Cal Poly Report — Oct. 25, 2017


Cal Poly Launches World’s First University-Based Cloud Innovation Center Powered by Amazon Web Services

Through a strategic relationship, Cal Poly and Amazon Web Services (AWS), launched the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub powered by AWS (DT-Hub). The DT-Hub has been created to accelerate digital transformation in the government, education and nonprofit sectors through the application of cloud technologies. It combines the power of proven AWS innovation techniques with the deep subject matter expertise and Learn by Doing philosophy of Cal Poly students and faculty. To meet real-world public sector digital transformation challenges, the DT-Hub will establish innovation communities composed of the practitioners and experts that truly understand the specific problem or opportunity being addressed. The CSU system, California state and local government expertise, and commercial innovators will be key members of these communities. Together, they will address innovation challenges such as creating more efficient methods for storing and using police body camera data, reducing the cost for agricultural research, and using technology to fight human trafficking. Learn more here.

CAFES Dean Appointed to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Dean Andrew ThulinCollege of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences Dean Andrew Thulin has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. Thulin will serve on the 15-member state board as an advisory member to the governor and secretary of food and agriculture on issues such as food safety and animal health. “I am honored to represent Cal Poly and the larger community of California’s farmers and ranchers, community stakeholders and citizens on issues that are pertinent to the agriculture industry,” Thulin said. “We are working hard every day to prepare our students to provide solutions for the future challenges and demands facing the industry — and we can only do that by all working together.” The California State Board of Food and Agriculture is carefully selected to represent a broad range of agricultural commodities, a variety of geographic regions and both the University of California and California State University academic systems. Read more here.

Mathematics Professor Named Teaching Innovator by Chronicle of Higher Education

Mathematics Professor Stan YoshinobuA professor who has championed a method of learning mathematics that reduces student anxiety and closes the gender gap in the discipline has been named to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s first-ever list of Teaching Innovators. The Chronicle, a national newspaper and website that presents news, information and jobs for college and university faculty and Student Affairs professionals, calls these innovators “faculty members who are using fresh approaches in their classrooms to help their students succeed.” Mathematics Professor Stan Yoshinobu was recognized for his work in developing workshops to help college math instructors learn to use a teaching method called inquiry-based learning (IBL), which has been shown to improve learning, reduce math anxiety, and close the gender achievement gap in math classes. In an IBL class, students solve problems and discover mathematical concepts, rather than memorizing information presented to them. Learn more here.

Flu Shots Available on Campus Oct. 25-26

Campus Flu Shot ClinicWant a flu shot but haven’t made it to the pharmacy yet? Rite Aid Pharmacy is coming to Cal Poly to administer flu shots to students, faculty and staff. Bring a health insurance card, ID and cash or credit card. Flu shots will be administered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 25 and 26, in the University Union Plaza. Students can also receive the flu vaccine at the Health Center during nursing hours Monday through Friday (8 to 11 a.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 9 to 11 a.m., 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday). The cost of the flu vaccine is $17. Learn more at The flu virus changes every year, requiring a current-year flu shot for maximum effectiveness. Cases of Influenza A (flu virus) have already been identified at Cal Poly. Protect yourself from getting this dangerous infection: get vaccinated, wash your hands frequently (especially before meals) and stay home if you are ill to avoid spreading the virus. Be sure to follow Campus Health and Wellbeing (@mycpwell) on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for up-to-date information about health advisories. Questions? Email or call ext. 6-1211.

'Let’s Get Visible' Campaign to Kick Off Oct. 26

With daylight savings ending Nov. 5, an event aimed at keeping students, faculty and staff safe as they navigate their way home after dark will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 26, on Dexter Lawn. Transportation and Parking Services, along with Environmental Health and Safety are hosting “Let’s Get Visible,” an event offering tips and giveaways to inspire, educate and to help keep campus community members safe when they are out and about at Cal Poly. The event includes free swag and two bike giveaways.

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Student Success

Students Recognized at Reception for 2017-18 Fresh Voices Publication 

 Composition at Cal PolyStudents representing a range of majors across campus were recently honored at a reception for Fresh Voices: Composition at Cal Poly, an annual in-house publication that features essays written by students in last year’s English 133, 134 and 145 classes. The 2017-18 edition of Fresh Voices includes 40 essays and eight images — seven photos and one drawing — that were selected from more than 250 submissions, English Professor and Writing Director Brenda M. Helmbrecht said. Students in this academic year’s classes will study their peers’ essays as models for their own writing. More than 100 people attended the reception, including about 30 of the students, English Department faculty members, the students' department chairs, and many friends and family members. The editors of this year’s collection were Helmbrecht; Dawn Janke, director of the Writing and Rhetoric Center; and Assistant Professor Jason Peters. Learn more about Fresh Voices at

City and Regional Planning Students Receive 2017 California State Academic Award of Excellence

Cal Poly students, Ventura officials and community members during the public presentation of the Wellness District Urban Design Concept Plan in Ventura's City Hall.A concept plan for a special wellness district in Ventura has earned Cal Poly city and regional planning graduate students accolades from the American Planning Association’s (APA) California Chapter. The City and Regional Planning Department’s graduate studio received the State Academic Award of Excellence at the APA’s state conference Sept. 24 in Sacramento. The Wellness District Urban Design Concept Plan was also chosen in April for the Best Student Project Award from the APA’s Central Coast Section. The graduate project planning studio explored the potential for a special district anchored by the expansion of two important hospital campuses located in proximity to each other. The Wellness District concept plan recognizes the critical link between the built environment and public health and aims to change land uses, transportation options and physical design in order to reverse downward trends in people’s overall wellness and life span. Read more here.


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Fidelity Investments Consultations and Walk-Ins to be Held Oct. 26-27

FidelityCal Poly’s local Fidelity Investments representative, Christel Whittier, will be on campus Thursday and Friday, Oct. 26 and 27, conducting individual in-person consultations. Walk-ins are welcome Oct. 27 in the afternoon for anyone who has questions about consolidating prior workplace plans from former employers and/or from the Cal State legacy 403(b) providers, as well as enrollment questions. All in-person consultations and the walk-in session will be held in the Administration Building (No. 1), Room 118. Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. To schedule an in-person consultation, visit

Join STRIDE for Its Monthly Seminar Series

Join STRIDE for its first monthly research seminar from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 26, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 101. Master’s degree candidates will present their research on “The Potential Effects of Exercise-Induced Cortisol Release on Executive Functioning Among Preadolescents” and “Effect of Chainring Ovality on the Pressures Within a Trans-Tibial Prosthesis During Cycling.” Questions? Email Susan Staub at

Members Needed for Committee to Review Research Involving Human Subjects

Due to the number and variety of research projects involving human subjects at Cal Poly, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is seeking new members. Consistent with federal regulations and the Cal Poly Policy on the Use of Human Subjects in Research, the membership of the committee includes representatives of various races, cultural backgrounds and genders from a range of campus departments involved in human subjects research. The IRB will consider any interested staff or faculty member, but currently has identified a need for candidates who represent social science and business. Also, effective Oct. 18, the IRB will be using an online system, IRBManager, to receive and review all documentation related to human subjects research. Information and instructions on how to use the system are in the section on "The Review Process" in the Procedures and Guidelines for Human Subjects Research. If you are interested in membership or need assistance with the online system, contact Debbie Hart at or at ext. 6-1508.

CalPERS Workshops Coming to Cal Poly on Nov. 7

CalPERSCalifornia Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) retirement workshops are coming to Cal Poly on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Come and learn more about your retirement benefits, how to plan and prepare, and about the retirement process. A "Continuing Member" workshop will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by a "Planning Your Retirement" workshop from 1 to 3 p.m., both in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7), Room 2. To determine which class better suits your needs, view the classes section of the CalPERS website. To register, go to the "My CalPERS Log In" at and follow these instructions: “How to Enroll in a Class through MyCalPERS”. Don’t have a MyCalPERS account? Follow these simple instructions. Attendance is subject to supervisory approval and based on departmental operational needs. Anyone with questions should contact Human Resources at ext. 6-5436 or

'Grants 2.0' Workshop to be Held Nov. 16

Are you interested in obtaining funding for research, but aren’t quite sure how to get started? Have you submitted a proposal and had it rejected? If so, plan to attend the Grants 2.0 Workshop, presented by the Office of Research and Economic Development, in collaboration with colleagues from Hanover Research, from 8:10 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Performing Arts Center Pavilion. Topics will include an overview of Cal Poly’s grant administration, types of funders and funding, RFP analysis, concept development, building relationships with program officers, proposal writing, and detailed tips on developing the “DNA” of a proposal. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact Allie Walter at or ext. 6-5153. Additional information on the workshop can be found on the Research and Economic Development website. Learn more here about Hanover Research.

Self-Empowerment Course is Offered for Free to Employees

Become your own best bossEmployees are invited to take the Skillsoft course, “Becoming Your Own Best Boss.” Have you ever thought that you could be the best boss you've ever had? By developing attitudes and skills that empower you, you can manage from within and become your own best boss. This course focuses on attitudes and behaviors that promote self-empowerment and help participants maximize their effectiveness. It provides strategies for empowering through self-coaching, approaches for developing an entrepreneurial mind-set, and an opportunity to apply a model for self-empowerment to enhance your performance. As an empowered employee, you will be driven by ownership, initiative and performance.

Registration is Open for Facilities Management and Development Fall Summit and Open House

Facilities Management and Development On Friday, Oct. 27, Facilities Management and Development will host a Fall Summit and Open House. To register and view the full agenda and detailed session listing click here, and don’t forget to check out our event on InsideCalPoly here. The event begins with a Facilities Leadership Team Meet and Greet at 8 a.m. Coffee service will be provided. A series of fun and informative sessions will begin at 9 a.m. Questions? Contact Jessica Hunter at ext. 6-7568 or, or Amy Ray at ext. 6-5315 or Sessions are open to all. A light lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. The event will also feature raffle prizes, giveaways and more.

International Education Week to be Held Nov. 13-16

International WeekNumerous events will be held from Nov. 13-16 for International Education Week, an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Campus Dining will have international-themed meals all week to help celebrate. Unless noted, events are open to all. The events include:
Monday Nov. 13
— Semester at Sea: Faculty opportunities from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E46. A campus advisors information session will be held in the same location from 3 to 4 p.m.
A panel in collaboration with the Cross Cultural Centers on exploring the complexities of identity will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the University Union, Room 207.
Tuesday Nov. 14
— International coffee and tea time, a chance to interact with international students, will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in the Multicultural Center, Room 217B in the University Union, with a guest speaker from Career Services.
Wednesday Nov. 15
— A keynote presentation, “Global Gypsy: Romani Music and Human Rights” by Dr. Carol Silverman will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Spanos Theatre.
Thursday Nov. 16
— A Faculty International Opportunities Resource Fair will include information on Faculty Fulbright awards, overseas teaching opportunities and internationally related grants. The event will be held on a drop-in basis from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Science Building (No. 52), Room E28.
For more information, go to

Effective Team Communication Course Offered Free for Employees

Effective Team Communication course offered to employeesEmployees are invited to take a Skillsoft course, "Effective Team Communication." It's vital to maintain open, effective communication on a team; however, it’s easy to inadvertently communicate in ways that lead to misunderstandings, cause unnecessary conflict, keep others from having their say and prevent the team from performing as well as it could. In this course, participants will learn about different verbal barriers to effective team communication and strategies for overcoming them. They'll also learn about specific active listening techniques to become a better listener. The course is part of a six-course series. Find additional courses in the "Optimizing Performance on a Team" series by selecting the “related items” tab on the course page.

Nominations Sought for 2017-18 Distinguished Scholarship Award 

The nomination period for the 2017-18 Distinguished Scholarship Award is underway. The award recognizes the scholarship, research and creative activity of junior and senior faculty across all disciplines at Cal Poly. Faculty are encouraged to nominate other faculty members 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 Service Learning Program

Faculty teams or individuals are invited to apply to become Service Learning Faculty Fellows for the 2017-18 academic year. 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 efforts to expand the number of service learning courses offered on campus. Stipends are available. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30. Questions? Contact Anurag Pande (, faculty liaison for Service Learning.

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 her Wednesday Walks. The weekly walks start at 12:10 p.m. outside the Administration Building (No. 1), head 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.

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Campus Announcements

Learn by Doing Conference to be Held Nov. 3

 Cal Poly's Learn by Doing Conference.The second More than a Motto: Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing Conference will take place Friday, Nov. 3, in accordance with Homecoming weekend. The free conference is a special opportunity for faculty, staff, students, alumni and parents to join together to honor Cal Poly's unique institutional identity. It will feature posters and presentations on active learning, undergraduate and graduate student research, and students' interactions in the field. It will start with a poster session in Kennedy Library from 8 to 9 a.m., including coffee and pastries; continue with oral presentations throughout the morning; two award-winning keynote panel presentations at lunch from 12:10 to 1:30 p.m.; feature field-based demonstrations in the afternoon; and end with a Homecoming Happy Hour at Mustang Station from 4 to 5 p.m. in partnership with Alumni Relations. For the full conference schedule with descriptions, visit the conference website or register directly for individual sessions by clicking here.

Undergraduate Research Coffee and Connections Event to be Held Oct. 27

Aspiring undergraduate researchers can connect with potential research mentors and other members of the Cal Poly community committed to undergraduate research at Coffee and Connections from 1:10 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 537. This event is open to all members of the Cal Poly community and all disciplines. It is sponsored by the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program in coordination with the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion. Participants can attend all or part of this event. Coffee and snacks will be provided. For more information or to advertise an undergraduate research opportunity if you cannot attend the event, email or drop off flyers to Erica Garcia in Faculty Offices East (No. 25), Room 129; or Nicki Holm in Faculty Offices East (No. 25), Room 121.

Cal Poly Foundation Board and Annual Meeting to be Held Nov. 4

The Cal Poly Foundation Board of Directors will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Keck Lab in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7). The meeting is open to the public. For more information or to obtain a copy of the agenda, call the Cal Poly Foundation office at ext. 6-7147.

Cal Poly Enters James Beard Burger Competition, Voters Could Win $1,000

The Mushroom Buffalo Burger.Cal Poly is competing this fall for the honored distinction of having the most popular blended campus hamburger in the nation, and voters will have the chance to win $1,000. The Blended Burger Project: Campus Edition is a new, innovative program by the James Beard Foundation that allows college campuses to submit their own version of the “The Blend,” a burger made with a mixture of mushroom and any ground meat of the chef’s choosing. The burger will be judged on three criteria: taste, health and sustainability. The winner is determined by online voting. Participants can vote once a day at through Dec. 15. Voters are entered to win a $1,000 on-campus gift certificate or a $100 VISA gift card. Executive Chef Ken Kline created a ground buffalo, sage and portabella mushroom burger topped off with agave caramelized onions, arugula, Havarti cheese and fresh sliced tomatoes in between an Edna Bakery whole wheat bun with oats and sesame seeds. The Mushroom Buffalo Burger is available for a limited time at Canyon Café, Bishop Craft Burger and Campus Market.

New Mobile-Friendly Campus Map is Now Available

A new, mobile-friendly map of the Cal Poly campus, with new features and updated capabilities, is now available at This modernized iteration of the original campus map allows users to search for specific buildings faster and quickly identify buildings, dining halls and parking lots. It also includes an interactive interface for users to see points of interest on locations throughout campus. Searching through the map has become more convenient as well: Type any building number or name into the search bar and the map will flag the relevant locations. The graphic design behind the map is easier on the eyes, with a smoother transition between colors. Whether you are a visitor, student, parent, faculty or staff, this new map will be a valuable tool to visualize all of the nooks and crannies of Cal Poly’s campus.

Research Compliance Information Available for Faculty, Staff and Students

In response to federal requirements, the university has established policies and procedures for protecting people and animals involved in research projects, for addressing instances of scientific fraud, and for regulating the export of materials and information that are considered relevant to national security. All faculty, staff and students should be aware of these policies and follow designated procedures when conducting research. Information on all policies governing research at Cal Poly can be found on the Grants Development website.

Volunteers Needed to Make a Difference on Oct. 28

Make a Difference Day 2017Join up to 800 volunteers for the national day of service, Make a Difference Day, on Saturday, Oct. 28. Enjoy a free kick-off breakfast and pick up a T-shirt at Chumash Auditorium, before heading out into the community to more than 25 sites. Consider this opportunity as a meaningful activity with your students, or team-building among your staff in your department. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is required and can be accessed at Anyone with questions should contact Katie Ullrich in the Center for Service in Action at ext. 6-5120.

Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors to Meet Oct. 27

The Cal Poly Corporation Board of Directors will hold a regular scheduled meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in the Corporation Administration Building (No. 15), Conference Room 124, on campus. The meeting is open to the public.  For further information about this meeting or to obtain a copy of the meeting agenda, contact Ann Roy at ext. 6-1131.

Kennedy Library Renovation Town Halls to be Held Nov. 1 and 2

Kennedy LibraryFaculty, staff and students are invited to participate in the planning phase of the Kennedy Library renovation project. The meetings will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the Kennedy Library (No. 35), on the third floor, and 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories (No. 7), in the Keck Lab. Brightspot strategy, an experience design consultancy firm, will lead town hall meetings to understand how the Cal Poly community uses the library today and how it can better meet the campus needs of tomorrow. Food from Woodstock’s Pizza will be provided. No RSVP is required. For regular updates on the library’s renovation, visit

Campus Health and Wellbeing to Host Health Fee Adjustment Forums

Campus Health and Wellbeing invites the campus community to participate in a discussion about the proposed student health fee adjustment. The forums are open to the entire campus community. Students will have the opportunity to submit their comments and share their opinions. The open forums will be held as follows:
6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Fisher Science Hall (No. 33), Room 286
— 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 9, in UU 220.
Learn more about health and wellness services at

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, 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 participants will come together to tackle campus climate issues. The goal for the two-day event is to be empowering and educational, while challenging students to build and apply leadership skills to foster social change. Organizers are seeking presenters to submit a proposal for a 50-minute session on Jan. 26. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 27, at 11:59 p.m. Proposals can be submitted at The planning committee will review proposals and notify accepted presenters in mid-November. Questions about the process? Email For more information, visit

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 will feature interactive displays, microscopes for viewing ultra-small sea creatures, a "discover SCUBA" experience and more. Cal Poly professors and students will 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 just over a half-mile long (1.2 miles round-trip), and displays will be located at the ocean end. Safety rules require that all visitors 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. The social and professional association works to provide a safe, welcoming environment to empower and connect faculty, staff and graduate students of any marginalized SOGIEs (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and 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. PFSA welcomes individuals of all races, ethnicities, religious or spiritual beliefs, age, national origin, dis/ability; and marital, military 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. 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 at the general fall quarter meetings on Friday, Oct. 27, and Friday, Nov. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Erhart Agriculture Building (No. 10), Room 241.

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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.


Two Library Exhibits, ‘Picturing California’ and ‘Eye Candy and Mixed Nuts’ to Open Oct. 25

Library exhibits, including Picturing California and Eye Candy & Mixed Nuts, are on display at Kennedy Library starting Oct. 25 Special Collections and Archives presents “Picturing California: A Visual Tour Through the Golden State,” running Wednesday, Oct. 25, through Feb. 27, and “Eye Candy & Mixed Nuts,” an ongoing exhibit series. Visit both from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, in Kennedy Library (No. 35), Room 409. “Picturing California: A Visual Tour Through the Golden State,” draws from Special Collections’ major collecting areas, including architecture and graphic arts, to explore how California has been depicted in different ways for different purposes. Highlights include Eadweard Muybridge’s 1877 panorama of San Francisco, contemporary screen prints that incorporate historic maps, digital displays and other surprises. Learn more here. “Eye Candy & Mixed Nuts” is an ongoing, if irreverent, series featuring new acquisitions and “discoveries” within the collections. Selections will range in material and topic, and promise always to be calorie free. More information is available 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. 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 on Friday, 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. After the event, Hass will 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.

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

Scott GlyssonIn the first performance of the year, the choral ensembles will present 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 choral settings of beloved poems, including Randall Stroope's setting of “The Pasture” by Robert Frost and René Clausen's 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 composed of Cal Poly students and local professionals. Keeping with the theme of famous poets, a beautiful choral 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.

CLA Speaks Series Continues with Philospher William Seeley on Nov. 2

The College of Liberal Arts will host a talk with William P. Seeley from 11:10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Baker Center (No. 180), Room 102, as a part of the CLA Speaks series. Seeley teaches philosophy at the University of New Hampshire and humanities at Bates College. Seeley's work examines the concrete visual patterns that enable us to recognize and store complex narrative and cultural content. He earned a doctorate in philosophy from CUNY – The Graduate Center and a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Columbia University. His research lies at the intersection of the philosophy of art, cognitive science and embodied cognition. He currently holds an NEH Digital Humanities Startup Grant to develop and conduct research in scientific workflows, image analysis and visual stylometry in the digital analysis of art. His welded steel constructions have been exhibited in New York City and at a number of college and university galleries, including a solo show of outdoor works at Ezra Stiles College at Yale University. He also worked as head assistant to renowned sculptor Ursula Von Rydinsvaard in New York City. For more information, contact Eleanor Helms at ext. 6-7295 or

Visiting Scholar to Speak on Iran's Economy on Nov. 3

University of Illinois economics Professor Hadi Esfahan will give a presentation on his research at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, in the Business Building (No. 3), Room 206. Esfahn's presentation, "Rash Credit Injection, Hasty Job Creation, and Firm Bifurcation in Iran’s Manufacturing, 2003-2013," will explore how the pillars of Iran's economy have evolved. Esfahan serves as the director of the Global Studies Program and the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois. He is the editor-in-chief of the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance. He is the founder and board member of the International Iranian Economic Association and is a board member of the Economic Research Forum for the Arab Countries, Iran and Turkey. The lecture is part of the Orfalea College of Business Seminar Series hosted by the Economics Area. For more information and a full schedule of speakers, visit

Theatre and Dance Department to Present ‘4000 Miles’ Nov. 2-4, 9-11

Theatre and Dance to open its season with '4000 Miles'The Theatre and Dance Department will open its season with Amy Herzog’s "4000 Miles" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 2-4 and 9-11, in Spanos Theatre. “4000 Miles” was a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of the 2012 Obie Award for Best New Play. Herzog also won the 2012 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award. This honest and warmhearted play is a rich study in two characters. While biking across America, 21-year-old Leo spends a month with his feisty 91-year-old grandmother, Vera, in New York City. Together, the pair navigates a maze of heartbreak, humor and healing. Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Ticket Office. For more information, contact the Theatre and Dance Department at ext. 6-1465 or

Logging Team to Host Annual Collegiate Competition on Campus Nov. 4

Cal Poly logging team.The logging team, an intercollegiate team of male and female students involved in traditional forestry field skills, is hosting the annual collegiate logging competition at Cal Poly from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Teams from colleges throughout California and Arizona will compete at the all-day Cal Conclave, including Humboldt State University, UC Berkeley and Northern Arizona University. Events include tree climbing, power saw (chainsaw), single and double buck with cross cut saws, obstacle pole, choker setting, and more. Come out and support Cal Poly competitors, who will be wearing grey shirts with "Cal Poly Logging” on them. The Cal Conclave will be held at the Logging Unit off Stenner Creek Road.

Arab Music Ensemble to Feature Iranian Music with Guest Artists Nov. 4

Arab Music EnsembleThe Arab Music Ensemble and special guest artists will perform a diverse program of Arab and Iranian music and dance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Performing Arts Center. Half of this special program will be dedicated to the presentation of vocal and instrumental music as well as dance stemming from the art and folk traditions of historical and contemporary Iran. An ensemble of critically acclaimed guest artists from the San Francisco Bay Area will perform Iranian music and dance, including Neema Hekmat as director and on santur (hammered zither), Nasser Sabouri on vocals, Azadeh Nemat-Gorgani on piano, Nariman Assadi on tombak (goblet drum) and daff (frame drum), and Hannah Romanowsky as choreographer and on dance. The other half of the program will feature the Arab Music Ensemble presenting works by some of the most celebrated composers, performers and poets of the Eastern Mediterranean. The evening will conclude with a collaboration of the instrumentalists, singers and dancers from both ensembles performing a selection from the shared traditions of Arab and Iranian music. 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 Bands Begin Season of ‘Earth and Sky’ at Bandfest Concert Nov. 12

BandfestNearly 300 students will perform at the annual Bandfest at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in the Performing Arts Center. The Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will present bold and powerful works for the modern symphonic band, including a celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary. The afternoon will also include the Mustang Marching Band performing high-energy selections from this year’s athletic band catalogue. The Wind Orchestra begins the concert with performances of Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide” and David Maslanka’s “Give Us This Day.” The Wind Ensemble will continue with performances of Percy Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy,” Roger Cichy’s “Bugs” and Bernstein’s “Profanation” from his Symphony No. 1. The Mustang Band will conclude the concert with arrangements the group is performing at this fall’s football games in Spanos Stadium. Along with traditional favorites, the band will perform music from “Les Miserables” and hip-hop artist Macklemore. The band will be introduced by Mike Moreno, the “voice” for Cal Poly Football. The bands are directed by Interim Director of Bands Christopher J. Woodruff. 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.

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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Upcoming Events @ Home

Wednesday, Oct. 25
Men’s Soccer vs. UC Davis, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 27
Women’s Volleyball vs, Hawaii, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 28
Women’s Golf hosts Cal Poly Invitational, Cypress Ridge Golf Course, Arroyo Grande, 8 a.m.
Swimming and Diving vs. UC Santa Barbara, Anderson Aquatic Center, 11 a.m.
Men’s Soccer vs. UC Santa Barbara, Spanos Stadium, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 29
Women’s Golf hosts Cal Poly Invitational, Cypress Ridge Golf Course, Arroyo Grande, 8 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 2
Men’s Basketball vs. Cal State East Bay (exhibition), Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 3
Women’s Volleyball vs. UC Santa Barbara, Mott Athletics Center, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 4
Swimming and Diving vs. Pepperdine (women only), Anderson Aquatic Center, 11 a.m.
Football vs. Portland State (Homecoming), Spanos Stadium, 6:05 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.

#104659 — Per Diem Nurse Practitioner, Student Affairs — Campus Health and Wellbeing — Health Services. Up to four hourly per diem positions. Temporary through June 30, 2019, with possible extension (non-benefited). Anticipated hiring range: $32.83-$51 per hour. Hours will vary. Applicant must be able to work Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. as needed. Open until filled.

#104657 — Office Coordinator (Administrative Support Assistant II), University Housing — Residential Life and Education. $2,539-$4,202 per month. Open until filled. Review begins Nov. 2.

#104661 — Coordinator of Student Development (Student Services Professional II), Student Affairs — University Housing — Residential Life and Education. Temporary appointment through June 22, 2018, with possible extension. Anticipated starting salary: $3,935 per month. Review begins Nov. 6.

#104654 — Information Technology Consultant — Career,
Information Technology Services — Enterprise Network Services. $4,372-$9,877 per month. Anticipated hiring range: $5,000-$6,250 per month. Closes Oct. 27.  

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.

#104644 — Assistant Professor in Political Science — Law and Society, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#104601 — Assistant Professor in Spanish, College of Liberal Arts. Open until filled.

#104638 — Tenure-Track Position — BioResource and Agricultural Engineering, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Open until filled.

#104634 — Assistant/Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering. Open until filled.

Academic Management Employment Opportunities

Candidates are asked to visit the online employment web site to view detailed information about the following vacancy and to complete the management application to apply for the position shown below. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please submit all requested application materials as attachments to your online application. For assistance, call Academic Personnel at ext. 6-6574.

#104620 — Associate Vice Provost for Academic Programs (Administrator III — internal recruitment open to full-time Cal Poly employees with tenured full professor rank and status in an academic department), Academic Programs and Planning. Open until filled. Review begins Nov. 6.

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.

Software Developer, Cal Poly Corporation Information Technology, $68,889-$103,334 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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