their pause brightened with crinkly smiles. At the Baker Center, students and faculty in the upper floors of the campus' second largest building opened upper-floor windows to better hear the traditional holiday classics performed a cappella. While they sang, the notes wafted upward, the street lights below bathed the songsters in a golden hue as fall's indigo sky faded gray to black. It was the second year that the unannounced campus event took place, and for those who listened, it was a joy. And as the performers finished with Einstein and padded off to yonder, in their wake they left behind one final cheerful message:  "We wish you a merry Christmas …"

Student Success

Sophomore guard Donovan Fields is Coca-Cola Student-Athlete of the Week

After scoring a career-high 17 points during the men's basketball team's Dec. 10 game at Fresno State, sophomore guard Donovan Fields was named Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week. With the Mustangs opening a six-game road trip, Fields was 6-for-11 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the free throw line during the 73-59 loss. Cal Poly's leader ranked fourth among Big West Conference players with an 88 percent (22-for-25) free throw mark. Fields, a communications major from Newburgh, N.Y., is also third in the Mustang lineup with 9.5 points per game. Fields has started Cal Poly's last four games and averaged 11.3 points per game over the stretch. Read more here.

Faculty & Staff

Cal Poly Scholars To Celebrate Launch of 4-Year Engagement Curriculum Jan. 17

The Cal Poly Scholars program invites the campus community to join in celebrating the launch of its 4-Year Engagement Curriculum. As part of an 18-month strategic initiative, the effort brought together collaborators from Student Academic Services, University Housing, Career Services, the Mustang Success Center, Admissions and Recruitment, and the academic college advising centers. The CP Scholars program will present its new curriculum at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 in Poly Canyon Village Aliso Conference Room, followed by a reception to celebrate the strategic effort. University staff, faculty and leadership are invited to attend the curriculum launch (or request a digital copy of the curriculum) to learn more about the future of CP Scholars as it continues to grow into a campuswide program.  

Grants Available to Support Faculty Scholarship

The Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities (RSCA) Grant Program is intended to help faculty remain engaged in disciplines beyond the classroom and to contribute new knowledge through robust programs of scholarship focused on strengthening California socially, culturally and economically. The annual program funding helps provide internal resources to help faculty — including lecturers — pursue a broader array of professional activities. The deadline to submit proposals for awards of mini-grants, assigned time and additional compensation for 2017-18 is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. For full application and submission instructions, visit the Office of Research and Economic Development website or call the office at ext. 6-5153.

Anthonia Edgren Receives Outstanding New Professional Award

Anthonia Edgren, lead specialist for Parent and Family Programs and Commencement, received a top award at the Association of Higher Education Parent and Family Programs Professionals national conference in Boulder, Colorado, in November. She received the 2016 AHEPPP Outstanding New Professional Award for her exceptional leadership, innovation, outstanding contributions to Cal Poly and Student Affairs. This prestigious award recognized her dedicated service to parent and supporter engagement, significant promise in achieving greater leadership roles, and overall standard of excellence. A proud two-time Cal Poly alumna, Edgren continues to expand parent and supporter programming and resources at Cal Poly and upholds the university's honored commencement traditions while integrating innovative cost-saving solutions. She serves in a leadership role for the national AHEPPP organization and consistently brings remarkable ideas, solutions and best-practices to life at Cal Poly.

Nominations Sought for Outstanding Staff Award  

Staff employees, faculty members and department or division heads are encouraged to submit nominations for the Outstanding Staff Award for the 2016-17 academic year. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, Feb. 10. To be eligible, nominees must be permanent, full-time employees of the university, corporation or ASI, who have completed at least three years of employment as of Dec. 31, 2016, (10-month employees are eligible). Employees represented by Bargaining Unit 3 (faculty), former recipients of the award and student assistants are not eligible.  The Outstanding Staff Award selection criteria and nomination form can be found on the Administration & Finance website.  

Provost to Host Open Hour Sessions for Faculty, Staff in January and February

Provost Kathleen Enz Finken will host two Open Hour sessions for staff and faculty in the winter quarter. This is an opportunity to meet with the provost in a casual setting. The hourlong sessions will be held in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 301. The first will be Thursday, Jan. 19: 11 a.m. for faculty and 2 p.m. for staff. The second is Wednesday, Feb. 1: 11 a.m. for faculty and 2 p.m. for staff. Space is limited. To RSVP, visit the Provost's website.

Help Improve Fire Safety on Campus by Avoiding These Typical Hazards

A campuswide inspection by the Office of the State Fire Marshal revealed three common hazards: improper use of extension cords; outlet strips plugged into outlet strips; and propped-open fire doors. Extension cords are for temporary use — not prolonged periods. Extension cords are more susceptible to damage and overheating than sources connected to permanent building wiring. Plug outlet strips directly into a wall outlet — not into another outlet strip. This can cause the circuit to trip or overheat. Finally, fire doors should remain closed, not propped open for any length of time. Fire doors have an automatic closer designed to prevent the spread of smoke and flames in a blaze. For any fire and life safety questions, contact Environmental, Health and Safety at ext. 6-6665.

Grantsmanship Workshop Offered Winter Quarter

A nine-week grant writing workshop will be offered at two different times this winter, beginning Thursday, Jan. 12 and Friday, Jan.13. Thursday sesssions will be held from 11 a.m. to noon and Fridays from 3 to 4 p.m., both in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 204. Participants can attend the session that fits their schedule any given week. Workshops are open to faculty and staff, and will provide a hands-on overview covering grant writing and research administration. It will be team-taught by Sue Tonik, grants analyst in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, and staff from the Office of Research and Economic Development, and University Development. Topics will include sources of funding, types of awards (grants, contracts and gifts), marketing ideas, how to approach sponsors, reading RFPs (requests for proposals), what 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. For more information, contact Tonik at or ext. 6-7241.

Nominations Sought for Student Employee of the Year Award

Faculty and staff members can nominate student workers for the university's 2016-17 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year award. Nominees from state, ASI and Corporation student employees must have completed at least six months of part-time work during the academic year, which runs fromn June 1, 2016, to May 31, 2017. Nominees can be federal or non-federal work study students. The student nominees will be announced in April. The winner will be entered into the state competition and may go on to regional and national competitions. The national winner is announced during the National Student Employment Week, held during the second week of April. To print the 2016/17 OSEY nomination form, visit Scroll down to Student Assistant Forms, and click on the link. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 3. For more information, contact Barbara Rollins at ext. 6-6584 or

Academic Senate Seeks Candidates for CSU Faculty Trustee

The Academic Senate is seeking candidates for the faculty trustee position. It is a year-round commitment involving full release from campus responsibilities. For consideration, you must be a tenured faculty member who does not hold an administrative position other than department chair/head or equivalent. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of teaching excellence, professional achievement and university service. In addition, individuals must have experience with CSU academic governance. Duties include attending all CSU Board of Trustee, Trustee Committee, Senate Plenary and Senate Executive Committee meetings. The faculty trustee serves a two-year term and typically visits several campuses to meet with faculty and discuss board of trustee actions. The Academic Senate CSU Faculty Trustee Recommending Committee will review campus nominations Tuesday, Jan. 24. The Academic Senate CSU will select at least two nominees at its March meeting. If you are interested, contact the campus Academic Senate office at ext. 6-1258. All required materials must be submitted to Gladys Gregory no later than Wednesday, Jan. 11.

Catastrophic Leave

Fletcher Hesse, who is employed as a plumber in Facility Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help his remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Laura McCarren at ext. 6-5212 or to request a donation form.


Dan Mull, a member of the Customer Technology and Support team with Information Technology Services (ITS), will retire Friday, Dec. 16, after 19 years of service. During his tenure, Mull has played an instrumental role in many initiatives directly impacting student success. He helped design more than 200 instructional spaces — most still in use. Mull has been a passionate advocate for accessibility and integrating those concepts into technology and physical spaces. He looks forward to devoting more time to his family, hiking, surfing and pursuing his love of music as well as his parallel professional life as the Audio Doctor, the only factory authorized audio service business on the Central Coast.

In Memoriam

Bernice Loughran-Nicholson, who over 25 years slowly and successfully created cross-disciplinary projects between the arts and sciences and humanities, died Oct. 19, at home. She grew up in depression-era New Jersey and found her life's passion in the freedom of the arts of 1930s New York, while finishing her studies at Rutgers University. During the war years she taught art at colleges in Vermont. There she met and married the Rev. Joseph Loughran and the couple had two children, Kevin in 1948 and Mary Ann in 1952. During this time, she taught and received a doctorate in art education from Stanford University. The family moved to San Luis Obispo where she was asked to start an arts department at Cal Poly. She served as a professor of art from 1958 to 1990 and as department chair from 1969 to 1975. During that time, the College of Engineering asked her to design a humanities course to fulfill accreditation requirements. From that Human Values class, the Liberal Studies Department at Cal Poly evolved, which in turn created the Central Coast Center for Arts Education, a colleague recalled. In 2005, the Center for Arts Education established an endowment in her name, recognizing her pioneering work in the field of arts education. Her first husband died in 1975. After a few years, she married Loren Nicholson, a kindred spirit and professor at Cal Poly. They both soon retired and for the next 30 years continued their side projects and traveled the world as dedicated cruisers. Loughran published articles, texts and manuals relating to her work in art education and shared her knowledge with scores of teachers as co-director of the Integrated Arts for the Classroom workshops that were offered locally since 1992. She was a member of the original statewide committee that drafted the standards and framework for the visual and performing arts curriculum in California public schools, she served as president of the California State Humanities Association, and for a number of years, she was a board member of the San Luis Obispo County Arts Council. She was preceded in death by her husband, Loren, who died June 25. Read her obituary here.

Marty Kellerman, professor emeritus in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, died Nov. 6. Kellerman was born in New York City but was drawn to the West and earned his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Washington. He taught chemistry at Cal Poly from 1968 to 2003. Kellerman's area of research was X-ray crystallography. After his family, teaching was his main love. He also enjoyed creating stained glass windows. Kellerman is survived by his wife of 53 years, Livia; children, Kathryn Raine and David Kellerman; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Read his obituary here.

Campus Announcements

Cal Poly Cheese Packs Make a Tasty Treat for the Holidays

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Look no further than Cal Poly's award-winning, student-made cheeses. Ten cheese varieties in five gift-pack arrangements are available. Gift packs can be shipped or picked up at the Cal Poly Creamery exclusively during the holiday season. Visit for additional information and to place your holiday order.

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 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 or a downloadable 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.


Forbes Pipe Organ Holiday Concert Sing-along to be Held Dec. 18

The annual Forbes Pipe Organ Holiday Concert and Sing-Along will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, in the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center. This traditional holiday concert features a collection of carols on the Forbes Pipe Organ with an interactive twist as audience members are encouraged to sing along. Proceeds will benefit the Performing Arts Center's outreach programs and the two participating community choirs, the Vocal Arts Ensemble and Central Coast Children's Choir. Tickets are $18 for the public and $12 for students. For more information, visit the Performing Arts Center website.

Pianist W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Benefit Recital on Jan. 13

Pianist and Cal Poly Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will give a benefit recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, in the Spanos Theatre on campus. The first half of Spiller's program contains a pair of traditional Austrian masterworks: W.A. Mozart's Sonata in D Major, K. 311, and Franz Schubert's monumental "Impromptus," Op. 90. The second half of the program explores romantic and impressionistic color with Louis Moreau Gottschalk's "Souvenir of Puerto Rico," Claude Debussy's set of three pieces, "Images, Book I," and Mily Balakirev's notorious and compelling "Islamey. Purchase tickets at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. More information is available on the Music Department calendar website. Proceeds will benefit the Cal Poly Music Department Scholarship Fund. Read more here.

Event Calendar

To find out what’s going on at Cal Poly, visit the new Events Calendar. The site includes community events that are open to the public and Campus Life events open to students, faculty and staff. A link from the calendar allows staff, faculty and students to check facility availability before requesting and reserving on-campus locations for activities and events. For more information about publishing an event on the calendar, contact, or visit the university scheduling page for additional information. The new Events Calendar replaced the Cal Poly News Events Index.

Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center Calendars

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


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Upcoming Events @ Home

Tuesday, Jan. 3
Wrestling vs. West Virginia, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 5
Women's Basketball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 7
Women's Basketball vs. CSUN, Mott Athletics Center, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 12
Men's Basketball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Mott Athletics Center, 7 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.

There are no listings at this time.

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.

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. To view job postings or apply, visit the Corporation website. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

There are no listings at this time.

ASI Employment Opportunities

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

Assistant Coordinator - Communications (Two-Year, Temporary) Hourly rate: $20.18. Position open until filled; review of applications begins Jan. 5. Anticipated start date Feb. 1.