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Cal Poly Report — Feb. 15, 2017


Kimi Ikeda Named Information Technology Services Chief Operating Officer

Provost Kathleen Enz Finken is pleased to announce that Kimi Ikeda, associate vice provost for Systems and Resources, will begin a new position with Information Technology Services (ITS) as its chief operating officer. Ikeda has been working with Bill Britton, interim chief information officer, for a little over a year in an interim capacity on the multitude of improvements and changes in ITS. Her institutional knowledge and breadth of experience have been instrumental in moving ITS forward in a positive manner. Provost Enz Finken extends her congratulations and support to Ikeda as she begins her new position with ITS. The Office of the Provost will begin a search for someone to manage the areas of budget and finance for Academic Affairs. Janice Manzo, associate budget director in the Office of Budget and Finance, will provide assistance with budget and finance related matters for Academic Affairs on an interim basis.

Interim Dean Appointed in College of Engineering

Provost Kathleen Enz Finken has appointed James “Jim” Meagher as interim dean for the College of Engineering effective Feb. 13. “Jim’s measured and collaborative approach to leadership, support for diversity and inclusion efforts, and experiences in philanthropy will be assets at the college level,” Enz Finken said. Meagher joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in winter 1988 as an assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor in 1989, and then awarded tenure and promotion to full professor in 1994. During the 2004-05 academic year, he served as the acting department chair. He returned to the department chair role in 2014. Meagher earned his bachelor's and master’s degrees from the University of Akron and his doctorate from UC Berkeley.

Cal Poly Corporation Welcomes New Campus Dining Director

The Cal Poly Corporation has welcomed Spyros Gravas as Cal Poly’s new director of Campus Dining. Gravas began his role on campus last month as part of the university’s recent food service partnership with Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services. Gravas has 24 years of experience in hospitality operations and food service retail. Chartwells, a Compass Group company, provides food service management for hundreds of university dining environments throughout the U.S. Through this partnership, the Corporation will have access to a broad range of strategic resources and industry expertise. Gravas and Executive Chef Ken Kline will provide on-site management services, working closely with Cal Poly’s dining and corporation teams to assess and improve food operations. Short- and long-term strategies will be implemented to elevate food service quality, product offerings, customer service, operational efficiencies and facilities. The partnership will reinforce the primary role of Campus Dining — to provide exceptional dining services to university students, faculty and staff.

Economics Professor Receives Grant to Study Solutions to Food Waste

Economics Professor Stephen Hamilton and a team of researchers recently received a nearly $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study new solutions to the problem of food waste. The team will investigate the viability of peer-to-peer distribution models to share, sell or exchange food to reduce the amount of food disposed in landfills. Major companies like Airbnb and Uber have popularized similar models, which are now considered part of an emerging “sharing economy.” The team’s proposal, “Commercial Peer-to-Peer Mutualization Systems to Eliminate Food Waste,” aims to reduce the 31 percent of food loss that the USDA estimates happens daily at the retail and consumer levels due to spoilage, mislabeling, seasonal surpluses and other factors. Unlike current solutions that only address food waste at the consumer level, Hamilton and his team will use new need-forecasting and product allocation methods at each step of the food supply chain, from farmer to food manufacturers, retailers and consumers. Hamilton, chair of the Economics Area in the Orfalea College of Business, has taught at Cal Poly since 2004. He has secured more than $2 million in federal research grants since 2010.

Annual Social Justice Conference is Open to San Luis Obispo Community

The Center for Service in Action will host the 15th annual social justice conference Change the Status Quo on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18. Preview Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion and will feature a showing of Gabriel London’s documentary "The Mind of Mark DeFriest," followed by a question-and-answer session with London. The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 18 in Chumash Auditorium. The keynote speaker is Brittney Cooper, professor at Rutgers University and co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective. Change the Status Quo, open to the San Luis Obispo community, aims to challenge social norms to make lasting changes in local communities and around the world. Participants will be encouraged to challenge stereotypes, prompt solutions, use education to make a lasting change, and to take small actions that collectively can make a great difference. The conference will include more than 24 workshops on a variety of issues presented by faculty, staff, community members, elected officials, nonprofits and students. For more information and to register, visit the Change the Status Quo website.

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Student Success

Twenty Students Honored by Lawmakers at State Capitol

Twenty students were recognized for their awards and other accomplishments by state lawmakers on the floors of the state Assembly and Senate in Sacramento on Feb. 13. “I am so pleased to share with our state leaders the can-do Learn by Doing ethos that this group of dedicated and talented students exemplify,” said President Armstrong, who accompanied the students to both legislative chambers. “These fine young men and women from all six of our colleges will be future leaders in their respective fields.” The group was introduced in the Senate by Majority Leader Bill Monning, D-Carmel, and in the Assembly by Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, R-Templeton. In addition, the students met with the Office of Gov. Jerry Brown and with representatives from each student’s respective Senate and Assembly districts. Each student has distinguished him- or herself as an individual or on a team that has received a national industry award or on other high-profile events, including the Tournament of Roses Parade. Learn more about the students here.

Interdisciplinary Team Wins AAA Insurance Case Competition

Four students won first place and a $1,000 prize in the Innovation Consulting Case Competition, hosted by Cal Poly’s Delta Sigma Pi chapter and CSAA Insurance Group. Electrical engineering student Pratyush Panda, business administration student Neil Gupta, industrial engineering student Rahul Makhijani and computer science student Chirag Narayanakere won for their proposal on alternative financial models for auto insurance companies in the face of driverless cars. The team presented their proposal to a panel of professional and faculty judges in January. Students from all colleges and majors competed in groups of three to four and were tasked with creating original solutions to technology and innovation-based problems.

Marketing Senior Project Tackles Violent Extremism

A marketing senior project class from the Orfalea College of Business orchestrated a campaign against violent extremism throughout fall quarter called "Stand Above." The class was part of a competition called Peer-to-Peer Challenging Extremism, where students nationwide create a social media campaign to counter current messaging and narratives being used by violent extremists in ways that educate and empower others to take action. The team hosted a panel discussion on Nov. 16 as part of the Stand Above campaign, which included leaders from Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo’s Mosque of the Nasereen. The panel discussed the importance of being informed about the Muslim faith, accepting others and combating Islamophobia. Cal Poly’s team was one of 10 universities invited to showcase their project to the Department of Homeland Security in January. For more information on the campaign, visit

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Faculty & Staff

Cal Poly Magazine Seeks Names of Students or Alumni Making a Difference

Do you know a young Mustang working to make the world a better place? Cal Poly Magazine is compiling a list of students and young alumni who are defending the environment, serving the oppressed and underrepresented, fighting for justice in their communities, or creating advances that improve people’s quality of life. Should one of your students or recent grads be on that list? Submit your nomination here by Feb. 21.

Faculty and Staff Mixer to be Held at Myron’s on Feb. 16

Myron’s, Cal Poly’s bistro-style restaurant, will host a faculty and staff mixer from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. The event will feature Thai-inspired menu tastings as well as beer and wine for a cost of $5 per guest. Menu items will include Thai Larb (Thai lettuce wrap), Moo Ping (pork satay), shrimp spring rolls and Pad Thai red curry with tofu and pineapple. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19) across from the Recreation Center. Go here for additional information.

Members on General Education Design Task Force Finalized

The list of members on the Task Force on General Education (GE) Design has recently been confirmed. The task force, slated to begin meeting this quarter, was formed in response to last year's GE program review and the university leadership's aspirations for a program that embodies Cal Poly's identity as a comprehensive polytechnic university.  After a full discussion by the campus, recommendations from the task force will be reviewed by the Academic Senate and then presented to Provost Enz Finken. During this time of exploration, the GE Governance Board will continue to fulfill its regular functions, while contributing to the visioning process. The task force roster can be viewed here and information about the GE program review is available online. General questions regarding the task force may be directed to Katie Tool, or at ext. 6-2228.

Mark Your Calendar for Annual Service Awards Luncheon 

State, Corporation and ASI employees with milestone service anniversaries in 2016 will be honored at the Annual Service Awards Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, in Chumash Auditorium. Notification letters have been sent to all awardees; RSVPs are due on Friday, Feb. 17. General tickets will go on sale starting Monday, March 20.

Screening of Documentary on Trauma-Informed Education Offered Feb. 27

A free screening of the documentary film "Paper Tigers" will be offered at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in Chumash Auditorium. The film chronicles the experiences of the faculty, staff and students in an alternative high school that attempts to positively intervene and heal children from trauma so they can successfully complete schooling. The screening is sponsored by the School of Education. Light refreshments will be served. For more information on the movie, visit the Paper Tigers website. For more information on the screening, visit the School of Education website.

CP Scholars Program Invites Faculty and Staff to Learn By Doing Lunch on March 2

The Learn By Doing Lunch is an annual opportunity for university leaders, faculty and staff to engage with diverse students in the CP Scholars program. This year, the CP Scholars students are enrolled in 26 fields of study, spread across each of the academic colleges. The Learn By Doing Lunch is an opportunity to meet with diverse young scholars who are on the path to being the leaders and change-makers of the future. This year's lunch will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in the main lobby of the Performing Arts Center. A light lunch and coffee will be provided. Direct questions and special dietary requests to Virginia McMunn at

'From Stress to Strength' Workshop to be Held March 7

A workshop,“From Stress to Strength,” will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories Keck Lab (No. 7, Room 2). Hosted by Employee and Organization Development, this workshop provides a new perspective of stress, one that advocates viewing stress as an impetus for building strength. We will introduce a variety of mind/body strategies for maintaining well-being while succeeding in the real world. To register for the workshop, click here and select “enroll” on the SkillPort site.

Finance Dashboard Workshops to Start in March

Workshops on dashboards — the official reporting system for end users of the university’s financial system — will be held starting in March. Beginning workshops will train attendees on the use and navigation of the finance dashboards to effectively manage their financial resources. Intermediate workshops will build on skills gained in the beginning workshop. Participants must have security access to the dashboards to take these classes. To obtain access, fill out a CMS access request. Allow five working days for approvals and implementation. The first beginning workshop will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, with an intermediate workshop held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15. Another beginning workshop will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, with another intermediate workshop set for 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 17. Beginning workshops will be limited to 12 participants; intermediate workshops will be limited to eight participants. To sign up and to see additional training opportunities, go here and click on the appropriate link. Anyone with questions can email

Free Legal Advice Offered in 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. 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.

Human Subjects Research Quarterly Meeting to be Held March 10

The Institutional Review Board will hold its quarterly meeting at 3 p.m. Friday, March 10, in Faculty Offices North (No. 47), Room 24B. Researchers who have a project that will require review of the full membership are advised to submit their proposed projects in advance of the meeting. For more information or to attend the meeting, contact Debbie Hart at or ext. 6-1508.

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 have not been 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.

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Lygia Smidt, academic affairs coordinator of Application Services, will retire after more than 33 years of service. Hired in 1983 in ITS, Smidt was involved in many projects and efforts, including a redesign of the Multi-Criteria Admissions (MCA) system, which received the CSU Quality Improvement Award. She also served as the technical lead for implementation of the PeopleSoft Student Administration System and as CMS Support Group coordinator. She moved to Academic Affairs 10 years ago and served as the project manager for PolyPlanner and coordinator of Application Services. She has played several key roles, including providing oversight for campuswide ad hoc data requests and support for Academic Affairs initiatives and reporting needs. In retirement, Smidt plans to dedicate more time and energy to volunteer efforts, with an emphasis on senior services and food distribution, and supporting the arts. Stop by Myron’s, located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19), from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, to wish her well on her new adventures.

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Campus Announcements

Women's Basketball Hosts Play4Kay Fundraising Event on Feb. 18

Play4Kay is a national fundraising campaign that uses women’s basketball as an avenue to raise awareness and money for the fight against women’s cancers. Cal Poly Women’s Basketball will host its Play4Kay event Saturday, Feb. 18, when the team takes on UC Irvine at 4 p.m. The first 250 fans will receive free pink T-shirts and wristbands, and $2 from every ticket purchased will be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to support cancer research. An RPTA 210 class group will also be hosting a pregame reception from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Stampede Club tent, and all cancer survivors and those battling cancer are welcome to attend and enjoy free food and drinks before the game. Women’s Basketball has set a fundraising goal of $2,000 at this event, so show your support by attending the game or by donating at the official donation page.

Conference and Event Planning Receives One-Stop Shop Certification

Cal Poly Corporation Conference and Event Planning (CEP) is now One-Stop Shop Certified. The certification ensures that CEP meeting planners will have one point of contact for all services, one all-encompassing contract and one itemized bill at the conclusion of the event or conference. The Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Directors-International (ACCED-I) provides the certification. ACCED-I is the only professional association dedicated to collegiate conferences and events. It is valid for five years, with self-certification required every year. CEP hosts more than 125 conferences and events at Cal Poly each year, offering facilities and conference services to university departments and external organizations. Services include coordination of indoor and outdoor facilities, reservations, food and beverage, registration and reporting, event staffing and many other functions. CEP can accommodate groups from 50 to 500 attendees for events spanning one to 10 days, including recurring events. For more information, visit

Careers in Local and State Government Series Starts Feb. 15

Career Services, in partnership with the Political Science Department, is presenting a series of workshops and panel discussions focused on building career opportunities with local, state and federal governments. On Wednesday, Feb. 15, a workshop titled “Selecting and Applying for Federal Jobs” will take place from 11 a.m. to noon, and a “Careers in Local Government” panel will occur from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Student Services (No. 124), Room 117. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, the “Careers in Lobbying and State Government” panel will be held in Student Services (No. 124), Room 117. Students can also network with Sacramento and local alumni in a speed mentoring session from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Advanced Technologies Lab (No. 7). For more information, visit the Career Services website at

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

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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.


'75 Years' Exhibit Exploring Japanese-American History Opens Feb. 17

Special Collections and Archives will present “75 Years: Remembering Japanese American Incarceration During World War II” from Feb. 17 to June 9 in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 409. Through photographs, letters, oral histories, and more, the exhibit highlights collections from Cal Poly and across the CSU system that have been digitized as part of the NPS- and NEH-funded CSU Japanese American Digitization Project. For more information about the exhibit, visit the library's website.

Two Upcoming Events Scheduled with Filmmaker Gabe London

A screening of the documentary film “The Mind of Mark DeFriest,” followed by a question-and-answer session with filmmaker Gabe London, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion (No. 6), Room 128. The film explores the life and mind of a legendary escape artist who came up for parole after more than 30 years behind bars. This event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Center for Service in Action as part of Change the Status Quo, an annual social justice conference at Cal Poly that aims to challenge social norms and empower students to use their education to make lasting social change. London will also present “Storytelling and Social Change” at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in Chumash Auditorium as the closing session of the conference. Registration is required. For more information, visit the Change the Status Quo website.

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 ext. 6-2406 or go here.

Winemaker Dinner and Auction at Broken Earth Winery Set for Feb. 25

The Wine and Viticulture Department will host its 22nd annual Winemaker Dinner and Auction Fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Broken Earth Winery, 5625 Highway 46 East. The event will honor Jerry Lohr, owner of J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, who is a key supporter of Cal Poly’s wine and viticulture program. His own vineyards in Monterey, Napa Valley and Paso Robles frequently employ Cal Poly students and alumni. Chris Cameron of Broken Earth Winery and Nathan Carlson of Center of Effort Wines will be the featured winemakers, pairing wines with a five-course dinner. Funds raised will support educational trips, guest speakers and student scholarships to attend the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento and the American Society for Wine and Viticulture Conference. The cost is $100 per person and $750 for a table of eight. To purchase tickets, click 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 play 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.

Cal Poly to Host the State of the Organic Industry Panel on March 2

The Cal Poly Center for Sustainability will host a panel discussion on the evolution of the organic marketplace from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories’ Keck Lab (No. 7, Room 2). The event is free and open to the public.
Industry leaders from Organic Produce Network, Cal-Organic Farms, Clif Bar & Co. and Taylor Farms will discuss the evolution of the organic market, including its origins, successes, challenges and trends. Panelists include: Tonya Antle, co-founder and executive vice president of Organic Produce Network, who has been recognized as a driving force in the produce industry and for propelling organic produce into the mainstream marketplace; Bob Borda, vice president of organic sales at Cal-Organic Farms, a division of Grimmway enterprises, and a 25-year veteran in the produce industry; Tom Chapman, chair of the USDA’s 15-member National Organic Standards Board and senior sourcing manager of ingredients at Clif Bar overseeing sourcing and contracting for organic ingredients; and Rachel Molatore, sales manager of the West Coast region for Taylor Farms, who has worked in the produce industry for 11 years. For more information, email or call ext. 6-5086.

Cal Poly Choirs to Perform ‘Conductor’s Choice’ on March 4

The Cal Poly Choirs will perform favorite works of Thomas Davies, the university’s retiring director of choral activities and vocal studies, for the Winter Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in the Performing Arts Center. Titled “Conductor’s Choice,” the concert — a spin down memory lane of the choirs’ choral library — will feature PolyPhonics and the University Singers. The choirs will be accompanied by Susan Azaret Davies and Paul Woodring. PolyPhonics’ program will include “Cry Out and Shout” by Knut Nystedt, “Trois Chansons” (“Three Songs”) by Claude Debussy, “O Tod, wie bitter bist du” (“Oh, Death, How Bitter You Are”) by Max Reger, and other favorites by Randall Thompson and Norman Dello Joio. The University Singers will sing Gabriel Faure’s “Cantique de Jean Racine” (“Hymn of Jean Racine”); selections from “Songs of Innocence” by Earl George; and works for men’s and women’s choruses, including some barbershop. Davies’ final on-campus concert with the Cal Poly Choirs will be on June 11. Tickets for the concert 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.

Cal Poly Symphony to Feature Student Soloists and Music from Animated Movies in March 5 Concert

The talents of student soloists will be showcased and celebrated at the Cal Poly Symphony’s Winter Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 5, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The Student Soloist Showcase will include performances by five instrumentalists and two vocalists, as well as the work of one composer, all winners of the Music Department’s Solo Competition. It will also include a student conductor. The student instrumentalists are Taylor O’Hanlon and Jordan Adams, who will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in C for Two Trumpets, third movement; Kelsey Beisecker, who will play François Devienne’s Flute Concerto No. 8, first movement; Mariso Romo, who will play Ernest Bloch’s “Suite Hébraïque” (Hebrew Suite), first movement, for viola and orchestra; and Kent Giese, who will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s Trombone Concerto, first movement. The vocalists are Gabriela Crolla, who will sing “Der Schwan” (The Swan) by Cal Poly student composer Corey Hable, and Samantha Foulk, who will perform W.A. Mozart’s “Padre, germani, addio!” (Father, Brothers, Farewell!) from “Idomeneo.” The concert program will also include music from animated movies, beginning with three pieces composed by Joe Hisaishi for Studio Ghibli films: “Merry Go Round of Life” from “Howl’s Moving Castle,” arranged by Fedor Vrtacnik; the main theme from “My Neighbor Totoro”; and “One Summer’s Day” from “Spirited Away.” The program concludes with music from both “Fantasia” films by Walt Disney: J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, arranged by Leopold Stokowski; and Igor Stravinsky’s “Berceuse and Finale” from “The Firebird.” Noah Scanlan, a civil engineering student, will conduct Stravinsky’s work, and Music Department faculty member David Arrivée will conduct the rest of the program. Tickets for the concert 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.

Experience Industry Management Department Annual Auction and Dinner to be Held March 11

The Experience Industry Management (EIM) Department’s annual auction and dinner will be held Saturday, March 11, at the San Luis Obispo Veterans Hall, 801 Grand Ave. The event will include live and silent auctions, mysterious activities and a dinner prepared by local caterer Field to Table to highlight this year’s theme, “EIM Unsolved,” which pulls back the curtain on the department’s new name. Auction items can be previewed here. The event — the department’s main fundraiser — is planned and executed by a committee of students, including this year’s event chair Brooke Campbell (’17) and advised by faculty member Jenn Prentice. In addition to celebrating the department’s milestone name change from Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration to Experience Industry Management, the auction and dinner will also pay tribute to the remarkable alumni, students, parents and industry friends who contribute to the department’s success. Tickets can be purchased here. To learn more about the latest in the Experience Industry Management Department, read the winter newsletter here.

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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. 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. 16
Women’s Basketball vs. Long Beach State, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 18
Men’s Tennis vs. Pacific, Mustang Courts, 10 a.m.
Women’s Basketball vs. UC Irvine, Mott Athletics Center, 4 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. Hawai’i, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 20
Baseball vs. Stanford, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 25
Women’s Tennis vs. Santa Clara, Mustang Courts, 11 a.m.

Sunday, Feb. 26
Women’s Tennis vs. CSUN, Mustang Courts, 10 a.m.
Men’s Tennis vs. Michigan, Mustang Courts, 1:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 27
Women’s Golf in Bruin-Wave Invitational, San Luis Obispo Country Club, 8 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 28
Women’s Golf in Bruin-Wave Invitational, San Luis Obispo Country Club, 8 a.m.

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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.

#104341 — Assignment Assistant (Administrative Support Assistant II), University Housing — Housing Administration. $2,539-$4,120 per month. Temporary, one year with possible extension. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 17.

#104338 — Triage Nurse — Per Diem (Registered Nurse II), Student Affairs — Campus Health and Wellbeing — Health Services. Up to four hourly per diem positions. Temporary through June 30, 2019, with possible extension (non-benefited). Anticipated hiring range: $23.56-$40.78 per hour. Hours will vary. Applicant must be able to work Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. as needed. Open until filled.  

#104345 — Per Diem Nurse Practitioner (Nurse Practitioner), Student Affairs — Campus Health and Wellbeing — Health Services. Up to four hourly per diem positions. Temporary through June 30, 2019, with possible extension (non-benefited). Anticipated hiring range: $32.83-$50.00 per hour. Hours will vary. Applicant must be able to work Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. as needed. Open until filled.  

#104344 — Physician Assistant — Per Diem (Physician Assistant), Student Affairs — Campus Health and Wellbeing — Health Services. Up to four hourly per diem positions. Temporary through June 30, 2019, with possible extension (non-benefited). Anticipated hiring range: $32.83-$49.86 per hour. Hours will vary. Applicant must be able to work Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. as needed. Open until filled.  

#104339 — Retention Advisor, Engineering Student Services (Student Services Professional II), Academic Affairs — University Advising. $3,858-$5,485 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,858-$4,166 per month. Open until filled. Review begins March 3.

#104331 — Development Writer (Public Affairs / Communication Specialist II), University Development — Donor Relations. $3,515-$5,704 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 24.

#104337 — Instructional Support Technician II, College of Science and Mathematics — Physics. $3,748-$6,082 per month. Open until filled. Review begins March 17.

#104342 — General Archivist (Administrative Support Assistant II), Academic Affairs — Office of the Registrar. Up to two positions available. $2,539-$4,120 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 24.

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.

Meat Processing Assistant, Campus Dining. $13.46-$15.56 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.

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