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PLEASE NOTE: The June 8 issue will be the final weekly issue of Cal Poly Report for the 2015-16 academic year. The issue following that will be published June 29.

Cal Poly Report — May 11, 2016


$20 Million Pledge Announced for Science and Agriculture Teaching and Research Complex

College of Science and Mathematics Dean Phil Bailey announced a $20 million pledge toward construction of the Science and Agriculture Teaching and Research Complex during the Evening of Green and Gold, Cal Poly’s annual event to honor donors and volunteers. The pledge was made by alumnus William L. Frost (Biotechnology, 1972) and his wife, Linda. Along with a pledge of $8 million made in 2014 by the James G. Boswell Foundation and other donations, $35 million has now been promised toward the project. Fundraising will continue for the remainder of the estimated $57 million cost, with a goal to begin construction in 2018 and open the facility two years later. The roughly 64,000-square-foot center will feature research labs and technology space for the Colleges of Science and Mathematics; Liberal Arts; and Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. The project is planned for the heart of campus along Poly Vue Drive, between the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (Building 180) and the English Building (No. 22). For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly Ranked as Top Best-Value Public University in California

Cal Poly ranks as one of the top best-value public universities in California, according to a recent study by New York financial technology company SmartAsset. Noted for it's Learn by Doing pedagogy, Cal Poly was ranked the state’s No. 2 public institution behind UC Berkeley, and fifth among private and public colleges and universities that offer a good college education for a decent price. Cal Poly was ranked ninth overall in the state in the 2015 rankings, as well as California’s sixth-best public university. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Faculty & Staff

Industry Veteran Named Director of New Business Analytics Program

The Orfalea College of Business named Kyle Hofer, former director of business analytics at Insight Investments, director of the new Master of Science in business analytics program. The program, to begin in the fall, will focus on data analysis as a key decision-making business tool in the data-driven economy. Hofer will be responsible for recruiting, admitting and supporting students. He will also build relationships with industry partners as a way to identify and offer real-world projects for students’ culminating experiences in the program. Hofer began at Cal Poly on May 2. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Faculty and Staff Invited to Join Undocumented Student Working Group

The campus Undocumented Student Working Group is sponsoring a three-part training series for faculty, staff and administrators interested in supporting undocumented students in institutional, academic and social realms at Cal Poly. The first training provides information on how to best support undocumented students in accordance with California and federal law. It will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, May 12 and 19, and Tuesday, May 17. The second session focuses on the office, department or program level. A third session will cover how to become an effective mentor and proactive ally to this population. There will be a single daylong session Saturday, May 14, that incorporates all three sessions. For dates and times of the trainings and to register, visit the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation website.

Faculty Advisors Sought for Solar-Powered Vehicle Project and Outreach

Faculty members are sought to serve as mentors and advisors to students in the Prototype Vehicles Laboratory (PROVE Lab). The current student team is developing a vehicle to attempt a high-profile international land speed record in June 2017, with support from such companies as Alta Devices, American Honda Foundation, Northrop Grumman, X (formerly Google X) and Tesla Motors. In fall 2016, the next cohort will commence work on a new, more complex vehicle project for the next two-year project cycle. The next effort will require faculty mentors and advisors for senior projects, masters theses and independent study in STEM/STEAM outreach and education, augmented and virtual reality, advanced materials for automotive applications, systems engineering, sensing and autonomous control, ergonomics, battery technology and power management systems, life-cycle sustainability, vehicle dynamics and additive manufacturing. Interested faculty are asked to contact PROVE Lab advisor Graham Doig at

Poet to Read Works on Teaching Literature to Students on May 12

Wendy Barker, poet-in-residence at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will visit Cal Poly to read from her recent book, “One Blackbird at a Time,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the Agricultural Engineering Building (No. 8), Room 123. “One Blackbird at a Time” won the John Ciardi Award from BkMk Press. The book focuses on the complicated nature of teaching great works of literature to college students. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

May 13 Workshop to Engage Students Through Guided Inquiry

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

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

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


Eric Johnson, a professor of photography who served as the chair of the Art and Design Department three times, will retire after 36 years of service. With work that is internationally recognized and displayed, he is looking forward to devoting more attention to his art and, of course, his family. The department will host a retirement reception from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in the University Art Gallery, located in the Dexter Building (No. 34). For more information, contact Kristen Ghiglia at or ext. 6-1148.

Previously Announced Retirements

Linda Dalton, interim university planning officer, will retire after 25 years of service to Cal Poly. A reception will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 23, in the Alumni House.

Campus Announcements

President’s Community Service Awards to be Presented May 12

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

Open Discussion About Campus Food to be Held May 12

Campus Dining is hosting State of Our Plate, a food forum, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in UU 204. The forum will serve as an open discussion about food at Cal Poly, to generate feedback about food options from the campus community. The forum will help inform Cal Poly Corporation about the optimal direction for food and dining. The forum will feature a panel of experts representing nutrition, sustainability, agriculture, student health and Campus Dining, who will talk about programs and research related to food at Cal Poly. Social Sciences Professor Dawn Neill will speak about her findings in a recently published study about Cal Poly’s food environment. The forum will be moderated by Rachel Fernflores, special assistant to the president.

Finance Dashboard Workshop Set for Beginners May 18

The Administration and Finance Division (AFD) will host a workshop on the use and navigation of finance dashboards, the official reporting system for end-users of the university’s financial system, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18. The training will show participants how to effectively manage the financial resources they oversee. Registration is limited. 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.

Last Two Labs Offered to Help Reconcile Financial Transactions

The Administration and Finance Division (AFD) will host the last two open labs of the fiscal year from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 20, in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 133. The lab sessions are designed to help employees review and reconcile financial records and transactions and have questions answered. For more information, visit the ABC (AFD Business Connection) website.

Free Biometric Screenings Offered May 19

Anthem Blue Cross and Maxim Health Systems will be on campus to conduct free biometric screenings from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, in UU 220. The 15-minute exam will provide immediate results, including blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels, and body mass index. Seven $100 Visa cards and six $50 Visa cards will be given away to randomly selected participants. Refreshments will be served. Attendance is based on departmental operational needs and subject to supervisory approval. Reservations are recommended, though walk-ins are welcome if space is available. To reserve a space, visit the registration website.

Training Available May 19 for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Campus will observe Global Accessibility Awareness Day from 9:15 a.m. (note time change) to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 19, on the second floor of Kennedy Library near Julian's Cafe. The purpose is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital accessibility and Internet users with different abilities. Activities will include workshops on creating accessible Microsoft Word and PDF documents and a free video captioning tool and common software packages, as well as demonstrations of how people with various disabilities experience the Web. For a complete schedule, visit the Accessibility website.

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops Scheduled for Spring Quarter

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 19; 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14; and 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 14. Brian Gnandt, director of Equal Opportunity (EO), will lead the workshops. Representatives from Academic Personnel and Human Resources will be there to 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. All trainings will be held in the Equal Opportunity Conference Room in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33, Room 290). For more information, visit the EO website. To enroll, contact Ethan Kuster at or ext. 6-7387.

Red Cross First Aid Courses Offered in May and June

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

Campus Dining to Give Away a Bike Every Week in May

To celebrate Bike Month, Campus Dining is giving away a free bicycle every week in May. To win, follow Cal Poly Campus Dining on Instagram and “like” the Friday Freebie photo. Among those who like the photo, one person will be randomly selected as the winner of a bike, supplied by Campus Dining’s partner, Coca-Cola. Campus Dining is hosting the Bike Month promotion to reinforce its commitment to serving students nutritious, sustainable food that fuels their bodies, supporting an active lifestyle and academic success.

CSU Fee Waiver Benefit Available to Employees

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

Submission Guidelines for Cal Poly Report

Cal Poly Report (CPR) is Cal Poly's official employee newsletter, designed to communicate information about officially sanctioned university news or events to faculty, staff and administrators. To help ensure CPR continues to contain only relevant and approved information, submissions are now required to come from or be approved by the employee designated to approve submissions in the respective colleges, units and work areas. A list of designated approvers is available on the Cal Poly Report index website. Entries submitted by those other than the designated approver must be accompanied by an approval form signed by the unit's approver. The approval form is available online in fillable pdf format 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.

PLEASE NOTE: The June 8 will be the final weekly issue of Cal Poly Report for the 2015-16 academic year.


Inclusive Excellence Month Offers Host of Activities in May

The Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity (OUDI) is collaborating with more than 30 student organizations, campus departments and community agencies to present Inclusive Excellence Month in May. The campus community is invited to explore events, attend trainings and engage with community members in learning how to become a part of Cal Poly’s inclusivity and diversity efforts. For a list of events, visit the OUDI website. For more information on campus efforts, visit the OUDI home page or contact Kari Mansager, OUDI program director, at

May 11 Entrepreneurship Forum to Focus on Crossing the Chasm

Entrepreneurial efforts to help startups bridge the gap between early adopters and mainstream consumers will be the focus of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s (CIE) next forum from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. A panel discussion will address the challenges that startups face in moving a product, service or technology from the early adopter stage to a larger, majority market segment. Panelists include Ian Alexander, CEO and co-founder of RepairTech; Lori Jordan, student innovation programs manager for CIE; Jeff Witous, CEO, Teqspring Inc.; and Lucia Cleveland, founder, The Spice Hunter. The evening will also include a session for pitches, exhibits and networking. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Presentation by Anti-Racist Author Tim Wise May 11

The Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity will present a talk “Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity” with author and educator Tim Wise at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, in the Performing Arts Center. Wise argues against colorblindness and for deeper color-consciousness in both public and private practice. He also debunks the notion that racial inequalities can be blamed on cultural attributes specific to people of color, or that those inequalities can be solved with race-neutral economic policies. For more information, contact Kari Mansager at

Poetry Reading by Prize-Winning Poet Wendy Barker May 12

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

Theatre and Dance Department to Present British Comedy May 12-14 and 19-21

A cross-section of students from about 40 majors will contribute to the Theatre and Dance Department's production of Peter Shaffer’s “Black Comedy” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 12-14 and 19-21, in the Spanos Theatre. The play revolves around a lovesick artist who looks to impress his fiancée’s father by borrowing art and antiques from an absentee neighbor. It’s a perfect plan -- until the lights go out. With the characters literally and figuratively in the dark, the audience is exposed to unexpected exploits and escapades in this madcap British farce. Tickets are $20 for the public and $12 for students, senior citizens and children. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (ext. 6-4849).

Student Art Exhibit Continues in University Gallery Through May 13

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

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

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

Pianist W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Beethoven Sonatas May 13

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

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

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

May 14 Jazz Night to Highlight London Tour Repertoire 

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

Design as Inquiry and Intervention to be Topic of May 16 Talk

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

Art and Music Show to Increase Involvement Against Gender-Based Violence May 17-20

"Manifest: A Male Movement Against Gender-Based Violence,”an interactive art and music show be presented from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at the University Art Gallery, located in the Dexter Building (No. 34). The event is presented by Safer, a confidential campus resource that provides advocacy, education and support regarding sexual and domestic violence. An interactive art portion will allow participants to display their own Polaroid portrait along with their manifesto against gender-based violence. The show's aim is to get more men to take a stand against gender-based violence. The art exhibit will be on display through May 20. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Danny Lynch at, or visit the Safer website.

Talk on Birthright Citizenship to be Presented May 17

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) will present Earlene Craver leading the talk "U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark (1898) and the Question of Birthright Citizenship” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, in Kennedy Library, Room 511. The talk will compare the 1898 case to policies of Western European nations which follow different legal principles in granting citizenship to children of foreign-born parents. Craver is a Cal Poly Research Scholar in Residence and author of several publications on immigration. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Allie Bakaly at ext. 6-5153 or visit the ORED website.

Music Department to Offer Free Recitals in May

The Music Department has numerous free student recitals in May. At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, Polyrhythmics, Cal Poly's percussion ensemble, will perform in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. This year's concert will feature the masterpiece "Ionisation" by Edgard Varese — a hallmark of percussion literature that features 13 players. At 7:30 Friday, May 20, "An Evening of Woodwinds and Strings" will take place at the United Methodist Church in San Luis Obispo. The concert will include performances by a woodwind quintet, saxophone quartet, string quintet, piano quartet, and clarinet and flute ensembles performing a variety of traditional and contemporary repertoire. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, "All That Brass" will be presented at the United Methodist Church in San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly's Brass Ensemble and Trombone Choir will perform. Highlights will include Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" and a frenetic arrangement of Reinhold Glière's "Russian Sailor's Dance." For a complete list of events, visit the Music Department’s online calendar.

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

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

May 18 Panel Discussion to Focus on Agriculture and Climate Change

The Center for Sustainability will host a panel discussion on “Climate Smart Agriculture” from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories’ Keck Lab (Building 7, Room 2). Panelists Renata Brillinger of the California Climate and Agriculture Network, Jeff Creque of the Carbon Cycle Institute and Marin Carbon Project, and Jean-Pierre Wolff of Wolff Vineyards will discuss the critical role of agriculture in addressing variations in climate change through mitigation and adaption strategies. The panel presentation will provide an overview of the evolving framework for addressing climate challenges in the agricultural sector, new incentive programs to support innovation, and real-world examples that producers are using to sequester carbon and improve climate resilience. The panel will be followed by a discussion and question-and-answer period. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Faculty Poetry Reading May 19

English faculty members Jason Peters and Sarah Grieve will read from their respective works at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19, in the Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering Building (No. 8), Room 123. Peters is an assistant professor at Cal Poly whose works have appeared in the Hawaii Review and Midwest Quarterly. Grieve, a former Cal Poly student, is now a lecturer. Her chapbook, “Honey My Tongue,” was published in 2014. Her poems have appeared in Waxwing, Cimarron Review and Missouri Review Online. After the reading, both professors will take questions about their writing and studies. For more information, contact Kevin Clark at or ext. 6-2506.

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

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

#IAmCalPoly Exhibit to be Displayed Through May 20

The MultiCultural Center is presenting the 2016 #IAmCalPoly exhibit through May 20 in the first floor Community Gallery at Kennedy Library. #IAmCalPoly is a collection of photos and personal narratives of students, faculty and staff that highlights the evolving diversity on campus. It is designed to engage Cal Poly in conversations about the meaning of intersecting identities and provide an inspiring and insightful look into the unique and authentic experiences of the community.


Sean Forbes to Perform 'Deaf and Loud' May 22

Rapper, drummer and songwriter Sean Forbes, a deaf performer, will present “Deaf and Loud” at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22, in Chumash Auditorium. Born and raised in Detroit, Forbes counts punk, techno and rock among the many types of music that influence his unique sound. In 2013, Forbes received the Hip-Hop Artist of the Year award at the Detroit Music Awards. Since 2012, he has performed for more than 150,000 fans in 60 cities. The concert is sponsored by the community group Access for All, the Kinesiology Department, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, School of Education, Disability Resource Center, and Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity. For more information on Forbes, visit his website.

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

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

Harvard Law’s First Deaf and Blind Graduate to Speak on Inclusive Digital Spaces on May 26

Haben Girma, the first deaf and blind graduate from Harvard Law, will present a talk, “Creating Inclusive Digital Spaces: Accessibility for Students with Disabilities” from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 26, in UU 220. Girma, who works at Disability Rights Advocates, excelled because of the creation of a community that valued inclusion. In her talk she will address the importance of designing services with universal access in mind and share ideas on how to execute inclusive practices. For more information, contact John Lee in the Disability Resource Center at or ext. 6-5972.

‘All That Brass’ Concert to be Held May 26

The Cal Poly Brass Ensembles, featuring many of the university's top brass players, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church. Cal Poly’s Brass Ensemble and Trombone Choir will perform “All That Brass!” including compositions and arrangements by composers Aaron Copland and J.S. Bach. Highlights will include Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and a frenetic arrangement of Reinhold Glière’s “Russian Sailor’s Dance.” The free, public concert will be in the sanctuary of the church at 1515 Fredericks St., San Luis Obispo. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.  

Arab Music Ensemble to Perform with Guest Artists May 28

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, May 28, in the Spanos Theatre. The show will feature several kinds of traditional and contemporary art music, including the “muwashshah,” one of the oldest continuously performed art music genres in the world. Additional genres to be featured 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. The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble consists of a multi-instrumental orchestra and choir with vocal and instrumental soloists. The concert will also include “takht” or small chamber ensemble groups. Critically acclaimed guest artists will include Egyptian violinist Adel Eskander, Assyrian qanun player Ishmael, and Syrian percussionist Faisal Zedan. The program also will feature choreographies by San Luis Obispo dance directors. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by calling ext. 6-4849.

Musical Tribute to Professor Craig Russell set for May 30

The Early Music Ensemble will present “Craig Russell: A Musical Tribute” at 2 p.m. Monday, May 30, in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. The concert will feature music that Russell reconstructed using original manuscripts from the Puebla Cathedral in Mexico City, composing parts that had gone missing over the span of three centuries. The Early Music Ensemble is comprised of 12 student vocalists from various majors. Instrumentalists will accompany the performers, including Russell on baroque guitar. Concert-goers are invited to attend a retirement reception for Russell in the Rossi Grand Lobby following the concert. In addition to teaching traditional courses such as Music Appreciation and Music History, Russell pioneered popular classes such as Music of the ’60s: War and Peace. Russell was recognized with a distinguished research award from each of the following: the CSU, Cal Poly and the College of Liberal Arts; was awarded the President's Arts Award; and was named the CSU Trustee's Outstanding Professor, the CSU's highest honor. Faculty and staff are welcome to submit anecdotes and well-wishes for a memory book the Music Department is compiling for Russell. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Student Ensemble to Stage ‘Evangeline’ Concert May 31, June 1

The Music Department student production ensemble RSVP will stage the multi-layered production “RSVP XXI: Evangeline” at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 31 and June 1, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. RSVP is known for celebrating electroacoustic diversity and compositional risk. For the first time in its 21-year history, the ensemble is producing a ballet — though far from the traditional classical notions of that genre. Inspired by Longfellow’s epic poem “Evangeline,” a romantic story of true love in the wake of the Acadian deportation, RSVP superimposes this story onto the diasporic, political and religious realities of today’s Middle East. The performance highlights timely issues such as the consequences of imperialist action, politically generated fear mongering, and the plight of refugees. The music, soundscape and staging combine the creativity of students in Barata’s Sound Design classes with the choreography of Theatre and Dance Department faculty member Diana Stanton and the students in her dance classes. Tickets are available through the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by calling ext. 6-4849.

A Cappella Ensemble Take it SLO to Perform June 5

Take It SLO, a Cal Poly a cappella ensemble, will present its annual Spring Concerts at 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday, June 5, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.The 15-member vocal ensemble will perform a variety of songs, including new works, all arranged by students. Admission to the Spring Concert is $7 at the door for the public and $5 for students.For more information, visit the Take It SLO website, email, or call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406

Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center

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Upcoming Home Games

Friday, May 13
Baseball vs. UC Irvine, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.
Softball vs. UC Riverside (doubleheader), Bob Janssen Field, 1 p.m.

Saturday, May 14
Baseball vs. UC Irvine, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.
Softball vs. UC Riverside, Bob Janssen Field, 1 p.m.

Sunday, May 15
Baseball vs. UC Irvine, Baggett Stadium, 1 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.

#104056 – Director, Athletic Equipment Services (Administrator I), Student Affairs, Athletics, Equipment Room. $2,441-$8,434 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $2,441-$5,000 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 2.

#103998 – Facilities CAD Specialist/Plan Room Coordinator (Drafting Technician II), Administration and Finance, Facilities Planning. $3,748-$5,905 per month. Open until filled. Review begins May 12.

#104061 – Pharmacist-In-Charge Emergency Hire (Pharmacist II), Student Affairs, Campus Health and Wellbeing, Health Services. Temporary, Full-time. Anticipated Hiring Range: $9,195 per month.

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.

There are no new job openings at this time.

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.

There are no new job openings at this time.

ASI Employment Opportunities

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

There are no new job openings at this time.