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Cal Poly Report — May 10, 2017


Cal Poly Announces 2017 Learn by Doing Scholar Award Winners

Lynn Metcalf, a faculty member in the Industrial Technology and Packaging Area of the Orfalea College of Business, and Catherine Waitinas, an English faculty member, earned the 2017 Learn by Doing Scholar Awards. The annual awards, administered by Kennedy Library and a cross-college faculty committee, recognize outstanding scholarship within Cal Poly’s signature Learn by Doing pedagogy. Metcalf (pictured at right) received an award of $2,000 in recognition of her completed research, “The Impact of Peer Mentoring on Marketing Content Mastery.” She collaborated with Orfalea College of Business faculty members Stern Neill, Lisa Simon, Sharon Dobson and Brennan Davis to design a student-mentor program. The research is a valuable contribution to peer-mentoring program literature, and the team’s published methodology guide is helping others to develop and improve hands-on peer mentoring programs. Waitinas (at left) received $1,000 for her in-progress research, “Flipping Whitman: Collaborative Learn by Doing in the (Digital) Humanities.” Her work explores how digital manuscripts give students unique historical insights into Walt Whitman’s writing, comparing manuscripts with published poems. The unification of digital humanities with hands-on literary study has already received praise from the Modern Language Association and promises to expand applications for other new instruction methods. For more information on the awards, visit For more information about this year’s award and selection committee, visit

Elena Keeling Receives 2016-17 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award

The Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award recognizes a faculty member who has had a positive influence on students through academic advising. This year’s awardee is Elena Keeling, a professor in the Biological Sciences Department in the College of Science and Mathematics. As highlighted in the nominations received, Keeling has a great impact on the success of her students, fostering professional growth and encouraging them to strive for success both personally and academically. Keeling will be recognized at the Fall Conference general session in September, will receive a cash stipend and have an award citation posted in Kennedy Library. For more information on Keeling and past awardees, visit the Academic Advising website.

Inclusive Prayer and Meditation Space Opens at Kennedy Library

Kennedy Library, in partnership with Student Affairs, has opened an inclusive prayer and meditation room to students, staff and faculty of all faiths. All are welcome to visit and use the space in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 408. The Inclusive Prayer and Meditation Space is available for quiet contemplation, meditation, reflection or prayer. The space is available on a first-come basis. For more information, visit

27-Foot Diversity-Theme Mural is First of Its Kind on Campus

The College of Science and Mathematics will unveil a 27- by 6-foot diversity-themed mural at noon Friday, May 26, in the main lobby of the Baker Center (No. 180). The artist will discuss the artwork directly preceding the unveiling at 11 a.m. in Room 101. Colorado-based artist David Ocelotl Garcia was selected to design the mural following a nationwide search. The mural — “Integrated Visionaries” — represents the study and research of science and mathematics while considering the themes of inclusivity, diversity and community. Dean Phil Bailey worked with faculty and staff representatives from the campus cultural associations — including the Black Faculty and Staff Association and the Chicana Latino Faculty Staff Association — to decide what the mural would represent. It will become part of the university's permanent art collection.

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Student Success

Mustang Media Group Wins More Than 20 Awards at College Media Business and Advertising Managers Annual Contest

Mustang Media Group (MMG) took home more than 20 awards and placed second overall in the College Media Business and Advertising Managers annual contest. Competing against more than 100 schools, Cal Poly’s student media organization earned five first-place awards and was named the College Media Design Program of the Year. MMG was second overall in the Sales and Public Relations/Marketing categories. Erica Patstone, an art and design senior, was named Designer of the Year. This marks the seventh time since 2007 that a Cal Poly student has won that honor. Darcie Castelanelli, an agribusiness junior, was second in the Sales Representative of the Year competition, and business senior Ross Pfeiffer was fourth in the Public Relations/Marketing Manager of the Year category. “Our organization has been recognized as one of the top advertising and design programs in the nation over the past decade and these awards just confirm that and also demonstrate the outstanding work product and individuals we have in our program,” said Paul Bittick, MMG general manager. The awards were presented at the College Media Business and Advertising Managers annual awards banquet April 1 in Fort Worth, Texas. Read more about the honors here.

Cal Poly Logging Team Wins Timbersports Competition

The Cal Poly Loggers, an intercollegiate team of male and female students involved in traditional forestry field skills, won first place at the 78th annual Association of Western Forestry Clubs Logging Sports Conclave. In addition, bioresource and agricultural engineering sophomore Will Kraemer emerged the top male competitor, winning the title “Bull of the Woods.” The Cal Poly team competed April 19-23 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, against 10 other universities and community colleges from throughout the West in events including double bucking, single bucking, axe throw, pulp toss, choker race, caber toss, horizontal chopping, dendrology, and traverse. The win marks the third time in the last four years that the Cal Poly Logging Team has taken first place. Learn more here.

Environmental Engineering Team Wins Innovation Award

A team of seven environmental engineering students won the Intel Environmental Innovation Award and $2,500 at the International Environmental Design Contest for their use of ion-exchange resins to filter metals out of storm water. The competition was held April 5-7 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. “What helped us win was the practicality and usefulness of our design,” said junior Andrew Ledezma, team lead. “The client — the U.S. Navy — can simply attach our downspout extension to existing downspouts to prevent copper from exiting the base.” Other team members included seniors Hayley Aarsvold, Joelle Arakaki, Enrique Molina, and Gavi Orman; and freshmen Emely Coreas and Joey Velasquez. Two other Cal Poly teams tackled challenges involving passive solar distillation of acid rock drainage waters and construction of remotely operated weather stations that measure renewable energy potential. Environmental engineering Professor Tracy Thatcher was faculty advisor for the teams. Seniors Andrew Kaneda and Nicholas Hardy served as student advisors. Learn more here.

Mechanical Engineering Team has Strong Showing at Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge

A mechanical engineering student team won the Best Paper/Presentation Award and placed third overall at the national Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge. The event, held April 20-21 in Ames, Iowa, challenged teams of college students from across the country to design and build fluid-powered bicycles. The team received four awards, including a second for its project cost analysis and a third-place honor in the Reliability/Durability Challenge. The foremost challenge for Cal Poly was the fact that only one team member was able to make the trip to Ames. “All four members of our senior project team were integral in designing and manufacturing the human-powered hydraulically driven vehicle,” said Jonathon Sather, a mechanical engineering graduate student. “But two team members — Anthony Fryer and Daniel Schletewitz — already graduated and started their professional careers before the race. A third member, Tyler Momberger, was unable to compete because of illness.” A support team accompanied Sather, including faculty advisor Jim Widmann, technical staff advisor George Leone and Aaron Garcia. Learn more here.

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Faculty & Staff

Workshop on Unconscious Bias to be Given on May 19

We all have hidden or unconscious biases, but what can we do about them? Faculty and staff are invited to learn about diversity and inclusion at Cal Poly, how to recognize areas where unconscious bias may surface, identify strategies for avoiding bias, and learn resources available for additional learning and involvement at the "Exposing Hidden Bias Workshop." It will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, May 19, in Engineering IV (No. 192), Room 224. The workshop will be facilitated by Kari Mansager from the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity, and Lanaya Gaberel from Employee and Organization Development. Sign up through SkillPort.

International Connections Reception and International Poster Fair

Faculty and staff are invited to join the International Center in celebrating its international connections from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25, in the PAC lobby. Help us to welcome international partners from countries including Australia, China, Germany, Finland, Lithuania and the United Kingdom while enjoying internationally themed food. Take time to peruse posters on research and other projects of our visiting international scholars. RSVP here by May 17.

Faculty Encouraged to Take Survey on Student Engagement

Faculty members are being asked to take the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE), which asks questions about student engagement at Cal Poly from the faculty perspective. FSSE is administered every three years and accompanies a student version that is administered simultaneously — the National Survey of Student Engagement. Faculty are also asked to encourage first-year and senior students to fill out the NSSE. First-year and senior students can access the NSSE link in their Student Portal or email. FSSE and NSSE responses are confidential. More information about FSSE is available on the FSSE website.

Administration and Finance to Host Open Forum on May 12

The Administration and Finance Division Business Connection (ABC) is hosting an open forum from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 12, to discuss the creation of University Campus Program funds and updates to current fund authorized signers in DocuSign Powerform. The forum will be held in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 101. Anyone with questions can email

'Thriving in a Chaotic World' Workshop Set for May 11

Join Employee and Organization Development when it hosts the "Thriving in a Chaotic World" workshop from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 11, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories Keck Lab (No. 7, Room 2). This workshop offers practical ideas to reduce stress right away as an overall lifestyle change. The workshop will cover causes of stress, the art of resiliency, mindset and attitudes, habits and actions, connections and relationships, and using LifeMatters (Cal Poly’s Employee Assistance Program). To register, click here and select “Enroll” on the SkillPort site.

Cal Poly Women's Club Luncheon Set for May 20

Mark your calendars for the annual Cal Poly Women’s Club luncheon on May 20 at the San Luis Obispo Country Club, 255 Country Club Drive in San Luis Obispo. This year’s program includes recognition of the club’s past presidents, a fashion show with apparel from Rosa’s Boutique in Pismo Beach and the installation of the 2017-18 officers. For more information, contact Pat Iqbal at

Thousands of Free Online Courses Available in Open Labs

Employee and Organization Development is offering open labs where you can take online training courses of your choice. Labs are offered from 9 to 11 a.m. on Fridays in the University Police Building (No. 36), Room 105. Feel free to come and go anytime during the two-hour block. Open labs allow you to schedule time in a quiet environment away from your desk where you can work at your own level and pace on topics of interest. Resources include thousands of online, self-paced courses that range from 30 minutes to several hours in length, all of which can be viewed in short sections until completed. Topics range from desktop software, such as Excel, Access and PowerPoint; to business skills, such as meeting facilitation, project management and interpersonal skills like emotional intelligence and cross-cultural communication. A learning specialist will be present to provide assistance accessing the learning system or finding an appropriate course. View available dates and sign up here or just stop by. Please bring headphones if you have them. Anyone with questions can contact Employee and Organization Development at or ext. 6-7478.

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Kathy Kimball, an information technology consultant with Information Technology Services (ITS), will retire on Friday, May 19. Kimball is currently a member of the Enterprise Network Services team, however, during her 30 years at Cal Poly she has served in various roles. Kimball started out in the Student Records Office in 1986, before personal computers were used in administrative offices, and then transferred to ITS in 1990 to work at the Service Desk and teach desktop applications. During her career, she has advocated for people with disabilities, promoted best practices for creating accessible websites and classroom materials, tracked technology equipment and provided quality customer service. Most recently, Kimball served as a key team member for the CSU Common Network Initiative, which completely replaced campus network infrastructure while minimizing the impact to students, faculty and staff. Kimball finds joy in helping others and she will be missed on campus. Upon retiring, she looks forward to spending time with her two dogs and traveling to Denver to visit her sister. ITS will hold a reception in her honor from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 19, in Engineering IV (No. 192), Room 220.

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Catastrophic Leave

Doug Lomsdalen, information security manager, Information Security Office, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help him remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Dolores Flores at ext. 6-5578 or to request a donation form.

Johannah Varland, administrative analyst-specialist, Research and Sponsored Programs – Grants Development, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Debbie Hart at ext. 6-1508 or to request a donation form.

Yanet Aguilar, custodian, Facility – Custodial Services, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Celeste English at ext. 6-7274 or to request a donation form.

Beatrice Estrada, administrative support coordinator, Office of the Registrar, has qualified for catastrophic leave. Those wishing to donate leave credits to help her remain in full-pay status during an extended leave of absence should contact catastrophic leave coordinator Maureen Muller at ext. 6-2038 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

Center for Service in Action Receives Make a Difference Day Award

Cal Poly’s Center for Service in Action recently received a 2017 Make a Difference Day national award. Make a Difference Day event sponsor Tegna Inc. announced in April that the center was one of 14 winners nationally. In turn, the center’s staff surprised El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) in Atascadero with a $10,000 award donation, provided by Tegna and the Arby’s Foundation. A Tegna film crew captured the surprise announcement, which can be viewed here. El Camino Homeless Organization is a 50-bed transitional shelter that assists individuals and families struggling with homelessness transition into permanent housing. The center provides case management and prepares up to 80 meals each night for homeless individuals and families. The shelter was one of 21 local organizations to participate in Cal Poly’s 2016 Make a Difference Day, the national day of community service. Organized in partnership with United Way of San Luis Obispo County, the Center for Service in Action enlisted the help of 800 community volunteers, who collectively contributed 3,200 hours of service work on Oct. 22, 2016.

'Teach On' Series Continues with Next Workshop on May 11

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from the winter Teach-In, the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity announces its first ever "Teach On!" series for spring quarter. Faculty will present workshops from 11 a.m. to noon most Thursdays. The presentation on Thursday, May 11, will focus on "Whiteness in Operation: White Privilege and Beyond" featuring Denise Isom of the Ethnic Studies Department. It will be held in the Mathematics and Science Building (No. 38), Room 114. All events are open to the campus community. For more information, contact

Symposium on Supporting the Immigrant Community Offered May 19

A symposium on supporting the immigrant community will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 19, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 101. All faculty, staff and students are invited to learn how local leaders, advocates and educators are working together to protect immigrant rights and support immigrant communities. The event, "Immigration Symposium: Strengthening Community and Higher Education,” will feature a keynote speaker, panelists and a resource fair. Panelists are advocates who work closely with local immigrant communities and students. The resource fair will follow the panel and showcase campus and community organizations serving immigrants on the Central Coast. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and is organized by R.I.S.E. (Rising Immigrant Scholars through Education), in collaboration with the Undocumented Student Working Group, the MultiCultural Center and the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity. For more information, email or call ext. 6-6362.

1901 Sale to be Held May 11 at University Store

To commemorate Cal Poly’s founding in the year 1901, the on-campus University Store will be holding a special sale for one day only on Thursday, May 11. Select Cal Poly sweatshirts will be sold for $19.01 plus tax from 9 a.m. until supplies last. All sales are final. For additional information on University Store events, visit the Events and Discounts page.

Office of Student Support Services To Change Its Name

The Student Support Services (SSS) office is changing its name to TRIO Achievers. Student Support Services is a grant-funded program that aims to increase the persistence, retention, graduation and transfer rates of low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities. The name change helps provide clarity for students, parents, campus community and community members and helps distinguish the program from other campus departments, some of which offer similar services. The program serves 250 or more students each year. To be eligible, students must be enrolled at Cal Poly or accepted for enrollment, must receive federal Pell Grants and must meet certain income or disability guidelines. For more information, visit

Campus Invited to Celebrate Diversity Award Winners May 18

The Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity and the Inclusive Excellence Council welcomes students, faculty and staff to celebrate the finalists and winners of the President’s Diversity Awards from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 18. The awards ceremony will take place in the Kennedy Library Atrium (No. 35). Light refreshments will be provided.

Preschool Learning Lab Spaces Available Starting Fall Quarter

The Preschool Learning Lab has full day openings for preschool children ages 3 to 5 starting this fall. The Psychology and Child Development Preschool Learning Lab provides a high-quality preschool environment that supports the developmental needs of the whole child in a warm, nurturing, play-based environment. A focal point of the Preschool Learning Lab curriculum is to offer innovative inquiry-based learning experiences that support children’s natural interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). For more information, contact Patty Clarkson at or visit the website at

New CSUwide Library Software Platform to Launch June 27, Promoting Inter-Campus Collaboration

Kennedy Library, along with all of the CSU libraries, will launch a new shared online library platform in June. The familiar search box on the library homepage will take Cal Poly users to the new system, OneSearch, starting June 27. In partnership with the vendor, Ex Libris, CSU libraries will migrate all data and operations to a multi-tenant, cloud-based technology. “This unified library management system will offer, for the first time, a central catalog that will allow all of our CSU community to discover and access scholarly content from across the system,” Interim Associate Dean Tim Strawn said. 
“We are already looking at a number of collaborative initiatives once we get past the implementation phase. Perhaps the most exciting change is that users at any CSU campus will be able to order physical items directly from other campuses.” The Link+ catalog will be replaced by the new system’s interlibrary loan, CSU+. Link+ requests can be placed through May 26. For any questions or concerns about the new system, contact Strawn at or ext. 6-1485, or a college librarian:

Campus Community Invited to Launch of Book Exploring Learn by Doing Impact

The campus community is invited to a book launch celebration for "More than a Motto: The Meaning Behind Cal Poly's Learn by Doing Signature" from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 19, at the University Art Gallery in the Dexter Building (No. 34). The book’s 22 case studies highlight unique and important contributions from students, faculty and staff to the university’s Learn by Doing philosophy. Each case study was selected by an editorial board with representation from across campus and exemplifies educational excellence in the colleges as well as through co-curricular and multidisciplinary campus activities. In the spirit of Learn by Doing, the book was written and designed by four faculty and staff members with assistance from students during the design process; students in University Graphic Systems printed the book’s first 1,000 copies on its Heidelberg Press — the largest print job the students have ever undertaken. The book is dedicated to Dean Phil Bailey, a long-standing supporter of Learn by Doing. "From the outset with this project, the Cal Poly community has been incredibly supportive, and we appreciate the countless contributors who've helped make this book a reality," lead author Brian Greenwood said. "The impact Learn by Doing has on the campus culture is palpable, and we're excited to celebrate and highlight that which makes Cal Poly truly unique." The book will be available for purchase at the event, and a dedication ceremony for Bailey will take place from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Learn more here.

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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 Short Film on Gender Equality on May 10

The Orfalea College of Business will host a free screening of the film "50/50" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, in the Business Building (No. 3), Room 201. A discussion led by Director of MBA Programs Beena Khurana and Assistant Dean Mary Kelting will commence after the screening. "50/50" gives a broad perspective on the history of women and power — from setbacks and uprisings to the bigger context of where we are today. Tiffany Shlain, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards, explores the great arc of women’s history and what it is going to take to get to a 50/50 world. The film coincides with 50/50 Day, which promotes a global conversation about what it will take to get to a more gender-balanced world across all parts of society. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the free screening and discussion. Register to attend at

Talk on 'Concepts and Coherence' in Teaching Statistics on May 11

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a talk, hosted by the Statistics Department, featuring Dr. James Stigler of UCLA and Dr. Ji Son of Cal State LA. They will present “Core Concepts and Coherence in the Teaching of Statistics” from 11:10 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 11, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 102. Stigler directed the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) video studies and is co-author of two popular books, "The Teaching Gap," and "The Learning Gap," comparing classroom instruction and assessment results in the United States with other countries. Son, recent recipient of a CSU Course Redesign with Technology grant, and Stigler are developing a coherent statistics learning framework aimed at fostering flexible learning and transfer in science and mathematics.

Banu Subramaniam to Present ‘Interdisciplinary Hauntings’ May 11

UMass Amherst Professor Banu Sabramaniam will give a talk, “Interdisciplinary Hauntings: Race, Gender, and the Practice of Science,” from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 11, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). In the talk, Subramaniam will highlight aspects of ecology and evolutionary biology to demonstrate how fundamental ideas of “variation” within biology are connected to ideas of diversity and difference in the humanities. She will also make a case for interdisciplinary work across the humanities and natural and social sciences while exploring how ideas of gender and race shape contemporary biological theories. For more information, contact Jane Lehr at or ext. 6-6442.

Pianist W. Terrence Spiller to Perform Beethoven Sonatas May 12

Pianist and Music Department Chair W. Terrence Spiller will give an all-Beethoven recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, in the Pavilion of the Performing Arts Center. The recital is the second in his survey of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven. The program, which contains four sonatas, begins with Beethoven’s first piano sonata, Opus 2 No. 1 in F minor, followed by Opus 101 in A major, Opus 13 in C minor (“The Pathetique”), and concluding with Opus 31 No. 3 in E-flat major. 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. Proceeds will benefit the Cal Poly Music Department Scholarship Fund.

Political Analyst John Judis Presents ‘The Populist Explosion’ May 15

Political analyst and author John Judis will discuss his book, “The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics,” from 6:10 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 15, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 101. America has had its liberals and conservatives, but about every 20 or 30 years, the country has seen a sudden upsurge of populism — from the People's Party of the 1890s to George Wallace in 1968 to Ross Perot in 1992 and Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in 2016. Why the sudden upsurge? Judis will explore what is it about American — and European politics — that invites candidates like Trump or France's Marine Le Pen to suddenly capture voters’ attention, and in the case of Trump, to win the highest office. For more information about the event, contact Dejana Lubura at or at ext. 6-2752.

Entrepreneurship Forum Focused on Growing a Business in San Luis Obispo to be Held May 15

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host a panel of entrepreneurs at the “Keepin’ it SLOCAL” forum from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 15, in the Performing Arts Center. The theme of the spring entrepreneurship forum, which is free and open to the public, is the value of keeping and growing a company in San Luis Obispo and learning about all the resources available. The evening’s panel discussion will focus on what it takes to start and grow a successful company in San Luis Obispo County. Panelists include Eric Adler, CEO of Flume Inc., a SLO HotHouse Incubator startup that is developing an intelligent leak detection and water management system for the entire home; Jen Melton, founder of Cloud Star, a company started in San Luis Obispo and sold that specializes in healthy food for pets; Martha Van Inwegen, founder of Life Elements Inc., an Atascadero-based corporation that manufactures and sells natural body care products; and Lisa Leonard, founder and creative director of Lisa Leonard Designs, a San Luis Obispo-based online handmade jewelry business. During the P.E.N. (Pitches, Exhibits, Networking) portion of the evening, from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m., the 2017 SLO HotHouse Accelerator companies will be introduced, followed by the Business Card Hustle, a game in which an accelerator company competes for resources by collecting as many business cards as they can from attendees. Advance registration is required. For more details and to register, visit

Winona LaDuke Speaking at PAC on May 16

The Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity welcomes students, staff, faculty and community members to attend the Inclusive Excellence Month keynote speaker event with Winona LaDuke from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, in the Performing Arts Center. LaDuke is an indigenous activist, environmentalist, economist and writer. LaDuke is known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation, as well as sustainable development.

Theatre and Dance Department Presents ‘Stupid F**king Bird’ on
May 11-13, 18-20

The Theatre and Dance Department will present Aaron Posner’s “Stupid F**king Bird” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 11-13 and 18-20, in the Spanos Theatre. “It’s about love, art, revolution and a dead bird,” said Josh Machamer, theatre professor and director of the production. In this modern adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s early 20th century classic “The Seagull,” an aspiring young director yearns to break free from the shadow of his actress mother, while his young muse pines for the love of a renowned novelist. “Stupid F**king Bird” pits old versus young — then versus now — in search of a life of happiness among a world of disappointment. The production features the work of Theatre and Dance Department students, faculty and staff, including theatre arts senior Caroline Rein, who serves as costume designer; Thomas J. Bernard, costume design mentor; Clint Bryson, scenic designer and technical director; Sarah Bryan, costume shop supervisor; and theatre arts senior Logan Smith, lighting designer. In addition, about 40 students from a variety of majors are contributing to the production through construction, backstage work, management, publicity and performance. Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Ticket Office. For more information, contact Machamer at or at ext. 6-5560.

Numerous Free Music Department Recitals Offered in May

The Music Department has numerous free student recitals in May, and through the rest of the academic year. At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, Polyrhythmics, Cal Poly's percussion ensemble, will perform in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. The concert will carry the listener around the world as music is performed that evokes the power of Native American drumming, the island beauty of Hawaiian marimbas, the mystery of Aztec ritual ceremony and a piece performed entirely on pieces of wood. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, "An Evening of Woodwinds and Strings" will take place at the United Methodist Church in San Luis Obispo. Several music ensembles will perform a variety of traditional and contemporary repertoire featuring woodwind and string instruments. The concert will include performances by a woodwind quintet, saxophone quartet, string quintet, piano quartet, and clarinet and flute ensembles. At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, "All That Brass" will also be presented at the United Methodist Church. Cal Poly's Brass Ensembles will perform. The centerpiece for the concert is “Divertimento for Brass and Percussion,” a well-known work by Czech-born American composer Karel Husa. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 9, the Cal Poly Trombone Choir will perform in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. The group will demonstrate the power and tenderness of the trombone. The program will feature works by J.S. Bach, Richard Wagner and Gordon Jacob. For more information and a complete event listing, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

University Art Gallery to Exhibit Student Art Through May 19

The University Art Gallery will present the “2017 Juried Student Exhibition,” a vetted showcase of work created by students in the Art and Design Department. The exhibit will continue through Friday, May 19. Jurors for this year’s exhibit are Emma Saperstein, gallery coordinator for the Harold J. Miossi Gallery at Cuesta College, and Hillary Amborn, founder and creative director of the graphic design firm Seachange Studio in San Luis Obispo. The University Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34). For more information, contact Garet Zook at ext. 6-1571 or

Award-Winning Children’s Book Author to Speak May 23

Award-winning children’s book author Matt de la Peña will give a talk book signing from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23, at Pacheco Elementary School, 261 Cuesta Drive in San Luis Obispo. Peña’s book Last Stop on Market Street was recently awarded the 2016 Newbery Medal, Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor awards. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the School of Education's Spanish Authorization for Bilingual Educators program, which brings a well-known author to the Central Coast each year. Copies of Peña’s books will be available for purchase at the event with cash or check only.

‘Historical Tourism and the Problem of Empathy’ to be Presented on May 23

Shevaun Watson will give her talk, “Historical Tourism and the Problem of Empathy” as part of the CLA Speaks series from 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, in the English Building (No. 22), Room 315. Watson is an associate professor of rhetoric and composition and director of writing at the University of Wisconsin. Her work considers one of America’s most popular and vexed heritage destinations — Charleston, South Carolina — in terms of empathy. Whose history and pain are visitors encouraged to identify with? How is empathy evoked on tours and to what end? Does slavery tourism, even if fully imbued with empathy, make a difference in understanding America’s past or fostering much-needed change? Watson argues that the limits of empathy in relation to Charleston’s “tourism imaginary” are profound and deleterious, allowing visitors the voyeuristic pleasure of passive empathy, and ultimately, the abdication of responsibility for enduring racial inequalities. For more information, contact Brenda Helmbrecht at or at ext. 6-2178.

EIM Department Hosts Talk on Brand Devotion on May 23

The Experience Industry Management Department will host Robert Vallee Jr., chairman and CEO of Project Worldwide, and Chris Meyer, CEO of George P. Johnson (GPJ), to present “Experiences that Power Brand Devotion” at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 114. Vallee Jr. will share his insights on the importance of experiences to inspire people to participate and act on behalf of brands. Meyer will provide an overview of the power of the experience and highlight why the experience industry management curriculum and other programs at Cal Poly — including construction management, graphic communication, mechanical engineering, journalism and marketing — are relevant to GPJ’s success. Meyer will also provide insight into career opportunities for students in these and other majors. For more information about Project Worldwide and George P. Johnson, including how they might fit a career path, visit or

Kramer and Panic Duo To Present Composition Master Class, Recital on May 25

Composer and saxophonist Laura M. Kramer will present a master class and recital with Panic Duo on Thursday, May 25, on campus. The composition master class will be at 11 a.m. Kramer and the duo will discuss the premiere of Kramer’s new work for saxophone, violin and piano, which will be premiered at the evening recital. In addition, they will perform reading sessions of student compositions. The recital will take place at 7:30 p.m. Works for combinations of saxophone, violin and piano will be performed by composers Jennifer Higdon, Robert Muczynski and Evan Chambers. Kramer’s new work, “Reflections Through Shattered Mirrors,” will have its world premiere. Panic Duo, based in Los Angeles, is comprised of violinist Pasha Tseitlin and pianist Nic Gerpe. They have performed in the Los Angeles-based new music concert series Tuesdays at Monk Space and been featured on the Sundays Live series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Kramer teaches musicianship, saxophone and theory at Cal Poly. She earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition from USC, with concentrations in theory, saxophone and electroacoustic media. Both events are open to the public and will be in Room 218 of the Davidson Music Center (No. 45). The master class is free and the recital is $5 at the door. For more information, call the Music Department at ext. 6-2406.

Arab Music Ensemble Performs with Guest Artists May 27

The Arab Music Ensemble and guest artists will perform a program of music and dance from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 27, in the Spanos Theatre. The concert will include a short suite of instrumental and vocal Greek music that includes traditional, popular songs and highlights the historical interconnectedness of the larger region. The Arab Music Ensemble is a multi-instrumental orchestra and choir with vocal and instrumental soloists and with a membership that represents a wide range of majors on campus and professions off campus. Critically acclaimed guest artists joining the ensemble from the San Francisco and Sacramento areas will include Faisal Zedan on percussion, Fathi Aljarrah on kamanja (Arabic violin), Hector Bezanis on nay (reed flute) and mizmar (shawm), and Ishmael on qanun (trapezoidal zither). San Luis Obispo dance director Jenna Mitchell will lead the dance troupe in colorful choreographies in dialogue with the music. Music Professor Ken Habib 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.

Brian Codding to Present ‘Wildfire: An Ecological Perspective from Aboriginal Australia’ on May 30

Brian Codding will present “Wildfire: An Ecological Perspective from Aboriginal Australia” from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, in Agriculture Engineering (No. 8), Room 123. In western North America, wildfires are generally viewed as a natural hazard that threatens property and life. However, humans have a long history of using fire as a tool to modify the environment for their benefit. So how did fire go from something useful to something feared? In this talk, Codding will examine contemporary burning practices among a group of Aboriginal Australians in the Western Desert, where fire is used to hunt small game. The practice also reduces fuel loads, limits climate-driven wildfires and increases local biodiversity. The result is a resilient ecosystem. The Australian case could help inform how we manage fire in California, potentially providing an avenue to develop healthier ecosystems that no longer carry the threat of devastating wildfires. For more information, contact Terry Jones at or at ext. 6-2752.

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Event Calendar

To find out what’s going on at Cal Poly, visit the Events Calendar. The site includes community events that are open to the public and Campus Life events open to students, faculty and staff. A link from the calendar allows staff, faculty and students to check facility availability before requesting and reserving on-campus locations for activities and events. For more information about publishing an event on the calendar, contact, or visit the university scheduling page. The new Events Calendar replaced the Cal Poly News Events Index.

Cal Poly Arts and the Performing Arts Center Calendars

For complete schedule and ticketing information, visit the websites for Cal Poly Arts or the Performing Arts Center.


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Upcoming Events @ Home

Friday, May 12
Baseball vs. CSUN, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 13
Baseball vs. CSUN, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 14
Baseball vs. CSUN, Baggett Stadium, 1 p.m.

Thursday, May 25
Baseball vs. UC Riverside, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Friday, May 26
Baseball vs. UC Riverside, Baggett Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 27
Baseball vs. UC Riverside, 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.

#104472 — Network Analyst — Service Lead (Network Analyst – Career), Information Technology Services — Enterprise Network Services. $4,372-$9,683 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $4,372-$8,750 per month. Open until filled.

#104445 — Facilities Worker II — Carpenter Shop, Facilities Services. $4,318-$5,426 per month. Open until filled. Review begins May 15.

#104456 — College Grants Analyst (Administrative Analyst/Specialist – Non-Exempt), Academic Affairs — Research and Economic Development — Grants Development Office. Up to three positions available, $3,288-$5,695 per month. Open until filled. Review begins May 19.

#104453 — Administrative Support Coordinator II, College of Science and Mathematics — Physics. $3,115-$5,060 per month. Open until filled. Review begins May 17.

#104485 — Analyst Programmer — Career, University Housing — Technology. $4,372-$9,683 per month. Open until filled. Review begins May 18.  

#104484 — Communications and Donor Relations Coordinator (Administrative Support Coordinator II), College of Architecture and Environmental Design. $3,115-$5,060 per month. Open until filled. Review begins May 18. 

#104481 — Executive Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships (Administrator III), Admissions Recruitment and Financial Aid. 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.

There are no listings at this time.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

Cal Poly Corporation is a separate entity operating in concert with the university to provide a diverse range of services and resources to students, faculty and staff. To view job postings or apply, visit the Corporation website. For assistance, contact Human Resources at ext. 6-1121.

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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