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Cal Poly Report — Oct. 19, 2016


Public Hearing on University Master Plan's Initial Study Set For Oct. 20

A public hearing regarding the Initial Study for the environmental impact report for the university's Master Plan 2035 will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at UU 220. The master plan update will guide campus development over the next 20 years, while accommodating student enrollment, enhancing the quality of campus life and continuing a high standard of educational instruction. The plan will also identify needed improvements and facilities, providing the university with a framework to implement future goals and programs. The Initial Study has been prepared under the California Environmental Quality Act, which indicates that future campus projects might have significant environmental impacts. Those impacts will be addressed by the EIR prepared by the university. The 30-page document is available online at; click on the Related Documents tab. Printed copies are also available for review at Kennedy Library. Written comments will also be accepted until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. Read more here.

Cal Poly to Host Forum for 24th Congressional District Candidates on Oct. 20

Cal Poly is hosting a forum for the candidates seeking to represent the 24th Congressional District from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Spanos Theatre (No. 44). Salud Carbajal and Justin Fareed will respond to select questions from the theater audience and KSBY's social media platforms. KSBY News anchor Carina Corral will moderate the event. The station will broadcast the first hour live on the station and live-stream the entire event at Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and seating will be on a first-come basis. Approximately 350 seats will be available to the public. Event organizers have also set aside 100 seats for students (with student ID), also available on a first-come basis. Unfilled student seats will be released to the general public at 6:05 p.m. Doors will close at 6:15 p.m.; the live broadcast will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the university, the College of Liberal Arts, the Political Science Department, KSBY-TV and the League of Women Voters.

Universities' 2017 Rose Parade Float Readies to Roll to Pomona on Oct. 22

Cal Poly students are already thinking about New Year's Day and the upcoming 128th Tournament of Roses Rose Parade. At 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, members of the Cal Poly Rose Parade Float will pack up their half of the float for transport to Cal Poly Pomona, where "A New Leaf" will be completed over the next 10 weeks. The trucks leave Saturday, Oct. 22. Cal Poly and the Pomona campus team up each year to produce a float in the parade, which is televised internationally to more than 70 million viewers. Over the past 55 years, the two Cal Polys' entries have garnered scores of awards including this year's Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy for the most beautiful non-commercial float for "Sweet Shenanigans." "A New Leaf" features an animated family of chameleons exploring the wonders of a vibrantly colorful world around them. It will be the only student-built float in the New Year's Day classic, which is being held a day later — Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 — because of the parade's "Never on a Sunday" policy. This will be the sixth consecutive year that the float has partnered with the California Cut Flower Commission to seek the designation of "Californian Grown," a distinction bestowed by the California Cut Flower Commission. At least 85 percent of the flowers and plant materials used to decorate the float must come from California. Students in San Luis Obispo will be making multiple treks to Pomona over the next few months.

Campus Dining to Launch New Customer Feedback System

Campus Dining is launching a pilot program that will allow customers to text comments and questions in real time. Txt 'n' Tell, a text feedback program, is intended to encourage students, staff and faculty to share their on-campus dining experiences. To use Txt 'n' Tell, customers text 5574, enter a code that corresponds with the area in which they are dining, and text in their comments or questions. Customers can also visit to leave comments on Campus Dining's website. Txt 'n' Tell will be monitored between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. All texts will receive immediate confirmation of receipt. During monitoring hours, customers can expect personal follow-up within 30 minutes of sending their text.

Homecoming 2016: See a Mustang in Landmark Rock Formation on Oct. 22

A project revitalizing Cal Poly's koi pond memorial north of Spanos Stadium has made it easier to see the outline of the head and mane of the university mascot in the serpentine rock outcropping — just in time for Homecoming. A viewing spot will be hosted during the tailgate barbecue prior to the Mustangs' football game against UC Davis on Saturday, Oct. 22. The tailgate will be held from 3 to 5:45 p.m. A special viewing-frame will make it easier to distinguish the mustang's head and mane. It will be in place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the memorial located between the Business Building (No. 3) and the stadium rose garden. The rock outcropping honors Ted Howe, former head of the Ornamental Horticulture Department who died in 1952. Recent work included removing invasive vines and bamboo. In addition, butterfly bushes were planted, and a growing collection of multicolored koi fish were added to the pond. Read more here.

Journalism Dept. Unveils $1.1 million Centennial Campaign at 100th Celebration

Journalism Department chair Mary Glick (left) unveiled the Centennial Campaign to a crowd of 300 alumni, faculty and journalists at the Spotlight Gala Hall of Fame Dinner Celebration held Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton. Glick described the effort at the centerpiece of the department's Celebrating 100 Years of Delivering the News. The goal is to raise
$1 million to help meet the educational needs of students in the decades ahead and also fund the Jim Hayes Symposium. In addition, the campaign seeks $125,000 to retrofit and transform CPTV's diminutive standard-definition studio into a high-definition state-of-the-art television studio, and $25,000 to fund reporting awards that supports student media coverage of scientific, statistical and technical issues affecting the Cal Poly community. The announcement followed a ceremony honoring the inaugural members of the Mustang Media Hall of Fame. Some 300 people in attendance applauded as Al Yankovic (pictured) and Bruce McPherson were honored. Yankovic, an architecture alumnus, started his career as an entertainer as KCPR disc jockey "Weird Al," and has since sold more than 12 million albums and recorded more than 150 parody and original songs. McPherson, a former California secretary of state and current Santa Cruz County supervisor, launched a career in journalism following a stint as a student reporter for the El Mustang campus newspaper. Posthumously honored were Robert E. Kennedy, a journalism professor who served as university president from 1967-1979, and George Ramos, a former Mustang Daily editor and later Journalism Department chairman, who was part of the team of Los Angeles Times staffers to earn three Pulitzer Prizes. On Oct. 14, the department hosted on-campus the Jim Hayes Symposium, a biennial forum where media leaders discuss journalism integrity and its enduring values. To watch Yankovic's acceptance speech, click on this link.

ITS Can Help You Become More 'Cyber Aware' This Month

This is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a collaboration between government and industry to provide Americans the resources needed to stay secure online. Cal Poly is participating for the sixth time with Information Technology Services (ITS) distributing materials on campus, sharing tips through social media, and staffing booths in the University Union to raise awareness about safe browsing, strong passwords, phishing and social media safety. For more information, visit Cal Poly's NCSAM web page or follow ITS on Twitter @CP_ITS.

Student Success

5,600 Students Meet With 314 Companies as Fall Job Fair Season Starts

More than 4,600 students attended the two-day Fall Career Fair in the Recreation Center on Oct. 19-20. Nearly 250 employers, from Apple and Anheuser-Busch to Oracle, PG&E and the military, attended, seeking applicants from all six colleges for career, summer, internship and co-op positions. On the first day, recruiter Beth McCormick of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a federal research facility in Livermore, Calif., said she was impressed with the caliber of student hopefuls. "Cal Poly is a big school for us," she said. "Today, we met a lot of great students. Cal Poly is our No. 1 school right now." Second-year civil engineering major Jacob Acuna, attending his first career fair, secured interviews for an internship. Nearly 150 employers had booths and representatives at the opening of the two-day event. "I really liked it," he said. "It was not as intense as people said." Kendrick Dlima, a second-year aeronautical engineering major, was also attending his first job fair. "I did a lot of networking," he said. "My goal was to get an internship or start networking that would get me one in the future." This was the second job fair held this quarter, according to Career Services. At the Computing Career Fair, held Oct. 11, more than 1,000 computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, and information systems students met with representatives from 72 companies. More events are on tap. The Construction Management Career Fair is scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 8. And next year, job fairs open to majors in all six colleges will be held: Winter Career Fair is set for Jan. 25-26, and the Spring Career Fair is scheduled April 19-20. For more details on these and other services, visit the Career Services website.

Faculty & Staff

Unmasking Microaggressions Workshop Set for Noon on Oct. 19

Learn about microaggressions — what they are, how they harm and how to stop them — at an hourlong workshop titled Unmasking Microaggressions starting at noon Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 114. To learn about scheduling a training for a department or group, contact Kari Mansager, program director of the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity, at ext. 6-7367 or

First of Four Finance Dashboard Workshops to Be Held Oct. 19

Four workshops for dashboards — the official reporting system for end users of the university's financial system — are being offered in through December, and the first is scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 19. The 90-minute workshops, limited to 12 people, will teach participants how to use and navigate finance dashboards to better manage financial resources. Attendees must have security access to the dashboards. If you lack access, fill out a CMS Access Request and allow five working days for approval. Beginning workshops are scheduled: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19; 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26,; and 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7. An intermediate workshop will he held 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. To sign up and see additional training opportunities, visit and click on the appropriate link. Send questions to

University Cashiers Office Temporarily Relocates to Recreation Center on Oct. 19

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 19, the University Cashiers Office will be temporarily relocated to the Ticket Office in the Recreation Center (No. 43) while its offices are being renovated. The work is expected to be completed by the end of January, when the cashiers office operations will return to its permanent location in the Administration Building (No. 1).  

Faculty Advising Workshop is Set for Oct. 21  

University Advising will offer a training for new faculty advisors from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 21. The Nuts and Bolts of Faculty Advising workshop provides an introductory overview of curriculum, advising tools, university policies, the registration process, and the advising structure at Cal Poly. To register for this workshop, click here.

Reuling Volleyball Tournament, a Benefit for Depression Awareness, is Oct. 21

ASI Rec Sports and Campus Health and Wellbeing are co-hosting the annual Reuling Volleyball Tournament on Friday, Oct. 21, a fundraiser to benefit the Mark Reuling Foundation for Depression Awareness. Proceeds will also help Campus Health and Wellbeing provide education and prevention programs about bipolar disorder and depression. The staff/faculty portion of the event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Recreation Center (No. 43). Cost per team is $60, and the event is open to all skill levels. To register, visit and click on the Tournaments tab, or sign up in person at the Rec Center Membership Desk.

Documenting Workflow Trainings Scheduled Oct. 21 and Oct. 28

Many staffers perform assignments that are not thoroughly documented. The Documenting Your Workflows workshop will provide the tools and techniques to document the essential tasks that have been performed. These include screenshot and screencast software as well as document templates. The resulting resources, which save time and reduce errors, can be invaluable when handing off an assignment to a co-worker. Workshops will be held 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, and Friday, Oct. 28. Each session is limited to 12 participants. To sign up and to see additional training opportunities, visit and click on the link. Email questions to

Online SkillPort and Lynda Introductory Workshops Set for Oct. 24 and Oct. 27

An hourlong introduction workshop for the online training resources of SkillPort and Lynda will be presented at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24 and at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. These will explore the complete training catalogs, including books, courses, videos and professional certificates, for a range of fields. The class, limited to 12 participants, will also review SkillPort specific techniques to create learning plans, organize resources and document personal learning. To sign up or to see additional training opportunities, visit and click on the links. Email questions to

Grants 2.0: Turn Your Good Idea into a Great Proposal at Oct. 27 Workshop

Are you interested in obtaining funding for research, but aren't quite sure how to get started? Have you submitted a proposal and had it rejected? If so, plan on attending the Grants 2.0 Workshop, presented by the Office of Research and Economic Development, in collaboration with Hanover Research, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in Chumash Auditorium (No. 65), Room 204. Topics will include an overview of the university's grant administration, types of funders and funding, RFP (request for proposal) analysis, concept development, building relationships with program officers, proposal writing, and detailed tips on developing the "DNA" of a proposal. To reserve a seat for this workshop, or for more information, contact Allie Walter at or ext. 6-5153. For more details about the workshop, visit the Research and Economic Development website or the Hanover Research website.

Administration and Finance Division Offers First Customer Satisfaction Survey

Invitations have been emailed to employees and students for the inaugural Administration and Finance Division Customer Satisfaction Survey, which will assist the division in understanding worker-satisfaction levels with service units over the past 12 months. The survey will help determine what works well and what needs improvement. Respondents will be entered into a prize drawing; for every unit rated completely, respondents receive an entry into a drawing for an iPad mini, a $30 gift certificate to the University Store, or a $20 gift certificate to Starbucks. The more departments rated in the survey, the greater the chances of winning!

Kerry Yamada, Former Director of Health and Counseling Services, Dies

Kerry T. Yamada, the former director of Health and Counseling Services and interim vice president for Student Affairs, died on Monday, Oct. 10, after a brief illness. No service is planned. Yamada worked in Student Affairs from 1981 to 1994. The licensed psychologist came to Cal Poly in 1981as director of counseling and testing after working 13 years as a clinical psychologist and administrator in Indiana, South Dakota and two universities in California — UCLA and CSU Bakersfield. He served as dean of psychological and counseling services at UCLA from 1974 to 1979.

Deadline for Proposals for Baker/Koob Endowments is Nov. 14

The Warren J. Baker and Robert D. Koob Endowments are accepting proposals through Monday, Nov. 14, for student projects that provide hands-on, project-based learning opportunities. This year, $28,500 in grant funding is available. Grants typically range from $1,000 to $2,500 for individuals and $1,000 to $5,000 for group projects. A faculty committee representing Cal Poly’s six colleges will review proposals. Past grant recipients include a wide range of academic programs and ideas. Winners will be announced before the holidays, and projects can begin in January. Students have one year to complete their projects. Detailed information and proposal forms are available on the Provost's website or by contacting Mike Miller at or ext. 6-5773.

Statistics Department Offers Consulting Services to Campus Through Dec. 9

The Statistics Department provides a consulting service to facilitate research design and data analysis in a variety of disciplines. Consulting is offered through Friday, Dec. 9, by appointment only. The service supports faculty and staff projects and research, and provides help to students working on senior projects and graduate research. Consultant Jeff Sklar is available to advise on data collection, experimental design and analysis of research projects. In addition, he can lead seminars or provide tutorials on requested topics and offer advice on computer packages available at Cal Poly. For details, including what each client should bring to a consulting session, visit the Statistics Department web page. If there is a special area of statistical inference that is of interest to a group or department, or to schedule a consultation, email

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.

Campus Announcements

Campus Dining to Celebrate National Food Day on Oct. 20

Campus Dining will celebrate National Food Day on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 19 Metro and the University Union. Local, sustainable dishes will be highlighted at 19 Metro, and Chef Michael Albright will be offering free tastings in the UU starting at 11 a.m., followed by the UU's Farmers Market. The local event is being organized by nutrition students with Campus Dining and Cal Poly Sustainability participating. Campus Dining will have tables at the market to showcase just a few of its local community vendors, such as Edna's Bakery, Harvest Santa Barbara and Family Tree Produce. To learn more about Food Day, visit its website. For more information on the local event, visit

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshop Scheduled for Oct. 20

Employment Equity Facilitator Workshops for fall quarter will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20; 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15; and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. Brian Gnandt, director of Equal Opportunity, and Al Liddicoat, associate vice provost of Academic Personnel, will lead the workshops. In addition, representatives from Academic Personnel and Human Resources will be there to answer questions and provide information on the recruitment processes. Ethan Kuster will answer questions about institutionally sponsored H-1B visas for foreign faculty and staff. Trainings will be held in the Equal Opportunity Conference Room in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 290. For more information, visit the Equal Opportunity website. To enroll, contact Kuster at or ext. 6-7387.

Cal Poly Corporation Board to Meet Oct. 21 in Building 15

The board of directors of the Cal Poly Corporation will hold its regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Room 124. The meeting is open to the public. For more details, or to get a copy of the meeting agenda, contact Ann Roy at or ext. 6-1131.

Next Training Session for Class and Event Scheduling Set for Oct. 21

University Scheduling will offer information sessions for the new space and event scheduling system, 25Live. Training will include information on how to check the availability of a particular location. Sessions will take place 9-10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, Friday, Nov. 18 and Monday, Dec. 19 in the Science North Building (No. 53), Room 215. For more information, contact University Scheduling at ext. 6-5550 or

Speak Up! Responding to Everyday Bigotry Workshop on Oct. 26

The Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity is hosting an hourlong workshop on combating bigotry starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 114. Participants will understand the impact of everyday bigotry, explore barriers to responding to everyday bigotry, and develop and practice ways to respond. For questions about scheduling a training for your department or group, contact Kari Mansager, OUDI program director, at ext. 6-7367 or email her at

Faculty and Staff Associations Hosting October Events

Cal Poly has five Faculty and Staff Associations that are sponsoring or holding events in October. The American Indian FSA is collecting school and camping supplies for tribes gathered at Standing Rock Reservation in protest of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. A collection box is in the Ethnic Studies Department office in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 136. The Asian Pacific Islander FSA's Fall Welcome event is from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in UU 220. Enjoy food, meet new people, reconnect with others and learn how to support the API FSA community. For more information on these and other Faculty and Staff Association organizations, click on the below links:
American Indian and Indigenous Faculty and Staff Association
Asian and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association
Black Faculty and Staff Association
Chicana Latino Faculty and Staff Association
Pride Faculty and Staff Association

Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach Opens for Public Tours on Oct. 29

Bring the family and tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 29. The fall open house will feature hands-on touch tanks full of live marine creatures, microscopes for viewing ultra-small sea creatures, and lots of interactive displays on the pier that is more than a half-mile long. Kids can put their faces in the water and breathe through a scuba respirator, learn why whales migrate and discover what a red tide is. Faculty and students will be available to answer questions. Visitors can also explore ongoing research into local marine life, including projects aimed at protecting Morro Bay's ecosystem, sustaining local fisheries and mapping ocean currents on the Central Coast. Safety rules require closed-toe walking shoes to walk on the pier. It is on Avila Beach Drive, just west of the San Luis Creek Bridge. Parking is limited near the pier, so visitors should use the public parking lots in Avila Beach and walk to the pier. Read more here.

Cal Poly Foundation Board Meeting to Be Held Nov. 5 in the ATL

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will hold its next public meeting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Keck Lab in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). For more information about the meeting or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-7147.

Pay for Campus Parking Meters Using Smartphone App Parkmobile

Parking Services has launched a mobile payment option for parking meters on campus. Parkmobile, a mobile payment solution, lets people pay for parking with a smartphone or tablet. The parking app can also alert motorists when their meter is about to expire, providing the option to extend parking time remotely. The meters will still take quarters for payment. To utilize the service, you must first download the mobile app or register at the company’s website. After registering, motorists can immediately use Parkmobile to pay for parking via the mobile app, website or toll-free number.

Relax on RTA's Route 10X: Just an Easy Hour Commute from Orcutt to Cal Poly

Do you commute to Cal Poly from Orcutt, Santa Maria or Pismo Beach on the 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. work schedule? Check out the new RTA Express Bus Route 10X, which travels from Orcutt to the university in an hour. Lower your daily stress by not driving to campus or having to find parking, while doing your part to reduce the number of single-occupant vehicle trips to the university. Traveling with RTA let's riders enjoy the commute with a book, listen to music, meet new people, or kick back and watch a movie on a laptop or mobile device. Riders also earn incentives for making this their smart commute choice. Register at, log daily smart commutes and earn polycard cash each day you ride the bus. Check out the Route 10X schedule at Email questions to or call ext. 6-6680.

Approved Caterers and Program Enhancements Announced

Procurement Services has announced the approved caterers for on-campus events this academic year. Several new caterers have been added to the list and several chose not to reapply. The program now allows catering to be paid with a ProCard. Several caterers are also approved to serve alcohol. All approved caterers must provide zero waste service. Find the list of approved caterers on the Administration and Finance website.

Get Your Kicks at Pickup Soccer Games on Mondays and Thursdays

Join the fun and friendly faculty and staff soccer group. The action starts at 12:15 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, and the group plays until too tired to keep going — generally, a little less than an hour. To be added to the email list, send a note to Brian Self at or Rachel Henry at

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.


Secondary-Level Strengths-Based Workshop Set for Oct. 20

University Advising will host a second-level workshop on StrengthsQuest training. The workshop will cover how the strengths-based development program can help attendees identify their natural abilities and develop the latest strategies for applying them. Preregistration is required. It will be held 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E29. To register, click here. For more details about StrengthsQuest training, visit Strengths at Cal Poly or For more information, contact Shelly Wolf at or ext. 6-5709.

Hostage Negotiator and Author to Make Oct. 21 Presentation in the ATL 

Psychiatrist Mark Goulston will share insights on how to improve negotiation skills at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in the Advanced Technologies Laboratories' Keck Lab (No. 7). His talk will focus on how to increase the ability to get your message through to anyone. Goulston has trained the FBI and police in hostage negotiations, was a crisis psychiatrist for 30 years, and was a UCLA professor of psychiatry for 25 years. He has written several best-selling books, including "Just Listen," "Get Out of Your Own Way," and "Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life." The event is co-sponsored by the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow his talk.

Watch Guest Choreographer at Orchesis Dance Company Rehearsal on Oct. 21

Observe three guest choreographers as they create new pieces with the Orchesis Dance Company at open rehearsals this fall. All three open rehearsals will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Cal Poly Dance Studio in historic Crandall Gym (No. 60). See hip-hop choreographer Amanda Leise from EDGE Performing Arts Center on Friday, Oct. 21; modern dance choreographer Ryan Corriston from James Madison University on Friday, Oct. 28; and Mark Haines, artistic director of Intersect Dance Theatre, on Friday, Nov. 4. The three pieces will be performed in "Synergy," the 47th annual Orchesis Dance Company concert scheduled in January. For more information, contact Christy Chand at or ext. 6-6436.

'Wild Kingdom' Host Peter Gros Comes to the PAC on Oct. 22

Peter Gros, co-host of of "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" on Animal Planet, brings to Cal Poly his live multimedia stage production filled with exotic animals, adventure discussions and hilarious bloopers from past shows. Some lucky audience members will even be able to join in the fun on stage at the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. On the TV show, Gros provides the link between the original series, which aired from the 1960s through the 1980s, and the new specials. This ensures the specials remain true to their original heritage. For more details about the show and tickets, visit the PAC website. Read more here.

Kennedy Library to Offer Presentations for Open Access Week on Oct. 24-30

Kennedy Library will host presentations as part of Open Access Week, a global event when academic and research communities share the benefits of unrestricted online access to research. The presentations include:

Open Access and Government Transparency, from 11:10 to noon, Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the library, Room 111H. Foaad Khosmood, professor of computer science, will discuss Digital Democracy, a unique Cal Poly project aimed at increasing government institutions' transparency.

A brief introduction: What is ORCID and how do researchers and universities use it? from 11:10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 27, in the library, Room 111H. Robert Peters, technical operations director at Open Researcher and Contributor ID, will share how ORCID uses identifiers, providing open tools for creating trustworthy connections between researchers and their contributions and affiliations.

The Open Locker, ongoing, from Monday, Oct. 24, to Sunday, Oct. 30, on the library's second-floor landing. Developed by Cal Poly's Free Culture Club, the Open Locker promotes less restrictive copyright licenses and the free sharing of creative works. Be sure to bring a USB-friendly device to download Open Access Week's free content!

Have a Talk, Share a Movie with Palm Theatre Founder Jim Dee on Oct. 26

Palm Theatre founder and Cal Poly alumnus Jim Dee will speak from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in UU 204. In 1988, Dee opened The Palm to provide alternative cinema to San Luis Obispo. It is one of the first and only solar-operated movie theaters in the world. Dee will discuss how film can personalize stories of social struggle and injustice and provoke change. He will also screen the 1948 Italian neorealist film “Bicycle Thieves,” directed by Vittorio De Sica. For details, contact Kayley Weldon at RSVP here.

Workshop on Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers Starts Oct. 27

The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology will offer a five-part workshop titled “Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers through Inclusive, Effective and Equitable Practices” beginning Thursday, Oct. 27. The workshop will focus on methods to include students from traditionally underrepresented and underserved groups in undergraduate research and help them excel. Research has shown that students in these groups benefit from undergraduate research experiences but often face barriers to participation. For more information, visit the CTLT website or register now.

Oct. 27 Talk on How Spying and Self-Promotion Lead to Innovation

UC Santa Barbara Professor Paul Leonardi will give a talk, "How Spying, Eavesdropping and Self-Promotion Can Lead to Innovation in the Digital Age," from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in Chumash Auditorium, (No. 65), Room 207. Through a series of studies of automotive engineers, mobile app designers, bankers and telecommunications professionals, Leonardi builds a theory of communication visibility that helps explain how the increasing social transparency of the workplace is changing organizations and the lives of those who work in them. Leonardi earned his doctorate from Stanford University and teaches technology management at UCSB. To learn more, visit the Communication Studies website or contact Krista Burke at or call ext. 6-2553.

Presentation on Technological Advances and Human Evolution Set for Nov. 1

Bob Field, an adjunct physics professor and research scholar in residence, will give a talk, titled "Prove You're Not a Robot" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 202A. The talk, which is open to all, will discuss how human fate depends on rapid advances in robotics, genetics, artificial intelligence and neuroscience. Field retired as a senior scientist at Rocketdyne and Schafer Corp. He designed and analyzed advanced high-energy laser optical systems and advanced optical coatings for high-energy laser and surveillance systems. The talk is sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development. Refreshments will be served. For more details, contact Allie Walter at, ext. 6-5153, or visit Research Scholars in Residence Program webpage.

Cal Poly Authors to Discuss Buddhism, Political Theory and The Dude on Nov. 4

Matthew Moore (pictured), associate professor in political science, will discuss his 2016 book, "Buddhism and Political Theory," with philosophy Professor Joe Lynch. The conversation promises enlightenment as well as entertainment, as suggested by Lynch's chapter in "The Big Lebowsky and Philosophy" titled "Buddhism, Daoism and Dudeism." The discussion will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m Friday Nov. 4, in Kennedy Library, Room 111H. There will be time for audience questions, and light refreshments will be served. The event is part of the Conversations with Cal Poly Authors series at Kennedy Library. Listen to podcasts of past conversations on SoundCloud. For more information, visit the library's website.

Local Organist Returns to the Forbes Pipe Organ on Nov. 6

Local organist Katyla Gotsdiner-McMahan launches the new season of music performed on the famed Forbes Pipe Organ with a fresh, innovative concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Performing Arts Center. Hailing from Russia, this versatile Central Coast artist — who holds graduate degrees in organ and musicology from the Moscow Conservatory — will present a program of 20th century music ranging from classical to pieces influenced by jazz from America, Europe and Russia. The first part of her afternoon concert will feature works by William Bolcom, Anton Heiller, Marcel Duprè, Dmitry Shostakovich and others. The second half will also feature music for brass and organ performed by the Cal Poly Brass Ensemble, directed by music Professor Christopher Woodruff. Tickets are $24 and $30 for students and adults respectively. Buy them in advance from noon to 6 p.m, Monday through Saturday, from the PAC Ticket Office or order online at Questions? Call ext. 6-4849.

Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department to Present 'Cosi' Nov. 10-17

The Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department will present the comedy "Cosi" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 10-12, and Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 15-17, 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 manic-depressive, convinces the group to perform Mozart's opera "Cosi fan Tutti." The characters include Doug, a pyromaniac; Cherry, who is loud, bold, 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. Tickets are $20 for the public and $12 for students, seniors, children, faculty and staff. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849). For more information, visit the Theatre and Dance Department website or College of Liberal Arts website.


Cal Poly Choirs Kick Off 2016-17 Season With Oct. 29 Choral Concert

Cal Poly's 2016-17 choral ensembles will be introduced in a concert featuring various styles — from 18th-century motets to folk songs and spirituals — at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Performing Arts Center. PolyPhonics, the University Singers and the Early Music Ensemble will present the “New Beginnings … New Horizons” fall concert, which begins conductor Thomas Davies’ final year as director of choral activities and vocal studies at Cal Poly. He and his wife, Susan, are in their 34th year of teaching at Cal Poly. The University Singers will open the program with “In virtute tua” (“In Thy Strength”) by Polish born Grzegorz Gorczycki, who studied in Prague and Vienna. “Erev shel shoshanim” ("Evening of Roses"), an Israeli folk song, will follow, and the ensemble will conclude with Z. Randall Stroope’s “Sure on this Shining Night.” In honor of Halloween, PolyPhonics will perform Johannes Brahms’ “Nächtens” (“Nightly Visions”), Kurt Weill’s “Kiddush” and Morten Lauridsen’s “Dirait-on” ("So They Say”). The Early Music Ensemble will present several madrigals, and all three ensembles will combine to present two well-loved spirituals, “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit” and “My Lord What a Mornin.” The concert will close with Beethoven’s famous “Hallelujah” from “Mount of Olives.” Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. Read more here.

L.A. Convention Center Executive Will be in Residence at Cal Poly Nov. 6-8

Brad Gessner, who manages the Los Angeles Convention Center, will serve as an executive-in-residence for Cal Poly's Experience Industry Management Department on Nov. 6- 8. The public is invited to his keynote presentation at 6 p.m., Nov. 7, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. Gessner, senior vice president and general manager of AEG Facilities, also will lecture in classes and meet with faculty, students, industry members and the community to talk about his expertise regarding convention services, revenue generation, green practices and sustainable programs. AEG is one of the world's leading sports and entertainment presenters and is a subsidiary of the Anschutz Co., which owns, controls or is affiliated with a collection of companies, including more than 100 of the world's pre-eminent entertainment facilities such as the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., the Oakland Coliseum, and the Hawaii Convention Center. Read more here.

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 Balmages' "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. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office. For more information, call ext. 6-4849.

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, Oct. 21
Wrestling hosts Green vs. Gold Meet, UU Plaza, noon.
Women's Volleyball vs. CSUN, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 22
Women's Golf hosts Cal Poly Invitational, Cypress Ridge Golf Course, 8 a.m.
Football vs. UC Davis (Mustang Family Weekend/Homecoming),
Spanos Stadium, 6 p.m.
Women's Volleyball vs. Long Beach State, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 23
Women's Golf hosts Cal Poly Invitational, Cypress Ridge Golf Course, 8 a.m.

Friday, Oct. 28
Women's Volleyball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 29
Men's Soccer vs. Sacramento State, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 30
Women's Soccer vs. UC Davis, Spanos Stadium, 2 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.

#104228 – Recruitment Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II), Administration and Finance – Human Resources. $3,115-$5,060 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 24.

#104219 – Counselor (Student Services Professional III), Academic Affairs – Admissions, Recruitment and Financial Aid. $4,204-$5,989 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 24.

#104236 – Educational Communications Specialist (Public Affairs / Communication Specialist II), Student Affairs. $3,515-$5,704 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,515-$5,000 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 25. 
#104233 – Director of Development (Administrator II), College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences – Advancement. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.

#104239 – Network Administrator (Operating Systems Analyst – Career), Administration and Finance - Network Technology Services. $4,372-$9,683 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $4,372-$5,500 per month. Open until filled. 

#104238 – Student Accounts Office Systems Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Non-Exempt), Administration and Finance – Fiscal Services. $3,288- $5,695 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 26.

#104237 – Solutions Support Facilitator (Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Non-Exempt), Administration and Finance – Fiscal Services – Student Accounts. $3,288-$5,695 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Nov. 2.

#104235 – Instructional Support Technician II, College of Science and Mathematics – Biological Sciences. $3,748-$6,082 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 31.

#104231 – Administrative Director of the Cal Poly Packing Center (Administrator II), Orfalea College of Business – Industrial Technology. Salary is commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.

#104229 – Accounting Technician II, Administration and Finance – Fiscal Services – Student Accounts. $3,010-$4,888 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Nov. 9.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

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

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.