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Cal Poly Report — March 1, 2017


Cal Poly Announces New Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Inclusion

Cal Poly has named Josephine (Jozi) De Leon as vice president and chief officer for diversity and inclusion. De Leon will serve as the campus leader of inclusivity and diversity initiatives at Cal Poly. She will report directly to President Armstrong and will function as a leading voice on matters of equality, diversity and inclusion. De Leon will start on July 10, 2017. De Leon has focused her lengthy career on the education of traditionally underrepresented students. She currently serves as vice president for equity and inclusion, and is a professor in the Department of Educational Specialties, at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. “I am delighted that Jozi will bring her wealth of experience and dedicated focus on diversity and inclusion initiatives to Cal Poly,” Armstrong said. “Her deep breadth of knowledge will complement and enhance the efforts of our talented faculty and staff as we continue to nurture a diverse, inclusive and welcoming campus.” De Leon will lead the Office of Diversity and Inclusivity (OUD&I), which is responsible for promoting and implementing equity and diversity programs in support of an inclusive working and learning environment. In her role, De Leon will oversee efforts to develop, review and assess the effectiveness of a wide range of diversity and inclusion programs and activities relating to faculty, staff and students. “I am excited to join the Cal Poly community and advance the university’s efforts to cultivate a welcoming, supportive environment where we integrate diversity as a key component in enhancing Cal Poly’s excellence,” De Leon said. “My first priority will be to connect with stakeholders across campus and listen to their assessment of our strengths and gain insight on areas where we can build collective effort.” De Leon was chosen through a rigorous recruitment process that included candidates from across the nation. Read the full news release here.

Student Affairs Recognized as One of the Most Promising Places to Work for 2017

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education recently named Cal Poly’s Student Affairs division as one of the Most Promising Places to Work for 2017. Cal Poly was one of just 18 higher education institutions honored for taking intentional steps to create a more diverse and welcoming workplace environment. The university was selected from a pool of several hundred applicants across the nation, following an extensive review of categories such as diversity, staffing practices, family friendliness and professional development opportunities, among others. It was Cal Poly’s first submission for the award. “I am incredibly Cal Poly Proud to have our division named on this prestigious list,” said Keith Humphrey, vice president for Student Affairs. “This recognition reflects all the hard work that goes on every day to create a workplace environment that allows us to bring our best selves toward enhancing student success.” The report was completed in partnership with the Center for Higher Education Enterprise, located at The Ohio State University, and the American College Personnel Association — College Student Educators International. A complete report of the findings will be published in the March 23 edition of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Join Us March 9 for Poly Gives: One Day, Many Gifts (and Free Food!)

On March 9, the Annual Giving Department welcomes alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and students to participate in the university's inaugural, campuswide Day of Giving, Poly Gives. A 30-hour digital-giving campaign, Poly Gives is part of a greater movement on campus to cultivate a spirit of philanthropy among current students, graduates and the Cal Poly community. While alumni, parents and friends are encouraged to make a gift to "the Cal Poly they love," students will be encouraged to show their Cal Poly spirit by writing personal thank you notes to donors and participating in social media contests throughout the day. Students, faculty and staff are invited to sport their Cal Poly Proud gear and come out to Poly Gives UU Hour in the UU Plaza at 11 a.m. for free food, giveaways, a photo booth and more.

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Student Success

'Biggest, Loudest Event on Campus' to be Held April 8 at Open House

About 60 students have been hard at work preparing for the 39th annual Poly Royal Tractor Pull, which will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at this year’s Open House. The Tractor Pull Club started planning the event in fall quarter, getting together weekly to discuss the progress of numerous committees, including advertising, concessions, donors, heavy equipment, security and ticket sales, said advertising chair Kara Kline, an agricultural business junior. “Students spend countless hours during the weeks leading up to the pull to convert a field across from the Crops Unit into a tractor pull with a track, stands, concessions, pit areas for competing trucks and tractors, ticket and apparel sales,” said Kline, a transfer student in her first year at Cal Poly who has been involved in tractor pulls throughout California. “I believe everyone should come to the event because it is the biggest, baddest and loudest event on campus,” Kline said. “The Poly Royal Pull is a cool opportunity to come out and see all the hard work students have put into making this event a success, while the proceeds go directly to the students through scholarships.” Last year, she said, the tractor pull and the club’s scholarship endowment provided $30,000 in scholarship money for students. The pull will be held in the pasture across from the Crops Unit on Mt. Bishop Road. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 or younger. New this year, the ticket concessions booth will accept cash, checks and credit cards. A snack bar and apparel booth will be open to the public at noon, but will only accept cash.

Three Students Take First Place in Pitch Competition

Three students took first place and audience choice at the annual Marketing Career Conference’s sixth Pitch Competition, hosted Feb. 17 by the Cal Poly American Marketing Association (AMA) and the Orfalea College of Business Marketing Area. Journalism senior Lauren Roberge, business administration junior Matthew Devine and business administration junior Jimmy Castles were awarded first place for their four-minute pitch on “EyeSee,” a sleek iPhone case with a screen cover that has vision-correcting technology to allow a user to view a phone without glasses. “I learned what it takes to earn first place and the audience choice award in a highly competitive pitch competition — a lot of hard work, dedication and determination,” said Roberge, who is minoring in integrated marketing communications. “I also feel much more confident entering a career in marketing and sales pitching, presenting, and giving demonstrations to business leaders.” Marketing lecturer Lisa Simon said the team practiced and worked together well. “I think what made them stand apart was that they really coordinated what they were talking about,” Simon said. More than 200 students and 23 companies participated in the conference at the Performing Arts Center, where a Creative Showcase Competition was also held for the first time. Students submitted design work in three categories — logos, marketing collateral and websites — and were judged by industry professionals. In that competition, business administration senior Casey Li won first place for logos, business administration senior Michelle Chan took first place for marketing collateral, and graphic communication senior Sierra Clar received first place for websites. The event gave students a chance to connect professionally and personally with people in the marketing field, Simon said. “I was able to connect with recruiters on a more personal level and build relationships that will help me in my marketing career post-graduation,” Roberge said.

Animal Science Students Receive Award at International Embryo Technology Society Conference

Animal science undergraduates Kaitlyn Krautkramer and Ashley Higginbotham were awarded second and third place in the poster competition at the International Embryo Technology Society conference in Austin, Texas, in January. Each student was awarded a $1,000 travel grant from the society and given a $200 cash prize for their achievements. Krautkramer and Higginbotham began their projects during the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences' inaugural Summer Undergraduate Research Program. In addition, graduate student Corie Owen was one of six students whose abstracts were selected to be presented at the conference. She received a $1,000 professional development grant by the college. “Student research in the field of embryo transfer and its associated technologies and students’ participation in events such as this work toward the overall objectives of improving the reproductive efficiency of domestic and feral animals in order to improve the nutrition of the world,” Professor Fernando Campos said.

Dairy Science Junior is First Runner-Up at Collegiate Discussion Meet

Dairy science junior Tony Lopes was named the first runner-up at the Young Farmers and Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet in Modesto on Feb. 25. Lopes, from Gustine, California, serves on the ASI board of directors and is president of the Los Lecheros Dairy Club. The California Farm Bureau Federation of Young Farmers and Ranchers is a program for agriculturists 18 to 35 years old who are actively involved in production and affiliated professions. Three additional students from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences also competed: agribusiness junior Blair Brookes, dairy science junior Amber LaSalle, and environmental management freshman Mark Borges. Lopes and Brookes both advanced from the opening round-robin discussions into the “elite eight” round. From there, Lopes advanced to the final four. The topic, immigration and agriculture, tasked competitors with creating solutions for immigration policy reform. Lopes was awarded $750. He plans to compete again next year.

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Faculty & Staff

Current Cal Poly Fact Book Now Available

The Office of Institutional Research is launching a new delivery of the Cal Poly Fact Book via a web graphing solution. This web graphing delivery replaces the Fact Book PDF provided in the past. The series of enhanced graphs and tables contain data elements found in previous Fact Books. The university level data is displayed in a visual format, providing support for identifying trends. The current Fact Book can be found on the Institutional Research (IR) website. To answer questions and cover the basics of this graphing solution, we invite you to attend one of the two Fact Book Open Forum sessions from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 101. Anyone with questions can contact the IR office at or ext. 6-2910.

Training Offered on Supporting Undocumented Students

The Undocumented Student Working Group, part of the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity, offers a three-part, five-hour UndocuAlly Training series for faculty, staff, administrators and students interested in learning how to support undocumented students academically and socially at Cal Poly. Register online for winter quarter trainings or visit the working group’s website for more information. The group can also be reached via email at

Program 'Seconds to Save Lives: Surviving an Active Shooter Incident' Open to Campus Community

All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend "Seconds to Save Lives: Surviving an Active Shooter Incident" presented by University Police Chief George Hughes from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, March 9, and from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 16, in UU 220. The purpose of this program is to educate individuals on the proper response to an active shooter situation, explain how law enforcement responds, and discuss what we can do to mitigate injury and the loss of life. If you have questions, contact the University Police Department at ext. 6-6654 or

Service Learning Expo to be Presented on March 13

Service Learning Faculty Fellows for the 2016-17 academic year will present the Service Learning Expo of course redesign proposals from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 13, in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E29. The event is organized by the Center for Service in Action and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology. The event will be an opportunity to view and discuss the latest innovations of service learning developed by faculty. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Anurag Pande, faculty liaison for Service Learning, at, or Bradley Kyker, senior coordinator for the Center for Service in Action, at

Nominate a Faculty Advisor for the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award by March 14

The Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award recognizes a faculty member who has had a positive influence on students through academic advising. The award recipient will receive a $2,000 cash stipend and be recognized by President Armstrong at Fall Conference in addition to having his or her picture and award citation posted in Kennedy Library. One faculty member will be recognized annually. Please note that the nomination should describe the nominee’s academic advising services, activities and interactions as distinct from the nominee's teaching responsibilities, as well as include any special activities that relate to student development. Faculty, staff and current students are eligible to nominate faculty for this award; however, at least one letter must come from a current student, and no self-nominations will be recognized. Nomination information and a link to the nomination form can be found here. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 14. Anyone with questions can contact Shelly Wolf at ext. 6-5709 or

Hazard Communication Training to be Held March 7

Hazard Communication training, a federally mandated basic training, is available for the Cal Poly community. The requirement applies to all individuals who handle and/or use any materials that can be considered hazardous. This includes but is not limited to warehouse workers, professors, student researchers/workers and technicians. Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) will offer quarterly instructor-led training sessions beginning in March. The free, one-hour training sessions include an informative PowerPoint presentation and time for questions. This training is also available in Skillsoft for Cal Poly employees. Employees who would like to receive training online can email  Students must attend the instructor-led session. Both formats of Hazard Communication training will be documented as having satisfied the training requirement. Two sessions will be held Tuesday, March 7, from 10 to 11 a.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m., both in the right wing of Chumash Auditorium. Anyone with questions can contact the EH&S office at

CalPERS Workshops Coming to Cal Poly on March 15

California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) retirement workshops are coming to Cal Poly. Learn more about your retirement benefits, how to plan and prepare, and the retirement process. The workshops will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7), Room 2. To register, go to your MyCalPERS login at  and follow these instructions: “How to Enroll in a Class through MyCalPERS.” Don’t have a MyCalPERS account? Follow these simple instructions: “How to Register for MyCalPERS Account.” Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. Anyone with questions can contact Human Resources at ext. 6-5436.

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.

Cal Poly Seeks Input on Employees’ Childcare Needs

Recognizing the childcare challenges faced by many employees, the university has established a task force to enhance childcare resources for the campus community. The task force will assess opportunities to expand on- and off-campus childcare resources for employees. To inform this effort, the university is seeking to identify and understand employees’ specific childcare needs. Employees are urged to take a few moments to complete this survey. The survey period closes on Friday, March 3.

Student Affairs to Host California College Personnel Association Spring Institute

The Student Affairs Division is hosting the California College Personnel Association 2017 Spring Institute, "EDGES: Encouraging Dialogue and Generating Equitable Solutions," on campus Saturday, March 18. Attendees are in store for some great sessions, including a welcome from former ACPA President and current Cal Poly Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey and a keynote address from ACPA Executive Director Cindi Love. Early registration is encouraged as it is anticipated that attendance capacity will be reached for this event. The cost is $30 for graduate students, $60 for ACPA/CCPA members and $100 for non-members. Learn more about the institute on the CCPA's website or on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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.

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Campus Announcements

EIM Students to Host Blood Drive on Campus March 2

Experience Industry Management Department students in a RPTA 210 class are hosting a blood drive on campus in partnership with United Blood Services from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at Mott Lawn, outside the Mott Physical Education building (No. 42). Walk-ins are welcome based on nurse availability throughout the day. The students are also hosting a health fair as part of a class project. Learn more here.

Cal Poly Launches CalFresh Outreach Project to Minimize Food Insecurity

Nearly 40 percent of U.S. college students face hunger and food insecurity (lack of or anxiety about adequate food). At Cal Poly, at least 6,000 students are estimated to be food insecure. Hungry students are more likely to encounter academic difficulties and are at higher risk for dropping out. Eleven CSU campuses, including Cal Poly, are taking part in a major CalFresh Outreach project. This effort aims to enroll eligible students in CalFresh, a federal program that provides food money for individuals who qualify. The average participant receives about $150 per month for food. Eligibility requirements can be discussed confidentially, and students can begin the online application with help from trained CalFresh Outreach staff every Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Campus Health and Wellbeing Room in the Health Center (No. 27, Room 173B, main floor). The application process is easy and mostly online. More information is available by emailing the CalFresh Outreach team at or by calling or texting 805-399-0236.

Student Tax Preparation Clinics Continue Through March 18

Accounting students and faculty will continue to prepare tax returns at no charge through its annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program through March 18. The clinic, now in its 25th consecutive year, are held on campus from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays on the third floor of the Business Building (No. 3). More than 125 IRS-certified students in this Learn by Doing senior project 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. No appointments are needed; people will be served on a first-come basis. Orfalea College of Business faculty and volunteer certified public accountants will review and file the forms. Cal Poly students will also staff clinics in partnership with the United Way in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria on Saturdays through April 1, but will be closed March 25. 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 ext. 6-2667 (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. Submissions may run a maximum of three times. 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.


Cal Poly to Host Guest Speaker on 75th Anniversary of the Japanese-American Internment Order

Greg Robinson, a professor of history at the University of Québec at Montréal will present a talk titled “Wartime Japanese American Confinement: Reflections on Executive Order #9066 at 75.” The event will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, in the lobby of the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). Feb. 19 marked the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order for the mass incarceration of American citizens and residents during World War II. The order was applied broadly and extensively to Japanese Americans and resulted in the forced confinement in concentration camps of 120,000 people, two-thirds of whom were U.S. citizens. Robinson, author of multiple books on the subject, will talk about this history and its relevance in 2017. The event is sponsored by the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity; College of Liberal Arts; departments of History, Ethnic Studies, and Political Science; and Asian Studies minor.

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 (pictured); 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.

'Patents 101' Presentation to be Held on March 3

John Cabeca, director of the Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will give a presentation outlining the basics of the patenting process from 10:10 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 3, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 111H. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend and learn how to protect their intellectual property. Light refreshments will be served; seating is limited. For more information, visit Kennedy Library’s website.

‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ Continues March 2-4

Join six precocious sixth-grade students as they compete to become the spelling bee champion while reflecting on past trials, tribulations and triumphs in the Theatre and Dance Department’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” The show will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 2-4, in the Spanos Theatre. The production features the work of Theatre and Dance Department students, faculty and staff. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or by phone at 805-SLO-4TIX. For more information, contact Heidi L. Nees at or at ext. 6-6071.

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.

Ethnic Studies Class to Host Hip Hop Symposium on March 8

Ethnic Studies 310: Hip-Hop, Poetics and Politics will host the third annual Winter Hip-Hop Symposium from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, in Chumash Auditorium. This event is a showcase of all the elements of hip-hop including emceeing, deejaying, breakdancing and graffiti writing. The performers are Cal Poly students, yet the event will end with a featured rapper from Oakland named Bambu. The symposium is sponsored the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity, the Ethnic Studies Department and the Multicultural Center. Attendance is free and the public is invited to jam with the group as it highlights conscious lyrics in a positive environment. For more information, contact Jenell Navarro at or ext. 6-1467.

Cal Poly Wind Bands’ Winter Concert Set for March 17

Cal Poly’s Winter Band Concert featuring the 70-member Wind Ensemble and 80-member Wind Orchestra is set for 8 p.m. Friday, March 17, in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. The Wind Orchestra will begin the concert with a set of works for concert band including “Variations on ‘America’” by Charles Ives, “Trauermusik” by Richard Wagner, “Riften Wed” by Julie Giroux and “The Thunderer” by John Philip Sousa. The concert continues with two works for reduced instrumentation, featuring performers from the Wind Ensemble. The brass and percussion will present “Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare” by Richard Strauss. Then, select members of the Wind Ensemble will accompany student Kelsey Beisecker as she performs Cécile Chaminade’s “Concertino” for solo flute. Beisecker, who is majoring in music and economics, will graduate in March. The Wind Ensemble will also perform “Esprit de Corps” by Robert Jager, “Give Us This Day” by David Maslanka, “Only Light” by Aaron Perrine, and “Country Band March” by Charles Ives and “Ringmaster’s March” by John Mackey. Andrew McMahan, director of bands, and Christopher J. Woodruff, associate director of bands, will conduct the concert. 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 Arab Music Ensemble to Perform with Guest Artists March 18

The Arab Music Ensemble and guest artists will perform a program of music and dance from North Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean and the larger region at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 18, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center. The ensemble will perform works by some of the most celebrated composers, performers and poets of the region. The show will also include traditional and contemporary genres such as the muwashshah, one of the oldest continuously performed art-music genres in the world. Additional genres to be performed come from the shared music traditions of the Ottoman era, including the short introductory dulab and the more elaborate samai with its 10-beat metric mode. The Arab Music Ensemble is a multi-instrumental orchestra and choir with vocal and instrumental soloists. Critically acclaimed guest artists joining the ensemble from the San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento areas will include Amel Tafsout on dance choreography, Ishmael on qanun (trapezoidal zither), Fathi Aljarrah on kamanja (Arabic violin), Hector Bezanis on nay (reed flute), and Fella Oudane on Arabic percussion. San Luis Obispo dance directors Jenna Mitchell and Sandra Sarrouf will lead the dance troupe. Cal Poly Music Professor Ken Habib, a composer, performer and scholar in the field of ethnomusicology, will direct the show. 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.

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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

Wednesday, March 1
Women’s Basketball vs. Cal State Fullerton, Mott Athletics Center, 5 p.m.

Thursday, March 2
Beach Volleyball vs. CSU Bakersfield, Pismo Beach Pier, 9 a.m.
Beach Volleyball vs. UCLA, Pismo Beach Pier, 1 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. CSUN, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 3
Softball vs. Middle Tennessee State, Bob Janssen Field, 3 p.m.
Softball vs. Sacred Heart, Bob Janssen Field, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 4
Softball vs. Sacred Heart, Bob Janssen Field, 12:30 p.m.
Softball vs. Middle Tennessee State, Bob Janssen Field, 5:30 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 5
Softball vs. Saint Mary’s, Bob Janssen Field, 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 7
Men’s Tennis vs. Utah State, Mustang Courts, 12 noon.
Baseball vs. CSU Bakersfield, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 8
Men’s Tennis vs. Middle Tennessee State, Mustang Courts, 12 noon.

Friday, March 10
Baseball vs. Loyola Marymount, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 11
Baseball vs. Loyola Marymount, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 12
Baseball vs. Loyola Marymount, 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.

#104371 — Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Exempt I), Administration and Finance — Human Resources $3,897-$6,326 per month. Open until filled.

#104360 — Warehouse Worker, Administration and Finance — Distribution Services — Canyon Post. $2,656-$4,312 per month. Open until filled. Review begins March 3.

#104357 — Carpenter, Administration and Finance — Facility Services. $4,807-$6,142 per month. Closes March 6.

#104369 — Pride Center Lead Coordinator, Cross Cultural Centers (Student Services Professional III), Student Affairs — Dean of Students Office. $4,204-$5,989 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $4,204-$4,624 per month. Open until filled. Review begins March 20.

#104358 — Learning Community Coordinator (Student Services Professional III), Student Affairs — University Housing — Residential Life. $4,204-$5,989 per month. Open until filled. Review begins March 7. 

#104375 — Coordinator, Center for Leadership (Student Services Professional II), Student Affairs — Dean of Students. $3,858-$5,485 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,858-$4,243 per month. Open until filled. Review begins April 10.

#104340 — Grants Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist — Exempt I), Academic Affairs — Research and Economic Development — Grants Development Office. $3,897-$6,326 per month. Open until filled. Review begins March 9.

#104364 — Director of Internal Audit and Advisory Services (Administrator II), Administration and Finance — Fiscal Services. Salary commensurate with experience
Open until filled. 

#104355 — Assistant Director, Cal Poly Scholars (Administrator I), Student Affairs — Student Academic Services. Salary commensurate with experience. Open until filled.

#104319 — Custodial Operations Manager (Administrator I), University Housing — Housing Services. Salary commensurate with experience. Open until filled.

*These two internal recruitments are open to Cal Poly employees only (State, Corporation and ASI).
#104359 — Human Resources Assistant (Administrative Support Coordinator I), Information Technology Services — Business Operations. $2,846-$4,619 per month.
Anticipated hiring range: $2,846-$3,300 per month. Closes March 3.

#104365 — On-Call Stage Technician (Performing Arts Technician I), Administration and Finance — Performing Arts Center. Temporary assignment through June 30, 2018. $18.60-$30.20 per hour. Up to 10 positions available. Closes June 30.

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.

#104329 — Full-Time Lecturer of Human Resources/Organizational Behavior, Orfalea College of Business — Management, Human Resources and Information Systems Area. Open until filled.

#104330 — Full-Time Lecturer — Information Systems, Orfalea College of Business — Management, Human Resources and Information Systems Area. Open until filled.

#104284 — Tenure-Track Position, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences — BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department. Open until filled.

#104293 — Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Nutrition
, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences — Food Science and Nutrition Department. Open until filled.

#104326 — Assistant/Associate Professor in Meat Food Safety, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences — Animal Science Department. Open until filled.

#104318 — Full-Time Lecturer Psychology/Sociology of Physical Activity, Exercise and Sport, College of Science and Mathematics — Kinesiology Department. Open until filled.

#104283 — Department Head 12-month, College of Architecture and Environmental Design — Construction Management Department. Open until filled.

#104240 — Full-Time 12-month Lecturer and Supervisor in Winemaking, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences — Wine and Viticulture Department. Open until filled.

Academic Administrator Employment Opportunities

Complete details for the following position are posted on the Cal Poly Jobs website. Candidates must meet the stated eligibility requirements. To apply, eligible employees should complete the management application form and apply to the job posting. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-2844.

#104366 — Dean of Graduate Education (Administrator III, 12-month). Internal on-campus recruitment open only to employees who have tenure as an associate professor or professor at Cal Poly. For full consideration, eligible employees should submit all application materials before March 20.

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.

There are no listings at this time.

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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