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Cal Poly Report — May 24, 2017


Dean Wendt to Lead College of Science and Mathematics

Provost Kathleen Enz Finken has announced that Dean Wendt, a biology professor and currently the university’s dean of research, will become dean of the College of Science and Mathematics effective July 1. Wendt will succeed current Dean Phil Bailey, who is retiring after 48 years as a professor and administrator at the university, including 34 at the helm of the College of Science and Mathematics. Wendt is a 1993 graduate of Cal Poly with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He returned to the university as a professor in 2002. “He credits his time as an undergraduate at Cal Poly as one of the most influential factors for his career path,” Enz Finken said. “His energy and excitement will help move the college to the next level, and his rich history of teaching, research and student engagement combined with his most recent experiences as the dean of research and the director of the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences will serve him well in his new role.” In assuming leadership of the college from Bailey, Wendt will maintain his predecessor’s focus on student success and support of the university’s Learn by Doing approach. “I look forward to working tirelessly on behalf of the staff, faculty and students to achieve our collective vision and goals,” Wendt said. “For years, the college has been enriching lives through learning and innovation, and I am excited to work collaboratively to grow our impact and national reputation.” Read more here.

Retirement Reception for Dean Phil Bailey to be Held June 9

The campus community is invited to celebrate the contributions of College of Science and Mathematics Dean Phil Bailey, who will retire at the end of June after 48 years of service, including 34 years as dean. A reception will be held in Bailey’s honor from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 9, in Chumash Auditorium. The longest serving dean in Cal Poly’s history, Bailey oversaw the construction of Faculty Offices East (No. 25) and the Baker Center for Science and Mathematics, and developed the Study 25-35 program. Bailey joined the chemistry faculty in 1969, became associate dean in 1973, was named dean in 1983, and twice acted as interim provost. Throughout his career, Bailey has focused on students, teaching almost every quarter. He and his wife, Christina Bailey, former chair of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, co-authored a widely translated textbook and performed the chemistry magic show for more than 125,000 people over the years. Bailey’s numerous accolades include INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s Giving Back Award for administrators and an Ambassador of Goodwill award for supporting African-American and other underrepresented students. He has been honored by the California State Legislature and by Cal Poly for excellence in leadership, philanthropy and student advising, and for his support of diversity and inclusion efforts. The Baileys have assisted countless students financially and as mentors, including more than 15 underrepresented and undocumented students who have lived with the Baileys while attending Cal Poly.

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Student Success

English Grad Student Wins Academy of American Poets Prize

English grad student Marissa Ahmadkhani won the university’s Academy of American Poets (AAP) contest for her poem “Only Half,” which investigates her Iranian heritage expressed metaphorically through the complexity of pomegranates. “Through precise description and gentle repetition, Marissa Ahmadkhani has made a deeply moving poem of origins,” said Maggie Anderson, nationally recognized poet and judge of this year’s contest. “The delicate fruit of the pomegranate (apple of many seeds) is a brilliantly realized metaphor for the poet’s half-heritage.” Ahmadkhani will receive a $100 award from AAP. First honorable mention went to English major Morgan Condict of Paso Robles for “The Shimmer of the Turning Rabbit,” a poem that renders our own mortality through the metaphor of a rabbit turning on a spit over an open flame. Second honorable mention went to English major Jacob Lopez of Huntington Beach for his poem “Light on Breathing,” depicting the experience of exploring underwater reefs. The English Department and AAP sponsored the contest. The winning poem can be read on the English Department website.

Supermileage Team Places Fourth at Shell Eco-Marathon

Cruising 1,500.7 miles on a gallon of gas, the Supermileage Team drove to a fourth-place finish out of 114 teams competing at the 2017 Shell Eco-Marathon on April 27-29 in Detroit. “Despite encountering a few setbacks at the competition and accidentally rolling the car twice, the team scored fourth place overall in the newly combined Internal Combustion Engine category, which now includes gasoline, diesel, ethanol and compressed natural gas prototype vehicles,” said Supermileage Team President Lucas Rybarczyk of San Luis Obispo. “We had a 300-miles-per-gallon improvement from last year's 1,215 mpg third-place finish. Even though this is one place lower, there are now more teams overall in this combined category.” Read more here.

Seven Startups to be in SLO HotHouse Summer Accelerator Program

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has accepted seven startup companies into this year’s SLO HotHouse Summer Accelerator program.The intense 13-week program is designed for students and recent graduates who have developed new ventures and want help making them succeed. The companies represent a variety of concepts, including health foods, innovative footwear, sustainable building materials and smart solutions for San Luis Obispo house renters. “Our accelerators are tackling the startup world head on,” said Lori Jordan, director of student innovation programs, who oversees the program. “We are giving them the tools they need to grow their company, and we are excited to see where their venture takes them and how they make an impact locally, nationally and throughout the world.” Read about the companies and students behind them here.

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Faculty & Staff

New Associate Dean Named in College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Mark Cabrinha has been appointed the College of Architecture and Environmental Design's new associate dean for academic affairs. Cabrinha’s responsibilities will include overseeing student and curricular affairs, coordinating diversity and inclusion programs, and working closely with the dean and associate dean for administration to further the mission of the college. As an alumnus of the college, Cabrinha aims to be an advocate for the students and faculty in support of the college's multi-disciplinary engagement in the built environment. He will also continue his involvement in the integrated design curriculum in architecture, teaching part time. Cabrinha earned his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois and his doctorate in architectural science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to joining Cal Poly, he practiced as a registered architect in Chicago for seven years, with a focus on developing innovative learning environments for K-12 schools. Cabrinha has taught at Cal Poly since 2002, sharing his passion for integrated design studios and continuing the college’s Learn by Doing tradition through digital fabrication. The college expresses its deep appreciation for the work Michael Lucas has done as associate dean for the past three years. Lucas will work with Cabrinha to transition over the summer, and Cabrinha will assume his new role in September.

College of Engineering Dean Finalists Continue Visits to Campus

Three of the four finalists for the College of Engineering dean position have visited campus; the fourth finalist will visit this week. The finalists are:
· Anthony A. Maciejewski, professor and head, electrical and computer engineering, Colorado State University.
· Joseph J. Rencis, dean, College of Engineering, Tennessee Tech University.
· Joseph B. Hughes, director, A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and Environment, distinguished university professor, Drexel University.
· Michael J. Chajes, professor of civil and environmental engineering, University of Delaware.
Open forum sessions have been held for Maciejewski, Rencis and Hughes. An open forum will be held for Chajes from 11:10 a.m. to noon 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, which will be provided at the session. Curricula vitae and interview schedules are available on the Academic Personnel website.

Spring Quarter Newer Faculty Community Breakfast to be Held June 9

Newer faculty — including tenure-line faculty and lecturers — are invited to the Spring Quarter Community Breakfast on the last day of classes before finals week. It will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, June 9, in Room 2 of the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). This is an opportunity to mark the completion of the academic year and to connect with recently hired colleagues from across campus. It is also an opportunity to learn about important topics and key resources essential to your professional success at Cal Poly. The focus will be ideas, opportunities and resources that can enhance your teaching. Hot breakfast and coffee are provided, so come hungry. Register byMonday, June 5, at this link. For more information, visit or email

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Judy Drake, library services specialist at Kennedy Library, is retiring after 45 years of service. Drake earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Cal Poly and then joined the library’s Circulation Department as a clerical assistant in 1972. Throughout her career, Drake has been recognized with multiple awards, including the Outstanding Staff Employee award (2001-02), two recognition awards from the Black Faculty Staff Association for selfless dedication and support (2005, 2014), and an upcoming award from the American Indian and Indigenous Faculty Staff Association. Drake enjoys writing poetry in her free time. She recently completed a children’s story, and has plans to work with a Cal Poly alumnus to illustrate her work after she retires. Please join the campus in celebrating Drake’s legacy at a retirement reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in Kennedy Library’s atrium (No. 35).

Lisa Bruce, financial aid counselor, is retiring on June 1. Bruce has always focused on serving and learning from students. She counts herself as fortunate to have worked closely as a team with Student Affairs staff members and with WOW and Open House student teams while working in Orientation Programs from 2001-08 (now New Student and Transition Programs). The Cal Grant program has expanded under her oversight in Financial Aid, helping many students on their path toward graduation. Her next career stop will be event management consulting with RISE. Although Bruce will miss her Financial Aid family, she looks forward to devoting more time to her family, traveling and to community service.

David Arndt, technician in the Physics Department, will retire in July after 33 years of service. Arndt joined the department in 1984 as an instructional support assistant. His many and varied responsibilities evolved to include demonstrations, lower and upper-division laboratories, equipment maintenance and repair, inventory, purchasing, metal and woodworking, and safety coordination. He was essential in several department moves, most recently into the Baker Center. Arndt’s approachable demeanor, willingness to help with projects large and small, and fine workmanship have been appreciated by faculty, staff and students, and he will be missed. A reception for staff members retiring from the Physics Department will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 4, at Meadow Park in San Luis Obispo. All are welcome. View the online invitation for more information and to RSVP.

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Catastrophic Leave

Patty Warnick Wait, administrative analyst-specialist in Academic Affairs – Technical 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 Alisa Williford-Smith at ext. 6- 6173 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

Next Workshop in 'Teach On' Series to be Held on May 25

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 25, will focus on "Fighting Scientific Racism," featuring Sandi Clement of the Biological Sciences Department and Marilyn Tseng of the Kinesiology Department. All events are open to the campus community. For more information, contact

Feedback Requested on Off-Campus Catering Vendors for Events

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

Hazard Communication Training to be Offered to 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 Through May 25 at University Store

The University Store is holding its three-day Sidewalk Sale through May 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

Student-Planned Hunger Awareness Day Set for June 1 in UU Plaza

A group of senior nutrition students from the Food Science and Nutrition Department, in conjunction with the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, are hosting a Hunger Awareness Day event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 1, in the UU Plaza. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to donate food or money to the Food Bank to support its countywide efforts to assist residents who are food insecure. The Food Bank will kick off its annual Hunger Awareness Day at the Downtown Farmer’s Market in San Luis Obispo that evening, followed by an all-day campaign Friday, June 2, at various locations throughout the county. Additional details can be found at

2017 Engineering Project Expo to be Held June 2

The Engineering Project Expo, which features more than 200 projects, will be held Friday, June 2. The Club Hub features award-winning team projects; the Entrepreneur Zone displays innovations developed for marketability. Outstanding student awards will be presented from 2 to 3 p.m. and the project exhibition will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m., both in Engineering Plaza. 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

27-Foot Diversity-Themed Mural to be Unveiled May 26

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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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. PLEASE NOTE: Cal Poly Report will be published three more times — on May 31, June 7 and June 14 — before the end of the 2016-17 academic year. The newsletter will be published monthly during the summer, running on July 12, Aug. 9 and Sept. 6. Weekly publication will resume Sept. 20. The deadline for each weekly issue is 12:30 p.m. the Friday prior to publication.


Spring Dance Concert 'Liberation' to Run May 24-26

Liberation, Cal Poly’s spring 2017 student-directed dance concert, will run Wednesday, May 24, through Friday, May 26. All performances are at 8 p.m. in Spanos Theatre. Students have choreographed and will perform works from a broad range of styles including modern, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, tap and ballet. The concert focuses on themes of self-empowerment and freedom and showcases dances that are uplifting, somber, unique, reverent, strong and fun. All choreography embodies the feelings of liberation. Tickets are available at

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.

Public Invited to View Exhibits by Fifth-Year Architecture and Landscape Architecture Students

Fifth-year architecture and landscape architecture students will cap off a year of intensive research and design work by showcasing a broad spectrum of thesis projects to the public in late May and June. Titled “ETC,” the 14th annual fifth-year architecture thesis exhibition will celebrate the passion that each student has for design. It serves as a pinnacle moment in their Cal Poly education. Architecture students will display their projects May 27-28, followed by the landscape architecture students’ show June 9. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public. ETC will feature the works of six independent thesis studios, with projects that feature a range of architectural issues including urban design and planning, community design, housing, industrial and furniture design, sustainability, and architectural theory. An opening reception for ETC is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, May 27, with the show running until 6 p.m. in Chumash Auditorium. The exhibition continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 28. The landscape architecture graduating class will hold its capstone showcase, titled "21," from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 9, at the historic Jack House, 536 Marsh St. in downtown San Luis Obispo. Learn more here.

RSVP XXII: ‘Wine – A Whimsical Commentary’ Set for 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

Cal Poly alumnus Brian Codding, an anthropology professor at the University of Utah, 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; while “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.

Trombone Choir to Perform on June 9

The Trombone Choir will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 9, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. The ensemble will showcase the power and tenderness of the trombone. The program will feature music spanning a variety of eras and styles including works by J.S. Bach, Richard Wagner and Gordon Jacob. Music Department faculty member Mark Miller directs the group. For more information and a complete event listing, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Symphony Season Finale on June 10: Symphonie Fantastique

The Symphony will conclude its season at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 10, in the Performing Arts Center. The concert will begin with Paul Dukas’ “Fanfare to precede ‘La Péri,’” written for orchestral brass, and Richard Strauss’ “Serenade in E-flat Major, Op. 7,” written for orchestral woodwinds. The pieces complement the massive work that follows. The full orchestra will assemble to perform Hector Berlioz’ “Symphonie Fantastique,” which has been called “the most remarkable First Symphony ever written.” The work reflects Berlioz’ early life: in 1827, the young composer attended a performance of “Hamlet” at the Paris Odéon theater and saw actress Harriet Smithson for the first time. The passionate love she sparked in Berlioz did not lead at first to the relationship that he pursued, but inspired him to write this symphony. In the program Berlioz handed out to the first audience, he describes in lavish prose how the music reflects his dreams, the vision of his beloved across a crowded dance hall, his lonely musings in the countryside, and finally his hallucinogenic vision of his own execution and the grotesque celebration that follows. Don’t miss this most autobiographical of symphonies in live performance. Symphony Director David Arrivée will conduct. Tickets for the concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call ext. 6-2406.

Cal Poly 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. The Davies’ final Cal Poly concert will include performances by students and an alumni choir. It will be held at 2 p.m. in 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, and there will be some surprise performances. Students and alumni will combine forces for Handel’s “Zadok, the Priest,” with Paul Woodring featured on the organ. This will be followed by Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” for piano solo, chorus and orchestra. Azaret Davies will be the soloist. Cal Poly students, faculty and community members will make up the orchestra. Concertgoers are invited to attend a reception in the PAC’s Rossi Grand Lobby following the concert. Tickets to 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.

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

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.

#104495 — Document Imaging Programmer (Analyst Programmer – Career), Academic Affairs – Technical Services. $4,372-$9,683 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $4,372-$6,700 per month. Open until filled.

#104496 — Academic Advisor (Student Services Professional IB), College of Architecture and Environmental Design – Advising Center. $3,402-$4,812 per month. Open until filled. Review begins May 30.

#104489 — Library Evening Services Coordinator (Library Services Specialist III), Library – Access Services. $3,371-$5,836 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $3,371-$3,708 per month. Open until filled. Review begins May 30.

#104502 — Director, Academic Employment (Administrator II), Academic Personnel. Salary is commensurate with 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.

#104486, Full-Time Lecturer — Social Sciences, Social Sciences Department, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#104483, Full-Time Lecturer — Experience Industry Management, Experience Industry Management Department, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science. Open until filled.

Corporation Employment Opportunities

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

Maintenance Supervisor, Campus Dining, $50,772-$76,148 annually.

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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