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Cal Poly Report — Jan. 27, 2016


Cal Poly Considering Workforce Housing Development Near Grand Avenue Campus Entrance

Cal Poly Mustang-branded fence in front of proposed housing area.Cal Poly is considering the possibility of a public-private partnership to build a workforce housing complex near its Grand Avenue entrance. The university is in the early stages of discussions regarding the proposed project, which would be built on land near the northeast intersection of Grand Avenue and Slack Street. The 10- to 15-acre parcel being considered is designated for residential housing on the university’s Master Plan update maps, which were shared publicly last year and are available on the Master Plan Web page. The project — which could include up to 420 market-value units — would be targeted toward Cal Poly faculty and staff, as well as qualified members of the San Luis Obispo community. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Alumni Pledge $1.2 Million to Support Cal Poly’s Proposed Wine and Viticulture Center

Female student in vineyard wearing Cal Poly shirt.Alumni Troy (Business Administration, '85) and Basia (Business Administration, '85) Gillespie, longtime agriculturalists in California’s Central Valley, have pledged $1.2 million to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences’ new Center for Wine and Viticulture. The gift will help fund a new viticulture lab planned as part of the center. Basia Gillespie’s parents started farming raisins 30 years ago in Madera County. Today the family grows almonds, prunes, raisins and wine grapes. The new Center for Wine and Viticulture will feature a commercial-grade, bonded winery and learning facility that will provide students a holistic understanding of the wine and viticulture industries -- from the vineyard to wine marketing and distribution. The center will complement the university’s existing 14-acre teaching and commercial vineyard. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Faculty Receives Grant to Study the Economy of Local Food

Stephen HamiltonStephen Hamilton, economics area chair and professor, and a team of researchers recently received a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study the economics of local food systems. Hamilton and Arizona State University Professor Tim Richards will lead the team as it examines how stakeholders in the local food supply chain, from growers to distributors and retailers, can design the local food supply network to increase value for farmers, local food economies, retailers and consumers. The team will research underlying factors that create fluctuating responses in shopping for locally grown food. Hamilton plans to hire students from Cal Poly’s Master of Science in Economics program to assist with the study.

Engineering Dedicates Two Labs

Left to right: Scott Coventry, Haas HFO; Martin Koch, IME instructor; Trian Georgeou, IME lecturer; Kurt Zierhut, Haas vice president of Electrical Engineering; President Jeffrey D. Armstrong; Dean Debra Larson; Kathy Looman, Gene Haas Foundation administrator; Peteer Zierhut, Haas vice president of Motorsport; Jose Macedo, IME chair.The College of Engineering dedicated two labs Monday in honor of Haas Automation and the Gene Haas Foundation. The facilities included the Haas Netshape Laboratory and the Haas Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory. These are the second and third labs named in Haas’ honor at Cal Poly. Haas Automation, which has earnings of more than $1 billion a year, is one of the largest builders of CNC (computer numerically controlled) machines in the world. For more than 27 years, the company and the foundation have served as leaders in helping to build Cal Poly’s manufacturing engineering program. In addition to lab support, Haas has made contributions that include funding, scholarships, equipment, in-kind donations, and support for student projects.

CAED Hosts State Architect for Forum on Renovating Schools

CAED dean and state architect shaking handsThe College of Architecture and Environmental Design hosted State Architect Chester Widom for one of four invitation-only forums scheduled across California this month. Titled "7x7x7: Design, Energy, Water," the forum featured seven architectural firms that presented seven case studies in sustainable school design for seven representative school campuses. The forums are designed to prompt renovation to reduce energy and water usage for K-12 schools, community colleges and various other state-owned and -leased facilities. A final report that includes an executive summary and the seven case studies will be published following a "call to action" event at the end of February. For more information, visit the Division of the State Architect 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

Proposals for New Instructionally Related Activities Due Jan. 29

Students at booth. Sign that identifies them as "Engineergs Without Borders."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 advance. 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

Warren Baker headshotThe 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. Because of their similar purpose, the two endowments will fund multiple student projects via a competitive process that utilizes a single application. 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

Kangaroo with baby in her pouchThe 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

Presentation on Using Critical Thinking as Basis for Course Design to be Held Feb. 2

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

President Armstrong with recipient of Student Employee of the Year award.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.

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

A baby in a business suit looking at an open laptop.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 (ORED) at ext. 6-5153 or visit the ORED website.

Authorization Process and Timelines for International Travel

illustration of plane flying around the worldAll 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 use 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

Seven staffers of the Cross Cultural CentersThe 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

Catastrophic Leave

Wanda Barnes, administrative support assistant II in the College of Liberal Arts, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Susan Bratcher at ext. 6-5850 or to request a donation form.

Student Successes

Business Students to Prepare Tax Returns for Low-Income Households

Student and client looking at paperworkStudents from the Orfalea College of Business will provide tax return preparation assistance at no charge for individuals and families with annual incomes less than $54,000 through the annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Nearly 100 accounting students will prepare tax returns as part this year’s VITA program, which is sanctioned and coordinated by the Internal Revenue Service and California Franchise Tax Board. The IRS-certified students will prepare returns; Orfalea College of Business faculty and volunteer certified public accountants will review and file them. The students will also staff additional VITA clinics in Santa Maria, Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande in partnership with the United Way of San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara counties. For clinic dates, times and locations, visit the VITA Web page.

Cal Poly Teams and Individuals Place in Dairy Judging Contest

Group of students from the dairy teamsCal Poly’s two dairy cattle judging teams placed in the top five at the annual Southwestern Livestock Exposition Collegiate Dairy Judging Contest. Fifteen teams representing the top college dairy programs in the nation competed. Cal Poly Gold took second place, and Cal Poly Green took fifth. The two Cal Poly teams also placed in individual events. The Cal Poly Gold Team placed first in Holseteins and second in presenting reasons. The Cal Poly Green Team placed third in Jerseys. Individually, sophomore Tony Lopes placed first in Holsteins, second in presenting reasons and eighth overall. The competition is one of the oldest continuous running livestock shows in the country, drawing more than 1 million visitors annually, including guests from more than 90 countries. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus Announcements

2016 International Graphic Communication Week Continues Through Jan. 29

The Graphic Communication Department is hosting International Graphic Communication Week through Friday, Jan. 29. The event celebrates Benjamin Franklin’s contributions to science, technology, communication, and particularly to the printed word and how that has shaped society’s great institutions. The theme this year is “Rooted in Print.” Presentations include updates on the paper industry, trends in database management and postal addressing, insight into printed collateral produced to launch Disney’s new “Star Wars” movie, printed electronics and functional imaging, trends in packaging and design, and a panel discussion on Web and mobile app design. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

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

The Capital building.Five candidates running for the Congressional seat being vacated by Lois Capps 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, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, and Steve Isakson, engineer. 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.

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 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 information, or to register for either event, email Ruth de Jesus at

Finance Dashboard Workshop Set for Feb. 17

A workshop 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 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. The 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 enroll, click this link. For additional training opportunities, visit the ABC (AFD Business Connection) website.

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops Scheduled for Winter Quarter

Illustrated scaleEmployment Equity Facilitator Workshops have been scheduled from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, and 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 15. Martha Cody, director of Equal Opportunity, will lead the workshops. Representatives from Academic Personnel and Human Resources will answer questions and provide information on the staff and faculty recruitment processes. Ethan Kuster will be available to answer questions about institutionally sponsored H-1B visas for foreign faculty and staff. The trainings will be held in the Fisher Science Building, (No. 33) Equal Opportunity Conference Room (Room 290). To enroll, contact Kuster at or ext. 6-7387. For more information, visit the Equal Opportunity website.

Open Forum for PAC Managing Director Set for Jan. 27

Interior shot of the PACCandidates for the Performing Arts Center managing director have been invited to campus. The forums are open to campus and PAC constituents. The remaining forum will be held in the PAC Pavilion from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27. The first candidate visited Jan. 21. 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 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

Exterior shot of a building in the CAFES complexThe 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

Leading Economist to Speak on Oil Prices Jan. 29

The Orfalea College of Business will host Hashem Pesaran, economics professor at USC and Cambridge, for a lecture at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, in the Business Building (No. 3), Room 206. Pesaran's presentation, "Country-specific Oil Supply Shocks and the Global Economy: A Counterfactual Analysis," is open to faculty, staff and students. Pesaran, a leading expert in applied econometrics, is the director of the USC Dornsife Institute for New Economic Thinking. For a list of upcoming finance and economics speaking events, visit the Orfalea College of Business website.

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

Illustration of Cal Poly police badge.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.

Students to Present Food, Dance and Customs from Around the Globe Feb. 10

Ave the date with flags and Feb. 10 1-4 p.m.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

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

Central Coast Lean Summit text in front of image of a SLO peak.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

The Business building.The 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

Illustrationg of two people in a pie chart.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

Fall Carpool Numbers On the Rise

Cal Poly’s rideshare numbers are growing. There are now 148 active participants who logged 5,670 round trips in October, November and December. All carpoolers receive monetary incentives for participating. Incentives are added to the respective rider’s PolyCard at the end of the quarter and can be used toward on-campus purchases. Each quarter, three riders also win Cal Poly merchandise from the University Store. Fall quarter winners were Marina Nievez, Sherrill Flohaug and Dana Azevedo. Carpool drivers can use campus carpool parking spaces by registering their carpool with Commuter Services. Each designated space is available only to registered carpoolers until 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. For more details about carpool and rideshare, email Cheryl Andrus at or visit the Carpool website.

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


Another Type of Groove to Celebrate Black History Month Feb. 3

The MultiCultural Center’s Another Type of Groove: Spoken Word Poetry will celebrate Black History Month with artist Judah 1 at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, in Chumash Auditorium in the UU. David M. Oliver, aka Judah 1, began writing poetry and songs at age 7. Since his best friend committed suicide at age 15, Judah 1 has been on a mission to teach young men to harness the power of their voices, community, faith and knowledge. Another Type of Groove is a spoken-word poetry event held at Cal Poly the first Wednesday of each month throughout the school year. Each event includes a poet and an open mic segment. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

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

Dancers on stage leapingThe 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). 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.

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

Headshot of WitzkeGerman 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

Ukele OrchestraThe Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, skilled performers from New Zealand, 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

Male and female ballet dancers on stageThe 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 Ballerina on stagebrilliant 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

Night at the Mission text in front of illustrated moonSeveral 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.

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

Sample of Erin Curis' artworkThe 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.

Arab Music Ensemble to Perform with Guest Artists Feb. 20

Dancers on stage.The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and guest artists will perform a diverse program of music and dance from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The show will feature traditional and contemporary art-music genres, including the “muwashshah,” one of the oldest continuously performed art music genres in the world and which, in this case, has an especially long 32-beat metric mode. Additional genres to be featured will come from the shared music traditions of the Ottoman era, including the short introductory “dulab” and the more elaborate “samai” with its 10-beat metric mode. Tickets are $12 and $14 for the public and $9 and $12 for students. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center

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This Week's Home Games

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.

Wednesday, Feb. 3
Men’s Basketball vs. UC Irvine, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 4
Women’s Basketball vs. Hawaii, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 5
Men’s Tennis vs. Saint Mary’s, Mustang Courts, noon
Wrestling vs. Oregon State, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 6
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Irvine, Mott Athletics Center, 4 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. Hawaii (ESPNU), Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 7
Men’s Tennis vs. San Diego State, Mustang Courts, noon

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.

#103910 – Administrative Support Coordinator II, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Landscape Architecture. $3,115-$4,913 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,667-$3,917 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Jan. 29.

#103921 – Administrative Support Coordinator II, Academic Affairs, Office of Diversity and Inclusivity. $3,115-$4,913 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 5.

#103923 – Information Technology Consultant, Career, College of Liberal Arts. $4,372-$9,401 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $4,372-$4,810 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 12.

#103926 – AAIC Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II), Academic Affairs, Technical Services. $3,115-$4,913 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 3.

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, The Avenue, Campus Dining, $13.46-$17.95 per hour.

General Merchandising Assistant, University Store, $13.80-$20.70 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 University Union (Building 65), Room 212 or call ext. 6-5800.

There are no new job openings at this time.