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Cal Poly Report — March 15, 2017


Phil Bailey, Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, Receives Diversity Award

Phil Bailey, the long-serving dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, received the 2017 Giving Back Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The award honors college and university administrators who go beyond their everyday leadership duties and give back to their campuses and communities. Bailey will be featured, along with the 38 other recipients, in the April 2017 Leadership Support and Giving Back magazine edition. “Phil Bailey sets the example for all of us for what it means to truly care about all students,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “He is dedicated to student success, especially for underrepresented, undocumented and first generation students.” Bailey, who is retiring at the end of the school year after 48 years at the university including 34 as college dean, was selected for his long history of taking a personal interest in students who face the greatest challenges while attending college. He has made wide-ranging contributions to the university, including focusing on diversity when hiring faculty and staff in the college, establishing a universitywide program to teach students the importance of adequate studying, and providing Kente cloth for graduates at Black Commencement. Read more about the award here.

Cal Poly Partners with Governor’s Office to Host Statewide Cybersecurity Competition

As part of California’s continued leadership in cybersecurity and workforce development, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) announced this week that it will partner with Cal Poly to host the 2017 California Cyber Innovation Challenge on June 24 and 25. The statewide competition will feature 16 teams of high school students competing at the new California Cyber Training Complex (CCTC) in San Luis Obispo. Earlier this month, Cal Poly held the grand opening for the CCTC, a cyber education center and collaboration space at the California National Guard’s Camp San Luis Obispo. In the coming months, teams of high school students from across California will compete in timed cybersecurity challenges designed to replicate the various threats that cybersecurity professionals face, including attacks on critical infrastructure and attempted breaches of consumer data on connected devices. The winners of designated regional cybersecurity competitions will earn automatic entry to the statewide tournament in San Luis Obispo. Learn more here.

Cal Poly Downtown to Hold Grand Opening on March 16

Cal Poly Downtown will celebrate its new location with a formal ribbon cutting and grand opening event at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 16, at 767 Higuera St. The event will bring together Cal Poly officials and dignitaries and members of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce. It will also include refreshments and a Cal Poly merchandise giveaway. Go here to view the invitation. Cal Poly Downtown carries official Cal Poly-branded apparel, Cal Poly wines by the bottle, Cal Poly specialty food items and assorted gifts for all ages. Cal Poly Downtown is operated by the Cal Poly Corporation, the university’s nonprofit auxiliary organization. All profits generated by the store are redirected back to the university. For additional information on the new location, go here

Commuting Delays, Limited Parking Expected in Early Spring Quarter

There are many scheduled events at the beginning of the spring quarter that will have an impact on parking and traffic throughout campus. Expect commuting delays and extremely limited parking during the first two weeks of spring quarter due to:
— Green + Gold Tours, set for Monday, April 3, through Thursday, April 6;
— Open House on Friday, April 7, through Saturday, April 8; and
— Green + Gold Tours from Monday, April 10, through Friday, April 14.
Drivers are encouraged to consider using alternative modes of transportation: carpool, vanpool, bus, bike or walk to campus. For specific information regarding campus parking and road closure updates, go to the Parking and Commuter Services website.

Sidewalk Sale to be Held Through March 16 at University Store

University Store is holding its three-day Sidewalk Sale through Thursday, March 16. Discounted apparel and supplies will line the sidewalk surrounding the University Store — with savings of 50 to 75 percent off regular prices. The sale is only at the on-campus University Store between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. For additional information on University Store events, visit the Events and Discounts page.

Thank You for Sharing in #PolyGives

The Annual Giving department thanks you, the Cal Poly community, for your effort and enthusiasm in our first-ever Day of Giving on March 9. We are grateful for your partnership and participation in #PolyGives, which absolutely exceeded our expectations for student involvement, with more than 1,200 handwritten thank you cards! Please enjoy this video, which recaps the big day and our fun event in the UU.

Students to Screen Films at the 23rd SLO International Film Festival

Students will screen short films at the 23rd SLO International Film Festival at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 15. The screening, part of the Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase, will take place in Mission Cinemas at 1025 Monterey St., next door to the Fremont Theater. Ranging from heartwarming to bone chilling, the students’ short films convey stories of self-discovery, sibling rivalry, inescapable danger and humor shared between friends. (Above is a screen shot from one film, "Kick the Dickens.") The films were written, produced and directed by students over the past quarter as a collaboration between two classes, ISLA 341: Cinematic Process, taught by award-winning film editor and screenwriter Randi Barros; and ART 483: Digital Video II, taught by Professor Jim Werner. Many students in the classes are working toward an interdisciplinary minor in media arts, society and technology as part of the Science, Technology and Society Minors Program. Tickets for the screening will be available at the door on a first-come basis. The screening is free for all Cal Poly students with IDs. For more information about individual tickets or festival passes, visit Sponsors for the screening include the College of Liberal Arts and the Science, Technology and Society minors program.

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Student Success

Students on Winning Teams at Western Regional Dairy Challenge Competition

Dairy science students were among the top contenders at the recent Western Regional Dairy Challenge Competition in Twin Falls, Idaho. Fifteen students from the upper-level Dairy Farm Consultation course traveled to the University of Idaho Feb. 23-25 to compete in the challenge, coached by animal science professors Rich Silacci, Julia Huzzey and David Vagnoni. Participants, working on five-person teams with students from other universities, assessed all aspects of a working dairy farm, including facilities, nutrition, financials, reproduction and animal health. Students also collaborated on a 20-minute team presentation that detailed their observations and suggestions to a panel of judges. Teams were ranked on how well their evaluations matched the judges’ evaluations of the dairy operation. Three Cal Poly senior dairy science majors received first place: Frankie Gambonini, Camryn Spencer and Marilyn Van Beek. Six students received second place: senior agricultural science major Miranda McCurry and senior dairy science majors Tracy Nelson, Emily Butner, Elizabeth Russell, Katie Migliazzo and Emma Sills. A Cal Poly team will travel to the 2017 National Dairy Challenge Competition in Visalia, California, March 30 to April 1 for the national contest. Students Gambonini, Migliazzo, Van Beek and senior dairy science major Bryson Wind of Bakersfield will represent the university.

Softball's Sierra Hyland Honored as Big West Pitcher of the Week

Following a four-appearance stretch in which she set new softball program records for career victories and strikeouts, Mustang senior righthander Sierra Hyland earned her 14th career Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week honor on Monday, March 13. With that honor, Hyland established a new Big West record for weekly awards with her 16th total softball honor (Hyland has twice been named Big West Player of the Week). She was also named Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week on March 7, for a second time in 2017. Winners of 10 of its last 11 games, Cal Poly (16-7) returns to action when hosting Northern Colorado for a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday, March 15.

Two Students Honored as Big West Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year

Molly Haar, a runner for the cross country and track program, and Jesse Yap, a member of the men’s golf squad, were honored as the Mustangs’ 2016-17 Big West Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year on March 9. Alongside 16 fellow recipients representing eight peer universities (chosen from a total of nearly 2,500 student-athletes throughout the Big West), they were presented the awards at a banquet hosted by Wyndham Hotel in Orange County. Haar is a fourth-year business major with a concentration in financial management; Yap is also a fourth-year student-athlete, majoring in industrial engineering. A four-time Big West All-Academic honoree, Haar helped lead the Mustangs to this past fall’s conference championship in cross country, and also was the 2015 champion in track season for the 5,000 meters. Yap ranks No. 4 in school history in career scoring average (73.4 over 42 rounds). The redshirt junior has chalked up three career top-10 finishes, plus five additional top-20 performances. Read more here.

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Faculty & Staff

Institutional Research PolyData Dashboards Are Now Available

The Office of Institutional Research is officially launching two PolyData Dashboards with access rights to faculty and staff. The “Cohort Characteristics” and “Persistence and Graduation” dashboards can be found under the Institutional Research heading in the “Dashboards” menu. Please note that the dashboards display live data and, therefore, the data may be different than the snapshot data found in Fact Book and IR Portlet reports. Please keep in mind that live data changes daily. Hence, for reporting official Cal Poly numbers, it is recommended to use the snapshot (point in time) data available in Fact Book and IR Portlet reports. The latter is captured on the fall final census. To answer questions and cover the basics, faculty and staff are invited to attend one of the two Institutional Research PolyData Dashboards Open Forum sessions to be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 17, in the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics (No. 180), Room 101. Please direct any additional questions to the IR office at or call ext. 6-2910.

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

Myron’s, Cal Poly’s bistro-style restaurant, is hosting a faculty and staff mixer from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 16. The event will feature menu tastings as well as beer and wine for a cost of $5 per guest. The mixer will feature a special tasting of Campus Dining’s spring catering menu, including spring rolls, roasted strawberry and fennel crostini; farro grain and spinach salad; lemon, garlic and rosemary seared chicken breast; and grilled New York strip steak. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19) across from the Recreation Center. Go here for additional information.

One-on-One Appoinments on Savings Plans Available to Employees

Employees have the opportunity to save toward retirement by investing pre-tax contributions in tax-deferred plans through the 403(b) plan, administered by Fidelity, or the 401(k)/457 plans, both administered by the Savings Plus Program. Contributions are made through payroll deductions, prior to federal and state taxes being calculated. Fidelity Investments representative Christel Whittier and Savings Plus representative Ralph Hoskins, a certified financial planner, come to campus twice a month to meet one-on-one with employees. Visit the Human Resources benefits page under "Quick Links" to register for an appointment. The Savings Plus 401(k) and 457 plans also offer a Roth (after-tax) option. Only state employees who are CalPERS members may participate in the Savings Plus plans. You can find additional information and/or enroll in a plan on the Savings Plus and Fidelity Net Benefits websites.

Applications for Popular Engineering Summer Camp EPIC Due April 15

EPIC, Cal Poly’s popular engineering summer camp, is accepting applications for four sessions taking place between July 9 and Aug. 4. Five percent of the camper spots are reserved per session for Cal Poly employee dependents, although a partial or full scholarship is not guaranteed. When filling out your dependent’s EPIC application, make sure to state your name and relationship to the dependent under the field marked "List the names of any relatives that have ever worked at Cal Poly." Both the EPIC and scholarship applications are due by April 15. For more information, visit or call ext. 6-6579.

Grant Writing Workshop Offered in Spring Quarter

A workshop on grant writing is being offered two times per week this spring: from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursdays and 3 to 4 p.m. on Fridays. The nine-week program begins April 6 and is open to faculty or staff interested in research or research administration. It will be team-taught by Sue Tonik from the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAFES), and staff from the offices of Research and Economic Development, University Development, and Corporation Human Resources. The seminar will be a hands-on overview covering grant writing and research administration. Topics will include sources of funding, types of awards (grants, contracts and gifts), marketing ideas, how to approach sponsors, reading requests for proposals (RFPs) what to include and not to include, abstracts, budgets and justifications, indirect costs, payroll and purchasing, and intellectual property and review processes. Writing and analysis will be done every week and participants may bring their own examples for assistance and critique. By the end of the quarter, participants should be able to complete the bulk of a proposal and will learn about related contacts and resources at Cal Poly. The workshop, hosted by CAFES, will be held in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 204. For more information, contact Tonik at or ext. 6-7241.

Finance Dashboard Workshops to be Held March 15, April 12, May 17

Dashboards are the official reporting system for end-users of the university’s financial system. Beginning workshops will train the attendees on the use and navigation of the finance dashboards to effectively manage their financial resources. Intermediate workshops will build on skills gained in the beginning workshop. You must have security access to the dashboards to take these classes. If you do not have access, fill out a CMS Access Request and allow five working days for approvals and implementation. An intermediate workshop will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15; a beginning workshop will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12; and another intermediate workshop will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 17. Beginning workshops will be limited to 12 participants; intermediate workshops will be limited to eight participants. Go here to sign up or see additional training opportunities. Questions can be emailed to

Deadline is March 17 for New Course Reserves Requests

All requests for new Course Reserves materials for the spring and summer quarters must be submitted by Friday, March 17. To utilize the Course Reserves program, submit the online form or use the computer station at the Access Services Department in Kennedy Library (No. 35). Book excerpts and articles can also be made electronically available via PolyLearn. For more assistance, contact The March 17 deadline will ensure enough processing time for new records before a mass data migration in June 2017. As part of a CSUwide initiative, all campus libraries will migrate their online catalogs to a new, unified system. A new “Google-like” search platform will allow users from any CSU campus to find physical and digital materials with a single search and to borrow materials from other CSU libraries. More information to follow soon.

Annual Service Awards Luncheon Tickets On Sale March 20

Tickets for the annual Service Awards Luncheon will be on sale starting March 20. The tickets are $12. State, Corporation and ASI employees with milestone service anniversaries in 2016 will be honored at the luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, in Chumash Auditorium. Tickets are available from Tracy Watson in ASI at ext. 6-1292 and Jennifer Luedtke, Corporation, at ext. 6-6446. Photos are also being compiled for a slide show presentation at the luncheon. Send scanned photos of the awardees to by Friday, March 31. Seating is limited, so purchase tickets early to ensure you are able to attend this special event.

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 department needs. Anyone with questions can contact Human Resources at ext. 6-5436.

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Sean Vahey, data warehouse service lead with Information Technology Services (ITS), will retire on Thursday, March 30, after nine years of service. Vahey has played an instrumental role in developing innovative solutions to improve the performance and reliability of Cal Poly's enterprise data warehouse. He served as lead developer on the data project for PolyPlanner that allows colleges to compare course demand with course offerings, supporting student success. Vahey also collaborated with the Office of Institutional Research to support the analysis of graduation and retention rates as part of the larger graduation initiative led by the Chancellor's Office. Upon retirement, Vahey looks forward to traveling and spending more time with his wife, Terry. ITS will hold a reception in Vahey’s honor from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, in Cotchett Education Building (No. 2), Room 24.

Kimberly Perez, director of general accounting/associate controller, will retire Thursday, March 30, after nearly 18 years of service. A Cal Poly graduate, Perez was hired as an accountant II and was progressively promoted as she took on additional assignments and responsibilities, most notably GAAP reporting, automating the property system and working with the Chancellor’s Office staff on myriad accounting policy changes. Upon retirement, Perez plans to continue to reside in San Luis Obispo, pamper her dogs and cats more than they are already accustomed to, and continue her volunteer work as president of the non-profit Pacific Wildlife Care in Morro Bay.

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In Memoriam

David Conn, a wonderful colleague, a kind soul and a champion for making Cal Poly a better university, died March 8. Conn always spoke from the heart and possessed a keen wit that made each conversation with him a pleasant experience. He spent more than a decade as Cal Poly’s vice provost for Academic Programs and Undergraduate Education, where he provided the vision and the leadership that improved undergraduate education. Conn invested in interdisciplinary courses such as the UNIV series and the Honors Program that led to him being honored for “extraordinary contributions to student success.” At the CAED, he assisted in the review of the college retention, promotion and tenure guidelines, and led faculty teams in the preparation of the state multi-hazard mitigation plan. As a professor of city and regional planning, he taught environmental planning. Conn advocated, in word and in deed, for a more inclusive society where people gained by sharing experiences with each other. This led to a pioneering new course with the Psychology Department titled Intergroup Dialogues, which is now part of his legacy. Certainly, his students and his colleagues in many CAED departments have gained much for knowing him. Prior to coming to Cal Poly, Conn taught at Virginia Tech and at UCLA. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 31, at Congregation Beth David, 10180 Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo. Donations in Conn's memory can be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, Oxfam, or New Israel Fund. Condolences can be sent to Judith Conn, 781 Stratford St., Pismo Beach, CA 93449. No flowers, please. Conn is also survived by his children, Danya Nunley, Joel Conn and Max Conn, and grandchildren, Eliana, Liora, Naomi and Willow Nunley; Jude Conn; and Talia and Mariella Conn.

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Campus Announcements

Training on Responding to Everyday Bias Offered March 20

The campus community is invited to attend a one-hour training, titled “Speak Up!”: Responding to Everyday Bias” from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, March 20, in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 114. Participants will understand the impact of everyday bias, explore barriers to responding, and develop and practice ways to respond to everyday bias. Go here for more information.


Reception to Honor Outstanding Student Employees Set for April 12

Nominees for the Outstanding Student Employee of the Year (OSEY) will be recognized at a reception from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 12, at the Smith Alumni and Conference Center (No. 28). President Armstrong will give remarks and congratulate each of the 34 nominees. The 2016-17 OSEY will also be announced. This event is open to the campus community. Student employees, supervisors, and supporters of student employees are encouraged to attend. The reception will celebrate the important achievements, contributions and exceptional service student employees provide to the university. For more information, contact Barbara Rollins at

Foliage Plant Sale at the Poly Plant Shop Starts March 17

A buy three, get one free indoor and tropical foliage plant sale will be held Friday, March 17, through Friday, March 24, at the Poly Plant Shop. The student-run retail store, located in the Environmental Horticultural Science Building (No. 48) on Via Carta Road off Highland Drive, offers students the opportunity to work in a retail environment to get hands-on experience in all aspects of garden center management and operation. All proceeds benefit student horticulture programs. The Poly Plant Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends. For more details, call ext. 6-1106 or go to

Cal Poly Earth Week Proposals Due March 22

The Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability Department is looking for presentation or activity proposals from the campus community for Earth Week. The series begins with Zero Waste Day on Tuesday, April 25; continues with Climate and Clean Technology Day on Wednesday, April 26; and ends on Thursday, April 27, with Local Food and Water Day. Faculty, staff and students should submit a form for each proposed presentation, activity or to reserve a booth. Proposals can include movie screenings, tours or panels. Presentations will be sorted based on the theme of the day and room availability. Selected presenters will be notified by April 1, and communication will include information to schedule your time slot based on availability. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 22. Questions? Email Kylee Singh at or visit

Student Academic Services to Move This Summer

Coming summer 2017, Student Academic Services will move to the Science Building (No. 52). Students and colleagues will be able to visit the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Cal Poly Scholars program, and the SAS main office in this new location. The department looks forward to the change, as it will be closer to the campus core and additional student resources. Student Academic Services staff will continue to be available at their same phone numbers and email addresses. Also, the previously announced Cal Poly Dream Center will open in the Science Building in spring 2017.

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

Nominate a Graduate for One of Cal Poly's Highest Honors

Here's your chance to nominate a fellow graduate to receive one of Cal Poly's highest honors: the Cal Poly Alumni Association's Distinguished Service and Sandra Gardebring Ogren Leadership awards. Each year the CPAA grants the Sandra Gardebring Ogren Leadership Award to a person who has made a significant contribution to the success of Cal Poly, and the Distinguished Service Award goes to a graduate who has distinguished him- or herself through their service to Cal Poly. Submissions must be received by March 15. Pictured above is 2016 Distinguished Service Award winner Charles E. Bell Jr. with President Armstrong and CPAA President Rik Floyd.

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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 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 music and economics student Kelsey Beisecker as she performs Cécile Chaminade’s “Concertino” for solo flute. 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.

Sarajevo Photographer's Series on Display Through March 24

“Sarajevo 1992-1995: Years of Peril,” a photographic series taken during the war by artist Milomir Kovačević, is on display at the University Art Gallery though Friday, March 24. Kovačević is a photographer from Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a prolific career both in his homeland and in Paris, where he has been living and working since 1995. Between 1978 and 1995, he was a photographer for various journals in Sarajevo. He earned acclaim for his images of prisons, flea markets, rock concerts, soccer fans, political rallies, and most significantly, the war. In 2007, the president of France awarded him the National Order of Merit at the rank of Knight (Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite) for his achievements in photography. During the siege of Sarajevo (1992-96), Kovačević took more than 30,000 black-and-white photographs — images that captured the paradoxes of life inside the besieged city and depicted in a non-commercialized fashion the tragedy and humanity of his fellow citizens. A reception will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 16, for the show in the University Art Gallery. The gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is in Room 171 in the Dexter Building (No. 34). Learn more here.

Open House Recital Set for April 8

The Music Department will present an Open House Recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45), Room 218. The instrumental chamber recital is one of many scheduled events for the 23rd annual Open House. There will be performances by a clarinet and strings quintet, clarinet trio, woodwind quintet, saxophone quartet, brass quintet and percussion ensemble. The student performers are from a variety of majors, and most are involved in the department’s large, premier ensembles including Cal Poly’s Symphony, University Jazz Band, Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. The recital is free and open to the public; no tickets or advanced reservations are required. The event is sponsored by the Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program. For information on parking, visit the Open House Guest Parking and Transportation website. For more recital information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Student Opera Theatre to Present Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ April 7-8

Cal Poly’s Student Opera Theatre (CPSOT) presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta “The Pirates of Penzance” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 7-8, in the Spanos Theatre. “The operetta is a sublime and hilarious marriage of clever verse and beautiful music,” said music faculty member Jacalyn Kreitzer, CPSOT’s founder and producer. “It’s a farce filled with puerile policemen, ludicrous lovers, pathetic pirates and an eccentric major general.” Kreitzer selected “Pirates of Penzance” for this year’s semi-staged production in honor of Thomas Davies, director of choral activities and vocal studies, who is retiring at the end of the academic year. As with other CPSOT productions, students in “The Pirates of Penzance” will sing lead, comprimario and ensemble roles; and the chorus, stage managers, assistant director, assistant producer, make-up, costume designers and stage craftsmen are also students from a wide variety of majors. Some roles are double cast to provide as many educational opportunities as possible. Marcy Irving, founder and director of Central Coast Gilbert and Sullivan, will direct the production in concert style. Davies will conduct, and Paul Woodring will play the orchestral parts on piano. Woodring is a Music Department staff accompanist and the university organist. 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 15
Softball vs. Northern Colorado, Bob Janssen Field, 2 and 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 16
Beach Volleyball vs. Benedictine, Pismo Beach Pier, 9 a.m.
Beach Volleyball vs. UCLA, Pismo Beach Pier, 1 p.m.

Friday, March 17
Baseball vs. Wichita State, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 18
Baseball vs. Wichita State, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 19
Baseball vs. Wichita State, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Thursday, March 23
Baseball vs. Nebraska, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Friday, March 24
Baseball vs. Nebraska, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.
Track and Field hosts ShareSLO Invitational (hammer and discus), Cuesta College, 1 p.m.

Saturday, March 25
Baseball vs. Nebraska (DH), Baggett Stadium, 1 and 4 p.m.
Softball vs. CSU Bakersfield (DH), Bob Janssen Field, 1 and 3 p.m.
Track and Field hosts ShareSLO Invitational, Cal Poly Track, 11 a.m.

Sunday, March 26
Women’s Tennis vs. Cal State Stanislaus, Mustang Courts, noon.

Tuesday, March 28
Women’s Tennis vs. Hawai’i, Mustang Courts, 1:30 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.

#104394 — Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Diversity and Inclusion Programs (Administrator II), Student Affairs — Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.

#104350 — Technical Architect (Operating Systems Analyst — Expert),
Information Technology Services — Enterprise Infrastructure Services. $6,249-$10,857 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $7,000-$8,000 per month. Open until filled.   

#104390 — Assistant Director of Student Clubs and Organizations (Administrator I), Student Affairs — Dean of Students. Anticipated hiring rage: $4,584-$5,334 per month. Open until filled.

#104377 — Director of Development (Administrator II), College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences — Advancement. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled. 

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.

#104333 — Full-Time Lecturer — Soil Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences — Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. Open until filled.

#104382 — Full Time Lecturers — Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Science and Mathematics — Chemistry and Biochemistry. 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.

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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