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Cal Poly Report — Nov. 9, 2016


Cal Poly's 12th CubeSat to Launch with WorldView-4 Satellite on Nov. 11

Cal Poly, a major partner in the launch of DigitalGlobe Inc.'s WorldView-4 imaging satellite and the seven CubeSats riding aboard as auxiliary payloads, is gearing up for a Friday, Nov. 11, launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Onboard the Atlas V 401 rocket is OptiCube — the university's 12th CubeSat to be launched into space. It will provide an in-orbit target for ground assets to calibrate sensors for orbital debris studies and small-object tracking improvements. The launch was delayed since September by wildfires at the Air Force base. It is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. The local community can watch the takeoff from Hawk's Nest on Highway 1, just a half-mile south of Vandenberg's main gate. WorldView-4 will deliver images of Earth at 30-centimeter resolution — sharp enough to identify the make of an automobile. Cal Poly served as launch services coordinator to secure passage of the auxiliary payload as part of the National Reconnaissance Office's ENTERPRISE mission. The microsatellites range in size from a softball to a loaf of bread. The mission marks a number of firsts and milestones for the university, which has been at the forefront of CubeSat research, helping to establish the CubeSat standard in use throughout the world. It's the first time Cal Poly has served as launch services coordinator for secondary payloads on a U.S. commercial launch. Also it's the first time the National Reconnaissance Office will fly as a secondary payload on a U.S. commercial launch. Previous missions have all been hosted on government launches. Since 2000, nearly 500 CubeSats have been launched into space.

CIE to Celebrate New SLO HotHouse Location Downtown on Nov. 15

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) is hosting a grand opening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, to celebrate its new 15,000-square-foot SLO HotHouse location in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo. 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 the county. "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 the business community, the possibilities are limitless. Increasing economic development opportunities will have a ripple effect across our region." Heritage Oaks Bank is sponsoring the event. The public is invited. SLO HotHouse is at 872 Higuera St., directly above the Ross Dress for Less store. Advance registration is required. To register, visit Read more here.

Save Up to 75 Percent at University Store's Fall Sidewalk Sale on Nov. 15 to 17

University Store is holding its three-day Sidewalk Sale on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 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.

Cal Poly to Host Elevator Pitch Competition Finals, Panel Discussion on Nov. 9

Tips on how to deliver the perfect business pitch will be the focus of the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship's (CIE) forum from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. The final round of the 2016 Elevator Pitch Competition will take place during the P.E.N. (Pitches, Exhibits, Networking) portion of the evening, from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. For the first time, students from Cuesta Community College will join Cal Poly in the Elevator Pitch Competition. Cuesta and Cal Poly will each send six students to the finals for a total of 12 finalists. The Nov. 9 forum is free and open to the public; advance registration is required. For more information and to register, go to Read more here.

Saluting Cal Poly Veterans in Events on Nov. 9 to 11

The Veterans Success Center is hosting several events for Veterans Day. A free lunch for veterans will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Veterans Success Center in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E4. The Student Veterans Organization will staff a booth in the University Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, followed at 7 p.m. by a screening of  "The War Comes Home" at the Palm Theatre, 817 Palm St. The CNN documentary is a true story that follows two Iraq war veterans on the brink of suicide as they turn to a five-day emotional boot camp for a life-changing recovery — the Save A Warrior program in Malibu run by veteran Jake Clark. The showing is free; RSVP here. SVO is encouraging the campus community to wear Cal Poly green at a Veterans Day Celebration, sponsored by American Legion Post No. 66 and the Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum at 1661 Mill St. in San Luis Obispo. The event will feature street rods, production cars, custom motorcycles and military vehicles, as well as actors dressed in late 1940s and '50s period clothing. A barbecue will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. Cost is $5. For more details, email the Veterans Success Center at veteranscenter@calpoly.

Alumni Association Names Nine 2016 Honored Alumni

Nine people received the Honored Alumni Award — the highest honor presented by the university's Alumni Association — at an annual recognition ceremony held Nov. 4 at Chumash Auditorium. Some 240 people attended the event that recognizes alumni from the athletics program and the university's six colleges. Cotton Rosser, a 1952 graduate in animal husbandry, who received an honorary doctorate from Cal Poly in 2013, was honored from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Wendy Ornelas, who graduated with a bachelor's in architecture in 1980, was honored from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Another 1980s alumna, Karen Bartleson, engineering science, was honored from the College of College of Engineering. Screenwriter Jim Kouf, a 1974 alumnus with a degree in English and a minor in history, was honored from the College of College of Liberal Arts. Nohemy Ornelas (pictured), who obtained a master's in education in 2007, was honored from the College of Science and Mathematics. James Newkirk, a member of the Mustangs baseball team who graduated with a social sciences degree in 1962, was honored from Athletics. Also honored were Charles E. Bell Jr. (pictured), a 2004 political science graduate, who received the CPAA Distinguished Service Award, and John A. Ronca Jr., a 1975 business administration grad, who received the CPAA Sandra Gardebring Ogren Leadership Award. The Honored Alumni Award was established more than 60 years ago. See videos of the award winners here. Read more here.

Student Success

140 Students Compete in 13th Annual Vellum/CAED Furniture Design Exhibition

Two Cal Poly architecture students won a trip to Milan, Italy, at the 13th annual Vellum/CAED Furniture Design Exhibition in downtown San Luis Obispo from Nov. 4 to Nov. 5 at 760 Higuera St. (formerly Coverings). Vellum Design Build, a San Luis Obispo design-and-build firm, and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly team up to sponsor the annual competition that asks students to create original furniture designs and have their submissions juried by a panel of experts in their field. This year, 140 architecture students entered nearly 150 projects, which included tables, chairs, light fixtures, games, industrial design objects and other furniture design solutions. Designs had to be original and fabricated by each student or team of students. Entries were judged on function, individuality and beauty. Hundreds attended the Nov. 4 reception. Grand prize winners were Matt Edwards and Riley Snyder, who will receive a trip to the 2017 Salone del Mobile, the largest furniture fair in the world. The fair is held in April 2017 in Milan. Edwards also received an award for the best full design and fabrication piece and the People's Choice Award. Other prize winners included: Arianna Santana Blasco (AIA Modern Master Award); Ellie O'Connor (RRM Cradle 2 Cradle Award); Edwards and Alex Short (Dr. Daniel Lewis 100% Pure Award); Havel Weidner (Garrett Hack Timber Award); Danielle Aspitz and Roxy Kermani (Vellum Prize); and Aspitz, Kermani and Jon Conover (Runner's Up). The Vellum competition began in 2004 as a way to inspire creative thought and challenge participants to press the boundaries of design, while offering a tangible experience and exposure to industry professionals. The competition seeks to not only celebrate the students' work but also serve as a bridge between the Cal Poly student community and the larger community of San Luis Obispo, said co-organizer Tom di Santo, an associate professor in the architecture department. "Most importantly, it provides a forum for students to expeditiously exhibit their design passions with alacrity and a facility for craft," di Santo added. Read more here.

Mustangs First Team Ever to Sweep All Six Big West Conference Harrier Awards

The Cal Poly cross country program swept the Big West Conference yearly awards announced Nov. 3, becoming the first squad to collect all six honors in conference history. The Mustangs recognized were: Clayton Hutchins as Men's Athlete of the Year; Peyton Bilo as Women's Athlete of the Year; Justin Robison as Men's Freshman of the Year; Cate Ratliff as Women's Freshman of the Year; and Mark Conover as Coach of the Year for both the men and women's teams. Hutchins, a redshirt junior from San Anselmo, won the conference championship Oct. 29 with an 8k performance of 24:36.1 at Kahuku Golf Course in Hawaii. Cal Poly has won 10 Big West Men's Athlete of the Year awards all-time, three Women's Athlete of the Year accolades, seven Men's Freshman of the Year honors and eight Women's Freshman of the Year awards. Additionally, Conover now has 16 total Coach of the Year honors (12 men's and four women's). The Mustangs will compete in the West Regionals at Haggin Oaks Golf Club in Sacramento on Friday, Nov. 11. The postseason meet will send qualifiers to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. on Saturday, Nov. 19. Read more here.

Students Report on Cal Poly Scholars Progam with President's Council of Advisors

Ten members of the Cal Poly Scholars, a program that recruits high-achieving students from partner high schools in California, outlined how the four-year-old concept is helping them achieve at a Nov. 4 meeting of the President's Council of Advisors. The event allowed the advisors, including donors, to hear from students impacted by the program, and showed the many ways it positively impacts the Cal Poly community. This year, the program assists 223 students. Student presenters said it has helped increase their confidence and provided tools to help complete their educational goals. In addition, they provided highlights of the program's 2015-16 report that concludes that Cal Poly Scholars remains "a viable model for success." There is a positive correlation between student participation in events and improved academic performance. "For the second year in a row, traditionally underserved student groups in the program have outperformed their peers, and in some instances the university population at large," the report said. "A look at longitudinal retention data over the program's four-year history demonstrates the improvement in moving toward the university's goal of keeping all students on the path to a Cal Poly degree."

Faculty & Staff

Brock Center Family and Friends Photo Sessions to be Held on Nov. 11

Join the Brock Center to capture family and holiday photos on Friday, Nov. 11. Sign up for a 30-minute session between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Email to reserve your spot. The Brock Center serves as a bridge of communication between the agricultural industry, the media and the public. It celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Changes over the past three decades include the use of social media, more sophisticated graphic design and attention to long-form issue centered journalism — all the while maintaining foundational journalism standards.

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 13-15 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  Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. 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 on Saturday, Nov. 19. Kickoff is at 6:05 p.m. at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. A 42-21 loss to No. 3-ranked Eastern Washington on Nov. 5 dropped the Mustangs two positions in the Football Championship Subdivision media poll (and four spots in the coaches poll), but the team's playoff hopes remain alive. The Mustangs are ranked No. 16 in the STATS Inc. media poll and No. 20 in the FCS Coaches Poll, falling from their highest rankings of the season at No. 14 and 16, respectively. However, at 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big Sky Conference, the Mustangs currently sit in a three-way tie for third place in the conference standings with Northern Arizona and this week's upcoming opponent, Weber State. As a result, Cal Poly very much remains in the hunt for an FCS playoff berth — something that has eluded the team since 2012. Cal Poly travels to Weber State in Ogden, Utah, on Saturday, Nov. 12. The Mustangs' finale the following week could have playoff implications. 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.

Discounted K-8 Youth Football League Open to Children of University Employees

Athletics will host its second year of a youth flag football league this winter. "Next Level Flag Football @ Cal Poly" is a unique youth sports model; members of the Cal Poly football staff will run the league, and student-athletes will act as team coaches. This community-building event is positive on many levels and will be available for children from kindergarten through eighth grade. Besides benefiting local youth and student-athletes, who develop responsibility and leadership skills, the program will also connect local families to Cal Poly's football program. A $100 discount per child of faculty/staff members is being offered. Contact coach Jim Craft at for details. 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 Host 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.

Graduation Initiative Open Forum Set for Nov. 10 at PAC Pavilion

The campus community is invited to the Graduation Initiative Open Forum, set for 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. The forum will outline Cal Poly's participation in the California State University systemwide graduation initiative. Brian Tietje, vice provost of extended education, international and graduate programs, and university Registrar Cem Sunata will highlight efforts to provide students with a more efficient path to degree completion. Tietje and Sunata recently shared their presentation at the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium in Long Beach. For more information, visit the Provost's 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.

The International Center Wants You! Volunteer as Host of Local Activities

The International Center needs faculty and staff for the Poly Hosts program to host international students for various activities, such as an informal dinner at a Poly Host's home, seeing a movie, meeting at a coffee shop, or celebrating holidays or family occasions. The volunteer commitment will help international students experience the community outside of the traditional academic setting. Poly Hosts will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of other cultures while sharing their own. To learn more about becoming an International Poly Host or to apply, visit the International Poly Hosts web page.


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

Campus Announcements

Disability Resource Center and Pride Center to Screen 'Sins Invalid' on Nov. 10

The Disability Resource Center and The Pride Center will present the documentary "Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty" followed by a Skype discussion with film director Patricia Berne from 6-7:30 p.m.Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. The film and discussion will explore the intersections of race, disability and queerness, and build awareness on how our communities and the campus can be a more socially just place. "Sins Invalid" is a documentary about a performance project that celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer/gender-variant artists. Since 2006, its performances have explored sexuality, beauty and the disabled body. The documentary is an entryway into the taboo topic of sexuality and disability, manifesting a new paradigm — disability justice. "Sins Invalid" offers introductory readings and a study guide for faculty planning to make a class assignmment of the event. For details, contact Appy Frykenberg. For more information about the event, visit the Disability Resource Center website here.

Support Undocumented Students at Educators Coming Out Day on Nov. 10

The Undocumented Student Working Group invites the campus community to gather for a show of public support for undocumented students from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 10, on Dexter Lawn. The gathering is part of National Educators Coming Out Day. A group photo will be taken at 11:30 a.m., and light refreshments will be provided. Following the event, the Multicultural Center will hold a social from noon to 2 p.m. For more information on the campus event, visit the Undocumented Student Working Group's website. For details on National Educators Coming Out Day, visit the United We Dream Network's Dream Educational Empowerment Program's website.

'Enrique's Journey' Photographer to Give Nov. 14 Talk and Slide Show

The International Center will kick off International Education Week with a talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Don Bartletti presenting photos that define the causes and consequences of illegal immigration. The talk, open to the public, will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Chumash Auditorium (No. 65). Bartletti earned a 2003 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for the six-part Los Angeles Times series, "Enrique's Journey – The Boy Left Behind." His images were later featured in Sonia Nazario's national bestseller, "Enrique's Journey." A Q&A will follow the talk. The theme of International Education Week, set for Nov. 14-18, is "Supporting Students Beyond Borders." In addition, the center will hold its third annual Internationalization Symposium with a faculty and staff workshop on "Supporting International and Undocumented Students" at Cal Poly. (An RSVP is required). There will also be sessions on financial aid and scholarships for Study Abroad, as well as several events with the International Club and Cross Cultural Center celebrating international education.

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 to Present Comedy 'Cosi' from Nov. 10 to 17

The Theatre and Dance Department will present the comedy "Cosi" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 10 to 12, and Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 15 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.

Cal Poly Bands to Celebrate 'American Masters' at Bandfest Concert Nov. 13

Nearly 300 students will perform at Cal Poly's annual Bandfest at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center. "American Masters" will feature the Cal Poly Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble in an evening of bold and powerful works by living American composers for the modern symphonic band. The evening will also include the Mustang Marching Band performing high-energy selections for the traditional stadium band. The concert will begin with the Wind Orchestra performing Brian Bal-mages' "Elements," Eric Whitacre's "Lux Arumque," Steve Danyew's "Magnolia Star" and Robert Sheldon's "Stormchasers." The Wind Ensemble will continue with performances of John Zdechlik's "Celebrations," Frank Ticheli's "Rest," Karel Husa's "Al Fresno," selections from Julie Giroux's "Culloden" and John Williams' "March of the Resistance" from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Along with traditional favorites, the band will perform music from the great rock bands Rush and Queen as well as selections from the "Star Trek" films and soundtrack scores of John Williams. Purchase tickets from the Cal Poly Ticket Office. Questions? Call ext. 6-4849.

'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, 2017. For more information about the author's talk, visit the library's website.

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 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.

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.

Don't Miss Professor 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 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.

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.

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. 11
Women's Volleyball vs. UC Riverside, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 12
Wrestling vs. Cal Baptist, Mott Athletics Center, noon
Wrestling vs. Northwestern, Mott Athletics Center, 2 p.m.
Women's Volleyball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 13
Wrestling vs. Rutgers, Mott Athletics Center, noon

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.

Job Vacancies

Executive Employment Opportunities

The official listing of staff and management vacancies is posted on the Cal Poly Jobs website. To apply, go online and complete the application form. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. For assistance, call Human Resources at ext. 6-6574.

#104244 - Dean, Orfalea College of Business (Administrator IV). Open until filled; review begins Saturday, Nov. 26.

#104245 - Dean, College of Science and Mathematics (Administrator IV). Open until filled; review begins Saturday, Nov. 26.

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.

#104251 - Program Administrative Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator I), Student Affairs - Parent and Family Programs and Commencement. $2,846-$4,619 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Wednesday, Nov. 9.

#104267 - Development Administrative Assistant, (Administrative Support Assistant II), Student Affairs Development and Cal Poly Parent and Student Philanthropy. $2,539-$4,120 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Tuesday, Nov. 15.

#104259 - Administrative Support Assistant II – 11/12, College of Liberal Arts - Psychology and Child Development. $1,862-$3,022 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $1,862-$2,048 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Thursday, Nov. 17.

#104248 – Paralegal, University Counsel $3,188-$6,880 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Monday, Nov. 28.

#104264 - Coordinator for Recruitment and Outreach, Cross Cultural Centers (Student Services Professional II – 11/12), Student Affairs - Dean of Students Office. $3,537 - $5,028 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Monday, Nov. 28.

#104265 - Administrative Support Coordinator I - 11/12, College of Liberal Arts - Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies. $2,609-$4,234 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $2,609-$2,870 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Friday, Nov. 18.

#104261 - Assistant Director, Disability Resource Center and Testing Services (Administrator I), Student Affairs - Disability Resource Center and Testing Services. Salary is commensurate with experience. Review begins Monday, Nov. 28.

#104268 - Recruitment & Training Specialist (Administrative Analyst/Specialist - Non-Exempt), Facilities Services - Support Services. $3,288-$5,695 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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.

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.