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Cal Poly Report — Oct. 26, 2016


Biomechanics Researchers Undertake Department of Defense Project

University researchers received a three-year, $513,000 grant from the Department of Defense's Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity to improve the quality of life for military transtibial amputees. Battle armor and armored vehicles have saved soldiers lives, but more veterans are returning home with below-knee (transtibial) amputations. And although prosthetic limb design has advanced rapidly, even state-of-the-art prostheses do not completely restore natural biomechanics. As a result, veterans with prostheses often develop osteoarthritis and joint pain when they follow common fitness regimens. Researchers in the field of human motion biomechanics will focus on identifying exercises that maintain intact limb knee, hip joint and cartilage tissue loads at safe levels and prevent the onset of osteoarthritis. Read more here.

Movie and a Chat with Palm Theatre Founder Jim Dee Set for 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.

University Store Turns Back Sweatshirt Prices to $19.01 on Oct. 27

The University Store is celebrating the university's founding with its 1901 Event on Thursday, Oct. 27. The sale, which starts at 9 a.m., features Cal Poly commemorative sweatshirts for $19.01 (plus sales tax). "It is important that we remember our founding and keep the tradition of Learn by Doing alive at Cal Poly," said ASI President Jana Colombini (pictured). For additional information on University Store events, visit the Events & Discounts page.

Campus Health and Wellbeing Lab Recognized For Quality Services

The Campus Health and Wellbeing laboratory has been accredited by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Only laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey are accredited. The campus facility earned the COLA accreditation as a result of a long-term commitment to provide quality service to its patients. COLA is a nonprofit agency promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement and accreditation.

Student Success

Students Hope to Prove Sun-Powered Car Can Eclipse Land-Speed Record

Students from the Prototype Vehicles Laboratory have designed a car to break the international land-speed record for solar vehicles. The team, which includes more than 60 students, hopes to eclipse the 11-year-old official Federation Internationale de l'Automobile record of 23.5 mph and the more-recent Guinness World Record of 56.75 mph. The record attempt is scheduled next June in the Mojave Desert. "After a year of rigorous engineering and development, we think we have a car that can exceed 65 mph," said Will Sutton, the student project manager. "We want to inspire the public to see how quickly solar power is advancing." Previous record holders made extensive use of batteries. Cal Poly's car has no batteries; it relies entirely on solar power. Read more here.

Cal Poly Lofts Are Off-Campus Home to New Group of Entrepreneurs

City leaders and other dignataries celebrated Cal Poly Lofts, a new off-campus residential community for 36 university students with entrepreneurial perspective, at an Oct. 21 ribbon-cutting ceremony. The project was developed in partnership with the university's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which helps students acquire the tools, develop the skills and cultivate the mindset of an entrepreneur. Said university President Armstrong (pictured with sissors): "We now have creative, entrepreneurial students living in the heart of San Luis Obispo, creating new opportunities for hands-on learning and earning, side by side with San Luis Obispo's business community." The lofts are across from Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in the just-renovated Blackstone-Sauer building, an historic architectural gem at the heart of the city. This structure literally has grown up with the city over the past 140 years ago. It remains one of the earliest examples of Streamline Moderne architecture, following a 1926 project that transformed it into the existing three-story edifice that bends around Chorro and Monterey streets. It's fitting that nearly a century and a half later, these hand-picked students interested in entrepreneurship can live and study in the very same structure that has been a key location to so many of the city's business ventures. In addition, the lofts is just blocks from the SLO HotHouse, a joint effort of the university, CIE and the San Luis Obispo community to support students and community members as they work to create new innovations and start business ventures. "My company is at a vital growing point, so I am excited to be surrounded by go-getters like myself who are focused on building great businesses," said resident Matt Maxwell, senior business administration major and founder of "The Cal Poly Lofts provide an environment that is conducive to collaborating with a diverse group of students from all colleges." University Housing operates the project as part of its Living Learning Community system, first launched in 1988 as a way to increase student success by having students with similar academic interests living and studying near each other in on-campus residence halls. Read more here.

National Runner-Up Lacrosse Team Honored at Homecoming Halftime

The men's lacrosse club team was honored by President Armstrong at halftime at the Homecoming football game on Oct. 22. The 2016 lacrosse team was runner-up at the 2016 Division I MCLA National Championships held May 14 at Chapman University in Orange, Calif. The Mustangs fell to undefeated host Chapman, 9-5. The Panthers became the second straight first-time champion in Division I, following Grand Canyon's inaugural title in 2015. The Mustangs dethroned defending champ Grand Canyon, 10-8, enroute to the title match. Six Mustangs on the 2016 squad were named All-Americans: first team, Gideon Baum, defense; second team, Austin Lord, face-off, and goalie Sean Pihl; third team, John Corbolotti, attack, and Daniel Wessel, midfielder; and honorable mention, A.J. Guralas , attack.

Meet Cal Poly's First Gender-Inclusive Homecoming Court

Riley Nilsen (pictured, center) an agricultural science senior, and Hannah Poplack, a finance senior, were crowned Homecoming Royalty at the university's first gender-inclusive Homecoming Court on Oct. 22. President Armstrong honored the students at halftime of the football game. In past years, each college selected a student, and the king and queen were selected from the court by alumni and students. This year, the two outstanding seniors were selected regardless of gender. Nilsen, a third-generation Mustang, hopes to become a career technical education teacher. Last year, she hosted the campuswide "Buck the Stigma" mental health awareness week. She is involved with Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Kappa Alpha Theta, CAFES Student Council and the loudest campus organization — Cal Poly Tractor Pull. Poplack, from the Orfalea College of Business, co-founded the Women in Business Association, which offers programs that benefits hundreds of women students annually. The college ambassador is also a member of the Chi Omega sorority and was honored as the 2016 Panhellenic Woman of the Year. The rest of the court includes: Dina Alarian, electrical engineering; Madison Albiani, animal science; Vip Bhatnagar, industrial technology and packaging engineering; Jessica Catson, liberal studies; Cyrus Ebadat, political science; Holly Hillegass, landscape architecture; Stacy Okoro, political science; Sara Poppelaars, biological sciences; Armando Vera, architecture; and Zachary Sharpell, mechanical engineering.

Faculty & Staff

Finance Dashboard Workshops to Be Held Oct. 26

Four workshops for dashboards — the official reporting system for end users of the university's financial system — are being offered through December. 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: 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

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

Cal Poly's 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

Documenting Workflow Trainings Scheduled Oct. 28

The Documenting Your Workflows workshop is aimed at staffers who perform assignments that are not thoroughly documented. The session 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. 28. The 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. 27

An hourlong introduction workshop for the online training resources of SkillPort and Lynda will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. It 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.

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.

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

Speak Up! Responding to Everyday Bigotry Workshop Set for Oct. 26

The Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity is hosting an hourlong workshop on combating bigotry 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

CTLT Fall Innovation Showcase to Feature Chemistry Professors on Oct. 26

The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology's Slice of Inspiration showcase on Wednesday, Oct. 26, is titled "Thinking Like a Chemist — The Card Sorting Experiment." The lunchtime event, which starts at noon, will be held in Kennedy Library, Room 202A. Enjoy pizza and salad while you learn about innovative instructional practices from Cal Poly colleagues. The event will highlight faculty work on exploring new approaches to student learning presented by professors Gregg Scott and Seth Bush from the Chemistry Department. For more details, visit or call ext. 6-7002.

Bring the Kids and Tour Cal Poly Pier on Oct. 29

Bring the family and tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach from 9 a.m. to noon 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 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.

Free PAC-A-Lunch Concert Series to Feature Cellist Titus Shanks on Nov. 1

Pack a lunch and head over to the Performing Arts Center for the PAC-A-Lunch Concert Series featuring cellist Titus Shanks at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the center's lobby. Shanks, who frequently performs with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, will play selections from Edward Elgar's "Cello Concerto." Attendees will have a chance to win a $50 PAC gift certificate and a pair of tickets to SLO Symphony's Saturday, Nov. 12, concert. The event is sponsored by PAC Outreach Services.

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.

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.


Panel Discussion on Imigrants Experiencing Domestic Violence Is on Oct. 27

Safer is hosting a panel discussion from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in UU 219 on issues faced by immigrants who are experiencing domestic violence. The event is part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Representatives from immigration law, Victim Witness and law enforcement will be present to answer questions about some of the challenges that are faced by survivors, as well as the laws in place to protect this vulnerable population. Safer is co-hosting this event with the Undocumented Students Working Group. For more information, visit the Domestic Violence Awareness Month Facebook page.

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” from 9:10 to 11 a.m. 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 to Focus 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 to 5:30 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.

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. Questions? Call ext. 6-4849. Read more here.

Kennedy Library to Offer Presentations for Open Access Week Through Oct. 30

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

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, through 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!

Warren Miller Ski Film 'Here, There & Everywhere' Is Nov. 1 PAC Fundraiser

Warren Miller Entertainment will premiere its 67th film, "Here, There & Everywhere," on the Performing Arts Center's big screen as a fundraiser for the PAC's Outreach Services program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. Attendees will receive a free day lift-pass to Bear Valley (restrictions apply) and will have the chance to win from an array of door prizes courtesy of The Mountain Air and China Peak. In 1949, original ski bum and adventure film pioneer Warren Miller began capturing the wonder, adventure, humor and beauty that is skiing. Tickets are $16 and $13 for students and may be purchased in advance at the Cal Poly Ticket Office. For more information, call ext. 6-4849.

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, "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.

Percussionist John Astaire to Perform Recital Nov. 4 at Cal Poly

Percussionist John Astaire, a Music Department faculty member, will give a recital of modern works at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. Astaire will perform works by such composers as Iannis Xenakis and Louis Andriessen and the rarely performed "Towards the Precipice" by Danish composer Poul Ruders, a specialty piece of Astaire's, which he calls "massively intense." Astaire earned his doctorate in percussion performance from Indiana University. He has performed locally and nationally as a percussion soloist. Purchase tickets at the Cal Poly Ticket Office. For more details, call ext. 6-4849.

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.

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble to Perform with Guest Artists on Nov. 5

The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and guest artists will perform a program of music and dance from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Performing Arts Center's Harman Hall. The concert will feature some of the region's most celebrated instrumental, vocal and poetic repertoire, and will include traditional and contemporary genres such as the muwashshah — one of the oldest continuously performed genres in the world. Additional performance genres come from the shared music traditions of the Ottoman era, including the short introductory dulab and the more elaborate samai with its 10-beat metric mode. The ensemble is a multi-instrumental orchestra and choir with vocal and instrumental soloists. The show will include an extended performance by a "takht" or chamber ensemble of advanced students. Critically acclaimed guest artists joining the ensemble will include Ishmael on qanun, Fathi Aljarrah on violin and Faisal Zedan on percussion. Local choreographer Jenna Mitchell will lead a dance troupe in a popular Egyptian song. Professor Ken Habib will direct the show. Purchase tickets at the Cal Poly Ticket Office. For more details, call ext. 6-4849. Read more here.

Local Organist Returns to the Forbes Pipe Organ for Nov. 6 Concert

Local organist Katyla Gotsdiner-McMahan will launch 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. Purchase tickets — $30 and $24 for students — from the Cal Poly Ticket Office. Questions? Call ext. 6-4849.


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. Monday, 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.

Theatre and Dance Department to Present Comedy 'Cosi' from Nov. 10-17

The 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. 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 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. Purchase tickets from the Cal Poly Ticket Office. Questions? Call ext. 6-4849.

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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.

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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.

Thursday, Nov. 3
Wrestling vs. San Francisco State, UU Plaza, 1:30 p.m.
Wrestling vs. Indiana, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5
Women's Swimming and Diving vs. Pepperdine, Anderson Aquatic Center, 11 a.m.
Men's Swimming and Diving vs. Denver (diving only), Anderson Aquatic Center, 2 p.m.
Football vs. Eastern Washington, Spanos Stadium, 6 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.

#104224 – Inclusive Excellence Instruction Specialist (Administrator II), Academic Programs – Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.

#104223 – Writing Instruction Specialist (Administrator II), Academic Programs – Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.

#104247 – Nurse Practitioner, Campus Health & Wellbeing Health Services. Anticipated hiring range: $4,742-$7,200 per month. 10/12 Pay Plan with July/August off. Open until filled.

#104250 – Business Services Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Exempt I), Facilities – Customer and Business Services. $3,897-$6,326 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Nov. 2.

#104242 – Senior Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Exempt I/II), Research and Economic Development – Grants Development. Administrative Analyst/Specialist Exempt I: $3,897-$6,326 per month. Administrative Analyst/Specialist Exempt II: $4,693-$7,617 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Nov. 2.

#104241 – Assessment Coordinator (Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Non-Exempt),
College of Science and Mathematics – School of Education. $3,288-$5,695 per month. Open Until Filled. Review begins Nov. 2.

#104254 – Assistant Director of Professional and International Training Programs (Administrator I), Academic Affairs – Extended Education. Salary commensurate with experience. Open until filled.

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.