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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 18, 2016


Rodeo Program Receives Record Donation

At this year’s 76th annual Poly Royal Rodeo, Mark and Jessie Milano announced they would establish a $1 million endowment to benefit the Cal Poly Rodeo team in perpetuity. The largest donation in the program’s history, the funds will provide scholarships to student athletes for their performance both in and out of the arena. Leadership, academic performance, athletic contribution, financial need, teamwork and camaraderie will all be considered. The gift will increase the program’s scholarship offerings to $80,000 in 2016-17, up from $16,000 awarded in 2015-16. Mark Milano, a cattle rancher and retired oil industry executive, said he admires Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy and the rodeo program’s reverence of the Western way of life. Milano said he found his own connection with Western heritage late in life, when what was once a weekend retreat became a way of life. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

University Catering Awarded Silver for 2015 Evening of Green & Gold

University Catering was awarded the silver award by the National College and University Food Service Association (NACUFS) in the Catering - Special Event category for the 2015 Evening of Green and Gold. The event's farm-to-table theme highlighted Cal Poly's unique connection to agriculture. The NACUFS Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards are considered the most prestigious campus dining awards in the U.S. and Canada. They celebrate exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning, new dining concepts, and provide an avenue for sharing ideas and creative presentations in campus dining services. First place was awarded to Yale University.

Faculty & Staff

Brennan Davis Named Emerging Scholar by American Marketing Association

Brennan Davis, associate professor of marketing in Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business, was recently named the 2016 Emerging Scholar in Marketing and Society by the American Marketing Association’s Marketing and Society Special Interest Group (MASSIG). The award honors the contributions of a researcher in the earlier stages of their academic career who tackles significant societal issues that substantially advance the industry’s collective understanding. Davis was selected because of his strong history of impactful service to the marketing field. His research into marketing’s impact on obesity and public health has played an integral part in the transformative consumer research movement, which focuses on consumer welfare and the quality of life for individuals affected by consumption around the world. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Ben Londo Named Coach of the Year

In his third year of coaching the Cal Poly Rodeo Team, Ben Londo was named Coach of the Year for the West Coast Region. Londo coached the team to an host of top finishes at the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Assocation's West Coast Regionals. A professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rider since 2003, Londo has amassed an admirable list of achievements, including being named a saddle bronc champion four times for the Columbia River circuit. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website. (Photo by Matt Cohen)

Matt Moore’s Book Published on Buddhism and Political Theory

The book “Buddhism and Political Theory,” written by Political Science Professor Matt Moore, was published by Oxford University Press. In what may be the first comprehensive treatment of Buddhism as political theory, Moore argues that Buddhism simultaneously parallels and challenges many core assumptions and arguments in contemporary Western political theory. To both incite and facilitate engagement with this neglected tradition, his book provides a detailed, critical reading of the key Buddhist texts, from the earliest recorded teachings of the Buddha through the present day. It also discusses relevant secondary literature on Buddhism and political theory. For more information, contact Moore at or ext. 6-2895.

Spring 2016 New(er) Faculty Breakfast to be Held June 3

Newer faculty at all ranks are invited to the Spring Quarter Community Breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, June 3, in Chumash Auditorium (UU 204). The theme is Reflection and Renewal. President Armstrong will provide opening remarks. Patrick O’Sullivan will present suggestions for how to build a mentoring network and plan for the next academic year. Held at the end of each quarter, the breakfast meetings are an opportunity to reconnect with other newer faculty across campus and learn about important topics and key resources essential to professional success at Cal Poly. Catering will be provided by Splash Café. Registration is requested through the Center of Teaching, Learning and Technology.

Faculty Invited to Apply for Obesity-Related Research Funding

The Cal Poly Center for Solutions through Research in Diet and Exercise (STRIDE) is accepting applications for its Seed Funding Initiative, which supports research that advances knowledge and practice in obesity prevention and treatment. Eligible faculty members may receive up to $5,000 for 15 months to produce work leading to an external research grant proposal. The most successful seed funding proposals will demonstrate scientific merit, interdisciplinary approaches, student involvement, potential for external funding, and relevance to STRIDE's mission and values. The deadline for submission is Friday, May 27. Eligibility information and submissions guidelines are available on STRIDE's 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

Catastrophic Leave

Ron Roach, lead auto-equipment mechanic in Facilities -Transportation, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help him remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Laura McCarren at ext. 6-5212 or to request a donation form.


Kevin Shaw, operations manager for Facilities Management and Development, will retire after more than 32 years of service to Cal Poly. Hired as a grounds worker for the southwest corner of campus, he also worked in the warehouse and oversaw the road crew. Shaw's achievements include the launch of Cal Poly's eSurplus, improvements to the Lost and Found program, and assistance with campus sustainability efforts. He has also been instrumental in the success of the San Luis Obispo Blues Society. Facilities Transportation Services invites campus to wish him well in retirement from 10 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday, June 2, in the Transportation Services Building (No. 71) or send him an email at

Orfalea College of Business Retirements

The Orfalea College of Business will celebrate several retirements at a combined reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (Building 7).

Marketing Professor Jeffrey E. Danes retired last June after 29 years of dedicated service to Cal Poly. Danes has a long history of research and innovation in marketing, including publishing in top journals. Danes has three patents and has engaged in various entrepreneurial activities, including co-developing the online brainstorming tool Dialogr, a software, systems, and data-science startup based in San Luis Obispo. He remains active in the college by teaching courses about new product development and launch. See above for reception information.




Kris McKinlay, assistant dean for operations and student success in the Orfalea College of Business, will retire after more than 14 years of service at Cal Poly. McKinlay previously directed the college’s Advising Center and helped introduce a peer-advising model that boosted graduation rates to the highest on campus. She is looking forward to retirement in Palm Springs, Calif., where she plans to paint and play golf, among other endeavors. McKinlay’s last day at Cal Poly will be Tuesday, June 28. The college will host a retirement reception for her and other retiring team members from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (Building 7). See above for reception information.


Steven Mintz, accounting professor, will retire after 10 years of service. Mintz has become an authority on research and teaching ethics in business and accounting. The Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association honored him with the Accounting Exemplar Award in 2015. Mintz’s “Accounting Ethics” textbook has been adopted by 40 colleges and universities. He is a veteran of the CSU system, previously serving as dean of CSU San Bernardino’s college of business. See above for reception information.





James Sena, professor and chair of the Management, Human Resources and Information Systems Area, will retire in June after 29 years at Cal Poly. He played an integral role in building the information systems concentration curriculum. He also made meaningful connections with industry to obtain equipment and software grants for the Orfalea College of Business, including the Cisco network lab and a Sun workstation lab. During his tenure at Cal Poly, Sena also served as chair of the Industrial Technology Area for three years. See above for reception information.

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.

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. 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).

Student Successes

Rodeo Team Advances to National Finals

The Cal Poly Rodeo Team continued its winning streak at the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s West Coast Regional Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, qualifying for the College National Finals Rodeo in June. The women’s team won first place in the regional competition, with agricultural communications sophomore Katie Rice winning the reserve all-around champion title for the West Coast Region. Cal Poly students will advance to the regionals in goat tying, breakaway roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bareback riding. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Top Teams Recognized in 2016 Innovation Quest

An interdisciplinary team of four Cal Poly students earned the $15,000 first-place prize in Cal Poly’s 13th annual Innovation Quest (iQ) Competition for their startup Mantis Composites, a company that is developing carbon fiber 3-D printing technology to provide full-service design-to-manufacturing of high performance materials for automotive, aerospace and biomedical applications. More than 150 applicants representing 43 teams from across campus competed for $30,000 in this year’s iQ competition. Twelve teams of finalists were selected to present their ideas to a panel of judges with a broad range of entrepreneurial experience. The top three teams are invited to interview and compete for the CIE’s SLO HotHouse Summer Accelerator program, a 13-week intensive business launch program. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus Announcements

2015-16 Federal Work-Study Program to End June 11

Saturday, June 11, is the last day students may work through the Federal Work-Study Program for the 2015-16 academic year. Work-Study payroll must be submitted prior to the June payroll deadline. Any ‘late’ payrolls will be processed through regular student pay since late Work-Study pay cannot be authorized. Work-Study students may work up to 20 hours during finals week. There is no Federal Work-Study during the summer quarter. The 2016-17 Federal Work-Study Program will begin Sept. 22. For more information, contact Barbara Rollins, Federal Work-Study program manager, at

Career Services Accepting Donations of Professional Clothing

This fall Career Services will host its second annual Professional Clothing Closet to provide free, work-appropriate clothes to students in need. First impressions can significantly impact a student’s chances for success, and many students struggle to afford professional clothing for career fairs, interviews and the first week of work. Faculty and staff are asked to consider donating clean, gently-used, contemporary professional clothing, including dress shirts, men’s and women’s suits, dress skirts, blazers, belts, ties and shoes. Donations can be dropped off at Career Services (Building 124) by the end of August. Metered and 30-minute staff parking is available nearby. For more information, visit the Career Services website.

Beginner Finance Dashboard Workshop Set for 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.

Next Employment Equity Facilitator Workshop to be May 19

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.

Bike Month to be Celebrated with Bike to Work Day May 20

Staff and faculty are encouraged to bike to work as part of the national Bike to Work Day on May 20. Bike stations will be staffed on Dexter Lawn and on Mustang Way near the UU. The bike stations will feature the Cal Poly Wheelmen fix-it station, and riders will be treated to bacon, coffee, a Bike Month T-shirt, bike swag and cool prizes. Riders can find other two-wheel commuters on the SLO Meetup website. For more on the event, visit the Parking and Commuter Announcements Web page, or visit the Rideshare website for a calendar of community events. For more information, contact Cheryl Andrus, University Police Department community services coordinator, at, or Kylee Singh, Facilities sustainability coordinator, at

Cal Poly Corporation Board to Meet May 27

The Cal Poly Corporation board of directors will hold its meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 27, in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Conference Room 124. The meeting is open to the public. For more information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call Ann Roy at ext. 6-1131.

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

Mental Health First Aid Training to be Held June 1-2 

Counseling Services is offering Mental Health First Aid, a national certification training to support the campus community in responding to mental health crises. Open to faculty, staff, students and community members, the training will take place from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, June 1-2, in Campus Health and Wellbeing (Building 27). Attendees will learn how to recognize the signs of mental health and substance use disorders, and implement a five-step action plan to assess a situation and provide help, understand the impact of mental health and substance use disorders, and identify local resources. Reservations are required. Attendees must attend both days of training to earn the certification. Trainings are free and include lunch. For more information or to reserve a space, contact Hannah Roberts, assistant director of community prevention and intervention, 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 edition will be the final weekly issue of Cal Poly Report for the 2015-16 academic year. The following issue will be published June 29.


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.

Music Department to Offer Free Recitals in May

The Music Department has numerous free student recitals in May. At 7:30 p.m. 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.

Art Show Designed to Increase Involvement Against Gender-Based Violence Through May 20

"Manifest: A Male Movement Against Gender-Based Violence,”an interactive art show will be presented through Friday, May 20, 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. The 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. For more information, contact Danny Lynch at, or visit the Safer website.

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.

Transgender Woman to Share Her Journey May 23

Jessica Lynn will give the talk “A Transgender Journey” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 23, in Chumash Auditorium (UU 207). Lynn has dedicated her life to educating the world about the lives and experiences of transgender-identifying people. Her mission is to educate people on the loss experienced in the transgender community. She will describe how she was separated from her youngest son by a Texas court ruling because of her transgender status. Lynn is the president and co-founder of the nonprofit organization Your True Gender, established to educate people about the topic and provide a safe space for transgender people in need. For more information, contact Christina Latner at or ext. 6-6561.

Disney Animator to Talk Digital Animation on May 24

Tom Sito will present “The Digital Revolution at 25: How Did We Get Here?” at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, in the Baker Center (Building 180), Room 102. Sito is a well-known veteran of the Hollywood animation industry and has been called “one of the key players in the Disney Animation Revival” by Animation World Network. His 31 movie credits include Walt Disney classic such as “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” “Pocahontas” and “Fantasia.” In his presentation, Sito will discuss the evolution from hand-drawn animation to computer animation. For more information, contact Susan Bratcher at or at ext. 6-5850.


Student Film Exhibition to be Showcased May 24-27

Student films will be showcased Tuesday, May 24, to Friday, May 27, in the University Art Gallery (Building 34). An opening reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 24 in the gallery. The films are a collaboration between the Art and Design Digital Video course and the Interdisciplinary Studies in Liberal Arts in Cinematic Process course. The films include stories of conflict and connection, magic and murder, and love and loss. They were screened during the SLO Film Festival earlier this year. For more information, contact Garet Zook at or ext. 6-1571.

‘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.  

Engineering Project Expo to be Held May 27

The College of Engineering will host the Engineering Project Expo from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 27, in various locations on campus. The expo will feature more than 200 individual and team projects from nine engineering departments. The displays and hands-on demonstrations represent the culmination of one to two years of student-led project innovation. The event will give visitors a look at some of the inventions and visions from Cal Poly’s newest generation of engineers. A Club Hub will feature award-winning team projects, and — new this year — an Entrepreneur Zone will display student innovations developed for marketability. For more information, visit the College of Engineering website.

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.

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

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.

Symphony and Choirs to Present ‘Requiem’ and Tour Preview on June 4

The Cal Poly Symphony and Cal Poly Choirs will perform Fauré’s “Requiem” and a preview of the orchestra’s repertoire from its upcoming Central Europe tour at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The concert will open with American, Austrian, Czech and Hungarian music to celebrate the Cal Poly Symphony’s tour to Central Europe in June. Works include Aaron Copland’s “Variations on a Shaker Melody,” Antonín Dvořák’s “Slavonic Dance in G Minor,” Op. 46, No. 8, Johann Strauss’ waltz “Wiener Blut,” and Béla Bartók’s “Hungarian Pictures.” After these orchestral works, the Cal Poly Choirs will join the symphony for the premiere performance of faculty member Meredith Brammeier’s “Blow, Winds, Rage, Blow!” set to text from Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” The combined groups will perform one of Gabriel Fauré’s most-loved works, “Requiem,” Op. 48. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office at ext. 6-4849.

Cal Poly Wind Bands to Perform Anniversary Concert June 5 

Students, faculty and alumni will join forces to present an anniversary concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5, in the Performing Arts Center. The concert is a celebration of three anniversaries: 20 years of performances in the Performing Arts Center; 50 years collaborating with Music Professor Emeritus William V. Johnson, director of bands; and 100 years since the Cal Poly band program began. The concert will include works for wind band that pay tribute to the progression of the Cal Poly bands through the years. The Wind Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble and student soloists will perform. The concert will end with a wind band of Cal Poly alumni from the past 45 years. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or 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

Marketing and Public Policy Conference to be Held June 23-25

Cal Poly will host the American Marketing Association's (AMA) 2016 Marketing and Public Policy Conference June 23-25. This year's theme, fostering change for communities and society, will highlight the ability of policy efforts to impart change at both the community and societal levels to impact consumers and improve quality of life. Alumnus Peter Feldman (Business Administration, '89), global product general manager at Amgen, will give the keynote presentation. AMA will also host an intensive workshop and doctoral seminar June 20-23. The event is co-chaired by Brennan Davis, associate professor in the Marketing Area. Registration is open to faculty, staff, students and community members. For event details or to register, visit the AMA website.

Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center

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Upcoming Home Games

Thursday, May 26
Baseball vs. UC Davis, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Friday, May 27
Baseball vs. UC Davis, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 28
Baseball vs. UC Davis, 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.

#104066 – Administrative Support Coordinator II, College of Liberal Arts, Psychology and Child Development. $3,115-$4,913 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,115-$3,427 per month. Open until filled. Review begins May 26.

#104028 – Workers Compensation Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Exempt II), Administration and Finance, Environmental Health and Safety. $4,693-$7,359 per month. Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,693-$6,250 per month. Open until filled. Review begins May 20.

#104063 - Assistant Dean of Students for Student Support, Student Success and Retention (Administrator I), Student Affairs, Dean of Students. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. Review begins June 12.

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.

#104057 – Full-Time Lecturer in Construction Management, Construction Management Department, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, ext. 6-5118. Review begins June 10.

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.

Coordinator, Facility Operations (Recreational Sports). Annual Salary: $50,440. Position closes May 31. Anticipated start date: June 16.