Cal Poly Report — Oct. 11, 2017


Cal Poly Begins Construction on Solar Farm

An 18.5-acre solar farm is being constructed on Cal Poly grazing lands next to Highway 1.Work is underway on a Cal Poly solar farm project that will create Learn by Doing opportunities for students, save the university millions of dollars, and provide up to 25 percent of the campus’s total electricity needs. The 18.5-acre solar farm is being built on university grazing lands adjacent to Highway 1 on the western edge of campus. The panels will be installed on the natural slope of grasslands located between the California Men’s Colony and the San Luis Obispo Water Treatment Plant, located off Stenner Creek Road. Workers began driving steel piers into the ground in late September in preparation for the solar arrays. Construction is expected to finish in late December. The farm will include more than 16,000 individual solar panels with a total capacity of 4.5 megawatts (AC) and will generate more than 11 million kWh per year — enough to meet the needs of more than 1,000 homes, or about a quarter of Cal Poly’s total power needs. Learn more here.

Increased Bus Service Options to Campus Planned

More public transit options will soon be available to get riders to and from campus. A collaborative effort was made to address the growing need for public transportation options and help Cal Poly and the city of San Luis Obispo decrease their environmental impact, ease traffic congestion and meet transportation demands throughout the city. SLO Transit will provide increased “sweeper” service to accomodate passengers who are unable to board a full bus. Route 6X from the Performing Arts Center to the Downtown Transit Center on Osos Street for Thursday Night Farmers Market was recently reinstated. This route runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. As of Oct. 9, the “Highland Tripper” route will supplement the Route 4A during morning peak ridership (from approximately 7 to 9 a.m.). In mid-November, the hours for the 4B and 3B routes will be extended to 10:30 p.m. for additional evening service. The Route 3A buses will run every 30 minutes from approximately 6 a.m. to noon for peak travel toward campus. The 3B buses will run every 30 minutes from approximately 1 to 7:30 p.m. for peak travel from campus. For more information visit the SLO Transit website.

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Student Success

Ethnic Studies and Sociology Student Receives CSU Trustees’ Award

Jeremiah Hernandez, an ethnic studies and sociology student, with his daughter, Savannah.An ethnic studies and sociology student from Santa Maria has received the 2017 CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. The awards are presented annually to one student from each of the CSU system’s 23 campuses. Jeremiah Hernandez, 29, like his counterparts throughout the state, was selected for superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service and financial need. As part of the recognition, he will receive a $6,000 scholarship as the state’s Michael A. and Debe Lucki Scholar. “I’m honored and humbled,” Hernandez said. “Recognition is not something that I’m particularly fond of. What is more exciting for me is seeing the possibility of being another positive example for my community of Santa Maria.” That dedication influenced ethnic studies Professor Jenell Navarro to recommend him for the award. “He is willing to speak up on behalf of underrepresented students and ensure their voices are not pushed to the periphery or represented inaccurately,” Navarro said. The product of a working-class family, Hernandez understands that attending college is an important goal. However, life’s realities — earning a living, getting married and divorced, overcoming health challenges, and being a single father to daughter Savannah — kept him from reaching that goal for many years. Wanting to be a positive example to his daughter, the 2006 Santa Maria High School graduate returned to Hancock College in 2012 after several academic false starts — this time more determined than ever. Read more here.

Accounting Club Raises $5,400 for Jack’s Helping Hand

The Cal Poly Accounting Club.The Cal Poly Accounting Club donated $5,400 to Jack’s Helping Hand, a Central Coast nonprofit organization that provides assistance and programs to children with cancer and special needs. The club raised the money at its third annual Orfalea College of Business Olympics, held Sept. 30. This is the group’s biggest philanthropy event of the year. The recruiting and networking event brought together more than 100 students, alumni and accounting industry recruiters, who casually tackled obstacle courses and relay races on Cal Poly’s sports fields. The club has raised nearly $12,000 for charitable organizations since 2015, including the Alzheimer’s Association and Heifer International, a global nonprofit working to eradicate poverty and hunger through sustainable, values-based holistic community development. For more information on the club, visit

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Nomination Period is Open for Distinguished Scholarship Award 

The nomination period for the 2017-18 Distinguished Scholarship Award is now open. The award is intended to recognize the scholarship, research and creative activity of junior and senior faculty across all disciplines represented at Cal Poly. Faculty are encouraged to nominate their fellow faculty members for this award as well as notify their students about it. Faculty, students, staff and alumni may submit nominations. For more information, visit the Distinguished Scholarship Award website at

Faculty Invited to Apply for Serving Learning Program

Faculty teams or individuals are invited to apply to become Service Learning Faculty Fellows for academic year 2017-18. Service learning combines learning goals and community service in ways that can enhance both student growth and the common good. The purpose of the program is to support faculty expanding the number of service learning courses offered across campus. Stipends are available. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30. Any questions about the program should be directed to Anurag Pande (, faculty liaison for Service Learning.

New Sessions Added for Exposing Hidden Bias Workshop

New sessions added for Exposing Hidden Bias workshop.The Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity (OUDI) and Employee and Organization Development have added new sessions of the Exposing Hidden Bias workshop on Oct. 25, Nov. 9 and Nov. 30. The Exposing Hidden Bias workshop brings attention to the unconscious biases we all possess and provides some strategies for overcoming the impact in our work and relationships. Learn about diversity and inclusion at Cal Poly, how to recognize areas where unconscious bias may surface, identify strategies for avoiding bias, and learn about resources available for additional learning and involvement. View sessions and register here.

Student Affairs Launches 2017-22 Strategic Plan

A strategic plan for student engagement and wellbeing by Student Affairs Under the leadership of Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey, the division launched its five-year strategic plan for student engagement and wellbeing. The new plan accounts for 60 actionable strategies that promote student success, wellbeing and inclusion, and aligns with the University’s Vision 2022. To learn more about how Student Affairs plans to support student success, click here to download the strategic plan or visit the Student Affairs website at

Wednesday Walks Planned with the Provost

The route for Wednesday Walks with the Provost.Make the most of the beautiful campus we work on, grab a colleague and meet up with Provost Kathleen Enz Finken for the Wednesday Walks. The weekly walks start at 12:10 p.m. outside the Administration Building (No. 1), head in a counter-clockwise route down North Perimeter Road, to California Boulevard, and return on South Perimeter Road. The walk takes approximately 30 minutes at a moderate pace. Everyone is welcome and may join in at any point along the route. In the event the provost is off campus, another member of the executive leadership team will lead the walk. Rain or inclement weather will cancel the walk. Questions should be directed to the Office of the Provost at ext. 6-2186. Go to to view a map of the route.

Office of Research and Economic Development Welcomes New Technology Transfer Associate

To support faculty, students and staff in their research and creative endeavors, the Office of Research and Economic Development has hired Kristine Johnson as a full-time technology transfer associate. Johnson began her career writing organic chemistry patents for Eli Lilly and Co. and as general counsel for a biotechnology startup. Johnson, a registered patent attorney, has spent the majority of her 25-year career specializing in university technology transfer programs. She will work closely with Jim Dunning, director of Economic Development and Technology Transfer. They are on-campus resources in the management and commercialization of university intellectual property. Johnson can be reached at or 805-858-8475. For more information on technology transfer at Cal Poly, go to

Join Cal Poly Soccer for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night on Oct. 11

Soccer at Spanos Stadium.As a sign of appreciation for everything Cal Poly faculty and staff members do for this university, Cal Poly Athletics is pleased to offer four free general admission tickets to the men’s soccer game on Wednesday, Oct. 11, as part of Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night. Men’s soccer will take on Sacramento State at 7 p.m. in Spanos Stadium. All faculty and staff can claim their free tickets to the game by showing their Cal Poly ID at the Cal Poly Ticket Office or at the Spanos Stadium Box Office on the night of the game. For more information or to purchase tickets to other Cal Poly soccer games, visit

Adobe InDesign Fundamentals Course to be Offered Free to Employees

Do you need to create small documents such as brochures and newsletters or larger publications such as books and manuals? Adobe InDesign is a professional-grade desktop publishing application that lets a user control every aspect of page layout to efficiently create polished, striking documents. The first course provides an introduction to basic tools and features including toolbars and tabs, navigating and configuring workspaces, and applying color and stroke. This is the first course in a six-course series, so participants can find the course that covers topics related to a specific project and fits their level of experience. View the course here. On the course page, use the “related items” tab to find additional courses in the series. For more information, contact Employee and Organization Development at ext. 6-7478 or

Faculty and Staff Invited to Participate in Research Study

Employee and Organization Development Mindfulness study.and Student Affairs are partnering in a research study that explores the effects of using the Headspace Mindfulness Meditation app. Faculty and staff are invited to participate in this five-week study, which entails taking two surveys and a commitment to use the Headspace app for a minimum of 10 minutes a day over the five-week period. Participants will receive complimentary use of the Headspace app for the remainder of the 2017-18 academic year. The research study is part of the Cal Poly Mindfulness Project. For more information on mindfulness, visit Employee and Organization Development’s Mindfulness Toolkit. To participate in the Headspace Research Study, register here. Anyone with general questions about the study should contact Genie Kim in Campus Health and Wellbeing at For more information regarding registration, contact Employee and Organization Development at

Updated Deadlines and New Student Fees for International Travel

All international travel conducted as Cal Poly business must go through the Cal Poly International Center. All international travel packets must be completed and submitted electronically through (select “International Travel”). Note that there are new student fees and deadlines for non-Study Abroad international travel. Travelers must meet the required deadlines that are posted on the site in order to have their travel approved. The new online system allows the International Center to retain all information in one secure area, enhance travel safety, ensure compliance with CSU policies and procedures, and provide for rapid location and communication in the event of an emergency. Contact the International Center with questions or to request a workshop at

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Nancy CochranNancy Cochran, patron services manager for the Performing Arts Center, will retire Friday, Oct. 20. Cochran began her work at the Performing Arts Center 22 years ago, before the facility opened in 1996. As one of the founding staff members of the PAC, she has worked tirelessly to provide the best experience possible for all patrons. A graduate of Leadership SLO, Cochran served on city of San Luis Obispo’s advisory committees, and chaired Cal Poly’s Staff Awards Committee. She was a Cal Poly Outstanding Employee of the Year in 2013-14. Cochran has also served as an ambassador on campus, and in our community, developing the strong partnerships that have helped make the Performing Arts Center what it is today. Cochran’s colleagues will honor her legacy by maintaining the very high standard for caring, supportive and professional patron service that she established and cultivated during her tenure. Join us in wishing Cochran a fond farewell from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the Performing Arts Center Lobby.

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In Memoriam

Gordon Lee Van De VanterGordon Lee Van De Vanter, a Cal Poly alumnus and former faculty member, died on Sept. 29 in Atascadero. Van De Vanter, 96, was born in Baker City, Oregon, on April 30, 1921, into an extended family of lumbermen in the Pacific Northwest. He trained as a pilot and served in the Pacific Fleet as an “aerographer” (weatherman) during World War II. On Sept. 4, 1943, he married Carol Brumbaugh, with whom he had four sons. He was honorably discharged in December 1945, and returned to logging. He later enrolled in the School of Agriculture at Cal Poly, graduating in 1953. He was a commercial vegetable grower in the Arroyo Grande Valley, and returned to Cal Poly as a faculty member in the Crop Science Department. A professor for more than 20 years, Van De Vanter mentored students who pioneered modern farming techniques around California and beyond. Van De Vanter was preceded in death by his son Edward and his wife, Carol. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Elaine Van De Vanter; sons Michael, Robert and James; and seven grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews. Burial, with military honor guard, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the Arroyo Grande Cemetery. Van De Vanter’s life will be celebrated at a memorial barbecue at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Atascadero Lake Park. Email if you plan to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Central Coast Hospice, 253 Granada, Suite D, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. Read the full obituary here.

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Catastrophic Leave

Amber Brewster, phlebotomist/clinical lab assistant in Campus Health and Wellbeing — Health 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 Karen Woods at ext. 6-5265 or to request a donation form.

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Campus Announcements

Interactive Exhibit Promotes the Inclusion of People with Disabilities

The Ability Exhibit In recognition of October as National Disability Awareness Month, the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and Kennedy Library have partnered to bring Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit to Cal Poly from Oct. 11-13. The traveling interactive exhibit promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities through respect for others, comfort during interactions, and awareness of disability issues using 10 multimedia stations. An additional station allows visitors to learn about the disability experiences of Cal Poly students in their own words. Located on the second floor of Kennedy Library (No. 35), the exhibit is open to the campus community and the general public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend an opening reception from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. This diversity initiative was made possible thanks to generous funding and support from the Diversity Funding Committee and all six colleges. For more information and accommodation requests, contact John Lee, DRC assistive technology specialist, at or ext. 6-5972.

Grand Opening for University Store to be Held Oct. 17

The campus community is invited to a grand opening on Tuesday, Oct. 17,  for the University Store, now operated by Follett Higher Education Group. Refreshments will be served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for 9:30 a.m. In addition, raffles, games and discounts will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The University Store, located in the UU, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Go here for more information.

Administration and Finance Streamlines Communications with Inside Cal Poly

Inside Cal PolyCal Poly’s Administration and Finance is streamlining how it communicates news and information about its units, departments and services with new social media channels. The Inside Cal Poly channels on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter offer the campus community up-to-date information on working, living and studying on campus and an inside look at Administration and Finance activities. Instead of searching through numerous social channels for information on each individual division and department, Inside Cal Poly puts all of this in one convenient location where readers can learn about the latest parking news, HR event, or gain tips on how to be more environmentally sustainable. Content is created and updated daily to engage members of the Cal Poly community with timely reports and relevant features on the people who make campus run. Follow Inside Cal Poly to get an exclusive look at the community behind Cal Poly.

Call for Proposals for Inaugural Student Leadership Institute

Inaugural Student Leadership Institute to launch Jan. 26 through Jan. 27, 2018.The Center for Leadership is excited to launch the inaugural Student Leadership Institute from Friday, Jan. 26, through Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in partnership with Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Multicultural Center, New Student and Transition Programs, and University Housing. Jan. 26 will be an open access student leadership conference where faculty, staff, alumni, community partners and students are invited to present on an array of topics. The conference will allow emerging leaders to build essential skills while also allowing more engaged student leaders to network and develop skills to foster leadership in others. The intent is to challenge and inspire students with engaging sessions. Jan. 27 is an invitation/nomination-only student-leaders retreat, where student leaders from across campus will come together to tackle issues around campus climate. The goal for the two-day event is to be both empowering and educational, and challenge students to build and apply leadership skills to effect social change. Anyone interested is invited to submit a proposal to present a 50-minute session on Jan. 26. Submissions will be accepted until Oct. 27, at 11:59 p.m. Proposals can be submitted at The planning committee will review proposal submissions and notify accepted presenters in mid-November. For questions about the process, email Visit for more information.

Save on Campus Dining with 805 Kitchen’s Gold Plate Club

Gold Plate ClubStudents, faculty and staff can save almost 40 percent on Campus Dining by joining the Gold Plate Club, a new, affordable dining program for those who enjoy the convenience of eating on campus or for freshmen looking to supplement their current meal plan. By adding a Gold Plate package to your dining plan, meals can cost as little as $6.50 for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals can be used at 805 Kitchen, Cal Poly’s new all-you-care-to-eat dining facility. Additional dining dollars can be used at any eatery on campus except Myron’s. If you sign up by Oct. 15, the plan of your choosing will also be supplemented with extra dining dollars. These packages will expire at the end of the academic year. For more information, visit To join, go to the “Money Matters” tab on the Cal Poly Portal and purchase a meal package.

Registration Open for 20th Annual Mark S. Reuling Volleyball Tournament

The Mark S. Reuling Volleyball Tournament will be held Oct. 20, 2017.Join ASI Recreational Sports and Campus Health and Wellbeing for the 20th annual Mark S. Reuling Volleyball Tournament on Oct. 20 at the Cal Poly Recreation Center. Pam and Ed Reuling, parents of Cal Poly alumnus Mark Reuling, created a memorial endowment to honor their son who lost his life to bipolar disorder. Each year, the tournament aims to raise funds for the Reuling Memorial Endowment and to promote education and prevention programs regarding bipolar disorder and depression for the Cal Poly community. Students, faculty, staff and Cal Poly community members are eligible to participate, including alumni, retirees/emeriti and partners/dependents of current employees. The tournament consists of two divisions, a faculty/staff division held indoors in the Recreation Center Gym from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and a student division held at the Recreation Center sand volleyball courts from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Registration costs $40 for each four-person student team and $60 for each six-person faculty/staff team. An event T-shirt and Woodstock’s Pizza will be provided. Register online through ASI Access for student registration and faculty/staff registration. One team member must register and pay for the entire team. For more information, contact ASI Recreational Sports Coordinator Sean Pellerin at ext. 6-7501 or The tournament caps off ASI Student Government’s Buck the Stigma Mental Health Awareness Week that starts on Monday, Oct. 16, and includes daily events to educate and eliminate stigmas involving mental health disorders.

Campus Dining to Celebrate National Food Day on Oct. 19

Food DayCelebrate National Food Day with Cal Poly Campus Dining on Thursday, Oct. 19. The day's events include locally procured, sustainable dishes featured at 805 Kitchen, free tastings with a Campus Dining chef starting at 11 a.m. in the UU Plaza, and a UU Farmers Market. Campus Dining will have tables at the market showcasing just a few of its local community vendors, including Edna’s Bakery, SF Specialty Produce, Whalebird Kombucha and more. For more information on National Food Day, go to

Visit the Cal Poly Pier Open House on Oct. 28

Cal Poly PierThe Cal Poly Pier Open House will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 28, in Avila Beach. The self-guided walking tour features interactive displays, microscopes for viewing ultra-small sea creatures, a "discover SCUBA" experience and more. Cal Poly professors and students will be on hand to explain their ongoing research into local marine life, including Morro Bay's ecosystem, sustaining local fisheries and mapping ocean currents on the Central Coast. The Cal Poly Pier is a little more than a half-mile long (1.2 miles round-trip), and displays will be located at the ocean end. Safety rules require that everyone admitted to the pier wear closed-toe walking shoes (no flip-flops or high heels). For more information, visit the College of Science and Mathematics’ website.

Campus Community Invited to Join the Pride Faculty Staff Association

Cal Poly Pride Faculty Staff Association.The Cal Poly Pride Faculty Staff Association (PFSA) welcomes all new and continuing faculty, staff and graduate students to the 2017-18 academic year. The PFSA is a social and professional association that aims to provide a safe, welcoming environment to empower and connect faculty, staff and graduate students of any marginalized SOGIE’s (sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression) including, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, transgender, gender non-conforming, gender non-binary, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual and polysexual individuals. The PFSA welcomes individuals of all races, ethnicities, religious or spiritual beliefs, age, national origin, dis/ability, marital status, military status and documentation status. The PFSA aims to foster an inclusive campus climate, advocate for equitable policies, support the Pride Center and Cal Poly’s queer students, promote education on LGBT issues, and offer professional development and social opportunities to faculty, staff and graduate students. The PFSA welcomes anyone who would like to get connected and involved. Sign up for the PFSA mailing list to receive updates on meetings, socials and other events and information; join the PFSA on Facebook.  All are welcome to attend the general fall quarter meetings from noon to 1 p.m. in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 241, on Friday, Oct. 27, and Friday, Nov. 17.

Coding for Kids Classes Planned for November

Coding for Kids classes.Cal Poly Extended Education will offer Coding for Kids classes this November in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 111B. The courses are:
— Game Design: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Students learn basic programming concepts as they build different types of video games.
— Art and Web Design: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20. Students create animations, interactive artwork, photo filters, and other artistic projects in this art-themed class.
— Animation and App Development: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21. In this intermediate animation class, students will create fun and complex animated projects. In the last hour of class, students will be introduced to iOS/Android app development concepts and encouraged to continue their projects at home. To register, contact Extended Education at ext. 6-2053 or, or visit the Extended Education website for more information.

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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 issue is 12:30 p.m. the Friday prior to publication.


PAC-A-Lunch Free Concert to be Held Oct. 11

Free PAC-a-Lunch Concert on Oct. 11 to feature highlights from Madame ButterflyWhat are your plans for lunch today? Come to the first PAC-A-Lunch Concert of the season! Bring your lunch and enjoy a free concert in the beautiful Performing Arts Center Lobby at noon today — Wednesday, Oct. 11. The October concert will feature Opera San Luis Obispo and highlights from their upcoming production of "Madama Butterfly." We’ll get a sneak peek of selections from the show and learn about the production taking place on campus on Oct. 14 and 15. Tell your Cal Poly colleagues, bring a friend and get in tune with your lunch hour. The event is sponsored by PAC Outreach Services.

Cal Poly to Celebrate 20 Years of CultureFest on Oct. 14

Cal Poly’s MultiCultural Center will celebrate 20 years of CultureFest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in the UU Plaza. The free, family-friendly event is designed to promote cultural awareness and inclusivity to the communities of Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo. Throughout the day, various Cal Poly cultural clubs will sell ethnic foods, hold performances and participate in games. The celebration also includes a bounce house, ball pit, music, arts and guest speakers. The 20th anniversary theme is “Happy ReBirthday, CultureFest!” Organizers hope the theme serves to initiate and represent a social rebirth throughout the community. For more information, contact Raha Haghnia or Crystal Van at, go online here or visit the event's Facebook page.

A Talk Titled 'A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography' to be Held Oct. 16

Mireille Miller-Young, associate professor of feminist studies at USCB, will give a talk from 4:10 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7), Room 1. In the talk, titled “A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography,” Miller-Young will discuss black women’s representations and experiences as sex workers in the pornography industry and how they are shaped by a racialized and gendered sexual commerce where stereotypes, structural inequalities and social biases are the norm. Black women are devalued as hyper-accessible and super-disposable in an industry that simultaneously invests in and ghettoizes fantasies about black sexuality. Miller-Young contends that black sex workers, while facing multiple axes of discrimination and harm, also employ hyper-sexuality and deviance to achieve self-care and self-authorship. In the context of capitalism that exploits labor and social relations, black women’s illicit erotic labor represents one strategy for survival. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Women's and Gender Studies Department website or email

Type Design Exhibit Continues Through Oct. 20

Nina Stössinger, a Swiss typeface designer, at her show at University Art Gallery.The University Art Gallery will exhibit “Type Design: A Journey” by artist Nina Stössinger, a Swiss typeface designer, through Oct. 20. The exhibition traces Stössinger’s journey into typeface design, from her first published font family through her more recent work including typeface design, sketches and lettering. Her documented processes, explorations and final results will be on display. They tell a story of discovering the formal language of letterforms and the myriad forms they can take. The gallery is located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34). It is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Learn more here.

Guest Speaker to discuss Prehistoric Contact between South America and Polynesia on Oct. 25

Lisa Matisoo-Smith, a professor of biological anthropology at the University of Otago in New Zealand, will assess the evidence for Polynesian contact with the Americas during a talk on Oct. 25. Matisoo-Smith’s talk, “Reconfiguring the Polynesian Triangle,” will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Pavilion. During her presentation, she will describe how the presence of the sweet potato in Polynesian archaeological sites proves prehistoric contact between South America and Polynesia. Similarly, the discovery of Polynesian chicken bones in Central Chile indicates the voyages went both ways. However, some anthropologists question this interpretation. Matisoo-Smith will present the ongoing research about Polynesian contact with the Americas and discuss the implications for prehistory. She will also discuss the evidence needed to help researchers understand the nature of the contact, whether or not the two groups simply traded, or if Polynesians settled and married locals. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Terry Jones at ext. 6-2523 or

Former U.S. Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize Winner Robert Hass to Speak Oct. 27

National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Hass will give a poetry reading Oct. 27 at Cal Poly. After the reading, he will discuss his life and his successful career in poetry and environmental activism. Native to Northern California, Hass worked as a poet, essayist, editor, translator and activist throughout his career. While U.S. Poet Laureate from 1995-97, he sought to combat American illiteracy. Hass is a professor of English at UC Berkeley. The reading will be followed by an on-stage interview and conversation with Cal Poly English Professor Mira Rosenthal. Hass will be on hand after the event to sign copies of his books, including the newly released “A Little Book on Form.” The event will start at 7 p.m. in the Multi-Activity Center, inside the Recreation Center. This event is the first of the 2017-18 “CLA Speaks” speaker series and is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and English Department. The event is free and open to the public.

Cal Poly Choirs’ 2017-18 Season Kicks Off on Oct. 28 with ‘Reflections on Life and Love’

Scott GlyssonCal Poly’s 2017-18 choral ensembles will be introduced in a concert featuring various styles — from Renaissance polyphony to 21st-century works — at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. PolyPhonics and the University Singers will present the fall concert, “Reflections on Life and Love,” which will be the inaugural concert of Scott Glysson, Cal Poly’s new director of choral activities. The University Singers will open the program incorporating works from various cultures, including the Eastern European folk song “Niska Banja” and an English madrigal by John Farmer. The choir will perform two beautiful settings of beloved poems, including the Stroope setting of “The Pasture” by Robert Frost and the Clausen setting of “O My Loves Like a Red, Red Rose” by Robert Burns. PolyPhonics, the university’s premier choir, will perform Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs” along with a string quartet comprised of Cal Poly students and local professionals. Keeping with the theme of famous poets, a beautiful setting of the poem “Ask Me No More” by Alfred Lord Tennyson will also be performed. The two choirs will join forces for a rousing piece to conclude the program. Paul Woodring is the accompanist for both choirs. More information on Glysson is on the Music Department faculty website. 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 Will Present ‘An Evening with Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenberger’ Nov. 30

Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger.Cal Poly will present “An Evening with Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenberger” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, in the Performing Arts Center. This one-time event will directly benefit the university’s Center for Leadership, which aims to support leadership skill development for Cal Poly students through programs like the Emerging Leaders Series, StrengthsQuest education, and more. Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger is a renowned safety expert, speaker and author who rose to prominence after his heroic actions during the “Miracle on the Hudson.” Shortly after takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Jan. 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 struck a flock of Canada geese and lost all engine power. Sullenberger and fellow pilot First Officer Jeffrey Skiles safely executed an emergency landing on the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew on board. Tickets are now on sale, ranging from $40 to $150, and may be purchased in advance at the Cal Poly Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Tickets can also be reserved by phone at ext. 6-4849 or online at

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. The calendar also includes events at the Performing Arts Center. 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.

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For an overview of up-to-date sports information, photos and videos, visit Students always get in free. Faculty and staff discounts are available.

Upcoming Events @ Home

Wednesday, Oct. 11
Men’s Soccer vs. Sacramento State, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 13
Women’s Soccer vs. Long Beach State, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 14
Swimming and Diving hosts Alumni Meet, Anderson Aquatic Center, 11 a.m.
Men’s Basketball Green vs. Gold  Game and Dunk Contest, Mott Athletics Center, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 19
Women’s Soccer vs. Cal State Fullerton, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 20
Women’s Volleyball vs. CSUN, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 21
Women’s Volleyball vs. Long Beach State, Mott Athletics Center, 4:30 p.m.
Football vs. Weber State, Spanos Stadium, 6:05 p.m.

Wednesday, October 25
Men’s Soccer vs. UC Davis, Spanos Stadium, 7 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.

#104636 — Painter, Administration and Finance — Facility Services. $4,903-$6,265 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Oct. 18.   

#104637 — Custodian, Administration and Finance — Facility Services. $2,319-$3,840 per month. Open until filled.

#104632 — Purchasing Specialist (Buyer II), Administration and Finance — Strategic Business Services — Procurement Services. $3,656-$6,055 per month. Open until filled.

#104642 — Associate Vice President for Information Technology (Administrator III), Information Technology Services. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Open until filled.

#104615 — Director for Payroll Services, (Administrator II), Administration and Finance — Payroll Services. 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.

#104150 — Assistant or Associate Professor — Construction Engineering, College of Engineering. Open until filled.

#104633 — Assistant or Associate Professor — Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering. Open until filled.

#104591 — Assistant or Associate Professor — Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering. Open until filled.

#104611 — Full-Time Lecturer — Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering. 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 Technician, Campus Dining, $18.72-$28.08 per hour.

Lead UI/UX Designer, Project Jupyter, $59,716-$89,585 per year.

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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