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Cal Poly Report — Feb. 1, 2017


President Armstrong Reflects on Free Speech Rights

In a letter to campus, President Jeffrey D. Armstrong wrote that he is proud of the campus community for showing that differing thoughts and ideas can be expressed, considered and even opposed in a healthy and constructive manner. Armstrong added that he's committed to taking the steps necessary to ensure that the campus embodies inclusive values. Read the letter here.

Greek Life Community Raises Nearly $500,000 in 2016

Greek organizations worked together in 2016 to raise nearly $500,000 for numerous nonprofit organizations. The Interfraternity Council (IFC) organizations raised more than $200,000 for the Military Heroes Campaign, the V Foundation for Cancer Research, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and other local and national nonprofit agencies. Tau Kappa Epsilon donated $128,350 to its St. Jude philanthropy. In addition, the Panhellenic Council (PHA) and United Sorority and Fraternity Council (USFC) each raised more than $100,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation and the Arthritis Foundation, among other charities. Chi Omega, a Panhellenic chapter with a 10-year presence at Cal Poly, raised $45,000 in one night for Make-A-Wish through its “Chi O Casino” philanthropy event. Alpha Omicron Pi raised $30,000 with its citywide Arthritis Walk. Proceeds went to Make-A-Wish to benefit children with life-threatening illnesses and to the Arthritis Foundation. “These results showcase the dedication and passion for service that Greek Life brings to the community,” Interfraternity Council President Danny Halprin said. All three Greek councils, which together comprise nearly 20 percent of Cal Poly’s student body, collectively volunteered more than 35,000 hours of community service last year. The Greek students served as academic tutors; assistants at Growing Grounds, a nonprofit wholesale nursery; and participated in cleanups in Avila Beach and Morro Bay. They also volunteered with chapter-specific charity events. Learn more here.

Free Entrepreneurship Forum on Customer Experience Set For Feb. 7

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host a panel of entrepreneurs at the “Customer Craze: Make Them Obsessed with Your Company” forum from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Performing Arts Center on campus. The forum, which is free and open to the public, will focus on how the customer experience counts more than price, product or promotions. The evening’s panel discussion will focus on customer experience, relationship management and growing a customer base. Panelists include Jodi Andrews, CEO/co-founder of ProTrials Research Inc., a San Jose-based leader in clinical research; Darrell Rodriguez, CEO of Palo Alto-based castAR, a technology startup developing augmented reality and virtual reality glasses; Michael Jones, founder of Azhiaziam International, a Morro Bay-based surf apparel brand and shop; and Steve Beck, venture partner for Champaign, Ill.-based Serra Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm investing in technology companies. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel. The event kicks off with the P.E.N. (Pitches, Exhibits, Networking) from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., in which attendees will participate in a “Business Slogan Bingo” game to match slogans with company names for the chance to win prizes. Community members interested in supporting entrepreneurship and innovation at Cal Poly can become Pioneer Pass Holders with a pledge of $100. The annual pass gives a member expedited registration and access to special industry events. Advance registration is required for the Feb. 7 forum. For more details and to register, go here.

University Employees Log Nearly 850,000 Miles, Win Rideshare's 2016 Commuter Challenge

Cal Poly finished first among San Luis Obispo County’s largest employers for logging the most non-single occupant vehicle trips in 2016 in a countywide competition. “During the course of this challenge, actively commuting Cal Poly employees burned 1.4 million calories,” said Peter Williamson, SLO Regional Rideshare’s employer outreach coordinator. University commuters also saved 218.4 tons of carbon dioxide emissions while saving $288,515 in commuting costs — or nearly $1,400 per participant, he said. Cal Poly is among the county’s nationally recognized Best Workplaces for Commuters for offering incentives, tools and services that encourage the campus community to make smart commute choices. In 2016, the university had 208 employees cycling, walking or carpooling and logging on Rideshare’s website trips and distances traveled. The group logged 47,014 trips over 849,733.7 miles. Among university participants, cyclist Scott Loosley, director for Facilities Operations and a Cal Poly alumnus, recorded the largest number of lunch and commute trips — 851, at more than 1,061.9 miles. Cal Poly offers incentives including cash per trips, prizes, designated parking spaces for carpoolers, and bike lockers and bike repair stations for cyclists. “We also have 10 employee vanpools operating throughout the county and Santa Maria,” said Commuter Services Coordinator Cheryl Andrus, who oversees the Back ’N’ Forth Club commuter program. “We provide subsidized bus fares allowing the Cal Poly community to ride city transit with their current Cal Poly ID, subsidized countywide bus passes, as well as promotions for bicycle and pedestrian options.” The campus has eight Zipcars located throughout campus if an individual needs a vehicle for part of a day.

Winter Issue of Cal Poly Magazine Online Now

The new issue of Cal Poly Magazine is live. Take a look back at highlights from 2016 in our Year in Review. Learn about an ambitious effort by engineering students to achieve a solar-powered world record. Cast your vote for one of six budding student entrepreneurs. Discover what it means to be the boss with six alumni CEOs. Read it all online now at

Student Success

Students Assist with Gray Whale Necropsy in Pismo Beach

A day after a gray whale calf died after being stranded on the sand in Pismo Beach on Jan. 24, students in Dr. Heather Harris’ Marine Mammal Health Enterprise course assisted with a necropsy. In true Learn by Doing fashion, the students donned gloves and protective clothing and actively participated in the whale necropsy, said Harris, a veterinarian and lecturer in the Animal Science Department. “They learned about cetacean anatomy and physiology, identified organs, and collected samples from the whale,” she said. “Their enthusiasm and curiosity greatly contributed to the positive learning environment for everyone involved. These types of necropsies allow us to learn about the health of the individual animal and also provide a window into the health of the wild population and the coastal environment that we share.” The whale was a very young calf that was still nursing. Deep rake marks on its body suggested an interaction with killer whales, which may have contributed to the separation of the calf from its mother. “I thought this experience was astounding,” said Megan Drap, a marine science junior. “A whale death is always sad, especially a month-old calf. However, due to the pristine body condition and size, we were able to gain so much knowledge and turn a tragedy into an educational experience that will have lasting effects and will help us understand these animals to better protect them.” Second-year biology major Autumn Giles said she didn’t think she would be able to participate in dissecting the whale, “but once it got going, I was elbow-deep in the whale, looking for the pancreas or pointing out the aorta. It was definitely an experience I will never forget.” Animal science senior Molly Tobin also expected to observe, not participate. “While the samples of various tissues were being collected, I was given the freedom to explore the anatomy of the whale. Running my hands along a whale’s small intestine to find its pancreas was something I never imagined I would do.” Harris’ course is offered by the Animal Science Department but is open to biological sciences and marine sciences majors with an interest in marine wildlife and veterinary medicine. It employs a unique partnership between Cal Poly and The Marine Mammal Center in Morro Bay, where students attend weekly lectures on campus on marine mammal health and spend their laboratory time assisting with the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals. (Photo taken by Brian MacElvaine. All marine mammal stranding activities were conducted under authorization by the National Marine Fisheries Service through Stranding Agreements issued to Channel Islands Cetacean Research Unit and MMPA/ESA Permit No.18786.)

Mustang Junior is Big West Conference Player of the Week

For the second time in three weeks, the Cal Poly women's basketball team has earned a Big West Conference Player of the Week Award. Mustang junior Lynn Leaupepe was announced as the player of the week on Jan. 23, after her twin sister Dynn won the accolade on Jan. 9. Leaupepe is the Big West's fourth-leading scorer (at 15.9 points per game) and rebounder (7.8). The Mustangs will host UC Davis at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 (also Blackout Night, as the first 100 students in attendance will receive free black T-shirts), and UC Riverside at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 (Poly Play Day, with free admission for youths 13 and under).

First Dare to be Diverse Fashion Show Draws Crowd

Twenty-four students modeled fashions from around the world during the MultiCultural Center’s first Dare to be Diverse fashion show on Jan. 21. About 200 attendees cheered as the models strode down a runway at Chumash Auditorium, attired in traditional clothing from China, Ethiopia, India, (modern) Iran, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan and Palestine. African American, American and ancient Assyrian (now northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey) fashions were also represented. Family members attended as well as students, some of whom invited their cultural clubs or organizations. “It was amazing to see so many students represent their culture and heritage,” said sociology senior Violet Nguyen, whose idea for the show was inspired by the Indian Student Association’s fashion show her sophomore year. Nguyen, a student assistant at the MultiCultural Center, broadened the focus: “I didn’t focus on one specific ethnic group but on all students from diverse backgrounds.” Nguyen and fellow student assistant Sena Agbemadon served as master of ceremonies. Graduate assistant Steven Lopez was stage manager; student assistant Raha Haghnia and Social Justice Coordinator Samantha Tran were talent managers; Tran and student assistant Carla Pangan were decoration managers; student assistant Isamar Hernandez served as an audio tech assistant; and the photographers were Pangan, Chenxi Xiao and Sophia Liu. Nguyen hopes it will become an annual event. “A lot of students asked to be involved in it next year,” she said. (Photo taken by Carla Pangan.)

Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Staff Mixer to be Held at Myron’s on Feb. 2

Myron’s, Cal Poly’s bistro-style restaurant, is hosting a faculty and staff mixer from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. The event will feature menu tastings as well as beer and wine for a cost of $5 per guest. The tasting theme for the mixer is  “Taste of Spain.” Guests can enjoy tapas, paella, empanadas, patatas bravas, bacalao, pinchitos kebab and Spanish charcuterie. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19) across from the Recreation Center. Go here for additional information.

Alumni Happy Hour Set For Feb. 9 in San Luis Obispo

The San Luis Obispo Chapter of the Cal Poly Alumni Association is hosting a happy hour at Luis Wine Bar from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m Thursday, Feb. 9. Staff, faculty and alumni in the campus community are welcome to attend the free event. Attendees will enjoy happy hour specials on wine and beer, and food will be available for purchase. The chapter is also matching any donations made to the Cal Poly Cares program at the event to support students in need. To RSVP, visit the chapter's Eventbrite page.

Campus Community Invited to Say Goodbye to Dean Debra Larson

Provost Kathleen Enz-Finken invites all members of the Cal Poly community to bid farewell to Dean Debra Larson at a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in the Advanced Technologies Laboratories (No. 7). After serving for six years as dean of the College of Engineering, Larson is leaving Feb. 24 to take a new position as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Cal State Chico. During her tenure at Cal Poly, Larson worked to improve graduation rates, increase the percentage of the college’s female students and encourage programs such as the new Cybersecurity Center.

Fall 2016 Admissions and Enrollment Statistics Now Available

The Fall 2016 PolyView and Admissions and Enrollment InfoBriefs are now available on the Institutional Research (IR) website. The PolyView report is a short publication containing enrollment, graduation and student demographic data. The InfoBriefs are two-page summaries of the fall admission and enrollment statistics. Contact the IR office at ext. 6-2204 or with any questions about the information contained in the reports. Feedback is appreciated.

Pick-up Soccer Games Held on Mondays and Thursdays

Relieve stress and have fun by joining the friendly faculty and staff soccer group. The action starts at 12:10 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, and the group plays until they are too tired to keep going — generally, a little less than an hour. To be added to the email list, contact Brian Self at or Rachel Henry at

Managing Multiple Priorities Workshop Set for Feb. 7

A Managing Multiple Priorities workshop will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7) in Room 2. Hosted by Employee and Organization Development, the workshop will discuss strategies for managing your responsibilities when you have competing priorities. Gain a greater sense of control over your time by using proven techniques to plan your day, prioritize tasks, identify time wasters and improve organization. To register for the workshop, click here and select “Enroll” on the SkillPort site.

Modification Made to CSU Travel Policy Changes

In September, the California Legislature passed a bill that prohibits state agencies from requiring, funding or sponsoring travel to certain states — specifically those with laws permitting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Since Jan. 1, travel to these states by employees, officers or members of the CSU system will not be authorized, with limited exceptions. The CSU travel policy has been amended to satisfy the new law and is available for review here. University Campus Program funding sources are considered state funding sources and as such are subject to the prohibition. Travel that is funded from an auxiliary funding source is not subject to this ban.

Grants Available to Support Faculty Scholarship

The deadline to submit proposals for awards of mini-grants, assigned time and additional compensation through the Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities (RSCA) Grant Program for the 2017-18 academic year is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. The annual program seeks to help faculty remain engaged in disciplines beyond the classroom and to contribute new knowledge through robust scholarship programs focused on strengthening California socially, culturally and economically. The funding helps provide internal resources to help faculty — including lecturers — pursue a broader array of professional activities. For an application and submission instructions, visit the Office of Research and Economic Development website or call the office at ext. 6-5153.

Nominations Sought for Student Employee of the Year Award

The deadline is Friday, Feb. 3, for faculty and staff members to nominate student workers for the university's 2016-17 Outstanding Student Employee of the Year Award. Nominees from the state, ASI and Corporation must have completed at least six months of part-time work during the academic year, which runs from June 1, 2016, to May 31. Nominees can be federal or non-federal Work-Study students. The student nominees will be announced in April. The winner will be entered into the state competition and may go on to regional and national competitions. The national winner is announced during the National Student Employment Week, held during the second week of April. Go here to print the 2016-17 OSEY nomination form. Scroll down to Student Assistant Forms, and click on the link. For more information, contact Barbara Rollins at ext. 6-6584 or

Nominations Sought for Outstanding Staff Award  

Staff employees, faculty members and department or division heads are encouraged to submit nominations for the Outstanding Staff Award for the 2016-17 academic year. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 10. Nominees must be permanent, full-time employees of the university, Corporation or ASI, who have completed at least three years of employment as of Dec. 31, 2016 (10-month employees are eligible). Employees represented by Bargaining Unit 3 (faculty), former recipients of the award and student assistants are not eligible. Visit the Administration and Finance website to get the Outstanding Staff Award selection criteria and nomination form.

Retired Faculty and Staff Club Quarterly Luncheon Set for Feb. 2

The Retired Faculty and Staff Club's quarterly luncheon — open to all Cal Poly retirees — will be held Thursday, Feb. 2, with a presentation on the Cal Poly Hanger. College of Engineering students and faculty will talk about student projects and clubs currently operating out of the existing structure, as well as the plans for a new building. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with an optional facility tour after the program at the Advanced Technologies Lab (No. 7). The cost is $16, which includes lunch. RSVP to Gail Simmons at or 805-462-9148. For more information on the club, visit

Campus Announcements

Packaging Industry Symposium Comes to Campus on Feb. 9

The student packaging club Poly Pack will host the 2017 Poly Pack Symposium starting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). The event will give packaging professionals, academics and students the chance to discuss industry trends, learn new techniques and network. “Packaging the Future” is this year’s theme. The event will feature presentations from packaging leaders at corporations around the nation — including DOW Chemical Co., Fitbit,, and Lansmont Corp. — on exploring sustainability, supply chain efficiency, e-commerce and materials innovations. The event concludes with a tour of Cal Poly’s packaging labs with the program’s faculty. After the symposium, Poly Pack will host the Egg Drop competition at the San Luis Obispo Farmers Market beginning at 6 p.m. The competition is free and open to the public. The Cal Poly Packaging Program booth will be set up at the corner of Higuera and Garden streets. Participants can construct protective packaging for an egg, which will be dropped from a height of 30 feet. Go here for more information and symposium registration.

Statistics Department Offers Consulting Services to Campus

The Statistics Department provides a statistical consulting service to the university community to facilitate research design and data analysis in a wide variety of disciplines. Consulting will be available through Friday, March 17, by appointment only. The consulting service is intended to support faculty and staff projects and research, and provide assistance for students working on senior projects and graduate research. Heather Smith and John Walker will serve as the consultants. They are available to advise on data collection, experimental design and analysis of research projects. In addition, they will be available to lead seminars or tutorials on requested topics and offer advice on various computer packages currently available at Cal Poly. Faculty, staff and students interested in utilizing the consulting service are encouraged to access the Statistics Department website for additional information, including what the client should bring to a consulting session. If there is a special area of statistical inference that is of interest to a group or department, or to schedule a consultation, email

Inclusion Starts With Me Week Continues Through Feb. 2

The final event of Inclusion Starts With Me Week, hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusivity, will take place Thursday, Feb. 2. A dialogue on police and community relations, titled "What Gives?" will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. at Congregation Beth David, 10180 Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo. Panelists will include San Luis Obispo Police Chief Deanna Cantrell, criminal law attorney Jeff Stein, David Conn of the Five Cities Diversity Coalition, Cal Poly’s Camille O’Bryant, professor in the Kinesiology Department and associate dean in the College of Science and Mathematics, and Bryan Shon Hubain, assistant dean of students and director of Cross Cultural Centers. Learn more here.

Students to Present Food, Dance from Around the Globe on Feb. 8

The International Center invites the campus community to enjoy the food, dance, music and activities of cultures from around the world. Food science and nutrition students will prepare international cuisine for a free “Taste of the World” event from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, on Dexter Lawn. Taste delicious international recipes, enjoy music by the Arab Music Ensemble, and get a henna tattoo. For more information, visit In case of rain, the event will be held in the Business breezeway.

Campus Chapter of American Marketing Association to Host Marketing Conference on Feb. 17

The campus chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) will host the Marketing Career Conference from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Performing Arts Center. The theme for the club's annual professional development and student recruiting event is Coloring Outside the Lines. Rex Briggs, founder and CEO of Marketing Evolution, will provide the keynote address. The Marketing Career Conference also features industry panels and multiple networking sessions with industry leaders. A panel of industry veterans will be judging a student pitch competition, and a new addition, the Creative Showcase Competition, will allow students to display their creative marketing portfolios and gather feedback from marketing professionals. For more information, visit or email

Students to Prepare Taxes for Community Members Through March 18

For the 25th consecutive year, the Orfalea College of Business is providing tax return preparation assistance at no charge through its annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. On-campus VITA clinics will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from Jan. 28 through March 18 on the third floor of the Business Building (No. 3). More than 125 IRS-certified students will prepare basic forms, including 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 540, 540A, 540EZ and some supporting forms for local residents and students earning less than $54,000 per year. Orfalea College of Business faculty and volunteer certified public accountants will review and file the forms. No appointments are needed; people will be served on a first-come basis. The program website also features self-help links and forms that can be filled out at home and dropped off at the Cal Poly clinic. Cal Poly students will also staff clinics in partnership with the United Way in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria on Saturdays from Jan. 28 through April 1. To make an appointment at one of the United Way clinics off campus, call 805-922-0329, ext. 103. For more information on the VITA program, call 805-756-2667 (English and Spanish) or visit

Free Legal Advice: Winter Quarter

Need legal advice? ASI 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 free 15-minute consultation by scheduled appointment. Winter quarter appointments are now available from noon to 2 p.m. on the following Fridays: Feb. 3, Feb. 17, March 3 and March 17. To schedule an appointment, call the ASI Business Office at ext. 6-1281 or email Consultations are held in the ASI Business Office conference room in UU 212.

Cal Poly Foundation Board to Meet on Feb. 4

The Cal Poly Foundation board of directors will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in the Keck Lab in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). The meeting is open to the public. For more information or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-7147.

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 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 Friday prior to publication.


Brass Ensembles to Host Professional Trumpeter on Feb. 3

Phil Snedecor, principal trumpeter for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in Central Pennsylvania, will present a master class for Cal Poly music students from 2:10 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in Room 216 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). The master class is free and open to the public. During the class, several of the Music Department’s leading brass students will perform and be critiqued. Snedecor has performed and toured throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S. He attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he was awarded the prestigious Performers Certificate and was a member of the school’s premiere quintet, the Canterbury Brass. He was a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and held positions with the National Symphony, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the Baltimore Opera. He will be featured in the San Luis Obispo Symphony’s concert on Saturday, Feb. 4, in the Performing Arts Center. The master class is sponsored by the Music Department and the San Luis Obispo Symphony. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406 or visit its calendar website at

Art Gallery Hosting Retrospective of Michael Miller Through Feb. 10

The University Art Gallery is presenting a retrospective of work by Michael Miller, a former faculty member in the Art and Design Department and mentor and friend to many through Friday, Feb. 10. In 2012, Miller was diagnosed with brain cancer, and over the next two years, the tumor affected the area of the brain responsible for language. Miller, who died Nov. 14, 2014, faced this devastating loss with courage and took the opportunity to devote more time to his spiritual and meditation practice. He also continued his daily practice of drawing, and the detailed drawings and vibrant watercolors that fill his sketchbooks, along with the sensitive and thought-provoking writings he composed during his illness, are a testament to the remarkable talent and brilliant intellect for which Miller was known. These never-before-exhibited sketchbooks will be on view during the University Art Gallery retrospective. Admission to the art gallery is free. It is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Free ‘Night at the Mission’ Chamber Concert on Feb. 10

Several of Cal Poly’s finest student music ensembles will perform traditional and contemporary chamber music at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. “A Night at the Mission” will feature performances by a brass quintet, clarinet and string quintet, string quartet, string quintet, tuba and euphonium ensemble, woodwind quintet, brass ensembles, saxophone quartets, a large clarinet ensemble and a brass choir. This annual event has long been a favorite of student performers and audiences alike. The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets or advanced reservations are required. For more information, go to the Music Department calendar website.

Discussion of Caribbean Transnational Narratives to be Feb. 17

Elvira Pulitano, associate professor in ethnic studies, and Spanish professor Karen Muñoz-Christian will discuss Pulitano’s book, "Transnational Narratives from the Caribbean: Diasporic Literature and the Human Experience," from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 111H. There will be time for audience questions, and light refreshments will be served.  The talk is part of the Conversations with Cal Poly Authors series at Kennedy Library. For more information, visit the Kennedy Library website. Listen to podcasts of past conversations on SoundCloud.

Music Department Chamber Recital Set for Feb. 19

Pianist and Music Department faculty member Susan Azaret Davies and cellist Barbara Hunter-Spencer will be featured in a chamber recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). The program will include Claude Debussy’s Sonata in D minor, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata in A major and Johannes Brahms’ Trio in A minor. Clarinet instructor emeritus Caroline Tobin will join Davies and Hunter-Spencer on the work by Brahms. Davies, a lecturer and staff accompanist at Cal Poly, has performed in faculty recitals at Idyllwild Summer Arts and Cal Poly, in-house concerts for Orchestra Novo and Opera San Luis Obispo, in chamber music recitals for Festival Mozaic and at Weill Hall in New York City. Hunter-Spencer worked in Los Angeles for 20 years as a session player for the recording industry, television and movies. In addition to teaching cello privately and at Cal Poly, Hunter-Spencer is a member of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Orchestra Novo and Symphony of the Vines. Tobin is principal clarinet for the San Luis Obispo Symphony and the Santa Maria Philharmonic as well as for Symphony of the Vines, Orchestra Novo and the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale Orchestra. She taught clarinet and clarinet ensemble at Cal Poly for six years. Admission is $5 at the door. The recital is sponsored by the Music Department and College of Liberal Arts. For more information, call 805-756-2406 or go here.

University Jazz Bands to Present ‘Just Jazz’ on Feb. 25

Cal Poly’s best student jazz musicians will display their dedication to America’s great art form — jazz — at the annual “Just Jazz” concert presented by University Jazz Bands at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Performing Arts Center. “Most of the musicians in the jazz bands — as well as in the other Music Department ensembles — are not music majors, but are very dedicated to jazz and enjoy playing it,” said Director of Jazz Studies Paul Rinzler. “The enthusiasm from everyone in the bands is easy to hear and to see at the jazz bands’ concerts.” The students help produce “Just Jazz” and form the direction it will take. This is especially apparent during the improvisations, in which musicians must make up the music on the spot. Students have input into other aspects of the concert as well. Some of the tunes the bands will include the John Coltrane classic “Lazy Bird,” a jazz/funk arrangement of the Average White Band’s popular “Pick up the Pieces,” a rhythmically complex and multi-meter composition by Todd Munnik titled “Guten Tag, Zigaretten?” (Good Day! Cigarette?), and original compositions by band members. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Event Calendar

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

Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center Calendars

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


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Upcoming Events @ Home

Thursday, Feb. 2
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Davis, Mott Athletics Center, 5 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. UC Davis, Mott Athletics Center, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 4
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Riverside, Mott Athletics Center, 4 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. UC Riverside, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 5
Wrestling vs. Northern Colorado, Mott Athletics Center, noon.

Friday, Feb. 10
Men’s Tennis vs. Loyola Marymount, Mustang Courts, noon.

Sunday, Feb. 12
Men’s Tennis vs. New Mexico, Mustang Courts, 10 a.m.
Women’s Tennis vs. San Jose State, Mustang Courts, 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.

#104325 — Administrative Assistant (Administrative Support Assistant II — 11/12), Student Affairs — Dean of Students. $2,327-$3,777 per month. Open until filled.  Review begins Feb. 10.

#104324 — Freshmen Enrollment and Data Management Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Exempt I), Academic Affairs — Office of the Registrar. $3,897-$6,326 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 6.  

#104311 — Custodian, Student Affairs — University Housing. $2,319-$3,765 per month. Up to eight positions available. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 8.

#104314 — Assistant Director of Facility Operations and Sustainability (Administrator I), University Housing — Planning and Logistics. Salary commensurate with experience. Anticipated hiring range: $5,667-$6,000 per month. 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.

There are no listings at this time.

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.

Manager, Facilities Operations and Capital Projects, CPC Administration, $67,537-$101,316 per year

Administrative Support Assistant II, Upward Bound, $14.65-$16.50 per hour

ASI Employment Opportunities

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

There are no listings at this time.