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Cal Poly Report — June 14, 2017

Please note: Cal Poly Report will be published monthly during the summer, on July 12, Aug. 9 and Sept. 6. The deadline for the next edition is Friday, July 7.


Student Affairs Names New Diversity and Inclusion Administrator

Cal Poly has appointed Jamie Patton as the university’s new assistant vice president for Student Affairs – Diversity and Inclusion. Patton, who currently serves as assistant dean of students at Ohio University, will begin his new role in July. He has more than 15 years of experience in higher education leadership, teaching and inclusion practices. Patton will be responsible for developing and managing new programs and initiatives that advance diversity and inclusion. In addition, he will provide consultation for services and policies to ensure inclusive practices across all Student Affairs departments. In partnership with the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity, Patton will also provide campuswide support for diversity and inclusion efforts. A North Philadelphia native and first-generation college graduate, Patton’s primary research activities and programs have focused on supporting underserved ethnic minority males who attend predominantly white institutions. Patton will be joined in San Luis Obispo by his wife, Elisa, and their two daughters. Go here to read more.

Cal Poly Goes All-In on AWS

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced that Cal Poly will migrate all core applications to AWS. By choosing the cloud with the most functionality, the fastest pace of innovation, the largest ecosystem of customers and partners, and the most proven operating and security expertise, Cal Poly is well-positioned to offer a best-in-class student experience. Faced with aging IT and the need to expand its infrastructure, Cal Poly is transforming its IT operations by going all-in on AWS. By moving to AWS, Cal Poly is avoiding an $8 million to $10 million data center build, and in addition estimates saving $3.5 million on its current infrastructure costs over the next three years. Cal Poly is migrating all core applications to AWS, including learning management systems (LMS), payroll, database services, mobile applications, data warehouse, content management service, security applications, student scheduling and advising services, among others. Cal Poly will also launch the “Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub, Powered by AWS,” a collaboration that will help government agencies across California move to the cloud by developing technology solutions designed to address the unique digital transformation challenges public sector agencies face. “Cal Poly’s motto is ‘Learn by Doing,’ and as an institution focused on technology, what better way to embody that than by transforming our own IT infrastructure and going all-in with the world’s leading cloud provider, AWS?” President Armstrong said. “Because AWS offers the broadest and deepest set of functionality and superior performance and security, we’ll be able to leverage the latest and greatest technologies as we innovate on behalf of our students.” Learn more here.

Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremonies Set for June 17 and 18

Roughly 4,500 students are eligible to graduate in three ceremonies at Cal Poly’s spring commencement Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18. The ceremonies for one of the university’s largest classes will be held at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday in Spanos Stadium. “Graduation is the culmination of years of dedication and hard work,” said President Armstrong. “Pride resonates throughout the Cal Poly community as these future leaders ready for their next challenges. Learn by Doing helped them get here, and it will help them as they begin their careers or pursue graduate studies. Commencement also gives us an opportunity to recognize our graduates’ support network —family and friends, peers, professors and professionals — who helped each graduate get here.” Gary Erickson, the Cal Poly alumnus who founded Clif Bar & Co., a leading maker of nutritious and organic energy foods, and Phil Bailey, the university’s long-serving dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, will deliver keynote addresses. More than 40,000 visitors are expected to attend Cal Poly’s 76th annual commencement ceremonies. Learn more here.

California Climate Action Planning Conference to be held Aug. 24-25

In the U.S., leadership on climate action is needed more than ever. California and its communities have emerged as national and international leaders in addressing the climate crisis. To enhance Cal Poly's leadership and keep its momentum, the City and Regional Planning Department — in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) — is proud to host the third California Climate Action Planning Conference on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 24 and 25, at Cal Poly. Plan now to learn and network with over 150 fellow professionals in climate action, sustainability and resilience. So much is happening, and this conference will provide innovative, in-depth sessions by leaders in the field. Program content includes: the new Scoping Plan, pathways to deep de-carbonization, successful financing and implementation, community vulnerability assessment, state planning guidance, and climate justice. A draft schedule is available on the conference website as well as a sign-up for our email notification list (if you didn’t receive this announcement directly). Faculty, staff and students must register but can attend for free. Register here.

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Student Success

Great Grads Showcase the Strengths and Diversity of Class of 2017

Each of this year’s roughly 4,500 graduates — one of the largest classes in Cal Poly history — has a unique story of success and perseverance. Here are six outstanding members of the Class of 2017:
Martin Alfaro, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences: It’s been a long haul for Alfaro, a 26-year-old transfer student from Soledad, who had a three-hour commute to and from San Luis Obispo — sometimes up to five days a week — over the past two years in pursuit of a degree in agriculture and environmental plant science. Alfaro plans to work as a pest control adviser for Huntington Farms in Soledad. 
Cameron Andrews, College of Liberal Arts: A 2013 Paso Robles High School graduate, Andrews found Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy to be a “tremendous catalyst” as he pursued a psychology degree. “It gave me hands-on experience into what it would be like in the workforce,” said the 21-year-old. Andrews plans to pursue a doctorate in psychology at the University of Michigan. But first he will head to Alaska through the AmeriCorps program.
Camille Chabot, College of Science and Mathematics: Chabot, 22, has crammed a lifetime into her four years at Cal Poly while earning a liberal studies degree with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher and, ultimately, a school principal. For a while, the dream was in jeopardy. Two weeks before the start of her sophomore year, Chabot was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin’s lymphoma — the most advanced stage of the cancer of the lymphatic system. Surgery, a dozen chemotherapy sessions, a relapse, and a bone marrow transplant followed.
Carlos “Charly” Flores, College of Engineering: Never underestimate the power of one person to make a difference, says Flores, a transfer student from San Pedro who will receive his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with a focus on power electronics. Flores, who earned a reputation for community outreach and volunteering, served as an academic tutor for the Boys and Girls Club, inspired by what he had experienced growing up at the club in the Los Angeles Harbor area.
Iris Huang, Orfalea College of Business: Huang found her footing studying business administration with a concentration in information systems. It’s a skill set that allows her to translate information needs into technology needs and technological capabilities into new business capabilities. The 21-year-old from Monterey Park is the first Cal Poly Scholar to graduate from the Orfalea College of Business.
Carla Simental, College of Architecture and Environmental Design: Simental is an architectural engineering major in one of the most intense undergraduate building structures program in the nation. The 23-year-old Santa Clarita resident, who was raised by a single mom, overcame significant economic disadvantages, and through hard work and perseverance, emerged as “a top performer in this program,” said Professor and Department Chair Allen C. Estes.
Read more about the grads here. (Pictured, clockwise from top left, are Alfaro, Andrews, Chabot, Flores, Huang and Simental.)

Cal Poly Sweeps the Western Spring National Dairy Judging Contest

Dairy science students were among the top contenders at the recent Western Spring National Collegiate Dairy Judging Contest in Richmond, Utah. Two teams of students judged 10 classes of Holstein cattle. Each contestant then gave an oral presentation (called reasons) defending their placings. The Cal Poly Gold Team, comprised of dairy science seniors Alexandra Gambonini, Hannah Neer, and dairy science juniors Elise Regusci and Elisabeth Regusci, took first place overall and in placings and reasons. The Cal Poly Green Team, comprised of agribusiness freshman Nico Marsigli, dairy science sophomore Jack Vander Dussen, dairy science junior Hank DeVries and dairy science freshman Brandon Almeida, placed third in reasons and sixth overall. Elisabeth Regusci placed first in reasons and overall; Gambonini placed second overall and third in reasons; Almeida placed second in reasons and fourth overall; and Elise Regusci placed sixth overall.

College of Liberal Arts 2017 Outstanding Students Announced

The College of Liberal Arts announced its 2017 Outstanding Students with honors for academic excellence and service to the college, university and community. Communication studies senior Emma Annabelle Welden received the award for academic excellence. Welden has the highest GPA in her department and was on the Dean’s list and President’s list every quarter. Camille Lethcoe, a communication studies senior, and sociology senior Nicole Hayashida were both recognized for Contributions to the Objectives and Public Image of the College. Lethcoe’s time at Cal Poly has been devoted to providing opportunities for students, representing the best of Cal Poly to administrators, donors and organizations, and advocating on behalf of students. Hayashida served as a face for the college, coordinating informational sessions for prospective students and their families. Art and design senior Habib Placencia Adissi was named Outstanding Senior for Contributions to the Objectives and Public Image of the University. Placencia Adissi contributed to a number of projects dedicated to serving underrepresented student populations and to improving the campus climate around diversity and increasing and enhancing inclusivity across the university. Caroline Rein, a theatre arts major, is the Outstanding Senior for Service to the Community. Rein volunteered as costume designer, voice coach and educational fundraiser for the San Luis Obispo Classical Academy High School Theater program.

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Faculty & Staff

College of Liberal Arts Names 2017 Outstanding Faculty and Staff

Ten dedicated College of Liberal Arts employees have been recognized with outstanding faculty and staff awards: Jasna Jovanovic, Psychology and Child Development Department chair, received the RK Simon Award for Outstanding Career Achievement in Teaching; Elizabeth Lowham, Political Science Department chair, Early Career Achievement in Teaching; English Professor Todd Pierce, RK Simon Award for Outstanding Career Achievement in Scholarship; Matthew Moore, political science professor, RK Simon Award for Outstanding Career Achievement in Service; Jose Navarro, English and ethnic studies professor, Early Career Achievement in Service; Denise Isom, Ethnic Studies Department chair, Diversity Award; history Lecturer Kathleen Cairns, Outstanding Career Achievement in Teaching by a Lecturer; Kurt Brown, photography tech, Outstanding Career Achievement by a Staff Member; and Theatre and Dance Department Technical Director Clint Bryson and Cassandra Sherburne, Journalism Department administrative support coordinator, Staff Excellence Award. The recipients were honored during the recent College of Liberal Arts faculty and staff award ceremony.

Proposals Due Sept. 18 for Learn by Doing Campus Conference

Cal Poly faculty and staff, individually or in teams, as well as students working with faculty, staff or alumni mentors, are invited to submit proposals for More than a Motto: Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing Conference, to be held Nov. 3 in partnership with Kennedy Library. Following the success of the 2015 inaugural conference and the 2017 book publication, the second Learn by Doing campus conference is an opportunity for the university to come together to showcase and celebrate the university’s unique institutional identity. The event will feature a poster gallery and 50-minute oral presentations on active learning, undergraduate and graduate student research, and students’ interactions in the field. The conference, which will happen in accordance with Homecoming Weekend, is an opportunity for alumni to join the campus community in honoring the Learn by Doing legacy. Proposals are due Sept. 18. For more information and submission guidelines, visit the More than a Motto website.

Many Employees Eligible for CSU Educational Fee Waiver Program

The fee waiver program provides eligible faculty, staff and management employees the opportunity to attend classes at CSU campuses at greatly reduced rates. This benefit may also be transferred to eligible dependents. For information regarding eligibility, guidelines, procedures, fees and deadlines, visit the Fee Waiver Program website. For more information, contact Terizza Miller at

Recipients Named for 2016-17 Outstanding Staff Award

Three employees have been recognized for the 2016-17 Outstanding Staff Award: Josh D'Acquisto, Rose Float coordinator for Associated Students Inc.; Monica Cantu, senior custodial manager for Facilities Custodial Services; and Ray Ward, equipment technician for the Architectural Engineering Department (from left to right in photo). The recipients will be honored during the Fall Conference general session in September. For more information about the recipients and their accomplishments, visit the Administration and Finance website.

Faculty Tenure and Promotion Awards Announced

President Armstrong and Provost and Executive Vice President Kathleen Enz Finken have announced the promotion of 52 faculty members and the award of tenure to 24 faculty members, effective in the 2017-18 academic year. The promotions include 34 to the academic rank of professor and 18 to the rank of associate professor. Armstrong and Enz Finken extend their congratulations and appreciation to those faculty members receiving promotion and/or tenure. A complete list is on the Academic Personnel website.

Share and Expand Your Perspective With a Book Circle

Employee and Organization Development is offering three book circles and all staff and faculty are welcome. Each book circle involves three sessions starting in July. Participants will receive a copy of the book; an audio version will be made available. The first book is "Radical Candor" by Kim Scott, who shares her experience at companies including Google and Apple, where she built her career around a simple goal: “Creating BS-free zones where people love their work and working tougher.” The key is guidance — giving it, receiving it and encouraging it. The second book is "Brain Rules" by John Medina, a developmental molecular biologist. This fun and engaging read provides 12 research-based, practical tips to help optimize memory, reduce stress, improve sleep and more. The third book, "The Hidden Brain" by Shankar Vedantam, explores various topics asking the same question — what if our actions are driven not by our conscious values and beliefs but by hidden motivations we’re not even aware of? To view a full description and register to attend, visit Book Circles at

Career Services Accepting Donations of Professional Clothing

Career Services will host its third Clothing Closet event on Friday, Sept. 22, to provide free, work-appropriate clothes to students in need. The event also marks the grand opening of Career Services’ permanent clothing closet. First impressions can significantly impact a student’s chances for success, and many students struggle to afford professional clothing for career fairs and interviews. Faculty and staff are asked to consider donating clean, gently used, contemporary professional clothing, ties, belts and shoes. Donations can be dropped off at Career Services (No. 124) through the end of August. Metered and 30-minute staff parking are available nearby. For more information, call Career Services at ext. 6-2501.

Feedback Requested on Regional Transit Authority Bus Route Study

The Santa Barbara County Association of Governments, in partnership with the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, is conducting a study to assess transportation needs between San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria and points in between. As the primary transit route connecting San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties, RTA Route 10 is a focal point of the study. Feedback is requested through a quick survey to assist in identifying unmet transit needs. If you live or travel between these areas, whether or not you currently use public transit, take a moment to review the project and complete the survey at More detailed information about the study and the existing conditions report can be found at Anyone with questions can contact Cheryl Andrus ext. 6-6680 or

Cal Poly International Travel Debuts New Electronic Process July 1

All international travel conducted as Cal Poly business must go through the International Center, which has a new electronic process. Effective July 1, all international travel packets must be completed and submitted electronically at (select "International Travel"). The new online system will allow the International Center to retain all information in one secure area, enhance travel safety, ensure compliance with CSU policies and procedures, and provide for rapid location and communication in the event of an emergency situation. Travelers must meet the required deadlines posted on the site to have their travel approved. If you have questions or would like us to present a workshop to your department, email a request to

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George L. Leone, senior shop technician for the Mechanical Engineering Department, will retire on July 21 after 16 years at Cal Poly. His service to students first began, however, as a volunteer mentor to the Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) team. Leone continues to serve as team advisor and builds and races HPVs of his own. Leone received the Cal Poly Outstanding Staff Award in 2009 and the 2016 Don and Paula Heye Annual Safety Award, which recognizes efforts that enhance safety in all aspects of student education. As supervising director of the Hangar Shop, Leone has implemented best practices for all tools used, and he oversees the safety training required of all student technicians and shop users, including a required safety tour, tests and tool checkout program. Because of his work, Cal Poly's Mechanical Engineering shops are compliant with CAL-OSHA and Environmental Health and Safety Department rules. A celebration in honor of Leone will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, at the Milestone Tavern at 972 Foothill Blvd. in San Luis Obispo.

Dan Inlow, an information technology consultant with Information Technology Services (ITS), will retire on Monday, June 19. For the past 21 years, Inlow has helped support more than 150 classrooms and has been involved in a number of technology upgrades that have positively impacted teaching and learning campuswide. He has also supervised and mentored countless students. In retirement, Inlow looks forward to spending more time with his family, enjoying the outdoors, traveling internationally, and using his considerable mechanical skills to work on his fleet of trucks, motorcycles and boats.

Jeffrey M. Tolin, associate professor of accounting and law in the Orfalea College of Business, will retire June 18, after eight years of service at Cal Poly. Prior to joining Cal Poly, Tolin spent 35 years as a tax adviser working with clients such as The Walt Disney Co., Dreamworks SKG and Dreamworks Animation. He was the first national director of entertainment tax services at Ernst & Young and an avid speaker at various industry and tax forums, including the Cannes Film Festival. In addition, Tolin also presented two white paper reports to the Treasury Department, the national office of the Internal Revenue Service, and to representatives of the House Ways and Means Committee in Washington, D.C. While at Cal Poly, he had articles published in multiple tax publications. He taught four separate tax courses in the M.S. Tax program and three in the undergraduate program. During his retirement, Tolin plans to work with Tax Inspectors Without Borders, a joint venture between the United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The organization is designed to help developing nations increase tax revenues, which entails spending time in various nations working with local governments. In addition, he will be spending more time with his four grandchildren and traveling the world.

Amy Hewes, director of marketing and communications for the College of Engineering, will retire on Friday, June 30. During nearly 20 years at Cal Poly, Hewes developed and led a marketing and communications program that has been integral in growing the college’s reputation as a world-class engineering school. The program’s strategic and creative framework is widely recognized as a model for colleges throughout campus. “Amy has contributed significantly to telling the Cal Poly Engineering story, which has resulted in an ever-expanding global reach and impact throughout her tenure,” said Jim Meagher, the college’s interim dean. A graduate of Smith College, Hewes earned a master’s degree in English in 2003 at Cal Poly. She and her husband, Kevin Clark, a poet and recently retired Cal Poly English professor, have been an active part of the campus’ arts and literature community. The College of Engineering will host a reception in Hewes’ honor from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, in the Kennedy Library’s atrium (No. 35).

Clare O’Brien, associate vice president in Student Affairs, is retiring after a 20-year career in higher education, including over a decade at Cal Poly. O’Brien is known for her leadership in strategic planning and implementation for the Student Affairs division. She also launched three new divisionwide functions, including marketing and communications, assessment and research, and fund development. O’Brien earned her bachelor’s degree in economics at Cal Poly and completed her master’s degree in education at Cal Poly while working as a financial aid counselor. She later served in leadership roles at Santa Rosa Junior College, Hewlett Packard, Medtronic and The Walt Disney Co. before returning to Cal Poly. The campus is invited to a retirement reception in her honor from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, July 10, in the main lobby of the Administration Building (No. 1).

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Campus Announcements

School of Education Hosts Conference by Teachers for Teachers

On Friday, July 28, the School of Education will host the local meeting of the third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit, which will bring teachers across the state together for a day of learning led by teachers, for teachers. The summit is a unique opportunity for teachers to collaborate, re-energize ahead of the new school year and be part of a lasting teacher network. The summit will feature TED-style EdTalks presented by local teachers, Edcamp discussions on teacher-selected topics, and opportunities for networking and sharing ideas and resources with fellow teachers. The event is free to all California pre-K to 12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators. For more information, visit the School of Education website.

Women's Club Picnic Social to be Held June 24

Join the Cal Poly Women’s Club for a picnic social starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at Cheng Park, located at the corner of Marsh and Santa Rosa streets in San Luis Obispo. Club member Alice Loh, emeritus architecture faculty, designed this event to celebrate the influence of the Chinese in San Luis Obispo. Appetizers and other picnic fare will be provided by the club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to a short business meeting, the club will recognize the contributions of Alice Loh as part of the Club Centennial Project. To RSVP, contact For more information on the club visit

Mechanical Engineering Students Looking for Problems to Solve

Mechanical engineering students complete yearlong team-based senior projects in which they design, build and test a mechanical system to meet a sponsor’s needs. The project results in a final report and prototype parts for the sponsor. Project sponsors include companies, nonprofit organizations, community members, student clubs, and faculty and staff. For more information, visit This fall, the Mechanical Engineering Department is looking to start 40 new projects. If you have a project idea you’d like to propose, visit or contact Peter Schuster at

2016-17 Federal Work-Study Program Ends June 17

The last day students may work through the Federal Work-Study Program for the 2016-17 academic year is Saturday, June 17. Work-Study payroll must be submitted prior to the June payroll deadline. Any late payrolls will be processed through regular student pay since late Work-Study pay cannot be authorized. During finals week, Work-Study students may work up to 20 hours. There is no Federal Work-Study during summer quarter. The 2017-18 Federal Work-Study Program will resume Sept. 14.

Recreation Center Summer Family Fun Days Start June 23

This summer, Recreation Center members are invited to bring their families for a play day at our facility on all Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from June 23 to Sept. 3. Come enjoy the Recreation Center’s amenities together, including the leisure pool, ASI Poly Escapes Climbing Park, gym, courts and more. Current members may sponsor up to six supervised guests, including children. The signature of a parent or guardian is required for minors. For more information, contact Cal Poly Recreation Center membership services at ext. 6-1366 or at

Draft Master Plan, EIR to be Available for Public Review in June

The draft 2035 Cal Poly Master Plan and draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) are nearing completion and are anticipated to be available for public review in June. The documents will be available for download on the Master Plan website and for review at Kennedy Library (No. 35) and the San Luis Obispo Library, 995 Palm St. in San Luis Obispo; as well as at the Facilities Planning and Capital Projects office (located upstairs in Building No. 70). The Master Plan Team welcomes campus participation and contributions to the plan and process. There will be a 45-day review period for the draft EIR, during which the public can comment on the analysis of potential environmental impacts from the Master Plan. Two public meetings will be scheduled to hear and accept comments. To be notified of the release of the documents and the upcoming meetings, go to, click on “contact” and fill out the form to be added to the list. Direct questions to Campus Planner Julie Hawkins at ext. 6-6563 or

Feedback Requested on Off-Campus Catering Vendors for Events

Procurement Services has announced that it is continuing a program to allow off-campus catering vendors to serve on-campus events if they have been registered and approved by the department. Procurement Services will accept applications from interested vendors in June and expects to have an approved list available in August. The department is seeking input from the campus community on which catering companies they might like to have cater on-campus events (which can be as simple as a delivery and set-up or a full-service event). Visit this Procurement Services webpage to view information about using caterers for on-campus events as well as the current list of approved caterers. The department will invite current caterers to renew their applications. Email by Thursday, June 15, the name of one or more catering companies that you would like Procurement Services to invite to submit an application. Include contact information for the caterer, if possible. Email questions to Anya Knotts at

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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. Submissions may run a maximum of three times and should be limited to 150 words. 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 issue is 12:30 p.m. the Friday prior to publication.


University Art Gallery Presents Work of Art and Design Seniors

The University Art Gallery is presenting “In Place, Out of Time,” a group show of graduating artists from the concentrations of studio art, photography and graphic design. Participating students include Carley Alex, Arianna Cabebe, Grace Fuh, Emily Guerra, Rosie Gutierrez, Morgan Huff, Serin Lazaro, Kate Meissner (pictured), Mike Miller, Chloe Millhauser, Morgan Momsen, Robin Osgood, Ellie Ramsgard and Kody Riewthong. The exhibit is located in the University Art Gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34). The gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and the exhibit runs until Saturday, June 17. For more information, contact Garet Zook at ext. 6-1571 or

Collegians Alumni Big Band to Celebrate 50-Year Reunion with
Aug. 26 Performance

The Collegians Alumni Big Band will celebrate its 50-year reunion — and the 80th anniversary of the band’s founding — with a performance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, in the Madonna Inn Ballroom in San Luis Obispo. The band’s annual gathering draws more than 20 alumni musicians — Cal Poly graduates from the late 1940s to the early ’60s — to recreate the swinging sounds of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Les Brown and other famous ensembles of the big band era. Admission to the performance is free; voluntary contributions to Cal Poly’s Collegians Jazz Scholarship are welcome. The Collegians draw a full house every year, and seating is guaranteed only for those who make a reservation and dine in the Steak House. Non-diners who wish to dance or listen are accommodated on a first-come basis. To make dinner reservations at the Madonna Inn Steak House, call 805-543-3000. For more information about the performance, contact Collegians member Bob Alberti at or 805-461-5993. For more information about the Collegians Alumni Big Band, visit the group’s website.

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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For an overview of up-to-date sports information, photos and videos, visit Students always get in free. Faculty and staff discounts are available.

Upcoming Events @ Home

The schedule of home events has come to a close for the 2016-17 academic year.

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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.

#104510 — Director of Development (Administrator I), College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences — Advancement. Anticipated hiring range: $55,000-$62,000 per year. Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected. Open until filled.

#104515 — Academic Advisor (Student Services Professional II), College of Science and Mathematics — Advising. $3,858-$5,485 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 20.

#104514 — Admissions Officer (Student Services Professional II), Academic Affairs — Admissions, Recruitment and Financial Aid. $3,858-$5,485 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 22.

#104507 — Hanger Shop Technician (Equipment Technician II — Electro Mechanical), College of Engineering — Mechanical Engineering. $3,748-$6,082 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 26.

#104522 — Multimedia and Video Coordinator (Public Affairs/ Communications Specialist II), Student Affairs — Athletics. $3,515-$5,704 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 22. 

#104517 — Executive Assistant (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Non-Exempt), Office of Diversity and Inclusivity. $3,288-$5,695 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 22.

Faculty Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the Cal Poly Jobs website to complete an application for any of the positions shown below. The complete listing of faculty position openings is posted on the website. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-2844.

#104463 — Full-Time Lecturer — Agricultural Education and Communication, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Open until filled.

#104478 — Tenure Track Position — Cybersecurity, Computer Science Department, College of Engineering. Open until filled.

#104499 — Full-Time Lecturer — Communication Studies, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#104503 — Full-Time Lecturer — Goat/Sheep Production, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Open until filled.

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.

Lead Baker (10 month), Cal Poly Corporation, Campus Dining, $13.80-$20.70 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.

Building Service Worker, $14.30 per hour plus excellent benefits. Position closes on June 19.

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