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Cal Poly Report — Feb. 8, 2017

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Cal Poly Named One of Nation’s Best Values by Kiplinger’s Finance Magazine

Cal Poly has been named a 2017 best-value college by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, placing 21st in the nation and fourth in the state among public universities and colleges on the magazine’s annual ranking. Kiplinger’s ranked the top 300 best-value colleges and universities that “offer the best bang for your educational buck” from data culled from nearly 1,200 public and private four-year institutions across the nation. Cal Poly also ranked 98th overall, among both public and private institutions. Its standings in the top 25 nationally and top four in California make this the university’s best showing in the annual list that the magazine said provides a quality education at an affordable price. President Armstrong said the announcement underscores the value of Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing educational model. “We are proud of this recognition, which is further proof that a Cal Poly education is an investment that will provide our students and alumni with a lifetime of dividends,” Armstrong said. “Learn by Doing is no secret to industry. Employers know, and they value Cal Poly graduates for their know-how, leadership skills and ability to adapt and learn throughout their careers.” The magazine rated each school in five categories: competitiveness, examining the ratio of applicants offered admission to those who actually enroll; graduation rates; academic support, measured by the number of freshmen who return for their sophomore year and the average number of students per faculty member; cost and financial aid; student debt at graduation; and median salary 10 years after graduation. According to Kiplinger, while Cal Poly ranked fourth in the state among public universities for in-state fees, it also placed third in the Golden State for out-of-state student tuition. Go here to see the complete list of Kiplinger’s top-value institutions.

Study Reveals Resilience of Coastal Ecosystems

Coastal ecosystems worldwide are more resilient to climate change stressors than previously reported, according to a study led by Cal Poly and California Sea Grant biologist Jennifer O’Leary. The results indicate that certain management tools, such as marine protected areas (MPAs), may benefit ecosystems by increasing resilience. This could mean that Central Coast MPAs, established in 2007, will help buffer the effects of climatic change into the future. O’Leary and her colleagues surveyed 97 coastal ecosystem experts to determine the factors that promote and prevent resilience. Climate-driven changes are having profound impacts on coastal ecosystems, she said. Many crucial species are in sharp decline. However, examples of resilience are emerging. “Bright spots of ecosystem resilience are surprisingly common across six major coastal marine ecosystems, with 80 percent of experts witnessing resilience during their careers,” O’Leary said. As the research team reports in the journal BioScience, some areas demonstrated striking recoveries. In Western Australia, up to 90 percent of live coral died due to high water temperature. Despite reaching a low of 9 percent coral cover, the reef surface recovered to 44 percent coral cover within 12 years, she said. The factors that contribute to resilience the most often are retention of native habitat after climatic disturbance and arrival and survival of new juveniles to recreate lost habitat. Sound local management practices also played a role. The authors argue that if marine protected areas are spaced appropriately, it may be possible to mitigate some of the climatic damage to ecosystems. “This is hugely relevant to California generally where our new system of MPAs may help increase coastal resilience by protecting kelp forests and promoting better connections between the coast and undisturbed habitat,” O’Leary said. Go here to read the news release.

Jon Sehmer Is Information Technology Services Employee of the Year

Jon Sehmer, operations manager of Customer and Technology Support, was named the 2016 Employee of the Year at the first-ever ITS Awards Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 21. The event, which was held at the Camp San Luis Obispo Officer’s Club, was held to celebrate ITS accomplishments in 2016. A number of other individuals were also recognized with achievement awards, including Kimi Ikeda (CIO Special Recognition), Ann Wilenius (Stellar Support Award), Ellen Stier, Dolores Flores, and N’mah Kpulun of the ITS HR Recruiting team (Excellence Award), and Kyle McAdams (2016 New Employee of the Year). Several teams of employees were also honored for their dedication and collaboration.

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Student Success

Team Ranks High at Construction Management Competition

The student chapter of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) was awarded third place in the four-year college category of the NAHB Residential Construction Management Competition on Jan. 11. Sixty teams representing universities, community colleges, high schools and career technical schools across the U.S. participated in the annual competition at the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Florida. It challenged students to solve a real-life construction management problem — to develop a 32-acre parcel of land by determining costs, scheduling, marketing, the design of the homes, and a feasibility analysis for the project. In front of an audience of peers, the students presented their solution to an investment committee, which judged the proposals. The Cal Poly team was led by construction management senior and team captain Eric Bet with teammates agricultural business student Bercut Smith; architecture students Billy Blaha and Joe Lynch; business students Tiffany Chen and Sam Godfrey; and construction management students Keenan Brekke, Zak Faber, Kyle Haggard, Jeffrey Hammond, Peter Lee, Jimmy Materne, and Jeremy Suryadi. The team was advised by construction management faculty members Scott Kelting and Stacy Kolegraff. Cal Poly teams are no stranger to the podium at NAHB student competitions — this year’s third-place award marks the 12th time since 2001 that Cal Poly has finished in the top five at the competition. Cal Poly placed first in 2005, 2006 and 2011.

Rose Float Team Honored for Award-Winning ‘A New Leaf’

The award-winning Rose Float team was honored by the outgoing Tournament of Roses board president and Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey at the group’s annual banquet Feb. 4. “I’d like to recognize (group president) Philippe (Nappa) for his excellent leadership, and all of the students for your great, hard work that you did on ‘A New Leaf,’” Humphrey told some 120 members, representatives from both Cal Poly universities, alumni and parents. “Every one of us is so proud of what you did. You also received huge accolades at the CSU board of trustees level. Board of trustees Chair Rebecca Eisen recognized both campuses for the hard work on the Rose Float in her report in the most recent meeting.” Cal Poly universities’ student-designed and built float featured an animated family of chameleons exploring the wonders of a vibrantly colorful world at the Rose Parade on Jan. 2 in Pasadena. “ ‘A New Leaf,’ wow, what a great look and concept this year,” said Brad Ratliff, 2016-17 president of the Tournament of Roses board of directors who oversaw the 128th Rose Parade and the 103rd Rose Bowl Game. He congratulated teams on both campuses for “a great, great float. You won the Founder’s Award. That is one of the most special awards that the judges present because it has to do with how beautiful a float is.” He also thanked the seven seniors (pictured above), some who worked on five floats during their college career, who were bidding adieu to the team. “So on behalf of the Tournament of Roses … thank you for everything that you’ve done,” he added. “I certainly look forward to seeing what you guys are going to have in ‘Making a Difference’” — the 2018 theme that will also be the universities’ 70th entry in the annual New Year’s Day tradition. The 2016-17 leadership team was honored while incoming President Ali Harake welcomed the 2017-18 leaders, who on Feb. 5 finalized the concept submissions for the 2018 parade. In addition, Napaa honored Gary Weisenberger, lecturer in the BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department (pictured with Harake, left, and Napaa), for more than 30 years of contributions, which include rebuilding the two float chassis, as well as driving the San Luis Obispo portion to Pomona and back each year on his 18-wheel tractor-trailer.

BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Students Network with Industry Professionals at Irrigation Conference

Twenty-five students were able to network with irrigation industry professions and view innovative irrigation-related products up close at the National Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Las Vegas in December. On Dec. 8, the students — mostly BioResource and Ag Engineering majors — spent the day viewing exhibits and talking to professionals from various companies. Second-year BRAE major Dylan Goodwin said he enjoyed getting a “real, unfiltered, unrestricted experience” by talking directly to industry experts. Goodwin recently started to study drip irrigation systems in one of his classes, for example, and was able to talk directly to one representative about a company’s drip irrigation tape. “It was a unique experience to be taught the basics of a concept and almost immediately see all the different iterations of that concept in the marketplace,” Goodwin said. BRAE faculty member Stuart Styles, director of Cal Poly’s Irrigation Training and Research Center (ITRC), said the trip provided the students an excellent opportunity to see first-hand numerous aspects of irrigation and agriculture. “The irrigation industry folks were very happy to have the students attend, since they are very interested in hiring Cal Poly graduates,” he added. The ITRC was also recognized during the day as the Partner of the Year for the Irrigation Association, Styles said.

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Faculty & Staff

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.

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.

CSU Faculty Proposal Development Webinar to be Held Feb. 14

The Office of Research and Economic Development will host a group viewing of a “Faculty Proposal Development Webinar” on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The webinar, presented by Ganesh Raman, CSU assistant vice chancellor for research, will include topics such as “Developing a Strategic Plan for Your Research,” “Proposal Process Best Practices,” “What Evaluators Want and Characteristics of Winning Proposals,” and two panel discussions with CSU faculty on federal grants awarded and selection committees served. The webinar is open to all faculty, but due to the limited number of channels available, the Chancellor’s Office has requested that each campus host a group viewing. The Cal Poly viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Cotchett Education Building (No. 2), Room 25B. RSVP to the Office of Research and Economic Development at ext. 6-1508. For those who are not able to attend, a recorded version will be available for later viewing.

CTLT Winter 2017 Innovation Showcases: A Slice of Inspiration

Join us for the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology’s Slice of Inspiration faculty showcases, where you can enjoy a slice or two of pizza and salad while you learn about innovative instructional practices from your colleagues. The showcase will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 202A. David John Kocsis, lecturer of management, human resources, and information systems in the Orfalea College of Business, will be presenting on “Inclusive Instruction.” For further information, go to or email

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. on 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.

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.

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

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 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.

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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. Please note the date for the reception has changed to Feb. 22 from Feb. 23.

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Catastrophic Leave

Andy White, parking officer in UPD-Parking and Commuter Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help him remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Kathleen Cook at ext. 6-6675 or to request a donation form.

Alisa Williford-Smith, administrative analyst/specialist in Academic Affairs Technical Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Brooke Kohler at ext. 6-7629 or to request a donation form.

Heidi Schreck, administrative support coordinator in Admissions, Recruitment and Financial Aid, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Jeanne Schrader at ext. 6- 1304 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

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 Building breezeway.

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 tours 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.

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 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

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

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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.


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.

'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 utilize 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 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.

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

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.

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.

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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.

#104334 — Administrative Support Coordinator II, Student Affairs — Student Academic Services and New Student and Transition Programs. $3,115-$5,060 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,115-$3,426 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 10.

#104332 — Senior Business Data Analyst (Information Technology Consultant — Career), University Development. $4,372-$9,683 per month. Open until filled.

#104335 — Lead Counselor/Program Coordinator (Student Services Professional III), Student Affairs — Student Academic Services. $4,204-$5,989 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $4,204-$4,624 per month. Open until filled. Review beings Feb. 16. 

#104328 — Administrative Support Coordinator I, College of Liberal Arts — Philosophy Department. $2,846-$4,619 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $2,846-$3,131 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 20.

#104336 — Administrative Support Coordinator I, College of Liberal Arts — History Department. $2,846-$4,619 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $2,846-$3,131 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Feb. 20.

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ASI Employment Opportunities

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