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Cal Poly Report — Nov. 16, 2016


Students, Faculty and Staff Rally on Behalf of Undocumented Students

Early next year Cal Poly will open a campus center where undocumented students and their supporters can gather to receive assistance from staff, access resources and draw on the strength of their peers, Keith Humphrey, vice president for student affairs, said Nov. 10. He made the announcement to about 200 students, faculty and staff gathered at Dexter Lawn as part of "National Educators Coming Out Day" and also emailed it to the campus. "We are so excited to create a welcoming and safe space for all of our undocumented students," Humphrey told the crowd. "We look forward to welcoming you all at our grand opening sometime next quarter." "National Educators Coming Out Day" was organized by the nonprofit group United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation that seeks to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth. The rally was in support of the university's 176 undocumented students, many of whom have lived the bulk of their lives in the United States. Overshadowing the event was the fear that President-elect Donald Trump may alter a federal program supporting educational opportunities for undocumented students. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, was created by President Barack Obama in June of 2012. It protects successful applicants from deportation and gives them work authorization for a renewal period of three years. DACA provides lawful presence but it does not provide lawful status. Trump may choose to curtail DACA upon taking office. At the rally, President Armstrong vowed his support for Cal Poly's undocumented students. "I spoke to one of our graduates this morning," he said. "She's in an engineering position. She's doing really well. She was without a job for a month a and a half this summer due to a glitch in DACA that we've all heard about. She, as well as a lot of other people, are nervous, and I said, "We all stand behind you. We all stand behind our students and our graduates." Humprey said the DREAM Center will be located in the Hillcrest Building (No. 81). Staff from the Educational Opportunity Program and Cal Poly Scholars will be part of the network of support for undocumented students and will remain in Hillcrest, on the campus' eastern edge.

Poly Canyon Village Students Roll up Sleeves at Final Blood Drive of Fall Quarter

Eighty-six students participated in the final campus blood drive of the year at Poly Canyon Village, United Blood Services reported. The drive, in the student lounge that is open to all PCV residents, was held Nov. 7 to 9. It was the campus' second blood drive since Aug. 30, when 26 pints were donated by staff and faculty at a Bloodmobile parked at Mott Gym lawn. The campus community remains a major source for the blood bank. "The numbers have been pretty much across the board for the last few years," said Mona Kleman, UBS donor recruitment manager. "We pretty much collect between 1,000 and 1,500 pints for the year. Obviously that's a huge contribution to the blood supply for the community." Kleman met with Kendall Perez, coordinator of student development at Tenaya Hall, on Nov. 10 to schedule additional blood drives in the winter quarter. At least nine are planned. The next is Jan. 11 at Tenaya Hall, in the red brick dorms. United Blood Services typically visits student housing facilities at least 30 times a year, and the organization holds additional blood drives on Mott and Dexter lawns. "Looking at the 2015-16 school year, we had a total of 326 pints donated at Mott Lawn at various blood drives," she said. "At the residence halls, we had a total of 720 pints donated, bringing us to over 1,000 for the year." There are four types of transfusable products that can be derived from blood: red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate. Since two or three of these are produced from a pint of donated whole blood, a single donation can potentially help more than one patient. According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. While it is estimated that two in five Americans are eligible to donate blood at any given time, only about one in 10 actually does. That's why the Cal Poly campus commumity is so important. According to Kleman, "The support from the school is really essential to the supply." Questions about donating? Visit the United Blood Services FAQ list.

Need Cal Poly Attire? Check out University Store's Sidewalk Sale on Nov. 16 to 17

University Store is holding its three-day Sidewalk Sale thorough Thursday, Nov. 17. Discounted apparel and supplies will line the sidewalk surrounding the store — with savings of 50 percent to 75 percent off regular prices. The sale is only at the on-campus University Store from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more details on University Store events, visit the Events and Discounts page.

Art Gallery to Open time[scape]lab's 'Confabulatores Nocturni' Show on Nov. 16

The University Art Gallery will present "Confabulatores Nocturni" — an exhibit featuring theoretical designs by time[scape]lab, a group whose work considers architecture in terms of its representation and its physical existence, starting Wednesday, Nov. 16. time[scape]lab is made up of architects Brian (pictured) and Katherine Ambroziak, professors at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and Andrew McLellan, who has degrees in architecture and creative writing. The display will include various media in the gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34). The works will be on display through Friday, Dec. 16. The opening gallery reception is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. On Friday, Nov. 18, Ambroziak and McLellan will discuss their collaborative as part of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design's Hearst Lecture Series. The talk begins at 5 p.m. in the rotunda of the Business Building (No. 3), Room 213. The gallery open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Read more here.

'The Book as Art in the Digital Age' Artist talk at Kennedy Library on Nov. 17

Special Collections and Archives will host "Present Tense: The Book as Art in the Digital Age" — a lecture and discussion with book artist, sculptor and photographer Lisa Occhipinti — from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Kennedy Library, (No. 35) next to Julian's Café on the second floor. A pop-up exhibit of hand-selected artists' books will accompany the presentation. The event is a collaboration with the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. Occhipinti's work will also be exhibited at the downtown museum from Friday, Nov. 18, to Jan. 29. For more information about the author's talk, visit the library's website.

Myron's to Host Nov. 17 Faculty and Staff Mixer

Myron's, Cal Poly's new bistro-style restaurant, is hosting its first faculty and staff mixer from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 . The event will include menu tastings as well as beer and wine for $5 per guest. This will be the first in a series of Thursday afternoon mixers for faculty and staff at the restaurant. Myron's is upstairs in the Dining Complex building (No. 19) across from the Recreation Center. For additional information, visit Myron's webpage.

Student Success

Cal Poly SWE Program Wins Top National Award for Sixth Consecutive Year

For the sixth year in a row, the Society of Women Engineers presented the Gold Award for outstanding overall programming to Cal Poly's SWE chapter. In addition, Cal Poly was second in the national Team Tech Competition for a device designed for St. Jude Medical. These were among numerous awards the club received at the SWE national conference, held Oct. 27 to 29 in Philadelphia. Singled out were Tracy Van Houten (B.S. Aerospace Engineering, 2004), a systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who received the Emerging Leader Award for significant career accomplishments, and Rebecca Kandell, a biomedical engineering senior and Cal Poly SWE president, who received the Outstanding Collegiate Member Award. Read more here.

Business Student Haley Pavone Wins CIE's 7th Annual Elevator Pitch Competition

A third-year undergraduate business administration major won the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship's seventh-annual Elevator Pitch Competition on Nov. 9 at the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. Haley Pavone is the founder and CEO of Pashion Footwear that is developing a convertable high-heel shoe now undergoing research and development in the CIE's Hatchery program. She was the top pick of a panel of four judges for the $1,000 prize. In addition, she received the $500 Audience Choice award. According to Pavone, Pashion is an innovative fashion startup working to create a "practical and fashionable" approach to the classic stiletto heel — an adaptable shoe that can fully convert from pump to  flat. "Combining excellent technical execution with trendy styles, Pashion Footwear is the up-and-coming solution to the pain, injury, and inconvenience associated with wearing high heels," she wrote. Hosted each fall, Elevator Pitch allows undergraduate and graduate students to share product ideas, innovative services or a startup plan at any stage of development. Students across all majors were encouraged to apply. Entries from 50 Cal Poly students were whittled down to the top six, who presented their ideas in a high-pressure, fast-paced, 90-second pitch to the judges, all startup founders. New this year was the addition of Cuesta College, which submitted their top four student companies. Sarah Keas received the $1,000 top prize. Her Breathe Bans proposal offers a new take on a device that provides emergency shots for allergic reactions that is more convenient to carry and use because of its small size and versatile design. The other Cal Poly entrants were invited to join the Hatchery. Other student participants were Brett Tyler, Brayden Podesta, Sierra Scolaro, Sarthak Khillon, Jax Gottwald, Olga Holubeck, Ross Levine and Tommy Sidebottom. Ten pitches were made over 45 minutes. "It was a hard choice for the final judges," said Candice Conti, CIE communications manager. "They deliberated to the very last possible minute. Overall, the pitches were really good and so were the ideas."

Cal Poly Logging Team Places Second at 2016 California Conclave

Cal Poly's Logging Team, an intercollegiate team of male and female students, placed second at the California Conclave, an annual collegiate logging competition. Cal Poly students, from an array of majors involved in traditional forestry field skills, competed against teams from UC Berkeley and Northern Arizona University. Events include chopping, chainsawing, dendrology, axe throwing, pole climbing, cross-cut sawing and more. The Cal Poly loggers hosted the all-day event at the logging unit at Cal Poly's Swanton Pacific Ranch in Davenport, Calif.

Dairy Cattle Judging Team Earns Second in National Judging Contest

The Dairy Judging Team placed second in the North American International Livestock Exposition Dairy Judging Contest in Louisville, Ky. — the world's largest all-breed, purebred livestock exposition. Seventeen teams, representing the top dairy programs from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Idaho, Indiana and California universities, competed in the 43rd annual contest, Nov. 1-17. Cal Poly was the highest-ranking team in judging Holstein breed dairy cattle and in "reasons," where entrants must explain why they ranked the cows. The team was fourth in all other breed categories, and all four team members placed in the top 12 high individual rankings overall. The team included sophomores Elise Regusci and Elisabeth Regusci, both from Modesto, and juniors Caitlin Lopes from Los Banos and Alex Gambonini from Petaluma. The team is coached by dairy science Professor Rich Silacci. Read more here.

Faculty & Staff

Academic Senate Seeks Candidates for CSU Faculty Trustee

The Academic Senate is seeking candidates for the faculty trustee position. It is a 12-month commitment involving full release from campus responsibilities. For consideration, you must be a tenured faculty member who does not hold an administrative position other than department chair/head or equivalent. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of teaching excellence, professional achievement and university service. In addition, individuals must have experience with CSU academic governance. Duties include attending all CSU Board of Trustee, Trustee Committee, Senate Plenary and Senate Executive Committee meetings. The faculty trustee serves a two-year term and typically visits several campuses to meet with faculty and discuss board of trustee actions. The Academic Senate CSU Faculty Trustee Recommending Committee will review campus nominations Tuesday, Jan. 24. The Academic Senate CSU will select at least two nominees at its March meeting. If you are interested, contact the campus Academic Senate office at ext. 6-1258. All required materials must be submitted to Gladys Gregory no later than Wednesday, Jan. 11.

Faculty Urged to be a BEACoN for Underrepresented Students on Nov. 17-18

Two events are scheduled to help promote the BEACoN Mentors program that helps educate and empower underrepresented students and advocate for them to foster greater student success. A free lunch at the Network Connection Meeting will be held from 11:20 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 17, in UU 219. It will be an opportunity to learn more about connecting students with faculty members for mentorship and support. The other session, a workshop on research with undergraduate students, will include lunch. It will be held from 12:10 to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in the Graphic Arts Building (No. 26), Room 104. BEACoN is funded by the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity to mentor diverse students across the campus. The goal is to empower students to reach their full academic and personal potential with graduation rates that do not have achievement gaps between underrepresented and majority students. For more information about the BEACoN Mentor Network, visit the program website here.

Noodling Over Moodle? PolyLearn Offers Support for Recent Update

PolyLearn, the university's branded version of the Moodle learning management system software, was upgraded this past summer. Are you up to date on the changes? Many of the program's exciting new changes have been promoted through PolyLearn emails, the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology's newsletter and Fall Conference workshops. To learn more, visit the "What's New in PolyLearn this Fall" web page.

UCSC Economist to Discuss How Political Parties Shape Elections on Dec. 2

UC Santa Cruz economics Professor Ajay Shenoy will present a lecture titled "Can Elite Capture Backfire? The Case of U.S. Congressional Redistricting," from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the Business Building (No. 3), Room 206. Shenoy received a bachelor's degree (with honors) in mathematics and political science from the University of Connecticut. He obtained master's and doctorate degrees in economics at the University of Michigan. His interests are in development, economic growth, macroeconomics and political economy. The lecture is the latest installment of the Orfalea College of Business' Economics Speaker Series, which brings economics and finance scholars from around the nation to speak on campus. For more information on upcoming speakers, visit the Orfalea College of Business website.

International Education Week Continues Through Nov. 18

The International Education Week continues with three additional events. This year's theme is "Supporting Students Beyond Borders." The Cross Cultural and International Center's "Minute to Win It" game (based on the TV show) will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Chumash Auditorium in the UU (No. 65). Two events will be held Thursday, Nov. 17. The Faculty International Opportunities Workshop is set for 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E46. International Education Week will conclude later with a Language Mixer from 8 to 10 p.m in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 221. See the International Week Event Schedule here. International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences.

Counseling Director Named to Counseling Psychologist Editorial Board

Geneva Reynaga-Abiko, director of Counseling Services, was appointed to the editorial board of The Counseling Psychologist, an industry-leading journal focused on diverse topics related to multiculturalism, cross-cultural competency, current research methods, and prevention. Her three-year term begins in January. Reynaga-Abiko (who has worked in higher education for 11 years, with more than nine years as a director) manages a team of 13 to 15 counselor-faculty each academic year. The licensed clinical psychologist has taught diversity-related undergraduate and graduate courses, done research projects, published articles and book chapters, and developed training programs for counseling departments on university campuses. A first-generation college student from an immigrant Mexican family, she is interested in the junction of gender, sexuality, ethnicity and spirituality. She recently completed committee work at the Chancellor's Office regarding mutual aid among campuses experiencing crises affecting CSU student mental health. Counseling Services annually treats thousands of Cal Poly students.

Cal Poly Community Invited to Violent Extremism Panel Discussion on Nov. 16

Students will host the #StandAbove Violent Extremism discussion panel from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Chumash Auditorium (No. 65), Room 204. #StandAbove is a student-generated social media campaign aimed at combating discrimination and violent extremist efforts, such as ISIL, with positive and unifying counter-narratives. ISIL stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The panel will feature insightful stories from guest speakers affiliated with San Luis Obispo's Mosque of Nasreen. The effort is part of a senior project led by a group of students in the Orfalea College of Business. To learn more about the campaign, visit or email

Football Team Offers Tickets to Nov. 19 Finale for Just $5

Cal Poly Football is offering $5 tickets to its season finale against the Northern Colorado Bears (6-4, 4-3) on Saturday, Nov. 19. Kickoff is at 6:05 p.m. at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Despite back-to-back losses to Eastern Washington and Weber State, the Mustangs still hope to earn a Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth. Cal Poly, ranked in the top 25 for the eighth straight week, is 6-4 overall and 4-3 in the Big Sky Conference. The team, which claimed the unofficial California FCS championship with wins over San Diego, UC Davis and Sacramento State, will try to snap its first two-game losing skid of the year on Senior Night as 18 seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony. To purchase your discounted tickets for the Northern Colorado game, click here. Use Promo Code CPFS. You can also purchase them at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office.

Join Cal Poly Athletics for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night on Dec. 1

Athletics is offering two free general admission tickets to all faculty and staff members for the basketball doubleheader as part of Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night on Thursday, Dec. 1. The women's team will host St. Mary's College at 5 p.m., followed at 8 p.m. by the men's game against University of Texas at San Antonio. All Cal Poly faculty and staff can claim their tickets to one or both games by showing their Cal Poly ID at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office or at the Mott Athletics Center box office on game night. For more information, visit

Training Offered on Supporting Undocumented Students

The Undocumented Student Working Group is sponsoring a three-part training series for faculty, staff, administrators and students interested in supporting undocumented students in institutional, academic and social settings on campus. The ongoing series is offered multiple times throughout the quarter. The first session provides information on how to best support undocumented students in accordance with state and federal law. The second workshop focuses on creating change at the office, department and/or program level. The third session will cover how to become a proactive ally to this population of students at the institutional level. For a complete list of dates and to register, visit the Undocumented Student Working Group website. Email questions to the Undocumented Student Working Group at

Campus Dining is Hosting a Series of Tasty Events

In an effort to raise awareness about the variety of food options available at Cal Poly, Campus Dining has developed a series of ongoing events including: Meatless Mondays — 19 Metro will offer one or more meatless dishes, endorsed by Campus Dining's registered dietitian; BBQ Wednesdays — from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Santa Maria-style barbecue will be offered in front of Campus Market; Go Green Thursdays — customers wearing green Cal Poly apparel can save 10 percent on prepared food items at The Avenue, Campus Market, Mustang Station and Sandwich Factory; Taste of Campus Dining — Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon, executive chef Michael Albright will host a booth at the University Union, offering the campus community a chance to try new dishes and provide feedback; Taste-Learn-Win — this educational event will be held one Wednesday a month, allowing the campus to taste and learn about healthful dining options and win prizes; and Friday Freebies — students, staff and faculty who follow @cpcampusdining on Instagram can "like" the Friday Freebie photo to have a chance to win food and other prizes. For more information, visit the campus dining website.

Presenters Sought for Dec. 1 Forum on Driverless Vehicle Systems

Join university colleagues to explore shared interest in autonomous driving, flight, agriculture, and manufacturing systems. A forum, be held Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Advance Technology Labs building (No. 7), Room 2, will be a mix of short, individual presentations on current and potential research and networking to identify interdisciplinary research themes and collaborators. The goal is to develop ideas for a larger funded symposium establishing a research agenda on the issue, collaborations between colleagues for co-authoring research proposals, and a larger scale research initiative (a collaborative center for autonomous systems). Submit your presentation proposal by clicking here. Presenters must focus on recent projects or potential research in autonomous vehicle systems and cannot exceed the 10-minute presentation limit. The idea is to let colleagues know enough about you and your research interests to catalyze potential interdisciplinary efforts.

Dec. 2 Workshop to Explore The Art of Conscious Living

Employee and Organization Development will host The Art of Conscious Living workshop from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in UU 204. The workshop will include developing a mindset to slow down, get centered and be focused. Techniques will include: taking control versus letting go; the practice of mindfulness; conscious breathing; gentle stretching; and guided relaxation. To register, click here and select "Enroll" on the SkillPort site.


Mike Stiles, an instructional support technician in the Biological Sciences Department, is retiring at the end of December after almost 30 years of service. Stiles joined Cal Poly in 1987 as a tree trimmer and worked in Custodial Services and additional roles in Landscape Services before moving to the College of Science and Mathematics in 2001. Stiles came to Cal Poly as a student in 1977 and earned a bachelor's degree in ecology and systematic biology. A retirement reception will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Fisher Science Building (No. 33), Room 285.

Jeff Heller, operations manager for Facilities and Projects, will retire Wednesday, Nov. 23, after five years of service with the Cal Poly Corporation. Prior to working for the corporation, Heller worked for the Brookwood Group, an outside consultant, on the Poly Canyon Village student housing project. During the past five years, he has been instrumental in advancing projects to improve Campus Dining and other corporation facilities. Most recently, he played a key role in the project to replace Vista Grande with a new state-of-the-art dining complex, slated for completion in fall 2018. To wish Heller well in retirement, stop by the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15)), Room 120 or email him at

A farewell dessert reception for Lois Kelly, who is retiring after more than 11 years as director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in the Administration Building Lobby (No. 1). Kelly came to Cal Poly in the spring of 2005 after 34 years working in financial aid and admissions at colleges and universities in four states. During her Cal Poly tenure, resources expanded from 9,000 to more than 13,000 recipients, and funds provided now exceed $155 million. In addition, for the past 12 years she has kept score at Women's Volleyball home games.

Campus Announcements

ASI Offers Free 15-Minute Attorney Consultations on Nov. 18

Need legal advice? Associated Students Inc. has contracted with San Luis Obispo attorney Jeff Radding to provide free legal advice to the campus community. This service is available to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff. Radding provides a 15-minute consultation. Appointments are still available from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. To schedule one, call the ASI Business Office at ext. 6-1281. Appointments are held in the ASI Business Office conference room, in UU 212.

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.


Theatre and Dance Department Comedy 'Cosi' to End Nov. 17

The Theatre and Dance Department will present the comedy "Cosi" at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday, Nov. 16 to 17, in the Spanos Theatre (No. 44). The play, written by Australian playwright Louis Nowra, is set in a mental institution in Melbourne, Australia, in 1971. In the production, Lewis, a recent university graduate, is hired to direct a play to be performed by the patients. Roy, an ebullient bipolar patient, convinces the group to perform Mozart's opera "Cosi fan Tutti." The characters include Doug, a pyromaniac; Cherry, who is loud, bold and obsessed with food and falls for the director; Ruth, an obsessive-compulsive unable to resist her passion for numbers and counting; Henry, a shy, stuttering ex-lawyer with hidden aggressive tendencies; and Zac, a strung-out musician who sees himself as an artistic genius. Against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, student protests and a free-love movement, Lewis must navigate his relationship with his live-in girlfriend and arrogant friend Nick, a stage director who only participates in "serious" theater. "The play, rich with delightful characters, is a study of human behavior and creative collaboration," said Al Schnupp, director and professor in the Theatre and Dance Department. Purchase tickets — $20, and $12 for students, seniors, children, faculty and staff — from the Cal Poly Ticket Office. Questions? Call ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Theatre and Dance Department website or College of Liberal Arts website.

Annual Fall Jazz Concert on Dec. 2 Features Big Bands, Combos and More

Cal Poly's University Jazz Bands will present the annual Fall Jazz Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in Spanos Theatre on campus. Two big bands and a pair of combos will demonstrate this generation's approach to one of America's great art forms, said Paul Rinzler, director of jazz studies. The big bands are composed of four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, a rhythm section and vocalist. University Jazz Band I and II will perform traditional and contemporary jazz, including such standards as "Fly Me to the Moon," pop classics including "Moondance" in a jazz setting, jazz/funk arrangements such as "Fowl Play" and contemporary jazz like Pat Metheny's "See the World."  Two jazz combos will also perform. The University Jazz Band I went on a performance tour of London over the summer, and performed for this fall's Jubilee by the Sea in Pismo Beach on Oct. 28. Purchase tickets at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. More information on the Music Department calendar website. Read more here.

Don't Miss Maestro Thomas Davies' 34th and Final Holiday Concert on Dec. 3

The Cal Poly Choirs will present the annual holiday spectacular "A Christmas Celebration" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Performing Arts Center. PolyPhonics, the University Singers and the Early Music Ensemble will perform holiday favorites and new works under the direction of music Professor Thomas Davies. The Cal Poly Brass Ensemble, conducted by Christopher J. Woodruff, will add to the festive performances. Cal Poly staff members Susan Azaret Davies and Paul Woodring will accompany the choirs and perform solo works for piano and organ. Repertoire will include Healey Willan's "Hodie, Christus natus est" ("Today Christ Is Born"), Hans Leo Hassler's "Dixit Maria" ("Mary Said"), and William Mathias' "Sir Christèmas," along with the popular carols "Carol of the Bells" and "Carol of the Drum." Two newer works to be performed include Meredith Brammeier's "Where Shepherds Lately Knelt" and Ron Kean's "There is No Rose." Brammeier is a professor of music at Cal Poly, and Kean is an emeritus instructor from Bakersfield College. The always-popular "Christmas Cameos" and the choirs' traditional "Silent Night," arranged by Sir Malcolm Sargent, will round out the program. Audience members can participate in a carol sing-along. This will be the 34th and final holiday concert led by Davies, the university's director of choral and vocal studies. An alumni choir of Davies' former choir students will also perform. Purchase tickets at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. More information on the Music Department calendar website. Read more here.

Symphony Opens Season with Taste of Rachmaninov and Dvořák on Dec. 4

The Cal Poly Symphony will be joined by pianist W. Terrence Spiller for its Fall Concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 4, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center's Christopher Cohan Center. Spiller will perform Sergei Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor. It was written at breakneck speed when the composer was 18, said symphony conductor David Arrivée. The concerto earned the young composer high marks and the Moscow Conservatory's Great Gold Medal when it was performed among other student works. Dissatisfied, Rachmaninov revised the work years later and declared, "I have rewritten my first concerto; it is really good now." Spiller, chair of the Cal Poly Music Department, has won awards in international piano competitions, and has performed across the U.S. as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and accompanist. The symphony will also perform Anonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 8 in G major, which alternates frequently between dark and cheerful music. Despite this mixture of moods, Dvořák biographer Hans-Hubert Schönzeler observed that "the whole work breathes the spirit of Vysoká, and when one walks in those forests surrounding Dvořák's country home on a sunny summer's day, with the birds singing and the leaves of trees rustling in a gentle breeze, one can virtually hear the music." Purchase tickets at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. More information on the Music Department calendar website. Read more here.

Cal Poly A Cappella Group Take It SLO Sets Two Holiday Performances for Dec. 4

Take It SLO, a student a cappella ensemble, will present its annual Holiday Concert at 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45), Room 218. The 17-member vocal ensemble will perform a variety of songs to raise the holiday spirit, plus some new works and old favorites, featuring student arrangements. The group includes a variety of majors on campus. Take It SLO has released multiple CDs, including "Let It SLO," its holiday album featuring songs the group will perform at the upcoming show. The group's latest release, recorded in spring 2015 at Speak Studio in San Luis Obispo, is titled "SLO Motion Part 2." Take It SLO recordings are available on iTunes, Spotify and Admission to the holiday concerts is $7 at the door for the public and $5 for students. For more information visit the group's website, email Take It SLO, or call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

Lecture-Recital on Copland's 'Twelve Songs of Emily Dickinson' Dec. 10

The Music Department will present a lecture-recital of composer Aaron Copland's music inspired by Emily Dickinson's poems at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in Davidson Music Center (No. 45), Room 218. The event will feature soprano Katherine Arthur, pianist Paul Woodring and guest lecturer Mary Kay Harrington. According to Arthur, it will explore the inspiring genius of Dickinson's poetry as represented in Copland's "Twelve Songs of Emily Dickinson," a cycle of songs written for solo voice and piano featuring subject matter close to the Amherst, Mass., poet: nature, death, life and eternity. Arthur and Woodring will perform the works after Harrington discusses Dickinson's life and poetry. Arthur teaches voice at Cal Poly and singing classes through the San Luis Coastal Adult School. Woodring is a staff accompanist and the university organist at Cal Poly. He is music director for Mt. Carmel Lutheran and San Luis Obispo United Methodist churches. Harrington taught English at Cal Poly for 31 years and created one of the first writing skills centers in the 23-campus California State University system. Admission is $5 at the door. More information on the Music Department calendar website. Read more here.

Event Calendar

To find out what’s going on at Cal Poly, visit the new Events Calendar. The site includes community events that are open to the public and Campus Life events open to students, faculty and staff. A link from the calendar allows staff, faculty and students to check facility availability before requesting and reserving on-campus locations for activities and events. For more information about publishing an event on the calendar, contact, or visit the university scheduling page for additional information. The new Events Calendar replaced the Cal Poly News Events Index.

Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center Calendars

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


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Upcoming Events @ Home

Thursday, Nov. 17
Men's Basketball vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 18
Wrestling vs. Army, University Union Plaza, 1 p.m.
Women's Basketball vs. Northern Arizona, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 19
Men's Basketball vs. Bethesda, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.
Football vs. Northern Colorado, Alex G. Spanos Stadium, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 22
Women's Volleyball vs. UC Davis, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 25
Women's Basketball vs. North Dakota State, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 26
Women's Basketball vs. Utah Valley, Mott Athletics Center, 4:30 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.

#104271 - Information Technology Consultant - Career, Campus Health & Wellbeing - Counseling Services. Anticipated hiring range: $4,372-$5,800 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Tuesday, Nov. 22.

#104262 - Information Security Manager (Administrator II), Information Technology Services - Technology, Policy and Security. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Open until filled.

#104273 - Learning and Development Specialist (Administrative Analyst/Specialist - Exempt II), Administration and Finance - Human Resources. $4,693-$7,617 per month. Open Until Filled.

#104249 - Media Resource Center Support Technician (Information Technology Consultant – Foundation), Information Technology Services - Customer and Technology Support. $3,470-$5,994 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,470-$5,000 per month. Closes Friday, Nov. 18.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the Cal Poly Jobs website to complete an application and apply for any of the positions shown below.

Part-Time Lecturer Pools – Pools are opening for the 2016-17 academic year. Visit the Cal Poly Jobs website to search department of interest.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly Corporation is a separate entity operating in concert with the university to provide a diverse range of services and resources to students, faculty and staff. To view job postings or apply, visit the Corporation website. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

There are no listings at this time.

ASI Employment Opportunities

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

There are no listings at this time.