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Cal Poly Report — Jan. 20, 2016


Cal Poly Fall Enrollment Applications Sets Another Record

Cal Poly received a record number of applications with nearly 57,000 first-time freshmen and transfer students seeking to enroll for the 2016-17 school year. It was the largest undergraduate applicant pool in Cal Poly history with 48,215 first-time freshmen and 8,553 upper division transfers submitting on-time applications. It was a 2.8 percent increase from the 46,897 incoming freshmen who applied in 2014 and a 7.7 percent rise in the number of transfer students who applied. Acceptance decisions should be announced prior to the April 1 national acknowledgment date. Fall classes begin Sept. 22. The CSU also received a record number of applications for fall enrollment. It was the sixth consecutive record enrollment for the CSU.

Campus to Host Feb. 4 Debate for 24th Congressional Candidates 

Five candidates seeking to represent the Central Coast in the U.S. Congress will discuss their priorities and the major issues facing local constituents and the nation in a debate from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Spanos Theatre. KCBX FM News Director Randol White will moderate discussion between Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal, Pro Band Sports Industries Vice President Justin Fareed, Citizens Congress Director Bill Ostrander, and Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider. Individuals who have recently requested paperwork to file for candidacy have also been invited to participate. The candidates will address the federal government’s role in higher education, economic growth and prosperity, environmental sustainability and water policy, and social divisions including political polarization. Audience members will also have the opportunity to submit questions about issues not covered in the main discussion. Admission is free and open to the public; however, space is limited and registration is required. Complimentary parking is available in the Grand Avenue parking structure when a ticket to the event is presented.

Cal Poly to Host Talk on Enhancement Technologies and Disabilities on Jan. 22

Virginia Tech philosophy Professor Ashley Shew will present “We Can Rebuild You: Disabled Bodies and Technological Imagination” at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, in Philips Hall in the Performing Arts Center. Shew will discuss how technology developed for the disabled has been adapted for the able-bodied. For instance, exoskeletons developed to help paralysed people walk have been adapted to help workers and soldiers lift and carry heavy equipment over distances. News reports suggest that bionic technologies, including wearables and implantables, are set to radically alter life in the near future. Shew, a recent amputee, will contrast disabled people in the media against the reality of actual, lived experiences. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Cal Poly New website.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Study Demonstrates Water Savings with Pool Covers

A study conducted at the Cal Poly National Pool Industry Research Center (NPIRC) found that considerable water savings could be realized if outdoor swimming pools were covered by market-available covers. Use of pool covers could reduce 95 percent of evaporation from California pools, saving more than 55,000 acre-feet of water per year — enough to supply a city of approximately 500,000, said principal investigator Misgana Muleta, an associate professor in Cal Poly’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Department. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News 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. 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.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty Presentation Jan. 26 on Using Current Events to Stimulate Critical Thinking

The Center for Teaching Learning and Technology (CTLT) will feature a talk, "Using Current Events to Stimulate Critical Thinking," by Rebekah Oulton, instructor in environmental engineering, from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Kennedy Library, Room 202A. The Faculty Showcase events are a platform for colleagues to share insights and observations about signature critical thinking assignments developed and implemented over the past quarter. Pizza and salad will be served. For more information, visit the Faculty Showcase page on the CTLT website.

Proposals for New Instructionally Related Activities Due Jan. 29

The Instructionally Related Activities Advisory Committee is accepting proposals for activities seeking first-time recognition for the 2016-17 academic year. An instructionally related activity (IRA) is an out-of-class experience that provides enrichment to students and enhances their learning. IRA programs and activities are partially sponsored by an academic dean or department and are integrally related to a formal instructional offering, though not tied to any one course. Examples of IRAs are the symphony, Engineers Without Borders, and the Elevator Pitch Competition. Requests for recognition and funding are initiated through faculty or staff advisors who submit the proposals to college deans. Proposals for new IRAs must be submitted to Academic Programs by Jan. 29. Criteria, forms, instructions and other relevant information can be found on the Academic Programs website.

Human Subjects Committee Quarterly Meeting to be Held Jan. 29

The Human Subjects Committee will hold its quarterly meeting of the full membership at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. Researchers who have a project that will require review of the full membership are advised to submit their proposed projects in advanc. 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.

Proposals for Baker and Koob Endowments Due Feb. 1

The Warren J. Baker and Robert D. Koob Endowments are accepting proposals through Monday, Feb. 1, for student projects that provide hands-on, project-based learning opportunities. The endowments will have approximately $50,000 available to support the proposals. The typical range for grants is $1,000 to $2,500 for individuals and $1,000 to $5,000 for group projects. Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty committee representing Cal Poly's six colleges. Grants that have been awarded represent a wide range of academic programs and ideas. Winners will be announced and projects can begin in March. Students have one year to complete their projects. Detailed information and proposal forms are available on the provost's website.

Feb. 1 Deadline for Faculty Applications for 2017 Program in Australia

The International Center invites faculty from all colleges to apply to teach with the Cal Poly in Australia study abroad program during winter quarter 2017. The program seeks faculty with strong teaching records who can offer general education (preference for upper-division GE Area C and D) or specialty courses appropriate to the Australia program (such as agribusiness, wine and viticulture or business). The program offers an opportunity to offer a true Learn by Doing experience to students abroad. Program highlights include:
-- Housing provided in a centrally located apartment in Adelaide, South Australia's cosmopolitan coastal capital
-- Program is seven weeks long (January-mid-February) during Cal Poly's winter quarter
-- Two Cal Poly faculty each offer two Cal Poly courses
-- Group size of 25-35 students and class size of 16-25 students
-- Group activities include two-day tour to Kangaroo Island, multiple winery tours, and day trip to a wildlife park
For applications and information regarding qualifications and deadlines, visit the Study Abroad website or email

Feb. 2 Faculty Presentation on Using Critical Thinking as Basis for Course Design

The Center for Teaching Learning and Technology (CTLT) will feature a talk, "Using Critical Thinking Strategies as a Basis for Course Design," by Amy Wiley, English lecturer, from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, in Kennedy Library, Room 202A. The Faculty Showcase events are a platform for colleagues to share insights and observations about signature critical thinking assignments developed and implemented over the past quarter. Pizza and salad will be served. For more information, visit the Faculty Showcase page on the CTLT website.

Nominations for Outstanding Staff Award Needed by Feb. 5

Staff employees, faculty members, and department or division heads are encouraged to submit nominations for the Outstanding Staff Award. The deadline to submit a nomination for the 2015-16 award is Friday, Feb. 5. 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, 2015. Ten-month employees are eligible. Employees represented by bargaining unit No. 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 and Finance website.

Feb. 5 Deadline for Outstanding Student Employee Award Nominations

Faculty and staff members can show their appreciation for student employees by nominating them for the university's 2015-16 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year (OSEY) award. Nominees must have completed at least six months part-time student employment during the academic year June 1, 2015, to May 31, 2016. Eligible candidates include state, ASI and Cal Poly Corporation student employees. Nominees can be Federal Work-Study and non-Federal Work-Study students. Cal Poly’s OSEY will be announced in April. The winner will be entered into the state competition and might go on to regional and national competitions. The national winner is announced during National Student Employment Week, the second week of April. To print the nomination form, go to the Administration and Finance website and scroll down to Student Assistant Forms. Submissions are due to Barbara Rollins in Financial Aid by Friday, Feb. 5.

Black History Month to be Topic of Book Club Discussions Feb. 10 and 24

The Cross Cultural Centers will offer two book club discussions for faculty and staff. To honor Black History Month in February, the Wednesday, Feb. 10, discussion will be based on "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie." The discussion Wednesday, Feb. 24, will focus on the book, "Property." Both sessions will start at noon. For more informaiton, or to register for either event, email Ruth de Jesus at

Faculty Presentation to be Held Feb. 10 on Getting Beyond Google as an Information Source

The Center for Teaching Learning and Technology (CTLT) will feature a talk, "Getting Students beyond Google: Developing Critical Mindsets about Information Sources in First-Year English and Calculus," by Kaila Bussert, librarian, from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Kennedy Library, Room 202A. The Faculty Showcase events are a platform for colleagues to share insights and observations about signature critical thinking assignments developed and implemented over the past quarter. Pizza and salad will be served. For more information, visit the Faculty Showcase page on the CTLT website.

Grants Applications to Support Faculty Scholarships Due Feb. 16

The deadline for proposals for mini-grants, assigned time and additional compensation through the Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities (RSCA) Grant Program for the 2016-17 school year is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16. RSCA helps faculty remain engaged in their disciplines beyond the classroom and contribute new knowledge through robust programs of scholarship focused on strengthening California socially, culturally and economically. Annual funding from the program provides more internal resources to help faculty, including lecturers, pursue a broader array of professional activities. For full application and submission instructions, call the Office of Research and Economic Development at ext. 6-5153 or visit their website.

Authorization Process and Timelines for International Travel

All international travel conducted as Cal Poly business must go through the International Center. Travel abroad may include activities such as attending conferences, participating in tours, conducting funded research, or taking students on non-credit international field trips. International travelers must utilize the updated forms on the International Center website. Travel requests must be submitted to the International Center by the appropriate deadlines: individual travel, 30 days prior to travel (60 days for high-hazard destinations); group travel, 90 days (120 days for high-hazard destinations and 180 days for trips that require fee approval). Early submission is recommended to allow additional time for internal deadlines. The International Center will process the paperwork and submit it to the Provost's Office on the traveler's behalf. Expenses related to international travel should not be incurred until the traveler has completed the travel authorization process and received written approval for travel. For more information, visit the International Center website and click on International Travel Authorization.

Join Faculty and Staff Mailing List for Cross Cultural Centers

The Cross Cultural Centers (CCC), including the Gender Equity, MultiCultural and Pride Centers, serve to encourage student development and education by heightening awareness of the intersection of perspectives regarding race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and immigration status. Faculty and staff are encouraged to promote the CCC's events to students and colleagues and offer course or extra credit to attend events as appropriate. To sign up for the CCC's mailing list, click here. Events are listed on the CCC's Calendar. For more information, email

In Memoriam

Gail Jacobson, a long-time lecturer in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department and wife of chemistry professor Ralph Jacobson, passed away on Monday, Dec. 28. Jacobson grew up in Oklahoma City and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physiology from Mt. Holyoke College and her doctorate in biochemistry from Cornell University. Ralph, Gail and their family moved to San Luis Obispo in 1975. Jacobson retired from teaching in 1992 and studied art at Cuesta College, specializing in etching and printing. There will be an informal Celebration of Life starting at noon Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Monday Club. If you plan to attend, please notify Mary Kubaki at or 544-2013. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jacobson's memory to the Art Department at Cuesta College or Hotline-TMHA in San Luis Obispo. Read the full obituary in the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

Student Successes

Save the Date: Enjoy Food, Dance and Customs from Around the Globe on Feb. 10

The International Center invites the campus community to enjoy the food, dance, music and activities of cultures from around the world. Food science and nutrition students will prepare international cuisine for a free “Taste of the World” event from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, on the Via Carta Walkway in front of Campus Market. Taste their delicious international recipes, get a henna tattoo, watch belly dancers, and listen to musicians play traditional instruments. For more information, email

Campus Announcements

Finance Dashboard Workshops Set for Jan. 20 and Feb. 17

Two workshops on the use and navigation of finance dashboards, the official reporting system for end-users of the university’s financial system, will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. Each workshop is limited to 12 participants who will learn how to effectively manage the financial resources they oversee. Participants must have security access to the dashboards. Those who don't have access must fill out a CMS Access Request. Allow five working days for approvals and implementation. To sign up for the Jan. 20 session, click here. To enroll in the Feb. 17 workshop, click this link. For additional training opportunities, visit the ABC (AFD Business Connection) website.

Conflict Reslution Workshop to be Held Jan. 21

The Cross Cultural Centers are holding a workshop on conflict resolution from 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in the San Luis Lounge (UU221). The workshop will feature the “peace-making” model, useful for interpersonal and group transformation, and provide participants with practical tools for individual action. For more information, email

Open Forums for PAC Managing Director Set for Jan. 21 and 27

Three candidates for the Performing Arts Center managing director have been invited to campus. Faculty, staff, students, clients and community partners are invited to attend the open forums. The first two forums will be held in the PAC Pavilion from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, and Wednesday, Jan. 27. The third date will be announced when confirmed. The position provides overall direction, leadership, organization and supervision of the center, ensuring that program concepts and services reflect and enhance the educational mission and address the needs of the performing arts community. The Performing Arts Center incorporates the Christopher Cohan Center, including the 1,289-seat Sidney Harman Hall, the 180-seat Philips Hall classroom, the multipurpose Pavilion that holds up to 400; and the 498-seat Spanos Theatre.

CAFES to Host NIFA Grants Workshop Jan. 27

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences will host an online grantsmanship workshop with the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, in Agricultural Sciences (No. 11), Room 211. The session will feature information about NIFA grant programs, including the Agriculture Food and Research Initiative, the Small Business Innovation Research Program, and other grant programs of particular interest to non-land-grant colleges and universities. It will also include where to find information on NIFA grant opportunities and tips for successfully submitting applications. For details or to RSVP, email

Corporation Board of Directors Meeting to be Held Jan. 29

The board of directors of the Cal Poly Corporation will hold a regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Conference Room 124. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, or to obtain a copy of the meeting agenda, contact Ann Roy at ext. 6-1131.    

University Police to Hold 5K/10K Jan. 30 to Benefit Proposed Campus K-9 Unit

University Police is hosting a 5K/10K Fun Run on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Laguna Lake Park to raise money to bring a police dog to Cal Poly. All funds raised will go directly toward the purchase of a K-9 unit and equipment. The dog will provide additional protection and services to the campus and surrounding community. Register online in advance or on race day starting at 7:30 a.m. The run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m. The park is at 504 Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo. Registration is $45 and includes a barbecue for participants immediately following the race. For more details, contact Officer Paul Davis at

Feb. 1 Entrepreneurship Forum to Focus on Social Change

Entrepreneurial efforts that promote social change will be the focus of the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s (CIE) next forum, from 4:30 to 7:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. The P.E.N. (Pitches, Exhibits, Networking) portion of the evening, from 5 to 6 p.m., will showcase three Cal Poly clubs and three local nonprofits that use entrepreneurial business techniques to make a social impact. Attendees will have the chance to vote for their favorite organization; the CIE will give $500 to the club or company with the most votes. The evening’s panel discussion will address entrepreneurial approaches to social problems on global and local scales. The forum is free and open to the public; advance registration is required. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website. To register, click here.

Cal Poly Foundation Board to Meet Feb. 6

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will hold its meeting, which is open to the public, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 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.

Cal Poly to Host Central Coast Lean Summit Feb. 18–19

The Central Coast Lean program in the Orfalea College of Business will showcase “lean” advances in healthcare, accounting, entrepreneurship, local government and higher education during a two-day summit Thursday and Friday, Feb. 18-19, in the Performing Arts Center. The fifth annual Central Coast Lean Summit has chosen “Leadership on Board” as its theme and will focus on innovations, trends and best practices to help managers lead meaningful change. The event will begin with two pre-summit workshops on Feb. 18 to delve into lean accounting and production preparation processes applicable in industries such as healthcare. The summit on Feb. 19 will feature a keynote address titled “Leading a Culture of Excellence” led by Sam MacPherson, co-founder and executive director of The Lean Leadership Academy and former chief of training for the Elite U.S. Army Special Forces. Cal Poly staff and faculty will also present during the summit along with local businesses leaders and members of government organizations. For more information and to register, go to the lean summit Web page.

Discussion on Technology and the Autonomy of Reproduction to be Held Feb. 19

Jennifer Denbow, assistant professor in political science, and Brian Beaton, director of the Center for Expressive Technologies, will discuss Denbow’s book, “Governed Through Choice: Autonomy, Technology and the Politics of Reproduction," as part of the Conversations with Cal Poly Authors series from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in Kennedy Library, Room 111H. There will be time for audience questions. Light refreshments will be served. Listen to podcasts of past conversations on SoundCloud. For more information, visit the Kennedy Library website.

Apply Now for Business Analytics Master's and Certificate Programs

Orfalea College of Business’ new Master of Science in business analytics program is accepting applications for its first cohort. The program is driven by a holistic approach to data analytics, combining qualitative reasoning with quantitative tools. Students will learn to identify key business problems, translate them into relevant data questions, and apply data analytics to tell a story and guide concrete business actions. The program culminates with an industry project using data analysis to solve the real-world problems that companies of all sizes face day to day. The master's program is complemented by a five-course certificate program tailored for local working professionals, to be offered over summer and fall quarters. For more information about both programs and application links, visit the Orfalea College of Business website.

Statistics Department Offers Consulting Services to Campus Through March 11

The Statistics Department provides a consulting service to the university community to facilitate research design and data analysis in a variety of disciplines. Consulting is available by appointment only through Friday, March 11. The service supports faculty and staff projects and research and assists students working on senior projects and graduate research. Heather Smith is the main consultant; John Walker will also consult. They can advise on data collection, experimental design and analysis of research projects. In addition, they can lead seminars or tutorials on requested topics and offer advice on various computer packages available at Cal Poly. If you have a special area of statistical inference that is of interest to a group or department, the pair can arrange possible lectures. For more information, including what a client should bring to a consulting session, visit the Statistics Department website or email

CSU Tax-Sheltered Annuity Program to Change in April 2016

The CSU will consolidate its tax-sheltered annuity program from five vendors (TIAA-CREF, VALIC, MetLife, ING/Voya, and Fidelity) to one, Fidelity Investments. In the coming months, employees will receive communications directly from the CSU and Fidelity Investments regarding the transition, plan options and timelines. For more information, visit the Administration and Finance website.

Amendment to Gun-Free School Zone Act in Effect

On Oct. 10, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 707 amending The California Penal Code section 626.9, which prohibits, with certain exceptions, the possession of firearms on CSU campuses. The Gun-Free School Zone Act imposes criminal penalties on individuals who bring firearms on school grounds, including higher education institutions. Section 626.9(i) provides that:
— Any person who brings or possesses a firearm on campus, or to buildings owned or operated for student housing, teaching, research, or administration by a university or college, which are contiguous or are clearly marked university property, shall be punished by imprisonment for up to three years An exemption exists for individuals who have written permission of the university or college president.   
— Sections 626.9(h)-(i) do not apply to peace officers, armored vehicle guards, authorized security guards, military forces engaged in the performance of duties and authorized retired peace officers. Persons with concealed-weapons permits are no longer exempted as of Jan. 1.
— As a result, anyone who possesses a concealed weapons permit and brings or possesses a firearm upon the grounds or building of the Cal Poly campus is in violation of the Gun-Free School Zone Act and subject to arrest and criminal prosecution.

Pick-up Soccer Games Held on Mondays and Thursdays

If exercise tops your list of resolutions, join the fun and friendly faculty and staff pick-up soccer games. The action starts at 12:10 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and lasts about an hour. To be added to the email list, send a note to Brian Self at or Rachel Henry at


University Art Gallery to Exhibit Work by Erin Curtis Through Feb. 5

The Art and Design Department presents “100% Acrylic,” an exhibit featuring the work of painter and installation artist Erin Curtis. The exhibit will run through Friday, Feb. 5, in the University Art Gallery in the Dexter Building (No. 34). It will include Curtis’s most recent paintings and several on-site installations, some of which will involve the energetic participation of art and design students. Installation elements include items that have been premade in the studio, ready-made materials such as contact paper, and site-specific painting and sculptural totem pieces made in the gallery. The installations will spill from the walls onto the floor, hang from the ceiling and protrude from the walls. Curtis is a Washington, D.C.,-based artist whose work is influenced by visual languages of abstraction from around the globe and across history. She is particularly influenced by textiles, ritual body decoration and architectural ornamentation. The University Art Gallery is free and open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is on the ground floor near the entrance to the Dexter Building. For more details visit the Art Gallery website.

Bach Week to be Presented Jan. 19-24

The Music Department will present Bach Week Tuesday through Sunday, Jan. 19-24, with presentations and performances on campus, in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, and in Santa Barbara. “Inside Bach Week,” will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. The week will begin with faculty members Thomas Davies and David Arrivée discussing the week’s repertoire in the context of Bach’s life. A lecture titled “The Role of the Evangelist in Bach’s ‘Passions,’” will be at 11:10 a.m. Jan. 21 in Davidson Music Center (No. 45), Room 218. At 3:15 p.m. on Jan. 21 in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center, Chicago-based baritone Daniel Eifert will give a vocal master class focusing on musical interpretation. On Jan. 22, Mensa Sonora California will perform “Bach and Sons” at 8 p.m. in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, 751 Palm St. The week will culminate with two performances of the “St. John Passion,” with Davies leading the ensemble of students and professionals: a 30-voice choir, a 22-piece orchestra, and vocal soloists. The first performance will take place at 8 p.m. Jan. 23, in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. The second performance will take place in Santa Barbara’s historic Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St., at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 24. For more information, visit the Bach Week website.

A Celebration of Mexican-American Heritage Featuring Los Lobos Jan. 22

A new, high-energy musical, multimedia production featuring Grammy Award-winners Los Lobos and Ballet Folklorico Mexicano dancers will celebrate the Mexican-American experience through song and dance at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at the Performing Arts Center. The evening will feature brilliant music, elaborate costumes and choreography, and images of famous Mexican-Americans who have contributed to the United States. Los Lobos (pictured above) has is known for its powerhouse mix of rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music. Ballet Folklorico (at right) was founded in 1967 in Oakland and has been on a mission to empower its community and educate the public about Mexican culture and folklore using music, dance and traditional art forms. Tickets range from $35 to $64. To purchase tickets online, visit the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office.

Orchesis Dance Company to Present ‘Transcend’ Jan. 22-23 and 28-30

The Theatre and Dance Department will present the Orchesis Dance Company’s 46th annual concert, “Transcend,” Friday and Saturday, Jan. 22-23, and Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 28-30, in the Spanos Theatre (Building 44), on campus. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. on all days, with a matinee scheduled at 2 p.m. Jan. 23. The concert will feature the choreography of guest artists Wade Madsen and David Dorfman. Madsen is a professor at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Dorfman is chairman of the Dance Department at the Connecticut College in New London and artistic director of David Dorfman Dance. Student-choreographed pieces will include two created by Larissa Clawson (mathematics) and Natalie Higgins (psychology), and one co-created by Sarah Dirk (anthropology and geography) and Erica Croft (architectural engineering). Tickets are $20 for the public and $12 for students, seniors and children. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

‘The Cat in the Hat’ Comes to the PAC on Jan. 24

“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.” The hilarious live stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic “The Cat in the Hat” will be performed by Childsplay, a national professional children’s theater troupe, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, in the Performing Arts Center. From the moment the tall feline in the red-and-white striped top hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother are in store for an over-the-top antidote to a dull, rainy day. With some tricks (and a fish) — and Thing Two and Thing One — the fun’s never done with “The Cat in The Hat.” Tickets are $24 for adults, and $12 for students and children. To purchase tickets online, visit the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office.

Acclaimed Stage Director to Present Vocal Master Class on Jan. 28

German stage director Daniel Witzke will present a vocal master class from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in Davidson Music Center (Building 45), Room 218. Several of the Music Department’s leading voice students will perform and be critiqued. Witzke, considered one of the most respected and accomplished producers for new American musicals in the German-speaking world, works extensively in opera and musical theater in Europe and the U.S. Witzke has worked as an audition and acting coach for more than 15 years and has translated several original off-Broadway musicals into German. He was appointed resident director for Seattle Opera in May 2012. The free master class is open to the public. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra to Perform at PAC Jan. 29

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, skilled performers from New Zealand who live to entertain, will perform Friday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. in the Christopher Cohan Center. The band’s repertoire is a superbly eclectic collection of songs, including “ukulele-fied” versions of rock and pop classics by Justin Timberlake, Dolly Parton, Cyndi Lauper, Blondie, Salt-N-Pepa, and many more. The band’s No. 1 rule is: “If you know the words, sing along. If you don’t know the words, sing along!” Young ukulele performers from Mission Prep and Templeton Middle School will also be featured during the evening’s program. Tickets range from $22.40-$58. To purchase tickets online, visit the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office.

Moscow Festival Ballet to Perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Chopiniana,’ Jan. 31

The famed Moscow Festival Ballet will perform a double full-ballet evening of Tchaikovsky’s "Romeo and Juliet" (at left) and Mikhail Fokine's rarely seen work “Chopiniana” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, in the Christopher Cohan Center. The troupe includes 50 skilled dancers. Shakespeare's tragic love story is beautifully danced to Tchaikovsky's majestic score and illuminated with brilliant choreography and radiant costumes in the grand tradition of Russian ballet. Often described as a "romantic reverie," "Chopiniana" (at right) portrays a dream world where ballerinas bathed in moonlight dance around a young poet. The enchanting oeuvre is realized through the music of Chopin and the choreography of Michel Fokine. A free preshow lecture will be given at 6 p.m. in the Philips Lecture Hall by Moon Ja Minn Suhr, a Dance Department faculty emeritus. Tickets range from $24-$60. To purchase tickets online, visit the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office.

Free ‘Night at the Mission’ Chamber Concert to be Held Feb. 5

Several of Cal Poly’s student music ensembles will perform traditional and contemporary chamber music at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the Old Mission Church in San Luis Obispo. “A Night at the Mission” will feature performances by a string quartet, saxophone quartet, clarinet ensemble, trumpet ensemble, brass choir, brass quintet and woodwind quintet. This annual event has long been a favorite of student performers and audiences alike. This year the concert is free. It is open to the public; no tickets or advanced reservations are required. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

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.


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This Week's Home Games

Thursday, Jan. 21
Women’s Basketball vs. CSUN, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 23
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Davis, Mott Athletics Center, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 28
Men’s Basketball vs. UC Riverside, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 30
Wrestling vs. Grand Canyon, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.
Women’s Tennis vs. Westmont, Mustang Courts, 11 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 31
Women’s Tennis vs. UC Santa Cruz, Mustang Courts, 11 a.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.

#103915 – HR Generalist (Confidential Administrative Support II), Administration and Finance, Human Resources. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. Review begins Jan. 22.

#103911 – Admissions Officer (Student Services Professional II), Academic Affairs, Admissions, Recruitment and Financial Aid. $3,746-$5,325 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 2.

#103717 – CAFES Advancement Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II), College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, Advancement.  $3,115-$4,913 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 1.

#103916 – Primary Care Physician with Emphasis on Women’s Health (Physician), Student Affairs, Campus Health and Welbeing, Health Services. Anticipated hiring range: $116,796-$122,712 per year. 10/12 Pay Plan with June and December off. Open until filled. Review begins Jan. 27.

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. Visit the Corporation website to view job postings and/or apply. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

Assistant Supervisor, Village Market, Campus Dining $13.46-$17.95 per hour.

Cook, VG Cafe, Campus Dining, $13.46-$17.95 per hour.

Catering Assistant Manager, Campus Dining, $44,033-$66,040 per year.

Full Stack Developer/Digital Marketer, Marketing and Communications, $58,552-$87,838 per year.

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 University Union (Building 65), Room 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

There are no new job openings at this time.