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Cal Poly Report — May 17, 2017


Recent Graduates Report High Levels of Employment, Record Salaries

Nearly 94 percent 2015-16 Cal Poly graduates are employed, in graduate school or otherwise purposely engaged — the highest percentage ever reported, according to the university’s latest Graduate Status Report. And nearly three-quarters of 2015-16 graduates have secured full-time employment, and at higher-then-ever wages. Those facts and several others reported in the 2015-16 GSR point to significant improvements in employment and other post-graduation pursuits for new alumni. The nearly 94 percent of respondents who reported positive post-graduation outcomes (i.e., full- or part-time employment, graduate school, or other intentional pursuits) is an increase of 3 percent from 2014-15. The 73 percent who secured full-time employment is the largest percentage in the last decade and represents an 11 percent increase from figures reported in 2014-15. Also, 99 percent of those with jobs were employed within nine months of graduation, a 1 percent increase from last year. Ninety-six percent of students found jobs related to their major, a 2 percent increase. And the median starting salary for 2015-16 grads was $60,000, an increase of $4,000 from the previous year. To view the 2015-16 GSR online, visit

College of Engineering Dean Finalists Visiting Campus

Four finalists for the College of Engineering dean position are visiting campus May 15-25. Provost and Executive Vice President Kathleen Enz Finken has accepted the recommendation of the College of Engineering Dean Consultative Search Committee — chaired by Bob Crockett, chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department — to invite the finalists to campus. The campus community is invited to attend open forum sessions for each finalist from 11:10 a.m. to noon on the dates below. The finalists and their visit dates are:
· Anthony A. Maciejewski, professor and head, electrical and computer engineering, Colorado State University, May 15-16. An open forum was held May 15.
· Joseph J. Rencis, dean, College of Engineering, Tennessee Tech University, May 18-19; open forum to be held Thursday, May 18, in Engineering IV (No. 192), Room 106.
· Joseph B. Hughes, director, A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and Environment, distinguished university professor, Drexel University, May 22-23; open forum to be held Monday, May 22, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7).
· Michael J. Chajes, professor of civil and environmental engineering, University of Delaware, May 24-25; open forum to be held Wednesday, May 24, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7).
Open forum attendees are encouraged to provide comments confidentially to one of the search committee members listed on the candidate comment sheet provided at each session. Curricula vitae and interview schedules are available on the Academic Personnel website.

New Student Housing Community Named in Honor of Northern Chumash Tribe

Cal Poly has named its new student housing community yakʔitʸutʸu, in honor of the Northern Chumash tribe of San Luis Obispo. In addition, the residence halls located within the complex have been named in recognition of local Chumash heritage. The buildings will bear the names of tribal sites throughout the Central Coast: elewexe, nipumūʔ, tiłhini, tsʰɨtqawɨ, tšɨłkukunɨtš, tsɨpxatu and tsɨtkawayu. “The yakʔitʸutʸu housing complex serves as a symbol of community and celebrates Cal Poly’s partnership with the Northern Chumash of San Luis Obispo,” President Armstrong said. Leah Mata, a tribal member who worked closely with Cal Poly’s housing staff to name the development, said, “We view the Cal Poly housing project as a partnership between the yak titʸu titʸu tribe and Cal Poly. Our goal is to provide a narrative using our own voice and world view to share how we view our places that matter.” Located at the Grand Avenue entrance to campus, the yakʔitʸutʸu housing community remains under construction and is set to open in fall 2018. The complex will house 1,475 freshmen beginning in the 2018-19 academic year. Learn more here.

Cal Poly Choirs and Alumni Bid Farewell to Conductor and Accompanist June 11

The Cal Poly Choirs will celebrate Thomas and Susan Davies at a spring concert titled “With Thanks to All” on June 11, as the couple acknowledges their extended family of university students and colleagues during their final concert. Tom Davies is retiring after 34 years as director of choral activities and vocal studies. Susan Azaret Davies has accompanied the choirs all the years her husband has conducted them. She will continue as a lecturer and staff accompanist. The Davies’ final Cal Poly concert will include performances by students and an alumni choir. It will be held at 2 p.m. in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center. The Early Music Ensemble, European Tour Choir, and an 80-voice combined choir will perform. An 85-voice alumni choir will also perform. A special salute to the day will be made by Men-So-Forte, the award-winning men’s barbershop quartet from 2003-05. During the second half of the concert, students and alumni will combine forces for Handel’s “Zadok, the Priest,” followed by the final number, Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” for piano solo, chorus and orchestra. Azaret Davies will be the soloist. Tom Davies has taught at Cal Poly since 1983. He has been conducting three choirs: PolyPhonics, the University Singers and the Early Music Ensemble, and teaches conducting, as well as a course in literature and rehearsal techniques. He was a recipient of Cal Poly’s Distinguished Teacher Award in 2010-11. The Music Department is compiling anecdotes and well wishes for a memory book for Tom Davies. The tour choir will depart June 21 for concerts in England and Wales; donations in honor of the Davies can be made securely online. Tickets to the spring 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.

Engineering Names Lockheed Martin Endowed Professors

The College of Engineering announced aerospace engineering professors Graham Doig and Aaron Drake as Lockheed Martin Endowed Professors. Awarded biannually in conjunction with Lockheed Martin, the $25,000 professorships provide time and resources for professional growth and development to enrich students' educational experiences. The award recognizes faculty members who contribute new knowledge in the field of engineering, partner with industry, involve students with advanced ideas, and enhance teaching by introducing state-of-the-art topics into the classroom. Since joining Cal Poly in 2014, Doig (at right) has integrated undergraduate aerospace engineering students into aerodynamic research of a nearly professional quality. He has overseen the modernization of Cal Poly’s Low-Speed Wind Tunnel and has overhauled key courses in fluids, thermodynamics and applied aerodynamics to offer more project-based learning and foster increased student creativity. Now in his third year at Cal Poly, Drake (at left), has built a research capability in the Autonomous Flight Laboratory, involving students in emerging development and applications of unmanned aircraft. Learn more here.

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Student Success

Political Science Junior Selected for Panetta Institute

A political science major is Cal Poly’s 2017 representative to the Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s Congressional Internship Program. Maryam Quasto, 21, will spend two weeks in August training at the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay, followed by 11 weeks in Washington, D.C., working full time in the office of a congressional representative. The junior, who works part time in the university’s Donor Relations department, is among 26 students from around the Golden State taking part in the program. Participants were nominated by their respective campus presidents. “I look forward to gaining a new perspective on what it is like to actually work in an international hub like Washington, D.C., as well as to further my understanding of the American political system,” said Quasto, who hopes to pursue a career in international law and work as a diplomat or U.S. ambassador. “I think that being in the heart of our nation will provide an amazing Learn by Doing experience, and I am excited to further my education and grow from this opportunity.” The Panetta Institute awards scholarships to students from each of the 23 California State University campuses along with one each from Dominican University of California, Saint Mary’s College of California and Santa Clara University. The program, now in its 19th year, is open to all academic majors. It is recognized as one of the best of its kind because of the rigorous training it provides and because the Panetta Institute scholarship covers all student costs — offering an equal opportunity for all qualified candidates. Quasto is the 17th Cal Poly student to participate in the program since 2001. She emigrated with her family from Baghdad, Iraq, to Silicon Valley when she was 5. Learn more here.

Student Receives Fulbright Award to Study in Slovenia

Daniel Ansorge, a mechanical engineering student and music minor, has been awarded a Fulbright student grant to study a unique family of string instruments in Slovenia this fall. Ansorge's selection for the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program was the culmination of a longtime interest in tinkering coupled with a love of music. In Slovenia, he will study the tamburitza, a family of lutes that originated in Croatia and spread to other parts of the former Yugoslavia around the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Ansorge will research the historical use of the tamburitza and its place in present-day Slovanian culture. “Getting a Fulbright is a life-changing experience,” said Ken Habib, professor of ethnomusicology and director of Cal Poly’s Arab Music Ensemble, in which Ansorge has also participated. Three Cal Poly students, including Ansorge, have been selected as Fulbright recipients in the past few years: Trisha Huynh received an English Teaching Award in 2014 for work in Malaysia, and 2012 graduate Scott Leinweber received an award in 2015 to study architecture in Denmark. “One of the hallmarks of the Fulbright program is the focus on mutual understanding and cultural exchange,” said Cari Moore, director of the Cal Poly International Center and the campus Fulbright Program adviser. Ansorge’s cousin, environmental engineering alunmus Kimberly Pugel, also applied for this year’s program. While she was not selected, a professor with whom she was coordinating on her application offered her a position on a graduate school project at the University of Colorado Boulder. Pugel is now helping that university’s effort to better understand how to improve the sustainability of water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in the developing world. Learn more here.

Students Earn Five Awards at Statewide Research Competition

Five Cal Poly students received awards — including a biology sciences undergraduate whose rattlesnake study earned first-place — at the 31st annual California State University Student Research Competition that brought nearly 250 students from 22 universities across the state to campus April 28-29. “The accomplishments of these students attest to the excellence of our academic programs and the commitment and quality of our faculty,” said Dean Wendt, dean of research and director of the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences. “All of the students who competed deserve our praise and appreciation of their efforts.” The competition promoted excellence in scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the CSU — the nation’s largest four-year public university system, with nearly 480,000 students. Thirty-nine individuals received either a first- or second-place award in 21 categories. Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton led the competition with five awards per school. John Stepanek, an undergraduate student in biological sciences, was Cal Poly’s top prize winner, earning first place in the undergraduate Biological and Agricultural Sciences category for his work, “Stress-Induced Color Change in Southern Pacific Rattlesnakes.” Learn more about the winners here.

Animal Science Student to Serve on National Agriculture Student Advisory Team

Animal science junior Sarah Dreyer was recently selected to serve on the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Student Advisory Team. AFA provides personal and professional development experiences for college students and young professionals in food and agriculture. Dreyer, of Exeter, California, and nine other team members were selected through a competitive application process to serve as AFA’s student voice and represent their peers on a national level. They will serve as ambassadors between AFA and their college campuses and AFA’s corporate partners. “I am excited to develop my own leadership skills and work with a team to achieve a common goal of advocating for the vast agricultural industry and encouraging others to participate in the AFA organization,” Dreyer said. Learn more here.

Rodeo Team Advances to the National Finals

The Cal Poly Rodeo Team has advanced to the College National Finals Rodeo in June in Casper, Wyoming. Six Cal Poly students will compete at the nationals from June 11-17 in multiple events, including roping, bull riding and bareback. The students and their events are: Chase Onaka, a bioresource and agricultural engineering sophomore from Kona, Hawaii, team roping; Colton Farquer a bioresource and agricultural engineering senior from Oakdale, tie-down roping; Katie Rice, an agricultural communication senior from Clements, California, goat tying, breakaway roping and all-around cowgirl; Savannah Wirth, a nutrition freshman from Auburn, California, barrels; Wade Brown, an industrial technology and packaging senior from San Luis Obispo, bareback; and Aaron Williams, a first-year extended education student from Norco, California, bull riding. The Poly Royal Rodeo was also named the College Rodeo of the Year for the West Coast Region — a testament to the hard work and dedication demonstrated by the team, Coach Ben Londo and the program’s supporters to move Poly Royal Rodeo to Cal Poly’s Spanos Stadium, making it one of the largest collegiate rodeos in the nation. Learn more here.

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Faculty & Staff

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.

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. Go here for more information on the awards. Go here for more information about this year’s award and selection committee. 

Student Affairs Seeking Undergraduate Student Mentors

Student Affairs is seeking Aspiring Student Affairs Professionals (ASAP) who are interested in mentoring undergraduate students interested in future careers in higher education. The group will start meeting this summer with the goal of reaching out to students in fall 2017. If you are interested in sharing your time or resources, contact Allison Elliott at

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 by our visiting international scholars. RSVP here by May 17.

Faculty Encouraged to Take Survey on Student Engagement Before June 1 Deadline

Faculty members are asked to take the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) before the June 1 deadline. The survey 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 prior to the deadline. 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.

Cal Poly Women's Club Luncheon Set for May 20

Mark your calendars for the annual Cal Poly Women’s Club luncheon on Saturday, 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

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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 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

Edgar Cainglit, custodian in University Housing, 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 Karen Schmidt at ext. 6-5935 or to request a donation form.

Kurt Brown, instructional support tech III in the College of Liberal Arts, Art and Design, 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 Whitney Haas at ext. 6-1149 to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

Campus Invited to Celebrate Diversity Award Winners May 18

Come celebrate with the President's Diversity Awards finalists and hear the winners announced at the annual awards ceremony from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in the Kennedy Library Atrium (No. 35). Light refreshments will be provided. This event is open to students, staff and faculty. The full list of nominees and finalists is posted on the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity website. (The photo shows one of the 2016 staff awardees, Catherine Trujillo, celebrating with President Armstrong.)

University Cashiers Office Renovation Wraps Up

Effective Thursday, May 18, University Cashiers will return to the University Cashiers Office in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 131E. The renovation has been completed and will provide a welcoming space for the Cal Poly community to facilitate transactions for many years to come. We appreciate your patience and invite you to stop by to see the new University Cashiers Office.

Career Services Announces Spring 2017 Funding Recipients

The Diversity Funding Committee (DFC), established by Career Services and campus collaborators, has announced the inaugural spring 2017 funding recipients.
— Gender Equity Center to support OWN: Original Women's Narratives, held April 28.
— Muslim Student Association to support Islamophobia: A Threat to All, held April 29.
— Asian and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association to support Spring Social, held April 29.
— Multicultural Business Program to support Leadership Beyond the Resume, May 12.
— American Indian and Indigenous Faculty and Staff Association to support Cultural Commencement, on June 9.
— Black Faculty and Staff Association to Support Black Legacy Weekend, July 28-30.
— Undocumented Student Working Group to support First Annual Undocu-Week, on Sept. 18-22.
— Chicana Latino Faculty and Staff Association to support Annual Convocation, Oct. 4.
— Disability Resource Center to support Ability Exhibit at Kennedy Library, Oct. 11-13.
— Cal Poly Cares to support ongoing initiatives.
In collaboration with the Career Partners Program, the DFC supports campus organizations that foster diversity and inclusion among faculty, staff and students. The DFC will reopen its application period in fall 2017 for the next funding cycle. For more information, visit the DFC website or email

Next Workshop Set for May 18 in Spring Quarter 'Teach On' Series

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 in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 222. The series on Thursday, May 18, will focus on "What does it look like when Scientists and Engineers are Political Activists?" featuring Sarah Bridger of the History Department. All events are open to the campus community. For more information, email

Faculty and Staff Mixer set for May 18 at Myron’s

Myron’s, Cal Poly’s bistro-style restaurant, is hosting a faculty and staff mixer from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 18. The event will feature a special tasting as well as beer and wine for a cost of $5 per guest. The tasting will include beer-battered cod, meatballs with espresso barbecue sauce, mini quesadillas, wings and lemon pound cake with Cal Poly strawberries. Myron’s is located upstairs in the Dining Complex (No. 19), across from the Recreation Center. For additional information, visit

Sixth Annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day to be Recognized
on May 18

The campus community can recognize the sixth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on Thursday, May 18, by engaging in several activities. The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion of people with various disabilities. You can:
— Learn how Cal Poly is improving web accessibility in support of the CSU Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) by taking a 10-minute, online course titled "The CSU-ATI and Cal Poly Web Accessibility," located in Skillsoft under the Staff and Faculty tab in the portal.
— Upload a document to SensusAccess, the free campus document conversion service. Turn a PDF into an mp3 or an image into an accessible PDF.
— Learn about the new accessibility features in Office 365: Immersive Reader in OneNote and Word; Accessibility Checker in Word online; and accessible templates in Word.
For more information about GAAD or the above activities, visit the Cal Poly Accessibility website.

Hazard Communication Training for Campus Community on May 24

Hazard Communication training, a federally mandated training that applies to employees potentially exposed to hazardous materials at work, will be available to the Cal Poly community on Wednesday, May 24. The training applies to, but is not limited to, technical and custodial staff, warehouse workers, professors and student assistants. Environmental Health and Safety offers quarterly instructor-led Hazard Communication training sessions. Training sessions include an informative PowerPoint presentation and are approximately one hour long with time for questions. Trainings are free. This training is also available via Skillsoft for employees. Those who would like to receive their 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. Contact Tom Featherstone at ext. 6-6661 for further information. A morning and evening session will be offered May 24, from 10 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 7 p.m., in the Facilities Building (No. 70), Room 110. Anyone with questions can email

Sidewalk Sale to be Held May 23-25 at University Store

The University Store is holding its three-day Sidewalk Sale from May 23-25. Discounted apparel, gifts and supplies will be sold for 50 percent to 75 percent off regular prices. The sale will take place in the breezeway just outside 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

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

Free Rec Fridays at the Recreation Center to be Offered in June

The Recreation Center invites eligible members of the Cal Poly community — alumni, employees, emeriti and the partners/dependents of existing members — to the Recreation Center as guests for the day, free-of-charge on June 2, 9 and 16. Guests will have full access to group fitness classes, locker rooms, gyms, exercise rooms, racquetball courts, pools and the ASI Poly Escapes Climbing Park. Photo ID and proof of eligibility are required for entry. Visit the Recreation Center website for a complete list of amenities and the group exercise class schedule. Recreation Center membership services may be reached at ext. 6-1366 or by emailing

19 Metro Introduces $5.50 Fridays

19 Metro invites students, faculty and staff to enjoy a delicious all-you-care-to-eat meal for the same price as a student on the freshman dining plan. This is a great opportunity to try the new and improved menu for just $5.50 every Friday until the end of the quarter. 19 Metro has added a chef’s choice station featuring made-to-order entrées including gyros, sandwiches and salad wraps. Learn more here.

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.

27-Foot Diversity-Themed 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.

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, the 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

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Submission Guidelines for Cal Poly Report

Cal Poly Report (CPR) is Cal Poly's official employee newsletter, designed to communicate information about officially sanctioned university news or events to faculty, staff and administrators. Submissions may run a maximum of three times and should be limited to 150 words. To help ensure CPR continues to contain only relevant and approved information, submissions are required to come from or be approved by the employee designated to approve submissions in the respective colleges, units and work areas. A list of designated approvers is available on the Cal Poly Report index website. Entries submitted by those other than the designated approver must be accompanied by an approval form signed by the unit's approver. The approval form is available online in fillable pdf format or a downloadable Microsoft Word format. CPR is published weekly during the school year, except during academic breaks, and monthly in the summer. The deadline for each weekly issue is 12:30 p.m. the Friday prior to publication.


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

The Theatre and Dance Department will present Aaron Posner’s “Stupid F**king Bird” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 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, June

The Music Department has numerous free student recitals in May, and through the rest of the academic year. 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.

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

Award-winning children’s book author Matt de la Peña will give a talk and 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

University of Wisconsin Professor Shevaun Watson will give a 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. The talk examines such questions as 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 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.

RSVP XXII: ‘Wine – A Whimsical Commentary’ to be Staged on May 30, June 1

The Music Department student production ensemble RSVP will stage the multi-layered production “RSVP XXII: Wine – A Whimsical Commentary” at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, May 30 and June 1, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. This year’s show celebrates electroacoustic diversity, compositional risk and all things viniferous. Lighthearted on the surface, the story follows a wine tour group’s experience at a winery. But the production is all an allegory of more serious fare — the importance, even sacredness of what we share, particularly special food and drink. The show promises to be, as its title implies, whimsical, comedic, entertaining and fanciful. At once, it revels in and mocks aspects of wine culture. The show includes music and dance and theater from an extremely wide variety of styles. “This is an intentional attempt to push the concert-goers from the safe, obvious moorings of the surface story line,” says Antonio G. Barata, artistic director of the RSVP series. “It keeps people guessing, wondering what might come next, and makes them think beyond a simplistic interpretation.” The music, soundscape and staging combine the creativity of students in Barata’s Sound Design classes with the choreography of Diana Stanton, a Theatre and Dance Department faculty member, and the students in her dance classes. 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 Bioresource and 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.

Jazz Night Concert on June 2 to Highlight Innovative Composers

The University Jazz Bands will present their annual Jazz Night Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, June 2, in Spanos Theatre. The concert will feature works from jazz composers who are pushing the boundaries of what jazz is and can be. The University Jazz Band I will perform two works by Grammy award-winning composer Jim McNeeley, who has composed for and led several prominent big bands. McNeeley’s “Finally” is a fascinating, asymmetric, post-bop composition, and “Absolution” is a haunting, ethereal work. Several jazz bands soloists will have the chance to offer their take on McNeeley’s themes through their improvisations. The University Jazz Band II will perform “Nightfall” by Adam Theis, the leader of the Jazz Mafia collective of jazz bands. Based in San Francisco, Theis is one of a younger generation of jazz composers and performers who are bringing rap and hip-hop into the contemporary big band. Also featured will be a humorous composition by Director of Jazz Studies Paul Rinzler that strings together a series of cliche endings, titled “One More Time.” 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.

Spring Band Concert set for June 3

The Spring Band Concert featuring the 70-member Wind Ensemble and 80-member Wind Orchestra is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, June 3, in Harman Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Titled “Winds of Change,” the performance features a range of works for wind band written in the past 20 years. The Wind Orchestra will begin the concert with “Red Rock Mountain” by Rossano Galante, “The Story of Anne Frank” by Otto M. Schwarz, Joel Puckett’s “Emory’s Barcarolle” and “Danzón No. 2” by Arturo Márquez. The concert continues with select members of the Wind Ensemble accompanying Emelia Banninger as she performs the first movement of Frigyes Hidas’ “Concerto for Bassoon.” Banninger is a music major who will graduate in June. The Wind Ensemble will also perform “Mother Earth Fanfare” by David Maslanka, “Butterflies and Bees” by Thomas Duffy, “Firefly” by Ryan George and “Red Cape Tango” by Michael Daugherty. 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.

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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.

#104493 — Facilities Worker II — Engineering Services, Facilities Services. $4,318-$5,426 per month. Open until filled. Review begins June 1.  

#104492 — Lead Building Service Engineer, Facilities Services. $5,370-$6,807 per month. Open until filled.

#104491 — Boiler Operator (Building Service Engineer), Facilities Services. $5,109-$6,597 per month. Open until filled.

#104468 — Administrative Support Coordinator I, College of Liberal Arts — Ethnic Studies. $2,846 to $4,619 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $2,846 to $3,131 per month. Open until filled. Review begins May 24.

#104494 — Project Planner/Architect (Administrator II), Facilities Planning and Capital Projects. 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.

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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.

Teacher, Children’s Center, $14.30 per hour with excellent benefits. Seeking candidates with infant/toddler experience. Position closes May 19.

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