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Cal Poly Report — May 4, 2016


Inclusive Excellence Month Offers Host of Activities in May

The Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity (OUDI) collaborated 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

Orfalea College of Business Among Bloomberg Businessweek’s Top Programs

Orfalea College of Business has again been named to Bloomberg Businessweek’s list of the nation's top undergraduate business colleges, moving up 11 spots this year to No. 59. The Orfalea College of Business ranked No. 25 in the nation for graduate salaries and No. 43 in the nation based on the student survey. The ranking also found that Cal Poly’s business students tend to have more industry-focused internships and less student debt than survey averages. Bloomberg Businessweek based its rankings on surveys of employers and students combined with graduates’ starting salaries and student internship data. For more on the rankings, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly to host California State FFA Finals Competition May 7

Cal Poly will host more than 2,000 students from across the state at the annual California State FFA Finals competition Saturday, May 7. Students will compete in 21 events throughout the day in categories including Agronomy, Dairy Cattle, Farm Business Management, Floriculture, Forestry, Livestock, Nursery Landscape, Marketing, Vegetable Crops, Vet Science and Welding. Events will be judged by volunteers, including faculty, staff and students, industry professionals and community members. The winners of each event will be named at an awards ceremony hosted by President Armstrong at 5:30 p.m. in the Recreation Center. Winners will represent California at the National FFA Convention in October in Indianapolis.

Faculty & Staff

Brian Gnandt Named Executive Director of Equal Opportunity

Brian Gnandt recently joined Cal Poly as the director of Equal Opportunity. He has also been named the university Title IX coordinator and discrimination, harassment and retaliation administrator. He will support compliance and prevention efforts for the campus and work closely with Student Affairs, Academic Personnel, Human Resources, the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity, the University Police Department and other campus offices. Gnandt comes to Cal Poly after serving as the acting team leader and attorney for the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and as a compliance officer at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. In those roles, he was responsible for post-secondary compliance reviews and investigations and for enforcing the Title IX regulations involving students. He was also responsible for handling employment-related discrimination, harassment and retaliation allegations. Gnandt brings a wealth of knowledge to the Equal Opportunity Office at Cal Poly, and he will be a valued colleague among Title IX officers in the CSU. 

Jenell Navarro Named 2015-16 Outstanding Faculty Advisor

Jenell Navarro, assistant professor of ethnic studies in the College of Liberal Arts, was named the Outstanding Faculty Advisor. The award recognizes a faculty member who has had a positive influence on students through academic advising. The nominations noted that Navarro had a great impact on the success of her students, fostering professional growth and encouraging them to strive for higher learning. She will be recognized at the Fall Conference general session in September, receive a cash stipend, and have an award citation posted in Kennedy Library.  For more information, visit the Academic Advising website.

Assessment Planning Workshop Offered May 4 for Program-Learning Outcomes

Academic Programs and Planning and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) will offer a workshop series to help participants develop strategies to design, launch and act on assessment plans for program-learning outcomes. The spring workshops consist of two Wednesday sessions from noon to 3 p.m. in Kennedy Library, Room 202A. The first session, Preparing for Assessment, has already been held. The second session, Launching Assessment, will be held May 4. Pizza and salad will be served. Learning from Assessment will be offered in the fall. Programs beginning or undergoing an assessment review cycle are strongly encouraged to nominate a team of two to four faculty and staff members to participate in the workshops and working groups. To register or for more information, visit the CTLT website.

Human Subjects Committee Quarterly Meeting to be Held May 4

The Human Subjects Committee will hold its quarterly meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4. Researchers who have a project that will require review of the full membership are advised to submit proposed projects in advance of the meeting. For more information or to attend the meeting, contact Debbie Hart at or ext. 6-1508. The location, not yet determined, will be provided to those who RSVP. For more information, visit the Research and Economic Development 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 5, 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.

Hong Kong Polytechnic Prof to Talk on Service Learning May 6

A talk on service learning and appropriate technology will feature Grace Ngai, professor of computer science at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Ngai will discuss service-learning projects she and her students have undertaken in Rwanda and Cambodia. The talk will be at 10 a.m Friday, May 6, in Engineering IV (No. 192), Room 206. Following the talk, Cal Poly hosts will conduct a tour of campus facilities, including the Bonderson Projects Center, the Hangar, and the Student Experimental Farm. Those who can’t attend the talk but are interested in the tour, can contact Pete Schwartz at For more information on service learning at Cal Poly, contact Anurag Pande, faculty liaison for service-learning, at

LEAD Award Nominations to Close May 6

Faculty and staff are invited to nominate students, clubs and organizations for LEAD awards. LEAD awards highlight the achievements of students, clubs and organizations affiliated with the Center for Leadership and Service, the Center for Service in Action, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Club Sports, and Clubs and Organizations. Nominations can be made online and will close at 5 p.m. Friday, May 6. The LEADaAwards ceremony will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, in Chumash Auditorium. For more information or to make a nomination, visit the Dean of Students website or contact Kate Granlund at

Workshop on Incorporating Sustainability in Curriculum to be Held May 6

An interdisciplinary workshop taught by John Farnsworth, an environmental studies senior lecturer at Santa Clara University, will explore ways to include a sustainability component to existing courses as an adjunct learning outcome. The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, May 6, in Kennedy Library, Room 202A. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) and the Academic Senate Sustainability Committee. This workshop will also discuss how a sustainability-across-the-curriculum approach can foster a transformative educational experience within the Cal Poly community. Lunch will be provided. To register, visit the CTLT website.

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.

Catastrophic Leave

Cynthia (Cindi) Jenkins, administrative support coordinator in the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, 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 Jessica Carson at ext. 6- 2326 or to request a donation form.


Linda Dalton, interim university planning officer, will retire after 25 years of service to Cal Poly. Originally hired in the City and Regional Planning Department in 1983, she was instrumental in the specialized accreditation for the Master of City and Regional Planning program. She served in several administrative capacities from 1995 to 2006, including vice provost for Institutional Planning and executive vice provost and chief planning officer. Dalton went on to CSU East Bay, where she held various leadership positions in strategic and enrollment planning. She returned to Cal Poly in 2014 and has coordinated the university’s effort in preparation of a new academic plan and physical master plan for the campus. A reception will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 23, in the Alumni House.

In Memoriam

Retired professor Hernán Castellano-Girón passed away last week from an illness in his native country of Chile. He taught Spanish and Italian courses in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department for 21 years, but students knew him most for teaching a class about Chilean poet-diplomat Pablo Neruda. Castellano-Girón was also a renowned poet, writer and painter. For more information, contact Lou Greenberg at or ext. 6-2269.




Student Successes

Cal Poly Fields Top American Team in Supermileage Eco-Marathon

Achieving 1,215 miles per gallon, Cal Poly’s gasoline-fueled prototype vehicle was the top-scoring American entry and placed third overall at the 10th annual Shell Eco-marathon Americas, a competition focused on energy efficiency, not speed. The event, held April 22-24 in Detroit, drew more than 1,000 students and a record 124 teams from seven countries to see which ultra-energy-efficient vehicle would travel the farthest using the least energy. First and second place were claimed by Canadian teams, the Université of Laval in Quebec and the University of Toronto. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Ag Business Junior Places in National Conference

Agricultural business junior Jose Alvarez (pictured with Agricultural Education and Communication Department Head Robert Flores) won second place in the business pitch contest at the national Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences annual conference in Jacksonville, Fla. Alvarez was selected from more than 50 applicants nationally to give his business pitch — patterned after the television show “Shark Tank” — to three industry judges. He proposed developing a nonprofit or cooperative organization to support the H2A visa program for farmworkers in California and ensure a labor force for small farmers. He received a plaque and a cash award.

Mustang News Wins Multiple National and State Honors

Mustang News, which is celebrating its 100th year in 2016, garnered several awards at the College Media Business and Advertising Managers (CMBAM) convention in Denver and the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP)/California College Media Association (CCMA) convention in Los Angeles. Mustang News received five first-place awards from CMBAM, including the Advertising Sales Representative of the Year. Kristen Corey, a third-year communication studies major became the sixth Mustang News student to win the Sales Representative of the Year award in the past 10 years. At the ACP/CCMA convention, Mustang News placed second in the Best of Show competition for best four-year weekly newspaper and second for best Multimedia Package. At the CCMA banquet, Mustang News took four first-place awards. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Campus Announcements

Info Session on Retirement and Medicare to be Held May 5

Human Resources has teamed up with the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), a local nonprofit organization, to provide information on retirement and Medicare. The session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in Kennedy Library, Room 202A. Spouses and partners are welcome. Attendance is subject to supervisor’s approval and based on departmenal staffing needs. Seating is limited. Reserve space by contacting Human Resources at or ext. 6-5436.

Baker Forum to Feature Discussions on Diversity May 6

The 2016 Baker Forum will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. This year’s forum will feature a panel discussion about diversity in higher education and the workforce. The discussion will explore solutions people can pursue individually and collectively. Panel members will share personal and professional experiences, discuss issues relevant to diversity, and answer questions from the audience. Panelists include Cal Poly alumna Silvia Aguilar, mechanical engineer, Platform Products, Lam Research Corp. (Mechanical Engineering, 2013); Margaret Fortune, president and chief executive officer, Fortune School of Education; Blake Irving, chief executive officer and board director, GoDaddy; and Suzanne “Zan” Vautrinot, president, Kilovolt Consulting. William “Bill” Swanson (Industrial Engineering, 1973), retired chairman and chief executive officer of Raytheon Co. and chairman of the Cal Poly Foundation board of directors, will moderate the panel discussion. The Baker Forum is free and open to the public. The forum is named in honor of President Emeritus Warren J. Baker and his wife, Carly, and their decades of service.

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.

Pay it Forward Week Continues Through May 6

The Division of Student Affairs invites all to participate in Cal Poly's inaugural Pay it Forward Week through Friday, May 6. Pay it Forward Week encourages members of the campus community to make an immediate impact on the lives of others through random acts of kindness. The division believes these actions are an entry-point to engage individuals in deeper and ongoing opportunities to improve their communities. Throughout the week, take part in a campuswide game of Sneaky Cards, connecting with others through fun, silly and philanthropic challenges. To find a Sneaky Cards distribution office or for a full list of Pay it Forward Week events, visit the Pay it Forward website.

Cal Poly Foundation Board and Annual Meeting to be Held May 7

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will hold its quarterly meeting, which is open to the public, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 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.

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. For more information or to make a nomination, visit the Dean of Students website.

Open Discussion About Food on Campus 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 and 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.

Training Available in Honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Campus will observe Global Accessibility Awareness Day from 10 a.m. 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, as well as demonstrations of how people with various disabilities experience the Web and common software packages. 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.

Foreign Language Conversation Tables Open Through June

German, Russian and Vietnamese conversation tables are open to anyone who would like to learn a language; hear one spoken; or talk about relevant topics, including culture, customs, food or history. Three conversation tables will meet regularly during spring quarter in Kennedy Library (Building 35). Rooms and times as follows:
— Russian Table: 12:10 to 1 p.m. at Julian’s Café; May 4 and 18, and June 1. 
— German Table: 12:10 to 1 p.m. at Julian’s Café; May 11 and 25.
— Vietnamese Table: 11:15 a.m. to noon in a faculty fishbowl, Room 220A; Thursday, May 5 and 19, and June 2. For more information, contact Rachel Ellersieck at ext. 6-1216 or


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. Cost is $29 per person, which covers the Red Cross certification fee and course materials. For more details, contact Vivian Longacre at

Submit an event for Cross Cultural Centers Publication

The Cross Cultural Centers are excited to support Cal Poly departments, clubs and organizations in their efforts to create a more inclusive campus through programming focused on culture, identity, diversity and social justice. Those interested in submitting an event for publication in the center’s online calendar and/or newsletter, visit the CCC website for instructions and submissions.

Campus Administrative Policies Update

Cal Poly is continuing its review of Campus Administrative Policies. For more information on proposed draft policies, go to the CAP Drafts webpage. As policies emerge in draft form, they will be posted there, for review and comment by the campus community. These draft policies are posted only for review purposes and will not have official status until formal administrative and legal review has been completed.

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 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.


Billionaire Investor Blair Hull to Speak on Campus May 4

The Financial Management Association (FMA) will host a lecture from billionaire founder of Ketchum Trading, Blair Hull, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in the Business Silo (Building 3, Room 213). Hull is recognized as an an experienced investor, innovator and a market-maker. Prior to launching Ketchum Trading, he served as CEO of Hull Trading, which was bought by Goldman Sachs. Staff, faculty and students are welcome to the event.

May 5 Talk to Focus on Science of Mother’s Milk

Katie Hinde of Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution and Change will present “Mother’s Milk in Evolutionary, Cultural and Sociopolitical Context,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Bioresource and Agriculture Engineering Building (No. 8), Room 123. She will argue that a multidisciplinary approach to mother’s milk can facilitate optimal health for mothers and their infants. Hinde will also emphasize the role of sociopolitical institutions and the cultural dynamics as essential considerations when approaching the science of motherhood. For more information, contact Stacey Rucas at or ext. 6-1374.

Student A Cappella Ensemble to Perform May 6 and 7 

Cal Poly a cappella ensemble That's the Key will perform its spring concert at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45), Room 218. The group includes 14 students from various majors who sing original arrangements of popular music. Admission is $5 at the door. Proceeds benefit the group's competition and travel fee fund. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

#IAmCalPoly Exhibit to be Displayed May 9-20; Reception May 10

The MultiCultural Center will present the 2016 #IAmCalPoly exhibit May 9-20 in the first floor Community Gallery at Kennedy Library. The opening reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in the Kennedy Library Atrium. #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.

Talk on Eggs, Embryo and Women to be Held May 10

Lisa Ikemoto will present the talk “Eggs, Embryos, Women: Technology and the Reproductive Economy” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories Lobby (Building 7, Room 1). Ikemoto is a bioethics associate of the UC Davis Health System Bioethics Program and is a faculty associate of the UC Davis Center for Science and Innovation Studies. Her research areas include reproductive and genetic technology uses, health care disparities, and public health law. For more information, contact Andrea Nash at or ext. 6-2985.

Panel to Discuss Sustainability in the Food Retail Sector May 10

The Center for Sustainability will host a panel discussion on sustainability in the food retail sector from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in UU 220. Industry leaders from Grocery Outlet, Ralph’s and Whole Foods will discuss how today’s retail industry is responding to sustainability challenges and will address specific successes and challenges in the implementation of sustainability programs by their respective companies. The discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer period moderated by Professor Ricky Volpe, a specialist in the new food retail and supply chain management area in the Agribusiness Department. For more information, visit the Cal Poly News website.

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

Prize-Winning Poet Wendy Barker to Read at Cal Poly 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. “Everyone has been a student,” said English Professor Kevin Clark. "But this book gives you an intimate idea of what it’s like to be a flesh-and-blood teacher living your 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.

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.

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.

Innovations in Agriculture the Topic of May 18 Panel Discussion

The Center for Sustainability will host a panel discussion on “Climate Smart Agriculture” from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in Room 007-2 in the Advanced Technology Laboratories’ Keck Lab. 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 with works appearing 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.

‘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 Tuesday, May 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. 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.

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.

Kennedy Library to Display ‘The Living Library’ Through June 3

An exhibit that showcases Cal Poly’s efforts toward sustainability and resilience will be on display at the Kennedy Library through Friday, June 3. A Student Sustainability Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, April 22, in Kennedy Library’s Second Floor Commons. “The Living Library” highlights the university’s united efforts toward sustainability and resilience through art, architecture, agriculture, engineering, public policy and community service. For more information, visit the Kennedy Library website.

Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center

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


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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.

#104035 - Administrative Support Coordinator I, College of Liberal Arts, Advancement. $2,846-$4,484 per month. Anticipated hiring range is $2,846-$3,188 per month. Open until filled. Review begins May 16.

#104043 – Data Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist - Non-Exempt); Academic Affairs; Admissions, Recruitment and Financial Aid. $3,288-$5,529 per month. Closes May 11.

#104050 - CAFES Director of Facilities (Administrator II); College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. Review begins May 27.

#104034 - Technical Production Coordinator (Performing Arts Technician II), Administration and Finance, Performing Arts Center. $3,489-$5,499 per month. Open until filled. Review begins on May 9. 

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.

Coordinator/Academic Advisor, Upward Bound, Student Academic Services, $44,952-$63,900 per year.

ASI Employment Opportunities

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

There are no new job openings at this time.