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Cal Poly Report — Nov. 23, 2016


Hot Times in CIE's New 15,000-Square-Foot SLO HotHouse

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) hosted a grand opening for its new 15,000-square-foot SLO HotHouse location in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo. Hundreds from the community attended the Nov. 15 celebration. They toured the biggest tech startup community in the area and spoke to the innovative young entrepreneurs participating in the SLO HotHouse Incubator, a two-year program for Cal Poly students and recent graduates that helps transform their ideas from startups to sustainable. "The grand opening is a major investment in the future of San Luis Obispo that will benefit our community for generations," said Tod Nelson, CIE executive director. "Working with our partners in the county, city and business community, the possibilities are limitless. Increasing economic development opportunities will have a ripple effect across our region." Other entrepreneurs attending also learned about CIE programs and resources offered at SLO HotHouse. These include the new business incubator — now available to community startups — expanded co-working services and the Small Business Development Center, which helps startups and established companies launch businesses, attract capital investment and create jobs. The SLO HotHouse is a collaborative effort with the county, city and local business community aimed at supporting innovators and entrepreneurs to build a unique startup culture in San Luis Obispo County. To learn more, visit CIE's website.

University Rolls Out DocuSign Electronic Signature Service

To advance campus operations and boost productivity, Cal Poly has started using DocuSign — an eSignature program that lets users electronically send, sign and approve documents. More sustainable than paper forms, DocuSign is also a faster method for obtaining required signatures. The tool, which is commonly used for mortgage documents, is secure, trackable, and legally binding. This has been a cooperative project between the Administration and Finance Division's Network and Technology Services and Information Technology Services. After a successful pilot phase, AFD is using DocuSign for many of its human resources and payroll forms. Staff can now electronically sign forms such as fee waivers and benefits elections. ITS has rolled out DocuSign with a number of units on campus and will continue to expand it campuswide. If you are interested in learning more about how DocuSign can work in your department, visit the DocuSign information page on the Service Desk website, or look up the DocuSign Unit Coordinator assigned to your area.

World Renowned Furniture Artisan Garrett Hack Leads Workshop

Internationally renowned furniture maker Garrett Hack led a three-day workshop at Cal Poly — part of the first Urban Wood: From Trees to Furniture conference organized by Professor Matt Ritter. The conference, held in conjunction with the city of San Luis Obispo and the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, provided arborists, municipal partners and woodworkers with information about salvaging urban lumber for use in fine furniture. Reusing wood allows for longer carbon storage times and helps reduce carbon loss to the atmosphere, Ritter said. Some 80 people from the community and throughout the state attended a daylong series of sessions held off-campus Nov. 18, The following day, Hack led the furniture workshop held at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design's woodshop in Engineering West. "He's the most famous woodworker in the world," Ritter (pictured below) said of the former chairman of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters and author of two books, "The Handplane Book" and "Classic Hand Tools." The workshop attracted 17 attendees as well as five Cal Poly students, including honorees at the 13th annual Vellum/CAED Furniture Design Exhibition, held Nov. 4-5 in downtown San Luis Obispo. These included architecture student Havel Weidner (pictured), whose wood bench entry earned the Garrett Hack Timber Award for best use of wood in a project. Hack builds contemporary interpretations of classic furniture on his farm in Thetford Center, Vermont. He teaches classes throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Germany, England, Italy, Austria, Australia and Japan.

Student Success

Football Wins Season Finale on Senior Night, Advances to Playoffs on Nov. 26

Cal Poly earned its fourth Division I FCS Football playoff berth and will host the University of San Diego at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. The Mustangs defeated the Toreros 38-16 in the second week of the season also at Spanos Stadium, and have played San Diego four times in the last five years, winning all four. Cal Poly also beat San Diego 36-14 in the series opener back in 1959. "I like the matchup, but it will be a difficult one for us," said head coach Tim Walsh. "They like to throw the ball, and we have not been extremely successful in defending the pass. They are extremely well-coached, and I have thought that every time we have played them." The Mustangs finished 7-4 overall and tied for fourth place (5-3) in the Big Sky Conference, following the regular-season finale win over Northern Colorado on Nov. 19. The Mustangs never trailed in the 55-48 victory on the night that seniors were saluted. Senior quarterback Dano Graves (pictured below) was inspired and had arguably his best performance in a season full of memorable moments. He completed 14 of his 15 pass attempts for 191 yards and two touchdowns, carried the ball 18 times for a season-high 147 yards and a 42-yard touchdown run with 2:03 remaining that kept Cal Poly's FCS playoff hopes alive. San Diego returns to Spanos with a 9-1 record and the Pioneer League title with an 8-0 conference record. Cal Poly last competed in the FCS playoffs in 2012. Nine Mustangs were redshirts on that team. That group, now seniors, includes rush linebacker Josh Letuligasenoa, wide receiver Carson McMurtrey, slot back Kori Garcia, middle linebacker Joseph Gigantino III, offensive linemen Matt Fisher, Billy Shipman II and Nick Enriquez, defensive tackle Marcus Paige-Allen and defensive end Kelly Shepard. "This is a pretty special accomplishment for the seniors who have been here for five years," said Walsh. "And the good news is that they won't have to practice at 6 a.m. this week (due to the weeklong Thanksgiving break). We will be a well-rested football team on Saturday." Purchase tickets here.

CAFES Students Get First Salmonson Scholarships for Excellence in Agriculture

The first John and Carol Salmonson Scholarships for Excellence in Agriculture were awarded to Omar Alexander Gonzalez Benitez and Kristen Fernandez, both agricultural and environmental plant science majors. Each recipient, a first-generation college student and community college transfer, received $10,000. "I was absolutely thrilled when receiving the scholarship," Fernandez said. "I am so thankful for opportunities such as these that allow me to pursue my goals. I am the first in my extended family to attend a four-year university, and this has not just been an accomplishment for me but my family who has supported me throughout my journey." Fernandez, 22, from Sacramento, ultimately hopes for a career as a policymaker on agriculture and water issues. Benitez hopes to pursue advanced degrees and become an educator. "It is such a blessing to have received this scholarship," said the 22-year-old Watsonville resident. "I feel honored that along with Kristin, we are the first recipients of this great scholarship. Meeting John and Carol Salmonson was a joy. They are wonderful people who motivated me. In the near future I will be somebody who will give back to other deserving students." The couple, who co-founded the $100,000 scholarship with Brandt, an agriculture retailer and manufacturer of specialty agriculture products, for students in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Additional awards will be made through 2020. "Carol and I are thrilled to be a small part of helping these two deserving students pursue their dreams. Both Kristen and Omar are outstanding students who, I'm sure, will be leaders in the Ag field one day," said John Salmonson. "We are very fortunate to have partnered with BRANDT on this scholarship. We believe strongly in helping bring along the next generation." Applicants are open to students in the CAFES. Successful applicants must be state residents, demonstrate academic success and have financial need.

Cal Poly Forestry Quiz Bowl Team Makes it to Quarterfinals 

The Cal Poly Forestry Quiz Bowl team advanced to the quarterfinals at the annual Society of American Foresters Convention in Madison, Wis., on Nov. 1. The four-person team competed against students from universities across the country. The Jeopardy-style quiz game stimulated friendly competition between forestry schools across the nation in a head-to-head contest with questions on all disciplines of forestry. The competition was limited to 32 teams.

Faculty & Staff

UCSB Expert to Discuss Book on U.S.-Mideast Relations on Nov. 29

UCSB history Professor Salim Yaqub will discuss his second book, "Imperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs, and U.S.-Middle East Relations in the 1970s," from 6:10 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in the Business Building (No. 3), Room 112. Yaqub, who is also the director of the Center for Cold War Studies and International History at UCSB, specializes in the history of U.S. foreign relations, with a focus on U.S. involvement in the Mideast in the postwar era. Yaqub argues that the 1970s were a pivotal decade in U.S.-Arab relations — a time when each society came to feel profoundly vulnerable to the political, economic, cultural and physical encroachments of the other. Such perceptions aroused sharp antagonism between the U.S. and the Arab world. Meanwhile, however, elements of the U.S. intelligentsia grew more respectful of Arab perspectives, and Arab-Americans became more visible and accepted. These patterns left a contradictory legacy of estrangement and accommodation that remains today. He is also the author of "Containing Arab Nationalism: The Eisenhower Doctrine and the Middle East" as well as several articles and chapters on the history of U.S. foreign relations and the international politics of the Middle East. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Greg Domber at or ext. 6-6452.

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

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.

Cal Poly to Host Digital Fabrication Lab Grand Opening Dec. 2

The Industrial Technology and Packaging Area will host a grand opening for its digital fabrication (D-FAB) lab from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the Engineering West Building (No. 21), Room 135. The campus community is welcome to enjoy appetizers and refreshments while hearing about the industrial technology program's shift toward digitally driven manufacturing. It will also celebrate recent lab upgrades that include new computer numerical control (CNC) mills and lathes, a water-jet cutting table, 3-D printers and a press brake. The area was able to make key improvements to technology that students will see in the working world thanks to alumni and industry partners, along with the support of the Orfalea College of Business. Area Chair Eric Olsen said the newly added equipment has already been embraced enthusiastically by students.

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.

Deadline for Service Learning Faculty Fellows Proposals is Dec. 5

Faculty teams or individuals are invited to apply to be Service Learning Faculty Fellows for the 2016-17 academic year. Service learning combines learning goals and community service in ways to enhance student growth and the common good. The program supports faculty by expanding the number of service learning courses offered in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields and other majors across campus. Stipends are available. Deadline for application is Monday, Dec. 5. Email questions about the program to Anurag Pande, faculty liaison.

Exclusive Savings for Faculty/Staff at University Store Dec. 7 to 8

As a way of saying thank you for helping support student success, University Store is offering two days of big savings for faculty and staff. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, shop the Semi-Annual Customer Appreciation Sale one day early and receive 30 percent off apparel, gifts and supplies. On Thursday, Dec. 8, faculty and staff can take advantage of exclusive discounts on Apple products: Choose any in-stock Mac or iPad and save up to $300 (8 percent) off the regular academic price of eligible Apple products. Also on that day, faculty and staff will receive 20 percent off Moshi tech accessories and can enter a drawing at the Tech Center desk for the chance to win an iPad Pro. For additional information on the sale, visit the University Store website.

Five-Day Routing Deadline for Grant and Contract Proposals to Start in January

The Office of Research and Economic Development and the Grants Development Office are implementing changes in the review process of grants and contracts starting in January. In the 2015-16 academic year, the offices processed paperwork for $32 million in grants and contracts. To assure proper campus review and processing of these proposals, and to provide appropriate support to faculty and staff seeking external funds to support their projects, the offices are implementing a five-day routing deadline for all proposals. A signature-ready copy of any grant/contract proposal must be received by the Office of Research-Grants Development Office (ORED/GDO) at least five working days prior to the proposal-submission deadline. This includes proposals in which the university is a subawardee or otherwise involved. A signature-ready copy includes final, compliant budget with budget justification, near-final drafts of sponsor-required documents (such as project abstract, project narrative, management plans, facilities information and other proposal-specific documents), as well as written commitments from third-party collaborators or cost-share providers. In addition, electronic versions of all final proposal documents must also be provided to GDO at least one business day in advance of the submission deadline. This allows time for proper file merging and conformance with sponsor format and transmission directives. For more details, visit the Grants Development Office website.

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.

PolyLearn Support is Available in Wake of Exciting Summer 2016 Changes

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. For many faculty members, the PolyLearn Gradebook poses the greatest change. To learn more about it, visit the support site for step-by-step instructions and videos. Faculty can schedule a face-to-face consultation via the online form to connect with the correct support person for your needs and schedule. Questions? Email To learn more about the changes in PolyLearn, visit the "What's New in PolyLearn this Fall" web page.

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

Catastrophic Leave

Tracie Walser, nurse practitioner, in CH&W-Health Services, 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 Karen Woods at ext. 6-5265 or


Patty Greig, associate director for ASI Children's Programs, will retire in December after 33 years of service at Cal Poly. Greig graduated from Cal Poly after attending two years, during which she helped start the infant/toddler program. She returned in March of 1983 and has been an instrumental figure in building and expanding ASI Children's Programs and mentoring student employees. Current and former Children's Center parents, children and students are invited to an open house reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the Orfalea Family and ASI Children's Center.

A reception for Mike Stiles, an instructional support technician in the Biological Sciences Department, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Fisher Science Building (No. 33), Room 285. Stiles, who will retire at the end of December after nearly 30 years of service, joined Cal Poly in 1987 as a tree trimmer and worked in Custodial Services and additional roles in Landscape Services. He moved 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 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 12 years she has kept score at Women's Volleyball home games.

Campus Announcements

Cal Poly Cheese Packs Make a Tasty Treat for the Holidays

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Look no further than Cal Poly's award-winning, student-made cheeses. Ten cheese varieties in five gift-pack arrangements are available. Gift packs can be shipped or picked up at the Cal Poly Creamery exclusively during the holiday season. Visit for additional information and to place your holiday order.

Intersection of Science and Art of California's National Parks Talk set for Dec. 1

Leslie Love Stone, a Paso Robles-based artist and Cal Poly alumna, will discuss her recent work with Ruta Saliklis, curator and exhibitions director at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (SLOMA), from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 1, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 111H. Stone consulted with a Cal Poly botanist, soil scientist, and data and GIS specialist to transform data about the natural world into geometric shapes. Using her own numeric representation system, Stone created a series of paintings based on nine California national parks. She received her MBA from Cal Poly, with concentrations in marketing and international business, and her bachelor of science degree in finance and economics from the University of Nevada, Reno. She also holds a degree in graphic design from Cuesta College. Stone is a member of Mensa. This free, public event is part of the STEAM (STEM+Art) presentation series hosted by Kennedy Library. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit

Capital Fellows Programs Information Session to be Held on Dec. 1

Alumna Christina Hulick will give a presentation on the Capital Fellows Programs from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 112. Hulick (B.A., Political Science, 2013) completed the Senate Fellows Program in the office of Sen. Anthony Cannella from October 2013 to December 2014. The program, overseen by the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State University, offers four individual fellowships: the Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship, the California Senate Fellows, the Executive Fellowship and the Judicial Administration Fellowship. These nationally recognized public policy fellowships offer unique experiences in policymaking and development in each branch of government. Deadline for applications for the 2017-18 Fellowship program is Monday, Feb. 13. For more information on the fellowships click here or call the Political Science Department at ext. 6-2984.

Time[scape]lab Art Show on Display in University Gallery Through Dec. 16

University Art Gallery's imaginative end-of-the-year show, Time[scape]lab and the artist collaborative's body of work titled "Confabulatores Nocturni," is on display through Thursday, Dec. 16. Time[scape]lab is made up of architects Brian (pictured below, at left) and Katherine Ambroziak, professors who teach at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville's College of Architecture and Design, and Andrew McLellan (pictured at right), who has degrees in architecture and creative writing. The artists' work features a significant bias towards the act of writing and collage.  Their methods of representation rely heavily on two-, three- and four-dimensional montages to provide a fragmented reading open to personal interpretation, the development of various time signatures from a single vantage point, the application of time-based media that allow for further transformation of the image and the application of sound. The gallery is free and open to all from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery is in Room 171 in the Dexter Building (No. 34). Read more here.

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.


Annual Fall Jazz Concert on Dec. 2 to Feature 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 Antonín 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. Read more here.

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

Friday, Nov. 25
Women's Basketball vs. North Dakota State, Mott Athletics Center, 11 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 26
Football vs. University of San Diego in FCS playoff game, Spanos Stadium, 4 p.m.
Women's Basketball vs. Utah Valley, Mott Athletics Center, 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 1
Women's Basketball vs. Saint Mary's, Mott Athletics Center, 5 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. UTSA, Mott Athletics Center, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 3
Women's Basketball vs. Pepperdine, Mott Athletics Center, 4 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.
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.

#104281 - Director, Student Affairs Assessment & Research (Administrator I), Student Affairs - Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.

#104260 - Academic Advisor, (Student Services Professional II), College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences – Advising. $3,746-$5,325 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Tuesday, Nov. 29.

#104274 - Parking Officer I, Administration and Finance - University Police Parking Services. $2,489-$4,038 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Wednesday, Nov. 30.

#104280 - Network Analyst – Career, Information Technology Services - Enterprise Network Services. Up to two positions available. $4,372-$9,683 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $6,667-$8,750 per month. Open until filled. 

#104277 - Academic Advisor (Student Services Professional IB), College of Liberal Arts. Permanent position. $3,402-$4,812 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,402-$3,742 per month. Closes Sunday, Dec. 4.
#104276 - Temporary Academic Advisor (Student Services Professional IB), College of Liberal Arts. Temporary through June 30, 2017. Up to two positions (one full-time, one part-time) needed. $19.63-$27.76 per hour. Anticipated hiring range: $19.63-$21.60 per hour.) Closes Sunday, Dec. 4.

#104263 - Planner/Estimator/Scheduler, Administration and Finance - Facilities Planning and Capital Projects. $3,907-$6,340 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Monday,Dec. 19.

#104258 - Administrative Support Coordinator I, College of Science and Mathematics - Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics Education. $2,846-$4,619 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

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